The question on whether to stay in North or South Goa during your trip can be a major concern, especially more if you are planning to stay just for a few days or traveling on a budget. This article describes the contrasting sides of the North and South and which one you should choose.
Everyone fantasies about a trip to Goa. The beach parties are off the charts, alcohol cheap, food cheap and all in all, the cost of living is very cheap, leaving aside the transport, which is also looked after for should you know how to drive a car or at least ride a scoot and hire one on a rental. If not, you will be spending more on transport than your partying, flooding and lodging together! It will cost you even more if you make the mistake of frequently going up and down North and South Goa by hiring a cab. One of the nearest major city which draws a huge amount of crowd to Goa is Bangalore. Bangalore to Goa flights remain packed almost whole year round. You can also take an overnight bus or Volvo to the city, a means of transport used mostly by students from Bangalore to visit Goa.
One of the main concerns while planning a trip to Goa for the first timers is, whether to choose to stay in North Goa or South Goa. This issue arise not only for monetary reasons but also for time management reasons and on what you are looking forward from your trip. Mentioned below are the two contrasting sides of North and South Goa which will give you a distinct idea of where you should head to while in Goa.
This apart is Goa is getting a lot commercialized with each passing year. Beach parties and fine dining places are located here. It is quite noisy day in and day out. Vagator beach and Calculate beaches are the popular ones in this area. Fresh seafood are available in abundance like anywhere in Goa. Goan food shines in this part of Goa. You should also try your hand at the powerful and popular Goa drink ‘feni’. Feni comes in both cashew and coconut flavors. The former is more widely popular than the latter however the taste and flavor of both are extremely strong and pungent that it is hard to tell the difference. No outsider usually gets accustomed to the taste of Feni and starts to take a liking for it. It is much stronger and denser than vodka and gin. Even the vodka drinking Russians do not usually like the taste of Feni. Hed to the beaches in the mornings and try your hand at some waterspouts. On a Saturday evening, head out to check out the Saturday Night Market. After that, get your dancing shoes on and head on to the beaches to chill and party. You can also visit some popular clubs like Tito’s where you can party till dawn.
For some serene ambience and pristine views, head on to south Goa. Although parties still take place here too and the people packed, the beauty of the place makes you feel like you are at a true beach destination. Paloma is one of the most beautiful places you can head to in South Goa. The beach is beautiful, cleaner and the line of shacks and restaurants serve everything from good food and cheap booze. You will find a cool and like minded to share interesting conversations with, unlike the beaches in North Goa like the Anjuna beach where you will find a host of hippies trying to strike up a conversation with you and dropping hints to get them a drink or two. You will also find proper bands singing proper sets of songs unlike North where the hippies take the stage and jam as they please not knowing what the crowd wants and in turn annoying them.
North Goa is for the people who just want to have fun and party regardless of who who they are with or what they want. South Goa is a great place to have a relaxing getaway. Drinks by the beach, a proper dinner and surrounded by like-minded intellectual people because at the end of the day, good company is what we all want!