Best Places to Visit and Top Things to Do in Goa
- Scuba Diving
One of the favourite and populated water sport in Goa is Scuba Diving. Scuba diving is performed my trained professionals so you don’t need to worry. Scuba diving is the best way to explore the marine creatures and secrets of underwater universe.
Prices- It cost around 1500 but depends upon place,type and time.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus– Roman Catholic
It was built in 1605 and most known among Goa’s churches. The basilica is located in Old Goa, former capital of Portuguese India, and holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a grand reminder of Goa’s rich religious traditions.
Tip- There’s also a modern art gallery inside, featuring over 30 late twentieth century paintings.
- Baga Beach
One of the most popular beaches in North Goa. If you want to explore nightlife of goa then come to baga beach. Baga beach is also known for its food and drinks. It is also famous for its designer stores as well as its street-side markets where you can shop as much as you can.
- Life at Cruise
Explore the scenery, pristine waters and view of the sunset in the Cruises. Bounded by numerous rivers, Goa becomes an exciting and diverse cruising destination. There are various types of cruises in Goa depending on the kind of experience and views and each of them offers a unique experience. Some of them are houseboat cruise, evening cruises, romantic dinner cruises, backwater cruises, and casino cruises.
Tip- Recommending cruising at mandovi river.
- Butterfly Beach– A Fairy Place
If you like fairy places then you must visit Butterfly Beach, the beach of butterflies, on the high northern end of Palolem beach. Butterfly beach is one of the most photogenic places in whole Arabian Sea coastline. Butterfly beach is also popularly known as Honeymoon Beach and for dolphin.
How to reach- To reach here, you have to hire taxi or get a bus from panaji to reach palolem beach and from there ride a boat to reach butterfly beach.
- Devil’s Canyon– A Cursed Place
It is situated in the premise of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctary. This place is known for its erosive rock formations. The place is a local version of the Grand Canyon in America, with amazing rocks, which are naturally eroded, leaving large spaces in between. It is one of the most popular for hiking trails. The story about this place is that everyday a villager used to ask the canyon’s resident devil for fish by telling him that he had to entertain some guests. The devil who was curious, one day after following the villager saw him munching on the fish himself. He cursed that from then onward no one will be able to catch fish in the canyon, as he was furious at that time. Till today the curse still stands.
LocationNear Dudhsagar Falls, South Goa
- Dudhsagar Falls– Sea of Milk
Dudhsagar Falls is amongst India’s tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet). The waterfall forms the border between Karnataka and Goa states. The falls is located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park among the Western Ghats.
How to reach- There are two routes to reach there. One is starting the trek from Kulem and follow the jeep trail until the bottom of the waterfall. The second option is via the railway track which is roughly around 11 km
- Hire Motor Bike- Explore the Goa on Two Wheels
If you are bikeoholic and loves excitement then opt for motorbike. Exploring Goa with bike becomes more memorable moment in your life. Ride on a bike to see green lush palms and explore the Portuguese culture. Explore chorla ghat which is covered by thick green sub-tropical forest, boasts of some rare species of wild life.
Tip- Panaji, remains the best place to find bikes for rent in Goa or you can hire bike from every nook and corner of Goa.
Cost of hiring bike varies from 300 to 1500 INR.
- Hot Air Balloon- A Memorable Ride
Hot air ballooning give you an unforgettable experience in the sky. Hot air balloon reach a height up to 900ft and give you a 360 degree view of Goa. Ride on balloon starts on early morning or late evening depending on the weather. Trip duration is approx. 1 hour.
LocationFootball Ground, Assolda, South Goa
- Agonda Beach- Peaceful Beach
Agonda beach is the right place for you, if you’re looking for a place away from the hustle bustle of the crowd. Agonda, is also an ideal destination for the honeymooners in Goa. With the clear blue water and coconut trees, this beach is a delight for nature lovers. October to June is considered as the best time to visit this beach.
- Palolem Beach- Blue Water Beach
Palolem beach in Goa is the most cleanest water beach. It is also known as Blue Water beach in Goa. So, relax in the arms of beautiful Palm trees and enjoy games in white sand. Stay overnight in beach huts and enjoy local seafood. Enjoy “silent discos” where party-goers wear headphones.
