North Goa Vs South Goa.. The Ultimate Dilemma

How many times have you planned a trip to Goa with your friends but got Confused which one to map first North Goa or South Goa? Well, I have gone through this over a thousand times. So, Let’s have a Face Off! North Goa vs South Goa! We have jotted down everything in one place for you all to decide. Thank us later

The Beaches of Goa

North Goa Vs South Goa

The beaches of North Goa are happening and electrifying. They are heaven for all you party animals out there. North Goa is home to numerous cafes and shacks, beaches here certainly attract more people than South Goa. If you love being surrounded by people & just crowd in general then you should definitely visit North Goan beaches. However, be prepared for a downside: the beaches here are not as clean as the ones in the south.

Beaches in North Goa: Candolim, Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, Vagator, Morjim, Arambol, Sinquerim

The Beaches of South Goa are Tranquil, Calm & Peaceful. You can relax at the quiet and pristine beaches of this edge with your partner. The beaches here are clean, quiet and are mostly visited by foreigners. The golden sand beaches are perfect for witnessing sunsets & a perfect date night.

Beaches in South Goa: Agonda, Palolem, Butterfly, Patnem, Cola


Heritage & Places to visit

North Goa Vs South Goa

North Goa is perfect, as it features Portuguese structures, like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its architecture and rich history that will leave you completely speechless! The other attractions here are Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.

South Goa, just like North Goa is home to a lot of Churches however they hold less of a historical significance but are equally beautiful!  Some of the famed tourist places here are Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Dudhsagar Falls, Rachol Fort, Cabo da Rama, St. Xavier’s Church



North Goa Vs South Goa

What’s the point of travelling if you cannot buy things, right? Goa is a heaven for all the Shopaholics as their markets are cheap, super cheap! Flea markets of North Goa sell clothes, jewellery and souvenirs for hardcore shoppers and bargainers. Places to shop in North Goa: Saturday night market in Arpora, Wednesday market in Anjuna, Friday market in Mapusa and Bicholim.

South Goan markets are more exclusive & less crowded. so you can shop in peace. Places to shop in South Goa: Margao market, Vasco’s municipal market.



North Goa Vs South Goa

Well, it’s obvious if you are in Goa, then you need a place to stay & for that North Goa is perfect, why you may ask? North Goa has a wide variety of Budget Stays.

Places to stay in North Goa: ImagiNation – Artists’ Hostel, La Sella Resort by Ashoka, Taj Fort Aguada

South Goa is like South Delhi, super posh, though there are a few options for budget stays, if you are willing to spend good then you must visit South Goa!

Places to stay in South Goa: Seashell Inn, Lazy Frog, The Leela 



North Goa Vs South Goa

Goa is known for many things, but what stands out the most is the Nightlife that the state has to offer!

North Goa is famous for its nightclubs and rave parties that are bustling with young people, foreigners and talented DJs. Let’s just say that North Goa is LIT! If you’re a party animal, North Goa is where you should be.

Get a gist of North Goa’s nightlife at Deltin Royale Casino, Tito’s, Club Cabana or Cafe Mambo’s, go for a cruise tour, visit the Arpora Saturday-night flea market

South Goa is not much of a party destination, it’s less happening compared to the Northern Goa.

Get a gist of North Goa’s nightlife by Enjoy Silent Noise party at Palolem beach, dance nonstop at Leopard Valley, stargaze near a beach.


Food and drinks

North Goa Vs South Goa

The most exciting part about travelling is trying local cuisine. Goa is famous for its scrumptious seafood! Don’t worry vegetarians, they have great options for you as well!

North Goa is known for its lip-smacking street food, with an abundance of beach shacks, cafes, there are plenty of places to go to satisfy your cravings after a long day of travelling.

Best places to eat in North Goa- Purple Martini, Britto’s, Infantaria, Curlies, Thalassa, Basilico

South Goa serves yummy food that will only leave you asking for more.

Best places to eat in South Goa- The Fisherman’s Wharf, Martin’s Corner, Nostalgia, Ignia, Magic Italy


So did you decide which one to tick off the list first?


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