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1. Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

10 km from city center 1 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in : North Goa

Calangute is the largest beach in north Goa stretching from Candolim to Baga. It is a hub for tourists and backpackers as it is the perfect place to look for accommodation. It is known for the beach shacks and water sports like parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing.

2. Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada

6 km from city center 2 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Fort Aguada is a 17th-century Portuguese fort looking out at the confluence of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea. The crumbling ramparts of the fort stand on the Sinquerim Beach. The highlight of the fort is a lone four-storey lighthouse (which is one-of-its-kind in Asia) and a stunning view of the sunset.

3. Cruise in Goa

Cruise in Goa

1 km from city center 3 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Cruise in Goa allows one to explore the exotic scenery, pristine waters and marvel the breathtaking view of the sunset. There are several types of cruises in Goa ranging from simple evening cruises, elaborate and romantic dinner cruises, backwater cruises, and casino cruises. All of these usually originate from Miramar Beach in Panjim.

4. Water Sports in Goa

Water Sports in Goa

26 km from city center 4 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Goa is a haven for water sports like kneeboarding, kite surfing, snorkelling, parasailing, paragliding, diving, and kayaking. The water sports in Goa can be enjoyed at any one of the beaches in the north or the south. You can also engage in your favorite activities through a number of licensed water sports package operators.

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Dudhsagar Falls

52 km from city center 5 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in : South Goa

One of India's tallest waterfalls, the Dudhsagar Falls is located inside the Mollem National Park. The Dudhsagar falls should be visited during the monsoon when it is in full flow and the surrounding deciduous forests are at their verdant best.

6. Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach

13 km from city center 6 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Anjuna Beach is among the most popular beaches in North Goa, stretching almost 2km. From family outings to adrenaline-filled adventures, Anjuna Beach is famed for its golden coastline, nightclubs, beach shacks, watersports, full-moon parties and flea markets.

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7. Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort

16 km from city center 7 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Chapora Fort is undeniably one of the most famous forts in Goa. More popularly known as the 'Dil Chahta Hai Fort', its claim to fame was the 2001 Bollywood blockbuster shot here. A scintillating escape, it offers beautiful views of the sea and Chapora River.

8. Thalassa


15 km from city center 8 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Thalassa- The Greek Taverna is one of the most popular restaurants in Goa. Having moved out to the backwaters along with Siolim (from its prior location of Vagator hilltop), it is famous for its signature cocktails and sunsets. Reverberating with the cultural flavour of Greece, it serves authentic Greek Mediterranean cuisine.

9. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

9 km from city center 9 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in : Panaji

The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even after 400 years, the remains are in a good condition and are taken out once every decade.

10. Baga Beach

Baga Beach

10 km from city center 10 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

One of the most popular beaches in North Goa, Baga Beach is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panjim. It is the perfect destination to witness the dazzling nightlife of Goa as signature places such as Britto's, Tito's and Mambos are located in the vicinity. It is also known for a vast range of water sports.

11. Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach

56 km from city center 11 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

A little to the south of Palolem in Canacona region of Goa lies the Butterfly Beach. This beach, also known as Honeymoon Beach, is one of the most secluded and lesser-known beaches of Goa. The beach is mostly accessible by a boat (ferry) ride from the nearby beaches.

12. Divar Island

Divar Island

9 km from city center 12 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Divar Island is a slice of heaven tucked away in dense woods amidst the beauty of nature. Connected to Old Goa only through ferry service, this island is synonymous with natural beauty, serenity and tranquillity.

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13. Scuba Diving in Goa

Scuba Diving in Goa

14 km from city center 13 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Goa is one of the few places in India offering scuba diving. Diving in Goa is not the best owing to limited underwater visibility, but it is still popular among tourists as it is a good destination for beginners to explore the delights of the underwater world. The absence of strong water current with occasional surges adds serenity to the activity.

14. Shopping in Goa

Shopping in Goa

2 km from city center 14 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

For carrying back an authentic Goan experience with you, you can buy some feni, cashew-nuts, Goan hats and handicrafts. There are lots of shops in Panjim, the capital where you can buy interesting stuff. Goa is also known for its hand-painted ceramics.

15. Dona Paula

Dona Paula

5 km from city center 15 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Dona Paula is one of the most popular tourist hangouts in Goa famous for its vast stretch of beach. The small beach is also popular as the Lover's Paradise and features a jetty (Dona Paula Jetty) adjacent to it, which provides an ethereal view of the Arabian Sea and Mormugao harbour.

16. Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach

25 km from city center 16 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Beautiful and serene, Arambol Beach is among the best beaches of North Goa and is relatively unexploited by tourist activities. Considered to be one of the most spectacular beaches in Goa, Arambol beach has a distinct Bohemian feel to it, which attracts tourists from all over the world.

17. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach

15 km from city center 17 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Vagator beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. It is famous for its soft white sands and imposing but beautiful rocky cliffs. The beach is divided into two major parts, namely Little Vagator, also known as Ozran Beach, and Big Vagator. It is also popular for its sweeping panoramic views, beach shacks and trance parties.

18. Fontainhas and Sao Tome

Fontainhas and Sao Tome

0 km from city center 18 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Fontainhas and Sao Tome is a beautiful Latin Quarter located in Panaji on the banks of the Ourem Creek and named after the natural springs nearby. It was laid out on a piece of land acquired by a Goan in the 18th century who had made a fortune in Mozambique. The quarter is now recognised as a heritage site and is famous for its charming Portuguese style houses on the base of the Altinho hills.

19. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

0 km from city center 19 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in Panjim, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the oldest chapels in Goa. It is known to house the second largest church bells in Goa. The view of the sunset and the church lit up at night is a soothing sight to witness.

20. Tito's Nightclub

Tito's Nightclub

10 km from city center 20 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Titos nightclub is one of the top things to do in Goa for most tourists. Located in Calangute, Tito's is one of the most famous nightclubs in Goa. The entire lane in Baga, where the pub is located is popularly called Tito lane. 

21. Brittos


11 km from city center 21 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Be it during the season or off-season, you cannot NOT come here if you're in Goa. It is amongst the best shacks in Baga Beach and is just perfect if you're seeking the company of the sea and the sand while you sip on that beer. 


10 km from city center 22 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in the famous Titos lane, Mambos is a popular nightclub in Goa. The open-air lounge encircles a dancing area with a host of Indian and international DJs playing every night. They also serve a variety of Hookahs.

23. Club LPK - Love Passion Karma

Club LPK - Love Passion Karma

5 km from city center 23 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Club LPK is one of the most popular nightlife spots in Goa. Surrounded by water on three sides, it was shifted to Nerul from its original location. The nightclub has generally some good DJs playing a mix of house, trance, and Bollywood music.

24. Anjuna Flea Market

Anjuna Flea Market

12 km from city center 24 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Anjuna Flea Market on Wednesday is a treasure trove of trinkets, handicrafts, hippie clothing, souvenirs and everything else from cheap bags to footwear and junk jewellery. Also popular as the queen of hippie flea markets, the Anjuna Flea Market as much a part of the Goa experience as the beaches.

25. Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

58 km from city center 25 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Palolem Beach, located in the South Goa is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Union Territory has to offer. Mostly unspoiled, the beach is often flocked with foreign tourists.

26. Bungee Jumping in Goa

Bungee Jumping in Goa

56 km from city center 26 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located near one of the most popular beaches in Goa that is obviously Anjuna Beach, the Gravity Adventure Zone conduct Bungee Jumping from a height of 80 ft and has been installed by a US based company- Sports tower Inc. It is one of the lowest Bungee jumping site and is good for a first try and is priced at a reasonable rate.

27. Spa and Massages

Spa and Massages

8 km from city center 27 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Goa is full of spa resorts and Ayurvedic massage centers. Beachside massages are also available at some beaches. Various spas of Goa which are preferred by the tourists from all around the world are Sereno Spa and Leela Kempinski Goa Spa Center.

28. Colva Beach

Colva Beach

26 km from city center 28 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in : Madgaon

One of the most happening beaches in South Goa, Colva beach is mainly renowned for its shopping and phenomenal nightlife. The beach is full of shacks and eating joints.

29. Morjim Beach

Morjim Beach

18 km from city center 29 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Morjim is sometimes referred to as "Little Russia" owing to the large population of Russian immigrants staying here. Morjim beach is home to exotic species of birds and some rare endangered animals such as sea turtles.


0 km from city center 30 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located on a yacht in River Mandovi, the casino is one of the coolest places to be when you're in the party state. The entry fee is placed high at Rs. 1600, and the casino holds ample number of tables of American Roulette, Blackjack and Rummy. Go ahead and try your luck!

31. Agonda Beach

Agonda Beach

53 km from city center 31 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

If you're looking for a place away from the hustle bustle of the crowd with more space and solitude, Agonda beach is the right place for you. With the clear blue water and coconut trees, this beach is a delight for nature lovers.

32. Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach

7 km from city center 32 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Candolim Beach lies around 15 kms ahead of Panjim, along the stretch of Fort Aguada. Forming a part of the trio of Calangute, Baga and Candolim party beaches in Goa, this beach is known for its pulsating nightlife and thrilling water sports.

33. Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral

9 km from city center 33 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Se Cathedral, or Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, is one of the largest churches in Asia. Located in Old Goa, it is dedicated to Saint Catherine. It is a famous landmark in Goa exhibiting Portuguese-Manueline architectural style.

34. Cavelossim Beach

Cavelossim Beach

38 km from city center 34 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

With magnificent black rocks that contrast with the white sand shores of this idyllic beach, the Cavelossim Beach is located in South Goa. Cleaner and quieter than the cliched party beaches of Goa, it is the perfect spot for travellers looking to enjoy the endless expanse of the clear blue waters. 

35. Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach

60 km from city center 35 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Situated in Canacona, South Goa, Patnem Beach is one of the most secluded and tranquil beaches of Goa. It is the perfect place to laze by the beach and do absolutely nothing. The waters are quite safe to swim in, and the views of the sunset are magnificent and uninterrupted.

36. Betalbatim Beach

Betalbatim Beach

24 km from city center 36 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in South Goa between Colva Beach and Majorda Beach, Betalbatim Beach is one of the quieter beaches of Goa. Lined with a plethora of fast food chains, local restaurants and spas, the highlight of the beach is the easy spotting of the dolphins. You can ask the local fishermen who can hike you a ride in a sea to have a glimpse of the dolphins.

37. Fort Tiracol

Fort Tiracol

29 km from city center 37 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Across the Terekhol river from the Querim beach in North Goa lies the majestic Tiracol Fort. Once a crucial part of the maritime defence, it now serves as Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel. It is popular for an unbeatable panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.

38. Grande Island

Grande Island

17 km from city center 38 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Originally known as Iha Grande, Grande Island in Goa is one of the most sought after destinations, owing to its serene and tranquil environment and the availability of a plethora of thrilling activities like snorkeling, dolphin spotting, and scuba diving.

39. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

53 km from city center 39 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary is a 240 sq km protected natural habitat located in the Western Ghats of India, on the Goa-Karnataka border. Touted to be Goa's largest wildlife reserve, it is home to the famous Dudhsagar Falls, Mollem National Park, Tambdi Surla Temple, and Devil's Canyon among other attractions.

40. Arvalem Waterfalls

Arvalem Waterfalls

22 km from city center 40 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

One of the most beautiful spots to visit in North Goa, Arvalem Waterfalls is located in Sanquelim. Also known as Harvalem Falls, it forms a huge pool of water at its base - almost as big as a lake. This makes Arvalem Falls a popular tourist and picnic spot. 

41. Mollem National Park

Mollem National Park

41 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Mollem National Park part of the famous Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the biggest national park in Goa that takes you on a fascinating wildlife adventure. Jeep safaris take the tourists right into the heart of the dense forest reserve.

42. Sunburn Festival

Sunburn Festival

14 km from city center 42 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Ranked amongst few of the world’s best music festivals, Sunburn Music Festival tops the list of every Electronic Music fan’s bucket list. It is mostly famous for its extravagance, fantastic music and noteworthy artist line-up.

43. Carnival in Goa

Carnival in Goa

43 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

The Goa Carnival is a legacy of the Portuguese rule and has grown from being a quiet event to a popular, massive scale festival, attracting thousands of tourists from India and abroad. One of the most awaited occasions in the state, the carnival has a long history of its origin, stretching back right to the ancient Roman Empire. The atmosphere is charged with spectacular parades, dances, musical events and the great food, all of which are major crowd pullers. Festivities occur in the cities of Panjim, Mapusa, Margao, and Vasco da Gama, with Panjim having it the largest of all

44. Church of St. Cajetan

Church of St. Cajetan

9 km from city center 44 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

The Church of Saint Cajetan, located in Old Goa close to the Se Cathedral, is one of the most beautiful churches in Goa. The only surviving domed structure in Goa, the church is admired for its wonderful and graceful architecture that reminds you of Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.

45. Bambolim Beach

Bambolim Beach

6 km from city center 45 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Bambolim Beach is a pristine beach located in Bambolim in North Goa, 7 kilometres away from Panjim. It is famous for being a virgin beach, untouched by commercialization and is barely ever crowded. 

46. Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa

Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa

21 km from city center 46 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

The Butterfly Conservatory of Goa is a butterfly sanctuary and garden in the Ponda district of Goa. Spread over 4000 square metres, it is designed as a place to stroll and absorb in the serene beauty of nature. In the vast expanses of the garden, one can take a leisurely walk and observe over a hundred different species of butterflies from close quarters.

47. Sri Mahadeva Temple

Sri Mahadeva Temple

46 km from city center 47 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Sri Mahadeva Temple, Tambdi Surla is one of the oldest temples in Goa to Lord Shiva. The inner sanctum of temple has a Shiva Linga mounted on a raised pedestal. There is also a statue of headless Nandi. The locals believe that there is a huge king cobra permanently sitting near the Shiva Linga.

48. Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church of St Francis of Assisi

9 km from city center 48 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Church of St Francis of Assisi is a 16th-century Portuguese church located near Se Cathedral in Goa. It is a famous landmark which exhibits an eclectic mix of stunning architecture and intricate carvings. 

49. Cabo de Rama Beach

Cabo de Rama Beach

45 km from city center 49 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Cabo de Rama Beach is a beautiful secluded beach located in Margao, South Goa. Surrounded by tall coconut trees, this beach is perfect for setting up a picnic, playing volleyball, or just spending some quality time. 

50. Church Of St Augustine

Church Of St Augustine

8 km from city center 50 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Church Of St. Augustine is a ruined church complex which was once the biggest church in Goa. Located near Nunnery of Santa Monica in Old Goa, there stands a solo tower (called St Augustine Tower) out of the four towers once forming the Church Of St. Augustine. 

51. Savoi Spice Plantation

Savoi Spice Plantation

19 km from city center 51 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Savoi Spice Plantation is a 40-hectare organic farm located 15km from Ponda. Established by Mr Shetye, the beautifully maintained farm is popular for the guided tour of the intercrop plantation and the Goan Saraswat Buffet at its Sadauli Restaurant.

52. Ashwem Beach

Ashwem Beach

20 km from city center 52 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Ashwem Beach is one of the few beaches left in Goa that is yet to be discovered by the mainstream tourist crowd of Goa, offering its visitors an endless expanse of pearly white sands complemented well by the beautiful waves of the Arabian Sea. Surfing and Yoga are widely practised here.

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15 Top-Rated Attractions and Places to Visit in Goa

Written by Joni Sweet Updated Mar 6, 2023

With golden-sand beaches, tangled palm trees touching the sky, and a relaxed atmosphere, Goa stands in stark contrast from the other bustling urban destinations in India. Even just a short visit to this beach paradise feels like a vacation within a vacation. The beauty and serenity of Goa will rejuvenate you, while its robust calendar of events and activities give you plenty of things do to during your free time.

Popular coastal hot spots, like Colva Beach and Palolem Beach , draw tourists to Goa from around the world. But beaches are just the beginning of what makes Goa one of the most beloved places to visit in India. The destination also has unique Portuguese-influenced cuisine , historical churches and temples , vibrant wildlife , and fascinating spice farms . No matter how long you spend in Goa, you'll wish you had a few extra days to explore.

For more ideas to help plan your trip to India, see our list of the top tourist attractions in Goa.

1. Popular Beaches

2. beaches off the beaten path, 3. tanshikar's working spice farm, 4. portuguese-indian restaurants, 5. basilica de bom jesus, 6. dudhsagar falls, 7. anjuna market, 8. church of our lady of the immaculate conception, 9. braganza house, 10. mahadev temple, 11. palácio do deão, 12. mangeshi temple, 13. fontainhas, 14. bhagwan mahavir wildlife sanctuary, 15. reis magos fort, map of attractions and places to visit in goa, goa, india - climate chart.

Palolem Beach

Beaches play a starring role among the attractions in Goa, contributing to why it's one of the best places to visit in India .

Nearly every tourist who visits the area spends a day at Palolem Beach , a crescent-shaped stretch of white sand that overlooks the Arabian Sea in south Goa. While simply hanging out and soaking up the scenery is a perfect way to enjoy this beautiful area, Palolem Beach also offers an array of activities to fill your time. Choose from kayaking , yoga classes , dolphin-sightseeing trips, and swimming . You can also spend the night in one of Palolem's rustic coco huts , which are erected at the start of the high season.

Colva Beach is another one of the most famous beaches in Goa , especially among Indian tourists. It has swaying palms and a broad stretch of bronze sand, where you'll occasionally see herds of cows sunbathing next to tourists. You can rent Jet Skis , hop on a thrilling banana boat ride , and get a bird's-eye view of the beach on a parasailing adventure.

Homestay accommodations in the area will give you an authentic local-style experience – plus easy access to Colva Beach.

Sunset at Utorda Beach

While known for their spectacular scenery, the popular beaches in Goa tend to get crowded during high season, leaving some travelers eager for a quieter natural escape. Fortunately, Goa brims with undiscovered beach attractions and things to do that give you some distance from the throngs of tourists while still treating you to glorious sand and surf.

One of the best hidden gems in Goa is Butterfly Beach. It has a curving expanse of sand flanked by boulders that create a postcard-worthy cove, brimming with butterflies and blossoms. It's also a great spot to watch dolphins swim in the distance.

You'll need to embark on a boat ride from Palolem Beach or Agonda Beach, or tackle a challenging forest hike, to reach Butterfly Beach – but the obstacles to getting here help to thin out the crowds. You might even have the place to yourself.

While more developed than Butterfly Beach, Utorda Beach is another stunning getaway from the more crowded beaches around Goa. It features clean, blue water; silky sand; and a few small beach shacks. Look closely as you wade in the water, and you may spot some small starfish .

Nutmeg, mace, and curry leaf, Tanshikar Spice Farm, Goa

South India has been known for its abundance of spices, like black pepper, cardamom, and cloves, for centuries. In fact, these natural flavorings were a major appeal for Portuguese traders who came to Goa hundreds of years ago.

Tourists can see what the local spice scene is all about by touring Tanshikar's Working Spice Farm & Ecological Rest House . This agritourism attraction grows seven different spices: pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, and chili, using totally organic farming methods.

Tours of the farm, often led by its owner, will give you an in-depth understanding of these flavor-charged crops and a chance to see some of the other products, like betelnut, coffee beans, pineapple, and banana, grown on the premises. Tanshikar's also keeps bees and produces its own all-natural honey.

Spice farm tours aren't the only fun thing to do at Tanshikar's. Guests can also take a vegetarian cooking class , visit a bubbly lake , trek to Mainapi Waterfall, and train to become a yoga teacher. It's an attraction that has something for everyone.

Address: Netravali, near Smriti Yoga, Sanguem, Goa

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Goan coconut fish curry

Food is a major attraction in Goa. This part of India has a distinctive cuisine that blends Portuguese and Goan flavors, setting it apart from all the other food around India. Expect fiery flavors, fresh-caught seafood, and an abundance of coconut in the dishes.

You can't leave Goa without trying its signature dish, vindaloo, a super-hot meat curry made with palm vinegar and dried red chili peppers. Hospedaria Venite in the capital of Goa, Panaji , wows tourists with its mouthwatering vindaloo. Dominick, a Benaulim Beach mainstay, is another favorite spot for vindaloo – plus it offers front-row seats for world-class sunsets.

Another Goan specialty is xacuti, a rich curry with poppy seeds, chili, and coconut. Try it at Souza Lobo , a beachfront restaurant in Calangute , or Fat Fish , a well-trafficked spot in Baga.

Tourists hankering for some fresh seafood are spoiled for choice around Goa. Zeebop , on Utorda Beach , offers delightful fish curry, prawn stew, and mackerel doused with spicy red sauce.

You also can't go wrong with dinner at Copperleaf. The upscale restaurant in Porvorim has a fish thali that you'll be dreaming about long after you've finished.

Basilica de Bom Jesus

While many tourists visit Goa for the beaches, countless others consider the trip to be a pilgrimage to important religious sites, like the Basilica de Bom Jesus.

This Old Goa attraction dates back to the late 16th century and contains the remains of the St. Francis Xavier . The "Apostle of the Indies" co-founded the Society of Jesus religious order with friend St. Ignatius Loyola and spearheaded an extensive mission in India. The basilica has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

The modest yet imposing structure is a mix of Doric, Corinthian, and Baroque style with intricate carvings. Interestingly, the building was stripped of its lime plaster in the mid-20th century, making it the only church in Goa without plaster. The Basilica de Bom Jesus has since become worn by monsoons.

You can tour the church on your own, or hire one of the independent guides near the entrance for a small fee. Inside, you can see huge ornamental screens, along with the body of the resident saint in a casket that was once covered in precious stones. It's a compelling place that will transport you back in time.

Every year, the Feast of St. Francis Xavier draws big crowds to this church in late November and early December. It kicks off with a nine-day novena and open-air masses before concluding with the major holiday on Dec. 3.

Address: Old Goa Road, Bainguinim, Goa

Dudhsagar Falls

Aquatic adventures go beyond the beach in Goa. The state is also home to Dudhsagar Falls, a spectacular four-tiered waterfall that towers some 310 meters above the earth. It's one of India's tallest waterfalls and a perpetually popular attraction for day trips around Goa and Karnataka .

To reach the falls, you'll need to make your way to the village of Colem by taxi or train. Depending on which train route you take, you may get a glimpse of Dudhsagar Falls along the way. Then, you'll hop aboard a shared jeep through the jungle, passing Devil's Canyon along the way. Around 45 minutes later, you'll scurry over some boulders to finally reach the falls.

The best time to visit Dudhsagar Falls is right after the monsoon , when the water is gushing. Tourists who wish to take a dip can rent a life jacket from vendors at the attraction.

Hot tip: Only 300 jeeps are allowed to enter Dudhsagar Falls every day, although tour operators have been requesting to increase the capacity during high season. Make reservations in advance, or prepare to wait in long lines if you wish to visit.

Anjuna Market

Goa is home to a ton of markets, but none offer the liveliness or selection of products found at Anjuna Market. For roughly 50 years, hundreds of vendors have been setting up shop on Anjuna Beach every Wednesday to tempt free-spirited travelers with hippy-inspired trinkets and souvenirs.

Ornate textiles, woven bikinis, sculptures of deities, dreamcatchers, hammocks, magnets, t-shirts with sassy slogans, beaded jewelry, toys – you name it, you can probably buy it here.

But even if you don't want to shop, you should still make a point to visit Anjuna Market for the sightseeing. The flea market is a swirling array of colorful wares, salespeople driving hard bargains, big bags of fresh spices, and street food galore. The vibe alone is one of the reasons why Anjuna Market is one of the top places to visit in Goa.

Address: 10 St. Michael's Vaddo South, Anjuna, Goa

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Make your way to the laid-back city of Panaji to visit another one of Goa's historic churches: The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

The pristine white church, which dates back to the early 17th century, stands atop a zig-zagging staircase that resembles the tiers of a wedding cake. Its perfectly symmetrical Portuguese Baroque architecture is a sight to behold. At night, twinkle lights make the church look like something out of a fairy tale.

While not ornate, the church's interior boasts bright, colorful decorations. Tourists can see the elegant main altar (dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus) and gilded pillars with elaborate carvings. Vines of blue and white blossoms often adorn parts of the vaulted ceiling around various holidays.

Dec. 8 marks the Festival of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception , a major holiday at this church. Swing by to see it decked out in tons of colorful lights.

Address: Rua Emídio Garcia, Altinho, Panaji, Goa

Braganza House

See what houses in Goa looked like during the 17th century at Braganza House, a historical mansion that flanks the village square in Chandor. It's divided into an east and west wing, both of which are available for tourists to poke around at their leisure.

The east wing is home to members of the Pereira-Braganza family. It boasts a massive ballroom with an impressive marble floor, along with a small chapel that contains one of St. Francis Xavier's fingernails. This part of Braganza House also brims with antiques and international artifacts.

The western side preserves the original grandeur of Braganza House. Owned by the Menezes-Braganças, the museum-like space features an expansive library with 5,000 leather-bound books from the private collection of journalist Luis de Menezes Braganza, who played an important role in the Goan independence movement. Tourists can also see breathtaking Belgian glass chandeliers, antique portraits of the family, and Chinese porcelain.

Address: Guddi-Chandor Road, Culsabhatt, Chandor, Goa

Mahadev Temple

Located just 12 kilometers north of Molem , Mahadev Temple gives tourists a chance to see a structure that has been standing since the 12th century. Its remote location helped it survive centuries of conquests by the Portuguese and Muslim colonialists. Legend has it that the black basalt temple , which was built to honor Lord Shiva, has a resident king cobra. Step inside to see the detailed work of artisan carvers, including the lotus flower on the ceiling.

If Braganza House got you excited, just wait until you see Palácio do Deão. The 200-plus-year-old palace in Quepem has been restored to its original glory. It features a blend of Indian and Portuguese architecture. Tourists are welcome to explore the heritage home, including its game room and library filled with rare tomes.

The property also features sweeping tropical gardens that make for a pleasant place to spend the afternoon. Consider making reservations in advance for afternoon tea on the terrace.

Address: Opposite Holy Cross Church, Quepem, Goa

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Mangeshi Temple

Goa's unique culture and heritage are on full display at Mangeshi Temple, a beautiful spiritual attraction that's been standing for roughly 450 years. The pastel blue, gold, and white temple features a seven-story tower that pays homage to one of the Hindu god Shiva's many incarnations: Manguesh. The temple structures surround a sacred pool of water , which is thought to be the most historic part of this religious site.

You can watch devotees perform pujas (worship rituals) at the temple every day. If you happen to be there on a Monday, you can watch the Manguesh idol taken out for a procession, complete with music, in the late afternoon or early evening.

Address: Dinanath Mangeshkar Road, Mangeshi Village, Mardol, Goa

Colorful buildings in Fontainhas

Lace up your most comfortable pair of walking shoes and head to Panjim for a stroll around Fontainhas, one of Asia's only Latin quarters . Once the headquarters for the Portuguese government in Goa, the UNESCO-recognized Heritage Zone features colonial houses and cottages decked out with pastel and fluorescent façades. Each of the houses get a fresh coat of paint after the monsoon season every year, ensuring that they always look vibrant for visitors. Don't miss the district's namesake Fountain of Phoenix.

You can explore the area on your own, or book a walking tour for a more in-depth look at the history of this fascinating neighborhood. Either way, you'll definitely work up an appetite as you wander the narrow cobblestone streets and snap photos in front of the candy-colored buildings. Refuel at one of the decades-old cafés or bakeries in the neighborhood. Confeitaria 31 de Janeiro , a bakery near Mary Immaculate School, is known for having a wide selection of tasty Goan cakes and sweets.

Macaque in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife lovers should put Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary at the top of their Goa travel plans. The state's largest protected wildlife area, which spans 240 square kilometers and is also home to Molem National Park , is home to all kinds of amazing creatures, including the black leopard, Bengal tiger, Malabar giant squirrel, wild boar, slender loris, Indian rock python , and ruby-throated yellow bulbul (Goa's state bird).

Hiring a guide through a travel agent, and visiting the sanctuary in the early morning or late evening increases your chances at catching a glimpse of these animals. During the daytime, you can see the natural wonders of Dudhsagar Falls and Devil's Canyon . You can also check out the Tambdi Surla Temple , a temple that has survived since the 12th century, thanks to its remote location in the forest. The structure is adorned with intricate carvings of the Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma.

Cannon at Reis Magos Fort

Dating back to 1493, Reis Magos Fort was once a defense structure aimed at protecting the area's then-capital, Goa Velha. Today, the fort is a top attraction in Goa for tourists looking to take a break from the beaches and dive into the state's fascinating history.

The site has a storied past not only as a military outpost, but also as a hospital and a jail. Tourists can see cannons, a small museum exhibit on the fort's history, and jaw-dropping views of the Mandovi River .

After your visit, head to the town's other famous attraction: Reis Magos Church. The pristine white church is one of just a handful of churches in Goa that has processions and re-enactments for the Feast of the Three Kings (Epiphany). Inside the structure, you can see an impressive multi-colored wood relief of a scene that depicts the Three Wise Men handing gifts to the Baby Jesus.

Address: Nerul-Reis Margos Road, beside Three Kings Church, Bardez, Verem, Goa

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COVID-19 has really taken the wind out of the sails of those who love to travel, explore & experience all that the world has to offer. It has also affected those who treasure Goa for its beauty, heritage, beaches, nightlife and everything else that makes it a top tourist destination in India. We are sure that you are extremely eager to visit Goa and have a grand time, having been unable to visit it for so long! That is why we have come up with this blog, to remind you once again of the charm and attraction of Goa & what are the top places that let you experience the best of what it has to offer.

Utter the word Goa, and images of beaches with colourful beach shacks, wild parties, flea markets buzzing with tourists & fresh seafood flood your mind. Although it is counted among the top travel destinations in India because of those things, there is much more to this state with its coastline which stretches along the Arabian Sea. There are several points of tourist interest excellent for sightseeing, from waterfalls to spice plantations. You can avail the benefits of an Ayurvedic massage or take a heritage walk exploring the Latin quarters. It is for all these reasons, this wide appeal to everybody, that Goa stands out as both a favourite honeymoon destination and a tourist destination suitable for family holidays. In this blog, we bring you the top 15 places where you can experience the best that Goa has to offer.

List of 20 Best Places to Visit in Goa

  • Panaji, North Goa
  • Margao, South Goa
  • Vasco da Gama, South Goa
  • Mapusa, North Goa
  • Calangute, North Goa
  • Candolim, North Goa
  • Anjuna, North Goa
  • Bambolim, North Goa
  • Agonda, South Goa
  • Mandrem, North Goa
  • Morjim, North Goa
  • Sanquelim, North Goa
  • Ponda, North Goa
  • Bicholim, North Goa
  • Valpoi, North Goa
  • Canacona, South Goa
  • Sanguem, South Goa
  • Quepem, South Goa

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Panaji: A relaxed state capital!

Panaji-Church of Our Lady Goa

Panaji should occupy a place in your list of visiting places in Goa, not just because it’s the capital city, but because there are so many places that make for an incredible sightseeing tour. From taking a heritage walk in Fontainhas – the Latin Quarters to spending a day at the Miramar Beach, this city promises you a quality time. Ornithologists and bird lovers can also visit the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, situated just 7 kilometers from here & home to migratory birds as well as common & uncommon species of marsh dwelling birds.

Popular Things to See in Panaji

  • Resig Magos Fort
  • Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  • Adil Shahi Palace
  • Miramar Beach
  • Kala Academy
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Divar Island
  • Shanta Durga Temple
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Margao: Cultural capital of Goa!

Margao -Damodar Temple Goa

Margao is not the kind of place which you would want to miss while planning to visit Goa. The town claims the tag of being Goa’s cultural capital, and after exploring it, you realize, it’s a tag well deserved. The prominent landmarks in the town are the Municipal Garden, The Holy Spirit Church, House of Seven Gables and Damodar Temple, all of which are famous points of interest for tourists. You should also visit the special market to explore the various species and dried fish. Almost all the specialties that make Goa famous are to be found in Margao, apart from the Margao curry. It’s interesting to know that Margao Curry is exported to Portugal and elsewhere.

Popular Things to See in Margao

  • Municipal Garden
  • The Holy Spirit Church
  • House of Seven Gables
  • Damodar Temple
  • Pandava Caves
  • Margao Market
  • Zalor Beach
  • Sri Chandranath
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Vasco da Gama: Mostly the beaches!

Bogmalo Beach Goa | Vasco da Gama

The city of Vasco da Gama is named after the Portuguese explorer. If you are planning to visit Goa to spend time on its beaches, then this is where you need to be. There are several beaches like Cansaulim, which is great for watching the setting sunset, or Hollant, perfect for a wild ride with your friends! There are other attractions too, like the St. Andrews’s Church which is 400 years old. There’s also a Naval Aviation Museum, which is one of three such museums in India. If you visit it in March though, you can attend the Shigmo, a festival marked by street dances and colourful parades.

Popular Things to See in Vasco da Gama

  • Mormugao Fort
  • Arossim Beach
  • Bogmalo Beach
  • Cansualim Beach
  • Velsao Beach
  • Hollant Beach
  • St. Andrew’s Church
  • Kesarval Waterfalls
  • Sahakari Spice Farm
  • Naval Aviation Museum
  • Shri Ramnath Temple
  • Three Kings Church
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Mapusa: Off to the Friday Bazaar!

Vagator Beach Goa | Mapusa

There are many reasons to visit Mapusa during your Goa tour, but one that mentions a special mention is the Mapusa Friday Market. Held every Friday, a visit takes you across stalls selling Goan spices, homemade sausages, fish with marsala ready to cook, vegetables, chillies, cashews and sweets. Located in the Bardez sub-district, it enjoys a close proximity to several beaches like Vagator & Chapora.

