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Goa, being a tourist destination has something for everyone. You can find reasonable homestays as well as luxury resorts, local shacks as well as 5-star dining, affordable transport as well as fancy cars.

Thus, Goa is not an expensive state if you’re looking for a vacation. It has everything that may turn into a luxury vacation if you want. But for anybody who is not looking to engage in luxury, Goa is beautiful and inexpensive.

There are a number of adventures for one to indulge in Goa. Some of which are:

 

  • Trekking to Dudhsagar falls or the Vagheggiare peak
  • Scuba diving at Grand Island
  • Snorkelling and dolphin spotting at Grande Island
  • Water rides such as banana boat, jet skiing, bumper ride and parasailing at well-known beaches like Calangute, Mober, Baga, Palolem, Anjuna and Vagator
  • Water skiing at Mobor beach
  • Hot air balloon ride at Assolda ground

 

You may also consider trying out some offbeat activities like

 

  • Backwater Kayaking at Sylvan Siridao
  • Camping in south side of Palolem beach.

Free and Liberal Environment
Goa is a very liberal place where you can wear the type of clothes you want, drink alcohol freely and just unwind yourself without anyone judging you. 

Serene Beaches
The beaches, especially in North Goa are clean and mesmerizing. Spending a day lying on the beach, enjoying the salty sea breeze blowing over you is an unforgettable feeling. 

Facilities for Tourists
Since Goa is a tourism state, there are many facilities for tourists like rented bikes, general stores, medical stores, options for accommodation, variety cuisine restaurants and entertainment facilities. A tourist in Goa will never feel uncomfortable or lacking because of this.

Nightlife
There is no end to the type of places you can visit in Goa at night. From high end clubs playing EDM and house music to clubs playing the Desi Bollywood music or traditional energetic Goan music, you will have a variety of choice for partying in Goa.

Seafood
You will never forget the taste of authentic Goan fish curry and rice once you have it. There are several small and big restaurants which serve traditional Goan food and you can also try some famous seafood like Lobsters, crabs, squids, shellfish and sharks cooked in different traditional as well as modern styles.

Goa is a popular destination for water sports in India. It is the go-to place for some of the exclusive water sports activities that can be enjoyed only here:

 

  • Jet Ski rides at famous beaches like Candolim, Baga and Vagator
  • Parasailing at famous beaches like Anjuna and Vagator
  • Ringo Rides can be best enjoyed at Pindul Cave
  • Water Skiing and Scuba diving at Mobor beach
  • Speed Boating at Baina beach
  • Wakeboarding at Baga Beach
  • Windsurfing at Dona Paula
  • Kite surfing at Morjim
  • Bumpy banana ride at famous beaches like Baga, Calangute, Anjuna and Vagator
  • Kayaking in backwaters of the Mandovi, Zuari, Chorao and Nerul River
  • Angling or Sport Fishing in Dona Paula
  • Snorkeling at Grand Island and Bogmalo beach
  • Water rafting in Mhadei river and Valpoi river
  • Winch-boat parasailing at Mobor Beach
  • Dolphin spotting at Mobor Beach

The best time to visit Goa is from the month of September to mid-March. These few months are considered to be the best and peak season in Goa. The state witnesses the celebration of many parades, carnivals and festivals like Christmas and New Years. Each place is lit beautifully and has some or the party going on.

Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to Goa, a state that ranks in top states of India to welcome a great footfall of national as well as international tourist. Goa caters to the needs of all kinds of travellers. Right from a family vacation to a solo traveller, from a group of youngsters to group of elderly friends looking to relax and enjoy..

The ideal duration for a holiday in Goa is 7- 10 days. Within this span, an individual will have enough time to undertake all activities like watersports like , jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, etc and adventure activities like trekking, hiking, quad biking and many more. You can also cover sightseeing to various places like Aguada fort, Dudhsagar Falls, Chapora fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, etc.

Yes, Goa is one of the top visited cities by women travellers. It is safe and takes care of every tourist need. It has immense to offer, one of which is safety and precaution for travellers. Women can enjoy their trip to Goa without any hesitation.

