last Minute Holiday Plans To Goa

What’s life without a bit of spontaneity? If unplanned thrills make us happy, unplanned vacations also bring in sudden joy in our lives.

There’s nothing like a trip to the happening and bustling Goa. So even Last-minute Goa holidays can gift you the same thrill, akin to a very planned trip. Even Late deals to Goa promises impromptu happiness because whatever you want to experience, will come as a surprise package.

So, are you ready to enjoy a cool nightlife in Goa, lazing on her exotic beaches, sampling some amazing sea-food or indulging in adventure sports?

Last Minute Goa Trips – Unplanned Happiness in your Backpack

We assure you that you will fall in love with Goa at first sight. Her spirit is magnanimous -a perfect blend of Indian and Portuguese culture. Goa will mesmerize you with her sun, sea, sand and spirituality.

If you love adventure sports, you’ve options galore. Ride a banana boat or a water scooter, go scuba diving underwater or paragliding above

Goa is a shopper’s paradise- Shop till you drop at flea markets here.

If you wish to spend some time in solitude, spend them at one of the pristine churches here.

Last but never the least, Goa offers you amazing cuisines ranging from delicious Bebinca to spicy Pork Vindaloo and amazing curry-rice.

Best Time to Visit Goa

The best time to visit Goa is between November and March when the skies remain clear and weather, balmy.

Flights to Goa

The common airlines flying to Goa are Qatar Airways, Air Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa etc.

Best Places to Visit in Goa- South and North Goa

South Goa

With secluded beaches and simple rustic environment, South Goa is your getaway to tranquillity.

1. Bogmalo Beach

Not so busy, the Bogmalo beach has miles of sandy shores, offering stunning sunset views.

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How to Reach

Take a prepaid taxi or a cab to reach Bogmalo from Dabolim.

Things to Do

  • Experience electric bike rides
  • Playing roulette at Casino Pearl
  • Relax at the coconut-tree laden Hollant beach
  • Beachside souvenir shopping
  • Enjoy some foot-tapping live music on the beach

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Heritage Village Resort and Spa Goa- Avg. price £53/night

Royal Orchid Beach Resort and Spa- Avg. price £50/night

Kenilworth Resort and Spa- Avg. price £85/night

Restaurants

Joets Bar and Restaurant- Simple beachside restaurant offering authentic Goan, Chinese and North Indian fare

Claudi’s Corner- Friendly staff and simple Goan cuisines

Tony’s Beach Club- Simple beachside shack providing a great view of the Bogmolo beach

2. Majorda

Beautiful Majorda is also known for its serenity like Bogmolo.

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How to Reach

From the airport, it’s a 30 minutes drive.

From Panjim it takes around 30-35 minutes.

Things To Do

  • Visiting aromatic spice plantations at Ponda
  • Enjoying watersports at Utorda beach
  • Unwinding at Tea House and Lobby Bar
  • Dig into Goan yumminess at Martin’s corner
  • Visiting Mae De Deus Church

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Belleza by the Beach- Avg. price from £50/night

Bollywood Sea Queen Beach Resort- Avg. price from £33/night Jasmin South Goa- Avg. price from £47/night

Restaurants

Martin’s Corner- Tourist’s favourite over the years, famed for seafood and classic Goan, Indian as well as Tandoor cuisine

Sam’s Goan Shack- Offering a great array of seafood and chicken items

The Camron Restaurant- With 20+ years of experience, they’re tourist’s favourite

3. Varca

If you are willing to spend quality time, away from the usual crowd and noise, then Varca is a perfect getaway.

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How to Reach

You can hire a cab from Dabolim airport or from Panjim for Varca.

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Trip Thrill Silva Apartment Hotel- Avg. price from £31/night

Colona Jose Menino Resort Hotel- Avg. price from £31/night

Regents Resort Varca Beach Hotel- Avg. price from £41/night

Things To Do

  • Visit our Lady of Gloria Church
  • Try hitting the jackpot at Zuri White Sands Casino
  • Enjoy long solitary walks, or swimming with your loved ones at Benaulim beach
  • Shop till you drop at Margao Market
  • Explore the pre-Portuguese era fort offering an amazing bird’s-eye view of the scenic Cabo De Rama beach.

