Goa Tourism and Travel Guide

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goa tourism and travel guide

Best Time To visit Climate How To Reach Places To Visit Things To Do Top Restaurants Best Places To Stay Shopping Travel Agents

Goa is definitely the best tourist place for India. “The pearl of the east,” Goa is known for its Gothic churches, crumbling forts, palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, ferry rides, bubbly folk music… the list is endless! With its 131-km-long coastline, Goa is an important locale in every tourist’s itinerary. Sun, sand and sea being the major attractions, Goa trip is a perfect heaven for the ones who need and want relaxation. Goa Beach Resorts always add to the fun. Christian Pilgrimage tours to Goa are extremely popular. Besides pilgrimages Goa is famous for honeymoons also.


Best Time To Visit

Wake up to perfect sunsets on the stunning beaches and majestic landscapes of Goa. Thanks to Goa weather being at its salubrious best throughout the year, it is a major holiday spot for travelers from all over the world. Being a tourist hotspot, Goa can be visited at any time of the year, but the best time to visit Goa is from mid-November through mid-February. The weather is pleasant and cool and most of the beach parties and festivals like Sunburn take place during this time, making it the best season to visit Goa.

Goa weather in June is also pretty pleasant, making it a good time to visit. The monsoon season is also a good time to visit Goa as the lush green countrysides look even more lively and colorful during the rains. Although there is no official off season time in Goa, the tourist inflow does lessen during the monsoons, since sightseeing and beach visits become nearly impossible during this time. The monsoon in Goa makes the state even greener than it already is, and for some people spending some time during the rainy season in Goa is a major attraction.

Let’s take a look at the below month-wise segregation to help you decide on the best month to visit Goa.

November – February (15°C to 33°C) With the beginning of the month of November comes the best time to visit the vibrant location of Goa. Courtesy to the comfortable and pleasantly cool weather, this is one of the most preferred times to laze along the sandy beaches and enjoy sunbathing. Especially, the weather of Goa in December is quite soothing to enjoy a sojourn there. Though, as it is the peak season of tourism in Goa, the prices of accommodation are quite high. And thus, it is recommended to make your booking in advance.

March – May (19°C to 37°C) As the temperature soars to the highest degree at this time of the year, and the weather is quite high and humid, people often avoid visiting Goa during the months of March to May. However, as the prices of accommodation are quite low, one can consider this period for a budget tour.

June – October (19°C to 33°C) And, here comes the monsoon season with the arrival of the month of June. Moreover, as during this time of the year, Goa hosts a bevy of parties and festivals, it can be a good time to visit here, and indulge in its vibrant and lively environs. In addition to that, June to September is also a good time to experience lush greenery, and avail a great amount of discounts on accommodations for a memorable experience.

The best time to visit Goa for water sports is during the winter season from mid-November till the mid of February. You can partake in watersports, like: water skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, angling, windsurfing, and more. While, the best time to visit Goa for honeymoon is during the monsoon season that runs from mid-June till October. Enjoy a sojourn there with your beloved for the love of Goa’s beaches and green landscapes.


Climate

Summer Season in Goa

Summer season in Goa is from the months of March till May and the weather becomes hot and humid. Though the weather is not favorable, the prices of homestays and hotels are pretty low at this time so you can avail good discounts and deals. You can enjoy a fun three or four-day break in this sunny paradise during the summer and perfect that tan. Visit Goa in March if you’re looking for pleasant weather and lesser tourist crowd on the beaches.

Monsoon Season in Goa

Another good time to enjoy a weekend break is during the monsoon season in Goa from mid-June till October. You will love the beauty of Goa’s beaches and green landscapes during the rain.

There also a few festivals held during this time that you can enjoy the festival of Sao-Joao. During this festival, men jump into an overflowing well to grab bottles of the local feni and there is a lot of festive cheer and spirit all around. Besides attending festivals, there are several Goa places to visit in monsoon like Dudhsagar falls that is a perfect place to go trekking. Goa in September is another popular time to visit as the post-monsoon bloom is everywhere.

Winter Season in Goa

Best time to visit Goa as stated above is during the winter season from mid-November till mid-February. The temperature during this time stays around 20-22 degrees Celsius and this is the perfect weather to relax on the beach shacks and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Goa in winter.

You can also partake in festivities at the mega Sunburn festival while sipping on a local glass of feni. Christmas and New Years is also celebrated in a big way here which is why this is considered the best time to go to Goa on holiday.  Look forward to crazy outdoor parties, night flea markets and scrumptious seafood during the winter season in Goa!

Winters is also the best time to visit Goa for water sports as you can indulge in activities like water skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, angling, wind surfing as well as riding on a water scooter. Thus, Goa is the perfect place to party at any time of the year as the local vibe all around is always lively and colorful. Plan that perfect Goan holiday to this beautiful destination and relax on the beaches, party all night and explore the historical forts and churches of this exotic state. A holiday in Goa is something you will definitely remember for a lifetime and you can create the most exotic memories here. Have a fun and lively experience in this exotic tourist destination where you can enjoy an idyllic vacation.


How To Reach

It actually doesn’t matter how you reach Goa, as long as you get there! With its gorgeous beaches, lively shacks and beach side cafes, your holiday is sure to be one hell of an experience. Goa is a coastal settlement and reaching this place is easier today than ever. You can either take a direct flight to Goa from any of India’s major cities or take a train. Driving to Goa is fun too. But the best way to reach Goa, we’d suggest, is a flight as it is quick and hassle free.

Goa by Air

Nearest Airport : Dabolim Airport, Goa
You could fly to Goa easily. You’ll land right at the Dabolim International Airport (GOI). For people travelling internationally and from distant parts of the country, there will most likely be a stop at Mumbai. There are a few direct international flights to Dabolim International Airport as well. 

Goa by Rail

There are regular trains from Mumbai to Goa. These are quick, overnight journeys and you’ll get off at either the North Goa or the South Goa stations which include the famous Margao and Vasco-da-gama. Being a part of the well-connected Konkan Railway, these stations make for quick and convenient transit into Goan lands irrespective of where in India you’re travelling from. The South Western Railways also connect some rail routes to Goa for travelers from the south. Book well in advance as thick reservations are a given.

Goa by Road

Goa by car or bus is also a lot of fun! The highway makes for a gorgeous ride, albeit a longer one keeping in mind the traffic as well. However, interstate road travel only makes sense if you are travelling from Maharashtra or Karnataka. The primary routes that connect to Goa are the NH-4 and NH-17 highways. You can opt for bus travel via a local tour operator. The frequency of buses leaving for Goa throughout the day is pretty good especially if you are travelling from Mumbai, Pune or Bangalore wherein the journey accounts for 12-14 hours of travel time.

Getting Around

Once in Goa, go straight to the bike rentals shop. Rent out scooties or motorbikes for Rs. 200 – 300 for yourself and your friends. For those who want a more luxurious trip, you could always hire cars or take a taxi. Local buses are an option too but they are less popular. Another exciting way of getting around in Goa is by using the ferry service. It’ll offer you a little bit of the local flavor too and give you an opportunity to interact with the locals!


Best Places To Visit

01. Baga Beach

Baga BeachBaga Beach is the most famous of all Goan beaches 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

02. Calangute Beach

Calangute BeachThe 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

03. Grand Island

Grand IslandThere 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.

04. Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Dudhsagar WaterfallsThe Dudhsagar Waterfalls are situated on the Goa-Karnataka border and are one of India’s must-see sights. The four-tiered waterfall structure is one of the tallest in India and is located on the Mandovi River. The white water cascades down from a height of nearly 1017 feet off a nearly steep mountain face. They form a part of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, so the best way to reach them is by entering the national park and taking a van allocated by the park to the falls.

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.

05. Fort Aguada

Fort AguadaAnother 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 a famous landmark dividing the Sinquerium Beach and the 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

How to reach from Panaji: Buses and taxis are your best options.

06. Candolim Beach

Candolim BeachRunning 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

Top Things To Do in Candolim Beach

07. Arambol Beach

Arambol BeachArambol 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

Top Things To Do in Arambol Beach

08. 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

09. 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

10. 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 places to see in Goa which receive 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.

11. 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

12. 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

How to reach from Panaji: Cabs are a good source of transportation in Goa

13. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

This is one of the most frequented sight-seeing places 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

How to reach from Panaji: By bus or cab

Include the popular churches in Goa in your bucket list of heritage places.

14. 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. 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/-

15. 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.

16. Curlies

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

17. 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

18. Mambos

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.

Entry timings- 6 pm

19. 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 good tourist spot 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.

20. 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

Offbeat Places to Visit in Goa

21. Spice Plantations visit

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.

22. 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.

23. 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

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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

27. 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.

Beach Side Restaurants: Bon Appetit, Palmshade, Shivers, Tuscany, Calamari Bathe and Binge

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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.

31. 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

Location: Candolim

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):
    -Couple: Rs.1500/- to 2000/-
-Stag: 3000/- approx.
-Women only: Free

32. 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

33. 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.

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.

34. 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

35. 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

How to reach from Panaji: Buses connect Mapusa to all important cities and villages in Goa. Alternatively, you can hire a cab.

Top Things To Do in Mapusa

36. 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

How to reach from Panaji: Take the train or bus to Vasco De Gama and then take a cab up to the museum.

37. 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.

38. 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

How to reach from Panaji: The temple is 21km from Panaji and 1km from Mardol village. You can take a bus or train to the village and then reach the temple via local transportation or on foot.

39. Dona Paula

A small beach with a tragic history involving love and suicide, the Dona Paula Beach is the closest tourist spot from Panaji. 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

40. 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.

41. Arvalem Waterfall

The Arvalem Waterfalls are one of the places to visit in Goa especially if you have children in tow. They are not as huge as the Dudhsagar Waterfalls since they are only about 50 meters high and 7 meters wide. But reaching them is far easier than reaching Dudhsagar. Their location is also perfect since they are not located far from the popular North Goa beaches and have other sight-seeing places nearby. The Arvalem Waterfalls are located in Mapusa, near the Bicholem Village.

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

How to reach from Panaji: There is a lot of transportation available from Panaji as well as from Mapusa.

42. 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

How to reach from Panaji: Buses connect to the route but you can also take a cab or hire a scooter.

43. 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

44. 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

45. 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 family trips. 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

How to reach from Panaji: The Park lies 60km from Panaji. You can opt for a tourist bus or a train to transport you there.

46. De Baga Deck

Open the entire day, De Baga Deck is a great place both for the day and for the night. The food quality is good enough though not out of the world. Its location is its best attraction as it is located near the Baga- Calangute beach stretch. That means an ample beach with great water-sporting opportunities close by as well as shopping facilities galore. If you wish to try out the food here, go for the Goan dishes which are a speciality of De Baga Deck.

Their karaoke is also known to be pretty good.  Because it is not right on to the beach, the crowds here are on the lesser side which is a blessing for people who are looking for a place where you can sit comfortably enough and chat with friends. The staff and service is good and the music lively and the prices are not too steep. It also offers accommodation so you can check out that aspect of the club too. Its convenient location makes this a nice option on all counts.

Timings: 24 hours open

Location: Calangute-Baga Road

47. 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.

48. Galgibaga Beach

Galgibaga Beach is one of the many places to visit in Goa. 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.

49. 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.

50. Day out with Crocodiles at Cumbharjua in Goa

  • The tour lasts for 5 hours and is one of the most intriguing experiences.

Best Things To Do

Adventure Activities in Goa

01. Indulge in Water Sports

The availability of innumerable opportunities to indulge in water sports is one of the main reasons that tourists visit Goa again and again.

The lovely beaches here are perfectly suited for a number of water sporting activities such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing, scuba diving, waterskiing, angling, parasailing, water scooter and swimming. Indulging in these activities is definitely one of the best things to do in Goa.

Splash about in the water during this holiday and make the most of your trip here with the innumerable water sporting events that are held on the beaches. Windsurfing is one of the most popular water sports activities in Goa. It requires a person to adjust his strength and balance to the speed and movements of wind and water.

Dona Paula Bay is one of the most popular destinations for windsurfing in this place. The Bay provides an almost lake-like condition with its placid waters and cool breeze. While the morning breeze is calm and light, it gets stronger in the afternoons. The mornings are perfect for beginners while the afternoons are just right for those with more experience.

Dinghy sailing is perfect for those who would like a relaxing experience on the waters of Goa. This activity is conducted on 15 feet long crafts that can hold up to three to four persons at a time. For beginners, there are trainers available at the Dona Paula Bay.

For those who love exploring underwater, scuba diving in Goa is the best activity to indulge in. The seas in Goa are blessed with a wide variety of marine life, corals and reefs. Furthermore, there are wreckages of old Portuguese and Spanish galleons. Other water sports activities that can be enjoyed in this destination include waterskiing, angling, and parasailing.

02. Snorkelling

A tour of Goa should include snorkelling as it is a mandatory sport every tourist coming to Goa wishes to do. Goan beaches are, however, the best location for snorkelling. Snorkeling is almost similar to swimming but with a snorkel and other related equipment like a diving mask and a tube for breathing. But the availability of snorkeling is limited to certain months every year and if you plan to do snorkeling on your tour of Goa, then check for the availability and plan accordingly. Bogmalo Beach is the most popular destination for snorkeling located on the southern coast of Goa.

Usually, the activity lasts up to 3 hours depending on your experience and control under water. Snorkeling provides you with the best sights under water; the world of marine species can be witnessed with your naked eye. The schools of fish, lobsters and of course the lengthy corals are an irregular sight yet immaculate. There are multiple tour planners which give snorkeling courses and training as well as snorkeling at reasonable rates in Goa.

Atlantis Water Sports, Goa Diving, Goa Aquatics are some of the best snorkeling clubs at different beaches in Goa such as Bogmalo, Calangute, Baga etc. You can either take snorkeling trip alone or you can add snorkeling to an island tour or with sightseeing tours. But remember, you always need to be ready to go underwater if you decide to do snorkeling and follow the instructions given by the trainers strictly for your safety.

Best time to do snorkelling: Usually snorkeling will be done during the months from November to April or May as the other seasons may cause the sea to act roughly so that snorkeling cannot be done.

Price range: the cost of snorkeling changes according to the tour planner you choose and the equipment quality. But usually, the price range starts from Rs.1500 for 1 hour of snorkeling.

03. Scuba Diving at Grande Island in Goa

04. Half Day Grande Island Trip, Goa

05. Moonlight Kayaking at Bambolim Beach

06. Cycling At Divar And Chorao Islands

07. Sailing Tour De Tiswadi

08. Ocean Trek in Arambol, Goa

09. Scuba Diving in Malvan with Watertsports

10. Hot Air Balloon Flight in Assolda Ground, Goa

11. Adventurous Trek to Todo Waterfall in Goa

12. Rafting at Valpoi River in Goa

Begin this thrilling activity at 9.30 AM in the morning or 2:30 PM in the afternoon after reaching the rafting meeting place at Valpoi.You are then taken by our vehicles to the river before meeting your guides, getting your safety equipment and briefing and then boarding the rafts to begin the nearly 10km trip. Plenty of easy class 2 and 3 rapids with names like ‘Big Daddy,’ ‘Giant Haystacks,’ ‘Y Fronts,’  and ‘Pipeline.’Whether friends, family or kids over 12, everyone is welcome. It is good, safe fun!

As per international safety norms you will also be provided with Life jackets and Helmets and the boats carry on board safety and rescue equipment. You are in safe hands.