Goa falls under the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, so has a hot and humid climate for most time of the year. The month of May is usually the hottest that witnesses a daytime temperature of over 35 °C (95 °F) coupled with great humidity. The monsoons and winters here, on the other hand are moderate. It is never too rainy or cold.

Here is a list of things you should keep in mind while planning a trip to Goa-

  • Don’t carry too much hard of cash in hand. Keep that ATM card handy.
  • Keep your wallet in a safe place, not in the rear pocket.
  • Make sure you carry one single pouch for all important documents like passport, PAN card, etc.
  • Remind yourself to stay hydrated at all times.
  • Carry sunscreen, a lot of it.

Goa is one of the Indian states that welcomes people from all around the world. It wholeheartedly accepts guests by serving its hospitality irrespective of where the person belongs. There is no such restriction that’s going to hamper your trip to Goa. As long as an individual doesn’t harm the religious sentiments of other people it is all very warm.

The best time to take holidays in Goa is from the months of October to January. These months are observed as the peak season for tourism as there are many celebrations including Christmas and New Years that make it the best time to visit.

 

Similarly, lots of music festivals like the Sunburn festival happens sometime in December. The weather during these few months are perfect...no very cold, not very hot. If you’re looking for party nights, this is the best time to be in Goa.

 

Also, if you are looking for adventure sports like banana ride, parasailing, jet skiing etc. beaches happily welcome you. However, this time will make up a considerably expensive trip as the rates are double the price.

Water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, and banana ride are usually available on most of the beaches, especially in north Goa. But here the best out of best beaches in Goa that offer great water sports facility:

 

  • Grande Islands – Scuba Diving
  • Candolim Beach – jet skiing, bump rides, banana rides, catamaran sailing, parasailing, water skiing and surfing
  • Rajbaga Beach – surfing and kneeboarding
  • Palolem Beach – banana rides
  • Mobor Beach - parasailing and water skiing
  • Dona Paula Beach and Bogmalo Beach - windsurfing
  • Baina Beach - Flyboarding
  • Calangute - Best for kayaking, wind surfing, jet-skiing, parasailing, banana ride, and water surfing
  • Baga - et-skiing, parasailing, power scooter rides, scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Anjuna - scuba diving, wind surfing, paragliding, parasailing and jet skiing
  • Majorda Beach - jet-skiing and banana boat riding
  • Colva Beach - jet-skiing, paragliding, banana boat riding, parasailing, snorkeling, motorboat and speed boat

Apart from offering beaches and parties, trekking in Goa is quite a popular activity as well. The best factor about these trek spots are that they are accessible throughout the year.

 

However, you should avoid extreme rains as the trails become slippery and dangerous. Some of the famous treks in Goa are listed below:

 

Mainapi Waterfalls- This is one of the most scenic such sites in the Western Ghats.The  the trail here passes through dense forest and goes past gushing streams.

 

Dudhsagar Falls- Probably the most visited trekking spot, Dudhsagar falls is mesmerisingly beautiful. As the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk, this place is called Dudhsagar.

 

RavanDongor Peak- Situated at an elevation of around 3000 feet above sea level, this peak is considered to be the third highest peak in Goa. It offers an amazing view of two wildlife sanctuaries from atop it.

Dudhsagar Falls is one of the most famous and most visited trekking spots of Goa. With approximately 600 metres in height, this is one of the highest waterfalls in India.

 

The name Dudhsagar means a sea of milk and has derived its name as the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk. It is located on the Mandovi River and is around 70 km from Panaji.

 

The best time to visit here is in the monsoon season when the place looks no less than a paradise.

 

The jeep safari to Dudhsagar falls is absolutely safe. Many tourists undertake this facility and you can take this ride too for a thrilling experience.

One of the major reasons why Goa is popular amongst the youth is because it sells cheap alcohol. You can find the local beer for as cheap as INR 50. However, the legal drinking age set by the government in Goa is age 21 years. Make sure you don’t consume any alcohol if you are any lesser than the mentioned age in order to not invite any trouble.

