Goa is a land which can amaze you with its beauty. Being one of the famous travel destinations, Goa is divided into two parts North Goa and South Goa. And today, I will try to answer one of the most asked questions on Goa and i.e. North Goa or South Goa, Which part of Goa should one visit?
Goa is one of the smallest states of India but receives the major chunk of tourists during its peak season. A beach lover, a party lover or even a traveler who loves serene locations, must have heard the name ‘Goa’. But one of the major questions that is still unanswered about this small state, is which part of Goa is better: North Goa or South Goa?
Being a traveler, who has visited Goa numerous times; I would say that it totally depends on the kind of traveling you are looking for. Both areas provide a different kind of tastes and that is why attracts different kind of travelers.
Now with this article, I will try to give you a detailed idea of both these locations.
See both these regions have their own positives and negatives but you are bound to fall in love with both.
So here are some points to give you an idea of the basic difference between North Goa vs South Goa.
Difference Between North Goa And South Goa
The first thing that differentiates between these two parts of Goa is their beaches. North Goan beaches are known for their flamboyant parties, street foods, cafes, water sports and sightseeing opportunities. This region is for those travelers who want to visit Goa to party, beer and likes to visit forts and churches. Beaches like Baga, Candolim, and Calangute which are one of best beaches in Goa for nightlife are way more crowded and full of life from the beaches of South Goa.
South Goa is a pure contradiction to North Goa. This region is more quiet and peaceful. If you are looking for some alone time or a small evening walk to a secluded beach then South Goa is for you. Here you can unwind yourself, relax like a crocodile and have a beer without someone watching you.
Even being one of the smallest states in India, Goa is dotted with UNESCO World Heritage sites, forts, beautiful churches and mesmerizing wildlife.
If you have an inclination towards history then North Goa is best for you. With picturesque surroundings this region is also a place for artistic monuments like Church of St. Lawrence, Church of St. Catherine, St. Antony’s Church, Chapora Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Fort Aguada.
Whereas if you want to indulge yourself in trekking or want to explore Goa’s wildlife then South Goa is the place for you. This part of Goa serves several wildlife sanctuaries and jungles making it the best region for exploring wildlife. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, and Dudhsagar Falls are some of the best places to visit in South Goa.
Shopping in Goa is hard to ignore. As both the flea markets in North Goa or South Goa have something special for everyone. These markets sell souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, and local food for hardcore shoppers.
North Goan markets like Anjuna flea market, Mapus market and Arpora market are some of the famous flea markets in this region. These markets are always crowded with locals and travelers from round the globe. These flea markets in North Goa are a wonderful blend of souvenirs, wooden crafts, Tibetan clothes, Kashmiri and Gujarati trinkets and bed covers. So a great place to shop till you drop.
Whereas flea markets in South Goa are less crowded and help you to work on your bargaining skills. The offerings are kind of the same as the flea markets in North Goa. Some of the beats flea markets in South Goa are Colem market, Palolem market, and Caculo market
After a long day of visiting beaches, forts, churches and shopping, how can we miss Goan cuisine and street food? The exquisite Goan cuisine mixed with seafood and Portuguese touch cannot be missed in this list of difference between North Goa vs South Goa.
North Goa is famous for its fresh seafood influenced by a mélange of cultures like Indian, Mexican, Portuguese, Hindu, and Muslim accordingly. The shacks in North Goa are the best places to enjoy some good and fresh sea catch.
Whereas, South Goa is famous for its local food made with local spices. Who wouldn’t like to explore some Goan cuisine with a pint of beer at a secluded beach?
I guess you also know, Goa is known for its trance and beach parties. The sun-kissed beaches in Goa, offer some of the best parties in India with some good food and music.
North Goa is especially for party animals. Most of the shacks in North Goa are famous for their night parties with groovy music. Some of the famous beaches in Goa for nightlife are Baga beach, Candolim beach, and Calangute beach.
Whereas North Goa is for hardcore party lovers, South Goa is the right place for elite parties. The luxurious resorts of South Goa are famous for these parties on their beaches.
In terms of accommodation, the difference between North Goa and South Goa is huge.
North Goa has a plethora of options to choose from. From budget hotels, to backpacker’s hostels, to guest houses and 5-star resorts, this part of Goa has everything. Even if you are a backpacker with a budget, then North Goa has a lot of options where you can stay.
But if you cannot compromise with luxury then South Goa is the place for you. This region has some of the best resorts in Goa.
So here are the major differences between North Goa & South Goa. So let’s see some of the frequently asked questions:
Q: Where should I visit, North Goa or South Goa for Honeymoon?
Ans: It all depends on your budget. South Goa is preferred by many new couples as this region of Goa has some amazing resorts and untouched beaches but the price is also a little bit on the higher side.
If you have that budget, then I would suggest you to visit there or else you can visit North Goa too where there are scores of staying options.
Q: Which is better North Goa or South Goa in monsoon?
Ans: Monsoon is also a good time to visit Goa and many tourists do. As the hotel and flight rates go down comparatively. The best areas you can hang out in monsoon is North Goa. Maybe is Baga, Calangute, and Candolim.
Note: Most of the ‘psy’ parties don’t happen that time.
Q: Which is the best beach in South Goa?
Ans: Some of the famous beaches in South Goa are Palolem, Agonda, Bogmalo, Varca, Cavelossim, Colva and Mobor beach
Hope now you have a fair idea where to visit North Goa or South Goa.
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