Top things to do in Goa

top things to do in goa

Goa is the smallest state in India by area and before 1961 was a Portuguese colony. Portuguese churches of the 17th century are still preserved in Goa along with tropical spice plantations. Goa is popular for its beaches and exquisite churches. The most happening beaches are Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, and Vagator Beach provide electrifying vibes. Also, the beaches like Palolem Beach, Calva Beach, and Butterfly Beach soothe one’s soul with their secludedness. Goa’s heritage is so different from all other states- Velim Church, Rachol Seminary, Basilica of Bom Jesus and St. Antony’s Church are some of the worth visiting places of the Goa   

Here are some of the best things to do in Goa! Make sure to add those in your next Goa travel package.

Best things to do in Goa

  • Fontainhas Lane
  • Ride through Parra road
  • Visit Butterfly Beach
  • Part in adventure activities
  • Date night at Betalbatim beach
  • Go, Café Hopping!
  • Chase empty hidden waterfalls
  • Nighttime means party time in Goa!

1.  Fountainhas Lane

Fountainhas is the capital of Panjim’s Latin quarters, the lanes of which are flanked by vibrant, colourful Portuguese villas with balconies and red-tiled roofs. This place is just the perfect Instagrammable spot where tourists can click as many aesthetic pictures as they want. Goa’s some of the best heritage buildings and structures are located here. This place could be toured much better when walking instead of jumping on a two-wheeler. This part of Panjim is quite the reason being the residents occupy those old and Portuguese-styled houses. If a traveller tries to enter their space then they feel frustrated.

Joseph Bar, the oldest bar in Goa is also located in Fountainhas. It is easy to miss as it is not quite big and its architecture matches with other buildings around it so keep your eyes peeled open! People honestly swear by their craft beer or cocktail!

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2. Ride through Parra road

Parra is a village on the outskirts of Mapusa town in North Goa. Palm trees line both sides of the famous Parra Road, which overlooks fields. Riding a bicycle or scooter on this road is on the bucket list of many people. This road gained popularity after a shot was taken at this location of the Bollywood movie “Dear Zindagi”. After that, it gained the name- ‘Dear Zindagi Road‘. There can’t be an article on the most Instagrammable places in Goa with mentioning Parra.

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3.  Visit Butterfly Beach

This is the more- or- less secluded beach in Goa which requires a trek of 3 km from the parking lot to reach there. Travellers can not reach this beach with any kind of vehicle. All they need to do is travel on foot or the other way is to ride a boat from Palolem or Agonda beaches. This beach is reputed for Dolphin sightings and also becomes unreachable during monsoon season.

4. Part in adventure activities

Goa is quite famous for the water adventure activities one can experience there. The adrenaline thrill from these is well different than trekking the enormous mountains in lush green environments or snow-covered steeps.

Bungee jumping, scuba diving at Grand Island Goa, Paragliding at Anjuna Beach, Snorkeling at Grand Island, hot air balloon safari at Chandor (south Goa), flyboarding in North Goa, windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing at Calangute beach, camping at the south side of Palolem beach, banana boating with the group, jet skiing for the adrenaline junkie and jet lev flyer adventure in Chapora are enough to fulfil all your desires of water sporting.

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5. Date night at Betalbatim beach

Betalbatim beach or as called ‘glow in the dark’ beach of Goa is a definition of nature’s magic. During the night, this beach is incredibly bright when the water is disturbed but dims as soon as it becomes steady. You can surprise your other half with a perfect date night here at the Lover’s Beach or could also enjoy a fun family dinner takeout while sitting on the sand and viewing those glistening waves.

6.   Go Café Hopping!

Amazing cafes are also among the things which make Goa famous. Cafe culture at this place is quite famous and lots of people copy the style from here to make their own cafes in different cities. Most of the best cafes in Goa are located in the north along the beaches of Anjuna and Baga beach; Panjim also has some of the oldest cafes in Goa. Incredible cafes along the clear beaches which serve the best foods are a speciality of Goa.

  • Café Chocolatti, Candolim- lovely secluded café set in a garden famous for homemade chocolates and jams served there.
  • Baba Au Rhum, Bardez- one of the best cafes in north Goa with an outdoor setting giving scenic views.
  • Lila Café, Anjuna- inspired by shacks, it is one of the best cafes serving hot-piping European dishes
  • Eva Café, Anjuna- a delightful little heaven on the coast of Anjuna Beach striking a perfect balance between the sun, sand sea, and the sky.
  • The Space Goa, Palolem- serving the best of organic produce, this café is serene and scenic and is located along the stretch of Agonda beach.
  • Blue Planet Café- located amidst the lush forests and encircled by the hills, it is one of the best cafes in Goa for true vegans.

7. Chase empty hidden waterfalls

From the little secluded islands to a sweet water lake located right next to a beach, Goa has filled with nature’s unique gifts. Waterfalls in Goa offer those serene vibes to fill your soothing holidays and their musical sounds take you to a world where one can revive their soul. Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Kuske Waterfall, Netravali Waterfalls, and Kalsa Waterfall are some of the best waterfalls located in Goa.

8. Night means party time in Goa!

Nightclubs lie on every street in this state. Tourists here can hop between simple beach shacks, chic trendy lounges, jazz concerts, and all-night parties. One can expect electro-dance music, free-flowing alcohol, and beautifully decorated beaches perfect for a party animal. Neptune Point and Palolem Beach are best for silent noisy beach parties. The Sunburn Music Festival held in December at Candolim Beach is a worthwhile visit! The northern part of Goa is also known as the party epicentre. It has beaches like Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, casino pride, and Anjuna flea market.

Goa is of course most famous for its fantastic nightlife- It is a party animal’s paradise. This feeling could be experienced at Café Mambo’s, Tito’s, and also a hub of lounge evenings- at Silent Noise Club, Leopard Valley. It has been among the favourite destination of most young adults in India. Visiting beaches, heritage sites, adventurous activities and partying at night are all a person asks from life. However, This place is not only about the sunrise and sunset and parties at beaches. This place is full of adventurous activities and scenic places!

Goa can’t be seen from a single or a double visit when a person visits Goa, they leave their heart their only. A beautiful state like Goa has become a dream destination cum escape place for many youngsters! Hence the famous saying- “In Goa, happiness is a state of mind.”

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