So say your ‘I Do’s’ to each other and then to one of our amazing SOTC Goa honeymoon packages, to begin your married journey at one of the top destinations in India and indeed the world.
Top places to visit on a honeymoon trip to Goa
Our Goa honeymoon packages comprise of the destination’s most exquisite locations, from beaches to towns and colonial-era resorts to lush tropical islands. Take a look at some of them in more detail.
Palolem & Butterfly Beach:
South Goa’s most popular honeymoon destination is the vibrant Palolem Beach, where one can indulge in plenty of water-based activities, eat and drink at the rustic shacks and party well into the night at the waterfront clubs. From Palolem, you and your partner can escape to the more secluded Butterfly Beach for a bit of one-on-one time. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see dolphins in the horizon!
Goa has seventeen islands off its shores and the largest of them all is Charao, a once luxurious Portuguese settlement that’s now home to heritage remnants of that time, alongside native villages, azure waters, lush greenery and natural beauty, with stunning views of the Arabian Sea in every direction.
Found deep within the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary & Mollem National Park, is the magnificent Dudhsagar Waterfall. Literally meaning ‘Sea of Milk’, the gushing waters look ethereal as they cascade from the pristine foliage of the Western Ghats. If you’re looking to treat your partner to one of nature’s best views, do include a day trip to Dudhsagar in your Goa honeymoon tour package.
Perhaps the most famous beach in Goa, Baga is a must-visit on your Goa honeymoon, even if just for one sunset over cocktails or coconut water. There are really good cafés here too, if visiting around a mealtime. Many popular hotels, clubs and pubs are also found around Baga, as well as fast-food joints and street markets.
Another popular beach hangout in the north of Goa is the famous party destination of Anjuna. The village itself boasts beautiful homes, quaint restaurants, the renowned Anjuna Flea Market every Wednesday and of course, the beach itself where you can swim, surf or sunbathe with chart topping music in the background, played at the famous shacks like Curlies & Shiva Valley.
Travel further north and you’ll reach the picturesque Mandrem Beach, where the crowds lessen and the sandy stretch widens to provide a perfect beach for activities. The waves and wind make this an especially good spot for surfing and kite surfing, if you and your partner want to try something new. There are also wonderfully romantic restaurants where you can dine with your feet in the sand and the ocean within vision.
Many couples choose Agonda on their Goa honeymoon package itinerary, for it offers the best of South Goa. Swaying palm trees, cosy resorts, fewer people — the idyllic beach experience to have on your Goa honeymoon.
A 40-minute boat ride away from the mainland is one of Goa’s upcoming tourist destinations, the alluring Grand Island. The place is perfect for honeymooners as the natural surrounds are wonderfully maintained, the restaurants and hotels are of top quality and the visitors are always few in number. From sunset strolls to boat rides, candle-lit dinner dates and early morning hikes, make new memories on Grand Island.
Another of the super popular Goa honeymoon destinations is the lovely village called Sinquerim, where you can really sample the susegadi life of Goa. Relax beachside by the hammocks, go scuba diving with your beloved, indulge in freshly cooked meals and visit the extraordinary Sinquerim Fort for its inspiring architecture.
Panjim, Goa’s capital, has many quaint and colourful villages within its boundaries, none more so than Fontainhas. Meander down the pathways, stopping for as many pictures as you like. Eat a sumptuous meal in artsy surrounds and head back to the hotel with a feeling of pure contentment — just as you should on your honeymoon.
Vasco Da Gama:
Beautiful heritage meets spectacular nature in the town of Vasco Da Gama, where you and your love can indulge in sightseeing and visiting landmarks like the Mormugaon Fort, St. Andrew’s Church and the Japanese Garden, as well as the serene Monkey Beach where you can catch a sunset or quick swim.
Best time to book Goa packages for couples
Goa honeymoons can be enjoyed all through the year, but the extreme summers tend to be uncomfortable and the monsoons can be quite heavy. Generally speaking there are no bad months to book a Goa honeymoon package, as each season brings its own charm and recreational activities. Although you probably have dates in mind already, here’s a guide on each time of the year and what to expect from your Goa honeymoon.
Summer (March - May)
Expect plenty of sunshine and heat during the summer months, beginning in March all the way up to the first showers towards the very end of May. This isn’t the most crowded season for Goa tourism as there are many cooler places to visit in India
instead. However, this could be a good time for a Goa honeymoon for those who don’t mind high temperatures, more solitude and indoor recreation. It is also possible to find great budget Goa honeymoon packages during this season.
Monsoon (June - September)
If you’re looking for sun, sand and surf, the rainy season is not the right time for a Goa honeymoon. But that doesn’t mean monsoon Goa honeymoon packages are any less popular. For nature comes alive, creating an undeniable aura of romance. While the shore activities are shut for the season, this is the perfect time to celebrate getting married in intimate surrounds, with hardly a tourist in sight, and explore the destination’s forests and national parks. There are many wonderful resorts and eco-stays that let you do so in absolute natural bliss.