This activity can last anything from 2 and a half to 3 and a half hours depending on water levels. This time frame includes the transport to and from the rive

Meeting Point – Earthen Pot Restaurant, Sayed Nagar, Valpoi, Sattari, Goa

13. Canyoning

A highly adventure driven and adrenaline pumping activity, Canyoning is one of the extreme things to do in Goa for the hardened adventurers only! The sport involves jumping into a gushing waterfall and allows oneself to be carried downstream along with the flow of water. Sounds impossible! Well, you can try it in Goa in the calming environs of the Netravali wildlife sanctuary which is near the southernmost part of Goa i.e. Palolem.

Feel the blood rushing through your veins as you start this experience by trekking in Goa through forest, you walk only punctuated by the sounds of birds and trees rustling. The canyoning also involves rappelling through the rocky hillsides only to be harnessed by a rope harness. As you trek to the top jump right into the waterfall and slip and slide with the gushing currents.

A once in a lifetime experience, canyoning will open you up to a world of adventure and thrill, unlike any other adventure you have experienced so far! You can take multiple jumps from various elevations or just jump once, the choice is yours but each leap will take you further to a high!

14. Parasailing

There is no limit for water sports and water activities in Goa as it is happily promoting beach tourism on a large scale. Families, kids, groups of friends, adventure junkies etc come to Goa in order to specifically indulge in some thrilling water based activities and sports. Parasailing is one among the best water sports offered by the main beaches of Goa. Flying high above the turquoise water of the Arabian Sea is an inimitable adventure everyone wishes to have in Goa.

Multiple clubs, sports providers, and resorts in Goa offer quality parasailing equipment and professionally qualified trainers and guides to give the guests a proper flying. Arambol and Baga Beaches are the best locations in Goa to indulge in this highly enthusiastic activity. Winch boat parasailing is the favourite type of parasailing here as the parachute would be connected to the winch boat and you have to take off and land on this boat itself.

A very delightful sight of Goa in this flying from the shore and many people come forward to experience the thrill hidden in flying now a days. There are different durations for flying ranging from 4 to 5 minutes to 15 to 30 minutes. But the cost of each duration may vary. Similar to every other water sport in Goa, parasailing also has several guardians. They give proper training and classes before each flight and the equipment provided will also be of good quality as the demand increases.

Best time to do parasailing: the months from October to April are the most sought after period for parasailing as during rainy season and summer, the climatic conditions would not be favourable for smooth flight.

Price range: the price for parasailing starts from Rs.1000 to Rs.1200 for 5-8 minute flying.

15. Learn Surfing

Surfing in Goa is not an unusual activity; of course the land of beaches would be the best option for anyone to enjoy surfing. If you are not experienced, then there are chances to learn surfing and become a decent surfer as various surfing centres provides classes and trainings on wind surfing at different parts of Goa. Banana Surf School, the Goa Wala, Atlantis Water Sports, Vaayu Waterman’s Village etc are some of the most famous surf schools located at the different regions in Goa.

They offer the best classes and training along with global standard equipment for each surfer. Professionally qualified surfers are the backbone of these surfing schools. If you wish to do surfing, it is always better not to choose rainy season as surfing will be tougher during this time. Pleasant sunny days would be the best time to do an enjoyable surfing. The wind, the waves and the climate during dry season make it easier to do surfing here compared to any other season.

Majorly, tourists from different parts of the world are really eager to make use of the favourable conditions in Goa for various beaches in Goa. For example, Ashvem Beach is the most favourite location for surfing. Apart from Ashvem, Baga Beach, Arambol Beach, Morjim Beach etc are the other favourite beaches for surfers from all over the world.

Best time to do surfing: Dry season is the best time to do surfing in Goa.

Price range: according to the surf club and time of surfing, the price of it will be varying. The range starts at Rs. 1500 for 1 hour normally.

16. Sailing and Snorkeling at Grand Island in Goa

17. Trekking at Udaan Dongor in Goa

18. Quad Biking in Goa

Goa is not just of beaches, water activities and water falls but off road adventure activities are quite famous here, especially quad biking. There are multiple quad bike tour planners in Goa offering the quality bikes that will fit on the tricky, mud roads going through the forest regions. 200 CC quad bikes are commonly used by many tour planners or providers. It is suitable for all levels of riders.

Experienced, as well as beginners, can feel the excitement while they do one or two rounds of mud road rides or bumpy rides. Goa proposes the tricky steeps, uneven off roads, slippery and muddy tracks to give you the most adventurous and challenging quad biking experience. Anjuna is one of the most suitable places to indulge in pure thrill provided by quad biking. The captivating scenery cannot be avoided during your tour. There are man-made as well as natural trails through which you can enjoy riding after hiring one bike of your choice from the tour provider.

Many of the providers give proper training before you head out to enjoy off road rides. The adventure tracks are mainly filled with man-made obstacles like humps, flats, curves whereas jungle trail has natural obstacles which are more enthusiastic and definitely for adrenaline rushing people. Adventure seekers prefer rainy season too to do this most thrilling activity as the dirt on the road would become unpredictable and risk factors are heavy. The cost of quad biking may vary according to the bike and the track you choose.

Quad bike price range: price starts from Rs.500 onward for 1 hour of quad biking.

19. Camping with Temple Waterfall Experience

20. Flying Elephant Zip Lining in Goa

Offbeat things to do in Goa

21. Dolphin Ride

Though there are millions of water and adventure activities in Goa, dolphin spotting and swimming with dolphin have a special recognition. There are a lot of tour operators who provide island trips with dolphin spotting and people are really interested to take a look at the cute animals under water and have a nice time with them. The friendly and playful creatures on water steal everyone’s heart within no time and due to that reason only many of the tour packages in Goa includes dolphin spotting as a major event.

A cruise from the shore to the spot where dolphins are found in plenty on a regular basis will help you find them coming out to the vacuum and do their playfulness with complete innocence. It is a momentary deal but providing joy and happiness at their best. Dolphin rides are considered to be one of the attractive things to do in Goa. Many beaches or jetties arrange dolphin rides. Some of them are Fort Aguada, Panaji and Sinquerim and the cruise will be for 1 to 2 hours and the guides will help you find the best places to see the dolphins a lot.

You will see them floating around your boat and may be trying to converse with you and that is a splendid view which can be cherished for a lifetime. If the time permits and if you are reallyi interested, you may get a chance to take a dip and swim along with these gentle animals. Many tour packages provide options for snorkeling at the spots where dolphins are found since they are the most adorable creatures in the sea and a swim with them will be an unforgettable moment.

22. Go for Backwater Kayaking

You will be surprised to know there is backwater kayaking in Goa, the land of sea and beaches but yes, it is true that there are plenty of other options like these in Goa. Don’t be surprised but get ready to know the other side of this beautiful location with such activities.

Backwater kayaking is an interesting adventure activity that have a lot of ardent adventure admirers from all over the world waiting. The Zuari River, the Mandovi River and the Sal Backwaters are the best points for kayaking in Goa with a lot of fun and entertainment moments hidden in them. Anytime of the year will be suitable to do kayaking, even in monsoons. When the river overflows, the adventure imposed by them would be unpredictable yet people are eagerly waiting to do kayaking during that period as well.

You will be provided the proper safety equipment by the organizers but you have to be very careful with the activity. This adventure activity in Goa will let you understand the river and the thick vegetation found on both the sides of the river. It is a pleasant slow activity compared to the fast moving rafting. Some kayaking packages will come along with sightseeing, trekking etc and people usually choose 5 to 6 day trips in Goa and spend one whole day for kayaking in the backwaters as well.

It is a great chance to find many rare flora and fauna living inside the thick jungles supporting the river with all their hearts and these rivers are the protector of many individuals living on the sides of them.

23. Catamaran Sailing in Goa

24. Classic Houseboat Dine and Dance, Goa

25. Spice Village Tour in Goa

26. Cycling Expedition at Miramar in Goa

  • Rivet in this exhilarating cycling expedition at Miramar in Goa. Unwind yourself in the narrow bustling streets of Panjim.
  • Enjoy the colossal views of timeless beauties- stunning historical past of the city and explore the colonial lifestyle of Goa in an experience like never before.
  • This delightful cycling expedition in Goa takes you precious and gorgeous hotspots such as Miramar Circle, Taleigao Church, St. Cruz Church, Fontainhas Bylanes, Old GMC, Kala Academy, Adil Shah Palace, Panjim Church, and Ferry Point.
  • Take a break from the traditional leisure activities and get ready to witness Goa like never on a cycling expedition at Miramar in Goa.

27. Go for Crab Catching

A rustic sport, crab catching is not a sport that can be enjoyed by those who mind getting their hands dirty in the muddy waters of Goa! The activity takes place on the side of the sea of the backwaters with the help of handmade traps. The trap is called ‘Kobblem’ in the local language and is a fairly indigenous apparatus, which consists of a metallic ring and another rod running across the diameter. The net is further strengthened with the help of a loosely hanging net, which is used to trap the crabs

A fairly laidback activity, Crab trapping is an activity that requires some amount of skill and grit for killing the crabs that are caught in the trap. The apparatus is usually set at high tide, which increases the likelihood of catching crabs. However, in rare occasions, traps can also be set up at low tide if the water is deep enough in order to catch a healthy number of crabs. Till the traps take effect and manage to capture the crabs, you can sit back and relax with a can of beer!

28. Oceanic Yoga School, Anjuna

Yoga has become quite popular with people today as it is an important and effective tool in fighting stress. If you are planning a trip to Goa to beat stress, a visit to the Oceanic Yoga School in Anjuna is definitely a thing to do in Goa.

It is one of the most reputed and popular Yoga schools in Goa. Here you can learn several yoga poses and techniques that will help you fight stress and relax your mind and body. Set on the beautiful Anjuna Beach, the Oceanic Yoga School is surrounded by lush greenery and natural beauty which enhances the joy of meditating.

The school is registered with the Yoga Alliance International and has programs for yoga teachers as well as students. The instructors here either have national or international accreditation. You can opt for a short term or long term program at this institution.

It has all facilities around it such as shops, restaurants and accommodation options. The daily classes include sessions of meditation, Yoga and Reiki. The school, however, takes in only a limited number of students at a time for yoga classes. Only 20 students are admitted into the basic session at a time and only 15 students are admitted into the advanced course at a time. This is done to ensure that each participant gets individual attention and learns the most.

29. Cookery Class cum Culinary Tour with Rita

30. Wing Chun Kung Fu Training in Goa

Wing Chun Kung Fu is a comprehensive martial art specifically designed for street self defense.

  • Unlike other martial arts, Wing Chun does not focus on belts, competitions, or certificates, rather it emphasis’s on lethal street self defense.
  • Wing Chun Kung Fu helps in counter attack an opponent with an element of surprise, power, speed and efficiency.

31. Get a Massage

Goa is the perfect retreat for the adventurous as well as the leisurely traveller looking for a soothing experience. One of the top picks for the leisure traveller in Goa is a massage and wellness experience. Ranging from massages right on the beach in your lounge chair, to a full-fledged Thai and Swedish Massage in a spa or a luxury spa hotel; the massage experience is perfect for those muscles tired after a week of work and travel.

You can take your pick from the beach masseurs who can calm your muscles using simple coconut oil or without it as well as the spa resorts which offer full body massage sessions in heritage styled rooms. Let your body take in the beauties of Goa and soothe itself with an intense massage experience.

32. Sport Fishing

Set sail on the wondrous beaches of Goa as the sunlight sparkles over them to engage in the spot fishing in the sea. The seas and water escapes of Goa are filled with some fantastic fishing spots. Among them is Terekhol which lies on the northern tip of the state, on the stones underneath the Fort. The stones close Fort Aguada are also a well-known spot for fishing as are the Mandovi and  Zuari Rivers or the wharf underneath the Zuari bridge, which is fabulous for Thread-Fin Salmons.

Cabo da Rama in the south is likewise well known. All stream mouths are viewed as great spots to fish, and the best time, for waterways, is the point at which the tide is coming in, or getting high. Fishing apparatus is easily accessible in Goa, all you need is a couple of bucks. However, now there is a movement in Goa to stop overfishing which may lead to the depletion of natural resources. Hence, may enthusiastic fishermen catch the fish and throw them back into the sea so as to encourage the preservation of natural resources. For accommodation in the northern part of the state you can check some of the best resorts in north Goa.

Things to See in Goa

33. Dudhsagar Falls

An irresistible tourist destination in Goa is Dudhsagar Falls, a four tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River. It lies 60 kilometers away from Panaji. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in India with a height of 310 meters and an average width of 30 meters. It is protected by the famous Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park among the Western Ghats.

The tourists arrive here find it stunning due to the presence of the thick deciduous forests with a rich biodiversity. The monsoon is the most favourite climate for many tourists when the waterfalls become abundantly overjoyed with the gushing water. There are two routes to reach the falls; one starting from Kulem as trekking and then there is the jeep trail till the bottom of the waterfall and the second one is via the railway track.

Dudhsagar waterfalls trek is the major activity adventure seekers love to do in Goa. Dudhsagar rail stop is the one near to the falls which does not show you a proper platform and you have to climb down the steep ladder of the rail compartment to walk about a kilometer on the track to reach the falls. A 200 meter train tunnel exhibits the biggest challenge by imposing the dark tunnel that makes your walk bit tougher.

Best time to visit: monsoon and soon after monsoon are the best time to visit the falls.

Entry fee: the forest department charges an entry fee Rs. 20 for the visitors entering the premises and if you carry a camera or professional camera, the charges will vary as Rs.300 and Rs.5000 respectively.

34. Forts, Beaches Sightseeing and Dolphin Watching Tour at Goa

35. Full Day Sightseeing Tour of South Goa

36. North Goa Sightseeing Full Day Tour

37. Visit Spice Plantation

A visit to the spice plantations in Goa is one of the most refreshing things to do in Goa. There are several spice villages and spice farms here which can give you an interesting insight into the spice business. You can walk through the fresh and aromatic plantations and learn more about how different spices are grown. This experience will definitely serve as an eye opener for you.
The Savoi Plantations, which is situated at a distance of 25 km from Panaji, in Ponda is one of the oldest ones in Goa. Coconut, betel nuts, pineapples and other fruits are grown here. You can also visit other spice plantations namely the Pascoal Spice Village, the Rustic Plantation, the Sahakar Spice Farm, and Parvati Mandav Park Plantation.
While these estates provide a great opportunity to enjoy the aroma of these seasonings, they also allow you to take home some fresh stock with you. So make the most of your opportunity to visit the farms and enjoy learning and exploring various aspects of spices.

38. Crocodile Sightseeing and Bird Watching Half Day Tour in Goa

39. Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary

Goa’s special and unique tourist spot is Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park located in the Western Ghats in Sanguem Taluk, Goa. It is a wide, 240 square kilometers large protected area situated near the town of Molem which has a lot of important temples and the famous Dudhsagar Falls. The protected area was known as Mollem Game Sanctuary and later in 1969, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and the name was changed to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.

The core area inside that covers around 107 square kilometers was declared as Mollem National Park in 1978. The most pristine greenery is located inside the park and that is classified as West Coast tropical evergreen forests, West Coast semi evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests. Also, the sanctuary houses several perennial water sources that act as the major water provider to the park and the nearby areas.

There are a huge variety of animal species and bird species living in harmony inside the sanctuary. Mammals include black panther, Bengal tiger, barking deer, common langur, flying squirrel, gaur, Malabar giant squirrel, porcupine, leopards, bonnet macaque, civet and the bird family includes drongo, emerald dove, fairy bluebird, greater Indian hornbill, Indian black woodpecker, grey headed myna and many more. Along with them, there are different types of butterflies, reptiles, insects and similar species found inside the sanctuary.

Entry timings: 08:30 am to 04:00 pm on all days.

