ExoticGringo brings you THE ultimate, exhaustive list of things to do
differently in Goa.
First published in 2010, i’ve
now updated it for the 2019-2020 season, so you can be sure you’re not missing out anything new!
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share your own ideas in the Comments below!
🎷 🐬 🌊 🎒 🧘 🎤 🎰 🤪 🦋 🐶 🐢 🎡 🗿 💆 🎅 🛍️ 🏄♂️ 🧝 🌅 😃 🏊♀️ 🎣 🚶🏽♀️ 🌿 🏞️ 🎈 🏰 🚣 🤹♂️ 🚢 ⛪ 🎨 🐦 🚴♀️ 🚶🏽 🏞️ 📽️ 🖼️ 👙 🍷 🙌 🏊🏽♀️ 💃🏽 🛥️ 🔭 🌅 ⛱️ 🦐 👩 🏖️ The Emoji guide to Goa! 🎷 1. Catch a live band
Personal favorites: Cavala on Friday nights, Cantare on Wed, Fri, Sat (Event details on the Google Maps page)
🐬 2. Spot
dolphins off Palolem
Even if you don’t land up spotting dolphins, the ride will be worth it. Please don’t hassle locals or make them go to off-chart places.
🌊 3. Enjoy some
Best locations: Baga / Colva / Palolem beach.
Tip: Water sports always come with precaution and responsibility. Have fun responsibly, and you’ll make memories you’re proud to share.
4. Pack a picnic
… and spend the day at Chapora Fort / Vagator hilltop
Tip: PLEASE don’t leave any garbage behind. Enjoy, but always keep the beautiful area here clean for others. Leave it the way you expect it to be!
Master T’ai Chi
… or take a yoga class in Arambol / Ashvem / Agonda
Karaoke the sunset away
… at shacks on Baga beach.
Personal favorite: St. Anthony’s , Baga Beach
🎰 7. Try your luck at a
Where: On board a ship along the Mandovi / around Baga. Play responsibly and avoid gambling!
Where: Anjuna / Arambol beach
Get your first tattoo!
You know you’ve always wanted it. (Henna tattoo for the safe players).
10. Walk stray dogs
Sign up to volunteer with International Animal Rescue, Goa.
Official Website | Google Maps
🐢 11. Watch
Olive Ridley turtles hatch
Where: Morjim / Galgibaga beach (Dec-Feb) Tip: Please enjoy responsibly and do not camp / tent on this beach or leave garbage behind. This is a eco-sensitive zone and it stays beautiful because you and i keep it that way!
Check out the
, cuurently on till Dec.31st, 2019 Morjim Sea Turtle Festival
Visit the Flea Market
Where: Anjuna (Wednesdays) / Arpora (Saturday night) Tip: Arpora has multiple Saturday nite markets. My personal favorite is the Saturday Nite Market next to the Arpora GoKarting track .
Vagator now has a brand new flea market since 2018 – The
Goa Collective Bazaar at Hilltop. Every Friday.
Pose by the Shiva rock carving
Where: Vagator (Ozran / Vajrant beach)
💆 14. Get a
relaxing massage / spa treatment
🎅 15. Attend a local festival
Carnaval: Feb Shigmo + Holi: March Chikal Kalo / Sao Joao festivals Ganeshotsav: September Christmas: December
🛍️ 16. Shop at a local market (
Where & What: cashew nuts, feni and bebinca at Mapusa or Panaji
🏄♂️ 17. Learn to
surf / paddleboard
Personal favorite: Vaayu Waterman’s Village & Surf School, Ashvem
Experiment with your looks!
Get your hair braided or get dreadlocks or get a new hair colour – heck, you’re in Goa… experiment with yourself while you’re young and cray!
Arambol, with its
is the best place to get it – Stop by at the Wednesday Market in Anjuna in case you don’t find someone easily. rasta vibe
Witness a spectacular sunset
Personal favorite spots: Palolem, Agonda, Vagator and Arambol beaches 😃 20. Get a dental / skin makeover
Baga and Calangute are full of specialty clinics which are world renowned for medical tourism, especially in the dentistry space.
🏊♀️ 21. Take
scuba diving lessons
Though Goa is
the best place in India when it comes to scuba diving, you can still get certified and take beginner lessons in Dona Paula / Baga. not
If you’re like my friend Sam who doesn’t approve of fishing, consider activities No. 2 or No. 28 instead!
🚶🏽♀️ 23. Take a hike!
Personal fave: The Arambol to Keri (Querim) stretch is a fun trek which offers great vistas. Palolem-Agonda is another great route.
