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It is the better half of Goa because Goa is divided into two parts North Goa and South Goa. The crowded beaches, the amazing nightlife, Goan trance, funky markets, great food and more aptly defines the spirit of North Goa. The district is always populated by tourists from around the globe who visit the place to experience its vibrant culture and lifestyle. North Goa receives maximum footfall during the tourist season as it is flocked by domestic and international tourists both. 

History of North Goa 

If we go back in the history of the city then we will come across the fact the North Goa was a part of the Sawantwadi kingdom of Marathas. North Goa was a hub of Marathas and Hindus till the time foreign invaders such as Britishers and Portuguese came to India and started capturing these kingdoms.  

In the 18th century, North Goa was captured by Portuguese and it remained their undisputed colony till 1961. After the formal annexation of Goa by the Union of India, Goa was recognized as a state with two districts namely North Goa and South Goa. Influences of Goa’s colonial history can be witnessed in its food, architecture, festivals, and culture, as all these have a little bit of Portuguese flavor. 

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Places to visit in North Goa

Vagator Beach

Explore the cracked rock surroundings at the beach that attract a large number of visitors. Apart from this, the beach is also famous for a number of music festivals. Vagator beach has two sorts of subdivisions the first part comprises of the flea market and shacks to eat while the other has various enthralling red cliffs that make this beach worth a visit.

Anjuna Beach

Nestled in the Aravalli hills and known for its flea market; explore the awestruck view this beach renders. Anjuna is a small village in North Goa and is best known for villas and homestays. If you stay close to the beach, you can witness the real scenic beauty of the sunsets on this beach. Tourists may also participate in the trance parties that happen frequently on the beach.

Calangute Beach

Also known as the 'queen of beaches' by a large number of tourists, the beach is a hub of water sports/activities such as parasailing, water surfing, jet skiing, and banana rides. One can also explore the handicraft showrooms from Indonesia, Tibet, and Kashmir, that are lined up alongside the main road on the beach. 

Sinquerim Beach

The most frequently visited beach by the adventure lovers is Sinquerim. It offers you the best opportunities to indulge in and enjoy water sports in Goa. Water sport activities like scuba diving, water- skiing, windsurfing and much more are popular here. Apart from that, a number of historical forts built by Portuguese are other major attractions around this beach.

Things to do in North Goa

Casino Palm 

Casino Palms is one of the most visited and most popular casinos of Goa. Tourists visit the casino to try their luck and have a great time with their friends and family. 

Anjuna Market 

This weekly flea market is another major tourist attraction in North Goa. Tourists can buy utility stuff such as t-shirts, bags, totes, etc. at great prices from the market. Apart from the utility stuff, the market also features exquisite handmade jewelry, statement pieces of art and sculptures made by knack artisans. 

Events and Festivals in and Around North Goa

Goa Liberation Day

Many tourists don’t know that Goa was not a part of Independent India. The state became a part of the Union of India much later in 1961. India liberated Goa from the Portuguese in 1961 and merged it into the mainland. Read more

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Since the state is highly dominated by the Christian religion, one shall find most of the fairs and festivals influenced by religion. One such festival that is celebrated with unmatched zest and zeal is Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Read more

Christmas Day

Though Christmas is celebrated all over the world, the way Goa does it is something different and fun to be a part of. During the time of Christmas and New Year, every beach, casino, restaurant, and the hotel gets decorated and visiting North Goa during this time is worth your time and money. Read more

Best time to visit North Goa

Although any time of the year is great to visit North Goa. The climate remains pleasant throughout the year due to its coastal location, yet if you wish to go by the expert recommendation then planning a trip between mid-November to mid-February is best. 

How to reach North Goa?

By Road. A trip to Goa by road is a dream for many and if you are planning one soon then the following piece of information will be helpful for you. By road, one has to cover an approx. distance of 1,900, 580, 2,100 and 600 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Apart from that one may also go for inter-state tourist buses to travel to North Goa. 

By Rail. Dabolim railway station is the nearest railway station to reach North Goa. The train route will be an opportunity to enjoy the surreal views of the adjoining states and villages en route Goa. The Dabolim station receives trains from all the metro cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. 

By Air. Dabolim airport is the nearest airport to reach North Goa. One has to cover a distance of approx. 35km to reach North Goa via taxi or a bus. The airport receives direct domestic and international flights hence booking flights would not be a problem. 

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