18 Things to Do in Goa in December

The best things to do in Goa in December invite you to a land of sun, sea, sand and seafood, with a climate so perfect, you’ll enjoy every bit of it. Goa is an enthralling beach destination, a paradise for gamblers, one-stop for adventure enthusiasts and the Vegas of India for partygoers.

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The land of ‘Sun, Sand and the Sea’ remains thronged with tourists all around the year for its happening nightlife, energetic ambience and lively crowd. The local Goan people are a true charm to meet, with their hospitable and kind-hearted nature. The spice plantations are some of the most offbeat places to visit in Goa. Walk through the aromatic fresh plantation and learn about various spices. 

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Savoi plantations and Sahakar Spice Farm are the two of the most famous plantations that you must visit. Apart from enjoying the natural beauty and walking through the plantation you also get to play with the majestic tuskers. Give them a bath or sit on their back while the splash you with water.

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For the water lovers, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) runs different river cruises on the Mandovi river during daytime, sunset and moonlight. If you want to take a day cruise, there are two kinds- one from the Panaji jetty down the Mandovi into the Zuari bay and the second is up the Mandovi to Aldona and a mineral water spring.

These cruises are an amazing way to dine in the moonlight as be entertained with traditional Goan performances along with trendy Bollywood music
. This Portuguese Shangri-la on Indian soil has so many charming aspects that even the most seasoned travellers can make the best of their Goan holiday.

Here are best things to do in Goa in December:


Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving
Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular recreational activities in Goa holiday packages. Scuba diving allows you to see the underwater life such as colourful corals, shells, and multi-hued fishes in the sea. There is clear visibility in the sea that ranges up to 10 metre. Goa’s water bodies are considered safe and good for beginners. There are plenty of dive sites in the state. Some of them are Uma Guma Reef, Bounty Bay, and Davy Jones Locker.



Snorkelling is swimming underwater with a snorkel fitted into the swimming gear. The snorkel allows you to breathe fresh outside air given that it is projected outside of the water. This sport allows you to experience underwater activity for extended periods of time.

Snorkelling is not an adventure sport; it is more of a leisure activity. Although no special training is required, you must know swimming. One wears pressure vests that let you descend further into the waters or stay close to the surface. You are provided an initial training on how to snorkel safely before beginning the activity.


Kayaking in Sal Backwaters

Kayaking in Sal Backwaters

Goa is well-known for its beaches, bays, backwaters and rivers. The Sal Backwaters are an ideal location to go kayaking and witness the impressive flora and fauna on the fringes. The beautiful waterways meander into the villages. On the banks of the river you witness the region’s abundant bird population. The best time to visit the backwaters is from October to May.

Goa has an abundance of fishing villages and fishing in the river is a common activity. On a kayaking expedition you can see plenty of fishing and do so yourself if you have time. The waterways also wander into many regions that would normally remain inaccessible. These regions are typically the natural habitats of migratory and resident birds. Those who have knowledge of and interest in birds, could spot and recognise some rare species here.

Kayaking is an easy and enjoyable activity but you need to wear safety equipment. No prior experience is required.


Visit Dudhsagar Falls

Visit Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Falls is a four-tiered cascade is on the Mandovi River. Around 60 km from Goa’s capital city, it is nestled in the Mollem National Park and considered to be one of the most beautiful in this region. The fifth tallest in the country with a height of 310 metres, the waterfall abounds with water during all seasons. During the monsoon, the water levels become voluminous adding to its breath-taking beauty.

You can also trek in the regions surrounding the Dudhsagar Falls as part of Goa holiday packages. The Castle Rock Route takes you through a scenic escapade of railway tunnels, hills, creeks and verdant greenery. The Kulem Route is yet another scenic trekking trail that passes through amazing sightseeing attractions. The views from this trekking route are captivating. You can take plenty of treasured snaps to capture the memories.

The Dudhsagar Falls is like an artistic expression of the divine on Earth. Get mesmerised by the magnificence of these cascading waters when here.


Banana Boat Ride

Banana Boat Ride

You can experience this exciting activity at numerous Goa beaches such as Baga Beach, Candolim Beach, and Colva Beach to name a few. The Banana Boat is essentially a tub shaped in the form of a yellow-coloured banana. It is long and cylindrical and is pulled by a motor boat on the sea. The challenge is to stay atop this unstable boat. If you are thrown off it, you have to start all over again.

This is considered a safer activity compared to other water sports. Alternatively known as a water sled, banana boating is becoming popular by the day. When attempting this activity, safety precautions are taken like wearing life jackets. The driver of the motor boat, who is navigating the banana boat, tries his best to turn it upside down. The people atop must ensure that this does not happen by using their counter-balancing skills.




