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Things to do in Goa

Welcome to India's Own Portuguese colony, Goa. This is the smallest state in India, where Portuguese history still lives before your eyes. Of course, you know Goa as a favorite party capital of India, but there is so much to enjoy in Goa other than its swanky parties and boozing. It has golden sand beaches, Portuguese architecture, tropical spice plantations, waterfalls, and luxury sprinkling resorts backed by the backdrop of the beaches and lush greenery that are destinations in themselves. So when you are in this coastal town, get spoiled with plenty of activities in Goa for couples, friends, family, and bachelors.

Goa is India’s owned sunshine and there are plenty of things to do in Goa for everyone! The sunshine capital of India beacons you to come, visit and enjoy the vibes of both of its districts - North Goa and South Goa. The former one is the mecca of swanky parties with beautiful beaches, but the latter one is the epitome of the serene, tranquil, and extra palm-fringed beaches with silent parties.

Goa in Western India, stretching to the Arabian Sea, is a sight to behold in any season. Whether you want to soak the sunshine in the winters, or you want to behold the lush greenery in the monsoon, or you are dreaming of lazing around in the summers, Goa has got you covered with the best experiences throughout the year. Such is the hype of Goa tourism that it is one of India's elite revenue generation tourism destinations, which is highly popular amongst foreigners. International travelers traveling to Goa is the highlight.

Whisk through the best things to do in Goa for couples, family, bachelors, and even for solo travel travelers. This tropical Indian retreat neighboring Maharashtra and Karnataka is a treasure trove of scrumptious seafood, vibrant festivals, and one of the best destinations to embark on a road trip.

What To Do in Goa: Best Things to Do in South Goa and North Goa

Goa is divided into two districts - North and South. Tourism in Goa is mainly focused on North Goa because of its proximity to the Dabolim International Airport. North zone is where bachelors, backpackers, and budget tourists flock the most. South Goa is secluded on the flip side, and leisure travelers and honeymooners here flock the most.

One thing which is common in both the zones is beaches and historical attractions in Goa. one gets the advantage over the second, but it depends upon the preferences of the tourists. While you are in Goa, we suggest basking in the hippies' vibes at the North Goa and its nightclubs and casinos and considering South Goa as your seclusion base camp. To provide you the clear perspective of what to do in Goa with your favorite people, scroll on and read more:

Explore the Four Tired Dudhsagar Falls:

This waterfall in South Goa is a reverting brilliance of God’s creation. Trekking is required to reach the falls and is considered one of the best things to do in Goa with friends. Feel invigorated at the Dudhsagar Falls because the falls are surrounded by thick green forests, making it amongst the best monsoon places in Goa.

Dudhsagar Falls Trekking Base  Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, where you can reach the bottom tier of the falls
Visiting Timings  9 AM to 6 PM (approx.)
Trekking Routes  Kulem Railway Track in Goa, and Castle Rock Railway track in Karnataka
Trek Distance from Kulem Railway Track to Falls  11 kilometers (approx.)
Trek Distance from Castle Rock Railway Track to Falls  14 kilometers (approx.)
Best Time to Go
 Monsoon because it is when the falls is at its full swing 

Enjoy Eco-Friendly Cycling Tours:

Renting a bicycle in Goa is considered amongst the best things to do! Foreigners select eco-friendly cycling tours in North and South Goa, most at Miramar Beach and other famous beaches of Goa. A bicycle ride is a great introduction to marvel at the outdoor scenery in an environmentally friendly way!

Where to Enjoy Cycling Tour  Throughout the Goa but mainly in and around beaches and spice plantations
Best Hours for Bicycling  Early morning and evening
Ideal Duration
 30 minutes - 45 minutes (approx.)
Best Season for Cycling Tour  Early summer, monsoon, and winter

Go on Fort Exploration:

Both North and South Goa have forts within their belts. When in North Goa, enjoy Aguada Fort hopping, which stands as testimony to the glory of the Portuguese empire overlooking Sinquerim Beach. While in South Goa, explore the Cabo de Rama Fort next to the Cabo De Rama Beach.

Forts in North Goa  Chapora Fort, Reis Magos Fort
Forts in South Goa  Mormugao Fort
Visiting Hours
 9:30 AM - 6 PM (approx.)
Best Season   Early summer, monsoon, and winter

Unlock Beach Fun at South and North Goa Beaches:

Choose North Goa beaches for party vibes and South Goa beaches for basking in seclusion, followed by watersports.

Beaches in South Goa  Palolem Beach, Butterfly Beach, Colva Beach
Beaches in North Goa  Candolim Beach, Vagator Beach, Anjuna Beach
Best Time to visit Beaches 
 Early summer, post/pre-monsoon, and winter

Book A Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Goa UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Churches of North and South Goa are crowned with the UNESCO World Heritage title because of their impeccable architecture. Explore all of them on a full-day trip.

  • Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina
  • Saint Catherine’s Chapel
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Church of Saint Augustine
  • Church of Saint Cajetan

Seek Blessings at The Temples:

The land of sunshine is also a famous place for spiritual travelers. Seek blessings from the spirituality-drenched temples in Goa with your family. Temple hopping tours are considered one of the best activities in Goa in summers when the temperature shoots over 35 degrees celsius.

  • Chandreshwar Bhootnath Temple
  • Mangeshi Temple
  • Saptakoteshwar Temple

Get Wet By Trying Watersports:

Both the districts of Goa - south, and north are rich in providing tempting watersports experience. Indulge in famous water sports of Goa followed with beach strolling and evening snacks of the beach shacks.

  • Jet Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Windsurfing
  • Banana Boat Ride
  • Snorkeling