South Goa

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South Goa is categorised as Beachside

Varca Beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 29 August 2016)
Lifeguards at Colva Beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 29 August 2016)
Colva Beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 29 August 2016)
Colva Beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 29 August 2016)
Boating in Sal River (Nivalink Trip Dated - 29 August 2016)
Coconut Oil Extractor and Dehusking Mills(Photo Courtesy: Dommartin)
Sal River
Colva Beach
Benaulim Beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 4 October 2003)
Mobor Beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 June 2006)

Reasons to Visit
  • South Goa (Arossim to Mobor) (unlike North Goa) is known for its peace, greenery, Village-like atmosphere and its luxury resorts.
  • South Goa is also renowned for good restaurants serving authentic Goan cuisine however lacks the crowded feel of North Goa (Restaurants, Night life etc.).
  • South Goa opted for its idyllic beaches and laidback character.
  • Beaches are idyllic and good for long walks and swimming and preferred by those who want to simply chill and de-stress.
  • During Oct-March season, an Older profile of guests / honeymooners prefer South Goa over busier North Goa.
  • During April-Sept, the luxury resorts get patronized as destination resorts for luxury getaway seekers.
Know It
  • Bogmallo, Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossem and Mobor are different ends of the same South Goa beach stretch (About 30 kms from end to end).
  • Beach Resort Destinations in India"South Goa is characterised by green countryside Goa having many spreadout luxury resorts in a 30 kms beach front area. Utorda, Majorda, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossem and Mobor are beaches in South Goa that are safe for swimming. Colva has some pubs, shacks and renowned restaurants but lacks party atmosphere of North Goa. South Goa is most popular with premium / luxury travellers, spa travellers, honeymooners, families and those looking for packaged all inclusive holiday. "
Access Information

South Goa has 28 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

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1 verified holiday itineraries are listed for South Goa

Getaway (1-3 nights)1

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List of Holidays for South Goa


  • South Goa Extended Getaway (3 Nights)

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South Goa has 9 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Dabolim Airport and Arossim/Utorda/Majorda beachRs. 2357
Pickup/Drop between Dabolim Airport and Betalbatim/Colva/Benaulim beachRs. 2239
Pickup/Drop between Dabolim Airport and Varca/Cavalossem/Mobor/Betul BeachRs. 2357

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Day Visit Panjim to Old Goa Churches with South Goa temples and backRs. 3534
South and North Goa Temples Visit and backRs. 3770
South Goa to Panjim and Old Goa Sightseeing and backRs. 3887

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Madgaon Railway Station and Arossim/Utorda/Majorda beachRs. 1885
Pickup/Drop between Madgaon Railway Station and Betalbatim/Colva/Benaulim beachRs. 939
Pickup/Drop between Madgaon Railway Station and Varca/Cavalossem/Mobor/Betul/BeachRs. 2474

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South Goa has 31 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

Bird Watching3
Entry Tickets2
Guide Services1
Wildlife Excursion2

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List of Service Add Ons for South Goa


Services Rates Starting From
Banana Boat Ride in South GoaRs. 2000
Jet Ski + Banana Ride + Ringo Ride & Parasailing South GoaRs. 2000
Jet Ski + Ringo Ride + Banana RideRs. 1400
Jet Skiing in South GoaRs. 400
Parasailing in South GoaRs. 1000
Rafting at Mhadei Goa-
Rafting at Tilari GoaRs. 2250
Ringo Ride in South GoaRs. 1200
Sea Kayaking in South GoaRs. 400

Bird Watching

Services Rates Starting From
Bird Watching & Crocodile Sighting Cruise on Sea EagleRs. 15000
Bird Watching at Bondla Wildlife SanctuaryRs. 2700
Bird Watching in North GoaRs. 2300

Entry Tickets

Services Rates Starting From
Entry to Deltin Royale Casino (Premium)Rs. 4840
Entry to Deltin Royale Casino (Standard)Rs. 3025


