If you want to go sightseeing but would like to avoid crowds then here is the perfect option. You can do a North Goa tour in a private car and spend the entire day going from one place to another across Bardez.
The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. with a pick up from any hotel in North Goa. The first place you will be taken to is Fort Aguada, a 16th century fort. This fort was constructed in 1612 by the Portuguese to protect Goa from the Dutch and the Marathas invasions. The fort got its name from a freshwater spring that used to exist within the fort and was a place where European ships could refill their water. “Agua” is “water” in Portuguese. The literal translation of Aguada means “watering place”. The lighthouse which was built in 1864, would emit light every seven minutes, and was used to guide the ships to safety. It is believed that the great Agustinian bell was kept here before being transferred to the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church (commonly known as Panjim Church). The lighthouse was abandoned in 1976 and a new lighthouse was constructed just near the fort which is open to visitors. This majestic fort lies to the South of Candolim.
The next stop is Sinquerim Beach. This beach lies at the foot of Fort Aguada. Part of the Fort can be visited here too. You are welcome to go on a Dolphin sighting trip. The cost per person is 300 INR and it is not included in this North Goa Sightseeing tour package. A dolphin sighting tour is equally exciting because there is a good chance you will spot dolphins especially if the tide is coming in. The two species found in Goan seas are the Indo-Pacific humpback Dolphins and the finless dolphins. The finless dolphins are not so easy to spot because they are shy and do not surface as often as the humpback dolphins do. This is the first beach (if you are heading further up north) on what is famously known as the “Belt”.
The next beach on the sightseeing agenda is Candolim Beach. It is one of the longest beaches in Goa and surprisingly not as crowded as Calangute and Baga beaches. Candolim Beach merges with ever famous Calangute Beach.
When one vacations in Goa one cannot leave without visiting Calangute Beach at least once. This beach is possibly the most popular of all Goan beaches. Though the beach is crowded right through peak season (From Mid-October to End-May) it is exceptionally crowded during the Christmas week. The crowd thins out after New Year’s Day.
Baga Beach is the next in line and touches Calangute Beach. This is another beach that needs no introduction. This is beach is also heavily crowded during season time. This beach is famous for the Baga Creek. You can’t miss out on seeing this beautiful gem on the Northern belt. This is the last beach on the “belt”.
Your drive continues to Anjuna Beach the area that is well known for its trance parties, the hippies, and the flea market that was started in the early 1970s. This place was discovered by the hippies in the 1960s. The first trance parties were held in 1975-76. The Anjuna Flea Market day is held every Wednesday.
The last beach left to sight see is Vagator Beach the northernmost beach in Bardez. This beach is split into two beaches by a seaside headland. The beach on the left is known as “Ozran” commonly called “Little Vagator” and the beach to the right is Vagator Beach or Big Vagator. There is a head of Shiva in Little Vagator that was carved into a seaside by an unknown sculptor during the hippie era.
You will stop for lunch at a restaurant along the way. If you have a restaurant you would like to try out you can always request to have your meal there.
Since this is going to be a whole day trip it would be wise to wear light cotton clothes to stay cool. Please don’t forget your sunblock and hat/ cap to protect yourself from the heat. Wear comfortable shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking around. Don’t forget to stay hydrated through the day.
The cost of The North Goa tour in a private Car package is INR.3199. Kindly note that breakfast and lunch are not included in your package. You will be dropped back to your hotel at 5:00 p.m.
Please book your tour for North Goa in a private car in advance to avoid disappointment. This is an ideal tour for a couple or a small family especially if you have small children. You will have the freedom of moving at your own pace.
The tour begins at 9.30 a.m.
You will be picked up from any hotel in North Goa.
The tour ends at 4.30 p.m.
Yes, you will be dropped back to your hotel.
No, it does not include breakfast and lunch.
The places you will be taken to are Fort Aguada, Sinquerim Beach, Candolim Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna, and Vagator.
Yes, you can.
No, it is not. You will have to pay for the ride if you choose to go on it.
The dolphin sighting boat ride costs 300 INR per pax.
Yes, it is. This will be an enjoyable day for your children.
Preferably light comfortable cotton clothes since you will be outdoors most of the day. Wear a comfortable pair of shoes since you will be doing a lot of walking around. Please try to avoid wearing flip-flops.
A bottle of water for the start of your trip. It will be hot and you would want to stay hydrated. Please carry a hat/ cap, and sunblock.
Yes you will.
Yes, you can if it is on the way to the next place.
Yes you can enter the fort though some of the areas of the fort are closed to public.
Yes, you can.
The timings for the lighthouse is 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The Anjuna Flea Market is not a part of this particular tour so it is highly unlikely that we can make a stop there.
You can walk on the beach and in the water if you wish but if you spend more time at one place you will be losing on time at other places.
The cost of the tour is Rs. 3199/-
No, there is not. The price you pay for the tour is inclusive of everyone going on the tour.
Yes, the timings are fixed.
An advance booking is always advisable. You will have an assurance of going on the tour.
If you cancel in advance then you will get a refund within two working weeks. If you cancel closer to the date then there will be cancellation charges.
If for some reason the tour is canceled from our end then you will receive a full refund within two working weeks.