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Best Places to Visit in South Goa of 2017

  • 01 Hollant Beach

    Hollant Beach
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    Head to the Hollant Beach in Goa to witness a sunrise which you will remember for a lifetime. This beach is particularly known for its serenity and landscape and not to be missed when travelling to Goa. Hollant Beach offers wonderful perspectives including the popular southern shorelines of Goa, alongside the foothills of the Western Ghats.

    The shoreline looks much all the more enchanting amid the high tide, when the ocean water ascends to converge into the crisp waters of an adjacent stream. Hollant Beach is additionally an incredible place to go swimming, as it remains relatively calm without any dangerous currents. For romantic souls, the beach is an idyllic setting enchanting everyone.

    • Water Sports: Kayaking

    • Nightlife: There not many popular night clubs here but you can enjoy at the famous beach resorts located at the Hollant Beach.

    • Location : Hollant Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Hollant Beach is located at a distance of 27 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: The beach is connected via road and one can travel here with their own vehicle as no buses ply to there.



  • 02 Benaulim Beach

    Benaulim Beach
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    Benaulim Beach is one of the evergreen beaches of Goa and a popular tourist spot. It has everything ideal from captivating shorelines, extravagant gleaming sands, superb convenience, to nightlife and late night vibrant parties. Far from the clamor and busyness of the city, the shoreline is an ideal place for beach lovers to unwind and recover their spirits.

    Additionally, an expansive number of globetrotters rush at this place generally at ends of the week and holidays. If you are visiting Goa and wishing to invest some noteworthy energy with your friends and family, companions or relatives for collecting some unforgettable memories, then Benaulim is the ideal place for you as it brings you bundle of pleasure.

    • Watersports:  Dolphin and crocodile spotting ,  Para sailing or jet-skiing, Wind surfing, boating, banana boat rides, skiing and rowing

    • Nightlife: Fiplees Pub and Disco, Adega Camoens Nightclub Art Escape Jacks Corner, Bebdeanchem Arxia Bar ,Whole Family Beer Bar Restaurant, Swastik Beer Bar And Restaurant, Muali Bar Restaurant, Johnny's Bar And Restaurant

    • Location : Benaulim Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panjim: Benaulim Beach is located at a distance of 35.8 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: It's well-connected by road to other cities in Goa and so it is easily reachable by bus or rental car from Panaji.



  • 03 Velsao Beach

    Velsao Beach
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    Get closer to nature enjoying a visit to the breathtaking Velsao Beach with its perfect picturesque landscape. Its quiet and calm ambience will basically give you a chance to hear the mumbling of birds closely. While being here, you can get to witness the flawless extends of white sand that is ideal for unwinding, walking and sunbathing.

    The alleviating air, cool winds and the water of the shoreline just make an immaculate pleasant view. It offers an eminent perspective of the dawn and nightfall and you should definitely time your visit to Velsao Beach at the time of sunrise or sunset. This beach is hotspot for honeymooners looking for natural scenic beauty with a invigorating retreat.

    • Water Sports: Swimming, Boat Rides, Snorkeling

    • Nightlife: Wow 916, Parag Bar And Restaurant, Pica Peixe Restaurant And Bar,  Rio Rico Bar,  Sheela Bar And Restaurant,  Sunset Bar,  Bar Negro

    • Location : Velsao Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Velsao Beach is located at a distance of 24.8 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: From the airport, you can hire car or taxi to reach the destination. There are also direct buses services available from Panaji to Velsao.



  • 04 Patnem Beach

    Patnem Beach
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    Patnem Beach is known one the calmest places among all the beaches of south Goa. This beach will fulfill your dream of relaxing yourself by discovering a quiet place on the beach and appreciate the most lavish and fascinating seafood that one would ever have. You'll discover travelers lying in the sun throughout the day with sellers offering eatables, spending their days perusing parts, dusks with seashells and nighttimes being flocked with various tourists appreciating the great sunset.

    The cool sea breeze and the slamming sound of waves milieu gives generate the genuine feelings of serenity in your heart free from all stresses. Resting under a cool shack in this relaxed ambience is a definitive getaway that each one of us wishes to have. Make the most out of each minute in Goa in order to restate later as a major aspect of a memorable retreat at the Patnem Beach.

    • Water Sports:  Scuba Diving, Surfing, Swimming

    • Location: Patnem Beach, Canacona, South Goa 

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 70.4 km from Panaji.