4. Palolem

With white sands and glowing sun, Palolem is fun during daytime. Then make for some happening nights at their ‘Silent Noise’ discos!

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How to Reach

Avail fixed price taxis from the Dabolim airport to reach Palolem.

Things to do

  • Wildlife spotting from the treetop tower
  • Relaxing on the beach or going for a swim
  • Experiencing a drop-in Yoga class at one of the retreats
  • Relishing a classic South-Indian thali at a restaurant
  • Visiting Monkey Island, North of Palolem
  • Enjoying an Ayurvedic massage

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Palolem Beach Resorts Hotel- Avg. price from £26/night

La Alegro Hotel- Avg. price from £22/night

Shawnels Beach Resort Hotel- Avg. price from £23/night

Restaurant

Magic Italy Authentic Restaurant & Pizzeria-

Run by an Italian family, they serve delicious pizza and pasta.

Dropadi Bar and Restaurant- Offers exotic seafood;

do try their fish Xacuti.

Rian Restaurant Homemade Dishes- Known for simple kid-friendly delicacies

North Goa

Unlike South Goa, North Goa is a reveller’s paradise. Sundown here brings music and revelry.

Foodies can relish umpteen choices from seafood to baked confections.

Adventure seekers can enjoy paragliding, parasailing, scuba diving, banana-boats, motor-boats and much more.

All summed up, Goa is a complete package!

1. Panaji/Panjim

From cobblestone streets to colourful colonial buildings, you’ll love Panjim’s Portuguese charm.

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How to Reach

Hire a pre-paid taxi from the Dabolim airport

Things to Do

  • Visit Basilica of Bom Jesus, The oldest church in Goa, known to preserve the relics of St. Francis Xavier
  • Visit the baroque styled Immaculate Conception Church
  • Try your luck at board games and betting at the Deltin Royale Casino or Casino Pride.
  • Pay a visit to the Kala Academy, a famous hub of art, drama and theatre exhibition.

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Casa De Goa Boutique Resort- Avg. price £66/night

Sol De Goa, Panaji- Avg. price £50/night

Hotel Mondovi- Avg. price £104/night

Ginger Goa- Avg. price- £50/night

Restaurants

Thee Fisherman’s Wharf, Panjim- Great seafood, with live music and vibrant ambience.

Viva Panjim- Small street-side eatery at Panjim, serving a classic Goan food

The Black Sheep Bistro, Panjim- Known for unique cocktails, crusted fish and pork ribs

2. Aguada

Aguada is a popular tourist attraction, known for the majestic fort atop a cliff, facing the beach.

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How to Reach

It takes 40 minutes by cab from Dabolim airport.

Things to Do

  • Climbing Aguada fort for a scintillating view below
  • Sunset watching & evening strolls by the beach
  • Enjoying relaxing beach massage
  • Experiencing scuba diving or motorboat driving

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Santana Beach Resort- Avg. price from £36/night

Highland Beach Resort- Avg. price from £25/night

Golden Tulip Goa- Avg. price from £50/night

Restaurants

Morisco- Sea-facing restaurant, serves authentic Goan, Chinese and continental cuisines

Kokum Restaurant- Sea-facing restaurant, with live kitchen and buffet dining

Earthen Pot- Serves delicious Tandoori cuisines with live music

3. Baga to Sinquerim Stretch

Popularly called the ‘Party Beach’, the sandy stretch from Baga to Sinquerim is a reveller’s paradise.

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How to Reach

Book a cab to reach Baga from the airport.

Else, book a cab up to Panjim Bus stand, then a four-wheeler to self-drive to Baga.

