Points to note down while going to goa for the first time
Goa,  My Experience

Going to Goa First Time? 23 Useful Points that will come Handy

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Goa is everyone’s most awaited trip or I would say the most exciting trip and especially when it’s going to be your going to Goa for the first time.

A trip to Goa will always bring excitement & butterflies, all those insects bounce inside the stomach.

I know, that you have been part of many groups that had canceled the Goa trip every time & spoiled your mood. Honestly speaking I haven’t canceled any trip to Goa because I did a solo trip to Goa.

This article is all about useful points to know for the first-time going to Goa from my experience.

How to Reach Goa by Train?

If you are someone who prefers to travel long distances & wants to enjoy slow traveling. Then, Delhi to Goa by train would be an excellent decision.

Delhi to Goa distance is 1872km.

The travel time distance could be more depending upon your train too.

On Fridays and Saturdays, Rajdhani express departs from New Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin to Madgaon Junction in Goa.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, Trivandrum Rajdhani departs from New Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin till Trivandrum station in Thiruvananthapuram Kerala. You can depart at Madgaon Junction in Goa.

The travel time distance could be more depending upon your train too.

If you had chosen Delhi to Goa Rajdhani Express then, the traveling time would be 25-26hrs approx. This was totally from my experience while traveling & Yes, the arrival time will be accurate in the majority of the cases.

The Delhi to Goa train fare will range according to your preference of the train & class (3A,2A,1A).

Taking a 25hrs journey by train would be an awesome experience that you should take once in a lifetime.

23 Things to note down when you’re Going to Goa for the First Time

You can write down or bookmark this article or even pin this article for future references. Because you should be needing this as a constant companion along with you in Goa.

That you would need to remember during your first time to Goa.

Three Golden Rules 

Beaches in Goa are most looked out amongst the first time in Goa
View of Vagator Beach from Chapora Fort

1. The Dog’s may bark without any Reason

This was not a one-time experience but I can honestly say that it had happened almost every day when I went out on the roads.

People have dogs as pets inside their house and that too 2-3 dogs sometimes. Whenever you cross a house, the dogs will start barking at you without any reason and will follow you till you become extinct from their eyes.

The dogs won’t do anything, they just want you to move quickly from the house they are guarding.

In that case, carry a stick or stone along, whenever you cross a house just to scare them.

I think this would be a necessary point especially when you get scared of the dogs easily. Also, this point will make your mind prepared before experiencing this anytime.

2. Be prepared to count Footsteps

If you’re going to Goa on a tight budget & I hope that you already had a fixed budget in your mind.

In that case, you will be willing to save as well.

Hardly you’ll find anyone walking on the roads. The rate to rent a scooter in Goa is too low that everyone prefers scooters over anything else. Sometimes, you won’t see a local walking along the roadside.

i.e. Walking along the roadside can help you save some amount of money but you’ll find yourself an odd one out.

This point will make you prepared that for shorter distances you can walk but, If you wanted to go far away then finding a means of transport would be advisable.

3. The language will not be going to be a problem If you know English

People from all over the world visit Goa.

It becomes important for people to communicate in a language that could be easily understood by the Goan people.

In Goa, the people speak and understand Hindi, English very well. But the local people of Goa are more comfortable with their local Konkan language.

If you are a foreign tourist and don’t speak English, then you’ll have to communicate using a translator or by breaking or learning English a bit.

Goa is a place where the chances of bumping into a person of the same country or even from the same city are high.

Beaches and Season in Goa go Hand-in-Hand

Coconut trees in Goa
Coconut trees in Goa

4. Division of Beaches

Beaches like Arambol and Vagator are mostly divided among tourists.

For e.x.– In Arambol beach, you will mostly see foreign tourists & in Vagator beach, you will come across Indian tourists. In the majority of the cases.

The beaches are divided by the people themselves among their preferences, taste, and word of mouth.

Also Read, 3 Days in Goa Itinerary from Remarkable 30 Days of My Adventure

5. Know about seasons in Goa

Just like any other state Goa too has on an offseason.

The high tourist season in Goa starts from Nov – March where people majorly come to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Whereas, summers & monsoon seasons are considered to be an offseason in Goa.

But you can also visit Goa in the off-season. The off-season would be a different experience for you as well.

Food lovers in Goa

To see sunset on the beaches is everybody's preference
Witness Sunset on the Goa seashores

6. Try most loved Goan food

I know you had eaten Samosa and Pav before but had you tried the combination together?

I hope most of you hadn’t, even myself too until I didn’t arrive in Goa.

From the point when I had first tried the Samosa Pav till my very last day there. I used to have Samosa Pav every time I get hungry.

Every state offers some combination that keeps knocking our minds when we feel hungry.

