Goa Tourism, India 2020 (186 Tours & Activities)

Boasting of a quaint mix of western and eastern influences, Goa is a unique holiday destination with an enchanting allure of nature as well as culture. The charming landscapes, glittering beaches, verdant hills and mouthwatering food beckons millions of tourists every year for the most exotic adventure in this small state in India. It is not only the best places to rejuvenate yourself but also the fascinating place to have a bunch of memories to last for a lifetime.

Often known as the ‘pearl of the east’, Goa has been known across the globe for the warm hospitality, cultural heritage and the endless parties. Whether it is relaxation or adventure, nature or history, shopping or food, or the best places to visit in Goa, it delights all the vacationers with its tangible and intangible allures. Enjoy a spa day to refresh the mind and soul or binge on some spectacular seafood enjoying the view of the sunset. Have a thrilling day by the beach or party all night with the Djs in Goa. 

Visit the fascinating churches or revisit Goan history at the famous forts, the list goes on and on. You can feel the subtle influence of erstwhile Portuguese rule in Goa, however, the folk performances and villages of Goa will give you an amazing perspective of Goan lifestyle. The beaches in Goa like Vagator Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach draws many visitors and offers many adventure sports too.

The Dudhsagar waterfall and Arvalem waterfall attract many tourists every year. The rock-cut caves of Khandepar and Arvalem are also worth mentioning. The Pilar monastery, Saligao seminary, and Rachol seminary attract the religiously minded travellers. With so many tourist attractions, Goa is the perfect place to enjoy your next vacation. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned traveller to Goa, the beach paradise will keep you longing to come back.

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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.
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
Excellent
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
Excellent
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.
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.
27 October 2015
Excellent
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 this entire tour package. I am glad to have taken this. We covered major attraction of North Goa is very short duration.

Frequently Asked Questions About Goa

  1. How to reach Goa?

    Roadways, railways, and airways; all three mode of transport are well connected from Mumbai, Pune and Banglore to Goa. Below is the approximate distance from all these cities.

    Mumbai to Goa via NH 17:
    - Road Distance: 609 km
    - Rail Distance: 632 km
    - Aerial Distance: 435 km

    Pune to Goa via NH 17:
    - Road Distance- 473 km
    - Rail Distance- 492 km
    - Aerial Distance- 357 km

    Bangalore to Goa via NH 48:
    - Road Distance- 564 km
    - Rail Distance- 638 Km
    - Aerial Distance- 463 km

  2. Does Goa have an international airport? How to reach Panjim from the airport?

    Yes, Goa’s International airport is also known as Dabolim International Airport. It is the only airport in the state where domestic as well as international flights operate. You can reach Panjim by using the public transport facilities like buses and taxis that are available just outside the airport. You can also pre-book taxis that cost you approximately INR 350 to 400 to cover a distance of 25 km from the airport to Panjim.

  3. What is the best time to go on a holiday to Goa?

    The best time to visit Goa is from the month of September to mid-March. These few months are considered to be the best and peak season in Goa. The state witnesses the celebration of many parades, carnivals and festivals like Christmas and New Years. Each place is lit beautifully and has some or the party going on.

  4. What are some restricted/prohibited goods in Goa?

    Goa is a party destination. However, there are certain things you should take care of. These goods and services are prohibited in the state. If you’re found with it, you can land behind the bars.

    - Drugs- As it is in all parts of India, possessing or trading drugs is a serious crime in Goa.

    - Drone- We know, aerial photography is brilliant but make sure you don’t remove your flying camera in this state without prior permission

    - Gutkha-
    A preparation of crushed areca nut, tobacco, catechu, paraffin wax, slaked lime and sweet or savory flavorings is not allowed in the state.

  5. What you will like there?

    Free and Liberal Environment
    Goa is a very liberal place where you can wear the type of clothes you want, drink alcohol freely and just unwind yourself without anyone judging you. 

    Serene Beaches
    The beaches, especially in North Goa are clean and mesmerizing. Spending a day lying on the beach, enjoying the salty sea breeze blowing over you is an unforgettable feeling. 

    Facilities for Tourists
    Since Goa is a tourism state, there are many facilities for tourists like rented bikes, general stores, medical stores, options for accommodation, variety cuisine restaurants and entertainment facilities. A tourist in Goa will never feel uncomfortable or lacking because of this.

    Nightlife
    There is no end to the type of places you can visit in Goa at night. From high end clubs playing EDM and house music to clubs playing the Desi Bollywood music or traditional energetic Goan music, you will have a variety of choice for partying in Goa.

    Seafood
    You will never forget the taste of authentic Goan fish curry and rice once you have it. There are several small and big restaurants which serve traditional Goan food and you can also try some famous seafood like Lobsters, crabs, squids, shellfish and sharks cooked in different traditional as well as modern styles.

  6. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Goa?

