With over 2 million tourists coming in every year, Goa has to be well connected and accessible. Goa is easily accessible by road, rail and air. Being such a popular holiday destination, there are various alternative commute options to reach here.
Goa is home to everything refreshing, zesty, exotic and colourful. And this includes Goan food. The food here is a blend of Konkani, Hindu, Portuguese and Catholic cuisines, providing wide and vibrant choices. Seafood, coconut milk, rice and local spices are the main elements of Goan cuisine and fish, curry and rice form the staple food.
Seafood like prawns, lobsters, crabs, pomfret fish, clams, ladyfish, mussels, and oysters is used to make a variety of curries, fries, soups and pickles. Fish curry, fried fish, fish cutlets are just some of the items that you must savour in Goa. Goa also offers a variety of options to vegetarians.
Quiet and calm beach, Vagatos is one of the best beaches of Goa. It is beautifully set amidst the cliffs with soft and white sand and is perfect for relaxing. It has vast stretches of coconut trees and the Chapora fort as a nearby attraction.
Hill Top in Vagator is popular for rave parties. New year tends to be the most chaotic with crowds easily in the thousands attending the party at Hilltop. Hill Top has a party every Sunday evening in the tourist season. DJs from Germany, Sweden, England, France, Italy, India, Russia and Israel are regular performers at Hill Top.
One of the most popular sea beaches among foreigners in Goa beacuse of its night parties, Curlies and other good eating joints, peaceful seashore, western seafood with chilled beer and good music in nearby restaurants and flea markets
The most popular beach of Goa, Baga beach a tourist hotspot. It is popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs. There is also a range of water sports that you can try your hands at. It is a happening place where you can see beautiful sunsets and enjoy the cool morning breeze. The shacks come to life in the late evening with music blasting and amazing customer service.
It is a crowded yet beautiful sea beach. Calangute beach has Water Sports, markets, restaurants, good food. is famous for its nightlife and the famous pubs of Goa including the Tito’s.
Situated right next to the Aguada Fort, Candolim and Sinquerim beaches are more famous with the up market tourists. Candolim and Sinquerim are continuations of Calangute, with lesser crowd and more luxury properties to stay. At Sinquerim beach you can also find water sports options such as windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing etc. The entire stretch makes for the longest beach in Goa and also hosts some of the music festivals in Goa.
Palolem Beach, located in the South Goa is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Union Territory has to offer. Mostly unspoiled, the beach is often flocked with foreign tourists. Palolem Beach is a natural bay flanked by lofty headlands on either side. This leads to a most gorgeous beach in South Goa adorned with serene surroundings and gently sloping bed of sand to stroll upon. It has about one mile long shore in crescent shape crowded by fishermen and tourist of all nationalities. During the season, one will find the beach packed with shacks, hawkers, restaurants, and eating outlets. If you are lucky, you can also spot Dolphins cavorting in the bay. However, the beauty of the beach is unparalleled with tree covered rocks at one end, mainly known as Green Island.
What to Expect: Popular and crowded beach, frequented by locals from Panaji and nearby towns, local street shops, local restaurants.
If you're looking for a place away from the hustle bustle of the crowd with more space and solitude, Agonda beach is the right place for you. With the clear blue water and coconut trees, this beach is a delight for nature lovers. The beach is not very popular among tourists and hence relatively quiet and less crowded. Unlike the likes of Baga and Calangute, Agonda is one of those beaches where you can venture out for a leisurely walk along the beautiful coast. The beach becomes a little dangerous at high tide hours, and surfing is a high-risk situation. This beach isn_ã_t recommended for swimming.
One of the most happening beaches in South Goa, Colva beach is mainly renowned for its shopping and phenomenal nightlife. The beach is full of shacks and eating joints. Located 6 km from the Margao city, Colva beach is a stunning beach adorned with swaying coconut palms along its 25 km long coast. The white finely powdered sand covers the shore from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south along south Goa's coastline. The beach area also suggests the luxurious lifestyle of the elite class who owns striking houses or villas that speck the village. A stroll during the sunset is refreshing and mesmerizing with beautiful view and the dimming sun rays throwing a golden shadow over the pristine water and glowing sand of the beach. The place is perfect for those who are looking for a water-sports fix along with lively and vibrant nightlife.
Beautiful and serene, Arambol Beach is counted among the best beaches of North Goa unexploited by the tourist and thus offering solitude to those who are seeking. Considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, Arambol beach has distinct Bohemian feel to it that no longer exist in any other beaches. Also known as Harmal Beach, it is unspoilt and pristine owing to the villagers. The main part of the beach is a long stretch of curving sand which serves as a perfect spot for family and friends for swimming. The place is a paradise for those looking for some tranquillity and solitude. If adventure is your thing, then the cliff near the beach also offers paragliding and dolphin watching boat trips. There are some shops adjacent to the beach selling clothes, junk jewellery and handicrafts from across Goa and country.
