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Best Things To Do in South Goa

Goa is one of the most popular tourist attractions not just for Indians but also for people from all around the world. The beaches, rich heritage, harming towns, loving restaurants, lit nightlife and places of worship are among many other things to do in Goa. However, as Goa is divided into two main districts, South and North; South Goa has its own set of specialities. And we are focusing on just that. As you enter South Goa, you see the reflection of Portugal style architecture, constructions and lifestyle who established a colony in Goa in 1510 and expanded the colony to its present boundaries during the 17th and 18th centuries. These wonderful Portuguese style buildings and historically significant churches make up some of the best places to visit along with other places like Margao- for some shopping, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary- to admire wildlife, Dudhsagar Falls- to go spellbound over nature’s beauty, Johnny Cool's Club- for a fun night and much more - these are some of the best things to do in South Goa. South Goa is a rather unexplored area and the beaches here certainly deserve a special mention. There are some really secluded and quiet beaches, islands that have an absolute laid back attitude and a different charm all together. Some of the best beaches in South Goa are Agonda, Palolem Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Benaulim Beach, Varca Beach, Utorda Beach and Majorda Beach. They say “Goa is always a good idea” so you don’t have to look out for a particular period of the year to be here. However, if you are fond of parades, carnivals and celebrations, December to March, which is considered to be the peak season is the best time for your visit. But please note, this is also the time when Goa is most crowded and expensive. On the contrary, if you are looking for a rather relaxing time, you can visit Goa anytime for rest of the year, when June to September, the monsoon months are not very happening for beach bums but amazing for greenery and wildlife enthusiasts. Among the best things to do in South Goa are the likes of going on road trips, hogging at Martin’s Corner, visiting the Dudhsagar Waterfall, riding on a hot-air balloon, etc.

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Attractions

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Se Cathedral Church

One of the most striking churches in India is the “Se Cathedral” located in the Southern part of Goa. This magnificent church exhibits excellent artistry of the Portuguese-Manueline style with beautifully arched interior and an impressive courtyard. Previously, the cathedral had two towers but one of them collapsed in late 17th Century and was never rebuilt.

This cathedral is dedicated to St.Catherine, who belonged to Alexandria and there are six panels where her life scenes are beautifully carved. The most prominent feature of this cathedral is the huge “golden bell” which is one of the best bells in the world. This 250 feet high cathedral is a frequented spot and is visited by the tourists as well as locals. The tranquility and serene aura of the cathedral makes it a must visit spot in the list of places to visit in South Goa.

Location: 
Velha, Goa 403402

Timings: 
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Free 

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Shantadurga Temple

“Pious Aura” this is what you will witness at this magnificent temple situated at the foot of Kavlem village in Ponda Taluka. This temple is devoted to goddess “Shantadurga” who is worshiped as the “Goddess of Peace” and, it is one of the most prominent and, large temples in entire Goa.

The divine shrine was initially situated at, Cavelossim but during the demolition period of the Portuguese in the mid 15th century, the celestial being was relocated to Kavlem. The vibrant combination of the maroon, white and peach give the temple an enchanting old-charm look.

Apart from these, Nayan Manohar Deepstambh is another point of attraction which is beautifully lit during the festivals and at that time, the beauty has no boundaries.

Location: 
Kapileswari - Kavlem Rd, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa 403401

Timings: 
5:00 AM - 10:00  PM

Entry Fee:
Free

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Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife century came into existence in the year 1999 under the Wildlife Act. The Sanctuary lies on the Western Ghats in the northern part of the Panjim city. Sprawling over an area of 240 sq km, it has rich flora and fauna which attracts the tourists. One can witness bewitching scenic views at this splendid Sanctuary which is the largest protected wildlife. 

Here at this sanctuary, you can come across numerous variant of animals like Pythons, Cobras, Slender Toris, Jungle Cats, Elephants, avian Birds, and many more rare species. One can even hire a jeep to explore every nook and corner of the diverse sanctuary.

Location: 
NH 4A, Caranzol, Goa, 403410, India

Timings: 
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Rs. 20 per person for Adults
                  Rs. 10 per person for Children
                  Rs 30 per Still Camera
                  Rs 150 per Camcorder

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St Xavier’s Church

This is one of the most frequented sightseeing places in Goa famed as the prominent landmark for the Catholics. This extrusive church holds the incorrupt body of Saint Francis Xavier and, was built in the year 1605. After a few years of being built in 1622, the body of Saint Xavier was brought here and laid in a glass mausoleum. It is one of the most charming places to visit in South Goa which has showcased modern art in the gallery and, the structure exhibits a jaw-dropping baroque style of architecture.

The best time to visit Bom Jesus Basilica is December, as in this month you can experience the traditions, cultures and a lot more at Christmas time.

Location: 
Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa, Goa 403110

Timings: 
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Free

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Naval Aviation Museum

Get awestruck by the amazing collection of The Naval Aviation Museum where you can witness the true essence of Military. This amazing museum is a must visit tourist place in Goa and lies in the vicinity of Vasco da Gama.

