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One with the Sun-kissed

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Goa - if I have to define the place in one sentence it would be - It has something for everyone! It has a rich histrory & culture, food and of course the string of beaches across its coastline. For those who believe in just being themselves and those who want to experience a culture so liberating - will feel at home at once! Here's what makes it so special and unlike any other state in India!

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  • Couples
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

11 Places

11 City Tips

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11 Places

Morjim Beach

Beaches

Canape

Restaurants

Utorda Beach

Beaches

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Architectural Buildings

Delhi Darbar Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Tomb of St. Francis Xavier

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Colva Beach

Beaches

Miramar Beach

Beaches

Udupi Tajmahal

Restaurants

Old Goa

Neighbourhoods

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites

shalinisinha's City Tips

  • Those interested in water sports should head to Colva - its the best and also very crowded but worth it!
  • Beaches such as Anjuna & Baga - closer to Panaji are the most popular and crowded too be it day or night. If you are looking for something quieter head to Palolem (Southern most) or Morjim (Northern most), or even Utorda (South again). In fact there are many quieter beaches in South Goa all you need to do is look over the map!
  • Just enjoy the culture - there is no other city in India that so warmly welcomes people from across the world; thats the best thing about this haven of beaches - you will blend in without any effort! Just be yourself - thats the way to enjoy a vacation in Goa!
  • Public transport in Goa does not ply so frequently after 5-6 p.m. so pan your travel accordingly. Again bikes are the next cheaper option.
  • The railway station and airports are really far from the main city of Panaji- from airport it takes around 45 mins and railway station is almost 1-1.5hrs far - so brace yourself for a long ride through Goa and if you are a sport you may find it enjoyable too!
  • To taste some authentic Goan food remember to stop by roadside restaurants (dhabas to us North Indians) and cafe's. Especially on the route to South Goa from Panaji you will come across many such eating joints. They are super affordable and super hygenic! A li'l something for the teetotalers - the beer is super cheap and easily available!
  • Almost every beach has a string of shops and a shopaholic may find it hard to resist - some of these quaint outlets have unique stuff. But no matter what! Bargaining is in order! So beware of the prices these li'l shops charge you.
  • Those traveling with their partners or friends may take a bus ride from the main bus stand in Panaji to Morjim beach in the North of Goa. The route is beautiful - you get to see some ancient mansions - some dating back to 1898 - beautifully maintained by the inhabitants. The bus ride maybe tiring but the journey and the destination are worth it!
  • The place is best known for its New year bashes. The peak season is from October to December. But if you don't mind missing on that but do mind saving a couple of bucks then January until 1st week of April provides just as awesome a weather to visit.
  • There are various options for your stay right from hostels to budget hotels to the extravagant ones. Panaji itself offers many options from budget hotels to 3-4 star hotels. Again an online search before hand would be best.
  • If you are on a moderate budget and with friends or your spouse renting a bike for the duration of your holiday to travel around will be the best option. In case you can spare a considerable amount then you may find multiple options of self-drive car rentals. It is advisable to 'google' about it once before hand.
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    Morjim Beach
    Beaches
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    shalinisinha Says:

    Perfect white sand beach with cool water washing ashore; with one of the best shacks in Goa; and a huge Russian crowd.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • If you take a bus to this beach; make sure to catch the last bus which leaves at 5 pm sharp if you dont have plans to stay the night!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Morjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wenzet cottages 08/12/2017
    • Excellent beach 29/11/2017
    • Morjim Beach
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    Canape
    Restaurants (Cafe, Fast food)
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    shalinisinha Says:

    One of the few cafe's that serves food till 2 a.m and in Goa it's normal to be out that late. About the cafe - serves delicious food, has an interesting mix for a menu including some American brunch options along with Indian tadka like naan and dal makhni and also desserts and confectionary.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • For all those who know Cafe Coffee Day or Barista - this one gives a tough competition in taste and price to both the giants!
    From the community
    Ranked #489 of 597 restaurants in Bardez
    • Has detoriated 27/01/2016
    • Go and have Hot Chocolate.. 30/11/2015
    Address:
    Miramar Circle
    Bardez 403001
    India
    Phone:
    +91 83789 79315
    Price range:
    USD 15 - USD 170
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    Utorda Beach
    Beaches
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    shalinisinha Says:

