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A pocket-sized paradise located on the west coast of India, Goa is a kaleidoscopic blend of Portuguese-Indian heritage, delicious delicacies, and of course the serene beaches. With its Susegad philosophy of living, this sunshine state has gained a lot of fame all over the world. With such easy -going vibes, this little state makes you carefree and lets you take your time to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle. 

Boasting a 100-kilometer long coastline, Goa is home to a string of uninterrupted golden sand beaches that propel many tourists all year round. These beaches cater to every tropical whim- choose from the backpackers’ favourite Arambol or the bolder Baga beach; laidback Mandrem or the palm-fringed Palolem or maybe enjoy the blissful hippie market of Anjuna beach. There are also the private beaches groomed by the five-star properties to appreciate or the hidden coves for you to discover. 

Needless to say, Goa is recognized across the globe for its tempting seafood and bustling nightlife. With a rich collection of beach shacks, trendy bars, lively clubs, splendid casinos, and elegant cafes, the state boasts the most amazing nightlife one can experience in India. 

Known to be a Portuguese colony in the times bygone, Goa also flaunts the baroque architecture back from the colonial times. It is quite evident in the old-style bungalows, ancient forts, and the white-washed churches.

The colourful catholic ceremonies and the stunning cathedrals also give you an insight into the Goan culture. 
With all of these and a lot more to experience, Goa truly has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday recipe.

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Simply WOW!! Quite a thrillophilic journey with immensely warm hospitality, perfect planned schedules and of course amazing travel. As planned we were picked up @7 in the morning and were taken to the falls which happens to be around 100 kms. Bus they provide are very comfortable and AC will also be sufficient to beat the heat of sultry Goa. We also covered a landmark church of Goa enroute. They will give you around 15 20 mins to get that holy feel. Once we reached the venue we were given time to have breakfast, meanwhile the guide arranged tickets for the whole group and settled us up in the bolero which takes you from there further. It was again a Splendid journey of 45 mins through mahavir national park where you will cross several streams also. Pure off roading and adventurous experience. From the parking u have to walk for 5 mins to finally reach the destination which, you undoubtedly will feel deserving enough to have travelled for. Such a sublime scene and cool clear water with fishes around you will quench all the tiredness you might have had after traveelinh to several beaches. You get around 1.5 hours in total after final parking out of which for bathing you will get around 45 mins. Caution : please travel with good non slippery shoes as the rocks are too slippery and carelessness might get fatal. No worries though, you wont drown as they will provide you with life jackets so a good news for non swimmers. Post bath again you will be taken back and be served with complimentary lunch in goan style which is quite palatable. Then a short spice plantation tour followed by a return drop to the reapective pick up points. The trip will end in North Goa around 6 evening. ps : If you have time on your goa trip, do visit this place and thrillophilia is definitely a good option to consider coz it will wave off your trip organisational headache.
03 February 2020
Excellent
Superb cycling experience, it was just the 3 of us including the guide and we were able to complete the trip real fast. The bird sanctuary is where we took most of the pics. We went off road through the forest area as well and we could find the railway lines located there. Couple of steep ups and downs which made cycling challenging. The total distance would be 30 kms. Best I've ever cycled
An unforgettable experience for me. For the first time got a chance to get into snorkeling and see the marine life. Thanks alot guys for an amazing experience.
12 December 2015
Excellent
A well planned and executed sightseeing trip. Good for family tourists like us. We visited some of the famous beaches and churches of Goa. It was nice experience overall.
06 December 2019
Excellent
Goa is famous for its beaches and its parties but amid all the chaos of Goa, this is one soul-soothing experience. This a must-do activity and should be part of any goa itinerary. A 01-hour long cruise journey will give you immense memories.
"Awesome trekking, loved the nature on the way and the awesome falls at the end. "
21 January 2020
Excellent
I went to Goa with my friends, we booked this hotel through Thrillophilia at the pocket friendly price after comparing it on other online platforms. We were welcomed with a drink and after that we were head towards our spacious rooms properly equipped with all the basic amenities. I would recommend to try their Italian cuisines at the Orchid restaurant. Also coming to Goa and not visiting Tito's lane is just a waste so if you guys are planning to go on a Goa trip do try this resort and Tito's lane. The hotel is convenient to access the local area as within walking distance of the Panjim center,. Also, the hotel cars and drivers are available for trips out at additional cost.
10 December 2019
Excellent
Beautifully located on the Miramar beach, extremely well run property, very courteous staff, The rooms are spacious and well maintained. Quick room service. The sea food that we have tried was delicious. We had a marvelous short break at this hotel and will definitely return. Thanks, Thrillophilia for constant support and best deals.
13 February 2020
Excellent
Overall a decent holiday in budget. But the 3 days are not enough to explore the to the fullest. Our hotel accommodation is very good for the price we paid and the sightseeing car was also very good. We liked north Goa compare to south Goa as were in a group of 4 boys. There is a lot of places to party in North Goa but the south Goa is very peaceful and less crowded. Overall a good experiences and Thanks to Rupal from Thrillophilia for planning our itinerary in our budget.
09 February 2020
Excellent
I have visited Goa with friends from Indore and it was best trip of our college reunion. Rahul helped us a lot in customising the package as per our requirement and we also got the group discount. Our guide was very good and helped us explore the best and hidden gems of Goa. We enjoyed a lot at Casino cruise and water sports. Grand Island trip was the best part of the trip. Thank your team Thrillophilia and our guide Fernandes for making our trip awesome.

People Also Ask About Goa

  1. How to reach Goa?

    1. From Mumbai:
    Goa is well-connected to Mumbai by air, rail, and road. The aerial, rail, and road distances between both the places are 435 km, 632 km, and 609 km respectively. You can easily take a direct train from the city to reach your destination in no more than just 6h 24m. Some of the major direct trains from Mumbai to Goa are Jan Shatabdi Exp, Dadar Ten Exp, Maru Sagar Exp, Mngla Lksdp Exp, and Pnbe Vsg Exp.

    Many leading airways facilitate flight service from Mumbai to Goa, helping travelers reach their destination in just 1h 05m. Travelers can also take a direct bus to reach Goa from Mumbai within 7h. 

    2. From Pune:
    The distance between Pune and Goa can be conveniently covered by air, road, and rail. The aerial, rail, and road distances between both the places are 357 km, 492 km, and 473 km respectively. There are three direct trains – Pune Ers Sup Exp, Poorna Exp, and Goa Exp – that travelers can take to reach Goa from Pune within 12h. 

    Travelers can also take direct flights from the top airways to reach their destination in just 1h 10m. You can also take the State Transport Bus to reach Goa from Pune within 11h 15m.

    3. From Bangalore:
    Goa and Bangalore are connected conveniently to each other through all mediums of transport. The aerial, rail, and road distances between both the destinations are 463 km, 638 km, and 564 km respectively. Three direct trains – Mas Vasco Exp, Vlnk Vsg Exp, and Ypr Vasco Exp – help travelers from Bangalore to reach Goa in 13h 05m. 

    Direct flights from leading airways help travelers reach their destination from Bangalore within 1h 25m. Tourists can also take the State Transport Bus for reaching Goa from Bangalore within 14h 18m.

    4. From Delhi:
    Delhi is conveniently connected to Goa via all important means of transportation. The road, rail, and aerial distances between both the locations are 1877 km, 2094 km, and 1515 km respectively. There are twelve direct trains that help passengers reach Goa from Delhi within 25h 37m.

    Tourists can also take direct flights from New Delhi to land at Goa International Airport within just 2h 30m. There isn’t any direct bus from Delhi to Goa. Travelers from Delhi can first reach Pune and take a government bus from here to finally arrive at Goa.

  2. What is the best time to visit Goa?

    The winter months of November to February are usually considered as the most ideal time to visit Goa.

    - Winter (November to February)
    With wonderful weather, several celebrations and festivities, and exquisite activities, the winter months make for the best time to head to Goa. During this time, most tourists prefer experiencing various water activities at the beaches. 

    In December, Goa gets covered with Christmas trees and lights to observe Christmas. The New Year is also celebrated with great pomp and show at this time. Music festivals, food festivals, and carnivals are also held during this period.

    - Monsoon (July to September)
    During the monsoons, Goa receives heavy rainfall, which results in the shutting down of water activities. Trekking and hiking activities also get limited as the trails turn slippery during the rainy season. However, travelers who love rain and want to experience lush greenery, can visit Goa during this time. 

    - Summer (March to June)
    The summer months lead to high levels of humidity in Goa. Although the beaches remain breezy, being outdoors can be a bit difficult. So, not many travelers prefer visiting Goa during the summer season.

  3. What are the adventure water sports available in Goa?

    1. Jet Ski rides at famous beaches like Candolim, Baga and Vagator
    Jet-Skiing is one of the most thrilling activities that can be experienced by adventure enthusiasts of all expertise levels at Candolim, Baga, and Vagator beaches of Goa. By taking up this activity, you can get a chance to enjoy gliding through the never-ending waters of these popular Goan beaches while experiencing the warm sunshine on your skin. 

