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3 Days in Goa: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2014

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The state of Goa, the former colonial Portuguese outpost for nearly 500 years, is home to white sand beaches, ancient churches, cobblestone streets and one of the most notoriously wild party scenes in the world. While vestiges of the hippie haven of the 1960s and 70s remain, the coastal state has plenty more to offer the intrepid traveler.

Day 1: Beach Bum

Honeymooners, backpackers and luxury travelers all flock to Goa with a plan to visit the beaches. Highly developed Calangute Beach is the place to be for a lively atmosphere and nearly any water sport you could dream of. If your ideal beach vacation involves more peace, spend the day lounging on the white sands of Palolem or Patnem. For sun and shopping, head over to Anjuna Beach for its weekly Wednesday flea market. Once the sun goes down, get in touch with Goa’s party roots with a night at Baga Beach, where the dancing and revelry continue well into the early hours of the morning.

Day 2: Historic Goa

Dig into Goa’s colonial Portuguese roots with a day in the current capital of Panaji (Panjim) and the former capital in Old Goa (Ela). Start the morning wandering the cobbled streets of Fontainhas and Sao Tome where the old mansions and church buildings date back to the mid-eighteenth century. After lunch, catch an auto rickshaw to Old Goa, once a great trading capital of Asia. Be sure to stop by the Basilica of Bom Jesus, home of the bodily remains of Saint Francis Xavier, founder of the Jesuit order and one of the first missionaries to visit India.

Day 3: Wild Goa


The waters of Goa’s coastline and rivers are teeming with wildlife and natural wonders waiting for you to explore while also offering a chance to escape the beach crowds for the day. New and seasoned divers alike can explore the underwater reefs and shipwrecks just off the coast or go further afield to the clearer waters of Netrani Island. If you’d prefer keeping your head above water, go for some bird watching at the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Alternately, make the trek through Goa’s deciduous forests to Dudhsagar Falls, among the 100 highest waterfalls in the world and home to an abundance of flora and fauna.

Tours & Tickets

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Eco-Adventure in Goa: Crocodile Watching and Bird Spotting with Buffet Lunch

Relax and enjoy the natural wonders of Goa on a backwater cruise along the Cambarjua Canal. With your expert local guide, spot birds overhead and crocodiles ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 6-7 hours

From USD $65.99

Private Tour: Goa by Night Including Mandovi River Cruise and Dinner

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Experience the dynamic city of Panaji both by water and by land on this 6-hour, private evening tour. First, enjoy a scenic cruise on the Mandovi River while ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $60.00

Snorkeling Day Trip and Beach Barbecue in Goa

Perfect for the whole family, this adventure takes you to South Goa for a day of snorkeling, swimming and relaxing. Cruise on the Arabian Sea to Monkey Island, ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.00

Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Gain a deeper insight of Goa’s cultural heritage, Hindu religion and robust cuisine on this private full-day tour. With your guide, visit Ancestral Goa, a ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 7-8 hours

From USD $71.00

Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

Discover Goa’s historical Portuguese influences on this private half-day tour. Learn about Goa’s colonial history as you visit some of the region’s most ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00

Small-Group Dolphin-Watching Cruise from Goa

Spot dolphins doing flips and tricks in the water on this small-group dolphin-watching cruise from Goa. As you cruise along the Arabian Sea, spot brightly ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 4-5 hours

From USD $57.00

Deep-Sea Fishing Trip in Goa

Bring home a fresh catch on this deep-sea fishing trip in Goa, great for fishing enthusiasts and beginners alike. With your expert local guide, board a large, ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $99.99

Private Eco-Tour: Crocodile Watching, Spice Plantation and Elephant Experience in Goa

Appreciate the natural beauty of Goa on this full-day adventure that includes an exciting crocodile-spotting tour, an elephant ride and a spice plantation ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.00

2-Day Private Tour from Goa: Jungle Adventure in Mollem National Park Including Dudhsagar Falls and Jeep Safari

This 2-day trip to Mollem National Park from Goa combines relaxation, adventure and incredible natural scenery. In the morning, immerse yourself in nature as ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $245.99

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