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45 Best Places to Visit in Goa, INDIA
An international tourist destination, Goa is fondly called the fun capital of India. A small state in Western India and lying in the Konkan region of the Western Ghats, this place is blessed with exotic biodiversity. From beaches to places of religious significance and to flea markets; Goa has it all. Every aspect of this party hub effuses the attributes of a perfect tourist destination.
Bestowed with moderate climate, the weather in Goa is another major attraction for being salubrious for most times of the year. Live entertainment on the beach, at shacks and on docked ships are perennial features. Music and merriment are a part and parcel of everyday existence.
Some of the best beaches to visit in Goa:
1. Baga Beach
Unlike most of the Goan beaches, Baga is secluded from the outside world. Well, this has contributed a lot to its charm and appeal of this beach. Salubrious atmosphere all through the year, the quiet and calm atmosphere, plenty of water activities and the beach shacks on this holiday destination entices visitors from different parts of the world.
Amongst all the activities, dolphin spotting, parasailing, banana boat rides and sun-basking are highly enjoyed at this beach. Though you can visit this sandy paradise at any point of the year, November to March is considered as the ideal time to make it to the Baga Beach.
2. Aguada Beach
3. Arambol Beach
The sandy shore is considered safe for swimming and hence attracts several family goers. It also lures many foreigners especially during the months from November to March. The accommodation provided is simple in the form of homestays and beach shacks and relatively cheaper. Over here, one can indulge in adventure sports such as paragliding and kite surfing. Those who are interested can also avail of courses in yoga, meditation, Odissi Dance and more.
4. Palolem Beach
Such is the exquisiteness of this beach that it was featured in The Bourne Supremacy as the Goan home of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon). Each season, bamboo-hut stays and restaurants are opened up by the beach for travellers to get a true experience of the sun, sand and sea.
5. Calangute Beach
There are several accommodations available here. This is where one can dabble with some water sports such as parasailing and water skiing. With Baga Beach just a hop, skip away, you can reel in some vibrant nightlife too.
6. Butterfly Beach
7. Colva Beach
The beach of Colva is monitored by Lifeguards and has a relatively even floor making it one of the safest beaches to swim in. The Colva beach has been a favorite retreat for foreigners and locals alike since the rule of the Portuguese! No wonder then, that it has featured on this list of must visit places in Goa.
During the season time, one can easily enjoy water sports and other activities like parasailing and paragliding, all of which are equally pleasurable. Relax and let nature take its course as you take in the sun and sand!
9. Mobor Beach
The unique sea side serenity and calmness of the Mobor Beach cannot be overstated and it scores over other beaches in the area due to its wonderful combination of serenity and excitement of water sports.
Famous islands to visit in Goa:
10. Bats Island
With snorkelling, you might be able to get a glimpse of star coral, brain coral, sea fans, sea whips, parrot fish, angel fish, squirrel fish, butterfly fish, sea cucumbers and many other denizens of the water world.
11. Divar Island
When at the hilltop, you can soak in sweeping sights of the surroundings as well as Old Goa and meandering Mandovi River. The island especially comes alive during the Bonderam festival that is held with great gusto during the monsoon.
Best Historical places to visit in Goa:
12. Bom Jesus Basilica
Located near Gandhi Circle, Old Goa Road, Velha Goa, the best time of the day to visit is 9:00AM to 6:30PM on all days; except Sundays when the church opens at 10 am. Every day mass is held from 7:00AM to 8:00AM. The Sunday mass is held from 8:00AM to 9:15AM. Whether an architecture enthusiasts or a history worm, amongst all the best places to visit in Goa, this ancient landmark with all its glories, will surely keep you stunned!
13. Fort Aguada
Apart from being of navigational assistance, this fort was also of strategic importance for the Portuguese as centuries ago, it added to the defense line of the Portuguese from the Dutch and Marathas. Located in the Candolim Beach, Goa, and at the shore of the Mandolim River, it remains open on all days of the week from nine in the morning to six thirty in the evening. In addition, even one can have many more best happening things to do in Goa during the visit with family and friends.
