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Best Things To Do in North Goa

North Goa is like the younger sibling who is more fun and livelier in their ways as compared to South Goa or Central Goa. There are plenty of the best things to do in North Goa which are simply more than just staring into the horizon at the beautiful beaches. North Goa maintains a perfect balance between tranquility, religious side of the state, the serene factor and the fun factor. North Goa’s closeness to its culture can be seen at every foot step. This lovely side of the state welcomes you with open arms and spills out its marvellous wonders for anybody who’s willing to explore it.

If you are the kind who is completely bowled over by the fun and vibrant culture of Goa, then North Goa definitely has a lot to offer to you. You can enjoy a lovely stroll by the beach in the evening and see it convert into a completely happening spot by nightfall. For example, Baga Beach is a treat for the taste buds during the day, a lovely place to spot the sunset and an amazing hangout spot at night with it’s night market and shacks.  

 Then there are spots like Fort Aguada, which are historical and even the cathedrals here each have a story to tell you. Even Anjuna Beach is amazing and is extremely tranquil. Se Cathedral in North Goa is said to be the largest church not only in the whole of Goa but also in Asia and has an extremely intriguing history behind it. Apart from this the oldest church of Goa is also a must visit and is famously known as Basilica of Bom Jesus. If you thought that North Goa is all about churches and beaches, then the lively streets and the locals are sure to surprise you. With plenty of the best things to do in North Goa, you are sure to not have any dull moment here.


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Attractions

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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 Things To Do in North Goa

  • Q. What are some of the best things to do in North Goa?


    There are plenty of things to do in North Goa such as:

    • Visit the lovely churches and cathedrals
    • Go for watersports at the beach
    • Go hiking to Fort Aguada
    • Visit the night markets
    • Explore the culture with the amazing cuisine

  • Q. What all adventure sports can be done in North Goa?


    There are plenty of  adventure water sports that you can do while in North Goa such as:

    • Banana Boat
    • Paragliding
    • Flyboarding
    • Snorkelling
    • Scuba Diving
    • Kneeboarding
    • Kayaking
    • Wakeboarding
    • Windsurfing
    • White Water Rafting

  • Q. Which are some must try water sports in North Goa?


    The water sports that you definitely must try out in North Goa are:

    • Knee boarding
    • Kayaking
    • Wakeboarding
    • Windsurfing
    • Scuba Diving
    • White Water Rafting
    • Jet Skiing
    • Banana Tube Boat
    • Parasailing
    • Flyboarding
    • Yachts and Cruises
    • Water Skiing
    • Paddleboarding
    • Snorkelling

  • Q. Which are best places for surfing in North Goa? How much does it cost to learn surfing in North Goa?


    While most people feel that Goa is all about making the most of your fun time with friends, it is also quite a great place for honeymoon. Most of the beautiful beaches are hidden in South Goa, but there is plenty you can do while on your honeymoon in North Goa as well. Here is a list of things to do:

    • Stare into the lovely horizon at the Anjuna Beach
    • Explore each other’s party side at the Baga Beach
    • Let your hair loose at the Vagator Beach
    • Pray for a lovely life at Se Cathedral
    • Light a candle at the Basilica of Bom Jesus
    • Have a completely food-filled trip at the beach side shacks.
    • Enjoy each other’s company while hiking up from Fort Aguada

  • Q. Which are best places for scuba diving and snorkeling in North Goa?


    Most of the tour operators pick you up from your hotel destination and then go in a boat from Anjuna or Vagator Beach. Other places that are great for scuba diving as well as snorkelling in Goa are:

    • Grande Island
    • Sao Jorge Island
    • Candolim Beach

  • Q. Which are must try aerial activities in North Goa?


    The aerial activities that you definitely must try in North Goa are:

    • Scuba Diving
    • Jet Ski
    • Para Sailing
    • Ringo Ride
    • Water Ski
    • Speed Boating
    • Wakeboarding
    • Banana Ride
    • Windsurfing
    • Kite surfing
    • Surf Board
    • Kayaking
    • Sport Fishing
    • Dinghy Sailing
    • Snorkelling
    • White Water Rafting
    • Zorbing

  • Q. Where can I go for a wildlife safari in North Goa?


    North Goa is filled abundantly with various wildlife spots. Here are some places where you can go for wildlife safari when in Goa:

    • Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

  • Q. Which are some famous cruise tours in North Goa?


    There are plenty of famous cruises that you can take in North Goa to have an amazing trip such as:

    • Adventure Boat with Activities in Goa
    • Romantic Couple Shoot in Goa
    • Trek to Tada Waterfalls in Goa
    • Cruise to Chorao and Divar Islands
    • Private Island Trip

  • Q. Which are some famous of the best beaches to visit in North Goa?


    The best beaches to visit in North Goa are:

    • Sinquerim
    • Calangute
    • Candolim
    • Anjuna
    • Miramar
    • Vagator