Goa is divided into two parts North Goa and South Goa. What separates North Goa from the South Goa is the crowded beaches, the amazing nightlife, Goan trance, funky markets, great food. All of this 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 both domestic and international tourists. 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.
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, mainly 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 still be witnessed in its food, architecture, festivals, and culture, as all these have a little bit of Portuguese flavour associated with them.
1. 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.
2. Anjuna Beach. Nestled in the Aravalli hills and known for its flea market; explore the gorgeous 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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 jewellery, statement pieces of art and sculptures made by knack artisans.
North Goa is truly an unforgettable tourist destination to explore in India. It is situated at an approximate distance of 1,869, 579, 2,129, and 577 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can travel to Goa by the following means of transportation.
By Air. Dabolim airport is the nearest airport to reach North Goa. It operates in a military base namely INS Hansa. One has to cover a distance of approx. 35km to reach North Goa via taxi or a bus after deboarding at the airport. The airport receives direct domestic and international flights from multiple destinations, hence booking flights would not be a problem.
By Rail. Dabolim railway station or the Karmali Railway Stations are 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. These stations connect many Indian cities with North Goa in particular. Once you deboard at the station, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation.
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. It is well-connected by motorable roads and national highways. You can go for inter-state tourist buses to travel to North Goa, otherwise, you can hire a cab or self-drive as per your convenience.
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