Adventure Activities in Goa
Indulge in Water Sports
The availability of innumerable opportunities to indulge in water sports is one of the main reasons that tourists visit Goa again and again.
The lovely beaches here are perfectly suited for a number of water sporting activities such as windsurfing, dinghy sailing, scuba diving, waterskiing, angling, parasailing, water scooter and swimming. Indulging in these activities is definitely one of the best things to do in Goa.
Splash about in the water during this holiday and make the most of your trip here with the innumerable water sporting events that are held on the beaches. Windsurfing is one of the most popular water sports activities in Goa. It requires a person to adjust his strength and balance to the speed and movements of wind and water.
Dona Paula Bay is one of the most popular destinations for windsurfing in this place. The Bay provides an almost lake-like condition with its placid waters and cool breeze. While the morning breeze is calm and light, it gets stronger in the afternoons. The mornings are perfect for beginners while the afternoons are just right for those with more experience.
Dinghy sailing is perfect for those who would like a relaxing experience on the waters of Goa. This activity is conducted on 15 feet long crafts that can hold up to three to four persons at a time. For beginners, there are trainers available at the Dona Paula Bay.
For those who love exploring underwater, scuba diving in Goa is the best activity to indulge in. The seas in Goa are blessed with a wide variety of marine life, corals and reefs. Furthermore, there are wreckages of old Portuguese and Spanish galleons. Other water sports activities that can be enjoyed in this destination include waterskiing, angling, and parasailing.
Go for Snorkelling
A tour of Goa should include snorkelling as it is a mandatory sport every tourist coming to Goa wishes to do. Goan beaches are, however, the best location for snorkelling. Snorkeling is almost similar to swimming but with a snorkel and other related equipment like a diving mask and a tube for breathing. But the availability of snorkeling is limited to certain months every year and if you plan to do snorkeling on your tour of Goa, then check for the availability and plan accordingly. Bogmalo Beach is the most popular destination for snorkeling located on the southern coast of Goa.
Usually, the activity lasts up to 3 hours depending on your experience and control under water. Snorkeling provides you with the best sights under water; the world of marine species can be witnessed with your naked eye. The schools of fish, lobsters and of course the lengthy corals are an irregular sight yet immaculate. There are multiple tour planners which give snorkeling courses and training as well as snorkeling at reasonable rates in Goa.
Atlantis Water Sports, Goa Diving, Goa Aquatics are some of the best snorkeling clubs at different beaches in Goa such as Bogmalo, Calangute, Baga etc. You can either take snorkeling trip alone or you can add snorkeling to an island tour or with sightseeing tours. But remember, you always need to be ready to go underwater if you decide to do snorkeling and follow the instructions given by the trainers strictly for your safety.
Best time to do snorkelling: Usually snorkeling will be done during the months from November to April or May as the other seasons may cause the sea to act roughly so that snorkeling cannot be done.
Price range: the cost of snorkeling changes according to the tour planner you choose and the equipment quality. But usually, the price range starts from Rs.1500 for 1 hour of snorkeling.
- Goa, India
Activity Location: Grand Island
Pick-up/ Drop locations: Calangute, Baga, Candolim, Arpora
Timings: 8 AM to 6:00 PM
Grand island popularly known as Bat island or Monkey island is a place that will fill you with the excitement of thrilling adventures that you will appreciate. When in Goa, do not miss to indulge in exquisite water activities like Scuba Diving, Parasailing, Speed Boat, Dolphin sightseeing, Jetski, Banana Ride, Bumper Ride, Boat Ride, etc at grand island and feel your excitement reach new levels. A perfect blend of exotic adventures and breathtaking views will definitely provide you with a happening holiday experience.
Location: Grand Island
Timings: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Pickup and Drop Points: Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Candolim, Senquerim, Porvorim, Panjim
Grand Island, implies as a tropical island catering the picturesque glimpses of the shores of the Arabian Sea and an amazing water world consisted of dreamlike natural beauty. Now, in addition to witnessing the scenic beauty of the beaches, you can go for experiencing the adventure of watersports as well like snorkelling. Get picked up from decided pick-up point, reach the meeting point, and sail on a boat to reach the Grand Island, popularly known as Bat Island and prep up for this unforgettable underwater experience.
Get refreshed with the snorkelling activity, conducted in the crystal clear water of the Arabian Sea. Explore the underwater marine world of the Arabian sea, perfectly satisfying the soul for both nature enthusiast as well as an adventure seeker. Grab delicious buffet lunch and satisfy your hunger. Also, visit the nearby beaches or indulge in a soothing sunbathe, swimming, playing football, volleyball, dart games and many other activities.
Note: The activity package is allowed for 12+ years age group only.
- North Goa
Chapora river is flowing in North Goa while giving a clean water outlook to its guests who are here either fro activities or swimming or relax near the water. The river flows finally into Arabian sea and is well suited for undertaking multiple adventurous activities.
About the Activity:
- Get ready to experience one of the best adventure of your life by taking Jetlev flyer. You will be given proper training by trained instructors before heading for the activity.
- Fly high in the sky with water pressure and enjoy a superhero moments in the Chapora river. Not just this, the package also gives you chance to enjoy kayaking, swimming, paddle boating etc to make your day happy and alive.
- Timing :- 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
How to reach?
Located in the city, the activity point is easily accessible by public/ private transport
Min number of people required to book: 1
- North Goa
- Start your trip at Britona around 07:00 AM in the morning and get ready for the day.
- After a quick briefing on how to use bicycle gears, safety instructions and a brief overview of the tour ahead, travel across Pomburpha Ferry and head to the magnificent Chorao Island.
- Stop en route for breakfast at a local eatery and delight in the food chorao before you head on to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and experience bird watching as you pedal through uninhabited areas in Chorao Island and ride back!
- Tour ends back at Britona, after a wonderful cycling expedition.
