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The multitude of beaches in Goa offer something for everyone, from luxury resorts to makeshift huts and trance parties to tranquility. The beach that's right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have. Here's an overview of what to expect at each of the best Goa beaches (in alphabetical order).

If you're interested in beach huts, this roundup of the best Goa huts will also give you some ideas about where to stay! Want to party? Here's where to find Goa's hottest clubs, bars, and beach shacks .

The long and isolated stretch of Agonda Beach is perfect for those wanting to relax and do nothing. It's quiet and relatively uncrowded. Stay in a hut right on the beach (some are quite luxurious), and enjoy the stillness and nature. Agonda Beach is fast being discovered, however. Do expect to find other tourists, souvenir stalls, and restaurants .

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach was once home to the hippies. They've now moved on, but their legacy remains. The Wednesday Anjuna Beach flea market is bigger than ever and remains popular. Curlies plays a lot more chill-out music than psychedelic trance these days, though. Anjuna is ideal for backpackers and budget travelers, as numerous funky hostels have opened there in recent years.

Arambol Beach

Arambol, on Goa's far northern stretch of coastline, has become the new hippie haven. Once a small fishing village, it's now the most happening beach in Goa (perhaps to the point of saturation) with a distinct traveler (as opposed to tourist) vibe. You'll find plenty of alternative therapies there, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki. Water sports and dolphin sightseeing trips are on offer as well. The nightlife is relaxed with drum circles, live music, and jam sessions. Just north of Arambol is secluded Keri Beach and Tiracol Fort Heritage Hotel .

Baga and Calangute Beaches

Calangute Beach is the busiest and most commercial beach in Goa. It's filled with foreigners tanning themselves on the endless rows of side-by-side sun lounges. Meanwhile, Baga Beach starts right where Calangute ends—it is a bit less crowded and better developed than Calangute, with a wide range of water sports on offer. If you feel like indulging yourself with some fine food and wine, there are many upmarket restaurants in the area too. Baga is also well known for its commercial nightlife, including Tito's and Cafe Mambo.

Benaulim Beach

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Benaulim Beach is only a short distance south of Colva Beach, but there's a stark contrast between the two. Known for its fishing industry, it's a beautiful and laidback stretch of beach. You won't find any wild parties there, but water sports and dolphin sightseeing trips are on offer. It does get a little crowded around peak time in December, but head a bit further south down the beach, and the quietness will be restored. Restaurants line the main stretch of the beach, but most of the accommodations are set back from the beach, along with art galleries and shops. It attracts a lot of foreign retirees.

Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches

The long straight stretch of Candolim Beach is lined with shacks and restaurants, which back onto scrub-covered dunes. It borders Calangute, so it is also entirely commercial, although cleaner and more peaceful. This area has become popular with foreign retirees, so you may want to skip it if you're looking for a younger vibe. However, the stretch does have some large commercial nightspots, such as SinQ, targeted towards Indian tourists. Candolim Beach joins smaller and quieter Sinquerim Beach to the south, where Aguada Fort is situated.

Not to be confused with the very different Colva Beach, Cola Beach offers exceptional privacy and peace. Located just north of Agonda Beach, it's cut-off from the rest of the coast and has its own lagoon. There are very few places to stay there, making it ideal for those who want to get away from it all. Dwarka Eco Beach Resort has the best huts with spectacular panoramic views.

Colva Beach

Busy Colva Beach is a favorite among domestic Indian tourists, and day-trippers arrive by busloads. On the weekend, the crowd explodes with locals as well. In October, the beach also gets particularly busy when hordes of pilgrims come to visit Colva Church. The area is well developed, with plenty of budget hotels, beach shacks, food stalls, and small restaurants and bars. However, the development hasn't extended to nightlife, which is minimal apart from a few places. Overall, this beach doesn't have much to offer foreigners compared to other beaches in Goa.

Mandrem, Morjim, and Ashwem Beaches

These wide-open beaches have become quite hip and trendy in recent years. Groovy beach bars and beach huts, as well as a few fashionable resorts, can be found there. The area also has several yoga retreats. The beaches are renowned for their protected turtle population. Quite a bit of land in the area around Morjim and Ashwem has been bought by Russians, who have settled there en mass. Mandrem is the quieter of the three beaches, with the outstanding Beach Street Resort dominating the scene there. It's possible to walk to Mandrem from Arambol.

Palolem Beach

Picturesque Palolem Beach is the most lively beach in south Goa. It's a long semi-circle-shaped beach with shady palm trees and soft sand. Since it was discovered, it's been getting busier and more crowded with each passing season. Fortunately, there remains an absence of any permanent structures on the beach. Instead, you can stay in one of the simple, temporary coco huts erected there each year. Anyone looking for additional comforts will find them at the hotels and resorts a short distance from the beach. For bars and nightlife, head to the busier southern end of the beach.

Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach is no longer a well-kept secret, but it's still much quieter than nearby Palolem Beach, which is only 10 minutes away. This small beach, nestled between two cliffs, is a beautiful place to stay if you want to chill out but not be too far away from the nightlife in Palolem. You'll find a range of pretty huts with private bathrooms to stay in right on the beach. If you're looking for somewhere a little more hush-hush (shhh!), try Galjibag beach around 10 minutes further south.

Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach, north of Anjuna, is located at the bottom of a cliff and is divided into two sections—Big Vagator (the crowded main stretch of beach, frequented by domestic Indian tourists) and Little Vagator (further south past the rocks, more popular with foreigners). Little Vagator is also known as Ozran beach, and it's where old-timers and people wanting a hippie experience hang out. This area is known for psytrance, with legendary party spot Disco Valley nearby. It also has a landmark face of Lord Shiva carved into rock. Accommodations at Vagator are inland instead of on the beach, with many people staying there long-term. The newly opened W Hotel is one of the few luxury resorts in north Goa. Several notable bars and clubs are in the area, including Chronicle and 9 Bar . Famous Greek restaurant Thalassa is also situated on Vagator cliff. Hill Top remains Goa's most iconic destination for trance lovers.

Varca, Cavelossim and Mobor Beaches

These pristine and unspoiled fishing beaches are the territory of Goa's luxury resorts. There are a few beach shacks, water sports, and local vendors, but the beaches remain clean and the sand white. Most of the nightlife happens at the resorts and includes live music, cultural performances, and casinos . You'll also find a handful of low-key bars around Cavelossim.

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The best beaches in Goa

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Dec 19, 2019 • 6 min read

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The gods smiled on Goa . They blessed this sun-kissed strip of the Indian coast with warm winter weather, whispering palms, fine food and friendly people, then garnished the dish with a string of sandy beaches, creating an almost unbroken strip of gold from Arambol to Polem. But with so many beaches to choose from, where to begin?

Whether you’re after unspoiled golden shores, morning yoga classes under the palms or the last embers of the full-moon-flavoured hippy vibe that made the region so (in)famous, there’s a stretch of sand suited to you. Here’s our guide to Goa’s best beaches.

Green seaweed floats in blue water with trees bordering the edge of the beach

Best for peace and quiet: Querim

Escaping the crowds can be tricky in Goa – the beaches are obviously no secret – but it can be done; the trick is to go to the end of the line. So far north it’s almost in Maharashtra, Querim , aka Keri Beach, lies beyond the radar of the legions who congregate in Baga, Calangute and Candolim. 

It’s not quite Swiss Family Robinson territory, but this tidy, curving bay comes close if your dream is just the sound of shifting sand. A few beach bungalows set up here in season, but amenities are limited; for the middle ground, try the more developed, but still calm stretches of sand at Mandrem and Agonda.

A DJ, on a raised stage, spins the decks in front of a large crowd at HillTribe club in Goa.

Best for party animals: Anjuna or Vagator

At the other end of the spectrum, the party scene raves on – though with slightly less wild abandon as in the 70s and 80s – at Anjuna and Vagator. You still get great music and barefoot dancing on the sand, but most parties now take place in established venues such as the Hilltop nightclub in Vagator. To get around noise regulations, touring big name DJs often play their sets on Sundays from afternoon to late evening, rather than raving through the night.

Old school full moon parties still take place, of course, but these days things are fairly secretive, with locations shared by social media on the day, to avoid visits from party-pooping officials. There is of course a reason for these party-pooping visits: drug-related deaths occur all too frequently in Goa. If you’re planning to join the party, proceed with extreme caution.

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 Best for water sports: Mandrem or Morjim

With the beach resort scene in full swing, you can get wet in all sorts of wild and wonderful ways along the Goa coastline. January to March is prime time for wind-surfing, with the best breezes in Dona Paula Bay near Panjim. For kitesurfing, learn the ropes at Kite Guru , based at the Riverside resort in Mandrem, or Kitesurfing Goa at Morjim.

Goa also has a healthy ‘proper’ surfing scene, with some impressive swells from October to April, coinciding with the peak tourist season. Banana Surf School at Morjim is a good place for beginners, with surfing lessons that will help you get up on your feet on your very first outing. Agonda’s Aloha Surf India is another prime spot for first-timers. 

Scuba diving off Goa isn’t quite the tropical wonderland you might have experienced in Southeast Asia, but there are fish aplenty, plus wrecks, reefs and seaweed forests around Ilha Grande, Ilha Netrani other offshore islands. Candolim’s Dive Goa and Baga’s Barracuda Diving are trusted operators.

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Best for families: Agonda

Goa is the perfect choice for a family beach holiday in India . The winter weather is pitch perfect, the beach scene is developed, locals love kids and you can even find the familiar tastes of home for tiny travellers who haven’t yet developed an appreciation for Indian cooking. 

Many parents rate Agonda for its boogie-board friendly surf, and beachside restaurants that provide a vantage point for watching the children play in the sand. Aswem , Palolem and Patnem also have a good family vibe, with just the right balance of amenities and personal space.

Wherever you go in Goa, be aware that undertows are common, so make sure children stick to the shallows and share advice about swimming parallel to the shore if you get caught in a current. The good news is that most Goa beaches now have government-appointed lifeguards, which should help put parents’ minds at ease.

An imposing Portuguese church located in Old Goa, looming over the surrounding palm trees and scattering of people walking around the grounds.

Best for culture vultures: Candolim 

You don’t just go to Goa for the beach. Thanks to centuries of cross-cultural influences, there’s plenty to see once you step back from the sand. The cultural centre of Goa is its appealing capital, Panaji , with a Portuguese-by-way-of-the-tropics vibe, and a cluster of good museums, art galleries, and historic churches. The serious history unfurls once you hit Old Goa , the original Portuguese settlement, where a string of stone-walled churches and cathedrals stand handsomely amongst the palm trees beside the Mandovi River.

The best bases for exploring the state capital and its historic counterpart are the beaches immediately to the north and south, with Candolim, Calangute and Baga having the best bus connections for popping in and out. All three are packed with hotels and resorts, and the competition means you can often pick up a room for a bargain price.

A red curry dish served in a silver colored bowl with handles bowl

Best for foodies: Baga

There’s more to Goan food than vindaloo, though a well-prepared version of this Portuguese-Indian fusion dish flavoured with palm vinegar and dried red chilli is still a delight on the palate. With the influx of globetrotters taking up permanent residence on this strip of coastline, Goa now serves up some spectacular world food amongst the eateries serving delectable Indian cuisine.

 Dining choices cross the spectrum, from old-school, traveller-centric cafes such as Vagator’s ever popular vegan Bean Me Up to Utorda’s club-chic, party oriented Zeebop by the Sea .  South Goa is where expats head for the taste of home, at restaurants such as Patnem’s garden-style Jaali Cafe , serving tasty tapas plates from the Middle East and Mediterranean, and Palolem’s highly regarded Ourem 88 , offering inspired takes on European classics such as baked brie and the English Sunday roast.

 Some of the tastiest meals are served in the capital, so choose a resort in Candolim, Baga or Calangute to be close to elegant dining options such as Panaji’s boutique Black Sheep Bistro , where tapas dishes ooze farm-to-table flavours, and nostalgically old-school Goan restaurants such as Hotel Venite and Viva Panjim .

High-angle view of Arambol beach: a white stretch of sand being lapped by waves and backed by palm tress. On the sand a number of people sunbathe and a handful of colourful fishing boats also line the shore.

Best for yoga: Assagao and Arambol

Yoga classes on the sand are the very vision of life in Goa, and there are some excellent centres here offering yoga tuition, from casual drop-in classes to serious training from veteran teachers. Assagao has become Goa’s favourite spot to do the downward dog, with popular retreats such as Purple Valley Yoga Retreat and Swan Yoga Retreat offering the full sand and serenity package.

For low-stress drop-in classes, you’ll be spoiled for choice in hippy havens such as Anjuna, Aswem and Mandrem; in South Goa, get your stretch on in Palolem and Patnem. Dedicated practitioners gather in Arambol , where the highly-regarded Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre offers five-day training programmes from November to March.

This article was first published in July 2010 and last updated in December 2019.

This article was first published July 2010 and updated December 2019

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1. Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

10 km from city center 1 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in : North Goa

Calangute is the largest beach in north Goa stretching from Candolim to Baga. It is a hub for tourists and backpackers as it is the perfect place to look for accommodation. It is known for the beach shacks and water sports like parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing.

2. Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada

6 km from city center 2 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Fort Aguada is a 17th-century Portuguese fort looking out at the confluence of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea. The crumbling ramparts of the fort stand on the Sinquerim Beach. The highlight of the fort is a lone four-storey lighthouse (which is one-of-its-kind in Asia) and a stunning view of the sunset.

3. Cruise in Goa

Cruise in Goa

1 km from city center 3 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Cruise in Goa allows one to explore the exotic scenery, pristine waters and marvel the breathtaking view of the sunset. There are several types of cruises in Goa ranging from simple evening cruises, elaborate and romantic dinner cruises, backwater cruises, and casino cruises. All of these usually originate from Miramar Beach in Panjim.

4. Water Sports in Goa

Water Sports in Goa

26 km from city center 4 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Goa is a haven for water sports like kneeboarding, kite surfing, snorkelling, parasailing, paragliding, diving, and kayaking. The water sports in Goa can be enjoyed at any one of the beaches in the north or the south. You can also engage in your favorite activities through a number of licensed water sports package operators.

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Dudhsagar Falls

52 km from city center 5 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in : South Goa

One of India's tallest waterfalls, the Dudhsagar Falls is located inside the Mollem National Park. The Dudhsagar falls should be visited during the monsoon when it is in full flow and the surrounding deciduous forests are at their verdant best.

6. Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach

13 km from city center 6 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Anjuna Beach is among the most popular beaches in North Goa, stretching almost 2km. From family outings to adrenaline-filled adventures, Anjuna Beach is famed for its golden coastline, nightclubs, beach shacks, watersports, full-moon parties and flea markets.

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7. Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort

16 km from city center 7 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Chapora Fort is undeniably one of the most famous forts in Goa. More popularly known as the 'Dil Chahta Hai Fort', its claim to fame was the 2001 Bollywood blockbuster shot here. A scintillating escape, it offers beautiful views of the sea and Chapora River.

8. Thalassa

Thalassa

15 km from city center 8 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Thalassa- The Greek Taverna is one of the most popular restaurants in Goa. Having moved out to the backwaters along with Siolim (from its prior location of Vagator hilltop), it is famous for its signature cocktails and sunsets. Reverberating with the cultural flavour of Greece, it serves authentic Greek Mediterranean cuisine.

9. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

9 km from city center 9 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in : Panaji

The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even after 400 years, the remains are in a good condition and are taken out once every decade.

10. Baga Beach

Baga Beach

10 km from city center 10 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

One of the most popular beaches in North Goa, Baga Beach is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panjim. It is the perfect destination to witness the dazzling nightlife of Goa as signature places such as Britto's, Tito's and Mambos are located in the vicinity. It is also known for a vast range of water sports.

11. Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach

56 km from city center 11 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

A little to the south of Palolem in Canacona region of Goa lies the Butterfly Beach. This beach, also known as Honeymoon Beach, is one of the most secluded and lesser-known beaches of Goa. The beach is mostly accessible by a boat (ferry) ride from the nearby beaches.

12. Divar Island

Divar Island

9 km from city center 12 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Divar Island is a slice of heaven tucked away in dense woods amidst the beauty of nature. Connected to Old Goa only through ferry service, this island is synonymous with natural beauty, serenity and tranquillity.

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13. Scuba Diving in Goa

Scuba Diving in Goa

14 km from city center 13 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Goa is one of the few places in India offering scuba diving. Diving in Goa is not the best owing to limited underwater visibility, but it is still popular among tourists as it is a good destination for beginners to explore the delights of the underwater world. The absence of strong water current with occasional surges adds serenity to the activity.

14. Shopping in Goa

Shopping in Goa

2 km from city center 14 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

For carrying back an authentic Goan experience with you, you can buy some feni, cashew-nuts, Goan hats and handicrafts. There are lots of shops in Panjim, the capital where you can buy interesting stuff. Goa is also known for its hand-painted ceramics.

15. Dona Paula

Dona Paula

5 km from city center 15 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Dona Paula is one of the most popular tourist hangouts in Goa famous for its vast stretch of beach. The small beach is also popular as the Lover's Paradise and features a jetty (Dona Paula Jetty) adjacent to it, which provides an ethereal view of the Arabian Sea and Mormugao harbour.

16. Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach

25 km from city center 16 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Beautiful and serene, Arambol Beach is among the best beaches of North Goa and is relatively unexploited by tourist activities. Considered to be one of the most spectacular beaches in Goa, Arambol beach has a distinct Bohemian feel to it, which attracts tourists from all over the world.

17. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach

15 km from city center 17 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Vagator beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. It is famous for its soft white sands and imposing but beautiful rocky cliffs. The beach is divided into two major parts, namely Little Vagator, also known as Ozran Beach, and Big Vagator. It is also popular for its sweeping panoramic views, beach shacks and trance parties.

18. Fontainhas and Sao Tome

Fontainhas and Sao Tome

0 km from city center 18 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Fontainhas and Sao Tome is a beautiful Latin Quarter located in Panaji on the banks of the Ourem Creek and named after the natural springs nearby. It was laid out on a piece of land acquired by a Goan in the 18th century who had made a fortune in Mozambique. The quarter is now recognised as a heritage site and is famous for its charming Portuguese style houses on the base of the Altinho hills.

19. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

0 km from city center 19 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in Panjim, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the oldest chapels in Goa. It is known to house the second largest church bells in Goa. The view of the sunset and the church lit up at night is a soothing sight to witness.

20. Tito's Nightclub

Tito's Nightclub

10 km from city center 20 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Titos nightclub is one of the top things to do in Goa for most tourists. Located in Calangute, Tito's is one of the most famous nightclubs in Goa. The entire lane in Baga, where the pub is located is popularly called Tito lane. 

21. Brittos

Brittos

11 km from city center 21 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Be it during the season or off-season, you cannot NOT come here if you're in Goa. It is amongst the best shacks in Baga Beach and is just perfect if you're seeking the company of the sea and the sand while you sip on that beer. 

Mambos

10 km from city center 22 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in the famous Titos lane, Mambos is a popular nightclub in Goa. The open-air lounge encircles a dancing area with a host of Indian and international DJs playing every night. They also serve a variety of Hookahs.

23. Club LPK - Love Passion Karma

Club LPK - Love Passion Karma

5 km from city center 23 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Club LPK is one of the most popular nightlife spots in Goa. Surrounded by water on three sides, it was shifted to Nerul from its original location. The nightclub has generally some good DJs playing a mix of house, trance, and Bollywood music.

24. Anjuna Flea Market

Anjuna Flea Market

12 km from city center 24 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Anjuna Flea Market on Wednesday is a treasure trove of trinkets, handicrafts, hippie clothing, souvenirs and everything else from cheap bags to footwear and junk jewellery. Also popular as the queen of hippie flea markets, the Anjuna Flea Market as much a part of the Goa experience as the beaches.

25. Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

58 km from city center 25 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Palolem Beach, located in the South Goa is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Union Territory has to offer. Mostly unspoiled, the beach is often flocked with foreign tourists.

26. Bungee Jumping in Goa

Bungee Jumping in Goa

56 km from city center 26 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located near one of the most popular beaches in Goa that is obviously Anjuna Beach, the Gravity Adventure Zone conduct Bungee Jumping from a height of 80 ft and has been installed by a US based company- Sports tower Inc. It is one of the lowest Bungee jumping site and is good for a first try and is priced at a reasonable rate.

27. Spa and Massages

Spa and Massages

8 km from city center 27 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Goa is full of spa resorts and Ayurvedic massage centers. Beachside massages are also available at some beaches. Various spas of Goa which are preferred by the tourists from all around the world are Sereno Spa and Leela Kempinski Goa Spa Center.

28. Colva Beach

Colva Beach

26 km from city center 28 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in : Madgaon

One of the most happening beaches in South Goa, Colva beach is mainly renowned for its shopping and phenomenal nightlife. The beach is full of shacks and eating joints.

29. Morjim Beach

Morjim Beach

18 km from city center 29 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Morjim is sometimes referred to as "Little Russia" owing to the large population of Russian immigrants staying here. Morjim beach is home to exotic species of birds and some rare endangered animals such as sea turtles.

Casino

0 km from city center 30 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located on a yacht in River Mandovi, the casino is one of the coolest places to be when you're in the party state. The entry fee is placed high at Rs. 1600, and the casino holds ample number of tables of American Roulette, Blackjack and Rummy. Go ahead and try your luck!

31. Agonda Beach

Agonda Beach

53 km from city center 31 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

If you're looking for a place away from the hustle bustle of the crowd with more space and solitude, Agonda beach is the right place for you. With the clear blue water and coconut trees, this beach is a delight for nature lovers.

32. Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach

7 km from city center 32 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Candolim Beach lies around 15 kms ahead of Panjim, along the stretch of Fort Aguada. Forming a part of the trio of Calangute, Baga and Candolim party beaches in Goa, this beach is known for its pulsating nightlife and thrilling water sports.

33. Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral

9 km from city center 33 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Se Cathedral, or Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, is one of the largest churches in Asia. Located in Old Goa, it is dedicated to Saint Catherine. It is a famous landmark in Goa exhibiting Portuguese-Manueline architectural style.

34. Cavelossim Beach

Cavelossim Beach

38 km from city center 34 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

With magnificent black rocks that contrast with the white sand shores of this idyllic beach, the Cavelossim Beach is located in South Goa. Cleaner and quieter than the cliched party beaches of Goa, it is the perfect spot for travellers looking to enjoy the endless expanse of the clear blue waters. 

35. Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach

60 km from city center 35 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Situated in Canacona, South Goa, Patnem Beach is one of the most secluded and tranquil beaches of Goa. It is the perfect place to laze by the beach and do absolutely nothing. The waters are quite safe to swim in, and the views of the sunset are magnificent and uninterrupted.

36. Betalbatim Beach

Betalbatim Beach

24 km from city center 36 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Located in South Goa between Colva Beach and Majorda Beach, Betalbatim Beach is one of the quieter beaches of Goa. Lined with a plethora of fast food chains, local restaurants and spas, the highlight of the beach is the easy spotting of the dolphins. You can ask the local fishermen who can hike you a ride in a sea to have a glimpse of the dolphins.

37. Fort Tiracol

Fort Tiracol

29 km from city center 37 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Across the Terekhol river from the Querim beach in North Goa lies the majestic Tiracol Fort. Once a crucial part of the maritime defence, it now serves as Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel. It is popular for an unbeatable panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.

38. Grande Island

Grande Island

17 km from city center 38 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Originally known as Iha Grande, Grande Island in Goa is one of the most sought after destinations, owing to its serene and tranquil environment and the availability of a plethora of thrilling activities like snorkeling, dolphin spotting, and scuba diving.

39. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

53 km from city center 39 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary is a 240 sq km protected natural habitat located in the Western Ghats of India, on the Goa-Karnataka border. Touted to be Goa's largest wildlife reserve, it is home to the famous Dudhsagar Falls, Mollem National Park, Tambdi Surla Temple, and Devil's Canyon among other attractions.

40. Arvalem Waterfalls

Arvalem Waterfalls

22 km from city center 40 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

One of the most beautiful spots to visit in North Goa, Arvalem Waterfalls is located in Sanquelim. Also known as Harvalem Falls, it forms a huge pool of water at its base - almost as big as a lake. This makes Arvalem Falls a popular tourist and picnic spot. 

41. Mollem National Park

Mollem National Park

41 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Mollem National Park part of the famous Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the biggest national park in Goa that takes you on a fascinating wildlife adventure. Jeep safaris take the tourists right into the heart of the dense forest reserve.

42. Sunburn Festival

Sunburn Festival

14 km from city center 42 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Ranked amongst few of the world’s best music festivals, Sunburn Music Festival tops the list of every Electronic Music fan’s bucket list. It is mostly famous for its extravagance, fantastic music and noteworthy artist line-up.

43. Carnival in Goa

Carnival in Goa

43 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

The Goa Carnival is a legacy of the Portuguese rule and has grown from being a quiet event to a popular, massive scale festival, attracting thousands of tourists from India and abroad. One of the most awaited occasions in the state, the carnival has a long history of its origin, stretching back right to the ancient Roman Empire. The atmosphere is charged with spectacular parades, dances, musical events and the great food, all of which are major crowd pullers. Festivities occur in the cities of Panjim, Mapusa, Margao, and Vasco da Gama, with Panjim having it the largest of all

44. Church of St. Cajetan

Church of St. Cajetan

9 km from city center 44 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

The Church of Saint Cajetan, located in Old Goa close to the Se Cathedral, is one of the most beautiful churches in Goa. The only surviving domed structure in Goa, the church is admired for its wonderful and graceful architecture that reminds you of Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.

45. Bambolim Beach

Bambolim Beach

6 km from city center 45 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Bambolim Beach is a pristine beach located in Bambolim in North Goa, 7 kilometres away from Panjim. It is famous for being a virgin beach, untouched by commercialization and is barely ever crowded. 

46. Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa

Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa

21 km from city center 46 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

The Butterfly Conservatory of Goa is a butterfly sanctuary and garden in the Ponda district of Goa. Spread over 4000 square metres, it is designed as a place to stroll and absorb in the serene beauty of nature. In the vast expanses of the garden, one can take a leisurely walk and observe over a hundred different species of butterflies from close quarters.

47. Sri Mahadeva Temple

Sri Mahadeva Temple

46 km from city center 47 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Sri Mahadeva Temple, Tambdi Surla is one of the oldest temples in Goa to Lord Shiva. The inner sanctum of temple has a Shiva Linga mounted on a raised pedestal. There is also a statue of headless Nandi. The locals believe that there is a huge king cobra permanently sitting near the Shiva Linga.

48. Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church of St Francis of Assisi

9 km from city center 48 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Church of St Francis of Assisi is a 16th-century Portuguese church located near Se Cathedral in Goa. It is a famous landmark which exhibits an eclectic mix of stunning architecture and intricate carvings. 

49. Cabo de Rama Beach

Cabo de Rama Beach

45 km from city center 49 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Cabo de Rama Beach is a beautiful secluded beach located in Margao, South Goa. Surrounded by tall coconut trees, this beach is perfect for setting up a picnic, playing volleyball, or just spending some quality time. 

50. Church Of St Augustine

Church Of St Augustine

8 km from city center 50 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Church Of St. Augustine is a ruined church complex which was once the biggest church in Goa. Located near Nunnery of Santa Monica in Old Goa, there stands a solo tower (called St Augustine Tower) out of the four towers once forming the Church Of St. Augustine. 

51. Savoi Spice Plantation

Savoi Spice Plantation

19 km from city center 51 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Savoi Spice Plantation is a 40-hectare organic farm located 15km from Ponda. Established by Mr Shetye, the beautifully maintained farm is popular for the guided tour of the intercrop plantation and the Goan Saraswat Buffet at its Sadauli Restaurant.

