5 Tips And A Sample Itinerary For A Short Trip To North Goa

Goa offers a wide variety of experiences. You can choose what you want to do based upon your interests. But so many choices can also leave you overwhelmed and confused, specially if you want the best experiences in a limited number of days.

Here are my top 5 tips on how to plan a short trip to Goa.

  1. Goa has hot and humid weather so it is better to plan your afternoons (12 noon to about 4 pm) at a covered place like a church or a museum rather than the beach or an open fort.
  2. The sea is towards the west of Goa so sunsets are a sight to behold. It is better to be at the beach or a sundowner restaurant or a breezy fort with water view during the sunset to enjoy its beauty.
  3. Goa has great nightlife, so it is better not to plan your days from early in the morning as it will get quite hectic after a late night.
  4. Goa has narrow roads. Hired Two wheeler are the best way to travel here. If you are travelling with kids or old people, it is better to hire a car.
  5. Travel light– It will be easier for you to move around even on the day of you check-in or Check-out. Because of the hot weather and casual attitude of Goa, small light clothes are good enough. To know more about what to pack for Goa please click here.

Here is a sample itinerary for North Goa so that you are at the right place at the right time without a lot of running around. It also has tips on how to plan attractions in the same area to be visited on the same day to avoid a lot of travelling .

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10 Things-To-Do In Goa, You Just Can’t Miss

Though Goa is the smallest state, it is the favorite destination of a large percentage of international and domestic tourists of India.

What makes Goa unique and attractive for holidaymakers?

The biggest reason is the easy going attitude of Goa. No one is in a hurry, no one minds what you wear or do and they all love music, dance and partying. Getting smiles from strangers is not uncommon here, at the same time being checked by a stranger for not following civic rules (like walking on the road instead of the footpath or littering) is also not uncommon.

Goa offers a unique potpourri of rich ancient and medieval history, beautiful beaches, lip smacking uncommon dishes, vibrant wild and marine life and happening party and shopping destinations.

Here is a list of top 10 tourist attractions in Goa.

In this list of “what to do in Goa”, I have divided the must-visit places into categories and explained each category in detail.  Also provided are google map lists of best places to go for each category.

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What To Pack For Goa

It makes better sense to travel light and have more backpacks and less suitcases when  travelling to Goa. Even your little ones can carry lighter stuff in their tiny backpacks. Don’t worry about ruining the iron of your cotton clothes we provide iron box in our apartments.

Carry more backpacks and less suitcases when travelling to Goa
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Goa has tropical climate and casual chilled out attitude. Hence, it is easy to pack light for Goa as you do not need to carry any formal or woolen clothes or shoes.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right things to pack.

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8 Museums Of Goa That Will Amaze You

Do you know about the interesting (sometimes not so pleasant) history of Goa or the fact that Goa is also home to the Naval Aviation Command of the Indian Navy or about the science museum and planetarium in Goa? Here is a list of 8 interesting museums and heritage houses of Goa that tell you about  the state, its history, its culture and its uniqueness like no one else does. Here is a link to this list on google maps

1. Museum Of Goa, Pilerne, Bardez

A museum of contemporary art, barely 6 km from Fun Holidays Goa- Calangute and 8 km from Fun Holidays Goa- Arpora, this three-storied museum has colourful exhibits, paintings, photographs and other forms of interesting contemporary art. I was specially intrigued by his collection on Mahatma Gandhi, on the third floor.

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6 Most Famous Churches of Goa

Imagine Goa and you will see either the beaches or its churches. Goa is defined by its churches.

The Goan population is 25% Christian. Though there are some proofs of Christianity in Goa before the Portuguese came here but building grand churches and Christian practices started only after the Portuguese conquest of Goa in 1510 AD. Majority of the then, Hindu population of Goa was converted by the Portuguese.

The Portuguese are gone, but the majestic churches remain and are still functional. Apart from the interesting (sometimes not so pleasant) history of Goa, you will also be fascinated by the art and architecture of the renaissance period displayed in the churches.

Here is list of the most famous churches of Goa. Click here for a link to this list on Google Maps.

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