- Conclude your tour at around 11 AM and head back home with lots of memories.
Timings: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
The minimum number of persons required: 2
In consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, no groups are mixed together and you will have a private experience.
- North Goa
- You will start from Dona Paula and sail up the Zuari river to Marcaim. Here, we put down the sails and motor up the Cumbarjua River. Now you can see crocodiles sun themselves on the mudflats during low tide.
- Then you will emerge into the Mandovi river and stop at Old Goa, where you can see magnificent churches. Then, you will motor past Panaji, hoist sail and round the Cabo Raj Bhawan back to Dona Paula.
- You will have circumnavigated the province of Tiswadi, also known as ‘Ilhas’ or the ‘Island of Goa’ by now
- Timing of the activity: Daily 8.30 AM to 7.00 PM
- North Goa
- This trek starts from the deserted grassy Paliem plateau and follows a perennial stream down to the northern Arambol Beach, famous for its freshwater lake just a few meters from the sea.
- You can relax, take a dip, wash off the salt in the sweet water lake, or even smear yourself with the 'Multani Matti' medicinal mud on the banks of the stream on the hillside and then bathe in one of the many pools along the stream.
- Walk across the hillside along the sea, past spectacular seascape scenery, to reach Goa’s northernmost and least commercialized beach, Keri, and then on to our pick- up point.
- Total distance of the trek is 5 km.
Timing available: 07:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Minimum number of bookings required: 6
Activity Location: Malvan Beach
Pick-up/ Drop locations: Calangute, Baga, Candolim, Arpora, Anjuna, Provorim beach
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Malvan is a place full of beautiful views that will bring out the soothing feeling of tranquillity amid its azure waters. Feel the level of excitement increasing within you as you get indulged in the scuba diving experience in the serenity of the clear blue water of Malvan. This beach is a perfect destination to indulge in thrilling water activities and get lost in the scenic beauty of the surroundings at the same time in Goa.
Dive into the sea and explore the marine life and be the witness of its charm. Explore the ocean blues and get indulged in various fun and exciting water sports such as Speedboat, Jetski (200M round), Banana Ride (200M round), Bumper Ride (200M round). Enjoy the delicious lunch and snacks to curb your hunger amid a long and fun-filled day.
- South Goa
Activity Location: Assolda, Quepem Taluk, South Goa
Timings: 6:45 AM to 8:30 AM
Experience the ambience of Goa’s sea cliffs, soar over the lush green islands, and flow with the wind in the tranquillity of the atmosphere in this exciting hot air balloon ride in South Goa. Try this unique and beautiful experience of hot air balloon ride where you will enjoy exploring the abundance of magnificent Goa while you soar high over the beautiful coastal line. Grab this breathtaking hot air balloon ride and enjoy the most stunning sights of Goa.
- North Goa
About the activity:
- Adventurous Trek to Todo Waterfall Goa is an exciting trekking experience that you certainly do not wish to miss.
- Start your tour at 8:00 AM after getting picked up in an air-conditioned shared vehicle from Panjim.
- Reach your starting point at 9:30 AM and begin trekking after a quick briefing from your guide.
- The trek takes place through the terrains and wilderness that provides you with a virgin view of Goa.
- Reach the fall at 11:00 AM and click some memorable pictures with your friends and family.
- Enjoy a mouth watering lunch at 12:00 PM and then continue trekking.
- As you make your way through thick foliage,see the riveting sights around you before you reach the summit.
- Thereafter, take a short break for photography and lunch, and relax before embarking on a downward trail.
- Your arrival the road ahead at 3:00 PM in Panjim marks the end of this fascinating trekking experience.
About the Activity:
Begin this thrilling activity at 9.30 AM in the morning or 2:30 PM in the afternoon after reaching the rafting meeting place at Valpoi.
You are then taken by our vehicles to the river before meeting your guides, getting your safety equipment and briefing and then boarding the rafts to begin the nearly 10km trip. Plenty of easy class 2 and 3 rapids with names like 'Big Daddy,' 'Giant Haystacks,' 'Y Fronts,' and 'Pipeline.'
Whether friends, family or kids over 12, everyone is welcome. It is good, safe fun!
As per international safety norms you will also be provided with Life jackets and Helmets and the boats carry on board safety and rescue equipment. You are in safe hands.
This activity can last anything from 2 and a half to 3 and a half hours depending on water levels. This time frame includes the transport to and from the river
Feel the blood rushing through your veins as you start this experience by trekking in Goa through forest, you walk only punctuated by the sounds of birds and trees rustling. The canyoning also involves rappelling through the rocky hillsides only to be harnessed by a rope harness. As you trek to the top jump right into the waterfall and slip and slide with the gushing currents.
A once in a lifetime experience, canyoning will open you up to a world of adventure and thrill, unlike any other adventure you have experienced so far! You can take multiple jumps from various elevations or just jump once, the choice is yours but each leap will take you further to a high!
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Multiple clubs, sports providers, and resorts in Goa offer quality parasailing equipment and professionally qualified trainers and guides to give the guests a proper flying. Arambol and Baga Beaches are the best locations in Goa to indulge in this highly enthusiastic activity. Winch boat parasailing is the favourite type of parasailing here as the parachute would be connected to the winch boat and you have to take off and land on this boat itself.
A very delightful sight of Goa in this flying from the shore and many people come forward to experience the thrill hidden in flying now a days. There are different durations for flying ranging from 4 to 5 minutes to 15 to 30 minutes. But the cost of each duration may vary. Similar to every other water sport in Goa, parasailing also has several guardians. They give proper training and classes before each flight and the equipment provided will also be of good quality as the demand increases.
Best time to do parasailing: the months from October to April are the most sought after period for parasailing as during rainy season and summer, the climatic conditions would not be favourable for smooth flight.Price range: the price for parasailing starts from Rs.1000 to Rs.1200 for 5-8 minute flying.
