20 Best Things to Do in South GOA (Starting from ₹300 Only)
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Activities to do in South Goa 

Canyoning, Winch Boat Parasailing, Water Skiing, Ringo Ride Mania, Beach Camping, Rachol Village Walk Tour, Jungle Walk, Paradise Island Trip, Hot Air Balloon Flight and many other amazing things.

Comparatively astonishing is South Goa, the more pristine tourist destination in Goa which displays way more than Calangute Beach, Baga Beach etc. Here is a list of activities to do in South Goa that will help you go through the various colourful items and places at the sizzling spot of Goa.

Arrive in South Goa, to be a part of the slow moving crowd and the not so famed spots of attraction. Water sports and activities are not a new member in South Goa as well. You will come across some of the most selling water sports, so get ready to experience the best while you visit this destination.


Rappelling and rock climbing in Netravali, dolphin spotting on different islands and many more are there to promise you the best time ever in Goa. South Goa is brimming with activities which are rare and uncommon in North Goa.

Listed below are some of the best things to do in South Goa:

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Activity Location: South, Goa


Start Point: Palolem


Activity Timings: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (7 hours).


About the Upper Sauri Canyoning in Goa:

The narrow crevasses with numerous drops, while surrounded by sculpted walls and spectacular waterfalls form an aesthetic backdrop for canyoning. The Upper Sauri Canyon is replete with 6 main waterfalls to descend through!

True natural aqua-land, in the heart of the mountains, these narrow valleys are full of pools in which you can either jump or slide. From the aquatic canyon where you will enjoy playing, jumping, sliding in the water to the more challenging vertical canyons where you will abseil down big waterfalls there is a canyon for you. The level of physical challenge varies with each canyon. An expert will be provided to supervise you all along and make your adventure a safe one. If you want some action, excitement, and stories, go for canyoning in Goa.

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Activity Location: Dudhsagar, Kulem

Start Point/End Point: Candolim, Baga, Calangute, and Panjim

Start time: 6 AM

End time: 5 PM

Departure Date: Every day

Batch size: Max of 20 members per batch in group tour and 7 members in a private tour

Tour type: Group as well as private


Dudhsagar falls is famous for its four-tiered waterfall creating a cascading appearance that has been attracting tourists for since long. This majestic fall is located on Mandovi river near Kulem. The forested area around Dudhsagar falls offers nature lovers a thrill, enabling you to get closer to nature. The falls are at their prime during the monsoon season, although they are a popular attraction all year round. Enjoy a perfect getaway with your dear ones and spend your entire day amidst lush green forests and waterfalls.

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South Goa Heritage Tour

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Goa is home to some of India’s best heritage sites owing to the wonderful architecture on display as well as the local culture which appeals to a wide section of people. A Goa Heritage Tour is the perfect way to explore the various historically significant locations on offer. The cathedrals stand out as architectural marvels (Basilica of Bon Jesus and Se Cathedral). There are a few museums which showcase the local culture of the place.

The best way to undertake a heritage tour in South Goa is by walking to some of these destinations. There are usually guides that are well-informed about the places. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Wax World Museum and Shri Manguesh Temple are just some of the heritage sites which are form part of the tour itinerary and are also regarded as some of the most interesting tourist places to visit in South Goa.

When embarking on these tours, it is advised to dress comfortably, wear sneakers to support long walks and carry water for replenishment.

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About the Activity:

  • Experience another side of Goa as you winch- parasail at Mobor Beach
  • Commence your tour at around 9:00 AM in the morning after reaching the tour locality which is the perfect time to do parasailing in Goa.
  • Winch-boat parasailing is usually done alone and it takes you high in the air. In winch-parasailing, you have to take off and land on the winch boat. 
  • The ride lasts for 10 minutes and enables you to get a spectacular view of the turquoise expanse of the Arabian Sea.
  • The activity is accompanied by professional operators and adequate safety equipment.
  • End this exciting activity and head back home with lots of memories.
  • This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at any time from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
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Location: Majorda Beach, Goa

Timings: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Grand Island or Paradise Island is about the largest marine island. Far out into the Arabian Sea, the island is said to be breathtakingly serene. With a number of activities available at the island to keep you engaged, count yourself in for a rejuvenating and blissful experience. Bask in the rays of the sun and get the views of the enchanting panorama of the sea shining in the sun rays. It is one such activity that will leave you with a lot of memories to cherish for years to come.