    2. Parasailing at famous beaches like Anjuna and Vagator
    Fly into the blue sky at Anjuna and Vagator beaches as a superfast speed boat pulls you along. In the course of your flight, you can catch an awe-inspiring sight of the stunning landscape below, which is sure to make you go gaga.

    3. Ringo Rides can be best enjoyed at Pindul Cave
    Ringo Ride is an easy adventure activity that can be enjoyed at Pindul Cave in Goa. The riders can just sit on an inflated circular tubes tied to a speedboat and float over the surface of the water, getting soaked in the ultimate excitement and fun. The actual fun of Ringo Ride can be experienced towards the end when this circular tube would tumble upwards, leaving you to float on the sea.

    4. Water Skiing and Scuba diving at Mobor beach
    If you want to satisfy your immeasurable adrenaline rush, head to Mobor Beach to try water skiing and scuba diving. While the former can give you the chance to rush along the waves, the latter can help you explore the spectacular underwater scenery.

    5. Speed Boating at Baina beach
    If you love speed and want to experience this force in water, you can go try speed boating at Baina Beach. While you rush through the clear water you can feel the breeze making its way through your hair, which of course enhances the thrill. Speed boating is one of the easiest adventure activities to try on your Goa trip, irrespective of your age group and level of expertise.   

    6. Wakeboarding at Baga Beach
    If you hate the high focus and effort needed to balance yourself while trying water skiing, you can go experience wakeboarding at Baga Beach. Unlike water skiing, this activity uses a single ski board and requires pretty less concentration on balance. You can experience the rejuvenating water hitting your face while you effortlessly move along the waves.

    7. Windsurfing at Dona Paula
    Immensely exciting and thrilling, windsurfing at Dona Paula is an interesting amalgam of sailing and surfing on the waters of the Arabian Sea. The riders need to ride their boards along the constantly changing direction of the wind to acquire an unforgettable experience.

    8. Kite surfing at Morjim
    If you want the best adventure experience in water, go for kite surfing at Morjim Beach without giving it a second thought. Being an amalgam of wakeboarding, jet-skiing, and surfing, this activity can be super thrilling and immensely fun. 

    9. Bumpy banana ride at famous beaches like Baga, Calangute, Anjuna and Vagator
    Banana Boat Ride forms a great attraction at the famous Goan beaches like Vagator, Anjuna, Calangute, and Baga. An inflated banana-shaped boat is tied to a speedboat that runs through the water at a great speed, sprinting off the riders. The participants then heave themselves up the boat and the cycle continues. 

    10. Kayaking in backwaters of the Mandovi, Zuari, Chorao and Nerul River
    If you want to experience a calmer and more peaceful water activity, you can go try kayaking at Mandovi, Zuari, Chorao, and Nerul rivers of Goa. Best done during the monsoons, this activity can give you the opportunity to explore the beautiful mangroves while paddling through the backwaters.  

    11. Angling or Sport Fishing in Dona Paula
    Sport fishing is an amazing activity to indulge in at Dona Paula beach in Goa. The instructors present at the spot can help you with the right techniques required to catch a couple of fishes from the clear waters. After the activity, you can also relish the fishes you have caught using your skills. 

    12. Snorkeling at Grand Island and Bogmalo beach
    Your adventurous trip to Goa will remain incomplete without acquiring an experience of snorkeling. You can head to Grand Island or Bogmalo Beach and submerge yourself to catch an enchanting sight of the beautiful underwater creatures like lionfish, barracudas, angelfish, snappers, and batfish.

    13. Water rafting in Mhadei river and Valpoi river
    Although not many people are aware of this, yet water rafting is possible in Goa and all thanks goes to Mhadei and Valpoi rivers. Surrounded by lush vegetation and green trees on all sides, rafting in the white waters of these rivers can offer you a truly serene experience.

    14. Winch-boat parasailing at Mobor Beach
    Winch-boat parasailing can lift up your spirits and make you proud of your skills. Done mainly at Mobor Beach, this soul-stirring water sport can take you super high into the sky and offer you a mesmerizing sight of the unending panorama of the Arabian Sea. 

    15. Dolphin spotting at Mobor Beach
    If you want to spend some time interacting with the marine creatures, you can head to Mobor Beach and enjoy a dolphin safari. During this safari, you can experience spotting finless porpoises and Indo pacific Humpback dolphins, among others.

  4. Which are the best places to go snorkeling in Goa?

    1. Grande Island
    Grande Island is an amazing place to get the best experience of snorkeling. In order to reach the island, you will need to take a boat ride during which you can see beautiful dolphins. Once you reach the mesmerizing sun-kissed island, you can dive into the blue waters and spend time in the spectacular marine world. 

    After snorkeling, you can also enjoy an amazing sunbath at Grande Island and acquire a nice tan.    

    2. Shelter Cove near Vasco da Gama
    With a total depth of about 6 meters, Shelter Cove can offer you a fun-filled snorkeling experience since there are very few undercurrents. Located near Grande Island’s northeastern periphery, this destination can offer snorkelers the chance to watch umpteen varieties of underwater animals including parrotfish, triggerfish, stonefish, angelfish, and lionfish.

    If you are fortunate enough, you can even spot some rare marine creatures like Hawksbill Turtles, cuttlefish, and squid. Shelter Cove also flaunts a breathtaking coral system. 

    3. Uma Guma
    Lying only fourteen meters beneath the surface, Uma Guma is another jaw-dropping spot for experiencing Snorkeling in Goa. This amazing site can offer you the scope to spot a plethora of interesting marine creatures such as porcupine fish, triggerfish, barracuda, parrotfish, anglerfish, big groupers, and surgeonfish. The presence of awe-inspiring coral reefs further adds to the charm of your underwater experience.

    4. Bat Island
    If you want to acquire an unforgettable snorkeling experience in Goa, head to Bat Island without a second thought. This spot is full of fascinating marine creatures including humpback dolphins. Snorkeling at this spectacular island would not only rejuvenate you, but will also allow you to explore the best hidden treasures of North Goa. 

    5. Navy Island
    Navy Island is a popular destination for snorkeling in the state of Goa. With its clear and clean waters, this destination promises amazing underwater visibility to the snorkelers, which enhances the thrill and fun involved in the activity. Some of the underwater creatures you can meet with during your activity include stonefish, barracudas, morays, lionfish, angelfish, sea whips, nudibranchs, and parrotfish.

    6. The Jetty
    With an 8-meter shallow depth, The Jetty happens to be yet another suitable site for carrying out snorkeling. Lying on Grande Island’s northwestern tip, this spot invites both beginner and seasoned snorkelers to test their skills. Featuring a broad spectrum of marine animals, corals, and underwater vegetation, The Jetty can offer you a memorable snorkeling experience.

  5. Which all beaches are famous in Goa for water sports?

    1. Baga Beach
    Although Baga Beach has achieved a lot of popularity worldwide for its amazing nightlife and beach shacks, this beach has got much more to entice its visitors with. The beach offers tourists an opportunity to engage in a broad spectrum of water sports including power scooter riding, parasailing, jet-skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

    One of the most unique activities offered by Baga Beach is Knee Wakeboarding that happens to be an amalgam of water skiing, surfing, and snowboarding. This exhilarating activity has become a recent favorite among the adventure junkies from all over the world.  

    2. Sinquerim Beach
    Counted among the top Goan beaches for the adventure junkies, Sinquerim Beach flaunts its golden sand and spectacular sea, which lures the thrill seekers. This beach makes available for a plethora of mind-boggling water activities including parasailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, scuba diving, and snorkeling.  

    3. Anjuna Beach
    Lying in North Goa and surrounded on all sides by the Arabian Sea’s clear waters, Anjuna Beach happens to be a paradise for water activity enthusiasts. Some of the most enjoyed water sports available at this spectacular white-sand beach are parasailing, paragliding, windsurfing, and scuba diving. 

    4. Calangute Beach
    Calangute Beach happens to be the primary destination for experiencing water activities in the state of Goa. Whether you’re interested in riding the waves, flying with a panoramic sight of the mesmerizing coastline, or plunging into the tranquilizing water – this beach facilitates all of it.

    Some of the thrilling and exciting water sports available at Calangute Beach are Parasailing, Water Surfing, Banana Boat Riding, Jet-Skiing, WindSurfing, Water-Scooter Riding, and Kayaking.  

    5. Colva Beach
    No doubt Colva Beach has achieved more popularity for its silver-white sand, soothing sea breeze, and tranquilizing waves. However, this beach would not disappoint you if you are interested in experiencing some soul-stirring activities. Colva Beach offers its visitors the scope to indulge in a wide range of amazingly thrilling activities such as speed boat riding, motorboat riding, parasailing, banana boat riding, paragliding, and jet-skiing.

    6. Mobor Beach
    Set amidst the Arabian Sea and Assolna River Estuary, Mobor Beach features huge waves that make way for visitors to carry out exciting water sports. Adventure junkies visiting this beach usually engage in Ringo Rides, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Skiing, Winch-Boat Parasailing, and Banana Boat Rides.