Services Rates Starting From
3 Hour Cruise in GoaRs. 3000
5 hour cruise in GoaRs. 3500
Bird Watching & Crocodile Sighting Cruise on KhandyaRs. 8125
Bird Watching & Crocodile Sighting Cruise on Sea EagleRs. 15000
Ride the waves Cruise on Sea EagleRs. 13750
Sea to Mountain Cruise on KhandyaRs. 8750
Sea to Mountain Cruise on Sea EagleRs. 12250
Short Trip down Chapora River Rs. 1667
Spice Route Cruise on KhandyaRs. 7350
Spice Route Cruise on Sea EagleRs. 14565
Sunset River Cruise on KhandyaRs. 5625
Sunset River Cruise on Sea EagleRs. 11250
Sunset Sea Cruise on Sea EagleRs. 13750
Tropical Spice Garden VisitRs. 400
Tropical Spice Garden Visit with Elephant RideRs. 1100

Guide Services

Services Rates Starting From
Audio Guide for GoaRs. 250

Wildlife Excursion

Services Rates Starting From
One Day Photography TourRs. 2700
Snake Excursion at AmboliRs. 2900

13 Travel Ideas listed for South Goa. Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

  • Casino Carnival Expereince
  • Different ways to look at a Goa Getaway
  • Goa Break in Monsoon
  • Goa Self Drive Experience
  • Old Goa Expereince
  • Sahakari Spice Farm Experience
  • South Goa Beaches
  • Temples in South Goa

Stay Ideas

  • Alila Diwa Goa experience
  • Alila Diwa Goa Spa getaway
  • Heritage Hotels and Homely stays in Goa
  • Leela Goa - Golf Getaway
  • Vivenda Dos Palhacos Heritage - Home