52. Ashwem Beach

Ashwem Beach

20 km from city center 52 out of 184 Places To Visit in Goa

Ashwem Beach is one of the few beaches left in Goa that is yet to be discovered by the mainstream tourist crowd of Goa, offering its visitors an endless expanse of pearly white sands complemented well by the beautiful waves of the Arabian Sea. Surfing and Yoga are widely practised here.

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The 19 best beaches in Goa

The pristine stretch of coastline in this west Indian state is a gorgeous main event

As wondrous as India is – one of the world’s most diverse and magnificent countries, full of scrummy food, riveting history and incredible people – sometimes all you wanna do is laze out on a beach. Luckily, India has plenty of beaches and bucketloads of ‘em are in Goa.

Looking out onto the Arabian Sea, Goa has long been a popular holiday and party destination. So, whether you’re working through a hangover or just looking to chill-out, Goa’s beaches are an all-round treat. Here are 19 of the best.

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Best beaches in Goa

Candolim

1.  Candolim

What is it? A slightly more subdued alternative to bustling  Calangute, the neighbouring party beach. 

Why go? Characterized by scrubbed sand dunes, clear waters, crisp sea breeze and huge swathes of soft sands, Candolim is known for its beauty. Adventurers can also get involved in parasailing, banana rides, scuba diving and jet skiing. For a post-beach drink, head to the nearby shacks and quench your thirst with a refreshing cocktail made from feni, a traditional Goan spirit. Now, let the calmness flow through you.

Patnem

2.  Patnem

What is it?  A perfect haven for a little rest and recuperation – and yogis too. 

Why go? Patnem Beach is a slice of paradise for those who want to have some serious me time. There’s little in the way of hotels and nightlife; instead, embrace the chill factor and hang out at the humble bamboo huts on the beach, or take part in a yoga retreat. There's pristine sand to relax on and clear waters to swim in. While you're here, do try the delicious speciality roast New Zealand lamb at nearby bar/restaurant Nada Brahma.

Miramar

3.  Miramar

What is it? A scenic beach that looks as though a photograph of it's vista should hang in the most distinguished of art galleries.

Why go? With unrivalled views of the Arabian Sea, as well as a great helping of delicate sands and wild greenery, we'd argue that Miramar is one of the loveliest beaches in Goa. Once you’ve had your fill of swimming and sunbaking, make your way to the shoreline where you’ll find fun souvenir shops and great eateries. Wanna get romantic? Stick around for sunset to experience Miramar at its most beautiful (and to capture the perfect honeymoon pic).

Agonda

4.  Agonda

What is it? A super-relaxed stretch of sand located 15 minutes from Palolem.

Why go? If you’re partied out and want a quieter atmosphere, Agonda beach should be on your list. It's the kind of place where your only priorities for the day should be sunbathing and swimming. As a bonus, its soft sands attract olive ridley turtles who come here to lay their eggs. You’re welcome to enjoy this experience, as long as you keep a distance and avoid flash photography.

Cavelossim

5.  Cavelossim

What is it? One of Goa’s most picturesque beaches, fronted by black lava rocks, miles of white sand and blue sea, plus the inevitable fringe of palm trees.

Why go? If it’s gorgeous scenery you’re after, it doesn’t get much better than this. And aside from topping up your tan and enjoying the spectacular scenery, the calm sea conditions are ideal for swimming. There are also pursuits like kayaking, catamaran sailing and dolphin sightseeing trips available.

Butterfly

6.  Butterfly

What is it? A hidden gem located north of Palolem beach.

Why go? Travellers in search of a secluded and romantic slice of paradise should look no further than Butterfly. It’s slightly difficult to access – you’ll have the option of a short trek through dense forest or a boat ride from the nearby Palolem and Agonda beaches – but this just adds to its appeal. Once you’re there, flop down on the soft sand and relax, enjoy watching dolphins cavorting from the shoreline, challenge the waves canoeing or grab your binoculars for some butterfly watching. Sea cucumbers, sea urchins, goldfish and redfish lurk on the seabed, so keep an eye out. Should you get peckish, there are a couple of restaurants nearby, but we still recommend bringing enough supplies to last the day.

Palolem

7.  Palolem

What is it? A sweeping two-kilometre stretch of glistening white sand bookended by tall coconut palms.

Why go? Home to a quieter crowd, Palolem is ideal for lazy afternoon bathing under the sun, swimming or boating. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot dolphins. As the night settles in, the southern end of the beach turns into an open-air club, complete with a silent disco that allows you to choose your own tunes. Keen to stay on the beach? There are temporary coco huts for that; but if comfort is your main concern, there are resorts and hotels nearby.

Calangute and Baga

8.  Calangute and Baga

What is it? Two beautiful interconnected beaches that attract thrill-seeking adventurers and those looking to party.

Why go? If you want action (and don't mind crowds), Calangute and its neighbouring beach Baga are for you. You can spend all day relaxing on sun lounges and dipping into the waves. And when the sun gets strong, simply wander into the beach shacks and restaurants for a cold one and some fresh seafood. Once the sun goes down, you can head to nightclubs like Café Mambo, which stay open into the wee hours.

Arambol

9.  Arambol

What is it? The northernmost beach in Goa, perfect for alternative therapies and surfing.

Why go? If you want to catch some waves away from the hordes, Arambol is the perfect beach destination for you. New to surfing? Check out the Surf Wala School that offers lessons of international standards. Besides surfing, you can indulge in alternative therapies like yoga, meditation, tai chi and reiki. In the evening, there are drum circles, jam sessions and live music.

Galgibaga

10.  Galgibaga

What is it? One of the cleanest beaches in India, which also serves as a nesting place for olive ridley sea turtles.

Why go? Unmarred by commercialisation or tourist hordes, Galgibaga rewards visitors with clear waters, silver sands, swaying coconut palm trees and a peaceful vibe. A word of caution, though: there aren’t any restaurants or shacks in sight, so pack some snacks and water to last the day. If you time your visit between December and February, you might witness a large congregation of pretty olive ridley sea turtles.

Anjuna

11.  Anjuna

What is it? A haven for backpackers and hippies.

Why go? If you're looking for a bohemian beach getaway, Anjuna Beach is a great choice. By day, you can enjoy beach sports like windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing and scuba diving; and when the sun goes down, it's party time. Psytrance music wafts out of the beachside shacks and bars like Curlies and Shiva Valley. If you're here on Wednesday, hit up the flea market for authentic souvenir shopping.

Mobor

12.  Mobor

What is it?  A hub for all things water sports (and general wet activities) as well as a pretty good spot for a beach party.   

Why go? If you're in favour of escaping busy crowds whilst still accessing exciting things to do, then Mobor beach is the perfect destination. It's the best of both worlds, you'll find: water skiing, parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boat rides and underwater fishing, too. And that's not all – once you've finished living your aqua fantasies, get ready for a big ol' party. Yep - come evening, things here get pretty wild.

Querim

13.  Querim

What is it? Also known as Keri Beach, Querim is the perfect antidote to a hectic life.

Why go? It’s one of the quietest beaches in the north of Goa. That said, the waves are quite rough here, so we recommend sticking to lazing about on the sand. If you head a few metres inland from the beach, you’ll find an ancient Ajoba temple and the seventeenth-century Terekhol Fort, now converted into a hotel.

Dona Paula Beach

14.  Dona Paula Beach

What is it? Also referred to as ‘Lovers’ Paradise’, Dona Paula is best for Instagram-ready sunsets.

Why go? If a lovely stretch of soft sand lapped by calm waters and shielded by palm trees isn’t reason enough to visit Dona Paula, then the mesmerizing view of the sun setting over the shore in the evening should be. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also get your heart facing with windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing, parasailing and motorboat rides.

Vagator

15.  Vagator

What is it? Vagator is divided into two small beaches by a headland – North or Big Vagator to the right of the beach facing the sea; and Ozran or Little Vagator beach to the left.

Why go? Located minutes away from the happening Anjuna Beach, Vagator isn’t as crowded, which makes it a perfect place to sit back and relax. You’ll find beach shacks, restaurants and shops just footsteps from the waves. At the end of the beach, you’ll find the face of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva carved into a seaside boulder. Once you’re there, walk an extra mile to visit the historic Chapora Fort, too. If you’re a party person, Vagator won’t disappoint as trance parties are held here often at bars and nightclubs like Disco Valley, Hill Top and the Mango Tree.

Mandrem

16.  Mandrem

What is it? The ideal spot for couples and solitude-seekers.

Why go? Quiet Mandrem Beach – loved for its unspoiled soft white sands – is bookended by casuarina and palm trees, making it a perfect spot to spend a lazy and peaceful afternoon. Take a romantic walk with your partner, inhale the smell of trees, practice your downward dog or indulge in alternative therapies like meditation and tai chi. There are also a few beach shacks where you can sample the local food while sipping on a cold beer.

Morjim

17.  Morjim

What is it? A great spot for bird-lovers.

Why go? Morjim is teeming with different bird species; keep your eyes peeled for the kingfisher, sand plover, sandpipers, quill, cuckoo and bay-backed shrike. It’s also a great place to go dolphin-watching. There are many shacks and restaurants on the beach; some of which are run by Russian restaurateurs, which means you can have a taste of Russian cuisine alongside Goan fare.

Colva

18.  Colva

What is it? A large and increasingly popular beach, packed with locals and tourists alike. 

Why go? In the peak season, Colva does get quite crowded – but that’s no surprise considering what it has to offer. We're talking vast stretches of sand, an abundance of water activities, food shacks and nearby bars that are worth dropping into. While you’re here, visit Our Lady of Merces Church, too. Also called Colva Church, it's legendary. 

Benaulim

19.  Benaulim

What is it? A peaceful alternative to the adjacent Colva Beach.

Why go? It’s certainly not a hidden gem, but Colva still feels secluded and relaxed. The beach boasts calm waters, family-friendly restaurants and water activity, which makes it a perfect spot for a fun-filled family day out.

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15 Top-Rated Attractions and Places to Visit in Goa

Written by Joni Sweet Updated Mar 6, 2023

With golden-sand beaches, tangled palm trees touching the sky, and a relaxed atmosphere, Goa stands in stark contrast from the other bustling urban destinations in India. Even just a short visit to this beach paradise feels like a vacation within a vacation. The beauty and serenity of Goa will rejuvenate you, while its robust calendar of events and activities give you plenty of things do to during your free time.

Popular coastal hot spots, like Colva Beach and Palolem Beach , draw tourists to Goa from around the world. But beaches are just the beginning of what makes Goa one of the most beloved places to visit in India. The destination also has unique Portuguese-influenced cuisine , historical churches and temples , vibrant wildlife , and fascinating spice farms . No matter how long you spend in Goa, you'll wish you had a few extra days to explore.

For more ideas to help plan your trip to India, see our list of the top tourist attractions in Goa.

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Palolem Beach

Beaches play a starring role among the attractions in Goa, contributing to why it's one of the best places to visit in India .

Nearly every tourist who visits the area spends a day at Palolem Beach , a crescent-shaped stretch of white sand that overlooks the Arabian Sea in south Goa. While simply hanging out and soaking up the scenery is a perfect way to enjoy this beautiful area, Palolem Beach also offers an array of activities to fill your time. Choose from kayaking , yoga classes , dolphin-sightseeing trips, and swimming . You can also spend the night in one of Palolem's rustic coco huts , which are erected at the start of the high season.

Colva Beach is another one of the most famous beaches in Goa , especially among Indian tourists. It has swaying palms and a broad stretch of bronze sand, where you'll occasionally see herds of cows sunbathing next to tourists. You can rent Jet Skis , hop on a thrilling banana boat ride , and get a bird's-eye view of the beach on a parasailing adventure.

Homestay accommodations in the area will give you an authentic local-style experience – plus easy access to Colva Beach.

Sunset at Utorda Beach

While known for their spectacular scenery, the popular beaches in Goa tend to get crowded during high season, leaving some travelers eager for a quieter natural escape. Fortunately, Goa brims with undiscovered beach attractions and things to do that give you some distance from the throngs of tourists while still treating you to glorious sand and surf.

One of the best hidden gems in Goa is Butterfly Beach. It has a curving expanse of sand flanked by boulders that create a postcard-worthy cove, brimming with butterflies and blossoms. It's also a great spot to watch dolphins swim in the distance.

You'll need to embark on a boat ride from Palolem Beach or Agonda Beach, or tackle a challenging forest hike, to reach Butterfly Beach – but the obstacles to getting here help to thin out the crowds. You might even have the place to yourself.

While more developed than Butterfly Beach, Utorda Beach is another stunning getaway from the more crowded beaches around Goa. It features clean, blue water; silky sand; and a few small beach shacks. Look closely as you wade in the water, and you may spot some small starfish .

Nutmeg, mace, and curry leaf, Tanshikar Spice Farm, Goa

South India has been known for its abundance of spices, like black pepper, cardamom, and cloves, for centuries. In fact, these natural flavorings were a major appeal for Portuguese traders who came to Goa hundreds of years ago.

Tourists can see what the local spice scene is all about by touring Tanshikar's Working Spice Farm & Ecological Rest House . This agritourism attraction grows seven different spices: pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, and chili, using totally organic farming methods.

Tours of the farm, often led by its owner, will give you an in-depth understanding of these flavor-charged crops and a chance to see some of the other products, like betelnut, coffee beans, pineapple, and banana, grown on the premises. Tanshikar's also keeps bees and produces its own all-natural honey.

Spice farm tours aren't the only fun thing to do at Tanshikar's. Guests can also take a vegetarian cooking class , visit a bubbly lake , trek to Mainapi Waterfall, and train to become a yoga teacher. It's an attraction that has something for everyone.

Address: Netravali, near Smriti Yoga, Sanguem, Goa

Official site: http://www.tanshikarspicefarm.com/

Goan coconut fish curry

Food is a major attraction in Goa. This part of India has a distinctive cuisine that blends Portuguese and Goan flavors, setting it apart from all the other food around India. Expect fiery flavors, fresh-caught seafood, and an abundance of coconut in the dishes.

You can't leave Goa without trying its signature dish, vindaloo, a super-hot meat curry made with palm vinegar and dried red chili peppers. Hospedaria Venite in the capital of Goa, Panaji , wows tourists with its mouthwatering vindaloo. Dominick, a Benaulim Beach mainstay, is another favorite spot for vindaloo – plus it offers front-row seats for world-class sunsets.

Another Goan specialty is xacuti, a rich curry with poppy seeds, chili, and coconut. Try it at Souza Lobo , a beachfront restaurant in Calangute , or Fat Fish , a well-trafficked spot in Baga.

Tourists hankering for some fresh seafood are spoiled for choice around Goa. Zeebop , on Utorda Beach , offers delightful fish curry, prawn stew, and mackerel doused with spicy red sauce.

You also can't go wrong with dinner at Copperleaf. The upscale restaurant in Porvorim has a fish thali that you'll be dreaming about long after you've finished.

Basilica de Bom Jesus

While many tourists visit Goa for the beaches, countless others consider the trip to be a pilgrimage to important religious sites, like the Basilica de Bom Jesus.

This Old Goa attraction dates back to the late 16th century and contains the remains of the St. Francis Xavier . The "Apostle of the Indies" co-founded the Society of Jesus religious order with friend St. Ignatius Loyola and spearheaded an extensive mission in India. The basilica has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

The modest yet imposing structure is a mix of Doric, Corinthian, and Baroque style with intricate carvings. Interestingly, the building was stripped of its lime plaster in the mid-20th century, making it the only church in Goa without plaster. The Basilica de Bom Jesus has since become worn by monsoons.

You can tour the church on your own, or hire one of the independent guides near the entrance for a small fee. Inside, you can see huge ornamental screens, along with the body of the resident saint in a casket that was once covered in precious stones. It's a compelling place that will transport you back in time.

Every year, the Feast of St. Francis Xavier draws big crowds to this church in late November and early December. It kicks off with a nine-day novena and open-air masses before concluding with the major holiday on Dec. 3.

Address: Old Goa Road, Bainguinim, Goa

Dudhsagar Falls

Aquatic adventures go beyond the beach in Goa. The state is also home to Dudhsagar Falls, a spectacular four-tiered waterfall that towers some 310 meters above the earth. It's one of India's tallest waterfalls and a perpetually popular attraction for day trips around Goa and Karnataka .

To reach the falls, you'll need to make your way to the village of Colem by taxi or train. Depending on which train route you take, you may get a glimpse of Dudhsagar Falls along the way. Then, you'll hop aboard a shared jeep through the jungle, passing Devil's Canyon along the way. Around 45 minutes later, you'll scurry over some boulders to finally reach the falls.

The best time to visit Dudhsagar Falls is right after the monsoon , when the water is gushing. Tourists who wish to take a dip can rent a life jacket from vendors at the attraction.

Hot tip: Only 300 jeeps are allowed to enter Dudhsagar Falls every day, although tour operators have been requesting to increase the capacity during high season. Make reservations in advance, or prepare to wait in long lines if you wish to visit.

Anjuna Market

Goa is home to a ton of markets, but none offer the liveliness or selection of products found at Anjuna Market. For roughly 50 years, hundreds of vendors have been setting up shop on Anjuna Beach every Wednesday to tempt free-spirited travelers with hippy-inspired trinkets and souvenirs.

Ornate textiles, woven bikinis, sculptures of deities, dreamcatchers, hammocks, magnets, t-shirts with sassy slogans, beaded jewelry, toys – you name it, you can probably buy it here.

But even if you don't want to shop, you should still make a point to visit Anjuna Market for the sightseeing. The flea market is a swirling array of colorful wares, salespeople driving hard bargains, big bags of fresh spices, and street food galore. The vibe alone is one of the reasons why Anjuna Market is one of the top places to visit in Goa.

Address: 10 St. Michael's Vaddo South, Anjuna, Goa

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Make your way to the laid-back city of Panaji to visit another one of Goa's historic churches: The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

The pristine white church, which dates back to the early 17th century, stands atop a zig-zagging staircase that resembles the tiers of a wedding cake. Its perfectly symmetrical Portuguese Baroque architecture is a sight to behold. At night, twinkle lights make the church look like something out of a fairy tale.

While not ornate, the church's interior boasts bright, colorful decorations. Tourists can see the elegant main altar (dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus) and gilded pillars with elaborate carvings. Vines of blue and white blossoms often adorn parts of the vaulted ceiling around various holidays.

Dec. 8 marks the Festival of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception , a major holiday at this church. Swing by to see it decked out in tons of colorful lights.

Address: Rua Emídio Garcia, Altinho, Panaji, Goa

Braganza House

See what houses in Goa looked like during the 17th century at Braganza House, a historical mansion that flanks the village square in Chandor. It's divided into an east and west wing, both of which are available for tourists to poke around at their leisure.

The east wing is home to members of the Pereira-Braganza family. It boasts a massive ballroom with an impressive marble floor, along with a small chapel that contains one of St. Francis Xavier's fingernails. This part of Braganza House also brims with antiques and international artifacts.

The western side preserves the original grandeur of Braganza House. Owned by the Menezes-Braganças, the museum-like space features an expansive library with 5,000 leather-bound books from the private collection of journalist Luis de Menezes Braganza, who played an important role in the Goan independence movement. Tourists can also see breathtaking Belgian glass chandeliers, antique portraits of the family, and Chinese porcelain.

Address: Guddi-Chandor Road, Culsabhatt, Chandor, Goa

Mahadev Temple

Located just 12 kilometers north of Molem , Mahadev Temple gives tourists a chance to see a structure that has been standing since the 12th century. Its remote location helped it survive centuries of conquests by the Portuguese and Muslim colonialists. Legend has it that the black basalt temple , which was built to honor Lord Shiva, has a resident king cobra. Step inside to see the detailed work of artisan carvers, including the lotus flower on the ceiling.

If Braganza House got you excited, just wait until you see Palácio do Deão. The 200-plus-year-old palace in Quepem has been restored to its original glory. It features a blend of Indian and Portuguese architecture. Tourists are welcome to explore the heritage home, including its game room and library filled with rare tomes.

The property also features sweeping tropical gardens that make for a pleasant place to spend the afternoon. Consider making reservations in advance for afternoon tea on the terrace.

Address: Opposite Holy Cross Church, Quepem, Goa

Official site: http://www.palaciododeao.com/

Mangeshi Temple

Goa's unique culture and heritage are on full display at Mangeshi Temple, a beautiful spiritual attraction that's been standing for roughly 450 years. The pastel blue, gold, and white temple features a seven-story tower that pays homage to one of the Hindu god Shiva's many incarnations: Manguesh. The temple structures surround a sacred pool of water , which is thought to be the most historic part of this religious site.

You can watch devotees perform pujas (worship rituals) at the temple every day. If you happen to be there on a Monday, you can watch the Manguesh idol taken out for a procession, complete with music, in the late afternoon or early evening.

Address: Dinanath Mangeshkar Road, Mangeshi Village, Mardol, Goa

Colorful buildings in Fontainhas

Lace up your most comfortable pair of walking shoes and head to Panjim for a stroll around Fontainhas, one of Asia's only Latin quarters . Once the headquarters for the Portuguese government in Goa, the UNESCO-recognized Heritage Zone features colonial houses and cottages decked out with pastel and fluorescent façades. Each of the houses get a fresh coat of paint after the monsoon season every year, ensuring that they always look vibrant for visitors. Don't miss the district's namesake Fountain of Phoenix.

You can explore the area on your own, or book a walking tour for a more in-depth look at the history of this fascinating neighborhood. Either way, you'll definitely work up an appetite as you wander the narrow cobblestone streets and snap photos in front of the candy-colored buildings. Refuel at one of the decades-old cafés or bakeries in the neighborhood. Confeitaria 31 de Janeiro , a bakery near Mary Immaculate School, is known for having a wide selection of tasty Goan cakes and sweets.

Macaque in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife lovers should put Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary at the top of their Goa travel plans. The state's largest protected wildlife area, which spans 240 square kilometers and is also home to Molem National Park , is home to all kinds of amazing creatures, including the black leopard, Bengal tiger, Malabar giant squirrel, wild boar, slender loris, Indian rock python , and ruby-throated yellow bulbul (Goa's state bird).

Hiring a guide through a travel agent, and visiting the sanctuary in the early morning or late evening increases your chances at catching a glimpse of these animals. During the daytime, you can see the natural wonders of Dudhsagar Falls and Devil's Canyon . You can also check out the Tambdi Surla Temple , a temple that has survived since the 12th century, thanks to its remote location in the forest. The structure is adorned with intricate carvings of the Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma.

Cannon at Reis Magos Fort

Dating back to 1493, Reis Magos Fort was once a defense structure aimed at protecting the area's then-capital, Goa Velha. Today, the fort is a top attraction in Goa for tourists looking to take a break from the beaches and dive into the state's fascinating history.

The site has a storied past not only as a military outpost, but also as a hospital and a jail. Tourists can see cannons, a small museum exhibit on the fort's history, and jaw-dropping views of the Mandovi River .

After your visit, head to the town's other famous attraction: Reis Magos Church. The pristine white church is one of just a handful of churches in Goa that has processions and re-enactments for the Feast of the Three Kings (Epiphany). Inside the structure, you can see an impressive multi-colored wood relief of a scene that depicts the Three Wise Men handing gifts to the Baby Jesus.

Address: Nerul-Reis Margos Road, beside Three Kings Church, Bardez, Verem, Goa

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Boasting a 105 km coastline — from spectacular 25km sweeps of impossibly soft sand to secluded palm-backed coves — it’s clear why Goa has attracted beach-loving travellers for centuries. That said, these days, the beaches of North Goa and those in the South deliver very different vibes, so you’ll want to choose your base wisely. To help you do exactly that, read on to find out about the best beaches in Goa. 

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Located halfway down  India’s southwest coast, Goa has been a popular holiday destination since colonial times. Back in those days, troops used to travel here from across the country for a spot of R&R.

Skip forward to the twentieth century, and hippies first came to the region shortly after its “Liberation” in 1961. At this time, travellers fell in love with small fishing- and coconut-cultivation coastal villages.  By the nineties, the rave scene saw Goa's trance transformed into a fully-fledged musical genre, with crazy full-moon parties taking hold. 

These days, Goa attracts some two million tourists each winter, with budget air travel options making it a major package tour destination for Europeans. 

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Colorful bungalows on the tropical beach of Palolem, South Goa, India  © Dan Baciu/Shutterstock

Colorful bungalows on the tropical beach of Palolem, South Goa, India © Shutterstock

Best South Goa Beaches 

Backed by a lush band of coconut plantations and green hills, Goa’s south coast is fringed by some of the region’s finest beaches.  

Just arrived in the region? Benaulim, 6km west of the state’s second city, Margao, makes a great first base   The most traveller-friendly resort in the area, it stands right in the middle of a spectacular 25km stretch of pure white sand. Although increasingly carved up by Mumbai time-share companies, low-cost accommodation here remains plentiful and of a consistently high standard.  

In contrast, nearby Colva, is best avoided. It’s degenerated over the past decade, and is frequented by huge numbers of day-trippers. Meanwhile, in the far south, the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary affords a rare glimpse of unspoiled forest and its fauna. 

With the gradual spread of package tourism down the coast, Palolem, a ninety-minutedrive south of Margao along the main highway, is Goa’s most happening beach. Set against a backdrop of forest-cloaked hills, its bay is spectacular. That said, the crowds can feel overwhelming inhigh season. 

For a quieter scene, try Agonda, just up the coast, or Patnem, immediately south of Palolem.  Among the possible day-trips inland, a crop of Portuguese-era mansions at Chandor and Quepem are your best options. 

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The Saturday Night Market in Arpora © Shutterstock

Saturday Night Market in Arpora, Goa, inland of Anjuna beach © Shutterstock

Nowhere else in peninsular India conforms so splendidly to the archetypal image of a paradise beach as Palolem. This is, undoubtedly, one of the best beaches in Goa. 35km south of Margao, and lined with a swaying curtain of coconut palms, the bay forms a perfect curve of golden sand. This arches north from a giant pile of boulders to a spur of the Sahyadri Hills, and tapers into the sea draped in thick forest. 

That said, over the past decade, Palolem has developed into the most popular resort in Goa among independent foreign travellers. From late November, visitor numbers become positively overwhelming. But simply, Palolem in full swing is the kind of place you’ll either love at first sight, or want to escape as quickly as possible. If you’re in the latter category, try smaller, less frequented Patnem beach, a short walk south around the headland. More on that later.

How to get there by bus 

Regular buses run between Margao and Palolem, stopping at the end of the lane leading from the mainstreet to the beachfront. Frequent services also run between Margao and Karwar (in Karnataka ) via the nearby market town of Canacona/Chaudi (every 30min; 2hr), 2km southeast across the rice fields. 

Canacona/Chaudi is also the nearest railhead to Palolem. The station lies a short way north of the main bazaar. 

India, Goa, huts and palm trees at Palolem Beach

Palolem — one of the best beaches in South Goa © Shutterstock

#2 Colva beach, Benaulim

Scattered around coconut groves and paddy fields 7km west of Margao, the fishing village of Benaulim lies in the dead centre of Colva beach. It is breath-taking, particularly around sunset, when the brilliant white sand and surf reflect the changing colours to enchanting effect. While the settlement had barely made it onto the backpackers’ map two decades ago, today it attracts affluent holiday-makers from metropolitan India. 

At the same time, long-stay British pensioners and thirty-something European couples make up the bulk of the foreign contingent. While Benaulim’s rising popularity has slightly dented its charm, if you time your visit well (avoid Diwali and the Christmas peak season), it’s still hard to beat as a place to unwind. 

