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Goa is among the best places to visit with friends in India. Go, Goa, Gone - it truly stands for all the backpackers who want to head towards an exciting vacation in Goa. Are you wondering, for holiday destination is Goa a best place? The sand and the beaches, the coconut trees and the bike rides, all these make the Goa vacation a memorable one. Some of the popular beaches in north Goa are palolem beach, baga beach, vagator beach and butterfly beach.

Goa is popular all over the world for the exotic beaches and nightlife, women, partying, and beach side resorts. Many tourists visit this place for all the fun filled adventure in this place touching the Arabian Sea. The fishermen culture goes alongside the celebrations and colors of exciting beaches. Ancient Churches, old mansions, palm trees, festivals, casinos and nightlife mesmerize travelers.

It is a favorite holiday destination for all the bachelors. Well, why not, right! Among the things to do in Goa for bachelors who can ignore the cheap beers and the beach party with Russian girls in places like Siridao? There are many other things to do in Goa with friends besides sipping on a beer can during parties in Goa Christmas eve. Goa is also one of the best places for the new year eve celebration in India.

The streets have a culture unlike any other in India. The entire state was once colonized by Portuguese for trade. After 400 years of colonization, the state finally got its independence in 1961. Since then the main source of income of the state government has been tourism. For decades, Goa has been a party spot as this state offers more than any other.

The state is split into two districts of North Goa and South Goa. Although, it may seem to people that all the urban cities have the happening places in the south, however, Goa has everything in the North. Even the state capital, Panaji is in the north.

As mentioned, most of the tourism is in the north. South Goa has some other specialties. Locals reside in the south, making it the financial capital of the state. Majority businesses and the best restaurants with some awesome, secluded waterfronts are in the south. Some awesome food, best wine and the progression of Goa as a cultural and financial influence can be experienced in this district.

Yacht partying and sailing is the most unique and exceptional experiences in Goa. Yatch rides are really spacious and relaxing with a remarkable exclusiveness. You can have to sunbathe in the calm and cool blue water of Goa and can also experience beautiful views. The best time to visit is in the month of October which becomes a lifetime adventure if you visit this place with your group of friends.

Road Trip from Mumbai to Goa on Bike

Day 1: Bombay to Guhagar

Bombay was the starting point of the Costal Ride, named after the proximity of the route to the sea. My motorbike, a Royal Enfield Classic is perfectly arranged along with the other motor journalists, influencers and bloggers with Bullet, Continental GT and more Classic. The trip starts very early, with a jet lag and fatigue for my day and a half of flight that I forget as soon as I can do a few kilometers.

Before leaving, a little anecdote. When they give me the keys to the Classic model, they ask me to take a tour of the hotel parking lot.

This is your motorcycle, do you mind taking a tour around here before leaving? Sure, of course, do you want to see that you drive well?

This I said, but I kept thinking. The worst of all, is that for me, the most complicated are always the maneuvers, so they were not very convinced of my ability on wheels.

The Classic is very comfortable despite the tremendous traffic, roads full of holes and obstacles I encounter on the road. Soon our route begins to forget the big city and the pace is much more pleasant.

Each rider is watching his rearview mirror, so my fear of getting lost by traveling without GPS disappears in a short time. The route takes us to cross a chain of small mountains, with great curves and a good rhythm. We stop to take something in the middle of the road near Diveagar beach which has water sports such as banana boat, trip shock, speedboat and activities on the beach, such as horseback riding, camel rides and bike rides.

We then continue our route to the south. This time we arrived almost at night. For me the day is over, neither dinner nor beach. I'm tired and I need to rest.

Day 2: Guhagar to Ambolgad

Very early, my suitcase is next to the bike, clean my helmet and I go with my clothes on. I realize that I'm going too fast and that in this tranquility enjoying every minute of what surrounds us is essential. Again I change the chip in my head and leave it in travel mode. The assistance car is responsible for loading our heavy suitcase every morning, preparing and reviewing the bikes every evening. It's all perfect.

The route is magnificent. From the mountains we descend towards the coast. It will be a day of great beauty and although of few kilometers, we arrive at the evening. We have crossed two rivers. We have stopped to drink something, to eat and the prize is to be able to roll by one of the most beautiful beaches of this part of India.