14. Goa State Museum
There are about fourteen galleries inside the museum and each of these galleries display a select collection of interesting artefacts. For instance, the Sculpture Gallery houses sculptures, Furniture Gallery houses ancient furniture used by royals and people and the Religious Expression Gallery features paintings, manuscripts and such items that display the cultural and religious fabric of Goa.
15. Chapora Fort
The structure as it stands today belongs to the 18th Century. Mostly in shambles, you will find red laterite stone walls, a gate, bastions with cylinder-shaped turrets, some barracks and bushes. Perched on a prominent position, one can get sweeping views of all directions from here. Climbing up here during the day times can require a bit of an effort. Evenings are relatively pleasant and breezy.
16. Cabo de Rama Fort
The drive to the fortress is a pictorial one. Once at the top, you can soak in the sight of crystal waters fringed by sandy charms and arching palm grooves. Inside the fort is the well-retained church of Santo Antonio, where devotees still come to.
17. Dona Paula
The area is now amongst the most affluent in Goa and is truly charming and pleasant. The monument overlooks the sea, which makes up for its perfect location.
18. Mangueshi Temple
19. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
20. Kala Academy
Famous shopping places in Goa:
21. Anjuna Flea Market
Decades ago, Anjuna was thronging with recluse hippies who came from different parts of the world. They would sell wares procured from different parts of the country and world in the form of a flea market. This was when the roots of the Anjuna Flea Market came into being.
This flea market is located towards the far south end of the Anjuna beach. Take a leisure walk through the market or get indulged in some local shopping, there are lot more to do in this market. It is in this market, where you can find merchandise ranging from clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, dancing dolls, electric and electronic items. While on a shopping trail in Anjuna Flea Market, make sure you have the required bargaining skills! Try using a scooter to reach here as driving can be a chaotic affair at times.
22. Mapusa Friday Market
23. Arpora Market
The market opens every Saturday at around 06:00PM and lasts well into the midnight. This allows shoppers to experience the cooling tropical air of Goa minus the sun and plus the pleasant weather.
Some of the best places to party in Goa:
24. Tito's Street
A hub of the party animals and the pleasure seeking crowd, it is also the home to some of the luxurious and stunning hotels like Saunta Vaddo, Baga Calangute and Bardez in Goa. It is one of the best places to visit in Goa for the night lovers. Be it discos, nightclubs, resorts, restaurants to hip pubs, Tito’s Street has them all. At Tito’s Street, you are posed with an embarrassment of choices! A serious safety tip is just to be sane!
25. The Baga Deck
Located at Khobra Wado near Casa Goa, this eating place also serves delicious Mexican foods. The Italian buffet features an impressive array of food items which include soup, antipasti and an enormous desert selection.
Serving the visitors throughout the day and night, it is an excellent destination to spend after-hours. It is among those restaurants that serves food to poor souls in search for food in the wee hours of the morning after a drinking spree! The best time to visit is during the tourist season which starts in October.
Located in St. Michael vaddo, Anjuna Beach, this is one of the beach shacks that never sleep. Serving the favourite delicacies, wines and the cocktails all throughout the year, it has now become an excellent venue to enjoy sunset in Goa. Given that it is a safe place to be in, you can visit Curlies any time you wish!
27. Club Cubana
The music played will definitely raise your spirits! The skill of the DJ is clear as he changes from hip, to vocal, to tech, to dynamic, to the raw beat. A night out at Club Cubana will surely make you feel like you can reach up to the stars.
Famous wildlife sancturies in Goa:
28. Mollem National park
Located in the Mollem town which is about sixty kilometres from Panaji, this park is open on all days of the week from eight in the morning to five in the evening. The Mollem forest is famous for the King Cobra, Viper, three-toed kingfisher, Hornbill. To explore and discover the most of wildlife, it is always advisable to hire an experienced guide during the visit.
