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Itinerary for things to do in Goa


October 19, 2010
 

HiWe are three friends planned to travel goa between 17th to 21st November. Our trip was planned and we made hotel reservations for our entire stay. And i want your help in making our trip memorable and we don't want to waste our time on finding going around, good restaurants and places to visit after reaching Goa. Our itinerary goes like this,- On 17th around 2 PM we reach Madgaon station, then...

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October 21, 2010

Rimi's answer about traveling around in

Hiya

A holiday in Goa with friends sounds wonderful! A cool place to chill out on the sandy beaches or indulge in some adventure sports. Just the place to go with friends smiley. You know what you have made my job so easy by providing the rough itinerary! What I am going to do is chalk out a detailed itinerary for you guys.

 (Source: Pankaj)          

Goa

Goa is truly a paradise for tourists! Here is where East meets West in respects of culture, art, religion, cuisine, music. This is what makes Goa an unique and cool place. While North Goa is the more happening section, South Goa is known for its serenity and tranquility.

Weather

November to March is the best time to visit Goa. Though that means you are going to experience wonderful weather, it also means it is going to be the peak touristy season. But since you have your hotels booked it is not going to be a big deal!

Get Around

Like all other Indian states Goa also has a fairly well transport system. Let me suggest you some ways of traveling around Goa.

1. Rent a Car (Recommended)

Rent a chauffeur driven car for around Rs.600-Rs.800 per day.  You can hire cars anywhere railway stations, bus stops, outside hotels. You can also book cars through Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). See this link for rates.

Contact Info

Phone Nos. +91 0832 2436666/2427972/2424001/2424002/2424003). Fax No. +91 0832 2423926/2420779. Email: reservations@goa-tourism.com or GTDC Transport Section, Britona Riverside (Phone Nos. +91 0832 2416107) or any of GTDC Residencies/Facilitation Counters

2. Rent a Motorcycle

Motorcycles can be rented, if you want to enjoy the rides yourself! It is hard to miss the places that keep motorcycles for hire. They are available from Rs. 450 per day! Scooters will be less expensive.

3. Bus

Buses are the cheapest way to move round Goa. Tickets are for Rs.4 and higher!

Things to See and Do

As I said, I have planned out your trip in detail, keeping in mind your interests! Hope you like itsmiley


Day 1 (17th Nov)

 

Calangute and North Goa

 (Source: Shashank Gupta)

  • After reaching Madgaon Station  hire a taxi as I said before it will cost around Rs.800 or more as it is the peak season. Another alternative is to go to the Madgaon Bus stand in an autorickshaw, and board a bus to Panjim. From Panjim you can get a taxi for much less.
  • Calangute is the most popular beach in North Goa. There are several good places to eat around here. I will be suggesting a few in the "Eat" section below. Chill out in the beach on your first night.

Day 2 (18th Nov)

Calangute and North Goa - 1

Baga beach, Goa (Source: Sanish Suresh) 

  • Discover Baga which is a twin beach of Calangute.

Calangute and North Goa - 2

sinquerim beach (Source: the s a g e) 

  • North Of Baga lies Sinquerim. This beach is perfect for all kinds of water sports.yes Water skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, jet skiing...you name it they have it here!

Calangute and North Goa - 3

Vagator, Goa (Source: Mayank Khanwalker) 

  • Other Popular beaches of the North are Anjuna and Vagator. Vagator is widely photographed! The rocky cliffs make a good contrast with the yellow sand. Buses for Vagator leaves Calangute at regular interval. Chapora Fort is situated in a nearby hillock.

Calangute and North Goa - 4

Anjuna Drinks Stand (Source: Berni Martin) 

  • Anjuna nearby is more crowded and known for the 60's and 70's hippie movements. The Flea Market on Wednesdays draws huge crowds!
  • Aguada Beach is near to the Aguada Fort Hotel complex built on a cliff. Due to so many tourists coming here, this place has many cafes and shops.