  • 05 Betul Beach

    Betul Beach
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    Betul Beach is particularly a fishing hamlet with a picturesque view and a secluded atmosphere to escape from the clamor and stress of life. Betul Beach is located south of Mobor Beach across the Sal river. This idyllic retreat is located against an imposing backdrop as headlands from the slopes of the Western Ghats protrude into the shore. The moderate climate and the cool sea breeze make it perfect for picnics and a laid back day.

    Betul Beach is renowned for Goa’s finest and largest mussels. Being a fishing village, this beach allows you to savor the most delectable fresh seafood you would not find easily anywhere else. The places near to Betul worth visiting are Mobor Beach and Madgaon city.

    • Water Sports: Fishing, Strolling

    • Location : Betul Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Betul Beach is located at a distance of 49.5 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Betul can be reached by bus from Margao but the frequency of buses is low. Private transport such as cabs, auto rickshaws are also available from Margao.



  • 06 Cavelossim Beach

    Cavelossim Beach
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    Cavelossim Beach is nothing but a picturesque landscape with brilliant sand glinting in the daylight, sluggish hillocks and snarling waves. The shoreline gives a tranquil and refreshing vibe. You can just laze around, have long strolls or go for Dolphin trips in the wake of experimenting with daring adventures on the sea. Not just this, even the nightlife on the beach is very amazing.

    It's basically an ideal tourist spot for vacation couples, adventure seekers or beach lovers. It's a sentimental getaway and one can't stand to miss the charming air and magnificence of Cavelossim when they are on a holiday in Goa.

    • Water Sports: windsurfing, jet-skiing, speed boat racing, diving, swimming, banana & bump rides, parasailing, and many more.

    • Nightlife: Radisson Blu, Tito's Club , Yali Lounge,  Amalia,  Club Sinq,  Tia Maria,  Sam's Beach Shack, Papa Joe's Bar And Jamaica Inn

    • Location : Cavelossim, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Cavelossim Beach is located at a distance of 35.8 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Panaji is connected to Cavelossim Beach via road. You can easily get a cab/taxi to reach Cavelossim Beach.



  • 07 Mobor Beach

    Mobor Beach
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    Mobor Beach is vibrant with tourists and always bustling with parties and activities that go one here perpetually. The beach is beautified with natural creations with blooming lilies in ponds, sandy dunes and coconut palms which adore the landscape. This place is ideal for the individuals who need to make their vacation a more offbeat experience or just feel the light of common life in Goa.

    In Mobor, you can engage in enjoying delectable dishes at the beach shacks or have the thrill of adventure with water sports. Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Eye restaurant, Mike’s Palace and Joe’s River Cove are some famous restaurants near the beach where tourists can enjoy tasty food. Underwater fishing or oysters catching are also some activities that are coming in vogue at the Mobor Beach.

    • Water Sports: Jet Skiing, Speed boat Rides, Water Skiing, Banana Boat Ride, Parasailing, Ringo Ride etc.

    • Nightlife: Aqua Night Club, Club Tito’s

    • Location : Mobor Beach,  Salcette, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Mobor Beach and Panaji is 54 kilometers.

    • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to reach Mobor Beach from Panaji is via private taxis and autos available at the airport and railway station. If you are going by your car, you can drive yourself.



  • 08 Kakolem Beach

    Kakolem Beach
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    Get away from the hustle and bustle of crowded places to the secluded and beautiful Kakolem Beach in Goa. Also called the Tiger Beach, Kakolem Beach is one of the most remote and truly natural beaches in whole Goa. One of the least crowded beaches of Goa where you can relax completely. It is often claimed that this beach is a secret place to shoot tigers but in reality no one can say that they have ever really spotted the King of the jungle here.

    The beach is mostly lonely and deserted and there isn’t much activity going around, however the beach is an awesome spot for adventure lovers and explorers. The entire beach has only one accommodation for tourists. The stunningly wonderful, fantastical view opens eye of everybody who is comes here. From the rock, which is set ideally one the Beach, a cool stream flows down to the sea. This beautiful beach will be a perfect place for the newly married couple for honeymoons.

    • Water Sports: Speed Boat Ride

    • Nightlife: The beach doesn’t have much to offer when it comes to nightlife because of its isolated location.

    • Location : Kakolem Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Kakolem Beach is located at a distance of 60 kilometers from the city of Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji:  There is no proper road and only a small path off the main road leads to the beach. There are no buses that travel to this beach. One can reach this beach only by private transport. Private transport such as cabs; auto rickshaws are also available from Margao. You can also reach the beach by a boat or a motor boat.



  • 09 Polem Beach

    Polem Beach
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    This is the last beach along the Goan coastline and perfectly suited for tourists who are planning to have a complete privacy and relaxation in the easiest on the pocket conditions. Polem Beach is ideal for a laid back retreat on the deserted sands with a breathtaking view to behold.

