Is it Safe to Explore Goa by Bike?
Yes, if you have a driver’s license, it is safe to explore the places in Goa by bike. It is also the best way to explore the beautiful places in Goa. The bikes are cheap and easy to use if you are on a solo trip to Goa. Moreover, it is among the safest options for a solo traveller to explore Goa. As per my personal experience, you can rent bikes and scooters starting from Rs. 250 and going up to Rs. 800 per day. However, it depends on which bike you are renting, and it also depends on which season you are visiting Goa, as the rent increases in the peak time and goes down in the off-season.
Points to consider before renting a bike in Goa
First of all, you should have a little bit of knowledge about bikes and scooters. It is an essential aspect. Otherwise, it can risk your safety. You should know some of the necessary points before renting the bike, like the health of tires, brakes, gear shifter, clutch, etc. Some mechanics can be dangerous for your ride if not working properly. So, I recommend you take a test ride to test all these points.
Before renting a bike or scooter, the second point to consider is the driver’s license. Suppose you don’t want to ruin your day by doing rounds in the local police station or spending money on challans (fines). Then, please ensure that you have your license in your pocket. If you forget to carry the hard copy of your license in your wallet, you can download it from trusted apps like DigiLocker. A soft copy of the license from the DigiLocker will work the same as the hard copy. However, if you don’t have a license and are also travelling solo, please don’t consider renting a bike in Goa, as it can ruin your solo trip.
Lastly, it would help if you only considered the motorcycle you can ride comfortably, as there will be a range of bikes like splendor, pulsar, bullet, etc. Only rent the bike which feels comfortable to you. Friendly recommendation, don’t go with heavy bikes like bullet and pulsar as they are not pocket-friendly. Also, only rent the type of vehicle which your license allows. If you have a non-gear vehicle driver’s license, only rent the non-gear one even if you know how to ride the geared one.
Where to rent a bike from in Goa
The network of bike providers in Goa is huge. You will get to see bikes and scooters on every corner of Goa. It is very easy to get a bike for rent in Goa. However, if you have booked a hotel room in Goa, you can ask the hotel staff for the nearest bike providers as most bike providers have contacts with the nearby hotels’ staff. Moreover, if you are on a single-day trip or have relatives or friends to reside at their homes, you can find the bike renters right after you exit the railway station or bus terminal.
Places to visit in Goa by bike
Well, you can hover around all the corners of Goa with a bike. However, these are some must-visit places in Goa by bike.
Panjim or Panaji, the capital of Goa, is a must-visit place in Goa by bike. You will find a lot of beautifully built villas and natural beauty in Panaji. Moreover, the pathways and roads are just smooth and buttery, which gave me the best experience of riding a bike in Goa. Also, if you are a photographer, this place has many things that your camera should capture.
Colva Beach and village
A beautiful village in Salcete, South Goa, is a must-visit place to enrol yourself in true enjoyment. The village has a beach with more than 2.4 km of the coastal range. On the beach, you can enjoy swimming, sand crafting, sunbathing, sunset, surfing, etc. It is also among the best places in Goa to visit on a solo trip. You can enjoy drinks and seafood in the open-air restaurants on the beach.
Another beach in South Goa with some of the most amazing natural sceneries globally. Palolem beach is a lovely place to visit in Goa by bike. The place attracts a lot of tourists every year. However, it is a must to include this place on your bucket list if you are a photographer. You can swim, surf, and do sand crafting on the beach. Moreover, you can also enjoy sunbathing by renting couches on the beach.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus
Located in the Kokan region of Goa, The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a beautiful Roman Catholic Church from 1605. The place is recognised as one of the world heritage sites. Moreover, it is a very important pilgrimage site for Catholics. You should visit the place if you are on a solo trip to Goa. From my personal experience, the place is full of peace and harmony. Also, if you love to visit historical places, it is of the places that mark Catholic Christians’ history.
Experiencing Goa on wheels
There’s no reason not to rent a bike to explore Goa’s amazing and beautiful places unless you don’t know how to ride one. As a female on a solo trip, this option of commuting will be way more convenient for you as you can go anywhere without worrying about the transportation facilities of the place. I assure you that it can be one of the best experiences of your life to go corner to corner in Goa. You feel very light and free while riding a bike in the open sky of Goa and capturing some of the best moments of your life. Besides, if you are on a solo trip to Goa, you will also find that renting a bike is among the cheapest and safest options in Goa.
Best of luck with your journey, and enjoy the liberty you feel to the best of your abilities while experiencing Goa on two wheels.
An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.