A quick travel guide for South Goa

South Goa

Overview 

Beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees, azure water, and the sparkling sun in the backdrop are just a piece of beauty that Goa holds. The coastline is lined with green landscape and adds beauty to the beach capital of India. With all these beautiful attractions Goa has become the biggest tourist destination. 

Goa is divided into parts North and South Goa. North Goa offers lively holiday destinations. If you are looking for a holiday destination to spend time with your friends and family, Goa offers all these elements to spend a perfect holiday.

South Goa sightseeing is a quiet place with less crowded beaches, just like North Goa was decades ago. If you are looking for a holiday destination away from the loud noise, with scenic beaches including Galgiba beach which is famous as a nesting home of Olive Ridley turtles, Clova beach, and Palolem beach which are all away from the tourist crowds and have peaceful environment and scenic places worth seeing.

South Goa sightseeing will allow you to explore the beauty of quiet and calm South Goa.

All about South Goa

How to reach South Goa

You can take a flight to reach Goa and then take a taxi to reach your hotel. You can also get here by railway, Madgaon is the main railway station in South Goa. You can reach Madgaon from Mumbai. 

Where to Stay

There are many staying options in South Goa. While on the South Goa sightseeing journey you can stay at these places and spend a memorable holiday. These stay options include Luxury hotels, Secluded Beach Views, Heritage Villas, Environmentally-Friendly Concepts, etc.

Luxury Hotels

The majority of luxury hotels in Goa are located in South Goa. These are mostly in the vicinity of Varca, Mordor, and Cavelossim beaches. These beaches are famous for fishing and are very clean and unspoiled. Very popular luxury hotels include Taj Exotica Resort, and Spa, ITC Grand, Zuri White Sands, Alila Diwa, The Leela, and the Lalit Golf and Spa Resort.

Secluded Beach Views

The Dwarka Eco Beach resort has many stylish cottages, The Cape Goa has beautiful nine sea-facing cottages near Cabo De Rama fort and many more cottages where you can experience the beauty of beaches while staying in luxury hotels and cottages.

Heritage Villas

Turiya Villa and Vivenda dos Palhacos are among the beautiful heritage villas in South Goa. Vivenda is a 100-year-old Goan villa in Canacona town and lies near Patnem and Palolem beaches. This villa is an ideal place where you can spend a memorable holiday with your family or friends, you can even book the entire villa if you wish. Vivenda dos Palhacos is a beautiful place near Majorda beach. This is a perfect place to experience a beautiful and different side of Goa.

Environmentally-Friendly Concepts

You can stay in a Chic tipi by the Galhibag river at La Mangrove in the south of Patnem. You can enjoy your holidays in these comfortable tipis. You can also enjoy staying amidst the jungle guesthouse and enjoying the delicious food served by the vegetarian cafe with some melodious music. Bhakti Kurtir is a beautiful coconut grove near Palolem beach. It has eco-friendly cabanas that are made up of natural materials. You can also heal your body, and mind at the Ayurveda center and get yoga lessons.

Explore the Beaches

Agonda Beach

Agonda beach is adjacent to Palolem beach. If you wish to spend a calm and quiet holiday trip in an isolated environment, then Agonda beach is the best choice, as it remains isolated throughout the year. While spending a quiet holiday on Agona beach, if you feel like celebrating or going to a party, you can go to Leopard valley which is a nightclub located about 4.4 km from Agonda beach. 

Palolem Beach

Palolem beach is a crescent-shaped beach. You can easily see both ends of the beach while standing in the middle of the beach. There are many accommodation options on this beach, so even if you forget to advance book your stay, there won’t be any problem. This beach is famous for its good nightlife. You can enjoy the silent noise party at Neptune Point while on this beach 

In addition to having a great nightlife, Palolem Beach hosts a “Silent Noise Party” at Neptune Point. You can also indulge in activities like snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and paddling.

Patnem Beach

Patnem beach lies to the south of Palolem beach and you can reach there within 5 minutes. You can experience a perfect blend of entertainment and relaxation. Surrounded by two cliffs Patnem beach offers a perfect environment to enjoy a perfect holiday. 

Galjibag Beach

Galjibag beach lies at a distance of just 15 minutes to the south of Patnem beach. This beach serves as a breeding sight for Olive Ridley turtles. This beach remains beautiful and untouched by any structures. Enjoy the beauty of the beach lined with beautiful Casuarina trees and treat your taste buds with fresh seafood from the nearby river.

What to Do 

Explore Old Portuguese Mansions

You can explore the magnificent old Portuguese mansions that are open to the public while on your South Goa sightseeing tour. You can find these mansions in Chandor, Loutolim, and Quepem.

Visit Goa Chitra Museum

You can enjoy the traditional farming style of Goa at Chitra Museum which is located in Benaulim. There are more than 4,000 artifacts on the display which include many farming equipments and many kitchen utensils. You can also experience using these pieces of equipment at the organic farm that lies next to the museum. There is a separate section called Goa Chakra that has about 70 unique carts, carriages, and palanquins brought from all across India. This beauty was built using repurposed doors, pillars, and windows of more than 300 demolished traditional houses. 

Enjoy a hot air balloon ride

While on South Goa Sightseeing, you can go on Tiger balloon safaris. These are early morning hot air balloon flights that take you over South Goa. You can enjoy these beautiful hot air balloon rides from mid-October to mid-May.

Where to Eat

Goan Cuisine Restaurants

The restaurants offer delicious fish curry and rice. You can enjoy the delicious Goan cuisine at these restaurants. Martin’s Corner is the most famous restaurant in Betalbatim. It has been set up since 1989. The specialty of this restaurant is seafood which is prepared using family-made spices. There is another famous restaurant called Fisherman’s Wharf which is located by the banks of the Sal river in Cavelossim. Its specialty is seafood and Goan fusion cuisine. You can also visit restaurants like MArtins, Peppers Gourmet Cusine, and Chef Fernando’s Nostalgia. All these famous restaurants offer delicious seafood and Goan and Portuguese-Goan cuisine.

Conclusion

South Goa is a paradise for nature and food lovers. The calm and secluded beaches offering scenic views, the luxury hotels that offer an amazing stay option, and the famous restaurants that offer delicious and lips-smacking Goan dishes will make your holiday trip to South Goa worthwhile.

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