Winter (November - February)
Undoubtedly the best time for a Goa honeymoon for couples looking forward to beach-side thrills, daily ocean swims, gorgeous sunsets and a culturally vibrant atmosphere. Aside from the idyllic weather, these are the festive months of Goa, that offer plenty of recreation and leisure to look forward to, from parties to parades and sightseeing to sunset gazing. Do note that since this is the peak tourist season, the sooner you book your Goa honeymoon package, the better deals you’ll find.
Things to carry along for your Goa honeymoon
As you plan your trip to Goa, keep these packing tips in mind for convenience. After years of travel experience, this list of what to carry along will ensure you have everything you need for a seamless, worry-free Goa honeymoon.
Unless it’s the monsoon, your swim suits should be the first thing you pack, to enjoy Goa’s beaches, pools, Jacuzzis and even natural ponds and rivers.
Carry clothes that suit the tropics and resort ambience, so light cotton clothes, sarongs, shorts and tees.
Flip flops and a pair of walking shoes are more than enough to get by on your Goa honeymoon.
Goa is a great place to flaunt jewellery, if you like. Besides that, carry hats and sunglasses without fail! If you’re visiting in the rainy months, carry
Sunscreen & Personal Care:
Expect heat and carry sunscreen, lip balm and moisturiser to stay protected. Also carry any personal medication and bug repellent.
Cameras, power banks, wet wipes, a small day backpack or satchel and portable speakers are other popular items to carry.
Goa honeymoon FAQs
What’s the best way to reach Goa?
You can easily reach Goa from anywhere in the country, by air, road and rail. Dabolim Airport sees countless national and select international flights land daily. Tickets can be quite cheap if booked early. Buses, taxis and trains go to and from Goa from various major cities, so those can be booked too, at cheaper rates. Many people also opt to drive to Goa themselves, as the scenic coastal road trip is considered an experience that one must have at least once in life.
Is South Goa or North Goa better for a honeymoon package?
The entire state is a tropical paradise so you will enjoy no matter where you spend your Goa honeymoon. The south is less crowded and more exclusive, with slightly less humidity. Towards the far north is quite similar, however the middle stretch is the most packed and developed, so it is best avoided for a Goa honeymoon and better suited to travelling with friends or family.
What are some famous restaurants in Goa?
From fantastic fine dining restaurants to lively beach shacks, Goa is full of amazing eateries that you can visit on your Goa honeymoon. Here are some of the most popular:
• Tuscany Gardens, Sinquirim — A romantic al fresco Italian meal, perfect for two
• Riverside, The Leela — Spectacular global fare served amidst mesmeric views
• Café Bodega — Breakfast, brunch and lunch date heaven
• Alex Beach Shack, Candolim — Sumptuous local cuisine served by the sea
• Gunpowder, Assagao — Reimagined local delicacies in a high-class setting
• Baba Au Rhum — Slow cooked meals overlooking paddy fields and bamboo groves
What romantic things can one do on a Goa honeymoon?
Your Goa honeymoon promises to be filled with wondrous shared experiences that you can take back home as lifelong memories.
Go sightseeing —
Explore Old Goa, where beautiful heritage sites like the Basilica of Bom Jesus are found, countless Portuguese era homes still remain, alongside charming local villages.
Hop on a cruise —
Upon the serene Mandovi River lie countless riverboat cruises of various kinds like sunset cruises, dinner cruises and floating casinos. If you’re looking for a great night out, this could be fun.
Shop at a flea market —
The Anjuna flea market and Saturday night market in North Goa, are lively affairs where you can find anything under the sun, at a bargain. There’s also food and drink available, so you can easily make a day of it.
Try out water sports —
With so many beaches and water bodies, water sports like jet skiing, surfing, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking are some of the best things to do on a Goa honeymoon.
Enjoy the nightlife —
As one of the country’s party destinations, nightclubs like Mambos, Titos, Club Cubana, SinQ, Hype, Antares and Silent Noise, are some of the top places to visit in Goa.
What are the top romantic resorts and hotels in Goa?
Goa is home to beautiful resorts with exclusive beaches, heritage buildings, pristine forest settings, and there are countless deluxe and premium hotels too. Whatever your budget, expect a cosy, comfortable and luxurious stay on your Goa honeymoon. Vivanta by Taj, Fort Aguada, Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort, The Zuri White Sands and Park Hyatt Resort and Spa, ITC Grand and Ahilya By The Sea, are just a few.
How long is the ideal Goa honeymoon?
Goa honeymoon packages range anywhere from a few days to well past a week. It all depends on your travel plans and availability.