Best Things to See in Mapusa

  • Bodgeshwar Temple
  • Mapusa Friday Bazaar
  • St. Jerome Church
  • Maruti Temple
  • Cansaulim Church
  • Church of Our Lady of Miracles
  • Municipal Building (for its architecture)
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Calangute: A town with the Queen of Beaches!

Calangute Beach Goa

Calangute Beach is counted among the most beautiful beaches of Goa, and that is precisely why this town in Bardez district makes it to any Goa travel guide. On any given day on the beach, your eyes will meet scores of backpackers and tourist, all having a great time! There are shacks, lots of clubs, shows being held, open air dances being performed and people enjoying adventure sports like parasailing and water skiing.

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  • Calangute Beach
  • St. Alex Church
  • Tibetan Market
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Candolim: As relaxed as it gets!

Candolim Beach Goa

Candolim, just like Calangute, attracts tourists in Goa for its prime attraction, Candolim Beach . However, if you like your beaches crowded & noisy with a party like atmosphere, you won’t find much to do here! It is for you though, if all you are looking forward to is a sunbath, admiring the sunset, maybe a dip & enjoying parasailing. One other reason that you should visit the beach is the “River Princess”, a bulk carrier which ran aground 100 meters ashore. Pick a sunbed, watch the waves kiss the shore while they are tinged with red & yellow during sunrise and sunset.

Best Things to See in Candolim

  • Candolim Beach
  • Our Lady of Hope Church
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Anjuna: Still a bit hippy after all these years!

Anjuna Beach Goa

If you took a trip to Goa in the 1960’s & visited the village of Anjuna, you would find yourself in the middle of trance parties, hippies in psychedelic colours & free spirited backpackers. Today, you will find all sorts of tourists, both domestic & international, with some traces of that hippie era. One way of getting a feel of that is visiting the Flea Market, which opens on Wednesdays. You can lay hands on all kinds of stuff from sarongs, sandalwood & leather goods to crystals & stones. The other top place to visit is the Anjuna Beach , comparatively less crowded among the other beaches in Goa. To experience the trance scene, visit it in the evening and head towards restaurants like Curlies or Shiva Valley.

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  • Wednesday Flea Market
  • Anjuna Beach
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Bambolim: So quiet, so lively!

Bambolim Beach Goa

Bambolim will always find a mention among the top 10 places to visit in Goa for its beach. It is a long white sandy stretch of sand, rocks and happily swaying coconut palms which serves both aesthetical & functional purposes (such as, offering shade from the midday sun). On some days, you might see groups of young boys & girls chilling out, but what you will often see are fishermen getting ready to go fishing. It is also a great picnic spot in Goa for a family, as it is pretty secluded and free from vendors and shacks. There is a Bambolim Beach Resort though, where you can try out a variety of cuisines, from Goan to Continental delights.

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  • Bambolim Beach
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Agonda: Time and tide wait for Agonda!

Agonda Beach Goa

Agonda is a top travel destination in South Goa, as much for its “silent beach” as for the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles which lay their nests on it in September. The village by the beach is surrounded by dense vegetation, and is a place where you quite forget to remember words like “time” and “hurry”. Watch the waves of the Arabian Sea lapping the shore, cows enjoying a leisurely stroll and dogs having the time of their life! People who have visited Goa describe it as a top beach destination, it’s not to understand why!

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  • Agonda Beach
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Old Goa: Sweeping splendour & grandeur!

Church of St Franscis of Assisi Old Goa

There was a time when the capital of Goa was not Panaji but Velha Goa, better known as Old Goa today. It was a time when the grandeur and unparalleled splendour swept through the city, much of which was visible in its towering churches, cathedrals and majestic convents. It is those spectacular pieces of architecture that have secured for Old Goa a permanent place in any sightseeing tour. The popular tourist attractions that attract tourists today, are collectively referred to as “Churches and Convents of Goa”, and include monuments like Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites). This is the side of Goa that many more people need to see, a side that displays its rich history and heritage.

Popular Things to See in Old Goa

  • Basilica of Bom Jesus (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Se Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Chapel of Santa Catarina (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Ruins of the Church of St. Augustine (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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Mandrem: A sleepy coastal village!

Mandrem Beach North Goa

How about visiting a beach in Goa which also offers the opportunity to enjoy an Ayurvedic massage? Mandrem, a sleepy coastal village makes it to this list of top tourist places in Goa for its beach, which is perhaps the quietest in all of North Goa. It is lined with a few beach shacks and some hotels that offer some amazing food, including local delicacies. You can also hire sunbeds and spend a day getting a suntan and spending some quality time. If you are up for a massage, there is a small massage center where you can get one!

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  • Mandrem Beach
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Morjim: Nesting site of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles!

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Don’t bother visiting the town of Morjim stretched out on the banks of River Chapora if seclusion, solitude and tranquillity isn’t your thing. Visit it if you want a quiet day out on the beach enjoying the sunset, enjoying a few local delicacies and taking a walk in the village. Families and friends searching for a top beach destination without the usual commotion should head here. Morjim is also a nesting site for the endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. You will find a post with a board on the beach pinpointing the spot where the turtles hatch their eggs. It is a wonderful site to come across!

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Sanquelim: Nature & Heritage!

Harvalem Caves Sanquelim Goa

The town of Sanquelim finds a place in the popular tourist attractions in Goa for the Harvalem Caves, Harvalem Waterfalls and Rudreshwar Temple. All of these three tourist places can be covered in one trip itself. The Harvalem Caves are a set of caves named after the five Pandavas of the Mahabharata. The caves themselves were excavated into the Laterite Hill and consist of two major caves including a residential chamber. Just 1 kilometer from here lie the Harvalem Waterfalls, which attain their fullest glory during the monsoons, and the Rudreshwar Temple, located close to the waterfall.

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  • Harvalem Caves
  • Harvalem Waterfalls
  • Rudreshwar Temple
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 Ponda: Heritage and the smell of spices!

Nageshi Temple Goa

Another tourist destination in North Goa where you can explore the rich heritage of Goa is Ponda, with its temples, an ancient mosque and beautiful spice farms. One of these is the Sahakari Spice Farm, a visit to which acquaints you with various types of spices. The farm is set in a tropical garden. There are also a few stalls where you can purchase spices and oils. Tropical Spice Plantation is another spice farm where you see trees like Mexican Mirchi, Pepper Tree and Lavender Tree. It’s interesting to see & know about the various trees and plants which lend that peculiar taste to our food and make it so delicious!

Popular Things to See in Ponda

  • Tropical Spice Plantation
  • Shri Mahalasa Temple
  • Mahalaxmi Temple
  • Laxmi Narasimha Temple
  • Safa Shahouri Masjid
  • Vijaya Durga Temple
  • Shri Nagueshi Temple
  • Savoi Spice Plantation
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Bicholim – Offbeat Nature Getaway

Mayem Lake Goa

Home to the most scenic waterfalls at Aravalem, oldest mosques, ancient Hindu temples and Mayem Lake, Bicholim is a beautiful countryside to explore in Goa for a relaxing holiday. The popular Saptakoteshwar temple is the major tourist attraction here. Despite having no beaches, it is a blissful haven for nature lovers. The picture postcard settings, ancient rock caves add delight to the mind if you are interested in sightseeing of historical places. Though not much to see in terms of tourist places, this place is still worth a visit for a relaxing escapade into the lap of nature.

Popular Things to See in Bicholim

  • Aravalem Waterfalls
  • Saptakoteshwar Temple

Location – North Goa

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Sanguem, South Goa – Loners Paradise

Rivona Caves South Goa

Your travel experience will remain incomplete if you don’t visit Sanguem. It is one of the lesser-known destinations to visit in Goa. Though it does not fit in the commercial tourism destinations   in Goa, this place is worth a visit. It is blessed with numerous tourist attractions which will surprise you to the core of your heart. It boasts of mysterious caves in Rivona, which is also known as Pandava Caves the kind of which you will not find anywhere else. It is said that Pandavas of Mahabharata lived in these caves during their exile. Lots of spice plantations, dams and waterfalls makes Sanguem scenic and soothing to the heart and eyes. It’s not a place where you can enjoy the pleasure of beaches but if you want to experience something different from the usual beaches of Goa, Sanguem is a place for you.

Popular Things to See in Sanguem

  • Rivona Caves
  • Rivona Springs
  • Vimleshwar Temple
  • Tanshikar Spice Farm
  • Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple
  • Salaulim Dam

Location – South Goa

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Quepem – Retreat for Magical Holidays

Chandranath Hill Temple South Goa

The lesser-known village of Quepem will enchant you forever with its serenity and tranquility. For a relaxed holiday it is the best place to visit in Goa. It is a small village but you will find everything here. Historical Landmarks, scenic Dams, Churches, awesome Beaches, Restaurants and stunning Temples. The tale of Bhoja Kings to the Portuguese rulers, this place echoes their history in the form of temples and dams. Don’t miss the authentic Seafood in Quepem, it is one of a kind. You must visit this place to blend in the secluded serenity of nature.

Top Places to Visit in Quepem

  • Shri Chandranath Temple
  • Shri Damodar Temple
  • Kushavati River
  • Morpila SacredGrove
  • Chandranath Hill
  • 2000 years old Banyan tree
  • Canaguinim Beach
  • Betul Beach

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Valpoi – Adventure Paradise

Valpoi is a must visit tourist destination in Goa for nature lovers and adventurers. The thrills of water rafting, soothing Chorla Ghats and Vagheri hills for trekking and hiking, rocky hills, dense forests, the magnificent and ruined Nanus Fort, serene temples and mosques and the forever blissful Veluz Nagargaon Bridge will definitely blow your heart away. This village’s lifestyle, culture, festivals and folk songs are another delightful treat to make your journey here one of a kind.

Popular Things to See in Valpoi

  • River Mhadei
  • Veluz Nagargaon Bridge
  • Chorla Ghats
  • Vagheri Hills
  • Charavane Waterfall
  • Brahma Temple
  • Diamond Sports Club

Location – North Goa  

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Canacona: It’s all about the beaches!

Palolem Beach Canacona Goa

The city of Canacona lies in close proximity to wonderful beaches like Patnem, Rajbaga, Colomb and Talpona. Each of these beaches have something different to offer. At Palolem Beach, for example, you can go boating to Monkey, Honeymoon and Butterfly Islands. Talpona Beach, on the other hand, is untouched, pristine and secluded, with an extremely relaxed vibe.

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  • Rajbaga Beach
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  • Talpona Beach
  • Palolem Beach
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These are the top 17 places to experience the best of Goa that cover its various attractions including beaches, churches, spice plantations, waterfalls and temples. What part about Goa tourism appeals to you the most, and how many of these tourist places in Goa have you visited? Share your experiences with us!

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Q. What is the best time to visit Goa?

Goa can be visited throughout the year. Monsoons is the best time to visit it for its waterfalls, while winters are great for having a great time at its beaches.

Q. Which beaches of Goa are suitable for families?

Some of the beaches in Goa that are suitable for families are Morjim, Bambolim and Candolim.

Q. Does Goa have its own airport?

Yes, Goa has its own airport called Dabolim Airport or Goa International Airport.

Q. What type of accommodation is available in Goa?

Accommodation options in Goa are available in the form of resorts, hotels, beach shacks and guest houses, depending on your preference and budget. There are five star luxury suites as well as budget hotels, villas, midrange hotels, upmarket hotels and long term rentals.

Q. Which places in Goa are suitable for senior citizens?

Some of the places in Goa that are suitable for senior citizens are Old Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Aguada Fort and Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Q. Where can I experience the nightlife of Goa?

Some of the best nightclubs in Goa where you can experience its nightlife are Tito’s Bar and Club, Club Cubana, Sinq Night Club, Baga Beach and Candolim Beach (for night beach parties).

Q. Do I need a COVID-19 test to visit Goa?

No, you do not need a COVID-19 negative certificate to visit Goa. Domestic travellers too do not need to produce a COVID-19 negative report while arriving at the airport.

Published: 12 Nov, 2020 | Last Updated:  10 Mar, 2022

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Writing, for me, is an artistic expression of the countless thoughts flooding my mind. For now, travel content writing is what keeps me going! In my spare time, I like nothing better than immersing myself in a book, along with a cuppa! A classic movie helps too! I define traveling as a process of self-discovery. Hailing from Darjeeling, my ultimate desire is to escape to the hills, with the mountain air and solitude as my constant companions!

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The 13 best things to do in Goa

Whether you’re looking for beaches, parties or masses of culture, the best things to do in Goa have you covered

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The beautiful Goa is not just the place to admire some jaw-dropping sunsets on sandy beaches (though it does that very, very well), it also holds the title of India ’s party capital. Yep, we know you’re visiting Goa with one or both of those two reasons in mind, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that the southwestern state is home to much, much more than beach bars. 

Goa is also steeped in history – a slow stroll through the state will open your eyes to ancient buildings with Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic or Portuguese origins, and the food reflects these rich cultures too. Sample delicious seafood, curry and more, and then simply decide to take a nap in a hammock on the beach. You’re in Goa, after all. And whenever you feel like seeing the sights, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to the best things to do in Goa.   


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1.  dudhsagar falls.

Dudhsagar Falls

What is it?  It is simply not a trip to Goa without a visit to the Dudhsagar Falls. The name literally translates to ‘sea of milk’, which makes sense when you see it. The waterfall is 310 metres high and found deep within the Western Ghat Mountains, with three streams and four tiers. A must see. 

Why go?  The waterfall is the cherry on top of an already brilliant treck through the forest (one of South India’s most popular for intermediate to advanced level hikers). Plus if you don’t fancy the hike, you can still see the views getting there by car. 

2.  Fontainhas


What is it? Fontainhas is the oldest of Goa’s well-preserved Portuguese quarters. A UNESCO certified heritage zone, it is dotted with narrow streets that run between colourful, Portuguese-style villas dating to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Why go? A stroll through this neighbourhood is an essential Goa experience. The Chapel of Saint Sebastian, built in 1880, is a good point to pause, ponder and snap some Insta-friendly shots.

3.  Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

What is it? Built in 1605, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most known among Goa’s churches. It’s mostly famous for holding the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, revered as the ‘Apostle of the Indes’ among Roman Catholics worldwide.

Why go? It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a grand reminder of Goa’s rich religious traditions. The basilica is particularly popular for its architecture, featuring an ornate main altar, and several spectacularly carved statues, doors, and columns. There’s also a modern art gallery inside, featuring over 30 late twentieth-century paintings.

4.  Sahakari Spice Farm

Sahakari Spice Farm

What is it? An impressive range of spices, fruits, medicinal trees and herbs are grown at this lush green plantation spread over 130 acres.

Why go? Sahakari is lined with seemingly endless rows of India’s most cherished spices including turmeric, cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon, as well as a decent range of fruits such as papaya and jackfruit. You’ll get to learn about their nutritional qualities and even pick and taste a few samples. Make sure to wrap your day at the in-house restaurant for a delicious meal that puts the best of spices to use.

5.  Arpora Saturday Night Bazaar

Arpora Saturday Night Bazaar

What is it? This bustling night market comes to life every Saturday evening at 6 pm. It’s partly a large, open-air party with live music concerts and bars adding a great atmosphere to the score of stalls trading in goods of all sorts – cheap souvenirs, designer clothing, handicrafts, freshly ground spices and more.

Why go? Most of Goa’s finest boutique designers, restaurants and bars bring their best to you here, letting you sample a whole range of essential Goan experiences in a single night. Make sure to browse handcrafted jewellery at the Cocoroots and Cheshire Cat kiosks, stop for shawarma from Thalassa or for falafel from Janet & Johns, and wrap your evening at Boutique House Bar located within the market.

6.  Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral

What is it? Se Cathedral is considered to be the largest church in Asia. It’s also one of Goa’s oldest and has been in service since 1640, though construction on the structure began almost a century before that.

Why go? It’s among Goa’s most serene and atmospheric cathedrals, with a plain white façade and seated atop stretches of well-maintained green lawns. The church had two towers when it was first built, and while one collapsed in 1776, the other is well known today for housing a large bell known as the Golden Bell.

7.  Singbal’s Book House

Singbal’s Book House

What is it? Housed in a heritage building at the intersection of five roads in Panaji, this bookstore dating to 1936 is one of Goa’s oldest.

Why go? Singbal’s is a local legend. The space itself may not seem that impressive at first look; it’s deceptively small, with hundreds of books and magazines crammed into congested shelves. But with some patient browsing, you can uncover some rare gems. It is particularly well-stocked in travel and Goan history guides.

8.  Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach

What is it? A beach for those who like a bit of peace, but not isolation.

Why go? While it's not exactly deserted, Vagator makes for a pleasant beach to spend an afternoon (or even a few days). Umbrellas and loungers line the shore and restaurant staff will bring food and drink directly to you if you want. Other tourists come here too, but it's not a wild party beach. Nearby you can do a bit of sightseeing at Chapora Fort.

9.  Big Foot Cross Museum

Big Foot Cross Museum

What is it? This quirky museum houses a collection of over 1,500 Christian crosses gathered from around the world. It is located by the sprawling compounds of Ancestral Goa, an educational project which attempts to recreate a typical Goan village from 100 years ago.

Why go? If you’re a history or art buff, then you’ll likely be fascinated by the sheer variety of crosses found here. It’s a unique testament to Goa’s eccentric heritage. Right by the museum is a handicrafts fair which is also well worth visiting.

10.  Artjuna Garden Café and Lifestyle Shop

Artjuna Garden Café and Lifestyle Shop

What is it? Housed in an old Portuguese villa, this café specialising in health food comes with a sprawling garden full of hammocks and mango trees. The attached lifestyle shop offers handcrafted jewellery and a selection of interesting souvenirs.

Why go? Artjuna is the sort of laid-back, upbeat space that’s quintessential Goa to many folks. It’s ideal if you’re seeking community; Artjuna is always drawing fun crowds with frequent movie nights and other fun events. It’s also a great place to unwind solo with a green smoothie and a book, which you can borrow from their in-house library.

11.  Mahadeva Temple, Tambdi Surla

Mahadeva Temple, Tambdi Surla

What is it? This twelfth-century temple is Goa’s oldest. It’s known for having survived the Goa Inquisition possibly due to its location within the secluded forests of the Western Ghat Mountains.

Why go? Dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva, this stone temple is remarkably quaint. It’s a treat for architecture lovers, featuring several intricately carved basalt stone pillars and sculptures that show mythological figures as well as symbols traced to a local dynasty, the Kadambas, who ruled the area between the tenth and fourteenth centuries.

12.  Anjuna Flea Market

Anjuna Flea Market

What is it? This bustling weekly market was founded as a hippie exchange over three decades ago, where travellers short of money could barter or sell possessions. Today you’ll find vendors from around the country trading in goods ranging from pashmina textiles and terracotta sculptures to electronics.

Why go? It’s a paradise for thrift shopping, and arguably Goa’s best flea market. It’s also one of its most scenic, with pop-up stores taking up a considerable stretch of the beach. The market is understandably closed temporarily during the pandemic but expects to return to colourful form in the near future. 

13.  Gunpowder


What is it? Easily one of Goa’s best restaurants. It serves hearty dishes from across India’s southern coast in a quirky and cheerfully colourful setting.

Why go? You can’t go wrong with a meal here. Try their legendary beef fry or the masala prawn paired with appams – a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter in the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They have plenty of delicious cocktails to go with your food too, often with generous doses of Feni, Goa’s very own liquor.

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Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Goa

Located along the beautiful Arabian Sea on the western coast of India, Goa beckons travellers with its pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and rich history. Renowned for its laid-back vibe , delicious cuisine, and lively nightlife, this coastal paradise offers a variety of experiences for every type of traveller. Let’s embark on a journey to discover the top tourist attractions that make Goa a must-visit destination.

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus 

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is a testament to Goa’s rich colonial past. Built-in the 16th century, this magnificent church houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and showcases exquisite Baroque architecture, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and architecture aficionados alike.

2. Chapora Fort

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Immortalized by the Bollywood movie “Dil Chahta Hai,” Chapora Fort offers more than just cinematic charm. Situated atop a rocky cliff overlooking the Chapora River, this ancient fortification provides sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and the Arabian Sea, making it a popular spot for photography enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

3. Dudhsagar Waterfalls

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Tucked away in the lush jungles of the Western Ghats, Dudhsagar Waterfalls is a sight to behold. Translating to “Sea of Milk,” this majestic cascade plummets from a height of over 300 meters, creating a mesmerizing spectacle amidst the verdant landscape. Visitors can trek through the surrounding wilderness or take a thrilling jeep safari to witness this natural wonder up close.

4. Dona Paula

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Named after a historical figure, Dona Paula is a picturesque promenade located at the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Zuari River. Famous for its romantic legend and stunning views, this scenic spot is ideal for a leisurely stroll, water sports, or simply watching the sunset hand in hand with a loved one.

5 Baga Beach

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With its golden sands, swaying palms, and azure waters, Baga Beach is a quintessential Goan experience. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping water sports or simply want to soak up the sun with a refreshing drink in hand, Baga Beach offers something for everyone.

6. Aguada Fort 

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Perched atop a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea, Aguada Fort offers panoramic views of the coastline and the crashing waves below. Built by the Portuguese in the 17th century, this historic fortification is steeped in tales of conquest and is a great spot for capturing breathtaking sunsets.

7. Anjuna Flea Market

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Every Wednesday, the sleepy village of Anjuna transforms into a bustling hub of activity with its iconic flea market. Here, travelers can browse through a treasure trove of goods, including handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs, while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere and sampling local delicacies.

8. Shri Mangueshi Temple 

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Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Shri Mangueshi Temple is one of the most prominent Hindu temples in Goa. Known for its exquisite South Indian temple architecture and intricate carvings, this sacred site attracts devotees and visitors alike who come to seek blessings and marvel at its beauty.

9. Cabo de Rama Fort

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Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea, Cabo de Rama Fort is steeped in history and offers panoramic views of the coastline below. Believed to have been built by Hindu rulers and later fortified by the Portuguese, this ancient fortress is shrouded in legends and is a great spot for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

10. Palolem Beach 

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Located in South Goa, Palolem Beach is a postcard-perfect paradise known for its crescent-shaped coastline, pristine sands, and tranquil waters. Whether you’re lounging under the shade of a palm tree, taking a leisurely stroll along the shore, or embarking on a dolphin-watching excursion, Palolem Beach offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


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Best Places to Visit In Goa

If you are planning a trip to Goa, then you must know the best places to visit in Goa. These include beaches, churches, forts, temples, museums, waterfalls, islands, markets, and food joints. Explore the famous Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, and Sinquerim Beach. Don’t miss visiting iconic churches like The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Fort Aguada, which are some of the best places for Christmas celebrations in Goa .

You can also visit temples like Shanta Durga and Maruti Temple, or unique museums like the Archaeological Museum or Wax World Museum. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife at Tito’s Street and Club Cubana. Explore the beautiful Dona Paula beach, also known as the Lover’s Paradise, and take in the ethereal view of the Arabian Sea and Mormugao harbour from the Dona Paula Jetty.

Don’t forget to shop at Anjuna Flea Market or Mapusa Friday Market to experience the local culture. Overall, these are the best places to visit in Goa that you cannot miss!

Unveiling Goa’s Beaches


Goa’s beaches offer a scenic escape with pristine sand and palm trees. Perfect for water sports and relaxation, you can enjoy thrilling activities like water skiing and scuba diving. The popular beaches along the Arabian Sea have white sands and palm-lined shores, ideal for leisure activities and to witness some of the best sunsets in the world .

Experience the vibrant beach culture of Goa with beach shacks, dance floors, and various activities. Discover hidden gem beaches for special occasions and serene getaways away from crowded tourist spots. Whether you seek adventure or tranquility, Goa’s beaches cater to all preferences, making it one of the best destinations for honeymoon in India .

1. The Vibrant Baga Beach

If you’re looking for the best places to visit in Goa or for New Year celebrations in Goa , Baga Beach, and Colva Beach are two destinations that should be at the top of your list. Nestled along the shores of North Goa, Baga Beach is renowned for its lively ambiance and vibrant beachside activities. A visit to Baga Beach offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of water sports, surrounded by coconut trees and white sandy shores.

Embracing the lively vibes of Baga Beach, visitors can indulge in the charm of beach shacks, dance floors, and an array of water activities. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the beach makes it an ideal destination for special occasions, combining beachside relaxation with exhilarating water adventures. Baga Beach’s vibrant flea market adds to the allure, creating a perfect blend of leisure and excitement, making it one of the top places to visit in Goa.

Another popular destination that should be on your list of places to visit in Goa is Colva Beach. Famous for its expansive beachfront, powdery white sand, swaying coconut trees, and colva beach, it is located 33 kilometres away from the Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and is at a distance of 8 kilometers from the Margao Railway Station. It has open-air eateries, bars, and nightclubs overlooking the sea.

You can notice ancient ruins of Portuguese houses and villas, small shacks, and shops near the railway station. With its picturesque scenery and lively atmosphere, Colva Beach is another must-visit spot in Goa that should not be missed!

2. The Serene Calangute Beach

Looking for the best places to visit in Goa? Look no further than Calangute Beach and Candolim Beach, some of the best offbeat places in India . Calangute Beach offers a perfect blend of relaxation and water sports, making it a popular spot for visitors to unwind and create unforgettable memories. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in water skiing, boat rides, and jet skiing, while others can simply embrace the tranquil ambiance for special occasions or laid-back beachside relaxation.

Nearby Candolim Beach is comparatively quieter and is perfect for lazing. It also makes a great base to explore the best places in North Goa, including Arambol Beach, and discover the highlights of Central Goa and the fascinating landmarks of Old Goa.

3. The Unexplored Sinquerim Beach

If you’re looking for the best places to visit in Goa, don’t miss out on Sinquerim Beach, which is renowned as one of the best beaches in Goa . This unexplored gem is nestled within the coastal beauty of Goa and offers a peaceful and tranquil escape from the bustling crowds. With its coconut trees, pristine white sand, and exhilarating water sports, Sinquerim Beach is the perfect setting for beachside relaxation and special occasions. This hidden paradise embraces natural beauty and serene ambiance, providing visitors with a harmonious blend of tranquility and adventure. Another must-visit attraction when exploring the places to visit in Goa is Morjim Beach, famous for being the nesting place for Olive Ridley turtles.

4. The Hippie’s Paradise – Anjuna Beach

Nestled in the vibrant coastal region, Anjuna Beach is one of the best places to visit in Goa and a true hippie’s paradise, offering a perfect blend of beachside relaxation and bustling flea markets, making it one of the best summer holiday destinations in the world . It’s the ideal place to unwind and immerse yourself in the laid-back vibes, with opportunities for beachside activities, vibrant flea markets, and swaying coconut trees.

Anjuna Beach is renowned for its charming beach shacks, lively dance floors, and a wide array of water sports, making it a haven for adventure seekers and relaxation enthusiasts alike. Visitors can experience the bohemian charm of this beach, known for its unique fusion of serene relaxation and engaging beachside activities.

Anjuna Beach is indeed a perfect place to create special memories, indulge in delectable cuisine, and enjoy the soothing ambiance by the sea.

5. The Exotic Butterfly Beach

Tucked away from the bustling tourist places in Goa, Butterfly Beach, one of the best offbeat places for summer vacation is one of the best places to visit in Goa – an exotic hidden gem boasting pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters. It’s an ideal spot for snorkeling, water sports, and ultimate beachside relaxation.

This secluded beach offers breathtaking natural beauty, making it a perfect place for a romantic getaway or special occasion. Embracing the unspoiled charm of Butterfly Beach, visitors can immerse themselves in its pristine ambiance and picturesque surroundings.

With its alluring secluded vibe, this beach is a perfect place to unwind and connect with nature, away from the crowds and touristy spots. So, if you are looking for places to visit in Goa and some of the best destinations for introverts , make sure to add Butterfly Beach to your list!

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Historical Churches in Goa

Step into the historical churches of Goa and travel back in time to the 16th century. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage, with their architectural splendor providing a serene and spiritual ambiance. Perfect for cultural exploration and spiritual reflection, the ancient churches of Goa are known for their historical significance and architectural marvels.

Discover the grandeur of the legendary Basilica of Bom Jesus, the majestic Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, the ancient Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, and the iconic Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Each church holds a unique place in history, making it the perfect destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in Goa’s rich cultural tapestry.

6. The Legendary Basilica of Bom Jesus

Nestled in the heart of Goa, the Legendary Basilica of Bom Jesus, one of the most photographed places in the world stands as a testament to the region’s rich historical and religious heritage. This UNESCO World Heritage Site exudes architectural grandeur and spiritual ambiance, drawing visitors from far and wide. The Basilica offers a serene sanctuary for reflection and exploration, embracing centuries of historical richness and cultural significance. Step into this iconic symbol of Goa’s heritage to witness the legendary charm of the catholic church and immerse yourself in the epitome of the region’s history.

7. The Majestic Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina

Nestled in Goa, Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Goa. This mesmerizing cathedral boasts Portuguese architectural brilliance, offering a tranquil and spiritual experience to its visitors. This architectural marvel has a rich historical legacy that immerses visitors in grandeur, providing a serene and awe-inspiring ambiance.

Perfect for cultural exploration and reflection, the historical significance of Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina unfolds, enriching visitors with the emblem of Goa’s heritage. So, if you want to explore the best places to visit in Goa, don’t forget to add Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina to your list!

8. The Ancient Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

Nestled in the heart of Goa, the 16th-century Church of Saint Francis of Assisi offers a captivating blend of history and spirituality. Known for its exquisite architecture and tranquil spiritual ambiance, it’s a perfect place for cultural exploration and spiritual reflection. The ancient charm of this architectural gem provides an enriching experience of Goa’s heritage, allowing visitors to discover its timeless beauty and historical legacy. Embracing the historical richness of the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is a must for anyone looking to delve into Goa’s rich historical tapestry.

9. The Iconic Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Nestled in the heart of Panjim, one of the best places to visit in India in January , the Iconic Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception beckons visitors with its breathtaking colonial architecture and serene ambiance. The grand bell, one of the largest in Goa, resonates through the air, adding to the peaceful atmosphere of this iconic religious site. From the vantage point of the church, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the bustling city of Panjim, making it a perfect spot to capture memorable photographs of the vibrant cityscape. It’s truly a must-visit destination for those seeking a tranquil retreat amidst the historical charm of Goa.

Reliving History Through Goa’s Forts

Discover the best places to visit in Goa by exploring the well-preserved forts that showcase the region’s rich heritage and cultural significance. For history enthusiasts and cultural explorers, these forts provide an immersive experience of Goa’s historical grandeur. Traverse the historic walls and pathways of Reis Magos Fort, one of the top places to visit in Goa, to relive the 16th-century magnificence.

From the stalwart Fort Aguada to the historic Chapora Fort and the magnificent Cabo de Rama Fort, each fort unveils a unique chapter of Goa’s glorious past. With their strategic locations and architectural marvels, these forts stand as testaments to Goa’s eventful history, making them must-visit places to explore during your trip to Goa.

10. The Stalwart Fort Aguada

With its captivating panoramic views of the Arabian Sea, the historic Fort Aguada stands as a symbol of Goa’s maritime history. The iconic lighthouse at the fort offers a perfect vantage point to capture stunning sunset vistas, making it a popular site for visitors.

Exploring the ancient military architecture within the fort, known as Aguada Fort, provides a unique opportunity to delve into Goa’s rich historical legacy. Additionally, Fort Aguada, also known as Aguada Fort, is a great place for birdwatching, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the picturesque landscapes and wildlife sanctuary around the area.

11. The Historic Chapora Fort

Looking for the best places to visit in Goa? Look no further than Chapora Fort! This historic site offers breathtaking panoramic views of Vagator Beach, including the famous Big Vagator. It’s the perfect spot to capture stunning sunrise and sunset moments and escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a while. Don’t miss out on exploring this serene destination and the nearby Terekhol River, both offering stunning natural beauty. Make Chapora Fort a must-visit on your list of places to visit in Goa for a truly unforgettable experience.

12. The Magnificent Cabo de Rama Fort

Nestled on the coast, the magnificent Cabo de Rama Fort is a hidden gem offering unparalleled panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. This 16th-century fort is renowned for its historical significance and ancient charm, making it a fascinating destination for history enthusiasts.

Surrounded by lush greenery, the fort creates a serene atmosphere, perfect for nature lovers and those seeking tranquility. It’s an ideal place to immerse oneself in local folklore and legends, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the visit. The fort’s tranquil ambiance and breathtaking vistas make it a perfect place to unwind and absorb the rich history and natural beauty of South Goa, including the Corjuem Fort, which offers excellent panoramic views of the Corjuem River and the areas beyond it.

The Sacred Temples of Goa

Embark on a spiritual journey through Goa’s sacred temples and experience the region’s diverse cultural and religious heritage. These temples offer a fascinating glimpse into Goa’s spiritual traditions and heritage, featuring intricate architecture and ornate deities, making them ideal for seeking inner peace and spiritual connections.

Explore the mystical Shanta Durga Temple, the holy Mangeshi Temple, and the spiritual Maruti Temple to immerse yourself in the spiritual essence of Goa. Witness the beauty and tranquility of these sacred sites as you delve into the rich tapestry of Goa’s spiritual and cultural landscape.

13. The Mystical Shanta Durga Temple

Nestled in the heart of Goa is the enchanting Shanta Durga Temple, a serene place of worship dedicated to the revered goddess Shanta Durga. This mystical temple is renowned for its exquisite artwork, intricate carvings, and vibrant deities that adorn its sacred precincts, offering visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage. It provides a peaceful and harmonious environment for spiritual reflection, attracting devotees who seek blessings and inner tranquility.

The Shanta Durga Temple stands as a significant site for witnessing traditional Hindu rituals and ceremonies, further showcasing the spiritual and religious diversity of Goa. As visitors immerse themselves in the tranquil ambiance of the temple, they are transported to a realm of ancient traditions and divine spirituality, making it a perfect place for those seeking a meaningful connection with the religious roots of the region.