    Sunbathing and swimming in the warm blue waters are the most popular activities for tourists here. Polem Beach is for the most part an isolated beach, so there is a gigantic probability that aside from anglers you won't meet anybody and be the just a single guest at the incredible and calm resort. In any case, in a couple of shacks which you will effectively discover new fish dishes, sodas and diverse refreshments.

    • Water Sports: Kayaking, Paddling, Dolphin Rides, Water Scooters

    • Nightlife: Cafe Del Mar Cocktails & Dreams Euphoria Multicuisine Veg Restaurant & Juice/Cocktail Bar

    • Location : Polem Beach, Canacona, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Polem Beach is located at a distance of 92 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji:  You can reach Polem Beach resort in Goa by municipal buses from Panaji to reach the Polem Beach.



  • 10 Agonda Beach

    Agonda Beach
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    Agonda Beach in Goa is ideal for individuals searching for an energizing time in the water. The cool wind and warm summer sun help you alleviate the anxieties brought by the everyday routine. This shoreline is long and desolate, bordered with palms and casuarinas and overwhelmed by an expansive slope toward the south. In the event that you are searching for some tranquil minutes, Agonda Beach is the place to be.

    Some tourists also prefer to bring a tent and set an overnight camp for getting a real thrill of living by the sea. If you are fan of seafood you will be able to enjoy some mouth watering dishes available at nearby restaurants. Due to the strong undercurrents, we advise you to abstain from indulging in swimming at Agonda Beach.

    • Water Sports: Surfing, Water Skiing, Swimming

    • Nightlife: Duck & Chill

    • Location : Agonda Beach, Agonda, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 70 km from Panaji. 

    • How to reach from Panaji: One can easily go via a bus from Panaji to Agonda Beach. Private cabs/taxis are also available, otherwise you can also take your own vehicle and drive to Agonda Beach.



  • 11 Varca Beach

    Varca Beach
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    Varca Beach is fundamentally acclaimed for its incredible environment of quietness and placidness. The Varca Beach in Goa is known to its delicate white sands and its cleanliness. It is one of the cleanest shorelines in Goa that enables the travelers to invest some energy in solitude. Moreover, the beach has various beach shacks where vacationers can appreciate the wide assortment of treats, including sea food in traditional cuisines.

    Some interesting activities you can partake in at the Varca Beach include the boat trips to watch the rare species of dolphins, more known as Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin on the river Sal. These trips also offer the most brilliant vistas of sunset, best if you are looking to go on a romantic date.

    • Water Sports: water-skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing, boating, diving, banana boating, fishing.

    • Nightlife: Atrium Bar, Blue Lagoon, Sunset Bar, Tangerine Island Bar, Sol Bar

    • Location: Varca Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Varca Beach is located at a distance of 38.8 kilometers from Panaji

    • How to reach from Panaji: Buses are available from Panaji to Varca Beach. People also arrange a private taxi or go via their own vehicle. The nearest railway station is Madgaon about 10 kilometers away from where buses, rickshaws and taxis are available.



  • 12 Galgibaga Beach

    Galgibaga Beach
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    Galgibaga is perfectly defined as an ideally serene shoreline, still perfect bordered by casuarinas that influence carefully in the lilting ocean breeze. The beach is known for being one of the serene nesting places of the famous olive ridley turtle. With silvery sands, clear water and rows after rows of coconut and pine trees, the turtles love this beach and so will you.This shoreline has a town group that are mostly peace-adoring fisherfolk and an interaction with them help you appreciate more of village life in Goa.

    The ocean is their riches and before the beginning of the fishing season, they offer their sincere prayers in love of the sea gods they believe in. The Galgibaga beach is one of the most tranquil locations in Goa and offers a perfect space for the solitary visitor.

    • Water Sports: No water sports activities are available at this beach.

    • Location : Galgibaga Beach, Canacona, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 84.1 km from Panaji. 

    • How to reach from Panaji: From Panaji you need to travel south along National Highway in the Canacona sub district, take a right after passing the village of Poinguinim and then follow this road until you reach the beach.



  • 13 Talpona Beach

    Talpona Beach
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    This beach is popular among tourists looking for an isolated and quiet location to enjoy the beautiful coastline against the magnificent Arabian Sea. The sea is relatively calm and quiet here and one can easily enjoy a day with their thoughts. The Talpona beach has small sand dunes and is not visited much by tourists. The peaceful beach is also a resting ground of many birds.

