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What If You're Told A Goa Trip Plan Can Cost Less Than Your Pocket Money

By Sonam Satija

Updated - Nov. 26, 2018 13 min read

A Goa trip plan existing latently with multiple groups? Still finding yourself confining to the same ritual of cancelling on it? Don’t want to wait until your payday for a trip that’s been on your mind? After reading this, you will finally be able to put the thoughts in your head to ground reality and make a trip to Goa in less than 10k. Let the enthusiasm sink in, you’re going to make this happen!

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TRA-WELL

INTERCITY

For a faster travel, try reaching one of the metropolitan cities and then taking a train (speedy ones like Rajdhani and Shatabdi preferably) from there as they are more frequent, under-budget and comfortable for a journey down South. You will have a wonderful view on your way and you can imbibe the beach vibe. Try to not travel during the months of December or January as prices hike during the peak time of course. It's better to wise with your transport budget when planning for a goa trip plan as a trip to Goa through a train or flight journey makes a huge difference when it comes to spending money.

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1. Route From Mumbai

10103 Mandovi Express, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, 7:10 am to Mandagon, 6:45 pm 10111 Konkankanya Express leaves at 11:05 pm and reaches at 10:45 am. Prices for both: 1AC -2,590 rupees, 2A – 1,530 rupees. 3A – 1,060 rupees. SL – 390 rupees. A more low budget option is 12051 Jan Shatabdi Express from Dadar Central to Madgaon which also runs every day. Buses run from Mumbai at INR 1200 per head. A well-planned trip to Goa is all you require for a perfect vacation and especially a budget trip. A goa trip plan requires some essential travel planning so be sure you've got the right details and a right itinerary planned.

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2. Route From Bangalore 

As per popular reviews, it’s more feasible to travel via bus or car if one is planning to take a trip to Goa from the Tech capital, however, the most popular train leaves Yesvantpur at 2.45PM on every Tuesdays and arrives at Vasco Da Gama Express, next day 6 AM. We've got your itinerary sorted from every route so pick up wisely what works the best for your goa trip plan.

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3. Route From Delhi

The fastest trains being Goa Express, Rajdhani, Duranto, etc, you can choose as per your convenience. Fares for most trains on average range between INR 5,085 to INR 780 depending on the coach.

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For more information, see the Indiarailinfo.com website. On a good day with early bookings and cashback apps, you can book a flight ticket for your trip to Goa in less 3 thousand bucks.

 

INTRACITY

Avoid renting a car or a jeep and opt for public transport. A scooty/bike can be rented for a day for around INR 500. Split between two to spend reasonably. Remember every penny spent makes a difference if this goa trip plan is based on a budget trip - it's all about spending wisely and picking the right options. Your motive should be making your trip to goa a pocket-friendly one!

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LODGE AND DODGE THE PRICES

Staying in Goa is not necessarily about the lavish views and casinos in your hotel. One can have a great time living in a hostel, an OYO room or a shack. If 6+ people look for furnished flats for accommodation which can be availed in 3k per day with 500 per head. Given the hyped nightlife of Goa, no one anyway stays indoors much. Try getting a good enough place to have a sound sleep and lodge your stuff and focus more on exploring the place.

PRO TIPHotels will keep your luggage for free before 12 pm check-in and after 12 pm checkout. You can pick it up while leaving. Travel in the city at nighttime to maximize your day hours and save on lodging costs. You can save on laundry too by carrying extra clothes. If you want to make a well-planned trip to Goa then make sure you stay around the main party areas as everything exciting happens there - pick an area like Calangute, Baga, Candolim or Anjuna/Arpora.

 

HOSTELS

The Roadhouse Hostel, Red Door Hostel and The Hostel Crowd are among the few hostels in Goa that provide rooms under INR 500. While you’re at it, check out the 10 best hostels in Goa for backpackers. You can further choose amongst various low budget hotels like Empire Guest House and Horizon View ResortDormitories can opt too if you don’t have much space concerns. If one knows how to save up and compromise a little on comfort then they wouldn't have a problem planning a budget trip to goa. A goa trip plan is incomplete if you don't plan to make new friends and get to know new people from other countries and cities. People also prefer to live in shacks on the beaches and wake up to a beautiful horizon of sunrise. Sunset marks the party mood. This will definitely help you save some money up for trying the best adventure and water sports in Goa.

