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 :P
- 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?
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.
The two major railway stations in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim, which are well-connected by trains from all over the country.
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
- Aguada fort takes around half hour from Baga beach
- This fort and its lighthouse is one of the major attractions and stands tall since Portuguese era in Goa.
- Overlooking the Sinquerim beach, view from this fort is thrilling,
- Bordering the fort there is Sinquerim dolphin point, from where the boats take to observe dolphins.
- Sinquerim beach is a nice place, a bit crowded and offers water sports like parasailing, jet ski etc
- Candolim beach is just 10-15 mins from the fort and has shacks around.
- Offers water sports and also can use the beds of the beach to relax. These beds cost around 100-200 INR. Sit, relax and enjoy the view!
- In the same stretch, we have Calangute beach, the most commercialised and crowded beach :(.
- It does offer water sports. Have restaurants and shacks, nothing great, though.
- They have changing rooms and bathrooms on this beach, so if you plan to take a dip and change later.
- For food, this place called Infantaria is really awesome.
- If looking out options for clubbing options: LPK waterfront near Calangute beach
Day 3 – Chapora fort, Vagator beach, Anjuna beach, Baga beach
- Chapora fort is yet again around 30 mins from the Baga beach
- This is Dil Chahta hai, an Indian movie fame.
- There is a small trek to reach the fort, around 5-10 mins
- Nothing exceptional to expect as a fort, only boundary walls, but it offers sensational views.
- The lush green open area with black rocks
- The fort is near Vagator beach, this is a nice beach with a nearby market to shop for souvenirs.
- Vagator beach also has many well-known restaurants nearby Thalassa, Waters etc to name a few.
- Anjuna beach does attract a lot of travellers, it has many shacks on the beach. Do try Curlies there.
- Also, few stalls that serve Maggi, bun and eggs.
- Baga beach has the most happening shacks and an awesome nightlife. The famous Tito’s lane is there itself.
- Baga offers awesome food, shops with almost everything possible; clothes, accessories, cashews etc
- Baga does have water sports like jet ski and a boat ride too around sunset
- Some of the best food joints around are Britto’s and St Anthony’s. Also can try Cafe Laval, good music and ambience.
- If you need pure veg food there are few dhabas around.
- I personally found Tito’s and Mambo clubs hyped, rather in the same lane try out Get High. A small place but a cool place to hang out and enjoy.
- Nearby in Arpora area Club Cubana is an awesome place, though it does not do justice to the ‘club’ part. But situated on the hill top and neon lighting theme makes it a must visit.
Day 4 – Panjim City/Old city
- Panjim city and old city offers many architectural places, churches are beautiful.
- Some churches to visit: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Se Cathedral
- Dona Paula, Singham, an Indian movie was shooted at this point ;)
- River cruise and casinos are also an attraction in the city. Around sunset the ships take you into the sea and offer food, and local performances and music. Nice experience!
- Tickets for the same can be pre-booked or available on the spot near the bridge.
- Marketplace and malls in the city offer you with all the amenities. The shops are closed around the lunch time 2-4PM usually.
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
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! ;)