14. The Holy Mangeshi Temple

The Holy Mangeshi Temple in Goa is one of the best places to visit in Goa and a revered pilgrimage site known for its grand architecture. Visitors can experience Hindu rituals and ceremonies, gaining insight into Goa’s religious heritage and its connection to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

Another must-visit place to explore the religious side of Goa is the Sri Mahadeva Temple, Tambdi Surla, which is one of Goa’s oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, with a Shiva Linga and a statue of a headless Nandi. Locals believe that a large king cobra resides near the Shiva Linga, making it an interesting place to visit in Goa for those who love adventure.

15. The Spiritual Maruti Temple

Nestled amidst the vibrant culture of Goa is the Spiritual Maruti Temple, dedicated to the revered Hindu deity Lord Hanuman, renowned as a symbol of strength and devotion. This spiritual haven features an impressive idol of Lord Hanuman, which serves as a magnetic attraction for devotees seeking solace and blessings. The temple, frequented by pilgrims, offers a serene and reflective setting for spiritual contemplation, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in a peaceful ambiance.

Moreover, the Spiritual Maruti Temple plays a significant role in local religious festivals, adding an element of cultural richness and tradition to the spiritual experience. Embracing the essence of spirituality and reverence, this sacred site embodies the spiritual vibrancy of Goa. With its profound significance and tranquil surroundings, the temple stands as a perfect place for devotees and spiritual seekers to find harmony and spiritual fulfillment, making it a must-visit attraction in the region.

Goa’s Unique Museums

When it comes to the best places to visit in Goa, exploring its unique museums should be on your list. Not only do these museums showcase a diverse range of artifacts, art, and historical exhibits, but they also offer an enriching experience for art, history, and culture enthusiasts. It’s a great way to discover lesser-known aspects of Goa’s heritage, providing insights into the region’s colonial, maritime, and artistic legacy.

You can immerse yourself in the Informative Archaeological Museum, the Artistic Museum of Christian Art, the intriguing Wax World Museum, and the Vasco da Gama Naval Aviation Museum, each presenting a different perspective on Goa’s history and cultural evolution. By visiting these places to visit in Goa, tourists can gain a deeper understanding of the vibrant and multi-faceted heritage that defines this beautiful destination.

16. The Informative Archaeological Museum

Step into the fascinating Archaeological Museum to uncover Goa’s rich history and culture. This immersive experience allows visitors to explore an extensive collection of ancient artifacts, providing valuable insights into the heritage of the region. History enthusiasts will find this museum to be a treasure trove, offering a deep dive into Goan history and its cultural significance. The museum’s informative exhibits, including the naval aviation museum, offer a captivating journey through the local heritage, making it a must-visit for those seeking a deeper understanding of Goa’s past.

The museum’s portrayal of ancient artifacts and historical narratives makes it a perfect place for enthusiasts of Goa’s historical background to gain a comprehensive understanding of the region’s cultural evolution. From ancient relics to insightful displays, the Archaeological Museum provides an enriching experience, shedding light on the diverse influences that have shaped Goa’s identity over the centuries.

17. The Artistic Museum of Christian Art

If you’re looking for places to visit in Goa, make sure to add this museum to your itinerary. Step into the world of intricate Christian art and see an impressive collection that art and history lovers will appreciate. The museum offers a rare glimpse into Goa’s rich Christian artistic heritage through its carefully curated display of religious artifacts and paintings.

It’s a perfect place to witness the fusion of art and faith, providing visitors with a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of these artistic treasures. Whether you’re drawn to history or simply admire fine art, this museum is a must-visit destination to immerse yourself in the artistic legacy of Goa. So when you plan your trip to Goa, don’t forget to include this museum in your list of places to visit in Goa.

18. The Intriguing Wax World Museum

Step into the captivating world of lifelike wax statues at the Wax World Museum, where history comes to life. Visitors have the unique opportunity to capture timeless moments with their favorite historical figures, creating cherished memories. This interactive and engaging museum offers an immersive journey through time, catering to both adults and children alike. With its extensive collection of lifelike wax statues, the museum provides an exciting and educational experience for all. Embrace the chance to be enthralled by prominent personalities and delve into the rich tapestry of history in a truly captivating way.

The Waterfalls of Goa

Embark on a nature-filled adventure as Goa unveils its breathtaking natural waterfalls, surrounded by lush greenery that offers a serene escape from bustling city life. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the beauty of Goa’s natural landscapes, including the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most enthralling places to visit in Goa. The park sprawls over a wide area of 8 square kilometers and is filled with diverse and exciting flora and fauna. Providing opportunities for relaxation and adventure, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary are the perfect destinations for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

19. The Majestic Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Amidst the lush landscapes of Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls presents a mesmerizing sight of cascading white water, offering an exhilarating experience amidst nature. Visitors revel in trekking and swimming in the natural pools while capturing stunning photographs, making it an ideal spot for adventure and photography enthusiasts alike. This majestic natural wonder, located inside the Mollem National Park, stands as a testament to Goa’s breathtaking natural beauty, inviting tourists to immerse themselves in its splendor.

The Islands of Goa

Tucked away in the Arabian Sea, Goa is one of the best places to visit in Goa, blessed with captivating islands that boast pristine beaches and breathtaking panoramic views. These idyllic islands serve as a perfect retreat for leisure activities and unwinding amidst nature’s splendor, making them must-visit places in Goa.

Visitors are welcome to immerse themselves in a myriad of water sports and luxuriate in beachside relaxation, creating unforgettable memories in some of the top places to visit in Goa. Explore the hidden coves and soak in the natural beauty that these islands have to offer, providing a tranquil and unspoiled escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

From the traditional Divar Island to the serene Grand Island, each one has its unique charm and allure. The islands stand testament to Goa’s unspoiled beauty, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for every traveler. The abundance of wildlife sanctuaries, such as the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, and historical landmarks like the 16th-century Chapora River, ensure that there is never a dull moment on these picturesque islands. Plan your visit to these islands during the best time of the year and experience the sheer bliss of nature at its finest.

20. The Tranquil Grand Island

Nestled off the coast of Goa, the Tranquil Grand Island beckons visitors with its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, creating an ideal setting for snorkeling enthusiasts. Boat trips around the island offer a memorable experience, allowing guests to revel in panoramic views and a serene atmosphere away from the mainland crowds.

Diving enthusiasts will find the island to be an ideal location for exploring underwater wonders, while others seek a peaceful retreat amidst nature’s pristine beauty. This secluded haven provides an escape to tranquil and unspoiled surroundings, making it a must-visit for those seeking a serene and immersive experience.

21. The Traditional Divar Island

Nestled within Goa, the serene Divar Island is one of the best places to visit in Goa and is steeped in old-world charm and boasts picturesque landscapes that captivate visitors. As tourists explore the island, they encounter ancient churches, temples, and splendid Portuguese architecture, offering a rich tapestry of cultural heritage.

Divar Island provides a unique glimpse into Goa’s traditional way of life, making it an off-the-beaten-path destination for those seeking authentic cultural exploration. The tranquility of the island, coupled with stunning river views, offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it one of the idyllic retreat places to visit in Goa for travelers seeking a touch of serenity amidst Goa’s vibrant landscape.

Goa’s Nightlife and Party Spots

Experience the vibrant nightlife of Goa, offering a diverse mix of beach parties and dance clubs that cater to various tastes and preferences. The nightlife spots come alive with live music, dynamic DJ performances, and exciting themed events, creating a lively and energetic ambiance after dark.

From the exhilarating Tito’s Street to the happening Club Cubana and the vibrant Sinq Night Club, Goa’s nightlife venues provide the perfect blend of fun, music, and entertainment. Embrace the pulsating rhythm of Goa’s nightlife and immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience under the starry skies, or who knows you might also witness some of the unique Chr

22. The Exciting Tito’s Street

Tito’s Street, a beloved hotspot for nightlife, is adorned with an array of bars and nightclubs, creating an electrifying atmosphere for party enthusiasts. Here, visitors can savor a variety of cocktails while reveling in live music and dance floors, making it the perfect place to socialize, dance, and create enduring memories of the festivals in India . This lively and pulsating street is a must-visit for anyone seeking an exhilarating nightlife experience, offering an ideal setting to soak in the vibrant Goan nightlife.

Tito’s Street encapsulates the essence of Goa’s energetic after-dark scene, catering to diverse tastes and preferences with its vibrant ambiance and entertainment options. It’s no surprise that this bustling street has cemented its reputation as a go-to destination for those in search of an unforgettable nightlife experience in Goa.

23. The Happening Club Cubana

Nestled on the Arpora Hill, Club Cubana offers a lively atmosphere with great music and a dance floor, making it an exciting spot for party lovers. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area while sipping on a variety of cocktails and drinks at the in-house bar. The club’s vibrant nightlife and themed parties make it a perfect place to socialize, dance, and create lasting memories in a friendly and pulsating environment.

24. The Vibrant Sinq Night Club

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Sinq Night Club, a place where style meets entertainment. The club boasts an elegant ambiance complemented by an inviting outdoor pool and lounge area, creating the perfect setting for an unforgettable night out. Renowned DJs take the stage, ensuring a pulsating experience for party enthusiasts, while visitors indulge in delectable food and an extensive range of beverages.

Sinq Night Club is not just a nightlife destination; it’s a multifaceted experience that combines entertainment, music, and a chic setting. Whether it’s a regular night out or a special occasion, the club offers the perfect blend of sophistication and allure, making it a must-visit spot in Goa’s nightlife scene.

Goa’s Local Markets for Shopaholics

Discovering local treasures in Goa is a shopper’s delight. Anjuna Flea Market, a bustling hub, is renowned for its eclectic mix of goods, from clothing to handicrafts. Visitors can soak in the energetic vibe and live music while exploring food stalls. This market provides an immersive experience of the local culture. The Colorful Mapusa Friday Market is a treasure trove of traditional Goan items, spices, and fresh produce. It’s the perfect place to shop for souvenirs and witness the vibrant market culture of Goa. Both these markets offer unique opportunities for shopaholics to indulge in local finds and immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Goa.

25. The Bustling Anjuna Flea Market

Nestled in the heart of Goa, the bustling Anjuna Flea Market beckons tourists seeking a vibrant and lively experience. Visitors are presented with a diverse range of goods, from clothing and jewelry to exquisite handicrafts, creating an atmosphere of excitement and exploration. Bargaining, an integral part of the market culture, allows visitors to secure fantastic deals and immerse themselves in the local trading customs.

Adding to the market’s allure are the captivating sounds of live music and the aroma of delectable delicacies from the food stalls. This combination creates an environment that perfectly captures the essence of Goa – lively, colorful, and full of energy. Visitors need to plan their visit wisely, as the market comes to life only on Wednesdays, offering a unique opportunity to engage with local vendors and indulge in a true Goan experience.

26. The Colorful Mapusa Friday Market

Nestled in the heart of Goa, the vibrant Mapusa Friday Market is a bustling haven for both locals and tourists. Every Friday, this colorful market comes alive with a diverse array of offerings, from fresh produce to unique handmade crafts and souvenirs. As visitors stroll through the lively market, they are treated to the sights and sounds of live music and performances, adding an extra layer of vibrancy to the atmosphere.

Amidst the hustle and bustle, local street food vendors entice shoppers with an array of delicious snacks and meals, providing the perfect opportunity to savor authentic Goan flavors while exploring the market. Whether it’s sampling local delicacies or seeking out one-of-a-kind souvenirs, the Mapusa Friday Market stands as an essential destination for those looking to immerse themselves in the rich and dynamic culture of Goa.

Goa’s Cuisine and Food Joints

Exploring the diverse flavors of Goan cuisine is a delightful journey in itself. From delectable seafood to fiery vindaloo, the local cuisine reflects the rich cultural heritage of the region. You can savor authentic dishes at various food joints scattered across the state. Indulge in a gastronomic adventure at shacks along the serene Palolem Beach or relish traditional flavors at the bustling markets in North Goa. For an immersive culinary experience, visit the quaint eateries near the historic Se Cathedral or dine with a view of the majestic River Mandovi. The blend of Portuguese and Indian influences in Goan cuisine offers a perfect fusion of flavors, making it a paradise for food enthusiasts. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample unique delicacies at the iconic restaurants near the 16th-century forts or experience the local vibe at the vibrant food joints in South Goa. Embark on a culinary escapade and uncover the essence of Goa through its enticing food culture.

How does the local cuisine contribute to Goa’s culture?

How does the local cuisine contribute to Goa’s culture? The local cuisine in Goa plays a significant role in shaping its vibrant culture. With a blend of Indian, Portuguese, and Konkani influences, Goan food is known for its rich flavors and unique spices. From spicy seafood curries to delicious vegetarian dishes, Goan cuisine reflects the region’s history and diverse cultural heritage. Exploring the local food joints and trying traditional dishes is a great way to immerse yourself in Goa’s culture and culinary traditions.

To conclude, Goa is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, historical churches, majestic forts, sacred temples, unique museums, stunning waterfalls, captivating islands, vibrant nightlife, bustling local markets, and delicious cuisine. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural experiences, Goa has something for everyone. Explore the vibrant Baga Beach, the serene Calangute Beach, and the unexplored Sinquerim Beach. Immerse yourself in history at the legendary Basilica of Bom Jesus and the majestic Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina. Discover the natural beauty of the mystical Shanta Durga Temple and the majestic Dudhsagar Waterfalls. Indulge in Goa’s nightlife at Tito’s Street, Club Cubana, and Sinq Night Club. Don’t forget to explore the bustling Anjuna Flea Market and the colorful Mapusa, Friday Market, for some retail therapy. Finally, savor the flavors of Goa through its local cuisine and food joints. With so much to offer, Goa is truly a traveler’s paradise.

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A Complete 7-day Itinerary and Guide to Goa for First Timers

This guide to Goa is perfect for those of you planning to travel there for the first time, as it talks about the best time to visit, how to reach Goa, popular beaches in North and South Goa, where to stay for your first visit, and how to get around. Also included is Goa itinerary for 7 days.

Goa is a tropical paradise with endless white and golden-sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees. This small state in the southwestern region of India is unlike any other, with its laid-back culture balanced by its thriving nightlife. But that’s not all there is to Goa. It is a land of soothing bike rides, fascinating world heritage sites, plush resorts, friendly hostels, delectable seafood, and various forms of spiritual practices.

It is a popular destination in India amongst Indian and international travellers (after the Taj Mahal, of course), as it has something for everyone.

Guide to Goa For First Timers

What is the best time to visit goa.

pasture, low-land, buffaloes, Monsoon may not be the best time to visit Goa due to flooding

March-May : These are the summer months when Goa gets unbearably muggy, with temperatures touching 40ºC (104ºF).

June – September : During these monsoon months, Goa becomes lush green. It is relatively quieter than other months. Most shacks are temporary structures that are dismantled during this period and water sports aren’t going on. But this is a charming time in Goa overall, with plenty of restaurants and activities to keep you entertained.

November–February : Winter is the peak season here. Goa, being a coastal area, is balmy while the inland parts of the country go through typical winter temperatures. The sun is always out and the cool sea breeze blows through from time to time. December is the busiest month as Goa hosts the Annual Sunburn Music Festival, which attracts people from all over. Plus, people flock in to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s holidays at this party destination.

Verdict: For your first time in Goa, you should visit during the season, Mid-October to Mid-March , so that you can see all that Goa has to offer. The shacks will be open, beach stays will be available in South Goa and the weather will be pleasant. However, the prices will be higher than any other time of the year.

How to reach Goa?

How to reach Goa? Have a fun time in a train

Goa’s international airport is situated at Dabolim, near Vasco Da Gama, and there is also a new airport in North Goa, Manohar International Airport. You can land at either of these and hire a taxi to your hotel/hostel.

While most cities in India have an organised cab service like Uber and Ola, Goa has  GoaMiles  ( now also an app) that can pass for Goa’s very own Uber. We’ve used it a few times and found cabs at a good rate. You can also opt for the taxis lined up on the road outside the airport (be prepared to bargain and ensure to set prices before the start of the trip) or prepaid taxi stands at airports that have a set price. You can always ask at your accommodation if they provide airport transfers but these might turn out to be more expensive.

Local buses in Goa are significantly cheaper but also very inconvenient, as you would have to change multiple vehicles to get to your destination in Goa. Use the local bus only if you’re on a super low budget.

Bus, Cab and Car

You can also opt to reach Goa by overnight bus or cab from major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Hyderabad in India. If travelling by bus, Mapusa would be your de-boarding point for North Goa , Panjim for Central , and Margao/Canacona for South .

You can book your bus via Redbus .

We’ve driven it down from Pune a few times now and once from Hyderabad. The road is full of potholes as you get closer to Goa. But you’ll cross ghats and waterfalls. It is beautiful!

Goa is also well connected by train to the rest of India. The main train stations are Vasco da Gama (central), Margao (south) and Thivim (north) .

Which area to stay in Goa?

A fairly empty Baga Beach - One of the popular beaches in North Goa

Goa is divided into North and South Goa, with its capital, Panaji (popularly known as Panjim), located around the centre. For your first time in Goa, it can be confusing to decide where to stay, as different corners of the state offer different experiences. In this itinerary, you’ll be staying in both North Goa and South Goa .

Baga, Calangute, Candolim or Anjuna : This is a good option for your first time in Goa, as the area is very central, so all places to see would be close to you.

However, please note that these beaches aren’t best, as they’re the most popular in Goa. Every Tom Dick and Harry visit these beaches so the crowd is also such. However, your purpose of staying around this area is different. You’re here to enjoy the water sports, the parties, the food and maybe even shop a little.

A little further north is Anjuna. While it is not the best location to stay for this itinerary, this area has come up a lot in the past few years, so you’ll find a lot of  must-visit restaurants in Goa  around this area.

Stay Options:

Casa Cenica (2BHK in Arpora) Onastay  (2BHK in Candolim) Casa De Mezzanine (Beautiful 1BHK in Arpora) Jade by CasaFlip (2BHK in Anjuna) Beach Villa With Private pool (luxury) Canary By CasaFlip (1BHK in Anjuna).

Palolem or Agonda: For your first trip to South Goa, you should stay at one of these two beaches and explore other beaches nearby. These beaches have restaurants but still maintain a relaxed vibe so you can enjoy time on the beach. Remember that you should only stay in South Goa beaches beach from October to March, as the huts and shacks are mostly dismantled before the monsoons and built back up when the monsoons get over. Click to  know more about South Goa Beaches .

Stay Options: Jardim-a-Mar (Agonda Beach—I’ve stayed here twice) Simrose (Agonda Beach; this one is often open all-year round) Agonda Serenity Beach Villa (has a jacuzzi on porch at Agonda Beach) Agonda Island View (Agonda Beach) BunkNBrew (hostel in Palolem)

How to get around Goa?

Palolem Beach - One of the popular beaches in South Goa

Taxis are expensive in Goa and not ideal for getting around and sightseeing. Buses are quite cheap but again, inconvenient. Instead, opt for a scooter or motorbike for the duration of your stay in Goa. There is no better way to get around, as it will give you the utmost freedom. The best bit is that it is inexpensive at about Rs. 500–800 a day, depending on the season (off-season or peak), type of bike (scooters like Honda Activa, low-end bikes like Bajaj Pulsar or high-end ones, like Royal Enfield) and your haggling skills.

If you don’t want to ride a bike or moped, you can hire a car . Most offer stick shifts so if you don’t know how to drive these, finding an automatic may not be easy. However, we have always managed to find one and so should you. Economy cars usually cost about Rs. 1000–1200 per day but may go up depending on the season.

You can get a bike or car on hire easily by talking to your accommodation host or hotel.

The Perfect 1 Week Goa Itinerary: North and South Goa

The Goa experience is different for every individual, depending on their style of travel. It’s never one size fits all because there is simply so much to see and do. We have stayed in Goa for 2 months and have yet to see it all. Your personalised Goa itinerary would largely depend on what you enjoy—nature, culture, beaches, partying, etc. In this 7-day Goa itinerary, we’ve tried to include a bit of everything so you can get a true feel of the different sides of Goa and decide for yourself which aspect of Goa you enjoy the most!

Day 1-2 North Goa – Watersports, Shopping, and Partying

Stay near the Baga Beach/Arpora area. Despite being crowded, it is close to a lot of North Goa tourist spots you’ll be visiting. And also, hire a scooter, bike or car. You’ll need it to get around. Prior reservations for restaurants are needed!

Day 1: Beach, Water sports, Party

Visit Baga Beach during your first time in Goa

  • Reach Goa and check into your hotel or Airbnb
  • Rent a vehicle
  • Calangute Beach for lunch at Pousada by the Beach
  • Water sports and sunset at Baga Beach
  • At night go partying at Hammerz (popular music) in the Baga Area or Las Olas (Bollywood music) at Baga Beach. Or both as they’re close by! Start at Hammerz and end at Las Olas.

Day 2: Cliffside Restaurants, Fort, Sundowner, and Party

You don’t need to do all of the things mentioned below. Select the ones you wish to do based on your preferences and how much time you have. I’d recommend not partying till late this night so you can be fresh to explore Goa the next morning.

Antares View Goa

  • Wake up late this day since you’ve partied the previous night
  • Lunch:   Titlie OR Antares OR Casa Playa at Little Vagator or Felix OR Artjuna or Vinayak at Anjuna.
  • Shop: Now go shop at Anjuna Flea Market!
  • Explore Chapora Fort (The movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was shot here so expect it to be crowded)
  • Stay for sunset or go for a sundowner to Thalassa closeby
  • Dinner at Ida in Vagator
  • Party at one of the following – Soro (Siolim) or Romeo Lane (Little Vagator).

Day 3–4: North Goa: Culture, Heritage and Nature

Day 3: culture and heritage.

Head for a day trip to Panjim and Old Goa . On this day, you’ll get a good glimpse of Portuguese influence on Goan heritage.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Old Goa Churches : Start with Old Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the following churches in this order:

  • St. Augustine Church Ruins
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus (the most renowned)
  • Convent of Santa Monica and The Museum of Christian Art (optional but good)
  • Se Cathedral
  • Church of St. Cajetan
  • Viceroy’s Arch
  • Our Lady of Mount Chapel (optional- for panoramic views of the Panjim area)

Ruins of the Chuch of St. Augustine is a fantastic spot to add to your Goa itinerary

Going on a tour will help you make the most of your time and understand the significance of Old Goa and its churches. It is highly recommended. We’ve taken several tours by this company and loved all of them.

Lunch : Head for either a local Goan lunch at Kokni Kanteen or Cafe Al Fresco By Cantina Bodeg a for continental food. Both are close to your next stop.

Fontainhas : After lunch, take a walk in Fontainhas, Asia’s largest Latin Quarter, which has lanes lined with houses built in the colonial style and painted in bright shades of red, yellow, green, and blue. We highly recommend seeing this area on a Latin Quarter walking tour ; only then will you truly be able to appreciate the history, architecture, and all the stories.

However, if you don’t wish to take a tour, start your walk at Maruti Mandir or Phoenix Springs, ending at the Church of Immaculate Conception. See the colourful houses, click a lot of photos at the colourful wall of Old Quarter Hostel, buy some Azulejo tile décor at Velha Goa Galleria, admire the white façade of St. Sebastian Chapel, and have some bebinca (Goan Dessert) at Confeitaria 31 De Janeiro .

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Evening: Get drinks and small bites at Antonio@31 or head for a full-fledged dinner at Black Sheep Bistro . Please check the prices of these restaurants beforehand to see if they fit your budget and make reservations accordingly. You could also go for a fun Pub Crawl instead.

Night: Later, you could head to a Deltin Royale Casino (buy tickets online for the best deals) OR go back home to rest for an early morning the next day.

Book Tours in Goa

Day 4: Nature and Heritage

Chorao Island and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary : Do this either on a tour or by yourself. You’ll have to take a ferry from Ribandar. Don’t miss the famous Mangrove Broadwalk. It is beautiful. We haven’t been here yet but can’t wait to go!

Lunch: Lazy Goose , Nerul. Reserve the table with the lake view if you can.

Depending on the time you start the day, see one/two of the following attractions. Choose one museum and one fort:

  • Houses of Goa Museum (do this only after a walking tour of Fontainhas; otherwise, nothing will make any sense) OR Museum of Goa (modern art tinged in Goan history).
  • Aguada Fort (great for sunsets but crowded) OR Reis Magos Fort (relatively less known and beautiful).

Reis Magos Fort is a hidden gem in North Goa.

Have dinner in the Candolim, Calangute, or Baga area. There are plenty of good restaurants.

A Reverie : Fine Dining Toro Toro : Continental/Goan Yazu – Pan Asian Beach Club: Asian

Day 5–6: South Goa: Beaches and Relaxation

Day 5: spice plantations, iconic restaurants, relaxation.

Now, head to South Goa. Stay at Agonda or Palolem Beach—both are fantastic beaches for your first time in Goa.

But on your way, you have the option of making a few stops.

Visit Spice Plantations- A top suggestion for our Goa Travel Guide Blog

  • Sahakari Spice Plantation: Wonder why the Portuguese were so fascinated by Goa? The answer lies in the tantalising smell and flavours of spices like Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice, Cumin, etc. See how these spices grow and learn about them. End with a local buffet lunch at the plantation. I found the experience very interesting and learned a lot. You can buy the ticket on reaching there.
  • Iconic Restaurants: If you’re not in the mood for the above, stop at Martin’s Corner or Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch. They are both very renowned.

Check into your hotel and use this day to do nothing and just relax on the beach, see the sunset, etc. Otherwise, you could also choose to head to Sundowner Palolem (Bar) for a sundowner!

Day 6: Beaches and Viewpoints

Today is going to be a long day of beach hopping.

Cola Beach: Start your day at Cola Beach. It’s a bit of a hike down to the beach. You can even take the jeep to the beach to save time and effort but it’ll cost a bit. Cola Beach is famous for its lagoon, where you can swim and kayak. You can have lunch here before heading to your next stop.

Kakolem Beach: This beach has a waterfall. Yes, you read that right. ( you can skip this beach if you’re running short on time or want to take it a bit slow).

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Cabo De Rama Fort and Cabo De Rama Viewpoint for sunset . Both are gorgeous spots with fantastic views – you’ll love the sunset here. You can also choose to have a meal and drink at the Cape Goa restaurant near the viewpoint before heading back to your hotel.

Day 7: Butterfly Beach and Palolem/Agonda Beach

Agonda Beach in South Goa

  • Butterfly Beach : It’s a beautiful secluded beach. You can hike it to the beach or go via boat but I’ll suggest going as early as possible to avoid crowds.
  • Palolem/Agonda Beach : For lunch head to either of these beaches that you’re not staying at. At Palolem, you can have lunch at Dropadi by the beach and at Treetop Tava or Zest (vegan cafe) at Agonda. Walk around the beach later afterwards.

Depart for home this evening or the next morning!

But do not forget to book your tours in goa before you get there!

Tips to Stay Safe in Goa

This guide to Goa would be incomplete if I didn’t mention tips to stay safe there. Goa is really welcoming and local-friendly. But because it is a  thriving party location and has people travelling from all over, you should take care of the following, especially if you’re a woman.

  • Don’t hitchhike.
  • If you’re a woman travelling solo, preferably rent a car. If you’re a woman travelling in a group, bikes will do. 
  • Always get a video of the vehicle hired to avoid being ripped off on returning the vehicle.
  • Don’t go out with people you don’t know and never go to parties alone.
  • Watch your drink.
  • Try to stay vigilant, even when drunk.
  • Some Indian men can assume friendliness as flirting. 
  • Be cautious of theft at your accommodation. Huts can easily be broken into.
  • Drugs are available abundantly in Goa. Avoid getting stuck in the middle of a drug racket. 
  • Avoid drunken driving. It is being monitored by the police more strictly than before.

Don’t let these scare you. I (Trisha) have  travelled solo to Goa  and also with my girlfriends and had an absolutely fantastic time. Most of these tips should be adhered to anywhere in the world. Here is a complete list of  ways to stay safe while travelling alone .

Also, read these must-knows before travelling to India if you’re visiting this incredible country for the first time.

Goa is a place that you can never get enough of. With each visit, you discover something new—a secret beach, a quaint café, a shack with amazing music, a magnificent fort, and so on. We have visited Goa about five times for short periods—with different people, as different people in different phases of our lives, or wanting something different from our trip—and Goa has never let us down. We are sure you will be taken by the charm of Goa and not want to leave, just like the hippies in their heydays. I hope you found this Goa travel blog useful and have an amazing first trip to Goa. Tell us how it went!

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Goa Itinerary for 5 days: The Most Reliable Goa Trip Plan

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Every time someone asks me to recommend a Goa trip plan, I perform a little jig in my head! If you don’t know yet, Akshay and I, love Goa. It’s a place that we have visited over two dozen times in the last decade. It’s practically our second home and a place that we can’t seem to get enough of.

But that’s also why we feel sad when many people treat it like a long weekend destination. But, you? You are amazing because you’ve decided to spend at least 5 days in Goa. That’s also why you deserve access to the best Goa itinerary for 5 days available on the internet.

If you are spending 5 days in Goa, you should ideally spend 3 days in North Goa and 2 days in South Goa. The 3 days in North Goa should be spent exploring touristic Goa, unseen Goa and Panjim while 2 days in South Goa should be spent exploring beaches and touristic attractions between Benaulim and Palolem.

In this article, I will break down the perfect Goa itinerary for 5 day. I will give you details of tourist attractions, Goa beaches and Goa restaurants that you should visit. By the end of it, you will have your easy-to-follow Goa travel itinerary.

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Before I break up the above itinerary for you, let me first address a few basic questions surrounding a trip to Goa

Frequently Asked Questions about a Goa trip

Where to stay on a 5-day trip to goa.

The best areas to stay in Goa are:

  • Candolim: For family travellers ( see best-rated accommodation here )
  • Vagator: For solo and couple travellers who want to stay in the tourist area ( see best-rated accommodation here )
  • Morjim: For travellers who want to escape the crowds ( see best-rated accommodation here )
  • Panjim: For a central stay in the heart of local Goa ( see best-rated accommodation here )
  • Benaulim: For family or couple travellers who want access to good restaurants, medicines, and other amenities ( see best-rated accommodation here )
  • Cavelossim: For couple travellers who want to stay close to a quieter beach in high-end properties ( see best-rated accommodation here )
  • Palolem: For those who want to stay close to the prettiest beach in Goa amidst vibey shops, cafes and yoga houses ( see best-rated accommodation here )

Read my in-depth article on where to stay in Goa

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  • a full list of the best areas to stay in Goa
  • best accommodation options for your travel type

Are 5 days enough for a Goa trip?

Goa is a state of India and in fact, one with a slightly more distinct cultural and historic background than most of the other states in India. But, if you want to only visit the touristic attractions of Goa while also briefly acquainting yourself with its culture and present-day way of life, 5 days in Goa are enough.

How to commute within Goa?

The best way to travel within Goa is on a two-wheeler. You can easily get a scooter on rent for around Rs. 400 per day. If you don’t want to rent a scooter, opt for a rented car or use local cabs. Bargain heavily with local drivers as they tend to overcharge innocent tourists. In most tourist areas, you can also use Goa Miles : a cab booking app similar to Ola/Uber.

The most Epic Goa Itinerary for 5 Days

Day 1: touristy north goa.

On the first day in Goa, explore the touristy side of North Goa. Here are some of the places you should visit and places you should visit:

Have breakfast/brunch at a cute café

The touristy North Goa is full of cafés with pretty interiors and a smashing breakfast menu. Some of my favourite cafés are:

Café Chocolatti: Spacious outdoor seating, delicious frothy coffee and a kickass English Breakfast

Café Candolim: Cutest decor, a large collection of books and the best food

Café Artjuna: Artsy vibes, great food

Jaws Bakery : Budget bakery serving fresh lip-smacking breads, croissants and more.

Visit Fort Aguada, the biggest fort in Goa

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The biggest fort in Goa and the biggest freshwater reserve in Asia is in the heart of North Goa. You must visit this place on a 5 day trip to Goa. It is close to Candolim and offers great views. But hey, it’s usually crowded and not super pretty anymore. Yet, it is a great starting point for your Goa trip.

Go parasailing at Sinquerim Beach

Indulge in watersport activities at Sinquerim beach. I think that the watersport infrastructure is the best at this beach. The presence of multiple vendors also means that you get better rates.

Enjoy a boat ride at Nerul River

Goa may be famous for its beaches, but it also has plenty of rivers running close to its coastline. A boat ride at Nerul river is a great opportunity to watch dolphins, splash around some cold river water and click pictures of the coastal paradise that Goa is.

Eat at a seafood restaurant

Seafood and particularly Konkani seafood is to die for! (I am a vegetarian but I have seen my husband Akshay get excited about seafood in Goa months before our trip!) Some places that serve fresh, yummy and flavourful seafood are:

The Lazy Goose : Located right under the Nerul Bridge, the place offers exotic views of the river and offers you a chance to indulge yourself with the best seafood.

Fat Fish : This restaurant packs a generous serving of delectable seafood on your plate.

Vinayak: The seafood thali perfectly satisfies your pangs especially when you’re ravenous and want everything yummy on your plate.

Watch a magnificent sunset

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The best places to watch the sunset in the touristy side of North Goa are:

Chapora fort : Head to this fort, also known as the Dil Chahta Hai fort, for the best sunset views. Reach the top at least 30 minutes before sunset to get a good place on the wall. Also, visiting the Chapora fort involves a bit of a climb. So plan accordingly.

Vagator Beach: Vagator beach is also famous for its sunset. Located at the foot of the Chapora fort, you get to see the same sunset, albeit at a slightly lower angle. A better option is to watch the sunset, especially, if you are feeling lazy to climb the fort or if you are travelling with young kids.

