Things to do in Goa apart from visiting Goa beaches

Goa is indeed a beautiful place, full of surprises and exciting exploration. Most people plan their Goa sightseeing around the beaches of North Goa and South Goa, however, there are a ton of things to do in Goa apart from visiting Goa beaches.


Here are just 10 of our suggestions for some additional cool things to do in Goa:


Hot Air Ballooning


Goa is not only home to adventurous water activities but also air-borne activities. Hot-air ballooning is one of the best things to do in Goa if you want to enjoy the beauty of sun, sand, greenery from a vantage point. A hot-air balloon floats high up in the air and offers a stunning view of the calm blue waters, shimmering beaches, lush green scenery and a breathtaking panoramic view of Goa. Enjoy a fun ride with your family and friends as you fly over the enchanting landscape of Goa. This unique Goa sightseeing tour is a highly recommended add-on especially for a Goa honeymoon package.


Sailing/Yacht ride


Taking a yacht ride is one of the best ways to enjoy the surreal beauty of the Arabian Sea in Goa. Set sail across the deep blue waters and have an enthralling experience with your family and friends. Enjoy great views of the vast blue sea and the picturesque coastline of Goa in the distance. If you take the cruise at the right time, you could even have an opportunity to witness a mesmerizing sunset from the boat. A relaxed ride along with the cool sea-breeze will refresh your senses and will leave you with an unforgettable memory of your Goa trip.


Dolphin Spotting


Dolphin spotting is one of the major activity that is enjoyed by tourists booking Goa tour packages. The sight of dolphins dipping and swimming elegantly in their natural habitat is a wonderful sight to behold. One can take a boat ride and witness dolphins swimming alongside the boat. Experience a close encounter with these lovely creatures as they dance and twirl in the sea. Palolem Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Morjim Beach, Coco Beach and Cavelossim Beach are some of the best beaches in Goa that offer this enticing experience. It is possible to customize MakeMyTrip Goa packages to include this activity.


Go on a crocodile tour


A crocodile tour is a unique experience in Goa that will leave you breathless. A backwater boat cruise will take you through the marshy area of Goa surrounded by dense mangroves. The tour will give you an opportunity to watch wild crocodiles in their natural habitat. One can see marsh muggars, a unique species of crocodiles, relaxing by the banks of the river. This tour will also give you a chance to spot a variety of beautiful birds. For nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, this is an ideal experience to add to your Goa trip. This is also one of the best things to do in Goa if you are travelling with kids.




Apart from its pristine beaches and water adventures, Goa is also known for its thriving nightlife. Goa has an assortment of some of the best clubs in India. If you are a party animal and love grooving to your favourite beats while enjoying exotic drinks, then Goa is the place to be. Some of the hottest Goa places to party in are Love Passion Karma in Nerul and Club Cubana in Arpora. Enjoy a night full of trance music, neon lights, delectable food, amazing drinks and dance to your favourite international tracks until the sun comes up.


Spend an afternoon at a Beach Shack


Spend a laid-back afternoon at one of the many Beach Shacks in Goa. Goa’s beaches are lined with numerous shacks that are typical Goa tourist places offering wooden benches, beach loungers, and hammocks for a perfect relaxed afternoon. A beach shack is an ideal place to soak up the sun and read your favourite book, or just watch the waves. One can also indulge in authentic sea-food that is also served at these shacks.  Curlies Beach Shack at Anjuna beach is one of the most popular beach shacks in Goa. Bubble’s Beach Shack in Vagator, Brittos in Baga, and Pina Colada Beach Shack in Colva, are other popular Goa places where you can retreat to spend some quality time with your friends and family.


Visit a spice plantation


Add spice to your Goa sightseeing by visiting a spice plantation in Goa. Goa is home to many spice villages and farms, which can give you a glimpse into the manufacturing of spices. Enjoy exploring an aromatic spice plantation which will refresh your senses. Learn the process of growing a variety of spices as you walk through the plantation site. You can also buy and take home some of the freshly manufactured spices and seasonings. A spice plantation tour is a popular inclusion in Goa packages for families as well as couples.


Try a Goan meal


A trip to Goa is incomplete without indulging in an authentic Goan meal. With rich influences of Portuguese, Indian and Catholic flavours, Goan cuisine is popular among tourists as well as locals. One can try a variety of Goan dishes cooked with aromatic Goan spices which impart it a unique flavour. Relish the mouth-watering dishes like Goan fish curry, Chicken Xacuti, Prawn Vindaloo, and Bebinca, the traditional dessert of Goa. Pousada by the Beach, Martin’s Corner, Soi, Souza Lobo and Mum’s Kitchen are some of the best Goa restaurants which serve delectable and authentic Goan cuisine.


Hire a Scooty


One of the best ways to explore Goa is to hire a scooty and ride through the charming Goa city and village streets. Enjoy the beautiful sights of the picturesque beaches, vibrant shops and historical landmarks. Explore Goa city at your own pace and convenience without having to follow any guide or timings. Crash beach parties, stop by a beach for a leisure walk, discover local markets, relax at a shack and relish amazing sea-food, and marvel at Old Goan churches. This experience will give you an opportunity to discover Goa places in your own way. A scooty hire is a must-do if you are considering a Goa trip with your friends, or a Goa honeymoon package.


Go shopping in Panjim


From street markets to trendy malls, Panjim in North Goa is a paradise for shopping lovers. Wander through the Municipal Market which sells a wide variety of local handicrafts, authentic Goan spices, handmade jewellery, unique souvenirs etc. at a reasonable price. For branded items, one can visit various malls and high-end stores in Panjim. For instance, at Caculo Mall you can buy designer clothes from your favourite international brands. Barefoot is another store, where you can buy stylish Bohemian home décor items. For art lovers, Marcou Artifacts has Goan and Portuguese ceramics which you can take home as a memory of your Goa trip.




We hope this guide to Goa beaches as well as all the places to visit in Goa and the fun things to do in Goa will help you freeze your plan for your own Goa holiday. So go ahead and start shortlisting your preferred Goa packages, and let your Goa trip plan become a reality!