"I haven't generalised or have been xenophobic. I am speaking for the people of Goa," he said on Saturday.
His comments on Friday triggered a war of sorts on social media, with some people on Twitter apologetically accepting that domestic tourists are unmindful of the concerns of locals at tourist hotspots, while some said the minister's comments were derogatory.
Mr Sardesai today said he was quoted out of context, adding he was referring to only a "certain section of them, not all."
As all other states in India that have taken up Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in earnest, Goa has been trying to keep its spaces clean as the state sees a high number of tourists.
However, when the minister on Friday went on to say that tourists from North India "will like to recreate a Haryana in Goa," the remarks took a turn from dwelling on civic issues to something else.
Goa saw approximately 63 lakh tourists in 2016, of which 56 lakh were domestic tourists, a 19.50 per cent rise from 2015, data on the state's Tourism Department website says. The Census 2011 has put Goa's population at 14.59 lakh, which, even after considering a marginal rise in population, is still four times less than the number of people coming to the picturesque coastal state in 2016.
The high number of tourist footfall is bound to create pressure on Goa's civic infrastructure, experts say.
(With inputs from IANS)