Goa Travel Guide

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Goa Things to Do

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  • Dudhsagar Waterfalls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khgdwJTLdQA Lot of guys went through this economical plan to goa.Its chennai express time.we all enjoyed a lot and swimmed there with provided life jackets.Long distance from north goa.Plan according to the video link provided

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  • Baga Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    I visited this beach on last day & thought why I missed it on my first day? Baga beach is very clean with lots of beach shakes where you can find both foreigners and Indians. This beach is perfect for childrens as waves are not too much high like Calangute & Candolim Beach.

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  • Basilica of Bom Jesus - Old Goa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Basilica of Bom (infant or good) Jesus is 9 km from Panaji on the banks of Mandovi River in Old Goa. It contains the mortal remains of Goa's patron saint, St. Francis Xavier, who died while on a sea voyage to China (Dec. 2, 1552). The Basilica is considered to be the best example of baroque architecture in India. The embalmed body of the saint...

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Goa Hotels

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Goa Restaurants

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  • Britto's - Baga Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    Update: Recently visited Britto's and I'm sad to say it was not up to its usual standards. The food was cold and the usually good desserts were mediocre. They have also covered the whole top of the restaurant which makes it very dark inside and takes away from the "beachy" atmosphere. I'd like to chalk the bad food up to a bad day in the kitchen so...

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  • Souza Lobo - Calangute Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent seafood including my favorite calamari, fish curry and the best Bebinca(layered Goan dessert cake) Located at Calangute,this restaurant gives you the freedom to eat in the main house or on the beach-yup!Absolutely fabulous dining experience with sprays of the ocean breeze mixed with the aroma of seafood:) Calamari was exceptionally...

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  • Beach Shacks

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There are lots of beach shacks on the beach at Candolim - however when we visited Goa it was in April -right at the end of the tourist season - a lot of the shacks have shut up shop and lliterally disappear away leaving just the beach behind. Bobby's was one of the few left. All the seats look out to the ocean - you can sit at a litttle candlelit...

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Goa Nightlife

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  • DRINKING

    This is the current bar to be seen in! Its got an external area with two bars, with lots of seating areas, plus an aircon internal area/come nightclub. Lots of fun people, prices are a bit steep, but thats what you pay for the fun! Smart casual

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  • CLUBS & DANCING

    UPDATE YEAR 2007: Voted BEST Night Club in India! After hearing about the Club Cubana on VT, being approached by flyer-clutching youngsters on the beach, and being asked by every second taxi-driver "Party tonight, girls?" we semi-reluctantly decided to reserve our Wednesday evening for the Ladies Night at Club Cubana, the "Night Club in the...

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  • OTHERS

    Local boatmen can also organize a camp fire and dinner at Tsunami Island specially for your group/family at reasonable rates. They pick you up at 6.00pm. You go to the island have fun and party with your group/family, followed by the dinner. They get you back to the hotel by 11.pm

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Goa Transportation

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  • ROADS

    Most of the buses plying to Mumbai from Goa start in the evening. Buy tickets in advance, especially during the peak tourist season from October to December and from May to June. Book online buses from Goa to Mumbai or Mumbai to Goa and enjoy the hassle free journey. Buses ply at fairly regular intervals throughout the day. The charges, however,...

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  • TRAINS

    For travel from Chennai to Goa, it's been ages, but i recall there's a major train junction at Guntakal, then Hospet, which is close to Panaji, Goa. I just Googled, Indian Railways Map, and there's a good one. Maybe you could reserve a 2nd class sleeper overnighter from Chennai to Guntakal(or Hospet). Check the Indian Railways website, you could...

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  • BOAT/SHIPS

    While on a tour of local villages we took a ferry across one of the several rivers that run into the sea near Panjim. These two ladies were intrigued by the small group of tourists who’d joined them for the crossing and gave me a shy smile when I asked if I could take their photo. The ferry transports both vehicles and foot passengers, and the...