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DEVOUR AND QUENCH

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FOOD for some is merely a fuel for going around and about. For others, food is what they plan everything around. (And why not? Food is holy and gorgeous) Either way, you’ve got to keep a place in mind to have a satisfying trip to Goa sans hunger pangs and junk munchies. Mostly try having thalis: vegetarian or fish as they are loaded with variety and quantity. Thalis at as low cost as Rs. 100-150 are available across North Goa. Given here are some places to get on your checklist on your trip to goa, you can check to tame your hunger:

PRO TIP: You can try LPK, Tito’s or beach shacks like Lilliput/Curlies for the rest of your stay. Also given that you’re on a budget trip to Goa, try carrying ready to eat foods with you like Maggi, Cup Noddles, Chips, Namkeen, etc. Though try and save up and check out La Plage in Morjim for a date night for their crazy good French cuisine and ambiance. (1000 bucks for two without alcohol) Spend one afternoon at Panjim area, churches (immaculate conception) and seafood at Ritz (Fish Thalis come under Rs. 250) which is one of the best places to have seafood. Don’t forget to visit and take a mandatory group cover picture at Chapora Fort – free of cost – Dil Chahta Hai Fort. It's not just about the accommodation, we're here to sort out cheap food options to for this budget based goa trip plan. No trip to Goa is complete without trying some authentic Goan food.

 

VEGETARIAN 

Cafe Tato, INR 140 per person, Dr. RS Rd, Near Municipal Garden, Altinho, Panaji Navtara, INR 60 per person, Candolim Rd, Naika Vaddo, Calangute.

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NON-VEGETARIAN

Viva Panjim, INR 150 per person, Fontainhas, Panjim, do try their Chicken Leg Chop and sausage PulaoChunky Chicken, INR 145 per person, Mapusa, do try their Chunkilicious Burger and Kebabs. You can eat at shacks like Alex Beach Shack, Ryans Shack, Stringfellows Beach Shack, etc. Also, try the super cheap beach shacks in Upper North Goa in and around Morjim, Ashwem or Arambol area. It's a crime to miss out on some authentic Goan seafood when on a trip to Goa.

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DRINKS 

At a place like Goa where Beer is cheaper than water, you’ve got to sip in some liquids, be it refreshing juices and smoothies or liquor. These will not only quench your thirst but be pocket-friendly. Drinks your sorrows away without burning a hole in your pocket when you make a trip to goa this year.

 

PRO TIP- Try and consume alcohol from thekas mainly. Kings beer is available for Rs 35-40. The rate goes to 60-80 at shacks and restaurants. A goa trip plan is incomplete without having a bottle of Kings, make sure you got that on your checklist. 

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1. Desmondji Spirits and Liqueurs

The label has taken Goan liqueurs to international standards and produce some really high-quality spirits, liqueurs and cocktail blends made out of sugarcane. Their most popular drinks are 51% oak finished and Agave Gold, recommended for single-malt lovers, it is also used in Mojitos, Daiquiris. Both are made from the Agave plant alike Tequilla. Their drinks range from a smooth 51% to 100% that is to be sipped and savored.

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2. Armada

This spice liqueur won the Gold Outstanding medal at IWSC (the International Wine & Spirit Competition) for two consecutive years, it brought India on the global maps of wines. Its recipe lies with the famous Portuguese royal dynasty who still handicraft it in small batches. Prepared by using Brazilian sugar, Indian spices and Portuguese fruit, made without any artificial flavor or color it has 30% alcohol. It is used in countless mocktails to blend perfection to them. One of the most enjoyed drinks in Goa, Armada has surely tapped some of the finest reviews and good ratings amongst all the alcoholics in the party capital of India. A trip to Goa is all about keeping your busy life away and escape to this land of beautiful beaches. Make a goa trip plan worth trying everything you have on your checklist.

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3. Port Wine

Also known by the name of Vinho do Porto, this was brought by the early colonizers of Goa, Portuguese in the 16th century. This was the first wine that was produced in India with all its authenticity. It is mostly served as a dessert wine and is known for its eloquent sweet flavor. Sip this while having a nice romantic dinner under the stars on the music of the tides.