Beach aside, the seafood is superb, and accommodation and motorbikes are cheaper than anywhere else in the state. 

How to get there by bus

Buses from Margao run every 20min or so from the Kadamba bus stand to Benaulim's Maria Hall crossroads. To get the beach (1.5km west), there’s a taxi and auto-rickshaw rank at the crossroads.

How to get there motorbike or bicycle

Signs offering motorbikes forrent are dotted along the lanes off Maria Hall crossroads. If you're planning to continue further south, note that motor-bikes are much cheaper to rent here than in Palolem. 

Benaulim Beach, a popular destination in South Goa, India © Jim W Kasom/Shutterstock

Benaulim Beach, South Goa, India © Jim W Kasom/Shutterstock

10km northwest of the market town of Chaudi (known to outsiders as Canacona), Agonda comes as a pleasant surprise after the chaos elsewhere in Goa. The village deserves to be high on the list for travellers seeking somewhere quiet and wholesome. The surrounding hills and forest are exquisite, and the sand is super soft and clean.

In addition, Agonda offers enough amenities for a relaxing holiday and plenty of local atmosphere. Accommodation in this predominantly Catholic fishing village is in small-scale,family-run guesthouses and upper-end hut camps, with a largely easy-going, health-conscious clientele. Agonda beach is also known for its Olive Ridley Sea-Turtles.    

Agonda is served by four daily buses from the nearest market town, Canacona/Chaudi (20–30min). Two run to Margao (2hr). Most services stop at the junction on the main Palolem road, 1km east. From here you can usually find a rickshaw for the trip into the village.

Sunset at Agonda beach in Goa © Shutterstock

Sunset at Agonda beach in Goa © Shutterstock

With a string of hut camps and shacks lining the beach, Patnem is one of the mellower spots in these parts. It's one of the best beaches in Goa. Curving 1km to a steep bluff, the beach is broad, and shelves quite steeply at certain phases of the tide. That said, the undertow rarely gets dangerously strong.  

Alongside soaking up the chilled vibes, visitors come here to enjoy the likes of yoga, reiki, pilates and massage classes. 

How to get there by train 

The nearest railway station is Canacona/Chaudi.

Patnem’s bus stop is 1km or so closer to Canacona/ Chaudi than Palolem. Buses start at the Kadamba bus stand at the north end of Chaudi’s bazaar and drop passengers at the end of the short lane leading to Patnem beach.

Another possibility is an auto-rickshaw from Canacona/Chaudi. Auto-rickshaws and taxis for the return trip hang around along the beachfront lane. 

Fishing boats kept in Patnem beach in Goa, India © Saurav022/Shutterstock

Patnem beach in Goa, India © Saurav022/Shutterstock

#5 Rajbag and beyond

To enjoy another kilometre-long sweep of white sand, at low tide, you can walk around the bottom of the steep-sided headland that divides Patnem from Rajbag. From there, you could press on further south by crossing the Talpona Rivervia a hand-paddled ferry. This usually has to be summoned from the far bank.

Once across, a short walk brings you to Talpona beach, which is beautifully backed by low dunes and a line of palms. From here, you can cross the headland at the end of the beach to reach Galjibag. This gorgeous remote white-sand bay is a protected nesting site for Olive ridley sea turtles. Note that a strong undertow renders it unsafe to swim.

Most beaches can also be reached by auto-rickshaw from Canacona/Chaudi.

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Head to Galjibag to see Olive ridley turtles © Shutterstock

Best North Goa beaches

Markedly livelier and more nightlife oriented than the South, development in North Goa is concentrated behind the 7km strip of sand that stretches from Fort Aguada to Baga Creek. 

Just like the South, the Nort hosts some of the best beaches in Goa. Encompassing the resorts of Candolim, Calangute and Baga, this is Goa’s prime charter belt. As such, it’s an area most independent travellers choose to avoid. 

Since the advent of mass tourism in the 1980s, the alternative scene has drifted progressively north away from the sunbed strip to Anjuna and Vagator, which are among the area’s best beaches. 

Further north still, Arambol has thus far escaped any large-scale development.  

Aswem and Mandrem, just south of Arambol, are this stretch of coast’s hot tips. Though rapidly filling up, they’re still reasonably off-track.

Relatively isolated, the village of Morjim was where Goa’s first Russian tourists headed in the early noughties. These days, it tends to attract more of a mix of Brits and Indians than Russians.  

Morjim Beach itself is dramatic and well worth walking in the early morning, when you may see teams of fishermen hauling giant handnets from the surf. The spit at its southern end, opposite Chapora Fort, is also a great birding hot spot. In addition, cruising the Chapora River also affords good wildlife-watching opportunities. Back on the beach, this is another hotspot for Olive ridley turtles.  

Half a dozen buses a day skirt Morjim en route to Panjim, the first at 7 am. Heading the other way, you can pick up a direct bus from Panjim at 5 pm, with hourly services from Mapusa via Siolim after 11 am. They’ll drop you on the main road, a 5min walk from the beachfront area at Vithaldas Waddo.

Morjim beach, North Goa, India © Andrei Bortnikau/Shutterstock

Morjim Beach, North Goa, India © Andrei Bortnikau/Shutterstock

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#7 & #8 Calangute and Baga

The number one beach destination for Indian visitors, Calangute is unquestionably the state’s busiest resort. It also attracts huge numbers of Brits who come for the beautiful beach, busy bars and extremely lively nightlife. 

For a touch of tranquillity, the south end of the beach around Maddo Waddo is more mellow. Meanwhile, Baga is basically an extension of Calangute, though the scenery in the far north is more varied and picturesque. Overlooked by a rocky headland draped in vegetation, a small tidal river flows into the sea at the top of the village, where brightly coloured fishing boats are moored. 

Though this was still a small fishing village in the early 1990s, today the development is more like a small-scale resort on the Spanish costas. That said, beyond the rowdier bars, you’ll find a crop of excellent restaurants. 

Buses from Mapusa (every 30min; 30min) and Panjim (every 15min; 45min) pull in at the market square in the centre of Calangute. Some continue to Baga, stopping at the crossroads behind the beach.

Calangute Beach in Goa © Shutterstock

Calangute Beach in Goa © Shutterstock

Barely a few kilometres of clifftops and parched grassland separate Anjuna from the southern fringes of Vagator.  Known as one of the best beaches in Goa.

Spread around a tangle of winding back lanes, it’s a more chilled, undeveloped resort that appeals, in the main, to southern European beach bums who return year after year.  With the red ramparts of Chapora fort looming above it, Vagator’s broad sandy beach — known as “Big Vagator” — is undeniably beautiful.  

That said, if you’re looking for a place to find peace, this isn’t it, being a prime stop for bus parties of domestic tourists. For more seclusion, head to the next beach south. Backed by a steep wall of crumbling palm-fringed laterite, Little (or “Ozran”) Vagator beach is actually a string of three contiguous coves. 

To reach them, you have to walk from where the buses park above Big Vagator. Alternatively, drive to the end of the lane running off the main Chapora–Anjuna road towards the Nine Bar.

From here, footpaths drop sharply down to a wide stretch of level white sand — look for the mopeds and bikes parked at the top of the cliff.  The southernmost – dubbed “Spaghetti Beach” – is the prettiest, with a string of well-established shacks. 

Buses from Panjim and Mapusa, 9km east, pull in every 15min or so at the crossroads on the far north eastern edge of Vagator. From here, it’s a 1km walk over the hilland down the other side to the beach.

Vagator beach in Goa, India © Shutterstock

Vagator Beach in Goa, India © Shutterstock

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#10 Mandrem

The last unspoiled stretch of the north Goan coast, Mandrem has — so far at least — held its own against developers. For the time being, nature still has the upper hand here. Mandrem is a splendid, largely empty beach that stretches north towards Arambo from the far side of the creek that bounds Aswem. 

Olive ridley marine turtles nest on the quietest patches, and you’re more than likely to catch a glimpse of one of the white-bellied fish eagles that live in the casuarina trees. 

Connected by regular buses from Mapsua (9 daily; 1hr 30min), the market area at Madlamaz is easy to reach by public transport. Note that getting to the beach area is trickier as auto-rickshaws are few and far between, so ask your guesthouse or hut camp for help.

Resort huts on Mandrem beach in north Goa, India © saiko3p/Shutterstock

Resort huts on Mandrem beach in north Goa, India © saiko3p/Shutterstock

In short, for extravagant nightlife and busy beaches with a party vibe, North Goa — especially Baga and Calangute — will be your cup of Goa chai. 

North Goa is also known for its shops and boutiques. Partying and splurging aside, you can also get your adventure on in North Goa. We’re talking the likes of paragliding, parasailing, kayaking, scuba diving and whooshing through the water on banana rides.

If, on the other hand, you’re seeking a more blissful beach experience, shimmy your way to South Goa. Its beaches are quieter, with a more away-from-it-all vibe, though you can still enjoy plenty of water sports, and top dolphin-watching trips. South Goa is also ideal if you want to mix a scenic beach break with some inland adventures, including jungle trekking. Or how about getting an awe-inspiring bird’s-eye view of the area on a hot-air balloon trip? 

In summary, North Goa’s beaches are best for party animals, while South Goa’s beaches suit travellers seeking some seclusion. 

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By Shrestha Purkayastha Published on Oct 20, 2022, 02:00 PM

Explore The Undistracted Side Of India’s Smallest State With These 18 Hidden Beaches In Goa

Needless to say, Goa is a wonderland for party animals and beach bums! You land in Goa and find yourself hiking directly to the glassy blue waters and swimming away from all the chaos! India’s smallest state and the country’s party capital does have lavishly known beaches but besides that, there are some unexplored and hidden beaches in Goa that you’ve possibly never come across. Keep scrolling for an offbeat read. By Shrestha Purkayastha

Quite justifiably, Goa represents itself as one gem of a destination in the Indian landmass that holds no other place comparable to it. The remarkable glamour of this place is connected to the flawless fusion of the Portuguese and Indian cultures , intricately gifted in a framework of exquisite nature. 

The absolute supremacy of this establishment begins with the recognition of the impeccable infrastructure and its effortless maintenance. However, the ultimate highlight of its charm unravels with the exploration of its beaches. To behold the best beaches in Goa, you ought to dig further than the obvious view of the hidden or the virgin beaches. The beaches mentioned in this article can possibly help you with altering your perspective of going places as well as your encounter with nature at its best.

The underrated thrill and beauty of serene experiences can only be felt when you’re holidaying at some of the lesser-known beaches in Goa. Given the massive volume of locations this place has, we have further categorised the beaches under North Goa and South Goa.

Hidden beaches in North Goa and South Goa

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Bambolim Beach

Gorgeous, peaceful and clean, are synonymous with what this beach holds. Unlike a number of shacks or vendors on most of the beaches littered across Goa, you will not land a lot, on this shore. This beach is absolutely ideal for breathing a cosy time and adoring the beauty it has to offer.

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Siridao Beach

Identical to the name of Shiridon as well, this beach of North Goa is a shell collector’s retreat with a magnetic sight to behold. This charming beach is planted around 30 km from Panaji. Famously recognised as the “Shell Collector’s Beach”, here you’ll land the most uniquely detailed shells that include pear shells and oysters. Although this beach could be smoothly accessed by car, up to now it has relatively minimal tourist footprint which adds to the maintenance of its undamaged beauty. Some mysterious caves ‘ presence adds to this place’s mystical charm.

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Sinquerim Beach

Take a dive further into North Goa, and another hidden beach awaits you as you land on the flawless Sinquerim beach. Along with the amusing water sports, the beach additionally greets you with its dramatic beauty of the Aguada Fort. The pure and tidy length of the open sea and its gleaming golden sand underlines the charisma of the place.

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Ashwem Beach

Posted north of Panaji, which is the capital city of Goa, Ashwem beach is one of the treasured hidden beaches of North Goa. It is known to be a perfect joint for those longing for an escape from the chaotic footfall of the tourists yet surfing around for the best scenic pleasure of the sun’s rays. The beach stays exceptionally undisturbed despite its resorts and restaurants.

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Arambol Beach

One of the best beaches in North Goa, the beauty and tranquillity of this beach is what you shall remember. Arambol beach is this sandy and stonelike beach glorified with the sea on one end and jungles on the other. Considered to be one of the top-notch hidden beaches in Goa, Arambol owns the identity of exhibiting a Bohemian vibe altogether. 

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Bogmalo Beach

An ideal blend of luxury and comfort is what gives rise to Bogmalo Beach in Goa. One of the prized virgin beaches in south Goa, its sheer water echoes the depth of blue to the adjoining unreal villages. The amazing vibe and captivating glimpses along with its sheer cleanliness is something that will amaze you. This place will not only welcome you with some of the best Goan cuisines and tempting seafood but will also promisingly offer you a much-needed escape.

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Hollant Beach

Let us intrigue you a little bit more by letting you know that this hidden beach in Goa is probably the only beach where you can treat yourself to a breathtaking sunrise. Coated with dazzling golden sand and rural boats, Hollant Beach is this magnetic place for a getaway if you’re searching for one of the best-hidden beaches in Goa. Especially during high tides, this beach seems to be even more peaceful to witness the sea surging and coming together with the adjoining freshwater stream.

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Betalbatim Beach

Another one of the virgin beaches of Goa, Betalbatim beach is an entirely bizarre glimpse among the Goa beaches. Unlike the other chain of beaches around, Betalbatim beach is beautifully wholesome and continues to exhibit its reign as absolutely flawless and unharmed. Two of the most engaging aspects of this beach are, here you can spot dolphins during day time and a shiny shimmery shore in the moonlight.

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Velsao Beach

This little gem of a beach in south Goa showers you with its voluminous flora and fauna, delicate silver sand and all the privacy that you ask for. Its secretive abode has in fact contributed to keeping the water snowy and sterile as it is. Aided by the attendance of solely two shacks, this beach is undeniably a must-visit for leisure and revitalisation.

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Patnem Beach

Patnem beach is that tempting substitute for south goa’s Palolem beach. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to be straight in the middle of all chaos yet you want that ample amount of fun, this is your place. There’s a chain of shacks and huts there and yet you have a lot of space around. This beach is also said to be a fun and safe hub for swimming. Did you also know that Patnem beach is officially the quietest beach in south goa ? Well, now you do!

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Betul Beach

An extremely quiet and secluded beach in north Goa, Betul beach is painted with a mammoth of casuarina and palm trees. Its red crabs and that small red hill on the opposite side give this virgin beach a touch of artistic texture. The mesmerising Betul fort on the flip-side bank of the river delivers bird’s eye views of the countryside, the coastline and even the sea itself.

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Kakolem Beach

One of the most secluded and wild beaches in Goa, Kakolem beach gives an ideal feel of a balanced ambience of beauty and nature. Popularly known as Tiger beach as well, the drop-dead gorgeous views offer the tourists a warm and cosy time every time they end up exploring this beach. A strangely adorable position of the rock right on the beach gives the entire place a little waterfall view , as a cool stream pours down the slope to the shore before diving into the sea. 

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Cabo De Rama Beach

Cabo De Rama Beach, famously known as Cab De Ram among local citizens, is an appealing beach in the south of Goa. The plentiful green hue with blue is what the pristine water of this beach showcases. A layer of palm forest expanded alongside the beach, maintaining a safe distance from the waves offers a lovely environment for picnics.

Benaulim Beach

Interestingly, Benaulim beach exhibits two personalities that are contrary to each other but are worth experiencing both. During day time, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it delivers a shelter of absolute hush and composure. Perfect to revitalise your spirits. However, in the evening, people gather here along with their lenses to capture the exhilarating sunset that it offers.

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Cola Beach

Let’s get you acquainted with yet another pretty lesser-known hidden beach in Goa. Cola beach, also synonymous with Khola beach welcomes you with a satisfying atmosphere and is usually swimmable. Although in general, Goa does ignite breathtaking sunset views but here at Cola beach, its extraordinary landscape sums it up to steal the show. You could either gaze at the whirlpool of colours along the horizon or stay at a little mystical island that’s visible during high tide.

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Dharvalem Beach

Dharvalem beach is an enchanting spot which is planted at a distance of 33 miles from Margo. Its massive black rocks and unharmed footfall have kept its very own features safe and radiant to date. A mud road would help you to make your way to the beach and will eventually surprise you with all the water sports activities it hosts.

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Agonda Beach

Grab your motorbikes, place a tent, camp for the night and let your ears to the symphony of the waves. That’s the impression of Agonda beach. Elongated, deserted and intimidated by a large hill, the whole warmth of this offbeat beach can undeniably liberate you from the monotony and the daily grind.

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Butterfly Beach

Given some of the eye-catching hidden beaches in Goa, Butterfly beach chairs itself in existing as one of the most picturesque beaches adjacent to the whole Arabian Sea coastline. Believe us or not, it legitimately appears like a destination straight out of a fairy tale. The beach relishes a definite scale of aloneness, for, there is no way to land on the beach by road but could be only conquered through the water. 

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50 Goa Beaches, Including The Ones You Don’t Know

Although it is one of the smallest states in India, Goa offers an abundance of beautiful beaches. Our Goa tour packages will be perfect for a much-needed break from our hectic lives. So here’s a list of Goa beaches you can explore on your holiday in India.

Best Goa Beaches

Below are the best Goa Beaches to visit in 2023:

  • Arambol Beach
  • Morjim Beach
  • Mandrem Beach
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Colva Beach
  • Candolim Beach
  • Palolem Beach
  • Agonda Beach
  • Patnem Beach
  • Bogmalo Beach
  • Benaulim Beach
  • Majorda Beach
  • Varca Beach
  • Cavelossim Beach
  • Vagator Beach
  • Sinquerim Beach
  • Miramar Beach
  • Dona Paula Beach
  • Betalbatim Beach
  • Mobor Beach
  • Hollant Beach
  • Ashwem Beach
  • Bambolim Beach
  • Utorda Beach
  • Ozran Beach
  • Caranzalem Beach
  • Butterfly Beach
  • Galjibag Beach
  • Betul Beach
  • Velsao Beach
  • Kakolem Beach
  • Siridao Beach
  • Hansa Beach
  • Kalacha Beach
  • Cabo De Rama Beach
  • Consua Beach
  • Querim Beach
  • Cansaulim Beach
  • Talpona Beach
  • Chapora Beach
  • Kegdole Beach
  • Vainguinim Beach
  • Grandmothers Hole Beach
  • Arossim Beach
  • Baina Beach
  • Lovers Beach

Top Goa Beaches (2023)

1. arambol beach.

A 16 km long unexplored beach surrounded by cliffs on two sides, with a freshwater lake and chirpy markets nearby, Arambol is considered to be one of the best places to visit in North Goa .

2. Morjim Beach

Morjim, a Goa tourism masterpiece, is a great place to spot a large variety of birds and is a nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles in the season.

3. Mandrem Beach

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The white sands dotted with quaint beach shacks and a tiny fishing village nearby is the beauty of Mandrem beach. A visit to Mandrem beach is one of the top things to do in Goa.

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4. Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach, Goa

Overlooking the cliff sits the beautiful Anjuna beach, which known for its gently swaying palm trees and a vast expanse of sand. Unusual rock formations impart a unique mystical appearance to the beach. Anjuna beach tops the list of well-known Goa’s tourist places .

5. Baga Beach – Among the most popular Goa beaches

Baga Beach, Goa

Baga beach is the most famous of all beaches in Goa , known for its stunning nightlife, beach parties, and mouth-watering seafood delicacies. Goa beaches have their own charm and Baga tops that list!

6. Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach, Goa

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7. Colva Beach

The golden sands of Colva beach are fringed with tall coconut trees, adding to its charm. Colva is the queen of beaches in south Goa .

8. Candolim Beach

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Candolim Beach is known for its unspoiled scenic beauty and serene atmosphere. It is certainly one of the best beaches in north Goa.

9. Palolem Beach – One of the cleanest Goa beaches

Palolem Beach, Goa

Explored mainly by the fisherman and foreign tourists, Palolem, in spite of being among the most famous beaches in Goa, gets to enjoy its own piece of serenity. And, it is easily one of the best in Goa beaches.

10. Agonda Beach

Agonda beach is a pristine beach, offering complete seclusion. Since the waves are calmer here, people come over for swimming and sunbathing.

11. Patnem Beach

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Only a mere ten-minute walk from the busier Palolem beach , Patnem is the ideal location for relaxation in an idyllic setting. Patnem offers the best of both worlds: its isolated position between two cliffs generates a distinct feeling of calm but at the same time it isn’t far from attractions and lively nightlife of the touristy Palolem.

12. Bogmalo Beach

This tiny gem sports a mixture of serenity and commercialization where one can happily be with yourself. Bogmalo beach is in close proximity to the airport.

13. Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach, Goa

The un-spoilt Benaulim beach has a crescent-shaped shoreline dotted with swaying palm trees.

14. Majorda Beach

One of the prettiest beaches of Goa is Majorda that sits on a 25 km stretch of sand, spread with roofed parasols and lapped up by the warm Arabian Sea. It’s an idyllic beachfront in South Goa where you get popular hotels and resorts with all modern facilities.

15. Varca Beach

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Situated in South Goa, Varca beach adorns the Colva – Palolem stretch, with its marvellous white sands and glittering blue waves hugging the coast.

16. Cavelossim Beach

Snuggled between the Arabian Sea and the Sal River, the Cavelossim beach looks extremely beautiful with the paddy fields in the backdrop. The contrast colours of the black lava rocks along with the white sand simply add to the splendour of the beach.

17. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach, Goa

This beautiful beach adjoining Anjuna is secluded, crescent-shaped and situated on the Caisua bay along the Chapora river basin, in the shadow of Chapora Fort.

18. Sinquerim Beach

With a backdrop of a magnificent 17th-century fort, which has now been converted into a prison, it is one of the best beaches in Goa with great facilities for water-skiing, para-sailing, fishing, scuba-diving and windsurfing.

19. Miramar Beach

A lovely golden beach of soft sand girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea, is the nearest to Panaji.

20. Dona Paula Beach

Dona Paula Beach, Goa

One of the best spots in Goa, this beach has water Sports, harbour, rocky shores and much more. Dona Paula is just 6 km away from Panaji.

21. Betalbatim Beach

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One of the secret beaches in Goa, Betalbatim has golden sand, cold pine trees, unexplored serene stretches, and you can plan a trip to spot dolphins, enjoy some good seafood and have a laid-back evening.

22. Mobor Beach

Mobor Beach, Goa

It has a long stretch of clean sandy beach, water sports, handicraft shops, good food and cosy resorts. And, Mobor Beach is 17 km south of Margao.

23. Hollant Beach

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This beach is located 7 km from Bogmalo. Since there are no currents in the water, the beach is shallow and it is one of the best places to go swimming.

24. Ashwem Beach

This north Goan beach offers delightful ocean vistas fringed by the green fronds of the sway coconut palms that pepper the shore.

25. Bambolim Beach

Bambolim Beach, Goa

The beach is a secluded stretch of sand and rocks, lined on the landward side with swathes of swaying coconut palms, which provide a cool and shady place to relax.

26. Utorda Beach

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This small stretch, north of Colva Beach, is as pretty as a picture, studded with several hotels and tiny villages which add to the charm of this beach.

27. Ozran Beach

Also known as little Vagator, it is an extension of the Vagator beach. This beach has a large number of palm trees on the beach which offers ample shade to picnickers.

28. Caranzalem Beach

This beautiful beach located to the west of Miramar beach along the mouth of the Mandovi river. It is about 5 km. from Panaji.

29. Coco Beach

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This tiny beach is located at the mouth of the Mandovi river opposite to the Panaji bank. It is home to a local fishing community who can regularly be seen hauling nets and boats along the beach especially in the mornings.

30. Cola Beach

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This beach is a crescent-shaped beautiful beach located to the north of Agonda beach. The beach is located at a distance of 33 km from Margao.

31. Butterfly Beach

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Looking for some privacy? Head to Butterfly Island and enjoy a relaxing day. But, the only way to get to the island is by taking a boat either from Palolem or Agonda.

32. Galjibag Beach

A mere 18 kms from Cancona lies Galjibag beach and is one of the places where you can see Oliver Ridley turtles hatching.

33. Betul Beach

Take a ferry across River Sal and head to Betul beach and get a chance to explore this secret beach in Goa.

34. Velsao Beach

Velsao Beach, Goa

Escape the crowds and the noise and head to Velsao beach on your Goa holiday, which is one of the secluded beaches in the south of Goa .

35. Kakolem Beach

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Clean, secluded and breathtaking; these three things will greet you at Kakolem beach.

36. Siridao Beach

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One of the secret beaches in North Goa, the beach can be a perfect spot for the ones who are keen on fishing and watersports.

37. Hansa Beach

3 kms from Vasco, Hansa beach is pristine and beautiful. The Indian Navy regularly cleans the beach.

38. Kalacha Beach

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One of the prettiest beaches in Goa , Kalacha is still one of the virgin beaches in Goa and is surrounded by the hills and the soothing waters.

39. Cabo De Rama Beach

Secluded, the Cabo De Rama Beach is among the few that are yet to be explored by a large population. One of the things to do here is to walk to the isolated boulder that has a single tree on top when the tide is low.

40. Consua Beach

Want to take a relaxing walk or just chill by the quiet sandy shores, head to Consua beach that lies 7kms from Margao. Since not many tourists frequent this beach, it is your ultimate private haven.

41. Querim Beach

Querim Beach, Goa

58 kms north of Panaji, Querim beach is easily reachable from Arambol beach. Also known as Keri Beach or Kerim Beach, you cannot miss the view of fishing boats which line up at 6 pm everyday.

42. Cansaulim Beach

A long stretch of white sand and the best place to enjoy and relax, Cansaulim beach is the perfect place for a romantic date with your partner. It is located around 25km from Margao.

43. Talpona Beach

Talpona Beach, Goa

44 km from Margao, Talpona beach is known as fishermen village. The isolated beach has shacks and calm coastline for the perfect evening walk.

44. Chapora Beach – Among the best Goa beaches

Chapora Beach, Goa

8 kms from Mapusa, Chapora beach is a rocky beach. An ideal place for fishing, Chapora fort lies behind the beach.

45. Kegdole Beach

One of the unexplored of beaches of Goa, Kegdole beach is 5 kms from Candolim. To enjoy the calm sunset at the beach, head to the shacks and have the delightful cuisine of Goa.

46. Vainguinim Beach

Vainguinim Beach, Goa

Best known for the silver sand seashore, Vaiguinim Beach is 8 km from Panaji and 2 km from Dona Paula. The crystal clear greenish blue water attracts numbers of tourists.

47. Grandmothers Hole Beach

This clean beach does not have many visitors. Located at a distance of 3 km from Vasco, Grandmothers Hole Beach is close to the coastal defense battery of Indian Navy.

48. Arossim Beach

12 km from Margao, Arossim beach has a large number of palm trees to provide shade to tourists.

49. Baina Beach

Surrounded by hills on both sides of the beach, Baina Beach is now a restricted area as the Navy has seized the control.

50. Lovers Beach

The beach is named as ‘Lovers Beach’ as one can easily spot couples spending romantic evening here. 6 kms from Margao city, beach is clean stretch and an extension of Betalbatim beach.

