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How to Spend 1 Day in Goa

How to Spend 1 Day in Goa

If you only have one day in Goa, you may just want to spend your time on the beach; after all, that's what this coastal Indian state is best known for. However, if you're more of an active traveler, then it’s worth checking out Goa's beautiful temples and historic Portuguese churches and homes. Here's how to do it all in one day.

Morning: Portuguese Panjim

Start your day off in the city of Panaji (Panjim), which has been Goa's capital city since 1759, when a bubonic plague outbreak forced the government to move the capital from what is now known as Old Goa. Panaji is full of lovely Portuguese architecture and home to some of the most authentic, charming neighborhoods in the state. Start in Fontainhas, home of mid-19th-century houses and the Chapel of St. Sebastian. Then make way your north to Sao Tome, the other major Portuguese neighborhood, known for colorful Portuguese architecture and a variety of old public buildings, including a tobacco trading house turned post office.

Afternoon: Old Goa and Shantadurga Temple

In the afternoon, head to Old Goa (Velha Goa), the former colonial capital of Goa. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to several significant churches, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus and St. Catherine’s Cathedral (aka Sé Cathedral). The basilica is among the oldest churches in India and holds the remains of Goa's patron saint, Francis Xavier, while the cathedral is celebrated for its relics and religious artwork. After visiting Old Goa, make your way south to Shantadurga Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess of peace. Its architecture blends Indian and Portuguese influences, with the red walls and white trim seen throughout Portuguese Goa.

Night: Beach Sunset and Nightlife

As the afternoon winds down, make your way north to Sinquerim Beach for sunset. The best vantage point is the 17th-century Aguada Fort, which offers views of the Arabian Sea. From here, head north along the coast, perhaps stopping in busy Calangute for dinner, before checking out some of Goa’s many nightlife options. If you’re more into commercial and Bollywood music, your best bet is Tito’s on Baga Beach. If electronic music is more your jam, go farther north to Anjuna Beach (where regular electronic dance parties take place) or head up to Hilltop, an outdoor nightclub specializing in Goa’s homegrown Goa trance music.

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Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa

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Uncover Portuguese history and influence on this private half-day Portuguese heritage tour from Goa. Gain a deeper understanding of the state’s colonial past on visits to Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Born Jesus—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This epic tour includes a visit to the city of Panaji, where you see the impact of the Portuguese in Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter. Catch incredible views of the Arabian Sea from the Dona Paula Jetty before enjoying a traditional lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.00
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$87.00
Price varies by group size
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Goa Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Goa Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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You don’t have to rack up big taxi fares while traveling around India. This Goa hop-on hop-off tour is the perfect way to get around without spending a ton of money on rides. The hop-on hop-off busses conveniently run every 45 minutes, and provide stops at 19 places around the western state. Plus, you can listen to onboard commentary about Goa and use the onboard Wi-Fi as you ride.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.77
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Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch

Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch

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Experience the culture of Goa, sample its aromatic cuisine, and gain an insider’s understanding of Hindu religion on this full-day private tour. Explore Ancestral Goa with your guide and learn about efforts to preserve art, culture, and the environment. Check out two Hindu temples that showcase Portuguese influence and visit a spice village where you unlock the secrets of India’s most prized export. Hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as a traditional Indian lunch, are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.02
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$116.02
Price varies by group size
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Panjim Heritage walk with professional guide and option of pickup and drop

Panjim Heritage walk with professional guide and option of pickup and drop

Take a heritage walk through Panaji with an expert archaeologist guide, who will teach you all about the historical and cultural significance of the churches, temples, and typical homes of the city. This part of India is culturally unique, and your local guide will explain this so you get a better understanding of Goa. This tour is best suited to active travelers, as a moderate amount of walking is involved.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.34
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$53.34
Price varies by group size
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