a warm welcome to Goa
Goa is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. Goa is world famous for its beautiful beaches. Goa is also famous for ancient and famous churches. You can find people from different countries and culture in Goa. If you are a food adventurer, a partying & night life type of traveler, Then Goa is the best destination.
Tourist places in Goa
Calangute is the largest and the most popular beach in Goa. You can see people from all over the world in this beach. Most of the time this beach will be crowded with tourists. You can find many eating joints, shacks shopping outlets all along this beach. This beach is known as the ‘Queen of beaches’. You can also enjoy all kinds of water sports in this beach. This beach comes in the list of top ten beautiful beaches in the world.
Places to visit :
Calangute beach, Morjim Beach, St. Alex Church, Ashvem Beach, Nerul River.
Baga Beach is the most famous beach in Goa. Your tour to Goa is incomplete, if you haven’t been to Baga beach. This is the perfect beach for all kinds of beach activities, from sunbath to adventure water sports, food to shopping. Baga beach at night is a perfect place to party.
Arambol beach is also the best beach in Goa, after Calnagute and Baga beach. Because of the less crowd, This beach is best to enjoy all the water sports and to relax. Arambol village is also a good place to know the people and culture of Goa.
Places to visit :
Arambol beach, Mandrem , Kalacha Beach, Arambol “Sweetwater Lake”
Palolem is one of Goa’s most beautiful beaches and a popular tourist attraction of South Goa.
The sea in this place is more calm and without any fear you can walk almost 100m into the sea.
Other than water sports activites, You can also participate in early morning yoga classes and a silent noise disco in this beach. Palolem is a best place to relax and to have an excellent Ayurvedic massage.
Places to visit :
Palolem beach, Monkey Island and the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.
Vagator Beach is once just famous for hippy and Western backpackers. But now this beach is becoming more popular, because of beautiful sunset viewing point and red cliffs. This is a very clean soft & white sand beach. At night this beach slowly converts into a party place
Places to visit :
Vagator Beach, Wednesday Flea Market.
Butterflies come here in hordes when trees fully bloom, so this beach is called as Butterfly Beach. If you visit this beach in right season, you will feel as if you are in a a Paradise. The golden sand, crystal clear blue water, with lots of trees and cliffs all around, this is a very romantic beach. this is considered as one of the less known and is a secret Beach in Goa. You can visit this beach only by the boat, it is not accessible because of the dense jungles. If you are lucky enough you can also sight dolphins.
Bambolim Beach is also one more hidden beach of Goa. This beach is a good place for scuba diving in Goa. Also you can engage yourself in some water adventure sports it this beach. You wont find any accomodaitons near this beach. This beach is also not too far from Panaji , it is just 7km away from Panaji. Enjoy the Goan cuisine when you are in Bambolim beach.
Doodhsagar Falls is a 4 tiered waterfall and one of the tallest waterfalls in India. Doodhsagar means sea of milk. This falls is Located at a distance of 46km from Madgaon and is best experienced during the monsoons.
Fort Aguada is located on the Sinquerim Beach in North Goa. This is a famous and well-preserved 17 century Portuguese fort. Main attractions inside this fort are 13 metre high lighthouse and a huge water tank which can store ten million liters of fresh water. A portion of this fort has been converted into a jail. This is the largest jail in Goa. This fort is the perfect and the best place to view the sunset.
Places to visit:
Fort Aguada , Sinquerium Beach.
Chapora Fort & River
Chapora fort has been picturised in many movies just because of the beautiful views all around this fort . The fort which is built completely using laterite stones is almost in ruins. This fort is a good tourist spot in Goa.
Goa is surrounded by water on almost all sides. But northern part of Goa is more famous for Chapora river. Chapora river is famous for river rafting and kayaking, just because of the perfect water currents. The river looks more magical during the sunset, and one can enjoy a boat ride at this time and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Fort Tiracol is considered as one of the greatest tourist attractions of Goa. This is also considered as a symbol of the bravery, for all the freedom fighters. This fort was once destroyed in a war and was rebuilt and stood even stronger than before. You can have an awesome view of Arabian sea from this fort.
After beaches Goa is famous for its beautiful and ancient churches. Basilica of Bom Jesus, is one such church. This is an UNESCO World Heritage site. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is preserved here in this Basilica. This church is considered as one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.
Verna Springs also know as Kesarval Springs, are located near the Verna Cliffs, which is just 22kms from Panaji. This is also a nice place for some nature sight seeing. The Verna Springs are popular for their natural healing properties. The water from the Springs has many curative properties.
Pandava Caves and Arvalem Waterfalls, These two places are the best tourist destinations in North Goa.
Pandava caves or Arvalem cave was built in 6th century. Arvalem Waterfalls, the water drops down from a height of about 50m & offers you an awesome view.
Lamgau Caves in North Goa is a hidden tourist place. These caves are man made, for resting of Buddhist and Hindu monks. So this is an important and a religious place for both hindu and Buddhists. Caves are built to take shelter during the rains and the best place to sit and meditate. You have to trek through the dense arecanut plantation and through nature paths to reach this cave. Try to reach the cave in the early morning, so that you get enough time to go all over the caves and enjoy the small detailing works inside the cave.
Goa is not only famous for churches and beaches, there are also some beautiful temples too. One such temple is Mangeshi Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is 450 years old. This temple is one of the biggest temples in Goa. The main attraction of this temple is the seven storied Deepa Stambah ( lamp tower) and the beautiful Nandi statue near the entrance. This temple is nearly 21km away from Panaji.