North Goa Travel Informtaion
Goa is the smallest state in this huge, diverse country of India. The two districts, North Goa and South Goa each have a flavor. Staying in North Goa gives you the opportunity to explore Old Goa’s history and enjoy its beaches and entertainment.
North Goa offers a selection of self catering guest houses, luxury villas, and apartments. HomeAway.in makes it easy to find accommodation, and your guest house host can offer suggestions to help you explore the cities, enjoy the sights and discover local attractions. Your holiday will be relaxing when you are staying in a self-catering homestay.
Things to do in North Goa
North Goa is known for its beaches and historic sights. The capital city of Goa is Panaji, where the architecture and history is influenced by its Portugese past.
Visit the flea market in North Goa, called the Anjuna market, which draws travellers from all over the world for jewelery, clothing, home furnishing products, and souvenirs. Near Panaji, the Miramar Beach offers barracuda diving, if you are looking for an adventure, or stay on shore and watch the professional divers at work. Baga Beach offers water skiing, surfing and boating. Baga is popular and can be crowded, and the beach is clean and well-maintained all the time.
Top 10 places to visit in North Goa
The architecture and beaches in North Goa make it a must-visit destination. Here are 10 sights for your itinerary:
- Aguada Fort – Is located about 18 kilometers from the capital of Goa, Panaji. This fort was built during the Portuguese time to ward off enemies and to know of impending wars.
- Arvelem Caves – The caves are architectural wonders with interesting carvings, made by Buddhist monks.
- Sattari Taluka – Is a famous peak impregnated with cascading water falls and picturesque sceneries.
- Dudh Sagar water falls – Hypnotizing flow of water that comes down from 2000 feet. Also called 'sea of milk'.
- Dona Paula Beach – Located 7 kilometers from Panjim, this beach is the idyllic spot to engage in a number of water sports.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus – One of the oldest churches in Goa. Built in the 16th century, it contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
- Se Cathedral – A church dedicated to St. Catherine. It has a golden bell, the biggest in the world.
- Ponda – Called the cultural capital of Goa, you can visit a few temples here and learn of their interesting legends.
- Calangute Beach – Thrilling rides are offered at economical rates.
- Mormugao Harbour – One of the best natural anchorages in India.
Best time to travel to North Goa
When you plan travel to North Goa, plan with its climate in mind to make the most of your trip. For a beach holiday, you will want to avoid a trip during the monsoon season which will begin by mid-June. The optimal time to travel to North Goa is from November through March. The summer season starts to get hot in April, and expect heat and humidity from May to July. When you visit North Goa after the monsoons you will have breathtaking views of the beaches: the clear skies and calm waters - Goa becomes a sight to behold!
December is a great time to visit North Goa because for many festivals and carnivals. The whole month is eagerly spent preparing for Christmas celebrations. Join the festivities shopping eating and drinking with Goan locals and fellow travelers.