Places to visit in Goa: The smallest state in India, Goa will never cease to surprise you. Lying on the western coast of India, Goa is famous for its sandy endless beaches, warm sunsets, mouthwatering eclectic seafood, stellar nightlife, and architectural marvels.
Goa is the smallest state in India and had been a Portuguese territory for almost 450 years and hence the prevalence of Portuguese architecture.
Beautiful churches, ruins of forts, colorful houses, oyster shell windows are elements of the kaleidoscope of Portuguese Goan architecture.
You can reach Goa via air. Goa has an operational International Airport providing service for both domestic and international flights.
Goa is well connected with well-constructed roads. National Highways run through the state. Goa has well-connected railway lines, one run by Konkan Railways and the other by South Western railways.
Goa has ports handling international trading. You can visit the state all year round because of its maritime climate.
Do not miss out on the following experiences while you are in Goa-
01 Explore The Stunning Beaches In Goa
The North Goa beaches of Baga and Calangute are the most popular choices among Indian tourists. Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Beaches, ‘ Calangute is the longest beach in North Goa, stretching from Candolim to Baga.
Baga Beach is ideal for experiencing the gleaming nightlife of Goa. It has signature places like Mambos, Britto’s, and Tito’s in the vicinity.
The Anjuna and Arambol beaches are known to attract the foreign crowd. A hippie paradise with nightclubs, flea markets, and full moon parties, Anjuna Beach, is known for its golden coastline.
The beautiful and serene Arambol Beach has a bohemian feel to it.
The Beaches in South Goa are relatively unexplored but extremely beautiful, like Palolem and Agonda. Palolem is famous for its Dolphin spotting cruise.
South of Palolem is the Butterfly Beach of Goa. Also known as the Honeymoon Beach, and is surrounded by dense greenery.
The beach itself is shaped like a butterfly, and also the dense trees attract a variety of butterflies.
The beaches in Goa are a hub for adventure sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, windsurfing, water scooters, kayaking, waterboarding and kneeboarding, water skiing, kite surfing, aqua zorbing, and soccer, and a lot more.
The beaches look dreamy in shades of aquamarine and shimmering horizon. They have beautiful bars, beach shacks, and beautiful nightlife.
The closest airport to the various beaches in Goa is The Goa International Airport, 19.8 kilometers from Calangute Beach.
02 Visit The Basilica Of Bom Jesus – Also known as Old Goa Church
Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Basilica Of Bom Jesus is known for its exemplary baroque architecture. This is over 408 years old and is visited by tourists every day.
It has an interesting art gallery which is supposed to be the largest on the continent. It houses various Italian paintings.
St. Francis Xavier died on 3rd December 1552. His uncorrupted body is a miracle and attracts millions of visitors every year. Check out the official website for more information https://www.bomjesus.org/
Timings- 8:00 am in the morning to 9:00 pm in the evening.
The closest airport to The Basilica Bom Jesus- The Goa International Airport.
03 Go Crab Catching In Goan Backwaters
Crab catching is no child’s play but one of the most adventurous things to do in Goa. Homemade nets called ‘Kobblem’ are set up in the backwaters for catching crabs.
04 Take A Walk Through The Spice Plantations
Take a stroll through the fresh aromatic spice plantations in Goa. Sahakar spice farm and Savoi plantation are must-visit destinations in Goa.
Timings of the spice plantations- The timings are usually between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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05 Visit Cabo De Rama
The oldest fort of Goa, Cabo De Rama, has a lot of historical significance. It is believed that Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, and Lord Lakshmana had lived here during their 14-year exile.
This fort has been captured multiple times by the Portuguese and was used as their military base. There is a small chapel at the entrance- the Church of Santo Antonio, which is used for feasts.
Timings- 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.
The closest airport to Cabo De Rama- The closest airport is the Goa International Airport which is 33.5 kilometers away.
06 Visit The Flowing Cascade Of Milk
Dudhsagar Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in India. This majestic fall flowing effortlessly down the hill is surrounded by deciduous forests. It should be visited during the monsoons when it is in its full flow.
Best time to visit the Dudhsagar Falls- June to September.
The closest airport to Dudhsagar Falls- The Goa International Airport.
07 Go On A Full Moon River Cruise In Goa
Experience the stunning and gleaming natural beauty of the beautiful river waters in Goa on a moonlit night. Sip wine and experience a mystical experience.
Perfect for couples, the full moon river cruise is ideal for a romantic dinner.
08 Explore The Vibrant Markets In Goa
The Anjuna Flea Market is a treasure trove for shopaholics out there. Handicrafts, hippie clothes, souvenirs, junk jewelry, seashell items, and much more stuff are found in abundance in the market.
The market also hosts live music performances. You can also relish some amazing seafood and beer on the beach.
Panjim Market is a perfect juxtaposition of old and new Goan culture. Local spices, nuts, wine, ceramics are a specialty of this market.
The other must-visit markets include the Calangute Market Square, Mackie’s Night Bazaar, Baga Market, Mapusa Market.
Timings of Anjuna Flea Market- 8 am to 9 pm.
09 Walk Through The Goan Caves
A walk through the surreal Goan caves is a must for you to visit. These caves have their own natural and historical significance. Arvalem Caves, the Rivona Caves, the Lamgau Caves are known for their striking beauty.
From exploring the mystical beaches and caves to quenching your adrenaline rush with adventure sports, Goa is a perfect destination for an escape into a world of adventure and beauty. Don’t miss out on these experiences in Goa.
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