Surfing in Goa is not an unusual activity; of course the land of beaches would be the best option for anyone to enjoy surfing. If you are not experienced, then there are chances to learn surfing and become a decent surfer as various surfing centres provides classes and trainings on wind surfing at different parts of Goa. Banana Surf School, the Goa Wala, Atlantis Water Sports, Vaayu Waterman’s Village etc are some of the most famous surf schools located at the different regions in Goa.
They offer the best classes and training along with global standard equipment for each surfer. Professionally qualified surfers are the backbone of these surfing schools. If you wish to do surfing, it is always better not to choose rainy season as surfing will be tougher during this time. Pleasant sunny days would be the best time to do an enjoyable surfing. The wind, the waves and the climate during dry season make it easier to do surfing here compared to any other season.
Majorly, tourists from different parts of the world are really eager to make use of the favourable conditions in Goa for various beaches in Goa. For example, Ashvem Beach is the most favourite location for surfing. Apart from Ashvem, Baga Beach, Arambol Beach, Morjim Beach etc are the other favourite beaches for surfers from all over the world.
Best time to do surfing: Dry season is the best time to do surfing in Goa.
Price range: according to the surf club and time of surfing, the price of it will be varying. The range starts at Rs. 1500 for 1 hour normally.
- North Goa
About the Activity:
- Begin this delightful sailing excursion from Dona Paula in the morning and sail to Grande Island, admire wonderful beaches and hillsides on the way.
- At Grande Island, indulge in snorkeling adventure – enjoy the stunning aquatic life.
- While here, you can even explore the island, see the ruins of a former meteorological station and climb up the lighthouse on the top for incredible views all around.
- Begin your return journey in the afternoon and reach Dona
Paula by evening, as your experience ends here.
About the Activity:
- Trekking at Udaan Dongor in Goa provides you a wild experience of a lifetime along with your friends or family.
- The trek begins as you depart from Panjim at 7:00 AM after getting picked up and arrive at the start point.
- Start trekking at 9:45 Am after a quick breifing from your guide and enjoy the amazing views.
- Navigate through rugged terrains and deceitful wilderness that provides you with virgin views of Goa.
- Embark on the trek after a short safety briefing and reach the top at 1:00 PM.
- Relax and indulge in some nature photography and after a lunch, strat trekking downhill.
- Reach the road head and drive back to the drop point at Panjim.
- Conclude your tour at 6:30 PM after reaching Panjim.
Goa is not just of beaches, water activities and water falls but off road adventure activities are quite famous here, especially quad biking. There are multiple quad bike tour planners in Goa offering the quality bikes that will fit on the tricky, mud roads going through the forest regions. 200 CC quad bikes are commonly used by many tour planners or providers. It is suitable for all levels of riders.
Experienced, as well as beginners, can feel the excitement while they do one or two rounds of mud road rides or bumpy rides. Goa proposes the tricky steeps, uneven off roads, slippery and muddy tracks to give you the most adventurous and challenging quad biking experience. Anjuna is one of the most suitable places to indulge in pure thrill provided by quad biking. The captivating scenery cannot be avoided during your tour. There are man-made as well as natural trails through which you can enjoy riding after hiring one bike of your choice from the tour provider.
Many of the providers give proper training before you head out to enjoy off road rides. The adventure tracks are mainly filled with man-made obstacles like humps, flats, curves whereas jungle trail has natural obstacles which are more enthusiastic and definitely for adrenaline rushing people. Adventure seekers prefer rainy season too to do this most thrilling activity as the dirt on the road would become unpredictable and risk factors are heavy. The cost of quad biking may vary according to the bike and the track you choose.
Quad bike price range: price starts from Rs.500 onward for 1 hour of quad biking.
About the Activity:
- A two hour drive takes you to one of the most astounding waterfalls at Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.v
- You will then be trekking through the elevations and embarking on a tented stay with a campfire.
- This is a fun trek in which you can have fun with other participants in the playful river.
- During your stay at the camp, visit the beautiful Mahadev Temple whose legend states that this temple is carved out of a single huge boulder.
Meals: Vegetarian-Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Tea (Prior notice required in-case of non-vegetarian meal)
Accommodation Types: Double Occupancy-Tent
Transportation Types: Shared A/C Car
Activities: Trekking, CampingDifficulty Level: Moderate
Timings: Anytime Between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lying on the western coast, Goa is spread across just 3,702 km and attracts as many international tourists as Indians. There are many activities that can be availed upon the visit to make the visit a perfect one. One such activity to avail is ziplining. Let the adrenaline in you come in action as you slid from one point to another. Ziplining is a terrific way to feel the sense of flight and explore the surroundings from the top. Enjoy the Longest Zip Lining Course in Goa.
Suitable For: Adventure Enthusiasts
How To Reach:
The site is located at a distance of around 45.7 km from Goa International Airport. It is easily reachable by public or private modes of transportation.
Offbeat Things to do in Goa
Though there are millions of water and adventure activities in Goa, dolphin spotting and swimming with dolphin have a special recognition. There are a lot of tour operators who provide island trips with dolphin spotting and people are really interested to take a look at the cute animals under water and have a nice time with them. The friendly and playful creatures on water steal everyone’s heart within no time and due to that reason only many of the tour packages in Goa includes dolphin spotting as a major event.
A cruise from the shore to the spot where dolphins are found in plenty on a regular basis will help you find them coming out to the vacuum and do their playfulness with complete innocence. It is a momentary deal but providing joy and happiness at their best. Dolphin rides are considered to be one of the attractive things to do in Goa. Many beaches or jetties arrange dolphin rides. Some of them are Fort Aguada, Panaji and Sinquerim and the cruise will be for 1 to 2 hours and the guides will help you find the best places to see the dolphins a lot.
