11 things to do in South Goa if you’re visiting first time

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Like beautiful music that fills your soul and transports you to another place, South Goa takes you to a different dimension of reality filled with natural beauty, human magic, and abundant positivity. The region’s exquisite architecture, museums, parks, party spots, restaurants, and people make it one of India’s best holiday destinations. South Goa has so many hotels that visitors are spoiled for choice. 

First on the list of 11 things to do in South Goa if you’re visiting first time is:


Take a Cruise

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If you want a romantic getaway in South Goa, book a private luxury cruise. While sailing to the coast, take in the stunning seascapes and romantic sunsets. On the voyage, you can also enjoy delicious Goan cuisine and drinks, as well as local music and entertainment. A romantic dinner cruise on the Mandovi River is a must-do for couples in South Goa.

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Relax with a massage on Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach-South-Goa
Patnem Beach-South-Goa

Peace seekers flock to South Goa’s Patnem Beach. The beach is also home to a number of spa parlors that ensure a rejuvenating experience. The Ayurvedic and deep tissue massages will relax your senses and re-energize you.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Couples, as well as sports enthusiasts, will find plenty to do in South Goa. It is a great place to fly a hot air balloon over the sea. Observe Goa’s pristine coastline from above and perhaps spot dolphins. To ensure your safety, the ride will take you up to 2500 feet above the ground.

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Soak in the Art

While most of South Goa is now modern, there are many Old Portuguese-style churches and mansions. These structures were mostly built by the Portuguese rulers and notable wealthy families of the time. If you only have time for one thing in South Goa, make it this!

In Chandor, the famed Braganza House is worth a look for its impressive collection of antiques and bric-a-brac from Macau, China, and Europe, a large ballroom with gilded mirrors, and a European-style garden that has seen better days but is still worth a look. South Goa residents enjoy visiting old churches for their architecture, stories, and overall tranquility. The magnificent baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the mummified (and slowly decaying) remains of Saint Francis Xavier.

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Take in an Agonda Beach Sunset

Agonda Beach Sunset
Agonda Beach Sunset

Agonda Beach is surrounded on both sides by low-lying hills. The southern beach has a rounded hill and many rocks. Climb up the cliffs and watch the sunset into the Arabian Sea. It’s a beautiful sight for nature and photography lovers.

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Visit a Spice Plantation

A visit to a spice plantation in Goa is a must. The delicious Goan cuisine uses a variety of spices. Some are indigenous to Goa. A spice plantation tour is a great way to learn about Goa’s spice history. It also informs visitors about the spices used in Goan cuisine. These plantations also sell fresh spices.

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Shop. A lot.

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Shopping is a must on our list of things to do in South Goa. Souvenirs, sarongs, bags… These and more can be found at flea markets near popular beaches. But don’t stop there; check out the local produce markets for amazing fresh foods and exotic fruits like avocados! Sit in a local tea shop, sip your cardamom tea, and watch the world go by at a slower pace than you’d see in the city. What an amazing South Goa activity!

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Tour of Rachol Village

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Rachol Village South-Goa

This tour takes visitors through the village of Rachol on the Zuari river. The Rachol Fort, Rachol Fort Gate, and Our Lady of Snows Church are all here. The church may be the village’s first. The tour ends at a local bakery where the smell of freshly baked bread will greet you. The Rachol Village Walk Tour is ideal for visitors who want to see a Goan village up close.

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Beach Camping

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Do you want to camp out in the open, under the stars, by the sea? Then go to Goa. South Goa has many camping sites with a view of the mesmerizing sea. Cola Beach is a popular camping destination in South Goa. Camping at Cola Beach also allows for fishing and scuba diving. Other amenities like washrooms and Wi-Fi are available at the camps.

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Big Foot Museum

Big Foot Museum was founded and is run by artist Maendra Alvares. It is in the village of Loutolim, Salcete sub-district. A visit here provides a glimpse into Goan culture’s inspiring past.

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Visit a Wildlife Refuge

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Wildlife Refuge-South-Goa

One of the best things to do in South Goa is to visit one of the three beautiful wildlife reserves – Netravali, Bhagavan Mahavir, and Cotigao. You can choose any of these, but we recommend the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, about 10 km from Palolem. Il abrite a plethora of animals including the Indian Pangolin, mouse deer, and colorful birds like the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch and Malabar Trogon. Monkeys, snakes, frogs, and insects abound, as does the lush vegetation.

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