Goa is one of the best destinations in India. The season from Oct – Feb is the best season to visit Goa. This itinerary would help you to plan your Goa trip. I have covered the best places to visit in Goa along with some recommendations for beaches, dinner and nightlife. So, when you plan your next trip, keep this Goa Tourism Travel Guide Android App!
Best places to visit in Goa in 3 days
- Day 1
Start from South and gently work your way up north. Spend the morning in Calangute, have an afternoon swim followed by lunch at Baga. Cover Anjuna if you have time. But in any case, make sure to be in Vagator (more precisely, on top of the Chapora fort) for the beautiful sunset.
End the day with dinner at Curly’s or Mambo’s or Tito’s or all 3, if possible.
- Day 2
Start from Cavalossim, up to Colva, Majorda and finally Bogmalo. End with a dinner treat at John’s or Joet’s.
Alternatively, start from Bogmalo and work your way south to end the day at Cavalossim, topped with dinner at Martin’s corner.
- Day 3
Start the day by spending the morning on Aguada fort, visit the two most famous churches – Basilica of Bom Jesus and Lady of Immaculate Conception – in the afternoon, go for go-karting in the evening and celebrate with dinner and drinks (with, if lucky, a good football match) at King’s pub.
If your trip is longer than 3 days, you might consider:
- Spending a full day in Madgaon. This place still has a distinct Portugese touch in its everything – architecture, roads, even the air. It is starkly different from Panjim and you can find some really good food near Palolem beach (must visit).
- Exploring the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary on wheels. You can end the day again at Palolem.
Major Expenditures in Goa
- Accommodation : If you visit Goa in the non-peak season i.e. March to October, you will find really good accommodation at a highly affordable price. Good hotels within a 1km radius of popular beaches like Colva and Calangute will charge you around 2000-2500 per room (double bed). With a little negotiation, you can get an extra mattress in the room to make it triple sharing.
Cost: 800/person/day = 2400 (for the 3 day stay)
- Transport : The cheapest way to travel and explore Goa is to rent bikes – taxis are exorbitantly priced (Rs 25/km) and bus network is almost non-existent. Bikes will cost you anywhere from 350-600 per day depending on the bike that you want (350 for the Activa, 500 for Pulsar, 600 for Avenger etc). Fuel cost is over and above that.
Cost: Around 500/day for 2 people = 750 per person (for the 3 day trip)
- Food : Do not go for the expensive shacks and restaurants all the time. You can find plenty of good restaurants just outside the beaches. Should not cost more than 300 per meal i.e. 600 per day. Booze is as cheap
There are many entry points in Goa. The two railway stations are located in Thivim & Madgao. If you are reaching Goa by bus, you can drop at Mapusa, Panaji as well as Madgao.
Most Amazing places in Goa
- North Goa – Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Vagator (In a single stretch, you can walk from the first beach to the last), Dona Paula.
- South Goa – Colva, Majorda, Palolem, Cavelossim.
- Aguada fort : A fort-cum-lighthouse build by the Portuguese in 1613
- Chapora fort : This is the fort featured in Dil Chahta Hai
- Basilica of Bom Jesus : Built in 1605, contains the tomb and the remains of St. Francis Xavier
- Naval Aviation Museum : A museum dedicated to the history of Naval Aviation in India, probably only one of its kind
- Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception : This has been shown in many movies that are shot in Goa (Josh, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani)
Beaches : Anjuna, Arambol, Vagator, Candolim, Palolem
Historical places : Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Nightlife : Deltin Royale Casino, Club Cabana , LPK.
Watersports : Calangute, Baga
Accomodation : Calangute , Baga.