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Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Grand Island, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Fort Aguada, Candolim Beach, Tito's Street, Arambol Beach,  Bom Jesus Basilica, Palolem Beach, Curlies, Club Cubana, Anjuna Flea Market, Chapora Fort, Mapusa Friday Market, Divar Island, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and many more. Deck up your itinerary list with the spectacular places in Goa and get ready to be awe-struck with its surprises. Serving as the hot spot for vacationists from both near and far, Goa is all in all a place for the party animals and solace seekers alike. From the ravishing nightlife pubs to the ever fantastic beaches there is something for everyone. Apart from this, one must not dare to miss out on the Goan churches which not only cater to ultimate tranquillity but also exhibit the architecture of the colonial period. Tourist places in Goa never fail to stun the visitants, as each one of them highlights something unusual of its own. While the Baga beach is reckoned for the adrenaline-pumping adventures like Jet skiing, kitesurfing, parasailing, and waterboarding the Calangute Beach is famed as the “Queen of beaches” due to its picturesque landscapes. Whether you are touring the place with your bunch of buddies or family, there is no dearth of options and you can explore the places that you like. You can also try hands-on scuba diving on the Grand Island and witness the scenic view from Aguada fort.

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Dudhsagar waterfalls.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

The Dudhsagar trek inside the park is closed to the public but you can still reach the waterfalls by trekking from Kulem and following the jeep trail. Another possible route is the trek from Castle Rock in Karnataka. Reaching the waterfalls will not be an easy task but it is one that is worth every ounce of effort put into it.  They are best experienced during the monsoons as they lose their force during the dry season.

Many tours are organized over this time so you can choose to go as a part of a group. Some tours even have overnight camping options. But remember to go well-prepared to ensure a good experience, especially if you are going on a self-organized trek. The lush green jungle and the beautiful waterfall sending up their forceful sprays are a sight to remember long after you have left Dudhsagar behind.

Location: Sanguem Taluka

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Baga Beach is the most famous of all Goa sightseeing places and as a tourist visiting Goa you really haven’t been to Goa if you haven’t been to Baga. Full to the brim with activities you can indulge in, Baga Beach and its surrounding areas will not give you time to get bored. There is always something exciting going on here. In the morning, the beach is a great place to lounge in, soak in the sun and interact with tourists from all over the world.

When you’re done with the sun, it is time to take in the salty sea winds with some adventurous water sports in Goa . Head over to lunch at one of the many restaurants that populate the beach and which offer various dining options. If it is fine dining you want, you can take your pick from some of the top restaurants of Goa. But even if you’re just in the mood for casual food, you can find some pretty good places near the beach which will delight your appetite.

Night is the time when the beach virtually comes alive. Lots of great party options make Baga Beach an amazing beach to party the night away. Tito’s, Café Mambo, Kandy Club and many more clubs make Baga beach a party haven every night.  

Water Sports: Baga Beach is best-known for its jet skiing, parasailing, banana ride and boating water-sports.

Location: Baga, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: The beach is located about 16km from Panaji. You can hire a cab to reach here or rent a scooter which can serve you for the length of your trip.

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Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach

Running from Calangute Beach on one side to Fort Aguada on the other is the Candolim Beach. The day activities offered on this beach are its best attraction. You can perform a whole host of activities on the beach including a vast array of water sports, all at very reasonable prices. You can choose to spend some time at Candolim Beach and then head over to Calangute next door or just spend all your day on this beach and explore the sights nearby.

Renting a scooter in order to get around freely is the best option and will only cost around Rs.300/- for the day. Many churches and chapels dot its neighbourhood and there is also an old lighthouse which stands inside Fort Aguada. The Fort Aguada Jail is also a tourist attraction. The best part about Candolim Beach is that it has significantly lesser footfall. You can enjoy the beauty of Goan beaches along with the activities they, have to offer without the crowds of Baga or Calangute. This also allows other activities to flourish on Candolim. Yoga is one such example.

The beach is an ideal place for couples on their honeymoon or on a romantic getaway because it offers much-desired solitude but not at the cost of leaving you absolutely bored. There are some great resort in Goa which are Candolim like Hyatt, Radisson Hotel, Taj and there are also several villas out for hire. Also, make sure to drop by the Stone House for some great blues live music in the evening when in Candolim.

Water Sports: You can try parasailing, diving, jet-skiing, snorkeling, banana-boating or get on a boat and go bird and dolphin watching. Sea excursions are also available here.

Location: Candolim

How to reach from Panaji: The beach is located approximately 14km from Panaji, so depending upon your luggage needs, a cab or scooter will serve you well.

Beach Side Restaurants: Soi, House of Lloyds, Café Jazz, Bomra’s, The Mermaid  Restaurant, After 7

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Grand Island

Grand Island

There is no dearth of water related activities in Goa , of course. But while the different beaches up and down Goa offer tourists many options, these options are not to be found all in one place. Not so in grand island. Grand Island is the nirvana of Goan water-sports. There is a lot to be experienced here from diving to snorkelling to fishing. Scuba diving in Goa is the most popular activity because it offers so much in terms of underwater exploration.

There are ship wrecks to be found here as well as some reefs. The “Suzy” wreck and the “Davy Jones Locker” are especially popular with divers as are Serge City, Bounty Rock, and Turbo Tunnel. Experienced and beginner divers both find something to satisfy in Grand Island. You can also go snorkelling. Professional instructors will provide the equipment and the instructions. Bumper boats and banana boats are also popular around the island.

End the day with a fishing trip and a barbeque of the produce you caught. A day trip usually lasts from 8.30am to 4 pm but it can be negotiated beforehand. If you want an in-depth underwater experience, Grand Island is one of the places to visit in Goa. You will come back from your trip exhausted but well-satisfied with your day. Make sure to carry all your swimming and beach essentials as well as spare clothes for the day.

Timings: Varies with the ferry service provider

Location: Grand Island, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: The island is only connected via water ways so you will have to arrange a ferry ride. This can be arranged at the major jetties in South Goa.

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Mandovi River Cruise

Mandovi River Cruise

If you prefer calming experiences over adventure sports and clubbing, Mandovi River Cruise is among the best activities you can try in Goa. Just board one of the luxury cruises and set out on a journey to embrace peace and enjoy on-board entertainment. Partaking in this laidback experience is an excellent opportunity to unwind while capturing the essence of Goa. According to your preferences, you can opt to take the cruise either during daytime, sunset hour, or at night. Although evening time is preferred by most due to the grand sunset vistas one gets to witness. Furthermore, various exciting cruising packages like Dolphin Fantasy Cruise and Backwater Thrills are also available to entertain visitors with. Timings: Various cruises throughout the day Location: Mandovi River, Panaji, Goa How to reach from Panaji: Paradise Cruise is located at a distance of 2.8 km from Panjim city centre and is accessible by both public and private transportations

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Chapora River

Chapora River

This beautiful river runs along the Northern part of Goa and eventually joins the Arabian Sea. Goa is full of beaches and is surrounded by water on almost all sides but the northern part is a bit more famous for this particular river. The Chapora River has the perfect water current and rapids that are required for White River rafting and other water sports like Kayaking. Tourists can even go for cruise rides and enjoy the sea breeze with some appetizers. 

Sunset boat rides are particularly famous in this area as during the sunset the river is more beautiful than ever. The calm and serene environment around the river helps one connect with their inner self and feel peaceful. One can easily drive up to the shores of this peaceful river and escape the busy city life. How to reach there from Panaji:  Chapora River is 24 km away from Panaji and one can take a bus to reach there.

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Tito's Street

Tito's Street

Goa is India’s favourite party place . Therefore, you simply have to visit one of the many clubs scattered around Goa on your visit there. Tito’s Street is one of the best clubs you can visit. Tito’s Street, named after the street it is located on, is a club that attracts a lot of crowd especially because of its prime location and its top-notch service. Baga beach, where the club is located, is a party hub so it is no wonder that loads of tourists find their way to Tito’s Street after sundown.

The club is known for its excellent services and this compensates amply for the slightly overpriced tags on drinks and food. The place is made up of two levels: the lower level is a dance floor with a separate dance space for couples; the upper level allows people to sit and watch the activity below while enjoying their food and drinks. The DJ is reckoned to be very good and you’re sure to get in some soul-pumping dancing on your visit.

There are various entry vouchers which have complimentary services included. The vouchers begin from Rs. 1000/-. Their security is also among the best which is very important in a party-climate like Goa’s. It does not matter whether you go during in or off-season. Tito’s Street is an exciting place to party in Goa  all year round. Their cocktails are the talk of the town, so make sure you try them out. Nonetheless, even if you aren’t looking to drink, Tito’s Street is one of the places to visit in Goa for youngsters.

Head over to Tito’s Street if you want a great experience which is worth your time and your money.

Timings: 6 pm to 3 am

Location: Tito’s Street, Baga Beach, North Goa

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):     -Rs. 1000/- for two.     -Free entry for ladies.     -Rs. 2000/- stag entry You Can Also Book:  Museum Of The Future Tickets

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach

Goa is one of the most toured places in India. Anjuna, a small village on the North coast of Goa, is amongst those few  Goa sightseeing places which receives a lot of tourists. The Anjuna Beach is arguably amongst the best beaches in India. The beach has the perfect picturesque background with hills. 

The beach is blessed with beautiful red laterite rock.  Hundreds of people visit the Anjuna Beach every day and enjoy themselves by relaxing on the beach. A flea market is held on every Wednesday in the Anjuna beach. People from all around the state come to this flea market as one can get amazing products at really cheap prices here. Location: Anjuna, Goa 403509 How to reach from Panaji: Anjuna Beach is 29 km away from Panaji and one can take buses or cab to reach there.

Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

The largest beach in Goa, Calangute Beach is also affectionately known as the “Queen of Beaches”. It is among the top ten beaches in the world, which means it is one of the tourist places in Goa that you should not miss. It is a big, serene beach with activities enough to fill your mind for the entirety of your trip. The beach alone is a great attraction for tourists. The beach is ideal for both the options,  lying down in the sand without the fear of being run over or trying your hand at some water sports.

There are a lot of options to choose from. The distance of Calangute from Baga Beach is not great; the two beaches are only separated from each other by some rocks. You can choose to have breakfast or lunch at Baga or Calangute. There are also many great sight-seeing opportunities near Calangute such as Morjim Beach, St. Alex Church, the Water Pond of Arambol, Ashvem Beach, the Aguada Lighthouse & Aguada Fort, Nerul River, the Friday Local Mapusa Market, River Betul & Betul Estuary.

You will find Calangute transformed into a beach for the party in Goa in the night as good as the one at Baga Beach. Since Calangute Beach is connected to most other important tourist spots in North Goa, it is a good place to reside in during your Goa visit.

Water Sports: Calangute offers the best in water sports- enjoy kayaking, sailing, wind-surfing, water snorkeling, water-skiing, and fishing here. Parasailing is also a sport you can indulge in.

Location: Calangute, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Taking a taxi or cab is the easiest option to reach here

Beach Side Restaurants: Pousada by the Beach, Zuperb, Sousa Lobo, A Reverie, The Chocolate Room

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada

Another heritage from the Portuguese, Fort Aguada has been standing stern on the beach facing the Arabian Sea from 1612 when it was built in order to provide defence against the invading Dutch and the Marathas. It was a grand old fort in its time with the capacity to hold 79 cannons among other weapons of defense. It was one of the prized possessions of the Portuguese. Today, it stands as famous Goa sightseeing places dividing the Sinquerium Beach and Candolim Beach.

There is an old lighthouse standing within the fort which was built in 1864, the oldest lighthouse of its shape and size in India. Fort Aguada is a great place to explore when you are out visiting the Candolim or Sinquerium Beaches. The architecture gives a good insight into the building techniques of old Portuguese architects and it has some amazing views you should really see. The old fort provides a good view of the sea and the sunset is reckoned to be lovely.

The fort is a great way to spend an afternoon. Afternoons are usually too hot to spend on the beach. But you don’t want to be cooped up in your hotel room when in Goa. So, head over to Fort Aguada and spend your time exploring it. Once you’re done, you can simply sit down and enjoy the sea breezes as you let the afternoon pass by. And then you can head over to either of the two beaches that strike your fancy in the evening. It makes the perfect resting point during your tour of the beaches in North Goa

Location:  Candolim, North Goa

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Club Cubana

Club Cubana

Club Cubana calls itself the “Nightclub in the Sky”. It is an appropriate name for a club located in a remote location on top of the Arpora hill in North Goa and it is also top places to visit in Goa. But though remote, Club Cubana is a great attraction for partygoers. It has revolving flash lights which throw their colourful lights all over the neighbourhood all night long, thereby attracting customers. There is a spacious dance floor where you can groove to the beats and there is also a swimming pool with a lounge which adds to the feeling of luxuriousness that characterises Club Cubana.

The club operates within strict parameters. It is open only from October to April and caters especially to couples and ladies. Stag entries are not encouraged though some are allowed in on rare occasions, for example, if they form part of a larger group of couples. Their attempt is geared towards maintaining an environment where people can let their hair down without worrying about security concerns.

If you are heading over to Goa with your girl gang, Wednesday is Ladies Night at Club Cubana. This means free entry and complimentary drinks for women. If a guy intends to accompany you, he will have to pay for entry. The dance floor, the lounge, and the bar are all located on different floors so you can easily pick and choose which activity to undertake first. But don’t expect great food here, you’ll only find the most basic food items to go with your drinks.

However you will definitely find an amazing ambience here.

Timings: 9.30pm to 4 am

Location: Arpora, North Goa

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):     - For the LOW SEASON: Couples: Rs.1000 to 1700/-; Stag: 1400/-; Women Only: 700/-     - For the HIGH SEASON: Couples: Rs.1800 to 2200/-; Stag: 1500/-; Women Only: 700/- Suggested Read:  25 Best Beach Resorts in Goa You Can Checkout Great Discounts On  Sunway Lagoon Tickets

The Church Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception

The Church Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception

This is one of the most frequented places for sightseeing in Goa. The lovely church which stands tall in the capital city of Goa has had a long tryst with the past. It was first built as a chapel in 1541. Over this chapel, the larger building of the church was then constructed in 1619. It has since undergone many revisions, but the original building has remained. It draws devotees from all over the globe and has been a spiritual and geographical landmark for centuries.

Old Portuguese sailors who crossed the perilous seas safely and landed at Goa would pay their first thanks at this church. Today, this church is a gorgeous white landmark in Panaji with a lovely multicoloured interior that at once imparts peace and delight. It is at its best in December as the feast of Our lady of immaculate conception is celebrated on 8th of December followed by the Christmas and New year celebrations.

If you’re in Panaji even for a couple of hours at any time of the year, drop by this church and simply revel in the silence within its walls.

Timings: 10am-12.30pm & 3-5.30pm Mon-Sat, 11am-12.30pm & 3.30-5pm Sun, English Mass at 8am daily

Location: Emilio Gracia & Jose Falcao Road, Panaji

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Sinquerim Beach

Sinquerim Beach

This beach is connected to the Candolim Beach and Fort Aguada guards one end of its shore. As a result, the tourist attractions here are pretty much the same as those in Candolim. You can explore the Old Fort and the lighthouse that stands within the fort, enjoy the sunset from the fort or simply watch the waves crash on the seashore during high tide. One difference between the two beaches is that Sinquerium Beach can easily take home the prize for being the quieter and the cleaner between the two beaches.

Since Candolim Beach is just next door, it takes most of the crowds, leaving Sinquerium mostly empty. The beach is a good place to relax in but be mindful of the sand as there are occasional reports of broken glass lying around in the sand. Be cautious when you take off your slippers or sit down. However, other than this minor hurdle, the beach is a good one and there are shacks which can provide you with cheap but good food options.

At night, you can party at one of the clubs in Sinquerium like Sinq Night Club or head over to the clubs in Candolim or Anjuna which are only a short distance away.

Water Sports: Boat rides, banana boat rides, parasailing, water scooters are among the water sporting options at Sinquerium Beach

Location: Sinquerim

How to reach from Panaji: This stretch of beach is well-connected from Panjai and not far from it. Both cabs and buses frequent the route.

Casino Cruise

Casino Cruise

This is a little out of the way thing you can indulge in when in Goa. A Casino Cruise is essential, at the basic level, a restaurant, but with the additional casino features for those who want to try a hand at Vegas style entertainment. The ship is docked on one of the many rivers in Goa and is fitted with posh furnishings. The view outside and the rooms inside both make for a great set-up. The casinos are open all round the clock but they really come to life in the night from 9 pm to 3 pm. They are like clubs but instead of the DJ and the party music, you have casino games and low music. They are well-fitted spaces with fine dining options in place including a good selection of drinks.

The visitors can stay on board for up to 12 hours and enjoy the ambiance of the cruise. If you are lucky, you might even end up slightly richer when you come out of the Casino Cruise. Some places even have playrooms for children in case you want to take them along. The tickets are slightly expensive but seeing that they come inclusive of the provision of food and drinks as well as the various other entertainments apart from the casino rooms.

There are dance shows and ball rooms and lovely decks where you can hear the river waters dapple against the ship. If you are visiting Goa as a honeymooning couple, this is a very romantic place to be. There are many Casino Cruises in Goa like Deltin Royale Casino, Casino Pride, Casino Royale, Casino Carnival etc. Most are located close to Panaji.

Timings: 24 hours

Location: Varies by the Cruise you go to

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Anjuna Flea Market

Anjuna Flea Market

Many tourists associate the name of Anjuna with its wild nightlife and trance scene. But that is just one aspect of Anjuna. The weekly Wednesday Flea Market is another. Flea markets are a quintessential Goan experience and the Anjuna Flea market is one of the best in Goa. It is an interesting off set to the beach scene and is only in operation from mid-November to April. The market first came into existence alongside the party scene at Anjuna beach in the eighties.

Hippies from all over the West congregated here to sell off their personal items, like Levis jeans and other trinkets, in order to fund their stay. Partying does cost a lot after all. But now, the place has evolved into a good-sized market with goods from all over India being sold here. Both Westerners and Indians mill around the place buying and selling and generally enjoying themselves. You can snag some great cloth pieces for really good rates at the market.

Tea stalls and snack stalls line the streets too, allowing the visitors to have a good time without worrying about food. Other breakfast places are close at hand. Visit the Anjuna Flea Market in order to get a taste of the other side of Anjuna and some interesting trinkets.

Timings: 8 am, Wednesday

Location: Anjuna, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Anjuna is not at a great distance from Panaji. Taking a cab will be the most convenient option besides buses and scooters for hire.

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Curlies is one of the necessary places to visit in Goa for youngsters. This club also provides a variety of accommodation options so you can, in fact, choose to stay here for a day or two. It will be well worth the stayover. Curlies is an all-in-one beach “shack”. Not only is it known for its good quality of service and its equally good food, it is also very famous for its sea view. Curlies is located almost at the edge of Anjuna beach which means that, figuratively, the sea waves knock right at its doorsteps.

This is a great set-up if you’re lodging at Curlies because you just have to put on your beach slippers and step out into the sand and the sea in the morning. You can spend the entire day on the beach soaking up the sun, knowing that everything you need is right next to you in the hotel. If you’re here to party at the spacious beach dance floor that can hold as many as 500 people, you will find yourself in a perfect party setting.

Loud, cheerful music, a whole host of foods and drinks to choose from, and a breath-taking view. If you’ve never seen how beautiful the sea looks at night, your night at Curlies will surely reveal it to you. The rooftop lounge area is great to relax in after dancing as is the pool area.

Timings: 8.30 am to 3 am

Location: Anjuna Beach Strip,

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):     -Free for ladies     -Couples: 1200/- approx.     -Stag: NA Must Read: Best Places to Visit in North Goa in 2019

Divar Island

Divar Island

You really have to see Divar Island in order to believe it. It is amongst the most beautiful places to see in Goa. The fact that such a small, pristine, and simple place can exist in Goa alongside the crazy party scene  If you’ll visit it, only then you will be able to experience it. Absolutely unlike any experience in Goa, Divar Island will leave you feeling happy and satisfied. This is because the entire place gives off a rich, wholesome, almost home-like vibe which is particularly attractive to those who prefer quiet and natural beauty.

The small island is covered with dense forests and there is only one village on it with a small set of residents. This creates that intimate homelike environment which is soothing, to say the least. The hilltop views are pretty too. It does not have any commercial tourist attractions but the local sites like the whitewashed Church are worth a visit. These are simple and yet intricately designed structures which are elegant in their own way.

Reaching Divar Island is easy and convenient. Ferries operate round the clock after every 15 minutes from morning to evening. If you happen to fall in love with the island and want to stay there, you can stop at Divar Island Retreat, situated in an old Portuguese mansion.

Timings: (Ferry) 7 am to 8 pm How to reach from Panaji: The island is approximately 8km from Panaji . Many ferries operate from various points in Goa.

Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

Palolem is one of Goa’s most beautiful beaches, or at least used to be till it got overrun by commercialization in the form of huts and hawkers. Nonetheless, its peaceful waters bordered by headlands are still very attractive. It is a popular tourist attraction of South Goa . The location makes its sea calmer than others and you can walk almost 100m into the sea with ease. Not only are there many things to do on the Palolem Beach, there are many things you do in the nearby locality.

You can participate in an early morning yoga class for one thing. You can also dance at the offbeat Silent Noise Disco. You put on headphones provided by the club and party into the early hours of the morning without any worry about the police interrupting you because of the noise. There are also many sightseeing options like the Monkey Island and the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Both places make a good day trip around Palolem.

If you wish to simply kick back and relax, Palolem is a good place wherein to do so. Also get an Ayurveda massage while you are at it.

Water Sports: Scuba diving, canyoning, self-paddle kayaking, dolphin watching are some activities you can undertake here

Location: Canaconna, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: You can either hop on a bus or take a taxi

Beach Side Restaurants: The Olive Room, Café Inn, Canacona, Café Del Mar, Havana Cuba

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Sinq Night Club

Sinq Night Club

Gift yourself joyful times in Goa – hit Sinq Night Club to make your trip worthwhile. Featuring a laid-back lounge, a chic nightclub, a contemporary tavern, and poolside deck, this nightclub complex caters to people with different definitions of fun. Once you are done checking out all the tourist places in Goa, make room for this nightclub in your itinerary. A night with your buddies at Sinq Night Club will refresh your senses and revive your energy with its cheerful aura that teems with the enthusiasm of hardcore partygoers from across the world. To enhance your overall experience, you can order from a wide selection of European, Indian, and Goan food delicacies. Timings: 9 pm to 3 am Location: Opposite Taj Holiday Village, Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa How to reach from Panaji: Since there is no direct connectivity through public transportation, hiring a private cab to reach here is the best option.

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Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort

Once a huge, commanding structure which was the site of many battles, and which was passed from the hands of the Portuguese to the Indians and back several times in its long history, the Chapora Fort is a goodplaces for sighseeing in Goa. The present building was constructed in 1717. The Fort rises on the banks of River Chapora and commands a great view of its surroundings. This feature of the fort is what led to the many battles for its possession in the past.

It stands on the head of a natural valley which leads directly to the sea. As you can imagine, the view from the fort is breathtaking. You can spend a couple of hours in this fort exploring it and taking in the natural landscape around it. Winds blowing in from the sea make it a good place to sit and relax. You can even take a walk from the fort to the sea if you feel energetic enough. Carry your food along as there aren’t any food providers here and the sea breezes are real appetite generators.

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on all days of the week

Location: Chapora Fort Road, Bardez, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: The fort is not far from Panaji. Cabs will drop you directly at the fort. Buses also connect to the route.

Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach

In the neighbourhood of the hippy, Anjuna Beach lies its quieter cousin, the Vagator Beach. This beach, which has been on the watchlist of predominantly Western backpackers for several years is now beginning to grow in popularity with Indian tourists as well. It is a large beach surrounded by stunning red cliffs which make for a lovely sunset viewing point. Popularly divided into two parts, Vagator consists of Little Vagator Beach and Big Vagator, palm-lined beaches with soft sand you can sink your feet in. It is a lovely and clean beach.

In comparison to Anjuna Beach, it is a quiet haven and a tourists’ delight. You can enjoy a picnic on the sand and go swimming later, but make sure the water is safe. In the night, Vagator Beach also transforms into a party place but on a lesser scale than Anjuna or Baga. Disco Valley, which is located on one end of Vagator Beach provides a good ‘trance’ dance floor for those enthusiastic about psychedelic music.

There are plenty of other clubs which boast of good dance scenes like Hill Top (known for its rave parties), Nine Bar, and Primrose. Apart from the night clubs and the sands and seas, you can also indulge in a bit of bargain shopping at the Wednesday Flea Market. If you are looking for accommodation in the area and are going with friends, you can check out the hostels which have come up from the beach. Since they were made keeping Western tourists in mind, they have high standards of cleanliness so you will get a decent bang for your buck. Location: Bardez, North Goa How to reach from Panaji: Vagator Beach is at a distance of 19 km from Panaji, making a cab the most convenient option for travellers Beach Side Restaurants: Go With The Flow, Thalassa, Antares, Salt and Pepper, Bean Me Up

Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach

This is one of the best places to see in Goa. If you go during the right season when trees are in bloom and spring fills the air, you will find yourself in a paradise on earth; such is the beauty of Butterfly Beach when in-season. It is one of the secret beaches in Goa which is hidden from the eyes of many. Butterflies come here in hordes when trees are full bloom.  Undoubtedly, this makes for a breathtakingly beautiful scene. Hundreds upon thousands of multicoloured bright-winged fairy creatures on a beach with golden sand and topaz blue waters surrounded by high cliffs and green trees; all make for a very romantic, almost paradisiacal location.

Butterfly Beach is actually one end of the Palolem Beach but it can only be reached by water as the connecting land is inaccessible owing to dense jungles. You can take a boat from Palolem Beach which will drop you off at Butterfly Beach in a short time. This beach is not as commercially dense as some other popular Goan beaches which are a happy fact that allows nature to flourish in peace and provides visitors with some great photo opportunities.

The low tide also reveals an active marine life made up of crabs and jellyfish on the shore. Dolphin sighting is also possible here and the sunsets from the beach are among the best which Goa has to offer. Just imagine yourself w- very beautiful! All this makes Butterfly Beach take a top spot on the ‘must-see place lists for Goa’. Don’t miss it if you’re in South Goa. But make sure you go during the best months otherwise you will end up being disappointed.

Location: Palolem

How to reach from Panaji: Grab a bus or a taxi for a smooth ride

Beach Side Restaurants: Little World, Fatima’s Corner, Zest, Rockit Restaurant, Ourem 88

Bom Jesus Basilica

Bom Jesus Basilica

One of the most important of all tourist places in Goa as well as a central landmark for Catholics, the Bom Jesus Basilica is the place in which the incorrupt body of St Francis Xavier is kept. The Church was built in 1605 and the body of the Saint was brought to it in 1622 where it has laid since in its glass mausoleum. The body is perhaps the greatest attraction of the Basilica. A gallery of Modern Art is also a part of the Basilica.

The building is constructed in baroque style and is considered one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India. You can visit the Bom Jesus Basillica in December for the best experience of the tradition as the feast and novena take place at that time along with Christmas celebrations.

Timings:     - Weekdays – 9.00am to 6.30pm     - Mass: Sunday – 8.00am and 9.15am     -Weekdays – 7.00am and 8.00am

Location: Old Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Take a cab or hire a scooter from Panaji

Mambos

Goa is the ideal place to visit for a group of people who want to party and enjoy themselves on their vacation. There are many party places in Goa where one can actually have a gala time. But if one wants to have an outstanding night, then Mambos is the place they should go to. Thi club is amongst the best places to visit in Goa for youngsters especially. Mambos is considered to be among the best nightclubs of Goa. 

The place is always is always filled with foreigners and Indians and the food available here is simply awesome. Not many places in Goa serve such lip-smacking dishes at one place. One is sure to have an amazing time if they are in Mambos.

Location- Baga Beach, Titos Lane, Goa 403516

How to reach there from Panaji- Mambos is 18 km away from Panaji and one can take a cab to reach there.