In Goa, it is not unusual to see parasailing being the main activity at any beach. The beaches here are the haven for this enjoyable water sport. Parasailing is an activity that lets you feel how it is to be in the sky. Up in the sky, you get an amazing panoramic view of the coastline. The Baga Beach, Calangunte Beach, and Vagator Beach are some of the popular destinations for this adventure sport. You can try this adventure activity at all times of the year except during monsoons.

Parasailing is conducted with ample safety precautions like wearing a wet suit and life jacket. The harness, cord and gear that support you are checked rigorously to ensure everything is proper. It is best to do this activity through an adventure company that specialises in providing parasailing activities. Although the duration is around 10 minutes, the experience is surreal and could last you a lifetime.


Walking Around Goa

Walking Around Goa

Goa was under colonial rule for hundreds of years. The Old Goa region was the capital during these times. Over here you can see numerous churches and convents. Visit the Archaeological Museum to view artifacts that pertain to the Catholic faith. The interiors of the museum are finely crafted. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is where you celebrate and worship infant Jesus. St Francis Xavier’s tomb is here. It is believed that the saint’s body has not been embalmed, yet the body has not decayed.

The Museum of Christian Art is another museum in Old Goa that houses numerous artifacts belonging to the Christian religion. There are excellent paintings here that are worth seeing. Some silverware housed in the museum date back to the medieval period. This place was the first nunnery in this part of the world and stayed so for many centuries.

See the brilliant architecture of the Sé (St Catherine's) Cathedral. This church was built based on the command issues by the King of Portugal.


Visit Mollem National Park

Visit  Mollem National Park

Nestled in the Western Ghats, this wildlife sanctuary is spread over 240 sq km. Situated in the Sanguem region of Goa, the Mollem National Park is where many temples belonging to the Kadamba Empire are present. Alternatively called the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, this place is known to house multiple species of snakes. You can see the majestic King Cobra here. Take an expedition to see the gigantic Indian python in its natural habitat.

The park is also home to numerous species of birds such as the fairy bluebird, golden oriole, and kingfisher. The park is a colourful wildlife sanctuary given that there are various species of butterflies here as well. One such splendid butterfly species is the Blue Mormon. You can see plenty of Blue Mormons here that leave you amazed with their natural splendour. This place also has numerous trekking trails. These expeditions allow you to ply deep into the intriguing forest and see wildlife on your feet.


Night Cruise

Night Cruise

Experience the splendor of the Goan landscape at night on the Mandovi River cruise. It allows you to see wildlife and bird activity on the shores of the river. On this tour, you are plied in a jetty along serene waters. The salubrious breeze that inundates you is refreshing. Many resorts and adventure companies offer dinner cruises. You can have dinner on a private boat whilst gliding through the placid river.

There are numerous Goa holiday packages offering night cruises. For instance, this package could include a ride to the Daula Paula Bay. On the way you pass by the Adil Shah Palace. You can also view the Mae de Deus Church of Saligao and photograph its stunning appearance at night. On the ride you can enjoy tasty Goan food prepared on the boat.

Here revel in the dances and performances arranged on the mini-ship’s deck. Wine and dine in the most exotic locations in the world. Night cruises are one of the most popular activities with international tourists.


Visit Old Temples and Churches of Goa

Visit Old Temples and Churches of Goa

The best place to see ancient sites of religious interest is North Goa. Some of the temples in this region are Mangeshi, Mahalakshmi, and Nagesh temples. Visiting these temples is a welcome change for visitors and completes your trip to this picturesque state. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the popular church. It was the first church in the country to be given the stature of a minor basilica just before India’s Independence.

There are many churches that were built during the medieval period by the Portuguese. The designs of these revered structures bear a strong influence of Portuguese architecture. Church of St Francis of Assisi is a 17th century church that is known for its beautifully decorated and designed tabernacle. Se Cathedral Church in Goa was once a church visited by the wealthy Portuguese colonialists.

Today, this place of worship is open to all and is visited by people of all faiths. These temples and churches in Goa add to the rich cultural fabric of the state.


Panjim Market

Panjim Market
The market at Panaji is always bustling with activity. Apart from market shoppers you can also see visitors from different parts of the world here.  Located in centre of the city, the prices of the commodities here are generally less compared to the prices in other places.

Enjoy Goan Cultural show

Enjoy Goan Cultural show

The culture of Goa has strong influences from the Western world. It is not surprising given that this region was under the rule of Portugal for a long time, which has left a lasting impression here. Every aspect of Goa has an essence of Portuguese culture. Be it the dances, cuisines, or dress code, there is an element of Western influence in them.

