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Complete travel guide to a Holiday in Goa
Complete travel guide to a Holiday in Goa. Image credits: India.com

Complete travel guide to a Holiday in Goa:

Goa is a beautiful part of Western India. It is well-known for its gorgeous beaches, flea markets, and for the most famous and unique seafood. Goa has its own way of life. It has an intriguing history and a culture just like any other state of India. Goa is a perfect holiday getaway. There is not much to do in Goa but that is the thing about this place. Goa is also the weekend getaway for people from nearby Goa. The beautiful sunset, the relaxation on seashores, the best spa resorts gives the pleasuring time.

Goa mainly has parts, North Goa and South Goa. North Goa has more of the party, adventure, water sports, and major fun vibes. While South Goa is more about quiet, relaxed and giving time to yourself. There is also the unique central and interior Goa between those 2 parts. This part has a very colorful colonial flavor. Goa also has the best music festivals like sunburn, Ziro festival of music, magnetic fields and many more.

 North Goa

Best beaches in North Goa candolim beach
Best beaches in North Goa: Candolim beach.Image credits: Travelogy India

Best beaches in North Goa:

North Goa has some amazing places. Starting your holiday in Goa with the north side you should first explore the beaches around there. Goa has the best tranquil beaches. The Vagator beach, which is surrounded by rocks. The Candolim beach with scrubs covered at back is one of the most renowned beaches. It has some amazing clubs, giving it a vacation vibe.

Best beaches in North Goa
Best beaches in North Goa. Image Credits: Thrillophilia

The other beaches like Arambol and Mandrem beach are also a must visit.  Some beaches here have no shopping center or restaurants but they are peaceful and are the best place for relaxation. While some beaches have nice restaurants and bone fire also market to shop. The Mandrem beach has amazing bonfire setting and is a less crowded beach. While talking about beaches, the most popular Anjuna beach is very famous for its Wednesday flea market.

This was about beaches, you can also do some sightseeing around North Goa. Goa has got some amazing stuff to see around while it also has historical architectures of Goa’s Portuguese heritage.

fort aguada goa
Fort Aguada goa. Image Credits: Goa Villa

Fort Aguada is 17th-century Portuguese fort on Sinquerim beach, overlooking the Arabian sea.

It is a famous attraction of Goa. And it’s a nice place for taking pictures as it gives a stunning view from the top. There is also the most popular fort in North Goa that is Chapora fort. The movie Dil Chahta Hai has some scenes shot in this fort. It has a beautiful location which attracts different kinds of visitors every day.

Best beaches in North Goa. Image credits: Thrillophilia

There are also some peaceful and beautiful churches in North Goa. Se Cathedral, the church of our lady mount, Church of St.Catejan are few of most famous churches of Goa. There are many artistic churches which also have a long history of them.

The most known church Immaculate Conception has a very unique architecture and is a very old gem of goa. A place in North Goa, Ponda, has spice plantation which has a lot of variety and is very interesting to know about. When you visit this plantation you can also have lunch at this place.

You must also plan to visit Dudhsagar which is the 2nd largest fall of India. It is situated in Mandovi River which is startling to look at. There is also a swimming area down the fall where you can chill and enjoy. Goa also has a very fascinating colonial history. The old Goa has amazing Goan vibes. You must try the very famous Goan fish while you are here.

Best Places for shopping in North Goa:

Places for shopping in North Goa. Image credits: lokaso.in

Best Places for shopping in North Goa: Anjuna market: This market is a Wednesday market. It has got the cheapest clothes and some other beautiful decor stuff. So, you must not miss shopping here.

Mapusa market: Best Places for shopping in North Goa
Mapusa market: Best Places for shopping in North Goa. Image Credits: Treebo

Best Places for shopping in North Goa: Mapusa market: This market lets you see the real India. You will also get some really cheap vines here. Do plan a visit!

Best Places for shopping in North Goa:Bicholim: If you love pottery art then you will love this market. And, you will also get to interact with the potters.

Arpora: Best Places for shopping in North Goa
Arpora: Best Places for shopping in North Goa. Image Credits: Goa Villa

Best Places for shopping in North Goa:Arpora: Arpora is a Saturday market while returning back from the beach you can visit this market for very cheap yet cool clothes and amazing other kinds of things.

Where to stay in North Goa?

Well, staying completely depends on your budget.  You can stay in the grandest hotel like the Goa grand Hyatt hotel which is an amazing luxury hotel but also you can stay in resorts or in hotels which are nearby beaches. The jamboree creek yoga is an amazing option if you want to stay in a cute jungle hut. It also has a swimming pool and has decent pricing.

