Goa Travel Guide: Places to Visit and Things to Do in Goa21 min read

Goa Travel Guide

This year, I have been to many beach places like Seychelles, Mauritius, etc. which have been amazing. But a trip to Goa with your best friends is a must. Especially when there are so many fun things to do in Goa like scuba diving, partying, etc. in this tiny state.

So, I decided that we would have a chilled and relaxed holiday in this beach state. While the original plan was just for 3 days, I ended up staying for 10 days in this amazing place. And trust me, they were one of my most cherished days in India.

So, in this guide, I will be giving you in-depth information about all the amazing places to visit in Goa and things to do in Goa so you can plan your epic adventure here too.

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About Goa

A small state in the Konkan region which shares its boundary with the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Goa is popularly known as the party place of India. Every year, millions of people flock to this tiny state for a relaxing weekend or to party all night long.

Known for its beaches and fishing villages, Goa is an Indian paradise. But that’s not all, due to the cultural influence of Portuguese who arrived here in the early 16th century, you can find a lot of Portuguese-styled buildings and streets here. With Panaji its capital, Goa is often segregated into two regions known as South Goa and North Goa. 

How to Reach Goa

Now, the first question that might come to your mind is how to reach goa? Well, that’s a valid concern but the great thing about this city is that it is so easily accessible. So, you have a lot of transportation options connecting Goa to other major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and so on.

So, here are a few ways to consider as a solution to your how to reach Goa query.

Train

Goa is connected to a lot of major cities via railways like Delhi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, etc. So, you can always book a train for yourself if you have the time and patience. A train journey will be long but will be cost-effective as well.

When you are booking a train to Goa, you will have two railway station options: Vasco Da Gama and Madgaon. Choose the railway station according to your plan. If you are planning to spend time in North Goa, then choose Vasco Da Gama. But if you want to explore South Goa, then Madgaon is the best choice for you.

However, remember that you might not have a lot of long-distance trains for Goa. So, you might not be able to choose the convenient railway station but do try if you can.

Flights

There is one International Airport in Goa, Dabolim Airport which is close to Vasco Da Gama and around 30 km from Panjim. The airport has both domestic and international flights going and coming to this airport so one can easily save some time by booking a flight.

You will find several flights connecting Goa to cities like Hyderabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, etc. And there are a few occasional flights as well connecting Goa to Dubai, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Manchester, London, etc.

However, a flight can be an expensive option to reach Goa so if you are on a budget, I would advise you to avoid it.

Buses

For people who stay in South India including cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kochi, etc., buses are a great mode of transportation as well. You have several private bus services to Goa which will take about 10 – 18 hours from nearby major cities.

Also, you have the option to choose from Sleeper, Non-Sleeper, A.C, and Non-A.C buses so you can choose a bus according to your budget.

Cars

Finally, you can also go on a road trip to Goa and have the ultimate fun with your friends. The Mumbai-Goa highway is quite smooth and amazing and will give you an amazing road trip feel.

A road trip from Mumbai will take around 11 hours while a road trip from Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai will take 15, 10, 16 hours respectively.

How to Travel in Goa

Once you have reached Goa, the next thing that you have to figure out is how to travel in Goa. This is extremely important because Goa is huge and going from one point to another often takes 45-60 minutes. So, you would need to consider your budget and constraint while choosing the best mode of transport in Goa.

 

Arambol Beach, Beaches to Visit in Goa
Arambol Beach

 

Here are a few ways that you can travel in Goa to explore this beautiful city.

Buses

One of the best things about Goa is that it has an amazing state bus network. And while you would not get a direct bus from South Goa to North Goa, it is still possible to explore the entire city using buses.

One thing to remember is that Madgaon and Panjim are two major bus stations in Goa. You will get buses to most of the places from here. Here is a little-detailed route by bus if you want to reach these places:

Dabolim Airport – If you want to reach the Dabolim Airport then you can take a shuttle from Panjim to Vasco Da Gama or the airport. From Vasco Da Gama, you have a couple of local buses going to the Airport in every 10-15 minutes. And the whole thing would cost you barely 50 – 80 INR.

