Everybody loves goa. For some, it is the best party place while for some others it is the beaches & water sports and for some other people, Goa is the calm and silent place for their vacation. While for newbies they have a list of places to visit & must do things when in Goa: D. All of the above options are true and hence goa is the perfect vacation destination where you can do any or all of those and more too.
What is so special about Goa?
Goa is one of the special destination where you can go throughout the year and still have a nice time. For folks who like to relax, South Goa is the ideal place. Book in one of the resorts in South Goa and you can enjoy some silent and quality time. These resorts have private beaches where you can go for a walk or sit and relax reading a book or have a conversation with the sea. Apart from this, you can enjoy the places around the resort go for an evening walk, or go to the local market and try some local food or even sit and enjoy reading a book at the resort. There are some good places which you should visit when you are there; like Palolem beach or Agonda Beach or Varca beach which are beautiful beaches.
If you are interested in exploring then you have plenty to do in Goa. Starting from beautiful beaches, lagoons, churches, museums, and monuments are things in and around Goa. Let’s start with the most unique and famous attraction in goa ‘The Basilica of Bom Jesus’ which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The specialty of this place is that the basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier who died in 1552 and his body is as fresh as the day it was buried.
Panjim or Panaji the capital of Goa is a beautiful city with the mix of old and new. A cruise on the river Mandovi during the evening is a good experience and visit the casino in the river where one can go and try their luck. There is the famous Immaculate church in the middle of the Panjim city which gives a different look and feels to the place.
If you go further north you have the Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator etc. All of these beaches have famous water sports and party places. Anjuna got a flea market which is awesome where you can do some shopping or try out some pastries at the German bakery or party till morning at one of the clubs.
Baga is the most crowded beach because of the number of shacks in the beach and pubs in the area known as Tito’s lane. There are some extremely good food options here.
If anyone is interested in an itinerary for goa, that too a mixed one we will propose this one: 7 days total
The connectivity to Goa International Airport is quite good. During our booking, we had plenty of Delhi to Goa flight options and we booked the cheap and best option available. The airport is in South Goa.
You can book an airport taxi and head to the North Goa and stay at Anjuna , Baga or Arambol (if you want a subtle place). It’s better to pre-book your stay since Goa Hotels will be full during peak season (August-March) . We love Goa during Off-season (monsoon and summers) as the beaches and shacks will be crazily crowded.
You can hire a two wheeler for as cheap as 150 INR (approx 3$) per day or a car which may go up to 1500INR (Approx 22$) or above per day and go to places around.
Some places to visit around would be Fort Aguada, Vagator beach (beautiful clear water beach), Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga beach, Arpora Beach etc. It is awesome to drive around North goa in a two-wheeler.
After the happening and fun-filled days, head to south goa for relaxation. You can book in one of the beautiful resorts and relax. You can either go for a walk in the beautiful private beach or spend time with your family & loved ones in and around the resorts away from the rush.
The airport is close to south goa and so it would be easy to catch your return flight from there.
If you are coming by train, then Marmagoa station is close to South Goa or if you are coming by bus, then you have to catch a bus from Panjim.
There is no app-based taxi service in Goa and you have to depend on the local taxi’s or auto rickshaw’s here. Moreover, you don’t actually have to hire a cab other than to come from airport or go to the airport. For roaming around you can rent a car or a two-wheeler.