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Only beach in South Goa that has a bit like a North Goa beach character. Its a public beach, visited by tourists to South Goa and has many restaurants / hotels around it. Shacks are setup on the beach in Winter.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    An idyllic beach front South of Colva. The Benaulim beach connects to Colva and one can enjoy a long beach walk in between. There are some restaurants and hotels around Benaulim.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Just North of Colva and home to Nanu Beach Resort. Colva is more popular of the beaches and therefore gets many more visitors. Betalbatim is relatively idyllic and quieter.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    The Goa Chitra is a museum based in Benaulim in South Goa. It has a large collection of over 4000 artefacts focusing on Goas portuguese colonial past. Goa Chitras collection includes examples of local pottery, farming tools, musical instruments, ancient carts and palanquins from different points of the past. It also showcases an organic farm for the cultivation of various vegetables, herbs, spices, sugarcane, and rice.
    Heritage Museum
    Impressive Church situated in the heart of Madgaon. The feast of this Church is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of Feb.
    Portuguese Church, Roman Catholic Church
    It is believed that St. Francis Xavier used to teach catechism at Rosary Church to his followers seated around him. November 3rd is the day of the feast at Rosary Church
    Portuguese Church, Roman Catholic Church
    Built in 1675, Church of Holy Spirit Madgaon is one of the most impressive Churches in South Goa and example of Indian Baroque style church building.
    Portuguese Church
    Majorda is an idyllic beach front in South Goa where a couple of luxury beach resorts and homestays are located. The beach is visited by locals. and visitors to the area but not tourists to South goa at large.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Utorda is one of the quieter and lesser visited beaches in South Goa where couple of premium and luxury resorts are based.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    An idyllic beach front South of Colva home to some luxury resorts such as Ramada and Club Mahindra. Beach otherwise is quiet and not visited by tourists.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Idyllic rocky beach front where couple of mid-segment hotels are located. It lies at the Southern tip of whats popularly known as South Goa beaches.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Cansaulim church (1581) is an exquisite monument that draws tourists due to its history and the typical Portuguese architectural style.
    Portuguese Church
    A museum cum gallery called ancestral Goa has been built in Loutolim also called big foot. The largest known laterite sculpture of Mirabai is present in this theme park.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Cultural Centre
    Arossim Beach is an idyllic beach in South Goa (between Colva and the Airport) and home to Heritage Village Resort. Arossim Stretch of beach is generally empty and less crowded and excellent for a walk.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Sal River in South Goa opens near Cavelossim and Betul before meeting Arabian Sea. The entire stertch is scenic and has some cafeteria around for dining and is well visited by tourists visiting Cavelossem.
    Lake or Riverside
    Best of the South Goa beaches. Some luxury resorts such as Radisson Blu are setup here. This has restaurants, watersports centre and wide beach front which is well visited by locals and tourists.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    The area is where a river meets Arabian sea and therefore offers excellent views. There are watersports centres around here and some restaurants. Major area of the beach is taken over by The Leela and therefore inaccessible to public.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    A beach front in South Goa home to Mayfair Resort. Beach otherwise is quiet and not visited by tourists.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Casa Araujo Alvares is a 250 year old heritage mansion near Madgaon that is visited like a heritage museum for its heritage character and charm.
    Heritage Site, Museum
    Heritage Museum, Haveli or Mansion
    The Braganca House was built in the 17th century, 10 kms east of Madgaon in South Goa. The east wing has a small chapel with a relic of St. Francis Xavier alongwith the artefacts collected by the family over the years. There is a ballroom with antique chandeliers and heavily carved ornate rosewood furniture. The west wing of the house has exquisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau. It also houses a collection of family portraits, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The library is believed to be the first private library in Goa having 5,000 leather bound books.
    Heritage Museum
    Rachol Seminary is home to the Museum of Christian Art which chronicles the evolution of Christian /catholic art in Goa with interesting artifacts of the bygone era.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Craft Museum
    The Palacio do Deao is a heritage mansion situated by the river near Quepem at 14 kms from Margao spread over 11,000 sq ft of floor area. It is built in an unique style of architecture and has an interesting blend of Hindu and Portuguese cultures.
    Heritage Site
    Haveli or Mansion
    Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is a popular Devi Temple situated 4 kms from Ponda at 300 meters from Nagesh Temple.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    Hollant beach is one of the lesser visited beaches of South Goa near Bogmallo and Dabolim Airport. Its known to be the only beach in Goa where sunrise is visible.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    A beach few kms from Dabolim Airport. There are a few restaurants, one premium resort and kind of beach where one can have a long walk.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Fort Cabo De Rama Fort is a seaside fort named after Lord Rama. It is believed Lord Rama during epic tale of Ramayana took refuge here accompanied by his wife Sita during his exile from Ayodhya.
    Temple or Holy Place, Heritage Site
    Lord Rama, Fort
    Nagueshi Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple (15th Century) near Mangeshi temple. Nagesh temple (as its also commonly referred) is visited all round the year by Pilgrims and tourists to Goa.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    Gopal Ganesh temple is situated surrounded by Greenery at Farmagudi near Ponda at about 26 kms from Panjim.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Ganesha
    Sahakari Spice Farm is very popular day visit option for guests traveling to Goa and looking at an experience beyond beaches. Sahakari Spice Farm is spread over 130 acres, 60 acres of this area is exclusively devoted to the cultivation of Spices, Fruits, Medicinal trees and Herbs. In addition to visit to the spice garden and ago processing units, Sahakari farm has a restaurant offers elephant rides and folk dances
    Elephant Experience, Farm Visit
    Mahalasa is the Kuldevi (family goddess) of many Goan native Brahmins and Kashatriyas. Mahalasa is considered as the Mohini form of Lord Vishnu and hence she is referred to as "Mahalasa Narayani". The deity, it may particularly be noted, also wears the holy thread
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    Casino Royale is a popular gaming destination in Goa. Anchored in the Mandovi river off Panjim's mainroad, Casino Royale is a large live gaming casino with 5 operational decks offering high quality restaurants, entertainment and gaming. For gaming enthusiasts, there is 12,000 sq. ft of gaming space with 50 gaming tables, 30 slot machines and top-level events every week.
    Floating Casino
    The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1661 by the Portuguese in the Portuguese Viceroyalty of India
    Portuguese Church
    The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika (Portuguese: Baslica do Bom Jesus) is located in North Goa, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier
    Roman Catholic Church
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Water sports centres are setup around Cavellossem beach that offer jet ski, banana ride, parasailing, bumper ride, boat ride, dolphin trips. These are very popular with travellers to South Goa during Oct - May period when they operate.
    Zuari River Boat Ride is one of the popular activity for bird watchers to Karmali and Mollem area. This is where one can sight the sought after Collared Kingfisher and Black capped Kingfisher alongwith more common kingfisher variants of White Throated Kingfisher and Common Kingfisher. This boat ride also is an excellent for mangrove photography, Marsh Crocodiles and Brahminy Kites.
    Bird Watching, Boat Safari