    The ideal duration for a holiday in Goa is 7- 10 days. Within this span, an individual will have enough time  to undertake all activities like watersports like , jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, etc and adventure activities like trekking, hiking, quad biking and many more.

    You can also cover sightseeing to various places like Aguada fort, Dudhsagar Falls, Chapora fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, etc.

  7. How is the general climate in Goa?

    Goa falls under the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, so has a hot and humid climate for most time of the year. The month of May is usually the hottest that witnesses a daytime temperature of over 35 °C (95 °F) coupled with great humidity. The monsoons and winters here, on the other hand are moderate. It is never too rainy or cold.

  8. What kind of laws are there in Goa regarding drug usage?

    Possession or trading of drugs like weed, hash, cocaine etc is illegal in all parts of India including Goa. It is a serious punishable act if you’re found guilty of the same. You can land in jail for a minimum of 5 years.

  9. Can I rent a bike, car etc. to travel within Goa? What is the cost of renting?

    Hiring a two or a four wheeler in Goa is very easy. While roaming around the streets of Goa, you will often come across boards with the name and number of the contact person from whom you can hire a vehicle. The cost for a two wheeler Activa ranges from around INR 250 to 300 per day while a four wheeler is anywhere between INR 1000 to 1500 per day.

  10. What are the best adventure activities that can be done in Goa?

    There are a number of adventures for one to indulge in Goa. Some of which are:

    - Trekking to Dudhsagar falls or the Vagheggiare peak
    - Scuba diving at Grand Island
    - Snorkelling and dolphin spotting at Grande Island
    - Water rides such as banana boat, jet skiing, bumper ride and parasailing at well-known beaches like Calangute, Mober, Baga, Palolem, Anjuna and Vagator
    - Water skiing at Mobor beach
    - Hot air balloon ride at Assolda ground

    You may also consider trying out some offbeat activities like:

    - Backwater Kayaking at Sylvan Siridao
    - Camping in south side of Palolem beach.

  11. What are the adventure water sports available in Goa?

    Goa is a popular destination for water sports in India. It is the go-to place for some of the exclusive water sports activities that can be enjoyed only here:

    - Jet Ski rides at famous beaches like Candolim, Baga and Vagator
    - Parasailing at famous beaches like Anjuna and Vagator
    - Ringo Rides can be best enjoyed at Pindul Cave
    - Water Skiing and Scuba diving at Mobor beach
    - Speed Boating at Baina beach
    - Wakeboarding at Baga Beach
    - Windsurfing at Dona Paula
    - Kite surfing at Morjim
    - Bumpy banana ride at famous beaches like Baga, Calangute, Anjuna and Vagator
    - Kayaking in backwaters of the Mandovi, Zuari, Chorao and Nerul River
    - Angling or Sport Fishing in Dona Paula
    - Snorkeling at Grand Island and Bogmalo beach
    - Water rafting in Mhadei river and Valpoi river
    - Winch-boat parasailing at Mobor Beach
    - Dolphin spotting at Mobor Beach

  12. Where can I learn to surf in Goa? When is best time for surfing?

    Surfing appears difficult to a majority. However, with valuable training, anybody can master this art. There are a number of surfing schools that provide surfing courses in Goa. These institutes are dedicated in training anyone who is interested in learning this sport. They also promote and encourage people to take up surfing as a profession.

    The best time for surfing in India starts from the month of September and goes on till May. Usually, September and November and are considered a good time for beginners while June, July and August are only suitable for professionals.

  13. How expensive is Goa?

    Goa, being a tourist destination has something for everyone. You can find reasonable homestays as well as luxury resorts, local shacks as well as 5-star dining, affordable transport as well as fancy cars.

    Thus, Goa is not an expensive state if you’re looking for a vacation. It has everything that may turn into a luxury vacation if you want. But for anybody who is not looking to engage in luxury, Goa is beautiful and inexpensive.

  14. Where can we go for parasailing in Goa? What is the approximate cost?

    This is an extremely popular water sport in Goa. You can enjoy it at the following locations:

    - Dona Paula
    - Majorda
    - Anjuna
    - Bogmalo
    - Calangute
    - Colva
    - Candolim
    - Vagator

    Price:
     Approximately INR 1000 to 1500 per head

    On the other hand, Catamaran sailing is done on boats that are famous for their colorful banana-shaped hulls. You can enjoy this activity at Palolem beach in Goa.

    Price:
    Approximately INR 1200 to 1500 per head

  15. Is it safe to travel to Goa?

    Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to Goa, a state that ranks in top states of India to welcome a great footfall of national as well as international tourist. Goa caters to the needs of all kinds of travellers. Right from a family vacation to a solo traveller, from a group of youngsters to group of elderly friends looking to relax and enjoy..

