Goa FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Goa Tourism
Written by Just Wravel
1: What is the best time to visit Goa?

Ans: The best time to visit Goa is from mid-November to mid-February, when the temperature falls from 20°C to 28°C and known as the peak season of Goa. During this season, you will witness the highest number of tourists, due to the cool & pleasant weather, especially during the Christmas and New year. 
Peak Season – November to March
Shoulder Season – April and October 
Low Season – May to September 

2: Best place to enjoy nightlife in Goa?

Ans: Goa is a hub of parties, Cruises, Beaches, Casinos and markets. Goa’s nightlife is known for its rocking and vibrant fondness which doesn’t let its visitors sleep. Here is a list of available nightclubs of Goa. 
Party Clubs: Club LPK, Club Tito’s at Baga Beach, etc
Beach Shacks: Bobby’s Shack – Candolim Beach, Brittos – Baga Beach, etc
Bars and Pubs: Britto’s at Baga beach, Shores Bar and Guru Bar at Anjuna Beach, etc
Night markets: Saturday market at the Arpora Beach, Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazaar at Baga Beach, etc
Party Cruises: All-night party cruises float on river Mandovi
Silent Noise Parties: Goan Speciality
Beach Raves: White Rock Beach in Vagator, Bamboo Forest in Anjuna, etc.

3: Best places for Accommodation in Goa? 

Ans: Usually we prefer North Goa for accommodation because of easy availability and convenient travelling. 
If you want to enjoy nightlife, markets, busy streets and restaurants then go for North Goa. 
 And if you are looking for a luxurious and relaxing trip then South Goa can be a good choice for you. 

4: What are the best places to visit in Goa?

North Goa : Calangute Beach, Fort Aguada, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Chapora Fort, Arambol Beach, Vagator Beach, Morjim Beach, Membos Calangute, Tito’s Calangute, Candolim Beach, etc 
Panaji: St Cathedral, Querim Beach & Tiracol Fort, Church of St. Cajetan, Bambolim Beach etc. 
South Goa: Dudhsagar Falls, Butterfly Beach, Palolem Beach, Agonda Beach, Club LPK, Cavelossim Beach, Patnem Beach, Grand Island, Palolem Beach, etc 

5: What are the activities to do in Goa?

Ans: Goan beaches offer a variety of activities such as beautiful walks and watersports activities like jet skiing, boat rides, banana boat rides, parasailing, paragliding and so many more
Baga Beach : Parasailing, Jet SkiBoat ride, Banana Riding, Bumper Ride, Bodyboarding, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Knee boarding, Speed boat rides and Wakeboarding
Anjuna Beach: Parasailing, Bumpy banana ride, Snorkeling and Jet ski ride 
Grand Island: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Dolphin Boat Safari and Fishing
Calangute Beach: Parasailing, Jet Ski, Banana Ride and Bumper ride
Candolim Beach: Parasailing, Bumpy banana ride, Snorkeling, Boat Ride and Jet Ski Ride
Vagator Beach: Parasailing, Jet Ski, Dolphin Sighting, Bumper Ride and Boat Ride
Arambol Beach: Parasailing, Jet Ski, Surfing, Bumper Ride and Banana Boat Ride
Morjim Beach: Flyboarding, Jet Ski, Surfing, Bumper Ride and Boat Ride
Miramar Beach: Parasailing, boat rides and dolphin-spotting
Ashwem Beach: Surfing, Paragliding, Windsurfing, Boat ride and Jet Ski
Dona Paula Beach: Water Scooter ride, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Water Skiing, Kayaking and Yachting

6: What are the best beaches to visit in Goa?

Ans:Best beaches in North Goa: Candolim, Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, Vagator, Morjim, Arambol, Sinquerim
Best beaches in South Goa: Agonda beach, Palolem beach, Butterfly beach,  Cola beach and Patnem Beach 

7: What is the nearest airport and railway station of Goa? 

Ans:The main railway station is Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama. These railway stations are well linked with major parts of the country. Goa International Airport at Dabolim near Vasco da Gama is the state only active airport which is connected to all major airports of India.

8: Can i rent vehicles in Goa for Sightseeing? 

Ans: A popular mode of transportation in Goa is the motorcycle/scooty taxi. You can also rent out a motorcycle/scooty and can book taxi or vehicles run by Govt. of Goa itself ie. GTDC or can take Women Taxi services
Here is the renting vehicles are allowed in Goa
Hire geared or non-geared bike ‘per day’ basis
Use the Pilot service (Motorcycle rickshaws)
Auto rickshaws or Cabs
Scooter rental services
Scooty or a bike

9: What are the emergency numbers in Goa? 

Women’s Police Helpline : 1091
Ambulance : 108 All Goa
Senior Citizen Helpline : 1090
Child Helpline : 1098
Ambulance Helpline : 108

10: How many days are enough for a Goa trip?

Ans: You need at least 3 to 5 days to visit Goa. Basically Goa is divided into two parts North Goa and South Goa. Keep two day’s to visit North Goa, Two days for South Goa and one day for local markets of Goa. That is sufficient to get real charm of Goa. 

11: Can you smoke in Goa?

Ans. Yes, smoking is allowed everywhere in Goa. However, some hotels and restaurants don’t allow smoking. You can check their booking guidelines.

12: Can i drink tap water in Goa?

Ans: Yes, tap water is safe to consume in Goa because it is free from any contamination. So avoid bottled water in Goa.

13: Is Goa safe at night?

Ans; Yes Goa is one of the safest places in India even at night. But you can not move from one island to another at night. 

14: What should I wear in Goa?

