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Places to visit in Goa | 4 Day detailed itinerary

Goa is one of the best destinations in India.  The season from Oct – Feb is the best season to visit Goa. I stayed in Goa for 2 years and have been able to explore places to visit in Goa. This itinerary would help you to plan your Goa trip. I have covered the best places to visit in Goa along with some recommendations for breakfast, dinner and nightlife. So, when you plan your next trip, keep this Goa itinerary handy!   There are many entry points in Goa. The two railway stations are located in Thivim & Madgao. If you are reaching Goa by bus, you can drop at Mapusa, Panaji as well as Madgao. This itinerary of 4 days/3 nights covers both, North Goa & South Goa. This itinerary will help you cover best places to visit in Goa.   I have suggested 1 night stay in South Goa and 2 night stay in North Goa. Your stay in South Goa will help you cover pristine, white sand beaches and North Goa stay will let you witness some of the famous landmarks in Goa.   If you are looking for stay option, I can recommend an amazing Villa! Drop me an email at Umang@travelmax.in and I will get you a good deal.

Here’s your 4 day itinerary for Goa.

Day 1

Candolim – Old Goa – Panajim – Dona Paula – Panjim – Candolim

For the first two nights, consider accommodation in Candolim, Goa. It will help you cover some of the North Goa attractions. I have stayed at Maggie’s Resort & Shalom Resort in past. I would recommend both of them. Both are budget hotels with swimming pools. However, Shalom resort has much smaller pool than Maggie’s Resort.

Once you have checked in your hotel, freshen up and proceed for breakfast.I would  recommend Chocolatti in Candolim. Here, you can order english breakfast along with  fresh  juice or a cup of coffee. The ambiance is really nice and you will have a pleasant time.

Chocolatti (Places to visit in Goa)Chocolatti, Goa  (Source) – Places to visit in Goa

After having a delicious breakfast, head towards Old Goa. You can rent a car or a bike to  reach here. The distance to Old Goa from Candolim is around 24 KMs. In Old Goa, you can witness the grandeur of historical monuments.

Old Goa (Places to visit in Goa)Old Goa (Places to visit in Goa)

Once you have admired the beautiful structures of Old Goa, visit Panjim to savor delicious lunch. My personal favorite is Gene. Located next to the calm river mandovi, this place offers you amazing food. Cheese Garlic naan is my favorite dish here. If you want to try some authentic sea – food, Ritz is the perfect place for you.

After having sumptuous lunch, head towards Dona Paula to witness the beautiful setting sun. if you still have time before the sun sets, stop at Miramar which appears on  the way to Dona Paula. Miramar is not one of the best places to visit in Goa. So, if you want  to spend more time at Dona paula, you can skip it. Dona Paula is a jetty which will  offer you  spectacular view of the pristine arabian sea. As you witness the sun hiding  behind the  waves, you will gradually be in awe of the panoramic view.

Sunset at Dona Paula (Places to visit in Goa)Sunset at Dona Paula (Places to visit in Goa)

Leave Dona Paula soon after sunset as Goa roads become busy. Come back to the main city of Panjim.   To end your 1st day in Goa perfectly, I suggest you two activities:Dancing & Gambling. You can head towards DTR (Down The Road) or a Casino. DTR is a small pub located close to Nescafe. It can offer you good music and affordable drinks. However, if you want to try out some gambling, head towards any of the Casinos floating on Mandovi River. I had visited Deltin Royale and had an amazing night. Casinos are open throughout  the night and are the best places to visit in Goa. So,  you can combine both these suggested activities.

DTR (Places to visit in Goa)

Down The Road, Panajim (Source) – Places to visit in Goa

In case you just want to have a peaceful dinner, visit Quater-Deck, a river side restaurant. If you are in exploratory mode, visit Fidalgo and check out various restaurants here. There is also a food street located right opposite Fidalgo. You will find a wide variety of food items here.

Once you have enjoyed to your fullest, call it a night and return back to candolim. Day 2 is going to be even more fun by covering many places to visit in Goa!