  16. Which is the famous place to do river rafting in Goa? Is it safe to do river rafting?

    River rafting in river Mhadei is really popular amongst rafting enthusiasts all over India. River Mhadei is a stretch of 10 km and runs through the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. Anybody aged 12 and above can participate in this activity.

    This river offers rapids ranging between 2 and 3 which is great for a first timer. The best time to enjoy rafting here is from July to September during monsoon when the river is overflowing with rainwater.

    Like any other water sport, rafting can be considered as a safe activity only after adhering to safety measures. The use of correct gears like inflatable rafting boats, carbon paddle, life jacket, helmets, wet suit, dry suit, dry bags etc. is very essential while you’re undertaking this sport.

    Similarly, taking this ride under the supervision of a trained rafting instructor is also important. In most of the cases, these instructors brief everyone about safety measures and sign languages before getting onto the raft. Make sure you listen to their guidance and adhere to all rules

  17. Which are the best places to go for snorkeling in Goa?

    Goa is one of the top destinations to offer snorkeling in India. While snorkeling in Goa, you can expect spotting parrotfish, angelfish, snappers, Moorish idols and barracudas commonly in all destinations.

     

    However, make sure you avoid the rainy season as water gets murky and the tides are not very welcoming at this period of time. Some of the best spots for snorkeling in Goa are:

     

    • Suzy’s wreck in Calangute
    • Grande Island
    • Shelter Cove near Vasco de Gama
    • Bay of Bounty
    • Uma Guma
    • Bat Island
    • Navy Island
    • The Jetty
    • Locker of Davy Jones
    • The Turbo Tunnel
    • Sail Rock
    • Surge City
  18. I am woman visiting Goa alone? Will I be safe?

    Yes, Goa is one of the top visited cities by women travellers. It is safe and takes care of every tourist need. It has immense to offer, one of which is safety and precaution for travellers. Women can enjoy their trip to Goa without any hesitation.

  19. Where can I do Kayaking in Goa? What is the average cost of Kayaking?

    Kayaking can be a beautiful experience in Goa and there are a number of places where you can go to enjoy this activity. When done in the backwaters of rivers, it seems more like a relaxing activity and on the other hand, when done in the sea, kayaking can be an adventurous and a relatively tiring activity.

    In Goa, you can enjoy kayaking at following spots:

    - Aguada River
    - Sylvan Siridao
    - Chorao
    - Nerul Creek or Spike’s river
    - Bat Island
    - Mobor beach
    - Bambolim
    - Calangute-Baga stretch
    - Candolim
    - Zuari
    - Chicalim
    - Vasco da Gama
    - Mandovi
    - Sal backwaters

    The cost for Kayaking per head depends on the location. More isolated the place, greater the charges. 
    However, the average cost can be considered to be around INR 1000 to 1500 per head.

  20. What are the essential items that one must pack while travelling to Goa?

    On your trip to Goa, there are a certain things that you will surely need. It is always better to be prepared. So here’s everything that you should carry on your trip.

    - Sunscreen- A good sunscreen since you will be out in the heat on beaches.
    - Sunglasses- to save you from harsh sunrays and to cover-up sleepy and hung-over eyes.
    - Essential Footwear- Make sure you take a mix of flip flops, crocs and dancing shoes because you cannot wear the same shoes everywhere in Goa
    - Jacket- It is going to be hot in the day but considerably cool at night. So carrying a jacket isn’t a bad idea. You can also use this as a mat or pillow at the beach.
    - Fanny Pack- You can carry this bag that sticks to your waist instead of a sling bag or a tote for all your essentials.
    - Power Bank- In case you’re unable to charge your phone while travelling, you have a backup
    - Water Bottles - so that you don’t get dehydrated
    - Moisturiser- Considering Goa’s weather, your skin can become dry very quickly
    - First Aid Box- Goa is full of outdoor activities and an emergency may occur at any point. So, it is advisable to carry at least a basic first aid kit with you.

  21. Can I do Kite-Surfing in Goa? Where can I do it?

    In Goa, this sport is gaining popularity famous as there are several training schools that help you learn this water sport activity and the climate conditions at the beach are very suitable. The wind is best in February, March, April and May as winds build up because of the upcoming rain season. October and November are great for surfing too. Here’s where you can enjoy best kite surfing:

    - Arambol
    - Mondego Bay, Morjim
    - Bambolim
    - Mandrem
    - Ashvem
    - Pernem

  22. Where can we do Paragliding in Goa? What is the cost of Paragliding?

    Arambol should be your ideal choice if you want to enjoy the activity of paragliding in Goa. The Sweetwater Lake here is a beautiful launching point that makes your ride in the air worth the experience. The endless sky and sea captivate your mind but you are neither touching the sky nor the water, instead you are sailing between the two most beautiful elements.

