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Goa is one of the most favourite destinations both for Indian tourists as well as foreigners with its beautiful beaches, winding roads, vibrant, cosmopolitan culture and its unique cuisines. Though it is a very lively place but there are few things one should not ignore while travelling. Goa is hot and humid all through the year, secondly it can be over crowded at seasons and equally expensive. So in my guide I try to find out easy solutions so that a traveller has a hastle free stay appreciating the nature and also to make it budget friendly!

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

28 Places

8 City Tips

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28 Places

Palolem Beach

Beaches

Agonda Beach

Beaches

Bogmalo Beach

Beaches

Utorda Beach

Beaches

Colva Beach

Beaches

Mickey's Restaurant

Restaurants

Dona Paula Beach and Viewpoint

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Beaches

Miramar Beach

Beaches

Arambol Beach

Beaches

Mandrem Beach

Beaches

Benaulim Beach

Beaches

Varca Beach

Beaches

Fort Aguada

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Betalbatim Beach

Beaches

Morjim Beach

Beaches

Majorda Beach

Beaches

Fort Aguada Lighthouse

Lighthouses

Anjuna Beach

Beaches

Velsao Beach

Beaches

Calangute Beach

Beaches

Sinquerim Beach

Beaches

Ashwem Beach

Beaches

Sao Jacinto Island

Islands

Zuari River

Bodies of Water

Patnem-Colomb Beach

Beaches

Sunset Beach

Beaches

Hollant Beach

Beaches

Martins Corner

Restaurants

HaimantiPaul's City Tips

  • Try to visit the less visited beaches(Bogmalo, Majorda, Betalbatim in south Goa, Aswem,Mandrem, Arambol in north Goa, islands, try to explore the backwater, waterfalls (best in monsoon), jungle
  • Try out local cuisines (both portugese as well as Kankoni delicacies). You wont repent
  • If June doesn't suit you then try to visit Goa in winter avoiding christmas break though it might be still hot
  • Do not choose late July-september end as your travel time as the very heavy rain can completely ruin your travel plan
  • If you wish not many tourists around and not unnecessarily expensive hotels try to avoid the winter vacation time. I would recommend early monsoon (June) for less crowd, cheaper rates and better photography
  • Always carry your sun screen lotion, an umbrella, sun glasses, water bottle
  • Best way to travel through Goa is hire a motor bike (geared and non geared both are available with a nominal fee) if you know how to ride it. If not you can hire a car (with or without a driver). In this way the travel will be hastlefree and much cheaper. Most part of Goa are well connected with good quality road
  • Try to travel few beaches and monuments in same direction on a same day. Google map can be a great help
  • Palolem Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    This is one must visit place in central Goa. Amazing view, good place for a bath and good restaurants around, this place is beautiful

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • try sea food in one of the food joints
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Canacona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Clean beach with lots of rides 11/13/2018
    • Commercialization taking its toll 11/12/2018
    • Palolem Beach
  • Agonda Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Another must see beaches in Goa with a beautiful view

    Good for
    • Must See
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Agonda
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Meets & exceeds expectations! 11/14/2018
    • Picture perfect beach in south Goa 11/12/2018
    • Agonda Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Bogmalo Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    A beach of my kind. Very less crowd, ideal for a bath! Try Joet's Bogmalo for sea food

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try a stroll at early morning or evening
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Vasco da Gama
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small and beautiful beach. 10/18/2018
    • Silent Beach with some nice beach shacks 10/11/2018
    • Bogmalo Beach
    Address:
    South Goa District
    Vasco da Gama 403802
    India
  • Utorda Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Serene, joggers paradise, photographer's favourite

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Best for a long walk
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Utorda
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Probably the cleanest in South Goa 11/12/2018
    • Good and Clean beach 11/11/2018
    • Utorda Beach
    Address:
    Btwn. Majorda and Colva
    Utorda
    India
  • Colva Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Always vibrant. This seems a favourite spot for tourists with loads of restaurants and shopping choices