Church of St Francis of Assisi
This is the famous landmarks of Goa and is the oldest church located in Goa. The statue of Mother Mary stands at the front of the church with the tower of the church behind. This church has truly been beautifully preserved. Also, the church bell is the 2nd largest bell in the whole world.
Church of St. Cajetan
This church has a major resemblance with the St. Peters Basilica in Rome. On the left, there are three altars dedicated to the Holy Family, Our Lady of Piety and St. Clare and the right-side altars are dedicated to St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John. Though the building is 300 years old, but has been wonderfully preserved. It is still visited in large numbers by Catholic devotees and tourists alike.
The fort was built in 1612 to watch and guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe. A freshwater spring within the fortification provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. It has the capacity of storing 2,376,000 gallons of water, one of the biggest freshwater reservoirs of Asia.
This waterfall when looked at from a distance, appears like a heavy stream of milk flowing effortlessly with much pressure from top to down the hill, finally splitting into three streams of water, heading steadily to their ultimate destination, into the deep green sea.
When talking about Goa, in a flash it reflects the swinging mood of the hippies. With trance music and twist dance AND clink of beer bottles and splash of wine glasses, the sandy beaches of Goa turns out to be a pulsating and wambling floor.
Night Life & DJ Parties
An ultimate hub for the food, dance, music and leisure lovers, a conceptualized ambiance keeping in mind the varied moods of party lovers. It boosts a posh nightlife along with open air lounge, discotheque and poolside area with classy cabanas.
Water Sports in Goa
Scuba Diving in Goa
Goa is one of the few places in India offering scuba diving. Diving in Goa is not the best owing to limited underwater visibility, but it is still popular among tourists. The water life and the variety of creatures you get to see are quite amazing. Multiple beaches offer diving facilities, but Bogmalo is considered one of the best in terms of a dive. Divegoa is one of the companies which organise scuba diving trips at Dauna Paula beach near Panjim.
The exotic beaches of Goa, pristine waters and breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise can be best enjoyed through the luring river cruise. The live cultural shows and Goan dances is a splendid experience. Cruising through the River Mandovi and the boundless Arabian Sea is a luxurious experience popular among holiday makers all around the world.
One of the most enthralling river cruises in Goa, this is a time spent under the beams of moonlight. where you will get enjoy the great performance by Fugdi dancers and Corredinho dancers
Shopping in Goa
Anjuna Flea Market
The flea market at Anjuna Beach is one of the most important shopping destinations in North Goa. Held every Wednesday, this market is the perfect place to shop till you drop. Haggling is the name of the game here, and the products on offer include everything ranging from handicrafts and clothes to jewellery and funky accessories.
Saturday Night Bazaar, Arpora
Shopping at the Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora is a great weekend activity, as the market offers an exciting mix of shopping opportunities ranging from sumptuous foodstuff, herbs and spices to handicrafts, bags, accessories, designer jewellery, rugs and carpets. The “night” factor of the Arpora market not only allows you to shop while the weather is pleasant but also adds a happening feel to it.
Calangute Market Square
One of the most frequented beach spots in North Goa, Calangute features its own market with an array of stalls and shacks selling everything from clothes, beachwear, sea shells, local handicrafts, trinkets and carpets to lots of seafood snacks and beer.
An excellent location for ardent shoppers, Mapusa market is just the usual Goan bazaar for most of the week, where local traders bring in their usual fare except for Fridays, when the market turns into a platform for Goan entrepreneurs to showcase their produce in the most vibrant (and noisy) fashion.
You can find just about anything at Mapusa Market on a Friday, with items ranging from antiques and Goan pottery to handicrafts, textiles, clothing, spices, fruits, vegetables, meats, jewellery and much more. Bargaining may save you some cash here, so this comes across as a good place to test your haggling skills.
Spa & Massages
Goa is full of spa resorts and Ayurvedic massage centers. Beachside massages are also available at some beaches. Various spas of Goa which are preferred by the tourists from all around the world are Sereno Spa and Leela Kempinski Goa Spa Center. Leela Kempinski Spa Center is a beautiful place where you can go and relax. Situated at a beautiful location, this spa center provides all the services which help you to relax and rejuvenate your tired body, mind and soul. It also provides a beautiful and attractive view of the beaches of Goa.