Entry timings- 6 pm Check out: 10   Best Goa Beaches for Foreigners

Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach is located in North Goa and first became popular when people came to it in order to escape  Baga and Calangute beach crowd. Today it is famous in its own right and draws several tourists, though not in the quantity that Baga and Calangute do. This is a good beach to visit if you are searching for a place that combines adventure sports in Goa with relaxation. The strong winds on the headlands around the beach make it an ideal spot for paragliding and kitesurfing.

These sports are more well-known on the Arambol scene than the water sports which characterize the other beaches of Goa. The village of Arambol is a little distance away so you can get a feel of authentic local life if you step by the house sometime. Accommodation is available in the many huts that have come up around the beach and the food options around the place are many and varied owing to the numerous shacks that line the beach. If you want to step away from the crowd for a bit, you can walk onwards to Mandrem to the south. Kalacha Beach, north of Arambol, is where the best paragliding in Goa takes place.

A verdant jungle near the beach makes for a good trekking option in Goa . Depending upon the time of the year, you can go swimming in the sea too. The Arambol “Sweetwater lake” and the banyan tree on the hilltop can be counted upon as its best sights. You might even catch the Tribal Dance Convention or the Annual Juggling Convention taking place here if you are lucky. A variety of musicians from India and abroad also tend to gather here, making it a good music destination too.

Water Sports: Paragliding, Kitesurfing

Location: Arambol, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: The beach is roughly 40km from Panaji. Take a bus or a cab for maximum convenience.

Beach Side Restaurants: Shimon, Fellini, Double Dutch, Rice Bowl, German Bakery

Sunburn Goa

Sunburn Goa

Sunburn Goa is an annual electronic dance music festival held in Goa, claimed to be the largest gathering of its kind in the entirety of Asia. The festival spans over a period of 3 days, and is packed with mind-blowing performances by some of the most renowned DJs in the world. Sunburn Festival 2019 is expected to feature some big names such as Martin Garrix and The Chainsmokers. Musical beats that will inspire you to let your hair down, fun-loving people from different parts of the world to mingle with, and an immersive aura to lose yourself into – Sunburn is the purest form of ecstasy. Owing to this dynamic extravaganza it hosts, Vagator Beach has come to be known as one of the best places to visit in Goa. Timings: 2 pm to 10 pm Location: Vagator Beach, Goa How to reach from Panaji: The venue is located 20 km from Panaji and can be reached by hiring a private cab and travelling via NH 66.

Beaches in Goa

Dona paula beach.

Dona Paula Beach

A small beach with a tragic history involving love and suicide, the Dona Paula Beach is top places to visit in Goa. It offers plenty of to do in terms of water sports and sightseeing. The jetty right next to the beach is frequented by tourists who come there for the lovely view it offers of the Arabian Sea. The beach is home to the tragic myth that the ghost of Dona Paula emerges at night from the sea wearing only a necklace of pearls and searching for her love. She is believed to have committed suicide on the beach and her tomb, Cabo Raj Niwas, is another tourist attraction.

The myth is a powerful one and draws many tourists to the beach. Among sight-seeing options can be included the National Oceanography Institute, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and Reis Magos Church. The party scene of Dona Paula is not that high profile as it is eclipsed by the Baga Beach scene a few kilometers away. You can head over to Dona Paula on the day you have some time to kill at Panaji.

Water Sports: For a small beach, Dona Paula offers much to do. Windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, ski-bob, kayaking, yachting, swimming, sports fishing, toboggan ski-biscuit, and harpoon fishing can be undertaken here.

Location: Dona Paula

How to reach from Panaji: The beach is only 7km from Panaji making a cab the best option out there

Beach Side Restaurants : The Black Sheep Bistro, Peep Kitchen, Café Azul, Laranja, Soft Rock Café 

Ashvem Beach

Ashvem Beach

Located at the end of the North Goa beach stretch, Ashvem Beach is relatively unfrequented by visitors and as a result is exceptionally quiet and serene. This is the beach you want to visit when on a trip with the family or when on your honeymoon. The beach is a good place to go for swimming and visitors are always welcome to relax on the sands. The charm of Ashvem Beach is in its laid-back setting which can be very attractive after the milling crowds on the other beaches of North Goa.

Most people come here for the swimming on a day trip so accommodations are not high in number. But there are comfortable beach cottages in Palm Groove- an area on the beach abundant in palms- that you can live in. Since this is a no-construction zone, these huts have been set up for tourists. It is a good getaway and one of the places to visit in Goa that doesn't feature high on most travellers’ lists.

Those who miss this beach, miss out an essential part of the beach going experience. After all, beaches and waters are not just made for water-sports and parties. Sometimes a break from them and a retreat to beaches such as Ashvem prove therapeutic. Give it a go next time when you are in Goa.

Water Sports: Swimming

Location: Pernem, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Cabs are your friends but you can also take a quick bus trip to reach this beach.

Beach Side Restaurants: La Plage, Café Nu, Sunset Mandrem, Café Junas 9, L’Amore Café 

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Galgibaga Beach

Galgibaga Beach

Galgibaga Beach is one of the many  places to visit in Goa with family . It is located in the south Goa and is not known to many people. So, one can be sure to have an amazing time here. The Galgibaga Beach is the cleanest beach in Goa. One will surely have a gala time here as they will be able to enjoy the clean beach, the yellow sand, and the turquoise blue water. 

This is the ideal place for one to visit as they can just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the beach. The Galgibaga Beach will help one get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life and have a quiet vacation which helps them to return to their normal life rejuvenated.

Location- Galgibaga Beach, Goa

How to reach there from Panaji- Galgibaga beach is 85 km away from Panaji and one can reach there by taking a train and then a bus or a cab.

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach is located just 2km from Colva beach, and it is a good place to kick back and relax. The beach is made up of the soft white sands that make Goa such a joy to travellers. But it also has plenty of options for things to do apart from lying in the sand and letting the sun soak you. You can indulge in the various water-sports available here. You can also participate in excursions around the town and also go up to Paradise Island, a little island accessible from the Benaulim and Majorda beaches.

It is a beautiful green spot that everybody will love walking through. If you wish to stay for a couple of days, you have some good resorts here to choose from including Taj Exotica, L’Amour Beach Resort, Palm Shades Spring.The nightlife here includes the usual party clubs like Fiplees Pub and Disco or Adega Camoens Nightclub. But there are also options for candle-lit beach dinners if you are looking for a romantic evening.

Sightseeing options range from Joe Ruby Desa Beach, Sernabatim Beach, Sernabatim Lake, Ramola Super Market, to Copelwaddo Chapel, St Anthonys Church, Holy Trinity Church, and Laxmi Temple. There are many things to do in and around Benaulim Beach so there is no fear of boredom.

Water Sports: There are plenty of water sporting options like parasailing, jet skiing, boat ride and wind surfing

Location: Benaulim, Salcete, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Bus or cab

Beach Side Restaurants: The Farmhouse Restaurant, The Pavilion, Li Bai, Dinha’s Restaurant, Cavatina Cuchina

Mobor Beach

Mobor Beach

The Mobor Beach is actually the southernmost tip of the Cavelossim Beach. It is also the more active end of the beach. It stands at the delta of River Sal, hence making for a wonderful spot where the river empties out into the ocean. The beach is a pretty place with coconut palms lining its border and sand dunes overlaying the landscape. Natural bays dot the beach and give tourists lovely places to sunbathe in safety and privacy.

Mobor Beach is an active beach, that means that there are several events hosted there and many tourist activities take place on the beach. But if you are in search of some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, you can always walk down to Cavelossim Beach which is empty of crowds and commercialization. It is counted in the least crowded beaches in Goa . It is a good place to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones.

There is a host of bars and clubs around Mobor Beach so the nightlife is pretty exhilarating. Club Tito’s is one of the clubs you can visit when in the area.

Water Sports: Parasailing

Location: Salcette, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: It is approximately 50km from Panaji and a bus ride is the most convenient option. The bus takes approximately two hours.

Beach Side Restaurants : Sam’s Beach Shack, Betty’s Place, Southend Ocean Club and Grill, Temple Tree, Masha

Colva Beach

Colva Beach

The most popular beach in South Goa, Colva Beach is a must-visit Goa tourist place. The beach has a really lovely stretch of white sand which extends for nearly 25km.  The sand and the beautiful glimmering sea are Colva Beach’s most famous attractions. Soft winds that blow salt sprays into your face are an added bonus. The ambience of the beach is perfect, being just the right balance between commercial and quiet.

There are dozens of shacks that cater to the needs of visitors so food and drinks are easy to lay hands on. There are a lot of pubs and clubs here which contribute to the nightlife of the beach like The Gatsby Club, Club Margarita etc. Admittedly, the night scene here is not as high or wild as at the clubs of North Goa but if you want just a taste of partying when at Colva, these clubs are not bad options to pick from.

Sight-seeing opportunities include the white-washed Our Lady of Mercy Church built in 1630, and the markets at Margoas.

Water Sports: Paragliding, parasailing, jet ski's banana rides, dolphin sighting are activities you can take part in on Colva Beach.

Location: Salcete, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: A bus or a taxi is a convenient option to in order to reach this beach. You can also take a train up to Madgaon railway station.

Beach Side Restaurants: Mish Mar, The Garden restaurant, Martins, Leda, Sandpat Beach Shack

Bambolim Beach

Bambolim Beach

A short 7km away from Panaji, this beach is a little gem hidden from popular touristic eyes. This is of great help in maintaining the serene and pristine nature of the beach. Those who stumble upon this beach stay to stare at the amazing view of the sea that the beach offers. The beautiful white and golden sands are lined by lush green forests that add a delightful splash of warm colour to the scenery. It is a great place to simply sit back, rest your eyes and take in some deep, calming breath.

Of course, if adventure is what you want, adventure is what you will get with the many water-sports offered here. It is one of the few places you can go scuba-diving in Goa and the barring some rocks around the beach and in the sea, the beach is a good place to swim. There aren’t many accommodation options as resorts have not been built around here. But the Grand Hyatt Resort is located on this beach so you can check-in there if you want a luxury vacation.

There isn’t much in terms of shacks and night-clubs on Bambolim Beach. But since the other popular beaches are not far off, this is not a problem even if you are staying at Hyatt. You can easily make a day trip to Bambolim either on your way from or to Panaji. It is one of those places in Goa that you must visit if only to see a different aspect of the tiny beach state. And if you want to indulge in some Goan cuisine, this is the beach you want to visit.

Water Sports: Scuba-diving, parasailing, jet-skiing are some options.

Location: North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Take a cab as buses don’t frequent this route. Alternatively, you can hire a scooter.

Beach Side Restaurants: Bambolim Beach Resort, Chulha, The Dining Room

Party Places in Goa

Shiva valley.

Shiva Valley

This is one of the places in Goa that you must visit if you are looking to party long and party hard. Located on Anjuna beach, this is a one of the kind club. It has a strong psychedelic vibe to it so if you count yourself as one of the hipster crowd and enjoy psychedelic music, or even simply want to experience it, Shiva Valley is the place to head to. It is modelled around the Natraj figure, that is, the dancing avatar of Shiva, and thus the name.

The theme also inspires the ambience- Shiva Valley is best known for its Trance nights, some even call it “the temple of Trance”. Trance is a global phenomenon and you will find many people here who have been returning to the trance floor of Shiva Valley for years upon years. The trance is an intense dancing set-up. It is a great way to unwind and if you are in need of an emotional purge, this is one of the best ways to do it.

Simply dancing till sunrise is an experience enough, but dancing to psychedelic trance music is an experience to really remember. The ambience of Shiva valley is not just fun, it is also very powerful. All in all, it should definitely be on your party to-do list for Goa. Visit on a Tuesday night for the best experience. And do not forget to have some piping hot tea and cheese omelettes with the Chai Mamas outside.

Timings: 6 pm to 6 am

Location: Anjuna Beach

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag): Free for all

Love Passion Karma

Love Passion Karma

Touted to be the best party club in town, Love Passion Karma hits its customers with an amazing vibe made up of great music, trippy lighting, and a dance floor and a DJ that can compete with the best. If you’re aching for that “dancing all night” experience, you should give LPK a definite try. Dancing all night is not just a distant possibility here, most people actually end up doing so. It is that special combination of lights and music that generates such high-powered energy.

LPK will give you a party experience to remember. You can visit it on any of their variously themed nights. Ladies going in a group can visit on Ladies Night to enjoy some good company and a complimentary drink. The LPK water-front is one its famous features. The glittering water is lit up at night by the huge LPK logo shining upon it making for a very surrealistic scene. Their venue has some lovely structures built to serve expressly as photography backdrops.

The entire location is very attractive and you will find yourselves wanting to return to it day after day to dance the night away. LPK is not a place which offers dinner options, and the few food options they do have are quite expensive. You would be better off dining outside before visiting the club. They are situated in a beautiful location but a remote one at that, as a result reaching there might get a little tricky unless you solidly research the route.

Timings: 9.30pm to 3.30am

Entry Fee (Couples and Stag):     -Couple: Rs.1500/- to 2000/-     -Stag: 3000/- approx.     -Women only: Free

Club Tito's

Club Tito's

Making Morjim a perfect spot for happening nights, Club Fresh is an upmarket nightclub that remains open round the clock. Set on the shoreline of the Arabian Sea, the club is widely acclaimed by music aficionados as you get to drink in a buzz created by a mix of electronic-rock, funk, punk rock, and EDM. You can also pamper your taste buds here with an extensive range of food delights from multiple cuisines including Indian, Chinese, and Japanese. The club boasts top-notch dance floor, elegant chill-outs, and VIP areas in addition to an ultramodern sound technology for a refined musical experience. If you are planning to become a part of some swanky event during your Goa trip, Club Fresh might be the best option you have. Timings: Open 24 hours Location: Gawde wadda, Ashvem Morjim, Goa, India How to reach from Panaji: Though bus service is available between Panaji and Morjim, hiring a cab is a more convenient option.

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If you are visiting Goa to break the monotony of your routine, Hill Top is ranked among the top tourist places in Goa for partying. A famous nightclub frequented by both Indian and international party lovers, Hill Top offers the best of everything till late at night. This iconic party venue has a wide range of exotic drinks to give you a sweet ecstasy, which will be further elated as the trance music tracks are introduced to your system. The large open-air dance floor has plenty of space and a stunning décor to host and amuse throngs of visitors. For the most astonishing artist lineups and a hypnotic aura, be here to catch special events towards the year end. Timings: 4 pm to 10 pm Location: Michael's School, Ozran Beach Road, Near St. Vagator, Goa How to reach from Panaji: Located at a distance of 20 km from Panaji, Club Tito’s can be reached by a private cab.

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Offbeat Places to Visit in Goa

Bondla wildlife sanctuary.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

There are hundreds of places to visit in Goa, but the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is very different from the other Goa tourist places. It is the smallest wildlife sanctuary in Goa and is very famous amongst the children and the environmentalists. The sanctuary has a number of species of flora and fauna. 

The species of animals and plants which one gets to see here are some of the rarest one in India. Many Photography enthusiasts from all over the country come to the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary just to capture a beautiful moment, of the animals or the plants, in their camera. The area of the sanctuary is just 8 square km, making it the aptest wildlife sanctuary as one can tour the entire place in one day itself.

Location- Usgao-Ganjem VP, Goa 403105

How to reach there from Panaji- Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is 47 km away from Panaji and one can take a bus to reach there.

Entry time- 9 am

Entry fees- INR 5 for adults and INR 2 for children

Spice Plantations

Spice Plantations

For many people, Goa is all about the beaches and the nightclubs. This has influenced its popular public image to the extent that we forget that there is more to Goa than the beaches. In truth, Goa is also the hub of many types of spice Plantations. A huge variety of the common spices that we use at home, as well as the more exotic and expensive varieties reserved for special occasions, are grown here. By making a visit to these plantations, you get right into the natural habitat of the ingredients so beloved in Indian kitchens. In your Goa trip you must take a day time to visit this plantation.

You can take a tour of the plantation and understand how the spices are grown, what goes into making them strong and appealing, and why certain spices cost as much as they do. You can also get some useful usage tips that might just transform your cooking experiences. Apart from the actual spice farming, you will also find yourself having a good time drinking the special teas offered on the plantations, eating the delicious home-made food delicately tinged with homegrown spices, and enjoying the general ambiance of the space.

If you can manage it, go during the monsoon season. Any farm is worth a visit when the falling rains fill the air with a lovely scent but imagine how compounded this effect will be on a spice plantation. Spice Plantations are one of most delightful the places to visit in Goa, so don’t miss out on them. Savoi Spice Plantation, Sahakari Spice Farms, Tropical Spice Plantation are some plantations to look into. Most are located roughly 30km from Panaji and easily accessible via cabs.

Location: Approx. 30km from Panaji

How to reach from Panaji: Cabs are the most convenient option unless you have a scooter on rent.

Verna Springs

Verna Springs

Verna Springs, popularly known as Kesarval Springs, are located near the Verna Cliffs, hence the name. ‘Kesarval’, on the other hand, is a reference to the days of old when eagles(kesar-val) had a nesting ground near the springs. The eagles are gone but the springs gush out from between the huge rocks and green trees just as chirpily as ever. This is a good spot to visit for some nature sighting. The surroundings are quiet and only the hum of the forest fauna is to be heard and one of the best  places to visit in Goa with family.

The Verna Springs, however, might be a little noisier on account of the many people who frequent the Springs. The Verna Springs are popular not only for their natural beauty but also for their rumored healing properties. The water from the Springs is said to hold curative properties. The skin, eyes, internal ailments can all purportedly be cured by a dip in the water of Verna Springs. As a result, you will come across all manner of people here who are enjoying a taste of the waters in the hope of curing some physical ailment or the other.

The Springs are big enough to take this influx of people and they are active enough to sweep away the resultant dirt in their strong currents. The best time to visit is during the monsoon season when the water is flowing at full force even though they continue to exist in the dry season albeit to a much less forceful extent. Take a spare set of clothes or your swimming costume along if you too wish to take a dip in them.

Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

Location: Near the village of Cortalim, South Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Take a bus or train to Cortalim and then local transportation up to the springs. Alternatively, you can go by your (rented) car or scooter or by cab. The Springs are only 22km from Panaji.

Mapusa Friday Market

Mapusa Friday Market

This is a great market to visit if you are planning on staying in Goa for a longer period of time. The Mapusa Friday Market is essentially a local farmer’s market. Every Friday, traders, and farmers gather together in Mapusa, a small town in the Bardez district of Goa, and sell a wide variety of fresh food items here. Local varieties of fish, farm vegetables, and fruits, even tamarind are sold here.  Pickles and preserves, spices, earthen pots, glass bangles, channa baskets coir mats, and the famous Goan 'chouricos' (ready spiced Goan pork sausages), dried fish and prawns are also sold here, as is the local Goan liquor.

Even if you aren’t staying for long, you can visit this market to get a taste of the local flavours and buy some non-perishable items you can carry back home. Goan tamarind is noted for its delicious taste so do grab some of it. Though the shops are in place all day on Friday, you should visit early in the morning to get the best pick of the lot.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Location: Mapusa Village

Todo Falls

There are many tourist attractions in Goa and one of that attraction is the Todo Falls. The Todo Falls is arguably the prettiest waterfall present in Goa. The most exciting thing about the Todo Falls is the journey to the falls. One has to trek and reach the falls. Trekking is a very thrilling and tiring activity but when one finishes the trek, they get to see the Todo Falls. This makes it one of the best things to do in Goa.

The breathtaking view of the waters cascading down from the top of the cliff is mesmerizing, to say the least. Todo Falls in a must for everyone visiting any part of Goa as this is amongst prettiest sight in Goa. One feels closer to nature and wants to delve deeper into its beauty when they go to the Todo Falls.

Location:  Todo Falls, Goa

How to reach there from Panaji:  One can reach the Todo Falls from Panaji by trekking.

Arvalem Waterfall

Arvalem Waterfall

The Lamgau Caves are close by as is a location fit for white-water rafting which is 13km from the site of the waterfall. The Arvalem Waterfalls in themselves are a pretty sight, and especially imposing during the monsoon months when the fall into the lake below with a fearful force. Among all the places to see in Goa, this is one of the most beautiful ones. They dry to a trickle in the summer leaving the lake to become a swimming pool for avid swimmers.  There is a well-maintained government park close to the waterfalls, which is a great spot for a picnic.

You can make a fulfilling day trip to this location and also take part in the other activities close by. The children will have an especially good day.

Timings: 7am-5pm

Location: Mapusa, North Goa

Other Places to Visit in Goa

Museum of christian art.

Museum Of Christian Art

The Museum of Christian Art was built in 1994 and is a major tourist attraction of Goa. The residents of Goa are very artistic people and they love their art. This love of theirs can be witnessed by visiting any of the museums in the state. The Museum of Christian Art is a very famous and unique Museum. The museum is one of a kind and no other museum in Asia is like the Museum of Christian Art. The museum contains artworks of only Christians. 

There are some outstanding sculptures, paintings, furniture, precious metals, etc. present in the museum. One should definitely visit the Museum of Christian Art if they are going to Goa as one gets to learn a lot about the culture about the people living there.

Location:  Velha Goa, Convent of Santa Monica, Goa 403402

How to reach there from Panaji:  Museum of Christian Arts is 13 km away from Panaji and one can hire a scooter or cab to reach there.

Entry time:  9:30 am

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Church Of St. Cejatan

Church Of St. Cejatan

Goa is not a very diverse state. Almost all of the people residing in Goa follow the same religion, Christianity. Since Christianity is the most widely followed religion here, there are many churches in the state. Churches in Goa take a very important part in the life of the residents. The Church of St. Cajetan is one of the most famous churches in Goa. The church possesses a very strong resemblance with the popular St. Peters Basilica church located in Rome. 

The Church of St. Cajetan is nearly 2 decades old, but the church has been very well preserved and one will not be able to guess the age of the church just by looking at it. One should definitely visit this church as they will get to know about the religion here.

Location:  Velha Goa, Goa 403402

How to reach there from Panaji:  Church of St. Cajetan is very close to Panaji and one can take a cab, bus or auto to reach there.

Lamgau Caves

Lamgau Caves

Going to North Goa to hit one of the beaches? Make sure to take some time out and visit Lamgua caves. One of the ‘hidden’ Goa tourist places, Lamgau Caves are made up of two man-made caves which were meant to be a residence for monks. They are of great importance to the Hindu community in Goa and they reflect the transition from Buddhism to Hinduism. The caves are designed in a Buddhist fashion but the idols of Nandi and the Shivaling outside the main entrance of the smaller of the two caves reveal another aspect.

The other cave is much larger and is basically a place where one can sit and meditate or take shelter from the rains. The scenic route up to the caves is another reason to visit them. The caves are located inside a dense areca nut plantation and trekking up to them can get tough because of the rugged nature of the paths. You pass several small Goan villages on your way, these are good and hospitable resting spots during the trek.

The many interesting local temples on the way are an added attraction of the trek up to Lamgau Caves. You can visit the caves on some early morning. This will allow you to go over the entire location peacefully and enjoy the small details that you might otherwise miss out.

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Location: Bicholim, North Goa

How to reach from Panaji: Many buses ply on the route connecting the villages. Cabs are also a good option.

Corjuem Fort

Corjuem Fort

One of the two inland forts still intact in Goa, the Corjuem Fort is a popular spot with tourists and makes for a nice break from the beaches. The Fort was built in 1550 and has since seen many parties take control of it- from the Indian rulers to the colonists. This fort made an especially attractive possession because of its strategic position. The fort is so situated as to be a great defensive location for Panaji. Hence the numerous battles that took place here for control.

The Fort was rebuilt by the British in 1705. Though it has fallen into disuse now, it is still an attractive spot and you might come across history buffs and architecture enthusiasts going over the fort for its structure and its past. The view attracts tourists since it reveals a breath-taking landscape. The Fort is built across the Mapusa river which can be seen cutting through the green Goan countryside. It is a view that is capable of instilling peace.

Photographers are also attracted to this location in hordes. All in all, the Fort is a good passing tourist attraction that you can visit for some hours on one of the afternoons of your visit to North Goa. This is one of the interesting historical places to visit in Goa.

Timings: 6 am to 7 pm

Location: Corjuem, North Goa

Mangueshi Temple

Mangueshi Temple

This is a temple dedicated to Lord Mangueshi, a form of Shiva which is recognized only in Goa. A major tourist attraction in the state, the Mangueshi Temple is a great place for those of you who want a taste of authentic Goan life away from the Westernised beaches. This temple was built in 1560 when the site of the Mangesh Linga was shifted from the original spot in Kushasthali to Mangeshi following the Portuguese invasion. The current structure was built 150 years later under the Maratha rule, when it was upscaled from a simple construction to the imposing structure it is today.

Many domes, balustrades, and pilasters are a part of the architecture. An imposing Nandi statue near the entrance and a magnificent 7 storeyed lamp-tower add to the charm of the elegant temple. Pujas are performed throughout the day. A set of pujas in the morning is followed by a maha-aarti at noon and a grand Panchopchar puja at night. Devotees flock to the temple in droves which makes the spot an active one.

The location is especially alluring as the Mangueshi Temple is set among lush green forests and resplendent paddy fields with mango and jackfruit grooves nearby hand in hand with tall palm trees. This makes a perfect place for a meditative retreat. There are sellers outside who sell trinkets, goods to use in the temple and saat, a local specialty made from jackfruit. The Temple can be visited throughout the day but it really shines out at night as candles by the dozen illuminate it. This is a good place to visit in Goa.

Timings: 6 am to 10 pm

Location: Mangeshi Village

Bats Island

Bats Island

Pequeno Island or Bat Island is one of those little islands of the beaches of Goa that don’t attract too much tourist attention despite the fact that they are gems in their own way The island is home to some great water-sporting action and you can take part in snorkeling here. There are professional facilities available for snorkeling and they also provide one with the equipment and the instructions. It is also a lovely place to experience some marine life around Goa.

Varieties of fishes like the parrot fish or the butterfly fish, lobsters, turtles and sea cucumbers live near Bat Island and can be spotted with ease. Reaching the island is not an issue. There are numerous boats moored along the Vasco De Gama Beach and the fishermen will gladly drop you off if you ask them to. There are other speed boat and yacht options too. You would be wise to carry your food along with you as the food scene here isn’t the best.

Location: Bats Island, Off Vaco De Gama Beach

How to reach from Panaji: Vasco De Gama is well-connected to Panaji via buses and trains. You can take one of those transport means to reach here and then take a boat to Bats Island.

Fort Tiracol

Fort Tiracol

Fort Tiracol is one of the greatest tourist attractions of Goa. This particular Fort has played a huge role in the earlier years when everyone was struggling for freedom. Since it has witnessed so many wars, victories and defeats it is considered as a symbol of the bravery of all freedom fighters of Goa. This Fort was destroyed in the wartime but was again rebuilt after a few years and has stood tall and proud ever since. 

The Fort is full of intricate carvings and some great architecture that can be awe-inspiring for all history lovers out there. This fort also has a view of the Arabian Sea from the terrace which is breathtaking. Located on the northern tip of Goa one needs to set aside a whole day to explore this place and take a ferry to reach the Fort.

Location- Tiracol, Pernem Taluka, Goa 403524

How to reach there from Panaji- Fort Tiracol is 49 km away from Panaji and one can take a train, a bus or a cab to reach there.

Naval Aviation Museum

Naval Aviation Museum

The Naval Aviation Museum in Goa is one of the two military museums in India and overall one of the best museums you can visit in India. If you are on a trip with the kids, do not give this museum a miss. Both parents and children will love a visit to the Naval Aviation Museum. It has two sections- the indoor area and the court outside. You can roam around the park outside and look at the various out-of-commission aircrafts that served in the navy. Some of the aircrafts there are Breguet Alizé (IN 202), Hawker Sea Hawk FGA Mk 100 (IN 234), Westland Sea King Mk 42 (IN 505) among numerous others.