This Paradise Island Goa trip enables you to enjoy the wild natural beauty of this region. Explore through beautiful tiny hamlets lush-greenery in this amazing experience that provides you with ample natural beauty. Enjoy the delicious seafood barbecue on the island with some cold beer to make the most of the experience. This is a great opportunity for naturalist and wildlife lovers as this provides you with frequent spotting of rare aquatic mammals.

Suitable For: Groups

How To Reach the Paradise Island Goa :
You can easily reach the destination on public or private transport.
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Adventure Jungle Treks

One of the ways to appreciate the flora and fauna of Goa is to undertake a trek. Unravelling uncharted territories, they are usually designed to provide a wholesome experience to the group members. 

The Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary is one such place which provides the setting for a fun and adventurous trek and should be on the list of places to visit in South Goa.

The path undertaken in the sanctuary can be quite difficult in parts with the trail becoming muddy. Expect to catch a glimpse of some wild animals as well as some rare bird species and flora. Group members are instructed by the guides to dress comfortably to enjoy the trekking in Goa. Usually, enough pit stops are given to rest before starting again.

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Overnight Houseboat Cruise

Romance the backwaters of South Goa and discover the place in a unique way. These boats are usually well-furnished and equipped with modern amenities and luxuries. The view provided will keep you gripped throughout the entire journey – one of the definite things to do in South Goa. Cruise in Goa is quite popular among the people who visit to Goa.

One would find these boat house packages available at the Palolem and Cola beaches. While on the all – night journey, catch a glimpse of some heritage sites and old churches in Goa. Also, individuals on board the marvel at the range of flora and fauna that is visible.

When on the boat house, be careful not to get to close to the railings especially when inebriated. For individuals prone to sea sickness, ensure that the appropriate medicine is carried on board. Make sure to carry warm clothes because the nights could get a little chilly especially during the winter months.

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Experience Dolphin Spotting

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Dolphin spotting tours is considered as a delightful activity in Goa. A boat will usually transport the group members to a particular point where they can catch a glimpse of the dolphins as well as the tricks they perform. This activity has now gained popularity for its appeal. Most people prefer to go in a group.

The best time to undertake one of these tours would be during the winter months spanning November – February. 

Parents are asked to ensure that their children do not get to close to the water to avoid any incidents. Also, all group members are asked to wear life jackets to be cautious.

Scuba Diving packages in Goa are also available at this time to make the place more attractive to tourists.

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Spice Plantation and Temples Tour

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Among the best places to visit in South Goa, spice plantation is becoming popular because of the history involved. The price trade in Goa began with the entry of the Portugese in India.

 Spices were even used as a system of barter and were valued more than gold or any other form of currency.

These are used today to add flavor to some authentic Goan dishes. A spice plantation tour will allow you to truly understand how these seasonings are grown, harvested and processed before being sold to the markets for purchase.

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Enjoy Ayurveda Massage

Nothing is more relaxing and liberating that an ayurvedic massage while being surrounded by the peace and quiet that South Goa provides. Special medicinal oils are used which are heated at times to provide relief to the muscles, making it one of the best things to do in South Goa. The massages will not only help in relieving pain but will also increase blood circulation to revitalize the body.

Margao, Palolem, Vasco Da Gama and Agonda are just some of the places that provide these ayurvedic massages. Other places include Vendankur Ayurvedic, Yoga and Panchakarma Clinic and Sathgiri Ashram in Vasco Da Gama.

These ayurvedic massages of India are designed to relieve body pain but they also help in healing certain ailments which can be caused as a result of stress. Most of these centres usually provide the Marmas in Ayurvedic Massage where the forefinger is used to increase circulation and release toxins around the forehead area.

There are beauty massages also given by these ayurvedic experts. There are also ayurvedic massage houseboats which provide these massages to a lot of people at a time. These treatments are beneficial throughout the year and you can opt for a specific one depending upon the climate.

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Shopping in Covered Market Margao

If you ever decide to visit the small town of Margao in South Goa, you must visit the main tourist attraction there – the covered markets, among the best places to visit in South Goa. The entire bazaar is loud and comprises of a fish and produce market. The varieties of fish and other seafood available for sale are worth the buy.

They are sold fresh and are great when making an authentic Goan dish. The best time to visit the market is during the early parts of the morning when the produce is fresh – and when the aroma is pretty awesome too.

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Full Moon Party at Colva Beach

Nothing really embodies the spirit of Goa like a good full moon party on the beach. Full-moon parties are just as their name implies – an all-night party which is held just before, on or after a full moon. 