Madgaon Railway Station – From Madgaon Railway Station, you get a local bus to the Madgaon Bus Stand. It usually takes 15-20 minutes to reach the bus stand and costs around 20 INR.

From the Madgaon Bus Stand, you get buses to South Goa like Colva, Benaulim, etc. You also get a bus/shuttle to Panjim from here. You will also get shuttles from Panjim to Madgaon which will take barely 45 minutes to reach and will cost you about 80 INR.

Baga Beach – Once you reach Panjim, you can take a bus to reach North Goa like Baga, Candolim, etc. One thing to remember is that these buses usually take time but will cost you just 20-50 INR. 

Panjim – You will get a bus to Panjim from most of the places since it is a major point in Goa. Although, in some cases, you might need to change the bus at one point.

Arambol – If you want to reach Arambol, then you will first need to take a bus to Morjim from Panjim. From the Morjim bus stand, you will need to take another bus to Arambol. In total, it would take you around 2 hours to reach Arambol from Panjim in a bus.

Note: Shuttle Buses are quick and don’t stop at all the bus stops. So, if you are heading to the airport or the railway station then shuttle buses are the best way to travel.

Rented Self-Drive Cars/Bikes

One of the best things to do in Goa for an easy and convenient trip is to rent a car/two-wheeler. You have a lot of rental shops throughout Goa which will give you a car/two-wheeler on rent.

A self-driven car will generally cost you around 1500 INR for a 7-seater in the off-season and weekdays. However, if you visit this city for a long weekend or the peak season then expect to pay around 2500 – 3000 INR for a 7-seater car.

As for the scooty, you can get it for 300-400 INR for a day throughout the year. One thing to remember is that make sure you ask for all the essential papers when renting the car/scooty. Because, a lot of times, they might rent you a car which doesn’t have required papers for driving around entire Goa.

Cabs and Taxis

Lastly, if budget is not a constraint then you always have cabs and taxis for exploring Goa. However, this is definitely the costliest way to explore Goa. A trip from the Dabolim Airport to Panjim will easily cost you about 1000 – 1500 INR so choose the cabs/taxis sparingly.

Best Time to Visit Goa

Technically, there is no single best time to visit Goa as it is a year-round destination. But yes, different seasons offer different activities and things to do in Goa. Here is what you can expect in each season here.

 

Goa in Monsoon Season
Goa in Monsoon Season

 

Summer Season

If you don’t want to experience heatstroke and humidity then summer season, i.e., April to June is the worst time to visit Goa. However, if you are looking for some peace and quiet at an affordable price then summer is the best time to visit Goa.

During the summer season, very few people travel to Goa so beaches are clean and mostly empty. And you can always start your day in the evening for an amazing time here.

Monsoon Season

Personally, I think the best time to visit Goa is during the monsoon season, i.e., the months of July – September. This is because the entire place is covered in greenery during this time which makes Goa even more wonderful to explore. Also, the waterfalls have more water during this time so it becomes fun to play in them.

So, if you don’t mind occasional rainfall then you can definitely plan a trip to Goa in September.

Winter Season

In terms of weather, the best time to visit Goa is the winter season, i.e., the months of October to March. This is also the peak season in Goa. So, you would see a large crowd at this time, especially around December.

But if you plan your trip away from the holidays then you can definitely have an amazing time here. Also, from November, most of the clubs and water activities are restarted in Goa. So, this is definitely the best time for party people and water adventure enthusiasts.

One thing to remember is that the prices are also high at this time so plan your trip carefully.

ATM and Network Availability

In terms of ATM, you won’t face any issues as there are a lot throughout the state. However, it is always a good idea to keep some cash with you before leaving home. This is because, during some long weekends, there might not be cash in the ATMs or you might end up waiting in a huge queue outside the ATM. So, always keep some cash with you and use your credit/debit card wherever possible.

In terms of Network availability, most of the networks work well. However, in some locations, you might not get any network on your Airtel number. Vodafone and CellOne networks work best in Goa but they can be intermittent in some places as well.