Entry fee: adults- Rs.20, child- Rs.5, still camera fee- Rs.30, video camera- Rs.150.  For vehicles: two wheelrs- Rs. 40, cars- Rs. 120 and for mini buses it is Rs. 250.

Location: NH 4A, Caranzol, Goa 403410.

40. Sunny Island Trip at Goa

41. Visit Anjuna Flea Market

Among the popular beaches, Anjuna is where many tourists head to. One of the enjoyable things to do in Goa is visit the Anjuna flea market. From colourful junk jewellery to electronic appliances, anything under the sun can be found here. This fair is held every Wednesday on the entire stretch of the Anjuna beach.

It is one of the most popular places to visit in Goa and draws visitors from all over the country and the world. The place is best known for its cheap and attractive items and trance parties which are held during the tourist season. Anjuna is a beautiful little village and is best known for its scenic beauty and splendid churches in Goa. The village is one of the twelve Brahmin Comunidades of Bardez.

The most important tourist attraction here is the St Michael’s Church which was founded in 1595, and is dedicated to St Miguel. Other than this, there are three other chapels in the parish. Anjuna was under the control of the Portuguese and had a population of 5688 in 1950.

The flea market at this seashore originated when hippies in the earlier days used it as a market to trade second hand things for money. The market offers a wide range of items such as jewellery, clothes, second hand bikes, cell phones, cameras, and other knick-knacks. You can also enjoy delicious Goan dishes at this place or get a tattoo of your choice in one of the tattoo parlours on the beach. The flea market is the perfect place for shopaholics. There are several other flea markets too in Goa such as the Mackies Saturday Night Bazaar and the Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar.

42. Visit the Butterfly Conservatory, Ponda

Visiting the Butterfly Conservatory in Ponda is one of the most enjoyable things to do in South Goa. This sanctuary is in stark contrast to the usual perception about Goa.

Apart from beautiful beaches and fun-filled parties, the land is also home to the Butterfly Conservatory in Ponda which showcases the best of the state’s natural beauty. The conservatory was first started by a couple who were worried about the future of the butterfly population of Goa.

With more and more commercial development taking place here, the beautiful creatures were facing a setback in terms of habitat. The couple started this conservatory to preserve the endemic species of butterflies in the region.

Initially, only 25 species of butterflies were present in the conservatory. However, at present, the number has risen to 133. Optimum soil and air temperatures have been provided in order to promote breeding and growth in population. Initially named the Mystic Meadows Conservatory, it is one of the most beautiful places in Goa.

The ambience is refreshing and you will feel closer to nature. Beautiful butterflies in a myriad shades can be seen fluttering about adding to its beauty and serenity. The place has been designed in the form of a park where you can walk around and observe the different wonders of nature. If you are someone who prefers a quiet holiday in oneness with nature, do visit this amazing Butterfly Conservatory in Ponda.

Cruises in Goa

43. Houseboat Tour

Roomy and wonderfully created houseboats pace by luxuriously and languidly along the backwaters of Goa and offer a breathtaking experience of Goan evenings. The houseboats have vast open rooms, gorgeous sit outs and experienced culinary specialists on board who hand out some phenomenal specialities. Other than the rich environment and the amazingly scrumptious food, the houseboats offer some lovely sights of dusk and elegant skies in the night and the sunrise amidst the journey.

You can witness the fishermen spreading their nets, birds twittering which declares the break of dawn and, if sufficiently fortunate, a crocodile, lazing on the banks in the wonderful mornings amid a voyage on a houseboat in the backwaters of Goa.

The excursion gets better as the houseboat chugs further into the backwaters. Nearby artisans can be seen removing sand from the waterway bed or neighborhood fisher folk can be seen jumping into the water for clams and shellfish. The night times are about great wine, encompassing music and phenomenal nourishment. With an a lot of indoor amusements on the deck, guests can unwind with their most loved refreshments close by and nibble on some lip-smacking Goan dishes.

44. Mandovi River Sunset Cruise

Enjoy the true vibe of Goan heritage and stunning sights of the sunset over the lilting waters as you embark on the Mandovi River Sunset Cruise. The river cruises in Goa are operated by the tourism development authorities themselves and are a delight to explore! These hour-long cruises depart from the Santa Monica Pier which is right next to the Mandovi River. The cruises are carried out on two ships, namely the Santa Monica and the Shantadurga.

The experiences are marked by amazing live entertainment throughout the duration of the cruise. It is here that you can see traditional Goan and Portuguese entertainment being brought to life by amazing local artists. There is a live band, which also plays at the venue of the cruise. While your ears and eyes fill up with the Goan charm, a gorgeous sun sets right behind you throwing open a huge medley of colours and hues!

45. Champagne Breakfast Cruise in Goa

  • Indulge yourselves in a breakfast served with champagne or sparkling wine while cruising aboard a yacht.
  • Welcome the day in style aboard the many luxury yacht options on the offing here.
  • Enjoy the endless sights of the vast Arabian Sea, and revel in a classy breakfast perfect for corporate meetings.
  • The liberating salty breeze is all set to greet you on this concept breakfast, which is still new in many countries.
  • This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at your convenience.
  • Various Amazing Yachts such as Catamaran, Majesty 44, Ciao Bella, Fair Line Diamond, Sea Ray 290 are available
  • Speed of the Yacht various between 12-24 knots depending on the yacht.
  • Each Yacht has a Stereo Music System, Refrigerator, Toilets, Deck and some yachts have A/C Bedrooms and Living Rooms as well.

46. Candle Light Dinner Cruise

Set the mood of the holiday with your loved ones as you whisk them off their feet for a candle light dinner cruise in Goa. Heighten your experience as you go along the waters in a beautiful yacht that is an epitome of luxury and opulence! Let all your worries wash away as you cruise across the waters and rekindle your lost romance. The cruise will start from Panjim at the backwaters and will consist of a truly opulent experience in the arms of waves, gentle lolls of serene waters and the splash and whoosh of the wind around you.

Relish the company of your partner, on the sea as you are lulled into a lush sense of warmth and comfort. Soak in the romance and beauty of this amazing experience with a drink and gorgeous gourmet fare under the starry sky by the cheery glow of a candle.

47. Romantic Candle Light Dinner on Shikara

  • If you are planning to spend some lone time with your special one with a difference, then Shikara would be an exciting choice for you.
  • Get picked up from your hotel in an air conditioned vehicle according to your convenient time.
  • Witness coastal Goa like never before by indulging in this exciting luxury cruise that provides you with an unparalleled experience.
  • Spend some romantic time with your beloved as your cruise through the fresh sea breeze.
  • Enjoy the amazing view of the evening sky and the glorious sunset.
  • Delight in some complimentary beer, cold Drinks, Water and fruit juice on board.
  • Feel the romance high as you listen to soft romantic music
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner and conclude your tour after 2 hours.
  • The tour is a customized tour and can be availed at the convenience of the customers.

48. Island Cruises in Goa

  • Embark on what is possibly the most scenic cruise in Goa, into the breathtaking Arabian Sea.
  • Choose a private yacht or simply speedboat into the sea for an exciting foray into snorkeling and speargun fishing!
  • Languish in the clear waters, even as you swim and snorkel to admire the sheer vibrancy of underwater coral and marine life.
  • Choose from a range of yachts for a day packed with exhilaration.
  • End this tour after 2 ours feeling refreshed and head back home with lots of memories.
  • This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at your convenience.

Party Time

49 .Goa Carnivals

The colourful festival owned by Goa is Goa Carnival, an old tradition drawn by the Portuguese in the 18th century and then Goans continued to celebrate it and still it is one of the reasons for the tourist flow to the state. Though it is considered to be the legacy of Portuguese, Goa has given it another dimension with the authentic style of the beach land. It is a riot of colours and the perfect expression of joy and fun.

The festival marks the reign of King Momo over the state for three consecutive days. The entourage behind the king will dress up in multi colours and spread happiness during the festival among themselves and among the visitors. A huge procession with a fleet of floats decorated properly is the main attraction of the carnival. Anyone, from any sort of life can partake in this joyous time of Goa’s natives and know the brotherhood and uniqueness of this South Indian state.

There will be a theme to be followed every year in this carnival and the designs, decorations and celebrations will be according to those themes. The procession with hundreds of people wearing merry colours goes through the towns of Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Ponda and spread the message of togetherness to all those who are gathered. It is the best time to be a part of the rich culture of Goa and enjoy the heartfelt love of the natives. It is commonly known as Carnaval. It is held in February every year and will be filled with people dancing and singing.

50. Party on Luxury Yacht

Celebrations have no end in Goa and the beaches and the sea join the people to celebrate every moment of life. Indeed, some days of the year are beyond our calculations. Especially, Christmas, New Year, Carnival etc give more importance to luxurious and colourful celebrations extending till early morning. These celebrations are mainly inclusive of parties at beach clubs, pubs etc but a party on a luxury yacht is quite unimaginable.

It is a chance to be at the centre of the sea with a lot of energetic people around and letting your heart be free and float in the air. You can rent a luxury yacht and make private parties as well. Many beaches in Goa provides luxury yacht parties for birthdays and special occasions rather than group parties held during Christmas and New Year. The charming shores of Goa will be glistening and that view from the sea would make you forget all worries of your life and sink into the depths of celebration mode.

Usually, all these parties will be made completely entertaining by adding DJ music shows, drinks, luxurious food items and games. Families, groups of friends and couples are the usual customers of luxury yachts.

51. Visit the Casino

Goa is one of the few states in the country where gambling is legal. The innumerable casinos in Goa are perfect for those who would like to have some fun with good music and wine during their vacation here.

If you are a fun lover, a visit to a casino is a sure shot thing to do in Goa. From five star hotels to the Mandovi River, casinos are spread across the length and breadth of this state. The most popular casinos are the floating casinos which are docked on the Mandovi River and attract tourists from all over with their live table action.

The Casino Royale is Goa’s most popular casino. Spread over an area of 12,000 square feet, it is situated on a huge boat anchored on the Mandovi River. There are three gaming floors and in here are as many as 50 gaming tables, 30 slot machines and top level tournaments every week. The casino also has a special kid’s zone with computer games. So you can happily let your children play and enjoy yourselves.

It is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The entertainment begins around 8 in the evening. It is the classiest recreation centre you will find in Goa. The dress code is smart casuals. The other popular casinos in Goa include the Casino Carnival, Chances Casino and Resort, and Dunes, among others. The Casino Carnival has two centres – one of them is inside the Goa Marriott and the other is aboard a boat on the Mandovi River.

This gaming house has the largest selection of slot machines in Goa and hence is a very popular place. The types of games available at this casino include Roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat, Casino War, and more.

52. Enjoy a Silent Party

Picture this, a beach full of people and you can hear no music, but everybody is still dancing their heart out! The only answer; it is a deadbeat headphone party in Goa. In a beach town where party is the first name and living it up is a habit, headphone parties are a novel concept to have hit the scene.

The party involves pumping music being played by the DJ, but no sound as all the invitees are listening to the music on their own earphones! The venue of the port is decided on the spot by the organisers and they choose the people who they want to invite.

This silent party is a novel escape and innovation in terms of the party culture as it creates very less disturbance and maximizes on the fun quotient


Best Places To Eat

Goa is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, so it is no surprise that the state houses some of the country’s most popular restaurant joints. While there are many restaurants serving authentic Indian cuisines, there are many other restaurants that boast European, American, Chinese and other Asian delicacies, all cooked to perfection with fresh, local ingredients. This list put together some of the lesser known places to eat in Goa, not popularly frequented by tourists, but ones that serve scrumptious and delectable meals, nonetheless. All these restaurants take simple, well-known cuisines but do an innovative take on them- one that will surely excite any foodie’s taste buds.

1) KU

Ku is a boutique hotel located right next to the gentle sea waters of the Morjim Beach. The restaurant promises to make its guests feel one with nature. Complete with bamboo and palm tree decorations, Japanese style cottages with sliding screen doors, and large, crystal clear ponds, this garden restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a nice, long, quiet lunch, away from the hustle and bustle of the more popular tourist joints. There is an open-air dining area and a small reading area. For those tourists who want to sit and relax for some time, before indulging in the restaurant’s delicious fresh sea-food dishes.

Location: Morjim
Tentative Price: INR 1,600 for two people

2) Amigos

Located near the banks of the Nerul River, this is one of Goa’s most unique eating joints. They have a blackboard menu. The restaurant organizes frequent 2 hour long fishing and crab catching trips on the Nerul River. The staff later whisk up a scrumptious meal for their guests out of whatever seafood their guests managed to catch that day. The preparation is not too rich so visitors can enjoy a home-cooked style meal sitting next to the gurgling Nerul River. The freshly caught crabs, sautéed in garlic butter sauce and served with piping hot fries, is a true delicacy in this restaurant.

Location: Bardez
Tentative Price: INR 600 for two people

3) Mum’s Kitchen

Restaurant Mum’s Kitchen is a great restaurant right in Panjim with an outdoor seating. A quirkily decorated space, the dining area is has great lighting and ambience for a romatic evening. Dim lanterns decorate the restaurant, adding to its enchanting, ethereal ambience. Mum’s Kitchen offers a wide variety of interesting fusion cuisines that take inspiration from Asian, European and American gourmet style cooking. They also serve a host of fresh cocktails that use a unique and innovative mix of flavours, sure to excite any traveller’s taste buds! Most of their ingredients are organic thereby ensuring their food remains fresh and scrumptious at all times.

Location: Panjim
Tentative Price: INR 1,700 for two people

4) Bean Me Up

With live music and performances, an open bar and a wide garden seating area, Bean Me Up provides travellers with the best open air dining experience in Goa. Visitors get to sit on cane chairs while nearby, peacocks and monkeys scurry up, down and in between trees. Bean Me Up specializes in unique Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan dishes that take inspiration from different culinary styles around the world, including Mediterranean, American and European cuisines. The Citrus Soba Noodle Salad is highly recommended here, as is the deliciously rich, chocolate flavoured almond milk. Warm, soft pizzas and homemade ravioli and lasagne are also a speciality here.

Location: Vagator
Tentative Price: INR 800 for two people 

5) Cantare

Visitors here are treated to some soft, live jazz music as they sit around in a village tavern-style restaurant. Although the restaurant serves a wide variety of mouth-watering Thai, Goan and Continental dishes, the fresh Seafood Glass noodles is a highly recommended delicacy here. The bar serves a wide assortment of cool beverages, perfect for beating the sweltering summer beach heat. The bistro is reminiscent of Portuguese style architecture, complete with wooden staircases and broad verandas that make for a very comfortable sitting and dining area.

Location: Saligao
Tentative Price: INR 800

6) Gusto Mediterranean Cafe @ Cafe Literati

This unique destination combines elements of a small coffee shop with that of a bookstore so guests can enjoy a casual read whilst sipping their rich, creamy coffees. They also have a small dining area out in the garden that serves piping hot breakfasts, lunches and even brunches. For guests wishing to indulge in something lighter, the cafe has a range of tasty evening snacks, also. For the foodie travellers, Cafe Literati has a wide range of dessert options and an array of pizzas, pastas and other Italian cuisines, served with the most delicate bottle of wine.

Location: Calangute
Tentative Price: INR 800 for two people

7) Villa Blanche

The Villa Blanche is a quaint little bistro serving a lavish array of teas, coffees and pastries. The spinach lasagne and apple pie are a must for anyone visiting this cafe. Their fresh milkshakes and sweet fruit juices are a true delight in Goa’s summer heat and their unique gluten free pancakes are pretty popular, too. They bake their bread fresh every morning, so a warm piece of bread with a chocolate spread or jam will make for the perfect breakfast. Their dining area is indoors but the seating arrangement is very comfortable, complete with wooden chairs, soft sofas, round tables and a blackboard menu.