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Day 2

Candolim – Arambol – Ashwem – Fort Chapora – Vagator – Candolim

 On Day 2, start with breakfast at Inferno. Order some delicious eggs or savour the lip-smacking pancakes.

Next, head towards Arambol beach. Located at a distance of 26 KMs from candolim, Arambol is considered to be one of the best beaches in North Goa. Spend some time  shopping. Later, grab a beer and relax at a shack as the clean sea waves reflect the  gradually soaring sun. You can also try paragliding here

Arambol Beach (Places to visit in Goa)

Arambol Beach (Source) – Places to visit in Goa

For lunch, head towards Lamuella Boutique for some exquisite cuisine. If you are in  mood to try authentic North Indian food, Pajis is the place for you.

Once you have relished some delicious food, head towards Ashwem beach. This pristine beach with fine sand is perfect to laze around. It is located at a distance of 6-7 KMs from  Arambol, towards Candolim. Spend some afternoon time here at a shack. Order a  cocktail and relax.

Next stop, Fort Chapora. Located near Vagator beach, this fort is the famous “Dil Chahta Hai” fort. The fort offers you the best views of the sunset. To reach the sunset viewpoint, you might have to trek a little. Hence, make it a point to reach in time. Reach the view-point and wait for the sun to set. If you are facing west, on the right-hand side you will notice Morjim Beach and on the left, Vagator beach. From the top, you will see the Arabian sea create stunning patterns. Enjoy the amazing sunset as the boats return from their fishing trips.

Sunset at Chapora Fort (Places to visit in Goa)

Sunset at Chapora Fort (Places to visit in Goa)

Once you have trekked down, head towards the nearby Vagator beach. As the evening colors change, take a peaceful stroll on the beach. Join the locals playing football or just dip your feet in the ocean.

Head back to Candolim to indulge in some lip-smacking dinner with exquisite cocktails & live music. If it’s Saturday, check out Arpora Saturday Night Market before dinner. Arpora night market can top all the places to visit in Goa if you are looking for unique experiences.

In case you want to party hard, Club Cabana is the place to be! The tagline, “Night Club in the sky” is almost literal. Club Cabana is located in Arpora which is around 6 KMs from Candolim. This club is not open in off-season. So, it is recommended to check the status before visiting. Other recommended night life spots are SinQ in Candolim or Cafe Capetown in Baga. In case you want to sing your way along, St Anthony’s, Baga will be your best bet!

If you would like to have peaceful dinner, I would suggest L’Orange. You can choose from a wide variety of cocktails here along with tasty food. Also, you can enjoy live music here. Over the flames is another recommended restaurant in candolim. It serves delicious food and is good value for money. Another amazing option for dinner is Sunny Side up. The restaurant offers lip-smacking dinner along with view of the sea. Dig in that delicious dish served as the gentle sea breeze soothes your senses.

Wrap up your night by visiting Lower Agauda Fort, behind Taj Vivanta, at Sinquerim beach. Don’t confuse it with Agauda fort which is way too commercial. Lower Agauda Fort will provide you pristine view of the ocean and if the tide is high, you will be able to enjoy the arabian sea splashes. If you wish, you can grab a hot chocolate in Taj, resulting to an epic end of Day 2.

Lower Aguada (Places to visit in Goa)

Lower Aguada (Source) (Places to visit in Goa)

Day 3

Candolim – Colva – Benaulim/Sernabatim/Varca – Betalbatim – Palolem

On Day 3, you can explore South Goa. South Goa has all the best places to visit in Goa!

Check out from your Candolim Hotel and head towards South. Before getting on road, you can relish delicious breakfast at Mango Groove. It is located on the main candolim road and serves decent food. Post breakfast, your next stop will be Margao. This 2nd largest city of Goa is located at a distance of 44 KMs from Candolim. After reaching Margao, head towards Colva beach to enjoy delicious lunch along with some chilled beer. Mickey’s Restaurant would be a recommended choice here. Your other options can be Jamies for the variety of cuisines they offer. However, it is not located on the beach.

