Experience local. Eat at local joints, visit local haunts and meet and chat with the locals so that you catch the Goan feel. Goa’s old eateries serve delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian thalis starting from Rs 70 (veg) and Rs 100 (non-veg). The bhajis served with pao are healthy, local preparations that can be a filling lunch or dinner. You can still find a cup of chai for Rs 10.
Panaji is perfect for long strolls. You can walk around the old city and admire the history and heritage along the streets, sit by the river and read a book or visit Miramar beach at sunset.
If you’re heading to Margao and Vasco-da-Gama you will find the cities’ appeal charming with plenty to see and do. Direct shuttle services from the main city terminus are available.
If you’ve had enough of the city, you can move to the northern and southern most beaches of isolated shores. Mandrem and Arambol are still favourites and Anjuna-Vagator still retain that hippy feel.You can soak in some tan on the beach and drink coconut water to cool off from the blazing heat.
Yoga and meditation activities and classes abound in Arambol and Palolem. You can attend any of these to reconnect with your zen zone and bring peace to yourself.
You can get sporty with the numerous activities on and by the sea. But the prices vary, so make sure you haggle a little to get a good deal. Most of the museums have a small fee, but the UNESCO monuments are free to enter.
Experience nightlife along Calangute-Baga or some places in Assagao like Soro have special nights during the week that you can try.
Stay safe and enjoy your backpack trip across Goa.