You will see them floating around your boat and may be trying to converse with you and that is a splendid view which can be cherished for a lifetime. If the time permits and if you are reallyi interested, you may get a chance to take a dip and swim along with these gentle animals. Many tour packages provide options for snorkeling at the spots where dolphins are found since they are the most adorable creatures in the sea and a swim with them will be an unforgettable moment.
Go for Backwater Kayaking
You will be surprised to know there is backwater kayaking in Goa, the land of sea and beaches but yes, it is true that there are plenty of other options like these in Goa. Don’t be surprised but get ready to know the other side of this beautiful location with such activities.
Backwater kayaking is an interesting adventure activity that have a lot of ardent adventure admirers from all over the world waiting. The Zuari River, the Mandovi River and the Sal Backwaters are the best points for kayaking in Goa with a lot of fun and entertainment moments hidden in them. Anytime of the year will be suitable to do kayaking, even in monsoons. When the river overflows, the adventure imposed by them would be unpredictable yet people are eagerly waiting to do kayaking during that period as well.
You will be provided the proper safety equipment by the organizers but you have to be very careful with the activity. This adventure activity in Goa will let you understand the river and the thick vegetation found on both the sides of the river. It is a pleasant slow activity compared to the fast moving rafting. Some kayaking packages will come along with sightseeing, trekking etc and people usually choose 5 to 6 day trips in Goa and spend one whole day for kayaking in the backwaters as well.
It is a great chance to find many rare flora and fauna living inside the thick jungles supporting the river with all their hearts and these rivers are the protector of many individuals living on the sides of them.
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- North Goa
Activity Location: Baga, Goa
Activity Timings: 30 minutes; open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
About Catamaran Cruise Goa:
Goa is India's smallest state and is known for many water activities to avail in Goa. One such exciting activity you can avail is Catamaran Cruise, Goa. Catamaran sailing in Goa is perfect for locals as well as tourists who want to enjoy in the Goan waters. Experienced watermen will accompany you as you try one of the most exciting yet relaxing water activities in Goa. With up to 5 people on the boat, this is a perfect activity for groups or families to enjoy together. Have fun on the sea like never before with these magnificent boats. Come along with your friends, family members and office colleagues to make the most of the activity and enjoy like never before. Enjoy what could turn out to be the most fun 30 minutes of your life.
Suitable For: All Age Groups
How To Reach?
The destination is at a distance of around 37.6 km from Goa International Airport. It is easily reachable by public or private modes of transportation.
Note: Children aged 5 - 10 years can avail child Catamaran Cruise, Goa package.
- North Goa
Activity Location: Chapora River
Activity Timings: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
About Goa Houseboat Trip:
Chapora is known to be the home to luxury houseboats in Goa. The river Cruise is a memorable and must-to-have experience in Panaji. To enhance the holiday experience in Goa one must embark on the adventure to be in a luxurious houseboat and feel the soothing touch of the breeze on your face while having perfect flavors of amazing dinner.
Enjoy the 5-hour dinner cruise in the houseboat along with sightseeing of Chapora river and sunset views. Along with the mesmerizing sunsets, you can also enjoy Bird Watching, Crocodile Spotting and Fishing. While on this boat ride, you can also get to catch a glimpse of the nearby villages churches, and farms that can help you get to know about this side of Goa as well. Relish the tasteful meals that include Welcome Drink and Snacks, Dinner Buffet, Desserts, etc.
About the Activity:
- Embark on an exciting tour of spice village in Goa and get a chance to explore the varieties of spices.
- Start this exciting tour at around 8:00 AM in the morning and reach the
- Explore how each of the spices are planted, harvested and further processed.
- Discover their importance in Goan cuisine as well as daily life. Enjoy a delicious lunch in between your tour.
- On this tour you will be accompanied by a guide who is well versed with the area and the plantation.
- End this exciting tour at around 7:00 PM in the evening and head back home with lots of memories.
- North Goa
About the activity:
- Rivet in this exhilarating cycling expedition at Miramar in Goa. Unwind yourself in the narrow bustling streets of Panjim.
- Enjoy the colossal views of timeless beauties- stunning historical past of the city and explore the colonial lifestyle of Goa in an experience like never before.
- This delightful cycling expedition in Goa takes you precious and gorgeous hotspots such as Miramar Circle, Taleigao Church, St. Cruz Church, Fontainhas Bylanes, Old GMC, Kala Academy, Adil Shah Palace, Panjim Church, and Ferry Point.
- Take a break from the traditional leisure activities and get ready to witness Goa like never on a cycling expedition at Miramar in Goa.
Go for Crab Catching
A rustic sport, crab catching is not a sport that can be enjoyed by those who mind getting their hands dirty in the muddy waters of Goa! The activity takes place on the side of the sea of the backwaters with the help of handmade traps. The trap is called ‘Kobblem’ in the local language and is a fairly indigenous apparatus, which consists of a metallic ring and another rod running across the diameter. The net is further strengthened with the help of a loosely hanging net, which is used to trap the crabs
A fairly laidback activity, Crab trapping is an activity that requires some amount of skill and grit for killing the crabs that are caught in the trap. The apparatus is usually set at high tide, which increases the likelihood of catching crabs. However, in rare occasions, traps can also be set up at low tide if the water is deep enough in order to catch a healthy number of crabs. Till the traps take effect and manage to capture the crabs, you can sit back and relax with a can of beer!
Learn Yoga at Oceanic Yoga School
Yoga has become quite popular with people today as it is an important and effective tool in fighting stress. If you are planning a trip to Goa to beat stress, a visit to the Oceanic Yoga School in Anjuna is definitely a thing to do in Goa.
It is one of the most reputed and popular yoga schools in Goa. Here you can learn several yoga poses and techniques that will help you fight stress and relax your mind and body. Set on the beautiful Anjuna Beach, the Oceanic Yoga School is surrounded by lush greenery and natural beauty which enhances the joy of meditating.
The school is registered with the Yoga Alliance International and has programs for yoga teachers as well as students. The instructors here either have national or international accreditation. You can opt for a short term or long term program at this institution.
