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From Travel Instructions To What-To-Eat Recommendations, This Is The Ultimate Guide For Your Goa Vacation

With this complete guide, check out all the details you need to know to have the most memorable Goa vacay!
Published -11 Feb 2022, 15:05 ISTUpdated -11 Feb 2022, 18:02 IST
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Goa is one of India's most popular tourist destinations, attracting visitors from all over the world. The place has so much to offer, from calm and serene beaches to dazzling nightlife and much much more! It's an ideal location for a fun trip with friends or a relaxing solitary trip.

This guide will help you make the most of your Goa vacation by providing you with all of the information you need. Make the most of your long-awaited trip by going completely insane! Read on all about the trip

How To Reach Goa?

Goa is easily accessible by air, rail, and road from various parts of India. Here's how to get to this fascinating place.

how to reach goa

By Road:

If you're taking a driving route from Bangalore or Mumbai, you can take the NH4 route. From there, it is a smooth journey with a well maintained route. 

If you're coming from Mangalore, you'll use NH 17 to reach your destination.

Bus services from neighboring cities such as Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore are also provided to reach Goa by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), and KTC.

By Train:

Vasco da Gama and Madgaon are two railway stations in Goa that are well connected to the rest of the country. Panjim is around 38 kilometres from Madgaon railway station, while Vasco da Gama train station is about 29 kilometres distant. Taxi services are available outside of the railway stations for passengers. Regular trains keep going from Delhi to Madgaon.

By Air:

The main domestic and international aerodrome, Dabolim Airport, is about 26 kilometres from Panaji. It has two terminals, Terminal 1 domestic travel and Terminal 2 for international travel. Regular flights are available from most major domestic cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Lucknow, and Chennai. Taxis can be hired outside the airport to get to any location in Goa.

North Goa Or South Goa?

north goa or south goa

One question that every first time Goa traveller gets confused about is whether to go to North Goa or South Goa first. But you don't have to worry because we will help you make a choice.

North Goa is the place to go if you want to have a dazzling and cheerful Goa experience. North Goa is all about nightlife, parties, shopping and liveliness.

South Goa is the place to go if you want to experience Goa's tranquility. South Goa is known for its pristine beaches, picturesque drives, and serenity.

After every 5 minutes of journey, from north to south, you will come across a new beach. But to help you decide the best beaches to visit in Goa, we are here.

Places To Visit In North Goa

1. Morjim Beach- Morjim Beach is one of North Goa's most calm beaches. It has wild sand areas for you to enjoy. The 3 kilometer-long beach is ideal for a lengthy walk and offers one of the most beautiful sunset views.

2. Calangute Beach- Calangute Beach is the longest beach in North Goa, which starts from Candolim beach and stretches till Baga beach. For this reason it is also called the "Queen of Beaches''. 

3. Sinquerim Beach- The Sinquerim Beach of North Goa is one of the best beaches in Goa. It is famous for providing international class facilities for windsurfing, parasailing, scuba diving, water skiing, and fishing. The beach's setting is so gorgeous with golden sands lined by green palm trees that you won't be able to forget this place. 

4. Baga Beach- Baga Beach is located close to Calangute Beach and is famous for its beautiful sunset view and dazzling nightlife. 

5. Anjuna Beach- A hippie paradise, Anjuna Beach is known for its golden coastline, watersports, nightclubs, parties and flea markets.

6. Arambol Beach- Arambol Beach is one of the nicest beaches in North Goa, and it is relatively unexploited by tourist activities. This beach is considered one of Goa's most beautiful beaches, with a distinct Bohemian vibe.

7. Vagator Beach- Vagator Beach is one of Goa's most Gorgeous. It is known for its lovely white white sands and beautiful rocky cliffs. The sweeping panoramic views, beach shacks, and trance parties makes it a popular destination.

To Read More: 7 Most Relaxing Beaches in North Goa

Places To Visit In South Goa

why south goa

1. Utorda Beach- Utorda Beach is a blissful small beach which will give you a great experience that you'll always remember. It is a quiet and clean beach and usually with a very small crowd. You can sit on shacks, relax and enjoy your drinks peacefully.

2. Butterfly Beach- Butterfly Beach is an offbeat choice and offers solitude away from the world. 

3. Mobor Beach- It is a wonderful place with the best water sports and relaxing ambience. You can sit here, do bird spotting, underwater fishing, etc.

4. Cola Beach- Cola beach is also called Secret Beach as it lies hidden between two hills. It offers beautiful golden sand beaches.

5. Agonda Beach- Agonda beach is a very welcoming beach with all the positive vibes in the surrounding. It is set by the tiny Agonda village. The place has many beach huts too which makes for a perfect stay option. 

6. Cabo de Rama- Cabo de Rama is one of the most scenic beaches in the state. It is located between the hills and enjoyed by visitors. You can visit here for relaxing picnics or just for calming walks. 

7. Palolem Beach- Palolem is another gem of a place in South Goa. It is often known for silent parties this place offers where travelers party with their headphones on. 

To Read more: Explore The Calm And Less Crowded Beaches Of South Goa

Must Try Dishes In Goa

goa seafood

To get the full Goan experience, you must try these special cuisines when in the amazing city.

1. Prawns Xeque Xeque

Prawns Xeque Xeque is an exotic prawn dish with a unique flavour. Made with excellent juicy prawns in a sumptuous curry, it has mildly spiced yet bold and strong flavours. 

2. Goan Fish Curry

Traditional Goan curry is made with fish that is cooked in a sauce with raw mango pieces. Indulge in delicious Goan fish curry that will well satisfy your seafood cravings.

3. Goan Chicken Xacuti

Chicken Xacuti is a lip smacking Goan style chicken dish. It is made by roasting freshly grated coconut and it brings together a variety of spices in a delectable chicken curry. 

4. Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal is tender chicken cooked in tangy and spicy thick green coloured gravy made of coriander leaves, spices and much more. 

5. Goan Sorak Curry

The Goan Sorak Curry is a sweet, spicy, tangy, and tasty vegetarian curry that is usually served during the monsoon season. Goan Sorak is a red curry cooked with coconut, kokum, and a vibrant spice paste created with a variety of Indian spices.

6. Balchao

Try this delicious dish at least once which will make your eyes water because of its spiciness. It also has some unique flavours and is cooked using fresh local prawns and a vinegar-based curry. This is a particularly multi-cultural cuisine as the Portuguese brought the influence of China back to Goa on their way back to Europe. 

Unique Things You Can Do In Goa

Is the much-awaited trip to Goa nearing? Here are a few unique things you must not miss out on! 

1. Yoga At The Beach

2. Silent Disco 

3. Turtle Nesting 

4. Devil’s Canyon

5. Butterfly Conservatory 

Sports/Activities That You Should Definitely Do In Goa

scuba diving in goa

1. Parasailing 

2. Water Scooter

3. Scuba Diving

4. Windsurfing 

5. Water Skiing 

6. White Water Rafting

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