Location: Assagaon
Tentative Price: INR 600 for two people

8) Martin’s Corner

Located in a relatively isolated area, Martin’s Corner is not a very heavily frequented tourist destination, so is perfect for those looking for a quiet lunch away from Goa’s hustle and bustle. However, the restaurant is pretty popular amongst the locals and many notable celebrities do visit the restaurant from time to time. Guests can enjoy live music and karaoke under the soft candescent lights while indulging in delectable sea food items or mouth-watering North and South Indian delicacies. For those looking for slightly lighter options, this restaurant also serves a wide variety of Continental items, all cooked with fresh, local ingredients.

Location: Betalbatim
Tentative Price: INR 1,600 for two people

9) The Farmhouse Bar and Bistro

With a lavish spread of cuisines from all around the world, the Farmhouse Bar and Bistro specializes in North Indian, Chinese, Continental and Goan cuisines. The deep fried Calamari Rings served alongside mouth-watering Pork Chops and topped off with a glass of whisky will make for the perfect dinner at this bistro. The restaurant offers its guests opportunity to fish in their nearby pond, and turn their fresh catch into a scrumptiously delicious meal. The restaurant has wooden finishing, a matte roof decorated with candescent lanterns, cane chairs, and large, wooden tables- perfect for families looking to spend a fun night dining out.

Location: Benaulim
Tentative Price: INR 1,000 for two people

10) Sakana

One of the best restaurants in Goa serving authentic Japanese food, the Sakana Restaurant is renowned for its delicately wrapped, moist salmon roles and grilled beef. The sweet, almond flavoured Amaretto liquor is a perfect drink with which to beat the summer heat! Sakana also serves innumerable kinds of sushis, mouth-watering chicken teriyaki and delicious udon noodles. Small cherry blossom plants and tiny bamboo trees complete the decorations in this restaurant. With friendly staff, good food and intricate Japanese decor around you, the Sakana restaurant will let guests experience some of Japan’s most renowned cuisines, right here in India.

Location: Anjuna
Tentative Price: INR 1,200 for two people

11) Bhatti Village Family Restaurant and Bar

This restaurant specializes in authentic Goan food, their butter garlic squid, the crispy whitebait fish and the sweet Serradura milk pudding, being the most popular dishes here. A rather small, quaint little place, the Bhatti Village Restaurant is the home of a local Goan family that has been turned into a restaurant. It is family run, with the husband taking the orders, the wife doing the cooking and the children serving the tables. Their sea food is freshly caught daily and their menu changes every day so visitors never know what kinds of dishes to expect- a truly exciting experience for any traveller!

Location: Nerul

12) Cafe Tehran

Goa’s only Persian restaurant, Cafe Tehran has an open-air seating arrangement. Alternatively, guests can lay back cross-legged on one of the cushioned diwan’s inside the cafe. The owners have tailored some well-known Persian dishes to suit the local taste buds but ensured the food remains as true to the original as possible. Farsi writing adorns the walls of the cafe, accentuating the cafe’s Middle-Eastern appearance. The Taftoon- an Iranian Naan- served with a hot plate of kebabs makes for the perfect dinner. The Khagineh- a sweet pancake soaked in saffron syrup- is the perfect way to top off your meal. Truly an indelible experience, Cafe Tehran taken authentic Persian cuisine and does an interesting Goan take on them!

Location: Bardez
Tentative Price: INR 1,500 for two people

13) Cherry Tomato

A small joint, Cherry Tomato makes some of Goa’s juiciest and meatiest burgers. Their Chicken Cafriel Burger, served alongside crispy French Fries and a large glass of ice-tea, will be a perfect lunch for any weary traveller. They also have an array of delicious vegetarian dishes, although nothing beats their giant, four layer and four patty burgers. Cherry Tomato also serves a wide variety of fresh pastas and hot dogs. With an extensive range of mock tails, shakes and sodas, perfect for beating Goa’s sweltering summer heat, the Cherry Tomato restaurant is the best destination for tourists looking to enjoy some American and Italian classics!

Location: Colva
Tentative Price: INR 800 for two people

14) Gunpowder

A south-Indian garden restaurant, adorned with hammocks, dim lighting and bamboo decorations, the Gunpowder restaurant draws inspiration from Tamil Nadu’s Chetinaad cuisine. They have a large, outdoor shed, where visitors can enjoy their hot meal under the canopy of a broad, dry, palm leaf roof. The restaurant itself is villa-style and offers a warm, homely environment. Their spicy Chicken Korma goes deliciously well with some warm Malabar Parathas and coconut mock tails. Their beef and mutton dishes are popular too, as is their sweet, delectable Mango Pannacotta. Gunpowder promises a taste of South India’s finest cuisines, cooked to perfection and served piping hot.

Location: Assagao
Tentative Price: INR 1,000 for two people

15) Bomra’s

Specializing in a range of Burmese, Goan and European cuisines, Bomra’s is the perfect destination for families or large groups looking to spend a nice, long evening, dining out. Their seafood specialities- the scrumptious prawn curry and crab meat- is very popular here and to top of their meal, visitors can choose from an array of desserts although nothing beats the famous coconut pannacotta or the crème brulee available here. They have both, an inside and an outside seating area, complete with cane chairs and candescent lighting. With delicious food, warm staff and a pleasant ambience, Bomra’s promises its guests the most exquisite dining experience.

Location: Candolim
Tentative Price: INR 1,100 for two people

Best Romantic Restaurants In Goa

Here’s a lowdown on the 10 best romantic restaurants in Goa for all budget types. These restaurants serve a range of world cuisines. Take a look:

1. Fiesta

With a gorgeous environment set amidst a cozy garden, this is one of the best restaurants in Goa that you should keep on your list. Everything from its appetizers to the main course and drinks is a treat to the taste buds. Not just that, the European touch in the food soothes your soul and takes you back to the European era. Comfort and privacy are two things that come complimentary with this place for your romantic dinner date. Head up and head out to one of the most romantic restaurants in Goa.

Famous For: This is the most beautiful place to have a romantic dinner near the Baga beach.
Type: Fiesta is a casual dining restaurant and bar that serves Italian and Continental cuisines.
Zomato Rating: 3.6/5
Cost For Two: INR 1,000 for two.
Must Try: Wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and garlic bread are the most talked about dishes from the menu, which you should definitely try.
Where: 7/35, Saunta Vaddo, Baga Beach, Baga, Goa
Timings: 7 PM to 12 AM
Website

2. Tuscany Gardens

If you two gel up over good conversations and have a heart for good Italian food, look no further! This restaurant in Goa has got your dinner date plan sorted. Set amidst a garden, under the stars, this is the most idyllic place for a romantic evening. This place puts in the best efforts to win your over heart with its food and hospitality and helps you in winning each other’s too. Step in here any time of the year, but don’t forget to reserve a table in advance at one of the most romantic restaurants in Goa.

Famous For: One of the top 10 best restaurants in Goa, this place is known for its gorgeous garden setting that provides a peaceful and intimate environment to everyone who dines here.
Type: This is a casual dining restaurant that specializes in Italian cuisine.
Zomato Rating: 4.2/5
Cost For Two: INR 1,000 for two.
Must Try: Mojito, spinach risotto, bruschettas, pina colada, and feta salad are a few of the most recommended dishes to taste here.
Where: Near Kingfisher Villa, Candolim, Goa
Timings: 4 PM to 11 PM
Website

3. Simply Grills

A spectacular view of the sea on one side, lush greenery on the other, and the poolside to another are what makes this place one of the top best amongst all the Goa restaurants. Head over to Simply Grills if a wonderful evening with love all around is what you two are looking for! The hospitality here is excellent and the food is mouth-watering. Everything on the menu is worth trying, be it grilled or barbecued. So, stay assured and plan your romantic date here without any second thoughts!

Famous For: Simply Grills is popular for its fancy location and for serving the best seafood in Goa.
Type: This is a fine dining restaurant that serves North Indian cuisine.
Zomato Rating: 3.8/5
Cost For Two: INR 1,800 for two.
Must Try: The seafood here is definitely a must try!
Where: The Marriott, Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa
Timings: 6 PM to 11 PM
Website

4. Riverside

The moment you walk in, the ambiance of this restaurant will make you fall head over heels for it. Riverside is one of the many best romantic restaurants in Goa that has got the utmost perfect setting for romantic couples like you. The restaurant overlooks the Sal River and serves the finest Italian around. You two wouldn’t only have the most dreamy evening here, but also the most memorable one together at one of the most romantic restaurants in Goa.

Famous For: Being houses in one of Goa’s top best hotels – The Leela, this restaurant is known for serving lip-smacking Italian food.
Type: Amongst the many restaurants in South Goa, this place is the best fine dining for Italian food.
Zomato Rating: 3.4/5
Cost For Two: INR 3,000 for two.
Must Try: Some of the must try dishes here are their ravioli and spaghetti pasta, and the popular wood-fired pizza.
Where: The Leela, Mobor, Cavelossim, Goa
Timings: 7 PM to 10:30 PM
Website

5. Barbeque

Overlooking the Arabian Sea by the side of Dona Paula, this restaurant is the perfect place for a beach side candlelight dinner in Goa. From dancing palm trees to cool breeze, the aroma of your favorite cuisine, and the romantic whispers of your partner will make your evening here an unforgettable delight. The ambiance of this place is five on five, and so is the food and hospitality. The wooden chairs and tables set up under the open sky will surely take you two back to the 80s.

Famous For: This restaurant is a paradise for seafood lovers.
Type: This fine dining restaurant in Panaji is the perfect place to head over for seafood.
Zomato Rating: 3.5/5
Cost For Two: INR 2,500 for two.
Must Try: Out of the many delicious platters that this restaurant offers, the meat platter is the one you should definitely try.
Where: Cidade de Goa, Vainguinim Beach, Panaji, Goa
Timings: 7:30 PM to 11 PM
Website

6. The Fisherman’s Wharf

Amongst all the restaurants in South Goa, this is the perfect place to go on a date if a seaside pleasant ambiance excites you two. The Fisherman’s Wharf lets you groove to the soothing music, indulge in the locally made global flavors, and enjoy the Goan vibes while you are here.

Famous For: This place offers a great view of shimmery waters and modern fusion cuisines.
Type: This casual dining restaurant serves Continental, Goan, Seafood, and North Indian.
Zomato Rating: 4.6/5
Cost For Two: INR 1,100 for two.
Must Try: Most of the foodies highly recommend the Crab masala, chocolate mousse, apple pie, fish fry, and nachos here.
Where: Before The Leela, Mobor, Cavelossim, Goa
Timings: 12 PM to 11 PM.
Website

7. A Reverie

With flavors that will leave your taste buds longing for more, an ambiance that will impress you with its comfort, and the homelike hospitality, even you will agree that this place is one of the best romantic restaurants in Goa. Be it your casual dinner date or a special evening with your loved one, this place is the most ideal one to visit. Just make sure you reserve a table well in time!

Famous For: Amongst all the Goa restaurants, A Reverie is renowned for its lovely decor, live music events, a for being the best spot for a romantic or candlelight dinner in Goa.
Type: This fine dining restaurant in Calangute offers Continental cuisines.
Zomato Rating: 4.4/5
Cost For Two: INR 3,000 for two.
Must Try: Chicken lollipop, pad thai, tiramisu, and wasabi prawns are the most talked about and loved dishes from the menu here.
Where: Holiday Street, Gauravaddo, Calangute, Goa
Timings: 7 PM to 11 PM
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8. Go With The Flow

Situated on the end of Baga beach, this restaurant is housed in the premises of a restored Portuguese mansion. You can either dine in the gardens or on the sky-dining platform and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the beach. The warm hospitality and the scrumptious food here will surely win your hearts! If you and your better half are looking to have a romantic dinner in Goa, look no further, but here!

Famous For: Like most of the best romantic restaurants in Goa, this place is famous for its stunning ambience.
Type: This fine dining restaurant which has great options for Continental lovers.
Zomato Rating: 4/5
Cost For Two: INR 2,000 for two.
Must Try: Prawns, chicken steak, pea risotto, and grilled chicken are some of the must try dishes here.
Where: 614, Calangute-Baga Road, Baga, Goa
Timings: 12 PM to 10:30 PM
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9. Waterfront Terrace And Bar

Being an exquisite part of the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Waterfront Terrace and Bar is one of the top restaurants in Goa that you should definitely visit with your partner. It’s not only the best option for outside dining, but also the most romantic. While the buffet here doesn’t have many food options in vegetarian, the menu does compensate with some great dishes for the pure veg restaurants in Goa, which you might find too difficult to spot. Plan your dinner date here for an absolutely unforgettable experience and make sure you book a table well in advance!

Famous For: One of the many best romantic restaurants in Goa, this place is known for being an intimate dining spot and the gorgeous seaview.
Type: A fine dining restaurant that specializes in North Indian, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines.
Zomato Rating: 4/5
Cost For Two: INR 2,000 for two.
Must Try: While this place offers toothsome food, the most recommended is their buffet lunch which offers an exotic variety to indulge in and relish.
Where: The Marriott, Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa
Timings: 12 PM to 11:30 PM
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10. Thalassa

An outdoor open-air restaurant with spectacular views of the sunset and the sea, a glass of fine wine, breezy winds, and a romantic conversation with your loved one, is exactly what a perfect date looks like, isn’t it?! Situated at Vagator Beach and perched on a hilltop, Thalassa is undoubtedly one of the best romantic restaurants in Goa that will leave you awe-stricken the moment you step in. The food here is delectable, and with the fire, music, and other performances, this place is as fancy in the day, as it is at night. Do keep your visit to this place on the top of your ‘things to do in Goa’ list.

Famous For: Amongst all the Goa restaurants, this place is highly known for it Greek ambience overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Type: A casual dining that serves Mediterranean and Greek cuisines.
Zomato Rating: 4.9/5
Cost For Two: INR 1,500 for two
Must Try: Veg moussaka, meat platter, spicy mushroom, sangria, and chocolate cheesecake are some of the most loved and recommended dishes here.
Where: Small Vagator, Ozran, Vagator, Goa
Timings: 9 AM to 11:30 PM
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Best Places To Stay

01. Enjoy Goa at Riva Resort

  • Riva Resort, Goa at Mandrem Beach is a land of swaying palms, white sandy beaches, sparkling waters, and green paddy fields.
  • When it comes to cuisine, this resort offers you sea food, meats and freshly grown vegetables with lots of coconut milk, chilli and spices.
  • Enjoy Gala dinner on 31 December.  At Riva Beach Resort, you experience the perfect mix of luxury, beach and sand.
  • The modern interiors and rustic appeal make it a great setting for having a quiet vacation.
  • Relax amidst the soothing cool breeze and bright sun gazing towards the majestic Arabian Sea.

02. Recreational Stay at Whispering Palms Beach Resort

  • Located in Candolim, Whispering Palms Beach Resort is an amazing place which will cater to all your needs!
  • The stylish accommodation with comfy rooms will give you a hassle free slumber wrapped with personalized services.
  • The air-conditioned rooms at Whispering Palms Beach Resort come with large windows and have plenty of natural light.
  • It also features a swimming pool and fitness center. stay.

