Trip to Goa – Visual travel guide with videos

(Updated 12/2022)

Goa is a coastal state in Western India. Many people know it as the “festival state” of India and it is one of the most visited Indian tourist destinations. The Goan beaches and nature are beautiful, and Goa has some amazing natural sites that offer a wonderful escape from the crowds.

INDIVUE – Trip to Goa will guide you to the beaches and sights of Goa in India. This visual guide will have unique images, videos and travel experiences of a European travel blogger, photographer and an artist, and that’s me. In other words, I have experienced and filmed all the photos and videos you see in this INDIVUE – Trip to Goa -guide. My INDIVUE blog has been online since 2005 and it is among the oldest bilingual (Finnish and English) travel blogs originating from Finland, having facts from the past 17 years by 2022.

INDIVUE blogs about travel and art and things related to them and my visual guide INDIVUE – Trip to Goa has still got plenty of stories coming up. It will be updated with real travel experiences and beautiful images – no photo bank bulky staged stuff but real photos captured by the blogger herself. It is like a travel related exhibition online, so welcome to read INDIVUE and subscribe my blog! 

Videos inspired by Goa

GOA

Goa has a rich history, culture and natural beauty and it has been home to many great artists and musicians and a background to many nice Bollywood movies. Even some Western movies have scenes from Goa. The beaches are beautiful and the sea water is ok for swimming outside monsoon season.

Besides sunbathing, there are also many other things to do in Goa: explore its rich history at Fort Aguada or take part in one of its many festivals like Viva Carnival (which takes place every year during February), Holi Festival (March) or Diwali Festival (October).

Goa is also a great place for food lovers. There are many restaurants to choose from, but if you’re looking for something spicy, try the local cuisine which is influenced by both North Indian and South Indian cooking styles as well as Portuguese. If you’re traveling with children, there are many family-friendly activities in Goa including dolphin cruises and trips to spice plantations.

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, Goa is a great place to relax. It has some of the most beautiful beaches in India, as well as many famous churches such as the Se Cathedral in Old Goa and Basilica of Bom Jesus, which were built by the Portuguese in the beginning of 1600.

The best time to visit Goa is during the winter months (October–March). Summer months are very hot and the sea is not safe for swimming during monsoon.

Vagator beach in North Goa. Photo by  Finnish travelblogger
Vagator beach in North Goa

NORTH GOA

Goa is a tiny state in India and a legend tells that the first European to find it was a Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. A few hundred years later Goa was found by the Western hippies. Nowadays North Goa is the happening place for all kinds of tourists, with lots of entertainment and shops, and all the positive and negative side-effects of tourism.

Read and see more about North Goa and its beaches, sights, villages, towns and talukas here. Just click the link in bold –

BARDEZ taluka

Anjuna – Anjuna beach is a popular beach in North Goa
Anjuna Flea Market – Happening every Wednesday by the beach
(video) Anjuna Flea Market Beach
Arpora – Quiet village near North Goa beaches
Baga – Baga Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa
(video) Baga Beach
Betim Beach
Calangute – Popular destination for local and foreign tourists
(video) Calangute Beach
Candolim – Hosts the India’s biggest electronic music festival Sunburn
Chapora – Coastal village by the Chapora river
Chapora Fort – Popular tourist sight with wonderful landscape views
Ingo’s Saturday Nite Bazar – Night market in Arpora on Saturdays
Little Vagator Beach – Also known as Ozran Beach
Mackies Saturday Night Bazar – By Marinha Dourada road in Baga
Mapusa – Small town in North Goa
Mapusa Market – Shopping place in Mapusa, best sight on Fridays
(video) Mapusa Market
Porvorim – Mostly residential area, but has Goa’s biggest mall
Sinquerim Beach – Located next to Aguada Fort and Candolim Beach
(video) Sinquerim Beach
Vagator – Beautiful beach among high cliffs, also a rave destination
(video) Vagator Beach

BICHOLIM taluka

PERNEM taluka

Arambol – Famous for sunset parties and hippy tourists
Ashvem Beach – Peaceful and long stretch of sand
Mandrem – Beach with a turtle nesting site
Morjim Beach – Also known as “Little Russia” because of the tourists
(video) Morjim Beach
Querim – Village that has Goa’s northernmost beach, Querim Beach
Tiracol – Northernmost Goan village housing a fort come hotel

SATTARI taluka

Catholic church in Panjim, Goa, photo by Finnish travel blogger
Church in the center of Panjim, the capital of Goa

CENTRAL GOA

Central Goa does not officially exist. There is just North Goa and South Goa, in-between which the Central Goa is located. Areas like Panaji, the capital of Goa, the Dabolim airport, the harbor city of Vasco da Gama and the area of Old Goa belong to Central Goa. Few beaches are also there, like Bogmalo Beach, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula Beach and Japanese Garden Beach.

