Nightlife – Another Lifeline of Goa Tourism

Nightlife - Another Lifeline of Goa Tourism 1Happy couples enjoying nightlife in Goa, India – Photo Courtesy: Jason Varghese

An electrifying nightlife has definitely played its role in the growing popularity of Goa tourism. In fact, besides its gleaming pristine beaches and other aspects of wonderful scenic beauty, Goa is well known for its party culture in India as well as outside the country. This roaring nightlife owes its origins to centuries of liberal happy-go-lucky Portuguese colonial rule as well as the 1960s and 1970s, when Goa was discovered by the Hippies.

While the authorities have come down pretty heavily upon rave parties and drug usage, the merry spirit of Goa and its nightlife continues to thrive. Here are some of the hottest venues for enjoying the element of nightlife in Goa tourism.


Beach Shacks and Nightlife


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Pine Shack, Calangute, Goa, India – Photo Courtesy: TripAdvisor


For a real taste of local nightlife, the shacks make for some of the best options. Located right on the beaches with the sound of the sea for company, these shacks dish out fabulous food and have a lovely ambiance. If you are looking for a peaceful place to nurse your drink over some light music, then Pine Shack on the border of Candolim and Calangute will serve your purpose.

Another hot favourite choice is the Candolim’s Zappa Beach Shack, which one may visit with the family too. For a leftover taste of some yesteryear’s Hippy culture, head to the Curly’s Beach Shack on Anjuna. This place stays open until 4 am.


Role of Discos and Nightclubs in Goa Tourism


Discos and nightclubs play a major role in popularising Goa tourism and for a taste of the destination’s celebrated nightlife, North Goa is the best place to be in. Most of the famed discos and nightclubs are located in North Goa. Well known names in the party circuit include Tito’s, Paradisio, Cafe Mambo’s, Club Cubana, and Congo.


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Photo Courtesy: Club Cubana, Goa, India


As far as Tito’s goes, it is a veritable Mecca for all night prowlers. Tito’s is located near Baga Beach. Paradisio on Anjuna Beach brings to life the wild nightlife of the past. Congo on Candolim Beach offers excellent lounge facilities. For the ones with a penchant for brands and names, Club Cubana and Cafe Mambo’s along with Tito’s prove perfect. Club Cubana is situated on the Arpora Hill in North Goa and has a pool. Every night, there is a different DJ and massages are also offered. Cafe Mambo’s is yet another powerful crowd puller on Baga and has different themed nights such as Jungle Night, Retro Night, Karaoke Night, Hip-Hop, Party Nite, and Pirate Nite.


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Coyote Night at Tito’s, Goa, India – Photo Courtesy: Tito’s


Mandovi River Cruise


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Down the river Mandovi, Goa, India – Casino Carnival. Photo Courtesy: David deSouza


Want to enjoy the nightlife in style without heading to the usual discos and nightclubs? Well, try out the Mandovi River cruise. In fact, it is a highly meaty aspect of Goa tourism. As your luxury yacht cruises the waters, you get to see the Goa bathed in the brilliant glow of countless night lights. While feasting your eyes upon the distant scenic views of Goa, treat your ears to the captivating strains of music belted out by the performers. Of course, there is no dearth of the choicest of booze and delectable cuisines.


Nightlife - Another Lifeline of Goa Tourism 6Michele & Silvano from Milan, Italy on a Solita Luxury Yacht – “We chartered the Solita to celebrate our anniversary and spend a romantic evening on the water. It was the highlight of our holiday, so very tranquil.” Photo Courtesy: Solita India

Usually, the routes of the cruises include the village of Salvador Do Mundo, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Charao, Magos, Aguada, and Panjim-Miramar. One of the most famous of cruises is the Solita Luxury Yacht. The ones travelling in larger groups may even opt for smaller yachts. Most such yachts can carry up to 27 passengers and are hired out on an hourly basis.


Chandralekha is a Travel enthusiast, currently working with, an online India Travel Guide that helps you to plan your trip to India. Apart from this, she also writes to guide train travelers on irctc railway reservation, pnr status & all the Indian Railways related stuff.

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