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Vagator and Chapora

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Vagator and Chapora
  • (worth a trip)
  • 1-2 km
  • Easy
  • Average
  • half day
  • 3 3

Known for its spontaneous parties and Shiva rock at the beach

Vagator, Goa, India
Whether or not you stay near Vagator and Chapora, if you are in Goa then you HAVE to dine at Thalassa. A greek menu with some heavenly delicacies, perfect location on a breezy roof overlooking Little Vagator Beach, and random dance performances by the restaurant staff, Thalassa is all this and much more. Their Village Bruschetta and Small Greek Pizzas come highly recommended.
Don't go if you prefer loudness over serenity, long crowded beaches over comparatively smaller and quieter ones.

Small yet beautiful twin beaches, rolling green hills, and the remnants of a 17th-century Portuguese fort make the beaches of Vagator and its petite neighbor Chapora one of the most picturesque locations in north Goa. Once known for its loud hippie culture and impromptu parties, the place has sobered down a lot, yet if you hang around enough, the chances of you being invited to a party with occasional international DJs are still quite high.

 

Quite popular amongst backpackers, Vagator and Chapora offer several cheap and affordable guesthouses with rates as low as INR600 per night for a double room. Though specific backpackers dorms and hostels are a rare concept in Goa, Asterix brings that vibe of an international backpacker hostel to Vagator. Managed by a couple of well-travelled localites, Asterix is a clean and lively dorm with six beds, lockers, a common kitchen, and wi-fi. Accommodation options are not that in abundance in Chapora as they are in Vagator.

 

Goa is a paradise for non-vegetarians and seafood lovers and finding vegan and vegetarian cuisine is a tough task, but Vagator’s Bean Me Up Soya Station is like vegans’ ‘knight in shining armor’. Menu includes homemade tofu, vegan pizzas and hot dogs, and the place also offers health juices.

 

In terms of sightseeing, the beaches of Little Vagator and Big Vagator are the most popular joints where all the fun takes place. Don’t miss the Shiva rock carving on the beach of Little Vagator – no one knows who carved it, but rumor has it some tourist did!

How to get there

Air: Dabolim Airport is Goa's only airport. You can a bus or taxi from the airport. Train: Goa is connected by rail to most of the big cities in India. There are two main stations - Madgaon, and Thivim. You can a bus or taxi from the station. Bus: Ac buses and Volvo coaches operate between Goa and nearby metropolitan cities such as Mumbai and Bangalore. Frequent buses from Mapusa to Chapora stop at Vagator.

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