Deserted, just for us. It is something that cannot be done anywhere, so the feeling of freedom that gives, is incredible. Tonight I'm aiming at anything. I am again strong and well rested, the pace of driving due to road conditions does not allow us to exceed 80 km/h on average so the trip is perfect.

The night falls on us and looking at the sea, with a box of beers and snacks, we join our lives, laugh and review the anecdotes and photos of the day.

Day 3: Ambolgad to Malvan

The third day gives us one of the best views of the trip. We take a break to try to get to the bikes to the edge of a cliff, although it is impossible on wheels. We use our own propulsion to get closer to enjoy the views of a virgin beach of more than seven kilometers. Those minutes of looking at the sea is priceless.

The trip continues very close to the coast. We have to take two ferries that arrive loaded with cars and small vans. We have not yet found anyone who goes down the same paths as us, which makes us feel even more authentic. It is incredible the beauty of the landscape, with immense rivers that join the sea, wooden boats that fish and fish in its bed, the palm trees that reach the edge of the earth.

We arrived at one of the best places we have been, the Malvan beach. The prize this time is a table full of spicy food and a few hours under the starlight with their feet in the sand. The exchange of photographs and anecdotes brings us even closer to the mythical Royal Enfield.

Day 4: Malvan to Vagator

We wake up with the spirit through the clouds, today we reach our destination, the Vagator beach, in one of the most well-known and beautiful parts of India, Goa. On the way we shoot ahead of each other, watching our rear-view mirrors. We are a large group of different people united by the passion of balance. I feel like one more, there is no problem.

We stop to take pictures happen, as we have all day ahead and in reality, none of us want it to end, although we want to reach our destination. This time the crossing of one of the rivers is shared with other riders who come from different parts of India in their Royal Enfield, all excited to reach the goal. We laugh and enjoy even more these last hours, the last kilometers together.

Sometime later than noon we reached the parking lot. Hugs, pats and some tears of emotion on my part. We have arrived, but the best thing of all is that we will never forget these days in which we have known each other. We finish our journey with a walk through Old Goa, an old Portuguese city full of spectacular churches and a gastronomy. Colorful houses and the smell of cities like Porto take me to another continent.

The goal, the great annual party that brings together riders and their Royal Enfield is a great show full of good music, lights, LED screens and a lot of activities from beer drinking contests to off road competitions. An unforgettable weekend in a frame, that of Goa, unrepeatable.

Driving a Royal Enfield in India has been an experience that I will never forget, but meeting riders from different cultures and knowing that in the end, unites us the same, is something that I carry in my heart. Jet Skiing in Goa is popular as much as the Adventure water sports like parasailing, water scooter, scuba diving, etc in several beaches.

But nothing can be more fun and excitement than the Banana Boat Rides in Goa. Roughly six members wearing life jackets are taken on an inflated banana shaped speed boat. Don't worry if you get flung into the surf. Just go back and restart the boat ride.


Weekend Trip to Goa from Bangalore


Well, ‘nough said about Goa and it’s cultural beauty. Let’s get on with the weekend plan.

Saturday: Reach Goa in the morning by 8 AM. Being a tourists’ destination there are numerous restaurants and local joints near the railway station, airport and bus depot for a healthy breakfast. Once, the most important meal is down the throat, get yourself to the accommodation (Pre-Booking is recommended).

Once you are fresh. Get out of the apartment, rent a bike and explore the serene nature and beaches under the hot sun and a cold beer to neutralize the heat.

Once, you have your lunch at any of the local restaurants, hop on your bike and visit some famous tourist places like Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus etc. Just make sure that you plan your trip in a linear route that ends at Panaji in the late evening.

Goa is known for its vivid nightlife and parties. Ranging from drugs to alcohol, Bollywood to rave, karaoke nights to the orchestra; Goa has everything to offer for all the age groups. Pick out any club and party like a crazy animal. Although, in this article, we aren’t going to a party.

Goa is the only place in India that offers legal casinos for entertainment. A healthy environment that offers alcohol, live entertainment, food and a beautiful view of the land from the waters. The attractive casinos in Goa are majorly built off-shore on the coast of Panaji which makes them centre-eye attraction for tourists from different parts of the world.

The casinos are always full of people enjoying themselves with gambling, food, drinks or entertainment. Some of them enjoy everything. An apt place to spend a Saturday and make a few buddies amongst like-minded gamblers.