Considering the plenitude of options available for travel, Goa is truly a land of myriad attractions. The meeting point of different cultures from different corners of the world, this region essays the tenets of fine living. Suited for people from all walks of life, Goa attracts peace and pleasure lovers alike.
29. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Offbeat places to visit in Goa:
30. Dudhsagar Waterfalls
The beauty spills over four tires in full force amidst clusters of green and makes quite a sight. The fall is also quite a popular for trekking and lures several adventure enthusiasts for the same.
31. Arvalam Waterfalls
The salubrious settings make for a great jaunt in the caresses of nature. Rudreshwar temple also lies close by. The best time to get here is right after the rainy season ends, when the whole landscape is painted a fresh green.
32. Spice Plantations visit
You can make a picnic out of the day. Away from the pollution and amidst the harmony of nature, the visit makes for a memorable experience.
33. Casino Cruise
Though Goa has some of the best casinos in the country, the floating casinos are the most popular ones. With the advent of the evening, these casinos start on a spectacular voyage onto the azure waters and brings fortune to the casino lovers.
Amongst the others, Dunes at the Zuri White Sands on the Varca Beach and Chances Casino in the Vainguinim Valley are also two of the highest visited casinos in Goa.
34. Lamgau Caves
In here lies a cave that displays an impressive pavilion appearing structure as well as beams and ceiling in the shrine. In the courtyard you will find a stone linga with a tulsi vrindavan as well as a nandi bull image. There is another cave that is mostly used as a shelter during the time of rain. The passage to this cave is a complicated one.
35. Verna Springs
The gorgeous springs create a merry sound as they gurgle down the mountainsides and carry the promise of pleasure and refreshment. It is believed that the water here has magical and medicinal properties which can cure joint pains and ailments.
Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Tours:
36. Overnight Houseboat Cruise, Chapora River, Goa
- Witness another side of Goa on the overnight houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Chapora River in North Goa.
- If you opt for the overnight cruise, you’ll board from Siolim Jetty
37. Date with Butterflies with Trekking at Rajnagar
- On your exciting experience at the Butterfly Conservatory of India, walk up the Onbag Forest Reserve that offers you with a beautiful collage of sights.
- The trip
38. Cookery Class cum Culinary Tour with Rita
Commence on an exciting culinary journey of Goan cuisine with a cookery classes and culinary tour with accomplished chef Rita Shinde! Nestled on teh shores of India, Goa's cuisine
39. Elephant Splash and Wash at the Jungle Book in Goa
- Experience 15 minutes of fun as you play around a pool with the giant elephants and bathe them under the guidance of a professional mahout!
- Take home the fun and joy of
40. Adventure Jungle Walk in Goa
Does a high energy walk up hills and jungles excite you? Head for a fun and exciting adventure walk in Goa with your friends and family and embark on a rough and tough adventure
41. Elephant And Village Plantation Tour In Goa
Enjoy the rural scenic beauty of Goa with a fun elephant visit and village plantation tour of Goa with your friends and family! Take in the amazing sights of this beautiful
42. Day out with Crocodiles at Cumbharjua in Goa
- Visit the amazing Cortalim jetty, take a boat, and go to Cumbharjua canals for watching the aquatic predators- crocodile.
- Unlike a zoo, you get to see the crocodiles at one of
43. Day Trip to Grande Island, Goa
- This exciting expedition to Grande Island in Goa begins as you are picked up from a hotel in North Goa.
- A beautiful boat ride brings you to Grand Island which is the hub of
44. Rafting at Valpoi River in Goa
- Embark on an adventurous journey along a six kilometer stretch of the Tilari River near the border of Goa.
- With rapids classed between Grade 2 and Grade 4, the Tilari
45. Experience Chorao by Cycle in Goa
- Start from the Ferry Ramp at Pomburpa, 8km from the capital, Panaji. Take the traditional Goan Ferry across the Mapusa River to the island of Chorao.
- Cycle through this