    Visitors who want to experience profound adventure can dive deeper into the clear waters and enjoy swimming with dolphins.

    7. Dona Paula Beach
    Positioned at the point where Mandovi and Zuari rivers unite with the Arabian Sea, the world-famous Dona Paula is an absolutely outstanding spot for satisfying your unfathomable adrenaline rush. From Toboggan Ski-Biscuiting and harpoon fishing to yachting and ski-bobbing – this beach has all the exhilarating water activities to add thrill, fun, and adventure to your Goa trip.

    8. Majorda Beach
    Goa’s Majorda Beach happens to be the perfect destination for travelers who want to glide over water and catch a wave. This beach is known as a go-to hub for experiencing Banana Boat Ride and Jet-Skiing in the state.

  6. What kind of shopping can be done in Goa? Which flea markets are famous in Goa?

    1. Flea Market Baga And Anjuna
    Baga Flea Market is very popular among the travelers for its broad spectrum of stalls and shakes offering everything including clothes, bric-a-brac, jewelry, trinkets, and handicrafts. The flamboyant market also houses trendy salons, palmists, and card readers that form one of the important attractions of the place. 

    2. Chapora Fish Market
    As Chapora is a renowned fishing village in Goa, you cannot wish for a better place to buy fresh fish than Chapora Fish Market.  Here, you can get umpteen varieties of Goan fish at the most affordable rates to satisfy your cravings for seafood.

    Tiger prawns, pomfrets, king prawns, crabs, mussels, and lobsters are among the recommended items to buy at Chapora Fish Market.

    3. Tibetan Market
    Tibetan Market at Calangute – Baga Road is one of the most interesting markets of Goa offering umpteen varieties of products from various parts of India. The market exhibits a plethora of small stalls by Kashmiris, Tibetan refugees, and locals.

    Some of the important items that tourists love to shop for at Tibetan Market include art pieces, precious stones, wall hangings, T-shirts, silver artefacts, and jewelry.   

    4. Mapusa's Friday Market
    While Mapusa’s main market remains open daily, its enticing flea market is set up only on Fridays. Mapusa’s Friday Market usually attracts tourists who want to shop for local Goan goods. The most recommended items to buy at the Friday flea market of Mapusa are – cashews, Goan sausages, spices, Feni, earthen pots, fresh fish, and organic food.

    5. Anjuna's Wednesday Flea Market
    Set up every Wednesday, Arjuna's bustling flea market is a paradise for every bohemian fashion freak. This super lively market offers wooden wares and handicrafts from Tibetan craftsmen, quirky jewelry, Kashmiri décor, wall hangings, and beach frocks.  

    6. Calangute Market Square
    Calangute Market Square generally stays open only on Saturdays and is popular for its Kashmiri and Tibetan sections. Important items sold at this flea market include hand-made raw wood statues, metallic jewelry, carpets, and cotton and silk garments.  

    7. Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora
    Arpora’s Saturday Night Bazaar is generally set up during the peak season of Goa i.e. from November to February. Known for its colorful stops, fire dancers, global food stalls, and live music, this flea market forms a huge attraction when it comes to shopping in Goa. Offering goods from every corner of the world, Arpora Saturday Night Market propels shopaholics, foodies, and drink lovers.

  7. What kind of nightlife can I experience in Goa?

    1. Chill at the beach shacks
    It is a well-known fact that beach shacks form a major attraction of Goa. During the peak season, you can see shacks set up at all the popular beaches of the state. While many of these shacks run as restaurants and cafes, some of them operate as nightclubs that remain open until 5 AM. So, if you’re a party animal looking for an amazing nightlife experience in Goa, go chill at the lively beach shacks.

    2. Try your luck at the casinos
    Gambling at the local casinos is a recommended activity for every adult visiting Goa. The Goan casinos have fascinating slot machines and conduct super exciting poker games. These casinos get a huge crowd during the late evening hours, making gambling a nightlife culture in the state.  

    3. Cruising at night
    Goa is counted among the handful of destinations in the country where people can experience partying on a luxury cruise. Many ferries at various rivers host parties for the guests, serving good food and tempting alcoholic beverages. Night cruising usually starts from 7 PM and the guests enjoy dancing to loud music late into the evening.

    4. Party hard in the discos and clubs
    In addition to its beaches and shacks, Goa is also famous for its fascinating nightclubs. You can witness popular clubs and discos brimming with crazy party animals who enjoy dancing and screaming all night. Renowned DJs from both India and abroad come to these nightclubs to perform and entertain the party lovers. 

    5. Bars and pubs for the ones who wish to get high
    Travelers who are very serious about their alcoholic beverages will simply love the pub and bar scene in Goa. From the beach bars to the splendid pubs in top cities like Panaji and Mapusa, there are a plethora of excellent places that serve top-class alcoholic drinks. 

    6. Night Flea markets for the shopaholics
    The night flea markets at Goa form an exciting part of the nightlife trend of the place. Ornate with colorful lights and packed with active crowds, these markets look totally lively during the night. One can find both goods as well as food stalls here, selling out exciting local items. 

    7. Silent Noise Parties
    One of the unique attractions in Goa is its tempting headphone parties or noiseless parties. Each party lover is supplied with a pair of Bluetooth headphones, which is connected to the music. Besides not disturbing the neighborhood, such partying style also gives you control over the volume and DJ selection. 

    8. Star gazing all night long
    Stargazing is an amazing night activity to enjoy in Goa. Although this activity is not possible in North Goa due to lights and pollution, yet you can experience stargazing at certain places in South Goa including Agonda and Cavelossim.

  8. Which pubs and clubs are a must visit in Goa?

    1. Club Cubana
    Lying atop Arpora Hills, Club Cubana is counted among the liveliest nightclubs in the state of Goa. Known popularly for its open-air bar and multi-level and neon-lit dance floors, this flamboyant club attracts all the party animals looking for a crazy nightlife. A hit destination among both Indian and international travelers, this club also has an area reserved for ladies only. 

    Cost for two pax at Club Cubana is approximately INR 2,500.  

    2. Club LPK (Love Passion Karma)
    Lying alongside River Nerul, Club LPK (Love Passion Karma) happens to be an amazing waterfront nightclub. Guests visiting this club love to shake a leg to some latest Bollywood numbers and relish some drool-worthy cocktails. One of the specialties of this Goan nightclub is that it allows women free of cost entry. 

    Cost for two at Club LPK (Love Passion Karma) is approximately INR 1,500.  

    3. Sin Q
    Featuring a nightclub and a poolside lounge, SinQ is popular for its amazing DJs who are capable enough for playing some good mix of songs. The super lively nightlife at this club is sure to entice you to get up from your seat and groove on the huge dance floor. An amazing poolside deck and an adequately stocked bar form the other major attractions of this Goan nightclub. 

    Cost for two pax at Sin Q is approximately INR 1,800.  

    4. Leopard Valley
    Lying in a beautiful valley amidst Palolem and Agonda, Leopard Valley is visited for its crazy music and 3D laser shows. This isolated outdoor nightclub is no less than a treat to the eyes. 

    The cover charge at Leopard Valley is around INR 600. 

    5. Cohiba
    Featuring excellent signature cocktails, fusion cuisine, and live music programmes, Cohiba is a super charming nightclub. The place gets crowded by 9pm and once the mood is set, there is no stop to the crazy music and energetic dance.  

    Cost for two pax at Cohiba is approximately INR 1,500.  

    6. Cafe Mambos
    Known popularly for its different theme nights and loud music, Café Mambos hosts many International and Indian DJS. Featuring a spacious dance floor and a comfortable lounge, this nightclub is suitable for partying all night. 

    Cost for two pax at Café Mambos is approximately INR 1,500.  

    7. Red Square
    Located at a proximate distance to Baga Beach, Red Square happens to be a very popular nightclub in North Goa. This place is popular for its widespread cocktail menu and lip-smacking starters that go really well with the drinks.

  9. Are there any islands in Goa?

    1. Chorao Island
    Flaunting muddy pathways, dainty cottages, and an old-world beauty, Chorao Island happens to be the biggest among the seventeen islands in Goa. The island manifests a Portuguese touch with the unique architecture and engineering of its old churches, dilapidated buildings, and solitary graveyards. Known popularly for its rich biodiversity, the place boasts flourishing mangrove forests and diverse varieties of fauna and flora.  

    The major attractions at Chorao Island include Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Chorao Village, St. Bartholomew Church, and Bhagwati Temple. 

    2. Grande Island
    Grande Island is popular all over the world as the best hub for trying scuba diving and snorkeling in Goa. Lying just off Vasco De Gama coast, this island mainly lures adventure enthusiasts. Some of the famous attractions of Grande Island include UmmaGumma Reef, Suzy's wreck, Sail Rock, and Davy Jones Locker.

    3. Divar Island
    Tucked cozily amidst dense woods, Divar Island is the definition of virgin beauty, tranquility, and serenity. Away from Goa’s loud party culture, this place offers a peaceful environment with its conventional churches and lush paddy fields. Some of the important places to visit at Divar Island are Piedade, Sao Matia, and Naroa. 

