Fun things to do in Goa

  • Vagator Beach
    Vagator Beach
    by Donna_in_India
  • Old Goa
    by dkphabiyani
  • Old Goa
    by dkphabiyani

Most Viewed Things to Do in Goa

  • Justin_goa's Profile Photo

    Safa Masjid, a best preserved Monument

    by Justin_goa Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Characterless, chaotic PONDA, 28km southeast of Panjim and 17km northeast of Margao, is Ponda taluka's administrative headquarters and main market town, but not somewhere you're likely to want to stay. Straddling the busy Panjim-Bangalore highway (NH4), the town's ugly concrete centre is permanently choked with traffic and guaranteed to make you wonder why you ever left the coast. Of the few visitors who stop here, most do so en route to the nearby Hindu temples or wildlife reserves farther east, or to take a look at Goa's best-preserved sixteenth-century Muslim monument, the Safa Masjid, 2km west on the Panjim road. Built in 1560 by the Bijapuri ruler Ibrahim 'Adil Shah, this small mosque, with its whitewashed walls and pointed terracotta tile roof, is renowned less for its architecture than for being one of only two Islamic shrines in Goa to survive the excesses of the Portuguese Inquisition.

    Many a perceptive visitor will be struck by how the story of Goa is popularly told. The glory days seem to have begun with the Portuguese, whose spine-chilling inquisition in Goa and the destruction of the material culture that preceded them is glossed over. Is this because most modern Goans see themselves as cultural heirs to the Portuguese and would rather forget the unpalatable stuff, sort of like how most white Americans regard the native American past? Could the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), in the museum they run in Velha Goa, be making a sly political dig in displaying this heroic ballad by Luis de Camoens, the national poet of Portugal in the 16th century, on Albuquerque's conquest of Goa?

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • Justin_goa's Profile Photo

    Awesome Colonian Mansions of Goa

    by Justin_goa Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    For a state that was under the domain of Portuguese for 450 years, its difficult to root out the influence.
    Chapel of Santa Caterina (1552),
    Church and Monastery of S. Cajetan (1655-1661),
    Ruins of Augustinian Church and Monastery (1602),
    Church of Cruz dos Milagres (1671),
    Ruins of Church and College of St. Paul (1541-1543).
    Sinquerim (Goa): Church of Sao Lourenço (1630).
    Talaulim (Goa): Church of Santa Ana (1695).
    Curtorim (Goa): Church of St. Alex (1597).
    Betim (Goa): Reis Magos Church (1771).
    Chapora (Goa): fort (1617).
    Mapusa (Goa): Church of Our Lady of Miracles (1674).
    Aldona (Goa): Church of St. Thomas (1596).
    Moira (Goa): Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (1636).
    Reis Magos (Goa): Fort Reis Magos.
    Tiracol (Goa): Fort Tiracol (1745).
    Cabo da (de) Rama (South Goa): Fort Cabo de Rama (1763).
    The Cabo de Rama Fort includes a small church of Santo Antonio in excellent condition.
    Dona Paula (Goa): Cabo Fort, Cabo Palace.
    Famous colonial houses of Goa:
    Chandor (Goa): Menezes –Braganza house, Pereira -Braganza house, Sara Fernandes house.
    Loutolim (Goa): Miranda house, Salvador Costa house, Roque Caetan Miranda house, Figueiredo de Albuquerque house (3 kms north of Loutolim).
    Majorda (Goa): Piedade Costa house.
    Betalbatim (Goa): Wilfrido Antão house.
    Cansaulim-Velsao (Goa): Roldão de Souza house (also Maison Rodesa).
    Margão (Goa): The house of the Seven Gables and many houses around the Chuch of Espirito Santo (Largo da Igreja). The (usually locked) N.S de Piedade stands on a hill overlooking Margão.
    Corjuem (North Goa): Fort.
    Alorna (North Goa): Fort.
    Candolim (North Goa): Casa dos Monteiros, Casa dos Costa-Frias.
    Pernem (North Goa): Deshprabhu house (or Sitaram Vilas, or The Viscount’s Palace).
    For these info my thanks to Kiros Kokkas.
    Anjediva island (Kanara): ruins of Fort of Nossa Senhora das Brotas, old Portuguese "caserma" or barracks, standing now without the roof, Church of Our Lady of Brotas (Nossa Senhora das Brotas 1729).

    Braganza house An old colonial home Ruins of Church of St. Augustine Church of St. Augustine restoration work
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • TracyLB's Profile Photo

    Bollywood Movie..Inox

    by TracyLB Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hey, why not go see a Bollywood film..We had great fun at the INOX in Panjim..We went to see Malaamaal Weekly..It was hilarious!! Eventhough we couldn't understand it, you could still follow it along just by the pictures...We also went with our Goan friends and every now and then they would give us an update..

    The movie theatre itself..totally brand new modern facility...just like the one's at home!! Only better!!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Pete.Gibson's Profile Photo

    Good company, Cheers

    by Pete.Gibson Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There is nothing better than meeting up for a beer and a natter, this beach side bar at the Leela beach hotel, is a ideal place to meet before dinner as well as cocktails, beers and soft drinks you can also get snacks and some nice seafood dishes

    Related to:
    • Luxury Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Seniors

    Was this review helpful?

  • Out in India

    by quirkynav Written Mar 7, 2011

    The gay scene isnt all that bad in India anymore, most big cities have large communities and organize events, there are pubs which have gay nights on certain days of the week. Their are travel agents which do exclusive gay tours such as http://www.outjourneys.com and indjapink.com.

    One of these guys will surely be able to guide you to the right places where you can experience the gay life in India.