Beaches to Visit in Goa

One of the best things to do in Goa is to spend some time on the beautiful beaches here. So, we have mentioned a few of the best beaches to visit in Goa for an amazing Goan experience.

1. Colva Beach

One of the best places to visit in South Goa, Colva Beach is one of the top beaches to visit in Goa. This place is perfect for families and friends and has several restaurants and shacks for an epic night out. You also have a few Karaoke places here to have some fun here.

 

Colva Beach, Places to Visit in South Goa
Colva Beach

 

If you are interested in water sports then Colva Beach is the best place for it in South Goa. 

2. Calangute Beach

One of the largest beaches to visit in North Goa, Calangute Beach is a popular tourist attraction. And it is really famous for water sports activities like parasailing, water jet, water skiing, banana rides, and so on.

So, you can spend a day here, indulging in a few of these activities. Known as the queen of beaches, this place is perfect if you are looking to spend some time in the beachside clubs, shacks, etc.s

3. Candolim Beach

A popular beach to visit in North Goa, Candolim is just next to the Sinquerim Beach and is quite popular among families and foreigners. Not as happening as Baga or Calangute, Candolim is quieter and really picturesque.

So, one can come here to relax on the sun bed without having to worry about excessive crowds. You can also indulge in water activities like banana rides, jet skiing, paragliding, etc. here

4. Benaulim Beach

Another popular beach to visit in Goa, Benaulim is a quieter beach and perfect for relaxing with friends and family. You will find a couple of restaurants and pubs here as well but not as many as the Colva Beach. So, you can come here with a picnic basket and spend some quality time with your friends and family.

 

Benaulim Beach, Places to Visit in South Goa
Benaulim Beach

 

This is definitely one of the top places to visit in South Goa and is a great change from all the North Goa beaches.

5. Baga Beach

Another one of the top beaches to visit in Goa, Baga Beach lies in the North Goa and is best known for its party street. Trust me, this is one of the best places to visit in North Goa if you are looking for an all-night partying scene. You have some famous clubs and pubs here like Mambo’s, Tito’s, etc.

But that is not all, the Baga Beach has been completely transformed in the past couple of years. So, when you reach here at night, you will find a lot of open-bar shacks with platforms here for partying. And usually, these beach parties continue till 12-1 a.m. After that, you can enter one of the local bars like Mambo’s.

And the best part is that entry for girls is free in most of these party spots!

6. Ashvem Beach

A quiet and peaceful beach in North Goa, Ashvem is the ideal place to visit if you are escaping the crowd. Unlike the popular beaches like Baga, Calangute, etc., you won’t find a lot of people or shops here on Ashwem.

There are just a few restaurants and hotels here. So, you can get your beach towel and relax while listening to the ocean waves.

7. Morjim Beach

A quiet and perfectly secluded beach in North Goa, Morjim Beach is located to the north of the Chapora Fort. It is not as commercialized as other popular North Goan beaches like Baga, Anjuna, Arambol, etc.

As a result, you can spend some quality time with your friends and family here and just relax on the beach. There are a couple of amazing villas here where you can stay at to enjoy the secluded beach and ocean view!

8. Arambol Beach

 

One of the top beaches to visit in Goa, Arambol has more of a hippy vibe. And you would see a lot of foreigners, especially Russians around here. So, spending a day or evening at Arambol Beach can be quite refreshing and exciting.

You have a couple of pubs/bars here where you can drink and dance and enjoy an epic night. Also, don’t forget to explore the Arambol market which is just next to the beach. You can also try a Pita sandwich here, in one of the Russian cuisine outlets for a different food experience.

9. Anjuna Beach

Another popular place to visit in North Goa, Anjuna Beach is known for its amazing flea market and a few beachside pubs. This place is perfect for some afternoon chilling as you can relax in the Curlies shack here which is just next to the ocean.

