What to do in Goa for 2 Days | Goa 48 Hours Itinerary

by - December 24, 2022

Goa is one of the most preferred travel destinations in India that lures travellers back forever with its picture-perfect beaches, thrilling activities, lively parties and laid-back vibe. But if you've never been to Goa before and only have 48 hours to spend, there are still plenty of things you can do to make your trip memorable. Even a short trip to Goa is not just about the three Bs - beach, bikinis and booze - but about the vibrant culture, delicious food, and the sites and music. Don't be fooled that it's just a small state only known for its beaches. Goa has so much to offer that you'll fall in love with it the moment you get to experience it for yourself! So, if you're looking for an itinerary for 2 days in Goa, here are the things you should make it a point to see and do...


Day 1 - Morning

Start your morning off with a peaceful walk along Baga beach - you'll be able to enjoy the sound and sights of the sea without all the crowds that show up later in the day. If Baga beach is too crowded for your liking, Calangute beach is only a mile away and offers a similar experience. Once you've worked up an appetite, there are plenty of food shacks along the beach serving Goan cuisine as well as international dishes while you soak in the stunning sea panorama.

Mojigao is a great breakfast option located in Assagao known for its relaxed and rustic vibe. This forest cafe celebrates the quintessential susegad lifestyle. With its salads, smoothies, granola, juices, and coffee,  this green paradise is a great place to take a break from the everyday hustle and just relax. (Also a pretty place for all those remote working folks!)

After Mojigao, I recommend pit stopping at Babka, for its delicious & soft babka (of course), but also for its other sweet dishes, if that's what you're looking for! A cosy place with aesthetic decor, head to any of the North Goan beaches for watersports next! 

Whether it's Baga, Calangute, Anjuna or Dona Paula, indulge in adventurous activities like windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaking, knee-boarding, scuba diving, banana rides, parasailing, and wakeboarding - to name a few. 

Day 1 - Afternoon

After getting your adrenaline fix, take a stroll down to Sinquerim village where you can explore some history. The 17th-century Portuguese fort, named Fort Aguada, and the four-story lighthouse are popular among tourists for their stunning views of Goa's coastline and rich historical value.

Make a food stop at Wok & Roll or Bomra’s, all located near Fort Aguada. Once you’re full, walk over to Chapora Fort - a very popular historical landmark in Goa known for its breathtaking view of the confluence of the Chapora River and the Arabian Sea. You can also get a view of Anjuna beach and Vagator beach from here. This place is perfect for some Instagram-worthy moments, so make sure to keep your camera ready!

Day 1 - Evening

Looking for a little retail therapy on your trip to Goa? Then you're in luck! The Saturday Night Market, Anjuna Flea Market (Wednesdays), and Mapusa Market (Fridays) are all great places to find unique items, souvenirs, and great deals on everything from clothing to household goods. Even if you don't plan on buying anything, it's still worth checking out these markets for the vibrant local atmosphere and the chance to bargain for some amazing deals!

Looking to let loose and have some fun? Then head on over to Tito's Lane where you'll find plenty of bars and clubs to choose from. Whether it's the cosy Cocktails & Dreams or the Pink Elephant, enjoy free cocktails/discounts on cocktails as you witness the crazy nightlife of Goa. 

Alternatively, if you're looking for a wild party, then Anjuna beach is the place to be. Hippies and tourists congregate there for trance parties and full-moon parties. If you'd prefer a more laid-back evening, then any of the many shacks on the beaches with outdoor seating on the sand will do nicely. Kick back with a drink or two and enjoy the delicious food while watching the sun set into the sea.

Day 1 - Night

Goa is home to one of the best nightlife in India, so don't dare miss out on the happening nightlife! The best place to end your night is at Las Olas, a Bollywood club that is known for its groovy music. The club runs until six in the morning, so party hard to end the first night in Goa. 

Day 2 - Morning

Cafe Bodega is the perfect place to start your day off with a delicious breakfast and a cup of coffee while enjoying the beautiful art pieces on display in the Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts courtyard. After taking in some culture, you can head over to Old Goa to explore its colonial history. The area is full of 16th- and 17th-century cathedrals, churches, and other historical buildings that are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 2 - Afternoon

Consider spending your afternoon exploring Goa's Latin Quarter, Fontainhas. It's conveniently located near Old Goa and can easily be reached by bus or car. This area of Goa was highly influenced by the Portuguese and you'll see reminders of this throughout Fontainhas. Meander along the narrow, winding streets and take in all the colourful colonial houses and cottages with their artistic doors, red-tiled roofs, and overhead balconies.

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For lunch, I recommend heading over to Mum's Kitchen for some authentic Goan cuisine. They serve excellent dishes like pork vindaloo, mushroom xacuti, prawn curry, and Goan bread. Then, to finish up your Latin Quarter tour on a sweet note, stop by Confeitaria 31 De Janeiro for a Swiss roll or Bebinca (an Indo-Portuguese dessert). It's one of the oldest bakeries in Goa and it's definitely worth a visit!

Day 2 - Evening / Night

Nothing screams Goa like the pretty sunsets! Head to Purple Martini, Thalassa, or Titlie. These places get quickly booked, so don't forget to reserve a table! After a sundowner at these gorgeous sea-facing restaurants, head to Hammerzz or Club Cubana and party until 4:00am...or for a relaxed karaoke night by the beach, head to St. Anthony's shack. 

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