Yes, smoking of tobacco is legal in Goa. However, smoking in public places is not allowed. If you’re found guilty of smoking in public properties like clubs, beaches etc; you can be penalised or put behind bars.

Yes, kids can indulge in a few activities like banana ride, kayaking, and swimming in Goa. Usually, the minimum age required to participate in other adventure activities is 12 years but kids of below age can also have fun in Goa provided necessary safety measure are taken beforehand.

 

You can smartly choose beaches like Palolem and Patnem that have calm and shallow waters that ensure the safety of kids while they undertake any adventure activity.

Goa is a blend of different cultures with the Goan population playing a major role. This mix gives it plenty of festive moments. Here are some of them-

 

  • Shree Shantadurga Zatra, Fatorpa
  • Goa Carnival
  • Shigmo or Shigmotsav
  • Easter
  • The Goa Food and Cultural Festival
  • Sao Joao Festival
  • Chikal Kalo Festival
  • Touxeachem Feast
  • Ganesh Chathurthi
  • Dussehra
  • Christmas
  • Diwali & Narkasur Nights

The first thing you can do incase of a medical emergency in Goa is to contact the nearest hospital. Here are a few immediate actions you can take until then in case of accidents-


  1. Cover affected areas with a clean dry cloth, towel or blanket to protect the burn and minimize pain
  2. Remove clothing and jewelry. Flush all burns with water, NOT ice for approximately 10 minutes
  3. Ask for medical help from people in the vicinity

 

Here are a few emergency contact numbers you can make a note of:

 

  • Ambulance-108

Location- Entire Goa

 

  • Goa Medical College-2458727, 2458049

Location- Bambolim, Central Goa

 

  • Manipal Hospital - Emergency- 8888702222

Location- Panjim, Central Goa

 

  • Wockhardt NUSI Hospital- 6684444

Location- Cuncolim, South Goa

 

  • Vision Hospital- 2256788

Location-  Mapusa, North Goa


  • Women's Police Helpline-1091
  • Panjim Women's Police Station-2428992
  • Margao Women's Police Station-2710762

Goa is a hub of tourist destinations and one reason that makes it so is its contribution as a shopping destination. From junk jewellery and gothic accessories to hippie clothing, shell and bamboo work to  brassware and terracotta, from cashewnuts and Goan sausages to feni and bebinca to; you will find anything and everything in Goa! All you need to do is keep those eyes wide open!

 

  • Flea Market Baga And Anjuna
  • Chapora Fish Market
  • Tibetan Markets
  • Mapusa's Friday Market
  • Anjuna's Wednesday Flea Market
  • Calangute Market Square
  • Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora

Goa has a fun filled nightlife. Though it is the smallest state,Goa offers most exciting beaches for enjoying nightlife in the country. The dizzy neon lights, great music and delicious food make up your night and create the perfect ambiance. It has an infusion of varieties and has something for everyone to do at night. You can party till you drop, try your luck at the casinos or have a beachside bonfire night. Here’s a glimpse of what you can enjoy at night in Goa-

 

  • Chill at the beach shacks
  • Try your luck at the casinos
  • Cruising at night
  • Party hard in the discos and clubs
  • Bars and pubs for the ones who wish to get high
  • Night Flea markets for the shopaholics
  • Silent Noise Parties
  • Star gazing all night long

Yes they are, although you need to maintain traffic rules of helmet and signal lights. They also have alcometers for late night vehicles, so be aware. You can ask them any questions about sightseeing in Goa and about the places, they are most happy to enlighten you on the same and much more.

Hiring a two or a four wheeler in Goa is very easy. While roaming around the streets of Goa, you will often come across boards with the name and number of the contact person from whom you can hire a vehicle. The cost for a two wheeler Activa ranges from around INR 250 to 300 per day while a four wheeler is anywhere between INR 1000 to 1500 per day.

