North Goa or South Goa - Which is your Goan Pick?

By Grishma Raj on Jun 23, 2016
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Being an exotic destination, Goa tourism is always on the upward swing. But one thing that travelers ponder upon is the never ending dilemma of choosing between North Goa and South Goa. That common question of which is better north Goa or south Goa and why, definitely haunts a vacation. While both gorgeous regions are akin in their wealth of uniqueness, here are some kickass places from each, that might aid you to make a delightful choice!

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North Goa

Make Lucrative deals at Baga Creek Market

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Being a shopaholic, I couldn't resist sharing about this delightful saturday night market in Arpora, North Goa. With abundant kiosks offering enchanting embroidered textiles, hammocks, variety of spices and attractive accessories, Baga Creek is one among the must-visit places that adds to the charm of North goa. One can also bite on delicious street foods, while bopping along ecstatic live music or even stop by the house bar for some revitalizing cocktails. Check out the 6 places for cheap shopping in Goa!!

Freak out at Anjuna Beach

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Intoxicating mock tails and lively atmosphere that's all by your side at Anjuna Beach. Located in Bardez taluka, this place helps you rediscover the hippies of late 1960s. The sands of the palm dotted beach gift many seasons of glory. For those who love the crowd, this place is a heaven to experience the boisterous evenings. The beach shacks, the beautiful untainted laterite cliffs and boulders along the coconut trees, makes it a elegant milieu in North Goa. A fully comprehensive menu with Chinese, Indian and fresh seafood are particularly lip smacking in the beach's very own multi-cuisine restaurant.

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Try your luck at Casino Pride

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In the midst of Mandovi River, is the entertaining 30,000 sq.feet vessel Casino Pride, which is a paradise for those who wish to buck the odds! The so called, 'Las Vegas of India' is a brilliantly designed casino, which is specially opened to cater guests who desire to have a family outing on the beach or the ones who are crazily in harmony with gaming machines. With an exotic barbeque on the weather deck to pamper yourself, the casino offers gaming boards like Mini-flush, Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat apart from slot machines and poker. 

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Shake hands with history at Fort Aguada

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When it comes to historic remembrance, one cannot miss the wonderful Fort Aguada, that stands overlooking the beautiful Mandovi river. A highly famous sunset spot, the fort was constructed in 1612 due to the continuous threat to the Portuguese kings by the dutch, among others. Popularly known as one among the best goan landmarks, visitors get to breathe the salty air and bask in the sun for a pleasant view of military artifacts. Also a perfect evening destination, Fort Aguada can tempt you to visit again.

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Take a revitalising swim at Arvalem Waterfalls

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The thunderous sprout of cascading waters, the naughty waves and the enthralling flora. If this is not bliss, what is? The supreme beauty, Arvalem waterfalls located in Bicholim town, paves as a refreshing gateway for a soulful symphony with oneself. With eye catching beauty that exhilarates the tourists, a lake formed at the bottom is a wonderful attraction for swimmers. The rock cut caves popular among film makers gifts an astounding charm. Experience the best at the lapse of mother nature.

South Goa

Swim with the fishes in Bogmalo

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Not far away from humanity lies a beautiful stretch of sand that is kept in a pristine and perfect condition. This small yet beautiful stretch of sand is ideal for soaking up the sun while you enjoy a sweet tender coconut. It is also an excellent place to experience the underwater scene. At Bogmalo, you will find the best divers in all of Goa.

Enjoy the famous four hand massage at Arossim

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Arossim is the perfect place for the solitude seekers; it is an excellent place of tranquility. If you love vintage then you’ll love Arossim, it has the best Goan vintage furniture market there is. There are some resorts in and around that provide the famous Abhyanga (four-hand massage). Though the resorts might be a little pricey its truly worth it.

Get lethargic at Colva Beach

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6kms away from Maragoan is the Colva Beach that beckons party scene lovers from all around the world. Colva Beach celebrates 'Full Moon Parties' on or before the full moon that is energy filled and crowded with amazing food and atmosphere. For the solitude seekers, the beach has the option of watching Dolphins early in the morning, while catching the glimpse of the golden dawn.

Explore the unseen while trekking to Todo Waterfalls

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Todo Waterfall near Netravali is a must visit destination if you love trekking, the trek takes place through the beautiful terrains and unseen wilderness that provides you with a view of Goa that cannot be experienced otherwise. The experience begins at Panjim and then you will be going towards the trek location where the adventure will begin after a brief safety lesson. As you make your way through thick foliage, see the riveting sights around you before you reach the summit. After that, take a short break for photography and lunch, and relax before embarking on a downward trail. When you arrive back in Panjim you will reach the end of this fascinating trekking experience.

Spin the roulette wheel at Varca

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Varca is one of the most popular destination for tourists in South Goa. Varca is nothing short of unparalleled beauty, imagine an array of palm trees, sprawling golden sand, azure water, and almost hawker-free coast makes Varca one of the most fascinating places to be in Goa. In Zuri White Sands Resort on the Varca Beach, there is an interesting place for tourists called Dunes, which is a casino.

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Whether it is the hippie north or the secluded south, from enticing seafoods to the best of enlivened ambiance, Goa on the whole is a pandora of everything your heart desires! But you can always choose your favourite pick for a well-planned memorable vacation. Happy Goa voyage!

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