    Talpona Beach is one of the most far-flung beaches of Goa. The beach of Talpona is covered with pure sand of a golden color and framed with palm trees and pine groves. Galgibaga Beach is one of the nearest beaches to this location.

    • Water Sports: No water sports activities are available at this beach.

    • Location : Talpona Beach, Canacona, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 76.4 km from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Panaji is connected to Talpona Beach via Palolem Beach. From Palolem Beach tourists can take an auto/cab or take a rented vehicle to reach Talpona Beach



  • 14 Colva Beach

     Colva Beach
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    It is one of the most popular beaches in South Goa and attracts a lot of Indian visitors. The beach is an ideal destination to enjoy a range of activities from sunbathing, water sports to other leisure activities. Adventure freaks particularly flock here to get the adrenaline rush with adventure sports. You can find many shacks here selling street food and drinks to satiate your hunger.

    The Colva Beach is also a famous shopping destination where you can explore some colorful clothes, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Colva Beach is popular for its nightlife with happening late night spots becoming the most preferred party places in Goa for young party goers.
    • Water Sports:  water scooter rides, jet skiing, speed boat rides, snorkeling, swimming, banana boat rides, motorboat rides

    • Nightlife: Temptations, The Alcove, Ziggy’s and Johnny Cool’s 

    • Location : Colva Beach, Salcete , South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Colva Beach is located at a distance of 33.5 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to commute within Goa is through a rental vehicle such as a scooter or motor cycles. You can also travel by local transportation such as taxi or auto-rickshaw. On reaching the destination, exploration on foot is the best option.


  • 15 Cansaulim Beach

     Cansaulim Beach
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    Unwind here on ocean – side early morning and night to appreciate the excellent picturesque beauty. The shoreline is amazingly spotless and clean with brilliant gold sands. It is less swarmed and not an exceptionally prominent beach in Goa still nature presents probably the most wonderful scenes here. Tourists can find perpetually some incredible place for strolls and for swimming at Cansaulim Beach.

    In contrast to different resorts of this region, Cansaulim Beach resort pulls in for the most part those travelers who lean toward unwinding very peaceful retreats far from uproarious urban areas and teeming spots of amusement. Some popular places where you can enjoy some local shopping at Cansaulim Beach are Many Emporium, Nagoa market and Queen Nagar Market.

    • Water Sports: Windsurfing, catamarans, diving, fishing, parasailing, jet – skiing and windsurfing

    • Location: Cansaulim Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 26.6 km from Panaji. 

    • How to reach from Panaji: There are no local buses that ply here. We suggest you to arrange your own private transportation like car or bike to travel from Panaji to Cansaulim Beach. You may also find a little difficult to reach Cansaulim Beach because it falls a bit away from the main road (The National Highway). The best way to reach this beach is by a scooter or motors bike.



  • 16 Butterfly Beach

     Butterfly Beach
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    This relatively unexploited beach is becoming a buzzing tourist spot in Goa. The place occupies a tiny semicircular bay on the high northern end of Palolem beach and the most astounding feature is that you can spot millions of butterflies flying over the hilltop blossoms. The golden sands against the warm blue water create postcard perfect location with palm trees and scores of butterflies.

    This spectacular beach is a well known site to spot some playful dolphins, crabs and goldfish. Here at the Butterfly Beach you will have a stunning opportunity to observe amazingly lovely and the most otherworldly nightfall you could just find in your life.

    • Water Sports: Boat Riding, Canoe Riding

    • Nightlife: This beach is not very crowded and there aren’t much of human establishments here. However there are often rave parties organized at the Butterfly Beach.

    • Location : Butterfly Beach, South to Vasco City,

    • Distance from Panaji: Butterfly Beach is located at a distance of about 70 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: There is no access to this beach by road as it situated amidst heavy forests. If you wish to reach Butterfly beach, you may hire a cab or take a bus up to the Palolem beach from Panaji. From the Palolem beach, short boat ride will get you to the Butterfly Island.


  • 17 Betalbatim Beach

    Betalbatim Beach
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    Popularly known as the Sunset Beach of Goa, this place is your destination for witnessing the most enchanting sunset you will ever see. The clean sands and beautiful surroundings make an immaculate landscape worth visiting. Contrasting with most beaches in Goa surrounded by palm trees, Betalbatim Beach is has a number of pine trees along the shoreline. Due to a number of lovebirds flocking here, it has also earned the nomenclature of being called Lover's Beach.

    The beach is a preferred picnic spot among families and doesn’t have a lot of commercial activity going on contributing to the relaxed ambience. The shacks dotting the beach offer delicious Goan cuisine along with Italian and Continental dishes. Dolphin sighting is one of the most sought after activities at the Betalbatim Beach.

