Have plans for a perfect celebration amid the scenic seaside with delicious food and drinks? Then head to North Goa pronto! One of the best tourist destinations in India, North Goa is known for its beaches, historical monuments, flea markets, old bazaars, historical churches, casinos, and amazing cuisine. Whether you are single, a couple, hanging out with friends or on a family trip, you will not be disappointed. With unending opportunities to have a wonderful and fun-filled holiday, North Goa is the place to be for travelers. October to April is when tourists flock to this remarkable destination but you can enjoy it in the other months of the year as well. When in Goa do take the scenic cruises available as you traverse across the beautiful Mandovi River. Here’s a look at the top things to do in North Goa, India.
One of the best ways to start the tour of North Goa is by booking a full-day archaeological tour of the three well-known forts of this incredible city, namely, Reis Magos Fort, Aguada Fort, and Chapora Fort. The tour includes a guide who stay with you during the walk around the forts sharing details about their history. The tour package includes lunch, entrance fees, hotel pick up and drop-off. However, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
On a Fort Trail in Goa with an Archaeologist
Duration: 7 hours
2. Try water sports at Baga Beach
One of the most popular beaches in Goa, Baga Beach does not disappoint. It lies between the Calangute Beach in south Goa to the Baga River in the northern part. This beach is a popular party spot and there are numerous cafes, shops, and restaurants along the beach. It is also a favorite destination for water sports enthusiasts. Just around 18 km (11.2 miles) from the capital city of Goa, Baga Beach is a must-visit for tourists when in the city.
3. Have fun with family at Snow Park Goa
Goa is not just known and sought after for its beaches but for its Snow Park too! The park is open all throughout the year and is ideal for a family trip and children will love it here. There are many snow-based activities tourists can participate in. You can go snow dancing, use the ice sliders, enjoy the music played by the DJ, explore the igloos, etc. There are no chemicals used to produce snow. The Snow Park also has an Ice Bar where one can enjoy drinks in glasses made of real ice. A visit to Goa would not be complete without this unparalleled experience.
Snow Park Goa
Address: Tito’s Lane, 2, Calangute - Baga Rd, Baga, Goa 403516
Website: Snow Park Goa
Opening hours: 10:30am - 7pm (daily)
4. Soak in the scenic beauty of Harvalem Waterfall
Also, known as Arvalem waterfall, Harvelem Waterfall is located in Sanquelim and is near the Pandava Caves. It is easily accessible via road on both two-wheelers and four-wheelers. You don’t have to worry about your safety as you’ll find proper fencing and barricades to avoid any untoward incident. The best time to visit this waterfall is between the months of August and October.
Address: Rudreshwar Colony, Sanquelim, Goa 403505
Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)
5. Admire the stunning sunset view from Aguda Rocky Beach
Lying between Espinho and Porto, Aguda Rocky Beach is perfect for watching a beautiful sunset. This beach is known for its rocky outcrops which are along the water edges. Enjoy the evening breeze with your partner while admiring the stunning view of the sunset. This beach is not very crowded making it perfect for a peaceful walk in the morning.
Aguda Rocky Beach
Address: Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
6. Shop for trinkets at Anjuna Flea Market
The Anjuna flea market of Goa is well-known since it started more than 30 years ago. Popular as ever, this is a weekly market which is held every Wednesday. It would be preferable to start early in the morning so that you can explore the entire market and won’t have any regrets. This vibrant market only runs from the month of November to April each year.
Anjuna Flea Market
Address: 10, St. Michael’s Vaddo South, Anjuna, Goa 403509
Opening hours: Wed: 9am – 6pm (closed from Thu - Tue)
7. Bask in the sun at Sinquerim Beach
Another fascinating beach to visit in North Goa is Sinuerim Beach which is just 13 km (8.07 mi) from the state’s capital. Watersport lovers should not miss spending time on this beach as there are a lot of thrilling and exciting watersport activities. Tourists also get to enjoy great food in several restaurants nearby. Plenty of great accommodation options are nearby too.
8. Try your luck at Casino Pride
If you want to try your luck, a visit to Pride Casino, which is aboard a vessel, is a must. You can enjoy a number of both international and domestic games here. This vast floating casino has live gaming tables and is spread over three stories. This famous off-shore casino is a common haunt of tourists who want to try their luck. It remains open 24 hours a day all through the week. There is also live entertainment between 9 pm to 11 pm each day. The dress code is smart casual.
Address: River Mandovi, Captain Of Ports Jetty, Panaji, Goa 403001
Website: Casino Pride
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
9. Experience kayaking in Sal Backwaters
Sal Backwaters are known for offering the perfect kayaking experience. If you are an outdoor sports lover do not miss kayaking in the backwaters. This popular spot is also famous for its migratory birds, which you come across while kayaking. Soak in the flora and fauna as you kayak through the mangroves and ponds. One can also opt for a guided tour of the place to learn more about the fauna and flora.
Book a full-day trip that incorporates a walking tour of the Nothern parts of Goa inclusive of visiting Se Cathedral, which is home to the “Golden Bell”, one of the largest bells in Asia. This tour also takes you to the spice plantations and old bazaars in Panjim where you can fulfil your shopping pangs to the core from handicrafts to wine. This tour is inclusive of pickup, complimentary herbal tea, lunch, a guide and hotel drop-off.
Full-Day Goa Churches Spice Plantation and Old Bazaars Tour
Duration: 8 hours
Enjoy your perfect holidays in North Goa
A visit to Goa would be incomplete if you don’t visit one of the happening night clubs like Sinq Night Club or Club Cabana. Go back in time and visit Fort Aguada, which was one of the most prominent forts for the Portuguese in the region, now converted to a prison.
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