Destinations within reach from South Goa

  • Ponda ( 20 Km )

    Ponda lies en route to Goa's wildlife sanctuaries, both the Bondla and the Mahavir Wildlife more

  • Quepem ( 21 Km )

    Quepem lies 15 kms east of Madgaon and is home to Peace Valley resort, a destination more

  • Panjim ( 35 Km )

    Panjim is the state capital of Goa and known for its promenades, heritage walks, clean streets, more

  • Palolem ( 43 Km )

    Palolem beach is one of the best beaches in Goa at Southern most edge of the Goa bordering Karwar more

  • Canacona ( 46 Km )

    Cancona is deep southern end of Goa and is known for the presence of backwater and idyllic more

  • North Goa ( 46 Km )

    “North Goa” as its referred comprises Baga-Calangute-Candolim-Sinquerim, all different ends to a more

  • Netravali ( 50 Km )

    Netravali is renowned for its Wildlife Sanctuary located in South-Eastern Goa. It is one of the more

  • Mollem ( 51 Km )

    Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park is a 240 square kms area in the Western Ghats more

  • Siolim ( 52 Km )

    Siolim in North Goa is home to rural riverside ambience and some authentic heritage more

  • Morjim ( 58 Km )

    Morjim, Ashvem and Mandrem are a set of idyllic beaches, north of Siolim river, further north of more

  • Karwar ( 67 Km )

    Karwar on Nothern tip of Karnataka, has a stretch of idyllic beaches and offer stays on two more

  • Anjuna ( 76 Km )

    Anjuna and Vagator are hamlets that are opted for a quiet time away from crowd and buzz that Baga more

  • Aronda ( 83 Km )

    Aronda is situated at the south of Maharashtra on the Goa border and is home to Lotus backwater more

  • Vengurla ( 96 Km )

    Vengurla is an idyllic beachfront lies 24 kms from Sawantwadi (NH-17) and one end of the Vengurla more

  • Ankola ( 102 Km )

    Ankola is a coastal Hamlet on NH-17 between Karwar and Gokarna and easily accessible from Hubli more

  • Kudal ( 111 Km )

    Kudal lies in NH-17 and from where coastal hamlets of Malvan and Tarkarli are accessible. more

  • Tiracol ( 113 Km )

    Tiracol Fort lies on the northern edge of Goa bordering Maharashtra and known for a heritage fort more

  • Oros ( 120 Km )

    Oros lies on the NH-17 (Mumbai - Goa highway) in the Malvan / Sindhudurg area of Konkan region few more

  • Amboli ( 122 Km )

    Amboli is an idyllic hill station (2500+ ft above sea level) overlooking the thick rainforest on more

  • Gokarna ( 125 Km )

    Gokarna is an idyllic beach getaway visited for Gonarnanatha Temple (Shiva Temple) and its more

  • Dandeli ( 130 Km )

    Dandeli is a tropical rain forest located on the northern tip of Karnataka adjacent to Goa Border, more

  • Belgaum ( 130 Km )

    Belgaum is the third largest town in Karnataka on the Northern tip and access point for Amboli, more

  • Bhogwe ( 132 Km )

    Bhogwe Beach is an idyllic beach stretch between Tarkarli and Vengurla by the backwaters of more

  • Tarkarli ( 135 Km )

    Malvan and neighboring Tarkarli (5 kms) are renowned for its coastal cuisine and scuba diving. more

  • Kumta ( 140 Km )