    4. Sao Jacinto Island
    Known as the most exquisite island in Goa, San Jacinto is counted among the state’s tiniest islands. This tranquilizing destination is popular across the globe for its beautiful scenic views, which lures visitors to take a boat ride or romantic walk across the island’s perimeter. Away from commercialization, Sao Jacinto Island is the best hidden secret of Goa, manifesting charm and purity. 

    5. Conco Island or Monkey Island
    Located near South Goa’s Agonda Beach, Conco Island is counted among the most frequented to islands in the state. This lush green destination of 5 acres is also called Money Island as it was home to monkeys in the bygone times. Conco Island forms the perfect hub for picnicking, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. 

  10. What are some famous tourist attractions in Goa?

    1. Calangute Beach
    North Goa’s longest beach, Calangute Beach is no less than a real paradise for backpackers from across the globe. Known popularly as “The Queen of Beaches”, this spectacular Goan beach has its name among the world’s top 15 bathing beaches. Calangute Beach owes its popularity to its spectrum of thrilling water activities, shacks, food joints, and pubs.  

    2. Basilica of Bom Jesus
    Known popularly for its awe-inspiring baroque architecture, Basilica of Bom Jesus has remnants of St. Francis Xavier. Constructed back in 1594, the development of this Christian shrine corresponds to the inception of Christianity as a religion in India. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Basilica of Bom Jesus has stood magnificently against the test of time and continues to lure visitors from all over the world. 

    3. Dudhsagar Falls
    Lying within the premises of Mollem National Park, Dudhsagar Falls cascade right from the lofty hills of the Western Ghats. Counted among the country’s highest waterfalls, the mighty Dudhsagar has its name among the world’s 100 highest waterfalls. Enticing nature lovers and photo fanatics, Dudhsagar Falls give the illusion of a heavy flow of milk gushing down a majestic hill. 

    4. Fort Aguada
    Constructed back in the seventeenth century, Fort Aguada is a brilliant example of the mesmerizing Portuguese architecture. Lying on the Sinquerim Beach, this fort offers its visitors a truly breathtaking view of the meeting of the Arabian Sea and Mandovi River. Named after the Portuguese term for water, ‘Agua’, this fortress once formed a source of clean water for seafarers. 

    5. Dona Paula
    Dona Paula is popular across the globe as one of the most enticing monuments in Goa. With iconic stories, passion, love, and romance filled in its atmosphere, Dona Paula is even counted among North Goa’s most flamboyant beaches. Offering its visitors, a spectacular sight of Mormugao harbor, this beach makes for an incredibly beautiful getaway in the state. 

    6. Chapora Fort
    An epitome of incredible beauty and rich history, Chapora Fort is named after the spectacular Chapora River, which flows alongside it. Constructed by the Portuguese back in the year 1717, this mesmerizing fortress has gained a lot of popularity after the blockbuster Bollywood movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was shot here.

    From the Portuguese emperors to the Maratha kings, Chapora Fort has made its way through the ownership of several rulers and today its relics tell the legendary tales.

  11. Which resorts are good for a honeymoon in Goa?

    1. Vivanta By Taj
    Offering a delightful and posh honeymooning experience, Vivanta By Taj happens to be one of the top luxurious romantic resorts in Goa. Offering an unbeatable charm of the alluring marine horizon coupled with the glory of the majestic Aguada Fort, this resort lures every couple.

    Featuring an exquisite landscape encompassing antiquated trails, palm trees, and splendid rooms and cottages, Vivanta By Taj Group promises the honeymooners an unforgettable experience. 

    2. Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort
    Boasting a tranquil atmosphere, fascinating location, sea-facing cottages, fun games, and mouth-watering international cuisine, Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort is a totally surreal honeymoon resort. 

    The key attractions of this romantic Goan hotel include a rejuvenating swimming pool, a beachfront restaurant, and private beach access.  

    3. Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa
    Offering a magical and romantic milieu, the award-winning Park Hyatt Goa is the perfect honeymoon resort to strike love and romance between the lovebirds. Known across the globe for its mesmerizing architecture, poolside bar, tranquilizing swimming pool, Pousada-style suites and rooms, this resort is no less than a paradise for couples.

    4. Heritage Village Club
    The exotic resort of Heritage Village Club stands as a perfect destination for celebrating your journey of togetherness. Known for its delicious international and local cuisines, exotic cocktails, and splendid rooms, this resort is a go-to staying option in Goa for lazing around with your beloved.  

    5. Royal Orchid Beach Resort and Spa
    If living by the pristine sea in absolute serenity is your kind of dream honeymoon, be sure the Royal Orchid Beach Resort and Spa is your idyllic destination. The charming hospitality, picturesque location, and soothing environment justifies the reputation of this hotel as a recommended honeymoon resort in Goa.

    6. Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
    Owing to its exclusive luxury facilities and prime location, Marriott Resort and Spa is considered as a serene honeymoon resort in Goa. Located in proximity to Dudhsagar Falls and some of the best casinos, this exquisite resort is everything you need for a surreal honeymoon experience. During your stay at this hotel, you can also take rejuvenating spa and yoga classes together with your soulmate.

  12. Which casinos are good in Goa?

    1. Maharajah Casino by Big Daddy
    Known popularly as Big Daddy, this offshore Goan casino lies at Captain of Ports Jetty in Panjim. Housing triple gaming zone levels, this casino is equipped with more than 850 gaming positions and 110 tables. In addition, Maharajah Casino even shelters an entertainment zone, a VIP zone, a cigar lounge, a bar, a multi-cuisine restaurant, and a barbecue area.

    One can also witness live celebrity performances, band performances, and DJs in this casino.

    2. Deltin Royale
    Located at RND Jetty in Panaji, Deltin Royale is very popular for its unique ‘Vegas’ experience. Floating down the serene Mandovi River, this casino makes available for multiple gambling options and games like Indian Flush, American Roulette, Baccarat, and Blackjack.

    A Money Wheel and slot machines from one of the major attractions of this alluring offshore casino. Guests can relish international cuisines and tempting cocktails while enjoying interesting live performances. 

    3. Casino Pride
    Positioned at Captain of Ports Jetty in Panjim, Casino Pride happens to be an awe-inspiring floating casino that enjoys immense fame in Goa. With multiple slot machines, a Money Wheel, a plethora of games, and more than 35 gaming tables, this Goan casino lures a huge crowd every day. Casino Pride is even known to host grand poker tournaments for the expert players. 

    In addition to the gambling scenery, guests flocking here can even witness live Bollywood events. Casino Pride also houses a special children’s zone that is well-equipped with multiple entertainment options. 

    4. Deltin Jaqk
    The luxurious gambling paradise of Deltin Jaqk is located at Fisheries Jetty in Panaji. With more than 280 gaming options and exotic food and drinks menu, this happens to be one of the highly recommended casinos in Goa. The casino is also equipped with a kids’ room for the young guests and an in-house ATM for your last-minute gambles. 

    While Deltin Jaqk provides learners tables to the beginners, it hosts huge tournaments for its seasoned gamblers. 

    5. Chances Casino
    Located at Dona Paula, Chances Casino is a section of a beautiful boutique resort. Lined by hills and beaches, this place is counted among the most ancient casinos in the state, which has retained its popularity among many gamblers. 

    Chances Casino offers slot machines, video slots, and a broad spectrum of fun games like Electronic Blackjack, American Roulette, Royal Ascot Horse Racing, Baccarat, and Poker. The casino even offers afternoon game lessons for the newbies and beginners. 

    In addition to the games, guests can also relish drool-worthy delicacies at the in-house food outlets and take a swim at the pristine pool. They can even enjoy live music events on Sunday, Friday, and Tuesday.

  13. Which are the unexplored places I can visit in Goa?

    1. Cabo De Rama Fort
    According to popular beliefs, Cabo De Rama Fort was home to the Hindu god Lord Rama and Goddess Sita in the course of their exile. In present day, this age-old fort is in ruins and is relatively abandoned. This offbeat destination is visited by tourists who want to explore the real treasures of Goa away from the chaotic scenery of the city center.  

    2. Bamanbudo Waterfall
    Sitting nearby Amba-Ghat trail, Bamanbudo Waterfall offers a breathtaking sight of the spectacular Ghats. This place is visited by peace seekers and nature lovers, who never miss out on taking a rejuvenating and relaxing bath at this destination. Bamanbudo Waterfall also forms an amazing site for picnicking in the lap of nature.

    3. Arvalem Caves
    Believed to have been built in the sixth century, Arvalem Caves are remains from an old civilization of the region. According to historical experts, the Pandavas stayed here in the course of their exile. Manifesting an awe-inspiring interior and exterior architecture, Arvalem Caves have sustained the test of time, luring history and architecture buffs at present. 

    4. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
    Home to umpteen varieties of animals and birds, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The beautiful and bold White Eyed Eagles and Royal Bengal Tigers generally form the major attractions of this wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary also has a watch-tower of 25 feet from where tourists can catch a glimpse of the spectacular jungle view below.  

