GOA: The official party capital of India enchants tourists from all over the globe due to it's picturesque beaches, lush greenery, tropical forests, popular nightlife, majestic sunsets, water-sports, laid-back beach shacks & delicious sea food. It might be India's smallest state but it is also the country's most beloved vacation escape as it packs a wallop in terms of sightseeing, adventure, nightlife, food, accommodation and fun activities.
Now, the people who have not been to goa before must be wondering whats up with this north goa and south goa!? I mean aren't there enough complicated things already! If you look at the map of India, Goa is a very tiny coastal state on western coast of Indian peninsula with hardly 3.6k Km Sq. of land area & a population of around 2 million. So let me help you here that goa is further divided into North Goa, South Goa & Old Goa or Velha Goa. To make things simpler everything north of Vasco da Gama City is know as north goa while everything south of it is called as south goa and old goa or Velha goa is a historical city in northern region approximately 11 km east of state capital Panjim.
Now let me tell you the basic difference between them to clear up this naming clutter & to help you plan your trip accordingly.
North Goa vs South Goa is an never ending debate just like conundrum of lifetime. Which is better and Why?? They are not geographically or politically different regions but the style of tourist attraction makes a difference. Both are unique and beautiful in their own way. North Goa is all about nightlife, shopping, flamboyancy, lavish clubs, eateries and liveliness, whereas South Goa has unblemished beaches, scenic drives, unruffled environment and tranquility. The north part may attract more tourists, but the south is sans chaos and crowd.
Thou north has more tourist attractions & happening places, being a total beach bum I personally prefer south goa due to it's soul soothing secluded beaches. The choice totally depends on your personality & perception. I can explain it here but it will be better if one experiences both parts & then foster their own likings. Both are full of surprises from head to toe, So no matter what part of Goa you are touring, there is something special waiting for you. From beaches and parties to temples and churches, Goa amazes you in its contrasting yet welcoming aspects.
I visited goa last November and got a week to explore this coastal paradise. I wanted to escape from my routine razzle-dazzle so I decided to skip the usual tourist traps and took an detour to explore the unplugged south goa which was criminally under-loved.
Day 1: Arriving in Goa, heading to Majorda. Go-Karting at Nuvem.
Day 2: Going to Palolem, Colomb Beach.
Day 3: Dolphin ride, Tilmati Beach, Galgibaga Beach, Patnem beach.
Day 4: Kayaking, Sunset at Agonda Beach, Market visit at night.
Day 5: Betul Fort, Canaguinim Beach, Cabo De Rama Fort & Beach, Sunset at Cola Beach.
Day 6: North goa visit.
Day 7: Salaulim Dam, Badambudo & Bhupar Waterfalls.
Day 8: Exploring Palolem Backwater. Naval Aviation Museum visit.
Time: November 2nd Week. 8D/7N
Est. Expenditure(Ex. Goa Airport): 16k
Best Time to visit: October end - Mid April
Place of Stay: Presley De Resort,Palolem Beach, Canacona, South Goa
Day 1: Arriving in Goa
I was planning to go solo for this one because I avoid large crowd and the less people you travel with more better will be your experience. But at the 11th hour my colleague decided to join me in this trip. So we booked our flights from ahmedabad & reached goa airport at 5 pm. We had booked a OYO room near Majorda so we directly went there before the night sets in. The stay was pretty cheap for the facilities provided to us as it was a newly opened hotel.
After freshening up, we went in search for a rental vehicle to visit the Go-Karting at Nuvem. Vehicles can be rented across goa ranging from 200-400 per day for moped.
Now there are two Go-Karting tracks in Goa, one in Arpora & the other in Nuvem. If you are an adventure junkie & love the thrill of fast lane driving then you must add this into your itinerary. You get the works, squealing tyres, burnt rubber and the adrenaline rush of the true racing enthusiast.
Go-Karting requires no special training beforehand, contrary to the fears of most people, it is quite safe and enjoyable. Anyone can do it. The track has enough curves to provide the thrills and the adrenaline rush for the racing enthusiasts. This track regularly holds the Goan leg for the JK Tyre National Go Karting Championship. The Go Kart track is located on top of a hill and provides a splendid view from top. The 482 m long twisting track is billed as a very technical circuit and is described as one of the best in the country. The average speed is over 70 kmph. A screen display of lap times lets you know your best and slowest lap time. You can compete with yourself not just others.