Goa, with its sunny beaches, seafood, nightlife, parties, flea markets, majestic forts, and age-old churches exudes an enticing vibe that is hard to resist. It is the ultimate travel destination where you can indulge in a wide range of activities on land as well as in water. Unsurprisingly, it can get a bit overwhelming to decide what to do and what to visit once you check in at your hotels in Goa. Do you want some help to prepare your itinerary that included all the top things to do in Goa?

Read on. Here’s a curated list of places, activities, and experiences you must not miss out on your beach holiday in Goa.

Things to do in Goa:

1. Indulge in Beach Fun

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Think of Goa and the first thing that comes to mind is beaches, right? One of the best things to do in Goa is to explore its exquisite beaches where you can indulge in sunbathing, water sports, sundown parties, and so much more. There is a long list of beaches in Goa speckled across its northern and southern parts. Here are our suggestions:

  • Best Beaches in North Goa
    • Baga Beach
    • Anjuna Beach
    • Calangute Beach
    • Candolim Beach
    • Arambol Beach
    • Sinquerim Beach
    • Vagator Beach
  • Best Beaches in South Goa
    • Palolem Beach
    • Agonda Beach
    • Colva Beach
    • Benaulim Beach
    • Butterfly Beach

While some of these beaches remain crowded with tourists, there are a few less-crowded beaches in Goa for those who prefer some quiet moments away from the major hubs.

2. Explore the Majestic Forts in Goa

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Goa is dotted with a number of spectacular forts that exemplify magnificence, architectural brilliance, and the region’s glorious past. But more than anything else, the forts in Goa offer you breath-taking views of the surroundings. Our suggestions include:

Forts in North Goa

Fort Aguada

  • Key attractions: An old lighthouse, prison cells, exotic sunset view
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm; every day

Chapora Fort

  • Key attractions: Fascinating view of Vagator Beach
  • Timings: 24×7

Reis Magos Fort

  • Key attractions: Cultural and Heritage Centre
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays)

Corjuem Fort

  • Key attractions: Spellbinding views of the Corjeum River and the area beyond it
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Forts in South Goa

Cabo de Rama Fort

  • Key attractions: Church of Santo Antonio
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Mormugao Fort

  • Key attractions: An abandoned chapel, amazing views of traditional fishing boats lining up the Varca Beach  
  • Timings: 24×7

3. Visit the Mummy of Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus

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A mummy is something you wouldn’t expect to see in India unless you are visiting the Basilica of Bom Jesus. This spectacular church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Goa and is known for its architectural brilliance. Steeped in history, this 400-year-old structure features non-plastered exterior and ornamented interiors. The key highlight of this church is the mummified body of St. Francis Xavier that remains encased in a silver casket here.

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

4. Check out the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Goa

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Goa is as much about history and heritage as it’s about beaches and parties. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Goa testify to the rich heritage and colonial legacy of the region.  Spend some time at these heritage sites in Old Goa to experience the spiritual and architectural grandeur the land is known for.

  • Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina
  • Saint Catherine’s Chapel
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Church of Saint Augustine
  • Church of Saint Cajetan

Want to know more about these famous places of worship? Read our blog on the churches in Goa.

5. Pay a Visit to the Historical Temples

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When you are done with beach hopping and partying, set some time aside to explore the majestic temples in Goa. Yes, Goa has quite a few wonderful temples that tick the boxes for architectural splendor, spiritual glory, and tranquillity. Here are our top picks:

Mangeshi Temple

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

Shanta Durga Temple

  • Location: Kavalem Village, Ponda
  • Timings:  5:00 am to 10:00 pm

Mahadev Temple

  • Location: Sanguem, Surla
  • Timings:  5:00 am to 10:00 pm

Chandreshwar Bhoothnath Temple

  • Location: Paroda, Quepem taluka
  • Timings:  5:30 am to 8:30 pm

Brahma Temple

  • Location: Valpoi, Satari
  • Timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saptakoteshwar Temple

  • Location: Narve, Bicholim
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.

6. Go Pubbing and Clubbing

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When you are in Goa, you can never be too far away from a club or pub where you can unwind with your favorite drink in hand. So, here comes our pick of the best nightclubs and pubs in Goa:

SinQ Night Club

  • Location: Candolim, North Goa
  • Timings: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1800 (approx.)