It has all facilities around it such as shops, restaurants and accommodation options. The daily classes include sessions of meditation, Yoga and Reiki. The school, however, takes in only a limited number of students at a time for yoga classes. Only 20 students are admitted into the basic session at a time and only 15 students are admitted into the advanced course at a time. This is done to ensure that each participant gets individual attention and learns the most.
- South Goa
Activity Location: Jairamnagar, Dabolim, Goa
Activity Timings: 2 Hours (Open from 9:30 AM-7:30 PM)
About the Cooking Classes:
Cooking is the art, technology, science, and craft of preparing food. Goa is known for its food which is influenced by Portuguese and native cultures. Know all regardless of the cooking method used in various dishes.
Commence on an exciting culinary journey of Goan cuisine with cookery classes and culinary tour with accomplished chef Rita Shinde. Thrillophilia brings you a cooking classes package in Goa for an amazing cooking experience along with a market tour or traditional Goan meal.
We have different variants available to select from as listed below:-
1. Two hours of cookery session & traditional meal
2. Three hours Cookery Class
3. 1 Day's Cookery Class & Market Tour (Five Hours)
Note: The minimum age to participate in this activity is 12yrs.
How to Reach the cooking classes in south Goa?
This place is situated in Dabolim, South Goa. It is located at a distance of 4.1 km from Dabolim Airport. You can easily reach the spot with the help of public or private transport.
- Wing Chun Kung Fu is a comprehensive martial art specifically designed for street self defense.
- Unlike other martial arts, Wing Chun does not focus on belts, competitions, or certificates, rather it emphasis's on lethal street self defense.
- Wing Chun Kung Fu helps in counter attack an opponent with an element of surprise, power, speed and efficiency.
Get a Massage
Goa is the perfect retreat for the adventurous as well as the leisurely traveller looking for a soothing experience. One of the top picks for the leisure traveller in Goa is a massage and wellness experience. Ranging from massages right on the beach in your lounge chair, to a full-fledged Thai and Swedish Massage in a spa or a luxury spa hotel; the massage experience is perfect for those muscles tired after a week of work and travel.
You can take your pick from the beach masseurs who can calm your muscles using simple coconut oil or without it as well as the spa resorts which offer full body massage sessions in heritage styled rooms. Let your body take in the beauties of Goa and soothe itself with an intense massage experience.
Enjoy Sport Fishing
Set sail on the wondrous beaches of Goa as the sunlight sparkles over them to engage in the spot fishing in the sea. The seas and water escapes of Goa are filled with some fantastic fishing spots. Among them is Terekhol which lies on the northern tip of the state, on the stones underneath the Fort. The stones close Fort Aguada are also a well-known spot for fishing as are the Mandovi and Zuari Rivers or the wharf underneath the Zuari bridge, which is fabulous for Thread-Fin Salmons.
Cabo da Rama in the south is likewise well known. All stream mouths are viewed as great spots to fish, and the best time, for waterways, is the point at which the tide is coming in, or getting high. Fishing apparatus is easily accessible in Goa, all you need is a couple of bucks. However, now there is a movement in Goa to stop overfishing which may lead to the depletion of natural resources. Hence, may enthusiastic fishermen catch the fish and throw them back into the sea so as to encourage the preservation of natural resources. For accommodation in the northern part of the state you can check some of the best resorts in north Goa.
Things to See in Goa
Have fun at Dudhsagar Falls
An irresistible tourist destination in Goa is Dudhsagar Falls, a four tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River. It lies 60 kilometers away from Panaji. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in India with a height of 310 meters and an average width of 30 meters. It is protected by the famous Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park among the Western Ghats.
The tourists arrive here find it stunning due to the presence of the thick deciduous forests with a rich biodiversity. The monsoon is the most favourite climate for many tourists when the waterfalls become abundantly overjoyed with the gushing water. There are two routes to reach the falls; one starting from Kulem as trekking and then there is the jeep trail till the bottom of the waterfall and the second one is via the railway track.
Dudhsagar waterfalls trek is the major activity adventure seekers love to do in Goa. Dudhsagar rail stop is the one near to the falls which does not show you a proper platform and you have to climb down the steep ladder of the rail compartment to walk about a kilometer on the track to reach the falls. A 200 meter train tunnel exhibits the biggest challenge by imposing the dark tunnel that makes your walk bit tougher.
Best time to visit: monsoon and soon after monsoon are the best time to visit the falls.
Entry fee: the forest department charges an entry fee Rs. 20 for the visitors entering the premises and if you carry a camera or professional camera, the charges will vary as Rs.300 and Rs.5000 respectively.
About the Activity:
- Visit the pristine waters of the sun-kissed beaches of Anjuna and Vagator Beach. Spend some leisure moments while relaxing on the beach.
- Start this exciting activity after getting picked up from your hotel in an air conditioned vehicle at around 9:00 AM from Candolim, Sinquerim, Calangute and Baga.
- Bask in the tranquil beauty of the Baga beach that not only provides you with some refreshing moments but you can also enjoy frequent spotting of Dolphins here.
- Explore the largest and well-preserved fort of Goa- Aguada Fort. Admire the panoramic views of the blue waters from the top of the fort.
- Visit the Calangute beach- one of the busiest beaches of Goa which is always bustling with overwhelming crowds from all over the globe.
- End this exciting activity at around 6:00 PM after getting dropped back at your hotel.
- South Goa
Activity Timings: 10 Hours (Open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM)
Pick up points: Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Sinquerim and Nerul.
South Goa tour is a highly recommended tour for privileged tourists coming on a short trip to Goa because this tour covers most of the important places in South Goa. If you want a break from overpacked beaches then this part of Goa is for you.