    Kumta is a stopover in Coastal Karnataka between Gokarna and Murudeshwar, home to some homestays more

  • Malvan ( 145 Km )

    Malvan is a compact town situated on the coast of Western India and boasts some beautiful beaches. more

  • Kankavli ( 149 Km )

    Kankavali is transit point on the Mumbai-Goa highway at about 450 kms from Mumbai (8 hours drive). more

  • Dharwad ( 160 Km )

    Hubli and Dharwad are twin cities 22 kms apart. Dharawad is spread over seven small hills at 2000+ more

  • Panhala ( 265 Km )

    Set around a fort, Panhala is an offbeat idyllic hill destination at just 25 km from Kolhapur on more

  • Devrukh ( 270 Km )

    Devrukh is a farm getaway situated near Sangameshwar (20 kms) and 40 kms before Ratnagiri off the more

  • Badami ( 275 Km )

    Badani is a heritage destination and home to rock cut temples and other heritage monuments. From more

  • Udupi ( 285 Km )

    Udupi is a pilgrimage destination and is visited mainly for temples around it and access point for more

  • Malpe ( 285 Km )

    Malpe is an idyllic beach stretch in close proximity (8 km) from Udipi, 5 km off NH 17. Malpe lies more

  • Manipal ( 287 Km )

    Manipal is a university town situated in the state of Karnataka; it is a student township with a more

  • Solapur ( 435 Km )

    Solapur is base for visiting known Pandharpur temple, Tulja Bhawani and Akkalkot pilgrm centres more

  • Kolad ( 466 Km )

    Kolad is adventure getaway of Maharashtra where one can find farm stays, adventure activity more

  • Hassan ( 483 Km )

    Hassan is an industrial town located mid-way between Mangalore and Bangalore and base point for more

  • Tumkur ( 514 Km )

    Tumkur is an industrial town on outskirts of Bangalore (70 kms) on NH-206 and often a stopover for more

  • Lonavala ( 534 Km )

    Lonavala is a hill station and a local getaway 110 km from Mumbai and 70 km from Pune. Lonavala more

  • Bangalore ( 584 Km )

    Bangalore (now also called “Bengaluru”) is the state capital of Karnataka and one of the largest more

  • Panvel ( 585 Km )

    Panvel is just on outskirts of Satellite Township of Navi Mumbai and outskirts of Panvel lie a few more

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
ArossimIdyllic beach front with few hotels / resorts around at 15 kms from Airport, 16 kms from Madgaon stationGetaway2
BenaulimIdyllic beach front with few hotels / resorts around at 25 kms from Airport, 2 kms from Colva and 8 kms from Madgaon railway stationGetaway5
BetalbatimIdyllic beach front with few hotels / resorts around at 21 kms from Airport, 10 kms from Madgaon stationGetaway1
BetulIdyllic beach front with few hotels / resorts around at 38 kms from Airport and 18 kms from Madgaon railway stationGetaway2
CavelossemPopular beach front with hotels / resorts / restaurants around at 36 kms from Airport and 15 kms from Madgaon railway stationGetaway2
ColvaPopular beach front with hotels / resorts / restaurants around at 23 kms from Airport and 6 kms from Madgaon railway station.Holiday/Getaway2
MajordaIdyllic beach front with few hotels / resorts around at 19 kms from Airport, 12 kms from Madgaon stationGetaway1
MoborIdyllic beach front with few hotels / resorts around at 38 kms from Airport. Its here a rivulet meets arabian sea, therefore giving a riverside / seaside feel to the area. Getaway2
UtordaIdyllic beach front with few hotels / resorts around at 17 kms from Airport, 14 kms from Madgaon stationGetaway3
VarcaIdyllic beach front with few hotels / resorts around at 30 kms from Airport and 11 kms from Madgaon railway stationGetaway4
Per-SeraulimA quiet option with green surroundings 2.5 km from Colva and BetalbatimGetaway/Experiential1
Nearest Airport in South Goa
  • Dabolim Airport ( GOI ) , Dabolim-25 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in South Goa
  • Madgaon ( MAO ), Madgaon-6 Kms
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