It goes without saying that Goa is the perfect destination for all kinds of travelers. With sun-kissed beaches, vibrant shacks, trance parties, magnificent churches, glorious forts, lip-smacking seafood, and a fine range of hotels in Goa, the party capital of India promises you days and days of fun and leisure. But how do you plan your itinerary if you have just two days to explore this beach-haven?

Relax! Even two days are enough to experience Goa and create everlasting memories. Here’s our list of the best places to visit in Goa in 2 days, along with a few dining and partying options.

Day 1: North Goa

When you are on a 2-day trip, it’s smart to explore the northern part of Goa on the first day and then move to the southern district. Golden beaches, water sports, sizzling nightlife, exquisite architecture, and party hotspots – North Goa is defined by all these and more. Here are our suggestions for Day 1 in Goa.

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada | Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Fort Aguada | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Rising against the waves of the Arabian Sea, Fort Aguada defines magnificence and grandiose. Considered to be the most imposing among all forts in Goa, it was once a prized possession of the Portuguese rulers due to its strategic location. This 17th-century fort offers panoramic views of the wide sea spreading in front of it. A series of prison cells and an ancient lighthouse are the key attractions here. Adding to the appeal of the fort is a secret passageway that was once used during wars and emergencies.

  • Location: Candolim
  • Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, every day

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus | Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Basilica of Bom Jesus | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

The Basilica of Bom Jesus has been adorning the landscape of Goa for more than 400 years. One of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Goa, it boasts of brilliant Baroque architecture. The exteriors of this church display a non-plastered look, which stands in contrast to the ornamented interiors. It houses the mummified body of St. Francis Xavier, which in itself is enough reason to include this grand church in your list of must-see places in Goa on a two-day trip.

Want to know more about this centuries-old edifice? Here’s our blog on why Basilica of Bom Jesus is the best church in Goa to help you out. 

  • Location: Old Goa Road, Bainguinim
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm (Monday to Saturday); 10:30 am to 6:30 pm (Sunday)

Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Calangute Beach | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Considered to be the queen of beaches in Goa, Calangute stretches from Candolim to Baga. This picturesque paradise boasts of golden sands, turquoise water, and a lively vibe. During the day, you can indulge in a number of adventurous water sports here, including parasailing, jet skiing, speed boat rides, water surfing, and banana rides. Come night and Calangute awakens with thrill and fun, thanks to the exciting beach parties held here. Lined with restaurants, shacks, sun decks, and shops, Calangute is definitely one of the best places to visit in Goa on a two-day trip.

Activities: Speed boat rides, Parasailing, Jet skiing, Water surfing, Banana ride 

Dona Paula

Dona Paula | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Dona Paula | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Snuggled on the rocky landscape outlining the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Zuari River, and the Mandovi River, Dona Paula is a spectacular beach in Goa. Small in size but high in natural splendor, the beach has a jetty and offers exceptional views of the Mormugao harbor. Dona Paula was once a fishing village, but now it is a buzzing tourist destination. The Cabo Raj Bhawan and the historic British war-graves cemetery are the key attractions here. While at the beach, you can enjoy a number of water sports.

Activities: Snorkeling, Kayaking, Parasailing, Windsurfing, Yachting, Water-skiing

Mangeshi Temple

Mangeshi Temple | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Mangeshi Temple | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Mangeshi Temple, which dates back to more than 450 years, is among the largest and oldest temples in Goa. Dedicated to Lord Mangesh, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, the temple boasts of splendid architecture, replete with domes, balustrades, and columns. One of the main attractions of this shrine is the seven-story octagonal deep stambha or lamp tower at its entrance. Depicting Goan architectural style, this magnificent tower turns into a breath-taking sight when illuminated with oil lamps on festive nights. Since it is the only temple built in honor of Lord Mangesh in India, do not miss out on exploring this attraction.

  • Location: Mangeshi Village, Priol
  • Timings:  6:00 am to 10.00 pm; every day

Besides these iconic attractions, there are many other places to visit in North Goa. Based on the time you have in hand, you can plan an itinerary and make the most of your trip.

Where to Eat in North Goa

Where to Eat in North Goa | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Where to Eat in North Goa | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

When it comes to food, North Goa has a lot to offer in terms of variety and taste. You can pamper your taste buds at these top restaurants in Goa.

Tuscany Gardens

  • Location: Near Kingfisher Villa, Candolim
  • Timings: 4:00 am to 11:00 pm; closed on Tuesdays
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1000 (approx.)

Spice Goa

  • Location: Satt-Adhar Complex, Mapusa
  • Timings: 11:30 pm to 3:00 pm; 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm; every day
  • Cost for two: ₹ 900 (approx.)

Thalassa

  • Location: Ozran Beach, Vagator
  • Timings: 8:30 am to 1:00 am; every day
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1500 (approx.)

Britto’s Bar and Restaurant

  • Location: Bardez, Baga
  • Timings: 8:30 am to 12:00 midnight; every day
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1400 (approx.)

Where to Party in North Goa

Where to Party in North Goa | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Where to Party in North Goa | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

North Goa is known as the party hub of Goa and for a good reason. Dotted with nightclubs, pubs, and beach party spots, the place buzzes with a spectacular nightlife. Here’s where you can let your hair down when you are in this part of Goa:

Soro – The Village Pub

  • Location:  Vagator, Assagao, Bardez
  • Timings: 6:00 pm to 2:00 am 
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1200 (approx.)

