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Dona Paula Beach

A lover’s paradise, the name of the location got its designation after a tragic love story, making the place more interesting and catchy. This former village is a heaven on earth that provides picturesque spots and huge space for sunbathing while relaxing in the calm beaches adjacent to clean blue waters.

Travellers love to be here to indulge in water sports like parasailing, kayaking etc. and gets the adrenaline rush at beaches like Dias beach and Dona Paula beach. Moreover, the markets for shopping are also vibrant and gets shiny names of food and drinking spots to attract visitors. For a perfect stay, one can also book their own resort or hotels here which are also loaded with amenities and good services.

Location
: 6 km from Panaji city.


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Temple of Bodgeshwar

Welcome yourself to one of the most enchanting pilgrimages centres, which is additionally an unbeatable place to visit in North Goa. Well settled in Mapusa, the temple is situated within the lush green environment and contains a small shrine within dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini.

Famous for fulfilling the desires of its devotees, it also gets a flock of people searching for peace and a calm mind. Every year, a cultural festival also take place in the month of December of January and the location gets thronged by locals as well as tourists.

Location: Mapusa at Calangute - Mapusa Road.

Entry Fees: No fees required for entry.

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Fort Aguada

 Pulled up with a dark bricked stretch within the sea waters, Fort Aguada invites the visitors even from far to take a walk in, take a peek into the sea differently and get clicked in a movie style. The architecture of the fort is in royal Portuguese style and its vastness within the fortress is just grand.

One can witness the confluence of Mandovi river in the Arabian sea from here and the fort is a witness to the same since years. Embrace the old construction and military architecture here along with the lighthouse that stands tall. If the fort is not visited on a Goa trip, the trip is just not done right.

Location: At the southern tip of Candolim beach

Timings: Fort Aguada is open all days from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM

Entry Fees: Good news! There are no charges to visit this ecstatic location. Visit it like a free bird.

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The Church of Mae De Deus

This bright white building and Neo-Gothic architecture are so impulsive that just mesmerizes its beholders. One will surely get awestruck with the impact of peaceful beauty, settlement within the greenery and the aura it presents right from the first look to the same.

Right from the exteriors to interiors, the church is certainly one of the best places to visit in North Goa. Interestingly, it houses the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus which brought the church back to life post its ruin state. With imposing interiors and carved ornamentation on ceiling and walls, the church magnetizes not just the religion followers but also those who love to praise the reality on the ground.

Location: Chogm Rd, Saligao

Timings: Gate to God’s own home opens up every day from 9.00 AM to 12.30 PM and from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM.

Entry Fees: Absolutely none!

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Casino Pride

Another amazing casino life could be experienced at Casino Pride which has its anchor tied down in Mandovi river. The casino boat has the best of the facilities and services having well-trained staff, delicious meals and a good range of drinks.

Moreover, the charm of the boat gets an upgradation with the performance of skilled dancers, acts by celebrities, people counting their winning amount while enjoying offers on unlimited drinks.

Entry Fees:
Rs 1500 on Monday-Thursday and Rs 2000 on Friday-Saturday

Timings:
Open 24x7 to all its guests.

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Anjuna Market

Let us give you a glimpse of why Anjuna Market is one of the utmost amazing tourist places in North Goa? Wednesday flea market that sells everything at a dirt cheap rate will bring one closer to this place. This place is so much livelier to chill at that you never want to leave it but alas, it's just a day in the week that it gains its prominence on.

One can find here handmade clothing, jewellery, beach clothes, hammocks, Buddha or Shiva statues and anything that trance magic can provide you. Grab a drink, have some stall food, wear hippie jewellery and dive in a completely new era at Anjuna flea market.

Timings: Wednesday, 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM

Location: South end of Anjuna beach.

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Mapusa Market

Another traditional and weekly market of Goa brings one step closer to a vibrant Mapusa market that takes place every Friday. Holding its grace within the Mapusa municipal market, get into the colours and noise and live the Goan charm distinctly.

The market is known for jewellery, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Not just this, you can also find a variety of delicacies to munch upon as well as take them back home. Take a whiff of fresh fishes, vegetable and meat along with cheap local wine that will turn the mood happy and hippie.

Timings: Friday, 6.00 AM to 8.00 PM

Location: Reach Mapusa Market Area in Panaji to shop at one of the best tourist places in North Goa

Entry Fees: Pay for only the things you buy! There are no market entry fees, relax!

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Bicholim

Located on a drive of about 30 km from Panaji, Bicholim welcomes all with natural beauty like scenic waterfalls at Arvalem and famous Mayem Lake. The town is known for a good network of cashew trees apart from the lake and waterfalls. Ancient and historic aspects could be seen here with Hindu temple Saptakoteshwar and oldest mosque to pay our respects for.

The economy of Goa gets a boost with iron ore mining and Bicholim surely contains huge spaces for the same. So, get your rented vehicle running and reach here to seek Goa in different limelight, away from parties and crowded beaches, buy some famous potteries and spend some time interacting with the locals

Location: 30 Km from Panaji towards the landmass of North Goa.

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Traveller Tales from North Goa

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Vivek Sagar

12 April 2019

Simply WOW!! Quite a thrillophilic journey with immensely warm hospitality, perfect planned schedules and of course amazing travel. As planned we were picked up @7 in the morning and were taken to the ...

