If you're arranging a visit to Goa during the upcoming long weekend, and can not decide whether to go north or south, we provide the best of each that can make the decision easier.
Beautiful, isolated, and empty beaches. If you're seeking solitude and the sea for business, then nothing beats the beaches in the southwest. The main beaches like Benaulim and Colva are less crowded compared to their counterparts in the north.
However, to be really isolated, check out the Butterfly, Cola, Patnem, or Colomb Bay beaches. South Goa also has some lovely heritage properties which are currently Museums or Homestays, even serving traditional food in some.
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If luxury is the name of this game, then you've got several places to play with it in the south. The most amazing 5-star possessions, with all as great as with private beaches.
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For those interested in older architecture or simply getting blessed, there are well known and revered temples and churches around south Goa. The famous Mangueshi, Mahalsa, or Shanta Durga Temples at Ponda or the Mahadev Temple in Tambdi Surla.
Go to the churches of Old Goa, The Chapel of the Lady of the Mount, or of course, the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus, the ruins of the church of St Augustine.
For the ones that are looking to explore Goa beyond the beaches and nightclubs, need to go no farther than the numerous wildlife sanctuaries. All comparatively closer to traveling to in the beach resorts in south goa , select from Cotigao, to Mhadei, Bhagwan Mahavir, Bondla etc..
The nightlife at the northern portion of Goa is outstanding, and provides an assortment of choices, from retro music, to trance, jazz, blues, and rock and roll, the north provides everything.
If gaming is your thing, then North Goa is definitely where you want to be. All the casinos which have live gaming are on the ships moored in the waters of the Mandovi river, offering live entertainment, food, and beverages.
For those looking to purchase food, diverse jewellery, or clothing, and are searching for bargain paintings, then the north provides everything.
Check out the permanent markets in Mapusa or Panjim, or the stores along Candolim, Baga, or Calangute roads. But throughout the season, There's the added bonus of purchasing in the Flea Markets, Arpora on Saturday nights, Anjuna on Wednesdays, etc..
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Goa's various regional festivals become a party for tourists to take part in -- be it Sangodd in Candolim, Bonderam on Divar, or Sao Jao in Siolim, and of course the Carnival or the numerous Bike Weeks that occur there check here.
They say variety is the spice of life, and the north illustrates this where food is concerned. And it caters not to just every flavor, but also every pocket.
From Goan to road food, to French, Isreali, Japanese, Mexican, Konkani, North Indian, Chinese, Burmese are merely a few of the cuisines we've researched in Goa so far.
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