Morgan’s Place Café/Café Purple Martini : If you want to sip on your choice of beverage while watching the changing hues of the sky, hanging out at any of these cafés would fulfill your wish like nothing else in Goa would. Purple Martini is usually super crowded and the balcony views come for a cost. Settle for Morgan’s Place if you want great views without hosting.

Party hard at a nightclub

North Goa is a great party hub with the best clubs like Hammerzz, Titos, SinQ, etc. Go here if you love partying!

Day 2: North Goa

It’s Day 2 in Goa and it’s time to explore the slightly offbeat beaches in Goa.

Click pictures at Parra Road

Parra Road - Goa itinerary

Parra Road is a narrow road with coconut trees on both sides that has recently gained popularity thanks to the movie ‘Dear Zindagi’. Visit the road for a classic Instagram shot.

Visit the famous Siolim Church

St. Anthony’s Church is a gorgeous church located in Siolim close to the Chapora River. It is not a popular tourist attraction but is nevertheless worth a visit for its architectural beauty.

Chill at Morjim Beach or Ashwem Beach

Morjim beach is one of the most deserted beaches in Goa. Even on a weekend, you will find it relatively empty. You can plonk yourself on one of the sunbeds and spend a chilled out day. Take breaks at the many shacks on the beach. Also, visit the Turtle Nesting Site to know more about how magical this beach is.

Experience the hippie vibe of Arambol

Arambol is known for its hippie vibe, yoga classes and drum circles. It is the place that attracted the most number of foreign (especially Russian) tourists. Visiting the place exposes you to a unique side of Goa- the one taken over by touristic preferences.

Visit the ‘Garden of Dreams’ – a fun restaurant with a hippie vibe and appetising vegan food.

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  • Specially curated stay recommendations
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  • a day-wise break-up of things to do
  • a fully interactive Goa map
  • special insights and lots more!

Day 3: Panjim/Old Goa

Panjim, the capital of Goa, is nothing like the touristic Goa that you would see on Day 1 and Day 2. It is rich in Goan culture and is a place where you see the cathedrals, churches and even a few temples close by.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

This is one of the biggest and most visited cathedrals in all of Goa. In fact, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its unplastered exterior is uniquely attractive.

It holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xaviers.

Entry to the cathedral is free. But on weekends and during peak tourist season, the place is very crowded. Expect long lines and a wait of about 20-30 minutes for entry.

On other days, you will get a fairly zero-hassle entry into the cathedral.

Mon to Sat – 9.00am to 6.30pm Sunday – 10.30am to 6.30pm

Se Cathedral

This Cathedral is situated right opposite the Basilica. Its Gothic architecture is attractive.

The Cathedral is famous for its Cross of Miracles.

Church of St Francis of Assisi

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This Church is right next to the Se Cathedral. It was built to celebrate the victory of Afonso de Albuquerque over the Muslim army.

In fact, the road leading to the Church is also very picturesque and one of the best places to capture a stunning picture of all the churches and cathedrals.

There is also an archeological museum here that’s open on all 7 days. (9.00am – 12.30 and 3.00pm to 6.30)

The church is not open for tourists on Sunday.

Mangueshi temple

After the Christian side of Goa, it is now time to visit the Mangueshi temple.

The Mangueshi temple was a very important place of worship in Goa since many centuries. In the 16th century, the Gaud Saraswats (the community that worships Goddess Mangueshi) moved the temple from its old location to its present location with a view to protect it from the Portuguese invasion.

The temple has been restored a few times and not only does it look pleasing but it also exudes a serene vibe.

Eat at Ritz, Panjim

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Ritz is one of the best seafood restaurants in Goa. It’s a favourite amongst both – Goan tourists and Goan locals. So while you are in the very neighbourhood of Ritz, it make absolutely no sense for you to skip Ritz from your itinerary.

So go to Ritz and order a sumptuous Fish thali for yourself. (And if you are vegetarian like me – just order their kokam solkadhi alongwith your favourite main dish and watch the satisfied faces of fish lovers around you!)

Foutainhas / Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church

The perfect afternoon walk would be through the lanes of the Fountainhas.

Fountainhas is the colourful quarter in Goa that retains Portuguese style houses.

You can go here for a nice post-lunch walk, for a quick bite at one of its bakeries or to get a picture clicked against the backdrop of one of its colourful houses to jazz up your Instagram.

Follow up your Foutainhas visit with a quick visit to the famous Immaculate Conception Church. You would recognize the church immediately because of its many Bollywood appearances. Again, a great place for a classic #goatrip picture for the gram

Miramar/Dona Paula

Close your day with a walk along Miramar beach. Miramar beach is one of the most non-touristy beaches of Goa. It is beach that’s most frequented by the locals of Goa.

But even though it doesn’t have too many touristy shacks, it’s a lovely place to wind down after a sightseeing-heavy day.

If an urban beach doesn’t excite you, you can visit the famous Dona Paula jetty.

Dona Paula jetty is also a famous filming location in Goa.

Watch my North Goa vlog for more ideas

Day 4: South Goa Attractions

Start your day down south with a visit to some of the famous tourist places in South Goa

Naval aviation museum

Mind you, this is the only naval museum in Asia!

Plus, it is also one of the only two military museums in India.

If you love aircrafts, you’re in for a treat as the naval musuem houses 13 aircrafts.

Plus, the museum is designed to look like the interior of the aircraft carrier – INS Viraat – how cool is that!

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 5.30pm

Big Foot/Ancestral Goa

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The Big Foot and Ancestral Portuguese House are located right next to each other.

One is a recreation of a typical Goan village. You will see life-sized statues of fishermen, rice farmers, etc. You will also see the statue of Mirabai (record-holder for being carved from a single stone).

I think the place is a great place to educate children and foreigners about the history of Goa and Goa’s typical village life.

Right next to the Big Foot is the Ancestral Portuguese House – Casa Araujo Alvares. It is a 250-year old house of a renowned lawyer.

A 20-minute guided tour takes you around the many rooms of the house. An excellent way to experience life as it was two centuries ago!

The house has also appeared in the Bollywood movie Singham.

Colva Beach/Benaulim Beach

You should end your South Goa sightseeing day with a trip to Colva Beach or Benaulim Beach.

Colva beach

  • it is more crowded and attracts many Indian tourists
  • it has plenty of stalls outside selling icecreams
  • its silvery sand is great for a family outing or simply for people-watching

Benaulim beach

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  • Benaulim beach has some of the best beachside shacks in South Goa. Roger’s and Rafaels are particularly famous. You can even enjoy a quiet, romantic candle-light dinner here after sunset.
  • You can enjoy some watersport activities here before sunset.
  • Even though both Indians and foreigners love this beach, it’s usually less crowded than Colva

Day 5: South Goan beaches

The beaches in South Goa are scenic and far less crowded than North Goan beaches.

They are a great escape from the touristy madness of the North.

Today, visit a few of the beaches from the list below:

Mobor beach

This wonderful Cavelossim beach is usually pretty deserted. Its white sand would light up your drone shots.

But even if you don’t have a drone, it’s a great place for a quick breakfast, a romantic walk with your loved one or a game of football with kids!

There are many good places to stay in Cavelossim for couples and family travellers.

Agonda beach

This beach is one of the southern-most beaches in Goa.

The 2020 cyclone Nisarga damaged many of its beachside shacks. But today, without an army of beachside huts and restaurants, the beach looks even more stunning. The palm trees lining the shore add to its appeal. It’s quiet, deserted and encapsulates the beauty of raw Goa – Goa without tourism.

Palolem beach

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If you like a slightly more vibey beach, visit Palolem beach.

It is as stunning as Agonda but adds a little touristy air to it with its beachside shacks and souvenir shops.

You can even take boats from here to go

  • eagle-feeding
  • island hopping to monkey and honeymoon islands
  • dolphin watching

There are many good places to stay in Palolem, especially for group travellers and solo travellers.

Some wonderful restaurants in this area worth trying out are

  • Ciaran’s – wholesome Indian food
  • German bakery – delicious croissants and more!
  • Kopi Desa – lovely ambiance, tasty food

Cabo de Rama

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Cabo de Rama is one of the most special places in Goa. The cliff at the top is truly the best place in all of Goa to capture the Goan coastline decorated with coconut and palm trees around.

You can even climb down to the secluded little cove – Cabo de Rama beach to witness the most spectacular sunset in Goa.

The road leading to Cabo de Rama is pretty secluded with very few shops or houses along the way. Avoid wandering around alone in this area after sunset.

If you want to only stay in South Goa, see my article on the best South Goa itineraries for 1,2,3,4,5 days here.

You can read more about the best beaches in Goa in my article here

How to design a 5-day Goa itinerary to suit your travel style?

The 5-day Goa itinerary given above is a recommended itinerary. You do not need to strictly adhere to it or feel overwhelmed by it.

Goa is a state that’s unlike any Indian state and no matter how you spend your time in Goa, you are going to have a great time!

Some ways to personalize your Goa itinerary are:

  • Ditch tourist places that don’t match your travel style – e.g., skip Old Goa if you’re not into churches or history.
  • Add more beach time : If you are a beach bum, skip Panajim and hang out longer at beaches you like. You don’t even have to visit them all. If the beach close to the area you are staying in matches your liking, just spend your days there.
  • Add more adventure: You can add more adventure to your itinerary by trying out watersports at Sinquerim beach in North Goa or Benaulim in South. You can even go boating at the Nerul river. Go on this incredible bungee jumping tour in Goa.

Hope the above helps you customize the trip as per your liking.

Alternatively, you could simply get my digital travel plan Goa: Planned for You. It’s curated to meet different travel styles.

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What to See and Do in Goa

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Goa is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in India. People travel from far and wide to this small state for its diverse mix of beaches, adrenaline activities, parties, nature, and history. One of the best ways to see all that Goa India has to offer is by hiring a motorbike or scooter and exploring at leisure. These places to visit in Goa are popular.

Want to go beyond the usual tourist attractions? Check out  11 Cultural Things to Do in Goa .

Goa's long stretch of sandy coastline is renowned for its multitude of beaches. There's something on offer for everyone, from luxury resorts to makeshift huts and trance parties to tranquility. The Goa India beach that's right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have. Want water sports? Head to Baga. Want to hang with the hippies. Try Arambol. Prefer isolation? Agonda or Patnem might be the beach for you.

The Anjuna flea market is held every Wednesday from morning until evening except during the monsoon season  on the southern end of Anjuna Beach. The market has exploded in size and attracts people from all over Goa. It's now got over 500 stalls and is still growing. You'll find a huge assortment of goods there, but make sure you bargain. After a day of shopping until you drop, head over to Curly's beach shack and take in the sunset scene there.

If one market isn't enough for you, the very hip Saturday Night Market and Mackie's Night Bazaar, both in the Arpora Baga area, are also worth checking out. They offer entertainment, including live music, as well as an eclectic range of food.

Latin Quarter and Portuguese Mansions

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Capital city Panaji is worth visiting for its Fontainhas neighborhood. Declared a UNESCO Heritage Zone in 1986, it gets its name (meaning "fountain") from the fountain at the foot of the hill. You'll be transported back in time as you wander past colorful old Portuguese homes, belonging to the last surviving Portuguese families of Goa. Narrow winding streets and lanes, quaint shops, art galleries, bakeries, and restaurants give it an undeniable charm. Plan your visit with this essential guide to Fontainhas.

Once the magnificent Portuguese capital of Goa India, these days all that remains of Old Goa is a handful of imposing churches and cathedrals. They are among the largest in Asia, though. Some of the buildings have now become archaeological museums, and provide a fascinating display of Goa's history.

One of the most interesting buildings in Old Goa is the Convent and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built in 1521. Just opposite is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the preserved remains of the body of Saint Francis Xavier, a revered missionary and the patron saint of Goa. The body is shown to the public every 10 years (the last exhibition happened in early 2015). Old Goa is situated not far from Panjim, Goa's current capital.

Goa Tourism's open-top Hop on Hop Off Bus departs from Panjim and provides an inexpensive way of getting to Old Goa. Tickets cost 300 rupees.

Spice Plantations

Another highlight of a trip to Goa India is the spice plantations in the dense jungle around Ponda. Goa's lush tropical climate makes it an ideal place to grow spices. The spice farms are open to visitors. You can take a guided tour, enjoy the picturesque scenery, and finish with a spicy lunch.

One of the oldest and most acclaimed plantations in Goa is the 130-acre Sahakari Spice Farm , located around 40 minutes from Panaji. Others include the Tropical Spice Plantation , Savoi Plantation , and Pascol Spice Village . Accommodations, and other activities such as elephant or boat rides, are offered at many of the farms. If you're interested in Ayurvedic herbs and organic farming, don't miss Sai Abyss Herbarium, run by an Ayurvedic doctor. It's situated just outside Savoi-Verem village.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Goa India isn't just all about beaches and churches. The state's location along the mountainous Western Ghats is home to an array of birds and animals. Around 20 percent of Goa consists of wildlife sanctuaries (about 290 square miles). They're open all year round, although October to March are the best months to visit.

The two main sanctuaries are Bhagwan Mahavir (of which Mollem National Park is a part) and Cotigao. On the fringe of the Mollem National Park, you'll find the imposing Dudhsagar Falls, where the water rages down from a huge height during and just after the monsoon season. Accommodations, provided by the Goa Forest Department, are available at both sanctuaries. For a very eco-friendly stay, try a mud hut at the Shanti Nature Resort in Mollem National Park.

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I think there are fewer places more poorly cast in Hollywood films than India, now officially known as Bharat. (Except maybe Mexico… that sepia tint ain’t right.)

As someone who spent months in Sikkim and Bangalore (Bengaluru) studying for a Global Studies degree, I’m wary of how I describe India to those who have never been. I don’t want to paint an overly romantic picture of the country, nor do I want to gloss over its incredible diversity.

For decades, Western travelers have flocked to India on the hunt for spiritual enlightenment. Many left with a bastardized version of yoga and a preclusion for bindis.

I hope I don’t sound too judgy – I was very much on track to be one of these people once upon a time. So let me take you on a (brief) tour of India through the lens of one of its tiniest states: Goa. If you’ve never been to India and want to visit, this might be the best place to start.

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Enter India

India defies simple conclusions.

It’s one of the most poverty-stricken places in the world. It’s also leading the world in renewable energy pursuits and is home to the world’s most expensive residential building .

Ten years after leaving, I’m still not sure how it changed me—I just know it did.

I suggest you enter the fray with a similar mindset: the acknowledgment that you’ll change with little expectations of how, specifically, that might happen. You don’t need to push for it, trust me—Bharat will give you no other choice.

I also suggest you consider visiting Goa before another hotspot like Agra , New Dehli, Amritsar, Kolkata, or Mumbai.

Goa is a former Portuguese colonial territory. It’s small, it’s more Westernized than other regions, and it’s a pretty good intro to the mind-bending reality of India.

Here’s why you should keep Goa on your radar, even if you never anticipated a trip to India.

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It’s small and easy to explore

Goa is India’s smallest state.

On top of that, tourism is its primary industry—which means it has the infrastructure to host thousands of tourists. From hotels and hostels to nightclubs and restaurants, you’ll have a dizzying array of options.

Goa’s small size also means you can zip around its primary attractions easily. You can go from the beach into the state’s backwaters to enjoy nature in just a few hours. You can also visit Goa’s museums, forts, and other landmarks with a short taxi drive or by renting a car or moto yourself.

Just remember if you’re renting: they drive on the left side of the road, like in the UK.

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The Pearl of the Orient: it’s got beaches, y’all!

Goa is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ for its natural splendor.

I’m going to be very frank here: nature in India is stunning, but visiting them isn’t always relaxing. That’s because this is the most populous country in the world; you won’t find yourself alone in India often, if ever.

In the US, we tend to correlate natural wonders with a sense of peace. That’s not going to be the case in Goa—nor in most parts of Bharat.

Adjust your expectations and you’ll enjoy these sites more. Remember, the hustle and bustle is part of life in India. You won’t escape it.

That leads me to my next point: North Goa beaches like Pernem, Bardez, and Tiswadi are usually busy year-round. The same for South Goa beaches like Mormugao, Salcete, and Quepem.

They’ll be packed with beachgoers—so set up your space and sink into the vibrant vibe.

If you want to really explore nature, then check out Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is renowned around the world, while many also head to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. Don’t miss out on the Dudhsagar Falls, either, located inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.

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A blend of historical landmarks

One reason I suggest India first-timers head to Goa is its range of landmarks. As mentioned up top, this is a former Portuguese colony. (The names of the beaches should have been a giveaway.)

You’ll notice this colonial legacy in the region’s architecture, along with its museums. In Chandor, you can explore various heritage homes from the Portuguese. Along the coast, you can check out dozens of forts. The most famous are Corjuem Fort and Aguada Fort, both of which are open to visitors.

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It’s party central for Indians & tourists alike

Want to know something that blew my mind about Indian tourism? Most tourists are domestic.

In Goa, you’ll be rubbing elbows with Indians from around the country.

Most speak English—and most are interested in making friends. From the bottom of my heart, I haven’t met a chattier and more helpful group of people when traveling before. Wherever you wander in Bharat, you’ll be shown great kindness and interest from many people.

In Goa, you’ll meet tons of Indians who are also enjoying their vacation. That usually opens up opportunities to make friends while abroad—and if you’re going to India, you should plan on making a few friends along the way.

Keep in mind that Goa is the birthplace of psytrance—a really high BPM form of electronic music. You’ll more than likely see concerts advertising electronic music. Be prepared, very prepared.

(Want to listen? Check out Anjuna Deep , a music collective that takes its name from the Goa beach where psytrance emerged. Want to listen to psytrance, specifically? You can hear psytrance for the first time along with these Indian uncles in this amazing video .)

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Where to stay in Goa?

You can find some truly luxurious options in India or stick to a basic backpacker hostel. If it’s your first time in India, I suggest opting for a nicer accommodation. It will help you adjust to the heat, bustle, and new cuisines.

Or if you’re more comfortable traveling and have spent some time in South or Southeast Asia, then maybe you want a more private lodging. You can also look into Airbnbs in Goa, too.

Book an Airbnb in Goa or a hotel through Expedia .

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GOA Itinerary • MUST READ! (2024)

Gorgeous Goa is India’s smallest state stretching along the shores of the warm Arabian Sea. It has been a jewl in the crown of Indian tourism since the 1960’s attracting hippies and sun-seekers each winter.

Goa (like all of India) is a place of celebrations and you’re bound to experience a festival or parade sometime during your stay. The wonderfully festive province of Goa will remind you that there’s always a reason to celebrate (ie, you are alive)!

Its rich cultural history and lush forests make it a wonderful place to explore and there are some great guided tours on offer. If you’re looking for the perfect way to spend your time in Goa, you’ve come to the right place because we’ve put together the ultimate Goa itinerary.

Wondering how many days in Goa you need ? You’re in the right place my friend, read on!

A Little Bit About This Goa Itinerary

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When you talk about backpacking India , you’ll quickly hear all about Goa, which is undoubtedly one of the most laidback and beautiful places in the entire country. If you’re wondering how long to spend in Goa, a good place to start is to plan what you’d like to do and see.

Whilst Goa is India’s smallest state, it is still nevertheless a state and is as big as some small countries. This itinerary covers the entire state from North to South and with several incursions inland.  Therefore, to execute this Goa itinerary in 3 days you will need to change accommodation a few times.

The good news is that finding places to stay in Goa is pretty easy wherever you are. There are loads of guest houses, party hostels , hotels and homestays all eager for foreigners to crash – it is usually as simple as turning up in town and asking around.

The itinerary does leave time for changing accommodation and moving around and has also been designed to be flexible enough to adjust to suit your own needs. In terms of traveling around Goa, the bus system is very cheap, but rides can be long and very uncomfortable. Therefore if you have the budget, we suggest taxi’s – if you book ahead and haggle you can cover even large distances for well under $30.

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Goa 3-Day Itinerary Overview

  • Goa Itinerary Day 1- Old Goa | Spice Garden | Panaji Tiatre
  • Goa Itinerary Day 2 – Vagator Beach | Foot Massage | Paddle Boarding | Trance Party
  • Goa itinerary Day 3 –  Querim Beach | Sweet Lake | Yoga Session | Drum Circle | Ecstatic Dance

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Let’s get this straight, Goa is a State. Whilst it is India’s smallest state it is still bigger than a lot of countries. You need to choose where to stay in Goa and decide how long to stay in Goa very carefully as it will inform your experience and will affect your Goa itinerary hugely.

Goa is roughly divided into North Goa and South Goa. North Goa has a few more famous attractions than South Goa so if you’re wanting to spend some time doing typically touristy things then North Goa is a great place to start!

Most visitors opt to stay in a beach town or village. The prime ones in the North are Anjuna & Arambol for hippies & backpackers, and Baga beach and Calangute for package tourists. In the South, Palolem Beach & Agonda and Candolim are popular. There are Airbnbs in Baga , Calangute & Candolim but very few in Arambol & Anjuna.

If you don’t want to be near the beach then there are a few nice towns and cities set further back inland, Goa Airbnb listings tend to provide a nice variety of options to choose from.

Panjim is a nice city in the Northern Goa region! It’s home to many gorgeous old Portuguese mansions and some good art galleries.

Best Hostel in Goa – Folklore Hostel

Goa itinerary

Situated in Vagator, Goa Folklore Hostel can only be described as a home away from home! With communal spaces that encourage interactions and facilities that you provide everything you need, there’s no better place to spend your stay in Goa if you’re looking for a hostel experience!

What’s more? If you don’t want to leave your furry friend at home, feel free to bring them with as the Folklore hostel is pet-friendly!

Best Airbnb in Goa – 2 Bed Lotus Villa @ Tito’s Street

2 Bed Lotus Villa Goa

This quirky and comfortable villa in Goa is located in the heart of the party district. With Bardez’s best beaches and hottest clubs within walking distance, you won’t find a better Airbnb in Goa.

Best Budget Hotel in Goa – Crystal Goa

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This quaint hotel offers everything you’ve come to expect from a hotel, plus an incredibly tranquil setting! The restaurant and bar on the property are also a great place to dine during your stay in Goa. But don’t worry, should you feel like lying in and having a lazy morning, breakfast will be delivered to your door! Crystal Goa is located in Palolem in South Goa so perfect for those who prefer peace to partying.

Best Luxury Hotel in Goa – Vivanta Panaji

Goa itinerary

This incredibly beautiful luxury hotel is located right in Panjim center! But convenience is not its main drawing card.

A 24-hour gym and spa might have something to do with it! As well as the fact that the hotel is pet-friendly. This is very rare to find in such a luxurious venue! Live music is provided every night so there is no shortage of entertainment at the Vivanta Panaji!

goa itinerary

For the first day of our 3 day Goa itinerary we are gonna base ourselves in Panjim or Panaji, the Goan state capital. Whist this city is inland, away from the lush beaches, it is one of India’s cleanest and most pleasant cities. It abounds with beautiful old colonial mansions and is well situated for executing day 1 of our itinerary.

10:00 – Old Goa

Visit The Body of St. Francis Xavier

Old Goa is the former Portuguese Colonial capital. It was once considered a great city of the world rivalling even Lisbon itself I’m terms of its wealth, culture and beauty.

Most of Old Goa has been lost to the ravages of time but thankfully, enough has survived to justify a visit. The Dom Jesus Basilica is perhaps the grandest Christian temple in the whole of Asia. Then there are the ruins of the old Church of St Augustine. which blend into the Goan jungle like a level from Tomb Raider.

Old Goa can easily be explored in a day or even in half a day. The issue is getting there as it is about 20km away from the beaches. You can book a private or a bus tour from any travel agent in pretty much any resort which will leave in the morning and drop you back home after dark.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Although the building is very rustic, it’s incredibly beautiful too. A church may seem like a strange place to visit while staying in Goa, India. But because Goa was colonized by the Portuguese for so long, many Hindus converted to Catholicism over this period of time. This is one of  Goa’s best places to visit  in 3 days.

A solid option, is to join an electric bike tour so you can really explore the jungles and roads!

  • Cost – Most of the sites here are free
  • How Long Should I Spend Here? Half a day
  • Getting There – Old Goa is about 30 minutes drive from Panjim. I recommend getting a taxi or joining a tour bus

 15:00 – Sahakari Spice Farm

At the Sahakari Spice Farm , you’ll get the chance to take in the incredible fragrance of the beautiful spice farm! These lush plantations are not all there is on offer at the spice farm though.

During your tour, you’ll be shown how to climb the trees and swing from palm to palm! If any guest on the tour is brave enough to give it a try, they’re encouraged with enthusiasm. This often creates a lot of laughs among the tour group!

For those interested in a more relaxing form of entertainment, you will be treated to a folk dance by some of the female laborers and children who live on the farm. These often contain lots of color and excitement!

  • How Long Should I Spend Here? 90 minus is plenty
  • Getting There – It’s a 20-minute ride from Old Goa. Get a cab.

18:00 – See a Tiatr Production

See a Tiatr Production

The Hanuman Theatre in Mapusa is home to some of the most incredible Tiatr! Just like Broadway there are many different types of Tiatr that take place, these all have different names and contain different entertainment elements (dancing, singing, etc.)

To be honest, it doesn’t really matter which you decide to go see, they’re all great and can be enjoyed whether you understand the words or not.

The word Tiatr comes from the Portuguese word ‘Teatro’ – meaning theatre. As you know by now, Goa is heavily influenced by the Portuguese because of its previous colonization by Portugal.

  • Cost – $1.45
  • How Long Should I Spend Here? 2 hours
  • Getting There – Get a taxi back to Panaji and then either walk or take a Tuk-Tuk to the theatre

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Goa Day 2 Itinerary Map

For day 2, we’re gonna head for the beaches. Pack your bag into a taxi, or jump on a bus towards Anjuna. Whether you decide to base yourself in Anjuna or Vagator is fine.

 10:00 – Relax on Little Vagator Beach

Little Vagator Beach

Once you’ve checked in to your new digs, hit the beach!

Although it’s free to relax on the beach, if you’d like to make use of the loungers that line the beach, you’ll have to buy something from the restaurant. This isn’t a bad deal at all, cause trust me, you’ll want to be there a while! You can have drinks and food brought to you.

While lying back on your lounger, it’ll be hard to miss the many cows that stroll past and sit on the beach alongside you. There’s nothing to be scared of though, they are very peaceful creatures!

Due to the Hindu culture in Goa, it’s illegal to kill or harm these beautiful creatures. This means that you’ll find them roaming the streets and congregating in open areas – such as the beach.

  • Cost – Free – but bring money for food and drink
  • How Long Should I Spend Here? A good few hours
  • Getting There – Depending on where you are staying, either walk, get a cab or hire a scooter

 14:00 – Foot Massage on The Beach

Foot Massage on The Beach

After all your gallivanting around you’ll be doing during your trip, you’ll be in need of a great foot massage! Luckily for you, they offer them right on the beach – along with a variety of other treatments. So it’s about time you put your feet up and enjoyed some good ol’ relaxation!

Be sure to ask around for the best price before settling on a masseuse, some tend to charge a lot less than $6!

  • Cost: Bater hard and it will by anywhere between $2 – $5

14:30 – Sea Rafting

Goa Sea Rafting

After all that relaxing, I’m sure you’re down to try something crazy. How about a bit of sea rafting?

After about half an hour of training on the beach, you and your team will be ready to hit the waves! Don’t worry, your guide will be with you to lead you every step of the way! The waves can be a bit daunting at first, but once you’ve caught your first wave, you won’t want to stop!

Be sure to head up the beach for some beers at one of the many beach shacks that call this beach their home.

  • Cost: $6.50
  • How Long Should I Spend Here? 60 minutes is usually enough
  • Getting There – It’s on the beach

17:00 – Dinner at Artjuna

Artjuna is one of my favourite spots in Artjuna. It is a cafe with spacious grounds where you can spend the whole day for a price of a few coffees. The food is proper decent offering a mix of Indian food, vegan grub and a few Israeli specialities.

Other excellent dinner spots include Sakana in Vagator (delicious, pricy, sushi) or you can just hit up on the beach shacks like Curries for a fish tandoori.

  • Cost: $5 – $10
  • How Long Should I Spend Here? 60 – 90 minutes. Service takes time in India
  • Getting There – Walk, ride or jump a cab

18:00 (Onwards) – Attend a Goan Trance Party

Attend a Festival/Parade

Goan Trance (latterly Psytrance) is perhaps Goa’s greatest gift to the world and you absolutely should not miss the chance to experience a Goa Trance party first-hand. The scene emerged in and around Anjuna in the early 90’s and reached worldwide fame with “Goa parties” popping up all around the world.

The music itself, is a fast, intense and utterly trippy form of electronic dance music. If you have never heard it before, it may be a bit much for you but bear in mind that it is a sound best heard in altered states . There’s a reason Goa ranks as one of the best places in the world to party !

There are trance parties most nights during high season (Nov – Mar) but the scene is curtailed a bit during election years. My personal picks are Shiva Valley (Anjuna) on Tuesday nights and the occasional, underground parties organised by The Trip Foundation in and around Arambol. The parties start after sunset (around 18:00) and go on until well after sunrise the following morning.

Another great venue is House of Chapora (Chapora is a 10 minute aside from Anjuna). I particularly recommend following Pandora Collective who are organising 2-3 great parties each week all across North Goa – there Instagram handle is @pandoracollective.

Hilltop (Anjuna) attracts the big names but is a bit over-priced and soulless but still the Sunday afternoon sessions are nice if you want to be in bed early.

  • Cost: $0 – $10
  • How Long Should I Spend Here? All night!
  • Getting There – Get a taxi. Walking at night in Anjuna can be risky

Goa Day 3 Itinerary Map

For day 3, we’re heading North across the river up towards Arambol. If you stayed out all night partying, either skip over the morning section of this itinerary or sack it off altogether and spend today hanging out in Anjuna’s German Bakery.

 10:30 – Ride to Querim Beach

Braganza House

For a taste of true paradise, you must make the 30 minute scooter ride North from Arambol towards Querim (Keri) beach. Keri is a small village set in the mangrove forests and is home to one of North Goa’s quietest beaches. You can rent a sun longer, order food and drinks from the shacks or even rent a surfboard.

As well as exploring the beach, the ride itself is also worth savouring. There is little traffic in and around Keri and plenty of back roads that lead through the forest to explore. Bring a bottle of water and sun cream and simply enjoy the experience of being in the riding seat watching beautiful Goa pass by.

  • How Long Should I Spend Here? 3 hours minutes including the ride
  • Getting There –  Rent a scooter and ride. Wear a helmet as the road does pass a police checkpoint.

13:00 – Fish Thali at the Thali Shack

Just by the first, main park on Arambol beach, there is a completely unassuming looking little shack (a man selling coconuts sit’s by the door). Whilst you may be tempted to walk right past, don’t; because it offers the best and possibly cheapest Thali’s in Arambol.

A Thali is a big silver tray filled with rice, veg and a few different types of curry. The options are Veg, Chicken or Fish – the latter is particularly sublime.

 14:00 – Visit the Sweet Water Lake in Arambol

Sweet Water Lake in Arambol

The Sweet Water Lake is a freshwater lagoon with a source that originates in the Goan Jungle. The Sweet Water Lake is warmed by a natural hot spring, so going for a swim is a must in the late evening!

The Lagoon is surrounded by luscious greenery, overhanging thick jungle branches, and coconut groves. Steam rises slowly from the lagoon, making it a beautifully picturesque scene to take in, and the perfect place to snap some pics for the gram!

There is a beach just a short walk from the lagoon that is only accessible by foot. There are loads of shack’s and restaurants selling classic Goan food.

  • How Long Should I Spend Here? 60 – 90 minutes
  • Getting There – Walk here from Arambol beach – it is the only way!

15:00 – Join a Yoga Session

I once checked the notice board in Arambol and realised that there is a yoga class taking place somewhere in town, at every minute of the day. Arambol is a proper yoga Mecca and churns out newly qualified yoga teacher like Yale & Oxford churn out future venture capitalists and war-mongers.

Therefore you won’t have to try too hard to find a Yoga class. Either check the notice board, ask around or ask any slender, toned yogini you encounter.

17:30 – Sunset Drum Circle & Market

Every evening on Arambol beach, the place to be is the drum circle. It is literally a circle where anybody can come, bring a drum and bang it. Whilst the sound is (for me) a bit tedious, it is nevertheless a very pleasant gathering and attracts the Goa freaks who come to congregate.

From here, walk down to the sunset market where you can barter for hand made jewellery, post cards and other wares.

  • Cost: $4 – $8
  • Getting There – Most sessions are within walking distance from the beach

19:00 – Ecstatic Dance at The Source

Dance is a way of life in Goa. Whilst you may be exhausted from last nights trance session, I guarantee your legs will still summon the energy for one more boogie! Ecstatic Dance is a giant sober (no drugs or alcohol) party that takes place around a giant Banyan tree at the source.

You may initially need some time to get over your inhibitions (dancing sober?!) but you’ll soon get into it. Ecstatic Dance is massive fun, don’t miss it. If this is your first time in Goa, then its time to embrace your inner hippy!

  • How Long Should I Spend Here? Stay as long as your energy lasts
  • Getting There – Walk from the beach or get a taxi

21:00 – Late Dinner at Aladdin’s

Aladdin’s is one of Arambol’s best restaurants. It has massive menu ranging from bar-bq, Indian classics and some very interesting vegetarian dishes. It is quite pricy for Indian standards but worth it for a treat.

  • How Long Should I Spend Here? Until they throw you out!
  • Getting There – Walk from the Source – bring a torch though as the way is dark

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Tiswadi-District, Goa

Tiswadi is the best place to stay if you’re visiting Goa for the first time. Home to the capital city, Panjim, Tiswadi is where you’ll find most of Goa’s cultural sights, the vibrant Latin Quarter, and charming Old Goa.

  • Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
  • Explore Fontainhas, Goa’s Latin Quarter full of colonial character, cobblestone streets, and vibrant, and colourful houses.
  • Be amazed at Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Asia measuring more than 76 meters long and 55 meters wide.

When deciding how long to stay in Goa, If you are planning a trip that is longer than 3 days in Goa, then here are a few things you need to add to your itinerary for the rest of your trip.

Arpora Night Market

The Saturday night market in Arpora is a true Goa institution. It is a weekly mega market where you can barter hard for incense, jewellery, stones, gods, clothes, sheets and wonderful things you probably don’t even know exist!

As well as being a shoppers delight, the market has plenty of food stalls and a few bars mixing Techno into the early hours.

All of the above said, the word on the street is that the sun is setting on the Arpora Night market. Apparently the conduct of management has forced a lot of boutique owners and niche designers away and they can now be found at the Hilltop Friday Night Market instead. The Night Markets are amongst the best things to do in Goa in 3 days.

Visit Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary Near Ganjem

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary contains a mini zoo so that children and adults alike can see the animals up close. Plus, it has a massive deer park, which means that the deer can roam freely in their natural habitat! It also contains a botanical garden and a rose garden, for those who love flowers!

Here you’ll be educated about the animals and the bird life, as well as the vegetation found in Goa! This is a trip that will intrigue nature-lovers, so be sure you don’t miss out!

  • It’s only 38 kilometers from Margao.
  • There is a jungle resort containing tourist cottages on the property, just in case you want to stay the night.
  • There are plenty of different attractions, so you’re bound to find something that will suit your taste.

Visit Brahma Karmali Temple

The Brahma Karmali Temple is one of the oldest temples in Goa! The temple attracts a lot of devoted worshippers from around the region. Based in Carambolim, this temple is said to have played a pivotal role in Goa’s struggle for freedom. Many sessions were held in the building by a member of Congress during the time of struggle.

Learning about the fascinating history of this temple is spiritually moving, and exploring the temple grounds is a wonderfully relaxing experience!

  • This temple is named after a nearby town – Brahma Karmali.
  • The main idol inside the temple is said to date back to the 12th century.
  • Visiting and exploring this temple is absolutely free.

Hike to Hivre Waterfall

This waterfall is a great place to visit for nature-lovers and adventure junkies alike! During the hike to the waterfall, you will walk along a narrow pathway through the forest. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful river creeks that wind their way through the forest.

The locals that visit the waterfall are always friendly and helpful, and don’t mind guiding tourists to the waterfall with them!

  • Hivre Waterfall is popular amongst locals and tourists alike so it’s often busy, especially on weekends.
  • The waterfall is located only 14 kilometers from Valpoi City.
  • You will need to travel through the Thane village to get to the Hivre falls!

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when to visit Goa

Goa is definitely a seasonal destination and best experienced during the Northern hemispheres winter. The crowds flock to Goa between November and February when the weather is perfect. If you come off-season, not much may be happening. The high summer months are best avoided altogether as this is when monsoon hits.

During peak tourist season in Goa, the beaches are the place to be! The water is perfect, there are nightly parties, and it never rains. As the monsoon season in Goa approaches though, the beaches become more and more empty.

However if you’re not a beach bum, then the rainy season can be equally as beautiful! During the summer in Goa, mist rises over the plantations and fields, and rain cleans the cities, leaving them smelling fresh and new. Visiting India during June will also allow you to attend the Sao Joao Festival, which is one of the coolest celebrations in Goa .

There are a number of Goa transport options available depending on where in Goa you are, where you are going and what you want to do. For example, beach towns and cities themselves are pretty easy to walk around. However, to get between them you will need an engine. Tuk-Tuk’s (Rickshaws) are available in some parts of Goa but are banned from a lot of the Northern tourist hubs. Taxi’s are easy to find but Goa’s are expensive by Indian standards.

Renting a scooter is the most popular transport method. They can be rented anywhere in Goa easily and cheaply.

Hiring a tour guide with a vehicle is also a good idea for tackling some of the suggestions on this itinerary.

Whether you’re a solo traveler or traveling with your posse, there’ll be plenty of activities to keep you occupied on your trip to Goa! Here’s just a few that you shouldn’t miss out on!

Travel in India does carry with it a set of risks and Goa is no exception.

The biggest danger is the endless raft of scams which are played on unsuspecting foreigners and of which there are too many to list. Other than this, never leave your valuables unattended and always lock your room.

Be very careful of bad drivers whether you are riding a scooter or simply a pedestrian. If you are riding a scooter, always wear a helmet.

Be careful when swimming whether in the sea or the delta as under-currents can be deadly, especially at night. Use lots of sunscreen and drink plenty of bottled, mineral water. Food hygiene is generally pretty good in Goa but use common sense.

Women travellers sadly need to be extra careful as each year they are the victims of rape, assault and even murders in Goa. Take great care at night and try to travel in a group whenever possible. Avoid dark, unlit areas as much as possible. If you are riding your bike at night, do not stop in lonely areas ( you may be being followed ). Be very careful in or around Trance parties, be mindful of what you consume and watch your drinks like a hawk.

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Find out what people want to know when planning how long to spend in Goa.

How many days Goa do you need?

Despite being India’s smallest state, Goa is packed with incredible experiences and attractions. We recommend visiting for 3-5 days minimum to make the most of it.

What should you include on a Goa 5 day itinerary?

Don’t miss out on these awesome places to visit in Goa: – Old Goa – Sahakari Spice Farm – Braganza House – Sunset Drum Circle & Market

When is the best time to visit Goa?

November-February offer the best weather for exploring Goa. March and April also get warm and have smaller tourist crowds.

Is Goa worth visiting?

Absolutely. From the verdant forests and stunning shorelines to the vibrant food and buzzing festivals, Goa is a very popular destination among travellers.

Goa is the perfect place for your next holiday destination! With white sandy beaches, a rich cultural history and some great architectural beauties, there isn’t a single thing you could possibly miss out on!

Its beautiful landscapes are begging to be explored and the culture that surrounds every building in Goa is worth learning about! No matter what time of year you choose to visit, there will always be something going on in this province. From festivals and parades to cultural ceremonies, there’s never a dull moment in Goa!

It’s a great place to travel whether you’re with your crew or a solo traveler. The safety of this beautiful province adds to the appeal of Goa for solo travelers. Be sure you’re not the only one missing out on the amazing experience of visiting Goa, India! And be sure to add a few of these great activities to your Goa Itinerary!

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I’m confused – you have this article but also this warning people away from Goa?

Where is the Braganza mansion (that you have mentioned close to Arambol). All search results only point to Menezes Braganza mansion in Chandor, South Goa.

Yes you are right. The Braganza mansion is in South Goa which is nowhere near Arambol at all. The writer who created this piece clearly had a moment of confusion. We have rectified the copy.

The typical mindset of western people. “watch your drinks like a hawk” hahaha! I hope you share some positivity also. Please teach your countrymen about Indian hospitality which is sorely missing in your country. I would love to read a blog about the USA itinerary mentioning “watch out for f…ing racists”

Personally I absolutely love Goa (Psytrance!!!!), have spent several months there and cannot wait to visit again. However, the FACT is that Goa can be very dangerous for women and there is no point in denying this – it doesn’t help anybody.

FYI – I am not from the US so cannot comment on American hospitality.

Good work on the blog, very helpful 🙂

This makes me want to rush to goa right now. Amazing blog

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52 Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2024: ✔Location, Activities

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Beachside bliss, trance parties, sizzling nightlife and gourmet temptations – Goa is all these and so much more! A kaleidoscopic destination, Goa is a punch of flavours that packs in fun, frivolousness, culture, heritage and even a sublime dose of spirituality. The buzzing place celebrates the idea of a carefree life like no other destination in India. At the same time, it tantalises you to soak in the splendour of Portuguese colonial ancestry that is laced with a dip of Indian culture. Such is the exotic beauty of Goa!

This sand-based party destination is a spectacular package of numerous known and lesser-known attractions. How about treating yourself to a trail of some of the most enticing treasures of Goa that definitely deserve to be on your must-visit list? Interested, are you? Then fasten your seatbelts and here you go!

Learn about Goa’s history, geography and climate .

Beaches in Goa – Bountiful Nature

Places to Visit in Goa: Beaches – Bountiful Nature

Places to Visit in Goa: Beaches – Bountiful Nature

Everything else can take a backseat when you are in the vicinity of the gorgeous beaches of Goa . Here’s our list of the most stunning golden-sand jewels from the region’s treasury.

Undoubtedly, the most famous and happening beach in Goa, Baga is known for its pulsating beach parties, exciting nightlife and delicious seafood. It is the perfect place to indulge in water sports and enjoy a sunbath during the day and dance to foot-tapping music at night, all in the company of a lively crowd.

  • Famous For: Recreation area with water sports, eateries, bars, nightspots & a festive atmosphere
  • Location: North Goa
  • Top Activities : Parasailing and dolphin cruises
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Baga

2. Calangute

Termed the Queen of Beaches in Goa, Calangute’s drawcard is its shimmering golden sand and the whimsical rise and fall of waves. Peppered with sun lounges, cool restaurants, clubs, and shacks, the beach is a traveller’s delight. Because of its huge popularity among tourists, Calangute is one of the top 10 places to visit in Goa with family.

  • Famous For: The nightlife of Calangute Beach is the best with crazy parties and live music
  • Top Activities: Water skiing and banana rides
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Calangute

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3. Candolim

Picturesque beauty and serene atmosphere make Candolim a great spot to relax and rejuvenate during your beach holidays. The scrub-covered sand dunes are among the major attractions of this beach.

  • Famous For: The Candolim Beach in Goa offers a peaceful environment and there are many shaft bars that offer the local taste of Goa
  • Top Activities : Kite surfing and paragliding
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Candolim

4. Sinquerim

Dotted with swaying palm trees, the captivating Sinquerim beach is the best place to spend a few tranquil moments, alone or with your crazy pack. The beach offers mesmerising views of the historic Fort Aguada.

  • Famous For: Sinquerim Beach is one of the best places to visit in North Goa for watersports. It is well-known for its world-class parasailing, scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing, and fishing amenities
  • Top Activities : Crocodile spotting, skiing and paragliding
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Sinquerim Fort

Vagator exudes a laid-back feel while still being steeped in the rave culture. It is split into two beaches – Big Vagator and Small Vagator and is famous for its dramatic red cliffs.

  • Famous For: Vagator Beach has black rock cliffs overlooking the water. The beach was rated one of the cleanest in Goa
  • Top Activities : Scuba diving, kayaking, and jet ski ride
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Vagator

Anjuna is a 30-km-long beach that features unusual rock formations and towering palm trees. Happening nightclubs, pubs , and Saturday night bazaar make it one of the most popular places to visit in Goa at night.

  • Famous For: Anjuna is famous for trance parties held on its beach
  • Top Activities : Bumping rides, water scooters, trance parties, and flea market shopping
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Anjuna

Shaped like a beautiful crescent, the palm-fringed Palolem beach boasts of stunning views and white sand and is regarded as Goa’s finest beach. Apart from indulging in water sports and sampling authentic Goan dishes, you can engage in some retail therapy from the Tibetan market shops lining the beach. Palolem is considered to be among the best places to visit in Goa for couples to spend some quality time.

  • Famous For: Palolem Beach offers an opportunity of a lifetime to spot the Dolphins from a cruise
  • Location: South Goa
  • Top Activities : Swimming, attending a yoga class, dolphin spotting, and partying at a silent disco

Arambol counts among the gorgeous beaches in Goa and for all the right reasons. A distinct Bohemian vibe and a string of budget accommodation options add to the popularity of the place.

  • Famous For: Arambol Beach is also famous for the sweet water lagoon or lake that is located at the end of the adjacent beach
  • Top Activities : Attend a night party, yoga and meditation session, paragliding, kite surfing, and sunbathing
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Arambol

A hidden gem, Agonda is an unspoiled scenic beach located in the southern region and certainly counts among the less-crowded  beaches in Goa . The beach witnesses fewer crowds and is ideal for swimming, sunbathing or simply lazing around.

  • Famous For: Agonda Beach is perfect for swimming and chilling
  • Top Activities : Swimming and beach walking

Its natural beauty notwithstanding, Morjim beach is mainly popular as a nesting site for Olive Ridley sea turtles that can be seen here in large numbers. It is also a great place to spot various species of birds.

  • Famous For:  Morjim is renowned as the nesting place for Olive Ridley turtles
  • Top Activities : Scuba diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, boating, and swimming
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Morjim

11. Butterfly

A secluded wonder, Butterfly Beach is among the most beautiful but less exploited beaches in Goa . You can find a variety of butterfly species on this beach. The beach is accessible only by boats as no roadways wind up to it.

  • Famous For: Enclosed by a thick forest on one side and leading to the open sea on the other, the beach has a unique and picturesque landscape
  • Top Activities : Canoeing, boat riding, snorkelling and kayaking

Fringed with coconut trees, Colva is a serene beach that exhibits a unique charm of its own. The colourful fishing boats bobbing on the water add to the quaint beauty of the beach. This picturesque beach is one of the best places in Goa to visit for photography.

  • Famous For: The 2.5 km long beach is known for its powdery white sands flanked by swaying coconut trees that add to its beauty
  • Top Activities : Candle-light dinners, swimming, parasailing, banana boat ride, and water scooter
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Colva

13. Baina Beach

Baina is a coastal gem in Goa, offering a perfect blend of sandy shores, azure waters, and a lively atmosphere. With its pristine beaches and a plethora of water sports activities, Baina attracts tourists from far and wide.   

  • Famous For: This crescent-shaped beach lies between the Zuari Nagar hills on the right and the Dabolim plateau to the left. Baina Beach is famed as the site of India’s first-ever underwater sea walk.
  • Top Activities : Water sports, Explore the Japanese Garden, Visit the St. Andrew’s Church

14. Varca Beach

One who is looking forward to a tranquil and romantic holiday in Goa, far from the clamour of the tourists even during the peak season, the Varca Beach in Goa is a perfect pick. It also offers a utopian nature for people who seek meditation and yoga. Varca can be among the peaceful places to visit in Goa with friends. Down the shore, amidst the whispering palm grove, Varca Beach is dotted with exotic spa resorts where one can spend some idealistic and rejuvenating moments.

  • Famous For: Picturesque beach known for its calm waters, wooden fishing boats & food vendors
  • Top Activities : Water sports and Nightlife
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Varca

Also Read – North Goa or South Goa: How to make a choice?

Churches in Goa: – Magnificence Redefined

Places to Visit in Goa: Churches – Magnificence Redefined

Places to Visit in Goa: Churches – Magnificence Redefined

Enchanting is the word that can appropriately define the beauty of Goa’s churches. Check out our list of exceptional churches in Goa .

15. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Built in the 16 th  century, Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest and most famous churches in the region. The edifice of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fabulous example of Baroque architecture. The church is famous for being home to the mummy of St. Francis Xavier.

  • Famous For: One of the best examples of baroque architecture and Portuguese Colonial architecture in India. It is one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World
  • Location: Old Goa

16. Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina

Se Cathedral exhibits magnificent architecture and is among the largest churches in Goa. This 250-feet tall church boasts of the largest bell in Goa, known as the Golden Bell.

  • Famous For: Known for its impressive interiors, the mosaic work, and the Golden Bell, which is the largest in Goa and one of the largest in the world
  • Location: Velha Goa or Old Goa

17. Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

Featuring a unique blend of Baroque, Corinthian and Tuscan architectural styles, the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi boasts of attractively gilded altars and ornate interiors. The carved woodwork of the church adds to its overall beauty.

  • Famous For: The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, together with a convent, was established by eight Portuguese Franciscan friars who landed in Goa in 1517. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches, and convents of Goa
  • Location:  Velha Goa or Old Goa

18. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

An old gem among Goa’s churches, this church is known for its elegant architecture that features a double flight of symmetrical stairs. It has an ancient bell that is supposed to be the second largest bell of its kind in Goa.

  • Famous For: Built in a Portuguese Baroque style, the church is located on a slight elevation, on a hillock. It is known to house the second largest church bells in Goa
  • Location: Panjim
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Panjim

19. Church of Saint Cajetan

This famous church is modelled after Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. It features exquisite Corinthian architectural style and is built in the shape of a Greek cross.

  • Famous For:  Being a part of the World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa

20. Chapel of Saint Catherine

Exhibiting a simple architecture, this UNESCO-listed church holds much historical significance. It was built to celebrate the victorious march of Portuguese general, Afonso de Albuquerque in Goa. Apparently, it is the first Christian ecclesiastical structure built in the region.  

  • Famous For: Chapel of St Catherine is a 16th-century historic chapel that was built over a Cathedral in 1552 on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after the Portuguese conquered the state
  • Location:  Taleigao

21. Mae De Deus Church

One of the splendid churches of North Goa, it is the only one in Goa to feature Neo-Gothic architectural style. Its lovely spires will surely remind you of medieval castles. The elaborately done interior boasts of a gilded altar.

  • Famous For: Imposing Neo-Gothic Catholic church with grand spires & gilded interior ornamentation
  • Location:  Saligao

22. Santa Cruz Church

Santa Cruz Church is a spectacular monument built in the Neo-Roman architectural style. The church dates back to the 16 th  century. It is also known as Holy Cross Church. 

  • Famous For: The church showcases a unique blend of architectural styles, combining elements of Baroque, Gothic, and Portuguese colonial designs
  • Location:  Santa Cruz, Panjim

23. Church of Our Lady of the Mount

Located atop  Monte Hill, the Church of Our Lady of the Mount is an elegant structure. The church commands popularity due to its impressive architecture as well as its wonderful position from where you can get a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.

  • Famous For: With simple exteriors, lavish interiors, and wealth of historical significance, this chapel is what one might call a hidden treasure
  • Location:  Old Goa

24. Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca

Being located at the confluence of Mapusa and Mandovi rivers, the church of Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca is a visual treat in itself. High vaulted ceilings, glass-stained windows, and brilliant architecture make this church a one-of-its-kind attraction in Goa.

  • Famous For: The interior of the church is stunning with a high-vaulted ceiling and handpainted sceneries
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Panji

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Forts in Goa: – Saga of Glorious Past

Places to Visit in Goa: Forts – Saga of Glorious Past

Places to Visit in Goa: Forts – Saga of Glorious Past

Heritage and history continue to thrive in the  forts of Goa , each of which has endless stories to reveal. Mentioned below are some of the most impressive forts of Goa you must visit during your next trip.

25. Fort Aguada

Boasting  a breathtaking location, Fort Aguada stands as one of the iconic forts and top places to visit in Goa. Built-in 1612, this massive fort offers sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. An ancient four-story Portuguese lighthouse and prison cells situated within the complex are among the major attractions of the fort.

  • Famous For: Its magnificent architecture as well as the breath-taking views it offers of the Arabian Sea 
  • Location: Candolim 
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 6 pm

26. Chapora Fort

Since the time it featured in the movie,  Dil Chahta Hai , this fort has become one of the best places to visit in Goa for youngsters.  The USP of the fort is the panoramic view it offers of the expansive Vagator Beach.

  • Famous For: Known for its spectacular views and sunset vistas
  • Location: Bardez
  • Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Chapora Fort

27. Reis Magos Fort

Standing guard since 1551, the robust Reis Magos is one of the oldest forts in Goa. The fort was once a residence for dignitaries and was later used as a prison. With its interesting history, it sure deserves a visit.

  • Famous For: This restored 16th-century fort offers sweeping river & sea views, along with a cultural centre
  • Timings: 9:30 am – 5 pm
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Bardez

28. Tiracol Fort

A 17 th -century monument, Tiracol Fort is situated atop a hill and offers spectacular views of the areas downhill. There is also a church inside the fort, though is not always kept open to the general public.

  • Famous For: For panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Terekhol River
  • Location: Tiracol
  • Timings: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Tiracol Fort

29. Cabo de Rama Fort

Steeped in legends and folklore, Cabo de Rama takes pride in being one of the oldest forts in Goa. It is believed that the fort location is the place where Lord Rama had stayed with his wife Sita during their 14 years of exile from Ayodhya.

  • Famous For: This fort withstood gruesome battles between the Portuguese, Marathas, Muslim invaders, and Hindu kings, and was used as a prison by the British
  • Location:  Canacona
  • Timings: 9 am – 5:30 pm

30. Corjuem Fort

Corjuem Fort is one of the two surviving inland forts of Goa. It may be small in size, but it is quite popular among the tourists and locals alike who throng to the fort to enjoy the spellbinding vistas it offers of the Corjuem River and the areas beyond it.

  • Famous For: Built in 1705, the hilltop ruins of this Portuguese military fortress offer scenic views
  • Location:  Corjuem
  • Timings: 6 am – 7 pm

Temples in Goa: – Blend of Beauty & Spirituality

Places to Visit in Goa: Temples – Blend of Beauty & Spirituality

Places to Visit in Goa: Temples – Blend of Beauty & Spirituality

The  temples of Goa  are not just about spirituality; they are also about heritage and beauty. Take a look at some of the famous temples that paint a picture of an altogether different Goa.

31. Mangeshi Temple

Dedicated to Lord Mangesh, an avatar of Lord Shiva, Mangeshi Temple is one of the largest, oldest, and most visited shrines in Goa. There is a seven-story octagonal lamp tower at the temple complex entrance that becomes a visual treat when lighted with oil lamps on festive nights. Mangeshi Temple is one of the most religious places to visit in Goa with family.

  • Famous For: One of the major temples in Goa, it is approximately 450 years old
  • Location:  Mangeshi Village, Priol

32. Shanta Durga Temple

Shanta Durga Temple in Goa exhibits a unique construction, replete with Roman arched windows and a Pyramidical Shikara. Goddess Durga is the reigning deity of this temple, where she is worshipped as a mediator between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. 

  • Famous For: The temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva
  • Location:  Kavalem Village, Ponda

33. Maruti Temple

When you are in Goa, do not let go of the opportunity to get blessed by Lord Hanuman at the Maruti Temple. If you happen to visit this temple on Tuesdays, you can witness the rush of devotees who throng the place in hordes.

  • Famous For: Located on Altinho Hill overlooking Fontainhas district in Panjim, the majestic Maruti Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman
  • Location: Altinho, Panjim

34. Saptakoteshwar Temple

One of the six major shrines of Lord Shiva that exists in the Konkan region, Saptakoteshwar Temple is a picture of architectural beauty.  The temple’s mandapa is constructed in the European style. You will need to embark on a ferry journey to reach the temple from the island of Divar.

  • Famous For: It is considered to be one of the six great sites of temples of Shiva in the Konkan area
  • Location:  Narve, Bicholim

35. Mahalasa Narayani Temple

This temple is among the rare shrines in India where Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Mahalasa or Mohini, the deity’s female form. The temple possesses a 12.5-meter high brass lamp which is considered to be one of the highest lamps in the world.

  • Famous For: The most popular temple of Supreme Mother Mahalasa is at Mardol in Goa, which is over 450 years old
  • Location:  Mardol, Ponda

36. Brahma Temple

You don’t come across a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma every other day, do you? Because of this very reason, you must include the Brahma Temple in your list of Goa itineraries. The temple houses a finely chiseled sculpture of Lord Brahma that dates back to the Kadamba period.

  • Famous For: It is the only temple in Goa that is dedicated to Lord Brahma and is also one of the few important temples found in India that is dedicated to Lord Brahma
  • Location:  Valpoi, Satari

Museums in Goa: – Keepers of History

Places to Visit in Goa: Museums – Keepers of History

Places to Visit in Goa: Museums – Keepers of History

The museums in Goa allow you to get a glimpse into the rich history, culture, and heritage of the land. Listed below are a few popular choices from among the plethora of museums in Goa.

37. Archaeological Museum

This museum takes you to the medieval past of Goa. At this museum, you can take a look at the ancient maps, Arabian and Persian inscriptions, bronze statues, wooden sculptures, age-old artifacts, and lots more that will keep you thoroughly engaged. It is one of the most famous places to visit in Goa other than beaches.

  • Famous For: Archaeological Museum of Goa houses a splendid collection of artefacts belonging to the prehistoric and late medieval Portuguese rule in Goa
  • Location:  Old Goa
  • Timings: 10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Friday)
  • Entry Fees: INR 10

38. Museum of Christian Art

It is the only museum in Asia that features items related to the emergence of Christianity in Goa. The museum has a wealth of impressive sculptures, paintings, furniture, textiles, and other curios.  

  • Famous For: It is the only museum in Asia that features items related to the emergence of Christianity
  • Timings: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Entry Fees : INR 5

39. Wax World Museum

Goa’s own Madame Tussauds, that’s what the Wax World Museum is! You can expect to find more than 30 realistic wax figures of Indian celebrities and personalities from the pages of history. Do not miss this one.  

  • Famous For: Celebrities wax statues
  • Timings: 09:30 am – 06:30 pm
  • Entry Fees : INR 250

40. Ancestral Goa Museum

Fancy knowing about the ancient Goan way of life? Then the Ancestral Goa Museum or Big Foot Museum will enthral you to no end. This open-air museum has life-size sculptures that portray the culture and lifestyle of Goa from the bygone days. Miniature models of traditional Goan houses and a Feni distillery are the highlights of this museum.

  • Famous For: Outdoor cultural museum featuring a recreated ancient Goa village, with pottery making & dancing
  • Location:  Loutolim
  • Timings :9 am – 6 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Entry Fees : INR 100

41. Indian Naval Aviation Museum

This museum showcases interesting exhibits that depict the Indian Navy’s evolution over the years. You can take a look at planes, helicopters, aircraft engines, military weapons, old photos, vintage navy uniforms, and several other things. It is among the unique places to visit in Goa to learn about Aviation and the Navy. The museum houses gigantic replicas of INS Vikram and INS Viraat.

  • Famous For: India’s only Naval Aviation Museum
  • Location:  Bogmalo, Vasco da Gama
  • Timings :10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Entry Fees : INR 20
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Vasco da Gama Railway Station

42. Houses of Goa

Designed by renowned architect Gerald da Cunha, this museum boasts of a ship-like structure. It is a unique museum where you can take a peep into Goa’s rich architectural past through the various exhibits on display.

  • Famous For: Offbeat, ship-shaped museum showcasing the region’s cultural & architectural history
  • Location:  Bardez
  • Timings :10 am – 7:30 pm (Closed on Monday)

Waterfalls in Goa: – Absolutely Spectacular

Places to Visit in Goa: Waterfalls – Absolutely Spectacular

Places to Visit in Goa: Waterfalls – Absolutely Spectacular

When it comes to waterfalls, nature has blessed Goa in abundance. Here are a few waterfalls that deserve a place in your places to visit in Goa in 3 days itinerary.  

43. Dudhsagar Waterfalls

A four-tiered waterfall, it is among the most spectacular waterfalls in India . The gush of milky white water flowing amidst the engulfing greenery justifies the name and is truly a sight to behold.

  • Famous For: Dudhsagar waterfall is one of the tallest falls in India
  • Location:  Goa-Karnataka Border  

44. Hivre Waterfalls

The stunning beauty of Hivre Waterfalls makes it one of the most popular waterfalls in the entire region. The location of the waterfall holds an attraction for not just tourists but trekkers as well.

  • Famous For: Trekking and views
  • Location:  Valpoi

45. Tambadi Surla Waterfalls

An offbeat destination, Tambdi Surla is a waterfall of breathtaking beauty. The waterfall stands surrounded by a dense jungle and needs a trek through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary to reach the place.

  • Famous For: Breathtaking views as the waterfall flows from a height of 50 meters in a zig-zag manner
  • Location:  Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

46. Arvalem Waterfalls

Call it Arvalem or Harvalem as it is popularly known, this gushing waterfall will definitely delight you. If you are looking for a spot for a picnic with your friends, the area around this waterfall is an ideal choice.

  • Famous For: Picnics and outings
  • Location:  Sanquelim

47. Kuskem Waterfalls

An amazing work of nature, Kuskem Waterfalls rushes down gleefully from a lofty mountain and presents a stunning sight to the onlookers. The best time to view this seasonal waterfall is during the monsoons or post-monsoons.

  • Location:  Canacona District

47. Charavne Waterfalls

A trek of about 2 miles uphill from the Charavne village will take you to the waterfall. Once you reach the spot, the sight of the waterfall will make your trek worth the effort.

  • Famous For: Trekking and Views
  • Location:  Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary 

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Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa: – Exotic Nature

Places to Visit in Goa: Wildlife Sanctuaries – Exotic Nature

Places to Visit in Goa: Wildlife Sanctuaries – Exotic Nature

The natural beauty of Goa lies not just in its bays and beaches. One way to experience nature in all its wild glory is to visit the wildlife sanctuaries and parks in the region. Check out some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries of Goa.

49. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

It may be the smallest wildlife sanctuary in Goa, but this natural reserve is home to a rich variety of wildlife. The sanctuary also has cottages where you can stay and discover the varied wildlife. 

  • Famous For: Junglelike wildlife sanctuary & zoo with a park area, many exotic species & birds
  • Location : Ponda, North Goa
  • Timings : 9 am – 5 pm (open all days except Monday)
  • Entry Fee : INR 50

50. Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary

If you are up for an adventurous safari through the deep jungle, Molem National Park must be on your list of to-do things. You can also trek through the forest and discover the rich wildlife population species of this sanctuary.

  • Famous For: The sanctuary is particularly known for its Leopards, Elephants, Deers & Gaur also known as Indian Bison
  • Location:  Sanguem Taluk, South Goa
  • Timings : 8 am – 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 20

51. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

A biodiversity hotspot, the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary boasts a number of wildlife species. But its biggest attraction is the Royal Bengal Tigers. This sanctuary is also a great place for bird-watching.

  • Famous For: Panthers to Indian venomous snakes
  • Entry Fee : NA

52. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

A visit to the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary will enable you to explore a variety of flora and fauna. The enchanting place is also home to several species of butterflies and birds.

  • Famous For: The sanctuary is a host for many rare butterfly species including the Malabar banded swallowtail and Malabar banded peacock
  • Location:  Sanguem Taluk
  • Timings : 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

53. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

The main attraction of the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is its observation deck that remains concealed amidst the foliage. If you climb up on this deck, you can spot the wild animals from close quarters.

  • Famous For: Flying squirrel, slender loris, Indian pangolin, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, Malabar pit viper, hump-nosed pit viper, white-bellied woodpecker, Malabar trogon
  • Location:  Canacona Taluk 
  • Timings : 7 am – 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 5

54. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Along the River Mandovi, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is accessed via a ferry ride. One can spot a variety of birds here including western reef herons and striated heron besides flying foxes, crocodiles, and jackals.

  • Famous For: White egrets and purple herons, you can expect to see colourful kingfishers, eagles, and cormorants
  • Location : Chorao Island
  • Timings : 6 am – 6 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 10

With so many attractions to see and experience, Goa is truly a traveller’s paradise. It has an endless bounty of man-made and natural attractions to offer. The best way to discover the treasures of Goa is to book your ticket, check into one of the  hotels in Goa , and start your exploration in earnest. So, here’s to the happy exploration of Goa’s wonders!

Frequently Asked Questions About Goa:

Q: When is the best time to visit Goa?

A: Although the ‘Party Capital of India’ is crowded with tourists all around the year, it is best to visit Goa during the winter season (November-February). The state especially attracts people from the world over during Christmas and New Year.

Q: Which Goa casinos can I visit to try my luck?

A: Deltin Royale, Casino Pride, Deltin Jack, Deltin Caravela, and the land-based Casino Paradise are among the top casinos in Goa for gaming enthusiasts.

Q: What are the best places to visit in South Goa?

A: Beaches like Palolem, Colva, and Benaulim, shrines like Se Cathedral and Shri Shantadurga Temple, Cabo de Rama Fort, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, and other interesting attractions in towns like Vasco Da Gama, Chandor, and Loutolim are among the top tourist places to visit in South Goa.

Q: Which adventure sports can I try in Goa?

A: There are many adventure activities in Goa for you to indulge in, the most popular of all being water skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, jet skiing, banana boat rides, kite surfing, white water rafting, windsurfing, parasailing, and snorkelling.

Q: Which are the best places to shop in Goa?

A: The most popular shopping places in Goa are Anjuna Flea Market (Wednesday) and Arpora Night Market (Saturday). Mapusa Friday Market, Mackie’s Saturday Night Market, and Calangute Market Square are a few other options for shoppers.

Q: How to reach Goa?

A: Goa’s Dabolim Airport has direct flights to domestic and foreign destinations like Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Kuwait, and UAE. Major train stations in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim while bus travellers can get down at Mapusa, Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Margao, or Canacona. Travelling to Goa by road from nearby cities is also ideal.

Q: Are there any UNESCO-listed heritage sites in Goa?

A: Yes; as a matter of fact, there is more than one. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Saint Catherine’s Chapel, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Church of Saint Augustine, and Church of Saint Cajetan are all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Goa.

Q: Suggest some happening places for a night out in Goa?

A: Party lovers must not miss popular pubs and nightclubs in Goa like Tito’s, SinQ, LPK Waterfront, Cafe Mambo, Curlies, Soro, Cafe Mojo, Cavala, Showbar Exchange, Cohiba, and Chronicle. Silent Noise in South Goa is also a must-visit.

Q: Which are the best places to eat in Goa?

A: Tamarind Cafe, La Plage, Bhatti Village, Thalassa, Spice Goa, Burger Factory, Brittos, Pousada by the Beach, Zeebop by the Sea, The Space, Martin’s Corner, Dropadi, Magic Italy, The Fisherman’s Wharf and Nostalgia are among the best restaurants in Goa.

Q: Suggest some good places for breakfast or brunch in Goa.