Places that one should visit in Goa
- North Goa – Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Vagator, Arambol
- South Goa – Colva, Majorda, Palolem, Cavelossim(if you have time)
2. Forts & churches:
- Chapora fort: This is the fort featured in Dil Chahta Hai
- Basilica of Bom Jesus: Built in 1605, contains the tomb and the remains of St. Francis Xavier
- Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception: This has been shown in many movies that are shot in Goa
- Deltin Royale( Fri -Sun:2500 rupees ) – Unlimited food, alcoholic drinks, entertainment, and an allotment of playing chips included
- Deltin Jaqk( Mon – Thur:2000 rupees: one time Play Coupon worth 1,500 rupees )
4. Scuba diving:
- Bogmalo Beach – 10 to 15 minutes from the coast of Bogmalo beach is St. Georges Island, divers dive from here to a depth of 2-15 meters depending on weather and sea conditions. This is a good place for beginners to try scuba diving in safe hands.
- The Jetty – Located at the north western tip of Grand Island, this is a very shallow site with a maximum depth of 8 meters and an average depth of 5 to 6 meters. Lots of species of small fish such as the Lionfish and schooling baby mullets are frequently seen here
- Bounty Bay – Several species of small fish as well as hard coral are found here. Cuttlefish and nurse shark have also been seen here. It is ideal for beginners and trainees as the maximum depth is only 6 meters.
Price: 3,000 – 4,500 per person
Timings: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM (All days of week)
- Curlies (Recommended for its ambiance not for it’s DJ)
- Tito’s club
- Mambos club
6. Dudhsagar falls trek – It needs an entire day, so if you can afford that much time, its worth going.
Expected Expenses for this trip per person (prices may vary):
- Accommodation near Baga – 1600 (would cost much more near Dec.)
- Bike Rent – 800
- Food – 4000 (Non-Veg) 2000 (Veg)
- Casino – 2000
- Club – 2000
- Water Sports – 500
- Drinks – 1000 (Applicable If you drink)
Total Cost – 12k approx.
Restaurants one should try:-
- Anoushka at Velsao beach
- Delhi darbaar in Panjim
- Royal only chicken in Panaji
- Quatro on way to verna
- Relish near Baga deck hotel –Fish ambotik must try
Adventures & Miscellaneous activities (prices may vary):-
- Casino – 2500
- Clubbing – 1500
- Tattoo – 1000 for 2 sq inches
- Scuba Diving – 3000
- Water Skiing – 800
- Go karting – 300
- Water sports package – 1000
Day – Hire bike, Roam around, Resting
Day – Full day road trip from North to South Goa
Night – Flea market or Roam on Beaches
Day – Water sports
Night – Clubbing
Night – Roam around in Tito’s lane or have fun with your friends at room
Tattoo + Beach Chill out + Resting
There is a lot more that can be added to the plan but you should always leave some things for run-time because you don’t need to plan for fun..you just have it!
3 days stay in Goa
- 3 days stay in the North Goa, area like in Calangute, Baga & Candolim. From this point you can cover the beaches from Ashvem, Mandrem, Vagator, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Aguada, Aguada Fort, Light House, popular Tito’s, popular Saturday Night Market(during season in Arpora), Adventure & Water Activities, Casino Boats, Dona Poula, Old Goa Church
- 2 days stay in the South Goa, area like in Colva, Benaulim, Cavelossim. From this place you can cover white sand beaches of Ar0ssim, Utroda, Colva, Benaulim, Sernabatim, Varca, Cavelossim, Mobor, Three Kings Hill, Martin’s Corner Goan Food, Micky’s Goan Food, if interested in Naval Aviation Museum, Bigfoot – Goan Ancestral Museum, Dhood Sagar Falls (season time), if interested in White River Rafting at Valpoi (seasonal),
- 2 days stay in the South Tip of Goa (Cancona), area like in Agonda or Palolem. From this place you can cover the white sand of Palolem beach, boat ride to honeymoon beach, monkey island, dolphin watch, Agonda, Cab de Ram fort & sweet water lake by the sea, Rajbagh beach.