 

Anjuna Beach, Beaches to Visit in Goa
Anjuna Beach

 

Different from rest of the beaches in Goa, Anjuna Beach is a more of a hangout place. And also, it has a different landscape with rocks lining the ocean which makes it really mesmerizing to watch during sunset. So, if you want to just catch up with your friends and have some light fun then Anjuna beach is one of the best beaches to visit in Goa.

10. Dona Paula Beach

One of the most romantic beaches to visit in Goa, Dona Paula beach is just 7 km from Panaji and offers the most amazing sunset views. There is a Goan myth associated with this place which is why you would see a lot of couples strolling around here in the evening.

With its lined palm trees and beautiful hillock view, Dona Paula beach is a must visit when you are exploring Goa.

11. Siridao Beach

Another beach which is close to Panjim, Siridao Beach is not as popular as other beaches in Goa which is why it is such a delight to visit. One has to be careful while swimming here because this is a rocky beach. But for all the shell lovers our there, this is the perfect place to visit as you can easily find oyster and pearl shells here.

So, if you want to explore a new and quiet beach in Goa then Siridao is the perfect location for you.

12. Vagator Beach

Close to the Anjuna beach and Chapora fort is the Vagator Beach which is best known for its scenery. This beach is split into two parts and has gorgeous red cliffs surrounding it.

 

 

Also, it is not as popular as Anjuna, Baga, etc., so you won’t come across a lot of tourists here which makes it a perfect place for introspection.

13. Sinquerim Beach

Situated at a distance of just 13 km from Panjim, Sinquerim beach is one of the best beaches to visit in Goa if you are interested in water sports. Here, you can go for parasailing, Scuba diving, dolphin watching, etc.

Also, it is not as commercialized as the other North Goan beaches so you can enjoy a relaxing time on the white sandy beach as well. Lying adjacent to the Aguada beach, you can also get a glimpse of the historical Aguada fort which was built by the Portuguese.

14. Querim Beach

Also known as the Keri beach, Querim beach is one of the best places to visit in North Goa. This is the northernmost beach in Goa and has a unique scenery with rocky outcrops and a river inlet of River Tiracol. Situated north to the Arambol beach, one has to walk between the Sweet Water Lake and Querim beach to reach here.

But the entire hike is worth the effort when you can relax on this quiet and gorgeous beach which is lined with rows of trees.

15. Chapora Beach

 

Chapora Beach
Chapora Beach

Close to the Vagator Beach, Chapora Beach can be seen from the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort, i.e., Chapora Fort. It can be quite calm and peaceful to look at the ocean from this beach and spend some alone time with your friends and family.

You won’t find a lot of tourists on this beach as they usually explore other popular beaches of North Goa. So, you will be mostly accompanied by locals here.

16. Cansaulim Beach

A quiet and secluded beach to visit in South Goa, Cansaulim Beach lies between Arossim and Velsao Beach. And you can find here equipment to go fishing, diving, windsurfing, etc. which makes it a popular spot for water activities.

This offbeat beach is a great place to visit if you want to escape the crowd in Goa and enjoy some quality alone time with your travel partners.

Places to Visit in Goa

While Goa is famous for its beaches, there are so many other places that you can explore here. From churches to forts to hills, Goa has everything that a traveler could wish to explore.

So, here are a few places that you can check out apart from the beautiful beaches here.

 

1. Dudhsagar Falls

One of the most popular attractions in Goa, you have to visit the Dudhsagar Waterfalls when planning a trip to Goa. This 4-tiered waterfall is the fourth tallest waterfall in India and is located around 45 km from Madgaon. There is also a railway track passing in front of the waterfall which allows the passengers to observe this glorious falls.

But if you want to see it in all its glory then go around the monsoon time. Also, you will need a car to reach the closest enclosure near the waterfall after which you would need to hike a little in order to reach the waterfall.

2. Sweet Water Lake (Arambol)

 

Sweet Water Lake
Sweet Water Lake

 

An offbeat place to visit in North Goa, Sweet Water Lake is just 1 km from Arambol beach. There is a fascinating story associated with this place which is why a lot of locals worship this lake and consider it sacred. But the most interesting thing about this place is that this fresh water lake is located at a distance of about 300-400 m from the ocean.

