Pint Sized Goa Lying on the west coast in India, Known for Golden sandy beaches, trance Parties, seafood ,spirituality and a blend of a Indian and Portuguese culture there’s nowhere in India quite like It.
Panjim an easy ,breezy capital city is well connected with international airport, roads and trains from north to south part of Goa .
Goa has numerous beaches but Baga and Calangute are most popular and busiest amongst people. So there’s always plenty to do here from water sports to nightclubs and beach shacks to fine dining. Where as South goa is as much about lazing on the beaches as the north but there are some interesting inland adventures here too some of them like Agonda and Palolem are great for swimming , yoga, cooking courses and beach huts.
Goa Travel Guide
Need to Know :
Currency- Indian Rupee
Language- Kokani is the Goan Language, English is widely spoken, along with Hindi and Portuguese.
Money- ATMs available in towns and at beach resorts, Credit card accepted.
Mobile Phones –Local SIM cards can be used on phones .
High Season- (Nov- March) A warm,sunny weather with balmy but cool evenings. A peak tourist and numbers and prices specially during Christmas and New Year.
Low Season- (May-Sept) Most tourist operations close. The Monsoon brings rain, humidity and local celebrations . A fewer tourist presence makes a perfect time to explore real goa life.
Hotels and Resorts – You’ll get budget friendly to top end boutique heritage hotels according to your preference.
Arriving in Goa
Madgaon Railway Station
Karmali Railway Station, Old Goa
Kadamba Bus Stand, Panaji
Thivim Station and Mapusa Bus Stand
Car and Motor Bikes – Many Travellers hire a scooter or motorbike for their trip whereas self-drive cars are less common amongst people but if you are travelling in a group they are more comfortable and affordable at the same time.
Taxi and Autorickshaw- Good for Short hops around and between towns and beach resorts.
Bus- Extremely Cheap, Slow but fun local way of getting between towns and villages.
Itineraries for Northern Beach
The northern beaches encompass a little of everything that’s great about Goa from fine beaches , forts, rivers, lively resorts to Yoga and Nightlife.
Start by taking the short cut across the mandovi river by vehicle from Panaji (Panjim) to Betim and pay a visit to Reis Magos fort before taking in the views from hilltop fort Aguada.
The Beaches of Candolim, Baga, Calangute are the popular once and here you can enjoy the nightclubs, water sports and plenty of other activities with fine dining.
Head North of the baga river to Anjuna Beach and join a yoga class or explore the Wednesday flea market or else party at a beachfront clubs. You can try Vagator and Chapora Villages for for relaxed party vibe.
Then it’s Arambol a popular backpacker beach for paragliding for do adventurous activities.
Goa In a Nutshell
Start with the capital Panaji , where you can spend few days staying at a heritage accommodation and enjoy the goan eating joints and give a visit to Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and continue to the churches and cathedrals of old goa.
The Next day head further to visit the Hindu Temples around Ponda, spend the afternoon with and a tour at a spice farm.
You can also visit goa’s smallest wildlife sanctuary, Bondla and its largest Bhagwan Mahavir, or a trip to Dhudhsagar Falls if you are nature lover .
Returning to Panaji, take the free ferry across the Mandovi follow the back road along Ford Aguada Rd, exploring the beaches of Candolim, Calanguate & Baga. Do give a visit to Arpora if its Saturday don’t miss the night markets Continue to the village of Assagao to relax with yoga retreats From here you can explore the hippie party beaches of Anjuna and Vagator and the boutique hotels of Siolim to the northern beaches of Mandrem and Arambol.
Now Head to South down the NH66 to Margao, to explore plenty of beaches there’s so much to do here from lazing with a book to exploring beaches and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.
South Goa Is more peaceful and you can find Luxurious Resorts and beautiful serene with private beaches with inland adventure.
Start with Margao, where you can browse the market and grab a bite at Ruta’s World Café.
If you are into scuba diving make your way south to Benaulim (visit Goa Chitra Museum ). You can stop for lunch at the Blue Whale Shack .
Final Coastal stretch leads to Paloem Beach for Yoga, Swimming, cooking courses. Travellers should hire a bike and explore further south Galgibag and Polem beaches.
Best For Partying:
Calanguate and Baga Beach, Anjuna and Vagator , Candolim, Paloem
Palolem , Patnem, Mandrem , Arambol , Vagator
Agonda, Mandrem, Polem Cola
For Water Sports:
Candolim, Calanguate ,Baga, Colva Arambol
Places to Visit :
Calangute Beach, Water Sports In Goa , Book a Cruise In Goa , Anjuna Beach, Dudhsagar Falls , Scuba Diving, Club Cubana, Calanguate, Anjuna Flea Market and so on.
North Goa Highlights:
- Enjoy your Book Read at Peaceful Mandrem
- Haggle for a bargain at touristy Anjuna flea market
- Drop in to Yoga Class at Anjuna, Arambol, Assagao or Mandrem
- Stroll the lanes at Assagao Village
- Paraglide from Hill top Lake near Arambol
- Dine at Clifftop Restaurants and party into the night at Vagator
- Experience Goan Village Life while staying in Siolim
- Hit the Saturday night market in Baga Beach
- Take a Boat Trip Down the Nerul River to spot Dolphins and Crocodiles
- Learn to Surf or Paddleboard in Asvem
South Goa Highlights:
- Check out a beach Hut on a beautiful Paloem Beach, where you can relax, learn to cook
- Marvel at colonial Mansions and Palacio in the villages of Chandor and Quepem
- Learn Goa Traditional past at Goa Chitra Museum in Benaulim
- Trek down to Cola Beach, one of the prettiest in Goa
- Hire a Bike and take a beautiful drive from Patnem to Galgag’s Turtle Beach
- Book a Luxurious beachfront hut on Agonda Beach
- Go Scuba Diving at Bogmalo
- Visit the Church, Library in Margao
- Give a visit to Tanshikar Spice farm and stop in at Bizarre Bubble Lake along the way