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30 January 2020 | 3 min read

South Goa vs. North Goa: Here’s Where You Should Go

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Whatever the season or the occasion, none of us can resist a trip to Goa. And there’s no excuse to skip this state — from sampling mouth-watering sea-food in luxury restaurants to taking long walks on the beach and going to parties that last well into the morning, there isn’t much the holiday state doesn’t offer.

Goa has a reputation for being India’s preferred vacation hub. Tourists come from all over the country and the world to experience a few days in the seaside paradise. But before you start planning which book you’re going to read on the beach, you should know that there are two very different sides to this beautiful state. 

South and North Goa are poles apart when it comes to the activities and sites on offer, and depending on what kind of vacation you’re planning to have, both can have its pros and cons. So, let’s look at where you should go. 

The Beaches

The beaches of North Goa — Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, etc. — are notorious party zones and call tourists from all over the world to their inviting shores. This part of Goa is known for its hippie, shack culture, where fresh food and basic rooms are always available at very low rates. This side of Goa is also a great place to try your hand at some water-sports or just laze by the sea. 

The beaches of South Goa, on the other hand, paint a completely different picture. For one, there are fewer tourists, making it an ideal place for a calmer, more introspective vacation. Beaches like Palolem, Colva, or Butterfly are known for their pristine beauty, as well as being home to some of the state’s best restaurants. 

Nightlife & Shopping

If you’re going to Goa with a large group of friends looking to party it up, there’s no better place to visit than North Goa. Most of the full moon beach parties that the state is notorious for are held in this part. Bollywood lovers can head down to the famous Curlies or Titos, but if you’re looking for something different, all you need to do is take a short scooter ride, and you’ll find something right up your alley. Once again, north Goa is also the best place to shop, considering the number of flea markets that pop up every few days. 

If you’re looking for a more laid-back vacation, possibly with family or loved ones, you should consider visiting South Goa. This part still has its fair share of nightlife but is more subdued than north Goa {Palolem beach hosts a silent party every week}. South Goa is known more for its lavish resorts and laid-back vibe. 

But this area also has several pop-up flea markets, where you can shop for all kinds of souvenirs. Bargaining here is a bit easier, considering they are slightly less crowded. 

Accommodation

North Goa is home to thousands of budget resorts, shacks, and hostels that are ideal for those looking to travel alone, without a fixed plan. Resorts on Anjuna or Vagator beach are the most frequented by Indian tourists and could cost as little as INR 500 a night, but don’t be fooled by the price — most of these cottages are built on the seashore. They have blissful views of the sea and the coconut trees that line the beach.

South Goa, on the other hand, is brimming with lavish villas and five-star hotels. Infinity pools, luxury bathrooms in forests, cooling cocktails by the sea, these resorts have them all. Some could be a bit out of your budget, but in that case, look out for the special offers that come around every holiday season — a luxury vacation in Goa costs less than you think.

So, the next time you’re planning a trip to the seaside state, remember, there are two choices ahead of you. Remember to choose wisely. 

Tip – If you are travelling from Mumbai, we recommend you book your flights in advance as you get big discounts on the same. Plus, with flight duration less than two hours, this is the perfect destination for a long weekend getaway. Check out flight tickets here.

by Sagar Shah
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