 

Tip: For the entire day trip you can hire a car, even if you are not hiring one for your entire stay!


Day 3 (19th Nov)

 South Goa

Colva beach (Source: Berni Martin)                       

  • You can do a South Goa Tour on your own or with the GTDC. The tour typically leaves at 9.30 am and ends at 6.00 pm. It covers mostly Old Goa, the Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Mangeshi Temple, Colva Beach, Dona Paula before returning back to Panjim from where it starts.
  • If you are not interested with the historical buildings and want to do the tour on your own hire a taxi.
  • Start with the most popular Colva Beach. This place has a aura of its own. The silvery mackerels can be seen on the sand while taking a walk along the beach.
  • Varca, Cavelossim, Mabor - this trio of beaches are some of the cleanest that can be found in Goa. Dolphin watching up the River Sal is an area attraction.
  • If you want to avoid the crowds do visit  Agonda Beach. It is a lonely stretch of sand lined with palms and casuarinas. When going to Panjim from Palolem it is the first beach after Palolem. If you are lucky you can also see Turtles here, as it is a Turtle nesting place.

 South Goa - 1

 (Source: Koshy Koshy)      

  • If you are interested in doing wind surfing and if this is the first time for you consider doing it in Dona Paula. The gentle winds and lake like conditions are ideal for first timers. You can also try Dinghy sailing. The Zuari Estuary in Dona Paula is the place for this. You can have as much fun as wind surfing! Water scooters are also available in Dona Paula.
  • As the sun goes down head for your resort in Palolem.

 South Goa - 2

Palolem Beach sunset, Goa (Source: Sanjib Mitra)         

  • Join the 'silent noise' parties, where you can dance with your own set of earphones playing different music. Margao is 40 km away. So you can hire taxis or autorickshaws to reach this place.
3. Palolem

Day 4 (20th Nov)

Palolem

Goa Palolem (Source: Akshay Mahajan)        

  • Apart from enjoying the sights and sounds of breathtaking Palolem, also visit nearby Galgibaga and Rajbag beaches. Galgibaga is another nesting place for Turtles.
  • You can try and persuade one of the fishermen to take you in a ferry to the Butterfly Beach and back.

Palolem - 1

Seagulls on a rock, Butterfly Beach, Goa (Source: Sanjib Mitra)          

  • An inexpensive way to tour the backwaters is hiring a boat here. If you are lucky you can also see a dolphin or two!
  • Panjim is 70 km from here. So hiring a taxi may be a bit costly. If you are looking for other options, you can take the train from Canacona, which is 3 km from Palolem. An autorickshaw will charge you Rs.50 or more. From Canacona station you can take a train to Panjim. Or take a bus to Madgaon from where you will get lots of buses to Panjim.
  • Reach Panjim by night.

Palolem - 2

Palolem, Goa (Source: Leon Meerson)            

4. Panaji

Day 5 (21st Nov)

  • A visit to Goa would remain incomplete if you do not go to the crowded Miramar - the "Chowpatty" of Goa.
  • Head to the more secluded and pristine Candolim Beach. Here again you will get a chance to do water sports!

Panaji

Candolim Beach (Source: Extempore)      

  • Morjim is the home to Olive Ridley Turtles. October to March is the season when you can see them so take a chance!

Panaji - 1

MORJIM (Source: Nishit dayal)       

  • Ashwem Beach nearby is however the show stealer!yes

Panaji - 2

(Source: Pankaj)       

  • End your day with  an ayurvedic body massage at The Neem Leaf.

              7/8, 1st Floor Alfran Plaza, M G Road, Panaji Market, Goa, Goa - 403001

                0832 - 3257271

Tours

For a list of tours available from GTDC please check out their site.  You will also get a list of river cruises in this site. These cruises include a tour of the backwaters, a tour on the Santa Monica, while you enjoy Goan songs and dances performed by local people!

