6 Things to do in Goa apart from Beaches

Goa is not just a state. It is a state of mind! After spending 2 years in Goa, I have realized that your life should be full of good experiences. Before coming to Goa, I had always considered beaches to be the only attraction. But it turns out that there are many other things to do in Goa which you should enjoy. So, I have prepared a list of “5 things to do in Goa”. Hope you are able to add these up in your Goa itinerary

#1 Gamble away in the Casinos

Time for some gambling ! Visiting Casino is one of the top things to do in Goa. You can spend a nice evening in Casino which provides a complete entertainment package. You have buffet dinner and drinks on the house along with live entertainment. Depending on different days, there are various performances. Starting with Jazz and Pop, there are also Bollywood nights, Old classics night and much more. You can check the schedule on the various casino website – Deltin Royale, Deltin Jack, Casino Pride etc.

I went to Casino Carnival earlier which has now been renamed as Casino Pride 2. The minimum package was Rs 2,000 which included food and drinks. We had to take the chips additionally. Initially they take you in a small boat to the main ship. Later, you are escorted to the Buffet area where sumptuous meal is awaiting you. There is a bar which can serve you free drinks. While enjoying the dinner, you can also sway away to the live performances.

As far as my experience is considered, it is censored. But, if you want to know, drop your email ID in the comments

You can spend the whole night here as it is open 24×7. As it is located in the Mandovi river, staying here for the whole night will give you a different kind of experience in Goa.

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#2 Visit Arpora Saturday Night Market

Visiting Arpora Saturday Night Market should definitely be there in your things to do in Goa list. Foreigners set up their stores and you are invited to take a look at them. Arpora Saturday Night market is bigger that your greatest imagination. It is so huge that to cover it fully will require two Saturdays !! Check out Arpora Night Market image gallery and you would definitely agree with me. Shopping here would definitely top the “things to do in Goa” list for many.

You can find the best of shops which exhibit great collection. Be it accessories, footwear, clothes or fashion stuff. You will find it here.

In addition to the market, there is live entertainment going here. When I had visited the market, a Spanish band was performing and it was so crazy !! This band performed for 2 hours and we were all enthralled by his energy and pieces he played. The guy with Violin was the best and mesmerized us with his talent !!

But, the market is organized only from Dec to Feb. Hence it is recommended if you visit Goa then.

 

#3 Trek up to Fort Chapora and watch the sunset

Fort Chapora is the “Dil Chahta Hai Fort”! I am not taking you to a Goa beach but a spectacular, hilltop view of it. The fort is situated between Vagator Beach and Morjim Beach. The fort is a little trek and as you ascend the slope, you discover more. Not much of structure is left in the fort. Hence, if you want to see some historical structures, better visit Fort Agauda which is not my preferred entry in Things to do in Goa as it is very touristy.

I had visited Fort Chapora at 5 AM in the morning. We waited for the sunrise which was splendid. Though you are facing the western waters, the whole experience of witnessing the blossoming morning is great. There will be fishing boats which will start going in the ocean as soon as there are a couple of sun rays. Watching these boats disappear in the mist over the sea is a unique experience. They don’t know if the waters will be friendly, but there is hope which keeps them going.

Trekking up Fort Chapora should definitely be on your list of things to do in Goa.

 

#4 Enjoy Go-Karting!

Go Karting is another entry in things to do in Goa. There are two Go Karting tracks in Goa. One is located in Verna and the other one in Arpora. The one in Verna is better. If you go to Verna, you can also go to MilSim which is basically Paintball. I have not gone to paintball, hence would not give my opinion for it. The track in Arpora is near the Saturday Night Market.

The rates are quite affordable. You get 10 laps for Rs 200/-. It is totally worth it if you enjoy Go Karting. I have visited it 4 times.

The timing is from 4 PM to 10 PM. The track remains closed on Monday.

 

#5 River-Rafting @Dandeli

Dandeli River Rafting Goa

After Go Karting, if you feel that you need some more adrenaline rush, you can visit River Rafting at Dandeli. Dandeli is located in Karnataka, but it is not that far from Goa. Dandeli is located approx 140 KMs from Panjim. Rafting here can definitely be included in offbeat things to do in Goa and around.