Meal Types: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian-Breakfast

Accommodation Types: Double Occupancy-Balcony Room

Activities: Indoor and Outdoor Games

Note: Check-in time is 01:00 pm and Check-out time is 11:00 am

03. Overnight Stay Rococco Ashvem

  • Nothing can be special then this exciting stay at the Rococco Resort and get a chance to experience the luxurious stay.
  • Reach the tour locality and check into the hotel at 1:00 PM.
  • This resort is equipped with all the facilities and comfort which you would expect from an international boutique hotel.
  • The resort has  3 types of luxurious beach lodges: 2 Super Deluxe,14 Deluxe beach lodges with panoramic sea views, a hop, skip and jump from the water’s edge,9 Standard Double rooms just 10 meters from the beach.
  • You can also go out for some adventurous activities like trekking, fishing, backwaters, dolphin trips, secret Island invasion.
  • Enjoy some delicious meals in between your stay at the resort.
  • Relax and make some special moments with your loved ones on this stay.
  • Conclude your tour after checking out at 11:00 AM

04. Vivanta by Taj – Fort Aguada

Located in North Goa, Vivanta by Taj is a luxury resort. It is built on the ramparts of Fort Aguada which was constructed by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century. The stay is set amidst eighty-eight acres of verdant greenery and overlooks the Arabian Sea making it one of the best-located resorts in Goa.

There are more than one hundred and forty-five rooms here. The architecture of the rooms and the resort is based on Goan-Portuguese design principles in Goa resorts. There are a handful of suites that face the sea.

You can opt for these suites if you want to view the sea first thing in the morning and the last thing before you resign to bed. The rooms are air-conditioned, well-equipped and well-appointed. On offer are round-the-clock services.

Another highlight of the resort is the fine dining restaurant Latitude. Relish in the Italian, Goan, and Continental delectable delights here. Morisco is another eatery option in the vicinity which specializes in seafood and overlooks the Candolim beach.

Relax at the SFX lounge bar. The Martini Bar is where the best of spirits are mixed. You can enjoy your favourite drink in a high energy environment of music, mirth, and merry. The Jiva Spa in this hotel offers excellent rejuvenation facilities.

Unwind with the Indian aromatherapy sessions here. Body scrubs and traditional Indian massages are offered as well. You can mix business with pleasure at the Vivanta by Taj. The resort has a good convention facility with a capacity to hold at least six hundred people and one of the best places to visit in Goa.

Amenities:
 Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Mini Bar, Television, Breakfast etc.

Price: 
Starting INR 6,370

Location:
 Sinquerim Candolim Sinquerim Beach, Goa 403515

Distance from the Beach: 
It is at a distance of 3 kilometres from Candolim Beach.

Click Here for more information: https://vivanta.tajhotels.com

05. Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort

Featuring the fresh and vibrant aroma of lemon in the air, Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort welcomes its guests to a spirited vacation. The comfort and luxury offered with cheery greetings by the staff is unbeatable as you could enjoy and relax with smart room amenities, a lively café, outdoor pool with bar and a fitness center inside the hotel complex.

The resort is furnished with 65 stunning rooms and suites with the ground floor rooms enjoying the views of the lush green garden. The six heritage rooms and suite which were housed in a century old Portuguese manor, have been restored to their original grandeur and equipped with all contemporary amenities for the travelers.

Another unique characteristic of the resort is its cultural setting celebrating the poetry, history and romance of 15th century Portugal. The resort creates a magical ambience with medieval oil paintings, artifacts, tile work and heraldry enchanting every visitor on the way. Here you will also find a business centre for official meetings, a game room to chill out, a gorgeous terrace and a garden to sit and relax enjoying the tropical views of the city.

Amenities: Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Mini Bar, Television, Breakfast etc.

Price: Starting INR 6,370

Location: Vadi, Bardez, Goa, Candolim, Goa

Distance from the Beach: It is a five minute walk (less than 1 kilometer) from Candolim Beach.

Click here for more information: https://www.lemontreehotels.com

06. Palmarinha Resort

A fantastic spot to invigorate your spirits, Palmarinha Resort is perfectly nestled amidst the luscious paddy fields all-encompassing the peaceful settlement.  Midway situated in Bardez (North Goa) is in closeness to beaches, nightlife and different plentiful vacation destinations in Goa like Mapusa Friday Market and Anjuna Flea Market . A/C Deluxe Rooms and One Bedroom Suites are offered with a bunch of services at this hotel in North Goa.

A large group of facilities at sensible rates make the lodging appropriate for business and recreation explorers alike. Some popular amenities at Palmarinha Resort incorporate swimming pools, library and amusements room. The Palms is the all around beautified eatery cum-bar that spends significant time in Continental, Chinese and Indian cooking, notwithstanding Goan indulgences. The Dark Terrace-an outdoor eatery with amazing perspectives of greenery merits venturing in. An in vogue bar named Coco serves the finest beverages. The resort also organizes special events like buffet nights and poolside grill nights with live entertainment for the guests.

Amenities: Parking, Swimming Pool, Restaurant, Bar etc.

Price: Starting INR 1,400

Location: Porbvaddo, Calangute, Bardez, Calangute, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The hotel is located 2.3 kilometers away from the Calangute Beach.

Click here for more information: http://www.palmarinharesort.com

07. Stay Simple Peninsula Beach Resort

Just a few minutes away from the Calangute Beach, you will find this elegant resort with a rustic beach-front, sea view-hillside cottages, speckled with trees and palms all around and an architectural style that creates the sensation of open spaces flawlessly amalgamating with each other. The 45 rooms resort boasts of well-appointed rooms with amenities such as LCD television, telephone, tea/coffee maker, mini bar, hot/cold water, attached bathroom and various other essential bathroom toiletries.

To relax and unwind, the swimming pool at the Stay SImple Peninsula Beach Resort is worth taking a splash and spend time with friends and family. The restaurant here serves dishes from multitude of cuisines catering to breakfast, lunch and dinner for more than 60 guests at a time. Some popular attractions nearby are The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Goa State Museum, Baga Beach, Fort Aguada etc.

Amenities: Parking, Outdoor pool, Free parking, Free WiFi, Airport Shuttle, Room service etc.

Price: Starting INR 2,750

Location: Holiday St, Gaura Waddo, Calangute, Goa

Distance from the Beach: Calangute Beach is 2.7 kilometers away from the resort.

Click here for more information: http://www.staysimple.in

08. Pride Sun Village Resort and Spa

Immerse yourself in a laid back vacation with a comfortable and luxurious stay at the Pride Sun Village Resort and Spa in Goa. It is a place to relax your mind and body with an idyllic experience. Take a dip in the pool or undertake scuba diving or just workout at the fitness centre to break the monotony of life. If relaxation is your goal for the vacation, enjoy a soothing massage or engage in entertaining yourselves with a karaoke night here in Goa. The hotel is also nearby to the markets of North Goa, Anjuna Beach and Calangute Beach.

The comfortable 136 stylishly decorated room suites are the best places to relax after the day’s excursions defined to tire you out in Goa. For a gastronomical delight, the fine dining restaurant offers a diverse choice of traditional Indian cuisines with mouthwatering dishes. It also offers an open-air live BBQ and a seafood grill restaurant for those looking for a surprise.

The restaurants in Pride Sun Village Resort and Spa have got both indoor and outdoor dining options. The 6 amazing dining options offered at the hotel are Tonatiuh (restaurant/lounge), Frangipani (alfresco dining area), Sun Flowers (restaurant), Hibiscus (poolside snack bar), Sundowner (lounge) and Village Lounge (poolside bar).

Activities: Scuba Diving in Goa.

Amenities: Parking, WiFi, Swimming pool, Room Service, Spa and Wellness Center, Bar etc.

Price: Starting INR 3127

Location: Arpora, North Goa, Goa

Distance from the Beach: It is 2.9 kilometres away from the Baga Beach in Goa.

Click here for more information: http://www.pridehotel.com

09. Marquis Beach Resort

Located on the picturesque Candolim Beach, Marquis Beach resort is one of the most popular beach resorts in Goa. An oasis of peace and tranquility, with an outdoor pool and a restaurant this resort offers a serene holiday experience vacationing in Goa. Serving as one of the best family holiday destinations or for quick escapes, the resort pampers you with opulence allowing you to rejuvenate your mind and body.

The beach resort boasts of 42 spacious and comfortable rooms with best in class modern day amenities. With a spectacular vista of Arabian Sea, this place is perfect for dining by the seashore satiating your hunger with an array of delicacies. The restaurant offers authentic Goan, Indian, Tandoori and Continental cuisine appealing to your palate while sitting and relaxing by the beach.

The resort is also known to be a popular venue for destination weddings, gala dinners, engagement celebrations etc. The conference room here is also one of the features suiting the needs for corporate meetings in Goa.  The swimming pool, Ayurvedic massage parlour and well-manicured gardens are other features adding to the magnificence of this beach property.

Amenities: Restaurant, Swimming, Parking, Conference Room etc.

Price: Starting INR 3,192

Location: Near Kingfisher Villa, Dando, Candolim, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The Candolim Beach is located 1.3 kilometres away from the resort.

Click here for more information: http://marquishotelsandresorts.com

10. Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort

On the mesmerizing Calangute Beach, one can find this beach resort for a tranquil and serene experience while staying in Goa. Enjoy the alluring views of the sea from the sparkling Swiss cottages at the Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort. The place is known for a comfortable experience backed with gracious hospitality of the staff.

The luxury beachside resort is also a heaven for adventure junkies with an array of activities lined up for you during your stay. With an ambience that will surround you with entertainment and lively music, your nightlife in Goa should be a great deal of excitement at Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort. The bazaars are also nearby where every shopping lover can have a delightful time exploring the traditional crafts from Goan mainland.

Here you can dine at the Beach View Shack Restaurant that is a seasonal restaurant, La Sana Vida Fine Dine and the Lagoon Grills Poolside, each offering a wonderful culinary experience for tourists. The resort is equally friendly for families with kids allowing a pleasant vacation with amenities like games room, children’s playground and in-house library.

Amenities: Parking, Restaurant, Spa, Indoor/outdoor games, Water sports, Swimming Pool, library etc.

Price: Starting INR 4,129

Location: Road Opposite to Our Lady Of Piety Chapel, Khobra Vaddo, Baga, Calangute, Goa

Distance from the Beach: It is just 100 meters away from the Calangute Beach

Click here for more information: http://www.estrelahotels.com/

11. Ozran Beach Resort

When it comes to listing the best beach resorts in Goa, the Ozran Beach Resort hits the spot in many ways. Located on the Ozran Beach in North Goa, allows you to take in breathtaking vistas of the ocean rejuvenating your spirit. The Ozran beach is actually holed up behind a slope and the hillocks, which is where the Chapora Fort is located. Truth be told, all these excellent surroundings make this shoreline a genuine fascination.

The resort hosts premier sea view cottages with private balconies offering views of Small Vagator beach and the Arabian Sea. The cottages are equipped with amenities like television, telephone, well-stocked mini bar, safe, coffee table, sofa, and Wi-Fi facility. The private beachfronts makes it for a dream vacation in this tropical landscape.

The Indian Restaurant-‘Zaffran’ serves North Indian Cuisine and boasts a live Tandoor kitchen in a charming ambience – overlooking the Arabian Sea. When there, you should also check out the bar serving all kind of spirits, beer and cocktails.

Amenities: Freshwater swimming pool, parking, restaurant, bar etc.

Price: Starting INR 5,600

Location: Ozran Beach Rd, Small Vagator Beach, Bardez, Goa

Distance from the Beach: It is located on the Ozran Beach which is just a minute away. Vagator Beach is two kilometers away from the resort.

Click here for more information: http://www.ozranheights.com

12. Cidade de Goa

Pamper yourself with a lavish experience staying at Cidade de Goa nestled along a tranquil beach. The beachfront resort takes inspiration from Latin culture and will remind you of an old-fashioned Portuguese village with its intimate alcoves and effervescent murals.

The immaculately furnished rooms and suites offer a vibrant ambience with high-end hospitality from the staff. You can witness the most amazing views of the sea from the rooms which are equipped with all modern amenities.

Cidade array of restaurants offer an unforgettable culinary experience with signature dishes, ingenious versions of local favorites, the best of wines and spirits, beachside grills, vivacious bars and delightful theme nights with 7 dining venues. The resort also organizes beach games, indoor activities and fitness programs in their state of art gymnasium.

If you are looking for a laid back and invigorating experience, we suggest you to benefit from Swedish body massages and holistic ayurvedic treatments at Clube Saúde.  Other activities offered here are sandcastle building competition, beach volleyball and cricket, magic shows and cooking classes. The 5-star property is one of the best beach resorts in Goa whether you need it for business or pleasure.

Amenities: Concierge Service, Free WiFi, Beachfront, Free parking, Restaurant, Outdoor pool etc.

Price: Starting INR 10,000

Location: Cidade de Goa, Vainguinim Beach, Goa

Distance from the Beach: It is just a minute away from the beach.

Click here for more information: http://www.cidadedegoa.com/

13. Highland Beach Resort

Located on the most vibrant Candolim Beach in Goa, Highland Beach Resort is a place to relax and rejuvenate on your holiday. The 3 star resort consists of 90 deluxe suites featuring a high end accommodation for guests classified as executive and ambassador. The famous tourist attractions located in the vicinity include Mapusa Market, Calangute Beach and Fort Aguada.

The resort also features an array of recreational activities making it a great choice for leisure travelers. Take a dip in the swimming pool or rejuvenate your body with a spa treatment at Highland Beach Resort. For business meetings, the resort has a well equipped multi-purpose room-Hightide.

The multi cuisine restaurant-cum-bar High palm and Gulzar- the Indian speciality restaurant offer a wide variety of delicious dishes. High palm also boasts live folk dance performances and facilities for board games as you enjoy a memorable night. The coffee shop is also worth stopping by for grabbing a quick bite or enjoys a beverage. Snack Bar is the poolside counter where you can enjoy a fine range of exotic mocktails and cocktails.

Amenities: WiFI, Parking, Family rooms, Indoor pools, Bar

Price: Starting INR 3,000

Location: Candolim Beach, Sequeira Vaddo, Candolim, Bardez, North Goa

Distance from the Beach: It is located about 800 meters from Candolim Beach and 3.1 kilometers from the Calangute Beach

Click here for more information: http://www.highlandbeachresortgoa.com

14. Spazio Leisure Resort

This beautiful boutique resort near Anjuna Beach is one of the best resorts in Goa with a traditional Goan architecture and lively Mediterranean colors. The spacious rooms with private balconies overlook the pool set within lush tropical landscaping. The well-furnished rooms ooze a quality of contemporary chic and modern outline. The rooms of the resort include many-sided stylistic layouts and full furniture, emanating warmth and solace.

The Portico Restaurant is famous for authentic Indian and Continental dishes prepared in a homely manner with the finest ingredients. The restaurant’s ambience makes the dining experience more exceptional as it becomes the ideal place to chill out on the relaxed, breezy, and comfortable poolside location. Private dining options are also provided at the resort.

The resort is also a perfect place to host corporate events and also known for the warm social events where you can partake with friends and family singing and dancing. The bar at the resort serves premium spirits, wines, beers and liqueurs along with internationally and locally inspired cocktails.

Amenities:
 Free WiFi, Parking, Family rooms, parking, restaurant.

Price: 
Starting INR 2,600

Location: 
Near Starco Junction, D’Mello Vaddo, Dmello Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa

Distance from the Beach: 
It is just 600 meters from Anjuna Beach in Goa.

Click here for more information: http://www.spazioleisureresort.com

15. Nitya Resort

Nestled amidst the gently swaying palms of a lush palm grove, the famous Nitya Resort is situated near the beautiful Calangute Beach. The resort which is a favorite among tourists all over the world visiting Goa is a perfect location for a surreal getaway.

The resort features Amanya Organic Spa where you can relax and rejuvenate mind and body with Ayurvedic therapies. Another unique facet of this luxury resort is their Sky Lounge-biggest lounge in Calangute for organizing parties and get-togethers. The open air restaurant and bar add to the elegance of the resort. The Spice Garden- fine dining multi-cuisine restaurant which serves exotic gourmet cuisine is one of the finest places in Goa for indulging in gastronomical delights.

