South Goa is the southern district of Goa. Its eloquent and tranquil charm gets reflected through the exotic beaches, gorgeous wildlife sanctuaries, and elegant churches. The main cities in South Goa are Margao (the commercial capital) and Vasco da Gama. You can plan a one day South Goa local sightseeing tour to explore the remnants of Portuguese culture, lip-smacking cuisine, pristine landscape, and a soothing ambiance.
You can visit the waterfalls and natural parks. The churches in Old Goa are worth a visit. They have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in India. You can even indulge in thrilling activities like canyoning, trekking, a relaxing Ayurveda massage, shopping, and cruises, or spend a leisurely day. If you want to enjoy the nightlife in Goa, then head to Anjuna beach. It is known for its trance parties and hippie culture.
On a one day South Goa local sightseeing tour, you can have a great time with your loved ones. It will re-energize your senses and boost your productivity once you return to routine life after the vacation.
Highlights of South Goa City Tour by Cab
- Full-day South Goa Local Sightseeing Tour
- Duration: 9 to 10 hours
- Tour by Private Cab (not shared with others)
- Pickup & Drop: Goa Hotel / Home
- Places Covered: Dona Paula, Bom Jesus Basilica, Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina, Mangeshi Temple, Shantadurga Temple, and Miramar Beach.
Package Price for 1 Day South Goa Local Sightseeing by Cab
Amaze / Etios / Dzire
4 Seater / Sedan
6 Seater / SUV
6 Seater / SUV
Toyota Innova Crysta
5-6 Seater / SUV
6 Seater / SUV
Tempo/ Force Traveller
12 Seater / LCV
12-22 Seater / LCV
Price on Request
Add-on: Airport Transfers
|i20 / Tata Indica||₹ 1,199/-|
|Amaze / Etios / Dzire||₹ 1,299/-|
|Maruti Ertiga||₹ 1,499/-|
|Toyota Innova||₹ 1,699/-|
|Toyota Innova Crysta||₹ 1,999/-|
|Tempo/ Force Traveller||₹ 4,499/-|
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Good to know
- Pick and drop from Hotel / Home in Goa
- Cab for South Goa sightseeing as per the above Itinerary
- Toll-gate Charges if any
- Driver Batta
What’s not included
- Entry Ticket Fee at tourist places in South Goa
- Vehicle Parking Charges
- Breakfast, Lunch or any meal
- Lodging / Accommodation in Goa
- Vehicle beyond the mentioned time duration
- Vehicle beyond the designated tour route
What to Expect on your South Goa Sightseeing Tour
We provide a one day South Goa local sightseeing tour by private cab by picking you up from your accommodation. Our first stop will be the historic Dona Paula, where you can spend time at the beach and indulge in water sports. Next, you can offer prayers at the Bom Jesus Basilica and Sé Cathedral de Santa Catarina.
After marveling at the stunning architecture of these splendid churches we will seek blessing at the Mangeshi Temple and Shantadurga Temple. At the end of the day, we will drive you to Miramar Beach to witness the stunning sunset. We will drop you back at your place of stay in South Goa.
Itinerary of One Day South Goa Sightseeing Trip
Pickup from your Hotel in Goa at 9:00 AM
|S.No||Sightseeing Place||Recommended Duration|
|1||Dona Paula||60 minutes|
|2||Bom Jesus Basilica||50 minutes|
|3||Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina,||30 minutes|
|4||Mangeshi Temple||40 minutes|
|5||Shantadurga Temple||30 minutes|
|6||Miramar Beach||120 minutes|
Drop back at your Hotel in Goa by 5:30 PM
PLEASE NOTE: Guests can visit all the south Goa tourism places listed above or remove any of the places that they don’t want to visit. In order to include any other sightseeing place, guests can check with their cab provider while booking this south Goa local sightseeing tour by private car.
Places to visit in South Goa in one day by private car
One day is not nearly enough time to explore all that North Goa has to offer its visitors. However, if you are only in town for a short while, you can still make the most of your time by following this handy one-day itinerary. This day trip by private cab takes in the highlights of North Goa, from its stunning beaches to its historic churches. These are the best places to visit in North Goa if you only have one day.
1. Dona Paula
Named after a charitable woman, Dona Paula is a well-admired beach in South Goa. It is an out-of-the-way bay on the confluence of the Mandovi and Zuari Rivers in the Arabian Sea. You should visit this place for the interesting legendary tale of a fisherman and a Portuguese woman.
This famed attraction is a must-see on this one-day south Goa sightseeing tour by private car. You can take a look at the beautiful statue of Dona Paula on the rock. Again, you will find serenity in the atmosphere to rejuvenate and excellent vistas of the Mormugao Harbour. It also has prominent marketplaces to buy some local handicrafts and adorable souvenirs like Feni, hair accessories, and straw hats. You can also sunbathe or try out heart-pumping water sports at the beach.
- Must See / Things to Do: Unwind at the beach and enjoy the folklore.
- Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
- Entry Fee: Free
2. Bom Jesus Basilica
Bom Jesus Basilica is a Roman Catholic Basilica. It is a significant religious center and an iconic structure of the state of Goa. The old-world charm of this magnificent UNESCO Site will entice you. It preserves the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron of Roman Catholic missionaries. You can’t miss it on this one-day tour by private car!
You would marvel at the wood-carved floral designs, gilded columns, and a modern art gallery with biblical paintings. The one-of-a-kind not plastered façade resembles a mix of Corinthian, Ionic, and Doric architectures. The Basilica features the finest marble-made floors with inlaid precious stones. Even the overall simple design exudes serenity.
- Must See / Things to Do: Offer prayers to the almighty and witness the exquisite architecture.