🌿 24. Visit a spice plantation
Where: Ponda has some great options, where you can learn about different spices, try a local meal and check out some platations. Please say NO to elephant rides. Be kind to animals. Most captive animals are not treated well.
Bathe in a grand waterfall
Dudhsagar waterfall is a fun day trip adventure, which you could also combine with a spice plantation visit.
Go up in a hot air balloon!
Soak in some aerial views of Goa and rediscover the state like you’ve never seen it before.
🏰 27. Explore the forts of Goa
Whether or not you’re a history / architecture buff, they offer some of the most spectacular views… so do it for the Gram! 😉
🚣 28. Go Kayaking
Where: Palolem / Agonda / Ashvem beach / Olaulim
🤹♂️ 29. Learn to juggle / poi
Where: Arambol / Mandrem beach ( and InJuCo happens in Jan/Feb every year) Goa Sunsplash
Take a river cruise… or a yacht!
Where: Mandovi (commercial, group entertainment cruises) / Chapora (yacht rentals for groups / couples)
Visit charming ‘Old Goa’
Whether you take the local bus or a hop-on-hop-off bus or drive their yourself, the route from Panjim to Old Goa is scenic enough!
Spot / create some urban graffiti
🐦 33. Go bird watching!
Where: Cotigao and Bondla sanctuary / Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Chorao
🚴♀️ 34. Rent a motorbike / bicycle
… and go beach combing, or just bumming around.
(Always wear a helmet, and enjoy responsibly).
🚶🏽 35. Attend a photowalk / go Geocaching
Personal favorite: Ramchandra’s walking tours in Fontainhas, Panjim
Walk the picturesque coastline
Agonda – Palolem – Patnem – Talpona – Galgibagh can be a fun, all-day walking trail for anyone who loves to walk… a lot!
📽️ 37. Catch a movie with your meal
Where: Multiple beach shacks at Anjuna / Vagator /Baga / Palolem
🖼️ 38. Go museum hopping!
MOG (Museum Of Goa), House Of Goa Read more at: Lokaso / TripAdvisor / Thrillophilia
👙 39. Sun bathe with a book for company
Where: Arambol / Agonda / Ashvem / Morjim / Mandrem / Palolem beaches
🍷 40. Go spirit trailing!
Beer / Whiskey / Wine or even better… go
feni trailing. Personal favorite: Visit Beco Das Garrafas – the cashew plantation & feni cellar by Cazulo. The experience is not listed on the website yet, but write to Hansel and give him my reference and he should be able to accommodate you (paid tour).
🙌 41. Mingle with the stars
Meet the advertising fraternity at
GoaFest, film folks at IFFI or artsy folks at Serendipity Art Festival
🏊🏽♀️ 42. Swim in a sweet water lake
Where: Dolphin / Kalacha Beach, Arambol
💃🏽 43. Dance to Bollywood tunes
Where: Clubs along the Baga & Candolim stretch are the most famous ones (and the ones i usually avoid for exactly that! But if want it, you got it.) you
Beach hop… using the sea route!
🔭 45. Go star gazing
Where: Chapora Fort / Vagator hill / lying down at the beach. Ensure you stay safe and don’t leave any trash behind.
🌅 46. Witness morning life in Goa
Wake up early for a beach stroll and
pick up the fresh catch of local fishermen. In Panjim / Mapusa / Margao, check out the markets and how life begins for locals as the day breaks. Always a rewarding experience!
⛱️ 47. Stay in a natural beach hut
Where: Arambol / Mandrem / Palolem / Agonda beaches. Expect spartan arrangements, but the experience will be unforgettable, guaranteed!
🦐 48. Try some authentic local delicacies
… like bebinca, sorpotel, goan sausages, balchao, dodol and xacuti!
My favorites: Bebinca by Costa (packs available in stores) or Confeitaria 31 de Janeiro, dodol from Cafe Morango, serradura from Kokni Kanteen / Venite
👩 49. Discover tribal life in Goa
Very recently, i found out about the
Ambaulim Gowda tribe in South Goa, which retains its traditions, handicrafts and a harmonious way of living with nature – oh, and they have some of the most unique and delish food i’ve ever tried.
🏖️ 50. Relax.
Do NOTHING … Enjoy Goa!
Missed something terrific? Drop in your thoughts here, anytime! Other Great Guides to Goa across the web:
Drifter Planet’s Ultimate Guide to North Goa 2. Hippie in Heels – 50 Things to do in Goa 3. Thrillophilia – Things to do in Goa (Book Activities) 4. Riverside Goa – My podcast with Musafir Stories