Here is a list of top beaches in Goa. These are beautiful, well maintained and have attracted tourists for years:

 

North Goa

  • Kerim Beach - The northernmost beach of Goa that has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th century church.  Located close to Tiracol fort, it is a peaceful and an unexplored beach with a calm shore.

 

  • Arambol - This is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa as it is well maintained and less explored.

 

  • Mandrem - Mandrem is one of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa where you can go for a dolphin spotting ride.

 

  • Morjim - Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. Here, you can spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food.

 

  • Chapora - The white sand along with black lava rocks plus the Chapora fort overlooking the sea makes it a beautiful sight.

 

 

Central Goa

  • Miramar - Miramar beach is located 3 km south-west of Panaji and is a very popular beach amongst locals as well as tourist.

 

  • Dona Paula - This place has Water Sports, jetty, Rocky shores, shopping and so much more. It is located just 6 km south-west of Panaji.

 

  • Siridao - A paradise for sea shell collectors, this beach has a rocky and sandy shore and it’s most famous attraction is the Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth.

 

 

South Goa

  • Colva - This beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening beach for nightlife in South Goa.

 

  • Benaulim - This beach has good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bullfighting events that take place here.

 

  • Cavelossim Beach - Once you’re here, you can relax on this white sand, black lava rocks and beach shacks. Eat tasty Goan dishes and Seafood, do watersport activities and shop at the local markets. You can also go for dolphin spotting trips here.

There are a variety of activities to engage in Goa. Some of these can be listed as follows:


1. Water Sports and Adventure Sports Activities like-

 

  • White water rafting in Mandovi river
  • Nightlife at Club Cubana and Club LPK
  • Snorkelling at Bogmalo Beach
  • Adventure trek to Dudhsagar falls
  • Dolphin viewing at Mobor beach
  • Shopping on the streets of Baga and Calangute
  • Sunbathing and relaxing at famous beaches like beaches Calangute,Baga, Arambol Vagator, Anjuna etc
  • Scuba Diving at Grande Islands
  • Hot Air Ballooning on Assolna grounds
  • Cruising in the Arabian Sea
  • Sailing on the Palolem beach
  • Kayaking, white water rafting and coracle boat rides in Dandeli


2.  Local sightseeing to places like-

 

 

  • Pandava cave complex and Arvalem waterfalls
  • Dudhsagar Falls
  • Ashwem and Arossim Beach
  • Mollem National Park
  • Fontainhas
  • Calangute and Baga beach
  • Fort Aguada
  • Deltin Royale Casino boat
  • Chapora fort
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus

3. Local Shopping in markets like-

 

  • Flea Market Baga And Anjuna
  • Chapora Fish Market
  • Tibetan Markets
  • Mapusa's Friday Market
  • Anjuna's Wednesday Flea Market
  • Calangute Market Square
  • Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora

4. Cruising ride in-

 

  • Luxury Cruise
  • Private Cruise
  • Casino Cruise
  • Sundown Cruise
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Dinner Cruise
  • Backwater Thrills

5. Visiting Casinos like-

 

  • Casino Pride
  • Deltin Royale
  • Deltin Jaqk
  • Deltin Caravela

It is very difficult to choose a handful of places in Goa. Every place is beautiful and well maintained. However, if you are going to visit Goa for the first time or you are short of time. Here are the best places to visit in Goa -

  • Pandava cave complex and Arvalem waterfalls - Well maintained caves to take a break from the beaches. The Arvalem waterfalls are located closeby.
  • Dudhsagar Falls- literally means milk river and can be quite dangerous during the monsoons
  • Ashwem and Arossim Beach- Secluded beaches away from the crowd
  • Mollem National Park- Home to several species of wild cats, a wide variety of birds, snakes and butterflies
  • Fontainhas- Portuguese settlement and architecture in Goa
  • Calangute beach- Most popular and largest beach in Goa
  • Fort Aguada- A well-preserved 17 century Portuguese fort
  • Deltin Royale Casino boat- Largest casino boat in Panjim
  • Chapora fort- For beautiful views of the Chapora river.
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus- UNESCO World Heritage site

Goa is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India and it is popular for a reason. With beautiful beaches, mesmerising sunsets, fancy restaurants and pleasant weather, every couple aspires for a romantic trip to Goa.  Goa offers every aspect of a romantic trip.