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Parking can be a trouble at evenings
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Colva
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beach visit 11/14/2018
    • Busy touristy beach 11/12/2018
    • Colva Beach
    Address:
    South Goa District
    Colva 403708
    India
  • Mickey's Restaurant
    Restaurants (Indian, Seafood, Asian)
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    They serve very tasty food. Specialist in sea food, cheaper compared to a few popular places around

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try out grilled red snapper
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 80 restaurants in Colva
    • Lovely place for a meal 11/13/2018
    • Awesome Roti's 11/11/2018
    • Mickey's Restaurant
    Address:
    Colva Beach
    Colva
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 278 9125
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Dona Paula Beach and Viewpoint
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    It is a favourite tourist spot so one has to face a lot of crowd here. Shopping can be done here

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try to visit on a cloudy day or during sunset
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Dona Paula
    • Good 11/10/2018
    • Dona Paula viewpoint 11/03/2018
    • Dona Paula Beach and Viewpoint
  • Miramar Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Supposed to be one of the best beaches but i didn't like the pollution around

    Good for
    • Family
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 86 things to do in Panjim
    • Disheartening beach 11/14/2018
    • Beach evening 11/09/2018
    • Miramar Beach
    Address:
    3 km from Panaji Centre
    Near Dayanand Bandodker Marg
    Panjim
    India
  • Arambol Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    A very beautiful north Goa beach. I would suggest you to visit it on a cloudy day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is a long travel if you are staying at capital or south Goa
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Arambol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quaint and not crowded 11/15/2018
    • Needs a clean 11/15/2018
    • Arambol Beach
  • Mandrem Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Nice beach with backwater with it. One can try to have a boat ride in the backwater. best in early monsoon

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Mandrem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I believe best beach of Goa. 11/13/2018
    • One of the best beaches in Goa 11/12/2018
    • Mandrem Beach
  • Benaulim Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Peaceful and scenic. Ideal for a evening walk with family

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Benaulim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hello 11/14/2018
    • Good for bathing 11/12/2018
    • Benaulim Beach
    Address:
    South Goa District
    Benaulim 403716
    India
  • Varca Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Good option for photographers, nature lovers, evening walkers

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Varca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beaches..Beaches..Beaches, They take your heart away 11/15/2018
    • Pristine bwach 11/14/2018
    • Varca Beach
    Address:
    South Goa District
    Varca
    India
  • Fort Aguada
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    A place to hang out with friends, a must visit monument

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Sinquerim
    • Remnants of a fort 11/15/2018
    • A BEAUTIFUL spot to see the Arabian sea and sunset 11/15/2018
    • Fort Aguada
    Address:
    Shore of the Mandovi river
    Sinquerim
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 664 5858
    Other:
  • Betalbatim Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    It was a great experience to spend a an evening with family

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Benaulim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice serene beach 11/12/2018
    • Excellent beach view and refreshment. 10/22/2018
    • Betalbatim Beach
  • Morjim Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    An excellent beach in north Goa...try to visit all the north Goa beaches on a single day

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Morjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautidul , Serene Beach 11/03/2018
    • Great beach, Please go there for sunset!! 10/29/2018
    • Morjim Beach
  • Majorda Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    One can surf here, or just sit down and enjoy the evening breeze with friends and family

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • best in the evening
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Majorda
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quiet and serene settings 11/06/2018
    • Quiet, beautiful, water sports too 10/31/2018
    • Majorda Beach
  • Fort Aguada Lighthouse
    Lighthouses
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Nice view, one can spend a good two hours enjoying the view

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Bardez
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just okay, don't do on a hot day 11/03/2018
    • Nice fortification, too crowded 11/02/2018
    • Fort Aguada Lighthouse
    Address:
    Bardez Taluka, Sinquerim Beach
    North Goa district
    Bardez
    India
  • Anjuna Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    This is a very favourite beach among tourists so be prepared to face a good crowd. It is a rocky beach in contrast to most of other popupar Goa beaches

