Most people drop off the idea of travelling because they think it will cost too much. But this is not true. Planning economically and gaining prior knowledge of the destination can help you save a lot. If we talk about Goa, a common assumption is, that you can only enjoy Goa if you are willing to spend a lot. Let’s break this myth and plan a prudent trip to Goa!
Known for its architectural gems, lively beaches and revelry, Goa witnesses heavy footfalls from all around the world. The Goan lifestyle allures each heart to rejoice in the lap of beaches and soak in the culture.
Now, here are some tips to enhance your Goa experience without enhancing your expenditure:
- First of all, chalk out the spots you want to visit. The most frequently visited spots in Goa are Calagute, Panaji, Anjuna, Vasco De Gama, Margao, Baga and Cadolim. All these are the centers of tourist activities. You can enjoy the view of beaches, shopping in flea markets, waterfalls, parasailing , and roisterous nightlife. Goa is highly famous for its temples and churches.You can enrich your devotional spirit at Goan temples and churches.
- Once you have scheduled your tour, decide where to live. Choose the accommodation which is close to the spots selected by you or from where you can commute easily. Since you are going to roam around, it is advisable not to spend too much on accommodations. You can reside in the hostels which are cheaper than hotels. Book the hostel in advance so that you don't face any trouble on reaching there.
- Now, the next thing you need to think about is how to get around. There are several options to get around in Goa. You can use any means, from public transport to transport for hire.
– The local buses have a wide network and connectivity even in the remotest area. It is the safest way to travel in the unknown place. They charge Rs.10 for 2-3km and the name of bus stops is mentioned so that it becomes convenient for the tourist.
– The most enjoyable and popular mode of transport in Goa is Ferry. If you are traveling between Betim to Panaji, Old Goa to Divar Island, Querim to Tiracol & Cavelossim to Assolna you can avail the ferry service. It’s free for pedestrians and two wheelers and minimal charges are applicable to cars.
– You can hire geared or non-geared bikes on per day basis to save on the exuberant traveling cost. Most of the hostel providers avail this service. The price ranges from Rs.200- Rs.350 per day depending on the kind of bike.
-You can use the affordable motorcycle rickshaws called Pilots. The Government has fixed the price of Rs.5 for the first kilometer and Rs.2.50 thereafter. So, don't let the Pilot drivers rob you.
So have we completed our tour? Aha… not yet, our basic need is not yet answered. You can have a tummy full meal at reasonable prices at these food joints.
– Anandashram: Situated in Panjim, this outlet offers the cheapest lunch and dinner. You get a vegetarian Thali at Rs.60 and fish Thali at Rs.80.
–Navtara: It has several outlets spread all around Goa. They provide vegetarian meal which is both satisfying and reasonably priced. You just need to pay Rs.60 for tummy full food.
– Bhaiya's Pav Bhaji: This most crowded eating joint famous for its yummy, buttery Pav Bhaji can be traced in Panaji. You can grab a plate of Pav Bhaji for just Rs.50.
– Cafe Tato: It is the oldest vegetarian restaurant. It offers thalis, rotis, sabjis, potato bhajis and a lot more of mouth watering dishes. The mere price of Rs.140 for such delicious food is worth.
To have an authentic taste of Goan food you must try the street outlets. The Goan experience is incomplete without turning to these street vendors :
- Michael Lobo's Stall, Candolim
- Ravi Ras Omelet, Panjim
- Umao Fast Food, Santa Cruz
- Daniel's Shawarma, Mapusa
- Miramar Beach Food Street
So, all set to update status on social media – Go Goa Gone!!!