A: The Verandah Restaurant, AZ.U.R, Infantaria, Artjuna, Lila Cafe, Baba Au Rhum, La Brise, Bean Me Up, Cafe Cotinga, and Villa Blanche Bistro are the most popular breakfast and brunch spots in Goa.

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Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Grand Island, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Fort Aguada, Candolim Beach, Tito's Street, Arambol Beach,  Bom Jesus Basilica, Palolem Beach, Curlies, Club Cubana, Anjuna Flea Market, Chapora Fort, Mapusa Friday Market, Divar Island, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and many more. Deck up your itinerary list with the spectacular places in Goa and get ready to be awe-struck with its surprises. Serving as the hot spot for vacationists from both near and far, Goa is all in all a place for the party animals and solace seekers alike. From the ravishing nightlife pubs to the ever fantastic beaches there is something for everyone. Apart from this, one must not dare to miss out on the Goan churches which not only cater to ultimate tranquillity but also exhibit the architecture of the colonial period. Tourist places in Goa never fail to stun the visitants, as each one of them highlights something unusual of its own. While the Baga beach is reckoned for the adrenaline-pumping adventures like Jet skiing, kitesurfing, parasailing, and waterboarding the Calangute Beach is famed as the “Queen of beaches” due to its picturesque landscapes. Whether you are touring the place with your bunch of buddies or family, there is no dearth of options and you can explore the places that you like. You can also try hands-on scuba diving on the Grand Island and witness the scenic view from Aguada fort.

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Dudhsagar waterfalls.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

The Dudhsagar trek inside the park is closed to the public but you can still reach the waterfalls by trekking from Kulem and following the jeep trail. Another possible route is the trek from Castle Rock in Karnataka. Reaching the waterfalls will not be an easy task but it is one that is worth every ounce of effort put into it.  They are best experienced during the monsoons as they lose their force during the dry season.

Many tours are organized over this time so you can choose to go as a part of a group. Some tours even have overnight camping options. But remember to go well-prepared to ensure a good experience, especially if you are going on a self-organized trek. The lush green jungle and the beautiful waterfall sending up their forceful sprays are a sight to remember long after you have left Dudhsagar behind.

Location: Sanguem Taluka

How to reach from Panaji: Take a train up to Kulem railway station. However, don’t expect a proper platform here. It is a rough stop. Also Checkout:  Wild Wild Wet Tickets

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Baga Beach is the most famous of all Goa sightseeing places and as a tourist visiting Goa you really haven’t been to Goa if you haven’t been to Baga. Full to the brim with activities you can indulge in, Baga Beach and its surrounding areas will not give you time to get bored. There is always something exciting going on here. In the morning, the beach is a great place to lounge in, soak in the sun and interact with tourists from all over the world.

When you’re done with the sun, it is time to take in the salty sea winds with some adventurous water sports in Goa . Head over to lunch at one of the many restaurants that populate the beach and which offer various dining options. If it is fine dining you want, you can take your pick from some of the top restaurants of Goa. But even if you’re just in the mood for casual food, you can find some pretty good places near the beach which will delight your appetite.

Night is the time when the beach virtually comes alive. Lots of great party options make Baga Beach an amazing beach to party the night away. Tito’s, Café Mambo, Kandy Club and many more clubs make Baga beach a party haven every night.  

Water Sports: Baga Beach is best-known for its jet skiing, parasailing, banana ride and boating water-sports.

Location: Baga, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: The beach is located about 16km from Panaji. You can hire a cab to reach here or rent a scooter which can serve you for the length of your trip.

Beach Side Restaurants : Go With The Flow, Jamie’s Restaurant, Fire and Ice, Chelsea Beach Shack, Britto’s Bar and Restaurant.

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Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach

Running from Calangute Beach on one side to Fort Aguada on the other is the Candolim Beach. The day activities offered on this beach are its best attraction. You can perform a whole host of activities on the beach including a vast array of water sports, all at very reasonable prices. You can choose to spend some time at Candolim Beach and then head over to Calangute next door or just spend all your day on this beach and explore the sights nearby.

Renting a scooter in order to get around freely is the best option and will only cost around Rs.300/- for the day. Many churches and chapels dot its neighbourhood and there is also an old lighthouse which stands inside Fort Aguada. The Fort Aguada Jail is also a tourist attraction. The best part about Candolim Beach is that it has significantly lesser footfall. You can enjoy the beauty of Goan beaches along with the activities they, have to offer without the crowds of Baga or Calangute. This also allows other activities to flourish on Candolim. Yoga is one such example.

The beach is an ideal place for couples on their honeymoon or on a romantic getaway because it offers much-desired solitude but not at the cost of leaving you absolutely bored. There are some great resort in Goa which are Candolim like Hyatt, Radisson Hotel, Taj and there are also several villas out for hire. Also, make sure to drop by the Stone House for some great blues live music in the evening when in Candolim.

Water Sports: You can try parasailing, diving, jet-skiing, snorkeling, banana-boating or get on a boat and go bird and dolphin watching. Sea excursions are also available here.

Location: Candolim

How to reach from Panaji: The beach is located approximately 14km from Panaji, so depending upon your luggage needs, a cab or scooter will serve you well.

Beach Side Restaurants: Soi, House of Lloyds, Café Jazz, Bomra’s, The Mermaid  Restaurant, After 7

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Grand Island

Grand Island

There is no dearth of water related activities in Goa , of course. But while the different beaches up and down Goa offer tourists many options, these options are not to be found all in one place. Not so in grand island. Grand Island is the nirvana of Goan water-sports. There is a lot to be experienced here from diving to snorkelling to fishing. Scuba diving in Goa is the most popular activity because it offers so much in terms of underwater exploration.

There are ship wrecks to be found here as well as some reefs. The “Suzy” wreck and the “Davy Jones Locker” are especially popular with divers as are Serge City, Bounty Rock, and Turbo Tunnel. Experienced and beginner divers both find something to satisfy in Grand Island. You can also go snorkelling. Professional instructors will provide the equipment and the instructions. Bumper boats and banana boats are also popular around the island.

End the day with a fishing trip and a barbeque of the produce you caught. A day trip usually lasts from 8.30am to 4 pm but it can be negotiated beforehand. If you want an in-depth underwater experience, Grand Island is one of the places to visit in Goa. You will come back from your trip exhausted but well-satisfied with your day. Make sure to carry all your swimming and beach essentials as well as spare clothes for the day.

Timings: Varies with the ferry service provider

Location: Grand Island, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: The island is only connected via water ways so you will have to arrange a ferry ride. This can be arranged at the major jetties in South Goa.

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Mandovi River Cruise

Mandovi River Cruise

If you prefer calming experiences over adventure sports and clubbing, Mandovi River Cruise is among the best activities you can try in Goa. Just board one of the luxury cruises and set out on a journey to embrace peace and enjoy on-board entertainment. Partaking in this laidback experience is an excellent opportunity to unwind while capturing the essence of Goa. According to your preferences, you can opt to take the cruise either during daytime, sunset hour, or at night. Although evening time is preferred by most due to the grand sunset vistas one gets to witness. Furthermore, various exciting cruising packages like Dolphin Fantasy Cruise and Backwater Thrills are also available to entertain visitors with. Timings: Various cruises throughout the day Location: Mandovi River, Panaji, Goa How to reach from Panaji: Paradise Cruise is located at a distance of 2.8 km from Panjim city centre and is accessible by both public and private transportations

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Chapora River

Chapora River

This beautiful river runs along the Northern part of Goa and eventually joins the Arabian Sea. Goa is full of beaches and is surrounded by water on almost all sides but the northern part is a bit more famous for this particular river. The Chapora River has the perfect water current and rapids that are required for White River rafting and other water sports like Kayaking. Tourists can even go for cruise rides and enjoy the sea breeze with some appetizers. 

Sunset boat rides are particularly famous in this area as during the sunset the river is more beautiful than ever. The calm and serene environment around the river helps one connect with their inner self and feel peaceful. One can easily drive up to the shores of this peaceful river and escape the busy city life. How to reach there from Panaji:  Chapora River is 24 km away from Panaji and one can take a bus to reach there.

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Tito's Street

Tito's Street

Goa is India’s favourite party place . Therefore, you simply have to visit one of the many clubs scattered around Goa on your visit there. Tito’s Street is one of the best clubs you can visit. Tito’s Street, named after the street it is located on, is a club that attracts a lot of crowd especially because of its prime location and its top-notch service. Baga beach, where the club is located, is a party hub so it is no wonder that loads of tourists find their way to Tito’s Street after sundown.

The club is known for its excellent services and this compensates amply for the slightly overpriced tags on drinks and food. The place is made up of two levels: the lower level is a dance floor with a separate dance space for couples; the upper level allows people to sit and watch the activity below while enjoying their food and drinks. The DJ is reckoned to be very good and you’re sure to get in some soul-pumping dancing on your visit.

There are various entry vouchers which have complimentary services included. The vouchers begin from Rs. 1000/-. Their security is also among the best which is very important in a party-climate like Goa’s. It does not matter whether you go during in or off-season. Tito’s Street is an exciting place to party in Goa  all year round. Their cocktails are the talk of the town, so make sure you try them out. Nonetheless, even if you aren’t looking to drink, Tito’s Street is one of the places to visit in Goa for youngsters.

Head over to Tito’s Street if you want a great experience which is worth your time and your money.

Timings: 6 pm to 3 am

Location: Tito’s Street, Baga Beach, North Goa

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):     -Rs. 1000/- for two.     -Free entry for ladies.     -Rs. 2000/- stag entry You Can Also Book:  Museum Of The Future Tickets

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach

Goa is one of the most toured places in India. Anjuna, a small village on the North coast of Goa, is amongst those few  Goa sightseeing places which receives a lot of tourists. The Anjuna Beach is arguably amongst the best beaches in India. The beach has the perfect picturesque background with hills. 

The beach is blessed with beautiful red laterite rock.  Hundreds of people visit the Anjuna Beach every day and enjoy themselves by relaxing on the beach. A flea market is held on every Wednesday in the Anjuna beach. People from all around the state come to this flea market as one can get amazing products at really cheap prices here. Location: Anjuna, Goa 403509 How to reach from Panaji: Anjuna Beach is 29 km away from Panaji and one can take buses or cab to reach there.

Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

The largest beach in Goa, Calangute Beach is also affectionately known as the “Queen of Beaches”. It is among the top ten beaches in the world, which means it is one of the tourist places in Goa that you should not miss. It is a big, serene beach with activities enough to fill your mind for the entirety of your trip. The beach alone is a great attraction for tourists. The beach is ideal for both the options,  lying down in the sand without the fear of being run over or trying your hand at some water sports.

There are a lot of options to choose from. The distance of Calangute from Baga Beach is not great; the two beaches are only separated from each other by some rocks. You can choose to have breakfast or lunch at Baga or Calangute. There are also many great sight-seeing opportunities near Calangute such as Morjim Beach, St. Alex Church, the Water Pond of Arambol, Ashvem Beach, the Aguada Lighthouse & Aguada Fort, Nerul River, the Friday Local Mapusa Market, River Betul & Betul Estuary.

You will find Calangute transformed into a beach for the party in Goa in the night as good as the one at Baga Beach. Since Calangute Beach is connected to most other important tourist spots in North Goa, it is a good place to reside in during your Goa visit.

Water Sports: Calangute offers the best in water sports- enjoy kayaking, sailing, wind-surfing, water snorkeling, water-skiing, and fishing here. Parasailing is also a sport you can indulge in.

Location: Calangute, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Taking a taxi or cab is the easiest option to reach here

Beach Side Restaurants: Pousada by the Beach, Zuperb, Sousa Lobo, A Reverie, The Chocolate Room

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada

Another heritage from the Portuguese, Fort Aguada has been standing stern on the beach facing the Arabian Sea from 1612 when it was built in order to provide defence against the invading Dutch and the Marathas. It was a grand old fort in its time with the capacity to hold 79 cannons among other weapons of defense. It was one of the prized possessions of the Portuguese. Today, it stands as famous Goa sightseeing places dividing the Sinquerium Beach and Candolim Beach.

There is an old lighthouse standing within the fort which was built in 1864, the oldest lighthouse of its shape and size in India. Fort Aguada is a great place to explore when you are out visiting the Candolim or Sinquerium Beaches. The architecture gives a good insight into the building techniques of old Portuguese architects and it has some amazing views you should really see. The old fort provides a good view of the sea and the sunset is reckoned to be lovely.

The fort is a great way to spend an afternoon. Afternoons are usually too hot to spend on the beach. But you don’t want to be cooped up in your hotel room when in Goa. So, head over to Fort Aguada and spend your time exploring it. Once you’re done, you can simply sit down and enjoy the sea breezes as you let the afternoon pass by. And then you can head over to either of the two beaches that strike your fancy in the evening. It makes the perfect resting point during your tour of the beaches in North Goa

Location:  Candolim, North Goa

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Club Cubana

Club Cubana

Club Cubana calls itself the “Nightclub in the Sky”. It is an appropriate name for a club located in a remote location on top of the Arpora hill in North Goa and it is also top places to visit in Goa. But though remote, Club Cubana is a great attraction for partygoers. It has revolving flash lights which throw their colourful lights all over the neighbourhood all night long, thereby attracting customers. There is a spacious dance floor where you can groove to the beats and there is also a swimming pool with a lounge which adds to the feeling of luxuriousness that characterises Club Cubana.

The club operates within strict parameters. It is open only from October to April and caters especially to couples and ladies. Stag entries are not encouraged though some are allowed in on rare occasions, for example, if they form part of a larger group of couples. Their attempt is geared towards maintaining an environment where people can let their hair down without worrying about security concerns.

If you are heading over to Goa with your girl gang, Wednesday is Ladies Night at Club Cubana. This means free entry and complimentary drinks for women. If a guy intends to accompany you, he will have to pay for entry. The dance floor, the lounge, and the bar are all located on different floors so you can easily pick and choose which activity to undertake first. But don’t expect great food here, you’ll only find the most basic food items to go with your drinks.

However you will definitely find an amazing ambience here.

Timings: 9.30pm to 4 am

Location: Arpora, North Goa

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):     - For the LOW SEASON: Couples: Rs.1000 to 1700/-; Stag: 1400/-; Women Only: 700/-     - For the HIGH SEASON: Couples: Rs.1800 to 2200/-; Stag: 1500/-; Women Only: 700/- Suggested Read:  25 Best Beach Resorts in Goa You Can Checkout Great Discounts On  Sunway Lagoon Tickets

The Church Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception

The Church Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception

This is one of the most frequented places for sightseeing in Goa. The lovely church which stands tall in the capital city of Goa has had a long tryst with the past. It was first built as a chapel in 1541. Over this chapel, the larger building of the church was then constructed in 1619. It has since undergone many revisions, but the original building has remained. It draws devotees from all over the globe and has been a spiritual and geographical landmark for centuries.

Old Portuguese sailors who crossed the perilous seas safely and landed at Goa would pay their first thanks at this church. Today, this church is a gorgeous white landmark in Panaji with a lovely multicoloured interior that at once imparts peace and delight. It is at its best in December as the feast of Our lady of immaculate conception is celebrated on 8th of December followed by the Christmas and New year celebrations.

If you’re in Panaji even for a couple of hours at any time of the year, drop by this church and simply revel in the silence within its walls.

Timings: 10am-12.30pm & 3-5.30pm Mon-Sat, 11am-12.30pm & 3.30-5pm Sun, English Mass at 8am daily

Location: Emilio Gracia & Jose Falcao Road, Panaji

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Sinquerim Beach

Sinquerim Beach

This beach is connected to the Candolim Beach and Fort Aguada guards one end of its shore. As a result, the tourist attractions here are pretty much the same as those in Candolim. You can explore the Old Fort and the lighthouse that stands within the fort, enjoy the sunset from the fort or simply watch the waves crash on the seashore during high tide. One difference between the two beaches is that Sinquerium Beach can easily take home the prize for being the quieter and the cleaner between the two beaches.

Since Candolim Beach is just next door, it takes most of the crowds, leaving Sinquerium mostly empty. The beach is a good place to relax in but be mindful of the sand as there are occasional reports of broken glass lying around in the sand. Be cautious when you take off your slippers or sit down. However, other than this minor hurdle, the beach is a good one and there are shacks which can provide you with cheap but good food options.

At night, you can party at one of the clubs in Sinquerium like Sinq Night Club or head over to the clubs in Candolim or Anjuna which are only a short distance away.

Water Sports: Boat rides, banana boat rides, parasailing, water scooters are among the water sporting options at Sinquerium Beach

Location: Sinquerim

How to reach from Panaji: This stretch of beach is well-connected from Panjai and not far from it. Both cabs and buses frequent the route.

Casino Cruise

Casino Cruise

This is a little out of the way thing you can indulge in when in Goa. A Casino Cruise is essential, at the basic level, a restaurant, but with the additional casino features for those who want to try a hand at Vegas style entertainment. The ship is docked on one of the many rivers in Goa and is fitted with posh furnishings. The view outside and the rooms inside both make for a great set-up. The casinos are open all round the clock but they really come to life in the night from 9 pm to 3 pm. They are like clubs but instead of the DJ and the party music, you have casino games and low music. They are well-fitted spaces with fine dining options in place including a good selection of drinks.

The visitors can stay on board for up to 12 hours and enjoy the ambiance of the cruise. If you are lucky, you might even end up slightly richer when you come out of the Casino Cruise. Some places even have playrooms for children in case you want to take them along. The tickets are slightly expensive but seeing that they come inclusive of the provision of food and drinks as well as the various other entertainments apart from the casino rooms.

There are dance shows and ball rooms and lovely decks where you can hear the river waters dapple against the ship. If you are visiting Goa as a honeymooning couple, this is a very romantic place to be. There are many Casino Cruises in Goa like Deltin Royale Casino, Casino Pride, Casino Royale, Casino Carnival etc. Most are located close to Panaji.

Timings: 24 hours

Location: Varies by the Cruise you go to

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Anjuna Flea Market

Anjuna Flea Market

Many tourists associate the name of Anjuna with its wild nightlife and trance scene. But that is just one aspect of Anjuna. The weekly Wednesday Flea Market is another. Flea markets are a quintessential Goan experience and the Anjuna Flea market is one of the best in Goa. It is an interesting off set to the beach scene and is only in operation from mid-November to April. The market first came into existence alongside the party scene at Anjuna beach in the eighties.

Hippies from all over the West congregated here to sell off their personal items, like Levis jeans and other trinkets, in order to fund their stay. Partying does cost a lot after all. But now, the place has evolved into a good-sized market with goods from all over India being sold here. Both Westerners and Indians mill around the place buying and selling and generally enjoying themselves. You can snag some great cloth pieces for really good rates at the market.

Tea stalls and snack stalls line the streets too, allowing the visitors to have a good time without worrying about food. Other breakfast places are close at hand. Visit the Anjuna Flea Market in order to get a taste of the other side of Anjuna and some interesting trinkets.

Timings: 8 am, Wednesday

Location: Anjuna, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Anjuna is not at a great distance from Panaji. Taking a cab will be the most convenient option besides buses and scooters for hire.

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Curlies is one of the necessary places to visit in Goa for youngsters. This club also provides a variety of accommodation options so you can, in fact, choose to stay here for a day or two. It will be well worth the stayover. Curlies is an all-in-one beach “shack”. Not only is it known for its good quality of service and its equally good food, it is also very famous for its sea view. Curlies is located almost at the edge of Anjuna beach which means that, figuratively, the sea waves knock right at its doorsteps.

This is a great set-up if you’re lodging at Curlies because you just have to put on your beach slippers and step out into the sand and the sea in the morning. You can spend the entire day on the beach soaking up the sun, knowing that everything you need is right next to you in the hotel. If you’re here to party at the spacious beach dance floor that can hold as many as 500 people, you will find yourself in a perfect party setting.

Loud, cheerful music, a whole host of foods and drinks to choose from, and a breath-taking view. If you’ve never seen how beautiful the sea looks at night, your night at Curlies will surely reveal it to you. The rooftop lounge area is great to relax in after dancing as is the pool area.

Timings: 8.30 am to 3 am

Location: Anjuna Beach Strip,

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):     -Free for ladies     -Couples: 1200/- approx.     -Stag: NA Must Read: Best Places to Visit in North Goa in 2019

Divar Island

Divar Island

You really have to see Divar Island in order to believe it. It is amongst the most beautiful places to see in Goa. The fact that such a small, pristine, and simple place can exist in Goa alongside the crazy party scene  If you’ll visit it, only then you will be able to experience it. Absolutely unlike any experience in Goa, Divar Island will leave you feeling happy and satisfied. This is because the entire place gives off a rich, wholesome, almost home-like vibe which is particularly attractive to those who prefer quiet and natural beauty.

The small island is covered with dense forests and there is only one village on it with a small set of residents. This creates that intimate homelike environment which is soothing, to say the least. The hilltop views are pretty too. It does not have any commercial tourist attractions but the local sites like the whitewashed Church are worth a visit. These are simple and yet intricately designed structures which are elegant in their own way.

Reaching Divar Island is easy and convenient. Ferries operate round the clock after every 15 minutes from morning to evening. If you happen to fall in love with the island and want to stay there, you can stop at Divar Island Retreat, situated in an old Portuguese mansion.

Timings: (Ferry) 7 am to 8 pm How to reach from Panaji: The island is approximately 8km from Panaji . Many ferries operate from various points in Goa.

Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

Palolem is one of Goa’s most beautiful beaches, or at least used to be till it got overrun by commercialization in the form of huts and hawkers. Nonetheless, its peaceful waters bordered by headlands are still very attractive. It is a popular tourist attraction of South Goa . The location makes its sea calmer than others and you can walk almost 100m into the sea with ease. Not only are there many things to do on the Palolem Beach, there are many things you do in the nearby locality.

You can participate in an early morning yoga class for one thing. You can also dance at the offbeat Silent Noise Disco. You put on headphones provided by the club and party into the early hours of the morning without any worry about the police interrupting you because of the noise. There are also many sightseeing options like the Monkey Island and the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Both places make a good day trip around Palolem.

If you wish to simply kick back and relax, Palolem is a good place wherein to do so. Also get an Ayurveda massage while you are at it.

Water Sports: Scuba diving, canyoning, self-paddle kayaking, dolphin watching are some activities you can undertake here

Location: Canaconna, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: You can either hop on a bus or take a taxi

Beach Side Restaurants: The Olive Room, Café Inn, Canacona, Café Del Mar, Havana Cuba

Admire the panoramic views of Arabian sea

Sinq Night Club

Sinq Night Club

Gift yourself joyful times in Goa – hit Sinq Night Club to make your trip worthwhile. Featuring a laid-back lounge, a chic nightclub, a contemporary tavern, and poolside deck, this nightclub complex caters to people with different definitions of fun. Once you are done checking out all the tourist places in Goa, make room for this nightclub in your itinerary. A night with your buddies at Sinq Night Club will refresh your senses and revive your energy with its cheerful aura that teems with the enthusiasm of hardcore partygoers from across the world. To enhance your overall experience, you can order from a wide selection of European, Indian, and Goan food delicacies. Timings: 9 pm to 3 am Location: Opposite Taj Holiday Village, Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa How to reach from Panaji: Since there is no direct connectivity through public transportation, hiring a private cab to reach here is the best option.


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Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort

Once a huge, commanding structure which was the site of many battles, and which was passed from the hands of the Portuguese to the Indians and back several times in its long history, the Chapora Fort is a goodplaces for sighseeing in Goa. The present building was constructed in 1717. The Fort rises on the banks of River Chapora and commands a great view of its surroundings. This feature of the fort is what led to the many battles for its possession in the past.

It stands on the head of a natural valley which leads directly to the sea. As you can imagine, the view from the fort is breathtaking. You can spend a couple of hours in this fort exploring it and taking in the natural landscape around it. Winds blowing in from the sea make it a good place to sit and relax. You can even take a walk from the fort to the sea if you feel energetic enough. Carry your food along as there aren’t any food providers here and the sea breezes are real appetite generators.

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on all days of the week

Location: Chapora Fort Road, Bardez, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: The fort is not far from Panaji. Cabs will drop you directly at the fort. Buses also connect to the route.

Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach

In the neighbourhood of the hippy, Anjuna Beach lies its quieter cousin, the Vagator Beach. This beach, which has been on the watchlist of predominantly Western backpackers for several years is now beginning to grow in popularity with Indian tourists as well. It is a large beach surrounded by stunning red cliffs which make for a lovely sunset viewing point. Popularly divided into two parts, Vagator consists of Little Vagator Beach and Big Vagator, palm-lined beaches with soft sand you can sink your feet in. It is a lovely and clean beach.

In comparison to Anjuna Beach, it is a quiet haven and a tourists’ delight. You can enjoy a picnic on the sand and go swimming later, but make sure the water is safe. In the night, Vagator Beach also transforms into a party place but on a lesser scale than Anjuna or Baga. Disco Valley, which is located on one end of Vagator Beach provides a good ‘trance’ dance floor for those enthusiastic about psychedelic music.

There are plenty of other clubs which boast of good dance scenes like Hill Top (known for its rave parties), Nine Bar, and Primrose. Apart from the night clubs and the sands and seas, you can also indulge in a bit of bargain shopping at the Wednesday Flea Market. If you are looking for accommodation in the area and are going with friends, you can check out the hostels which have come up from the beach. Since they were made keeping Western tourists in mind, they have high standards of cleanliness so you will get a decent bang for your buck. Location: Bardez, North Goa How to reach from Panaji: Vagator Beach is at a distance of 19 km from Panaji, making a cab the most convenient option for travellers Beach Side Restaurants: Go With The Flow, Thalassa, Antares, Salt and Pepper, Bean Me Up

Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach

This is one of the best places to see in Goa. If you go during the right season when trees are in bloom and spring fills the air, you will find yourself in a paradise on earth; such is the beauty of Butterfly Beach when in-season. It is one of the secret beaches in Goa which is hidden from the eyes of many. Butterflies come here in hordes when trees are full bloom.  Undoubtedly, this makes for a breathtakingly beautiful scene. Hundreds upon thousands of multicoloured bright-winged fairy creatures on a beach with golden sand and topaz blue waters surrounded by high cliffs and green trees; all make for a very romantic, almost paradisiacal location.

Butterfly Beach is actually one end of the Palolem Beach but it can only be reached by water as the connecting land is inaccessible owing to dense jungles. You can take a boat from Palolem Beach which will drop you off at Butterfly Beach in a short time. This beach is not as commercially dense as some other popular Goan beaches which are a happy fact that allows nature to flourish in peace and provides visitors with some great photo opportunities.

The low tide also reveals an active marine life made up of crabs and jellyfish on the shore. Dolphin sighting is also possible here and the sunsets from the beach are among the best which Goa has to offer. Just imagine yourself w- very beautiful! All this makes Butterfly Beach take a top spot on the ‘must-see place lists for Goa’. Don’t miss it if you’re in South Goa. But make sure you go during the best months otherwise you will end up being disappointed.

Location: Palolem

How to reach from Panaji: Grab a bus or a taxi for a smooth ride

Beach Side Restaurants: Little World, Fatima’s Corner, Zest, Rockit Restaurant, Ourem 88

Bom Jesus Basilica

Bom Jesus Basilica

One of the most important of all tourist places in Goa as well as a central landmark for Catholics, the Bom Jesus Basilica is the place in which the incorrupt body of St Francis Xavier is kept. The Church was built in 1605 and the body of the Saint was brought to it in 1622 where it has laid since in its glass mausoleum. The body is perhaps the greatest attraction of the Basilica. A gallery of Modern Art is also a part of the Basilica.

The building is constructed in baroque style and is considered one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India. You can visit the Bom Jesus Basillica in December for the best experience of the tradition as the feast and novena take place at that time along with Christmas celebrations.

Timings:     - Weekdays – 9.00am to 6.30pm     - Mass: Sunday – 8.00am and 9.15am     -Weekdays – 7.00am and 8.00am

Location: Old Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Take a cab or hire a scooter from Panaji


Goa is the ideal place to visit for a group of people who want to party and enjoy themselves on their vacation. There are many party places in Goa where one can actually have a gala time. But if one wants to have an outstanding night, then Mambos is the place they should go to. Thi club is amongst the best places to visit in Goa for youngsters especially. Mambos is considered to be among the best nightclubs of Goa. 

The place is always is always filled with foreigners and Indians and the food available here is simply awesome. Not many places in Goa serve such lip-smacking dishes at one place. One is sure to have an amazing time if they are in Mambos.

Location- Baga Beach, Titos Lane, Goa 403516

How to reach there from Panaji- Mambos is 18 km away from Panaji and one can take a cab to reach there.

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Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach is located in North Goa and first became popular when people came to it in order to escape  Baga and Calangute beach crowd. Today it is famous in its own right and draws several tourists, though not in the quantity that Baga and Calangute do. This is a good beach to visit if you are searching for a place that combines adventure sports in Goa with relaxation. The strong winds on the headlands around the beach make it an ideal spot for paragliding and kitesurfing.

These sports are more well-known on the Arambol scene than the water sports which characterize the other beaches of Goa. The village of Arambol is a little distance away so you can get a feel of authentic local life if you step by the house sometime. Accommodation is available in the many huts that have come up around the beach and the food options around the place are many and varied owing to the numerous shacks that line the beach. If you want to step away from the crowd for a bit, you can walk onwards to Mandrem to the south. Kalacha Beach, north of Arambol, is where the best paragliding in Goa takes place.

A verdant jungle near the beach makes for a good trekking option in Goa . Depending upon the time of the year, you can go swimming in the sea too. The Arambol “Sweetwater lake” and the banyan tree on the hilltop can be counted upon as its best sights. You might even catch the Tribal Dance Convention or the Annual Juggling Convention taking place here if you are lucky. A variety of musicians from India and abroad also tend to gather here, making it a good music destination too.

Water Sports: Paragliding, Kitesurfing

Location: Arambol, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: The beach is roughly 40km from Panaji. Take a bus or a cab for maximum convenience.

Beach Side Restaurants: Shimon, Fellini, Double Dutch, Rice Bowl, German Bakery

Sunburn Goa

Sunburn Goa

Sunburn Goa is an annual electronic dance music festival held in Goa, claimed to be the largest gathering of its kind in the entirety of Asia. The festival spans over a period of 3 days, and is packed with mind-blowing performances by some of the most renowned DJs in the world. Sunburn Festival 2019 is expected to feature some big names such as Martin Garrix and The Chainsmokers. Musical beats that will inspire you to let your hair down, fun-loving people from different parts of the world to mingle with, and an immersive aura to lose yourself into – Sunburn is the purest form of ecstasy. Owing to this dynamic extravaganza it hosts, Vagator Beach has come to be known as one of the best places to visit in Goa. Timings: 2 pm to 10 pm Location: Vagator Beach, Goa How to reach from Panaji: The venue is located 20 km from Panaji and can be reached by hiring a private cab and travelling via NH 66.

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Dona paula beach.

Dona Paula Beach

A small beach with a tragic history involving love and suicide, the Dona Paula Beach is top places to visit in Goa. It offers plenty of to do in terms of water sports and sightseeing. The jetty right next to the beach is frequented by tourists who come there for the lovely view it offers of the Arabian Sea. The beach is home to the tragic myth that the ghost of Dona Paula emerges at night from the sea wearing only a necklace of pearls and searching for her love. She is believed to have committed suicide on the beach and her tomb, Cabo Raj Niwas, is another tourist attraction.

The myth is a powerful one and draws many tourists to the beach. Among sight-seeing options can be included the National Oceanography Institute, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and Reis Magos Church. The party scene of Dona Paula is not that high profile as it is eclipsed by the Baga Beach scene a few kilometers away. You can head over to Dona Paula on the day you have some time to kill at Panaji.

Water Sports: For a small beach, Dona Paula offers much to do. Windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, ski-bob, kayaking, yachting, swimming, sports fishing, toboggan ski-biscuit, and harpoon fishing can be undertaken here.

Location: Dona Paula

How to reach from Panaji: The beach is only 7km from Panaji making a cab the best option out there

Beach Side Restaurants : The Black Sheep Bistro, Peep Kitchen, Café Azul, Laranja, Soft Rock Café 

Ashvem Beach

Ashvem Beach

Located at the end of the North Goa beach stretch, Ashvem Beach is relatively unfrequented by visitors and as a result is exceptionally quiet and serene. This is the beach you want to visit when on a trip with the family or when on your honeymoon. The beach is a good place to go for swimming and visitors are always welcome to relax on the sands. The charm of Ashvem Beach is in its laid-back setting which can be very attractive after the milling crowds on the other beaches of North Goa.

Most people come here for the swimming on a day trip so accommodations are not high in number. But there are comfortable beach cottages in Palm Groove- an area on the beach abundant in palms- that you can live in. Since this is a no-construction zone, these huts have been set up for tourists. It is a good getaway and one of the places to visit in Goa that doesn't feature high on most travellers’ lists.

Those who miss this beach, miss out an essential part of the beach going experience. After all, beaches and waters are not just made for water-sports and parties. Sometimes a break from them and a retreat to beaches such as Ashvem prove therapeutic. Give it a go next time when you are in Goa.

Water Sports: Swimming

Location: Pernem, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Cabs are your friends but you can also take a quick bus trip to reach this beach.

Beach Side Restaurants: La Plage, Café Nu, Sunset Mandrem, Café Junas 9, L’Amore Café 

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Galgibaga Beach

Galgibaga Beach

Galgibaga Beach is one of the many  places to visit in Goa with family . It is located in the south Goa and is not known to many people. So, one can be sure to have an amazing time here. The Galgibaga Beach is the cleanest beach in Goa. One will surely have a gala time here as they will be able to enjoy the clean beach, the yellow sand, and the turquoise blue water. 

This is the ideal place for one to visit as they can just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the beach. The Galgibaga Beach will help one get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life and have a quiet vacation which helps them to return to their normal life rejuvenated.