Post lunch, you can explore the nearby South Goa beaches. You can visit Benaulim, Sernabatim  & Varca beach to witness the calm & pristine Arabian sea waters. Enjoy some leisure time at  these clean Goa beaches. You can find some shacks at Benaulim which can serve you chilled beer or a warm cup of coffee. All these 3 beaches offer you spectacular sunset view. Just let the evening pass by and relax. That’s what South Goa beaches are known for. Sernabatim beach is  my personal favorite. It is less crowded as there is only one shack. Perfect for a peaceful time.  Also, these beaches are very clean. Hence, you can consider taking a dip in the ocean as it  changes hues along with the setting sun.


Sernabatim Beach (Places to visit in Goa)

Sun-kissed beach, Sernabatim (Places to visit in Goa)

After spending 4-5 hours at the beaches, get ready to have the time of your life! Think no more and  head towards Betalbatim beach. Here, you can find the best restaurant in South Goa, Martin’s  Corner.

I highly recommend this restaurant for mainly 3 reasons. Wide variety of cuisine, lip-smacking food & live music. The music is simply amazing as the singer takes you through a joy ride. I have never seen such a varied collection of compositions being played in a restaurant. Price maybe slightly towards the higher side. But, it is totally worth it.

Post dinner and some fun to remember, head towards Palolem beach, located at a distance of 43 KMs from Martin’s Corner. In Palolem, there are plenty of accommodation options available. You can take a cottage close to the beach and wake up next morning to the music of ocean. Also, Palolem has some of the best restaurants in Goa for breakfast. Hence, I would recommend staying your last night at Palolem.

Reach Palolem, check in your cottage and take a stroll at the beach. If you are tired, just relax as the sound of waves put you to sleep.

Day 4


It’s your last day in Goa. Relax. Spend the day peacefully at Palolem, one of the best places to visit in Goa!

The morning waves of the Arabian sea crashing on Palolem beach will start your morning perfectly. I recommend to get up early and take a dip in the calm ocean till the sun starts shining. Once you are refreshed with the morning swim in the ocean, head for breakfast. I would recommend Ciaran’s for great coffee and English breakfast. This beach shack is located right on the beach. It gives you amazing view of the Arabian sea. Another recommended restaurants for breakfast would be Cafe Inn or Little world. Both of these restaurants serve amazing breakfast and will leave you completely satisfied.

Post relishing breakfast, opt for a boat ride to Butterfly Beach or Honeymoon beach. For  reaching butterfly beach, you will have to take the boat. However, in order to reach  Honeymoon beach, kayaking would be ideal. You can hire a Kayak at Rs 150-200 per  hour and paddle your way in the relatively calm & deep waters. It’s an exciting adventure  when you realize that if your kayak topples, you might plunge 100 meters in the ocean.  However, you will be wearing the life jacket which will prevent you from drowning. In  case your return journey from Goa does not start till late night, you can keep boating & kayaking in  evening.

Palolem Beach - View from the boat (Places to visit in Goa)

Palolem Beach – View from the boat (Places to visit in Goa)

Palolem is the best beach in South Goa as it offers amazing restaurants, water sports like kayaking, breath-taking view and clean white sand. I would recommend spending  the whole day here lazing around and admiring the surrounding beauty. End the day by relaxing at Cocktails & Dreams or Papilon’s Restaurant while sipping your favourite cocktail. The sunset at Palolem is simply spectacular. You would feel like you have entered a different universe.

Cocktails & Dreams, Palolem (Places to visit in Goa)

Cocktails & Dreams, Palolem (Places to visit in Goa)

Palolem will help you end your Goa trip perfectly. Start your return journey from Goa, reminiscing the awesome memories you just made.

I hope you liked the itinerary. What do you think about it? let me know in the comments. In case you have recommendations for restaurants or hotels, I would love to know about them. In case you would like to know about things to do in Goa apart from visiting beaches, do give my previous post a read.




Umang Trivedi


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  • kunjan

    February 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm Reply

    nice to see you sharing such good first hand knowledge. Keep travelling… !!