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 28 things to do in Bardez
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rocks on the shore 11/13/2018
    • The Rocky Beach 11/07/2018
    • Anjuna Beach
    Address:
    North Goa District
    Bardez  403 509
    India
    Phone:
    +91 99704 44637
    Other:
  • Velsao Beach
    Beaches
    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Nice and serene. One of my personal favourite. A photographer's choice

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • try to visit on a cloudy evening or early morning
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Vasco da Gama
    • Great beach but not for tourists 08/27/2018
    • Nice and secluded 08/20/2018
    • Velsao Beach
  • Calangute Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Crowded beach, polluted too. Can be good for an evening bath

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Calangute
    • Never a dull moment at this one of the most popular beaches in Goa 11/15/2018
    • Dirty beach 11/15/2018
    • Calangute Beach
  • Sinquerim Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    This is one of the best north Goa beaches I have visited in north goa. A very long curved beach with a big ship standing nearby from Tsunami time (I have been to this beach in 2007, in my last two visits in 2014 and 2015 I didn't make it, so I'm not sure if the ship is still there)

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Sinquerim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Clean and safe 11/15/2018
    • Peaceful place to sit and look at the stars in the sky 11/15/2018
    • Sinquerim Beach
    Address:
    Near Fort Aguada
    Sinquerim
    India
  • Ashwem Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Nice and peaceful, happening place during summer. long journey from Panaji

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 86 things to do in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quiet and long Ashwem Beach 11/07/2018
    • Lazy Beach 11/07/2018
    • Ashwem Beach
    Address:
    North Goa District
    Panjim 403509
    India
  • Sao Jacinto Island
    Islands
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    The drive to this island is a very beautiful one. The island is situated on Zuari river and offers a great view. There is a small church in this place

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 86 things to do in Panjim
    • An Island near the ship building site 10/11/2018
    • A silent island with a quiet and old Chapel 09/19/2018
    • Sao Jacinto Island
    Address:
    Panaji Vasco Highway
    5 Km from Bogmalo Beach
    Panjim
    India
  • Zuari River
    Bodies of Water
    HaimantiPaul Says:

    A very long and important river in Goa. One can opt for ferry services in few places to cross the river. Its fun

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Vasco da Gama
    • Every day travel 10/17/2018
    • For Nature Lovers 08/31/2018
    • Zuari River
    Address:
    In Western Ghats
    Vasco da Gama
    India
  • Patnem-Colomb Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    One of the best and cleanest beaches in Goa. It has good sea food joints around

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 86 things to do in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • lovely quiet bach with a couple of nice shacks for food/drink 10/22/2018
    • Smaller version of Palolem 09/26/2018
    • Patnem-Colomb Beach
    Address:
    Near Palolem Beach
    Panjim
    India
  • Sunset Beach
    Beaches
    HaimantiPaul Says:

    Best during sunset. It offers a great view and definitely wonderful photographs. Mostly favourite with local young stars who want to spend some time in peace

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Velsao
    • extremely beautiful 08/25/2018
    • Beautiful Beach.... 05/01/2018
    • Sunset Beach
    Address:
    Near Candolim Beach
    Velsao
    India
  • Hollant Beach
    Beaches
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    A very small beach next to the Bogmalo beach, so one can give it a try while visiting Bogmalo beach in south Goa

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Bogmalo
    • Quiet peaceful beach even during the day time 10/24/2018
    • The only beach in Goa to watch Sunrise 03/18/2018
    • Hollant Beach
  • Martins Corner
    Restaurants (International, European, Diner, Gastropub, Indian)
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    HaimantiPaul Says:

    It is a very popular restaurent which serves good food with live music. Nice environment, lively interior, helping stuffs and good food makes it a must destination. This place is popular among locals, foreigners, Indian tourists and celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • try the lobster
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 31 restaurants in Betalbatim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great expectations 11/15/2018
    • One of the iconic restaurants of Goa 11/14/2018
    • Martins Corner
    Address:
    69 Binwaddo
    Betalbatim 403708
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 288 0413
    Price range:
    $150 - $1,500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
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