Eat

Goa has some great places to eat. The local cuisine is typically rice and fish curry called Xit-koddi. Many other restaurants with global cuisine serve great food combined with a fabulous ambience.

1. Bomra's (Recommended)

This small open air restaurant located on the Fort Aguada Road is Goa's best kept secret. The food is cheap and the dishes are priced between 90-250 INR. The restaurant has been strongly recommended by Frommers and Tripadvisor. Here's a list of recommended dishes from Frommers:

Start with the homemade fried Shan tofu (made from gram flour) with tamarind soy sauce, or the excellent spicy rare beef salad with basil, mint, coriander, and sprouts. For a main course, try mussel curry with coconut milk and lemon grass or any of the specials -- pork belly with a cashew-nut crust or the delicious steamed snapper lemon grass with chili fish sauce and jaggery (unrefined sugar) served atop a banana leaf on a wooden platter. Round off your meal with chocolate fondant and homemade vanilla ice cream.

It is better that you reserve a table before going as the place is full in the peak season. For more details and the menu, you can visit their website here.

People who have been there earlier have been talking about the menu and the place here.

2. Viva Panjim (Recommended)

Great place to taste local cuisine. Recommended by New York Times and Tripadvisor. Here is a review:

A good place if you want to taste the local cuisine. The owner herself personally tends to customers adding that personal touch to the experience.

 (Source: Viva Panjim -TripAdvisor)                      

Viva Panjim

Goan Food...!! (Source: Nima Sareh) 

3. Aggie's Cafe (Recommended)

Rated the number one cafe in Calangute! The cafe is known for the best evening barbeques. The sunset views are also amazing from this place. For a totally wonderful experience, visit here before sunset. Sit there, see the views and have freshly made food. Here is a testimonial from a traveler:

Aggie`s cafe could not get any better! if you want fab food for good prices, great staff who serve you well, great quiet location with lovely views, and good atmosphere, AGGIE`S IS THE PLACE TO GO! thanks to Aggie`s our holiday was the best ever! we all had a fab time and made good friends. the beach party/ BBQ night.

 (Source: Aggie's Cafe - TripAdvisor)                          

4. Le Jardin

Another nice place on Calangute. The place is known for its wonderful surroundings and yummy food. You can visit this place for a quick snack or for a large meal. The best on the menu is Greek Meze for a light lunch or the Grilled fillet of fish with a delicious coriander sauce. The fish and chips with mushy peas is also very popular. Here's a review I found on TripAdvisor:

The garden setting is perfect, the service faultless and the food is to die for!!! If you are visitung Goa try this place once and I guarantee you'll be back for more. The Margharitas are highly recommended!

To visit their website click here.

For more reviews see here.

5. Blue Planet Cafe (Recommended)

If you have always wanted to have organic food, this is the place you should visit. Its a small family run organic vegetarian/vegan place which is nicely done in a natural setting. It is located off the Agonda Road between Palolem and Agonda. Definitely have some smoothies and vegan cakes here. To see more dishes on the menu, visit this link.

They have a facebook page where people have been talking about the place and the dishes. There are some reviews as well. Check them here.

Wikitravel has some great recommendations for Palolem restaurants. You can check the listings here.

6. Anant

Located at Canacona, this place is a must when you go to Palolem say travelers! Here is a review:

I am delighted to recommend the Anant restaurant. Our experience was a quality one that I would definitely repeat if we return to India. I ordered the Kingfish -- locally caught - and my partner ordered the steak and momos. Both dishes perfectly cooked and nice and spicy (as we had requested). The atmosphere was welcoming, the service, terrific.

 (Source:  Review of Anant, Canacona,  TripAdvisor)                     

Hope these suggestions help you in deciding the right places to eat and have fun. To get more ideas on Goa please see here, here and here. These are answers we did for previous travelers.

Do write back to let us know if these suggestion work for you or you want something different!

Have a fun-filled trip!smiley

Rimi



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