    The wonderful view of the mountains and plains capture your eyes and the accompanying long shoreline of the pristine beach mesmerises your soul. The best time for paragliding here is between the time of late September and early June. 
    This activity costs approximately INR 2000 for a 10 minutes ride. However, if the weather conditions are suitable, you may ask the organiser for a few extended minutes.

  23. Where can we do Quad Biking in Goa?

    Moving away from the beaches and water sports, quad biking in Goa offers a refreshing experience. Riding in the mud, rocks, wood and sand can be a fun activity. But do not forget to adhere to the safety measures that safeguard your ride and keeps you away from injuries.

    ATV bikes can be used for off - roading and for exploring the uncharted territories. Quad biking is available in Anjuna behind St. Michael School. Anjuna has 2 different tracks that are made available for riders; natural and a man made track.

  24. What are the most important points to be considered while planning my trip to Goa?

    Here is a list of things you should keep in mind while planning a trip to Goa-

    - Don’t carry too much hard of cash in hand. Keep that ATM card handy.
    - Keep your wallet in a safe place, not in the rear pocket.
    - Make sure you carry one single pouch for all important documents like passport, PAN card, etc.
    - Remind yourself to stay hydrated at all times.
    - Carry sunscreen, a lot of it.

  25. What should I do in case of any medical emergency during adventure activities?

    The first thing you can do incase of medical emergency during adventure activities is to contact the nearest hospital. More often than not, there are cops at every beach in Goa who can help you get first aid or medical help. Here are a few emergency contact numbers you can make a note of:

    - Ambulance -108
    - Goa Medical College Hospital - 2458727, 2458049

  26. Are there any religious restrictions in Goa?

    Goa is one of the Indian states that welcomes people from all around the world. It wholeheartedly accepts guests by serving its hospitality irrespective of where the person belongs. There is no such restriction that’s going to hamper your trip to Goa. As long as an individual doesn’t harm the religious sentiments of other people it is all very warm.

  27. Which all beaches are famous in Goa for water sports?

    Water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, and banana ride are usually available on most of the beaches, especially in north Goa. But here the best out of best beaches in Goa that offer great water sports facility:

     

    • Grande Islands – Scuba Diving
    • Candolim Beach – jet skiing, bump rides, banana rides, catamaran sailing, parasailing, water skiing and surfing
    • Rajbaga Beach – surfing and kneeboarding
    • Palolem Beach – banana rides
    • Mobor Beach - parasailing and water skiing
    • Dona Paula Beach and Bogmalo Beach - windsurfing
    • Baina Beach - Flyboarding
    • Calangute - Best for kayaking, wind surfing, jet-skiing, parasailing, banana ride, and water surfing
    • Baga - et-skiing, parasailing, power scooter rides, scuba diving and snorkeling
    • Anjuna - scuba diving, wind surfing, paragliding, parasailing and jet skiing
    • Majorda Beach - jet-skiing and banana boat riding
    • Colva Beach - jet-skiing, paragliding, banana boat riding, parasailing, snorkeling, motorboat and speed boat
  28. What all types of cuisines can I find in Goa? Which ethnic food is special in Goa?

    Restaurants in Goa have a variety of cuisines as people from all over the world visit this destination. It has Spanish, European, Chinese, Italian etc. However, the authentic local Goan food is the ethnic speciality here. Many of the food items are prepared using coconut. One of the famous dishes is Chicken Xacuti, so make sure you don’t miss out on trying this one!

  29. Which restaurants serve the best seafood in Goa?

    Goa being a coastal region, serves amazing seafood. If you are a fish-eater, you’re absolutely going to love the seafood served at the following restaurants in Goa.

    - Ritz Classic - Panjim
    - Fisherman’s Wharf - Mobor Beach, Cavelossim
    - Zeebop - Utorda Beach, Salcette
    - Suwadik- Panjim
    - Souza Lobo - Calangute Beach

  30. Which treks are famous in Goa?

    Apart from offering beaches and parties, trekking in Goa is quite a popular activity as well. The best factor about these trek spots are that they are accessible throughout the year. However, you should avoid extreme rains as the trails become slippery and dangerous. Some of the famous treks in Goa are listed below:

    - Mainapi Waterfalls- This is one of the most scenic such sites in the Western Ghats.The trail here passes through dense forest and goes past gushing streams.

    - Dudhsagar Falls- Probably the most visited trekking spot, Dudhsagar falls is mesmerizingly beautiful. As the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk, this place is called Dudhsagar.

    - RavanDongor Peak- Situated at an elevation of around 3000 feet above sea level, this peak is considered to be the third highest peak in Goa. It offers an amazing view of two wildlife sanctuaries from atop it.

  31. Can we visit Dudhsagar waterfall? Is jeep safari to Dudhsagar falls is safe?

    Dudhsagar Falls is one of the most famous and most visited trekking spots of Goa. With approximately 600 metres in height, this is one of the highest waterfalls in India. The name Dudhsagar means a sea of milk and has derived its name as the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk. It is located on the Mandovi River and is around 70 km from Panaji.