People here are said to have a deep affinity for music and football. Almost every other home in Goa has a musician in it and everyone here loves to play football, let alone watch it. There has never been an incident of communal disharmony here and Goa celebrates festivals pertaining to all religions. Mando is the traditional dance of Goa. Dulpod is another popular dance form. Western social dancing is common in parties and celebrations.

Goa has its own form of theatre. Called Tiatr, the performance is a mix of music and drama. The language used in the theatrical displays is Konkani and English.


Visit Anjuna Beach

Visit Anjuna Beach

Anjuna is a historic town founded in the year 1595 built in remembrance of S. Miguel. Every year feasts are held in honour of this saint and Nossa Senhora Advogada. There are three large churches here. Once upon a time, this region was under the rule of the Portuguese.

The beach at this place is called Anjuna Beach and is where many trance parties are held. You can also witness the flea market in Anjuna when in town. Use this opportunity to purchase household items such as clothes and electronic appliances.

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Elephant Wash & Ride

Elephant Wash & Ride

There are specialised elephant washing tours that let you wash elephants in the company of mahouts. Feel what it is like to scrub the hard skin of these pachyderms that are known for being water lovers. You can sedate elephants into a beautiful trance-like state with water. Mahouts will guide you on how to wash an elephant. These elephant trainers give you company and explain the nuances of elephant washing.

After this activity, it is time embark upon an elephant ride. This whole experience is a joyful one especially if you have made friends with these adorable animals while washing them. As you ride an elephant on a jungle safari, feel like a maharaja. The experience of riding on a huge animal is intimidating at first. But after a point of time, you become part of the proceedings.


Dolphin Spotting

Dolphin Spotting

The Arabian Sea is a treasure trove of marine life when on Goa holiday packages. When you venture into the deeper regions of the sea you can spot the enduring dolphins. A professional guide accompanies you explaining the behaviour and lifestyle of these delightful creatures. If you are an experienced swimmer, you can swim with the dolphins.

There are many terms and conditions to this exercise and it has to be approved by the respective authorities. Swimming activities in deep sea are based on weather conditions.

The dolphins are excited to see human beings and you can see them pop out of the sea frequently and also do somersaults. There is no shortage of acrobatics that they can perform. Watching dolphins is a surreal experience. These beautiful creatures are usually harmless. Normally, when there are dolphins around, you know that the waters are safe.


Visit Calangute Beach

Visit Calangute Beach
The Calangunte Beach is one of the picturesque beaches in India when selecting holiday packages for Goa. Known as the queen of beaches, it is located just 15 km from the capital city. It is big enough to host hundreds of revellers. Being a crowded all the time, there are plenty of activities here such as water sports. Around this seashore you can find excellent accommodation facilities. This is a perfect haven for tourists looking for Goa’s sun and sands.

Spice Plantation tour

Spice Plantation tour

There are numerous resorts and adventure clubs offering spice plantations tours. Many villages in Goa offer salubrious surroundings for you to experience the best of naturalistic elements. You can either take them on foot or on elephants. You could also get nutritious food served on a plantain leaf here.

These regions are also home to some rare and exotic species of birds. As you walk through the trails of the spice plantation, accompanying you will be a guide who explains the various medicinal implications of the spices present here. You are informed on how these plants are reared. Around the vicinity you can also view tropical fruit trees laden with custard apples, jackfruits, bananas, and papayas. Be welcomed monkeys on these trees. It is a relaxing experience to see these frolicking animals swinging from one tree to another.


Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach

The Candolim Beach is around 15 km from Goa’s capital city. Located in North Goa, this beach originates from Fort Aguada. The ending point is the Calangunte Beach which is one of the longest beaches in Goa. Situated in Bardez of Goa, the ambience is always calm and composed. The dunes are scrub covered. The combination of sands and sea is a sight to behold on the holiday packages for Goa. The road to the destination is packed with establishments.

There are numerous shops and restaurants on this road. Called the Candolim Calangute Road, this commercial centre provides you enough shopping avenues. The area around the Candolim Beach is pretty non-cluttered. There are not many resorts and economical inns here. Fascinating feature of this place is the deserted ship called River Princess that been at this beach for many years.

