Goa is divided into two areas: North Goa and South Goa. Both have beaches, both have beautiful nature, but both also have a totally different appearance. To help you choose between the north and south, I discuss the biggest differences between North Goa and South Goa in this article.
THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES BETWEEN NORTH GOA AND SOUTH GOA
If you are in Goa for a longer period of time, you can also combine the north and south. From the far north to the far south it is a four-hour drive, so you could choose to stay in both areas for a while. When you are only a short time in Goa and have to choose between North and South, you can base your choice on what you want to do mainly in Goa.
The best beaches of Goa can be found in the far north and in the south. The beaches in the south are generally a lot quieter than the beaches in the north and often they are more beautiful and unspoiled. The beaches in North Goa, on the other hand, are more lively and have more options for, for example, water activities.
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North Goa is much busier than the south and especially in Baga, Candolim and Calangute are many tourists. If you come to Goa for your rest, you better choose the south or go to the beaches in the far north, such as Arambol.
There are regular parties in South Goa, and especially on Palolem Beach, but that is not much compared to the parties in the north. In North Goa there are a number of large dance and trance parties every weekend – and also regularly during the week – and when that is not entirely your thing, you can always go to one of the many clubs. Party animals can therefore best go to North Goa.
If you want to take a look at the past, you better go to North Goa. This part of Goa is full of Portuguese monuments such as the Basilica or Bom Jesus (UNESCO), Fort Aguada and Chapora Fort. Old Goa and the capital Panaji – both of which are full of beautiful colonial remains – are also located in North Goa.
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When you come to Goa to do yoga, it’s best to go to South Goa. There are retreats and yoga schools in both areas, but in the south there are a lot more, especially in Agonda and Patnem. In addition, the south is also a bit more “zen” than the north, so you can really get to grips with yourself here.
If you mainly want to discover Goa’s wildlife, scoot through jungles or hike to waterfalls, you will feel completely at home in the south. Here you will find various game parks, where with a bit of luck you can even spot tigers and panthers. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and the Dudhsagar waterfall are definitely a must-visit for nature lovers and adventurers .
For shopping enthusiasts, North Goa beats South Goa. The north is full of colorful flea markets, where you can buy almost everything – from clothing and jewelry to handmade souvenirs and decorations. The most popular markets are the famous Anjuna Flea Market on Wednesday, the Saturday Night Market in Arpora and the Mapusa Market on Frida