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The international film festival is only the start of a long calendar of events that makes India's sunshine state get a bit more exciting

What is life without some parties? And what is life without going wild in Goa? No year is complete without the sojourn to the party capital of our country. But that's not all that is cooking down on the beaches.

This season Goa has a heady mix of culture, arts and parties to entice every traveller -- seasoned or not. It begins with the international film festival of India that has just kicked off in Panaji with the screening of the Life of Pi, directed by the Oscar winner Ang Lee. Then there is the Goa Arts and Literary festival scheduled for December 13.

And the season has only begun.

After a round of movies, Aguada beach should be your stop. This well- maintained beach is for lovers of water sports and food. To throw in a bit of history, the imposing Fort Aguada stands tall.

Also getting excited about this season is Prem Sayal, Managing Director, Hi- Tours.

" Goa is the ultimate destina- tion for carnivals. This season we have David Guetta at Candolim Beach on Dec. 8, Weezomania Goa Festival at The Zuri White Sands from December 14 and not to forget Sunburn Goa 2012 at Candolim Beach from December 27," says Sayal.

Most of the parties and carnivals happen in the north of this state. So if that's top on your agenda, be sure to check in at Vagator beach. It is known for its trance parties. Providing the drama here is the outcrop of red laterite cliffs. Of course Calangute and Baga beaches are where most of the activity happens.

Food lovers should check out the shacks and eateries here.

You can party the weekend away, but to shake off the postparty hangover you should drive down to the beaches in the south of Goa. Varca beach is quiet and almost free of pesky hawkers.

This sandy stretch is almost virginal and dolphin- gazing trips are common here.

If complete stillness is not your thing, then the Palolem sands might just be right. Largely unspoilt and inhabited by fishermen and tourists, this crescentshaped beach in south Goa is only a mile long. This beach usually hosts a silent noise party.

Just along the Palolem coast is the butterfly island. A short boat ride takes you there and it is perfect for romantic escapades. The canoe ride in the water streams here has mesmerized plenty.

For those in search of an elusive hide- out in the bared Goa, hike down to the Cola beach. It is accessible by a train ride and then a hop on the motorcycle taxi. It comes packed with solitude, a picturesque cove and earthy beach huts. Once here, check out the Rajasthani tents.

Pack your bags to gulp beers or sip mimosas soon after you wake up to sunshine in this coastal state.

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Date:Nov 25, 2012

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