Be it solo or with your loved ones, a break from the cacophony of city life is a must at least once in a year. So here is a complete article on places to visit, things to do, what not to do and of course parties in Goa! Goa is a destination that will surely tempt you to take a L.O.P.
Why You Should Visit Goa?
Goa is far-famed as the fun capital of India, yet this former Portuguese colony boasts a truly international culture. And the factors that appeal significantly to tourists goes beyond just the parties, cuisine, and its lifestyle. For those who see Goa on social media and in movies, think it is all about beaches. Nevertheless, Goa is more than just beaches. With its vibrant and a near-perfect abounding ecosystem of thriving flora and fauna, Goa forms a greenstone belt with the western ghats, attracting nature and wildlife enthusiasts too.
Goa is synonymous with crystal clear beaches, high octane parties, thrifty alcohol, tasty seafood, and umpteen number of undiscovered aspects. And with these myriad options, there might arise a question! How to squeeze in all the activities in 3 days? Fret not; the travel guide is here to help you with the itinerary.
How To Reach?
Goa by Air
Goa has one airport in Vasco-da-Gama, and it is one of the busiest airports in India. To make sure airfares are cheap, book the tickets a month or a fortnight in advance.
Goa by Rail
You can book Train tickets for Goa using the code "MAO," i.e., Madgoan. Madgoan and Vasco-da-Gama are the main railway station in Goa. The stations are well linked with Mumbai and other significant parts of the country as well.
How to reach Goa by Road
Best way to visit Goa is through roadways as there are frequent Buses to Goa from across India. The Main bus stand is in Panaji where you would find many travel services to head back home. Roads are well connected with all the major cities in India, making it easy for a road trip.
Best time to visit: October to May
Here are a few things you need to have in your bagpack if you are going to Goa.
1. Flip-flops or beach slippers and a pair of shoes.
2. To chill, 2-3 pairs of shorts.
3. All the basic and essential bathing items.
4. A driver's license, to rent bikes or cars.
5. And of course Sunscreen and Swimwear.
Fares and Fees
Fares and fees on accommodation, transport, and food & beverages may vary depending on the season. So, the best season to have a good time without spending too much money would be the non-peak season i.e., between March to September. And the best way to save some bucks is by renting bikes using your driver's license. Moving on to food, you might find plenty of thrifty restaurants right around the beaches. To suggest a few, you can visit Cafe Mambo, Curley's, and Tito, which serves palatable food & beverages. If you are loaded and money is not the issue, then October to January would be an ideal time to visit and splurge.
Once you reach your hotel, drop your Backpack, apply some sunscreen, wear some shorts, shades, flip flops, and head out like a Goan. First things first, search for a bike or car rental place, provide a copy of your DL and choose a vehicle convenient for you. If you have a car or a bike already then don't waste your time, visit the nearest beach from your hotel; Vagator, Anjuna, Baga or Calungate and spend some quality time in the sun. Goa's coastline spreads across 120Km, boasting 20+ beaches. Visiting all 20+ is not recommended because you don't have to. While at the beach you can enjoy Kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, snorkeling, etc. to quench your desire for fun and adventure. For food, you can go to the nearest beach shacks and have some tasty food & beverages. Enjoy your beach time while you can.
Hop on your vehicle head back to your room, freshen up, wear some party clothes and visit some of the best swish clubs in and around Goa. Make as many pits stops possible. If the club isn't playing your kind of music, look for another because Goa has plenty of clubs with different music culture. So don't compromise, look for the right one, and you will find the one for your convenience for sure.
Here are a few well-known Clubs in Goa:
1. SinQ in Candolim
2. Tito's in Baga
3. Leopard Valley in Canacona
4. Cafe Mambos in Baga
5. Silent noise club in Palolem
6. Club Cabana in Calangute
The best way to start a day is to indulge in some morning breakfast or brunch at the nearest cafe. Choose your favorite delicacies to get energized for the day ahead. Next destination is Panaji. Panaji is an hour away from most of the beach destinations. It is home to beautiful Portuguese architecture and native Goan culture. Ride along towards Old Goa to see more of Goa's archaic architecture. You can avoid aforemostmentioned places if you are not a history buff.
Instead, you can head to other well-known beaches in the north. Arambol, Morjim, and Ashwem are a few beaches you can visit in the North Goa. In the evening, start to Anjuna beach, have some snacks at the shack and enjoy the view of the setting sun. After basking in the sun, flaunt your suntan at the nearest club and have an all-nighter.
Waking up early in the morning can be a task in Goa but make sure you are up to have some breakfast at the nearest cafe. If shopping is on your mind, you can visit the local Flea markets and buy souvenirs, clothes, footwear, etc. at throwaway prices. Once you have everything you need, drop off the shopping bags at the hotel and visit a 5-star casino in Goa because the best way to make up for shopping and partying bills is to hit the casino. Casinos in Goa can be found on boats anchored in the Mandovi River, and onshore in some upmarket hotels. So roll some dice, play some Blackjack, win some luck and have a memorable vacation.