Go Goa Gone: A trip to North Goa

Sun, Sand and Sexiness is what defines Goa. A wonderful place to chill, relax and have fun with your friends and family!

It has been designated as the Party Capital of India 😛

  • Goa has been divided into parts: North Goa, South Goa, Old Goa
  • North Goa is the commercialised area with all the famous beaches and tourist spots.
  • The Dabolim airport is in Vasco da Gama, which is around 40 km from the main beaches in North Goa, takes more than an hour to reach there.
  • The city is well connected with train and bus services too.

Basic Budget: 15,000 INR (per person) approx

I visited in October. It was a trip with my friends for 4 days and 5 nights

How can I reach Goa?

By Air
The Dabolim Airport lies just 29 km from the state’s capital, Panjim. It is well-connected by daily flights from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin and Bangalore.

By Train
The two major railway stations in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim, which are well-connected by trains from all over the country.

By Bus
There is a number of public as well as private bus operators in Goa, which offer options for intra-city and intercity conveyance.

What is the Best Time to visit Goa?

Since Goa being in southern part of India, it encounters high temperatures and humidity most months of the year. The best time to visit Goa is during the winter months, from November to February. The weather is pleasant and suited for all beach fun.

Especially, December is the peak season for this party capital. You see heavy tourist traffic because of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

What all can I do in Goa?

Heaven for people looking out for Sun, Sand, Party, Cheap drinks, yummy Seafood and a lot of madness.

  • At a single stretch in North Goa, you will find all the locations to visit. It’s a straight road connecting the spots.

Day 1 – Querim/Keri beach and Ashvem beach

  • These are the northernmost beaches and are a bit far from the main areas in north goa.
  • The travel time from Baga beach to these beaches is about 1 hr 30 mins, 40-45 km
  • Secluded beaches, nice, clean, peaceful, not many tourists visit here.
  • During the day, you can rest beneath the trees and enjoy the panoramic view around.
  • It would not be safe to visit at night as you will not find anyone around.
  • Querim beach does not have any shacks for food and beverages
  • Ashvem beach is a stunner with black rocks on the shore.
  • Most foreign tourist is here, as its away from the hustle bustle of Goa.
  • You can take a dip in the water, sunbathe and relax.
  • There are many restaurant and hotels near ashvem beach
  • The way to these beaches is stunning

Day 2  – Fort Aguada, Sinquerim beach, Candolim beach, Calangute beach

Day 3 – Chapora fort, Vagator beach, Anjuna beach, Baga beach

Day 4 – Panjim City/Old city

What all can I wear in Goa?

## Wear what you want ##

  • On visiting churches/temples, be a bit cautious about the clothes: shorts, deep necks etc are not entertained
  • Carry a scarf with you to cover up if required
  • For footwear, carry waterproof and comfortable stuff, as you need to walk and enjoy the beaches around.
  • Just worry about getting tanned and sunburn 😉

Where can I Stay/eat best at Goa?

  • Stay either at/near Calangute or Baga beach if you do not prefer travelling much.
  • Baga is recommended as it is the centre, would be easy to travel (I like Baga beach personally)
  • Stayed at Suncity resort, Baga beach. Just 5-10 mins walking from the beach. A nice place to stay.
  • Goa also provides options to rent flats, homestays etc which are much cheaper as compared to resorts/hotels.
  • Goa provides a variety of cuisines; do try the Goan fish curry, seafood and the local drink called fenni(cashew or coconut)
  • Drinks are cheap at the local stores, it varies from location to location

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Check out some places to try out for food in North Goa

My cherished moments!

  • The nightlife is awesome
  • The sound of waves, dim lights and light music on the beach
  • Due to start of tourist season, the beaches were clean

Things I regret!

  • Calangute beach is the most crowded and totally commercialised beach, regret being there for even 5 mins.
  • Visited in October, which is the start of the tourist season. Missed the local street markets which commence around November near Arpora area.
  • The days are hot and humid, makes it hard to be on the beach and enjoy!

Do’s and Don’t s in Goa!

  • Do give extra efforts in pronouncing the name of local places correct, else totally treated as tourists and the locals take advantage of it.
  • Beware of getting sunburn, do carry suncream, hats, shades etc
  • Do rent a car, bike or scootie to travel around the city. This is best means of transportation in Goa.
  • The rent cost starts from 300-800 INR per day.
  • Do carry towels with you to the beaches, if you want to sit on the sand or anywhere.
  • Not too safe to travel at night. Some places/routes turn blank, prefer only If in a group.
  • Do carry a swimwear along with you.

Enjoy the craziness that Goa surprises you with! Go Banjare! 😉

2 comments Add yours
  1. Thanks for all the helpful details !
    Where can we travel in the night with safety?
    And where can i find good food .. no junk
    Cheap food ..
    Plz suggest ..
    I might go in august just for 2-3 days 2 persons..

    1. Thank you. Glad you found it informative. Goa is safe in the night, just avoid barren routes. Goa is full of cafes and restaurants that serve authentic Goan food, you should try that out.

      Hope this helps. Happy Travelling 🙂

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