Are you in a party mood? Then north Goa can be the perfect place for you. From amazing beaches, great food to the famous shacks, north Goa is the complete package that can help you enjoy to the fullest. This list here is an amalgamation of the best things to do in North Goa. Have a look at the list and make sure to try all of them while you visit this most amazing place. This will surely make your trip memorable at this amazing destination.
20 Things to Do in North Goa for a Complete Experience
1. Get a Hang of Scuba Diving
Scuba diving in north Goa is one of the most recommended things to do. Not only because the place is full of fun but north Goa is known to have many varieties of species that cannot be found anywhere else. North Goa is at the third position in terms of scuba diving all over India. As Goa shares its border with the Arabian Sea, there are many varieties that can be seen in reef sharks, turtles, aquatic plants, etc.
- Price: INR 1500 – 3000 per person
- Location: Grande Island, Nagoa, Candolim, Sao Gorge Island
2. Visiting Fort Aguada
If you are a nature’s lover and is interested in witnessing an amazing sight of blue water amongst the beautiful surroundings then visiting Fort Aguada must be on your list of things to do in North Goa. This place attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. The fort stands high signifying the glory and spirit of the empire of Portuguese. The place is the best for relaxing and enjoying some peaceful time.
- Price: No entry fee
- Location: Aguada-Siolim Road in Sinquerim (Candolim, Goa)
3. Explore the Banana Boat Ride
This activity delivers most of the fun side to the visitors. It is one of the most entertaining water sports that the tourists and visitors of Goa experience in the Arabian Sea. A banana shaped boat with a sitting capacity of 4-6 people is used for experiencing a thrilling ride in the water. The ride sometimes may get flung in the water but it can every time be started as fresh all over again. The months of October to March makes the best time for trying this ride.
- Price: INR 200 -500 per person for 15 minutes
- Location: Popular Goa beaches like Agonda, Calangute, Baga, Palolem, Anjuna, and Candolim
4. Get Adventurous with Snorkelling
It is one of the most popular things to do in north Goa. The thrill and excitement of experiencing tropical fish and coral in the crystal clear blue water are just amazing. Just when you are completed with your snorkelling activity, you then can sit on the white sand of the beach and take a sunbath. You can also admire the beauty of the place by relaxing and sitting in the warm sun. The total time that one gets, for all these experiences is 4 hours.
- Price: INR 1300 – 2500 per person
- Location: Sinquerim beach, Grande beach, Palolem beach
5. Trekking at Dudhsagar Falls
Dudsagar is one of the tallest waterfalls in India. Now imagine the fun and excitement that one would get while trekking along this route. Wouldn’t it be great? You can experience the awesomeness of this trek route if visiting Dudsagar is one of your planned affairs.
The trekking becomes worth as one can get to see the memorizing beauty of the tallest waterfalls. There are many simple ways to reach the place and thus it becomes one of the most visited places in North Goa.
- Price: INR 20 per person, INR 300 for carrying a camera and INR 5000 for carrying a professional camera
6. Experience Kayaking
If you visit Goa then kayaking must be one of the things to do in north Goa. As Goa is popular for its beauty, Kayaking is one such attraction by which you can admire the beauty of nature for as long as you can. Paddling through the boat at your own speed makes the experience of kayaking one of the best in admiring the beauty of the place. These rides are absolutely safe and are easy to try and therefore most people love to try these.
- Price: INR 500 – 3000 per head
- Location: Bicholim Taluka, Goa
7. Ferry Ride Travel
The ferry ride is generally a preferred choice for people who want to witness the rural side of Goa. Travelling in a large ferry boat with your family members or loved ones in your own taxi or car is one unique experience in itself. Moreover, the ferry ride is one of the most affordable activities that one can do in North Goa. Experiencing the beautiful sunset in the ferry boat adds to the beauty of the ride.
- Price: INR 20 – 50 per person
- Location: Panaji and Betim for the Back Road to Candolim and Calangute along with many other routes
8. Cruise Ride is a Must
The cruise ride in north Goa needs no introduction as it is one of the most famous things to do in North Goa and is famous in the entire world. There are many entertaining activities that one can experience in the cruise and it is open to people of all age groups.
This, 2 hours of the ride, can add many bright colours in your life along with giving you a lifelong experience to remember. Besides being one of the best ways to cherish the beauty of the place, the cruise can itself be admired for its beautiful decorations.
- Price: INR 300 per person
- Location: Panaji Jetty at Mandovi River
The museum which was open to the people in the year 1998 has now become one of the major attractions of North Goa. It is one of the most visited places by the tourists. The museum is all about the aviation history of India. The major attraction of this place is its vast collection of vintage engines, aircraft, weapons, etc. It is Asia’s only naval museum and is at the seventh position in the world.
- Price: INR 30 and INR 50 for clicking pictures
- Location: Bogmalo beach
10. Try Spotting a Dolphin
This is one of the most tried activities in the north Goa. People from all around the world come to experience this joyful sight of spotting a dolphin. There’s nothing that you have to actually do besides sitting in the relaxing position and enjoying the dolphin’s actions.
The dolphins are trained and therefore they portray different moves and activities on the action of the instructor along with the beat of the music.