Here, one can see real Helicopters, Aircraft, Fighter Jets and learn about their history. The museum is a combination of two parts, one is the outdoor regions which exhibits the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arms and, another is the double-storey indoor gallery. The Naval Aviation Museum is the only of its kind in Asia. The outer region is a large park which has 13 aircraft in total namely, Sea Harrier, HAL Chetak, Westland Sea King and many more such decommissioned aircraft.

Location: 
Bogmalo Road, Dabolim AP Vasco da Gama, Mormugao, Goa 403806

Timings:
Tuesday - Sunday(9:30 AM - 5 PM)
               Monday(Remains Closed)

Entry Fee: 
Rs. 20

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The Grande Island

“The Grande Island” also known as the Ilha Grande is one of the most amazing discoveries in Goa. The Island is a house of Palm trees, jaw-dropping marine life experiences, and extraordinary sunsets.

The Island is not only for the adventure buffs but is also a perfect destination for couples looking for a less crowded place with amazing facilities. One can indulge in sight-seeing, snorkeling, sea walk, swimming, and many more aqua activities. The outstanding activity which can be witnessed here is, Scuba diving which gives you a picture of the underwater kingdom making it one the most amazing places to visit in South Goa.

Apart from these, one will also have instances when they can delve in dolphin sighting which is an amazing experience and cannot be experienced everywhere.

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Johnny Cool

This place gives a new dimension to the dining style, which is a combination of beach, exotic cuisine, and serene aura. This deadly combination can be experienced at the Johnny Cool Beach Bar which lies on the Dover Beach, famed as one of the most alluring beaches of Goa.

Here, one can savor mind-blowing Caribbean delicacies with excellent ambiance accompanied by soft jazz music to make every part of your body move on the soothing beats. It is one of the most visited tourist places in South Goa with an unbelievable quality of service.

Apart from these, one can even enjoy varieties of cocktails, beer and other liquors along the beachside bar. It is undoubtedly the best place to explore in southern Goa and enjoy meals in the relaxing environment coupled with striking sandy beaches.

Location: 
Dover Beach, Below Dover Playing Field, Dover, Barbados.

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Cabo de Rama Fort

This decrypted structure with towers and rustic cannons was claimed by the Portuguese monarchs. It was a well-equipped fort with 21 guns and several military barracks and a chapel but, when the Portuguese left India, the place was abandoned and, later used as the government prison. Now, the fort is housed only by the ruins but is a popular tourist place in South Goa.

The Fort also has a church of Santo Antonio which is in great condition and still visited by his followers. The mystical atmosphere, steep cliffs, and majestic views make it a frequently visited place. It is a perfect place for you whether you are an adventure buff, photo fanatic or a nature lover.

Location: 
Taluka Cabo da Rama, Canacona, Goa 403702

Timings: 
9:00 AM - 5:30 AM

Entry Fee: 
Free

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Traveller Tales From South Goa

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sundar anba

21 January 2017

"We booked south Goa sight seeing tour for 3 people. They guided us really well. Specially Pooja the girl working there, who is been polite and helpful. She gaves every bit of information. She picks ca...

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George Joseph

11 March 2019

An unforgettable experience in Goa. The travel team took care of each and everyone’s needs and their site seeing package covered all important picnic and historic spots. It was a refreshing view from t...

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Gaurav Anand

14 July 2019

"bookee this for my parents, they enjoyed a lot ,was fun for them.."

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Aayush Bhattacharyya

25 June 2019

"I booked the service for my Mom and Dad's anniversary and they loved it. The coordinator was friendly and my parents had a lovely experience. keep up the good work team!!! "

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Apica Sharma

23 May 2019

"it was a wonderful tour. especially the tour guide named PAPPU PAWAAR was extremely honest and genuine . They pick you up on time and drop you on time .... you cannot know about the historical places ...

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P RANA

27 April 2019

"Good experience"

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Amandeep singh

06 April 2019

"awesome guide baba. i urge all to go with him"

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Shreya Halder

02 January 2019

"very nice tour program it is. Enjoyed a lot. "

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Dhana Verma

18 December 2018

Kayaking is the best sports I have ever learned. Thanks a lot, Thrillophilia for this experience, I really had the time of my life. A must-do thing in Goa.

What You Should Know More About Things To Do in South Goa

  • Q. Which are the activities that I can do in South Goa?

    All of us are aware of South Goa’s secluded and pristine beaches. But there’s a lot more you can do except for relaxing at the beach in this region. Some of the best activities tourists can enjoy in South Goa are-

     

    • Visit Palácio do Deão
    • Go on road trips
    • Attend a silent party at Palolem
    • Visit Dudhsagar Falls
    • Take a jeep safari at Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Ride in a hot-air balloon
    • Relive history at Goa Chitra
    • Visit the Bigfoot Museum
    • Shop at Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar
    • Hog at Martin’s Corner

  • Q. What all adventure activities can be done in South Goa?