    • Water Sports: Water Skiing

    • Location:  Betalbatim Beach, between Majorda and Colva, in the Salcete sub District of South Goa.

    • Distance from Panaji: Betalbatim Beach is at a distance of 31.7 kilometers from Panaji.



  • 18 Majorda Beach

    Majorda Beach
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    Majorda Beach in Goa attracts tourists for its idyllic and pleasant ambience. The landscape at Majorda Beach is accentuated by turquoise water, blue sky, soft sand, lush greenery and swaying palms against the golden sands which will leave you searching for words to explain your ecstasy. It doesn’t matter if you wish to have a quiet stroll, sit with a book by the beach or feel to get the adrenaline rush with water sports, Majorda Beach is a complete package.  

    The great range of restaurants and stalls here will delight with lip smacking dishes prepared in Goan cuisine and you can enjoy drinks and snacks at the beach shacks. In a nutshell, the place is very tranquil and it takes voyagers to the universe of unwinding, peace and attracts a huge number of vacationers to this paradise.

    • Water Sports:  surfing, skiing, snorkeling, Paragliding, parasailing, banana ride, etc.

    • Nightlife: Martin’s Corner, Lourdes Bar, Aquamarine, Miranda, Monsoon Bar, Seashell, Blue Waves

    • Location : Majorda Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Majorda Beach is at a distance of 30 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Public bus transport connects Majorda Beach with the City of Panaji Buses are running frequently and you can also go via your private transportation.



  • 19 Bogmalo Beach

    Bogmalo Beach
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    Nestled amidst the coconut palms and fishing villages, this sea side is a definitive destination to enjoy lovely moments with friends or family members. It's an excellent place to enjoy a long stroll with your friends and family or a plunge in the Arabian Sea. Bogmalo is also famous for its nightlife and luxury accommodations which make it a strong contender to be one of the best beaches in Goa.

    Aside from water sports and other intriguing activities, there are various top of the line shops that are known for exquisite handicrafts. This shoreline is an ideal mix of clamor and peacefulness, spotted with basic magnificence where one can feel loose and lose every one of the stresses in the wake of getting the beautiful view.

    • Water Sports:  Swimming, Diving, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Jet-skiing etc.

    • Nightlife: Full Moon Bar, Gazebo, Sunset Bar, Ruby Bar, Lobby Label etc.

    • Location: Bogmalo Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Bogmalo Beach and Panaji is about 30 kilometers.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Buses are available from Panaji at regular intervals. If one wishes, they opt for self driving or hiring a cab from Panaji.



  • 20 Palolem Beach

    Palolem Beach
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    Palolem Beach is probably one of the most gorgeous beaches of South Goa and generally famous among foreign tourists who flock here often. The tranquil surroundings makes an ecstatic setting for indulging in an occasional stroll or just appreciate this amazing landscape. The beach remains packed with shacks, hawkers, restaurants, and eating outlets occupying the one mile long shore in crescent shape.

    Dolphins are also sighted here, so just keep your fingers crossed to witness this spectacular mammal playing amidst the blue waves of Arabian Sea.

    Quick Fact: The famous Matt Damon’s movie The Bourne Supremacy had some scenes filmed at this beautiful beach.

    • Water Sports: Wind surfing, Banana Ride, Dolphin Sighting Trip, Water scooter, Paragliding, kayaking, paddling etc.

    • Nightlife: Silent Noise, Found Things, Neptune’s Point etc

    • Location: Palolem Beach is situated in Canacona in South Goa.

    • Distance from Panaji: The Palolem Beach is located at a distance of 70 kilometers from the city of Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: You can either take a bus or travel via your own car from Panaji to Palolem Beach. The closest train station is Canacona Rail Junction which connects the place to the city of Panaji.



  • Nearby Getaways from South Goa
  • 01 Pune

    Did you know Maharashtra is an incredible water sport destination? From Pawna to Lohagad, Maharashtra has the best places for you to take the plunge. Embark on the invigorating Dolphin Safari in Tarkarli. Not just that there’s also the Tsunami Island Safari, and you can explore the classic heritage of the Nivati Fort. Pack your bags and head out to the best places to visit in Pune and the top adventures to keep your adrenaline pumping.Join the one day trek to Lohagad Fort near Lonavala, experience a beautiful adventure in a serene untamed beauty. Enjoy the exhilarating sight of the fort atop a hill that divides the basins of Indrayani and Pavna. Be mesmerised by breathtaking flora and underwater wildlife during the Sangam Safari, and the fierce crocodiles of the Crocodile island. If it is pure and raw adventure that you are looking for, then you need to head for an exciting white water rafting in Kolad. The Kundalika River flows through the rugged terrain of the forested hills and through the farms and offers a golden opportunity to enjoy a rafting tour for beginners.