Café Mambo

  • Location: Tito’s Lane, Baga, North Goa
  • Timings: 8:00 pm to 3:30 am
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1500 (approx.)

Cantare

  • Location: Saligao, North Goa
  • Timings: 6:30 pm to 1:00 am
  • Cost for two: ₹ 800 (approx.)

Cohiba

  • Location: Sinquerim, North Goa
  • Timings: 4:00 pm to 2:00 am
  • Cost for two: ₹ 1500 (approx.)

Leopard Valley

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

Edge

  • Location:  Majorda, South Goa
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 1:00 am
  • Cost for two: ₹ 2000 (approx.)

7. Wine and Dine like a Local

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It’s said that the best way to discover a place is through its food. When you are in Goa, you can pamper your taste buds with a whole lot of seafood and Goan delicacies and other delights. Here comes our list of the best restaurants in Goa:

Tuscany Gardens

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

Spice Goa

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

Britto’s Bar and Restaurant

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

The Fisherman’s Wharf

  • Location: Cavelossim, South Goa
  • 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

8. Try Your Luck at a Casino

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How about wooing lady luck during your Goan trip? The casinos in Goa are where you can seek her out. Most of them are floating casinos located around the state capital Panaji, where a world full of games, entertainment, and fun awaits you. Here are details of the top casinos in Goa and their approximate entry fees:

  • Deltin Royale (₹ 1500 to ₹ 8000)
  • Casino Pride (₹ 1500 to ₹ 2000)
  • Deltin Jaqk (₹ 2500 to ₹ 3500)
  • Casino Palms (₹ 1000 onwards)

Want to know more about these establishments and their facilities? Check out our blog on the best casinos in Goa.

9. Enjoy the Thrill of Water Sports

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The beaches in Goa are a haven for thrill seekers. You can unleash the adventurer in you by indulging in a variety of water sports across various beaches. Take a look at where all the fun awaits you:

  • Water Skiing (Baga, Majorda, and Mobor Beach)
  • Kite Surfing (Arambol Beach, Morjim Beach, Mondego Bay)
  • Scuba Diving (Grand Island, Pigeon Island)
  • White Water Rafting (Tilari River, Mandovi River)
  • Windsurfing (Calangute, Vagator, and Colva Beach)
  • Wakeboarding and Kneeboarding (Candolim Beach, Mobor Beach)
  • Kayaking (Hollant Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Backwaters of Zuari, Sal, and Mandovi)
  • Jet Skiing (Calangute, Candolim, Majorda, and Miramar Beach)
  • Banana Boat Rides (Anjuna, Candolim, Vagator, Miramar and Agonda Beach)
  • Parasailing (Arambol, Baga, and Dona Paula Beach)
  • Snorkeling (Grand Island, Bat Island, and Navy Island)

Besides these, there is a wide range of fun and adventurous activities for youngsters. Check out our blog on fun things to do in Goa for more details.

10. Learn about Goa’s Glorious History at the Goa State Museum

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Curious to learn a thing or two about the fascinating history and heritage of Goa? The Goa State Museum is where you can discover a remarkable collection of artifacts and exhibits that depict the saga of Goa’s past in a captivating manner. The museum features over 8000 relics including bronze artworks, coins, Jain sculptures, and rock statues, among others.

  • Location: Panaji
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm; closed on Saturdays and Sundays

11. Visit the Naval Aviation Museum

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Have you ever wondered how naval aviation has evolved in India? Plan a visit to the Naval Aviation Museum in South Goa to discover more about the world of naval aviation. Besides other things, you can take a look at some of the huge machines on display here and also watch short documentaries at the mini theater located within the museum.

  • Location: Vasco da Gama
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed on Mondays
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 30 for adults; ₹ 10 for kids 

12. Have a Tryst with Dolphins

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One of the fun things to do in Goa is to hire a boat and venture into the deep blue Arabian Sea for an early morning rendezvous with dolphins. Yes, you can actually go on a dolphin safari and watch the lovely water beasts diving in and out of the water in all their majestic grace.  

