Goa State

Goa – 2 Day Trip

We require 2 days minimum to see Goa. One day for North Goa and one day for south Goa. Do not book AC ticket in going by train as you will not be able to see the beautiful scenery and waterfalls round.

Day 1 (North Goa) – 1 hour cruise with live music in river Mandovi -Fort Aguada-Lunch break- Calangute and Baga beach joint – Vegator and Anjuna beach joint

Day 2 (South Goa and old Goa) – Ancestral Goa -Shanta Durga temple- Mangueshi Temple-Lunch break- St. Xavier Church – Dona Paula-Colava beach

Which train route to choose?

If you choose Mangaluru to Vasco or Madgaon you can see beautiful ““Coastal Western Ghat” (Chennai Exp shooting places) and Doodh Sagar as well while if you book via Hubbali you can see “Dhoodh Sagar water falls” on way.

The snap taken from train compartment

I had booking with hotel Starling Varca which is in South Goa. North and South Goa ambiance diifers like North pole and South pole. They are typically contrast which is normally unusual with any other places in India.

Hotel-Sterling-Varca in Night. It is in South Goa and walking distance is White sand beach. Food is costly but 2 -3 good restaurants nearby. Staff and eco is very good and calm.

Wife swimming in Sterling Varca swimming pool

Difference between North and South Goa (My personal experience)

  1. North Goa is much crowded (still less than other cities of India) while South Goa is sparsely populated.
  2. North Goa has lot of average and star hotels while South Goa has luxurious hotels in beautiful greenery around. People stay in South Goa to spend some calm and secluded vacation while North Goa if they like lively and hustle bustle.
  3. In North Goa the transport is cheaper while is South Goa the daily city tour taxis are at least 3 times costlier. If you are in South Goa better go to Panjim by bus and take taxi or daily sight seeing buses in North Goa. If you are staying in South Goa go to Margao by taxi and take taxi from Margao and take daily sight seeing buses. We had taken Paulo Tourist center buses for 2 days.
  4. North Goa is famous for Mandovi cruise, Off shore and on shore Casinos (entry fee Rs. 2500), Forts, beaches. While South Goa is famous for temples and beaches.
  5. The beaches in North Goa are much crowded as compared to South Goa.
  6. You can get all types of foods in North and South Goa. We liked the north Indian food served by them. Very tasty.

Sea beaches in Goa do not need any introduction.  I am just sharing the pictures which our local one day tourist bus took us. The time given on each beach was 30 minutes.

Temple- The bus took us to about 4-5 temples. I am just sharing foto of one temple here.

Folk dance at cruise. Local bus tour charges separately for 1.5 hour cruise. In cruise Indian and Portuguese folk dances are presented with anchor. All are requested to participate in dances.

Couple dance at cruise- Mandatory to dance there

Dona Paula beach. It is one of the good and evening walk to see sea beauty. beaches, From here Kamal Hassan had committed suicide in film “Ek Duje Ke Liye”.

Francis Xavier Church constructed in 1592 AD. So this is 500 years old church.

Coffin of Saint Francis Xavier, a Spanish who came to India in 1542 AD. He died of fever in China while preaching Christianity. Yes the face is visible in the coffin.

The three sister-in-laws at Varca Beach

Calgute- Baga beach

The three sister-in-laws at Colava Beach

Vagator-Anjana beach

Epilogue

Goa is famous for beaches. In season from October till March we can see here tourists from all over world specially from Portugal. Also Xavier Francis church and Aguada fort is visited by all without fail.

If I were to spend 7 days of vacation I will come to this place
"After my travels all India and abroad, I can say Uttarakhand is Switzerland of India. In
                  Uttarakhand The Land of Gods -

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