The smallest state of India is among the most popular tourist destination of India. From beaches to markets, seafood to nightlife, this beautiful city on the west coast of India has a lot of amazing experiences that you can explore during your holiday in Goa. Goa has a unique culture due to Portuguese and Western influence. It folk songs, dance, Goan cuisine and art are very famous. It is divided into two districts namely North Goa and South Goa. Some famous places to visit in Goa are the beaches of both North Goa and South Goa. Whether you are planning a long vacation or a short trip to Goa, you can indulge in various activities apart from sightseeing.
Best time to visit Goa:
The best time to visit all tourist places in Goa is from mid-November to mid-February. During this time the weather remains nice and pleasant.
Places to visit in Goa in three days:
If you think that Goa is only a land of beaches with nothing else to explore then you are wrong, Goa is a fantastic tourist destination that promises an unforgettable tourist experience. Let us see the top places to visit in Goa in three days.
There is no dearth of tourist places in Goa. On the first day of your Goa trip, you can explore all the historic places of Goa to know about the rich culture and background of the state. You can visit Old Goa where there are many churches, forts and temples to give you a glimpse of Goa’s rich cultural heritage. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Aguada Fort, Shri Mangueshi Temple, Se Cathedral, Reis Mogos Fort, and Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, etc. are some of the places, which were built a long time ago in Goa.
You can dedicate your second day of Goa trip to the gorgeous Goa beaches. Goa has a number of beaches where one can indulge in various leisure and adventure activities. The charm of Goa beaches attracts tourists from all over the world. Some famous beaches that you can visit include Baga, Calangute, and Anjuna. You can also enjoy water sports in Goa, such as Paragliding, scuba diving and water snowboarding. Besides, you can go to the local flea market at Anjuna which is lined with many stalls selling local handicrafts, clothes, footwear and accessories.
On the same day you can also enjoy the nightlife of Goa. There are so many nightclubs located around the Goa beaches where you can party with your friends and family till late night. The list of Goa nightclubs is long, but there are some best ones, such as Nyex Beach Club, Tito’s bar, etc. to give you the colorful nightlife experience. Apart from these, you may also go to the night markets, such as Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar.
On the third day of your Trip, you can visit South Goa which is famous for its serene beauty. You can also find many beaches in South Goa which are famous for leisure activities, such as walking, sun bathing, etc. Among various beaches, Colva is the popular one. The beach is covered with a number of shacks, hotels, cottages, nightclubs and food joints. If you have time and interest, you can also visit Goa casinos.
These are some other places to visit in Goa in 3 days-
- Chapora Fort: This is the fort which is also known as the Dil Chahta Hai Point as it was featured in the Film. It is located in Bardez and built by Bijapur rulers.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus: It is a UNESCO world heritage site, which was built in the year 1605 and contains the remains of St. Francis Xavier.
- Naval Aviation Museum: Located at a distance of about 6 km from Vasco-da-Gama this museum exhibits the history of Indian Naval Aviation.
- Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception: It is located in Panjim where the mass is conducted every day in three languages, namely English, Portuguese, and Konkani. This has also been shown in many Bollywood movies, such as Josh, Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani, etc.
- Go-karting near Verna: This is one of the most tried water sports in Goa. One of the best places where you can try this activity is Arpora.
- Flea markets: Anjuna flea markets, Mapusa market, Calangute market square are some great places to buy local handicraft, local jewellery, footwear, etc. at reasonable prices
- Casinos: Try your luck at Goa’ finest casinos, namely Casino Pride, Deltin Royale, Deltin Caravela, etc.
- Water sports: Kayaking, Banana Boat ride, paragliding, jet skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, parasailing, snorkeling, etc. are some of the best water activities that you can indulge in at many beaches.
- Silent noise parties: In such parties, people gather, put their headphones on and listen to their own music. You can find places in South Goa where these parties are held.
- Dudhsagar waterfalls: Located on the banks of Mondovi River at Goa-Karnataka border, it is the highest waterfall in Goa.
- Mhadei wildlife sanctuary: Located in the North Goa near Valpoi town, this is a place where you can witness a wide variety of wildlife.
- Bondla wildlife sanctuary: Located in northeastern Goa, it is one of the best places to visit in Goa with family.
The food served in Goa is also great. Some of the popular restaurants/clubs where you can indulge in various cuisines are –
- Café Mambo: It is one of the most popular clubs in Goa which is owned by ‘TITO’S Group of Companies’. It is located on Baga beach.
- Curly’s: The major landmark in Goa, it is located on the banks of Anjuna beach and offers delicious food and pleasant ambiance.
- Tito’s: It is one of the renowned places to visit in Goa before you die. Located on the Baga beach; this is a restaurant-cum-disco where you can have a blast with your friends with music and alcohol.
Hotels in Goa
You can book hotels online as per your preferences and budgets as there are many of them throughout the state. Goa offers all kinds of accommodation options for varying budgets. Check out some popular hotels like The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, Hotel Solmar, Sai Residency Anjuna and many more.
How to reach Goa?
- By Air: Goa is connected to all major cities of India via flights. The Goa airport (Dabolim), is located near the town of Vasco da Gama. You can get around in Goa by hiring local transport like taxi, bike rental, local bus or Goa tourism coaches.
- By Rail: Indian railways connects Goa with all the main cities of India. The Konkan railway line connects Goa to cities, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, etc.
- By Bus: Highways connecting Goa are well-developed. You can easily reach Goa by your own car or bus from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kohlapur and other nearby cities. There are three national highways that pass through Goa namely NH -17 and NH -17A, NHA - 4.