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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 falls which happens to be around 100 kms. Bus they provide are very comfortable and AC will also be sufficient to beat the heat of sultry Goa. We also covered a landmark church of Goa enroute. They will give you around 15 20 mins to get that holy feel. Once we reached the venue we were given time to have breakfast, meanwhile the guide arranged tickets for the whole group and settled us up in the bolero which takes you from there further. It was again a Splendid journey of 45 mins through mahavir national park where you will cross several streams also. Pure off roading and adventurous experience. From the parking u have to walk for 5 mins to finally reach the destination which, you undoubtedly will feel deserving enough to have travelled for. Such a sublime scene and cool clear water with fishes around you will quench all the tiredness you might have had after traveelinh to several beaches. You get around 1.5 hours in total after final parking out of which for bathing you will get around 45 mins. Caution : please travel with good non slippery shoes as the rocks are too slippery and carelessness might get fatal. No worries though, you wont drown as they will provide you with life jackets so a good news for non swimmers. Post bath again you will be taken back and be served with complimentary lunch in goan style which is quite palatable. Then a short spice plantation tour followed by a return drop to the reapective pick up points. The trip will end in North Goa around 6 evening. ps : If you have time on your goa trip, do visit this place and thrillophilia is definitely a good option to consider coz it will wave off your trip organisational headache.
03 February 2020
Superb cycling experience, it was just the 3 of us including the guide and we were able to complete the trip real fast. The bird sanctuary is where we took most of the pics. We went off road through the forest area as well and we could find the railway lines located there. Couple of steep ups and downs which made cycling challenging. The total distance would be 30 kms. Best I've ever cycled
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.
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.
06 December 2019
Goa is famous for its beaches and its parties but amid all the chaos of Goa, this is one soul-soothing experience. This a must-do activity and should be part of any goa itinerary. A 01-hour long cruise journey will give you immense memories.
21 January 2020
I went to Goa with my friends, we booked this hotel through Thrillophilia at the pocket friendly price after comparing it on other online platforms. We were welcomed with a drink and after that we were head towards our spacious rooms properly equipped with all the basic amenities. I would recommend to try their Italian cuisines at the Orchid restaurant. Also coming to Goa and not visiting Tito's lane is just a waste so if you guys are planning to go on a Goa trip do try this resort and Tito's lane. The hotel is convenient to access the local area as within walking distance of the Panjim center,. Also, the hotel cars and drivers are available for trips out at additional cost.
10 December 2019
Beautifully located on the Miramar beach, extremely well run property, very courteous staff, The rooms are spacious and well maintained. Quick room service. The sea food that we have tried was delicious. We had a marvelous short break at this hotel and will definitely return. Thanks, Thrillophilia for constant support and best deals.
13 February 2020
Overall a decent holiday in budget. But the 3 days are not enough to explore the to the fullest. Our hotel accommodation is very good for the price we paid and the sightseeing car was also very good. We liked north Goa compare to south Goa as were in a group of 4 boys. There is a lot of places to party in North Goa but the south Goa is very peaceful and less crowded. Overall a good experiences and Thanks to Rupal from Thrillophilia for planning our itinerary in our budget.
09 February 2020
I have visited Goa with friends from Indore and it was best trip of our college reunion. Rahul helped us a lot in customising the package as per our requirement and we also got the group discount. Our guide was very good and helped us explore the best and hidden gems of Goa. We enjoyed a lot at Casino cruise and water sports. Grand Island trip was the best part of the trip. Thank your team Thrillophilia and our guide Fernandes for making our trip awesome.
07 December 2019
I have visited Goa with family and kids and it was the most memorable vacation for us. My kids enjoyed the dolphin watching and water activities. South Goa is very peaceful and serene and ideal location family holiday. Our guide was very personal and helpful. Thanks to team Thrillophilia and Rohit for customizing our Goa family tour as per our needs. Looking forward to more travel with my family.

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  1. Is December is a good time to go to Goa?

    December is indeed one of the best months to visit Goa as there are numerous events and celebrations at this time that add up to the aura. Also, there are many places to visit in goa in December like Calangute beach, churches, and various other places that are well decorated at this time.
  2. Where can I go for Christmas in Goa?

    Christmas and Goa is just the right combination! There is a wide array of options that you can explore at this time as you can go for a night cruise or just have a beach party at the Calangute beach. Apart from this, you can head to various bars and clubs that host Christmas parties. To know about the celebrations you can visit the churches and have a gala time there.
  3. How Safe Is Goa?

    Yes, Goa is safe for both group and solo travelers even after the crimes and drug-related problems. There is easy access to emergency services and that’s what makes it safe.
  4. Is Goa expensive to eat and drink?

    Well, drinking and eating quite affordable in Goa, rest it entirely depends upon the place you are choosing for yourself. Ranging from INR 100 to INR 1000 beers of every kind are available.

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