NORTH GOA TOUR

GOA, extensively known for its “night life”, is a state in South Western part of India. This troy sized state is just more than the pristine beaches, fantasy parties and economical alcohol. This prismatic state is a mixture of Indian and Portuguese culture with inclusion of warmth, sea, sea food and drinks. There’s no place like this in India.
There are so many reasons to attract the tourist from all over who can lay back and relax on the shacks with a pint near the glint beaches. Goa is no less than a wonderland which includes almost all the water sports which one can think of. The markets are another attraction for shopaholics. They can purchase all unique items which includes handicrafts, gleaming jewellery, herbs and funky clothes till their shoulders droop.
Food is thoroughly enjoyed in Goa. The scent, spice and flavour of Goan cuisine are highly favoured by the travellers. The piquant and savoury dishes draw the travellers to try and explore more of it. The Indo-Portuguese dishes are treat for the taste buds.
The churches and old temples add on to the spiritual life of people residing in Goa. The ancient towering churches with Portuguese architecture, attracts people world- wide. The forts situated in Goa, draws the travellers for a picturesque scene of the beaches beneath. It gives a unique experience to visualize the golden exquisite water splashing onto the shores. The silent islands with the splashing wave’s audible invites people to have a blissful time with their partners. It is a perfect holiday place who wants to have change in their mundane life.
The ideal months being November to March. December and January are the months when maximum visitors around the globe come to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
Accommodation:
Baga and Calangute are prominent towns in North Goa and are undeniably perfect locations to look for lodgings, especially for young travellers. All the tourist spots, beaches and markets are within 10 km radius. Baga-Calangute Road is a paradise for shopaholics. The coastal town has a range of hotels, resorts, villas, apartment, vacation homes, bed & breakfast and Guest houses to offer, with room tariff starting as low as INR 500.
How to Reach:
Air: Dambolim Airport (GOI) is 30 km south of Panjim (North Goa), capital of Goa, and 26 km north of Margao (South Goa).
Daily non-stop flights are available from:
  • Delhi (2hr 30min)
  • Mumbai (1hr 05min)
  • Kolkata (3hr 05min)
  • Chennai (1h 30min)
  • Bengaluru (1hr 15min)
  • Ahmedabad (1hr 45min)
  • Hyderabad (1hr 25min)
  • Pune (1hr 10min)
  • Indore (1hr 50min)
  • Surat (1hr 25min)
  • Lucknow (2hr 25min)
  • Hubli (55min)
Rail: Vasco-da-gama(VSG) and Madgaon(MAO) are the two important stations of the state. Train services to Goa is available from major cities.
  • Delhi (36 hrs) – Daily
  • Mumbai (12 hrs) – Daily
  • Jaipur (29 hrs) – Fri only
  • Kolkata (39 hrs) – Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat
  • Ahmedabad (20 hrs) – Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun
  • Ernakulam (15 hrs) – Daily
  • Mangalore (6 hrs) – Daily
  • Vijaywada (19 hrs) – Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun
  • Hyderabad (16 hrs) – Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun
Bus: Panjim bus stand is an ideal location to board and alight. Plenty of taxi service, and car and bike hire options are available here. There isn't any bus stand in North Goa; Panjim bus stand becomes the default choice. Madgao would be preferable if travelling to South Goa. Private and government-owned sleeper/ semi-sleeper/seater buses are available from:
  • Hubli (6 hrs)
  • Bangalore (14 hrs)
  • Hyderabad (15 hrs)
  • Pune (12 hrs)
  • Mumbai (15 hrs)
Road: Goa is well connected to major cities on west coast by National Highway 66 and Asian Highway 47. It takes an overnight drive from Mumbai (555 km), Ratnagiri (233 km), Pune (426 km), Mangaluru (376 km) and Bengalure (590 km) to reach Panjim.

SUMMARIZED ITINERARY

Day 1

  1. Morjim Beach
  2. Ashvem Beach
Night Life:

Calangute Beach

Day 2

  1. Chapora Fort
  2. Anjuna Beach
Night Life:

Tito’s Lane

Shopping :

Saturday Night Market (Exclusively on Saturdays)

Day 3

  1. Candolim Beach
  2. Reis Magos Fort
  3. Old Goa
Restaurant:

Navtara Restaurant

Shopping/Casino:

Panjim

Day 1:

Morning
  • Arrive in Panaji by 12 o’clock in the afternoon as day begins late in Goa.
  • Rent a self-driven car or any two wheeler as per your convenience. You can find dealers at Panaji bus stand. Then head towards Baga or Calangute which will take around 35-40 mins.
  • Check in to any budget hotel in these areas as these are the major tourist areas in Goa with all the other places approachable from here.
  • Freshen up and take light breakfast if possible, otherwise head towards Morjim beach which is half an hour drive.
Evening
  • Morjim beach though attracting a considerable crowd is still less crowded compared to other beaches in North Goa. Reserve a shack to keep the belongings and relax for a while under the shade. A bath in the enticing sea is an enjoyable experience on this beach as the height of the waves along with the cleanliness of the beach makes it an amazing experience.
  • Get a bottle of beer - King's beer, a Goan special, is recommended – with some food – goan sea food is a must for meat lovers. Relax and spend a quality evening with your group.
  • A walk on bare feet along the entire stretch of Morjim is one of the highlights of the beach. Blissful caress of wet sand, cool sea breeze and people around make you get immersed in the moment and put your worries to rest. Stay here till twilight as Morjim is known for some amazing sunset views.
  • If want to watch sunset from a different location, head towards Ashvem beach (3kms north of Morjim beach ) which is as serene as you will come across. Known for being one of the most peaceful beaches in Goa primarily because of fewer shacks than other beaches, one can have alone time on this beach without much disturbance here. This beach is a good alternative to Morjim and offers spectacular sunset view.
  • After Ashvem , return to the hotel and give your body some rest. You need some energy to explore and enjoy the night life and culture of Goa.
Night
  • Last stop for the day is Calangute beach for night life. The beach is the queen of the beaches with variety of options to choose for dining in. The shacks are opened till 2-3 am on Calangute beach. Safety is not at all an issue in this part of the state. The atmosphere is always electrifying and energetic. The sounds of the waves along with the lighting put on the beach and party songs played by the DJs will make you stay here and relish your time till you finally call it a day.

Day 2:

Morning
  • Today we will try to utilize the morning (post 10 am) with some sightseeing.Set your alarms accordingly because rousing from sleep won’t be easy.
  • Put Chapora Fort on your GPS and hit the road. It wil take 30 mins from Baga/Calangute to reach the fort. The Chapora fort is ancient fort which overlooks the Chapora river on one side and sea towards the other side. It offers exhilarating views from the top and is an experience in itself. This fort attracts a large number of Bollywood fans. At this very location couple of scenes from 2001 hit film, Dil Chahta Hai, were shot (only place to find Dil Chahta Hai Soda on sale!)
Evening
  • Tour of the fort is exhausting, after quenching your thirst head towards Curlies in Anjuna beach, which is one of the most famous shacks in North Goa. Get a table in the open space on top floor and order your food and drinks. Carry your swim costumes. The sea water is tempting enough for a dip. Part of the sea has a small patch of rocks which can be avoided.
  • Stay here to watch the spellbinding sunset. After sunset you get a variety of sea food to gorge on. All you have to do is to choose from their stock and they will prepare the way you want to it.
  • Post sunset, get back to hotel or some rest. Tonight is gonna be long and exciting!
Night
  • Put on your party shoes and take a ride to Saturday night market in Arpora which is an open air market and takes place only on Saturdays. The market consists of shops mostly owned by European traders and offers various goods and has live DJs , various musical performances and cocktails as well. This market showcases the distinctive feature of Goa and is a must visit. Shopaholics can spent hours here. Don’t forget to carry some cash here. Cards are not accepted at many shops.
  • Next stop is Baga beach. The beach is famous for dinner, drinks and dance. It has series of shacks which are illuminated during night and the lights along with the music being played by DJs provides an experience like no other in Goa. Take a table on the beach and close to the shack itself for the dinner. Further the table more difficult it becomes to draw the attention of the waiter. The candlelight in the middle of the table makes it all the more beautiful (romantic for couples). Gobble up as much as you can and hit the dance floor. The night is not over yet!
  • Interested to party harder and experience nightlife like nothing before, head to Tito's Lane. It is a lane which is packed with bars, pubs and nightclubs and is the major party centre in Goa. Most pubs have free entry for couples and stag entry is unreasonably high. The pubs are opened till late in the night and the place seems like another universe altogether. Even if you are not interested in partying and indulging in all sorts of things that are going around, just take a walk and experience what the night life in Goa is all about. Return to the hotel and call it a day.

Day 3

Morning
  • Today we check out from the hotel ( 10 AM is recommended) and head to the final place in north Goa, Candolim beach, for some water sports - parasailing , paragliding, banana rides etc.
  • The water sports begin after 11 AM and the people can opt for the packages as per their preference. Generally, they charge around 900 for 3 sports and 1500 for 5. The rates are negotiable depending on the size of the group. It take an hour and a half to wrap all the activities. As the tiredness sets in, barge into any shacks (all shacks are good here) and gorge on some beach food.
  • That’s all for North Goa! We will be heading down south to Reis Magos Fort. With the GPS, getting here becomes easy. It will take close to 45 mins from North Goa. Reis Magos Fort is one of the oldest forts in Goa and has a lot of historical importance associated with it. This fort is associated with Goa's struggle of freedom and provides a lot of insight. The fort offers amazing views of the sea as well and this is one place that should not be missed. It also has a souvenir and book shop.
  • Now it’s time for Old Goa (20 min from the fort) which is famous for its colonial era churches - Basilica of bom Jesus & Church of St Francis of Assisi. These churches are part of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Evening
  • Last but not the least, head towards the capital city of Panaji. The city is known for its casinos and churches along with its local market. The market can be explored on foot and has multiple options for all shopping lovers. People can explore the casinos as well and try their luck if interested. After exploring the city, head towards the famous Navtara restaurant, situated in the market area for some amazing vegetarian south Indian food.

All set to return home
If you have to catch your flight or train departing late at night, then book a cab and head towards Vasco da Gama for airport and station. Other option would be to reserve a room in Vasco da Gama, take rest, board your flight or train the next day and say goodbye to the amazing times spent in Goa !!