However, here’s what you can do to make your honeymoon worth cherishing a lifetime-

  • A romantic walk on the beach
  • Discover the Latin Quarter of Fontainhas
  • Visit the location of the tragic love story of Dona Paula de Menezes
  • Go for a romantic dinner on cruise
  • Go for a couple massage and spa
  • Go for a night time beach stroll
  • Spend time on a houseboat
  • Do some sky-gazing
  • Dive in the sea together

The mesmerising site of Dudhsagar falls can be witnessed in Goa. The giant fall is located on the Mandovi River on the border of the Indian state of Goa and Karnataka. As the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk, this place is called Dudhsagar. It is a must visit destination on your trip to Goa.

South Goa has a number of places that are worth visiting and great beaches to soak the sunrays. You can engage in a number of water sport activities and adventure activities in South Goa.

 

Some activities are-

1. Sightseeing at Cabo De Rama Fort

Location: 27 km from Margao Railway Station, South Goa


2. Relax at beaches-
  • Colva - This beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa.
  • Benaulim - This beach has good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bullfighting events that take place here.
  • Cavelossim Beach - Once you’re here, you can relax on this white sand and black lava rocks and beach shacks eat Goan dishes and Seafood, gin watersports and shop at the local markets. You can also go for dolphin spotting trips here.

3. Visit the famous Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Canacona Taluka, South Goa

North Goa has a number of places that are worth visiting and great beaches to soak the sunrays. You can engage in a number of water sports activities and adventure sports.

Some activities to do in North Goa are:-

 

  1. Visit Chapora Fort

Location: 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, North Goa

 

  1. Visit Corjuem Fort

Location: 2 km from Mapusa and 4 km from Aldona on the island of Corjuem in North Goa

 

  1. Reis Magos Fort

Location: On the northern bank of the River Mandovi across to the city of Panaji in North Goa

 

  1. Relax at the best secret beaches in Goa like-
  • Kerim Beach - The northernmost beach of Goa that has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th century church and is located close to Tiracol fort. It is peaceful and an unexplored beach with calm shore.

 

  • Arambol - This is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa as it is well maintained and less explored.

 

  • Mandrem - Mandrem is of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa where you can go for a dolphin spotting ride.

 

  • Morjim - Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. Here, you can spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food.

 

  • Chapora - The white sand along with black lava rocks plus the Chapora fort overlooking the sea makes it a beautiful sight.

Goa is indeed a very romantic destination. With the perfect blend of sunrise, sunsets, beaches, eateries and nightlife. It has a lot to offer to set up the most romantic trip. These activities listed below will surely make your trip to Goa all the more romantic and magical.

 

  • A romantic walk on the beach
  • Discover the Latin Quarter of Fontainhas
  • Visit the location of the tragic love story of Dona Paula de Menezes
  • Go for a romantic dinner on cruise
  • Go for a couple massage and spa
  • Go for a night time beach stroll
  • Spend time on a houseboat
  • Do some sky-gazing
  • Dive in the sea together

Carrying liquor outside Goa may be legal in a few states and illegal in others. For example, it is illegal in the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra while states and territories to which permits are issued are Delhi, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, and Daman and Diu have the permit to carry liquor.

North Goa is a lot more populated in comparison to South Goa. Having said that, both the regions have some of the best beaches. You may go to beaches of North Goa if you are looking at having a chilled environment at the shacks with other tourists being around. On the other hand, beaches in south Goa are more of secluded ones that don’t see great footfall. It is ideal for people who want to be away from the crowd.

The famous local drink “Feni” that is made out of cashew nuts can be availed at any local liquor shops in Goa that are located in all major cities. They are easily available and come in various quantities. Usually, the smallest bottle of Feni costs INR 60 for about 250 litres.