They are usually bursting with energy and filled with people of different nationalities from around the world. Food and drinks flow freely and music blares all night. There are bars that come together to host a combined party, thereby catering to a large audience.

Colva is known for its churches and its vibrant nightlife, which is replete with parties, discos and other night spots. Some of the other beaches which host these parties include Arossim Beach, Cavelossim and Dona Paula. 

However, one should note that these full-moon parties can get quite suffocating because of the huge crowds of people that come to visit. The winter months are perfect for these full-moon parties as the weather is conducive to such an event.

Guests at these parties are advised to keep their valuables at home because of the amount of people that attend these events. Despite the rush, Colva Beach is among the best places to visit in South Goa.

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Hot Air Balloon in Goa Location: Assolda, Quepem Taluk, South Goa

Hot Air Balloon in Goa Timings: 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Batch Size: 10 members per flight

Hot Air Balloon in Goa Activity Date: Every day

Age Limit For Hot Air Balloon in Goa: Above 5 years

Height: 2000 feet


Experience the ambiance of Goa’s sea cliffs, soar over the lush green islands, and flow with the wind in the tranquillity of the atmosphere in this exciting hot air balloon ride in Goa. Try this unique and beautiful experience of hot air balloon ride in Goa where you will enjoy exploring the abundance of magnificent Goa while you soar high over the beautiful coastal line. Grab this breathtaking hot air balloon ride in Goa package and enjoy the most stunning sights of Goa.

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Try Goan Seafood

Apart from its beaches, Goa is also famously known for the wide range of seafood on offer. One can buy a variety which includes pomfret, shark, tuna, mackerel, prawns, squid, mussels and lobsters, among others. Popular delicacies which one should taste in Goa are the Goan fish curry, Prawn Balchow and Prawn and Lady Finger Curry, among a host of other dishes which are available locally.

Some of the best places to dig in some sumptuous seafood in South Goa include Gaffinos in Cavelossim Beach and Johncy’s in Benaulim Beach, a few of the beach shacks serve authentic Goan food as well. One of the best things to do in South Goa is to find a shack that serves these delicacies and enjoy a good meal.

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Beach Football at Varca Beach

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For sports enthusiast, playing beach football on Varca Beach is a riveting experience. The beauty of the beach lies in its white sands and the sense of privacy that it provides. The wide, unhindered expanse makes it perfect for a game of football on the shore. 

There is no obstruction in the form of people – this is a hidden gem which many people do not know much about.

However, it should be noted that people wanting to engage in a game of football should play farther from the sea to avoid the waves disrupting the game. Do carry a first-aid kit in case there are any individuals from the group who might get cut as a result of contact with the sometimes coarse sand.

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Hands down, an adventure to remember! If you come to goa, this package is something you should definitely consider. It was such a phenomenal experience, our hearts were full after witnessing the underwater! Also, it was so heartwarming thing to see, the trainers being so patient with the people, they'll teach you and give you time to practice breathing from your mouth underwater. They'll guide you throughout the time even when in underwater. So from safety perspective, you're stress free. And, the scene underwater is a TREAT! PS: They also give you your underwater video, and a lunch in the boat by the breathtaking sunset!
"pocket friendly, well managed, good service and very friendly Co operative guide. some people joined the dolphin safari without paying for the tickets, despite of that, Vijay Bhai(guide) did not lose his cool and managed all with a smile. then due to some issue in bus, the AC broke down but Vijay Bhai managed another Bigger better bus in just 15 mins.\nwill definitely book it again."
"We booked south Goa sight seeing tour for 3 people. They guided us really well. Specially Pooja the girl working there, who is been polite and helpful. She gaves every bit of information. She picks calls at any time and provides details.\n\nThen the trip drivers picks us around 8:50am. \nWe visited every place as mentioned in the trip. \nAnd they park around good restaurants too. \n\nHighlight of this package is boat cruise which we need to pay 300 per head. It's good in boat. Everyone enjoys themselves. "
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Whole the tour was amazing at very cheap price. Miramar beach boat riding and dolfin seeing was amazing and adventurous . Lord mangesh temple and shopping around the place was very good. Guide in the bus was a very nice person .He arranged everything during the tour for convenience of tourist with him. Cruise ride in mandavi river was so amazing.
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Amazing Experience. Value for money package. I would like to give additional points to the supportive and very co-operative crew on the boat and the diving instructors. Although the start of the journey was late on schedule the crew picked up on the time later. The quality of underwater cams used for clicking pics and shooting video is fantastic.
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One of the best experiences ever. We were a group of 5 people, and honestly after reading a few negative reviews, I was really confused whether or not, I should book the activity but I am so happy I booked it. The trip started with a light breakfast and we were soon taken to the Island, where we could swim, have fun until our turn arrives for the activity. The scuba instructor was amazing. I am also an amateur in swimming but they made sure it is a seamless experience for me. There was an amazing lunch with unlimited beers(if you are a fan). I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend it. Now, I am considering to keep booking my trips through Thrillophilia.
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Fun experience, exciting and thrilled. Just one drawback... No Jain food was provided and contacting the relevant persons is not easy.