Explore South Goa with a lot of attractions on this group tour in an AC bus or a private car. South Goa Sightseeing Package will take you across places like Miramar Beach, Dona Paula, Old Goa Churches, Basilica Bom, Se Cathedral, St. Augustine Tower, Mangeshi Temple, Balaji Temple.
Places to Visit:
Miramar Beach, Dona pola beach, Mangeshi temple, Balaji temple, Wax museum, Old goa church, Boat cruise point (ticket not included).
There are three variants in this tour as following which you can select at the booking stage:
-Car: For 4 people
-SUV: For 5-7 people
-Van: Upto 20 people
How to reach:
Getaway on this day trip after getting picked up from the nearest landmark (within a radius of 1-1.5 KM) from Candolim, Baga, Calangute, Arpora, Nerul area, Sinquerim, at around 8:30 AM in a shared vehicle. These pickup points are easily accessible through Public & Private Transport.
- Goa, India
Activity Location: North Goa
Pick-up/ Drop Locations: Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Candolim, Sinquerim, and Nerul
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 4:30 PM
Goa is one of the most loved tourist destinations in India. Thousands of national and international tourists flock to this mesmerizing place every, year simply to witness its stunning beaches and staggering beauty together. Relish the serenity of the sparkling sea, experience the tranquillity of beaches and incredible Goan architecture to make your tour a memorable one.
Visit Spice Plantation
- Old Goa
About the activity:
- Spend a day out cruising along the back waters of the Zuari River in a giant canoe.
- Start your tour after getting picked up from your hotel from Baga, Calanguate,Candolim at around 8:30 AM in an air conditioned.
- Grab a chance to see some of Goa's exotic bird life as well as the Indian Mugger Crocodile
- Lunch is at a typical Goan farmhouse and is followed by the lazy journey back past fishermen preparing for the evening catch.
- The Cumbarjua canal near Panaji that links the Zuari and Mandovi rivers is a thriving place for mugger crocodiles.
- Crocodile watching in Goa is something you are sure to remember with great delight for a long time to come.
- End this exciting tour at 1:30 PM after getting dropped back at your hotel.
Explore Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary
Goa’s special and unique tourist spot is Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park located in the Western Ghats in Sanguem Taluk, Goa. It is a wide, 240 square kilometers large protected area situated near the town of Molem which has a lot of important temples and the famous Dudhsagar Falls. The protected area was known as Mollem Game Sanctuary and later in 1969, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and the name was changed to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.
The core area inside that covers around 107 square kilometers was declared as Mollem National Park in 1978. The most pristine greenery is located inside the park and that is classified as West Coast tropical evergreen forests, West Coast semi evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests. Also, the sanctuary houses several perennial water sources that act as the major water provider to the park and the nearby areas.
There are a huge variety of animal species and bird species living in harmony inside the sanctuary. Mammals include black panther, Bengal tiger, barking deer, common langur, flying squirrel, gaur, Malabar giant squirrel, porcupine, leopards, bonnet macaque, civet and the bird family includes drongo, emerald dove, fairy bluebird, greater Indian hornbill, Indian black woodpecker, grey headed myna and many more. Along with them, there are different types of butterflies, reptiles, insects and similar species found inside the sanctuary.
Entry timings: 08:30 am to 04:00 pm on all days.
Entry fee: adults- Rs.20, child- Rs.5, still camera fee- Rs.30, video camera- Rs.150. For vehicles: two wheelrs- Rs. 40, cars- Rs. 120 and for mini buses it is Rs. 250.Location: NH 4A, Caranzol, Goa 403410.
About the Activity:
- Delight in this amazing excursion that begins at around 08:00 AM after getting picked up in an air conditioned vehicle from Candolim, Sinquerim,Calangute and Baga.
- You will be transferred from your hotel to a jetty that will take you to the Grand Island.
- Once close to the island, the boat will be anchored and you can proceed for a fun-filled swimming and snorkeling adventure in the pristine blue waters. Witness dolphins swimming alongside.
- From here, head to isolated Monkey beach where a scrumptious barbecue lunch awaits your arrival. Spend rest of the day at leisure on the beach.
- Admire the stunning Aguada Fort, Jimmy’s Palace, Central Jail and Raj Bhawan. Post this by late afternoon return back to Sequerim jetty and conclude this pleasing trip.
- End this exciting activity around 4:00 PM after getting dropped back to your hotel.
Visit Anjuna Flea Market
Among the popular beaches, Anjuna is where many tourists head to. One of the enjoyable things to do in Goa is visit the Anjuna flea market. From colourful junk jewellery to electronic appliances, anything under the sun can be found here. This fair is held every Wednesday on the entire stretch of the Anjuna beach.
It is one of the most popular places to visit in Goa and draws visitors from all over the country and the world. The place is best known for its cheap and attractive items and trance parties which are held during the tourist season. Anjuna is a beautiful little village and is best known for its scenic beauty and splendid churches in Goa. The village is one of the twelve Brahmin Comunidades of Bardez.
The most important tourist attraction here is the St Michael’s Church which was founded in 1595, and is dedicated to St Miguel. Other than this, there are three other chapels in the parish. Anjuna was under the control of the Portuguese and had a population of 5688 in 1950.
The flea market at this seashore originated when hippies in the earlier days used it as a market to trade second hand things for money. The market offers a wide range of items such as jewellery, clothes, second hand bikes, cell phones, cameras, and other knick-knacks. You can also enjoy delicious Goan dishes at this place or get a tattoo of your choice in one of the tattoo parlours on the beach. The flea market is the perfect place for shopaholics. There are several other flea markets too in Goa such as the Mackies Saturday Night Bazaar and the Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar.
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Visit the Butterfly Conservatory, Ponda
Visiting the Butterfly Conservatory in Ponda is one of the most enjoyable things to do in South Goa. This sanctuary is in stark contrast to the usual perception about Goa.
Apart from beautiful beaches and fun-filled parties, the land is also home to the Butterfly Conservatory in Ponda which showcases the best of the state’s natural beauty. The conservatory was first started by a couple who were worried about the future of the butterfly population of Goa.