- Timings: Open on all days of the week, Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM and on Sunday from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM
- Entry Fee: Free
3. Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina
Featuring a combination of the popular 16th-century Portuguese-Gothic architecture, Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina is Goa’s largest church. The Church along with the Convents of Goa are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO. Covered in lime plaster, it had been constructed on an elevated laterite plinth. The Tuscan exterior and vaulted Corinthian interior will attract you.
The Church is renowned for its Golden Bell and the Cross of Miracles. Other notable features comprise 18th-century organs preserved in the gallery, intricate wood, gilded carvings, and mounting ceilings. You must also witness the baptismal font used by St. Francis Xavier. The Church has an outstanding Iberian façade and splendid mosaic work. It is a small wonder that will amuse you with its awe-inspiring art and architecture.
- Must See / Things to Do: Marvel at the unique architecture and seek the blessings of the Almighty.
- Timings: Open on all days of the week from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
- Entry Fee: Free
4. Mangeshi Temple
Dedicated to Lord Mangueshi, a form of Lord Shiva and the only one to be worshipped in Goa, Mangeshi Temple is a famous shrine. The 450-year-old Hindu temple is a chief attraction of South Goa sightseeing tour. It features beautiful Goan Hindi architecture. You will admire the distinct white towers and the Nandi statue.
Explore the ancient water tank, the 7-storeyed lamp tower, and a modest entrance. There are rooms for pilgrims and spaces to hold weddings. The annual Magh Poornima Festival takes place on a grand scale at the temple. You can participate in the Ratha Yatra during this time. Watch the evening aarti that is organized at the temple daily.
- Must See / Things to Do: Pray to Lord Shiva and explore the beautiful architecture of the temple.
- Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM
- Entry Fee: Free
5. Shantadurga Temple
A famous pilgrimage center, Shantadurga Temple is dedicated to Shri Shantadurga, the goddess of peace. To absorb the spiritual bliss of the location you can sit with closed eyes, in a meditative pose, and offer prayers. It is a small yet serene laterite mud shrine that has recently completed its 450th year of existence.
You will be amused by the collection of pyramidal roofs with a dome, a Deep Jyoti Stambh, three smaller temples on three different sides, a huge tank, and guesthouses. Built as per Saraswat architecture, it has Kashmiri stone floors. The Roman-arched stained window panes look stunning. On five Mahapanchamis the deity is carried in a Golden Palkhi.
- Must See / Things to Do: Soak in spiritual bliss at the revered shrine.
- Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM
- Entry Fee: Free
6. Miramar Beach
Located at the estuary of the Mandovi River, Miramar Beach is popular for its golden soft sands and palm trees. It is best suited for a family picnic. The beach is popular among locals as a friends’ hangout for morning and evening jogging or walking. You can watch migratory birds, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and shop for some knick-knacks from the beach stalls. However, you should avoid swimming because of the strong undercurrent of the sea waters.
Under the full moonlight, the silvery stretch appears brilliant. Chief attractions of the beach include a statue of Klate Dayanand Bandodkar, Goa’s 1st chief minister, and incredible views of the Portuguese-built Aguada Fort. It is definitely worth visiting and also the perfect place to end your one-day south Goa tour by private taxi.
- Must See / Things to Do: Seek blessings of the almighty and witness the unique architecture.
- Timings: Open on all days of the week
- Entry Fee: Free
Things to Do on your South Goa Sightseeing Tour
South Goa is a well-known destination for vacations. It offers something for all types of travelers, from quiet beaches to lively markets and sizzling nightlife. South Goa is a great place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
What to Shop during your One Day South Goa Local Sightseeing Tour by Cab?
There are plenty of shopping opportunities in South Goa. You should head on to the vibrant flea markets and beach stalls. They have an amazing collection of budget items. From top brands to sturdy local handicrafts, you can acquire a wide variety of items.
Buy some chic outfits, stylish accessories, books, local condiments, junk jewelry, shells, and shell-made goods. You can also procure delightful souvenirs, showpieces, wooden crafts, footwear, wall hangings, antiques, bells, prayer flags, shrugs, hammocks, and bed sheets. Dry fruits, fresh fruits and vegetables, and wine are also available.
What to Eat during your One Day South Goa Local Sightseeing Tour by Cab?
From fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish to fast food, South Goa is teeming with high-quality restaurants and street-side eateries where you can satisfy your hunger. You can taste authentic Goan cuisine, seafood, and multi-cuisine dishes.
You will also come across ancient bakeries and chic cafés where you can indulge in delectable sweet treats like pancakes, pastries, cakes, and smoothies and shakes. Hard drinks or naturally refreshing coconut water, you can try out. You can even get veg and vegan options amidst prawn, beef, and crab dishes. You must also try tangy street food like Chaat, Pakoda, or Samosa. You can even purchase dry snacks for your near ones at home.
Terms & Conditions
Travelers are requested to follow the given itinerary for 1 Day South Goa Local Sightseeing tour package. Ideally this 1 day south Goa local sightseeing tour package cannot be customized,
The time spent on each south Goa tourist attraction is to be followed as per the Itinerary schedule. In case of any delays or additional time spent at a particular place, driver or car rental company will not be responsible to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary.
Please also note that if a particular south Goa sightseeing place is closed on the scheduled day of the tour, it will not be covered from the list of sightseeing places. Please check the possibility of visiting an alternate place with cab vendor before you book the tour.
A one-day South Goa local sightseeing tour by a private cab will be a rejuvenating experience. A rental car will be flexible and accommodative. It is also a budget-friendly option giving you the liberty to spend your time in South Goa at your convenience. It is an ideal way to explore the region within only a day.