     

    Famous for its greenery and virgin beaches and waterfalls, a trip to Konkan is the best therapy for your stressed mind. Visit the pristine beaches of Nivati, Malvan, Kunkeshwar, Tondavali, and indulge in some brilliant water sports besides scuba diving, like snorkelling, underwater safari. You can even go flea market shopping in Malvan or check out the cashew factory. With a young and vibrant crowd, Pune boasts diverse masses that eventually bring about so much of vivacity in the city that one cannot help fancy this place. Apart from its vivid crowd, what makes Pune a travel worthy destination is the ease of access, minimal distance between attractions, heart-melting landscape and soul-stirring historical monuments. If you are a traveller, you must make it to best places to visit in Pune to see a whole new face of India!

  • 02 Coorg

    Kodagu district of Karnataka, popularly known as Coorg is a hill station located at a distance of 265 km from Bangalore, 117 km from Mysore and 132 km from Mangalore. It is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the state of Karnataka and was awarded the title of “Scotland of India.” Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India, and the best places to see in Coorg are its picturesque coffee plantations. It is also one of the places with highest rainfall in India so there is lots of greenery around. This district comprises different communities like Kodava, Tulu, Gowda and Moplah out of which the largest is the Kodava community. People of this community are distinguished from other Indian communities by their customs, traditions, beliefs, family structure, food and traditional attire.

    People here speak Kodava Language which is highly influenced by languages such as Tulu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada. The economy of Coorg mainly depends on agriculture, coffee plantations, forestry and tourism. So the hill station is well maintained in order to attract maximum tourists. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views make Coorg one of the most pristine holiday locations of Karnataka. The best places to visit in Coorg like Raja's seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare make your visit to this hill state worth the time and money. As Coorg is rich in flora and fauna, it has three wildlife sanctuaries - the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries, and one national park, the Nagarhole National Park. These wildlife parks include animals like Asiatic elephant, tigers, leopards and wild boars. Except for this, there are a number of activities that keep tourists entertained. Some of them are riding elephant at Dubare Elephant camp, trekking and participating in sports like white water rafting in Upper Barapole River.

  • 03 Kolad

    If you’ve ever dreamt about backpacking off to green pastures and cascading waterfalls among the lush mountains, you don’t have to travel all the way up north to experience setting like that anymore. Kolad – a humble village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra – is home to some of the most imposing valleys and natural beauty that were hidden away from the rest of the world until recent times. Nature enthusiasts and hikers already know of this gem in the Sahyadris that has been gaining impetus by day as a popular destination for adventure sports, but there’s more to this quaint settlement than just that. The primary tourist places in Kolad shout out loud white water rafting and trekking into the wild.

     

    Fondly referred to as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, Kolad has been lately getting attention as one of the best white water rafting spots in Maharashtra. In fact, the stunning landscaping valleys of Kolad have a charm of their own during the monsoons in Maharashtra. The village is located alongside the banks of the magnificent River Kundalika, the fastest flowing river of the South. This provides varying degrees of difficulty levels for those fascinated by water sports. Apart from that, the rugged topography of this village makes it a great hiking destination among those eager to explore the thriving faunal side of Kolad.

     

    Kolad’s scenic locale makes it a popular hotspot during the monsoons. Apart from the daunting sports, you can experience the true spectacle of nature. In fact, courtesy the varied climatic conditions in Kolad, every season gives you a chance to unwind in several ways. There are numerous hotels, resorts, farmhouses and peaceful home-stays tucked away into this tranquil village for those who wish for a peaceful time away from the city.

     

    So, round up a group of friends, or simply hang out with your loved ones, Kolad is perfect for those looking forward to a delightful picnic in a land not so far away. Don’t forget to visit tourist places in Kolad which include Tahmini Ghat Waterfalls, Bhira Dam, Ghosala Fort and Tala Fort amongst others.