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Goa Shopping

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  • FLEA-STREET MARKETS

    Anjuna Market takes place every Wednesday from October onwards throughout the high-season, from around 09:00am to 06:00pm. It was the hippies who brought about the trend of the flea market at Anjuna beach during the late 1960s, and it's just been getting bigger and better ever since. Even if you're not interested in buying anything, or don't have...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    well depend which month you are travelling.south is nice and beautiful nrth is bussy..... let me know your interest will suggest best things to do. jewels,linen,bespoke tailoring/only from very special shops....which dont deal with commission. most guys like taxi they get 50 percent commision at shop.also beware of kashmir people and kashmiri...

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  • Resort wear in Goa

    In the past 10 years, Goa has been attracting designers from near and far. Stop by Malini Ramani and Wendell Rodricks to get a feel for Indian designer and resort wear. Also newly (2013) opened is Jade Jagger's store at Ashwem Resort, beach and jewellery! on the expensive side

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Goa Local Customs

  • RELIGION

    It is well known that cows are sacred to Hindus, but knowing this didn’t really prepare me for some of the (to Western eyes) unusual sights we came across. Not only do cows wander freely on town and city streets as here, but also on the beach (photo 2). And the cows are very definitely in charge. Time and again we witnessed local drivers getting...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Raksha bandhan (the bond of protection in Hindi) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie a rakhi (a holy thread) around their brothers' wrists. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her. This festival is typically an occasion for celebration by the...

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  • BEACHES

    Fascinating watching the local fishermen at Coco Beach. The effort that is put into fishing appears tremendous. Starting with wading out with the long fishing net to create a loop, then with as many hands as possible dragging it back ashore.

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Goa Warnings and Dangers

  • DRUGS

    Hi My trip to GOA was in Xmas 2009 mainly in Anjuna , after a few beers I would scrounge or buy a joint or two In my two weeks in India ,one night after a few drinks and a spliff I went to the beach very late the police pulled Me up which was a bit uncomfortable ,I managed to keep calm and talk them out of taking me to the cop shop These...

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  • SOME LOCALS

    Okay, so this information might be slightly dated, but in the third world, habits and lifestyles progress slowly....... One feature of Goa's beach in Panjim, in early morning, was to watch the locals defecating on the beach, close to the water's edge, in the hope that the tide would remove the human waste. They seemed to have this timed to...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    DudhSagar Falls located on the Mandovi River in the state of Goa, on Goa's border with Karnataka. Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India's 5th tallest waterfall,and is 227th in the world at 310 m. This is a four tiered waterfall with a total height of 310 meters (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 meters (100 feet). There are chances of leech if...

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Goa Tourist Traps

  • HAWKERS/TOUTS/SCAM

    Despite what people think and say I believe the beach sellers are part of the holiday experience. Some of the stuff they sell is what you find at the market and its up to you whether you get it cheaper or not ? I cannot speak for all the sellers but the ones I came across where friendly and could speak 3 or 4 languages,after all its there...

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  • TAXIS

    Never book a hotel in Goa seeing photos in internet and star rating and review of hotels. It will be costly and will not get proper service. It will be different what you see in internet. And taxi service is very costly in Goa, If you go directly to the taxi drivers they will charge you high price. moreover taxi drivers are very rude, they will not...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    I had rented a Taxi Cab to take us to see some of the sights in South Goa like the St. Francis church, beaches, temples etc. As I stayed at the Park Hyaat in south Goa is was a long way off and quite a few miles drive to get to North Goa. As we were heading to the beach our Tax driver suggested that we visit a traditional Portugese house... even...

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Goa What to Pack

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  • Bringing things out for the children in...

    If you need help then perhaps you can get extra luggage for your flight. If you Mention the charity then depending on which airline you are flying with you might get up to 20kg extra allowance!!!! If you have old children's clothes that are clean and in good condition and have a spare bit of room in you case then why not bring it out and take it...

