Heading to Goa and want to plan your trip in best possible way? Let me tell you how, few weeks back Me with my 3 friends visited Goa and it was really an amazing experience. So I decided to share my personal experience on how to spend your holidays with your friends in Goa.
In India, Teenagers are more likely to visit Goa because of beaches, cheap booze, gorgeous girls!
Goa is divided in two parts : North Goa & South Goa. Goa is famous for its 20+ beaches and Portuguese architectural style. There you will find many foreign tourist almost in every street of North Goa.
Goa is a state with an approx area of 3700 Square Km with a perimeter of 260 km out of which 120 km is coastline
How to Reach Goa?
Goa has one Airport i.e Vasco-da-gama and three railway stations (Madgoan, Vasco and Thivim) and two major bus depots Madgoan and Panjim.
We boarded train Marusagar Express from Ratlam to Thivim which runs from Ajmer to Ernakulam. It was a journey of almost 24 hours. Then from Thivim we boarded on bus to Mapusa and from there we boarded another bus which has taken us to our destination Calangute (North Goa).
NB: To search for train to Goa, you have to enter Madgoan in destination as there is no station called Goa.
Things You Must have in your Bag (Packing Tips for Goa)
Few things you must have include in your packing bag are:
- Take a pair of shoes and a pair of slippers for beaches
- Few pair of shorts (around 3-4)
- Jeans (if you are likely to visit Casinos)
- One or two swimwear
- Shampoo and conditioners
- Suns cream
- MP3 Player or few books (helps while travelling)
- DSLR (Camera) to capture all the moments
- Portable Speakers as most of the places close by 3 AM
- Your Driving License (Transport is costly, best and cheapest alternative is to rent bike)
- First-aid box for any kind of emergency
How to Get the best Deal without Compromising with Quality in Goa?
Major part of expenditure in Goa would most likely be Accommodation, Transport, Food. We were 4 people and the trip goes quite well if you are in a pair or in even number.
Good hotel within a 1km radius of popular beaches like Calangute and Bagha will cost you around Rs. 2500 with some little negotiation. But we have taken PG and it cost us Rs 1000 per day for stay. As we were 4 people so the cost goes down to Rs 250. For 5 days the total cost for accommodation was Rs. 1250 per head, which is quite reasonable for students too.
Best and cheapest way to explore Goa is rent bikes, Taxis are over priced and charge Rs. 25/Km. Bikes in Goa will cost you around 300-500 depends on type of bike you take for rent. Activa will cost Rs.300 while Avenger will cost you around Rs. 400. Fuel cost is over and above that.
If you have a tight budget it is better not to go for expensive shacks and restaurant every time. There are plenty of good restaurants outside the beaches. A good meal should not cost you Rs. 600 /day/head. Booze are very cheap – a can of beer (Kingfisher, Tuborg, Carlsberg) will not cost more than Rs. 50. Whiskey and Vodka (Vat69 & Smiranoff) will cost around Rs. 400-600.
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How to Plan Goa Trip and Spend 5 Days in Goa
Make sure that your Trip include Saturday and Tuesday in your trip so that you don’t miss anything. Here is how I spent my 5 days in Goa.
Day 1 :Saturday
We reached our room and got our bikes at Calangute near around 2 PM, after taking rest of 3-4 hours, straightly we went to Calangute beach to enjoy the eve. After that we went to Arpora (Saturday Night Market) near Anjuna.
Specialty of Saturday Night Market: Here one may find everything from Indian stalls selling spices, teas, Kashmiri carpets, silver jewelry to international designers from all over the world with there unique collection. While in central stage they host live performance which changes every week. Performance are varied ranging from Classical Indian to Rock, Vocalist and sometimes Fire Dancers!
Day 2: Sunday
After having breakfast we went to Baga, Anjuna, Morjim & Vagator beach all in one go as all were near to each other. While returning back in evening we went to Aguada Fort “A fort-cum-lighthouse build by the Portuguese in 1613” to enjoy sunset.
After taking some rest we straightly went to Club Cubana situated in Arpora Hills. Club Cubana is considered as the best night club in Goa and possibly in India too. It levies a cover charge of Rs. 400 and gives unlimited drinks all night out. Also it offers Bikini Competition, Pool games and many other activities inside the premises.
Day 3: Monday
Monday we have to wake up early in morning, as we have to travel around 85 kms to reach Dudh Sagar Waterfall. With bike it took us around 150 minutes to reach waterfall. While travelling towards South Goa, don’t forget to wear your helmet otherwise you might have to pay fine.
At Dudh Sagar fall you have to pay Rs. 400 per person to travel further 15 km to reach the waterfall as no personal vehicles are allowed beyond a certain point.
NB: It will took your entire day, so if you don’t have enough days. Leave it.
Day 4: Tuesday
After taking proper rest we went to Condolim beach for Water Sports there we did Paragliding, Bumpi Ride, Banana Ride and Jet Ski Ride and the whole package cost was around Rs. 1700 per head. I really enjoyed Paragliding and Bumpi Ride.
Later in evening we went to Shiva Valley in South Anjuna, every Tuesday they have Russian Mafia’s Party as seen in Go Goa Gone. You can also visit Monkey Valley situated in North Goa for the same.
Same day in Night we went to Tito’s lane, best lane in Goa to hang out in night, you will find many clubs over there. Tattoo shops almost everything in a single lane.
Day 5: Wednesday
Our last day in Goa to hangout, we have to wake up early in morning as we were going for Island trip and it consume around half of your day. In Island trip you will be taken to another Island which is situated somewhere in Arabian Sea and will take around 1 hour to reach that island.
There you will be offered unlimited food and booze, you can do fishing, diving and lot many things over there.
Later that day we went to Casino in Panjim 13 km from our room, we did enjoyed there even cried later 🙂
NB: Never take your Debit/Credit Card with you inside Casinos.
Places one must Visit in Goa:
There are so many beaches in Goa but some are worth visiting.
North Goa: Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Condolim, Morgim & Vagator
South Goa: Colva & Palolem
2. Forts & Churches:
Chapora Fort featured in movie Dil Chahta Hai, Aguada Fort. Basilica of Bom Jesus: Built in 1605, contains the tomb and the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception – It has been shown in many movies like Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahani, Mujhse Shadi Karogi and many more.
There are many clubs in Goa but some are best like Club Cubana, Mambo’s, Tito’s Club
In Panjim one can find all Casino’s of Goa, casinos are on the Cruise except few which are situated on land. Famous Casino of Goa are: Deltin Jack, Deltin Royal, Casino Carnival and many more.
Some Rules You Must Follow in Goa:
- Respect the people of Goa, don’t dare to fight or start struggling with them.
- Show some respect to Goa Traffic while driving, follow the lane traffic if you are on 4 wheeler.
- Do not pollute the area, it is a tourist place and attraction. If caught you will be taken to task.
- Always Carry your driver license.
- Do not drink and drive (I have been caught by traffic police twice but I wasn’t drunk both the time)
- Don’t Hyper, number of places you visit doesn’t matter. The thing which matters the most is you enjoyed the trip or not.
This was all about my Goa Trip, according to me till now Goa is the best place to enjoy with friends, to take a break from corporate life, for honeymoon and even to spend some good time. I am going to plan Goa trip one more time near around December too.