Places to Visit in Goa in 3 Days | A beginners guide

Goa! It has always been on my mind; the way everyone talks about this place; it made me feel guilty at times that I don’t feel the same! FYI I visited Goa once in the long gone year of 2012 – which was in simple words was disastrous because it was a college trip controlled by professors; that’s why this time I went & explored it first-hand and here are the best places to visit in Goa in 3 days! (A short, but quick weekend trip!)

 

So like me, if you are the corporate working type; managing leaves is hard! You can either to Friday/Saturday/Sunday or Saturday/Sunday/Monday! I took the sleeper bus which I think is the most convenient; I personally enjoy the late-night breeze or the gorgeous early morning sunrises. If you are staying in Bangalore, you will understand how far & time-consuming going to the airport is.

I booked my hotel after a LOT of struggle in Vagator called ‘I Love Bell Bottoms’ which was one of the best decisions made. I found this on booking.com; a website I trust blindly. Coming to this resort – how bohemian & quirky was it? Vibrant coloured walls, antique mirrors, a violin shaped pool; the rooms decor was literally a perfect dream if you love hotel stays as much as I do.

Here are some pictures to make you believe that:

Coming to all the places I visited in Goa on a 3-day trip (and wish that I could do more!)

The Good

  1. Brunch at Thalassa: A word synonymous to Goa itself; the place that everyone recognises and loves so much. Dining on piping hot Greek food – over-looking the pristine waters of the Ozran beach. The decor was equally pretty with a lot of whites and pastels. The view and the energy of this place just made my day a little better.
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    the bar
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    the delicious lunch

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    view from my table
  2. Bean Me up: I am vegetarian and I love my dairy products – cheese, milk, eggs; but yes I did decide to go to this vegan restaurant serving a diverse range of Acai bowls, porridge, fruits, smoothies & eggless omlette options (yes they exist) The ambience of this place would remind you of a tranquil jungle with bright yellow walls around. Coming to food, I prefer to stick to basics and don’t experiment. Acai bowl with berries and watermelon juice it was for us. I also tried their ‘Wild Burrito’ made with a whole-wheat roti, vegetables & eggless mayo. An interesting option if your beginning to discover Goa.
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    view from our table
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    acai bowl – porridge with fruits & berries with oats + yoghurt
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    the ‘wild burrito’

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    my happy place
  3. Cafe Liliput: I wish I visited this popular cafe at Anjuna beach a little later in the evening because at 2.30 PM in the hot Goan sun I was exhausted and irritated more than I imagined. The hookah didn’t taste very good; nor did I enjoy being in the water. But I must say, it was quite crowded and exhilarating to be there. We had some beer, juices and took turns to dip ourselves in the sandy water. cafe lilliput-goa-hookah
  4. Morjim Beach: My favourite part of the trip was this white sand beach in Goa. Best time to visit, after 4pm where the sun is a little less scorching, and you can thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the sunset and the water; oh also the food! Snacking on some spicy chilli  toasts and divine cocktails is how this place is meant to be enjoyed. The crowd was less, and the water was so much cleaner; best beach in Goa (after going to Baga, Anjuna!) This is only if you like quieter places like I do.
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    the gorgeous sunset

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    morjim beach, goa
  5. Guru Bar: Yes, the  name sounds a bit shady; but if I had to define this place, I’d call it rustic, colourful  absolutely interesting. Crazy options of alcohol and food at reasonable prices with a young funky crowd, boho architecture with live rock music playing in the background; what else do we need!
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    ready for the band
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    entrance of guru bar

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    the vibrant ambience

The Bad

  1. Saturday Night Market: Okay honestly speaking; this was absolutely a terrible idea! The place was too crowded, the prices of the products were exorbitant; and . The only good thing was this live band that was playing some really soothing music. You can skip if this place if you have already attended a lot of flea markets in your own city.
  2. Agora Fort: I visited this place on my last trip; and unless you are a massive Bollywood fan & want to re-create a Dil Chahta Hai picture with your pals, you can leave this place out!

The Future

There are so many places that I missed seeing this time! I want to explore the Panaji city a bit more; the shopping & churches are apparently beautiful. I also want to take some time  visit unexplored beaches and white sand beaches like the Marbella. Also I’m a huge fan of live music with drinks and would love it if you could suggest some places I can cover on my next trip! 🙂

What are your favourite places? Stay tuned for my next article with all my outfits! 🙂

Till then, take care

Love, M

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One Comment

  1. 1 You must visit the unending pristine beach of SalsetteMajorda; 1km from Alila Diva. The walk is through private or state owned forest/farms. From here the beach is unending both sides about 3/5km towards BetalBatti southwards & i think Cancun on other side.
    2 The beach attached with GrandHayyat is equally pristine & unending; impressed me as a private beach & ideal to play beach volleyball.
    3 I would love to visit the beach at Vagator as mentioned by you.
    4 Also I will like to read about Margao & south Goa.
    5 & i would also like to know about
    the temple of ShantaDurga & StFrancisZavierChurch.

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