- Canacona Island- A Hidden Treasure
Canacona Island or Conco Island is also known as ‘Monkey Island‘. Conco island is a lush green island situated on the bank of palolem beach. You can reach here by foots during low tide or you can easily swim to this island.
- Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary is a 240 square kilometres (93 sq mi) protected area located in the Western Ghats of South India. It is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Goa. it was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1969. the sanctuary is also home to 722 species of flowering plants and 128 species of plant that are endemic to the Western Ghats. Besides plants, having variety of animals such as Leopard, Tiger, etc. with 120 species of bird which makes it heaven for bird watchers(Ornithologist)
When to Go- This sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year. Although most frequented during the tourist season from October to March, it is a great place to visit during the monsoons.
Entry Fee- Adults 20 INR & Children 10 INR
- Paramotoring- Powered Paragliding
Paramotoring is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying. Paramotoring is much safer than paragliding. Do not dare to do Paramotoring if you are soft hearted person. Arambol beach and Mandrem Beach is best for Paramotoring, even for beginners.
Best Time To Visit- October to May
Price- 3000 INR per person
- Go for Casino
Head to the casino for having out of the world experience. So roll your dice and check your luck! Goa is the only place in India where gambling is legal. You can try your luck at roulette, black jack, Indian Flush, poker, baccarat, slots machines and other games. There is live music and dancing, stand-up comedy shows, Russian dancers and separate entertainment zones for the kids as well. For better experience go for floating casino i.e. casino on ships.
Some Best Casinos- Deltin Royal, Casino Paradise, Big Daddy, Casino Carnival, Casino Pride, etc.
- It’s Time for Shopping
After enjoying on beaches and playing games, now its time for shopping. Explore the Portuguese culture and local’s and buy Goa local wine “Feni”. Goa have many local shops, flea markets including weekly markets for your cravings, explore them all.
Best Restaurants in Goa & Top Eating Places of Goa You Must Try
- The Black Sheep Bistro- Best Continental Restaurant
One of the best place in Goa. The Vibrant bistro for global plates with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, plus clever cocktails. This restaurant is at #15 on Top Restaurant Awards 2018 list. This casual dining restaurant has been famous for its farm to fork dining concept and offering mouth-watering dishes along with
they serving wines and hand-crafted cocktail.
Cost for two- 1500 INR approx.
Cuisines- Seafood, Continental, European, GermanAddress- Swami Vivekanand Rd, Altinho, Panaji, Goa
- Mum’s Kitchen- For Authentic Goan Cuisine
The Mums Kitchen is an homey restaurant with emphasis on traditional Goan food. The service of this restaurant is very fast but you have to wait for your table. The best part is that the owner of this restaurant is locals. This is the place where you got taste of rare dishes from different corners of Goa.
Cost for Two- 1700 INR Approx.
Cuisines- Goan and SeafoodAddress- 854, Martins Building, Dayanand Bandodkar Street, Panaji, Goa.
- Gunpowder- Awarded restaurant in North Goa
Gunpowder is a colorful restaurant having modern eateries and Garden style outdoor seating. It is one of the famous restaurant of North Goa. This restaurant is more focused on South Indian dishes. “I wanted to showcase Indian food beyond butter chicken,” says owner, Satish Warier, who originally set up shop in New Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village. Gunpowder also awarded for being at #10 under the list of top restaurants in India in 2017.
Cost for Two- 1000 INR approx.
Cuisine- Sea Food & South IndianAddress- 6, Anjuna Mapusa Road, Saunto Vaddo, Assagao, Goa
- Tuscany Gardens- Best Italian Restaurant in Goa
Tuscany Gardens is an traditional Italian restaurant in Goa. It is having a European-style dining room with tables in a leafy garden area. Tuscany Garden is being at #10 under the list of top restaurants in India in 2018. It is the perfect place to eat if you are tired of curries or have a craving for a thin crust pizza and pasta.
Cost for Two- 1000 INR approx.
Cuisine- ItalianAddress- Near Kingfisher Villa, Aguada-Siolim Road, Candolim, Goa
- A Reverie- Best Continental Restaurant in Goa
A Reverie is a fine dining restaurant with one of the largest stand-alone bars around town. Although the food here is very different in style and delicious but, the décor here is unexpected, elegant and thoroughly relaxing, as it’s open air. It is one of the most romantic restaurant in Goa.