    5. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
    Named after Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist of India, this is the only sanctuary for birds in Goa. Forming a true paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary shelters umpteen varieties of migratory, local, and coastal birds. A lofty watch tower positioned inside this sanctuary offers tourists a better viewing experience.
  14. How is the general climate in Goa?

    In general, the temperature of Goa remains moderate throughout the year. While the average temperature does not go below 15oC in winters, the temperature does not exceed 37oC in summers.  

    - Winter: During the winter months of November to February, the average temperature usually remains within the range of 15 to 33 degree Celsius. 

    - Summer: During the summer months of March, April, May and October, the average temperature generally remains within the range of 19 to 37 degree Celsius.

    - Monsoon: During the rainy months of June to September, the average temperature generally remains between 21 and 29 degree Celsius.

  15. What language do they speak in Goa?

    The most widely used and official language of Goa is Konkani. That being said, however, this Indian state happens to be multilingual and multicultural. Apart from Konkani, the locals can also write and speak English, Hindi, Marathi, and Kannada. Many residents of the place are even fluent in Portuguese.
  16. How much does a Goa trip cost?

    A standard one-week trip to Goa can easily cost you around INR 15,000. That being said, if you want a budget trip, then it is advisable to travel in a group so that the cost per head comes out to be lower in comparison to what you have incurred otherwise.

    Furthermore, the cost also varies depending on the type of vacation you want to have – luxurious or simple. If you’re traveling by air, using a rented bike instead of taxis for local visits, visiting mid-range pubs, and staying in 3-star hotels, you can expect an expense of INR 12,000 to 15,000.
  17. Which part of Goa is best?

    The part of Goa that can be the best pick for you depends mainly on what you’re actually seeking. If you’re someone who wants a lively atmosphere, bustling shacks, mad nightlife, and delicious food, then you should head towards Baga. On the contrary, if you are seeking inevitable beauty, clean beaches, and peaceful surroundings, you should head towards Agonda Beach or Palolem Beach.
  18. Is Baga Beach safe at night?

    Yes, Baga Beach is absolutely safe at night. In fact, this Goan beach turns into a paradise for party lovers at night. A host of party animals flock to the beach to party hard with the loud music playing in the background. The beach shacks also remain open during this time offering good food and chilled drinks.
  19. What things are cheap in Goa?

    Here are some of the important things you can get at cheap prices in Goa:

    - Beer
    - Petrol
    - Cashew nuts
    - Leather bags, purses, belts, and shoes.
    - Beachwear like sarongs, bikini, hats, flip-flops, and shorts
    - Fruit wines
    - Sugarcane juice
    - Kokum juice
    - Flavored tea
    - Species like nutmeg, black pepper, and triphala
  20. Is North Goa better or south?

    Whether North or South Goa is better, depends upon the kind of experience you are looking for and your individual interests. If you’re looking for good food, amazing party destinations, crazy nightlife, vibrant beaches, huge crowd, and the best shopping, North Goa can be your best pick. However, if you’re seeking calmer beaches and peaceful yoga retreats, you should undoubtedly head to South Goa.
  21. How far is North Goa from Goa airport?

    North Goa lies at an approximate distance of around 32.6 kilometers from Goa International Airport. Travelers interested in visiting this part of the state can easily take a taxi or book a cab from the airport to arrive at the destination in no more than just 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  22. How far is South Goa from the airport?

    South Goa is located at an average distance of around 57 kilometers from Goa International Airport. Tourists, who want to experience the attractions in this part of Goa, can take a local taxi from the airport and reach the place within just 1.5 to 2 hours.
  23. Which is the best area to stay in North Goa?

    The most recommended and prime areas to stay in North Goa are Baga, Candolim, and Calangute. All these locations have a plethora of good hotels, homestays, and lodges to choose from. Furthermore, a number of cozy restaurants and vibrant clubs are also located in these three top destinations in North Goa.
  24. Which is the best beach to stay in Goa?

    The two best beaches to stay in Goa are Baga Beach and Sinquerim Beach. Baga Beach is home to a plethora of good pubs, shacks, and bars and offers vibrant nightlife. On the contrary, Sinquerim Beach is a bit calmer place with a few good shacks and bars.
  25. Which is near the airport north Goa or South Goa?

    Located at an average distance of about 32.6 kilometers from Goa International Airport, North Goa is closer to the state’s airport and can be reached within 1 hour and 15 minutes. South Goa, on the other hand, is located a bit farther from the airport and it usually takes 2 hours to reach the place from Goa International Airport.
  26. What is the main city in Goa?

    The largest and main city in Goa is Panaji or Panjim. Being the capital city of the state, this place happens to be an essential cultural, educational, and commercial hub of Goa. Panjim is packed with beautiful churches, historical buildings, modern structures, and pristine beaches.
  27. What is the off season in Goa?

    The months from May to September are generally considered off season in the state of Goa. The summer month of May is usually unbearably hot and uncomfortable for travelers. The monsoons set in from June and continue up to September, making the beaches a bit dangerous for swimming and other water sports.
  28. What is the peak season in Goa?

    The peak season in Goa generally starts from the month of November and continues till the end of February. During this time, the weather remains pleasant for sightseeing and all the water sports can be accessed at the beaches. In addition, the celebration of Christmas, New Year, and many carnival festivals also take place in Goa during this period.
  29. What is there to do in the off season in Goa?

    During the off season i.e. monsoons, tourists can enjoy fun activities like trekking and sightseeing. They can trek to the lush green Tambdi Surla and catch a glimpse of the serene waterfall. Travelers can also take heritage tours and experience the tradition and culture of Goa. Furthermore, they can also enjoy shopping and relishing local Goan delicacies.
  30. Is Goa safe in monsoon?

    Yes, Goa is absolutely safe to visit during the monsoons. During this time, tourists can enjoy engaging in sightseeing tours, shopping, and clubbing. Travelers can also visit the beaches and take a stroll along the shores. However, it is advisable to avoid swimming in the waters of the beaches during the monsoons as the tides are likely to be high.
  31. Is Dudhsagar falls open in October?

    Yes, Dudhsagar Falls is open for visiting in the month of October. During this time the place looks green and the weather remains cool, which makes the place a relaxing getaway for travelers. Starting from October, tourists can visit Dudhsagar Falls till the end of May. It is important to avoid visiting the place in the monsoons as the trail turns slippery and dangerous during this time.
  32. How many days are enough for Goa?

    Tourists flocking to Goa usually plan a trip of 4 days to explore and experience this place. During this time span, one can explore all the important beaches, try the various water activities, and experience the nightlife of the place. They can also visit other important attractions of the state like Dudhsagar Falls and the Basilica of Bom Jesus. They can even go shopping for cashews, spices, and other souvenirs at the local markets.
  33. Is Goa safe for females?

    Yes, of course. Goa is full of national and international travelers all year round. The state stays awake, lively, and chaotic throughout the day. Hence, it is absolutely safe for females to roam around and explore the beauty and charm of the place. Furthermore, as the locals of Goa are very friendly, you can be sure that they’ll never show their back when it comes to helping a tourist.
  34. What is Baga beach famous for?

    Baga Beach in Goa is famous all over the world for its vibrant and crazy nightlife. With a plethora of bustling shacks at the beach, the entire place turns lively and invites the party animals once dusk engulfs the destination. Baga Beach is also popular for its thrilling water sports like parasailing, bumper boat ride, banana boat ride, and jet-skiing.
  35. Can we sleep on the beach in Goa?

    Yes, you can probably sleep on the beaches in Goa. However, you need to be careful about your belongings while you sleep on an open beach. You should also have your valid identity proof with you as the cops can ask you a few questions if they come across you while patrolling.
  36. Which part of Goa is best for family?

    If you are visiting Goa with your family, then South Goa can be your best pick as this part of the state is calmer and more serene in comparison to the northern half. As the beaches in South Goa are less commercialized and house fewer shacks, you can get to spend some quality and private time with your family on the shores.
  37. Do and don'ts in Goa?

    - Do not drive under the effect of alcohol.
    - Do not stare at the bikini-clad girls with that creepy and hungry look.
    - Do not litter the beaches with food wrappers and beer bottles.
    - Do take a bike or scooter on rent to drive around and explore.
    - Do try the various water activities available at the beaches.
    - Do taste the authentic Goan delicacies.
  38. What are beach shacks in Goa?

    A beach shack is basically a temporary structure, selling out seafood, local Goan delicacies, cocktails, and cold beer. The shacks have courteous staff, who serve guests on the comfortable sunbeds. Beach shacks happen to be an integral part of Goan beaches, making the shores attractive and tempting.

  39. Does Goa have an international airport? How to reach Panjim from the airport?

    Yes, Goa’s International airport is also known as Dabolim International Airport. It is the only airport in the state where domestic as well as international flights operate. You can reach Panjim by using the public transport facilities like buses and taxis that are available just outside the airport. You can also pre-book taxis that cost you approximately INR 350 to 400 to cover a distance of 25 km from the airport to Panjim.