Sunday: Spend the early morning at the casino and come out all tired with the sun. Have a good breakfast at a fine breakfast joint and head to the accommodation. Rest for a couple of hours, check out from the room, have some good food and explore the beauty of South Goa.

Why South Goa? Well, Dabolim Airport and Madgaon Station are in South Goa. So, it is convenient to reach the respective place at the time to leave for home. Monday morning you are at home and in a couple of hours, you are all fresh sitting on your desk at the office.

Weekend Trips around Goa

These are some top places to visit in Goa especially if you are a first timer to enjoy the surf, sun, sand and sea. Here are the places to visit in Goa with friends:

1. The Chapora Fort

Remember Dil Chahta Hai? The good old days, where movies meant something and used to leave impressions on our mind. Do you know that the Chapora Fort was built with a vision that the tall walls will not be able to cross by anyone? But Maratha chieftain Sambhaji broke this vision and his army crossed the wall with ease.

Nonetheless, this fort holds the essence of history and you can feel the freshness of its surroundings while gazing at the Chopara river and is one of the places in goa to visit with friends. Morjim Beach located on the north side of the mouth of the Chapora River is famous as a nesting site for the olive ridley turtle.

Apart from the Olive Ridley turtles a variety of birds such as sand plover, Bay-backed shrike, Quill, Turnstone, Cuckoo, Kingfisher, Washerworms, Seagulls, Brown-headed, Black-billed and Slender-billed gull together with Crested Terns, Sea eagle, Osprey can be seen. The dolphin watching trips are offered by the local fishermen of Morjim. Russians have made the beach a permanent holiday destination.

2. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Although it is 400 years old, Basilica of Bom Jesus still embraces the authenticity of Christian beliefs. It is Goa's most famous Church and stand still till today. Known for its elegance and simplicity, Bom Jesus stands for good or infant Jesus. Christmas is the best time to visit here with the rows of decorated Christmas tree in Goa.

The mortal of St. Francis Xavier remains here. Once in every ten years you will be enlightened enough to see the Holy remains of his body. If you are in Goa with friends, you must visit Bom Jesus at least once to feel the charm of this beautiful church. Make sure to visit this amazing historical monument which is an approved UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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3. Dudhsagar Falls

Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, stands the Dudhsagar falls situated in South Goa on the eastern border of Karnataka. It is one of the highest waterfalls in India. The waters of the Mandovi River get divided and fall down the high cliff forming milky white foam at the base. Here you can come and enjoy the breeze of the beauty of it. As the name suggests Dudhsagar literally stands by its name dudh, meaning milk.

Although you won't be able to stop there to feel the nature's wonder, but many trains cross this scenic beauty and they usually slow down there to let the passengers enjoy the grace of this fall. This majestic waterfall calms the soul and helps to ease anxiety. Nearby is also the Mollem national park. The forests of the splendid Western Ghats is a breathtaking view you must see. Other interesting activities around here are swimming at the base pool and trekking through the jungles. It is a true gift from mother nature and one of the best place to visit in Goa with friends.

4. Calangute Beach

If you are in Goa and missed a visit to Calangute, then you have missed everything. Calangute is surrounded by coconut trees and palm trees. It is always crowded by both Indian and foreign tourists. Once you go there you will feel like sitting there for hours and not coming back and is one of the places to go in Goa.

It is a beach where you find beer stalls, souvenir stalls to buy a few gifts for yourself and your friends and some of the best shacks in Goa. It also has clubs to enjoy the nightlife in Goa for bachelors. Now plan your journey to these markets and book your tickets with latest offers and enjoy your journey.

5. Naval Aviation Museum

This museum is for all those aviation enthusiasts who want to have an experience of a lifetime. It was established in October 1998. Did you know that this it is India's only Naval Museum? Yes, you heard it right. This makes this place a must visit when you are in Goa. You will be bombarded with all kinds of aircrafts, bombs and rockets. This is a museum that you must visit once in a lifetime.

6. Fontainhas

If you are in Goa with friends only for enjoyment and some cheap beers, then you are missing on some great things my dear friends. If you are on excursion, then make it an experience to remember. A Goa trip with friends is an experience to share with the next generation. Go to Fontainhas and explore the old Latin quarters.

These are the oldest Latin quarters in Goa that you will see in Goa. It is in the heart of Panjim city. These quarters are bright in colors and extremely delightful to your eyes. You will also see beautiful name plates on these houses as well. You can also visit Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.