    Related to:
    • Luxury Travel
    • Gay and Lesbian
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tracyden's Profile Photo

    At last - Peace and Quiet

    by Tracyden Written Dec 31, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hire a taxi for the day and travel out to Mandrem Beach - Here there is a beach resort of huts, and a beach with a restaurant on it

    The beach is quiet, with white sand and the beach shack/restaurant serves the best paneer tikka that I have ever eaten. You cross a wooden bridge over a river to get to the beach. There are beach loungers - some with canopies and best of all there are no sales people. You can read your book all day long with no interruptions.

    The river from the beach Crowded? beach loungers with shade
    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • illumina's Profile Photo

    Margao

    by illumina Updated Dec 19, 2010

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Margao or Madgaon is the second largest city in Goa, and is well worth a look around. Sadly I was only there for a day on our way up to Mumbai, and it was so hot and sticky that walking around was the last thing on my mind!

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • illumina's Profile Photo

    Shopping in Palolem

    by illumina Written Dec 19, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Palolem is quite a good place to pick up a few souvenirs. It's obviously not the cheapest place in India to do so, as it's full of tourists doing the same thing, but they do have some nice things you might not find everywhere.

    I would recommend looking at the jewellery (there's a particular style found here), the leather-bound notebooks of handmade paper, and clothes. You can pick up sarong wraps here, or from the sellers on the beach. Don't forget to haggle a little!

    It's also fairly easy to buy sunscreen here, as well as other toiletry needs, just don't expect them to be much cheaper than at home.

    Shops and motorbike parking!
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • illumina's Profile Photo

    Body boarding

    by illumina Written Dec 19, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The waves at Palolem are a bit too small for surfing proper, but they're just right for some modest body boarding, and you can rent body/boogie boards on Palolem beach for around 30INR per hour. It's a great way to spend a few hours!

    Was this review helpful?

  • illumina's Profile Photo

    Turtle Beach

    by illumina Written Dec 19, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Galgibaga, aka Turtle Beach, is famous for its Olive Ridley nesting site, making it an environmentally sensitive area. The beach is a protected area for turtle nesting and sees the hatching of over 3000 eggs every year.

    Thankfully development seems to have been stopped at this beach, so there are no commercial activities, and out of turtle season (we were there in early April) the beach was deserted. Turtles apparently come to lay their eggs from October, and hatchlings start appearing in December, so these will be the peak turtle-watching times!

    We got here by scooter.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Motorcycle

    Was this review helpful?

  • illumina's Profile Photo

    Patnem beach

    by illumina Written Dec 19, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is one of the places it's easier to reach by scooter, although you could take a tuk-tuk from Palolem (about 50INR I think). With fewer beach huts and restaurants than Palolem, Patnem is a much quieter beach, and a really lovely place to go for a swim.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel
    • Motorcycle

    Was this review helpful?

  • illumina's Profile Photo

    Hire a scooter

    by illumina Written Dec 19, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Having your own transport means that you can get around to different places, of-the-beaten-path type places, much more easily and quickly, and a scooter is the best way of doing that. We hired ours from the little dhaba at the corner of the road leading to Hi-Tide huts at Palolem, and we got it for 200 INR per day. My partner's experience 2 years before suggested that you'll get it cheaper if you hire for longer.

    These photos were taken on one of our scooter trips! We not only got to see these beautiful views, but found beaches all to ourselves, or at the very least shared with one other couple who also had a scooter!

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • georeiser's Profile Photo

    The cybercafe in Beach Road, Candolim

    by georeiser Written May 22, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    India is a developed country when it comes to computer technology, and there are some cybercafes in Goa. But the bureaucracy is bad. I had to bring my passport, then sign a receipt with passport number, name, birth date, hotel name and my signature.

    Cybercafe in Beach Road, Candolim

    Was this review helpful?

  • georeiser's Profile Photo

    Ashowem

    by georeiser Updated May 22, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ashowem is a cosy village in the bay between Morjim beach and Vagator beach. This place has a high hippie factor. Ashowem has a rocky shoreline and sandy beaches. The closest beach is 10 minutes away with car.

    15�� 36' 12.6100
    Related to:
    • Water Sports
    • Beaches
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • georeiser's Profile Photo

    Morjim beach

    by georeiser Written May 22, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Morjim Beach is a nice beach with soft sand. The sunbeds on the beach are free if you order food and drinks from the cafe's opposite the beach. Each cafe has its own beach area. Morjim beach is known for a high number of russian tourists.

    Morjim beach, Goa Morjim beach, Goa Morjim beach, Goa Morjim beach, Goa Morjim beach, Goa
    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

Goa Hotels

See all 97 Hotels in Goa

Latest Goa Hotel Reviews

Taj Holiday Village
837 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 7, 2014
Cidade De Goa Beach Resort
790 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 1, 2014
Galaxy Beach Resort
375 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 9, 2014
Victor Exotica Beach Resort
293 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jun 26, 2014
Ronil Beach Resort
402 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 9, 2014
Resorte Marinha Dourada
449 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 4, 2014
Nizmar Resort
176 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 1, 2014
Phoenix Park Inn Resort
581 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 1, 2014
Casa De Goa
293 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 10, 2014
Goa Beach House Hotel
62 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 26, 2014
Aldeia Santa Rita
327 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 7, 2014
Whispering Palms Hotel
737 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 10, 2014
The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa
584 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 10, 2014
Marquis Beach Resort
172 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 7, 2014
Angels Resort
171 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 10, 2014

Instant Answers: Goa

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

60 travelers online now

Comments

Goa Things to Do

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Goa locals.
Map of Goa