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Some of the places in Goa that are famous for their drinks:

Aces Club, Opposite Junta House, Panaji,
Picnic Bar and Restaurant, Sapana Gardens, Chogum Road, Porvorim
NH-17 Coqueiro Circle, NH-17, Porvorim, Bardez

 

LOCAL FOOD AND DRINKS

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1. Bebinca – Goa’s most popular dessert with multi-layering of egg, coconut milk, sugar, and ghee.

2. Fish Curry Rice – The staple food of Goans, you can’t leave without trying this.

3. Goan Feni – It’s an alcoholic drink that produces froth and has a strong aroma, and that is what determines its quality. Cashew Feni being the most famous.

Also do try Desmondji, Crab XecXecA Delicious Curry, Goan Sausages. Try getting your hands on the preparations of these by the localities in villages as they are exquisite in their preparations. No trip to Goa is complete without trying their specialties - so don't miss out on the same.

 


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PARTY-NOT PARTIALLY 

When in the party capital of the country you’ll only be living under a rock to not want to party in Goana-na-na-na (pun intended). While all the famous clubs like Cabana and LPK etc have cut their prices, there are other clubs that you can check out too. However broke you may be the sand, the waters and the skyline remain the same.

 

PRO TIP: Avoid weekends for watersports and clubbing and keep two days for both each.  Club Cabana is the best one in Goa, go there if you don’t know when you’re going to visit again, worth it. On a good day, the cost can be 1500 for a couple. Drinks are free inside.

 

Here are some hubs for the party animals that want dead feet, not bank statements:

1. Tito’s 

Tito’s nightclubs, The Club and Retro Bar, offer state of the art design and cater to both international and domestic tourists flocking to Goa. You can access both the Retro Bar and The Bollywood once you enter the area. The Retro Bar has the music that includes classic rock, pop, and hip-hop. A large lounge space gives guests a chance to relax and relive the retro age. The Club, also known as Club Bollywood, caters to commercial and Bollywood music fans, with a huge dance floor to accommodate its large crowds. A designated area on the first floor offers private tables with a bar of its own. Your Goa trip plan needs to have Tito's Lane on the list for sure!

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LOCATION – Tito’s Lane, Baga

TIMINGS – 9 pm to 4 am  

 

2. SinQ Night Club

Located in Sinquerim, Goa, near the Taj Holiday Village. The theme of the place is very upbeat and uber trendy while at the same time calm and relaxing. The property is a combination of four entertainment zones – a chic nightclub, a contemporary Goan Tavern, a poolside deck, and lounge – all rolled into one to create the ultimate party venue. One can choose to party away in the snazzy nightclub or laze around in the outdoor lounge over a few drinks or beat the heat in the pool. For foodies, the poolside deck dishes up wood fire pizzas and barbeque fare. While the Goan tavern offers some of the finest and most delectable Goan specialties and European fare, to satiate the palate.

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LOCATION – Sinquerim, Goa ( Near Taj Holiday Village )

TIMINGS – 10 pm to 5 am

 

3. Cape Town Cafe

Situated right in the middle of Tito’s lane, this is a cafe cum club cum sports bar. That has an open area with televisions all over the wall screening sports matches. It gives you the feel of a small yellow hut. There is a small area inside where the Dj plays music and you can dance your night away. You won’t feel like you are in India when you are partying at Cafe Cape Town. It’s a different feeling altogether.

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LOCATION – Tito’s Lane, Baga

TIMINGS – 6 pm to 4 am

 

If you can, do try The Silent Noise, Cafe Mambo, Liquid Sky for their unique concepts.

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Spend good two days in Baga, Anjuna, Calangute area, do watersports and imbibe the real Boho beach vibe. Check the cheapest water sports around 1000 per person for paragliding and other water activities. Though to experience the real essence of Goa, these festivals are key to imbibing the Goan culture. You really don’t have to wait for a bachelorette or a bachelor party to find your feet dipped in the sandy waters of Goa sipping a good Feni. Tell us in the comment section below if this post helped you plan, any suggestions or how your trips to Goa have been. Miochay!


FAQs

Q: What is the minimum amount you can make a Goa trip plan in?

A: Rs. 5000 for 2 nights and 3 days. Be prepared to sleep in a dormitory and have street food and travel by local Goan transport buses.

 

Q: How much would a one-day trip to Goa cost?

A: Approximately 12000 INR per head if you optimize on all the costs.

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