  • Balvi

    March 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm Reply

    I quite like reading through an article that can make people think about planning a trip! Cheers!

    • Umang Trivedi

      March 3, 2015 at 10:01 am Reply

      Thanks! I am happy that the article helped you.

  • Akshay Naik

    March 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Hi Umang Trivedi
    I saw your Profile on google plus today and noticed your have just shared awesome blog posts there

    Thanks for sharing this blog post with us. I also shared this blog in my twitter account

  • Jaydeep Adhiya

    July 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Excellent Article. Very well written. Reminded me of my 2 Goa Visits. Many places mentioned by you have been visited by me.

    Want to add just 2 Hotels where I had stayed during my 2 Visits. Estrela Do Mar in Calangute and Santana Beach Resort in Candolim. Both are excellent budget hotels, bang on the beach. Had a satisfactory experience at both the hotels.

    • Umang Trivedi

      July 6, 2015 at 6:18 pm Reply

      I am glad you liked Jaydeep. And thanks for recommending two more hotels 🙂

  • mrinal

    July 21, 2015 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Cn u pls add as in wat all beaches n resorts are closed during september

    • Umang Trivedi

      July 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm Reply

      Hi Mrinal, September is just before season. So, all the beaches are open!

  • Suma

    September 11, 2015 at 11:37 am Reply

    Hi Umang,

    Me and my husband are heading a trip to Goa this September. We have already booked two hotels on alternate days in Calangute. Can it be possible to stay at Candolim in between these two days? Actually, I have no idea about the distance between the two. Pls help.

    • Umang Trivedi

      September 11, 2015 at 11:42 am Reply


      Yes! You can stay one day in Candolim as well in between. However, the distance between Candolim and Calangute is not more than 2 KMs. So, I wouldn’t recommend shifting to Candolim for a night an again return to Calangute. You can cover Candolim at ease by staying at Calangute itself!

  • Kunal

    November 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Hey Umang. This article actually inspired me to visit goa. 3 of us are planning to go to goa in december. I wanted to know if it recommended to visit goa in december because I heard it is too crowded. Also i’d like to know if the beaches you mentioned have water sports like paragliding, scuba diving, banana boat etc. And also, how much would the expenditure be if we were to spend our holiday exactly like you said?

    • Umang Trivedi

      November 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm Reply

      Hi Kunal,

      I’m glad you liked the post. If you go in December, the weather would be delightful. But, yes, it would be crowded. However, it is generally lesser crowded in the 1st half of December as compared to 2nd half (post 15th). So, maybe you can go before 15th December.

      For water sports, I would recommend Calangute or Colva beach. These beaches have the maximum options for water sports. Calangute is in North & Colva, south.

      For the itinerary which I have suggested, it might reach upto 5-6k, not including flights or trains.

      Hope I answered your questions satisfactorily.


  • jayachandar

    November 15, 2015 at 8:49 am Reply

    thanks a lot Umang.. 🙂
    itinerary in this blog just suits my requirement. no need to look elsewhere for my 4days goa trip in dec second week.

    • Umang Trivedi

      November 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm Reply

      Hi Jayachandra,

      I’m glad you found this useful! Enjoy your stay in Goa 🙂

  • Guneet

    December 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm Reply

    thanks a lot Umang.. 🙂
    itinerary in this blog is very helpful. Help a lot in planning for my 5 days goa trip in jan end .
    any recommendation for adventure activities and car rental.
    Also want to cover Dudsagar Falls,so any suggestion regarding that.


    December 26, 2015 at 11:41 am Reply

    Hi Umang..
    Could you please tell us about Ozran beach? As we are planning a trip to goa in Feb and we are planning to book Ozran heights beach resort.. Also it would be really helpful if you could provide your opinion regarding the resort?

    • Umang Trivedi

      December 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Hi Karan,

      Ozran beach is lesser known and hence not much crowded. In addition, the Ozran heights beach resort is a great property. You can definitely go ahead and plan your stay there


    December 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm Reply

    Really hepful..
    Thanks Umang..