Your state must be having that YUM combination too?

Let me know in the comments the most famous food of your state & fill all the readers with cravings.

7. Try Local Restaurant food with No Menus

Most Goa local restaurants don’t have menus. Yes, you read it right the restaurants don’t have a menu. They will give two choices either Veg thalli or Fish thalli.

The Veg thali will cost Rs. 70-80 per thali and the Fish thalli will cost you Rs. 90-100 per thali.

Trying the local restaurant food will also save a few bucks in goa on food.

After being a first-timer in Goa, I would advise you to try both Veg and Fish thali.

8. Low-cost local Restaurants

The local restaurants in Goa are very low priced if you compare them with beachside cafes and restaurants.

The beachside cafes are made keeping in mind the tourists and local restaurants where the locals come and eat. I don’t think that you will see a local going to beach beachside cafe to eat.

Q. How to Identify a local restaurant?

Ans. Local restaurants in Goa are mostly run by households’ people only, you can easily pinpoint while on the road from outside. The food will be going to be tasty; you would feel like visiting every day just to eat the delicious Goan fish curry.

To Avoid Pointers

Mandrem Field of Goa
Mandrem Goa, Field Visit

9. Avoid staying in Hostels with Kids

If you are a family man with kids, avoid going to hostels because the hostels are not made keeping family and kids under 18 in mind. The Hostel concept is made by keeping backpackers and low budget travelers in mind, which has been derived from foreign Hostels.

How does spending 1 month in Goa under an 11k budget sound to you?

10. Avoid clicking Strangers on the Beach

Avoid taking photos and videos of the people on the beaches. Let people enjoy their privacy.

It’s completely fine if you’re clicking pictures of your near and dear ones but not the strangers.

It’s a crime to click pictures of strangers without even asking them. If you are a photographer and want to showcase the vibes of the beach through your camera then try Arial angle or even Landscape where people were not seen but the presence of someone can be depicted.

Just like the image below. The person could not be recognized but can be depicted that someone is there walking along the seashore.

An Evening Walk along the beach side
A person could be depicted walking along the seashore in Goa

Zoom-in and close up’s are A big NO.

11. Avoid going out in the afternoon in Goa

Avoid going out during the afternoon and especially if you would like to do a long walk. The afternoon remains quite hot and the evening would be the best time to go on a long walk in Goa along the seashore.

Evenings are the best time to explore around Goa and to go on the beaches
Evenings are the best time to explore around Goa and to go to the beaches

Low-budget Transport 

The First Time in Goa people love beaches but explore other side of beaches as well
Locals in the fields

12. Bus Interchange option

Mapusa is a major town in Goa. If you take any bus to anywhere in Goa, for e.x.- Anjuna, Mandrem, etc. firstly the bus will go to Mapusa and then you have to interchange from there to reach your destination.

The towns like Mapusa, capital city Panjim are more commercialized with locals as compared to foreign tourists. Using the goa local buses are the best way to travel longer and see Goa.

13. Avoid Overcrowded Buses in the Afternoon

The buses in Goa sometimes become overcrowded. Not sometimes, the majority of the time.

You can’t even put your hands inside the pocket because you will be holding bars from both of your hands. You don’t want to create any confusion by taking your one hand down in front of someone’s pocket, right?

The best thing you can do is, travel early morning by Bus around 9 a.m – 10 a.m. This will ensure that your one side journey will be going to be hassle-free on the bus.

14. Don’t expect a lift on your own

If you are going to goa solo, then don’t expect that someone will give you a lift keeping the heat factor in mind. An exception would be the foreign tourist and especially women.

This is a hard truth but YES, it’s a truth.

Others will give you a lift if you try by yourself and not waiting for someone to give you a lift.

15. Search for cycles to save a bit more

You can rent cycles in Goa and that too from very selective places. Cycles would be a handy pick in Goa because the roads are smooth and straight.

i.e. it’s easy to keep going with the flow of the cycles on the straight road.

16. Use Roadside Shops when your vehicle gets out of Petrol

You can buy petrol from the roadside shops; almost every shop in Goa keeps 1ltr of petrol in a bottle to sell.

The shop owners will provide you the petrol at Rs.90 keeping aside the current price. They will be going to charge Rs.20 extra from the current price at the petrol pump.

The petrol pumps are located quite far in distance in Goa. Buying petrol from the roadside shops will eventually save you from dragging your wheeler to the pumps.

Let your Skills Talk

Let your photography skills talk
Old Goa Colorful Streets

17. Show your Talent

If you wanted to stay longer in Goa and will also the first-timer to goa then, will find be going to find this point interesting.

You can earn money while holidaying on the beaches of Goa. The beaches like Arambol, especially foreign tourists set up their stalls, show their talents & sell the items.