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You can check other hotels from the link given below :

https://www.yatra.com/hotels/hotels-at-north-goa-in-goa

How to reach North Goa:

You can easily travel by air and directly reach Goa airport and then take a taxi or a bus to your location of stay.  You can also easily travel by buses which are direct from Maharastra. Traveling by train is also one of the secure and cheapest options. Also, you can travel through luxury buses as per your budget. You can book tickets online when you plan for the trip.

when is the best time to visit Goa?

From mid-November to February is said to be the best time to visit North Goa as from November the winter arrives leaving goa cool, calm and breezy to enjoy.

South Goa

South Goa. Image credits: TravelEscape

This part of Goa is said to be more relaxed and soothing. It has stunning ranges of beaches, soft sands, gentle breeze. South Goa has a different vibe than the north Goa. It, of course, has those amazing beaches just like north but it has more of another side too. South Goa is open for various different activities like yoga, adventure, wildlife, history and also archeology.

Best beaches in South Goa:

Best beaches in South Goa
Best beaches in South Goa. Image Credits: Goa Villa

South Goa has many places to visit including gorgeous temples, wildlife sanctuaries, forts and of course churches. Well, again starting with the beaches south Goa has most heavenly beaches. Colva beach is one of the largest in the south Goa; it is quite crowded. There are also many activities on this beach like parasailing, windsurfing, speedboats, and many others. This is also a party beach, they have live music and a lounge.

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You can also find dolphins on this beach. There are other beaches like Palolem beach which is more for relaxation, it is quiet and calming. There are also yoga classes and beach huts to stay. Cavelossiom beach, Bogmalo beach, Majorda beach, Benaulim beach are some other more popular beaches around south Goa which are gorgeous and eye comforting.

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Other than beaches you can also go around the city and see the forts like Cabo de Rama which is a travelers delight. The architecture of Portuguese Chandor is another exciting destination. Loutolim is a small village which has some popular places to visit like Casa Araujo Alvares and whitewashed Church Salvador do Mundo. This village also has a very famous museum, ancestral. South goa also has the biggest temple which is Mangesh temple, it has a huge history. Another very exciting place in south Goa is Basilica of Bon Jesus which is also in history books of our school. It is a very wondrous place to explore. Dona Paula is a significant place as it has been a spot in many big movies like Singham.

Best place for adventures in Goa:

Mobor beach adventures
Mobor beach adventures. Image Credits: Thrillophilia

For adventure, Mobor beach is a very famous one. It has got some amazing water sports. Mobor has a very famous restaurant, Fisherman Wharf. It is very popular because you can have food with a very lovely view. Also kayaking in the Sal river is something not to miss while you are in South Goa. And the famous restaurants like Martins corner which has amazing delicious cuisines which are must try. You can also visit wildlife sanctuaries like Cotigao and Netarali wildlife sanctuary. There are numerous other sanctuaries to visit.

Best markets in Goa for Shopping

Best markets in Goa for Shopping. Image credits: TravelTriangle

Best markets in Goa for Shopping: Gandhi market: This market was once only a fish and vegetable market. Now, it has got everything covered. It has the cheapest clothes for other things.

Best markets in Goa for Shopping: Palolem beach market: It opens every Saturday and gives the hippie vibes. It has amazing options to shop from.

Best markets in Goa for Shopping: Colva beach market: It is the most appealing market. It is very colorful and has got some very interesting art things and also clothes at very ease prices.

Best markets in Goa for Shopping: Margo municipal market: This market is one of the most interesting street markets in Goa. It has everything from food items to clothes and furniture.

Where to stay in South Goa?. Image credits: curlytales.com

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Where to stay in South Goa?

You can stay in a resort or hotel. It depends on how much do you want to spend. You can also check some hotels from the link given below:

https://www.yatra.com/hotels/hotels-at-south-goa-in-goa

How to reach South Goa?

Reaching South Goa is the same as reaching North Goa. You can easily travel by air directly reach goa airport and then take a taxi or a bus to your location of stay.  You can also easily travel by buses which are direct from Maharastra. Traveling by train is also one of the secure and cheapest options. Also, you can travel through luxury buses as per your budget. You can book tickets online when you plan for the trip.

when is the best time to visit North Goa?

From mid-November to February is said to be the best time to visit south goa as from November the winter arrives leaving goa cool, calm and breezy to enjoy.

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