    South Goa offers some amazing adventure sport activities. Some of which are available all round the year while some are available during particular seasons. However, here is a list of activities that can truly be enjoyed by all-

     

    • Scuba Diving
    • Trekking
    • Water rides like banana and bumpy ride
    • Hiking
    • White Water River Rafting
    • Hot Air Balloon
    • Camping
    • Kayaking
    • Cycling Tour
    • Jet Skiing
    • Sailing

  • Q. Which are some of the best water sports in South Goa?

    South Goa has clean water and secluded beaches that opens opportunities for some great water sports.

     

    • Sailing
    • Parasailing
    • Scubadiving
    • Ringo Ride
    • Water Ski
    • Speed Boating
    • Wakeboarding
    • Banana Ride
    • Windsurfing
    • Kitesurfing
    • Surfboarding
    • Kayaking
    • Sport Fishing
    • Snorkeling
    • Water Zorbing

  • Q. Which are some famous scuba diving locations in South Goa?

    The clear water of South Goa attracts many scuba diving enthusiasts due to its visibility. Grande Island is the best scuba diving location in South Goa. As the depth of the near by shore waters is about 7-20 meters, this island is a perfect destination for both, professional divers and beginners. There are various water diving spots at this island that are known for different depths and grades. Some of them are-

     

    • Suzy’s wreck
    • Sail Rock
    • Turbo Tunnel
    • Surge City
    • Uma Guma Reef
    • Bounty Bay
    • Davy Jones Locker

  • Q. Which are different type of cruising experiences in South Goa?

    Goa is considered as one of the best locations for to experience cruising and south of Goa contributes to this fun ride tremendously. There are cruises that cater to the choice of all and thus are of different types. Cruising in South Goa can be categorised into the following types:

     

    • Luxury Cruise: This ship has all things luxury. It is no less than a 5 star hotel and you can also book an overnight stay at this cruise.

     

    • Private Cruise: These cruise are booked for private groups and parties. It has exclusive ntry and needs to be booked quite in advance.

     

    • Casino Cruise: These are cruise that have a casino inside it. These usually have a fixed start and end point and stop in the middle of sea for a fixed number of hours.

     

    There are some other cruises classified by Goa tourism in the categories of

     

    • Sundown: These cruises get lit just when the sun sets down somewhere in the horizon. These are mainly famous amongst nature lovers.

     

    • Sunset: Embrace dusk in the most enchanting way by taking up a ride in sunset cruise. It is affordable and offers mesmerising views.

     

    • Dinner: These cruises are specially arranged to give people an offbeat- off-shore dining experience. Because dining onshore in quiet mainstream.

     

    • Backwater Thrills: These cruises sail across the backwaters of Mandovi river. It also rides across islands like Chorao and Divar.

  • Q. Where can I do parasailing in South Goa? How much will it cost me?

    Parasailing in Goa is easily available. It is a famous activity here and is one of the must do in Goa. It is a beautiful feeling when you’re a sandwich  between the neverending sky above you and the sea below you. In South Goa, you can enjoy this activity at the following beaches-

     

    • Mobor Beach
    • Palolem Beach
    • Majorda Beach
    • Varca Beach
    • Cavelossim Beach
    • Bogmalo Beach
    • Betalbatim Beach

    It costs between INR 800 to INR 1,500 depending upon the location and duration of the activity.

  • Q. Which are some famous places for snorkeling in South Goa?

    Goa is one of the few destinations to offer snorkeling in India. While snorkeling, you can expect to spot parrotfish, angelfish, snappers, Moorish idols and barracudas that are commonly found in Goa. However, make sure you avoid the rainy season as water gets muddy and the tides are not very welcoming. Some of the best spots for snorkeling in South Goa are:

    • Suzy’s wreck
    • Grande Island
    • Shelter Cove near Vasco de Gama
    • Bay of Bounty
    • Uma Guma
    • Bat Island
    • Navy Island

  • Q. Where can I experience surfing in South Goa?

    Surfing in Goa is a thrilling yet joyful experience. All kinds of surfing enthusiasts, including experts visit Goa, specially South to enjoy this activity. South Goa is less crowded so it gives beginners a chance to practice while it gives experts their space to perform stunts. Below are best locations to enjoy this activity in South Goa-

     

    The most famous beaches for Kite surfing-

    • Mondego Bay, Morjim
    • Bambolim
    • Mandrem
    • Ashvem
    • Pernem

  • Q. Where can I go for kayaking in South Goa?

    Kayaking is a relaxing experience and there are a number of places where you can enjoy this activity throughout Goa. In south part of Goa, Kayaking can be best experienced at the following locations-

     

    • Zuari
    • Chicalim
    • Vasco da Gama
    • Mandovi
    • Sal backwaters
    • Mandovi River

  • Q. How is nightlife in South Goa? What all things can be done in South Goa during night?

    The nightlife in South Goa is as much fun as the nightlife in any other part of goa. Some of the best ways to enjoy the best nightlife here is….

     

    • Hangout at Johnny Cool’s
    • Party at Down The Road
    • Chill at Gatsby’s Club
    • Dance to the music at Silent Noise