    The best time to visit here is in the monsoon season when the place looks no less than a paradise. 
    The jeep safari to Dudhsagar falls is absolutely safe. Many tourists undertake this facility and you can take this ride too for a thrilling experience.

  32. Is vegetarian food easily available in Goa? Which are some famous restaurants for vegetarian food?

    Vegetarian food is easily available in all parts of Goa. Although most often than not, most tourists and locals consume meat on a daily basis, there are a lot of vegans out here too. So dear vegetarians, worry not… here is a list of restaurants that serve great vegetarian food in Goa:

    - Navtara Pure Veg Restaurant- Panaji
    Location: 5 locations in Goa – Panjim, Margao, Mapusa, Porvorim and Calangute

    - Bhojan - Panaji
    Location: Hotel Fidalgo, 18th June Road, Panaji, Goa

    - Bean Me Up - Anjuna
    Location: 1639/2, Deulvaddo, Near Anjuna Petrol Pump, Anjuna

    - Saraya Art Cafe- Sangolda
    Location: Saraya House, Chogm Road, Penha de Franca, Sangolda

    - Jalsa- Bardez
    Location: Tambudki, Arpora, Bardez

  33. Does one have easy access to alcohol in Goa? What is the legal drinking age?

    One of the major reasons why Goa is popular amongst the youth is because it sells cheap alcohol. You can find the local beer for as cheap as INR 30. However, the legal drinking age set by the government in Goa is age 21 years. Make sure you don’t consume any alcohol if you are any lesser than the mentioned age in order to not invite any trouble.

  34. Is smoking legal in Goa?

    Yes, smoking of tobacco is legal in Goa. However, smoking in public places is not allowed. If you’re found guilty of smoking in public properties like clubs, beaches etc; you can be penalised or  put behind bars.

  35. Can kids do adventure activities in Goa? Which activities are suitable for kids?

    Yes, kids can indulge in a few activities like banana ride, kayaking, and swimming in Goa. Usually, the minimum age required to participate in other adventure activities is 12 years but kids of below age can also have fun in Goa provided necessary safety measure are taken beforehand. You can smartly choose beaches like Palolem and Patnem that have calm and shallow waters that ensure the safety of kids while they undertake any adventure activity.

  36. What festivals do the local people celebrate in Goa?

    Goa is a blend of different cultures with the Goan population playing a major role. This mix gives it plenty of festive moments. Here are some of them-

    - Shree Shantadurga Zatra, Fatorpa
    - Goa Carnival
    - Shigmo or Shigmotsav
    - Easter
    - The Goa Food and Cultural Festival
    - Sao Joao Festival
    - Chikal Kalo Festival
    - Touxeachem Feast
    - Ganesh Chathurthi
    - Dussehra
    - Christmas
    - Diwali & Narkasur Nights

  37. What kind of shopping can be done in Goa? Which flea markets are famous in Goa?

    Goa is a hub of tourist destinations and one reason that makes it so is its contribution as a shopping destination. From junk jewellery and gothic accessories to hippie clothing, shell and bamboo work to  brassware and terracotta, from cashewnuts and Goan sausages to feni and bebinca to; you will find anything and everything in Goa! All you need to do is keep those eyes wide open!

     

    • Flea Market Baga And Anjuna
    • Chapora Fish Market
    • Tibetan Markets
    • Mapusa's Friday Market
    • Anjuna's Wednesday Flea Market
    • Calangute Market Square
    • Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora
  38. Are ATM cards safe and useful to carry in Goa? Are there any international ATM facilities in Goa?

    Carrying ATM cards is the ideal thing to do in Goa. It is best advisable to carry ATM cards rather than cash as it is easy to keep while you engaged in various activities in Goa like water sports, sightseeing, adventure sports etc. Moreover, ATMs make it easy for an individual to avail cash whenever needed.


    International travellers need not worry as the state has many international ATMs like HSBC, standard chartered, DBS, Citibank etc as well. Goa has ATM machines installed in every area at regular frequency, so it becomes safe to carry ATM card instead of cash in hand. You can keep withdrawing the amount as and when required.
  39. Are there any money exchangers in Goa?

    There are many sources of money exchange in Goa, all located in major locations. These facilities can be easily availed by foreigners looking to exchange the currency. One of the most convenient one is located at Dabolim International Airport. So you can have your currency exchanged right at the start of your trip to avoid any inconvenience ahead.

