Goa is one of many highly recommended places to visit in India. Known as the “Las Vegas of India”, it’s a great place for a family vacation or a visit with a good group of friends. From beaches to historical and religious monuments, there are many places to visit in Goa.

  1. Benaulim Beach

    The beaches of Goa are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! While the beaches in North Goa are overcrowded, the beaches in South Goa hold up to that promise of beauty. One of the beaches I would recommend is Benaulim beach. The long stretch of white sand, bubbling surf, and few restaurants and shacks make it an ideal spot to spend the day away from the busy streets. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

    Surfers at Benaulim Beach in Goa, India

    A view of Benaulim Beach in Goa, India

  2. Zeebop Restaurant

    Goa is known for its exquisite cuisine, and the menu at Zeebop holds up to everyone’s high expectations for Goan seafood. It’s not just the mouth-watering food that makes this restaurant a ‘must-visit’, but also its  location right by the beach! It also has beautiful views of the ocean, great ambiance, and musicians who personally serenade you—who wouldn’t enjoy that combination? Make sure you go early to avoid the dinner rush; this place gets packed!

  3. Old Goa

    There’s more to Goa than its beaches. This Indian state, like all others, is rich with history and culture. Old Goa is home to Basilica of Bom Jesus which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The church also hosts the holy remains of St. Francis Xavier, which is something even non-religious travellers are welcome to visit.

  4. Mapusa Market

    To truly feel like a seasoned traveller, don’t shy away from the marketplace! You’ll be surprised at what you may find, and it’s a great way to get to know a city and its locals.

    Colourful pillowcases at Mapusa Market in Goa, India

    Indian marketplaces are always colourful, loud, and energetic, and the Mapusa market is no exception. Besides fruit and vegetables, you can also uncover hidden treasures and bring home little bits of Goa with you. Make sure you bring your bargaining skills along with you!

    Masalas or spices in Mapusa Market, Goa, India

  5. Galgibag Beach

    For a truly peaceful escape, Galgibag Beach is any adventure traveller’s dream come true. This beach is located at the southernmost tip of Goa, and is neatly tucked away from busy and commercial areas. On the way there, you’ll pass by mountainous terrain, and lush rice fields.

    Freshwater estuary behind Galgibag beach in Goa, India

    A freshwater estuary runs behind the beach, and curves around to meet up with the ocean on the far side of it. So, if you prefer to fish, swim in the ocean, or get some much needed R&R on the sand, this beach has it all!

Galgibag Beach in Goa, India

I hope this travel guide inspires you to visit this beautiful state one day. The best time to visit Goa is between November and February. A word of advice— avoid peak season which is in December. During this time of year, it is considerably more expensive and crowded.

Remember, even if healthcare is cheap in India, if you are travelling there, don’t leave home without your travel medical insurance.

Happy travels,



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Great Escapes: 5 Places to Visit in Goa

Jan 28 2015