  • 04 Chikmagalur

    One of the most scenic hill stations in the state of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is solitary of the most serene and picturesque tourist destinations. Chikmagalur means ‘young Daughter’s Town’ and is situated at a height of about 3400 feet. There are a number of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur and a list of things to do here like the Mullayanagiri trek, camping at Ballalarayana, visiting various coffee plantations, enjoying the sunset from famous points etc. In fact, the highest peak in state Karnataka called Mullayanagiri is located in Chikmagalur which stands at a height of approximately 2000 metres tall. This peak is a trekker’s paradise and is visited by many adventure junkies every year. Chikmagalur is popular for its tree plantations and for having a pleasant climate. It has a rich history attached and it is believed that years ago the land of this district was given as a dowry to the younger daughter of a legendary chief who ruled Sakrepatna- Rukmangada. That’s exactly how the hill station derived its name. You can expect rugged regions, lowlands and the most scenic views here as it is one of the most untouched parts of the state. The best places to visit in Chikmagalur are worth exploring for every travel enthusiast and which indeed gives back only good things to talk about.

    Another historical association of this place tells about it being the birthplace of many freedom fighters, a few intellectuals and great poets. Even though this place does not have an airport, it still is very accessible and can be reached easily. The nearest railway station to Chikmagalur is Gudur railway station which is about 40 km from the hill station. Thereon, you can hire a cab and reach here. Similarly, there are various range of accommodation facilities for different kind of travellers. So you can choose one according to your budget and preference. This hill station has the best and the most renowned sightseeing spots in this beautiful district that you must not miss on. The cool breeze at this height welcomes you with open arms throughout the year but the best time is from September to May when the climate is most favourable for outdoor activities, exploring as well as relaxation. A trip to Chikmagalur will give you best of memories worth cherishing a lifetime.

  • 05 Madikeri

    In its real terms, feel like a king when you visit this hill station of south India, which is Madikeri. Etymologically, the meaning of Madikeri says that it is the “seat of the King.” When we check the locales and location of Madikeri in the Coorg district of Karnataka then we find that it indeed is the “seat of the king” where he can enjoy the most pleasures part of his life.  There is a sea of tourist places in Madikeri which never fail to surprise a traveler.

     

    Situated at the elevation of 4,000 feet above the sea level, Madikeri is a calm and soothing hill station. Seasoned tourists consider it among the unbeaten destination because it is not very popular in regular terms. This reflects in the economy fares and facilities that you are going to avail when you will visit this hill station carrying all the climatic virtues of Western Ghat hills. Located at the center of the road between cities of Mangalore and Mysore, this place is indeed a throne of climatic conditions designed for the people who are tired of the hustle bustle of the big cities. A big percentage of the human population is in a race to return to the innocence and simplistic world with no gizmos and great connection with nature. If you are one of them then the hill station of Madikeri can act like a “place of pleasures Nirvana” for you.

     

    Apart from the climate, this place also offers amazing tourist places other regular fun fairs that a tourist expects from a hill station. Still, many things are underdeveloped and this fact adds an old world charm into the place. If you are someone for whom perfection is boring and challenges are exciting then pick Madikeri as your destination in the coming seasons and explore a new you along with a new and distinctive hill station of the south India.  

  • 06 Dandeli

    Have you visited Dandeli in Karnataka as yet? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing. With the best places to visit in Dandeli, it is a total traveller’s paradise. From trekking to nature trails to camping, this small town is a goldmine of adventure tourism. Partake in a 2 day 1 night package at Bison River Resort in Dandeli with water sport activities make your holidays more colourful and extra splashy. The most scenic location nestled amidst deep green valleys, deciduous forests, Kali River and wildlife habitats provide an enigmatic time during your stay. The activities mainly include river crossing, kayaking, rafting etc. Dandeli is located close to the the Supa Dam Reservoir and is approximately 525 km from Bangalore. Enjoy nature at its finest as you stay in a bungalow and indulge in a plethora of activity. Experience kayaking, coracle riding, trekking and bird watching.

     You can also embark on a trip to Siroli peak. You can also indulge in white water rafting expedition which is fast acquiring a lot of popularity in the region. Unravel yourself in thrilling wilderness accompanying you throughout your Dandeli trip. Home to the elegant Black Panther and the Bengal Tiger – undertake nature’s trail under the supervision of a trained guide or naturalist. Navigate a kayak/coracle through the Kali River and admire the thundering waterfall of Syntheri rocks from a safe distance. If you love the outdoors and enjoy scouring the depths of the jungle then it is time for you to head for an exciting jungle adventure in Dandeli with your family and friends! The exotic jungle area of this place offers a wide array of activities for the adrenaline junkie who loves nature photography as well as the best places to visit in Dandeli with a mystery and aura of its own.

  • 07 Shimoga

    A beautiful city located along the banks of the Tunga river in central Karnataka is Shimoga also known as Shimoga. Offering the beautiful tourist places in Shimoga, this city is encompassed by lush green landscapes, coconut palm trees and abundant waterfalls. Shimoga has a religious history with rich traditions, fine arts and culture. "Kuvempu Rangamandira" and "Karnataka Sangha" and the newly built "Suvarna Samskruthi Bhavana" are the major venues of the city for cultural activities.

