Top 10 excursions and tours in Goa

Updated on Apr 15, 2024 by Alastair McClymont

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Choose from a great range of excursions and tours in Goa and benefit from exploring every nook and cranny of this awe-inspiring destination.

The state’s 105 kilometres of coastline ensures that lazing on the beach is always an easy activity for anyone on Goa holidays. But while relaxing and rejuvenating goes hand in hand with a holiday in Goa, there are several tours and excursions on offer to holidaymakers that will give great reason for leaving your beach towel for a day or two. From exploring the history of the state to delving into the hustle bustle of a vibrant market, here’s our list of the top 10 excursions and tours in Goa.


1. Glimpses of Goa

Our Glimpses of Goa tour is the perfect way of exploring the history and heritage of the state. From the Portuguese colonial era to grand Hindu temples, there is an endless stream of culture ready to be discovered on this fulfilling tour of Goa.

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2. Goan houseboat

Arguably one of the most charming and relaxing excursions in Goa, spending the night on a traditional Indian houseboat will conjure up the romance of exploration. Equipped with your very own room and some delicious Goan cuisine, the waters of the Siolim River will be your setting, featuring a stunning sunset as you keep a look out for dolphins and the area’s diverse birdlife.


3. The spice plantations

You can’t escape the influence of the state’s spice industry during your holidays to Goa, whether you want to or not. The delicious Goan cuisine benefits from this rich supply of spices and the best way to discover this industry is by dropping in on a spice plantation, where the likes of cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla and nutmeg are farmed.


4. Camping on the beach

It’s natural to never want to leave the Goa beaches, so why not spend the night on the sand? Our Maharaja Night experience is one of the most popular tours in Goa, allowing you to sleep in a cosy safari tent amid the beauty of Cola Beach.

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5. Visit a traditional market

Whether you explore the Saturday Night Market in Arpora or the Anjuna Flea Market, strolling around and experiencing the hustle bustle of an authentic marketplace is one of the most memorable things to do in Goa.


6. Discover Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Heading inland from the coastline, the natural beauty of Goa continues with its diverse and verdant landscapes. One of the most famous residents, hiding away amid dense forest, is the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. The falls are among the largest in the whole of India and present a dramatic scene as they tumble down along cliff faces and behind train tracks.


7. The beautiful nature of Goa

The best way to embrace Goa’s natural beauty is to head on our Wildernest tour. This Goa tour will transport you into the stunning setting of the Wildernest Nature Resort where you will enjoy educational nature trails, birdwatching and breath-taking eco-friendly accommodation in the heart of the resort.


8. Explore Hampi

While it may not be in Goa, our excursion to the awe-inspiring archaeological site of Hampi ensures it is well worth leaving the state for a short time. The site is home to a range of impressive and well-preserved ruins, visited on a three-day and two-night tour beginning with collection from your hotel.


9. Take a trip to North India

In addition to our Goa tours, we also offer India tours to those hoping to explore more of this vast sub-continent. Our North India Highlights tour allows holidaymakers to encounter some of the true wonders of India, including Qutab Minar and India Gate in New Delhi, as well as the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra - one of the Wonders of the World.


10. Head to Mumbai

The bustling metropolis of Mumbai sits an hour’s flight from Goa, boasting the title of India’s most affluent city. Your tour here will allow you to absorb the city’s primary attractions, including the Elephanta Caves – a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back up to 1,500 years.


Fancy booking some Goa tours to enjoy during your holiday? Check out our Excursions and Tours page and find the perfect experiences to add even more flavour to your holidays in Goa.

Have you experienced any of the tours listed above? Let us know how you got on exploring Goa.


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