Cost for Two- 3000 INR approx.
Cuisine- ContinentalAddress- Holiday Street, Gaura Waddo, Calangute, Goa.
- Caravela Cafe and Bistro- Heaven For Coffee Lovers
The home roasted coffee beans, amazing omelette and pancakes makes this place must visit cafe. If you are searching for home like breakfast then this place is most recommended.
Cost for Two- 700 INR approx.
Cuisines- Italian, Goan and DessertAddress- 27, 31st January Road, Rua São Tomé, Panaji, Goa.
- Bean Me Up- Award Winning Plant Based Vegan Restaurant
Bean me up is the best veg restaurant in Goa. ‘Bean Me Up is an award winning plant based restaurant located en route to the Ozran beach. Awesome vibes, great food, super ambiance and music, makes this place favorite for all. Restaurant playing chill out mantra music serving lip smacking vegan food, fresh juices and specialty beverages.
Cost for Two- 800 INR approx.
Cuisines- Asian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Desserts & BeveragesAddress- 1639/2 Devulvaddo, Ozran Beach Rd, Vagator, Goa
- Souza Lobo- Oldest Restaurant in Goa Since 1932
Souza Lobo is a simple, long-running beachfront restaurant in Goa known for its seafood, Goan dishes & live music. It is the oldest restaurant in Goa which is serving since 1932. Souza Lobo is a large, airy, well laid out restaurant, with an un-fussy rustic charm. Souza Lobo has been a landmark for Goa since ages.
Cost for Two- 1300 INR approx.
Cuisines- Goan, North Indian, Chinese & ContinentalAddress- Beach, Calangute, Goa.
- Martin’s Corner- A Legendary Restaurant for Goan Cuisine in South Goa
Martins Corner is a legendary restaurant in south Goa with Indian and Chinese staples, including seafood, served in a vibrant open-air pavilion with a bar. Martins Corner is an award winning restaurant, including one for ”Best Coastal Food Restaurant” as well as the Times Food Award for Best Goan Cuisine. This restaurant is also good for dinner date. Martins Corner is also famous as Sachin Tendulkar’s favourite restaurant .
Cost for Two- 1600 INR approx.
Cuisines- Sea food, Goan, North Indian & ChineseAddress- 69, Binwaddo, Betalbatim, Goa.
- Thalassa- Paradise for Greek Cuisine & Best on Beach Restaurant
The design and ambiance of Thalassa transports you back to Greece instantly with its white decor, terrazzo flooring, rustic wooden shelters, and cane furniture. Apart from the beautiful positive vibes and the lovely food, Thalassa is a complete package for anyone seeking to create memories for a lifetime. The music and the ambiance are always electric which makes it a stunning place to celebrate life. Here you get to be a part of the traditional Greek dance performances including Sirtaki and Zorba along with fire show and much more just after sunsets to bring in the perfect mood for dinner.
Cost for Two- 2000 INR approx.
Cuisines- Greek, Mediterranean & SeafoodAddress- Plot No. 301, 1, Vaddy, Siolim, Goa.
- The Fisherman’s Wharf Salcette- Best Restaurant for Romantic Dinner
The Fishermans Wharf located on the bank of River Sal, isn’t Just a restaurant; it is the Ultimate culinary destination. The Fishermans Wharf, Rustic, shack-style riverside restaurant serving Goan-style seafood with entertainment. The Fishermans Wharf in Goa is similar to the San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. This restaurant has various branches in Goa but I will recommend Salcette, South Goa branch.
Cost for Two- 1100 INR approx.
Cuisines– Sea food, Goan, North Indian, Asian & ContinentalAddress- At The Riverside, Salcette, Goa
- Best Street Food in Goa- Eat at Your Own Risk
Like beaches and scenic beauty, Goa is also having something to try and it is street food. From local delights to traditional Indian snacks and even Lebanese and Italian food, Goa has it all. Explore the Goa street food from North Goa to South Goa.
- Mouth Watering Desserts- Country’s Best Place for Dessert
Apart from Sea Food, Goa also serves a huge variety of International Desserts. Desserts of Goa are said to best among all country’s. So,try all the traditional desserts of Goa from Christmas special ‘Cocada’ to Italian cake ‘Tiramisu’.
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