With more and more commercial development taking place here, the beautiful creatures were facing a setback in terms of habitat. The couple started this conservatory to preserve the endemic species of butterflies in the region.
Initially, only 25 species of butterflies were present in the conservatory. However, at present, the number has risen to 133. Optimum soil and air temperatures have been provided in order to promote breeding and growth in population. Initially named the Mystic Meadows Conservatory, it is one of the most beautiful places in Goa.
The ambience is refreshing and you will feel closer to nature. Beautiful butterflies in a myriad shades can be seen fluttering about adding to its beauty and serenity. The place has been designed in the form of a park where you can walk around and observe the different wonders of nature. If you are someone who prefers a quiet holiday in oneness with nature, do visit this amazing Butterfly Conservatory in Ponda.
Cruises in Goa
Experience Houseboat Tour
Roomy and wonderfully created houseboats pace by luxuriously and languidly along the backwaters of Goa and offer a breathtaking experience of Goan evenings. The houseboats have vast open rooms, gorgeous sit outs and experienced culinary specialists on board who hand out some phenomenal specialities. Other than the rich environment and the amazingly scrumptious food, the houseboats offer some lovely sights of dusk and elegant skies in the night and the sunrise amidst the journey.
You can witness the fishermen spreading their nets, birds twittering which declares the break of dawn and, if sufficiently fortunate, a crocodile, lazing on the banks in the wonderful mornings amid a voyage on a houseboat in the backwaters of Goa.
The excursion gets better as the houseboat chugs further into the backwaters. Nearby artisans can be seen removing sand from the waterway bed or neighborhood fisher folk can be seen jumping into the water for clams and shellfish. The night times are about great wine, encompassing music and phenomenal nourishment. With an a lot of indoor amusements on the deck, guests can unwind with their most loved refreshments close by and nibble on some lip-smacking Goan dishes.
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Mandovi River Sunset Cruise
Enjoy the true vibe of Goan heritage and stunning sights of the sunset over the lilting waters as you embark on the Mandovi River Sunset Cruise. The river cruises in Goa are operated by the tourism development authorities themselves and are a delight to explore! These hour-long cruises depart from the Santa Monica Pier which is right next to the Mandovi River. The cruises are carried out on two ships, namely the Santa Monica and the Shantadurga.
The experiences are marked by amazing live entertainment throughout the duration of the cruise. It is here that you can see traditional Goan and Portuguese entertainment being brought to life by amazing local artists. There is a live band, which also plays at the venue of the cruise. While your ears and eyes fill up with the Goan charm, a gorgeous sun sets right behind you throwing open a huge medley of colours and hues!
- Indulge yourselves in a breakfast served with champagne or sparkling wine while cruising aboard a yacht.
- Welcome the day in style aboard the many luxury yacht options on the offing here.
- Enjoy the endless sights of the vast Arabian Sea, and revel in a classy breakfast perfect for corporate meetings.
- The liberating salty breeze is all set to greet you on this concept breakfast, which is still new in many countries.
- This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at your convenience.
- Various Amazing Yachts such as Catamaran, Majesty 44, Ciao Bella, Fair Line Diamond, Sea Ray 290 are available
- Speed of the Yacht various between 12-24 knots depending on the yacht.
- Each Yacht has a Stereo Music System, Refrigerator, Toilets, Deck and some yachts have A/C Bedrooms and Living Rooms as well.
Candle Light Dinner Cruise
Set the mood of the holiday with your loved ones as you whisk them off their feet for a candle light dinner cruise in Goa. Heighten your experience as you go along the waters in a beautiful yacht that is an epitome of luxury and opulence! Let all your worries wash away as you cruise across the waters and rekindle your lost romance. The cruise will start from Panjim at the backwaters and will consist of a truly opulent experience in the arms of waves, gentle lolls of serene waters and the splash and whoosh of the wind around you.
Relish the company of your partner, on the sea as you are lulled into a lush sense of warmth and comfort. Soak in the romance and beauty of this amazing experience with a drink and gorgeous gourmet fare under the starry sky by the cheery glow of a candle.
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- North Goa
Activity Location: Panjim, North Goa.
Activity Timings: 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Looking for a special time with your special one? Romantic Candle Light Dinner on a houseboat is the perfect match for you. Book with Thrillophilia to mark a special day in your life with your loved one.
Starting from getting picked up from the hotel at the time of your own choice between 6 pm-10 pm. After reaching the boarding point of the houseboat. Start your candlelight dinner by getting your partner a rose bouquet provided from us and a welcome drink.
Spend some quality time at this luxury romantic dinner cruise in Goa and enjoy local Goan cuisines with Red wine and feast your appetite with some quality Indian Dinner. Conclude your 2-hour long candlelight dinner after being dropped off at your hotel with some quality and lifetime memories.
This package is advised for couples only if any extra person accompanying then kindly contact before booking.
How To Reach:
Boarding Point for this trip is from Britona Jetty, Penha de França, Goa. which at Panjim Goa. Pickup and drop would be done as per your location.
- Embark on what is possibly the most scenic cruise in Goa, into the breathtaking Arabian Sea.
- Choose a private yacht or simply speedboat into the sea for an exciting foray into snorkeling and speargun fishing!
- Languish in the clear waters, even as you swim and snorkel to admire the sheer vibrancy of underwater coral and marine life.
- Choose from a range of yachts for a day packed with exhilaration.
- End this tour after 2 ours feeling refreshed and head back home with lots of memories.
- This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at your convenience.
Party Places in Goa
Enjoy a Silent Party
Picture this, a beach full of people and you can hear no music, but everybody is still dancing their heart out! The only answer; it is a deadbeat headphone party in Goa. In a beach town where party is the first name and living it up is a habit, headphone parties are a novel concept to have hit the scene.
