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How to Spend 2 Days in Goa

How to Spend 2 Days in Goa

With two days in Goa, you’ll be able to get a good feel for the northern part of the state’s rich Portuguese history and still have plenty of time for outdoor activities, beach lounging, and partying. Here’s how to plan 48 hours in Goa. 

Day 1: Old Goa, Panaji, and Goan Nightlife

**Morning:**Start your stay in Old Goa, the historic Portuguese capital of the area and home to some of Goa’s finest churches: art-filled St. Catherine’s Cathedral (aka Sé Cathedral) and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the remains of Goa’s patron saint, Francis Xavier, are interred.

  

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head to the Goan capital of Panaji (Panjim) and grab lunch before continuing your exploration of Portuguese architecture. Two neighborhoods are particularly worth visiting: Fontainhas, with its 19th-century homes and the Chapel of Saint Sebastian, and Sao Tome, full of colorful old public buildings.

**Night:**In the evening, check out some of Goa’s famous nightlife. Electronic-music fans are best off heading north to Anjuna and Vagator, where the state’s homegrown Goa trance music dominates the scene. For commercial and Bollywood sounds, the famous Tito’s on Baga Beach is your best bet.

Day 2: Beaches and Waterways

**Morning:**Devote your second day in Goa to the outdoors. Start with a morning kayaking tour out to the rivers and backwaters of North Goa, where you'll get to paddle through mangroves among river otters and birds.

 

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, give yourself a little beach time. Choices range from busy Baga Beach to quieter, more Bohemian options in the northern parts of North Goa, such as Morjim and Arambol. Candolim and Sinquerim are also good options—at their southern end stands 17th-century Fort Aguada, with great ocean views.

**Night:**Top off your Goa stay with a sunset or evening cruise on the Mandovi River, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Consider booking a tour package that combines dinner with an evening cruise, many of which provide extras such as live music or DJs, for a hassle-free end to your trip.

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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
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$87.00
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$87.00
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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
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$116.02
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$116.02
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Goa Kayaking Sal Backwaters Mangroves Magic!

Goa Kayaking Sal Backwaters Mangroves Magic!

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Goa is one of India's top attractions, but getting to the most interesting sights takes local knowledge. During this off-the-beaten-track kayaking tour, you’ll get an insider’s peek at the laid-back beach state’s picturesque waterways and diverse wildlife as you glide through lotus ponds and mango groves. It’s also a popular migratory spot for birds, so keep an eye out for the famous Kingfisher.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Goa at Night - Sightseeing, Cruise and Dinner in Local Restaurant

Goa at Night - Sightseeing, Cruise and Dinner in Local Restaurant

Get personalized attention on a private sightseeing tour of Goa, then embark on a cruise on the Mandovi River during this half-day tour. With a guide, you'll follow a curated itinerary to make sure you don't miss a single thing on your tour; stops include the Maruti Temple, Conception Church, and Altinho Hill. Step aboard the cruise to take in sights along shore and listen to musical entertainment, then finish up with an included dinner at a local restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
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$459.00
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Goa Kayaking in Spike's River

Goa Kayaking in Spike's River

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Experience the thrill and the beauty of kayaking in one of Goa's most popular outdoor destinations during this Spike's River Goa kayaking trip. Navigate the thick mangroves and keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers, osprey and sea eagles. Cruise past rural villages, historical churches and ancient temples on this water sport adventure that blends equal parts history, nature and culture, too.
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