These are all very important aircrafts and have played crucial roles in the Indian Defence Strategies. The interior of the museum is designed to look like INS Viraat, an important Indian Naval base, and hosts several interesting galleries where you can read about the many battles the Indian Naval Forces have been a part of. There is also a room dedicated to naval equipment like warheads, bombs, torpedoes, rockets etc and another room has the collection of underwater radars used to detect underwater enemy targets.

The children will love the simulation room inside the museum where visitors can experience being inside the cockpit. The Naval Aviation Museum is a great educational experience combined with fun. Everything about the museum makes it a perfect sight-seeing place in Goa, including the magnificent ocean view. Pay the museum a visit one afternoon and spend the evening on the beach nearby for a good end to your day.

Timings: 10am to 5pm

Location: 6km from Vasco De Gama

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is so named after India’s top ornithologist. It is a hidden gem that not many people visit but it makes for a top sight-seeing place in Goa. The Sanctuary is located on Chorao Island on River Mandovi which necessitates a ferry ride across to the island. The island is covered in mangrove swamps and frequented by birds of all kinds. Both local as well as out of state birds make a home in the sanctuary. You can spot many species of birds here like Pintails, Blue-winged teals, Maddar ducks, Purple herons as also storks, flying foxes, jackals, and crocodiles.

The mangrove swamps are a good breeding habitat for many birds, fishes, and insects. There is a watch tower in the sanctuary from where you can watch the various kinds of birds that frequent the island. Visitors would be well advised to lather themselves up in insect repellents when visiting the sanctuary. The island is easy to visit but it needs some planning in advance as you require a permit from the Chief Wild Life Warden, Forest Department, Junta House, Panaji.

This is a relatively small sanctuary but it is rich in nature’s attractions and makes it to the lists of numerous travellers. Its short distance from Panaji makes the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary especially convenient to visit.

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Location: Island of Chorao, River Mandovi

How to reach from Panaji: Take a bus or a cab up to Rabandar ferry and then take a ferry to the sanctuary. It is only at a distance of 4km from Panaji.

Mollem National park

Mollem National park

The Mollem National Park is a part of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and is situated 60km away from Panaji along the border with Karnataka. This is a great place for places to visit in goa with family. Both the kids and the parents will come out with an amazing experience. The things you can do in Mollem National Park range from trekking to animal spotting. It is also a nice picnic spot if you are looking to do something offbeat.

Mollem National Park is populated with lush green trees that make up a dense forest which is home to several unique species of birds and animals. For example, you can spot several species of snakes including the King Cobra, Hump-nosed pit viper, Indian rock python and Malabar pit viper as well as many birds like fairy bluebirds, wagtails, great Indian Hornbill among others. Butterflies also populate the forest.

There are also many good treks you can undertake including one to the Devils Canyon, Sunset Point, and Tambdi Water Falls.  Ancient temples dedicated to various gods are also a part of this national park. The Tambdi Surla Devi Temple is one such temple and was built in the 12th century. Dudhsagar Falls, which also fall within the perimeters of the national park, is a popular tourist attraction. Overall, there are a lot of things that you can do in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, so your day will be well worth it.

Location: Sanguem taluk, Eastern Border of Goa

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Dudhsagar Falls of Goa is a majestic waterfall where the white water gushing through the steep and vertical face of the mountain portrays a cascading effect. Standing as tall as 310 metres, it makes sure to stand in the list of tallest waterfalls in India. The cascading effect of this waterfall gives rise to the illusion of a milky white sea falling from such a great height. This is how the Falls acquired its name – Dudhsagar Falls. The four-tiered waterfall marks its presence along the Mandovi River in the Sanguem taluka (Goa). The main river of Goa – Mandovi, originating from the Deccan Plateau winds its way through the twists and turns of the Western Ghats. As soon as the river plummets through the hilly cover lying along the borders of Karnataka and Goa, it transforms into Dudhsagar Falls.The moment the water gushing out from the Falls flow towards its feet, it forms a green pool at its base. It is from here that the water of the Dudhsagar Falls starts flowing westwards to join and be a part of the mighty Arabian Sea. The entire landmark in the backdrop of the falls is covered with a vastly stretched forest cover. This is how the Dudhsagar Falls form a part of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Embark the wildlife researching skills within you as there this sanctuary shelters a plethora of wildlife. In the past few years, the popularity of the Dudhsagar Falls has increased ten-fold as one of the most preferred weekend getaways from each of the cities of Bangalore, Mumbai, and Pune. If you’ve got a big group or a family, you surely must check-in the Dudhsagar Falls for a short family outing. 

Se Cathedral Church

Also called St. Catherine's Cathedral this 16th-century masterpiece took 80 long years to finish and is one of the largest churches in the world. The Cathedral attains to the west of the great square called Terreiro de Sabato and has its face turned to the east. A flight of steps approaches its beautiful courtyard.  It was consecrated in 1640 and was built to honour the triumph of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of the city.Owing to such a magnificent aura and the glory, Se Cathedral has been stated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is known as the largest church in Asia, and also has a giant bell and its elegant architecture makes it a majestic white beauty. Se Cathedral also endures the honour of being the seat of the Archdiocese of Goa. Se Cathedral is home to the historic “Golden Bell” which is famous around the world as it is the largest bell with a rich sound. When you will visit the church now you will be amused to witness the amazing construction techniques and designs used while building the church. The intricate work on wood in the interiors of the church add to its beauty as it the wonderful work of art. This place is a combination of peace and beauty, visiting this place will not only rejuvenate you but will also fill you up with positivity.Legend of Saint Catherine of Se CathedralCredits: NagarjunCatherine was a lady who was considered as a Christian Saint according to tradition, and was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan Emperor Maxentius. It is believed that she was both a princess and a noted scholar, who became a Christian at around the age of 14 and also converted hundreds of people to Christianity, and was martyred around the age of 18. Catherine was known to be a spiritual pathfinder and raise her voice against the oppression of the Christians under the rule of Roman emperor Maxentius. She was so strong and logical with her arguments that the king himself was incapable of countering them and has a then he formed a committee of 50 philosophers to debate her ideas.However, even the assembly conceded defeat in front of her and confessed Christianity as their belief. Out of anger, the king burnt the philosophers alive and sentenced st.catherine to prison. Catherine did not give up, and she was succeeded in converting not only the jailers but also the king's wife. It is believed that she showed the path of Christianity to 200 people. Even when she was facing the worse condition of her life, she continued to stretch the word of Jesus. She was honoured with the title of"patroness of the wheel-wrights" because it is believed then when she was fastened to a spiked wheel as it was mentioned in her death sentence the wheel broke and she was left uninjured. And when she was finally beheaded, it is said that angle took her remains and laid them to rest atop Mount Sinai. When you visit the Se Cathedral, you can witness the Saint Catherine ornaments, a crown portraying her royal birth and has a book in her hands, which signifies her sound knowledge as she points a spiked wheel, which reveals her martyrdom.Se Cathedral HistoryThe Cathedral is devoted to St. Catherine of Alexandria, it is said that it was built to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese ruler Alfonso Albuquerque who destroyed the Muslim army and took ownership of the city of Goa. Consequently, it is also called St. Catherine's' Cathedral. In 1953, the Cathedral was presented with "The Golden Rose" by Venerable Pope Pius XII. It is a gold ornament, which the Popes of the Catholic Church have traditionally favoured and given as a symbol of devotion or affection.You can witness it as it is placed on the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. It was approved by Governor George Cabral to be spread in 1552 on the remains of an earlier structure. The formation of the church began in 1562. The church was completed in 1619 and was consecrated in 1640.  It is a perfect place to experience a blend of peace and tranquillity. You will be filled with positivity when you will visit this sacred place.The architecture of Se Cathedral  The architecture of Se Cathedral is awe-inspiring and elegant. The architectural style is a blend of Gothic elements and typical Portuguese style, or you can say that the architecture style of the Se Cathedral is Portuguese-Manueline. There were two different techniques that were opted to make the church. The exterior was made in Tuscan style and the interior has been built in and Corinthian style. With dimensions of 250 feet long and 181 feet wide, this church has a  delightfully decorated entrance that measures around 115 feet in height. The church is amazingly decorated, yet the style is intriguing and simple. The Cathedral has been built on an elevated base of laterite, which is covered with the thick lime plaster.You can also see the bell tower which is located on the southern side of the façade. The building of the church is rectangular on the plan but has a cruciform layout in the interior. The main altar is devoted to Catherine of Alexandria, and you can also see several old paintings on either side of it. You can also see the Chapel, which is known as the Cross of Miracles, it is believed that there was an image of Christ that was said to have appeared in 1619. 

Baga Beach

Baga is a famous beach destination in North Goa that attracts thousands of tourists and watersports lovers to its heart. The beach shares its coastal line from the environs of Sinquerim, Candolim, and Baga, with the Baga shore being more lively and enticing. This bubbly beach is one of the best in Goa that stays awake the whole night. Called as "The Hometown of Nightlife," Baga beach is reputed for its cranky music celebrations by late-night, mouth-watering food, designer shops, and adventure sports.Tourism in Goa’s coasts got ignited by 1960 after the famous summer gathering of hippies from San Francisco. Baga beach then became popular among foreigners and slowly more exciting ventures like fishing, paddleboarding, discos, and tattoo shops started in the mainland. Named after “Baga Creek in Baga”, the tidal residuary channel that drains into the Arabian sea, Baga beach in Goa is also well organized with parking facilities and is maintained tidy by the local governing authorities, besides experiencing hordes of travelers clubbing around. Baga town is surrounded by the Baga river, and spotting the place where the river and the “sea meet, is a beautiful view to bait your eyes. Dolphins can also spotted deeper in the blue ocean and there are some spotting trips organized by local ship owners to spot the sea mammal.

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Best Time to Visit Goa

November to February is the best time to visit Goa and  explore Goa tourism if you want to enjoy the best part of Goa’s weather.

Peak season is from mid-November to mid- February when the weather is comfortable, cool and pleasant. Shoulder season is from mid-June to October when Goa tourism is at its most beautiful. The rains come down on the state during these months and while the countryside becomes a lush green, the clubs start brimming with people and raging parties. Off-season is the time between March to May when the temperatures soar and the prices of the hotels and homestays drop. This is the time when Goa tourism is at a low and you may get some quiet days, away from the touristy crowds.

Budget for Goa

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1200 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 200 - 800 (up to INR 1200 in peak season)
  • Food in beach shacks and street eateries: INR 200 - 400
  • Public Transport in buses and autorickshaws: INR 8 - 40
  • Motorbike rentals: INR 200 - 400
  • Sightseeing (museums etc): INR 10 - 50

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 600 - 2000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 400 - 700
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 400 - 600
  • Snorkelling and Diving packages: INR 1500 and upwards

For Luxury Travellers: INR 6000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Sightseeing of Goa tourism, Guided Tours, Kayaking: INR 1000 and upwards

Top Attractions in Goa

The land of sand, surf, and sunshine has been a favourite among travellers from around the world for quite some time. There is nowhere in India quite like it.  Goa tourism is the primary source of income for residents of Goa. Not just domestic tourists, Goa is visited by tourists from all over the world. Since Goa tourism focuses on its pristine beaches, local shacks and delicious cuisine, you’ll find lots of things to keep you busy in Goa. Besides the beaches, you can explore the city’s churches, marvellous forts and museums which equally contribute to the growing popularity of Goa tourism. Good food is another thing that majorly contributed to Goa tourism. The blend of Indian and Portuguese influences is reflected in the architectural marvels of Goa tourism.

North Goa  is the most famous area of Goa tourism. Known for its energetic nightlife, Goan delicacies, flea markets, crowded beaches, and shacks, North Goa tops the list. Apart from the enthusiastic crowd and pretty shacks, North Goa beaches are also famous for different water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, and banana boat rides. North Goa is the happy place of Goa as it offers you a variety of things to do and a lot of different places to see apart from just lazing around the beaches. It offers something for everyone and has been the driving force for Goa tourism.

South Goa  is the other half of Goa that offers a tranquil atmosphere to its tourists. It is filled with appealing beaches, less crowded than the beaches in North Goa . It is a perfect area for a relaxing vacation. Though South Goa tourism doesn’t offer as much as the places in North Goa do, its calmness and peaceful vibes will make up for everything.  South Goa beaches are much whiter and cleaner than the beaches in North Goa and Goa tourism has gradually picked up here. Cotigao wildlife sanctuary, Cabo de Rama Fort and Dudhsagar falls are some of the must-visit places in South Goa .

Cola Beach , Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Betul Beach, Arambol Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Vagator Beach, Fort Aguada, Dudhsagar Falls, Church Square are some of the recommendations by Goa tourism.

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Offbeat Places in Goa

Apart from the stunning beaches, there are a lot of  things to see in Goa tourism such as its heritage, sightseeing attractions, nature & parks, dolphin watching tours, architecture & museums, wildlife & bird sanctuaries. These are the major tourist attractions in Goa and the topmost contributors to Goa tourism. Opt for a HOHO tour for a comfortable and enjoyable sightseeing experience of Goa tourism. Make sure you visit the beautiful Chorla Ghats located at the border of Goa, filled with Tropical Forests. The ‘hill station’ feel will definitely make you forget the beaches. Also, explore Querim beach, Bird Sanctuary, Harvalem Falls, Naval Aviation Museum, Museum of Goa, Arvalem Caves, and Our Lady of the Mount are some of the recommendations by Goa tourism.

Best Places to Eat in Goa

One of the most popular elements of Goa tourism is the  local cuisine in the state. Try some lip-smacking delicacies at The Black Sheep Bistro, Zaffran, Purple Martini, Martin’s Corner, Antares and Pousada by the Beach. Some of the  best places to try Goan cuisine are The Fisherman’s Wharf, Kokni Kanteen, Viva Panjim and The Lazy Goose. Don’t forget to have some mouth-licking desserts at Maracas, Porvorim, Iceberg, Margao, Marc Brown Corner, Panjim and Brittos, Baga.

Where to Do Water Activities in Goa

One of the biggest attractions for Goa tourism is the plethora of water sports offered in the state. The most popular beach in Goa for water sports are - Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Baga Beach, and Sinquerim Beach.

Beaches in Goa are the major tourist attractions of Goa tourism and the most beautiful beaches in India. Not just the beauty, they top the list in terms of other things like thrilling water sports, relaxing beach shacks, quality time with friends and family and exotic food. Another good thing about these beaches is, they offer you something new every time you visit Goa.

The most popular beaches in Goa are Baga, Anjuna, Calangute and Candolim. Since Goa tourism is more developed for mainstream tourists in North Goa, the beaches here are more crowded. You can opt for Parasailing at Calangute Beach, Banana Boat Ride at Baga Beach, skiing at Calangute Beach, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving at Grande Island, Kayaking at Aguada River, Flyboarding at Vagator Beach and Speed Boating at Calangute Beach.

Things to Do in Goa

Listed below are some of the Goa tourism things you can try :

Enjoy Goa’s nightlife at Tito’s at Baga, Curlies at Anjuna, Brittos at Baga, Thalassa near Vagator Beach, Monkey Valley at Chapora.

Experience water sports- Scuba Diving, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Banana Boat Ride, Snorkeling in Goa.

Goa attractions: The efforts of Goa tourism has led to an increasing number of tourists every year who wish to explore the city for its food, beaches, shacks, water sports, forts and flea markets. Contributing to Goa tourism in North Goa are attractions such as Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Vagator Beach, Fort Aguada and Club LPK whereas major  South Goa attractions include Colva Beach, Benaulim Beach, Agonda and Dudhsagar Falls. The main things to do in Goa are water sports, two-wheeler ride, trying your luck at the casinos located on Mandovi River and sightseeing.

Goa adventure: One of the main things and the biggest contributor to Goa tourism is water sports. For all the  adventure lovers out there, in India, Goa is the best option to experience water sports activities. With beautiful views, plenty of expansive seas with golden sand and fancy shacks, indulge in water sports activities like parasailing, jet skiing, banana boat, scuba diving, snorkelling, and windsurfing on Goa beaches. Other than water sports, Goa also offers many other adventure options like hiking, trekking, crab catching, dolphin spotting, cycling, etc.

Goa nightlife: No one should miss Goa’s nightlife . The clubs and shacks here offer live performances and it’s a major draw for tourists from around the world who are contributing to Goa tourism. In fact, nightlife in Goa has played a huge role in making Goa tourism popular among Indian as well as foreign travellers. Party in Goa at these happening places- Curlies, LPK Waterfront, Hill Top, Tito’s lane, SinQ, Bora Bora, Chronicle, La Calypso’s Club Blue, Café Lilliput, Leopard Valley and Shiva Valley. Visit these clubs in a group to make the most of Goa parties.

When we talk about nightlife in Goa, the first thing that our mind processes is, partying at the pubs. Yes, it is one of the craziest and happening things to be done in Goa, but you will be surprised to hear that Goa nightlife has much more to offer you. If you want to spend some time under the sky, gazing at the stars with your loved ones, then go camping in floating tents to experience the quieter and calmer environment. Another interesting thing included in Goa tourism is just to have a bonfire with your people on the beaches if you want to avoid loud music. Some of the other options include silent party, theatre shows, Goa on wheels and flea markets.

Where to Stay in Goa

Goa travel suitable for family, friends, couples and honeymooners.

Confused about ‘ where to stay in Goa ?’ Goa has a variety of options for accommodation like hotels, apartments and villas. But apart from these places, Goa has the best beach resorts in India. Also, you can choose a resort as per your budget as Goa has a resort range starting from 5-star resorts to normal resorts. The 5 star and 4-star resorts in Goa offer a lot of facilities like beachfront, swimming pool, wifi, airport shuttle, bar, family rooms and complimentary breakfast whereas the other resorts in Goa offer basic facilities.

Owing to an increase in Goa tourism, the state now has all categories of hotels, from luxury to mid-range to budget hotels. Choose a hotel that fits your budget the best. Most of the luxury hotels in Goa usually provide Wi-Fi, parking, airport shuttle, air-conditioned rooms, swimming pool, breakfast, free parking, spa and wellness centre, bar whereas, in mid-range hotels, you might not get all these facilities. You can also plan a stay at 5 star or 4-star resorts in Goa if you don’t want to stay at a regular hotel.

Find the  best hand-picked budget hotels in Goa and travel smart on this vacation. Spend your beachside vacation at budget hotels in Goa and stay without a dent in your wallet. Located at some of the most exotic locations, these budget hotels in Goa could be your smart pick for the next vacation.

Travelling with family or a group of friends and want an independent stay? A homestay has become a good option for travellers and has also led to an increase in Goa tourism. If you choose a homestay, you have the whole apartment or flat to yourself. You can cook, party, chill and do whatever you want to, keeping in mind the norms defined by the owner. Some of the  top homestays in Goa are Bella Villa, Blue Balloon and Holiday Star Home. Most of these homes are well equipped with furniture, tv, utensils, balcony, swimming pool, refrigerator, induction, microwave and also, housekeeping facilities.

Hanging out with friends or travelling solo? Goa introduces you with an irresistible option. Catering to its budget travellers, Goa tourism has tons of budget options . There are a lot of good hostels in Goa like Jungle, Summer and Happy Panda. There are dorms as well as separate rooms in these hostels. You can choose a room according to your needs as most of the hostels have single, double sharing and triple sharing rooms. If you plan to stay in dorm then you get to meet and interact with other people as there are many people from different places staying in a dorm. Also, staying in a dorm is a cheaper option if you are looking for a budget trip. The hostels in Goa, India are made as per the needs of the tourists.

The best area to stay in Goa is Baga in North Goa, whereas you should opt for Benaulim in South Goa if you want to avoid crowds.

Best resorts in Goa:

  • 5-star resorts in Goa- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Leela, Seashell Suites and Villas
  • 4-star resorts in Goa- MamaGoa Resort, and Amour Resort

Hotels in Goa, India:

  • Good beach hotels in Goa- Grand Hyatt, and The Park Calangute
  • Top hotels in Goa - Vivanta Goa and The Diwa Club

Hostels in Goa, India:

  • Top hostels in Goa- Craft Hostels, Footloose Hostel and Woke Hostel
  • Budget hostels in Goa- Rainbow Lining Hostels and Sturmfrei Hostel

Homestays in Goa, India:

  • Boutique homestays in Goa- Villa La Gitana, and Villa De Arte
  • Top homestays in Goa- Olaulim Backyards and Casa Menezes

How to Travel to Goa

Goa Airport: Goa Airport or Dabolim Airport (GOI) is the airport in Goa.

Flights to Goa: Goa tourism aims to make travelling easier for visitors. There is flight connectivity from almost all the cities in India to Goa that maintain Goa’s tourism.

Goa Railway Station: There are several railway stations in Goa like Canacona, Karmali, Kulem, Madgaon, Pernem, Sanvordem Curchorem, Thivim and Vasco da Gama.

Trains to Goa: Visit Goa through train if you want to have a budget Goa tour visit as there is train connectivity from almost all the cities to Goa.

Goa Bus Station: Goa has many bus stations. The major Goa bus stations are Panjim, Margao and Mapusa bus station.

Buses to Goa: If you want to visit Goa by road, there are frequent buses to Goa from several nearby cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad.

Written by  Ishita Ralhan , an in-house Tripoto writer.  Not one to say no to road trips, Ishita enjoys coffee, shoes and good company. When she’s not writing, you can find her dancing or swimming.  Follow her to ignite your wanderlust.

Frequently Asked Questions

Goa airport is in the South of Goa. Panjim is approximately 30 km away from Goa airport. When you arrive at Goa airport, you can board a taxi or book one instantly from the Goa tourism taxi counter outside the airport. Taking a taxi is slightly expensive but hassle-free. Or, walk your way to the bus junction near Goa airport and board a bus to Vasco Bus Terminus. From there, take a shuttle to Panjim. This route will cost you less but is tiring.

Located in the tropical zone, Goa witnesses a warm and humid climate during the major part of the year. With very little variation in the basic seasonal weather, average Goa temperature is 26°C to 29°C. The sky remains clear during mid-March. However, the days are hot and humidity increases as we enter the month of April. May is the hottest month in Goa and Goa tourism is at an all-time low. June marks the onset of Monsoon season and Goa receives heavy rainfall during July and August. Goa temperature has major fluctuations during August, and humidity rises to 90%. The temperature becomes pleasant as September ends, with clear skies on the onset of October. October has dry and warm weather with relatively lesser humidity. Winter in Goa begins from late November and last till February, this season is favourable for Goa tourism. The nights are cooler and Goa temperature drops down to 20°C during winters. Best time to visit Goa is between November to March, when Goa temperature is balmy and cool for exploring Goa city.

Most of the part of Goa city is well-connected by roads. Thus, hiring a taxi or self-drive cars is good for getting around Goa. You can hire a taxi from Goa tourism taxi counters at Goa airport and railway station. Getting around Goa on a motorbike or scooty is also a reliable choice. This is one of the most economical ways to tour the Goa city at your leisure. Carry your Identification proof for hiring a self-drive car, scooty or motorbike.

Goa is a popular tourist destination in India. If you are wondering fabout what to see in Goa, you should know that there are an endless number of things to see in Goa. Some of the best Goa attractions are Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, and Candolim Beach - all of which are integral parts of Goa tourism. If you have time and want to know what to see in Goa, you can visit Arambol Beach, Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, Vagator Beach, Colva Beach, and Vasco. In case you want to know other things to see in Goa, you can check out our 'Places to Visit in Goa' section. Must go places in Goa include enjoying nightlife at Baga and Candolim, and casinos on River Mandovi. Some of the best tourist places in Goa are in North Goa, so, stay in North Goa if you want to stay near touristy areas. However, if you want to experience the calmness and peace of the city, you should visit South Goa. There are endless Goa travel places and Tripoto's travel guide can help you plan a suitable trip.

Apart from beach and party galore, Goa tourism offers some of the best beach shacks for foodies. If you're looking for north Indian and continental cuisine, then you must visit Curlies at Anjuna, Brittos at Baga, Villa Blanche at Vagator, Café Chocolatti at Candolim, and Martin's Corner at Betalbatim in Goa. Try out French cuisine at La Plage at Ashwem. While in Goa city, you should also visit Thalassa at Siolim, Sublime at Assagao, and Bean Me Up at Vagator for Chinese, and Mediterranean food along with salads. For the best seafood and traditional Goan cuisine, visit Cape Town Café at Baga Goa beach. You can check out Goa's map to locate these Goa beach shacks to satiate your stomach when in Goa city.

Goa Tourism is growing with the help of reliable tour operators. We have shortlisted these top tour operators for the best places to visit in Goa and things to do in Goa. HOHO Goa - 7447473495, Goa Darshan Tour & Travels - 9689189615 and Sunny Holidays Goa - 9326555333 

Goa has a lot of stunning places that you must visit on your trip to Goa. If you are wondering about the best places to visit in Goa, then you must explore Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Vagator Beach, Sinquerim Beach and Anjuna Beach. These beaches are known for their breathtaking vistas and a huge number of shacks which serve lip-smacking Goan cuisine. Parties are also held at these beaches frequently, and world-renowned DJs become a party of those psychedelic nights. These parties are among the best things to see in goa and have given a boost to Goa tourism. If you like natural landscapes and would like to know what to see in Goa, you can visit Dudhsagar Falls, Harvalem Falls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Some of the lesser-known spots contribute to off-beat Goa tourism and add to the state’s popularity. If you are a history lover, we have a list for you regarding where to go in Goa. You can get acquainted with the Portugal influences by visiting tourist attractions in Goa like Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort and Cabo de Rama. You can go on a shopping spree at Anjuna Flea Market. Experience the religious fervour in Goa by visiting the best tourist places in Goa like Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Goa has 3 main places - North Goa, South Goa, and Panjim, consisting of various types of accommodation options for different types of travellers. In fact owing to the growing popularity of Goa tourism, now travellers can choose anything from high-end to budget options. Also, your purpose of stay in Goa will help you choose the best places to stay in Goa. If you're looking for a vibrant Goa beach experience, then North Goa is a good choice. Panjim will offer you a cultural touch along with various water sports. If you wish to relax and spend time peacefully, then South Goa is the place for you. Thirdly, if you're travelling with a group, then you can look for homestays and villas in Goa city. This will help you to save money and enjoy the trip at your leisure. Furthermore, the duration of your trip also affects the choice of the best places to stay in Goa city. Based on these factors, you can figure out where to stay in Goa. You can look out for hostels if you're travelling for more days with less number of people. Check out the detailed information on best hotels in Goa at Tripoto that will definitely help your purpose.

Holiday Inn, Goa is a famous beach hotel in Goa located near Mobor Beach in Cavelossim at Salcette. Holiday Inn is one of the best goa tourism hotels and is listed amongst the top hotels in Goa city. This hotel in Goa also offers a non-alcoholic welcome drink for greeting the travellers. Some of the activities at Holiday Inn includes Aqua Zorbing, Pool Table, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis and more. Facilities and amenities offered by Holiday Inn, Goa provides access to swimming pool, well-equipped gym area, luggage room facility, safe deposit locker in the room, Wi-Fi and more. Being one of the best places to stay in Goa, Holiday Inn is a disabled friendly hotel that provides wheelchairs for disabled people.

Goa tourism offers a wide number of experiences for travellers visiting Goa city. Check out this list of the best places to visit in Goa and things to do in Goa. Visit Calangute beach, explore history of Fort Aguada, try out Deltin Royale Casino, discover the famous fort: Chapora Fort, explore Basilica of Bom Jesus, visit Pandava Caves and Arvalem Waterfall, seek divine at Mangeshi Temple, witness natural beauty at Dudhsagar Falls, take sunbath at Ashwem & Arossim Beach and shop at Arpora Night Market.