Read more about these places in Central Goa as well as the other beaches, villages, sights and talukas in Central Goa here –

MORMUGAO taluka (South Goa)

Bogmalo Beach – Isolated peaceful beach near airport
Hollant Beach – Fishermen’s beach with view to South Goa beaches
(video) Old Dabolim airport
Vasco da Gama – One of the biggest cities in Goa, also known as Vasco

TISWADI taluka (North Goa)

Dona Paula – Tourist destination in the outskirts of Panjim
(video) Dona Paula
Fontainhas – Latin quarter of Goa, located in Panjim
Miramar Beach – Beach in Goa’s capital Panjim
Panjim – Goa’s capital
(video) Sunaparanta – Center for arts and culture in Panjim
Colva beach in South Goa, photo by Finnish travel blogger
Colva beach in South Goa

SOUTH GOA

Goa is located on the South-Eastern coast of India sharing its borders with Karnataka state to the South and East and Maharashtra state to the North. South Goa is the other well-known district in Goa, neighboring Karnataka. The Portuguese influence is still very much visible in many aspects of life.

The region is home to many beaches and it boasts some of India’s and Goa’s best beaches like Palolem Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Agonda Beach and Arossim Beach amongst them. In addition there are other lesser known but equally beautiful stretches along this coastline: Sunset Beach, Cola Beach, Galgibaga Beach and Butterfly Beach, just to name a few.

South Goa has less program for tourists than North Goa. Being less crowded and more in touch with nature, it is a treasure for peaceful holidays.

Read and watch more about South Goan beaches, villages, sights and talukas from here –

CANACONA taluka

Agonda Beach – Village, which has a beach known for the big stone
Butterfly Beach – Beach next to Palolem, but difficult to reach
Chaudi – A city in South Goa
Galgibaga Beach – Goa’s second southernmost beach, and a beach with turtles
Palolem Beach – A beach popular with international tourists
Patnem Beach – The beach opposite Colombo Beach
Polem Beach – Goa’s southernmost beach
Raj Bagh Beach – A small, quiet beach with a 5-star hotel
Talpona Beach – A quiet beach with not much tourism

DHARPANDORA taluka

PONDA taluka

Sahakari Spice Farm

QUEPEM taluka

SALCETTE taluka

(video) Arossim Beach – Beach with fine hotels around it
Benaulim – Peaceful village with fishermen and tourists
(video) Benaulim Beach
Betalbatim – Village in-between Colva and Majorda
(video) Betalbatim Beach – Beach little bit North from Colva
Betul Beach – Beach by the Sal river
Cabo De Rama -fort – Old fort named by Ramayana
Cansaulim – Peaceful village with the same name beach
(video) Carmona beach
Cavelossim beach – Neat beach in South Goa for wealthy tourists
(video) Cavelossim Beach
Cola Beach – A beach paradise separate from the settlement
Colva – Seaside village and tourist center in South Goa
(video) Colva Beach
(video) Colva busstand
Colomb Beach – A small beach strip that connects to Patnem beach
Fatrade – A small village a little south of the village of Varca
(video) Fatrade Beach – A beautiful beach with not many tourists
Majorda Beach – A quiet beach with signposts in Russian language
Margao – Capital of South Goa
(video) Madgaon Railway station
(video) Margao city
Mobor – A quiet beach next to Cavelossim
Sernabatim Beach – Relatively quiet beach next to Colva Beach
(video) Sernabatim Beach
Sunset beach – A beautiful well-maintained beach with 1 beach shack (2019)
(video) Sunset Beach
Utorda Beach – A quiet beach south of Arossim
Varca Beach – A beautiful, relatively calm beach south of Benaulim
Velsao Beach – A peaceful beach at the beginning of the South Goa coastline
Zalor Beach – A beautiful beach with almost no tourism industry (2019)

SANGUEM taluka

Random videos from South Goa

Articles and posts about Goa

Blogarticles about Goa
North Goa in English
Central Goa in English
South Goa in English
North Goa in Finnish
Central Goa in Finnish
South Goa in Finnish
All the beaches in Goa
Good Bollywood movies filmed in Goa
Goa, India – An Artist’s Paradise
Betterment on safety on the Goan beaches
2005 and the snow in Goan beaches
Most beautiful sunsets in Goa
Straight flights in-between Goa and Helsinki began in 2017 (Fin)
Straight flights in-between Goa and Helsinki ended in 2019 (Fin)
Traffic and taxi in North Goa and South Goa
Traveltip for Goa, India
Random videos from Goa

Videos inspired by GOA

Video collection: Authentic Goa
Travel videos inspired by Goa
Video exhibition: South Goa
All the beaches in Goa in 1 minute
Goa travel menu
Goan fishermen at work
Goa uncut 2013 – Goa ASMR videos
(video) Restaurant: Joel’s Beach Shack

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