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Tips for your First GOA Tour

Here are some tips, we would like to share with anyone who wishes to plan their First GOA Tour.
  • GOA is the only state after Kerala where Beaches are the focal point of the Tourism industry. It is for this reason that GOA is also referred to as the Beach capital of India. With its 131 Kms long coastline with more than 50 Beaches, GOA is an important destination in every tourist's (be it from India or abroad) itinerary. Sun, Sand and Sea being the Major Attractions, GOA is a perfect heaven for those who need and or want relaxation. 
  • GOA is situated on the Malabar Coast and it is bound by the states of Maharashtra on the north and Karnataka on the east as well as the south, and by the Arabian Sea on the west. The total area is 3,702 square Kms. The two largest rivers are the Mandovi and Zuari, between the mouths of which lies GOA.

    MAJOR CITIES OF GOA
  • PANAJI: The capital of GOA, it is a small and charming city on the left bank of silvery Mandovi River with beautiful, red-roofed houses, built in Latin style. The city also boasts of many modern houses, well-laid gardens, statues, and avenues lined with Gulmohar, Acassia, and other trees. Enchanting panorama unfolds from atop Altinho (Hill Top). 
  • MARGAO: (33 km from Panaji) - The hinterland of southern GOA in Salcete Taluka is a thriving commercial metropolis linked by rail to the rest of India as well as through Mormugao harbour and the national highways to Maharashtra and Karnataka. It has fine parks, gardens, and imposing old mansions and modern buildings.
  • VASCO DA GAMA: (30 km from Panaji) - A modern well-laid out city close to Mormugao Harbour, it has beautiful and extensive avenue and gardens. The air terminus of GOA at Dabolim lies on the outskirts of the city. It also has the railway terminus for passenger’s service.
  • MAPUSA: (13 km from Panaji) - Capital of Bardez Taluka, it is located at the crossroads of the network of highways covering whole of northern GOA. It has beautiful layout with gardens and churches. A weekly fair is held on Friday at the modern streamlined market that is attended by a large crowd.
  • MORMUGAO HARBOR: (34 km from Panaji) – (four km from Vasco da Gama) - It is one of the finest natural anchorages on the west coast of India and the hub of intense maritime activity. Passengers and cargo ships call here from all over the world.

    HOW TO REACH GOA
  • BY AIR: DABOLIM Airport GOA is connected by all major Airlines of India with all Indian Major Cities. There are several International Air Carriers that also operate Flights to Dabolim. A round trip via Air may cost between Rs 2,800 to Rs 12,000 depending upon the Location and Season. Dabolim Airport is around 30 Kms from Panaji.
  • BY TRAIN: GOA is also well connected by Train from Delhi, Mumbai and other Indian Cities along the Konkan Railway. To reach Panaji you can drop at Karmali Railway Station; which is 12 Kms from Panaji. For North GOA can drop at Thivim Railway Station and for South GOA can drop at Margao or Vasco-da-Gama Railway stations of GOA.
  • BY ROAD: GOA is also well connected by Road through various Buses like Non a/c & Air-conditioned Volvo Coaches from Maharashtra & Karnataka. Buses fares from GOA to Mumbai or GOA to Bangalore may range from Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,600 per person depending upon the Season. You can also reach GOA by Car / Taxi enjoying the beautiful view of Western Ghats.

    Goa is Geographically divided into NORTH GOA and SOUTH GOA.

    WHERE TO STAY
  • Almost every other house in GOA is either a home stay or a guest house, accommodating over 5 million tourists who visit each year.
  • You can easily find a Budget Hotel or an Accommodation Online if you book your stay in advance. There are many 2-star, 3-star Hotels offering special Tour Packages and are near the Beach also. The Hotel Rates may begin from Rs 1,000 to Rs 9,000 per day for 2-star, 3-star and 4-star and Beach Resorts. Leading 4 and 5 star Hotels usually offer facilities like Bar, Swimming Pool, Ayurvedic Spas, Gym, Board Games and Indoor Games.
  • There are many luxurious 5-Star Beach Hotels and Resorts available in North and South GOA. The fares could range from Rs 6,000 to Rs 60,000 per day. These 5 Star Hotels or Resorts will also provide Free Airport and Railway Transfers, etc. However, be sure to check this while booking your stay.

    HOTELS IN SOUTH GOA
  • There are many lavish Hotels in South Goa like - Park Hyatt, Taj Exotica, Leela GOA. Other Deluxe hotels in South GOA include the Holiday Inn Resorts, Zuari White Sands Beach Resort and Casino.
  • COLVA BEACH is highly popular with Tourists. If you are travelling on a Tight Budget you have the options either to stay at various Economical Beach Resorts or at various GOA Beach House built along the beach just south of Colva.

    HOTELS IN NORTH GOA
  • If you want to enjoy Late Night Music Bands, and Parties, we would recommend luxury hotels like Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada, and Taj Holiday Village, close to Candolim. Both these hotels are located next to each other and are roughly 50 km from the Dabolim Airport.
  • BAGA AND CALANGUTE BEACHES are most popular destination for Tourists and are home to some of the Good Hotels, that are quite easy to suit your Budget.