  40. What kind of nightlife can I experience in Goa?

    Goa has a fun filled nightlife. Though it is the smallest state,Goa offers most exciting beaches for enjoying nightlife in the country. The dizzy neon lights, great music and delicious food make up your night and create the perfect ambiance. It has an infusion of varieties and has something for everyone to do at night. You can party till you drop, try your luck at the casinos or have a beachside bonfire night. Here’s a glimpse of what you can enjoy at night in Goa-

     

    • Chill at the beach shacks
    • Try your luck at the casinos
    • Cruising at night
    • Party hard in the discos and clubs
    • Bars and pubs for the ones who wish to get high
    • Night Flea markets for the shopaholics
    • Silent Noise Parties
    • Star gazing all night long
  41. Which pubs and clubs are a must visit in Goa?

    With the most nightlife in India, below are a list of clubs and pubs that contribute tremendously to the nightlife of Goa.

     

    • Club Cubana
    • Club LPK (Love Passion Karma)
    • Sin Q
    • Leopard Valley
    • Cohiba
    • Cafe Mambos
    • Red Square
    • Nyex Beach Club
    • Curlies Beach Shack
    • Silent Noise Club
  42. Are there any rave parties in Goa?

    Rave parties are usually well-kept secret parties in Goa. These parties happen in the interiors of Goa and are  circulated within youth themselves. There are no open announcements or promotions made for local people to know about them. If you want to know about such parties, asking local youth might  give you some insight.

  43. Which clubs are good for couples?

    If you’re visiting Goa with your better half, you should visit the below listed clubs as they have great  ambience for starting a romantic night for you two-

    Club LPK (Love, Passion, Karma)

    Address: Nerul, Candolim, Bardez
    Cost for couples: INR 1500

    Club Cubana

    Address: Airport Hill, Near Marinha Dourada Hotel, Anjuna Road, Arpora
    Cost for couples: INR 1500

    Club Bora Bora

    Address: Morjim Beach, Vithaldas Vaddo, Morjim
    Cost for couples: INR 900

    Club M

    Address: Marbella Beach Resort, 782, Gawdewada, Morjim-Ashvem Road, Arambol
    Cost for couples:  INR 1200

    The liquid sky

    Address: Vagator Beach, Vagator
    Cost for couples: INR 1000

  44. Are the police helpful and cooperative in Goa?

    Yes they are, although you need to maintain traffic rules of helmet and signal lights. They also have alcometers for late night vehicles, so be aware. You can ask them any questions about sightseeing in Goa and about the places, they are most happy to enlighten you on the same and much more.

  45. Which are most famous beaches in North and South Goa?

    Here is a list of top beaches in Goa. These are beautiful, well maintained and have attracted tourists for years:

    North Goa

    - Kerim Beach - The northernmost beach of Goa that has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th century church.  Located close to Tiracol fort, it is a peaceful and an unexplored beach with a calm shore.
    - Arambol - This is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa as it is well maintained and less explored.
    Mandrem - Mandrem is one of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa where you can go for a dolphin spotting ride.
    - Morjim - Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. Here, you can spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food.
    Chapora - The white sand along with black lava rocks plus the Chapora fort overlooking the sea makes it a beautiful sight.

    Central Goa

    - Miramar - Miramar beach is located 3 km south-west of Panaji and is a very popular beach amongst locals as well as tourist.
    Dona Paula - This place has Water Sports, jetty, Rocky shores, shopping and so much more. It is located just 6 km south-west of Panaji.
    Siridao - A paradise for sea shell collectors, this beach has a rocky and sandy shore and it’s most famous attraction is the Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth.

    South Goa

    - Colva - This beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening beach for nightlife in South Goa.
    Benaulim - This beach has good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bullfighting events that take place here.
    - Cavelossim Beach - Once you’re here, you can relax on this white sand, black lava rocks and beach shacks. Eat tasty Goan dishes and Seafood, do watersport activities and shop at the local markets.

  46. Are there any islands in Goa?

    Goa has many islands that are popular for different things. Some of them are-

    • Chorao Island- Best known for cycling
    • Grande Island- Best known for scuba diving
    • Divar Island- Best known for kayaking
    • Sao Jacinto Island- Best known for kayaking
    • Conco Island or Monkey Island- Best known for snorkelling mention in bullets

    A few other islands are Bat island and Navy Island. 

  47. What are some famous tourist attractions in Goa?

    It is very difficult to choose a handful of places in Goa. Every place is beautiful and well maintained. However, if you are going to visit Goa for the first time or you are short of time. Here are the best places to visit in Goa -

    • Pandava cave complex and Arvalem waterfalls - Well maintained caves to take a break from the beaches. The Arvalem waterfalls are located closeby.
    • Dudhsagar Falls- literally means milk river and can be quite dangerous during the monsoons
    • Ashwem and Arossim Beach- Secluded beaches away from the crowd
    • Mollem National Park- Home to several species of wild cats, a wide variety of birds, snakes and butterflies
    • Fontainhas- Portuguese settlement and architecture in Goa
    • Calangute beach- Most popular and largest beach in Goa
    • Fort Aguada- A well-preserved 17 century Portuguese fort
    • Deltin Royale Casino boat- Largest casino boat in Panjim
    • Chapora fort- For beautiful views of the Chapora river.
    • Basilica of Bom Jesus- UNESCO World Heritage site
  48. Is it worth visiting Goa for honeymoon?