Things to Do

  • Enjoying water sports or swimming near Sinquerim beach.
  • Devouring delicious seafood and cocktails to after a tiring day
  • Savouring the nightlife of Baga

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Fiesta Beach Resort Hotel- Avg price £25/night

Casa Baga Hotel- Avg. price £40/night

Treebo Trip Linda Hotel- Avg. price £25/ night

Restaurants

Go With the Flow Bar and Restaurant — This is an open-air beachside restaurant serving global cuisines and unique cocktails

Jamies Restaurant – Famous for steak items and sticky toffee pudding Patio 23- An oasis amidst the chaotic Baga, famed for pork ribs

4. Calangute

Calangute is a heavenly place in Western Goa, laden with long sandy coastlines and classic beach shacks.

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How to Reach

Hire a cab from Dabolim airport to reach Calangute.

Things to Do

  • Enjoying picnic by the Medicinal Springs
  • Visiting the Church of St. Alex & seeking blessings

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Highland Beach Resort- Avg. price £25/night

Living Room by Seasons Hotel- Avg. price £34/night

Hotel Calangute Central- Avg. price £97/night

Restaurants

Brittos- Live music accompanying the delicious seafood

Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen- Open-air terraced space for European fine dining

5. Candolim

One of the longest beaches in Goa, Candolim attracts major tourists round the year.

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How to Reach

Candolim from Panjim is a mere 25 minutes drive.

Things to Do

  • Visiting Sinquerim Fort to capture magnificent sunset view
  • Exploring the 16th century Reis Magos Fort
  • Travelling to Cocoa Beach, for great seafood and exciting watersports

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson – Avg. price £56/night

16 Degrees North, Candolim- Avg. price £110/night

Sea Breeze, Candolim- Avg. price £26 /night

Restaurants

Bayview Shack- Referred by tourists as the best shack on Candolim beach, famous for their calamari, fish tandoor, crab lollipops and great cocktails.

Banyan Tree Restaurant- A sea-facing luxury restaurant serving Thai delicacies

6. Dona Paula

hammer-shaped landmass dividing the estuaries of Zuari and Mandovi river, Dona Paula is a suburb of Panaji. Main attractions include the Dona Paula monument and Belvedere, a Greco-Roman structure.

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How to Reach

Options include either a motorcycle-taxi from Panjim or ferry. from Mormugao.

Things to Do

  • Visiting the National Oceanography Institute to learn about maritime ecology
  • Visiting the tomb of Dona Paula De Menzes at Cabo Raj Niwas
  • Visiting Cabo Fort for stunning views of the sunset

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Varanda Do Mar -Avg. price £45/night

Vivanta Goa, Panaji- Avg. price £131/night

The Fern Residency Miramar- Avg. price £68/night

Restaurants

Pomodoro, Bistro and Bar- Owned by Vanna and Marco of Oltremarino fame, serves great food and drink

The Goan Room- Known for delicious home-style cooking

Siddhi Pure Veg Udupi Restaurant- Offers hearty vegetarian fare

7. Anjuna

The beach of Anjuna is famed for her vibrant nightlife, attracting scores of tourists, each season.

How to Reach

Hire a cab from Dabolim from Anjuna

Things to Do

  • Visiting flea market for shopping
  • Enjoying at Curlie’s beach shack, with food & fun
  • Capturing a bird’s-eye view of the Chapora beach from the fort
  • Playing roulette at the Casino beach

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Fairfield by Marriott Goa, Anjuna Hotel-Avg. price £54/night Capital O 33435 Arbor Casa Ahaana Hotel- Avg price £25/night

The Banyan Soul Hotel- Avg. price £ 29/night

Restaurants

Goa’s Ark Restaurant- the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare available

Baba Au Rhum- Nice outdoor seating with pizza and craft beer

Café Cantando- Serves great quesadillas and finger-licking Portuguese food

Sample Goa itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Goa

Hotel check-in

Overnight stay in the hotel

Day 2: North Goa Sightseeing

Visit the Aguada Fort

Relax at Calangute Beach

Travel to Baga Beach

Enjoy sunset at Anjuna Beach

Return to the hotel

Day 3: Sightseeing in South Goa

Visit Basilica of Bom Jesus to pay homage at St. Xavier’s relics Travel to Dona Paula Bay

Mandovi river cruise with dance and live music Back to the Hotel

Day 4: Water-sports

Jet skiing, paragliding, banana and speed boat rides at Condolim beach.

