Must-visit spots in North Goa

Goa is divided into two districts, North and South. Each has its own distinct vibe.Though in general, Goa is the collision of the far East and West: cobblestone streets wind around Hindu temples and Catholic churches. Portugal, a force that colonized Goa for 450 years, has left a lasting mark on the culture and people of the region. It’s the
confluence of cultures that allows for the region’s Trance music and eclectic dishes. But specifically, North Goa is the region for tourism, it’s home to trendy beaches, vibrant nightlife, live music, hippie markets, and yoga retreats. If the seemingly contradictory thrown into a blender to create a funky juice is your kind of trip, North Goa is for you!

While in North Goa, shop Anjuna, Anjuna’s famous Wednesday market is the place to find clothes, crystals, leather goods, stones and so much more. Besides shopping, Anjuna boasts one of the region’s most lively beaches, the spot for energetic parties! Those who enjoy Anjuna’s upbeat nightlife will also like Vagator, this beach exudes a
hippie vibe. Yet, Calangute and Baga are Goa’s party epicenter. Wild nights await those who venture onto these white sandy shores. Although North Goa is known for these high-energy beaches, there are sandy laid-back retreats among them.

Not in the mood for a trance party or hippie market? Quiet beaches like Bambolim, located within walking distance of Hotel The Green Boutique, are known for their easy-going nature. North Goa’s laid-back beaches include Morjim, Aswem, and Mandrem, they’re somewhat funky and family-friendly. Indeed, there’s something awaiting both the adventurous souls and homemaker in North Goa.

Beach raves aside, North Goa is renowned for architecture and culture. Topmost among Goa’s cultural attractions is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. This cathedral contains the remains of St. Francis Xavier. His corpse eternally rests in a glass coffin and is said to resist decay, he’s perpetually preserved and on display in this 500-year-old church.
Not surprisingly, the church is noted as the best example of Baroque and Colonial Portuguese architecture in India.

But, if the somewhat history isn’t your cup of chai, the Harvalem waterfall is located in Bicholim and has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built during the Kadamba Dynasty, in the 12th Century. The king built it for his wife, a devotee of the great God Shiva. Nearby the temple, cut-rock caves and scenic overlooks await the
adventurous traveller. Goa is a land of beauty, enigma, and adventure.

Speaking of living adventurously, North Goa hosts “Sunburn,” an EDM, House, Pop, and Trance Music extravaganza. If you’re visiting North Goa during December, this 3-day event should be on your bucket list. When visiting North Goa, stay at the hotel with the green neon sign, The Green Boutique. Our spacious 22 room inn was given a 3-star property rating because we provide a blend of modern amenities with rural Goan living. Be it a Business or Leisure stay, The Green Boutique Hotel is an ideally located ultimate destination for visitors travelling to Goa.