Yes, you heard me right! And the hike to this place from Arambol is pretty exciting as well. So, if you are exploring North Goa, make sure you spend some time at this beautiful freshwater lake.

3. Anjuna Flea Market

One of the top attractions in Goa, Anjuna Wednesday Flea Market is a must visit thing here. In this flea market, you will get an assortment of souvenirs to buy for your friends and family at a really cheap price.

You will find everything here, from Kerala spices to colorful saris but you need to be good at bargaining. Shopping at Anjuna flea market is a true Goan experience that you don’t want to miss out on.

4. Chapora Fort

 

Chapora Fort is one of the most popular places to visit in North Goa, all thanks to the famous Bollywood movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. But it is not just because of the movie, the landscape and the location of the Chapora Fort is exceedingly beautiful.

And you can also overlook the Chapora beach from here while enjoying a cool sea breeze which makes it such a lovely spot to visit. Although it can be slightly tiring as you have to hike around 600-700 m to reach the fort. But the panoramic view from the top is completely worth it.

5. Basilica of Bom Jesus

One of the best things to do in Goa is to explore the gorgeous churches here which were built during the Portuguese colonization. And one such beauty is the Basilica of Bom Jesus which is also a popular UNESCO Heritage site.

Known to hold remains of St. Francis Xavier, this church is revered by numerous people. And its historical and cultural significance makes it one of the best places to visit in Goa.

You can check out a few of the offbeat places in Goa here.

Things to Do in Goa

As I mentioned before, chilling on a Goan beach is good. But there are a lot many things to do in Goa apart from relaxing on the beaches. Here is a list of things you can do in Goa to make the most of your trip to this beautiful state.

1. Go on a River Cruise

One of the best things to do in Goa is to take a river cruise on the Mandovi river in the evening. The river cruise from Santa Monica Boat Jetty and can last around 1 hour. The boat takes a small circuit in the river and also passes by the Deltin Royale Casino, giving you an unobstructed view of it.

The best thing about this cruise is that you can see the Panjim coast and the Nerul coast from the boat. And there is often local music and dance happening on this boat which is a great way to learn about the Goan culture.

2. Indulge in Water Sports in Goa

Goa is famous for its water sports activities like Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing, etc. So, one of the most important things to do in Goa is to enjoy these water sports activities.

There are several beaches both in North and South Goa which offer these activities like Colva beach, Candolim Beach, Sinquerim Beach, etc. So, make sure that you miss out on this experience while exploring Goa.

3. Play Some Games at the Casino

There are a few casino clubs here where you can go and enjoy some harmless games here. One of the best and the largest casinos in Goa, Deltin Royale Casino Boat offers a 24-hours fun to its visitors in form of different packages.

You have a few packages where you can enter and play here and a few in which you can stay at the boat and play for an entire day. However, if you can’t afford the Deltin Royale, don’t worry because there are other affordable casinos as well.

4. Enjoy a Silent Party in South Goa

 

Did you know that apart from the clubs and bars playing loud music in Goa, there are silent parties also which happen here? In a Silent Party, you wear a Headset and then listen to the DJ’s station instead of blasting out the song for everyone to hear.

This is a unique dancing experience and ensures that no one in the vicinity is disturbed. And this usually happens in South Goa. Trust me, this is one of the best things to do in Goa for a unique experience so do head to Palolem and Cancona beach for an epic Silent party.

5. Learn Scuba Diving in Goa

As I mentioned earlier, Goa is popular for water sports activities. So, if you have always wanted to learn Scuba Diving then this is a good place to start. There are several Scuba Diving centers throughout Goa so you can choose one and complete a Scuba Diving course to explore the underwater world.

6. Explore the Historical Architecture and Forts

 

 

There are a lot of historical buildings here including churches, forts, etc. So, it is only logical that apart from spending time on the beaches, you explore the historical and cultural side of Goa.

For this, you can spend a day in Old Goa and explore the number ruins and historical structures here.