Location- Galgibaga Beach, Goa

How to reach there from Panaji- Galgibaga beach is 85 km away from Panaji and one can reach there by taking a train and then a bus or a cab.

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach is located just 2km from Colva beach, and it is a good place to kick back and relax. The beach is made up of the soft white sands that make Goa such a joy to travellers. But it also has plenty of options for things to do apart from lying in the sand and letting the sun soak you. You can indulge in the various water-sports available here. You can also participate in excursions around the town and also go up to Paradise Island, a little island accessible from the Benaulim and Majorda beaches.

It is a beautiful green spot that everybody will love walking through. If you wish to stay for a couple of days, you have some good resorts here to choose from including Taj Exotica, L’Amour Beach Resort, Palm Shades Spring.The nightlife here includes the usual party clubs like Fiplees Pub and Disco or Adega Camoens Nightclub. But there are also options for candle-lit beach dinners if you are looking for a romantic evening.

Sightseeing options range from Joe Ruby Desa Beach, Sernabatim Beach, Sernabatim Lake, Ramola Super Market, to Copelwaddo Chapel, St Anthonys Church, Holy Trinity Church, and Laxmi Temple. There are many things to do in and around Benaulim Beach so there is no fear of boredom.

Water Sports: There are plenty of water sporting options like parasailing, jet skiing, boat ride and wind surfing

Location: Benaulim, Salcete, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Bus or cab

Beach Side Restaurants: The Farmhouse Restaurant, The Pavilion, Li Bai, Dinha’s Restaurant, Cavatina Cuchina

Mobor Beach

Mobor Beach

The Mobor Beach is actually the southernmost tip of the Cavelossim Beach. It is also the more active end of the beach. It stands at the delta of River Sal, hence making for a wonderful spot where the river empties out into the ocean. The beach is a pretty place with coconut palms lining its border and sand dunes overlaying the landscape. Natural bays dot the beach and give tourists lovely places to sunbathe in safety and privacy.

Mobor Beach is an active beach, that means that there are several events hosted there and many tourist activities take place on the beach. But if you are in search of some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, you can always walk down to Cavelossim Beach which is empty of crowds and commercialization. It is counted in the least crowded beaches in Goa . It is a good place to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones.

There is a host of bars and clubs around Mobor Beach so the nightlife is pretty exhilarating. Club Tito’s is one of the clubs you can visit when in the area.

Water Sports: Parasailing

Location: Salcette, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: It is approximately 50km from Panaji and a bus ride is the most convenient option. The bus takes approximately two hours.

Beach Side Restaurants : Sam’s Beach Shack, Betty’s Place, Southend Ocean Club and Grill, Temple Tree, Masha

Colva Beach

Colva Beach

The most popular beach in South Goa, Colva Beach is a must-visit Goa tourist place. The beach has a really lovely stretch of white sand which extends for nearly 25km.  The sand and the beautiful glimmering sea are Colva Beach’s most famous attractions. Soft winds that blow salt sprays into your face are an added bonus. The ambience of the beach is perfect, being just the right balance between commercial and quiet.

There are dozens of shacks that cater to the needs of visitors so food and drinks are easy to lay hands on. There are a lot of pubs and clubs here which contribute to the nightlife of the beach like The Gatsby Club, Club Margarita etc. Admittedly, the night scene here is not as high or wild as at the clubs of North Goa but if you want just a taste of partying when at Colva, these clubs are not bad options to pick from.

Sight-seeing opportunities include the white-washed Our Lady of Mercy Church built in 1630, and the markets at Margoas.

Water Sports: Paragliding, parasailing, jet ski's banana rides, dolphin sighting are activities you can take part in on Colva Beach.

Location: Salcete, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: A bus or a taxi is a convenient option to in order to reach this beach. You can also take a train up to Madgaon railway station.

Beach Side Restaurants: Mish Mar, The Garden restaurant, Martins, Leda, Sandpat Beach Shack

Bambolim Beach

Bambolim Beach

A short 7km away from Panaji, this beach is a little gem hidden from popular touristic eyes. This is of great help in maintaining the serene and pristine nature of the beach. Those who stumble upon this beach stay to stare at the amazing view of the sea that the beach offers. The beautiful white and golden sands are lined by lush green forests that add a delightful splash of warm colour to the scenery. It is a great place to simply sit back, rest your eyes and take in some deep, calming breath.

Of course, if adventure is what you want, adventure is what you will get with the many water-sports offered here. It is one of the few places you can go scuba-diving in Goa and the barring some rocks around the beach and in the sea, the beach is a good place to swim. There aren’t many accommodation options as resorts have not been built around here. But the Grand Hyatt Resort is located on this beach so you can check-in there if you want a luxury vacation.

There isn’t much in terms of shacks and night-clubs on Bambolim Beach. But since the other popular beaches are not far off, this is not a problem even if you are staying at Hyatt. You can easily make a day trip to Bambolim either on your way from or to Panaji. It is one of those places in Goa that you must visit if only to see a different aspect of the tiny beach state. And if you want to indulge in some Goan cuisine, this is the beach you want to visit.

Water Sports: Scuba-diving, parasailing, jet-skiing are some options.

Location: North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Take a cab as buses don’t frequent this route. Alternatively, you can hire a scooter.

Beach Side Restaurants: Bambolim Beach Resort, Chulha, The Dining Room

Party Places in Goa

Shiva valley.

Shiva Valley

This is one of the places in Goa that you must visit if you are looking to party long and party hard. Located on Anjuna beach, this is a one of the kind club. It has a strong psychedelic vibe to it so if you count yourself as one of the hipster crowd and enjoy psychedelic music, or even simply want to experience it, Shiva Valley is the place to head to. It is modelled around the Natraj figure, that is, the dancing avatar of Shiva, and thus the name.

The theme also inspires the ambience- Shiva Valley is best known for its Trance nights, some even call it “the temple of Trance”. Trance is a global phenomenon and you will find many people here who have been returning to the trance floor of Shiva Valley for years upon years. The trance is an intense dancing set-up. It is a great way to unwind and if you are in need of an emotional purge, this is one of the best ways to do it.

Simply dancing till sunrise is an experience enough, but dancing to psychedelic trance music is an experience to really remember. The ambience of Shiva valley is not just fun, it is also very powerful. All in all, it should definitely be on your party to-do list for Goa. Visit on a Tuesday night for the best experience. And do not forget to have some piping hot tea and cheese omelettes with the Chai Mamas outside.

Timings: 6 pm to 6 am

Location: Anjuna Beach

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag): Free for all

Love Passion Karma

Love Passion Karma

Touted to be the best party club in town, Love Passion Karma hits its customers with an amazing vibe made up of great music, trippy lighting, and a dance floor and a DJ that can compete with the best. If you’re aching for that “dancing all night” experience, you should give LPK a definite try. Dancing all night is not just a distant possibility here, most people actually end up doing so. It is that special combination of lights and music that generates such high-powered energy.

LPK will give you a party experience to remember. You can visit it on any of their variously themed nights. Ladies going in a group can visit on Ladies Night to enjoy some good company and a complimentary drink. The LPK water-front is one its famous features. The glittering water is lit up at night by the huge LPK logo shining upon it making for a very surrealistic scene. Their venue has some lovely structures built to serve expressly as photography backdrops.

The entire location is very attractive and you will find yourselves wanting to return to it day after day to dance the night away. LPK is not a place which offers dinner options, and the few food options they do have are quite expensive. You would be better off dining outside before visiting the club. They are situated in a beautiful location but a remote one at that, as a result reaching there might get a little tricky unless you solidly research the route.

Timings: 9.30pm to 3.30am

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):     -Couple: Rs.1500/- to 2000/-     -Stag: 3000/- approx.     -Women only: Free

Club Tito's

Club Tito's

Making Morjim a perfect spot for happening nights, Club Fresh is an upmarket nightclub that remains open round the clock. Set on the shoreline of the Arabian Sea, the club is widely acclaimed by music aficionados as you get to drink in a buzz created by a mix of electronic-rock, funk, punk rock, and EDM. You can also pamper your taste buds here with an extensive range of food delights from multiple cuisines including Indian, Chinese, and Japanese. The club boasts top-notch dance floor, elegant chill-outs, and VIP areas in addition to an ultramodern sound technology for a refined musical experience. If you are planning to become a part of some swanky event during your Goa trip, Club Fresh might be the best option you have. Timings: Open 24 hours Location: Gawde wadda, Ashvem Morjim, Goa, India How to reach from Panaji: Though bus service is available between Panaji and Morjim, hiring a cab is a more convenient option.


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If you are visiting Goa to break the monotony of your routine, Hill Top is ranked among the top tourist places in Goa for partying. A famous nightclub frequented by both Indian and international party lovers, Hill Top offers the best of everything till late at night. This iconic party venue has a wide range of exotic drinks to give you a sweet ecstasy, which will be further elated as the trance music tracks are introduced to your system. The large open-air dance floor has plenty of space and a stunning décor to host and amuse throngs of visitors. For the most astonishing artist lineups and a hypnotic aura, be here to catch special events towards the year end. Timings: 4 pm to 10 pm Location: Michael's School, Ozran Beach Road, Near St. Vagator, Goa How to reach from Panaji: Located at a distance of 20 km from Panaji, Club Tito’s can be reached by a private cab.

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Bondla wildlife sanctuary.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

There are hundreds of places to visit in Goa, but the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is very different from the other Goa tourist places. It is the smallest wildlife sanctuary in Goa and is very famous amongst the children and the environmentalists. The sanctuary has a number of species of flora and fauna. 

The species of animals and plants which one gets to see here are some of the rarest one in India. Many Photography enthusiasts from all over the country come to the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary just to capture a beautiful moment, of the animals or the plants, in their camera. The area of the sanctuary is just 8 square km, making it the aptest wildlife sanctuary as one can tour the entire place in one day itself.

Location- Usgao-Ganjem VP, Goa 403105

How to reach there from Panaji- Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is 47 km away from Panaji and one can take a bus to reach there.

Entry time- 9 am

Entry fees- INR 5 for adults and INR 2 for children

Spice Plantations

Spice Plantations

For many people, Goa is all about the beaches and the nightclubs. This has influenced its popular public image to the extent that we forget that there is more to Goa than the beaches. In truth, Goa is also the hub of many types of spice Plantations. A huge variety of the common spices that we use at home, as well as the more exotic and expensive varieties reserved for special occasions, are grown here. By making a visit to these plantations, you get right into the natural habitat of the ingredients so beloved in Indian kitchens. In your Goa trip you must take a day time to visit this plantation.

You can take a tour of the plantation and understand how the spices are grown, what goes into making them strong and appealing, and why certain spices cost as much as they do. You can also get some useful usage tips that might just transform your cooking experiences. Apart from the actual spice farming, you will also find yourself having a good time drinking the special teas offered on the plantations, eating the delicious home-made food delicately tinged with homegrown spices, and enjoying the general ambiance of the space.

If you can manage it, go during the monsoon season. Any farm is worth a visit when the falling rains fill the air with a lovely scent but imagine how compounded this effect will be on a spice plantation. Spice Plantations are one of most delightful the places to visit in Goa, so don’t miss out on them. Savoi Spice Plantation, Sahakari Spice Farms, Tropical Spice Plantation are some plantations to look into. Most are located roughly 30km from Panaji and easily accessible via cabs.

Location: Approx. 30km from Panaji

How to reach from Panaji: Cabs are the most convenient option unless you have a scooter on rent.

Verna Springs

Verna Springs

Verna Springs, popularly known as Kesarval Springs, are located near the Verna Cliffs, hence the name. ‘Kesarval’, on the other hand, is a reference to the days of old when eagles(kesar-val) had a nesting ground near the springs. The eagles are gone but the springs gush out from between the huge rocks and green trees just as chirpily as ever. This is a good spot to visit for some nature sighting. The surroundings are quiet and only the hum of the forest fauna is to be heard and one of the best  places to visit in Goa with family.

The Verna Springs, however, might be a little noisier on account of the many people who frequent the Springs. The Verna Springs are popular not only for their natural beauty but also for their rumored healing properties. The water from the Springs is said to hold curative properties. The skin, eyes, internal ailments can all purportedly be cured by a dip in the water of Verna Springs. As a result, you will come across all manner of people here who are enjoying a taste of the waters in the hope of curing some physical ailment or the other.

The Springs are big enough to take this influx of people and they are active enough to sweep away the resultant dirt in their strong currents. The best time to visit is during the monsoon season when the water is flowing at full force even though they continue to exist in the dry season albeit to a much less forceful extent. Take a spare set of clothes or your swimming costume along if you too wish to take a dip in them.

Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

Location: Near the village of Cortalim, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Take a bus or train to Cortalim and then local transportation up to the springs. Alternatively, you can go by your (rented) car or scooter or by cab. The Springs are only 22km from Panaji.

Mapusa Friday Market

Mapusa Friday Market

This is a great market to visit if you are planning on staying in Goa for a longer period of time. The Mapusa Friday Market is essentially a local farmer’s market. Every Friday, traders, and farmers gather together in Mapusa, a small town in the Bardez district of Goa, and sell a wide variety of fresh food items here. Local varieties of fish, farm vegetables, and fruits, even tamarind are sold here.  Pickles and preserves, spices, earthen pots, glass bangles, channa baskets coir mats, and the famous Goan 'chouricos' (ready spiced Goan pork sausages), dried fish and prawns are also sold here, as is the local Goan liquor.

Even if you aren’t staying for long, you can visit this market to get a taste of the local flavours and buy some non-perishable items you can carry back home. Goan tamarind is noted for its delicious taste so do grab some of it. Though the shops are in place all day on Friday, you should visit early in the morning to get the best pick of the lot.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Location: Mapusa Village

Todo Falls

There are many tourist attractions in Goa and one of that attraction is the Todo Falls. The Todo Falls is arguably the prettiest waterfall present in Goa. The most exciting thing about the Todo Falls is the journey to the falls. One has to trek and reach the falls. Trekking is a very thrilling and tiring activity but when one finishes the trek, they get to see the Todo Falls. This makes it one of the best things to do in Goa.

The breathtaking view of the waters cascading down from the top of the cliff is mesmerizing, to say the least. Todo Falls in a must for everyone visiting any part of Goa as this is amongst prettiest sight in Goa. One feels closer to nature and wants to delve deeper into its beauty when they go to the Todo Falls.

Location:  Todo Falls, Goa

How to reach there from Panaji:  One can reach the Todo Falls from Panaji by trekking.

Arvalem Waterfall

Arvalem Waterfall

The Lamgau Caves are close by as is a location fit for white-water rafting which is 13km from the site of the waterfall. The Arvalem Waterfalls in themselves are a pretty sight, and especially imposing during the monsoon months when the fall into the lake below with a fearful force. Among all the places to see in Goa, this is one of the most beautiful ones. They dry to a trickle in the summer leaving the lake to become a swimming pool for avid swimmers.  There is a well-maintained government park close to the waterfalls, which is a great spot for a picnic.

You can make a fulfilling day trip to this location and also take part in the other activities close by. The children will have an especially good day.

Timings: 7am-5pm

Location: Mapusa, North Goa

Other Places to Visit in Goa

Museum of christian art.

Museum Of Christian Art

The Museum of Christian Art was built in 1994 and is a major tourist attraction of Goa. The residents of Goa are very artistic people and they love their art. This love of theirs can be witnessed by visiting any of the museums in the state. The Museum of Christian Art is a very famous and unique Museum. The museum is one of a kind and no other museum in Asia is like the Museum of Christian Art. The museum contains artworks of only Christians. 

There are some outstanding sculptures, paintings, furniture, precious metals, etc. present in the museum. One should definitely visit the Museum of Christian Art if they are going to Goa as one gets to learn a lot about the culture about the people living there.

Location:  Velha Goa, Convent of Santa Monica, Goa 403402

How to reach there from Panaji:  Museum of Christian Arts is 13 km away from Panaji and one can hire a scooter or cab to reach there.

Entry time:  9:30 am


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Church Of St. Cejatan

Church Of St. Cejatan

Goa is not a very diverse state. Almost all of the people residing in Goa follow the same religion, Christianity. Since Christianity is the most widely followed religion here, there are many churches in the state. Churches in Goa take a very important part in the life of the residents. The Church of St. Cajetan is one of the most famous churches in Goa. The church possesses a very strong resemblance with the popular St. Peters Basilica church located in Rome. 

The Church of St. Cajetan is nearly 2 decades old, but the church has been very well preserved and one will not be able to guess the age of the church just by looking at it. One should definitely visit this church as they will get to know about the religion here.

Location:  Velha Goa, Goa 403402

How to reach there from Panaji:  Church of St. Cajetan is very close to Panaji and one can take a cab, bus or auto to reach there.

Lamgau Caves

Lamgau Caves

Going to North Goa to hit one of the beaches? Make sure to take some time out and visit Lamgua caves. One of the ‘hidden’ Goa tourist places, Lamgau Caves are made up of two man-made caves which were meant to be a residence for monks. They are of great importance to the Hindu community in Goa and they reflect the transition from Buddhism to Hinduism. The caves are designed in a Buddhist fashion but the idols of Nandi and the Shivaling outside the main entrance of the smaller of the two caves reveal another aspect.

The other cave is much larger and is basically a place where one can sit and meditate or take shelter from the rains. The scenic route up to the caves is another reason to visit them. The caves are located inside a dense areca nut plantation and trekking up to them can get tough because of the rugged nature of the paths. You pass several small Goan villages on your way, these are good and hospitable resting spots during the trek.

The many interesting local temples on the way are an added attraction of the trek up to Lamgau Caves. You can visit the caves on some early morning. This will allow you to go over the entire location peacefully and enjoy the small details that you might otherwise miss out.

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Location: Bicholim, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Many buses ply on the route connecting the villages. Cabs are also a good option.

Corjuem Fort

Corjuem Fort

One of the two inland forts still intact in Goa, the Corjuem Fort is a popular spot with tourists and makes for a nice break from the beaches. The Fort was built in 1550 and has since seen many parties take control of it- from the Indian rulers to the colonists. This fort made an especially attractive possession because of its strategic position. The fort is so situated as to be a great defensive location for Panaji. Hence the numerous battles that took place here for control.

The Fort was rebuilt by the British in 1705. Though it has fallen into disuse now, it is still an attractive spot and you might come across history buffs and architecture enthusiasts going over the fort for its structure and its past. The view attracts tourists since it reveals a breath-taking landscape. The Fort is built across the Mapusa river which can be seen cutting through the green Goan countryside. It is a view that is capable of instilling peace.

Photographers are also attracted to this location in hordes. All in all, the Fort is a good passing tourist attraction that you can visit for some hours on one of the afternoons of your visit to North Goa. This is one of the interesting historical places to visit in Goa.

Timings: 6 am to 7 pm

Location: Corjuem, North Goa

Mangueshi Temple

Mangueshi Temple

This is a temple dedicated to Lord Mangueshi, a form of Shiva which is recognized only in Goa. A major tourist attraction in the state, the Mangueshi Temple is a great place for those of you who want a taste of authentic Goan life away from the Westernised beaches. This temple was built in 1560 when the site of the Mangesh Linga was shifted from the original spot in Kushasthali to Mangeshi following the Portuguese invasion. The current structure was built 150 years later under the Maratha rule, when it was upscaled from a simple construction to the imposing structure it is today.

Many domes, balustrades, and pilasters are a part of the architecture. An imposing Nandi statue near the entrance and a magnificent 7 storeyed lamp-tower add to the charm of the elegant temple. Pujas are performed throughout the day. A set of pujas in the morning is followed by a maha-aarti at noon and a grand Panchopchar puja at night. Devotees flock to the temple in droves which makes the spot an active one.

The location is especially alluring as the Mangueshi Temple is set among lush green forests and resplendent paddy fields with mango and jackfruit grooves nearby hand in hand with tall palm trees. This makes a perfect place for a meditative retreat. There are sellers outside who sell trinkets, goods to use in the temple and saat, a local specialty made from jackfruit. The Temple can be visited throughout the day but it really shines out at night as candles by the dozen illuminate it. This is a good place to visit in Goa.

Timings: 6 am to 10 pm

Location: Mangeshi Village

Bats Island

Bats Island

Pequeno Island or Bat Island is one of those little islands of the beaches of Goa that don’t attract too much tourist attention despite the fact that they are gems in their own way The island is home to some great water-sporting action and you can take part in snorkeling here. There are professional facilities available for snorkeling and they also provide one with the equipment and the instructions. It is also a lovely place to experience some marine life around Goa.

Varieties of fishes like the parrot fish or the butterfly fish, lobsters, turtles and sea cucumbers live near Bat Island and can be spotted with ease. Reaching the island is not an issue. There are numerous boats moored along the Vasco De Gama Beach and the fishermen will gladly drop you off if you ask them to. There are other speed boat and yacht options too. You would be wise to carry your food along with you as the food scene here isn’t the best.

Location: Bats Island, Off Vaco De Gama Beach

How to reach from Panaji: Vasco De Gama is well-connected to Panaji via buses and trains. You can take one of those transport means to reach here and then take a boat to Bats Island.

Fort Tiracol

Fort Tiracol

Fort Tiracol is one of the greatest tourist attractions of Goa. This particular Fort has played a huge role in the earlier years when everyone was struggling for freedom. Since it has witnessed so many wars, victories and defeats it is considered as a symbol of the bravery of all freedom fighters of Goa. This Fort was destroyed in the wartime but was again rebuilt after a few years and has stood tall and proud ever since. 

The Fort is full of intricate carvings and some great architecture that can be awe-inspiring for all history lovers out there. This fort also has a view of the Arabian Sea from the terrace which is breathtaking. Located on the northern tip of Goa one needs to set aside a whole day to explore this place and take a ferry to reach the Fort.

Location- Tiracol, Pernem Taluka, Goa 403524

How to reach there from Panaji- Fort Tiracol is 49 km away from Panaji and one can take a train, a bus or a cab to reach there.

Naval Aviation Museum

Naval Aviation Museum

The Naval Aviation Museum in Goa is one of the two military museums in India and overall one of the best museums you can visit in India. If you are on a trip with the kids, do not give this museum a miss. Both parents and children will love a visit to the Naval Aviation Museum. It has two sections- the indoor area and the court outside. You can roam around the park outside and look at the various out-of-commission aircrafts that served in the navy. Some of the aircrafts there are Breguet Alizé (IN 202), Hawker Sea Hawk FGA Mk 100 (IN 234), Westland Sea King Mk 42 (IN 505) among numerous others.

These are all very important aircrafts and have played crucial roles in the Indian Defence Strategies. The interior of the museum is designed to look like INS Viraat, an important Indian Naval base, and hosts several interesting galleries where you can read about the many battles the Indian Naval Forces have been a part of. There is also a room dedicated to naval equipment like warheads, bombs, torpedoes, rockets etc and another room has the collection of underwater radars used to detect underwater enemy targets.

The children will love the simulation room inside the museum where visitors can experience being inside the cockpit. The Naval Aviation Museum is a great educational experience combined with fun. Everything about the museum makes it a perfect sight-seeing place in Goa, including the magnificent ocean view. Pay the museum a visit one afternoon and spend the evening on the beach nearby for a good end to your day.

Timings: 10am to 5pm

Location: 6km from Vasco De Gama

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is so named after India’s top ornithologist. It is a hidden gem that not many people visit but it makes for a top sight-seeing place in Goa. The Sanctuary is located on Chorao Island on River Mandovi which necessitates a ferry ride across to the island. The island is covered in mangrove swamps and frequented by birds of all kinds. Both local as well as out of state birds make a home in the sanctuary. You can spot many species of birds here like Pintails, Blue-winged teals, Maddar ducks, Purple herons as also storks, flying foxes, jackals, and crocodiles.

The mangrove swamps are a good breeding habitat for many birds, fishes, and insects. There is a watch tower in the sanctuary from where you can watch the various kinds of birds that frequent the island. Visitors would be well advised to lather themselves up in insect repellents when visiting the sanctuary. The island is easy to visit but it needs some planning in advance as you require a permit from the Chief Wild Life Warden, Forest Department, Junta House, Panaji.

This is a relatively small sanctuary but it is rich in nature’s attractions and makes it to the lists of numerous travellers. Its short distance from Panaji makes the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary especially convenient to visit.

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Location: Island of Chorao, River Mandovi

How to reach from Panaji: Take a bus or a cab up to Rabandar ferry and then take a ferry to the sanctuary. It is only at a distance of 4km from Panaji.

Mollem National park

Mollem National park

The Mollem National Park is a part of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and is situated 60km away from Panaji along the border with Karnataka. This is a great place for places to visit in goa with family. Both the kids and the parents will come out with an amazing experience. The things you can do in Mollem National Park range from trekking to animal spotting. It is also a nice picnic spot if you are looking to do something offbeat.

Mollem National Park is populated with lush green trees that make up a dense forest which is home to several unique species of birds and animals. For example, you can spot several species of snakes including the King Cobra, Hump-nosed pit viper, Indian rock python and Malabar pit viper as well as many birds like fairy bluebirds, wagtails, great Indian Hornbill among others. Butterflies also populate the forest.

There are also many good treks you can undertake including one to the Devils Canyon, Sunset Point, and Tambdi Water Falls.  Ancient temples dedicated to various gods are also a part of this national park. The Tambdi Surla Devi Temple is one such temple and was built in the 12th century. Dudhsagar Falls, which also fall within the perimeters of the national park, is a popular tourist attraction. Overall, there are a lot of things that you can do in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, so your day will be well worth it.

Location: Sanguem taluk, Eastern Border of Goa


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Dudhsagar Falls of Goa is a majestic waterfall where the white water gushing through the steep and vertical face of the mountain portrays a cascading effect. Standing as tall as 310 metres, it makes sure to stand in the list of tallest waterfalls in India. The cascading effect of this waterfall gives rise to the illusion of a milky white sea falling from such a great height. This is how the Falls acquired its name – Dudhsagar Falls. The four-tiered waterfall marks its presence along the Mandovi River in the Sanguem taluka (Goa). The main river of Goa – Mandovi, originating from the Deccan Plateau winds its way through the twists and turns of the Western Ghats. As soon as the river plummets through the hilly cover lying along the borders of Karnataka and Goa, it transforms into Dudhsagar Falls.The moment the water gushing out from the Falls flow towards its feet, it forms a green pool at its base. It is from here that the water of the Dudhsagar Falls starts flowing westwards to join and be a part of the mighty Arabian Sea. The entire landmark in the backdrop of the falls is covered with a vastly stretched forest cover. This is how the Dudhsagar Falls form a part of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Embark the wildlife researching skills within you as there this sanctuary shelters a plethora of wildlife. In the past few years, the popularity of the Dudhsagar Falls has increased ten-fold as one of the most preferred weekend getaways from each of the cities of Bangalore, Mumbai, and Pune. If you’ve got a big group or a family, you surely must check-in the Dudhsagar Falls for a short family outing. 

Se Cathedral Church

Also called St. Catherine's Cathedral this 16th-century masterpiece took 80 long years to finish and is one of the largest churches in the world. The Cathedral attains to the west of the great square called Terreiro de Sabato and has its face turned to the east. A flight of steps approaches its beautiful courtyard.  It was consecrated in 1640 and was built to honour the triumph of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of the city.Owing to such a magnificent aura and the glory, Se Cathedral has been stated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is known as the largest church in Asia, and also has a giant bell and its elegant architecture makes it a majestic white beauty. Se Cathedral also endures the honour of being the seat of the Archdiocese of Goa. Se Cathedral is home to the historic “Golden Bell” which is famous around the world as it is the largest bell with a rich sound. When you will visit the church now you will be amused to witness the amazing construction techniques and designs used while building the church. The intricate work on wood in the interiors of the church add to its beauty as it the wonderful work of art. This place is a combination of peace and beauty, visiting this place will not only rejuvenate you but will also fill you up with positivity.Legend of Saint Catherine of Se CathedralCredits: NagarjunCatherine was a lady who was considered as a Christian Saint according to tradition, and was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan Emperor Maxentius. It is believed that she was both a princess and a noted scholar, who became a Christian at around the age of 14 and also converted hundreds of people to Christianity, and was martyred around the age of 18. Catherine was known to be a spiritual pathfinder and raise her voice against the oppression of the Christians under the rule of Roman emperor Maxentius. She was so strong and logical with her arguments that the king himself was incapable of countering them and has a then he formed a committee of 50 philosophers to debate her ideas.However, even the assembly conceded defeat in front of her and confessed Christianity as their belief. Out of anger, the king burnt the philosophers alive and sentenced st.catherine to prison. Catherine did not give up, and she was succeeded in converting not only the jailers but also the king's wife. It is believed that she showed the path of Christianity to 200 people. Even when she was facing the worse condition of her life, she continued to stretch the word of Jesus. She was honoured with the title of"patroness of the wheel-wrights" because it is believed then when she was fastened to a spiked wheel as it was mentioned in her death sentence the wheel broke and she was left uninjured. And when she was finally beheaded, it is said that angle took her remains and laid them to rest atop Mount Sinai. When you visit the Se Cathedral, you can witness the Saint Catherine ornaments, a crown portraying her royal birth and has a book in her hands, which signifies her sound knowledge as she points a spiked wheel, which reveals her martyrdom.Se Cathedral HistoryThe Cathedral is devoted to St. Catherine of Alexandria, it is said that it was built to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese ruler Alfonso Albuquerque who destroyed the Muslim army and took ownership of the city of Goa. Consequently, it is also called St. Catherine's' Cathedral. In 1953, the Cathedral was presented with "The Golden Rose" by Venerable Pope Pius XII. It is a gold ornament, which the Popes of the Catholic Church have traditionally favoured and given as a symbol of devotion or affection.You can witness it as it is placed on the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. It was approved by Governor George Cabral to be spread in 1552 on the remains of an earlier structure. The formation of the church began in 1562. The church was completed in 1619 and was consecrated in 1640.  It is a perfect place to experience a blend of peace and tranquillity. You will be filled with positivity when you will visit this sacred place.The architecture of Se Cathedral  The architecture of Se Cathedral is awe-inspiring and elegant. The architectural style is a blend of Gothic elements and typical Portuguese style, or you can say that the architecture style of the Se Cathedral is Portuguese-Manueline. There were two different techniques that were opted to make the church. The exterior was made in Tuscan style and the interior has been built in and Corinthian style. With dimensions of 250 feet long and 181 feet wide, this church has a  delightfully decorated entrance that measures around 115 feet in height. The church is amazingly decorated, yet the style is intriguing and simple. The Cathedral has been built on an elevated base of laterite, which is covered with the thick lime plaster.You can also see the bell tower which is located on the southern side of the façade. The building of the church is rectangular on the plan but has a cruciform layout in the interior. The main altar is devoted to Catherine of Alexandria, and you can also see several old paintings on either side of it. You can also see the Chapel, which is known as the Cross of Miracles, it is believed that there was an image of Christ that was said to have appeared in 1619. 

Baga Beach

Baga is a famous beach destination in North Goa that attracts thousands of tourists and watersports lovers to its heart. The beach shares its coastal line from the environs of Sinquerim, Candolim, and Baga, with the Baga shore being more lively and enticing. This bubbly beach is one of the best in Goa that stays awake the whole night. Called as "The Hometown of Nightlife," Baga beach is reputed for its cranky music celebrations by late-night, mouth-watering food, designer shops, and adventure sports.Tourism in Goa’s coasts got ignited by 1960 after the famous summer gathering of hippies from San Francisco. Baga beach then became popular among foreigners and slowly more exciting ventures like fishing, paddleboarding, discos, and tattoo shops started in the mainland. Named after “Baga Creek in Baga”, the tidal residuary channel that drains into the Arabian sea, Baga beach in Goa is also well organized with parking facilities and is maintained tidy by the local governing authorities, besides experiencing hordes of travelers clubbing around. Baga town is surrounded by the Baga river, and spotting the place where the river and the “sea meet, is a beautiful view to bait your eyes. Dolphins can also spotted deeper in the blue ocean and there are some spotting trips organized by local ship owners to spot the sea mammal.

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The Perfect 3-Day Goa Itinerary for Slow Travel.

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On my first trip to Goa as an adult, my partner and I stayed at an “offbeat” beach that had already been invaded by overtourism. That experience, filled with characterless beach shacks, multicuisine food and hordes of tourists, turned me off Goa.

Much later, I returned to experience slow travel for the first time.

I’m grateful that the universe conspired to have us stay at Cancio’s House , a 500-year-old traditional Goan homestay in Aldona, with its own well for drinking water, jackfruit trees for shade, and a courtyard around which three generations of the Amaral family have grown up. It was here that I first learnt about the susegad Goan life – aka the art of slowness and contentment.

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The weeks we spent here were filled rain-filled walks, destination-less scooter rides, warm conversations with our hosts, visits to the local bakery, and a lot of observation and introspection. It was for the first time that I learnt that this is what travelling is really about. Not a checklist of places to tick off, but a chance to experience a world different from the one we’re familiar with.

I’ve returned to Goa pretty much every year since, sometimes for several months, and sometimes for a few days. Each time, I’m reminded that slow travel isn’t about how much time we have but how we choose to spend it.

Thanks to this ever-growing connection with Goa, I’ve advised so many friends on how to make the most of their Goa trips. This day-to-day itinerary includes some of my favorite adventures and spots, and takes you away from the beaten path to a slower, more intimate experience of the Goa I love.

Also read: Responsible Travel Tips for Meaningful Experiences on the Road

Goa Trip Plan for 3 Days

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With that in mind, my recommended Goa itinerary is one that allows enough time and mind space to live and breathe its slow, susegad life – even it’s just over 3 days.