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52 Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2024: ✔Location, Activities

Budget Hotels > Travel Blog > Destinations > Goa > 52 Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2024: ✔Location, Activities

Beachside bliss, trance parties, sizzling nightlife and gourmet temptations – Goa is all these and so much more! A kaleidoscopic destination, Goa is a punch of flavours that packs in fun, frivolousness, culture, heritage and even a sublime dose of spirituality. The buzzing place celebrates the idea of a carefree life like no other destination in India. At the same time, it tantalises you to soak in the splendour of Portuguese colonial ancestry that is laced with a dip of Indian culture. Such is the exotic beauty of Goa!

This sand-based party destination is a spectacular package of numerous known and lesser-known attractions. How about treating yourself to a trail of some of the most enticing treasures of Goa that definitely deserve to be on your must-visit list? Interested, are you? Then fasten your seatbelts and here you go!

Learn about Goa’s history, geography and climate .

Beaches in Goa – Bountiful Nature

Places to Visit in Goa: Beaches – Bountiful Nature

Places to Visit in Goa: Beaches – Bountiful Nature

Everything else can take a backseat when you are in the vicinity of the gorgeous beaches of Goa . Here’s our list of the most stunning golden-sand jewels from the region’s treasury.

Undoubtedly, the most famous and happening beach in Goa, Baga is known for its pulsating beach parties, exciting nightlife and delicious seafood. It is the perfect place to indulge in water sports and enjoy a sunbath during the day and dance to foot-tapping music at night, all in the company of a lively crowd.

  • Famous For: Recreation area with water sports, eateries, bars, nightspots & a festive atmosphere
  • Location: North Goa
  • Top Activities : Parasailing and dolphin cruises
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Baga

2. Calangute

Termed the Queen of Beaches in Goa, Calangute’s drawcard is its shimmering golden sand and the whimsical rise and fall of waves. Peppered with sun lounges, cool restaurants, clubs, and shacks, the beach is a traveller’s delight. Because of its huge popularity among tourists, Calangute is one of the top 10 places to visit in Goa with family.

  • Famous For: The nightlife of Calangute Beach is the best with crazy parties and live music
  • Top Activities: Water skiing and banana rides
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Calangute

Check out the hotels in goa in Calangute & Baga Road

3. Candolim

Picturesque beauty and serene atmosphere make Candolim a great spot to relax and rejuvenate during your beach holidays. The scrub-covered sand dunes are among the major attractions of this beach.

  • Famous For: The Candolim Beach in Goa offers a peaceful environment and there are many shaft bars that offer the local taste of Goa
  • Top Activities : Kite surfing and paragliding
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Candolim

4. Sinquerim

Dotted with swaying palm trees, the captivating Sinquerim beach is the best place to spend a few tranquil moments, alone or with your crazy pack. The beach offers mesmerising views of the historic Fort Aguada.

  • Famous For: Sinquerim Beach is one of the best places to visit in North Goa for watersports. It is well-known for its world-class parasailing, scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing, and fishing amenities
  • Top Activities : Crocodile spotting, skiing and paragliding
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Sinquerim Fort

Vagator exudes a laid-back feel while still being steeped in the rave culture. It is split into two beaches – Big Vagator and Small Vagator and is famous for its dramatic red cliffs.

  • Famous For: Vagator Beach has black rock cliffs overlooking the water. The beach was rated one of the cleanest in Goa
  • Top Activities : Scuba diving, kayaking, and jet ski ride
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Vagator

Anjuna is a 30-km-long beach that features unusual rock formations and towering palm trees. Happening nightclubs, pubs , and Saturday night bazaar make it one of the most popular places to visit in Goa at night.

  • Famous For: Anjuna is famous for trance parties held on its beach
  • Top Activities : Bumping rides, water scooters, trance parties, and flea market shopping
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Anjuna

Shaped like a beautiful crescent, the palm-fringed Palolem beach boasts of stunning views and white sand and is regarded as Goa’s finest beach. Apart from indulging in water sports and sampling authentic Goan dishes, you can engage in some retail therapy from the Tibetan market shops lining the beach. Palolem is considered to be among the best places to visit in Goa for couples to spend some quality time.

  • Famous For: Palolem Beach offers an opportunity of a lifetime to spot the Dolphins from a cruise
  • Location: South Goa
  • Top Activities : Swimming, attending a yoga class, dolphin spotting, and partying at a silent disco

Arambol counts among the gorgeous beaches in Goa and for all the right reasons. A distinct Bohemian vibe and a string of budget accommodation options add to the popularity of the place.

  • Famous For: Arambol Beach is also famous for the sweet water lagoon or lake that is located at the end of the adjacent beach
  • Top Activities : Attend a night party, yoga and meditation session, paragliding, kite surfing, and sunbathing
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Arambol

A hidden gem, Agonda is an unspoiled scenic beach located in the southern region and certainly counts among the less-crowded  beaches in Goa . The beach witnesses fewer crowds and is ideal for swimming, sunbathing or simply lazing around.

  • Famous For: Agonda Beach is perfect for swimming and chilling
  • Top Activities : Swimming and beach walking

Its natural beauty notwithstanding, Morjim beach is mainly popular as a nesting site for Olive Ridley sea turtles that can be seen here in large numbers. It is also a great place to spot various species of birds.

  • Famous For:  Morjim is renowned as the nesting place for Olive Ridley turtles
  • Top Activities : Scuba diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, boating, and swimming
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Morjim

11. Butterfly

A secluded wonder, Butterfly Beach is among the most beautiful but less exploited beaches in Goa . You can find a variety of butterfly species on this beach. The beach is accessible only by boats as no roadways wind up to it.

  • Famous For: Enclosed by a thick forest on one side and leading to the open sea on the other, the beach has a unique and picturesque landscape
  • Top Activities : Canoeing, boat riding, snorkelling and kayaking

Fringed with coconut trees, Colva is a serene beach that exhibits a unique charm of its own. The colourful fishing boats bobbing on the water add to the quaint beauty of the beach. This picturesque beach is one of the best places in Goa to visit for photography.

  • Famous For: The 2.5 km long beach is known for its powdery white sands flanked by swaying coconut trees that add to its beauty
  • Top Activities : Candle-light dinners, swimming, parasailing, banana boat ride, and water scooter
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Colva

13. Baina Beach

Baina is a coastal gem in Goa, offering a perfect blend of sandy shores, azure waters, and a lively atmosphere. With its pristine beaches and a plethora of water sports activities, Baina attracts tourists from far and wide.   

  • Famous For: This crescent-shaped beach lies between the Zuari Nagar hills on the right and the Dabolim plateau to the left. Baina Beach is famed as the site of India’s first-ever underwater sea walk.
  • Top Activities : Water sports, Explore the Japanese Garden, Visit the St. Andrew’s Church

14. Varca Beach

One who is looking forward to a tranquil and romantic holiday in Goa, far from the clamour of the tourists even during the peak season, the Varca Beach in Goa is a perfect pick. It also offers a utopian nature for people who seek meditation and yoga. Varca can be among the peaceful places to visit in Goa with friends. Down the shore, amidst the whispering palm grove, Varca Beach is dotted with exotic spa resorts where one can spend some idealistic and rejuvenating moments.

  • Famous For: Picturesque beach known for its calm waters, wooden fishing boats & food vendors
  • Top Activities : Water sports and Nightlife
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Varca

Also Read – North Goa or South Goa: How to make a choice?

Churches in Goa: – Magnificence Redefined

Places to Visit in Goa: Churches – Magnificence Redefined

Places to Visit in Goa: Churches – Magnificence Redefined

Enchanting is the word that can appropriately define the beauty of Goa’s churches. Check out our list of exceptional churches in Goa .

15. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Built in the 16 th  century, Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest and most famous churches in the region. The edifice of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fabulous example of Baroque architecture. The church is famous for being home to the mummy of St. Francis Xavier.

  • Famous For: One of the best examples of baroque architecture and Portuguese Colonial architecture in India. It is one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World
  • Location: Old Goa

16. Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina

Se Cathedral exhibits magnificent architecture and is among the largest churches in Goa. This 250-feet tall church boasts of the largest bell in Goa, known as the Golden Bell.

  • Famous For: Known for its impressive interiors, the mosaic work, and the Golden Bell, which is the largest in Goa and one of the largest in the world
  • Location: Velha Goa or Old Goa

17. Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

Featuring a unique blend of Baroque, Corinthian and Tuscan architectural styles, the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi boasts of attractively gilded altars and ornate interiors. The carved woodwork of the church adds to its overall beauty.

  • Famous For: The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, together with a convent, was established by eight Portuguese Franciscan friars who landed in Goa in 1517. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches, and convents of Goa
  • Location:  Velha Goa or Old Goa

18. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

An old gem among Goa’s churches, this church is known for its elegant architecture that features a double flight of symmetrical stairs. It has an ancient bell that is supposed to be the second largest bell of its kind in Goa.

  • Famous For: Built in a Portuguese Baroque style, the church is located on a slight elevation, on a hillock. It is known to house the second largest church bells in Goa
  • Location: Panjim
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Panjim

19. Church of Saint Cajetan

This famous church is modelled after Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. It features exquisite Corinthian architectural style and is built in the shape of a Greek cross.

  • Famous For:  Being a part of the World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa

20. Chapel of Saint Catherine

Exhibiting a simple architecture, this UNESCO-listed church holds much historical significance. It was built to celebrate the victorious march of Portuguese general, Afonso de Albuquerque in Goa. Apparently, it is the first Christian ecclesiastical structure built in the region.  

  • Famous For: Chapel of St Catherine is a 16th-century historic chapel that was built over a Cathedral in 1552 on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after the Portuguese conquered the state
  • Location:  Taleigao

21. Mae De Deus Church

One of the splendid churches of North Goa, it is the only one in Goa to feature Neo-Gothic architectural style. Its lovely spires will surely remind you of medieval castles. The elaborately done interior boasts of a gilded altar.

  • Famous For: Imposing Neo-Gothic Catholic church with grand spires & gilded interior ornamentation
  • Location:  Saligao

22. Santa Cruz Church

Santa Cruz Church is a spectacular monument built in the Neo-Roman architectural style. The church dates back to the 16 th  century. It is also known as Holy Cross Church. 

  • Famous For: The church showcases a unique blend of architectural styles, combining elements of Baroque, Gothic, and Portuguese colonial designs
  • Location:  Santa Cruz, Panjim

23. Church of Our Lady of the Mount

Located atop  Monte Hill, the Church of Our Lady of the Mount is an elegant structure. The church commands popularity due to its impressive architecture as well as its wonderful position from where you can get a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.

  • Famous For: With simple exteriors, lavish interiors, and wealth of historical significance, this chapel is what one might call a hidden treasure
  • Location:  Old Goa

24. Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca

Being located at the confluence of Mapusa and Mandovi rivers, the church of Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca is a visual treat in itself. High vaulted ceilings, glass-stained windows, and brilliant architecture make this church a one-of-its-kind attraction in Goa.

  • Famous For: The interior of the church is stunning with a high-vaulted ceiling and handpainted sceneries
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Panji

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Forts in Goa: – Saga of Glorious Past

Places to Visit in Goa: Forts – Saga of Glorious Past

Places to Visit in Goa: Forts – Saga of Glorious Past

Heritage and history continue to thrive in the  forts of Goa , each of which has endless stories to reveal. Mentioned below are some of the most impressive forts of Goa you must visit during your next trip.

25. Fort Aguada

Boasting  a breathtaking location, Fort Aguada stands as one of the iconic forts and top places to visit in Goa. Built-in 1612, this massive fort offers sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. An ancient four-story Portuguese lighthouse and prison cells situated within the complex are among the major attractions of the fort.

  • Famous For: Its magnificent architecture as well as the breath-taking views it offers of the Arabian Sea 
  • Location: Candolim 
  • Timings: 9:30 am to 6 pm

26. Chapora Fort

Since the time it featured in the movie,  Dil Chahta Hai , this fort has become one of the best places to visit in Goa for youngsters.  The USP of the fort is the panoramic view it offers of the expansive Vagator Beach.

  • Famous For: Known for its spectacular views and sunset vistas
  • Location: Bardez
  • Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Chapora Fort

27. Reis Magos Fort

Standing guard since 1551, the robust Reis Magos is one of the oldest forts in Goa. The fort was once a residence for dignitaries and was later used as a prison. With its interesting history, it sure deserves a visit.

  • Famous For: This restored 16th-century fort offers sweeping river & sea views, along with a cultural centre
  • Timings: 9:30 am – 5 pm
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Bardez

28. Tiracol Fort

A 17 th -century monument, Tiracol Fort is situated atop a hill and offers spectacular views of the areas downhill. There is also a church inside the fort, though is not always kept open to the general public.

  • Famous For: For panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Terekhol River
  • Location: Tiracol
  • Timings: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Tiracol Fort

29. Cabo de Rama Fort

Steeped in legends and folklore, Cabo de Rama takes pride in being one of the oldest forts in Goa. It is believed that the fort location is the place where Lord Rama had stayed with his wife Sita during their 14 years of exile from Ayodhya.

  • Famous For: This fort withstood gruesome battles between the Portuguese, Marathas, Muslim invaders, and Hindu kings, and was used as a prison by the British
  • Location:  Canacona
  • Timings: 9 am – 5:30 pm

30. Corjuem Fort

Corjuem Fort is one of the two surviving inland forts of Goa. It may be small in size, but it is quite popular among the tourists and locals alike who throng to the fort to enjoy the spellbinding vistas it offers of the Corjuem River and the areas beyond it.

  • Famous For: Built in 1705, the hilltop ruins of this Portuguese military fortress offer scenic views
  • Location:  Corjuem
  • Timings: 6 am – 7 pm

Temples in Goa: – Blend of Beauty & Spirituality

Places to Visit in Goa: Temples – Blend of Beauty & Spirituality

Places to Visit in Goa: Temples – Blend of Beauty & Spirituality

The  temples of Goa  are not just about spirituality; they are also about heritage and beauty. Take a look at some of the famous temples that paint a picture of an altogether different Goa.

31. Mangeshi Temple

Dedicated to Lord Mangesh, an avatar of Lord Shiva, Mangeshi Temple is one of the largest, oldest, and most visited shrines in Goa. There is a seven-story octagonal lamp tower at the temple complex entrance that becomes a visual treat when lighted with oil lamps on festive nights. Mangeshi Temple is one of the most religious places to visit in Goa with family.

  • Famous For: One of the major temples in Goa, it is approximately 450 years old
  • Location:  Mangeshi Village, Priol

32. Shanta Durga Temple

Shanta Durga Temple in Goa exhibits a unique construction, replete with Roman arched windows and a Pyramidical Shikara. Goddess Durga is the reigning deity of this temple, where she is worshipped as a mediator between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. 

  • Famous For: The temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva
  • Location:  Kavalem Village, Ponda

33. Maruti Temple

When you are in Goa, do not let go of the opportunity to get blessed by Lord Hanuman at the Maruti Temple. If you happen to visit this temple on Tuesdays, you can witness the rush of devotees who throng the place in hordes.

  • Famous For: Located on Altinho Hill overlooking Fontainhas district in Panjim, the majestic Maruti Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman
  • Location: Altinho, Panjim

34. Saptakoteshwar Temple

One of the six major shrines of Lord Shiva that exists in the Konkan region, Saptakoteshwar Temple is a picture of architectural beauty.  The temple’s mandapa is constructed in the European style. You will need to embark on a ferry journey to reach the temple from the island of Divar.

  • Famous For: It is considered to be one of the six great sites of temples of Shiva in the Konkan area
  • Location:  Narve, Bicholim

35. Mahalasa Narayani Temple

This temple is among the rare shrines in India where Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Mahalasa or Mohini, the deity’s female form. The temple possesses a 12.5-meter high brass lamp which is considered to be one of the highest lamps in the world.

  • Famous For: The most popular temple of Supreme Mother Mahalasa is at Mardol in Goa, which is over 450 years old
  • Location:  Mardol, Ponda

36. Brahma Temple

You don’t come across a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma every other day, do you? Because of this very reason, you must include the Brahma Temple in your list of Goa itineraries. The temple houses a finely chiseled sculpture of Lord Brahma that dates back to the Kadamba period.

  • Famous For: It is the only temple in Goa that is dedicated to Lord Brahma and is also one of the few important temples found in India that is dedicated to Lord Brahma
  • Location:  Valpoi, Satari

Museums in Goa: – Keepers of History

Places to Visit in Goa: Museums – Keepers of History

Places to Visit in Goa: Museums – Keepers of History

The museums in Goa allow you to get a glimpse into the rich history, culture, and heritage of the land. Listed below are a few popular choices from among the plethora of museums in Goa.

37. Archaeological Museum

This museum takes you to the medieval past of Goa. At this museum, you can take a look at the ancient maps, Arabian and Persian inscriptions, bronze statues, wooden sculptures, age-old artifacts, and lots more that will keep you thoroughly engaged. It is one of the most famous places to visit in Goa other than beaches.

  • Famous For: Archaeological Museum of Goa houses a splendid collection of artefacts belonging to the prehistoric and late medieval Portuguese rule in Goa
  • Location:  Old Goa
  • Timings: 10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Friday)
  • Entry Fees: INR 10

38. Museum of Christian Art

It is the only museum in Asia that features items related to the emergence of Christianity in Goa. The museum has a wealth of impressive sculptures, paintings, furniture, textiles, and other curios.  

  • Famous For: It is the only museum in Asia that features items related to the emergence of Christianity
  • Timings: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Entry Fees : INR 5

39. Wax World Museum

Goa’s own Madame Tussauds, that’s what the Wax World Museum is! You can expect to find more than 30 realistic wax figures of Indian celebrities and personalities from the pages of history. Do not miss this one.  

  • Famous For: Celebrities wax statues
  • Timings: 09:30 am – 06:30 pm
  • Entry Fees : INR 250

40. Ancestral Goa Museum

Fancy knowing about the ancient Goan way of life? Then the Ancestral Goa Museum or Big Foot Museum will enthral you to no end. This open-air museum has life-size sculptures that portray the culture and lifestyle of Goa from the bygone days. Miniature models of traditional Goan houses and a Feni distillery are the highlights of this museum.

  • Famous For: Outdoor cultural museum featuring a recreated ancient Goa village, with pottery making & dancing
  • Location:  Loutolim
  • Timings :9 am – 6 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Entry Fees : INR 100

41. Indian Naval Aviation Museum

This museum showcases interesting exhibits that depict the Indian Navy’s evolution over the years. You can take a look at planes, helicopters, aircraft engines, military weapons, old photos, vintage navy uniforms, and several other things. It is among the unique places to visit in Goa to learn about Aviation and the Navy. The museum houses gigantic replicas of INS Vikram and INS Viraat.

  • Famous For: India’s only Naval Aviation Museum
  • Location:  Bogmalo, Vasco da Gama
  • Timings :10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Entry Fees : INR 20
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Vasco da Gama Railway Station

42. Houses of Goa

Designed by renowned architect Gerald da Cunha, this museum boasts of a ship-like structure. It is a unique museum where you can take a peep into Goa’s rich architectural past through the various exhibits on display.

  • Famous For: Offbeat, ship-shaped museum showcasing the region’s cultural & architectural history
  • Location:  Bardez
  • Timings :10 am – 7:30 pm (Closed on Monday)

Waterfalls in Goa: – Absolutely Spectacular

Places to Visit in Goa: Waterfalls – Absolutely Spectacular

Places to Visit in Goa: Waterfalls – Absolutely Spectacular

When it comes to waterfalls, nature has blessed Goa in abundance. Here are a few waterfalls that deserve a place in your places to visit in Goa in 3 days itinerary.  

43. Dudhsagar Waterfalls

A four-tiered waterfall, it is among the most spectacular waterfalls in India . The gush of milky white water flowing amidst the engulfing greenery justifies the name and is truly a sight to behold.

  • Famous For: Dudhsagar waterfall is one of the tallest falls in India
  • Location:  Goa-Karnataka Border  

44. Hivre Waterfalls

The stunning beauty of Hivre Waterfalls makes it one of the most popular waterfalls in the entire region. The location of the waterfall holds an attraction for not just tourists but trekkers as well.

  • Famous For: Trekking and views
  • Location:  Valpoi

45. Tambadi Surla Waterfalls

An offbeat destination, Tambdi Surla is a waterfall of breathtaking beauty. The waterfall stands surrounded by a dense jungle and needs a trek through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary to reach the place.

  • Famous For: Breathtaking views as the waterfall flows from a height of 50 meters in a zig-zag manner
  • Location:  Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

46. Arvalem Waterfalls

Call it Arvalem or Harvalem as it is popularly known, this gushing waterfall will definitely delight you. If you are looking for a spot for a picnic with your friends, the area around this waterfall is an ideal choice.

  • Famous For: Picnics and outings
  • Location:  Sanquelim

47. Kuskem Waterfalls

An amazing work of nature, Kuskem Waterfalls rushes down gleefully from a lofty mountain and presents a stunning sight to the onlookers. The best time to view this seasonal waterfall is during the monsoons or post-monsoons.

  • Location:  Canacona District

47. Charavne Waterfalls

A trek of about 2 miles uphill from the Charavne village will take you to the waterfall. Once you reach the spot, the sight of the waterfall will make your trek worth the effort.

  • Famous For: Trekking and Views
  • Location:  Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary 

Also Read – Trekking Places in Goa

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa: – Exotic Nature

Places to Visit in Goa: Wildlife Sanctuaries – Exotic Nature

Places to Visit in Goa: Wildlife Sanctuaries – Exotic Nature

The natural beauty of Goa lies not just in its bays and beaches. One way to experience nature in all its wild glory is to visit the wildlife sanctuaries and parks in the region. Check out some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries of Goa.

49. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

It may be the smallest wildlife sanctuary in Goa, but this natural reserve is home to a rich variety of wildlife. The sanctuary also has cottages where you can stay and discover the varied wildlife. 

  • Famous For: Junglelike wildlife sanctuary & zoo with a park area, many exotic species & birds
  • Location : Ponda, North Goa
  • Timings : 9 am – 5 pm (open all days except Monday)
  • Entry Fee : INR 50

50. Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary

If you are up for an adventurous safari through the deep jungle, Molem National Park must be on your list of to-do things. You can also trek through the forest and discover the rich wildlife population species of this sanctuary.

  • Famous For: The sanctuary is particularly known for its Leopards, Elephants, Deers & Gaur also known as Indian Bison
  • Location:  Sanguem Taluk, South Goa
  • Timings : 8 am – 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 20

51. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

A biodiversity hotspot, the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary boasts a number of wildlife species. But its biggest attraction is the Royal Bengal Tigers. This sanctuary is also a great place for bird-watching.

  • Famous For: Panthers to Indian venomous snakes
  • Entry Fee : NA

52. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

A visit to the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary will enable you to explore a variety of flora and fauna. The enchanting place is also home to several species of butterflies and birds.

  • Famous For: The sanctuary is a host for many rare butterfly species including the Malabar banded swallowtail and Malabar banded peacock
  • Location:  Sanguem Taluk
  • Timings : 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

53. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

The main attraction of the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is its observation deck that remains concealed amidst the foliage. If you climb up on this deck, you can spot the wild animals from close quarters.

  • Famous For: Flying squirrel, slender loris, Indian pangolin, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, Malabar pit viper, hump-nosed pit viper, white-bellied woodpecker, Malabar trogon
  • Location:  Canacona Taluk 
  • Timings : 7 am – 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 5

54. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Along the River Mandovi, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is accessed via a ferry ride. One can spot a variety of birds here including western reef herons and striated heron besides flying foxes, crocodiles, and jackals.

  • Famous For: White egrets and purple herons, you can expect to see colourful kingfishers, eagles, and cormorants
  • Location : Chorao Island
  • Timings : 6 am – 6 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 10

With so many attractions to see and experience, Goa is truly a traveller’s paradise. It has an endless bounty of man-made and natural attractions to offer. The best way to discover the treasures of Goa is to book your ticket, check into one of the  hotels in Goa , and start your exploration in earnest. So, here’s to the happy exploration of Goa’s wonders!

Frequently Asked Questions About Goa:

Q: When is the best time to visit Goa?

A: Although the ‘Party Capital of India’ is crowded with tourists all around the year, it is best to visit Goa during the winter season (November-February). The state especially attracts people from the world over during Christmas and New Year.

Q: Which Goa casinos can I visit to try my luck?

A: Deltin Royale, Casino Pride, Deltin Jack, Deltin Caravela, and the land-based Casino Paradise are among the top casinos in Goa for gaming enthusiasts.

Q: What are the best places to visit in South Goa?

A: Beaches like Palolem, Colva, and Benaulim, shrines like Se Cathedral and Shri Shantadurga Temple, Cabo de Rama Fort, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, and other interesting attractions in towns like Vasco Da Gama, Chandor, and Loutolim are among the top tourist places to visit in South Goa.

Q: Which adventure sports can I try in Goa?

A: There are many adventure activities in Goa for you to indulge in, the most popular of all being water skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, jet skiing, banana boat rides, kite surfing, white water rafting, windsurfing, parasailing, and snorkelling.

Q: Which are the best places to shop in Goa?

A: The most popular shopping places in Goa are Anjuna Flea Market (Wednesday) and Arpora Night Market (Saturday). Mapusa Friday Market, Mackie’s Saturday Night Market, and Calangute Market Square are a few other options for shoppers.

Q: How to reach Goa?

A: Goa’s Dabolim Airport has direct flights to domestic and foreign destinations like Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Kuwait, and UAE. Major train stations in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim while bus travellers can get down at Mapusa, Panjim, Vasco da Gama, Margao, or Canacona. Travelling to Goa by road from nearby cities is also ideal.

Q: Are there any UNESCO-listed heritage sites in Goa?

A: Yes; as a matter of fact, there is more than one. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Saint Catherine’s Chapel, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Church of Saint Augustine, and Church of Saint Cajetan are all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Goa.

Q: Suggest some happening places for a night out in Goa?

A: Party lovers must not miss popular pubs and nightclubs in Goa like Tito’s, SinQ, LPK Waterfront, Cafe Mambo, Curlies, Soro, Cafe Mojo, Cavala, Showbar Exchange, Cohiba, and Chronicle. Silent Noise in South Goa is also a must-visit.

Q: Which are the best places to eat in Goa?

A: Tamarind Cafe, La Plage, Bhatti Village, Thalassa, Spice Goa, Burger Factory, Brittos, Pousada by the Beach, Zeebop by the Sea, The Space, Martin’s Corner, Dropadi, Magic Italy, The Fisherman’s Wharf and Nostalgia are among the best restaurants in Goa.

Q: Suggest some good places for breakfast or brunch in Goa.

A: The Verandah Restaurant, AZ.U.R, Infantaria, Artjuna, Lila Cafe, Baba Au Rhum, La Brise, Bean Me Up, Cafe Cotinga, and Villa Blanche Bistro are the most popular breakfast and brunch spots in Goa.

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10 Best Places In Goa You Should Visit

Discover the top 10 places to visit in Goa, from pristine beaches to pulsating markets, and plan the perfect Goan getaway.

  • Goa's picturesque beaches, such as Palolem Beach and Arambol Beach, offer a serene escape where visitors can relax, practice yoga, and witness stunning sunsets.
  • Goa's historical landmarks, like Fort Aguada and Chapora Fort, provide a glimpse into the region's colonial past and offer breathtaking views of the coastline.
  • Goa is not just about beaches and history; it also boasts natural wonders like Dudhsagar Waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries like Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

As the first rays of the sun gracefully ascend over the shimmering expanse of the azure Arabian Sea, casting a resplendent cloak of gold upon the sandy shores, the magic of Goa becomes an irresistible siren's call.