    No Hotels or Resorts are located on the Beach, but most of them are within walking distance.

    PLACES TO VISIT
  • GOA is known for its Palm-fringed Beaches, Water Sports, Nightlife, Casinos, Historical & Religious Monuments including Portuguese style Churches, Wildlife & Scenic Beauty of Western Ghats and bubbly folk music!
  • Transportation in GOA via taxis is bit costly as there are no cab aggregators such as Ola and Uber available. The taxi fares range from Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,100 for a full day.
  • We would suggest renting a Two-Wheeler or Four-Wheeler is the best option. From Honda Activa to Royal Enfield Bullet to Premium Luxury Cars, all are available on Daily Rent basis. Rents range between Rs 350 to Rs 1,000 per day for a Two-Wheeler. For Cars, it varies from Rs 1,000 to Rs 18,000 per day.

    NORTH GOA BEACHES
  • Must visit Beaches include Chapora Beach, Vagator Beach, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, and Sinquerim Beach where you can laze out on sun-kissed sand and be swept away by breath-taking sunsets and spectacular landscapes.
  • Miramar Beach and Dona Paula Beach near Panjim are perfect places to spend time with your partner.

    SOUTH GOA BEACHES
  • South GOA Beaches are much neater and less crowded.
  • Must visit Beaches include Colva Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Mobor Beach, Palolem Beach and Agonda Beach that boast of Palm Groves, and Shacks where you can relax.

    THINGS TO DO
  • Apart from Beaches you can choose a Boat trip & Cruise to suit your schedule and budget — Dolphin Viewing Cruise – Island Visit - an hour long Cruise at Sunset or Sundown and many more options are available.
  • GOA also is big on Water Sports, a special attraction for Tourists. You can choose to go Go-Karting, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Riding Water Scooters, Wind surfing, Bungee Jumping and so on.
  • If you wish to have a Romantic Evening, Great Seafood and plan to Enjoy the Goa Nightlife – plan your visit around 08:00 PM.
  • For Night Hangout in North GOA - Places are near the Beaches of – Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator and Arambol.
  • For Night Hangout in South GOA -  Places are near the Beaches of – Colva, Betalbatim, Benaulim, Betul, Sernabatim, Cavelossim, Mobor, Palolem and Agonda.
  • No Goa Tour is complete without enjoying the world famous Goa Night Life.

    WHAT TO EAT
  • GOA is a perfect place to find the right blend of cuisines. You name it and you have it: Chinese, Thai, Italian, French, Mughlai, Portuguese, Mexican, Korean, Vietnamese, traditional Goan Food, etc.
  • GOA is a Gourmet’s Delight. Konkani and Portuguese styles of cooking have largely influenced Goan Cuisine.
  • Eating out in GOA is an experience in itself. The city is dotted with numerous Beach Shacks, Restaurants and Bars. It is a treat for Non-Vegetarians as Dishes like Fish Curry, Prawns, Mussels, Oysters and Crabs are easily available.
  • One can also find the best of Beers and Local Wines at a very Reasonable Price.
  • A full-day Non-Veg meal may cost between Rs 500 to Rs 1,500 per person without drinks.
  • For Vegetarians too, GOA serves very tasty variety of South Indian and North Indian Cuisine. North Indian, South Indian, Jain Thali, Gujarati / Marwari Thali and so on are readily available at Vegetarian Restaurants.
  • The North Indian One-Day Healthy meal Cost between Rs. 300 to Rs 1,000 per person.
  • You will get the Best of Punjabi Food in GOA as compare to other Tourist Destination in India except of North India.

    GOA CLIMATE
  • The climate is generally warm, with average January temperature ranging from 19° to 29° C (66° to 84° F), and average June temperature ranging between 25° and 33° C (77° to 91° F). Monsoon season is generally between June and Sept. and accounts for four-fifths of the state's average annual rainfall.
  • Best Time to Visit is from end of October till Early May.
  • But for fun-loving people, any time of the year is fine to for visit GOA with family, friends, spouse or colleagues.

    GOA, needless to say, is a Fantastic Destination to chill out.
    Even with a minimum Daily Tour Budget between Rs 3,000 to Rs. 4,000 per person; you can also enjoy your GOA Tour including Food, Drinks and Stay.

  • Founder


    Chander Arora

    Our team at makemygoatour.com has developed this site to resolve the inconvenience and to systematise the requirements of Tourists; who are scheduling their First Tour to Goa.

  • Here, Tourists can Get their Customised Goa Tour Plan Planned by our expert Tour Planners.
  • Tourists can also Online Plan their Goa Tour Package in an easy, quick and automated way where everything that is needed for a perfect Goa holiday is available in a single place! (This Facility is presently available only on DESKTOP)

    To make your GOA Tour Enjoyable, we have provided in depth information about the following with approximate charges:

  • PLACES TO VISIT - Beaches - Historical and Religious Monuments - Nature and wildlife Places.
  • THINGS TO DO - Water Sports - Boat Trips and Cruises.
  • GOA SPECIALITY - Fast Food and Cafes, Restaurants and Beach Shacks, Night Hangout Places
  • OTHER UTILITIES - Tour and Taxi Operators, Rent a Vehicle. .