7. Experience Bar Hopping in Goa

Goa has the most happening clubs and bars in India so it is only logical that you spend a night bar hopping here. You can start by spending a couple of hours in LPK then move on to the Tito’s Lane street. Here, you have a couple of places that are open till 3-4 a.m. in the morning.

Make the most of your time in Goa and party like there is no tomorrow!

8. Relax and Sunbathe on the Beautiful Beaches

One of the best things to do in Goa is to just relax and enjoy yourself. There are so many beaches here which are secluded and quiet so there is no need to spend all your time partying or on crowded beaches.

Lay down on a sunbed and listen to the calm ocean waves along with the cool sea breeze that will envelop you in its arms. Trust me, there is nothing as refreshing as taking a quick nap on the beach on a sunbed.

9. Watch a Gorgeous Sunset in Goa

 

Sunset in Goa, Things to Do in Goa
Sunset in Goa

 

10. Try the Local Feni at a Bar

One of the most Goan things to do here is to try the local feni at one of the bars. Personally, I would recommend Joseph Bar as it will give you a complete local feel and you will also be able to meet some amazing locals here.

Feni is a local spirit produced in Goa and is available in two flavors: cashew feni and toddy palm feni. And you will get it in most of the bars and stores in Goa.

11. Go For a Ride in Your Rental Car/Scooty

One of my favorite things to do in Goa is to just take a long ride in the evening along the beachside. So, you can get your car/scooty out and take a long drive in the North Goa.

The road from Anjuna to Arambol is especially amazing and smooth and offers the most gorgeous beachside views.

12. Take a Swim in the Arabian Sea

 

Anjuna Beach at Sunset, Things to Do in Goa
Anjuna Beach at Sunset

 

Of course, it goes without saying that you have to take a dip in the water when in Goa. So, you can either wear your swimsuit and go for a light swim here.

Or you can simply play beach volleyball in the ocean with your friends to enjoy your time in Goa. But make sure you get down in the water at least once.

Places to Party in Goa

We have been to Goa twice now and both the times, we made sure that we experienced the Goan nightlife. After all, what’s a trip to Goa without partying right?

So, here are a few of the best places to party in Goa that you can check out on your visit.

Cafe Mambo

One of the most popular clubs on the Tito’s Lane in North Goa, Cafe Mambo is perfect for everyone who wants to just party. They have two separate areas for dancing so people who feel slightly hot can enjoy in the air-conditioned dancing room. And people who don’t mind the sea breeze can dance in the outside area.

But not everyone is allowed to go into Cafe Mambo so it is safe and secure for single ladies to party. And girls, you get a free entry here every day! And if you get bored of the songs then you can always head out to one of the Baga beach parties to end the night.

Tito’s Club

Another popular party place in North Goa, Tit’s Club is known for its Bollywood and themed parties. And they have an amazing dining section as well so you can enjoy a delicious meal before dancing your heart out.

They have events planned for the entire week so you can check them out and get the tickets before to get some discounts.

LPK

One of the most happening places to party in Goa, Love Passion Karma in Nerul is something you cannot skip. Situated on the banks of Nerul river, LPK Waterfront has a unique architecture made out of mud and stone which makes it an interesting place to visit.

Apart from that, you also have terracotta statues here which makes it even more charming. And the best part about this place is that you can be sure to find a decent crowd here every time. And they also have poles and cages inside to let out your inner dancer and make the most of their dance floor here.

Cohiba Club

An offbeat club in Goa which is perfect for experiencing a Goan party, Cohiba is best known for its live entertainment nights. Here, you can expect to listen to some amazing rock music and can dance away the night with the locals and strangers.

Situated on the Aguada-Siolim road, this club is away from the beach so you won’t have ocean views to accompany you. But the ambiance at this place is great and will certainly make you dance all night long.

Club Cubana

Club Cubana is a hilltop location and is one of the best places to party in Goa. Why? Well, because they have a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi in the center. And they can easily accommodate thousands of people at a time and play different genres of music in each room.

The best part about this club is that the party goes on till dawn and you get unlimited drinks to enjoy here. For ladies, Wednesday nights are the best as you can enjoy drinks on the house.

