On your first visit to Goa, you may be awe-struck by the fact that such a small area of land could have so many tourist attractions to offer. The tourist destinations defy the size of Goa making the place a heaven for tourists from all parts of the world. With over 50 beaches, each beautiful in its own way, you are sure to have your cameras busy as you unwind. However, Goa stretches beyond its beaches in offering other interesting tourist spots. The land with a rich past has many architectural wonders apart from the natural sceneries. It has ancient forts and places of worship belonging to various faiths. You can engage yourself in various activities including water sports. Here are the top places to visit in Goa, which you cannot afford to miss on your tour.
1. Grande Island (For Scuba Diving)
With the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea caressing it from all sides, Grande Island exudes an exotic look. But there’s more to this island than just natural beauty. The adventure freak in you will be delighted to know that Grande Island is where you can enjoy scuba diving. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ABC of scuba diving as several agencies offer facilities for even novices to enjoy this activity. With expert trainers and international standard safety equipment put to work, you can be sure of having a thrilling time.
2. Bogmalo Beach (For Snorkeling)
Are you fascinated by the exotic underwater world that hides so many aquatic wonders? How about going to the depths of the deep blue sea and exploring the incredibly beautiful corals even as colorful fish swim around you or a lobster peeps out from behind a rock on the sea bed? To experience all these and more, head off to the Bogmalo Beach and indulge in snorkeling there. This beach is one of the best places in Goa to explore marine life in all its splendor and glory.
3. Palolem Beach (For Kayaking)
Defined by a stretch of white sand dotted with colorful wooden shacks and lush palm trees, Palolem is among the top places to visit in South Goa. Adding to the attraction of this beach are various water sports facilities. One such water-based activity to experience in Palolem is kayaking. Navigating the water world on a narrow watercraft has a thrill of its own, doesn’t it? It’s easy to get a kayak on rent here, but do not forget to put on a life jacket before you venture out into the sea.
4. Calangute Beach (For Parasailing)
The queen of beaches in Goa, Calangute is a hip and happening place that has something for everyone. If you are looking for some water-based thrill and fun, parasailing is one of the best things to do at this beach. Just imagine flying off into the sky even as a speedboat tugs you along, giving you a sudden surge in your adrenaline levels. The best part is that you get to enjoy mesmerizing views from high up there.
5. Morjim Beach (For Kite Surfing)
Morjim may be known as a tranquil and one of the less crowded beaches in Goa but there’s no reason to believe that you can’t have your share of water-based fun there. In fact, the beach is a very good location to enjoy kite surfing. This fun sport, which is a combination of windsurfing, skateboarding, and paragliding is sure to delight the adventure-seeker. And you will be coming back to the beach for more!
6. Mobor Beach (For Knee boarding)
Not everyone has the gusto to indulge in high-trill adventurous activities, especially on a holiday. If you count yourself within this group and yet want to experience the thrill of water sports, knee boarding is perfect for you. And Mobor Beach, a serene beach in South Goa, is one of the hotspots for knee boarding. A knee-board and some enthusiasm are all you need to enjoy this sport.
7. Candolim Beach (For Wakeboarding)
Candolim’s ever-lasting appeal lies in its tranquil setting and enchanting nightlife, but these aren’t the only things that draw youngsters to this place. The beach is a great location for indulging in adventurous sports in Goa and no wonder, youngsters flock to this beach in large numbers. If you are in Candolim, do try wakeboarding. A great fun-filled water sport, it requires you to balance yourself on a single board while riding over the water. Can you feel the excitement already?
8. Colva Beach (For Jet skiing)
Colva is where you can find all sorts of attractions and water-based activities awaiting you, but we suggest you go for jet skiing here. Gliding through the wavy waters of the Arabian Sea under the golden sunshine can be such a thrilling experience. And, once you are done with jet skiing, you can simply wait for the night to descend and make your way to one of frequently held the beachside parties.
9. Baga Beach (For Banana Boat Ride)
Considered to be one of the most happenings beaches in Goa, Baga is truly a traveler’s delight. This beach entices you with exotic food, golden sands, and a number of adventure activities. However, nothing can surpass the fun of going on a banana boat ride at this beach. So, whether you are traveling with friends or family, do not miss out on experiencing this group-adventure activity. That’s not all! If you have plans to get inked, you will find many tattoo artists operating out of their small shops in and around the beach.
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10. Sinquerim Beach (For Dolphin Safari)
Featuring a host of water-based adventurous activities, the sandy shoreline of the Sinquerim Beach invites you to enjoy a thrilling time. One of the most interesting activities to do here is to go on a dolphin safari during which you can spot dolphins playing about in the wide sea. Seeing these elegant creatures in their natural habitat can be an experience in itself.
11. Arpora Saturday Night Market
Saturday fun gets a new meaning when you visit the night market in Arpora. Held every Saturday night, this market place is where you can have a great time indulging in shopping, eating, watching live performances or simply hanging out with your friends and soaking in the vibe of the place.
- Location: Arpora, North Goa
- Timings: 6:00 pm to midnight; only on Saturdays
12. Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazaar
Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazaar, also known as Baga Night Market, is an equally enticing destination to explore on your trip to Goa. Whether you are in the mood for some souvenir shopping or want to tantalize your taste buds with Goan delicacies, you can do all that and more at this weekly market. Do not miss out on the live performances taking place here, which are among its main draws.