  40. What are some restricted/prohibited goods in Goa?

    Goa is a party destination. However, there are certain things you should take care of. These goods and services are prohibited in the state. If you’re found with it, you can land behind the bars.

    - Drugs- As it is in all parts of India, possessing or trading drugs is a serious crime in Goa.

    - Drone- We know, aerial photography is brilliant but make sure you don’t remove your flying camera in this state without prior permission

    - Gutkha-
    A preparation of crushed areca nut, tobacco, catechu, paraffin wax, slaked lime and sweet or savory flavorings is not allowed in the state.

  41. What you will like there?

    Free and Liberal Environment
    Goa is a very liberal place where you can wear the type of clothes you want, drink alcohol freely and just unwind yourself without anyone judging you. 

    Serene Beaches
    The beaches, especially in North Goa are clean and mesmerizing. Spending a day lying on the beach, enjoying the salty sea breeze blowing over you is an unforgettable feeling. 

    Facilities for Tourists
    Since Goa is a tourism state, there are many facilities for tourists like rented bikes, general stores, medical stores, options for accommodation, variety cuisine restaurants and entertainment facilities. A tourist in Goa will never feel uncomfortable or lacking because of this.

    Nightlife
    There is no end to the type of places you can visit in Goa at night. From high end clubs playing EDM and house music to clubs playing the Desi Bollywood music or traditional energetic Goan music, you will have a variety of choice for partying in Goa.

    Seafood
    You will never forget the taste of authentic Goan fish curry and rice once you have it. There are several small and big restaurants which serve traditional Goan food and you can also try some famous seafood like Lobsters, crabs, squids, shellfish and sharks cooked in different traditional as well as modern styles.

  42. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Goa?

    The ideal duration for a holiday in Goa is 7- 10 days. Within this span, an individual will have enough time  to undertake all activities like watersports like , jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, etc and adventure activities like trekking, hiking, quad biking and many more.

    You can also cover sightseeing to various places like Aguada fort, Dudhsagar Falls, Chapora fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, etc.

  43. What kind of laws are there in Goa regarding drug usage?

    Possession or trading of drugs like weed, hash, cocaine etc is illegal in all parts of India including Goa. It is a serious punishable act if you’re found guilty of the same. You can land in jail for a minimum of 5 years.

  44. Can I rent a bike, car etc. to travel within Goa? What is the cost of renting?

    Hiring a two or a four wheeler in Goa is very easy. While roaming around the streets of Goa, you will often come across boards with the name and number of the contact person from whom you can hire a vehicle. The cost for a two wheeler Activa ranges from around INR 250 to 300 per day while a four wheeler is anywhere between INR 1000 to 1500 per day.

  45. What are the best adventure activities that can be done in Goa?

    There are a number of adventures for one to indulge in Goa. Some of which are:

    - Trekking to Dudhsagar falls or the Vagheggiare peak
    - Scuba diving at Grand Island
    - Snorkelling and dolphin spotting at Grande Island
    - Water rides such as banana boat, jet skiing, bumper ride and parasailing at well-known beaches like Calangute, Mober, Baga, Palolem, Anjuna and Vagator
    - Water skiing at Mobor beach
    - Hot air balloon ride at Assolda ground

    You may also consider trying out some offbeat activities like:

    - Backwater Kayaking at Sylvan Siridao
    - Camping in south side of Palolem beach.

  46. Where can I learn to surf in Goa? When is best time for surfing?

    Surfing appears difficult to a majority. However, with valuable training, anybody can master this art. There are a number of surfing schools that provide surfing courses in Goa. These institutes are dedicated in training anyone who is interested in learning this sport. They also promote and encourage people to take up surfing as a profession.

    The best time for surfing in India starts from the month of September and goes on till May. Usually, September and November and are considered a good time for beginners while June, July and August are only suitable for professionals.

  47. How expensive is Goa?

    Goa, being a tourist destination has something for everyone. You can find reasonable homestays as well as luxury resorts, local shacks as well as 5-star dining, affordable transport as well as fancy cars.

    Thus, Goa is not an expensive state if you’re looking for a vacation. It has everything that may turn into a luxury vacation if you want. But for anybody who is not looking to engage in luxury, Goa is beautiful and inexpensive.

  48. Where can we go for parasailing in Goa? What is the approximate cost?

    This is an extremely popular water sport in Goa. You can enjoy it at the following locations:

    - Dona Paula
    - Majorda
    - Anjuna
    - Bogmalo
    - Calangute
    - Colva
    - Candolim
    - Vagator

    Price:
     Approximately INR 1000 to 1500 per head

    On the other hand, Catamaran sailing is done on boats that are famous for their colorful banana-shaped hulls. You can enjoy this activity at Palolem beach in Goa.

    Price:
    Approximately INR 1200 to 1500 per head

  49. Is it safe to travel to Goa?

    Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to Goa, a state that ranks in top states of India to welcome a great footfall of national as well as international tourist. Goa caters to the needs of all kinds of travellers. Right from a family vacation to a solo traveller, from a group of youngsters to group of elderly friends looking to relax and enjoy..

  50. Which is the famous place to do river rafting in Goa? Is it safe to do river rafting?

    River rafting in river Mhadei is really popular amongst rafting enthusiasts all over India. River Mhadei is a stretch of 10 km and runs through the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. Anybody aged 12 and above can participate in this activity.

    This river offers rapids ranging between 2 and 3 which is great for a first timer. The best time to enjoy rafting here is from July to September during monsoon when the river is overflowing with rainwater.

    Like any other water sport, rafting can be considered as a safe activity only after adhering to safety measures. The use of correct gears like inflatable rafting boats, carbon paddle, life jacket, helmets, wet suit, dry suit, dry bags etc. is very essential while you’re undertaking this sport.

    Similarly, taking this ride under the supervision of a trained rafting instructor is also important. In most of the cases, these instructors brief everyone about safety measures and sign languages before getting onto the raft. Make sure you listen to their guidance and adhere to all rules

  51. I am woman visiting Goa alone? Will I be safe?

    Yes, Goa is one of the top visited cities by women travellers. It is safe and takes care of every tourist need. It has immense to offer, one of which is safety and precaution for travellers. Women can enjoy their trip to Goa without any hesitation.

  52. Where can I do Kayaking in Goa? What is the average cost of Kayaking?

    Kayaking can be a beautiful experience in Goa and there are a number of places where you can go to enjoy this activity. When done in the backwaters of rivers, it seems more like a relaxing activity and on the other hand, when done in the sea, kayaking can be an adventurous and a relatively tiring activity.

    In Goa, you can enjoy kayaking at following spots:

    - Aguada River
    - Sylvan Siridao
    - Chorao
    - Nerul Creek or Spike’s river
    - Bat Island
    - Mobor beach
    - Bambolim
    - Calangute-Baga stretch
    - Candolim
    - Zuari
    - Chicalim
    - Vasco da Gama
    - Mandovi
    - Sal backwaters

    The cost for Kayaking per head depends on the location. More isolated the place, greater the charges. 
    However, the average cost can be considered to be around INR 1000 to 1500 per head.

  53. What are the essential items that one must pack while travelling to Goa?

    On your trip to Goa, there are a certain things that you will surely need. It is always better to be prepared. So here’s everything that you should carry on your trip.

    - Sunscreen- A good sunscreen since you will be out in the heat on beaches.
    - Sunglasses- to save you from harsh sunrays and to cover-up sleepy and hung-over eyes.
    - Essential Footwear- Make sure you take a mix of flip flops, crocs and dancing shoes because you cannot wear the same shoes everywhere in Goa
    - Jacket- It is going to be hot in the day but considerably cool at night. So carrying a jacket isn’t a bad idea. You can also use this as a mat or pillow at the beach.
    - Fanny Pack- You can carry this bag that sticks to your waist instead of a sling bag or a tote for all your essentials.
    - Power Bank- In case you’re unable to charge your phone while travelling, you have a backup
    - Water Bottles - so that you don’t get dehydrated
    - Moisturiser- Considering Goa’s weather, your skin can become dry very quickly
    - First Aid Box- Goa is full of outdoor activities and an emergency may occur at any point. So, it is advisable to carry at least a basic first aid kit with you.

  54. Can I do Kite-Surfing in Goa? Where can I do it?

    In Goa, this sport is gaining popularity famous as there are several training schools that help you learn this water sport activity and the climate conditions at the beach are very suitable. The wind is best in February, March, April and May as winds build up because of the upcoming rain season. October and November are great for surfing too. Here’s where you can enjoy best kite surfing:

    - Arambol
    - Mondego Bay, Morjim
    - Bambolim
    - Mandrem
    - Ashvem
    - Pernem

  55. Where can we do Paragliding in Goa? What is the cost of Paragliding?

    Arambol should be your ideal choice if you want to enjoy the activity of paragliding in Goa. The Sweetwater Lake here is a beautiful launching point that makes your ride in the air worth the experience. The endless sky and sea captivate your mind but you are neither touching the sky nor the water, instead you are sailing between the two most beautiful elements.