Located in Bardez, North Goa the resort has many popular tourist attractions in the neighborhood like Holy Trinity Church and Sinquerim Beach. Some other famous places where you can stop by when staying here are St. Cruz Chapel, Goa Science Centre and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.

Amenities: Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Laundry, Room Service, Banquet Facility, Bar, Restaurant, Lounge, Parking, High Speed Internet etc.

Price: Starting INR 3139

Location: Main Calangute Candolim Road, Naika Vaddo, Bardez North, Calangute, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The hotel is 1.8 kilometers away from the beach.

Click here for more information: http://www.nityaresort.com/

16. Keys Ronil Resort

Nestled amidst lush green gardens, Keys Ronil Resort offers a comfortable stay promising a bunch of fun for guests. The Baga Beach, known for its vibrant activities is just five minutes away from the resort. If you wish to indulge in the buzzing nightlife of Goa, Keys Ronil Resort is also just a two minute walk from Titos and Mambos –popular nightclubs in Goa. The hotel offers the guests to choose from deluxe and executive rooms which come with a balcony overlooking the pool. For recreational activities in Goa, you can indulge yourself in swimming or basking in the sun at the outdoor pool in Keys Ronil Resort.

Here the soft lit lounge bar will directly transport you into a party mood and you will be entertained with live music. The Golden Net Restaurant specializes in seafood serving Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. And if you look for a refreshing cocktail or mocktail to lift up your spirits, hit the Rodeo Bar.

AmenitiesBanquets, Free WiFi, Children’s Play area, Pool Table, Swimming Pool

Price: Starting INR 3,500

Location: Baga, Calangute, Bardez, Near Tito’s Night Club, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is located at just a 6 minute walk from the Baga Beach.

Click here for more information: https://www.keyshotels.com

17. Resort Rio

Nestled on the banks of the Baga River in Arpora, you will find the Resort Rio, one of the most luxurious resorts in Goa. It boasts of luxurious Rio deluxe, Royale classic and Royale luxury accommodations and holds the distinction of being the only resort in Goa to have 3 and 4 bedroom villas.

All connoisseurs of food would find their little culinary paradise here with so many dining options. It includes the Sweet Kaju(All Day Multi Cuisine Dining Restaurant), Jalsa (Pure Vegetarian Restaurant), Rio Café Bar, Pickled Mango (famous for Karaoke nights), Café Royale-Lounge Bar and Mamma Mia (Italian restaurant famous for pastas and pizzas).

The resort also houses the Zara Spa which is famous for unique holistic treatments through a blend of distinctive therapies. The luxury spa offers a transformational experience as you get to pamper yourself by forgetting the worries of life for a while. Otherwise the Resort Rio is famous for being the largest venue in North Goa for meeting and conferences for business personnel.

Amenities: WiFi, Parking, Airport Shuttle, Restaurant etc.

Price: Starting INR 6,300

Location: Tambudki, Arpora, Bardez, Goa, 403518, Arpora, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is set 2.5 km from Bardez Baga Beach in Goa.

Click here for more information: http://www.resortrio.com/

18. Montego Bay Beach Resort

Montego Bay Beach Resort is a well known resort in North Goa located on the Morjim beach. A perfect place for a serene holiday, the Montego Bay Beach Resort allows every person his own privacy amidst the surroundings of a coconut grove and a virgin beach. The unique accommodation is offered here at the Log cabins which are Beach huts with air conditioning, made of Wood so you can enjoy the power of nature’s bounty.

The resort is a great place to break away from the din of city life and enjoy a laid back time staying on the beach. The sea side Montego Bay Restaurant offers a delightful experience for foodies with Goan, Continental and other Indian delicacies. The experience is enhanced with variety of music & entertainment options along with amazing beach front views.

The resort also features an outdoor pool with spectacular sea views, massage services and yoga lessons on the premises. For recreation we suggest you to turtle spotting and dolphin seeing on the beach near the resort.

Amenities: WiFi, outdoor pool, Parking, Airport Shuttle, Restaurant etc.

Price: Starting INR 4,700

Location: Vithaldas Waddo, Morjim, Pernem, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is 1 minute walk from the beach

Click here for more information: http://montegobaygoa.com

19. Chalston Beach Resort

Located on the beautiful Calangute Beach, the Chalston Beach Resort overlooks the magnificent Arabian Sea. The colorful rooms and cottages open to lush greenery and the beach. This beach resort in Goa has five room categories including standard couple rooms, larger standard rooms, superior rooms and garden cottages as well as cottages situated in the beach garden.

The resort has 60 very much outlined and outfitted rooms that are categorized into four classes. The vast majority of the rooms offer gallery view that can add on to the appeal of shoreline when on a getaway in Goa. The resort has turned into a favored decision among the tourists for its warm hospitality, lavish green environment, enthusiastic climate and closeness to significant vacation destinations.

The beachfront restaurant is popular for its seafood and boasts a multi cuisine menu where you can enjoy the meals along with a beautiful Goan sunset. The quaint garden is beautified with a number of statues of Buddha creating a tranquil vibe for the entire resort.  The resort also offers activities like table tennis and billiards for those looking for recreation.

Amenities: Outdoor pool, Beachfront, WiFi, Airport Shuttle, Restaurant

Price: Starting INR 5,152

Location: Baga Road, Khobra Waddo, Calangute, Goa

Distance from the Beach: It is situated at six minute walking distance from the beach.

Click here for more information: https://chalstoningoa.com/

20. Bambolim Beach Resort

Overlooking the Siridao Beach, Bambolim Beach Resort is one of the popular beach resorts in Goa set in the colonial Portuguese design. Offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, the beachfront resort boasts of rooms with a spectacular view of the sea and tropical gardens. The rooms come with wooden furnishings and floor to ceiling windows allowing a vista of fresh greenery outside. The 122 rooms are classified as Suites, Superior Rooms and Deluxe Sea Facing Rooms at the Bambolim Beach Resort.

For hosting meetings and training sessions, the resort also offers two fully equipped conference halls- Ocean Pearl and Oasis for people travelling for business. Among the recreational activities you can partake in here at the swimming pool and the Kerala Ayurvedic Centre. The in-house restaurants-Banyan Tree Restaurant and Baywatch-open-air setting is famous for traditional Goan dishes and the popular Palm Feni (Goan drink).

The resort has many famous attractions in its proximity like the Dona Paula, Agacaim Market, Caculo Mall and Sateri Temple.

Amenities: Parking, Beachfront, Free WiFi, Airport Shuttle, Restaurants etc.

Price: Starting INR 3,800

Location: Goa University Road, Bambolim Beach, Bambolim, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is situated at a 1-minute walk from the beach.

21. Adamo The Bellus

This resort is a unique getaway with the backdrop of Calangute. The interiors of the Adamo the Bellus have been tastefully crafted. The design elements in the interior reflect the traditional Goan architectural style that has strong influences from Portuguese style. Given that the resort is located in Calangute, you are not short of scenic delights.

The whole area is abuzz with the hospitable dispositions of naturalistic splendors. The Bellus recreates the magic and mystery of Goa. There are more than one hundred luxurious rooms here. This is the place where you are in the mood for celebration every day.

One of the best resorts in Goa, the spaces here are harmonious reflecting this resort’s stature and being. The ambience is effortlessly soothing with an omnipresent Goan décor. Rooms are elegantly furnished and offer spectacular views. The natural tones and textures instinctively transport you into a holiday mood. The best of Goa’s naturalness is seamlessly combined in the design. The Bellus is known to offer contemporary luxuries as much as it is known to provide a salient ambience.

At the La Soin Spa you can experience signature Goan hospitality. The wellness experiences here will last for a long time. Savour the true essence of the Goa with the tours that the resort provides. A sightseeing expedition takes you to old churches in this region of Goa, the St. Alex’s Church and Monte Hill. The latter is a hill which also has a cathedral namely the Chapel of Calcada de Nossa Senhora de Piedade.

The dining options here leave you asking for more. Clove is the multi-cuisine restaurant that offers an eclectic mix of Goan, Chinese, and Continental food. There is also the Rasoi which is a pure vegetarian restaurant serving Gujarathi and Jain food.

Amenities: 
Parking, Free WiFi, Airport Shuttle, Restaurants, Children’s Play Area, Pool Table, Swimming Pool

Price:
 Starting INR 3,800

Location:
 Naika Vaddo, Bardez, Calangute, Goa 403516

Distance from the Beach:
 The resort is situated at a distance of 1.2 kilometres from Calangute Beach.

Click here for more information: https://www.adamohotels.com

22. Villa Teresa Beach Resort

Situated by the sea, the Villa Teresa Beach Resort is one of the relaxed hotels offering a pleasant accommodation for tourist travelling in Goa. The hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge for the guests. With tiled flooring and garden views, the rooms are furnished with television, fridge, personal safe and a private bathroom.

Room service is available and you can access free WiFi in public areas. It also houses an outdoor pool and a poolside garden restaurant. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes from Indian, Chinese and Mediterranean Cuisines. Other amenities offered at the resort include currency exchange, laundry and luggage storage services.

Amenities: Free WiFi, Free parking, Airport Shuttle, Restaurant, Beach nearby etc.

Price: Starting INR 1,600

Location: Beech Street, Hotel Charleston Road, Umta Vaddo, Calangute, North Goa, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is a five minute walk away from the Calangute Beach in Goa.

Click here for more information: http://www.villatheresagoa.com

23. Paradise Village Beach Resort

Offering a great choice for accommodation, Paradise Village Beach Resort is located on the beautiful Calangute Beach in Goa. This North Goan beach resort allows a quiet and relaxing holiday in the Mediterranean style villas located right on the beach. The accommodation is categorized into Studio Room, Suite Room, Indulgence Suite and Beach cottage. The rooms feature amenities like television LCD/plasma screen, air conditioning, mini bar, balcony/terrace, telephone etc.

The resort also offers a soothing ambiance of the outdoor pool, massage, kids club and the beautiful garden.  Tanya’s – The Village Restaurant serves delectable Goan dishes and you can stop by for a drink at the Boat Bar grill or sip a fresh cocktail at the Pool Bar. Other recreational activities at the resort include Karaoke, Pool, Beach Volley  Ball and Badminton. And if you wish to relax, you can enjoy a soothing massage at the Ayurvedic massage parlor.

Amenities: WiFi, Swimming Pool, Bar, Coffee Shop, Restaurants etc.

Price: Starting INR 2,300

Location: Tivai Vado, Calangute Beach, Bardez, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The Calangute Beach is 2.1 kilometer away from the resort.

Click here for more information: http://www.paradisevillage.co.in

24. Goa Marriott Resort & Spa

Offering five-star facilities, this resort is considered amongst the finest in this region. There are 180 exquisitely designed rooms here. The rooms have private balconies with views of the beach beyond and the manicured lawns in the premises.

There is an outdoor barbeque restaurant that lets you enjoy tasty food in an open-air ambience. You get round the clock in-room dining facilities.

The Goa Marriott Resort & Spa is located in the vicinity of some major sightseeing attractions in Goa. Some of them are namely Se Cathedral, Sahakari Spice Plantation, Fort Aguada, Dona Paula Jetty, and Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Amenities: 
WiFi, Swimming Pool, Bar, Restaurants etc.

Price: 
Starting INR 12,000

Location:
 Miramar, Panaji, Goa 403001

Distance from the Beach:
 The Miramar beach is 800 meters away from the resort.

Click here for more information: https://www.marriott.com

Best Resorts in South Goa

25. Fun at Beach Zuri, Goa

  • The Zuri, Goa is an imposing property that blends the style and luxury with world class facilities
  • A perfect place for corporate activities, it is well equipped for the same.
  • Zuri, Goa has been known for its paramount accommodation, lip smacking cuisines, sun kissed beaches, serene blue seas and lush greenery.
  • Come in for its gorgeous nightclub, refreshing recreational activities, spa therapies, casino, hygienic swimming pool and lot more.
  • It has special packages for honeymoons and family holidays

Accommodation Types: Double/ Triple Occupancy-Garden Room, Superior Room, Premium Room

Meal Types: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian- Breakfast

Activities: Swimming Pool, Rifle Shooting, Archery, Water Sports, etc.

Duration: 2D/1N

26. Luxury Stay at Mayfair Resorts, Goa

  • Experience a luxurious stay at the Mayfair Resorts, Goa with friends and family for an unparalleled experience.
  • While at Mayfair Resorts, apart from the relaxing stay you will be taken out for an enthralling sightseeing tour to Mangeshi Temple, Old Goa Church and Miramar Beach.
  • You can relax with a couple massage or a candle light dinner with a bottle of wine with your partner.
  • The resort has special packages for luxurious and honeymoon stays.
  • Complimentary Goa Airport / Madgaon railway station transfer by sharing on fixed departures.
  • Meals are also provided in this package
  • The stay is available at Double Occupancy

27. Holiday at Byke Resort in Goa

  • If you are looking for some lone time with your loved ones The Byke Resort in Goa is a perfect destination to spend vacation time during a visit to this city of beaches.
  • This 2 days tour is surely going to be the best vacation for you with the beaches and some delicious cuisine.
  • With the river on one side and the sea on the other side, the view is simply breath taking.
  • The contemporary amenities with well-appointed rooms make it an ideal destination among leisure and business travellers alike.
  • Each room is large and spacious, well furnished with a beautiful private balcony overlooking the landscaped garden.
  • Relish multi-cuisine  meals enriched with natural and authentic flavors.
  • Conclude this exciting tour and head back home with lots of memories.

28. Experience Fun at Ramada, Goa

  • Located on the white sands of Varca Beach, Ramada offers beautiful waterfront views.
  • Stay in Double or Triple Occupancy in an Ocean Facing or Swimming Pool Facing View Room
  • Check in by 12:00 PM and Check out by 11:00 AM the next morning.
  • Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour along with your family in an air conditioned coach.
  • While at the resort, go for a swim in large outdoor pool, relax in an in-house sauna facility or work up a sweat in the provided exercise room.
  • Ramada, Goa has an impeccable range of facilities such as  Ayurveda/yoga, fitness center, discotheque, dolphin tours, beach activities, dining and conference hall.
  • A soothing option of Ayurveda and yoga will tempt you to spend some rejuvenating time and de-stress your fatigue.
  • Delight in various live entertainment for a memorable experience.
  • Inclusive of all Taxes

29. 1 Night Stay at Palolem Guest House

  • Experience an enjoyable stay for 1 day in Palolem guest house Canacona and get a chance to explore the beauty of this region.
  • Reach the guest house and check in at 12:00 noon.
  • Make your vacation special along with your friends and family in one of the oldest in the ‘Paradise Beach.
  • The best thing about this place is the beautiful Garden Restaurant where the guest can enjoy some mouth watering delicacies of Indian, Continental, Chinese and items straight from Tandoor.
  • Nothing can be exciting than enjoying some delicacies near the beach.
  • If you are looking for some sightseeing option then you can visit Big Foot, Spice Garden, Shanta Durga Temple and Sri Mangeshi Temple in South Goa.
  • Conclude this exciting tour the next day and check out at 11:00 AM.

30. Majorda Beach Resort

Offering five star facilities, this beach resort is located beside the white sands of Goa and is on the list of the best resorts in Goa. There are more than one hundred and twenty spacious and well-appointed rooms here.

The Majorda Beach Resort is set amidst twenty two lush green acres. The ambience is luxurious and exciting to say the least. Each room is equipped with a private balcony where you can enjoy spectacular views. Rooms have all international class amenities and facilities.

