Sightseeing in Goa
Sightseeing in Goa
Goa may be India’s smallest state but it’s big on attractions! Here is a selection of sightseeing options and trips we can arrange for you.
If you’re staying with us in the Patnem, Palolem and Agonda area (and want to do more than swim in the sparkling sea and chill on a sunbed with a good book!) there are plenty of things to keep you entertained.
Take a boat trip with a local fisherman to see dolphins, go fishing or take a picnic to Butterfly Beach. Hire a kayak and paddle to secret coves and the beautiful Talpona river yourself. Ride the surf on a boogie board, take one of the many yoga classes, or have a relaxing massage.
Golfers will be pleased to find the only golf course in Goa right on their doorstep at the Lalit Hotel, which also has a great pool and spa.
If you want to explore more of the coastline, hire a scooter and drive south to the turtle-nesting beach Galjibag (stop for lunch at one of the great seafood shacks) or north to seek out the freshwater lagoon at Cola beach and the spectacular sea views from Cabo de Rama Fort.
Nature lovers will enjoy Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, a biodiversity hotspot with abundant wildlife including monkeys and leopards. Goa Jungle Adventure Tours offer day trips canyoning and rafting in this spectacular mountainous sanctuary.
Venturing a little further afield, The Lunch Club by KOKOindia can arrange a private tour of one of Goa’s grand mansions, and an authentic Indo-Portuguese lunch in a restored Palacio.
And of the many temples and churches in the area, the peaceful 500-year-old Mallikarjuna Shiva Temple, with beautiful restored woodwork, is definitely worth a visit.
For shopping, the beach roads have shops selling clothing and souvenirs alongside everyday essential such as toiletries and snacks, whilst beach sellers peddle sarongs and offer pedicures and henna tattoos. Local town Chaudi has banks and ATMs, a supermarket, well-stocked chemists, and a colourful Saturday market.
Visitors looking for more shopping options can take a day trip to Margao, south Goa’s largest town, about an hour’s drive away. Stores include brand names like Nike, Puma and Levi’s, textile emporium Caro Centre, Fab India for furnishings, fabrics and ethnic products, and the Big G department store. There’s a big covered local market, and make sure to visit Longuinhos – a famous Goan Restaurant & Bar in the centre of the city that hasn’t changed since it opened in 1950. But if you’re craving a fast food fix, then you will also find Pizza Hut, Domino’s and KFC in Margao.