The party involves pumping music being played by the DJ, but no sound as all the invitees are listening to the music on their own earphones! The venue of the port is decided on the spot by the organisers and they choose the people who they want to invite.
This silent party is a novel escape and innovation in terms of the party culture as it creates very less disturbance and maximizes on the fun quotient.
Enjoy at Titos Night Club
For the hippies looking for bustling things to do in Goa, wait no more and head to the Titos Night Club. An open-air restaurant and an opulent concert space, this nightclub has electrifying clubs - Club Tito’s, Bollywood Discotheque, and Cafe Mambo which makes it a perfect night out in the ravishing suburb. Get your dancing shoes on as you make through the crowd to the thumping dance floor and let the upbeat soundtracks strangle your worries in a puff.
One of the first discotheques in the state, the Titos Night Club is deemed among the most popular landmarks for music and party lovers from all across the globe. Haste along, as you might find it difficult to find yourself a place when the tourist season strikes in. Also to mention the eclectic commingling of delicious munchies and refreshing drinks gives another reason for the club to be a hot spot among the tourists.
Visit the Casino
Goa is one of the few states in the country where gambling is legal. The innumerable casinos in Goa are perfect for those who would like to have some fun with good music and wine during their vacation here.
If you are a fun lover, a visit to a casino is a sure shot thing to do in Goa. From five star hotels to the Mandovi River, casinos are spread across the length and breadth of this state. The most popular casinos are the floating casinos which are docked on the Mandovi River and attract tourists from all over with their live table action.
The Casino Royale is Goa’s most popular casino. Spread over an area of 12,000 square feet, it is situated on a huge boat anchored on the Mandovi River. There are three gaming floors and in here are as many as 50 gaming tables, 30 slot machines and top level tournaments every week. The casino also has a special kid’s zone with computer games. So you can happily let your children play and enjoy yourselves.
It is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The entertainment begins around 8 in the evening. It is the classiest recreation centre you will find in Goa. The dress code is smart casuals. The other popular casinos in Goa include the Casino Carnival, Chances Casino and Resort, and Dunes, among others. The Casino Carnival has two centres – one of them is inside the Goa Marriott and the other is aboard a boat on the Mandovi River.
This gaming house has the largest selection of slot machines in Goa and hence is a very popular place. The types of games available at this casino include Roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat, Casino War, and more.
Party at Club Cubana
A place just right for those startling weekend vibes, the Party at Club Cubana promises an enthralling night to its guests. Perched on the hilltop under the starlit sky, this club serves just right to the blazing nightlife of Goa for the creatures of the night to descend in the gates as the sun sets in. You can see the club hem-packed with party aphrodites grooving and twirling on the exotic beats of the renowned DJs from all around the world.
Not just a groovy bashment, Party at Club Cubana is one of the chic clubs that feature a wood-fired pizza oven, beach-style cabanas, loungers, a jacuzzi, a swimming pool, an indoor dance floor, and sparking lights, rendering the house party vibes blended with luxury. Undoubtedly, hitting this club is one of the mandatory things to do in Goa.
Have fun at Club 9 Bar
With an uber indoor and outdoor dance space, the Club 9 Bar is a splendid venture for epic ravishing parties. Encapture and let your bodies sync with the endemic trance of Goa which this club has exclusively adhered to. Though it is now open to the other trendy genres as well, the authentic Goa trance still stays the star performer here. Though due to the rigorous laws in Goa the outdoor terrace shuts its music by 10 pm yet the sound-proof indoor club captivates the surging thrill, keeping off the hurdles and let the party going.
Located at the top of the Vagator Cliff, the club also has an enchanting view of the hills along the sparkling night sky. Watching the sunset from the outdoor terrace is one of the top-notch things you must experience when in Goa. You must also try unique cocktails and homemade pizza at this sought-after club.
Enjoy at Goa Carnival
The colourful festival owned by Goa is Goa Carnival, an old tradition drawn by the Portuguese in the 18th century and then Goans continued to celebrate it and still it is one of the reasons for the tourist flow to the state. Though it is considered to be the legacy of Portuguese, Goa has given it another dimension with the authentic style of the beach land. It is a riot of colours and the perfect expression of joy and fun.
The festival marks the reign of King Momo over the state for three consecutive days. The entourage behind the king will dress up in multi colours and spread happiness during the festival among themselves and among the visitors. A huge procession with a fleet of floats decorated properly is the main attraction of the carnival. Anyone, from any sort of life can partake in this joyous time of Goa’s natives and know the brotherhood and uniqueness of this South Indian state.
There will be a theme to be followed every year in this carnival and the designs, decorations and celebrations will be according to those themes. The procession with hundreds of people wearing merry colours goes through the towns of Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Ponda and spread the message of togetherness to all those who are gathered. It is the best time to be a part of the rich culture of Goa and enjoy the heartfelt love of the natives. It is commonly known as Carnaval. It is held in February every year and will be filled with people dancing and singing.
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Party on Luxury Yacht
Celebrations have no end in Goa and the beaches and the sea join the people to celebrate every moment of life. Indeed, some days of the year are beyond our calculations. Especially, Christmas, New Year, Carnival etc give more importance to luxurious and colourful celebrations extending till early morning. These celebrations are mainly inclusive of parties at beach clubs, pubs etc but a party on a luxury yacht is quite unimaginable.
It is a chance to be at the centre of the sea with a lot of energetic people around and letting your heart be free and float in the air. You can rent a luxury yacht and make private parties as well. Many beaches in Goa provides luxury yacht parties for birthdays and special occasions rather than group parties held during Christmas and New Year. The charming shores of Goa will be glistening and that view from the sea would make you forget all worries of your life and sink into the depths of celebration mode.
Usually, all these parties will be made completely entertaining by adding DJ music shows, drinks, luxurious food items and games. Families, groups of friends and couples are the usual customers of luxury yachts.
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