Goa is sunshine and fun. Be there at carnival time and you could enjoy a near-Rio experience. However, winters are just as good though monsoon may see fewer crowds. From north to south, Goa offers a series of experiences you will cherish. Just fly into Panaji or arrive here by train and set out to cruise in Goa.
Taxis can be terribly expensive, especially if you plan to explore all the places in North Goa or South Goa. The best way to get around is in a self drive car in Goa obtained from ziphop, one of the finest car rentals in Goa. You could just as well get a bike from ziphop in Goa. Drive right up to the north of Goa where you will find the quiet Arambol beach, an hour’s drive from Dabolim airport.
The beach has sand as well as rocks and a hill in the backdrop but the vibrant markets are equally attractive. From here to Morjim is a short hop. It is the choicest beach for Russians and it is known as Little Russia. Admire the Olive Ridley turtles, stay for the night if you like and sample the night life or take a detour to the Chapora Fort. North Goa is known for its variegated cuisine and you will love the restaurants and their international spread. Set out and explore Ashwem, Candolim, Baga, Calangute and Aguanda beaches if you like or just explore Chapora fort and Fort Aguada with its picturesque lighthouse dating back to the seventeenth century. It is not all beaches and forts in North Goa; you can drop in at the Mangueshi temple or admire the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception right in Panaji. From here you can go on to SE Cathedral Church, one of the biggest and with beautiful architecture. Not to be missed is the Basilica of Bom Jesus that houses the relics of St Francis. While in Panaji, drive around in the streets. There are a couple of markets you may like to explore, buy some cashew nuts and dine on street food.
From Panaji you can drive South in the ziphop rental car. You will find they are very accommodating and their rates are so fair you are tempted to extend your stay. The South of Goa has its fair share of beaches like Colva, Palolem, Agonda and Vasco da Gama. A surfeit of beaches may drive you away to different places and the town of Loutolim is perfect to get to know Portuguese culture. There is the Salvador de Mundo Church and the Big Foot Museum you should not miss. Spend the day walking around the streets. Chandor is another little town with a beautiful collection of Old Portuguese buildings. From here to Cabo de Rama is a short drive. It is one of the oldest forts in South Goa and gives you a glimpse into how they lived in those times. Can you miss the Dudhsagar falls? Certainly not…It is one of the highest waterfalls with frothy, milky water cascading down the ravine.