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  • Essentials

    Minimum luggage You can buy most of the clothing here if you are good at bargaining.Excellent beachwear and summerwear.Dont forget to get a cap/hat and flip flops. Lots of Sunscreen. Try Captain Lobo's at Baga near Colonia Santa Maria.It shall cost you around 1500 - 1700 rs per night.Neat and clean and has a private access to beach.Thumbs UP.

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  • Beach bum

    Don't bring lots of bags, as it can be a bit of a squeeze getting them into a tuk-tuk! For Goa, you really won't need much in the way of clothes! A swimming costume, a light shirt/top and shorts and thin trousers / skirts for evening, and that's about it. You can buy cheap and pretty sarongs in Palolem, so don't bother bringing anything like that...

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Goa Off The Beaten Path

  • OTHERS

    Honeymoon island which is just off the Palolem beach is a beautiful spot for people who love quiet places, especially couples. Hire a boat and visit Honeymoon Island which are usually not crowded. If you are lucky enough then you can see dolphins during boat rides to and fro. The boat will charge you anywhere between Rs.1000 to Rs.1200.

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  • BEACHES

    Yes, I think you mean Baga! Never mind but one of the most scenic walks really a long time ago,with a bit of a climb is to be had there. I guess most travelers dont know about it but I happenned to do it quite accidentally. It is really breathtaking. If you can locate Brittos on one end of Baga as a land mark, and if you face the sea with Brittos...

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  • RELIGIOUS SITES

    I recently went on a pilgrimage to Meherabad and loved it. It is home to the Samadhi or Tomb-Shrine of Avatar Meher Baba, who claimed he was God in human form. Engraved on Baba's gravestone is the beginning of his Universal Message: "I have come not to teach but to awaken." Over 20,000 people visit Meherabad on the anniversary of Baba's death...

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Goa Sports & Outdoors

  • Water Park in Goa

    There's a new waterpark opened up in Anjuna called Splashdown. It's got some awesome slides and of good standard. It's is a super place to have fun while in Goa. Everything is new and the staff is polite and helpful. Would recommend it to everyone visiting goa. One more happening place. My friends and I had a wonderful time between sliding and just...

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  • Chill by water

    I love the beach and the water. I just like to relax. If you are like me, just carry awesome swimsuits and sunbathe by the water.I get my bikini from http://www.secretcache.comLove love their stuff. Bikini, bathing suits, one pieces etc http://www.secretcache.comFree shipping and returns accepted in India. LOVE THEM!

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  • SPORTSFISHING IN GOA

    SPORTSFISHING OFF THE GOAN COAST,GREAT NEW MODERN BOAT WITH ALL THE LATEST SAFETY EQUIPMENT,LOVELY DAY OUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN GOA EASILY ACESSABLE BY TAXI TO THE JETTYBRING SUN SCREEN,HAT ,SUNGLASSES AND EXTRA WATER

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Goa General

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Visit the local Fish Market and buy some fish for your dinner. Bargain and pay a little more bucks to get it clean by the fish vendor. They refuse if the shop is busy though. Fish Local Name in Goa: Cat fish - Sangot Long fin cavalla - Koncar Gold spoted anchovy - Capsali Mandli Indian Salmon - Raus Reef cod - Gobro Pearl spot -...

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  • LOCAL TRAVEL

    With the festive season round the corner, Goa is all set to welcome its visitors who make a beeline to its shores during the October to March season that is the best time to explore this picturesque state. Cheap flights to Goa is already the highest searched keyword on Google and the queries are most likely to go up as X’mas and New Year comes on...

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  • BEACHES

    Goa is awesome place of india good palce to.new couple .goa beach no one beach of india every one people. My favourite place coconet trees nice. So many beaches. Evening time sun rise very beautiful seen. This seen click selfi and snap looking oesome. I want to last year with my friends and very enjoy me and my friends I like this place my...

