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Three days in Goa is not nearly enough time but may just allow you to hit all the must-see spots! This guide prominently focuses on North Goa in order to minimize travel time yet show you enough to tempt you to come back sooner rather than later!

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

12 Places

7 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Mangeshi Temple

Religious Sites

Sahakari Spice Farm

Farms

Tomb of St. Francis Xavier

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mapusa Friday Bazaar

Flea & Street Markets

Panaji

Destinations

Day 2

Anjuna Market

Flea & Street Markets

Fort Aguada

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Club Cubana

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos

Martin's Corner

Restaurants

Day 3

La Plage

Restaurants

Chapora Beach

Beaches

Thalassa

Restaurants

IshaS26's City Tips

  • The best way to get around Goa is on rental bikes using GPS and of course, for detailed navigation, advice from the friendly locals!
  • Try to include a Friday in your itinerary so you don't miss out on the Friday Local Market.
  • Try going to restaurants that are not directly on the tourist path, where the eating options can be overpriced and often not spectacular.
  • A 10% tip, although not required, is highly appreciated.
  • Try to dress conservatively when visiting religious spots like temples and churches,
  • In Hindu temples, make sure you take off your shoes before entering.
  • When you go street shopping in Goa don't forget to exercise the infamous Indian bargaining skill to get the best deals.
    Day 1
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    Mangeshi Temple
    Religious Sites
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    IshaS26 Says:

    Located in Ponda, the Mangeshi Temple is situated amid beautiful surroundings and is a perfect example of Hindu Goan architecture. This area is also the birth place of the famous singers Lata and Asha Mangeshkar. A visit to this Goan relic is a great way to auspiciously commence your trip to this beautiful city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress conservatively as this is a religious place.
    • Ensure removal of footwear before entering the temple.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 326 things to do in Goa
    • Nice 27/03/2015
    • Spiritual Goa 26/03/2015
    • Mangeshi Temple
    Address:
    Ponda
    India
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 - 7:30
    Other:
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    Sahakari Spice Farm
    Farms
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    IshaS26 Says:

    The Sahakari Spice Farm is also located in Ponda so is the perfect next stop. All types of spices are grown here like cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, bay leaves and curry leaves. A visit to India (known as 'the land of spices') would definitely be incomplete without a visit to a spice farm, where you'll find the guides who will provide you with the explanations of the various spices' uses and properties. Plus, you'll have an opportunity to bathe elephants here! It is not a place many locals visit, but one I would definitely recommend to a tourist on a first trip to Goa to get a feel for the local culture.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a lunch provided at the end of the tour so ensure that you account for this in your time planning.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Ponda
    • spicedddddd 27/04/2015
    • Don't go if you feel strongly about animal welfare 27/04/2015
    • Sahakari Spice Farm
    Address:
    Curti
    Ponda
    India
    Phone:
    +91-832-231-2394
    Other:
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    Tomb of St. Francis Xavier
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    IshaS26 Says:

    The Bom Jesus Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built by the Portuguese when they colonized the region and inside lies the body of St. Francis Xavier, kept here in a tomb which is uncovered every 10 years to display to the public. Although photography is permitted, it is difficult to get a good shot of the casket owing to the height it is placed at. This Basilica is located in old Goa, a charming part of Goa that has a rustic and pre-colonial lure to it.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Mass timings (just in case): weekdays (morning 7am and 8am, evening 6pm); weekends (morning 10.15am).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 96 things to do in Panaji
    • Bom Jesus Church, a MUST SEE 29/04/2015
    • Old Goa Church 26/04/2015
    • Tomb of St. Francis Xavier
    Address:
    Basilica of Bom Jesus
    Old Goa
    Panaji
    India
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    Mapusa Friday Bazaar
    Flea & Street Markets
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    IshaS26 Says:

    This bazaar is great place to spend the late afternoon post sightseeing. It's bustling with a vibrant atmosphere and offers a huge variety of local products at great prices. Just prepare yourself for the crowds and noise levels...basically the full-on local Indian experience!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • This is day-specific (Fridays only) so adjust your itinerary accordingly.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Mapusa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Local market 06/04/2015
    • A place to visit to have local goan sweets & see how goan buy there fish 14/03/2015
    • Mapusa Friday Bazaar
    Address:
    Near Mapusa Municipal Market
    Mapusa
    India
  • Panaji
    Destinations
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    IshaS26 Says:

    Panaji, the capital of Goa, is the ideal place to end Day 1. Pick up your souvenirs here, go to local markets, buy the famous cashew seeds, and possibly grab a glass of the local Vinicola wine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk around, explore, enjoy the sunset, and grab some local fish curry!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Panaji
  • Day 2
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    Anjuna Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    IshaS26 Says:

    Anjuna Market is extremely lively, bustling, and huge. Take time to window shop, bargain and then settle only if you're satisfied with the value for money. The best way to get here is by bike or take a taxi to Baga Beach and then board a water taxi to the market (just off Anjuna beach). When you are finished, you can rest at one of the Anjuna shacks and enjoy a typical beach meal there too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Try to get here in the morning to avoid the harsh afternoon sun.
    • Bargaining is your best friend at this market!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Anjuna
    • Typical flea market in a tourist area 03/05/2015
    • A good experience 01/05/2015
    • Anjuna Market
    Address:
    Anjuna Beach
    Anjuna
    India
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    Fort Aguada
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    IshaS26 Says:

    This Fort was built in the 19th century by the Portuguese and also includes a lighthouse which lies close by. Standing tall on the southern beach of Candolim, it was initially tasked with the defense of shipping and protecting the shoreline, but now provides visitors with a beautiful view of Goa. Fort Aguada allows you to get a glimpse of the Portuguese influence on the Indian state and is a definite must-see on a first trip to Goa — plus, it's free to visit!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Opening hours: every day from 9.30am to 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Sinquerim
    • Fort with a view 01/05/2015
    • wide SEA view, clean fort in Goa 01/05/2015
    • Fort Aguada
    Address:
    Shore of the Mandovi river
    Sinquerim
    India
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    Club Cubana
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
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    IshaS26 Says:

    A 30-minute drive from Fort Aguada, Club Cubana is perched on a hill in Arpora in Goa. I suggest you arrive at sunset to get a good spot and spend the evening here. The view is spectacular and the ambiance is too energetic not to be contagious. The club goes on until the early hours of the morning so it's a great way to unwind after all that sightseeing. Drink, dance, and let loose!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wednesdays are usually ladies' nights!
    • Get there in time to get a good spot.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Arpora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Epic Birthday eve 01/05/2015
    • Lovely Place 25/04/2015
    • Club Cubana
    Phone:
    +91 91 58 257000
    Other:
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    Martin's Corner
    Restaurants
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    IshaS26 Says:

    If you're not into the party scene and just want to enjoy a good local meal, Martin's Corner is the perfect place to unwind from the day's exhaustion. It's popular among tourists and locals alike for its fabulous seafood and lively ambiance. Plus, they often host karaoke nights that are just too fun to miss!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try the lobster here!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 39 restaurants in Colva
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best hotel near Betalbatim 04/05/2015
    • An ideal Goan experience 02/05/2015
    • Martin's Corner
    Address:
    69, Binwaddo, Near Hotel Alila Diva
    Betalbatim
    Colva 400021
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 288 0413
    Other:
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    La Plage
    Restaurants (French)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    Start your third day with breakfast at La Plage nestled in Ashwem, a beautiful beach that provides a welcome contrast to the commercial beaches that have become common in Goa. The French food at La Plage perfectly compliments its gorgeous ambiance. It also has an exclusive beach where you can go for a swim, which makes spending a morning here perfect!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I recommend this place for its continental breakfast.
    • I would suggest making a reservation in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 18 restaurants in Mandrem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful French restaurant above lovely beach - great sunsets. 01/05/2015
    • Great food, great ambience 28/04/2015
    • La Plage
    Address:
    Ashwem Beach, Morjim
    Near Papa Jolly Hotel
    Mandrem 403512
    India
    Phone:
    +91 98 22 121712
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 8:30
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    Chapora Beach
    Beaches
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    IshaS26 Says:

    A great place to continue sunbathing is Chapora Beach: a quieter beach with its own unique charm. One of my must-visit places every time I go to Chapora is the Chapora Juice Center — if you do decide to find it, I highly recommend trying the fresh strawberry juice — simple yet perfect!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ask the locals for directions to the juice center.
    • Chapora Beach is a great place to witness the beautiful Goan sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Arpora
    • Nice one 21/04/2015
    • Not Many Indian Tourists to Bother You! 17/04/2015
    • Chapora Beach
    Address:
    North Goa District
    Arpora 403001
    India
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    Thalassa
    Restaurants (Greek)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    Thalassa is one of my favorite restaurants in Goa for its stunning ambiance — I would definitely recommend it for watching a sunset and the ultimate in dining relaxation. The cuisine is Greek, which may be a bit odd to indulge in when in Goa, but I promise you the atmosphere is not to be missed, especially if you're on a romantic getaway! Surprisingly, the food stays quite true to its Greek roots without adding too much of an Indian twist to it, which I quite like.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not over-order on main dishes as the portion sizes are usually quite large.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 21 restaurants in Vagator
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just too good - ambience & food. One of its kind in Goa. 04/05/2015
    • Birthday evening well spent 01/05/2015
    • Thalassa
    Address:
    Small Vagator Beach, Ozran Anjuna
    Near Anjuna Police Station
    Vagator 403509
    India
    Phone:
    +91 98 50 033537
    Other:
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