    The wonderful view of the mountains and plains capture your eyes and the accompanying long shoreline of the pristine beach mesmerises your soul. The best time for paragliding here is between the time of late September and early June. 
    This activity costs approximately INR 2000 for a 10 minutes ride. However, if the weather conditions are suitable, you may ask the organiser for a few extended minutes.

  56. Where can we do Quad Biking in Goa?

    Moving away from the beaches and water sports, quad biking in Goa offers a refreshing experience. Riding in the mud, rocks, wood and sand can be a fun activity. But do not forget to adhere to the safety measures that safeguard your ride and keeps you away from injuries.

    ATV bikes can be used for off - roading and for exploring the uncharted territories. Quad biking is available in Anjuna behind St. Michael School. Anjuna has 2 different tracks that are made available for riders; natural and a man made track.

  57. What are the most important points to be considered while planning my trip to Goa?

    Here is a list of things you should keep in mind while planning a trip to Goa-

    - Don’t carry too much hard of cash in hand. Keep that ATM card handy.
    - Keep your wallet in a safe place, not in the rear pocket.
    - Make sure you carry one single pouch for all important documents like passport, PAN card, etc.
    - Remind yourself to stay hydrated at all times.
    - Carry sunscreen, a lot of it.

  58. What should I do in case of any medical emergency during adventure activities?

    The first thing you can do incase of medical emergency during adventure activities is to contact the nearest hospital. More often than not, there are cops at every beach in Goa who can help you get first aid or medical help. Here are a few emergency contact numbers you can make a note of:

    - Ambulance -108
    - Goa Medical College Hospital - 2458727, 2458049

  59. Are there any religious restrictions in Goa?

    Goa is one of the Indian states that welcomes people from all around the world. It wholeheartedly accepts guests by serving its hospitality irrespective of where the person belongs. There is no such restriction that’s going to hamper your trip to Goa. As long as an individual doesn’t harm the religious sentiments of other people it is all very warm.

  60. What all types of cuisines can I find in Goa? Which ethnic food is special in Goa?

    Restaurants in Goa have a variety of cuisines as people from all over the world visit this destination. It has Spanish, European, Chinese, Italian etc. However, the authentic local Goan food is the ethnic speciality here. Many of the food items are prepared using coconut. One of the famous dishes is Chicken Xacuti, so make sure you don’t miss out on trying this one!

  61. Which restaurants serve the best seafood in Goa?

    Goa being a coastal region, serves amazing seafood. If you are a fish-eater, you’re absolutely going to love the seafood served at the following restaurants in Goa.

    - Ritz Classic - Panjim
    - Fisherman’s Wharf - Mobor Beach, Cavelossim
    - Zeebop - Utorda Beach, Salcette
    - Suwadik- Panjim
    - Souza Lobo - Calangute Beach

  62. Which treks are famous in Goa?

    Apart from offering beaches and parties, trekking in Goa is quite a popular activity as well. The best factor about these trek spots are that they are accessible throughout the year. However, you should avoid extreme rains as the trails become slippery and dangerous. Some of the famous treks in Goa are listed below:

    - Mainapi Waterfalls- This is one of the most scenic such sites in the Western Ghats.The trail here passes through dense forest and goes past gushing streams.

    - Dudhsagar Falls- Probably the most visited trekking spot, Dudhsagar falls is mesmerizingly beautiful. As the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk, this place is called Dudhsagar.

    - RavanDongor Peak- Situated at an elevation of around 3000 feet above sea level, this peak is considered to be the third highest peak in Goa. It offers an amazing view of two wildlife sanctuaries from atop it.

  63. Can we visit Dudhsagar waterfall? Is jeep safari to Dudhsagar falls is safe?

    Dudhsagar Falls is one of the most famous and most visited trekking spots of Goa. With approximately 600 metres in height, this is one of the highest waterfalls in India. The name Dudhsagar means a sea of milk and has derived its name as the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk. It is located on the Mandovi River and is around 70 km from Panaji.

    The best time to visit here is in the monsoon season when the place looks no less than a paradise. 
    The jeep safari to Dudhsagar falls is absolutely safe. Many tourists undertake this facility and you can take this ride too for a thrilling experience.

  64. Is vegetarian food easily available in Goa? Which are some famous restaurants for vegetarian food?

    Vegetarian food is easily available in all parts of Goa. Although most often than not, most tourists and locals consume meat on a daily basis, there are a lot of vegans out here too. So dear vegetarians, worry not… here is a list of restaurants that serve great vegetarian food in Goa:

    - Navtara Pure Veg Restaurant- Panaji
    Location: 5 locations in Goa – Panjim, Margao, Mapusa, Porvorim and Calangute

    - Bhojan - Panaji
    Location: Hotel Fidalgo, 18th June Road, Panaji, Goa

    - Bean Me Up - Anjuna
    Location: 1639/2, Deulvaddo, Near Anjuna Petrol Pump, Anjuna

    - Saraya Art Cafe- Sangolda
    Location: Saraya House, Chogm Road, Penha de Franca, Sangolda

    - Jalsa- Bardez
    Location: Tambudki, Arpora, Bardez

  65. Does one have easy access to alcohol in Goa? What is the legal drinking age?

    One of the major reasons why Goa is popular amongst the youth is because it sells cheap alcohol. You can find the local beer for as cheap as INR 30. However, the legal drinking age set by the government in Goa is age 21 years. Make sure you don’t consume any alcohol if you are any lesser than the mentioned age in order to not invite any trouble.

  66. Is smoking legal in Goa?

    Yes, smoking of tobacco is legal in Goa. However, smoking in public places is not allowed. If you’re found guilty of smoking in public properties like clubs, beaches etc; you can be penalised or  put behind bars.

  67. Can kids do adventure activities in Goa? Which activities are suitable for kids?

    Yes, kids can indulge in a few activities like banana ride, kayaking, and swimming in Goa. Usually, the minimum age required to participate in other adventure activities is 12 years but kids of below age can also have fun in Goa provided necessary safety measure are taken beforehand. You can smartly choose beaches like Palolem and Patnem that have calm and shallow waters that ensure the safety of kids while they undertake any adventure activity.

  68. What festivals do the local people celebrate in Goa?

    Goa is a blend of different cultures with the Goan population playing a major role. This mix gives it plenty of festive moments. Here are some of them-

    - Shree Shantadurga Zatra, Fatorpa
    - Goa Carnival
    - Shigmo or Shigmotsav
    - Easter
    - The Goa Food and Cultural Festival
    - Sao Joao Festival
    - Chikal Kalo Festival
    - Touxeachem Feast
    - Ganesh Chathurthi
    - Dussehra
    - Christmas
    - Diwali & Narkasur Nights

  69. Are ATM cards safe and useful to carry in Goa? Are there any international ATM facilities in Goa?

    Carrying ATM cards is the ideal thing to do in Goa. It is best advisable to carry ATM cards rather than cash as it is easy to keep while you engaged in various activities in Goa like water sports, sightseeing, adventure sports etc. Moreover, ATMs make it easy for an individual to avail cash whenever needed.


    International travellers need not worry as the state has many international ATMs like HSBC, standard chartered, DBS, Citibank etc as well. Goa has ATM machines installed in every area at regular frequency, so it becomes safe to carry ATM card instead of cash in hand. You can keep withdrawing the amount as and when required.
  70. Are there any money exchangers in Goa?

    There are many sources of money exchange in Goa, all located in major locations. These facilities can be easily availed by foreigners looking to exchange the currency. One of the most convenient one is located at Dabolim International Airport. So you can have your currency exchanged right at the start of your trip to avoid any inconvenience ahead.

  71. Are there any rave parties in Goa?

    Rave parties are usually well-kept secret parties in Goa. These parties happen in the interiors of Goa and are  circulated within youth themselves. There are no open announcements or promotions made for local people to know about them. If you want to know about such parties, asking local youth might  give you some insight.

  72. Which clubs are good for couples?

    If you’re visiting Goa with your better half, you should visit the below listed clubs as they have great  ambience for starting a romantic night for you two-

    Club LPK (Love, Passion, Karma)

    Address: Nerul, Candolim, Bardez
    Cost for couples: INR 1500

    Club Cubana

    Address: Airport Hill, Near Marinha Dourada Hotel, Anjuna Road, Arpora
    Cost for couples: INR 1500

    Club Bora Bora

    Address: Morjim Beach, Vithaldas Vaddo, Morjim
    Cost for couples: INR 900

    Club M

    Address: Marbella Beach Resort, 782, Gawdewada, Morjim-Ashvem Road, Arambol
    Cost for couples:  INR 1200

    The liquid sky

    Address: Vagator Beach, Vagator
    Cost for couples: INR 1000

  73. Are the police helpful and cooperative in Goa?

    Yes they are, although you need to maintain traffic rules of helmet and signal lights. They also have alcometers for late night vehicles, so be aware. You can ask them any questions about sightseeing in Goa and about the places, they are most happy to enlighten you on the same and much more.