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  • Dec 1, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    . Try to stay in north Goa because old Goa, Panji, Vasco , Calangut beach, Bagha beach etc are in north Goa.... I mean more sightseeing places are in north goa and if you stay in south Goa then you will have to travel again and again to north.

    2. By flight you will reach to Damboli which is in between margaon and panji and taxies will take you from there to north or south wherever you wanna go.

    3. By train...
    If you are staying near to Vasco or old goa then deboard at karmali. ...

    If you are staying near to north beaches... (Calangut, bagha etc),,then deboard at Thivim.

    Deboard at madgaon if you staying in south Goa or going to colva beach.

    4. Hire vehicle (scooty, bike, car etc) having yellow number plate. One of my friends got caught by traffic police because he was driving car having white number plate.

    5. You may hire vehicles for more than one day... It will be cheaper.

    6. Vehicle owner will take one original I.D. so keep one id extra apart from driving licence (pen card, voter id, adhar card etc).

    7. You must have driving licence id with you always while driving.

    8. At hotel you will also require xerox or scanned copy of id.. My wife forgot her id at home so we had to get it mailed from there, so keep id' with you.

    9. All beaches are around same, in south goa, only colva is crowed, in north there r more, we have seen and heard about calangut...more activities there.

    10. Sleeping chairs with umbrella near beach area which you see in movies are kept by hotels near beach area. You may easily sit and drink beer just for 90 (other foods you may try but slight costly not much).

    11. Pay and use toilets in all public areas... No problem faced.

    12. Parking area for vehicle in all public places... No problem faced.

    13. Didn't see any public facility to keep luggage, bags etc.... In calangut beach will saw locker facility but lockers are small and you can just keep ur mobile and wallet in it..... If you are travelling in a group then let one person take care the luggage while others bath and enjoy in sea waves..

    14. Each and every place on goa is lush green and connected with fair roads.

    15. I did parasailing and water scooter ride in calangut.

    16. In parasailing (the cost is around 700/- and the cost is written everywhere so no bargaining ), but while in boat,, some boat sailor may cheat you by asking 200 extra for a single dip in see.. Otherwise they will tie you to a parasailing balloon, you will fly hardly for 50_60 seconds and you will be pulled in. Some ppl who had already confirmed that this should not happen (during ticketing) enjoyed for more than 4_5 minutes with 2,3 dips in sea for same cost of 700/-.

    17. Take ac room, we came here in mid November and weather is hot



    17. Places to visit;

    A. Beaches and night life... Beer, drinks, petrol, food are cheap here.. Veg and non veg foods are nicely cooked ..i have tried 5,6 restaurants , all were up to the mark

    B. Fort agoda near calangut;

    C. Water activities, on calangut beach... All beaches do not have all water activities... For ex. In colva you can see parasailing (1000/ in colva, 700 in calangut) and banana boat (1000-1200 for a group of 5 ppl).. But in more south, no activities... Silent beaches..

    (May be north beaches are more active and crowed... We have seen calangut this time.)



    D. Miramar beach (in panji)... For Dolphin ride and beach

    E. Cruize and casino on ships/ boats...panji on miramar road

    F. Dauna paula: near miramar ..panji

    G. Old goa; many big churches, and a nice Museum.

    H. In between margaon and ponda; big foot (50 rupees ticket visit to big foot is worth watching; );; and temples .... Ask ways.... Because you will see many small roads emerging from the main highway and many a times with no sign...but goan ppl are very helpful.. Whenever we stuck while finding roads.. We asked and goan ppl helped always with smile on their faces.

  • rishirajsingh9701's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    my most romantic beach candolim so hot and so sexy

  • ozarkhog7's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I want to go here. I want to learn Indian culture

  • Jul 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Last December we have been to Goa with the Help Of Purple Leaf Holidays , Pune , we stayed in Resort arranged by them in Baga .. it was a wonderful stay , memorable , nice people , nice beaches

 
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