There are plenty dining options here. Sea Shells is the place you go to enjoy grills made beside the beach. Eat the best and freshest sea food and steaks here. Enjoy buffet breakfasts at the Garden Café in Goa.

Come here to relish dinners under the cover of the moon. The location of the café is amidst verdant settings and has an open air ambience. It is an idyllic location to enjoy the ambience and relax in a soothing environment.

At the Tea Lounge & Bar you are served tropical drinks. The atmosphere is sophisticated. It is a perfect place to indulge in conversations over a glass of your favorite cocktail.

Enjoy the best dining experience eating multi cuisine delicacies at the Laguna. After a meal, sip a cup of coffee from the Café Del Mar which is the coffee shop here that overlooks the pool inside the premises.

The inviting indoor and outdoor swimming pools are great to take a dip in. Experience ancient ayurvedic treatments from Kerala at Kalari. Enjoy therapeutic water therapies with steam and sauna baths. A fully equipped gymnasium is available here. There is also a casino in Goa that lets you spin the roulette and pit your luck against this wheel.

Click here for more information: https://www.majordabeachresort.com/

31. Park Hyatt Resort

Another award-winning stay is the Park Hyatt Resort in Goa. Offering five-star facilities, it is located on the Arosim Beach. Known for its pristine appearance and white spotless sands, the Arosim Beach is a must-visit when in Goa. Set in an exotic location, the resort is amidst forty-five acres of lush greenery. Inside the property, there are lagoons and waterways that replicate the backwater ecosystem. It is one of the most luxurious resorts and combines the elegance of Goa’s traditional hospitality with a contemporary charm.

The architecture of this resort is quite charming. The styling of the accommodations is done in an Indo-Portuguese fashion. There are more than two hundred and fifty guest rooms here and each one has an excellent spa-inspired bathing area. The resort is also home to some of the finest restaurants in this region. Casa Sarita and Palms is well-known and offers some of the best seafood in town. Also popular here is the Sereno Spa that provides world-class spa treatments.

The Park Hyatt Resort has a range of activities. The swimming pool here is one of the largest in the country. The fitness center on location allows you to take part in short fitness programs under the expert guidance of a trainer. The yoga sessions at the Sereno Spa help you experience the holistic healing of yoga. Feel attuned with your mind and body under the guidance of trained yoga exponents. A section of the resort is ideal of younger guests such as little children and teenagers. Called the Camp Hyatt this section provides a range of exciting propositions for pleasure.

Click here for more information: https://www.hyatt.com

32. Kenilworth Beach Resort

This stay is a perfect antidote to beat your stress and is amongst the best resorts in Goa. The Kenilworth Beach Resort offers many types of rooms. The best of them is the deluxe or garden view rooms which overlook a comfortable sitting area. The sitting area opens up to lush lawns.

This is a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. All rooms are well-furnished and are architected incorporating traditional Portuguese flavor. The interior décor is traditional but provides all contemporary facilities.

Dining options are aplenty at the resort. The Mallika Restaurant offers the best north Indian dishes along with a brilliant ambience. Port of Ino is a unique all day eating place offering gourmet varieties.

Sea Hawk overlooks the beach and is where you can taste the best Goan and Portuguese sea food varieties. Visit the Lobby Bar that has the finest cocktails and mocktails along with a wine cellar. At any time during the day you can visit the Aquarius, which is the snacking place beside the pool.

Enjoy world class treatments in an international ambience at The Sohum Spa here. Experience the rejuvenating powers of massages and exotic treatments. There is also a beauty parlor on location offering beauty treatments. The fitness club has state of the art gymnasium equipment.

A handful of leisure activities are organized by the Kenilworth Beach Resort. The Dolphin Cruise trip lets you spot dolphins in the middle of the sea. Enjoy boating on the Arabian Sea. Thrill yourself to bits by sitting on a banana boat and powered by a speedboat.

Click here for more information: http://www.kenilworthhotels.com/goa

33. Dona Sylvia Resort

The Dona Sylvia Resort offers five star facilities and is located beside the pristine Cavelossim Beach. Nestled in twenty six acres of lush greenery, it is one of the most beautiful in Goa amongst Goa resorts. When you enter into the place, the sight of landscaped gardens enchants you. There are more than one hundred and eighty rooms in this resort.

The rooms here are well-appointed, spacious and have been carefully constructed. A palpable blend of Mediterranean charm co-exists with the hospitable warmth of Goa. The accommodations here are equipped with verandahs and terraces. The cuisines on offer are tempting. Seagull offers a buffet of the finest meat varieties including sea food. Mama Mia is the fusion eating place where you get to taste dishes that are an eclectic mix of various cuisines.

Kebabs & Kurries specialises in Indian food. Amalia is the pub here that has the perfect ambience to let your hair down and enjoy the reverberating music. For private events, ceremonies, and get-togethers, there’s the Haystack. The Dona Sylvia Resort is in the league of the best resorts in Goa. This resort has the facilities to let you host business conferences and meets. Mobor is the name of the conference hall in the venue. Experience the rejuvenating treatments of Ayurveda practitioners at the Sohum Spa.

On offer are a mix of ayurvedic and western massage treatments. Adhering to high hygiene standards, the team that handles the spa is a bunch of dedicated and highly qualified ayurvedic doctors. Some other treatments on offer are aromatherapy and Swedish massages. The resort arranges for outdoor activities based on prior intimation. You can play water sports by the beach or go cycling in and around the resort area. The stay is located within walking distance to some of Goa’s local shopping areas, restaurants, and night life centers.

34. Ramada Caravela Beach Resort

Located on the Varca Beach, there are about 199 rooms in the Ramada Caravela Beach Resort. The resort is located amidst 24 acres of a lush green land. The lawns are well manicured and in the vicinity is a golf course. The Varca Beach is known to be amongst the better beaches in the country.

The lively ambience of the resorts seamlessly matches the charged atmosphere of the beach. It is a perfect place to enjoy romantic moments, favorite pastimes and to bond with family and friends. When you first visit this resort, a high atrium lobby invites you. This eight foot tall structure is built incorporating the classical Portuguese style. The rooms here are comfortable and well-appointed.

Although built with a touch of traditional charm, all rooms have contemporary luxuries. Dining and wining options are plenty. The outdoor swimming pool is one of the largest in the region. The Beach Shack is the restaurant where you can sample some of the best Goan food. Visit the Oriental Bar to enjoy your favorite drink.

At the Cafe Cascada, you get a soothing ambience for a coffee shop. You can laze around in the Lanal lounge that has plush furnishing and is an extension of the coffee shop. There is a waterfall in this location.

You also get a view of the swimming pool from here. The café functions round the clock. Carnaval is the restaurant here that serves exotic sea food. Castaways is the eating place located beside the food serving beverages and snacks. There are many bars here such as Atrium, Island, and Sunset Bars. You can also avail in-room dining and wining facilities. Moreover, one can find out many more exciting things to do in Goa during there stay with friends.

Click here for more information: https://www.caravelabeachresortgoa.com/

35. Varca Le Palms Beach Resort

Located beside the Varca Beach, this resort is set amidst a sprawling fourteen acre property and is easily amongst the best resorts in Goa. The picture perfect location of the Varca Le Palms Beach Resort is your idyllic getaway to enjoy the sun, sands, and sea of Goa.

The facilities on offer at the resort are world class. Rooms are air conditioned. There is an outdoor swimming pool here with a separate section for little children. Everyday live entertainment is provided during evenings. Indoor games such as table tennis are available. Also enjoy the exotic experience of playing beach volleyball on the beach.

36. Bogmallo Beach Resort

Nestled on the shores of Bogmallo Beach, this luxury 5 star beach resort in South Goa is a perfect setting for a vacation. With a very convenient location, the hotel offers sea facing corner suite/deluxe room/superior room, Chalets, garden facing villa room and family room for a stay. The grandeur of the rooms will take your breath away as enjoy spectacular views of the sea and you can listen to the sound of waves from the windows.

The dining options are a delight for people looking for a wonderful gourmet experience in Goa. The Coconut Grove sea front multi cuisine restaurant serving Goan, Continental and other Indian delicacies and La Palmera exquisite air-conditioned multi-cuisine restaurant to pamper your taste buds. The Gazebo is the poolside bar serving drinks and snacks while you get to enjoy sunbathing by the pool, Lara Laram is the lobby bar serving delightful snacks with live entertainment.

The resort also houses a traditional Indian Spa for weary travelers to enjoy a time rejuvenating the mind and body. A fitness center is also available in the resort if you want to sweat out the extra calories you binged on delicious Goan cuisine. A games room and table tennis is  also provided here.

Amenities: Beachfront, restaurant, airport shuttle, free parking, outdoor pool etc.

Price: Starting INR 6,400

Location: Bogmalo Rd, South Goa, Bogmalo, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is located on the Bogmalo Beach.

Click here for more information: http://www.bogmallobeachresort.com

37. The Leela Goa

Probably one of the best beach resorts in Goa, The Leela Goa has often been on the receiving end of a number of accolades. It occupies a 75 acre land surrounded by lush vegetation and lagoons that will make your eyes roll as you set inside this 5–star resort in Goa. With excellent hospitality and service, it is the best place in South Goa to enjoy the pristine beach and luxury.

The riverside resort boasts of 160 lagoon terraced rooms, 26 lagoon suites and 20 club suites and villas. A perfect place to amalgamate relaxation and fun, the Leela Goa hits the spot in many ways. Guests can enjoy an ayurvedic massage and yoga sessions at the spa. The resort also arranges activities like tennis, golfing, pottery making classes and sunset cruise in Goa for tourists.

The Leela Goa has also earned acclaim for its seven food and beverage options served buffet style, with cuisines ranging from local Indian dishes to Italian food.

Amenities: Beachfront, Outdoor pool, Airport Shuttle, Free parking, Family rooms etc.

Price: Starting INR 13,000

Location: Mobor, Salcette, Cavelossim, Goa

Distance from the Beach: It takes a 6-minute walk from the beach to the resort.

Click here for more information: https://www.theleela.com

38. The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort

One of the most exquisite beach resorts in Goa, The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa is nestled on 85 acres along the immaculate Goan seashore. With a total of 255 suites, this luxury hotel offers a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea. The architecture takes inspiration from Baroque-Portuguese style overwhelming all the guests with rustic chandeliers, antique long-handled ceiling fans and an imposing staircase overlooking a hand-painted tile mosaic of Sao Rafael as you enter the lobby.

For adventure seekers, The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa offers water activities such as parasailing and windsurfing. If you wish to relax and unwind, then you can avail a soothing massage at Rejuve or get a sunset cruise or fishing trip arranged at the hotel. An international standard double ‘T’ 9-hole golf course is also a popular feature of The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort.

Amenities: Free WiFI, Free parking, Private beach area, Concierge services etc.

Price: Starting INR 6,000

Location:  Raj Baga, Canacona, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is 4-minute walk from the beach.

Click here for more information: https://www.thelalit.com

39. Alila Diwa

Indulge in an opulent affair by staying at the Alila Diwa, when you are vacationing in Goa. The magnificent resort is surrounded by paddy fields and enchants the visitors with its stylish take on traditional local décor. Situated amidst the nature’s bounty, the resort is a perfect place to spend some quality time with a beautiful view of palm tree & green farms around the resort.

The luxurious rooms are equipped with all high end amenities from where one can enjoy the breathtaking views of the landscape from the private balconies. The hotel offers three dining options and a bar. Vivo offers Oriental, Indian and continental cuisine with buffet facility, Spice Studio allows you to choose from an array of Indian cuisine and popular for its seafood. Bistro offers light meals with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences with a beautiful vista of the pool. The Edge Bar is the place where one can enjoy tantalizing cocktails.

For a relaxing body massage, you can head to Spa Alila and if you want to spend some time in peace then the library is located on site.

Amenities: WiFi, Restaurant, Spa, Concierge Services, Barbecue, Sauna etc.

Price: Starting INR 10,000

Location: 48/10, Adao Waddo, Salcette, Majorda, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is located 1.6 kilometer from Majorda Beach.

Click here for more information: https://www.alilahotels.com/diwagoa

40. Regenta Resort Varca Beach

One of the finest beach resorts in Goa, Regenta Resort Varca Beach Goa stands on the tranquil white sands of Varca beach in Goa. The wonderfully decorated 28 rooms boast of antique decor and equipped with modern amenities and classified as Standard Room, Executive Garden Room, Deluxe Pool View and Luxury Suite. The balconies of the room offer a wonderful view of the countryside and landscaped gardens.

The hotel offers an outdoor pool and event services for corporate meetings, seminars and social gatherings. For a fine dining experience, guests can head to the Aqua Grill, set by the charming poolside offering an extensive range of grills and other dishes prepared on live kitchen counters. Pinxx, the chic coffee shop, serves a wide range of snacks and beverages.

Amenities: Free WiFi, Free Parking, Outdoor Pool, Restaurant etc.

Price: Starting INR 2,3000

Location: Varca, Pedda, Uttrodesi, South Goa, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The Varca Beach is six minute away from the resort.

41. Longuinhos Beach Resort

Situated by the sea, Longuinhos Beach Resort is a fine-looking property that is close to Colva Beach. Here the rooms are offered in three categories- Spacious Suites, Luxury Rooms and Deluxe Rooms. The beautifully designed rooms with chic interiors are perfect for casual vacationers, leisure travelers,and honeymooners In Goa; owing to it’s out of the ordinary location.

The sea facing A Tartaruga will pamper your taste buds with tempting dishes as you enjoy an evening with the cool breeze, sunsets and breathtaking views of the beach. For business meetings, one can use the air conditioned conference hall, Out Rigger and for parties and family events, The Butterfly Lawns and Coco-Del-Mar-Lawns provide an outstanding venue at the Longuinhos Beach Resort.

Amenities: WiFi, Beachfront, Free Parking, Restaurant, Room Service etc.

Price: Starting INR 2,500

Location: Colva Beach, Salcete, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is a 1-minute walk from the Colva Beach.

Click here for more information: http://www.longuinhosgoa.com/

42. Baywatch Resort

Brace yourself for a tranquil getaway by staying at the Baywatch Resort in Goa. With a walking distance from the beach, the Baywatch Resort offers spacious deluxe rooms and elegant family suites with a flat-screen cable TV, seating area and a balcony. The ambience of the white sands and the glistening waters of the beach by the hotel makes this place an exquisite destination for tourists.

The Lifestyle Spa here is renowned for foot reflexology treatment and the Hot stone massage. You will also find a massage parlour, sauna and BBQ facilities on the premises. The games room and fitness center is also provided at the Baywatch Resort. Pam’s multi cuisine restaurant offers an eclectic mix of mouth watering Oriental, Continental, Indian and Goan delicacies for the guests. For a casual outing, Pam’s Coffee Shop provides for a great evening experience. And if you have got a flair for drinking, Harry’s Lounge Bar is the perfect place to chill out with in-house entertainment.

Amenities: Outdoor Pool, Free parking, Restaurant, WiFi, Spa and Wellness Centre, Room Service etc.

Price: Starting INR 2,600

Location: Sernabatim Beach Road, Taluka Salcete, Colva, Goa

Distance from the Beach: Baywatch resort is 1 kilometer away from the Colva Beach.

Click here for more information: https://baywatchresort.in

43. Caravela Beach Resort

This 5-star beach resort in Goa will take your breath away with the picturesque vistas of the sea and the beach in Goa. Tropical grounds surround this beach resort in Goa making it an ideal setting for a relaxed stay when travelling in Goa. The rooms are provided with private balconies from where you can indulge yourself in the mind blowing views of the Arabian Sea with the sea breeze flowing over.