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  1. What are the best things to do in South Goa with friends?

    1. Canyoning through the Upper Sauri Canyon: This is a great adrenaline-fueled activity you can enjoy with your friends in Goa. You have to cross 6 waterfalls surrounded by walls and spectacular nature. People of all age groups can enjoy this activity.

    2. Water Skiing at Majorda Beach:
    This is a water sport you can enjoy with your friends in South Goa. It involves you being attached to a boat via a cable and when the boat moves forward, you are pulled across the surface of the water.

    3. Parasailing:
    This 10-minute high-octane activity is perfect for adrenaline junkies. You can witness the magnificent Arabian Sea from high up in the air. Professionals will assist you and provide you with safety equipment.

    4. Scuba Diving at Bat Island:
    You can explore the beautiful coral reefs and marvel at the diverse aquatic life of the Arabian Sea. You also get to click underwater photos and create wonderful memories.
  2. What are the romantic things to do in South Goa?

    1. Beach Camping: This can be a great way to spend a night with your partner at one of the beaches of Goa, listening to the sound of the waves and sitting by the fire. There are beach cafes where you can enjoy some delicious local food.

    2. Jungle Walk:
    This is your chance to get closer to nature while in South Goa with your partner. Here you can enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna while taking a romantic walk and visit one of the oldest temples in Goa.

    3. Hot Air Balloon Ride:
    Enjoy a hot air balloon ride with your partner as the two of you are taken 900 feet up in the air. From up above, you can a beautiful view of the sea. This ride can continue for 2.5 hours.

    4. Dolphin Spotting:
    This unique activity involves traveling via a boat to a point where you can see dolphins frolicking in the water. 
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  4. What are the things to do in South Goa at night?

    South Goa is the less crowded part of Goa but this quieter area also has many things worth experiencing. Here are the top five things to do in Goa at night. 

    1. Night cruises:
    Hop on a luxury cruise that sails on the Arabian Sea while offering astounding views of the sunset, the night sky and the scenery. Moreover, the unending supply of drinks, hot and tempting appetizers and an elaborate buffet dinner are part of the cruise along with performances from local Goan dancers and musicians.

    2. Attend the silent disco:
    A one of its kind party in Goa, the silent noise club in Palolem organizes a silent disco event for the guests. Here, each guest is given headphones which has a few channels playing different music. People can enjoy the tunes of their choice while also cancelling any noise pollution in the area.

    3. Explore the nightclubs:
    South Goa has some excellent clubs and events that would make your night memorable. From the silent noise club at Palolem to ziggy's club to the full-moon parties at Colva Beach, there is much to have a fun and tipsy night during the trip.

    4. Dine on a beach bar:
    There are many beach shacks, bars and restaurants that you must check out when in South Goa. Enjoy a lavish meal or quick-bites with the serene views of the sea and the sand. These eateries offer the guests a chance to experience authentic Goan cuisine, drinks and live music during a night-out.

    5. Stargaze at the beach:
    Head to Agonda beach in South Goa to see a stunning sunset and stay over till the late night hours absorbing the beauty of the twinkling night sky. Come here all by yourself for some relaxing and solace or as a romantic gesture bring your partner.
  5. Is South Goa good for family?

    Yes. South Goa as compared to North Goa is less crowded and quieter which makes it perfect for families to spend a holiday here. Moreover, this part of Goa has some of the most alluring beaches, many attractions and luxury resorts that you can checkout.
  6. Is South Goa better or North Goa?

    Both South and North Goa are prominent areas that have beaches, resorts, monuments, attractions, activities and much more. The better area depends on what you want to do during your Goa vacation. While North Goa is known for the happening nightlife, clubs and parties, South Goa is ideal for a secluded and tranquil holiday.

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