8 Best Places to Visit in South Goa

Are you one of those travellers who seek solitude? If yes, then South Goa is one of the best places to visit in Goa. South Goa is a place where you can enjoy sun bathing lying on the sand and even romantic sun sets. It has some of the most exotic beaches and heritage villages that you must explore. Enjoy a relaxed holiday here with your romantic partner and create memories of a lifetime. South Goa also has some rich historical architecture that gives you a glimpse of Portuguese culture. Among the long list of tourist places in South Goa, here are a few that you must visit:

1. Benaulim:

Overview: Benaulim is a beach town situated at the south of Margaon. The palm trees and coconut trees along with beautiful beach make Benaulim one of the best holiday destinations in Goa. Benaulim is also popular for its yummy seafood near the beach area.

When to visit: October to April

Activities to enjoy: Dolphin Sighting, Seafood

How to reach Benaulim: Reach Goa by plane and from their reach at Margaon. In India, there are many trains available to Margaon. Benaulim is 5 km away from Margaon and you can easily reach there by auto, bus, or bike.

Accommodation: You can book in any of these Popular Goa Hotels to stay at Benaulim i.e. The Lalit Gulf & Spa Resort, Park Regis Goa, Antares Beach Resort, etc.

2. Colva

Overview: There is a reason that Colva is one of the best places to visit in South Goa before you die. Colva is located 6 km away from Margaon. Though central Colva is little too crowded for peace loving people, north and south of this place is good to sooth your mind. For party lovers, the energy of this place is crazy.

When to visit: November to March

Activities to enjoy: Watching Dolphins, Partying with friends at night

How to reach Colva: You have to reach at Goa Airport then reach to Margaon by road or train. Colva is 6 km from Margaon. You can take auto or bike at rent from Margaon to Colva.

Accommodation: In Colva, you can book hotels online at Cleartrip with ease. To name a few – The Golden Croen Hotel & Spa, Baywatch Resort, Beleza by the Beach, Nanu Beach Resort and Spa and many more.

3. Bogmalo

Overview: Boglamo beach is good for spending one day before your flight from nearby Dabolim Airport. It is one of the places to visit in Goa within 10000kms. Bogmalo is the best place to experience scuba diving with best dive operators.

When to visit: November to March

Activities to enjoy: Scuba Diving

How to reach Bogmalo: You can reach Dabolim airport and from there take a cab to Bogmalo. When traveling by train, you have to get down at Margaon. From Margaon it is best to take auto, bus, bike, or a cab to reach Bogmalo, which is 19 km away.

Accommodation: Some good hotels and resorts at Bogmalo are – Devasthali- The Valley of Gods, Bogmallo Beach Resort, Mariaariose Melody of the Sea, etc.

4. Vasco Da Gama

Overview: Vasco Da Gama is one of the famous tourist destinations in South Goa and named after Vasco Da Gama, the well-known Portuguese explorer. Though this place is infamous for central crime hub of Goa, tourists are attracted to its beach and snorkeling.

When to visit: November to March

Activities to enjoy: Scuba Diving – Grande Island, Snorkeling, Boat Tours, Dolphin Watching, Nature and Wildlife tours

How to reach Vasco Da Gama: If you are traveling via plane then you have to reach Goa airport first. After that, you need to reach either Margaon or Panjim. From there, take a bus or cab for Vasco Da Gama. Many trains are available for Margaon from many cities of India.

Accommodation: Book hotels online to stay at Vasco Da Gama- The Karma Plaza Hotel, Oyo Home 1065 Delux 1BHK Vasco, The Flora Grand, etc.

5. Varca

Overview: Varca is one of the popular tourist places in South Goa. The beauty of the beach near Varca is unparallel. The golden sand, palm trees, and mostly hawker-free coastline makes Varca attractive to all travelers.

When to visit: October to March

Activities to enjoy: Water-skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, boat trips, diving, banana boating, fishing, enjoy Goan food, late night parties

How to reach Varca: As Varca is 10 km from Margaon and can be reached by car or bus. You must visit Margaon if you are coming via train. There are good transport options from Goa Airport also to reach Varca.

Accommodation: There are some amazing hotels and resorts at Varca like Carvela Beach Resort, The Zuri White Sands, Goa Resort & Casino; Joecons Beach Resort, Regenta Resort Varca Beach, etc. In addition to that, you can also book some cheap hotels.

6. Cavelossim

Overview: Cavelossim can be accounted as one of the lovely places to visit in South Goa with family. The sand stretches at the beach along with the sunset view is something that makes this place charming for all. The confluence of the River Sal and Sea can be seen here. You can enjoy here with your family as it is among the best holiday destinations in South Goa.

When to visit: October to March

Activities to enjoy: Enjoy Goan cuisine, chill-out with friends, enjoy beer and feni, paragliding, enjoy sunset, romantic evening with your partner

How to reach Cavelossim: From Margaon, Cavelossim is about 7kms away. Take a train to Margaon to reach Cavelossim via bus or cab from there. If you are coming by air then reach at Goa Airport and from there take a bus or cab to Cavelossim.

Accommodation: Looking for the best hotels near me, after reaching this beach, check online. Some options to stay at Cavelossim are The Leela Goa, Royal Haathi Mahal, Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort, and many more.

7. Majorda

Overview: The organised beach with beach shacks makes Majorda one of the major holiday destinations in South Goa. You get to enjoy some cookies and cakes here, as this is the place in India that was first taught to bake European breads.

When to visit: October to March

Activities to enjoy: Goan Bakers, Majorda Village, Water Sports, Mae De Deus Church, etc.

How to reach Majorda: If you are travelling by train then Margaon is the most convenient place to reach. It is only 11 km away from Majorda where you can reach by a cab or bus. When coming by air, you must come down to Goa Airport and then board a cab or bus from there for Majorda.

Accommodation: You will find these great resorts searching on the net by looking for hotels nearby me at Majorda to stay Kenilworth Resort & Spa, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, Royal Orchid Beach Resort and Spa, etc.

8. Patnem

Overview: The small pretty beach, Patnem is one of the great tourist destinations in South Goa. Along with beach shacks, there are lively swimming and surfing options. You can find trinkets and jewellries in the stalls near the beach.

When to visit: October to March

Activities to enjoy: Wellness Treatment

How to reach: Palolem is the nearest rail station to Patnem. You can take a cab from Palolem to reach Patnem.

Accommodation: You can enjoy your holidays at one of these stay options in South Goa. To name a few Patnem- Deluxe A/C Garden View Beach Hut, Deluxe A/C Garden View Family Beach Huts, etc.