3 days stay in Goa with Timing schedule
– Aquada Fort (11AM)
– Baha beach (1PM)
– Anjuna beach (4PM)
– Chapora fort (6PM) Don’t miss the view of sunset & beach
– Anjuna Gokarting (8PM) / Flea market
– Roamed around Panjim streets nearby river Mandovi (River bridge, Cruise & Casinos, Market roads, Beach roads) 11AM
– Cabo de Rama beach (1PM) A good place to explore the mountain areas in Goa.
– Cabo de Rama fort (2PM)
– Cavalossim/Colva beach (5PM)
– Verna Gokarting (7PM) A great place for Gokarting. Don’t miss it.
– Cruise Casino (10PM) [ Deltin Royale, Deltin Jaqk, Casino Pride 1&2, Not a good place for wanderers. ]
– Basilica of Bom Jesus Church (11AM) UNESCO Heritage
– Church of St Francis of Assisi & (12PM)
– Se cathedral Church built by portuguese in 16th centuary(1PM)
– Church of St Augustine Ruins (1:30PM)
– Panjim Market (3PM) / Dona paula beach
Touristy places in Goa
- Beaches: Because obviously that’s the No. 1 attraction for most tourists. You can visit Candolim, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem (this beach is a hidden gem!), and Arambol beaches. You could visit Calangute and Baga beaches for water sports, but to enjoy the “beach experience,” I wouldn’t recommend them because they are over-crowded most of the time and quite filthy. You can enjoy gorgeous sunsets at Anjuna beach, (the cliffs of) Vagator beach, and the numerous shacks at Ashwem and Morjim beaches. Arambol is a complete hippie village, with a predominantly Russian tourist crowd (at least in peak season); go there if you wish to get a glimpse of the hippie way of life that was a popular draw to Goa in the 1970s.
- Shacks/Beach Restaurants: When you’re at a beach, you’d obviously like to enjoy chilling out at a beach shack to enjoy food and drinks. Popular shacks/beach restaurants include Souza Lobo (Calangute), Flying Dolphin (Calangute), Brittos (Baga), St. Anthony’s (Baga), Curlies (Anjuna), and Thalassa (Vagator; prior reservations preferred, closed in off-season, offers Greek Cuisine). Other good restaurants include Soi, Florentine, Copperleaf, Gunpowder, Ritz Classic, and Mum’s Kitchen (check Google Maps for locations). Vegetarian fare at most restaurants here is limited to the standard Paneer/Dal dishes and Indian Chinese variants (unless you visit a pure vegetarian restaurant, which do exist but are fewer in number).
- Nightlife: What’s Goa without it’s famous nightlife, right? The most popular clubs/pubs are Mambo’s, Tito’s, Cape Town Cafe, Cavala, Cohiba, LPK, SinQ, Club Cabana, Hilltop, NYEX, and Chronicle. You can check their locations on Google Maps.
- Shopping: Visit the Anjuna Flea Market on Wednesdays (daytime) and the Saturday Night Market at Arpora (both of these markets are held only in season, i.e., from November to March). Shop for cashews, local sweets (bebinca and dodol), and local spices in and around the Panjim market area (though you’ll find cashew shops galore in Candolim/Baga/Calangute, in case you’re short on time and cannot visit Panjim).
- Places of Historic Interest: Fort Aguada in Candolim, Charpora Fort in Charpora (ahead of Vagator), churches and museums in Old Goa (notably The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral, Ruins of St. Augustine Church, and Church of St. Cajetan), (the rather famous) Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, and Dona Paula viewpoint in Dona Paula (about 8 km from Panjim).
- Floating Casinos: All of these are on Mandovi River in Panjim. The most popular ones include Deltin Royale (the more up-scale one) and Casino Pride (for the masses, slightly cheaper). Visit for the casino/gaming experience. The entry fees usually include some playing chips, unlimited food, alcoholic drinks (IMFL), and entertainment. The entry fees are different for weekdays and weekends. The dress code is smart casual (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or flip-flops/chappals).
HAVE FUN! THERES NO OTHER PLACE LIKE GOA.
EVEN JUST SITTING IDLE IN PEACE ON A BEACH IN GOA IS FUN.