How to Make the Most of a Short Goa Holiday
Here is a 3 day itinerary for a short Goa Holiday if you only have a long weekend to spare when you visit Goa for the first time. You can follow this to get the most out of your short Goa holiday. They include the must-do activities in Goa, regardless of the season you choose to travel.
Day One: Panjim
The capital city is one of the prettiest cities in India. Its new bridge adorns the river Mandovi and its tree-lined riverside boulevard is called D.B. Marg. This boulevard is name after a famous Goan leader and is a nice drive. You must also walk around the Latin Quarter Fontainhas around Panjim Inn, Sao Sebastiao Chapel. Besides this the lanes around Fundacao Orient and Bombay Roastery café are also a must on your itinerary.
You can also go further to the Mala temple up on the hill for a nice view. If you still have some energy, you can continue around Altinho which has a beautiful art centre called Sunaparanta. Panjim Market is a covered market for vegetables and fruit but you can also get fresh milkshakes and juices. A short drive away is Miramar Beach and 10 minutes further is the Dona Paula jetty where you could go boating or do watersports.
Day Two: Old Goa
The 16th century churches and ruins are a UNESCO heritage site and worth a visit if you are interested in architecture, history, and Christian art. Besides the big churches called the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral on the main road, there are several other churches like Our Lady of the Rosary, the first church built in the area, St Augustine Ruins which was a large complex that crumbled, and the Monte chapel up on a hill where you can a panoramic view of Old Goa.
Day Three: Beaches
There are many beautiful beaches to choose from, depending on what you are looking for. The most popular with tourists are Candolim, Calangute and Baga where most beach shacks play Hindi film music. However, there are also a few upscale beachside restaurants like Pousada by the Beach, where you can get more authentic Goan food. Along the road parallel to the beach there are many small shops to buy clothes and trinkets.
Anjuna and Vagator have more of an alternative personality since they were made popular by American and European hippies in the 60s. These areas later developed a subculture of bohemian Indians in the 90s. Today it is the hub of some of the best restaurants in India along with the tree-lined village of Assagao. This area also has many large villas owned by elite families from all over the world. You can go for a long drive from all the way to Vagator which is very scenic. If you have more time you can even go to Morjim beach, which is cleaner and better for swimming.
In a short span of three days, you can enjoy only the highlights of Goa mentioned above but there is so much more to see and do on future visits, like museums, heritage houses in Chandor, and walking tours of different villages. However, this three day itinerary will give you a satisfactory feeling of having experienced the unique wonder that is Goa. The staff of Goa Casitas will also be delighted to arrange for local transportation for you.