Curlies Beach Shack

One of the most laid-back party places in Anjuna beach, Curlies comes to life at night and holds the most legendary parties in North Goa. Earlier, this was the ‘IT’ place in Anjuna but it has mellowed down in the recent years.

However, if you are looking to join a happening party then come here on a Monday or a Thursday.

Note: If you are planning to visit Goa in February 2019, then make sure you don’t miss out on the Sunburn Festival. In the Sunburn Festival, you can party for 3 days with some amazing DJs from around the world along with super cool SFX.

Asia’s Largest Electronic Dance Music Event, the Sunburn Festival 2019 is being held from February 23-25 and is the best place to party in town. So, make sure you get your tickets in Advance as booking is open now.

Where to Stay in Goa

One of the trickiest things to figure out while planning a Goa trip is where to stay in Goa. Should you stay in North Goa, South Goa, or Panjim? And should you go to a hostel or a luxurious villa?

Well, the answer to your where to stay in Goa depends greatly upon your budget, duration of trip, and itinerary. If you are planning to spend a couple of days exploring South Goa and North Goa, then you need separate accommodation. And if you aren’t planning to explore too much then Panjim is a good idea as it is closer to most beaches and clubs.

You can check out some amazing places to stay in Goa on Booking.com

Hostels

If you are on a budget then the best thing to do is look for an affordable hostel in your desired area. And thankfully, there are a lot of hostels in Goa like Backpacker Panda, Shail Arambol, etc. where you will get a bed for 100 – 500 INR per night.

If you are solo traveling, hostels are your best choice as you save a lot of bucks. And you end up making a lot of new friends here too. 

Hotels and Guesthouses

In case, you don’t find a hostel for your dates then the next best thing would be to book a guesthouse/hotel. There are several hotels which have deals and offers going on so it doesn’t come up to be that expensive. In fact, I remember getting a deal some 2-3 years back in which we got a room for 2200 for 5 nights.

 

Noname Guesthouse
Noname Guesthouse

 

So, you can search for such hotels and guesthouses when planning a trip to Goa. If you are planning to stay in Arambol, then the Noname Guesthouse is definitely an amazing place to stay at.

Airbnb

In case you are with a big group, then getting a place at Airbnb would be a smarter option. This is because all of you will be able to enjoy in the same house and you will have more freedom than a hotel or hostel.

Usually, depending on your requirements and the amenities provided, you will get a place for anywhere between 1500 – 5000 INR per night for the entire place. Also, avoid getting a place with a pool because you aren’t going to spend any time in it.

Trust me, you will spending the majority of your time relaxing at the beach or partying at the pubs only.

Resorts and Villas

Finally, if you aren’t held back by budget and feel that Goa trip happens only once (So not true in our case) then you can splurge a little on the resorts/villas here. Usually, these villas will start around 4000 – 5000 INR per night. But they will be spacious enough to fit 7-10 people at a time.

What to Eat in Goa

In terms of food, Goa is really famous for its seafood. So, for all the non-vegetarians out there, seafood dishes are a must try here. You have to try a Vindaloo dish here which is a popular Goan recipe and is quite spicy. There are all kinds of restaurants here so you will approximately spend 200 – 500 INR per meal.

Also, make sure that you head to Cafe Bhonsle in Panjim to enjoy their famous Bun. The fluffy fried Bun is sweet and tastes delicious with chickpea curry and will barely cost 40-50 INR.

 

Bun at Cafe Bhonsle
Bun at Cafe Bhonsle
Fish Meal
Fish Meal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stick to small food shacks and do read the menu before you start ordering. Also, make sure that you do try the Fish Curry meal here for 100 – 150 INR. The meal is really filling and is the best way to taste the Goan cuisine.

Summary

While Goa has become quite commercialized and crowded now, it is still an iconic trip that you have to do. And instead of spending all your time on beaches and partying, try to learn about the culture. Dive deep into the Goan history and you will be awarded with some beautiful memories.

I hope that you find our guide helpful and let us know in the comments if you like it.

 

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