The drive to Dandeli is also good. When you reach Dandeli, there are lots of activities to do. But, river rafting is the best adventure you can do here. Going to Dandeli does not guarantee that you will be able to do river rafting because it depends on the water level. The reason being the flow of “Kali” river, on which Rafting is done, depends on Supa Dam gates.

I would suggest that you take a car and leave for Dandeli early in the morning. Say 6 AM. You will take approx 3-4 hours to reach Dandeli as the route is hilly and it will be uphill when you go from Goa to Dandeli. You will reach by 10 AM. You can then have breakfast and proceed towards Rafting. The activity will end latest by 5-6 PM in the evening. You can leave for Goa thereafter

Please book your Rafting activity through a reliable travel agent in Dandeli well in advance. The river rafting here is quite famous and without booking, chances to get a slot are lesser. Read my detailed rafting experience here!

 

#6 Take a cruise on Mandovi river & explore the offbeat islands

You can visit Goa and just take a ferry to reach offbeat and lesser-known islands of Chorao or Divar. If you love countryside landscapes, you are going to absolutely love these islands. In monsoons, there are lush green and resemble nothing less than nature’s miracle. You should definitely include a visit here in your “Things to do in Goa” list.

Ferry cruising in Mandovi – Things to do in Goa

If you wish, you can also try kayaking in the backwaters around these islands.

So, these are the 6 things to do in Goa, apart from beaches. Although, if you are in Goa, you should not miss the experience of relaxing on a beach shack with a beer in hand. You don’t drink? Grab a coffee then.


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FAQs

The best time to visit Goa is during winters that start from November and last till March. December end is the best time to enjoy in Goa. Goa experiences a moderate climate with the refreshing sea breeze blowing through, Days are not extremely hot in winter as they are in summer with temperature even reaching up to 40-degree celsius. The weather during these months is very moderate and pleasant thereby making going to the beaches and all the fun-filled activities during the daytime possible.
There are many beautiful tourist destinations to visit in Goa apart from fantastic Beaches. Goa is famous for its carnival parade, festivals, watersports, dolphin spotting and many more.There are other tourist attractions in Goa which you can visit apart from beaches like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Fort Aguada, Dr. SalimALi Bird Sanctuary, Se Cathedral, Chapora Fort, Anjuna Flea Market, Shri Mangueshi Temple, & Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.
If you are in Goa and are thinking about what to do during the day then there are many activities you can take part in. You can go on a Crocodile boat trip, try out the Goan Fish Thali, walk on the floor of the Arabian sea, go biking on the paradise island, or do some Kite Surfing etc.These unique and fun things to do in Goa during the day will let you be the best version of yourself. You can turn into an adventure freak during the day and a party animal at night.
Goa has always scored the top position and is a famous tourist spot for all the people especially, youngsters. Goa is famous for its beach life and night parties which is why it attracts the youth and group of friends. There are many exciting activities that you can opt for with your buddies like Scuba Diving, Kite surfing, Bumpy Rides, Kayaking, Snorkelling, and Paragliding.
Whenever you plan for a trip to Goa do make sure you make a travel itinerary for yourself. In case you haven’t then you can go through the following itinerary that can help you in preparing for your journey. On the first day, you can visit the beaches and beautiful places of tourist interest in North Goa. On the second day, you can explore top tourist spots for sightseeing in South Goa. On the third day, you can visit the local shops and malls to do some shopping and purchase something to keep it in your home as a reminder of your memorable trip to Goa. On the last day of your trip you can visit the Chapora Fort and spend some quality time with your family. Then you can leave for your hometown.
Goa is a famous tourist destination in India. It is famous for its night parties and beach life. It is famous for its beaches, cheap booze, & seafood. From shopping at the various markets, to eating the local cuisine, from indulging in water sports to enjoying the nightlife, Goa is well-known for a lot of unique things. Goa is very popular for its beaches like Baga Beach, Anjuna beach, Calangute beach, Palolem beach etc. Goa is famous for many things like Cashew Nuts, Spices, Feni, Handicrafts, Wooden Furniture, and Painted Tiles.
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Umang Trivedi
Last Updated : Oct 29,2020
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