7. Anjuna Beach

This is a visitor’s favorite place if you are traveling to Goa for fun and frolic. There is no better place for clubbing in the happening nightclubs and to sunbathe at the rocky shores with gleaming waves. This is also a great time to check out the beach side hotels, cuisine and food at the beach shack. Shopaholics have an amazing time shopping at the markets including the Saturday Night Bazaar, Anjuna Flea Market, in addition to enjoying the thrill of water sport adventure such as parasailing.

8. Fort Aguada

Goa has a number of unknown and popular beaches and there are incredible historical structures including the oldest church in Goa. Centered by the Candolim beach, Sinquerim beach and River Mandovi on different sides, this fort dates back to 450 years ago in the sixteenth century. It was initially a defense fort against foreign invasions and part of it is a Jail in Goa. There is also a functional towering lighthouse of this fort. It offers excellent views of the surrounding beaches and countryside from top.

To improve your vacation experience in Goa, it is advisable to go beyond the borders, as there are some good offbeat places to explore. You will have many options when it comes to day trips from Goa.

Karwar

Located at the crossroads of the Arabian Sea and the Kali River, Karwar is a small town full of pristine beaches and perfect images. Dolphin watching, banana boat rides, scuba diving and kayaking are favorite activities in the area. And the most important thing to experience in Karwar is its delicious cuisine, whose main ingredients are fish, rice and coconut.

Distance from Goa to Karwar: 85 kilometers

Sawantwadi

With the Arabian Sea to the west and Sahyadri Hills to the east, Sawantwadi is a lovely but unconventional day trip option from Goa. The unique feature of this place is the old card game called Ganjifa and the art of making wooden toys. In fact, wooden items are the best purchases here. Other features that make the two-hour trip from Goa to Sawantwadi worthwhile include the tranquil atmosphere, the majestic Lake Moti Talao, quintessential Konkani food and the Sawantwadi Palace.

Distance from Goa to Sawantwadi: 100 kilometers

Vengurla

Located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Vengurla is a charming city known for its temples, white and clear sand beaches, Vengurla rocks, mango and cashew plantations, and its folk art called Dashavatra. The famous temples here are Shri Vithoba Temple, Sageshwar Shiva Temple, Mauli Devi Temple and Sateri Devi Temple. The popular beaches are Shiroda Beach, Nivati ​​Beach, Vayangani Beach, Mochemad Beach and Sagareshwar Beach. A variety of water sports is also available, along with delicious Konkan delights and seafood.

Distance from Goa to Vengurla: 110 kilometers


Chorla Ghat


Located at the tri-junction of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, Chorla Ghat is a quiet vacation spot for those traveling India as a couple. Apart from its lush carpeted hills with the dark stem of the plant loaded with large buds that, what makes this place even more interesting is its unique blend of bio-diversity.

The Vajra waterfalls and Lasni Temb peak are two popular attractions in this region. Tourist can participate in jungle trekking, hiking and trekking. Couples can also go at night to the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in the Swapnagandha Valley of Goa.

These are some of our best places to visit in Goa with friends. But, there is more than this to do in Goa. Take our advice to plan a trip and make your Goa expedition a walk to remember. Happy holidays amigos!

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11 comments:

  1. These sound like amazing places to visit. Thanks for this travel guide!

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  2. I've been wanting to go to Goa - and India in general - for sooo long. This post just made me want it so much more!

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  3. Never heard of Goa before but definitely want to visit! Thanks for this list!

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  4. Are those really your shots? man. They are really beautiful!

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  5. Awesome overview of Goa and how to get there. I figured by now it would be too overrun to still be fun. Now I'm intrigued to visit again.

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  6. Hmmm, I have never heard of Goa before but after reading this it seems like it would be a good idea to place it on my travel list. Thanks for sharing, also really nice photos!

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  7. I have never been there but those are definitely a nice places to visit not only with my friends but also with my loved ones.

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  8. My goodness are these photos breathtaking! I've always imagined what a deserted beach would feel like, so lucky you had that experience. You are making me want to visit Goa!

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  9. Goa is high on my list of places to visit, it looks beautiful. I love everything about it and I haven’t even been there yet!

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  10. I enjoyed your beautiful pictures. I have never been to Goa, it certainly is on my list

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  11. Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to Goa. Loving the pictures so much.

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