No wonder Goa tops the list of best holiday destinations in India. The sun, sand and the sea together with the party hotspots in the north and the serenity down south make it an irresistible combo of fun and leisure. But scenic beaches and eccentric nightlife are not the only attractions that await you in Goa India. From exploring ancient temples and churches, age-old forts and pretty Portuguese villages to captivating sunsets, flea markets, exciting water sports and a night of gambling at the casino, there’s a lot more to experience in this beach paradise.
Goa is separated into North and South, North being more “party” and south being a place people go to relax and get away from the party scene in the North.
In the future, I hope to give you great advice about South Goa, but as I live and spent more time up north, I’m going to stick to this part
- Baga Beach: For water sports like scuba diving, jet skiing and paragliding, dolphin cruises and banana, bumper and boat rides
- Calangute Beach: For swimming, yoga, long walks, sunbathing, surfing, catamaran sailing and water skiing.
Anjuna beach-It is more crowded, but still nice. At night this beach comes alive with trance parties. You can get 30 minute foot massages for about 200 Rs at both beaches.
Arambol is where you’ll find the hippie drum circles and little beach parties.
Mandrem/Morjim and Ashwem are nice beaches and best for lunch and lounging! You will find more russian crowd here.
My favorite beach is Vagator, It is one of the cleaner, quieter and rather isolated beaches in North Goa. You can just relax here; soaking in the cool sea breeze, the sound of the waves lapping the shore and the beautiful night sky.
If you stay at the beach for long, you can even attend one of those famous Goa parties that go on till the wee hours of the night and play some hypnotic trance music.
Popular psy parties: Shiva Valley, Disco Valley, Hillop, Club 9, Westend, Curlies (maybe),
North Goa’s pubs:
- Cohiba, Candolim,
- SinQ, Candolim,
- LPK Waterfront, Nerul
- Café Mambos, Baga
- Cape Town Café, Baga
- Tito’s, Baga.
Do visit St. Anthony’s shack on Baga if karaoke is your thing.
Since most pubs are open till late, you can dance (or sing) your heart out while sipping on drinks and binging on snacks before you head back to sleep off the night.
Try your luck at Goa’s anchored casinos
Don’t miss out on the memorable gaming experience offered by the state’s offshore casinos. Who knows, you just might get lucky!
- Deltin Royale
- Deltin Jaqk
- Deltin Caravela
- Big Daddy Jetty
- Casino Pride
You can also enjoy live music and dance from 9 pm onwards along with a world-class gourmet buffet and free drinks that make the casino visit all the more worth it.
- Entry Fee: Starting @ 1500 per person
Spend as much time as you wish at the casino; you can even stay here till the dawn of light and keep playing and hopefully, winning before you return to your hotel.
Goa has THE best market in India, if not the whole world: the Saturday night market, followed closely by the flea market. These aren’t the only places to shop but are a great place to start.
The two biggest markets are only open on season: end of October through March-April.
1. Flea market at Anjuna Beach-Here you will find everything from clothes and home décor to a range of Indian spices and even musical instruments. There is also a lot of food and entertainment on offer, too. A great places for shopping in Goa.
2. Night market at Arpora-This bustling night markets sees a lot of tourists every weekend. It’s filled with a number of food stalls, clothes and knickknack vendors, and entertainment options from across the world. Here you can find everything from helmets to telescopes!
4. Baga-Calangute Road-If you’re looking for summery clothes, this stretch of road will not disappoint. Here you can pick up everything: shorts, dresses, jewellery, swimwear and even furniture. Make sure to bargain to ensure you get the best deal.
5. Panjim Market-This is a shopper’s paradise and a great place to visit if you want to take back Goa’s famous cashew nuts, port wine, spices and curry pastes. It has some good eateries as well and don’t forget to look out for local favourite Mario Miranda’s works.
You can go whitewater rafting , hiking, waterfall chasing, paragliding, SUP, kite-surfing, or head south to the spice plantation to ride an elephant. Of course you need time to beach out! There are dolphin boat trips, river houseboat rentals, Tai Chi, Yoga all over the place, and Silks and dance at Tito’s White house.
PLACES TO EAT
TOMATOS,MORJIM – this is the perfect place if you want delicious food with a view.(must try pizza)
BHAIYA’S PAAJI – Best pav bhaji i have ever it.
HIMALYAN CAFE– If you want foreign crowd, friendly environment and best fast food in Goa then you can’t exclude that place.
TIBET CAFE– Friendly environment , different vibes and must try Tea(chai) and shakes.
WHEN TO COME.
October through April is best, but by end of April it’s HOT HOT HOT. December is the peak and it is crowded to the max. You’ll need to book ahead at this time and expect to pay 5x as much as normal. Monsoon is in the summer, May through September and although I love it and stay, most people try not to come during this time.
Think about renting a villa if you have 4 or more people. Airbnb is cool now in India and you can get great deals. Even my complex has our villas on airbnb.
Bike rentals are the way to go. It’s about 200 Rs a day for a bike and 500 Rs petrol will last you at least all week! You can also rent a car if you have more people.
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