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Naveen Adiga

11 January 2016

An unforgettable experience for me. For the first time got a chance to get into snorkeling and see the marine life. Thanks alot guys for an amazing experience.

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Garud Desai

12 December 2015

A well planned and executed sightseeing trip. Good for family tourists like us. We visited some of the famous beaches and churches of Goa. It was nice experience overall.

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Archan Patel

11 January 2016

It was so fun going for so many fun activities with family. Really enjoyed a lot. Specially the snorkeling part of the trip was a very nice experience.

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Anal Kaur

27 October 2015

If you are person who wouldn’t want to spend a long time in planning the whole trip, just like me, then you can take this. What I did was I planned south Goa by myself and we took the North Goa trip th...

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Kiran Ponduri

30 July 2019

"great trip.. had a very good time..!!"

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Rathinasamy N

26 April 2019

It was thrilling experience; especially Jeep Jungle Safari. Starting from pick up... Even though organizers asked us to board bus at Panjim (we were staying at Dona Paula)... we were waiting for bus fo...

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Shaik Salma

14 February 2018

"Awesome experience. Should & must visit.... its a place where you would enjoy a lot"

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Tushar Pathrikar

10 February 2019

Amazing Experience. Value for money package. I would like to give additional points to the supportive and very co-operative crew on the boat and the diving instructors. Although the start of the journe...

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What You Should Know More About North Goa

  • Q. Travel Advice:

    Your bags are all packed and you’re fully prepared to enjoy the sun-kissed beaches of Goa. However, there is a travel advice checklist that you must look into before you visit this sunshine state:

    • Take intensive care of your skin: The sun can be the enemy most of the times. Therefore, if you plan on spending time at the beaches of North Goa – which quite obviously you will – it is essential that you take proper care of your skin by fulfilling all the major requirements including sunscreen, moisturizer and other creams that protect you from the sun.

    • Better safe than sorry: Bling sure is fun to wear but it is advisable to limit the amount of gold, diamond or any other precious metal that you might be planning on paring up with your outfit. After all, you do not want to attract unwanted attention. Same goes with cash. Don’t carry huge wads of cash, instead a debit or a credit card is better advisable.

    • Don’t let yourself get dehydrated: It can get quite sunny at some times of the day in Goa. Therefore, if you are planning on venturing out in the afternoons or mornings, make sure you carry a bottled water wherever you go. Keep sipping on it all throughout. It will help retain your energy and prevent you from falling unnecessarily sick.

    • Drinking laws: While the legal drinking age in Goa is 18 and liquor is obtainable almost anywhere, we advice travellers to keep a special check on how much they decide to consume. Enjoy the night-life in its true essence rather than regretting later. Moreover, there are a hoard of local varieties of liquor that most shop keepers provide. It is quite tempting to try these out too – however, limit the amount you drink as they can be potent if consumed more than required.

  • Q. Things to do in North Goa:

    • Party on the sands of North Goa: This is perhaps one of the most primary attractions of the state of Goa. All the way from Fort Aguada situated at the tip of Panaji city to the borders of Maharashtra – you will find tourists every where partying away to glory. The night-life is truly one of the best in the whole of India. You will find the party crowd flocking to North Goa between the months of October and March.

    • Get adventurous with watersports: What’s more? Winter seasons also provide a range of adventurous water sports activities one can indulge in to spend their time. Among the many beaches that you can visit for a good party time are: Vagator beach, Anjuna beach, Calagute Beach and Sinquerim beach.

    • Cultural walk through the streets of Goa: Apart from its beaches, Goa is also known for housing some of the most beautiful churches and forts that stand as a form of historical remembrance. Fort Aguada is often times visited by majority of the tourists for the appreciation of its beautiful architecture.

    • Spiritual oneness with the various ancient holy places of North Goa: Visit the Church of Mae De Deus for a glimpse into fine gothic architecture that will leave you mesmerized. For spiritual oneness, visit the temple of Bogdeshwara – one of North Goa’s masterpieces.

  • Q. What will you like in North Goa:

    • Experimenting with luck in the casinos of North Goa: Goa is an ideal destination for tourists, whether they be amateurs or professionals, to try out their luck at the numerous casinos of popular resorts around the place. In fact, not many know but Goa is also recognized as the Las Vegas of India. Visit the Casino Palm or the MV Caravela, walk with pride and be a part of the fabulous crowd that regularly visits the place.

    • Make a lucrative deal at the colourful markets of North Goa: Goa has one of the best places for those who love to shop. All products from clothes, accessories, handicrafts and others are available at affordable rates at the numerous flea markets of Goa. Go budget shopping at places like Anjuna market, Mapusa Market, Bicholim and bargain your way towards owning a masterpiece. This is one of those must-do things in North Goa.

    • Motorcycle ride through the streets of Goa: Believe it or not, this is one of the cheapest ways to travel through Goa. Enjoy rides through the quite streets and lanes of Goa and explore the place in a unique fashion.

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Government websites: 

    Goa Govt. Tourism Website

    Others: 

    Goa Tourism 

    Books to read: 

    Lighter as we go, Goa on Arrival, Goa and Portugal