  • Yuvraj

    January 3, 2016 at 12:36 am Reply

    Great article, helped me out for last 3 days in Goa. I want to do a spice plantation tour (hopefully with elephants), crocodile your, maybe some dolphin watching and something else related to animals. I can’t find any guided tours anywhere, but I do have a bike. Also, how do the beaches work? Are there lockers, do the shacks look after your stuff for you if I decide to go for a swim? And also, it’d be great if you could recommend me the quietest beach. As beautiful most of the beaches are they’re far too crowded and not relaxing. ( i know I know it’s season, but there must be) thanks a million

    • Umang Trivedi

      January 4, 2016 at 11:16 am Reply

      Hi Yuvraj,

      I’m glad the article helped you. Spice plantation tours are really good. Not sure about elephant ride there though. All the beaches don’t have lockers. The ones that do aren’t that reliable. The best way is to leave everything at your hotel or take turns to dip in the ocean, so that someone can keep an eye on the stuff. The shacks generally do not take responsibility of your stuff. But, you can choose to trust them. However, they can later throw their hands in the air and refuse knowledge of anything.

      Sernabatim is a very chilled out beach in South Goa. In North Goa, most of them are crowded. However, Ashwem is one of the calmer beaches in the North.

  • Bhaveen

    February 4, 2016 at 11:41 am Reply

    We r 8 friends going to Goa for the first time, i loved your itinerary and have printed it and we are gonna follow it strictly, and i am very much excited about Kayaking to reach honeymoon beach as i haev done it in river i want to experience it in beach now. thanx for the post keep writing keep enjoying,

  • VJ

    February 11, 2016 at 11:21 am Reply

    Hi Umang,

    Thanks for the beautiful Blog really useful
    We are couple arriving on 13FEB and we will staying in one of our cousin home in panaji.
    We would like visit calm and yet few water games in Beach and also we be travelling to beach , so once we are in beach can we keep our belonings in any of the changing room or can keep them in vehicle itself and how about the rooms near beach for changing as we havn’t booked any room

    • Umang Trivedi

      February 11, 2016 at 11:23 am Reply

      Sounds great!

      • VJ

        February 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm Reply

        And my question is will there be any refreshing rooms near by beaches, if so are they safe.

        • Umang Trivedi

          February 15, 2016 at 1:37 am Reply

          Well, at some beaches like Calangute and Baga, you might find refreshing rooms. But, I can’t assure their reliability. You can take a call after visiting the place

  • Bhanu singh

    March 22, 2016 at 11:33 am Reply

    We r planning to visit goa in june…will there be fun or not in the month of june

    • Umang Trivedi

      March 22, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply

      Hi! June is a great season for Goa according to me. It’s less crowded, green, cool and rainy! Goa’s beauty really blossoms in June – July

  • Sachin

    December 10, 2016 at 11:10 pm Reply

    I am going to make a trip to goa for 5d/4n. Suggest me a plan for stay and trip.

  • Daven Morgan

    January 11, 2017 at 2:29 pm Reply

    Thanks for article……..Goa is such a place that is mostly visited all round a year by a large no. of population and it is famous for its Beaches and Old Churches. The European Architecture is also very famous and looks attractive.

  • Pushpak

    January 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm Reply

    Hi Umang,

    We are 8 friends planned Goa trip for 25th to 29th Jan. We will reach to calangute on 25th Jan evening. We are visiting Goa first time and want to make this trip best trip. Please suggest. Your website is very helpful for us. It will be great if you can suggest a better plan for use. Please help.

    Thanks In Advance..!!

    God bless you.

  • Chandrima

    January 17, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Hi Umang,

    Great post. We are planning a girls’ trip to Goa in August. Can you tell what all activities will not be allowed in the rainy season? What other problems we may face?

  • Shweta

    February 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Awesome info Umang 🙂 we are plang our visit in March second week..ur itinerary wl b of gr8 help 🙂 wanted to knw any good hotels near the beaches.

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