Traveling solo to Goa It's not a bad idea!

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29th Jan 2019
Photo of Traveling solo to Goa It's not a bad idea! by Lokesh J. Aryan

Finally Goa! I always dreamed Goa with friends but trust me I never thought traveling solo is going to be so much fun! I spent a week (29th Jan to 3rd Feb 2019) in Goa traveling alone. I had so much fun, I met new people, new culture, and had delicious Goan food (Sea Bass was freaking awesome!), made new friends, etc.

Day 1:

I planned my journey through the air from Surat to Goa. I had an early morning flight around 6:35 and reached Goa International Airport around 7:35. Well, I planned 1 day in Panjim, 2 days in North Goa and 2 days in South Goa. I booked 2 different hotels 1st in Panjim and after traveling North Goa, I went to South Goa and I stayed there. I did my hotels booking from OYO and I got very cheap deals. Panjim hotel - 1000 per day & South Goa hotel - 1000 per day. I booked vehicles as well because I'm traveling in on-season. I don't want to take a risk! Gearless vehicle 400/- per day.

So, I left towards Panjim from Goa International Airport through a bus. There was a private bus to Vasco-Da-Gama and from Vasco, I got a direct bus to Panjim. You should travel through a bus in Goa if you are on a tight budget. Cabs are also available but those were costly as hell! So, I reached Panjim and I got my vehicle there. There are so many places near Panjim bus stop you can rent your vehicle. I drove towards my hotel and got freshened up and went for breakfast.

I had breakfast in Cafe Bhonsle which is in the main Panjim city and very popular. I had a delicious Goan breakfast Patal Bhaji and Poi.

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Mahatma Gandhi Road, Panjim

After breakfast, I went towards Miramar beach which is around 4 km from the main city Panjim. There were so many people on the beach. After that, I went for lunch to Ritz Classic which is very close to Panjim bus station. I ordered a very famous Fish Thali. Oh my god, there were so many things into the thali.

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Fish Thali, Ritz Classic, Panjim

Rawa fried Chonak fish, prawn curry, rice, dry prawns, some local fish (I don't remember the name), crabs, sol kadhi, sevaiya, and much more. I really loved it. I couldn't even finish the thali! I think this is the best place to eat Goan food near Panjim bus station.

After heavy lunch, I went to Old Lady Church which is walking distance from Ritz Classic.

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Old Lady Church, Panjim
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Old Lady Church, Panjim

After that, I went to a very popular place called Dona Paula to see dolphins and sunset. Dona Paula is a very famous village in Panjim.

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Dona Paula, Panjim

Also, known for Singham movie. It is around 7-8 km from Panjim city. You can take a boat to see dolphins.

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Somewhere in Mala, Panjim

After that, I went to Mario de Miranda's art gallery. Mario de Miranda is very famous and one of my favorite cartoonists. So, how could I miss that? I had dinner at a very nice place called Kokni Kanteen. I tried Squid (Kalamari) in Reacheado masala.

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Squid (Kalamari) in Reacheado masala, Kokni Kanteen, Panjim

I loved it! If you are in Panjim then you shouldn't miss Ritz Classic and Kokni Kanteen.

Day 2:

My journey in North Goa started with a good breakfast at Calangute beach. I visited 3 beaches, Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach, and Candolim Beach. These beaches are very famous and most crowded beaches in North Goa. I really like Candolim Beach.

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Candolim Beach

I think this is the only beach in North Goa where you will find white sand and blue water. I had lunch at Fisherman's Cove, Candolim beach. I tried Rawa fried Kingfish and Mojito.

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Mojito, Fisherman's Cove, Candolim beach
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Rawa fried Kingfish, Fisherman's Cove, Candolim beach

When I came back to Panjim, I was searching for a good place for dinner and I found The Fisherman's Wharf (Panjim outlet). I had Kingfish in Reacheado masala with a couple of drinks. I love the food, ambiance, live music, etc. Eating the best Goan food and live Goan classical music! This experience was quite amazing.

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The Fisherman's Wharf, Panjim
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Kingfish in Reacheado masala, The Fisherman's Wharf, Panjim

Day 3:

This was the last day in North Goa. I visited Morjim Beach, Arambol Beach, Vagator Beach, Chapora Fort, and Baga Beach. I liked Morjim Beach and Arambol Beach. Vagator beach and Chapora Fort are very close around 1 km distance. I went to Chapora Fort during the sunset. And the view was amazing.

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The view from Chapora fort
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The view from Chapora fort

You can see Vagator beach from there. I had lunch at Florentine Bar & Restaurant which is very famous for its Chicken Cafreal. I had Chicken Cafreal with Poi and a couple of drinks. Chicken Cafreal was fab.

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Chicken Cafreal, Florentine Bar & Restaurant

In the evening, I went to Baga Beach, spend some time on the beach. And I left after having dinner at Britto's Bar & Restaurant. I had Seafood Platter. There were different varieties of seafood in the platter. Baked crabs, Prawns in white sauce, Butter Garlic Squid, some Shellfish, Grilled Fish, and some fries.

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Seafood Platter, Britto's Bar & Restaurant, Baga Beach

It was quite enough for a single person. I couldn't even finish!

Day 4:

I took an early morning bus from Panjim to Madgao and Madgao to Benaulim. My hotel was quite near to Benaulim Beach. I spend early morning on Benaulim beach. The atmosphere was so pleasant and not much crowded.

Next, I went to Colva beach which is one of the famous and very crowded beaches in South Goa. I had lunch at Martin's Corner at Betalbatim. I tried Seabass in Reacheado masala, Prawns Masala Fry and a couple of beers.

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Martin's Corner, Betalbatim
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Prawns Masala Fry, Martin's Corner, Betalbatim
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Seabass in Reacheado masala, Martin's Corner, Betalbatim

Seabass is a local Goan fish and Goan people mostly prefer Seabass fish compare to other fishes. I must say, food was so delicious and I loved it. After heavy lunch, I went to Betalbatim beach. I spend the evening on the beach doing swimming. After that, I had dinner at Fishka Restaurant at Betalbatim. I tried Red Snapper Fish stuffed with Masala Prawns. It was a signature dish by the Chef. It was so good. The taste was very different and the presentation was fabulous.

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Red Snapper Fish stuffed with Masala Prawns, Fishka, Betalbatim

Day 5:

Today is the last day in Goa. And still many places left. I left early towards Ancestral Goa. I think everyone should visit this place how beautifully they've presented Goa. This place is awesome.

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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Ancestral Goa
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Sant Mirabai Statue, Ancestral Goa

After that, I went for lunch at The Fisherman's Wharf at Mobar Beach. I had Fish Nam Prik Pao which is a Tahi dish with a couple of Beers.

And just look at the view;

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The Fisherman's Wharf, Mobar Beach
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The Fisherman's Wharf, Mobar Beach
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The Fisherman's Wharf, Mobar Beach
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The Fisherman's Wharf, Mobar Beach
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Fish Nam Prik Pao - The Fisherman's Wharf, Mobar Beach

After lunch, I went to Mobar Beach. Next, Butterfly beach. The road towards Butterfly beach was something like trekking. But trust me it worth every minute. It is 7 km far from Palolem Beach.

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Butterfly Beach
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Butterfly Beach
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Butterfly Beach

So, this is it. I must say, traveling solo to Goa It's not a bad idea! After this trip, I'm really looking forward to more solo trips, my bucket list adventures, and eat more!

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