These North and South Goa itineraries aim to take you away from the well-trodden tourist path, and challenge the idea of Goa you’re probably familiar with. They are filled with meaningful outdoor, culinary and cultural adventures that often get buried under the sun-sand-party scene of Goa. These experiences also support small local businesses, and protect Goa’s living culture and natural ecosystems – ensuring that your 3-day trip is not only fun and memorable, but also positively impacts Goa.

Also read: Offbeat Goa: 12 Mind-Blowing Experiences

3 Day Goa Itinerary at a Glance

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North Goa Itinerary for 3 Days

Where to stay in north goa.

There is something for every budget in Goa, but in all honesty, a lot of it is sh*t. Since the surge of remote workers and revenge travel in the last few years, accommodation prices in Goa have been soaring. Sadly, many ‘homestays’ have turned into commercial businesses, and you often end up paying a lot for not very hospitable experiences.

Here are some places I recommend:

Cancio’s House, Aldona

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Stay in the outhouse cottage of a 500-year-old traditional Goan home at Cancio’s House , hosted by three generations of the Amaral family! I’ve stayed here several times over the years, and each time, I’m amazed by the warmth, wealth of stories, and Goan recipes I get to try (even as a vegan ). The village of Aldona may have changed quite a bit over the years, but it still retains its Goan charm – a 16th century church, lush rice paddies, old Goan houses, and their quirky owners, always a delight to chat with.

Siolim House, Siolim

Located at easy driving distance from both, the cafes and restaurants of Assagao and several beaches across North Goa, Siliom House is a restored 17th century heritage house turned into a boutique hotel. An ode to the casa do sobrado style of Goan-Portuguese architecture that is fast disappearing from the state.

Jardin d’Ulysse, Morjim

Located right across the beach from Morjim, Jardin d’Ulysse was my go-to spot for ‘work from home’ days afternoons from their breezy terrace overlooking the sea, and delightful, vegan-friendly food from their kitchen. The huts out back are aesthetically crafted to invite the elements of nature in – perfect to work from, and have some beach time.

Botanique, Assagao

One of the OGs of Assagao before its hotel and restaurant scene exploded out of control, Botanique retains its original character in a restored Goan house, with the addition of Japanese food at Izumi in its backyard.

Mojigao, Assagao

Built on the philosophy that there should be no borders between the inside and outside world, my friends still rave about their stay at Mojigao . Its wood and tiled roof cottages are scattered among the wilderness of Assagao, with a cafe (a branch of Artjuna) overlooking the greens, in-house yoga classes and several independent music gigs through the week.

The Secret Garden, Saligao

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I wrote parts of my first book at The Secret Garden – a traditional Goan house painstakingly refurbished by a Goan-British couple, and now home to its own food forest. On offer are heartwarming conversations, sourdough pancakes (YES!), and swimming under the stars.

Also read: My Alternative Travel Guide to Goa

Where to eat in North Goa

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Goan thali and local Saraswat cuisine

Even after all these years of visiting and living in Goa, I’m surprised to learn about Goan food I haven’t tried before. While family kitchens (like Raquel’s kitchen in Cancio’s house) are the real treasure trove of Goan dishes, the true blue Goan thali at Kokni Kanteen is a good starting point. My favorite Goan restaurant is Mum’s Kitchen in Panjim (avoid the Assagao branch), where I love the uddamethi and tamdi bhaji with sanna. A breakfast spot I love is The Local Table , for a wicked patal bhaji.

Best cafes and restaurants in North Goa

North Goa can spoil anyone for choice, but as someone who looks for vegan-friendly, preferably organic and nourishing food, some of my favorite places include Bloom & Brew in Assagao, The Rice Mill in Morjim, Bean Me Up in Vagator, and Moka in Siolim.

Also read: Insider’s Guide: 27 Best Vegan Restaurants in Goa

How to Spend 3 Days in North Goa – Day 1

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My Goa trip plan for 3 days can be mixed and matched, depending on your mood and the weather:

Get to know your Goan neighborhood

Whether you’re staying in Aldona, Saligao or elsewhere in North Goa, take the morning to acquaint yourself with the slow Goan life. Go on a long walk to the local church, along the rice paddies, and past old Goan homes (noticing how many of them are in a state of disrepair). Stop by to pick up poi at the local bakery, visit the morning market where local farmers sell their produce, and aim to have a chat with atleast one local. Getting yourself into the pace of Goa is a great way to set yourself up to slow exploration over the rest of the trip.

Cycle or e-bike on the sleepy Chorao island

Away from the crowds of Calangute and Baga, escape to the island of Chorao for a glimpse of Goa that once was – full of wild mangroves, endless paddy fields, and glorious old houses with a balcao. Sign up for a guided cycling or e-biking ride with Cycling Zens or B:Live , exploring the quiet beauty of the island on two wheels – one of the best places to see in goa in 3 days. Remember to carry your own reusable water bottle to stay hydrated!

Find pre-loved delights in Vagator

It’s so exciting that Goa finally has its own thrift store – Good Karma , in Vagator. Featuring pre-loved clothes, accessories, shoes and books, this is not just a way to buy second hand, but also buy stuff embedded with the stories of strangers. If you have clothes and books in good condition, you can also donate them to the store. Part of the profits are channeled towards local non-profits like WAG (Welfare for Animals in Goa).

Shop for organic, fair trade clothes at No Nasties

Ditch the wasteful fast fashion brands taking over Goa and other parts of the world, to shop at No Nasties – a homegrown, organic, fair trade store in Assagao. I bought my first t-shirt from No Nasties over eight years ago, and it’s still serving me well! This kind of slow, ‘I can wear this forever’ fashion, is a guilt-free answer to the overconsumption plaguing our planet.

Also read: Goa is a State of Mind

How to Spend 3 Days in North Goa – Day 2

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Hike to a secret waterfall or swimming hole

Wake up early morning for a Goan adventure far off the beaten path. Head to the far reaches of the Western Ghats, to go on a forest hike for a short while or half a day, depending on your interest and abilities. Swim in a secret waterfall, or jump into a forested swimming hole (like the cenotes in Mexico!). Wrap up the outdoor experience with a traditional Goan meal cooked by a local family. In these wild pockets lies the realization that there’s so much more to Goa than the cocktails-and-sunsets long promoted as its cover image.

Two of my favorite adventure travel companies run by local Goans who genuinely care about protecting these wild areas and their geo-locations are Beatroute Explorers and The Local Beat . Expect to spend the entire day on their trips, including a long drive to a hidden location, short or long hike, plenty of chill time in the outdoors, and homemade lunch with a local family.

Also read: Wake Me Up When September Ends (in Goa)

How to Spend 3 Days in North Goa – Day 3

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Take a surfing lesson with Salty Soul

Of course you’re in Goa and you want to spend some time by the sea! Take your playfulness in the waves a notch up by signing up for a surf lesson. As someone who used to watch surfers with awe, I never imagined I’d be able to get up on a surfboard someday. But the waves in Goa are gentle – and one of the best places to learn, or atleast experiment. There’s nothing like the adrenalin of catching a wave! My go to surf spot is Salty Soul , run by two Goan surfers in Mandrem.

Have a lazy beach day

Have your sun, sand and sunset evening in Goa after all. Laze at the beaches of Morjim or Ashwem, or venture further ashore to Keri. After sunset, stay for a quiet beach walk under the sunset sky, as the stars shimmer out one by one.

If you happen to be in North Goa on:

A Sunday: Check out MOG Sundays for soulful talks curated by the Museum of Goa , featuring local authors, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, historians and more. A great coming together of Goans and the Goa-curious.

A full moon night: Catch a Hindustani classical music performance, alongside some incredible sushi, at Tien in Vagator.

An alternate Sunday: Go for the New Earth Gathering at the Offbeat Goa Space – a vegan, community market bringing together local and resident entrepreneurs who specialize in all things natural and eco-friendly. The venue is in the same space as the Good Karma thrift store.

Also read: 10 Local Restaurants in Goa for Authentic Goan Food

South Goa Itinerary for 3 Days

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While a lot of restaurants and events are clustered around North Goa, I recommend staying in South Goa for a quieter, slower, closer to nature holiday.

Where to stay in South Goa

Casa jaali, patnem.

A stunning vibe with small cottages overlooking the roaring coast, Casa Jaali is perfect to stay a weekend or a few days, in the heart of South Goa in Patnem. I love the food at the vegan-friendly, in-house cafe too!

Tanshikar Spice Farm, Sanguem

Conveniently located as easy driving distance to some stunning waterfalls and vegan-friendly cafes in South Goa, Tanshikar Spice Farm is a working, family-run organic farm, with unique huts scattered across cashew and black pepper plantations. The traditional Goan food on offer – made largely with organic in-house produce – is some of the best I’ve had.

Mangaal Farmstay, Quepem

In a protected area of South Goa, Mangaal Farmstay is a working organic farm that has all the Bali feels. Lush forests, farmlands and old Goan villages where time seems to have stopped. Oh, it even has its own private waterfall, a 1.5 hour trek away!

Cabo Serai, Canacona

Hidden away on a hill near the Cabo de Rama Fort, Cabo Serai is an experience unto itself. Accessible only by a short hike, the stunning pinewood and thatched roofed huts are built to leave no trace. On offer are stunning sunset hikes, innovative plant-based food, and thoughtful eco-friendly touches. One of my favorite eco-lodges in India!

Alila Diwa, Majorda

Architecturally inspired by Bali and Goa, I loved the laid back vibe of Alila Diwa , the infinity pool overlooking the rice paddies, and their Dine in the Dark Thursdays! If you’re looking for a luxury resort experience with familiar comforts, yet a boutique feel that is very Goan, this is your spot.

*Note that Mangaal Farmstay and Cabo Serai are experiences unto themselves, and located quite far out from the other activities of South Goa.

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Also read: 10 Incredible Eco-Lodges Around the World: Indulge Yourself and Spare the Planet

Where to eat in South Goa

Cantine indienne.

Cantine Indienne is a rustic, farm-to-table eatery in Palolem, run by a French-Tamil couple. They turn the organic oyster mushrooms grown in their backyard into crunchy ‘wings,’ and offer other creative delights like pesserattu  (green mung dosa), beetroot curry, oyster mushroom pickles, and wild spinach and horsegram stir fry. Yum!

Go to Bibhitaki for healthy comfort food inspired by Ayurveda. I love (read drool over) their sumptuous smoothie bowls, and recommend the Mexican Bhel as well as the hearty Mexican and Japanese Buddha bowls. So good.


Also read: How to Travel as a Vegan and Find Delicious Food Wherever You Go

How to Spend 3 Days in South Goa – Day 1

Explore your goan neighborhood.

Whether you stay in Canacona or elsewhere in South Goa, take the morning to observe and flow with the slow life of Goa. Find out about all churches in your backyard, stop for a chat with Goans on their morning walk, and pick up poi at the local bakery.

Learn about spices and cashews at Tanshikar Organic Farm

South Goa is the land of spices and cashews, and Tanshikar Organic Farm is one of the best places to visit in Goa in 3 days. Spices like black pepper and cardamom are grown organically here, on 25 stunning acres. Stay for a lip-smacking Goan lunch, much of it cooked with organic ingredients!

Have a quiet evening at Patnem beach

While away the evening at the relatively quiet Patnem beach. Swim in the waves, catch the sunset, and walk under the stars with the Arabian Sea humming in your ears.

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Also read: Ideas of Love and Life From the Tribes of Chattisgarh

How to Spend 3 Days in South Goa – Day 2

Go on a hiking adventure.

Hike to a sea cave or go on a moonlit forest walk in the wilderness of South Goa. We did the guided sea cave excursion with Adventure Breaks – which involved a short ocean hike and scrambling over some rocks to reach the west coast’s largest sea cave! An easy one, good for most ages and abilities.

Visit Cabo de Rama Fort

There are plenty of places to visit in Goa in 3 days, but if you pick only one in the south, pick this. Built in the medieval times and last restored during the Portuguese era, the Cabo de Rama Fort is full of history and panoramic views over the Arabian Sea. If you’re up for another walk, a trail winds around the fort, offering panoramas in all directions. If you’re tired, pick your spot for a stunning sunset over the ocean!

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Also read: Offbeat, Incredible and Sustainable: These Companies are Changing the Way We Experience India

How to Spend 3 Days in South Goa – Day 3

Take a surf lesson on agonda beach.

I’m yet to go surfing in South Goa, but surfer friends recommend catching the waves at Agonda Beach for all beginners. Aloha Surf is a popular surf school in the area.

Learn about Goan culture and cuisine at Palacio Do Deao

On the shores of the Kushavati River, travel back to a different era at the 200+ year old mansion that is Palacio De Deao . A blend of Portuguese and Saraswat architectural styles, it’s the perfect place to learn about ancient Goan culture and its Portuguese history, over a sumptuous traditional Goan meal. Advance bookings only.

Also see: In Photos: Hiking from Darjeeling to Sikkim

How to Plan a Trip to Goa

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Best time to visit Goa

Goa is different every season – both in terms of landscapes and crowds. My favorite time is monsoon in Goa (July to September), when the paddies are lush green, it’s not as busy as the rest of the year, and the waterfalls and swimming holes are the most inviting. For surfing and beach life however, the winter months from October to January are ideal.

How to reach Goa

Take the scenic Vista Dome train from Mumbai to Goa, or the Vande Bharat from Bangalore to Karwat. Other places across India are also connected with long train journeys to Margao in South Goa or Thivim in North Goa.

The overnight buses from Mumbai or Bangalore to Goa are convenient for short trips.

The quickest way to get to Goa is to take a flight to Dabolim (GOA) or MOPA (GOX) airport.

How to get around in Goa

There’s a standing joke that almost every shop or house in Goa (especially close to the beaches) can arrange a scooter or taxi! Taxis can be expensive, with short routes costing as much as ₹600-1000. Scooter rentals usually cost ₹300-400 per day, depending on the length of stay. Ask for a newer bike and model. My favorite is an Activa 5G. Alternatively, rent a bicycle or e-bike from Cycling Zens. Cost depends on the duration of rental.

Estimated Cost of a 3 Day Trip in Goa

The cost of a trip to Goa can vary wildly, depending on the budget and comfort level you’re after. Besides accommodation costs, I recommend budgeting atleast ₹5000 per day, including a scooter rental, a mix of cafe and thali meals, and some activities. It is possible to do a Goa budget trip for 3 days if you eliminate any paid hiking, surfing and shopping.

What not to do in Goa

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  • Plan a trip to Goa for 3 days only 😉 The real essence of Goa is in slowing down and spending longer. But if life doesn’t allow that right now, I hope some of the experiences I’ve recommended above will allow you to slow down mentally anyway.
  • Try to cover all ‘must see places in Goa’ in 3 days. Instead of running from one place to the next to try to do everything, pick a few things that really interest you and enjoy them deeply. It’s always nice to have a reason or three to come back.
  • Stay in accommodations that have cut down Goa’s green cover. Sadly, a lot of the fancy villas in Goa fall in this category. I’ve seen it happen before my eyes – they cut down stunning old trees, put in luxury villas and apartments, and raid the local wells for water (delivered by a tanker). Avoid them, please.
  • Photograph people and their homes without permission, especially in Panjim. Fontainhas, Panjim’s charming Latin quarters, has become overrun by impolite tourists climbing into people’s yards, going uninvited into their homes, peeping in through their windows, and photographing them without permission. It’s sad to see signs all over prohibiting photography, and hearing about the animosity local residents now feel towards tourists.
  • Block the road to take the same photos as everyone else. Goa has plenty of pretty, palm-lined by-lanes, but a stretch of road in Parra – popularized by a Bollywood film – has become full of wannabe influencers and selfie-takers, constantly disrupting the flow of traffic.
  • Leave without trying Goan food. I’ve met so many people who’ve been to Goa but have no idea what Goan food is. Sadly authentic Goan food is not as easy available as it should be, but make the effort to try it at a restaurant like Mum’s Kitchen or Kokni Kanteen. Ideally pick a vegan option, that’s kinder to animals, the planet and our own health.
  • Ignore the locals and their quirks. I love that Goans have a strong collective identity, along with quirks that can only be understood once you get to know atleast a handful of them. Staying with a Goan family at Cancio’s House, attending a Goan-centric gathering at the Museum of Goa, or having a meal with local hosts at Palacio Do Deao are some ways to do that over a short period of time.

I used to swear I would never create itineraries on this blog, but multiple friends have convinced me otherwise. This is my first attempt at creating a meaningful 3 day itinerary for Goa, and through it, I hope you too will be able to experience the art of slowness and contentment in a place I love so much.

What do you love most about Goa, or what are you most looking forward to?

Shivya Nath

Welcome to my blog, The Shooting Star. I’ve been called a storyteller, writer, photographer, digital nomad, “sustainability influencer,” social entrepreneur, solo traveller, vegan, sustainable tourism consultant and environmentalist. But in my heart, I’m just a girl who believes that travel – if done right – has the power to change us and the world we live in.

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15 Best Places to Visit in India, According to Travel Experts

F rom the alpine meadows of Kashmir to the palm-fringed beaches of Goa, these are some of the subcontinent’s most enchanting destinations.

As a former longtime Delhiite and frequent traveler to India, people often ask me what the country is like. I never know how to respond, for trying to sum up a nation as vast and diverse as India feels impossible. So, instead, I asked a few experts for their insights.

“If you visit India, you feel you have visited several countries, as every part is different,” says Mohd Shafi Billo, an inbound tour operator who specializes in helping international travelers plan their trips to the country. “It’s an exceptional destination, thanks to its culture, history, and inclusiveness of different people from different faiths, and it has everything to offer, from forts to mausoleums, wildlife tours to mountain adventures.”  

Shoba Rudra, founder and partner at hospitality consultancy Rare India , agrees. “The country is living a dynamic moment in history, ever-changing,” she says. “What's constant, however, is the vibrant culture lived through its festivals, cuisine, heritage, crafts, and performing arts.”

While it would take years to see it all, India is an approachable destination — if you can narrow things down. With that in mind, here are 15 of the best places to get you started on your sojourn to the subcontinent.

Stretching along the southernmost part of India’s Malabar Coast, the tropical state of Kerala entices visitors with its marshy backwaters, which most people visit on overnight houseboat adventures. These popular cruises “showcase lush landscapes and peaceful villages, and [give visitors] a glimpse into local life amid tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings,” says Billo. While the backwaters are a star attraction, the state offers much more to explore, from the tea plantations of Munnar, known for its cool climate and seemingly endless rolling hills, to the historic city of Kochi, celebrated in equal measure for its rich coastal history and contemporary art scene . The beaches aren’t too shabby, either. “North Kerala is also famous, as the Malabar Coast is where the spice trade flourished,” says Rudra. “The coastal area is picturesque and this region is still unexplored.”

On the opposite end of the country from Kerala, Kashmir offers entirely different — but equally captivating — landscapes. With its alpine climate, evergreen trees, and snowy winters, Kashmir is often likened to a mini Switzerland . Famed 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau once proclaimed in Farsi, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this,” and he may have been onto something. At the heart of it all is Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, which is known for its elegant gardens and watery centerpiece, Dal Lake. “Highlights include staying on a houseboat or taking a shikara [traditional Kashmiri boat] ride,” says Billo, who hails from the area. Don't leave without indulging in wazwan , an opulent, meat-heavy feast that can feature up to three dozen dishes in one sitting. 

Occupying a high-altitude plateau in the northernmost reaches of India, Ladakh is characterized by otherworldly landscapes and big skies, punctuated by palatial stupas and monasteries. Many visitors come to Ladakh’s capital, Leh, during the short summer tourist season, but this surreal region offers plenty more to experience beyond the city. Billo suggests visiting the Nubra Valley, an isolated part of the old Silk Road that’s only accessible by crossing Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes. “The valley offers a glimpse into Ladakh's unique geography and cultural diversity with monasteries, quaint villages, and apricot orchards,” says Billo. The region is also rich with unusual wildlife, from elusive snow leopards to the scaled-down Bactrian camels that originated in the steppes of Central Asia.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

On the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the holy city of Rishikesh has held a place in the hearts of spiritually minded travelers — both from India and abroad — for generations. It’s the self-proclaimed “yoga capital of the world,” with a mix of traditional ashrams (spiritual rest houses) that cater largely to Hindu pilgrims and yoga centers that attract international visitors with teacher-training courses and meditation retreats. If you’re not into yoga, you’ll still find plenty to do here. Popular activities include visiting the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (dubbed the Beatles Ashram in honor of its most famous former residents) to whitewater rafting adventures on the mighty Ganges. It’s also a great place for a wellness getaway, and nearby Ananda in the Himalayas was voted one of Travel + Leisure readers' favorite international spas in 2023.

Auroville, Tamil Nadu

If you’re looking for a place that’s unlike anywhere else in India — or, frankly, the world — head to the intentional community of Auroville in South India. This UNESCO-recognized global township was founded in the 1960s with the goal of "realizing human unity," beyond the illusory divisions of creed or nationality, and it's home to generations of residents from around the world. Many visitors come for an hour or two, just long enough to view Auroville’s spiritual center — the golden, dome-shaped Matrimandir . However, it’s worth sticking around a bit longer to get a feel for what the community is about. As Akash Kapur, who grew up in Auroville and authored " Better to Have Gone " and " India Becoming ," puts it: "Come to Auroville if you're interested in alternative societies, sustainable living, or spirituality, but try not to just drop in for a few hours (as many do), and instead spend some time here, really getting to know the people and their work. The community rewards sustained immersion."

Andaman Islands

Although most people associate the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea with Thai island getaways, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in this tropical region are under Indian control. This little stretch of paradise is full of gorgeous shorelines, but most visitors devote their vacations to the island of Swaraj Dweep (formerly known as Havelock). The most popular beach on the island is Radhanagar Beach , which offers just over a mile of white sand sandwiched between tropical jungle and warm, transparent waters. Getting to this remote island requires a bit of gumption: You'll need to fly from the Indian mainland to Port Blair on South Andaman Island, then catch a ferry or charter a seaplane for the final stretch. While visitors are welcome on many islands in the chain, a few — including secluded North Sentinel Island — are off-limits. 

While many travelers see India’s capital as a jumping-off point for visiting further-afield destinations, it’s worth sticking around for a while to truly appreciate what Delhi has to offer. There’s certainly never a dull moment in this busy metropolis, whether you’re shopping for handicrafts at one of its numerous markets or learning about medieval and Mughal history at one of its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun's Tomb, Qutb Minar, and Red Fort. Although Delhi is undeniably rambunctious, it also has a quieter, more peaceful side that you can find amidst the trees and 15th-century tombs of Central Delhi’s Lodi Gardens or in the quiet interiors of the Baháʼí Lotus Temple.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Many travelers to India put the 17th-century Taj Mahal at the top of their list. This white marble mausoleum is easily India’s most recognizable structure — and it’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World . This popular attraction also has a romantic backstory. “This iconic symbol of love is renowned for its architectural beauty, intricate marble work, and the captivating story behind its creation by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal,” notes Billo. The bodies of the emperor and his wife remain interred in the Taj to this day. 

Jaipur. Rajasthan

The capital of Rajasthan and one-third of North India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist route (which also includes Agra and Delhi), Jaipur is a must-visit for those who love architecture and shopping. “The Pink City, as it's nicknamed, offers a rich cultural heritage, stunning [landmarks] like Amber Fort, vibrant bazaars, and intricate handicrafts,” says Billo. Many of Jaipur's key attractions are found in the historic walled part of the city, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Highlights include Jantar Mantar (a collection of oversized — and fully functional — astronomical instruments dating to the 17th century) and Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, a honeycomb-shaped palace designed with tiny windows that allowed air to flow freely through its interior.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Dubbed the Blue City because of the cerulean-colored buildings that extend for miles through the oldest part of town, Jodhpur has long attracted travelers eager to explore the ramparts of the larger-than-life Mehrangarh Fort. It’s also home to the grandiose Umaid Bhawan Palace , which made headlines in 2018 when Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tied the knot there. While Jodhpur’s beautiful, regal architecture is reason enough to visit, there’s more to the city than massive forts and grand palaces. “The area around the Toorji ka Jhalra stepwell in the old city is fun to explore,” says hotelier Sapna Bhatia, owner of Kaner Retreat and Jodhpur-area native. “For nature enthusiasts, there’s the Rao Jodha desert park near Mehrangarh Fort.”

Udaipur, Rajasthan

T+L readers' favorite city in Asia and second favorite city in the world , Udaipur very much fits the bill of a fairy tale destination. Nicknamed the City of Lakes, thanks to its seven lakes, this gorgeous destination is home to some of India's finest luxury hotels plus historic whitewashed palaces, including the magnificent City Palace, an 11-palace complex that houses hotels, a huge museum with an impressive collection of European crystal, and a royal residence. A short boat ride from the palace lies the 18th-century Taj Lake Palace, an opulent palace-turned-hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola. It’s a quick drive from The Oberoi, Udaivilas , a purpose-built palatial hotel with onion-domed cupolas and a moat-like swimming pool that directly connects to some of the rooms. 

If you’re looking for a less-frequented, but no less amazing, alternative to more touristed states such as Rajasthan, consider Gujarat. “Under-explored but culturally rich, this state in India is a tapestry of festivals, textiles, architectural heritage, communities, and landscape,” says Rudra. Gujarat was also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the Salt March, one of his most famous acts of peaceful protest, through the state in 1930. Rudra suggests visiting the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial , which “honors the activists through murals, installations, sculptures, art, and related film.” It's also worth checking out the Kutch district, known for its distinct metal bells , which were originally used for keeping track of livestock and are now popular as decorative wind chimes.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

The northeast Indian state of Assam is home to a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts: Kaziranga National Park . This expansive, UNESCO-listed wildlife refuge near the borders of Bangladesh and Bhutan has the largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses on the planet, providing a home to roughly 2,000 of these massive beasts. Although rhinos are the star attraction on park safaris, all sorts of animals live here, including tigers, elephants, gibbons, sloth bears, and a small number of endangered Ganges River dolphins. 

Historic, glitzy, and positively gargantuan, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is easily one of India’s most cosmopolitan destinations. This city by the sea is the nation's financial and entertainment capital, and while you’re unlikely to rub shoulders with Bollywood stars here, you're sure to see a lot of impressive attractions in very little time. Take a boat out to Elephanta Island to explore fifth– and sixth–century rock-hewn cave temples, marvel at the grand Indo-Saracenic architecture at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , or see thousands of clothes hanging out to dry at Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open-air laundry. Then, head to the sleek neighborhood of Bandra West, where many of Mumbai’s best restaurants and hotels are located, including Taj Lands End, voted T+L readers' favorite city hotel in India in 2023.

India’s smallest state, Goa, is arguably its top beach destination, where long days of swimming and sunbathing turn into longer nights of partying on the sand. While Goa has been known as a hippie haven since the 1960s, it's started to shed its reputation in recent decades. It’s still very much a party state, though it also draws in families and couples in search of sea and sun, sans nightlife. It’s a great place for history buffs as well, with numerous seaside forts and UNESCO-recognized churches that were built when Goa was under Portuguese rule. And while the destination has always been loved for its fiery dishes that combine traditional Konkani ingredients with Portuguese influences, it has also emerged as a culinary hot spot , where a new generation of chefs is showcasing everything from Japanese yakitori to jackfruit tamales.

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You might remember the scenic locations in the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. Well, this fort is a must-visit since it was one of the shooting locations. After visiting the beautiful fort, you can look for some fantastic places to visit near Chapora Fort and add them to your bucket list for this vacation. The majestic views of the fort, the lush green beauty around it and the panoramic views make this one of the best destinations in Goa. The fort rises above the Chapora River, which runs westward into the Arabian Sea. The rich history of this fort will amaze you and compel you to read the old heritages in Goa.

Top Places To Visit Near Chapora Fort

Check out the best places near Chapora Fort in Goa, revealing this lively state’s hidden tales. All of these places offer a fantastic view and also give a glimpse of the rich culture of Goa.

1. Candolim Beach

Visit the enchanting Candolim Beach the best places to visit near Chapora Fort Aguada

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The Candolim Beach is a beautiful site of sand meeting waters and offers some of the best picturesque views. The beach is also sometimes called a gateway to all the popular beaches in the state. Tourists can enjoy various activities at Candolim Beach, ranging from water sports to shopping from local vendors. Water sports include water skiing, banana boat riding, and parasailing, among other popular sports. Various beach shacks and restaurants here cater to your cravings and will satisfy you with great food and drinks. These places usually open after 7 PM. You can explore the market around here and buy souvenirs, bags, hats, sunglasses and many more.

One thing you should not miss here is the nightlife. The beach comes to life every night with music, lights, and a large crowd. Some popular nightclubs, like Buena Mesa, Bar Eclipse, Pharaoh’s Den, and Bar-Be-Que Grill, remain open throughout the night and offer a great experience.

Distance from Chapora Fort: 11 kilometres Entry Fee: No entry fee

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2. Vagator Beach

Immerse in the serene beauty of nature and tranquil water at this beach

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Located across the Chapora River, Vagator Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Goa. The beach is split mainly into three beaches by a seaside headland. This headland is used for parking cars and small stalls that sell clothes, food and souvenirs for you to take back and always remember the fun you had in Goa. A curved stretch of sand gives a picturesque view of the Chapora Fort, where you can engage in various activities. The beach is a permanent residence for some people and is mainly famous among Westerners.

The red cliffs add to the ethereal beauty of this beach, and when you stand on these cliffs and look around, you will notice the two freshwater bodies divided by a headland. The north Vagator Beach is also known as ‘Big Vagator’, and the one on the other side is called ‘Little Vagator Beach’. You can engage in various activities, including water sports, sightseeing, and immersing yourself in the vibrant nightlife of this beach.

Distance from Chapora Fort: 2.1 kilometres Entry Fee: No entry fee

3. Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach is one of the most famous in North Goa and top places to visit near Chapora fort.

Being one of the most famous beaches in Goa, Anjuna is a location preferred by all tourists, including bachelors, families, and international visitors. The beach was mainly known for its hippie culture in the past, but many families and older people have been frequent visitors. Experience one of the most happening nightlife events at this party hub in Goa. Especially during Christmas and New Year’s Eve, a DJ and a strip for food, water and drinks are arranged to keep you energised throughout the party.

Anjuna is also famous for its Wednesday flea markets, where you get to experience the local culture of Goa and have an opportunity to interact with locals and learn more about the towns and beaches. The recommended time to visit Anjuna Beach is from November to March, when the parties and beach shacks are in complete action mode.

Distance from Chapora Fort: 5.2 Kilometres Entry Fee: No entry fee

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4. Fort Aguada

Aerial view of Fort Aguada

Built approximately 400 years ago, Fort Aguada marks this state’s supreme legacy of Portuguese Culture. The fort is well-known as the most extensive water reservoir in Asia. The fort was built as a protective wall to prevent Dutch invasions 1612. The fort stands tall on the grounds of Candolim Beach and the shore of the Mandovi River. In 1864, the fort was installed with a lighthouse, Fort Aguada Lighthouse, one of Asia’s oldest lighthouses.

During the Salazar administration, the fort was repurposed as a jail, and in 2015, it was the largest prison in Goa. The prison has many stories of Britishers locking up a few heroic freedom fighters. The fort was then renovated into a freedom struggle museum, which was opened for tourists in 2019.

Distance from Chapora Fort: 16.7 Kilometres Entry Fee: No entry fee

5. Chapora Beach

Chapora beach is one of the top places to visit near Chapora fort.

Chapora Beach is one of the most famous and crowded beaches of Goa. You can plan a trip to the surreal tranquillity of this beach with your partner for a perfect romantic getaway. Experience the fun by catching fish and enjoying water sports and other leisure activities here. One of the most important landmarks of the Portuguese era is the Chapora Fort.

Chapora Fort was built and later acquired as a conquest of Marathas over the Portuguese but was later taken over by the Portuguese. The beach offers many water sports activities like jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, boat riding, paragliding and parasailing.

Distance from Chapora Fort: 1.1 Kilometres Entry Fee: No entry fee

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Now that you have a list of things to remember for your next vacation to Chapora Fort plan your trip to Goa  to these fabulous spots for the experience of a lifetime. Don’t miss out on these opportunities, and book your tickets now! Explore the beautiful places to visit near Chapora Fort and embark on your journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit Near Chapora Fort

What is Chapora Fort famous for?

Chapora Fort, located in Goa, is renowned for its historical significance, scenic beauty, and cultural impact. Constructed by the Portuguese in 1617, the fort was critical as military headquarters to defend against invasions, particularly from the Marathas. Today, it is famous for offering stunning and scenic views of the Arabian Sea and the Chapora River, especially during sunset.

What is the history of Chapora Fort?

Throughout its history, Chapora Fort witnessed numerous battles and changed hands several times. It was initially constructed to protect the northern territories of the Portuguese colony in Goa from invasions. In 1684, the Marathas, led by Sambhaji, captured the fort but couldn’t hold it for long. Eventually, the Portuguese abandoned it in 1892 as they shifted their defensive priorities.

Which is the oldest fort in Goa?

The oldest fort in Goa is the Terekhol Fort, also known as Tiracol Fort. Located at the northern tip of Goa, near the Terekhol River, it dates back to the 17th century. The fort was originally built by the Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle, the ruler of Sawantwadi, in the 17th century.

How many steps are there in Chapora Fort?

You must walk approximately 300 metres and around 150 steps to reach the Chapora Fort. Visitors typically hike up a sloping trail to reach the fort, which can vary in difficulty depending on the route. The climb involves navigating through rocky terrain and some uneven paths, but it is generally manageable for most visitors.

Where is Chapora River?

The Chapora River is located in Goa, India. It flows through the northern part of Goa, forming a natural boundary between the Pernem and Bardez talukas. The river originates in the Western Ghats and travels westward, eventually emptying into the Arabian Sea near the village of Chapora. The mouth of the Chapora River is where the famous Chapora Fort is situated, offering stunning views of the river and the sea.

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