The Ultimate South Goa Guide
Traveling to India? Prepare yourself with our guide to South Goa.
About South Goa
The Party Capital of India, Goa attracts tourists from all over the world for numerous reasons. It is a popular beach destination which is famous for its delectable seafood. Goa is segregated into two districts viz. North Goa and South Goa. Both regions vary a lot, and how tourists perceive them. Laid back is the word that comes to mind when you think of South Goa. It is known for its greenery and peace. The atmosphere is more laid back and has a village like feel with lots of things to do. It is also less crowded and makes up for a perfect destination for people looking for serenity.
South Goa is the perfect destination to basically – chill. Food, shacks, places of interest, and beaches everything is subtle and distinct from the other district. Hotels in South Goa ranges from budget to elite, and offer everything from everyone.
However, if you are looking for best amenities at a very competitive price, then OYO Rooms is the way to go. OYO Rooms is India’s largest network of branded hotels, and they offer standardized services across every hotel under their belt. Also, check out the pocket happy offers they have on their website. Did we say competitive again?
South Goa Attractions
South Goa is nothing short of a paradise in Goa, and people must grace this region too. Here is a guide curated for your South Goa itinerary.
A paradise for a beach, Agonda is must visit the beach for those people who like to stay away from the hustle bustle. Three kilometers of golden sand sprawling across this beach makes it ideal for laying back and sunbathing. The Cabo de Rama Fort is a key attraction which is adjacent to the Agonda Beach. One can eat seafood delicacies like Soormai, Mullet, and Salmon.
Colva is amongst the must visit places in Goa. It is referred to as the pride of Salcete and is nestled at about 6kms from Margaon. Colva is one of the crowded places for people who like their vacations, ‘happening.’ It is where the party starts, and anyone who is looking for a great crowd, and crazy energies must visit Colva. The beach is known to host ‘Full Moon Parties’ that never end. If you are lucky, you can even sight a couple of dolphins!
Vasco Da Gama
The town of famous Portuguese explorer is situated on the Mormugao Peninsula, on the banks of Zuari River. This little town has a very southern European atmosphere to it, and the amalgamation of cultures is visible. There are many things one can do, including Snorkeling. Baina Beach is quite popular and is one of the lesser known beaches. Vagator is another beach that offers serenity for lovers of solitude. Overall one should visit the town for its food and to understand history during foreign rule.
Famous for its vintage Goan cane furniture, Arossim is known for unique shopping and scenic views. Arossim Beach is a where the tranquility finds you. The beach is quaint and quiet with a beautiful stretch of golden sand. Some tall palm trees and abundant grass on the edge of the rocky landscape makes Arossim – well, different than others! If you are a foodie, make sure you savor your palate with Casa Sarita and Mushroom Xacuti, two famous Goan dishes.
A place for the young’uns! Majorda is a village in Salcete, Goa. It is well organized despite the sheer numbers of visitors it sees every day. Several beach shacks are dotted along numerous beaches, and they offer the cheapest and best beer. Toppled with the delicious Goan food it makes a perfect place for an overall fun day.
Majorda is a place where European culture had a significant impact, and one can still find authentic cakes and cookies being sold by the Goan Bakers. One must also visit Mae De Deus, an ancient church that was built in 1588 AD and holds a vital importance among the locals. Also, do not even think about leaving the beach before the sunset. It is unlike anything you have ever seen in India.
Mostly people visit North Goa because it is more ‘touristy,’ or are usually unaware because their traveling guide is inadequate and takes them for a ride. However, South Goa is the heartbeat of Goa. If you ever plan for a Goa trip, it is highly recommended that you visit South Goa first.
Best Seasons to Visit South Goa
- October to March – Visit with your significant other, your close friends or just go on a solo trip! South Goa is happening during this time of the year!
- April to September – the rest of the country is hot during this time of the year, and people usually visit to enjoy the weather.
- Throughout the Year – Goa is one such destination that can be visited any time of the year.