    Yakshagana, a dance drama, is popular in Thirthahalli, Hosanagara, Sagar, and Sorab Taluks of the district and this art is also performed in Shimoga which adds feathers to the cap of tourist places in Shimoga. There are some professional and amateur troupes from Malnad region, performing this dance drama across Karnataka. The Keladi rulers named the city Shimoga (Face of Shiva) as it was believed that Lord Shiva drank the water of river Tunga. This city was built up by the Keladi rulers amid the lead of Shivappa Nayaka in around 1600 A.D.

    The Sahyadri ranges, a part of the Western Ghats, sustain the waterways round the year, and immerse the prolific alluvial soil, with gifts from nature make it the bread provider of Karnataka. Shimoga can be named as 'Heaven on earth’ in India as it is comprised of breathtaking views from the hills and hillocks, refreshing waterfalls with a calm and peaceful weather among the other things to do in Shimoga, nature is surely one of the picturesque blisses of the place. The serenity here attracts many tourists to this city. Visit this wonderful city with your beloved or with your family as it a perfect tourist destination for all.

    From the state capital Bangalore, Shimoga can be reached on road by on NH-206. (via Tumkur, Arasikere, Banavara, Kadur, Birur, Tarikere, and Bhadravathi.) KSRTC, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, runs several buses from Bangalore, including Hitech and night services. Shimoga is around 274 km (170 mi) by road from Bangalore. From coastal side, Shimoga is accessible by bus or car. This route passes through Agumbe Ghat or Balebare Ghat roads. Mangalore, Sringeri, Dharmasthala, Udupi, Hubli are connected by Road to this city. Shimoga is better connected with roads from all directions and as such, it is an important bus junction. The tourist places in Shimoga will surely take your heart.

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  • 10 Gokarna

    Looking for a low-key beach destination to chill? Pack your bathing suits and head to Gokarna. Literally translated as ‘Cow’s Ear’, tourist places in Gokarna in the coast of Karwar in the state of Karnataka is a treasure for those who wish to enjoy the perks of a Beach destination without the full scale party scene. Imagine a less commercial Goa. Coconut, Banana and palm trees are galore. Clean sands and clear blue sky add to the once hidden haven and is perfect for solo travellers or younger travellers.

     

    Unlike its past, Gokarna is a popular tourist destination for the western tourists. This has resulted in some enterprising locals setting up restaurants and resorts to capitalise on the incoming wealthier crowd. Those looking for a more authentic experience can hire shacks along the beaches. One can also indulge in watersports like surfing, snorkeling etc. and sample some local cuisine. If it’s blessings you seek and not the beaches, then Gokarna has another very different side. As much as Gokarna is known for its pristine beaches, it is also a pilgrimage town that’s ideal for family trips and history enthusiasts. In fact, it is one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centres.

     

    The temples define Gokarna rocky landscape. It’s origin is full of mythological stories that will leave you in awe as you see the History come alive in front of you. The main temple, Mahabaleshwar, is believed to house Atmalinga, the original image of Shiva Linga. Its existence has been mentioned in Ramayana as well. It also was a refuge for Brahmins in the 15th century who wanted to escape the forced conversions by Portuguese and the British. There are a lot of conventional tourist places in Gokarna and one tends to slow down to its pace. Whatever you seek, whether it is sanctity, salvation or relaxation, you shall find here.

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  • 12 Mangalore

    Situated 250 km west of Bangalore (now Bengaluru), the state capital of Karnataka, the coastal town of Mangalore (now Mangaluru) remains one of the prime tourist attractions in South India all throughout the year. Although Mangalore is known beaches, islands, temples and the sunrise and sunset points, you will be able to find many more interesting things in this coastal town if you are ready to explore. In fact, you can make Mangalore the base in the bid to explore the entire western coastline. Since Mangalore is well connected by air, road and railway network you can easily go out for sightseeing.

    While you are on the move, food remains one of your major concerns for sure. When you visit Mangalore, be ready to serve served with delicious sea foods and other authentic Canara dishes which are simply mouth-watering to say the least. Now when you are in Mangalore, you must be prepared to face the tropical climate there. Although the mornings are not too hot and you can brave the sun, the evenings remain the best time to be at the beach and relax with an ice-cream while watching the sun disappear.  So, if you are stationed in Bengaluru and looking for a weekend destination, Mangalore can definitely be your ultimate choice.


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