    Goa is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India and it is popular for a reason. With beautiful beaches, mesmerising sunsets, fancy restaurants and pleasant weather, every couple aspires for a romantic trip to Goa.  Goa offers every aspect of a romantic trip.

    However, here’s what you can do to make your honeymoon worth cherishing a lifetime-

    • A romantic walk on the beach
    • Discover the Latin Quarter of Fontainhas
    • Visit the location of the tragic love story of Dona Paula de Menezes
    • Go for a romantic dinner on cruise
    • Go for a couple massage and spa
    • Go for a night time beach stroll
    • Spend time on a houseboat
    • Do some sky-gazing
    • Dive in the sea together
  49. Which resorts are good for a honeymoon in Goa?

    A resort plays an important part in the honeymoon as that’s where most of the couples spend their time. We’re going to help you with our favourite resorts that will help you add more romance to your trip. So, here you go-

    • Majorda Beach Resort
    • Zuri White Sands Resort
    • Park Hyatt resort
    • Dona Sylvia Resort
    • Kenilworth beach resort
    • Vivanta Taj
    • Varca Le Palms
  50. Are there any backpacker’s hostels in Goa?

    If you are on a budget trip, there’s not going to be any place as cool and affordable as the below listed backpacker hostels. With all basic facilities, these hostels are very easy on the pocket

    Wonderland Hostel 
    Location- Anjuna

    - Roadhouse Hostels
     
    Location- Palolem

    - Dreams Hostel
    Location- Vagator 

    - Hopping Frog
    Location- Assagao

    Red Door Hostel
    Location- Anjuna

    - The Hostel Crowd
    Location- Panaji

  51. Which is the best villa stay in Goa? How much will it cost?

    Terra Rosa, an artfully constructed Portuguese Villa is our favourite pick in Goa. It is located on the scenic island of Chorao just a 20 minute drive from the capital, Panjim city.

    It is a quaint place that has beautifully white washed churches including the majestic 16th century church of Sao Bartolomeu This villa offers a great chance to soak in the ethos of Goan village life on one hand and its vivacious night life on the other. The starting price of this villa is INR 6500

  52. Which are the best shacks in Goa?

    Beach shacks are beautiful! They have ample of space and shed that let you get out even on a bright shining sunny day. You can relax and sip a mug of beer at any of these shacks and your day feels bliss!

    Here are some of the best beach shacks Goa has

    - La Plage
    Location- Ashwem

    - Sublime
    Location- Morjim

    -Thalassa
    Location- Vagator

    Villa Blanche
    Location: Assagao

    Beam me up
    Location- Anjuna

    Brittos
    Location- Baga

    Martin’s Corner
    Location- Betalbatim

    Curlies
    Location- Anjuna

    Dream Catcher
    Location- Baga

    Anthony’s
    Location- Baga
  53. How far is Grande Island from Panjim? Is it worth visiting?

    Grande island is located near the city of Panjim,  a mere 1 hour drive. You can get onto the Grande island by only using water transportation. This island is worth visiting because it is an ideal spot for anybody who is interested in having the best scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and diving experience.

    Experienced and professional divers like to dive near the “Davy Jones Locker” sunken ship far away from this island and the sunken British 135-meter vessel “Suzy” which can be found just a few stones' throw away. Moreover, it’s a picturesque, interesting and breathtakingly beautiful place

     

  54. Where is Dudhsagar Waterfall? Is it worth visiting?

    The mesmerising site of Dudhsagar falls can be witnessed in Goa. The giant fall is located on the Mandovi River on the border of the Indian state of Goa and Karnataka. As the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk, this place is called Dudhsagar. It is a must visit destination on your trip to Goa.

  55. Which churches and forts are famous in Goa?

    If you haven’t visited Churches in Goa yet, here’s where you should go:

    • Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
    • Location: Rua Emidio Garcia, Panjim

     

    • Francis of Assisi church
    • Location: Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa

     

    • Basilica of Bom Jesus
    • Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim

     

    • Se Cathedral
    • Location: Velha, Goa

     

    • St Alex Church
    • Location: North Goa, Near Don Bosco School, Bardez taluka, Calangute

     

    And, if you haven’t visited forts in Goa, here’s where you should head-

    • Fort Aguada
    • Location: Fort Aguada Road, Candolim

     

    • Chapora Fort
    • Location:Chapora village, North Goa

     

    • Cabo De Rama Fort
    • Location: 27 km from Margao Railway Station,Cabo de rama village, South Goa

     

    • Corjuem Fort
    • Location: 2 km from Mapusa and 4 km from Aldona on the island of Corjuem in North Goa

     

    • Reis Magos Fort
    • Location: On the northern bank of the River Mandovi across to the city of Panaji in North Goa
  56. What activities can I do in South Goa?