- Location: Baga, North Goa
- Timings: 6:00 pm to 1:00 am; only on Saturdays from November to May
13. Anjuna Beach Flea Market
A visit to the lively Anjuna Beach flea market definitely counts among the top things to do in Goa for youngsters. This market comes alive every Wednesday with a plethora of knick-knacks, souvenirs, junk jewelry, beachwear, shoes, bags, and what not. The icing on the cake is that you can buy all these and more at throw-away prices. And when you are done shopping, you can either pump up your energy at one of the many eateries that line the beach or enjoy the live music performances that are a regular feature here.
- Location: Anjuna, North Goa
- Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; only on Wednesdays
Whether you are in a mood to relax or have a blast with your friends, beach shacks are a great option. And, Goa has no dearth of amazing beach shacks that offer a blend of excellent food, drinks, music, and inviting ambiance. Here’s where all the fun awaits you:
14. Britto’s Shack
- Location: Baga Calangute, North Goa
- Timings: 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight
- Cost for two: ₹ 1400 (approx.)
15. Café Del Mar
- Location: Palolem Beach, South Goa
- Timings: 8:00 am to 12:00 am
- Cost for two: ₹ 800 (approx.)
- Location: Anjuna, North Goa
- Timings: 8:30 am to 3:00 am
- Cost for two: ₹ 1500 (approx.)
- Location: Benaulim, South Goa
- Timings: 8:00 am to 2:00 am
- Cost for two: ₹ 1000 (approx.)
18. Souza Lobo
- Location: Calangute, North Goa
- Timings: 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm
- Cost for two: ₹ 1300 (approx.)
Pubs and Clubs
What’s a trip to Goa minus pubbing and clubbing, especially if you are a party lover? The pubs and clubs in Goa are amazing fun zones to chill out during the day and dance the night away. Here are a few clubbing and pubbing hotspots you ought to check out:
- Location: Baga, North Goa
- Timings: 12:00 noon to 2:30 am
- Cost for two: ₹ 1500 (approx.)
20. Soro – The Village Pub
- Location: Vagator, North Goa
- Timings: 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
- Cost for two: ₹ 1200 (approx.)
21. Café Mojo Pub and Bistro
- Location: Panjim, North Goa
- Timings: 11:00 am to 5:00 am
- Cost for two: ₹ 2400 (approx.)
22. Leopard Valley
- Location: Palolem, South Goa
- Timings: 10:00 am to 3:00 am
- Cost for two: ₹ 2000 (approx.)
- Location: Calangute-Baga Road, North Goa
- Timings: 7:30 am to 12:30 am
- Cost for two: ₹ 1700 (approx.)
You can never tell when lady luck will smile on you! Why not take a chance and seek her out at the plush casinos in Goa? Most of them are offshore casinos that will open up a world of games, fun, and live entertainment for you, complete with trendy restaurants and bars. If not richer, you will definitely come out wiser!
24. Deltin Royale
- Location: Noah’s Ark, RND Jetty, Panaji
- Entry fee: ₹ 1500 to ₹ 8000
25. Deltin Jaqk
- Location: Fisheries Jetty, Panaji
- Entry Fee*:
Monday to Thursday – ₹ 2500 per adult (with one-time play coupon worth ₹ 1500)
Friday to Sunday – ₹ 3500 per adult (with one-time play coupon worth ₹ 2000)
*Includes unlimited buffet and alcoholic beverages (until midnight)
26. Casino Pride
- Location: Captain of Ports Jetty, Panaji
- Entry fee*:
Monday to Thursday – ₹ 1500 per adult (with₹ 500 worth coupon)
Friday to Sunday – ₹ 2000 per adult (with ₹ 1000 worth coupon)
*Includes alcoholic drinks and unlimited buffet
27. Casino Palms
- Location: Calangute – Baga Road, Bardez, Baga
- Entry Fee*: ₹ 1000 per adult
*Includes unlimited buffet food, house brand alcoholic drinks, snacks
28. Dudhsagar Waterfalls
A spectacular four-tiered waterfall, Dudhsagar presents a breath-taking sight to behold. Counted among the top tourist places in Goa for youngsters, this waterfall is also a popular trekking destination. The trail route of this trek boasts of magnificent scenic views and is definitely worth your time and energy.
29. Mollem National Park
Mollem National Park embodies the core area of Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and is an offbeat trekking destination. A trek through this national park can be a rewarding experience in itself. The main attraction of this park is the jungle safari that takes you on a tour through the forested areas where you can catch a glimpse of wild animals from close proximity.
- Location: Sonaulim, South Goa
- Timings: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm; every day
- Entry fee: ₹ 20 per adult
Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure-freak, you will definitely love trekking through dense forested area of the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. This expedition will take you through rugged terrains and will reward you with majestic views. Away from the famous beaches of Goa, this trek offers you an opportunity to discover and experience Goa in a completely new light.
- Location: Sanguem Taluk, South Goa
- Timings: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; every day
Goa entices everyone in unique ways but it never fails to mesmerize youngsters. Whether it’s your first trip or the nth one, you will always find something new to discover and experience here. So, go ahead and surrender yourself to the alluring charm Goa and its many attractions.