Apart from the colorful rooms, the Beach resort features a 9 hole golf course and water sports activities. You can also engage in relaxation by participating in massages at the spa or have a Yoga session by the beach. For recreation, the Caravela Beach Resort has a fitness centre, table tennis facilities and disco that provides a place for dancing, entertainment and drinks.

With seven dining options, you can indulge yourself in a spectacular gourmet experience. They offer Indian and international cuisines. For a chilled out time, head to the Beach Shack for excellent seafood and the Sunset Bar to enjoy a variety of drinks by the pool.

Amenities: Concierge Services, Beachfront, Restaurant, Family Room, Free Parking etc.

Price: Starting INR 6,400

Location: Varca Road, Salcete, Fatrade, Margao, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort has direct access to Fatrade Beach in Goa.

Click here for more information: https://www.caravelabeachresortgoa.com/

44. Alagoa Resorts

For nature lovers, Alagoa Resorts makes a perfect setting for your accommodation in Goa amidst the verdant landscape. Located in the peaceful village of Betalbatim in South Goa, Alagao Resorts offers well furnished rooms allowing a fantastic view of the sea and the peaceful lake towards the east of the property. The rooms are equipped with contemporary amenities. The resort also arranges customized holidays for tourists that may include trips and sightseeing.

Amiguero-the multi cuisine restaurant offers Chinese, Russian, Indian and Tandoori, Continental and Goan dishes on their menu. The dining experience is complimented by live music, tranquil ambience and peaceful surroundings. The resort also features a mini library, adventure sports, Ayurvedic massage and therapy and a jewelry store.

Amenities: Bar, Travel Desk, Spa, Restaurant, WiFi, Swimming Pool etc.

Price: Starting INR 1,400

Location: Near Coconut Grove, Betalbatim, South Goa, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is just a five-minute walk from the beach.

Click here for more information: http://www.alagoaresort.com

45. Rama Resort

Find yourself in the bosom of Mother Nature’s tranquil setting at the Rama Resort in South Goa. Located at the south end of Agonda Beach, the Rama Resort is an oasis of peace for tourists wishing to break away from the monotony of life with the surreal landscapes of the beach and sea.

The ethnic decorations, Goa’s ancient rarities, and all conveniences make each tent sleek and agreeable. The stand-out area, diverse blend of extraordinary dishes and astounding administration makes for a pleasing experience at the restaurant. They offer fabulous fresh seafood and cuisine from around the world.

Rama Resort has around 15 all around outlined wooden beach huts set in rich gardens from where one can enjoy spectacular perspectives of the shoreline and the Arabian Sea

Amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Air conditioning, Housekeeping, Free Parking etc.

Price: Starting INR 2,750

Location: Agonda Beach, Canacona-South Goa, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is set on the Agona Beach in Goa.

Click here for more information: http://www.ramaresort.com

46. Joecons Beach Resort

Situated amidst relaxed natural surroundings, Joecons Beach Resort offers accommodation with an idyllic experience for the tourists. The vibrant local culture is reflected in the unique décor and detailed with charming architectural influences. The rooms spacious offer brilliant views of the pool and garden with all modern amenities.

Among recreational facilities, Joecons Beach Resort offers a full-service wellness center, gymnasium, swimming pool and an activity center for the guests. With a plethora of fun filled activities in South Goa, you can immerse yourself in a relaxed adventure. For a wellness retreat, the Spa will engage you in specialty treatments and therapies.

The Joecons Garden Restaurant is acclaimed for its seafood and you can also indulge in a unique experience by dining alongside the beach at the Beach Shack. Café Succorina offers snacks, appetizers, mini meals and is a perfect place for a quick bite at the Joecons Beach Resort in South Goa.

Amenities: Free WiFi, Outdoor Pool, Airport Shuttle, Family Rooms, Restaurant etc.

Price: Starting INR 3,600

Location: 1795, Calwaddo, Benaulim, Salcete, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is 10 minute walk away from the Benaulim Beach.

Click here for more information: http://www.joeconsbeachresort.com/

47. Stone Water Eco Resort

This beachfront resort is counted as one of the most relaxed beach resorts in South Goa. It offers accommodation in wooden houses located amidst the green landscape with each house exuding comfort and warmth with a blend of all contemporary amenities. The most majestic views of the sunset can be witnessed from here while sipping a perfectly brewed coffee on the patio outside the house. The sea view is also an exotic vista from the Stone Water Eco Resort in Goa.

The resort makes dining a pleasant experience at the in-house restaurant and will thrill you with a culinary delight. The Spa offers treatments based on Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Eastern and Western techniques and will leave you with a soothing experience. The beauty salon here offers expert care in skin, hair and nails for men and women.

Amenities: Breakfast, Airport Shuttle, Free WiFi, Restaurant, Free Parking, Spa and Wellness Center.

Price: Starting INR 4,800

Location: Karma Woodhouse Estate, Santarem Beach,Vasco da Gama, Issorcim, South Goa, Bogmalo, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is set on Santrem Beach along the Arabian Sea.

Click here for more information: http://www.stonewaterecoresort.com

48. Planet Hollywood Beach Resort

Located on the Utorda Beach, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort is first Planet Hollywood holiday resort to open outside the U.S.  The resort features high end luxurious accommodation in their well furnished 115 rooms which offer breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and beautifully landscaped gardens. The rooms are endowed with soft mood lighting, soothing music and a number of entertainment options.

The resort allows you a royal escape with a plethora of amenities exuding luxury beyond your imagination. For recreation, guests can engage themselves in relaxing by the outdoor pool, yoga, steam room and Jacuzzi. Indoor and outdoor activities are arranged for children between the ages of 3-12 years. Planet Dailies feature International, Far East Asian and Indian delicacies over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Heart Bar is the high energy bar where you can entertain yourself with cocktails and music.

Amenities: Beachfront, Free WiFi, Airport Shuttle, Spa and wellness, Free parking etc.

Price: Starting INR 7,600

Location: 30/3, Acsona Wado, Utorda Beach, Salcette, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is a 1 minute walk from the beach.

Click here for more information: https://planethollywoodgoa.com

49. Nanu Resorts

One of the most up market resorts in South Goa, Nanu Resorts is an ideal place for relaxation and recreation. This 4 star luxury beach resort, it offers 92 rooms and 16 executive suites for the guests. Surrounded by lush green ambience, it offers an exotic destination for leisure and business.

The resort features an open-air multi cuisine restaurant, Fish Fantasy-a fine dine seafood speciality restaurant, a rustic poolside bar serving a wide range of multi – cuisines and varieties of cocktails/mocktails. The Ayurvedic health spa offers a range of head and body massages for a tranquil and relaxing experience. For recreational activities, guests can engage themselves in activities by the swimming pool and outdoor games. The resort also has a barbeque and you can play table tennis at the court. Bike hires and car hire is also arranged at this resort.

Amenities: WiFi, Outdoor Pool, Restaurant, Free parking etc.

Price: Starting INR 2,900

Location: Betalbatim Beach, Salcette, Goa

Distance from the Beach: The resort is only a 2-minute walk from Betalbatim Beach.

Click here for more information: http://nanuresort.nanuhotels.in/

50. Coconut Creek Resort

The Coconut Creek Resort boasts of an exquisite accommodation in a totally unique setting. In Bogmalo beach South Goa, Coconut Creek Resort offers the guests deluxe rooms woven into a natural coconut plantation. The rooms provide stunning views of the lush flora and fauna or the turquoise lagoon that accentuate the beauty of landscape.

The amenities provided in the rooms include satellite TV, safe, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. For a leisurely escape, you can engage yourself at the games room. Their Spa and Beauty Parlour is the most idyllic space to rejuvenate the mind and body in a serene setting. The Terra Cotta Restaurant serves Indian, Chinese and Italian to the guests at Coconut Creek Resort. The poolside themed evenings at the resort is another great way to escape from the mundane activities with an excellent ambience.

Amenities: Spa and wellness, Airport Shuttle, Games Room, Restaurant etc.

Price: Starting INR 5,400

Location: Bimmut Ward, Bogmalo, Goa

Distance from the Beach: It will take you just 3 minutes to walk to the beach from the resort.

Click here for more information: https://www.coconutcreekgoa.com/


Shopping In Goa

It doesn’t really ever happens that we visit a place and we do not enjoy shopping there. Like most of the other destinations of India, Goa too offers some amazing stuff to its visitors. There are shops, flea markets, stalls, designer fashion boutique, and everything else. Shopping in Goa involves getting your hands on stylish clothes, jholas and other kinds of bags, funky trinkets, showpieces, wall hangings and mirrors made from sea shells, hats, beach wear, sunglasses, spices, cashew nuts, Goa’s own Fenny and much more.

Just remember, bargain as much as possible! Following are some of the popular markets in Goa for shopping:

Goa’s Flea / Street Markets

1. Anjuna Flea Market

One of the most famous shopping places in North Goa “Flea market” at Anjuna Beach held every Wednesday is a paradise or perfect place for real shopaholics. With hundreds of stalls selling hammocks, handicrafts, tattoos carving, western jewellery, souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets, bed covers, musical instruments, wall hangings, footwear, wooden crafts and carvings, t-shirts, junk jewellery and anything funky at best price allure visitors. So get ready to push for a bargain at Anjuna flea market.

  • Location : Anjuna, North Goa
  • Don’t Forget to Buy : Footwear, Artificial jewellery, Souvenirs and Anything funky
  • How to Reach : For Anjuna Flea market the nearest airport is “Dabolim Airport, Goa”(23 km) and the nearest rail head is “Thivim Railway Station”(15 km).From the railway station/airport, taxis, buses,cabs and rickshaws are available till Anjunamarket. Due to its well-connected roadways, there are many buses connecting Anjuna market to other cities.

2. Mapusa Market

An outstanding location for every enthusiastic shoppers, “Mapusa Market” is just the normal Goan bazaar for most of the week, but If you want to experience the real flavours of traditional Goan shopping, explore Mapusa market on a sunny Friday morning where you can find just about anything, with items ranging from antiques and Goan pottery to handicrafts, its dried and fresh fish, spices, homemade pickles, fruits, vegetables, Goa’s famous ‘chouricos’ sausages, textiles, clothing, coir mats, jewellery and much more at reasonable price makes shopping fun and satisfying. So comes across this place and test your bargaining skills.

  • Location : Mapusa, North Goa
  • Don’t Forget to Buy : Dried and Fresh Fish, Spices, Pickles,Goa’s famous ‘chouricos’ sausages, Antiques,Textiles,and Handicrafts
  • How to Reach : For Mapusa Market the nearest airport is “Dabolim Airport, Goa”(36 km) and the nearest rail head is “Thivim Railway Station”(11km). From the railway station/airport, taxis, buses,cabs and rickshaws are available till Mapusa market. Due to its well-connected roadways, there are many buses connecting Mapusa market to other cities.

3. Panjim Market

An outstanding location for every enthusiastic shoppers, “Mapusa Market” is just the normal Goan bazaar for most of the week, but If you want to experience the real flavours of traditional Goan shopping, explore Mapusa market on a sunny Friday morning where you can find just about anything, with items ranging from antiques and Goan pottery to handicrafts, its dried and fresh fish, spices, homemade pickles, fruits, vegetables, Goa’s famous ‘chouricos’ sausages,  textiles, clothing, coir mats, jewellery and much more at reasonable price makes shopping fun and satisfying. So comes across this place and test your bargaining skills.

  • Location : Panjim city, Goa
  • Don’t Forget to Buy : Cashew nuts, Local spices, Handicrafts
  • How to Reach : For Panjim market,the nearest airport is “Dabolim Airport, Goa”(35 km) and the nearest rail head is “Karmali Railway Station”(10 km). From the railway station/airport, taxis, buses, cabs and rickshaws are available till Panjim market. Owing to its well-connected roadways, there are many buses connecting Panjim market to other cities.

4. Calangute Market Square

One of the most haunted beach spots in North Goa, “Calangute” features its own market with a line-up of beach-side shacks and stalls, selling everything right from trendy clothes to beachwear, handicrafts, leather products, souvenirs, sea shells, jewellery, carpets, metal crafts, and trinkets to lots of seafood snacks and beer. So get ready to check out the stalls and shacks at Calungate market square

  • Location : Calangute, North Goa
  • How to Reach : For Calangute market square, the nearest airport is “Dabolim Airport, Goa”(20 km) and the nearest rail head is “Thivim Railway Station”(15 km). From the railway station/airport, taxis, buses, cabs and rickshaws are available till Calangute market. Owing to its well-connected roadways, there are many buses connecting Calangute market squareto other cities.
  • Shopping Tip for Flea markets : Bargaining is really important at Goa’s flea markets. So, bargain hard if you want a best deal. Beware of over-pushy sellers. Keep your belongings safe.
  • Don’t Forget to Buy : Trinkets,Carpets, Beachweara

Goa’s Night Bazaars

1. Mackie’s Night Bazaar

“Mackie’s night bazaar” which held every Saturday and runs until midnight on the dazzling Baga Beach pack with huge number of shopping hangouts selling antiques, junk jewellery,clothes, beachwear, souvenirs and handicrafts, along with eateries(authentic Chinese, Goan, Indian, and Tibetan fast food) and some vigorous live music that is truly an enthralling pleasure to unfold.

  • Location : Arpora-Baga Road
  • Don’t Forget to Buy : Antiques, Junk jewellery, Handicrafts
  • How to Reach : ForMackie’s night bazaar, the nearest airport is “Dabolim Airport, Goa”(22 km) and the nearest rail head is “Thivim Railway Station” (15 km). From the railway station/airport, taxis, buses, cabs and rickshaws are available tillMackie’s night bazaar. Owing to its well-connected roadways, there are many buses connecting Mackie’s night bazaarto other cities.

2. Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar

“Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar” at Arpora is a hot tourists spot and shoppers like, as this market is not an exhilarating fusion of shopping opportunities ranging from yummy foodstuff, herbs and spices to handicraft(from Rajasthan, Kashmir, and Tibet), bags, accessories, designer jewellery, paintings, semi-precious stones, clothes, books, rugs and carpets but the most alluring factor that mesmerize visitors is to shop in the pleasant atmosphere or in shimmering mid night that no doubt adds a happening feel to it.

  • Location : Arpora, Goa
  • Don’t Forget to Buy : Handicrafts from Rajasthan, Kashmir, and Tibet, Handbags, Apparel
  • How to Reach : ForIngo’s Saturday night bazaar, the nearest airport is “Dabolim Airport, Goa”(23 km) and the nearest rail head is “Thivim Railway Station” (13 km). From the railway station/airport, taxis, buses, cabs and rickshaws are available tillIngo’s Saturday night bazaar. Owing to its well-connected roadways, there are many buses connecting Ingo’s Saturday night bazaarto other cities.

3. Baga Market

One of the most popular Saturday night flea market “Baga” not only boost for its numerous shacks and stalls selling everything from clothes to goodies, bric-a-brac, trinkets, jewellery, handicrafts and so more but its beach-side saloons where can get a trendy haircut, the tarot card readers or palmists and the terrace cafes and shacks that serve everything from coffee to pork vindaloo grab the attention of every visitors.

  • Location : Baga Beach, North Goa
  • Don’t Forget to Buy : Bric-a-brac, Trinkets, Handicrafts
  • How to Reach : For Baga Saturday night flea market, the nearest airport is “Dabolim Airport, Goa” (21 km) and the nearest rail head is “Thivim Railway Station” (15 km). From the railway station/airport, taxis, buses, cabs and rickshaws are available till Baga market. Owing to its well-connected roadways, there are many buses connecting Baga market to other cities.

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