    South Goa has a number of places that are worth visiting and great beaches to soak the sunrays. You can engage in a number of water sport activities and adventure activities in South Goa.

     

    Some activities are-

    1. Sightseeing at Cabo De Rama Fort

    Location: 27 km from Margao Railway Station, South Goa


    2. Relax at beaches-
    • Colva - This beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa.
    • Benaulim - This beach has good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bullfighting events that take place here.
    • Cavelossim Beach - Once you’re here, you can relax on this white sand and black lava rocks and beach shacks eat Goan dishes and Seafood, gin watersports and shop at the local markets. You can also go for dolphin spotting trips here.

    3. Visit the famous Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

    Location: Canacona Taluka, South Goa

  57. What activities can I do in North Goa?

    North Goa has a number of places that are worth visiting and great beaches to soak the sunrays. You can engage in a number of water sports activities and adventure sports.

    Some activities to do in North Goa are:-

     

    1. Visit Chapora Fort

    Location: 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, North Goa

     

    1. Visit Corjuem Fort

    Location: 2 km from Mapusa and 4 km from Aldona on the island of Corjuem in North Goa

     

    1. Reis Magos Fort

    Location: On the northern bank of the River Mandovi across to the city of Panaji in North Goa

     

    1. Relax at the best secret beaches in Goa like-
    • Kerim Beach - The northernmost beach of Goa that has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th century church and is located close to Tiracol fort. It is peaceful and an unexplored beach with calm shore.

     

    • Arambol - This is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa as it is well maintained and less explored.

     

    • Mandrem - Mandrem is of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa where you can go for a dolphin spotting ride.

     

    • Morjim - Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. Here, you can spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food.

     

    • Chapora - The white sand along with black lava rocks plus the Chapora fort overlooking the sea makes it a beautiful sight.
  58. Can I do a cruise ride in Goa?

    There are a variety of cruises in Goa offering stunning views. Goa has beautiful cruise rides. Plus, they come in a variety!

    Some of them are

    • Luxury Cruise

    Entry fee- approximately INR 2000 on weekdays

     

    • Private Cruise

    Rate per night- approximately INR 10000 on weekdays

     

    • Houseboat Cruise

    Rate per night-  approximately INR 10000 on weekdays

     

    • River Cruise

    Entry fee- approximately INR 500 to 700 on weekdays

     

    • Sunset Cruise

    Entry fee- approximately INR 150 on weekdays

  59. What all romantic activities couples can do in Goa?

    Goa is indeed a very romantic destination. With the perfect blend of sunrise, sunsets, beaches, eateries and nightlife. It has a lot to offer to set up the most romantic trip. These activities listed below will surely make your trip to Goa all the more romantic and magical.

     

    • A romantic walk on the beach
    • Discover the Latin Quarter of Fontainhas
    • Visit the location of the tragic love story of Dona Paula de Menezes
    • Go for a romantic dinner on cruise
    • Go for a couple massage and spa
    • Go for a night time beach stroll
    • Spend time on a houseboat
    • Do some sky-gazing
    • Dive in the sea together
  60. Which place has good beaches, North Goa or South Goa?

    North Goa is a lot more populated in comparison to South Goa. Having said that, both the regions have some of the best beaches. You may go to beaches of North Goa if you are looking at having a chilled environment at the shacks with other tourists being around. On the other hand, beaches in south Goa are more of secluded ones that don’t see great footfall. It is ideal for people who want to be away from the crowd.

  61. Can we go for backwater cruises in Goa?

    One of the famous cruising activities in Goa include backwater cruising. It is a fun-thrill ride in the backwaters of Goan rivers like Mandovi and Zuari. You can best enjoy these during sunsets when the weather is very pleasant and the mood is set right with splendid views of the river.

  62. Which casinos are good in Goa?

    There are many exciting casinos in Goa. The most visited ones are-

    • Casino Pride
    • Deltin Royale
    • Deltin Jaqk
    • Deltin Caravela

     

    The entry fees to any of these floating casinos start at INR 1500 on weekdays and INR 2500 on weekends

  63. Can we take liquor bottles outside Goa?

    Carrying liquor outside Goa may be legal in a few states and illegal in others. For example, it is illegal in the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra while states and territories to which permits are issued are Delhi, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, and Daman and Diu have the permit to carry liquor.

  64. Where can we get Goa’s famous local drink “Feni”?

    The famous local drink “Feni” that is made out of cashew nuts can be availed at any local liquor shops in Goa that are located in all major cities. They are easily available and come in various quantities. Usually, the smallest bottle of Feni costs INR 40 for about 250 ml

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