Goa is one of the most visited and sought after destinations for many Indians and foreign nationals as well.
And you know why?
Beautiful beaches, chilled beer, delicious street food and heaven for shopaholics. What more you need for a good retreat?
However, there is one thing that many travel bloggers and travel experts don’t tell you is the price that you have to pay for all this.
Yes, Goa is not that cheap that many tell you.
It’s a little bit costly.
However, there are ways to tackle it.
If you are a smart traveler then there are chances that you might bring your trip budget down or else, you might have to pay a hefty price.
So today, with this article I will share with you some of the “best travel tips for Goa” which would be helpful in planning your complete trip and keeping it under a budget.
So let’s start:
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If you are a backpacker and planning by your own, then trust me this is one thing that you will face as soon as you land in Goa.
When you will come out of the Dabolim Airport, you will have to face a big crowd of travel agents and taxi drivers asking you to book a cab with them. Ignoring them is not at all easy.
But you have to do it.
Unfortunately, Dabolim Airport is located outside of the main Goa city, so reaching the center of Goa is a little bit costly as Ola & Uber is also banned in Goa.
However, there are options through which you can reach Goa in just under Rs. 50
- Taking a Bus
The cheapest option is to take a bus. But for that, you have to go out of the Airport terminal and reach the main road. From there, there are frequent buses for Panjim Bus stand. And from Panjim, you can take another bus for Baga or Calangute.
Note: Exit from the Airport terminal and ask any CISF personnel or a tea seller about the bus stand. However, there are government run buses as well, which starts from Dabolim for South & North Goa as well. But they are not that frequent.
- Taking a Shared Cab
Booking a shared cab is also an option.
As there are drivers who prefer to go on a sharing basis. But getting a shared cab is totally on luck. And even their prices fluctuates a lot from 100 – 500 per person depending on the time and season you are visiting. So negotiation plays a big part here.
- Or Booking a cab by Goa Miles
Ola, Uber and any other known Taxi rental services is banned in Goa.
But, don’t worry. As the Government of Goa has launched an app named Goa Miles, available on both Google Play Store & IOS.
One of my friend used it and for a 46 km journey, it charged him around Rs.1000. It’s still cheap than the private cab drivers who charge you around 1500 – 2000 for a drop.
Note: The frequency is not that good like other car rental applications.
Local Goa Commute
Goa is known for its bike rental services. And this is where your answer lies.
Rent a bike or scooter and explore Goa.
Almost everywhere in Goa, you will find small bike rental shops renting bikes on rs.200 – 1000 per day. Rates varies for various bike models.
The best budget buy would be to rent a Scooty under Rs.200 – 300 per day.
Things to keep in mind before renting:
- Negotiate well or else you will have to pay high
- Keep a copy of your id proofs always with you
- Driving license is mandatory
- Before renting, ride the bike or scooter for a minimum of 10-15 mins to check the condition
- Never go for old bikes as they tend to give less mileage
- Try to get a copy of the bike papers from the owner
Fueling Your Bike
Like rental bike shops you will easily find a lot of shops selling petrol. But they sell at a much higher rate and even there are chances that the petrol will contain impurities.
So make sure you keep a track of your tank and fuel before hand. As locating a gas station is a tough ask.
Food Under Your Budget
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If you are planning for a budget Goa trip then you have to take care of your food budget first. And to keep this under a certain limit, you will have to say No to Discs, Pubs and big restaurants.
They are good and you can even visit them but occasionally. Go there enjoy the music but stay away from food 😛
Order a beer a starter and enjoy, rather than going for a lavish dinner.
However, if you are looking for Goan cuisine or local food then the best place to have this is the local dhabas and restaurants. They are cheap plus serve some of the best Goan cuisines.
Some of the best authentic food joints in Goa:
- Shree Jaganath Restaurant
Address: Calangute – Anjuna Rd, Baga, Arpora, Goa
- Punjabi Grill Bar And Restaurant
Address: Calangute- Candolim Road, Gauravaddo, Arpora, Goa
- Ekta Bar & Restaurant
Address: Calangute – Anjuna Rd, Naikawada, Naika Waddo, Arpora, Goa
- Sai Prasad Restaurant
Address: 218-B, Aguada – Siolim Rd, Gauravaddo, Calangute, Goa
For a list of street food joints you may also read this article: A List Of Some Of The Best Street Food In Goa Which You Must Try
Yes, Goa is also known for its cheap liquor and beer.
However, liquor is not that cheap in beach shacks and pubs.
The beer which you will get at rs. 60 outside will be charged around 120 in discs and pubs and sometimes more than that.
Being a backpacker, I would suggest you to visit these places once or twice. And buy your beer from local beer shops. You will get it at much cheaper rates.
Do try Kings beer as well, it’s the local beer brand.
So here was best travel tips and tricks for Goa. Hope it will be useful.
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