    The quietest of all the beaches and beautiful in its own way!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Traveling by yourself? You will need to keep a lot of patience! Its quiet far and the route is a bit twisted!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Utorda
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Beach 06/12/2017
    • Clean beach and not too crowded 05/12/2017
    • Utorda Beach
    Address:
    Btwn. Majorda and Colva
    Utorda
    India
    Phone:
    +91 88949 15059
    Other:
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    Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
    Architectural Buildings
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    shalinisinha Says:

    For those staying in Panaji its a 5-10 minute walk from your hotel! It is specially beautiful at the night with the roads so quiet little to no traffic. It is serene out there.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • After dinner make sure you stroll around the church - its a different world altogether. And highly romantic too!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 109 things to do in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice model of church architecture 06/12/2017
    • Nice Church 30/11/2017
    • Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
    Address:
    Church Square
    Panjim 403001
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 242 6939
    Other:
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    Delhi Darbar Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian)
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    shalinisinha Says:

    A fine dine in Panaji - serves good food and has a bar too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open only till 11p.m.
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 273 restaurants in Panjim
    • Delicious North Indian food 09/12/2017
    • Nice decor but food average 03/12/2017
    • Delhi Darbar Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    Neurekar House, MG Road
    Near Adidas Showroom, Panaji
    Panjim
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 222 2544
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:30 - 15:30
    19:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Tomb of St. Francis Xavier
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    shalinisinha Says:

    Connected to the Basilica of Bom Jesus; another example of beautiful architecture and a piece of history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 109 things to do in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Incredible 14/11/2017
    • Awesome place 13/11/2017
    • Tomb of St. Francis Xavier
    Address:
    Basilica of Bom Jesus
    Old Goa
    Panjim
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 228 5790
    Other:
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    Colva Beach
    Beaches
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    shalinisinha Says:

    Pretty crowded but known for its water sports. Must see for adventure and thrill lovers - para gliding, water bike - has all.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Colva
    • Crowded Beach 09/12/2017
    • Take 150 mtrs from Main colva beach 09/12/2017
    • Colva Beach
    Address:
    South Goa District
    Colva 403708
    India
    Phone:
    +91 96000 17031
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    Miramar Beach
    Beaches
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    shalinisinha Says:

    Not the best beach to visit; its a little dirty on usual days also and also not the kind of beach where you can sit around but you do get a boat ride from here that takes you around the mandovi river, circles around fort aguada and then moves out a little further towards the Arabian Sea to get you a glimpse of dolphins.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dont expect an up close and personal with the dolphins though.. in fact they are very far in sight and you may find it difficult to notice them in one of two attempts! But rest assure you will see them before the boat turns around.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 109 things to do in Panjim
    • Blissful and serene beach 09/12/2017
    • Loved it 08/12/2017
    • Miramar Beach
    Address:
    3 km from Panaji Centre
    Near Dayanand Bandodker Marg
    Panjim
    India
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    Udupi Tajmahal
    Restaurants (Indian)
    shalinisinha Says:

    A quaint little restaurant known for South Indian cuisine - its a very old restaurant and also very pocket friendly!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 38 restaurants in Mapusa
    • South Indian hotel 09/07/2015
    • #SouthIndia 09/04/2015
    Address:
    Duler Ground Road, Opposite Mapusa Municipal Council
    Mapusa
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 225 0168
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    Old Goa
    Neighbourhoods
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    shalinisinha Says:

    This place is filled with beautiful architecture - read churches. The biggest attractiion in Goa for any history and architecture lover!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It can be a long drive from Panaji but is closer to the Airport and the roads are wide and free from any traffic and quite picturesque once you are riding uphill (yes it's like climbing a small hill). So enjoy the ride!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 109 things to do in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique architecture, history, art and crowds 02/12/2017
    • Old world charm 30/11/2017
    • Old Goa
    Phone:
    +91 88949 17116
    Other:
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    Basilica of Bom Jesus
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    shalinisinha Says:

    One of the major attraction is Old Goa - home to a lot of history!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pls read on to know the dress code to get entry into the church. For men, women and children - no sleeveless or shorts. Should be covered until the knee at the least.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 109 things to do in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Leisure visit 10/12/2017
    • Must see in Old Goa 10/12/2017
    • Basilica of Bom Jesus
    Address:
    Old Goa
    Panjim 403402
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 228 5790
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 18:30
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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