Crocodile sightseeing

Birdwatching

Local Shopping

Back to the hotel

Day 5: Grand Island Tour

Boat cruise for Grand Island from Coco beach jetty

Dolphin Spotting at the island

Swimming and snorkelling

Barbecue lunch

Return trip by boat

Overnight at hotel

Day 6: Dudhsagar Falls and Spice Plantations Trip

Travelling to Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Going for trekking trail

Visiting aromatic Spice Plantations

Returning back to hotel

Day 7

Departure after breakfast

Must-Try Cuisines of Goa

  • Pork Vindaloo- Combining ‘alho’ (garlic) and ‘vinho’ (wine), this was a Portuguese spicy curry made of pork, garlic and wine. In Goanese recipes, red wine replaces chilli pepper and spices.
  • Crab xec xec- Thickened crab curry with roasted coconuts and spices; this is an amazing delicacy to consume with bread.
  • Prawn Balchao- A spicy dish of pickled prawns, this is an accompaniment to rice or toasted bread.
  • Sanna- Spongy steamed rice cakes or ‘Idli’, usually eaten with Goan pork curry.
  • Goan Red Rice- Also called Ukda rice, this superior variety of unpolished rice is great for soaking thick coconut curries
  • Chouris Pao- A very tasty Goan sausage bread, Chouris Pao derives from the Portuguese Chourico, a variety of spicy pork sausage.
  • Feni- Fermented and distilled toddy from the coconut palm, Feni is a popular liquor of Goa.
  • Bebinca- This is a delicious multi-layered coconut cake
  • Kingfish- Known also as Viswan, Kingfish is fried in semolina batter or used in Surmai curry.

Travel Tips for Goa

  • Try to follow the etiquettes associated with visiting the religious places of worship. This includes removing shoes before entering the shrine, turning off your cell phone and covering your head and body.
  • Keep all documents safe in your hotel room’s locker. For more safety, you can upload these in your email and carry soft copies while travelling.
  • Avoid carrying huge cash for safety against pickpockets and theft. Instead, use plastic money wherever possible. Also, avoid keeping cash or valuables in your hotel room.
  • Always demand a receipt while exchanging money at certified money exchange counters.
  • Try avoiding street food if you have a sensitive stomach.
  • Limit drinking ‘Feni’, a smooth yet potent Goan liquor.
  • Keep an eye for signals like ‘Photography Prohibited’, ‘Restricted Photography’ or ‘No Flash’ while clicking pictures.
  • Indulge in smart shopping without being stubborn at sellers in flea markets or night bazaars. For them, this is the only way to earn a living.
  • Enjoy Goa’s nightlife cautiously. Don’t accept drinks from unknown strangers or venture alone towards any remote or unknown area after sunset.

Checklist for Last Minute Goa Trips

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Driving Licence
  • A Goa Guide if Google Maps don’t work
  • Power bank
  • Waist Bag for carrying all essential documents
  • Camera
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Flip flops or crocs for the beach
  • Hats or caps
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming costume/beachwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm to protect your lips from the salty sea breeze
  • Insect Repellent

FAQs about Goa Trips

1. What are the Best beaches in Goa where I can visit?

Calangute, Arombol, Morjim, Anjuna, Baga and Vagator beaches are the best picks for international travellers. These beaches are famous for their bustling flea markets and happening nightlife. Serene Palolem has many yoga retreats, attracting global travellers.

2. Which is the best Casino in Goa?

Deltin Royale is one of the most

preferred casinos by tourists.

3. Is Goa safe for female tourists?

Yes, Goa is safe for female tourists.

4. How many days do I need to complete the Goa Trip?

You can complete your trip within 7 days.

Are you ready to book that impromptu Goa trip with Flying Squirrel Holidays? With us, “it’s taken care

of.” For any query about Goa trips, get in touch with us at connect@flyingsquirrelholidays.com or call us at +91 3340525777 for any query.

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