  74. Which are most famous beaches in North and South Goa?

    Here is a list of top beaches in Goa. These are beautiful, well maintained and have attracted tourists for years:

    North Goa

    - Kerim Beach - The northernmost beach of Goa that has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th century church.  Located close to Tiracol fort, it is a peaceful and an unexplored beach with a calm shore.
    - Arambol - This is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa as it is well maintained and less explored.
    Mandrem - Mandrem is one of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa where you can go for a dolphin spotting ride.
    - Morjim - Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. Here, you can spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food.
    Chapora - The white sand along with black lava rocks plus the Chapora fort overlooking the sea makes it a beautiful sight.

    Central Goa

    - Miramar - Miramar beach is located 3 km south-west of Panaji and is a very popular beach amongst locals as well as tourist.
    Dona Paula - This place has Water Sports, jetty, Rocky shores, shopping and so much more. It is located just 6 km south-west of Panaji.
    Siridao - A paradise for sea shell collectors, this beach has a rocky and sandy shore and it’s most famous attraction is the Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth.

    South Goa

    - Colva - This beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening beach for nightlife in South Goa.
    Benaulim - This beach has good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bullfighting events that take place here.
    - Cavelossim Beach - Once you’re here, you can relax on this white sand, black lava rocks and beach shacks. Eat tasty Goan dishes and Seafood, do watersport activities and shop at the local markets.

  75. Is it worth visiting Goa for honeymoon?

    Goa is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India and it is popular for a reason. With beautiful beaches, mesmerising sunsets, fancy restaurants and pleasant weather, every couple aspires for a romantic trip to Goa.  Goa offers every aspect of a romantic trip.

    However, here’s what you can do to make your honeymoon worth cherishing a lifetime-

    • A romantic walk on the beach
    • Discover the Latin Quarter of Fontainhas
    • Visit the location of the tragic love story of Dona Paula de Menezes
    • Go for a romantic dinner on cruise
    • Go for a couple massage and spa
    • Go for a night time beach stroll
    • Spend time on a houseboat
    • Do some sky-gazing
    • Dive in the sea together
  76. Are there any backpacker’s hostels in Goa?

    If you are on a budget trip, there’s not going to be any place as cool and affordable as the below listed backpacker hostels. With all basic facilities, these hostels are very easy on the pocket

    Wonderland Hostel 
    Location- Anjuna

    - Roadhouse Hostels
     
    Location- Palolem

    - Dreams Hostel
    Location- Vagator 

    - Hopping Frog
    Location- Assagao

    Red Door Hostel
    Location- Anjuna

    - The Hostel Crowd
    Location- Panaji

  77. Which is the best villa stay in Goa? How much will it cost?

    Terra Rosa, an artfully constructed Portuguese Villa is our favourite pick in Goa. It is located on the scenic island of Chorao just a 20 minute drive from the capital, Panjim city.

    It is a quaint place that has beautifully white washed churches including the majestic 16th century church of Sao Bartolomeu This villa offers a great chance to soak in the ethos of Goan village life on one hand and its vivacious night life on the other. The starting price of this villa is INR 6500

  78. How far is Grande Island from Panjim? Is it worth visiting?

    Grande island is located near the city of Panjim,  a mere 1 hour drive. You can get onto the Grande island by only using water transportation. This island is worth visiting because it is an ideal spot for anybody who is interested in having the best scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and diving experience.

    Experienced and professional divers like to dive near the “Davy Jones Locker” sunken ship far away from this island and the sunken British 135-meter vessel “Suzy” which can be found just a few stones' throw away. Moreover, it’s a picturesque, interesting and breathtakingly beautiful place

     

  79. Where is Dudhsagar Waterfall? Is it worth visiting?

    The mesmerising site of Dudhsagar falls can be witnessed in Goa. The giant fall is located on the Mandovi River on the border of the Indian state of Goa and Karnataka. As the torrential water falling down the cliff looks like milk, this place is called Dudhsagar. It is a must visit destination on your trip to Goa.

  80. Which churches and forts are famous in Goa?

    If you haven’t visited Churches in Goa yet, here’s where you should go:

    • Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
    • Location: Rua Emidio Garcia, Panjim

     

    • Francis of Assisi church
    • Location: Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa

     

    • Basilica of Bom Jesus
    • Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim

     

    • Se Cathedral
    • Location: Velha, Goa

     

    • St Alex Church
    • Location: North Goa, Near Don Bosco School, Bardez taluka, Calangute

     

    And, if you haven’t visited forts in Goa, here’s where you should head-

    • Fort Aguada
    • Location: Fort Aguada Road, Candolim

     

    • Chapora Fort
    • Location:Chapora village, North Goa

     

    • Cabo De Rama Fort
    • Location: 27 km from Margao Railway Station,Cabo de rama village, South Goa

     

    • Corjuem Fort
    • Location: 2 km from Mapusa and 4 km from Aldona on the island of Corjuem in North Goa

     

    • Reis Magos Fort
    • Location: On the northern bank of the River Mandovi across to the city of Panaji in North Goa
  81. What activities can I do in South Goa?

    South Goa has a number of places that are worth visiting and great beaches to soak the sunrays. You can engage in a number of water sport activities and adventure activities in South Goa.

     

    Some activities are-

    1. Sightseeing at Cabo De Rama Fort

    Location: 27 km from Margao Railway Station, South Goa


    2. Relax at beaches-
    • Colva - This beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa.
    • Benaulim - This beach has good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bullfighting events that take place here.
    • Cavelossim Beach - Once you’re here, you can relax on this white sand and black lava rocks and beach shacks eat Goan dishes and Seafood, gin watersports and shop at the local markets. You can also go for dolphin spotting trips here.

    3. Visit the famous Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

    Location: Canacona Taluka, South Goa

  82. What activities can I do in North Goa?

    North Goa has a number of places that are worth visiting and great beaches to soak the sunrays. You can engage in a number of water sports activities and adventure sports.

    Some activities to do in North Goa are:-

     

    1. Visit Chapora Fort

    Location: 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, North Goa

     

    1. Visit Corjuem Fort

    Location: 2 km from Mapusa and 4 km from Aldona on the island of Corjuem in North Goa

     

    1. Reis Magos Fort

    Location: On the northern bank of the River Mandovi across to the city of Panaji in North Goa

     

    1. Relax at the best secret beaches in Goa like-
    • Kerim Beach - The northernmost beach of Goa that has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th century church and is located close to Tiracol fort. It is peaceful and an unexplored beach with calm shore.

     

    • Arambol - This is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa as it is well maintained and less explored.

     

    • Mandrem - Mandrem is of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa where you can go for a dolphin spotting ride.

     

    • Morjim - Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. Here, you can spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food.

     

    • Chapora - The white sand along with black lava rocks plus the Chapora fort overlooking the sea makes it a beautiful sight.
  83. Can I do a cruise ride in Goa?

    There are a variety of cruises in Goa offering stunning views. Goa has beautiful cruise rides. Plus, they come in a variety!

    Some of them are

    • Luxury Cruise

    Entry fee- approximately INR 2000 on weekdays

     

    • Private Cruise

    Rate per night- approximately INR 10000 on weekdays

     

    • Houseboat Cruise

    Rate per night-  approximately INR 10000 on weekdays

     

    • River Cruise

    Entry fee- approximately INR 500 to 700 on weekdays

     

    • Sunset Cruise

    Entry fee- approximately INR 150 on weekdays

  84. What all romantic activities couples can do in Goa?

    Goa is indeed a very romantic destination. With the perfect blend of sunrise, sunsets, beaches, eateries and nightlife. It has a lot to offer to set up the most romantic trip. These activities listed below will surely make your trip to Goa all the more romantic and magical.

     

    • A romantic walk on the beach
    • Discover the Latin Quarter of Fontainhas
    • Visit the location of the tragic love story of Dona Paula de Menezes
    • Go for a romantic dinner on cruise
    • Go for a couple massage and spa
    • Go for a night time beach stroll
    • Spend time on a houseboat
    • Do some sky-gazing
    • Dive in the sea together
  85. Which place has good beaches, North Goa or South Goa?

    North Goa is a lot more populated in comparison to South Goa. Having said that, both the regions have some of the best beaches. You may go to beaches of North Goa if you are looking at having a chilled environment at the shacks with other tourists being around. On the other hand, beaches in south Goa are more of secluded ones that don’t see great footfall. It is ideal for people who want to be away from the crowd.

  86. Can we go for backwater cruises in Goa?

    One of the famous cruising activities in Goa include backwater cruising. It is a fun-thrill ride in the backwaters of Goan rivers like Mandovi and Zuari. You can best enjoy these during sunsets when the weather is very pleasant and the mood is set right with splendid views of the river.

  87. Can we take liquor bottles outside Goa?

    Carrying liquor outside Goa may be legal in a few states and illegal in others. For example, it is illegal in the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra while states and territories to which permits are issued are Delhi, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, and Daman and Diu have the permit to carry liquor.

  88. Where can we get Goa’s famous local drink “Feni”?

    The famous local drink “Feni” that is made out of cashew nuts can be availed at any local liquor shops in Goa that are located in all major cities. They are easily available and come in various quantities. Usually, the smallest bottle of Feni costs INR 40 for about 250 ml

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