- Price: INR 200 – 400 per person
- Location: Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Coco, Palolem, and Morjim
11. Mapusa Market Visit
When visiting a new place shopping is a must activity for many of us. Isn’t it? And when it comes to Goa, there can be no better place for shopping than the Mapusa market. The market is famous for all sorts of handicraft items, clothing, etc. The market generally witnesses maximum crowd on Fridays and thus you need to be a bit early before all the stuff gets finished. One of the best advantages of this market is its affordability.
- Price: Depends on your shopping
- Location: Mapusa City, North Goa
12. Jet Ski Ride Experience
Out of the many adventurous water sports, north Goa is extremely famous for Jet Ski rides. It is although a difficult task for many people; still, they can experience this adventure by sitting behind the rider. However, if you have an adventurous streak then you even can ride the Jet Ski all by yourself. The fun and thrill of riding in a fast speed Jet Ski cannot be explained in words unless it is experienced.
- Price: INR 400, 1000 and 1500 for 2, 10 and 15 minutes respectively
- Location: Colva beach, Candolim beach, Rajbaga beach, Calangute beach, Miramar beach and last but not the least Benaulim beach
13. Parasailing Adventures
It is one of the most thrilling activities that one can easily try on the beaches of Goa. The parachutes are tied to the speedboats which sail at a very fast speed and this makes the person fly like a bird.
The person tied to the parachute can enjoy the amazing view of North Goa right above sailing on the blue ocean and various beaches of Goa. You won’t be disappointed by this activity as it will be once in a lifetime experience.
- Price: INR 700- 1500
- Location: Candolim beach, Anjuna beach, Baga beach, Dona Paula beach, and Majorda beach
14. Take a Trip to Chapora Fort
The fort was once a beautiful fort that was built on the Chapora River by Adil Shah. The name Chapora means the town of the Shahs. Though with time most of the fort is ruined, there are still many places around the fort that attracts the tourists. Most of the tourists prefer taking pictures near the outer wall of the fort for preserving the moment in their memory. The same fort was featured in the blockbuster movie Dil Chahta Hai.
- Price: No entry fee
- Location: Close to Vagator beach
15. Get Close to Nature at Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park
No one is unaware of the connection of north Goa with nature. However, the north side of Goa also is connected with the famous Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park. There are many animal species that can be experienced during the visit to this place.
Some of the most exciting animal species that this place is a home for are leopards, spotted deer, jungle cats, pythons, squirrels, cobras, etc. If you love the nature then visiting this place should be one of the things to do in North Goa.
- Price: INR 10 for kids and INR 20 for adults, INR 30 for carrying a camera and INR 50 for carrying a video camera
- Location: Near the Mollem village
16. Relax at the Arvalem Waterfalls
This waterfall is one of the most amazing and beautiful waterfalls in North Goa. The waterfall is at a height and thus the water at the bottom makes a lake at the bottom. This pool is a great attraction for the swimmers and thus attracts many tourists and visitors.
The sight of the waterfall is significant for specifying the beauty of the place. It can be visited for experiencing a cold breeze and relaxed time. This is one perfect place for lightening the stressed mood.
- Price: No fee
- Location: Near Mapusa in north Goa
17. Spice Plantation Tour
North Goa is all about the various spices that are world famous. The delicious cuisines that most of the people love when visiting Goa are all because of the spices that are used. Hence, one of the things to do in North Goa would be to have a spice plantation tour for knowing more about the spices used in the cuisine. The whole tour is so scheduled that most of the unique spices are covered in this tour.
- Price: INR 300 – 500 per person
- Location: Savoi, Panjim
18. Fun with an Elephant Ride
One of the greatest tourist attractions of north Goa is an elephant ride. This elephant ride helps the tourists to get a sneak peak in the traditional life in Goa along with witnessing the natural beauty of the place. Many elephant rides are also available at the wildlife sanctuaries where the tourists and even the local residents of Goa get to witness many varieties of animals. It is a very adventurous experience that attracts many people towards the elephant rides.
- Price: INR 100 – 500 depending on the duration of the ride
- Location: Bhagwan Mahaveer wildlife sanctuary and Bondla wildlife sanctuary
19. Goan Cultural Show- Make a Presence
The Goa trip can never be complete if you haven’t experienced the Goan cultural show. There are many diversifying acts representing the different cultures of the place. With a great energetic crowd to live and great music, the Goan cultural show is one of the major highlight of north Goa and therefore it becomes one of the things to do in north Goa. People can groove to the amazing music and enjoy at their best in this high energy cultural show of north Goa.
- Price: INR 500 – 2000 per person
- Location: Panaji
20. Get a Tattoo
Many people enjoy getting tattoos on them and for them, there can be no better place than North Goa. From a variety of the tattoo designs, tattoo artists to being an affordable place for crafting a tattoo, north Goa is just amazing in this department.
Getting a tattoo is a trend that is seen in the younger generation. However, with time, this trend is being followed by many older people as well. Considering the craze that people have for getting tattoos in north Goa, the tattoo artists are known as the real artists of the place.
- Price: Depends on the design and other factors of the tattoo
- Location: Calangute beach and the northern coast of Goa
Apart from this, North Goa is an ultimate party destination so clubbing and visiting discotheques at night is a normal thing to do when on this side of the city.
However, these are some of the most thrilling, amazing and interesting things to do in north Goa. Many tourists and visitors visit the place for experiencing these activities. Are you ready for cherishing all these activities on your next visit to North Goa? Share your experience of visiting the place and trying these activities by commenting below.