Showbar Exchange

  • Location:  Sinquerim, Candolim
  • Timings: 7:00 pm to 1:00 am 
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1800 (approx.)

Cavala

  • Location: Calangute – Baga Road
  • Timings: 7:30 am to 12:30 am
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1700 (approx.)

Watson’s Grub Pub

  • Location: Candolim
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 1:00 am
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1000 (approx.)

Day 2: South Goa

The magic of South Goa lies in its tranquility and romantic vibe. Along with the natural attractions, there are many man-made wonders to explore as well. Add to that a fine dose of Portuguese culture and you have a complete package to unravel. For your itinerary of the best places to visit in Goa in 2 days, here’s our pick from South Goa:

Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Palolem Beach | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

With its golden sands, scenic vistas, and beach shacks, Palolem counts among the most spectacular beaches in South Goa. You can unleash the adventurer in you by indulging in a number of water sports at this beach. Lined with a flea market and a host of restaurants, the place exudes a relaxed vibe. It is among those few places in Goa where you can party hard minus the noise. Yes, Palolem is where you can party at the silent discos wearing headphones, making it one of the best places to visit in Goa in 2 days.

Activities: Silent Discos, Canoeing, Yoga, Kayaking, Scuba diving, Turtle Spotting, Dolphin Spotting

Indian Naval Aviation Museum

The Indian Naval Aviation Museum is where you can get a glimpse of the fascinating naval aviation history of the country. It embodies an interesting world of huge machines and artifacts related to naval aviation. While here, you can learn a thing or two about life-rafts and their working principles, aircraft ejection system, etc. There’s also a mini-theatre here, where you can enjoy adrenaline-packed movies about naval aviation. And don’t leave the museum without enjoying a cup of hot tea at the in-house café, which is aptly called the Cockpit Café. All in all, it’s one of the most exciting places to visit in South Goa.

  • Location: Bogmalo Road, Dabolim AP Vasco da Gama, Mormugao
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; Closed on Mondays
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 30 (Adults);  ₹ 10 (Children)

Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple

One of the hidden gems in South Goa, Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Mahadev or Lord Shiva. This historical temple dates back to the 12th century and is believed to be the oldest shrine in the whole region. The temple structure depicts the Kadamba-Yadava architectural style and is the only edifice in Goa to exhibit this style today. Built out of basalt stone, the temple is located within a dense forest. The elaborate carvings on the walls make it a visual treat. Local legends say that a huge king cobra rests inside the temple at night, which adds to the mysterious charm of this shrine.

  • Location: Sanguem, Surla
  • Timings:  7:00 am to 5:30 pm; every day

Mollem National Park

Mollem National Park comprises the core area of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. The park showcases an interesting variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and butterflies. Bengal tiger, panther, leopard, spotted deer, sambar, and many other species call this place their home. You can go on a trek through the forested areas and spot a number of birds and animals on your trail. You can also opt for a jungle safari into the deep areas of the park and watch wild animals from close quarters. 

  • Location: Sonaulim
  • Timings: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm; every day
  • Entry fee: ₹ 20 per (Adult); ₹ 10 (Children)

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Dudhsagar Waterfalls | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Dudhsagar Waterfalls | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

The spellbinding Dudhsagar Waterfall is among the most enticing places to visit in Goa. This four-tiered waterfall gushes down a height of 1017 feet. Surrounded by lush green deciduous forests, the white water of the falls seems like a river of flowing milk, which lends the falls its name. During the monsoon season, the waterfall becomes a breath-taking sight to behold. The area boasts of quite a few majestic trails, making it a preferred destination for trekkers.

  • Location: Sonaulim

Where to Eat in South Goa

Where to Eat in South Goa | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Where to Eat in South Goa | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

When it comes to food and dining, South Goa is as exciting as its northern counterpart. You can find restaurants and eating spots that cater to all kinds of tastes and budget. Some of the best places to eat in South Goa are:

Zeebop by the Sea

  • Location: Utorda Beach, Majorda
  • Timings: 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm, 06:30 pm to 10:30 pm; every day
  • Cost for two: ₹ 800

The Space Goa

  • Location: Canacona, Palolem
  • Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; every day
  • Cost for two (approx.): ₹ 500

Martin’s Corner

  • Location: Ranvaddo, Salcete, Betalbatim
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 03:30 pm and 06:30 pm to 11:30 pm; every day
  • Cost for two (approx.): ₹ 1600

The Fisherman’s Wharf

  • Location: Mobor, Cavelossim
  • Timings: 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday); 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight (Friday to Saturday)
  • Cost for two (approx.): ₹ 1100

Where to Party in South Goa

Where to Party in South Goa | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

Where to Party in South Goa | Among The Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2 Days

If it’s a question of enjoying Goa’s nightlife, South Goa definitely has several spots to keep you enthralled. Check out some of the best party spots in the south:

The Red Ginger

  • Location:  Colva
  • Timings: 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm; every day
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1200 (approx.)

Leopard Valley

  • Location:  Palolem
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 3:00 am 
  • Cost for two: ₹ 2000 (approx.)

Edge

  • Location:  Majorda
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 1:00 am; every day
  • Cost for two (approx.): ₹ 2000 (approx.)

The Farmhouse Bar and Bristo

  • Location: Benaulim
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 12:00 am; closed on Mondays 
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1000 (approx.)

With so much to enjoy and explore, you won’t have a dull moment during your two-day trip in Goa. So, pack your bags and get ready to have the best of your time in the land of the sea, sun, and surf.