5 Fun Things To Do In Goa – 2 Day Trip

5 Fun Things To Do In Goa – 2 Day Trip

Life is short and the world is wide. When you travel you realize what a tiny place you occupy in this world which is far bigger than your problems. Every trip is special and the one which you take with your friends is even more special. This time my buddy and I went on a two day trip to Goa to celebrate some moments before her leaving the country.

Goa beach

Well, Goa is a beautiful state. People know this place for its serene beaches and a bohemian culture but the history of Goa is far wider than one can imagine.

We started our journey on Friday by train ‘Mandovi Express‘ from Dadar, Mumbai station. We boarded the train at 7:30 am and reached Thivim station around 9:00 pm since the train was usually 2-3 hours late. You can find a list of trains from Mumbai to Goa which you can board comfortably under affordable price. Flying to Goa is also an option if you want to save time, but this all depends upon the budget for your trip. Well, there are various stations in Goa where you can land, but the station where you should end your journey should be according to which part of Goa you are planning to explore. The state is divided into two districts: North Goa and South Goa.

The below stations are the nearest one depending upon the district you want to explore.

Thivim: For North Goa

Madgaon: For South Goa

After reaching Thivim around 9:00 PM, we took a tuk-tuk to our hostel ‘Folklore‘. Please note that the tuk-tuk fare is quite higher than what you expect. We paid Rs.500 for the ride from Thivim station to our hostel. Well, you can also take public transport to commute, but yet again it will be time-consuming and tiring.
Folklore is a beautiful hostel with all the amenities provided to you without making any holes in your pocket. We booked this hostel from the Hostelworld website. Hostelworld brings you online bookings at thousands of hostels worldwide providing detailed feedback and hostel reviews and photographs. You can have detailed descriptions of all their hostels on the website which will help you to decide on which to choose. We highly recommend this application for nice and traveler-friendly hostels. You can read a detailed blog on Why hostel is better than hotels to stay while traveling. Make sure you go through the reviews of the hostels before making a booking, since reviews matters a lot. It is also available on Playstore to download.
For commuting in and around Goa, you can hire a two-wheeler scooter at an affordable price of Rs.300 per day from any nearby rental shops or you can ask the hostel in which you are staying, they can arrange it for you.

How to plan your itinerary in Goa for 2 days?

DAY 1

Breakfast at Artjuna

In the heart of Anjuna, Goa there is a special place called ‘Artjuna‘ which is a garden cafe and a lifestyle shop. You can enjoy fresh food with a great choice of salads, sandwiches and popular Mediterranean dishes and also shop at the same time. Artjuna is open for all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A beautiful range of products for the Artjuna lifestyle shop is inspired by the spirit of India and is translated into global fusion design.

Address: H.NO 972, MONTEIRO VADDO, ANJUNA BARDEZ GOA- 403509, INDIA

Ph: 0832 2274794

Timing: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Season), 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM (off-season)

Go to Panjim

Well, Panjim is the capital city of Goa and there is a list of things which you can explore in and around the city. It is a 21 KM drive from Anjuna to Panjim on your scooter. The roads are quite comfortable to drive with very less traffic but you can expect a slight amount of traffic when you enter Panjim, as it is the major city in Goa. You can read the complete blog on the various things to see in and around Panjim but with the limited 2-day duration you can only explore the few places in Panjim like

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Fontainhas, Dona Paula View Point, Miramar Beach, etc.

You can have your lunch at Kokni Kanteen. This place is always full and you need to wait for a period of 30 – 45 minutes before getting a table, but the food is worth the wait. This place serves authentic Goan food and is among one of the oldest restaurants in Panjim. Plan your night stay at Panjim after the whole tiring day or if you have saved your energy then you can ride back to Arpora for seeing Saturday Night Market. It is approx 16 KM ride from Panjim to Arpora.

Saturday Night Market

An amazing place for shopping, eating and enjoying live music. This place is full with so many food stalls and a variety of items to buy like bohemian clothes, handicrafts items, indo-western jewelry, accessories, books, paintings, caricature, hammocks, home decor items, psychedelic murals, precious gems, etc the list is never-ending.

You will fall in love with this place as soon as you enter, the vibe of the place is so different and energetic that even if you are dead tired this place will make you dance on your feet. People from all over the world put up the stalls and you can find various handcrafted items which are worth buying, but never forget to bargain since they will quote you a high price. Well, the food stalls have a variety of eateries comprising from drinks to everything. If you are a budget traveler you will find the price of the food on a higher side, but trying it once cannot affect much of your expenses. Very often you will find various music bands and performers entertaining the crowd here. Please note this market is closed during monsoon season in Goa.

Address: Arpora, Goa 403519

Timing: 7:00 PM evening till 3:00 AM morning

After the hectic day, you can go back to your hostel and sleep tight till late morning.

DAY 2

Exploring Old Goa

It will be a 27 KM ride from Vagator to old Goa. The next day you can completely dedicate to exploring Old Goa. This place has a variety of churches and the museum. Basilica of Bom Jesus is the oldest church of Goa. It is worth visiting as you will find the holy mortal remains of Saint Francis Xaviers is restored as a mummy in a decorated casket inside the church. The Archaeological Museum, just opposite of Basilica of Bom Jesus is a place for all history junkies. The entry fee is Rs.20 per person.

Drive back to Anjuna beach to enjoy the sunset

Well, Anjuna or Vagator beaches are the most beautiful beaches to enjoy the sunset. It is less crowded and serene. You will see the whole sky turning crimson as the Sun sets. It’s the silky, smooth collusion of sky burst reds and yellows into the calm of night. Goa is famous for its magical sunset and yes it is worth the watch. You can relax at Curlies Beach Shack enjoying the beautiful sunset by your side. Curlies Goa is one of the first-ever beach shacks, located at the Anjuna Beach strip. The wide variety of food and adventure sport is what makes this place a must-visit.

Address: Curlies Beach Shack

Near Flea Market, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509

Timing: Open till 3:00 AM night

 

Well, with this we come to an end with this trip but Goa is such a place which you cannot cover completely in 2 days. But due to time crunches trust me this blog is your best itinerary for Goa where you can explore maximum places in such a short time with some pre-planning, for which we are here to help you.

Till then keep traveling and keep learning.

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