Ans. There are no such restrictions on the clothes that you wear. But Goa is not only about beaches it also offers many things like temples, churches and waterfalls. You can not wear the same set of clothes at every place, especially when you are visiting any religious place you should wear full clothes for women and men. 
Avoid jeans, leather, makeup, inner wear such as swimwear, high heels and boots 

15. Is Goa expensive to eat and drink?

Ans. Good restaurants are a little expensive but if you are a budget traveller then you can try street food that will be cheaper.

16. What are the places from where we can shop during the Goa trip?

Anjuna Flea Market ( Open only on Wednesdays) 
Baga Night Market (open on Saturday nights) 
Calangute Market Square
Mackie’s Night Bazaar (Every Saturday, from the month of November to the end of May) 
Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar
Mapusa Market  (Closed on Sunday
Panjim Market) 
Le Souk
Beach Candy
Mall De Goa

17: What kind of Vehicle will you provide during the trip? 

Ans:  For 1 to 3 Pax – Swift Dzire/ Wagon R
For 4 to 6 Pax – Ertiga/Innova Cab
More than 6 Pax – AC Tempo Traveller/ Winger

18: What is the local food of Goa? 

Ans: Goan famous for seafood as well as 
crabs, prawns, lobsters and all kinds of fish are a quintessential part of Goan food, chicken and pork are popular as well. Goan traditional dishes have a touch of Portuguese influence which is combinations of coconut, chillies, vinegar and spices. 
And dishes like fish curry rice, Cafreal, Xacuti, Sorpotel and Vindaloo are staples. 
Top 5 foods to try in Goa
1 – Pork vindaloo
2 – Crab xec xec  
3 – Goan red rice
4 – Prawn balchão

19. What is Goa famous for? 

Ans: Goa is famous for fusion of European and Indian culture and beauty. Due to the western ghats, Goa is rich in wildlife and flora as well as fantastic beaches, carnivals, festivals, watersports, beach shakes, Portuguese influence, dolphin spotting, wildlife sanctuaries, trance Parties, seafood restaurant, casinos, laidback lifestyle, churches, forts, shopping and many more, which makes Goa one of the most known tourist destinations of India. 

20: What activities can i do in Goa?

Arambol – Shopping, Paragliding, yoga, parties
Agonda – Adventure activities (Fishing, boating), picnicking, spa, bike ride on beach, church and others
 Anjuna – Flea market ( Wednesday), nightlife, beach parties 
Calangute – Beach Activities like Jet skiing, sun bathing and others 
Candolim – Sunbathing and shopping 
Colva – Relaxing, picnicking, beach strolling 
Dona Paula – Adventure Activities (Water scooter, motorboat, water skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, sport fishing, yachting, kayaking and other water sports) 
Palolem – Strolling, picnic and adventure activities (boat ride, dolphin spotting, kayaking, scuba diving).

21: Which are the famous festivals celebrated in Goa?

Ans: If we talk about Goan festival, Carnival, Fair – it’s always a bright, loud and tasty event. It’s better to plan your Goa trip during the festival season. Here is a list of famous festivals of Goa. 
Goa Carnival – 22-25 Feb
Christmas – 25 Dec
Saptah Festival – 16th Aug onwards
New Year – 31st Dec
Grape Escapade – January
Goa Food & Cultural Fest – February
Goa Cashew & Coconut Fest     – April/May
Sao Joao – 24th June
Goa Sunburn Festival – December
VH1 Supersonic – 27-30th December
Shigmo Festival – 21st March
Three Kings Feast – 6th Jan
Feast of St. Francis Xavier – 3rd Dec
Bonderam Festival – 4th Sat of Aug

22: Offbeat places to visit in Goa? 

Ans:Goa has plenty of offbeat experiences to offer, be it the fishing villages, beach parties, old villages or islands, 
Visit the Butterfly Conservatory – Ponda
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary (for a jungle tour). 
The mangrove forests and The Sahyadri section 
Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries such as Bondla, Mollem, and Cotigao to name a few.
Chapora River in Siolim for backwaters
The renowned paintball centre MILSIM – Nuvem
Spice Plantation tour
Grand Island Tour 
Chorao Island  
Baina Beach for underwater sea walk
Woof Woof party boat

23. What are the Do’s and Don’ts while visiting Goa?

Avoid lungi dance at the beach
Avoid wearing heels on the beach
Avoid wearing expensive jewellery
Avoid watersports without an instructor 
Choose safe Tattoo Maker
Always have some cash ready on you
Pack light clothes ( Shorts etc.) 
Always follow the traffic rules.
Observe the speed limit in all the areas.

Do not drive without a appropriate license
Carrying an excessive amount of money
Pointing the camera
Don’t let strangers combine your drink
Do not Sleep on beach
Do not drink and drive 
Do not take random taxi
Do not drool over our bikini- clad sisters

24. How are the roads in Goa?

Ans Goa has good roads all around and all the cities and towns are quite well connected and accessible.

25. What should I pack for a trip to Goa?

Ans: Sunscreen 
Lip Balm
First Aid Kit
Hand Sanitizer 
Crocs Footwear & Floaters 
Hats & Caps
Swimwear / Beachwear 
 Cotton Tees & Shorts 
Goa Guide Map
Power Bank/Mobile Charger 

26. What are the important points to remember while travelling in Goa ?

Drink Water to stay hydrated
Try something new 
Embrace New Culture 
Pack What you Need
Ensure that all the documents are kept safe in your hotel room lockers
No nudity and drugs or other illegal activities 
Emergency number should be kept handy all the times 
Avoid use of plastic 
Book accommodation in advance 
Explore both North Goa and South Goa
Respect local culture and religion 
Say no to photography in photography restricted areas

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