  • Location: Baga Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Morjim Beach
  • Cost: ₹ 500 per adult (approx.)

 13. Witness the Breath-taking Beauty of Dudhsagar Falls

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Dudhsagar is a gorgeous waterfall that dances down a height of 1017 feet. This four-tiered waterfall is surrounded by verdant greenery. During the monsoons, it seems like a sea of milk is flowing down and presents a spectacular sight to behold. You can also trek along the scenic trails surrounding this waterfall.

  • Location: Sonaulim

14. Shop at the Anjuna Flea Market

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If collecting knick-knacks and souvenirs is your thing, then shopping at the Anjuna Flea Market is something you must not miss out on. This famous weekly market is a lively place buzzing with stalls selling all sorts of stuff, right from handicrafts and garments to hammocks and jewelry. Adding to the lively ambiance of the place are live music and great food stalls. But do not forget to bargain hard when making a deal.

  • Location: Anjuna
  • Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; every Wednesday
  • What to Buy: Garments, Souvenirs, Footwear, Jewelry, Tibetan Goods  

15. Go on a Jungle Safari at the Mollen National Park

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Away from the sunny and sandy beaches, the Mollen National Park stands as a green haven in Go. The park covers the core area of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. The best way to explore this park is to go on an open jeep jungle safari. You can spot a variety of animals, reptiles, birds, and butterflies here, including the Bengal tiger, sambar, leopard, spotted deer, etc.

  • Location: Sonaulim
  • Timings: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 20 per adult; ₹ 10 per children

16. Relax with a Therapeutic Massage

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A holiday in Goa is all about relaxing and rejuvenating, right? That’s why we say one of the best activities to do in Goa is to let go of all your anxieties and relax with a spa massage. You will find several spas and salons that offer massages and holistic healing in Goa. Our top suggestions include:

  • Spa by Clarins (Bardez)
  • Snip Salons and Spas (Calangute)
  • Zaara Spa and Salon (Bardez)
  • Warren Tricomi (Bardez)

17. Enjoy a Silent Party

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There’s no denying that Goa is all about beach parties. But here we are talking about a one-of-its-kind beach party at Palolem. Well, it has all the glitz, glamour, and fun of any regular party. The only difference is that you dance to the beats wearing headphones. And that is why it’s called a silent party!

  • Location: Silent Noise Club, Palolem Beach
  • Timings: 9:00 pm to 4:00 am; on Saturdays
  • Charges: ₹ 600 including the cost for headphones 

18. Watch a Tiatr

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A tiatr is a Konkani play or drama, full of dance, music, political satire, and comedy. This traditional art form is famous for its liveliness and captivating stories. A form of musical theatre, this quintessential Goan experience is something you must not miss out on your Goan trip.

  • Location: Hanuman Theatre in Mapuca, Kala Academy in Panjim, Ravindra Bhavan in Margao

19. Visit a Spice Plantation

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A visit to the spice plantations in Goa is a sensory experience that will stay with you long after you have left the party capital of India. A walk through the plantations of black pepper, cardamom, cloves, and several other spices can be a therapeutic experience in itself. If you are a nature lover, you will love this activity.

  • Top Spice Plantation Tours in Goa: Tropical Spice Plantation, Pascoal Spice Farm, Savoi Spice Plantation, Sahakari Spice Farms

20. Get a Tattoo Done

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The best souvenir you can take back from Goa is a tattoo, a permanent reminder of your memorable time in this sand and surf paradise. There are several tattoo parlors in Goa where you can get the most fascinating designs etched on your body. If you are not adventurous enough for it and yet want one, you can also go for a temporary tattoo. Some of the top tattoo studios in Goa are:

  • Dragon Ink Tattoo Studio (Calangute)
  • Krish Tattoo Studio (Calangute)
  • Sandy Tattoo Studio (Calangute)
  • Moksha Tattoo Studio (Calangute)
  • Inkfidel Tattoos (Assagao)

The list of things to do in Goa doesn’t end here. From cruises and houseboat rides on the Chapora River to cooking classes and hot air balloon rides, there is so much more to explore and experience. So, the best thing to do is to pack your bags and head off to Goa, and surrender yourself to all these experiences. Raed also – Places to Visit in Gao