For e.x.-

  • People will provide you massage service.
  • Handmade cakes.
  • Showing acrobatic skills etc.

The foreign tourists want to survive so that they can get to know more about India and its culture more. The foreign tourists have to make something aside hassle to stay longer in Goa.

Managing daily Goa expenses will an option that will allow international travelers to spend a long time in Goa.

18. Be Creative if you want Good shots

The Streets of Old Goa are creative and fascinating to the eyes.

It’s really good for street photography with natural colors in the backdrop. The architecture of the churches of Old Goa will fascinate you to click as many pictures as possible for a lifetime memory.

The churches in Goa gives an ancient vibe.

(One Photography tip – Just before Sunset is the best time to go on the roads and capture some breathtaking colors)

Just in Case – You won’t be going to find any foot over bridges in Goa for the night trail photography, the roadside is the only option.

19. Visit Night Market

Arpora Saturday Night Market will remind you of a perfect market to go out with your family and friends. Music, food stalls, local items and much more will going to be bliss to your eyes.

The tourists who get settled in Goa & local people set up their food stalls. The people will perform as a musician, a dancer with food stalls adding spice at the night market.

What you call a “perfect entertaining night”.

There are no entry fees to enter the Arpora night market, you can go at any time in the evening. It’s located just a few minutes away from Anjuna beach.

The Anjuna beach to Arpora night market distance is 4.4km.

Explore more but Gather Info

Explore more but gather info before
Mandrem Beach in Goa

20. Locals are the way to go

You will agree with me that locals are the google of any particular area.

For e.x. – If there are no fixed departures of buses in towns like Anjuna, Vagator, Mandrem, etc.

Probably you have to ask a local that at what time the bus will be going to arrive. The local people will give an estimated arrival of the bus from their previous arrivals.

If you somehow missed a bus, then the next bus will arrive after approx. 1-2 hrs on most of the time and even more sometimes.

The buses at main terminals such as Mapusa and Panjim have fixed departures every day.

21. Gather prior Knowledge of the Unknown areas

Don’t walk alone in the areas of Goa you haven’t been to before. Especially foreign women. The nights are most alive in Goa and you don’t want to end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you are in a group, that’s fine but still, avoid hanging late at night at unknown places.

You can go to clubs and pubs that you have seen and are present in the nearby surroundings.

Also Read, How to make One Exciting Month Exploring Alone in Goa

22. Don’t end up exploring everything without prior Knowledge

Stay away from the jungle area at night if you hate insects because the night is the right time for the insects.

Goa is majorly surrounded by water bodies and forests, i.e. Insects are a normal part of daily life there.

23. Escape from Beach life to explore more

Beaches are the first thing that comes to your mind & even mine too when I hear about Goa.

But do you know that apart from the beaches, Goa has a waterfall too?

Yes, Dudhsagar Waterfall is counted amongst the highest waterfalls of India and located 50 km away from Madgaon Railway Junction.

Conclusion

I hope that you’re now going to Goa by being more knowledgeable as a first-timer.

The first time to any place brings enthusiasm, also read the First-Time to Jama Masjid of Delhi.

That was from my experience.

Please share and follow the blog, it will be going to help me to come up with more informative content.

Until then, See you on the roads.

Vansh Tiwari
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8 Comments

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    Nicole

    I went to goa about 5 years ago and loved it. Loved this post but not number 17. Think it’s a shame that tourists are making money. I’d personally rather pay my money for local businesses, stalls and people or established businesses at least.
    There is a big problem
    In Thailand of western tourists busking, begging and doing art to pay for their travel. I hope this doesn’t happen in goa.

    • Vansh Tiwari
      Vansh Tiwari

      Hey Nicole, I am glad that you lived Goa and completely understood your point but there’s a larger probability that the tourist who is making money might be started living there and it became their full-time earnings. Also who wanted to spend a long time in Goa, surviving on their skills could be the only possibility. Anything might be possible in this case.

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    Savannah

    Great post! I just learned so much, and I feel as though I’d have some confidence heading to Goa if I’m ever able to! I’d love to visit. Thank you for sharing!

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    Alaskasworld

    Agreed. This is really an ipressive article about Goa, one of the most visited tourist places in Western Indian Coast. There may be very few Indians, who have not visited this place once in their lifetime. The Portugese culture can be easily seen there. However, nowadays this place is much crowded round the year. You will have lots of acommodation options available here. I must tell you that, your photography skills are amazing, which makes your article even more eye-catching. Thanks. Keep posting good work.

    • Vansh Tiwari
      Vansh Tiwari

      Thank you very much for passing by the blog and moreover reading the post on Goa. I hope you have enjoyed the article. Thank you very much for your kind words and feedback on my photography skills.

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