This coastal haven, located along the western bosom of India, has for centuries played the role of a magnetic North Star, drawing wanderers from afar in search of a harmonious union between scenic nature, diverse culture, and the best beaches in Goa .

These 10 places in Goa are not just destinations; they are gateways to a world of experiences waiting to be unraveled. Each one invites visitors to step beyond the ordinary and experience Goa's boundless charm. Unraveling the beauty of Goa may require several days, but transforming the expedition into an exciting escapade is a worthwhile notion. Consider arranging overnight stays in Goa to maximize the experience. Thankfully, the journey presents top-rated local hotel choices, guaranteeing visitors can unwind in comfort. Enjoy these picture-perfect views of Goa and relish the warm hospitality of these thoughtfully handpicked hotels.

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Visualize a stretch of shoreline where time meanders leisurely, its path caressed by the warm rays of the golden sun and tenderly held by the gentle lap of the waves. Here lies Palolem Beach , a serene beach framed by the sentinel presence of coconut palms and adorned with soothing hues of tranquility.

Cast off on a leisurely saunter along the velvety sands, relish in a revitalizing yoga session, or surrender to the sun's tender caress. And as the sun dips beneath the horizon, behold the sky set ablaze with a mix of fiery oranges and delicate pinks, casting a spell so fascinating that even the tranquil waters themselves appear to hold their breath in awe.

The sun-kissed beaches of Goa beckon, but to fully enjoy their allure, remember to pack essentials like sunscreen, stylish hats, and comfortable swimwear. Protection and style, all in one suitcase!

Dr. Jack de Sequeira Road, Panaji 403 002

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada, a stoic sentinel of Goa's storied history, bears witness to the echoes of colonial conquests and maritime odysseys. Within its time-worn stones lie the hushed chronicles of bygone eras. Venture to its ramparts, and one shall be rewarded with views akin to a portal to the past, offering a glimpse into the vivid life of yesteryears.

Constructed in the 17th century by the Portuguese, this formidable fortress stood resolute as a bulwark against the relentless tides of enemy invasions.

Goan cuisine is a delightful fusion of flavors, with seafood being a highlight. Try dishes like vindaloo and xacuti for a burst of local tastes. Goa's markets, like the Anjuna Flea Market, offer an array of unique handicrafts and souvenirs.

Dr D B Bandodkar Road, Panaji 403 001

Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach is where the spirit of liberation takes flight. It's akin to a bird soaring gracefully above the azure sea, embodying the essence of Goa's Bohemian culture, where freedom and self-expression find their truest forms.

Arambol's charm lies in its laid-back vibes, where time seems to slow to the rhythm of the waves. It's a place where visitors can discover pulsating street markets, live music performances, and impromptu jam sessions that paint the evenings with a colorful, rhythmic palette.

This beach isn't just a geographical location; it's a state of mind. It embodies the spirit of freedom that's long been associated with Goa. Travelers here don't just relax; they rejuvenate. It's a haven where individuality and creativity flourish, making Arambol Beach a unique gem in Goa's coastal crown.

Utord, Salcete,106141, Panaji 403 713

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus stands as an enduring testament to the unwavering faith that has graced the shores of Goa for centuries. Its magnificent structure, adorned with ornate architecture and intricate detailing, serves as a gateway to a profound spiritual journey through the heart of this coastal paradise.

At its heart lies an even more profound treasure: the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier. These relics, encapsulated within an exquisite silver casket, are a tangible link to the past, a connection to the spiritual heritage that has endured through centuries.

As visitors stand before this revered shrine, they are invited to embark on a pilgrimage that transcends time and space.

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Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Dudhsagar Waterfalls stands as one of India's most beautiful waterfalls , a cascading wonder that paints the earth with its ethereal beauty. Here, the relentless flow of milky white water embodies the sheer power and poetic grace of the natural world.

As one approaches this majestic spectacle, the roar of the falls reverberates through the air, a melody composed by the earth itself. The pristine waters evoke a sense of wonder that transcends ordinary perception. Indeed, this is one of the most incredible geological wonders in India .

Standing in the presence of Dudhsagar, visitors are humbled by the sheer might of nature's forces as torrents of water rush downward with unrelenting vigor. The falls' name, which translates to "Sea of Milk," vividly captures the milky white color of the water as it plummets from great heights, creating an almost dreamlike scene.

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Chapora Fort

View from Chapora fort, Goa

Chapora Fort is more than a mere historic monument; it's a symbol of cinematic awe. Here, on the rugged cliffs of Goa, Bollywood crafted moments of pure magic, capturing the essence of this coastal wonderland in celluloid frames. But beyond its cinematic allure, Chapora Fort offers a real-life panorama that warms the soul.

Perched atop the cliffs, the fort grants visitors an unparalleled view of Goa's breathtaking coastline. The azure waters of the Arabian Sea stretch endlessly, merging with the horizon in a harmonious dance of colors.

Chapora Fort invites travelers to experience its rich history and cinematic mystique, but it also offers a genuine connection to the natural beauty that surrounds it. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the coastline, one can't help but feel that they've become a part of Goa's timeless story, where history, cinema, and nature converge beautifully.

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Anjuna Flea Market

The Anjuna Flea Market is a place of colors, sounds, and culture that beckons visitors to immerse themselves in its lively ambiance. Here, one steps into a bustling marketplace where time seems to take on a rhythm of its own, and each visit becomes an adventure waiting to unfold.

As visitors wander through the market's labyrinthine paths, the air is filled with voices, haggling, and laughter, creating an atmosphere that's both exhilarating and heartwarming.

Bargaining is not just a transaction here; it's an age-old tradition that transforms each purchase into a memorable interaction. Engaging with the local vendors, negotiating prices, and discovering the stories behind the goods one buys are all part of the magic. It's a chance to connect with the beautiful spirit of Goa and its people.

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Cabo de Rama

Cabo de Rama, a place of mystical beauty nestled on the southwestern coast of Goa, is where the legends of Lord Rama's exile come to life. It's a destination where history, mythology, and natural splendor converge, creating an atmosphere that resonates with echoes of ancient tales.

The centerpiece of Cabo de Rama is the historic Cabo de Rama Fort , perched majestically atop a cliff that overlooks the Arabian Sea. It's said to have been named after Lord Rama , the revered hero of the epic Ramayana, who, according to legend, took refuge in these very lands during his exile.

For those who visit Cabo de Rama, it's not just a historical site; it's a journey back in time, a pilgrimage to a place where myths and legends find their physical manifestation. It's a reminder that Goa is not just a land of beaches and parties; it's a land of history and spirituality, where the past and present exist in harmonious coexistence.

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Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary , tucked away in the pristine heart of Goa, is where the untamed beauty of the wild harmonizes with the serenity of nature. Within this lush, emerald expanse, visitors are invited to witness a unique spectacle of diverse wildlife and explore the beauty of the natural world.

The sanctuary is a living mosaic of ecosystems, from dense forests to meandering streams and tranquil glades. Here, nature reigns supreme, and the resident wildlife roams freely.

One of the sanctuary's highlights is the amazing treetop watchtower. Climbing to the top, visitors are treated to panoramic views of the forest canopy, an elevated perspective that reveals the intricate web of life below. It's a place where one can feel like a part of the forest, observing its rhythms and inhabitants from a great vantage point.

To explore Goa with ease and breeze through traffic, consider renting scooters. It's a convenient and fun way to navigate this charming coastal paradise, granting one freedom and flexibility.

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Dona Paula, a coastal gem nestled in the embrace of the Arabian Sea, is a place where the very air seems to shimmer with the essence of romance. It's a destination where love stories are etched into the landscape and where the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers continues to weave its magic.

The heart-shaped legend of Dona Paula and her ill-fated love affair lingers in the sea breeze, casting a spell over all who visit. As visitors stand on the precipice of this idyllic spot, gazing out at the vast expanse of the sea, they can almost feel the presence of Dona Paula and her beloved, the dashing Portuguese officer.

Their love, tragically forbidden, is said to have met its end in these very waters. Yet, their spirits are believed to linger, intertwined forever in a love that defied the boundaries of time and societal conventions. It's a story that has become synonymous with the romantic aura of Goa and is a reminder of why India boasts some of the most historic places with great history .

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  • 55 Best Places To Visit In Goa For A Splendid 2024 Vacay

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The list of tourist places to visit in Goa is a long one, varying right from the buzzing beaches like Baga to the beautifully-built churches and cathedrals of Old Goa. This fun capital of India boasts of sun-kissed beaches, palm trees, cashew plantations, centuries-old monuments, the epic Goan fish curry rice, cashew fenny, festivals, flea markets, Santa Monica Cruise Ride, Spice Farms, and what not!!! Dance the night away to the vibrant beats of Trance in the nightlife of Goa and wake up to the most serene sunrises on the calm beaches. That’s not all, the place is a paradise for food-lovers too. Thanks to the alluring shacks and some unique restaurants with fabulous locations to spend the best of time.

55 Most Popular Tourist Places to Visit in Goa

Bored from your monotonous life? Want to experience some eye-catching sunsets and spend some crazy nights on some of the amazing beaches? If this is what you are fantasizing then Goa is a place that will cater to all your dreams and fantasies.  Goa being the smallest state of India offers an enriching experience with relishing seafood, white sand, exquisite nightlife, and world heritage architecture. A holiday to Goa offers you a sneak peek at the gorgeous beaches, stunning landscapes, and heritage sites. Here’s a list of 55 absolutely amazing tourist places to visit in Goa which will keep calling you back for more.

Forts In Goa

For all the history buffs out there, Goa has many forts that are worth exploring and certainly top the charts when it comes to places to visit in Goa . Make a visit to these prominent forts to learn the history of Goa and enjoy the views that surround them.

1. Aguada Fort: Beautiful Ambiance

Aguada Fort, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

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Sightseeing in Goa is incomplete without a visit to Fort Aguada, strategically situated at the estuary of the river Mandovi. On the north side of the fort, a rampart of red-brown laterite just into the bay to form a jetty between two small sandy coves. This picturesque spot is known as Sinquerim Beach.

Location: Fort Aguada Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515 Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM all days of the week Built By: Portuguese Built-In: 1609-1612 Houses: The Central Jail and a 19th Century Lighthouse How To Reach: The fort is located on the Aguada-Siolim Road and can be easily reached by road Entry Fee:  No entry fee

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View from Chapora fort, one of the best places to visit in Goa

Popular for its history, the Chapora Fort is one of the prime tourist attractions of Goa. In recent years, it shot to prominence after the Bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai was shot here. Perched on a prominent position, one can get sweeping views of all directions from here. This is one of the prime sightseeing places in Goa where you can enjoy a wonderful sight of the sea from up above.

Location: Chapora Fort Rd, Chapora, Goa 403509 What’s Special? Dil Chahta hai has been shot here! The fort offers picturesque views of the Chapora river uniting with the waters of the Arabian Sea. Built By: Adil Shah of Bijapur Built-In: 1617 Nearby Attractions: Vagator Beach and Anjuna Beach How To Reach:  The fort is well-connected and can be easily reached by road Entry Fee:  No entry fee

3. Terekhol Fort: Serene Ambiance

One of the best places to visit in Goa

Fort Terekhol situated on the Terekhol River, lies on the northern tip of Goa, on a hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea. In its courtyard is the century-old church of St. Anthony which makes it one of the best Goa tourist places . The remains of the fort have now been converted into a hotel. The fort overlooks Tiracol River and the sandy Keri beach offering captivating views.

Location: Pernem Taluka, Tiracol, 403524 Built By:  Raja of Sawantwadi Viceroy Pedro Miguel de Almeida Built-In: 17th century Houses: The Chapel Of St. Anthony Nearby Attractions: Arambol, Palolem Beach How To Reach:  Terekhol fort can be reached easily by hiring a taxi or an auto from any place in the north of Goa. Entry Fee:  No entry fee

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4. Reis Mogos Fort: For History Lovers

Fort in Goa

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The construction of this fort was done by Alfonso de Noronha, the Portuguese Viceroy in the year 1551. The fort was reconstructed in the year 1707. This fort served as a pivotal site by becoming a defensive wall when the Portuguese were at war with the Marathas in the year 1739. This fort is located at 7 kilometres from the Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and lies on the banks of Mandovi.

Location: Verem, Bardez, Goa 403114 Timings: 9:30 AM – 5 PM all days of the week Built By: Alfonso de Noronha Built-In: 1551 Nearby Attractions:  Keri Beach, Redi Ganpati Temple How To Reach:  Terekhol fort can be reached easily by hiring a taxi or an auto from any place in the north of Goa. Entry Fee:  No entry fee

5. Cabo De Rama Fort: Mythological Site

Cabo de Rama fort

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Another one on our list of must visit places in Goa is the Cabo De Rama Fort. Popularly known by the name Cape of Rama, this fort is known for its historical as well as mythological significance. This fort was reconstructed by the Portuguese in the year 1763 after they seized it from the Maratha King of Sonda. This tourist site is located 60 kilometers from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and lies in South Goa.

Location: Taluka Cabo da Rama, Canacona, Goa 403702 Timings: 9 AM – 5:30 PM all days of the week Built By: Portuguese Built-In: 1763 Nearby Attractions:  Kakolem Beach, Agonda Beach How To Reach:  You can reach the fort easily from any of the major hubs in south Goa via public transport. Entry Fee:  No entry fee

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6. Corjuem Fort: Offers Excellent Panoramic Views

Aerial view of Corjuem Fort, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

Corjuem Fort is one of the smaller forts in Goa. It offers a great panoramic view of the surrounding beauties. Being one of the popular Goa destinations , it is a must-visit spot for architecture enthusiasts and history lovers. With its two inland forts, it is among those places which have survived into the 21st century.

Location: Corjuem, North Goa Timings: 6:00 AM – 7 PM Built-In: 1705 Built By:  Portuguese Nearby Attractions:  Aguada Fort, Calangute Beach How To Reach: The fort is well connected by road Entry Fee:  No entry fee

Churches In Goa

Churches of Goa will bring you closer to the religious, historical as well as architectural aspects of this Indian state. Listed below are a few most-visited churches here that you must explore for a memorable trip.

7. Bom Jesus Basilica: Baroque Architecture

One of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

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One of the world-famous tourist places in Goa is the Bom Jesus Basilica. Characterized by Baroque architecture and fine detailing, carved from basalt embellishments, it is one of the richest facades in Goa. This is one of the best Goa tourist places  to indulge in some tranquility.

Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa 403402 Timings: Monday to Saturday 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM & Sunday 10:00 AM to 06:30 PM Built By: Portuguese Built-In: 1609-1612 How To Reach:  It is located around 10 km from Panjim in Old Goa. You can hire a taxi from Panjim to reach here in around 20 minutes. Entry Fee:  No entry fee

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8. Se Cathedral: Largest Asian Church

Se Cathedral

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This church is known to be one of the largest Asian churches. One of the major Old Goa tourist places, this cathedral is established facing the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Se Cathedral has even been recorded as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and that too for all the right reasons. This cathedral has been established as a tribute to St. Catherine and is considered to be the Archdiocese’s seat in Goa.

Location: Velha, Goa 403402 Timings: 7 AM – 6:30 PM Built By: Julião Simão Built In: 1609-1612 How To Reach:  The church is at a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and can be easily reached by road. Entry Fee:  No entry fee

9. Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi: World’s 2nd Largest Bell

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Goa has some of the most grand and elaborately designed churches of India. The Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi in Panjim is one among the oldest churches in Goa . A highlight of this place of worship is the statue of Mother Mary that has been installed right in front. The tower forms a striking backdrop to this statue. The church also preserves world’s 2nd largest bell, making it one of the famous places to visit in Goa. 

Location: Off National Highway 4, Goa Velha, Goa 403110 Timings: 7 AM – 6:30 PM Built By: Portuguese Built-In: 1661 How To Reach:  The church can be easily reached by road Entry Fee:  No entry fee

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10. Church Of St. Cajetan: Stunning White Structure

Church Of St. Cajetan, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

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Church Of St. Cajetan is a charming Roman Catholic church in Old Goa. It is also known as Church of Divine Providence. Completed in 1661, this building has been brought under the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Churches and Convents of Goa, making it an unmissable part of every Goa sightseeing tour. The stunning white structure has large dome and inscriptions of Latin on its walls. Designed in the shape of a Greek cross, this architectural beauty is located close to the Mandovi River.

Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa 403402 Timings: 7 AM – 6:30 PM Built By: Portuguese Built-In: 1661 How To Reach:  The church is well-connected by road Entry Fee:  No entry fee

Iconic Places to Visit in Goa To Have Your Meal

You must have visited Goa several times, but here are a few iconic places to visit in Goa to experience eating out in altogether a different way. While some of these offer the most picturesque sunset, others will make you fall in love with their vibrance and ambience.

11. Thalassa Restaurant: Epicurean’s Delight

Thalassa Restaurant, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

One of the most famous restaurants amongst regular Goa tourists, Thalassa offers the perfect sunset view in Goa. Look for a table outside if you want to have the ideal experience at this place. The clear view of the expansive sea makes it certainly worth every penny.

Location: Plot No. 301, 1, Vaddy, Siolim, Goa 403517 Timings: 10:00 AM – 11:30PM all days of the week How To Reach:  The place is well-connected by road Price For Two:  INR 2000

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12. The Fisherman’s Wharf: For Seafood Lovers

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This place has been attracting crowds for years now. While Salcette offers a ship-like decor and serves delicious tandoori pomfret, masala fried prawns and fish curry rice. Live performances add up to the fun at this beautiful place. On Sundays, you can enjoy the live performances during lunch hours as well. The view of backwaters make the moments memorable for lifetime. So, next time you are in Goa, don’t forget to add this to your list of places to visit in Goa.

Location: Behind The Leela, Mobor, Cavelossim, Goa Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:30PM all days of the week How To Reach:  The place is well-connected by road Price For Two:  INR 1500

13. Anteras, Vagator: Sun-kissed Meals

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Antares is a place to be if you are looking for some of the best of Goa famous places. Have a sun-kissed meal and wait till the sunset for an experience of its kind. You can pick anything from their authentic delicacies and you will not regret for the fact that their staff pours in immense creativity and dedication in each dish they serve.

Location: Small Vagator Beach, Ozran, Vagator, Goa Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:30PM all days of the week How To Reach:  The place is well-connected by road Price For Two:  INR 2000

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Famous Party Hubs In Goa

After all, what is Goa without the party clubs? These places to visit in Goa are not just places but rather an integral part of your itinerary. They ensure you make the most of your trip to Goa and satisfy your party animal!

14. Tito’s Club: Celebrity DJ’s

Tito’s Club, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

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The biggest entertainment hub in Goa hosts a steady stream of high profile and celebrity DJ’s with a huge dance floor and is amongst the best tourist attractions in Goa. The club also features a variety of special acts, dance performances and has the most versatile bartenders with fire acts and crazy bar flaring acts of their own. The club within a few months of opening its doors has already received the Times Nightlife Award for the “Best Nightclub in Goa”.

Location: Titos Ln, Near Baga Beach, Saunta Vaddo, Calangute, Goa Timings: 6 PM – 3 AM How To Reach:  The place is well-connected by road Price For Two:  INR 3,000

15. Mambo’s: Craziest Party Place

Mambo’s, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

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It is one of the most happening tourist places in North Goa that has changed the clubbing scene in Goa and is among the craziest Goa places to visit. It club opens from 9pm onwards and is a chilled out zone to meet friends and catch up for a drink. With amazing in house DJs as well as renowned International DJ’s playing all sorts of music. Cafe Mambo also has special theme nights for retro music as well as trance night and also host many of the festivals in Goa .

Location: Titos Lane, Baga Beach, Goa, 403516 Timings: 6 PM – 4 AM How To Reach:  The place is well-connected by road Price For Two:  INR 3,000

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16. Britto’s: Tantalizing Bites

Britto’s, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

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De Baga Deck is a fine-dining Italian restaurant that serves some of the most scrumptious and tantalizing food in Goa . Tasty cocktails, great music, pleasing ambience and magical cuisines are the highlights of De Baga Deck. The ambience is unique given the large French windows through which you can enjoy uninterrupted and spectacular views of the Arabian Sea. De Baga Deck is open throughout the year. It specializes in seafood and multi-cuisines and you can gorge on Goan delicacies to your heart’s content after you’re exhausted from Goa sightseeing.

Location: House No.7, 171, Calangute – Baga Rd, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa Timings: 8:30 AM – 12 AM How To Reach:  The place is well-connected by road Price For Two:  INR 3,200

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa

If wildlife fascinates you, then these amazing sanctuaries are some of the essential places to visit in Goa to make your trip more fulfilling and memorable!

17. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary: Goa’s Second Largest Wildlife Reserve

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Noted as Goa’s Second Largest Wildlife Reserve, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary may not be the place to see wild animals prowling but you get to see something different. Sloth Bears, Laughing Hyenas and Indian Bisons are a part of the community along with Monkeys and the Malabar Crested Eagle. Find yourself walking in the woods and enjoying the silence that descends on this sanctuary. This is one of the best places to explore in Goa to witness the intriguing wildlife.

Location: Canacona Taluka, Khotigao, Goa 403702 Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:30PM all days of the week How To Reach:  You can hire a cab or taxi from Panaji Distance From Goa:  60 Kms south of Panaji

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18. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary: Mangrove Forests

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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on western extreme of The Chorao Island is where mangrove forests are worth exploring with the presence of species like mudskipper and black drongo. Named after an Indian ornithologist, the sanctuary is a nice escape into wilderness. This is one of the best places in Goa .

Location: Chorao Island, Ilhas, Ribandar, Goa Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM How To Reach:  You can hire a cab or taxi from Panaji Distance From Goa:  58 Km

19. Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary: Rarest Of Species

Wildlife sanctuary in Goa, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

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Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary is Goa’s most visited sanctuary and that is not without reason. Like other Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa, Mandovi-Zuari attends to a host of species. You can spot the from the rarest of species of Kandelia Candel to a wide range of Birds, Snakes, Jackals and Crocodiles.

Location: Chorao Island, Ilhas, Ribandar, Goa Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM How To Reach: You can hire a cab or taxi from Panaji Distance From Goa:  NA

20. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: Largest Wildlife Sanctuaries In Goa

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This wildlife sanctuary is a part of Mollem Village, which is located in Sanguem Taluka. Earlier, it was known by the name Mollem Game Sanctuary and it was in the year 1969 that it was given the name, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is considered to be the largest in the four wildlife sanctuaries of Goa. this sanctuary also covers within it the mesmerising Mollem National Park.

Location: Goa 403410 Timings: 6:00 AM – 6:30PM How To Reach:  You can hire a cab or taxi from Panaji Distance From Goa:  10 km from Panaji

21. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: Smallest Wildlife Sanctuaries In Goa

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Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in Goa and is amongst popular Goa tourist places . Besides seeing a variety of flora and fauna species here, you can explore the deer safari park, botanical gardens and more. A famous place among photography enthusiasts, children and environmentalists, this wildlife sanctuary can be visited throughout the year.

Location: Usgao-Ganjem VP, Goa 403105 Timings: 9AM to 5PM (Monday closed) How To Reach:  You can hire a cab or taxi from Panaji Distance From Goa:  34.3 Km

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Shopping Places In Goa

To satiate your shopaholism, you must visit the vibrant markets of Goa that are known for their wide varieties of clothes and accessories. Explore the markets mentioned below!

22. Mapusa Market: Famous Shopping Destination

Mapusa Market, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

Mapusa is one of the many famous shopping destinations in Goa. Just outside Mapusa Municipal Market, you will find an array of stalls enticing you with local goods got by farmers and small entrepreneurs across the state You can shop for several artifacts, clothes, accessories, souvenirs and much more at the market while shopping in Goa .

Location: Mapusa Market Area, Panaji, Goa Timings: 6 AM – 8 PM What To Buy: Clothes, accessories, souvenirs

23. Saturday Night Market: Popular Flea Market

Saturday night market, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

This sprawling market is located in Arpora. One can find everything in this market – right from spices to jewellery, unique creations, international designers, vintage items and much more. Apart from that, it hosts live concerts. A lot of hippies frequent this market and sell goodies too. The Saturday night market has featured in Bollywood films too! It is one of the best liveliest getaways for sightseeing in Goa. This is one of the best places in Goa .

Location: Arpora, Goa Timings: 6 AM – 8 PM What To Buy: Jewellery, unique creations, international designers, vintage items

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24. Anjuna Flea Market: Favourite Hangout Among Backpackers

Anjuna Flea Market, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

Apart from the famous Curlies, Anjuna flea market is amongst the most popular tourist places in Goa. The flea market is open only on Wednesdays and offers many things, right from fruits to clothes and accessories to electronic devices. It’s a favourite hangout among hippies and backpackers. While you can find really unique items at this market, give your best shot at bargaining, ‘coz you can avail some great deals!

Location: 10, St. Michael’s Vaddo South, Anjuna, Goa 403509 Timings: October to March: 08:00 AM – 12:00 AM & 12:00 AM – 01:00 AM What To Buy:  Souvenirs

Beaches In Goa

Beaches in Goa are its highlight and people from all around the country come here to spend the time of their lives and unwind themselves at the beaches! Scroll down to know what’s in store for you in some of the major beaches of Goa!

25. Aguada Beach: Delightful Views

Aguada Beach, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

While Fort Aguada is known to soothe your eyes with delightful views of Aguada beach, it allures the travellers with pristine landscape and the background of ancient citadels. The beach is famous amongst honeymooners.

Location: Fort Aguada Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515 What’s Special? Do plan a trip to the lighthouse near by. It offers some gorgeous views of the beach from a height.

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26. Arambol Beach: Bohemian Atmosphere

Arambol Beach, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

With its Bohemian atmosphere, Arambol has long been a tourist attraction in Goa for many of the long-term hippies & youthful backpackers. The relaxed environment at the Arambol beach coupled with peace and tranquility attracts many vacationers from other beaches of Goa.

Location: North Goa What’s Special:  Over here, one can indulge in water sports in Goa such as paragliding and kitesurfing.

27. Baga Beach: White Sand Beach

Baga Beach, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

Baga Beach a famous tourist point in Goa, is the centre of tourist attraction in Goa. Majestic white waves rushing to wipe out the feet imprints left by you on the white sand while the wind continues to flirt with the palm trees. Amongst all the activities, parasailing, banana boat rides and sun-basking are highly enjoyed at this beach. This is one of the top tourist places in Goa for couples where they can indulge in an array of fun experiences.

Location: Bardez, Goa What’s Special:  Beach side shacks and cafes which serve you with delectable Goan delicacies and music to soothe your senses. One could indulge in artificial tattoos & braids too.

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28. Anjuna Beach: Full Moon Parties

Anjuna Beach, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

One of the most popular tourist places in Goa – the world renowned freak capital of the world – Anjuna beach is known for its full-moon (acid house) parties, trance Parties and the hippies who tried to synthesize the spiritual traditions of the East and the art, ideas and the music of the West.

Location: Anjuna, North Goa What’s Special:  The beach is known for full moon parties

29. Butterfly Beach: For Peace Seekers

Butterfly Beach, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

This beautiful Butterfly beach situated towards the north of the Palolem beach. It is very suitable for those seeking peace and isolation and is one of the quietest and unexplored beaches in Goa. The Butterfly beach is surrounded by a lot of rocks. One can enjoy the thrilling ride by the paddle boat towards the beach and also see some dolphins on the way.

Location: Palolem, Goa What’s Special: The Butterfly beach is known for its clean water and a lot of tourists visit it to spot Dolphins

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30. Calangute Beach: Queen Of Beaches

Beach view at one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

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Calangute beach is also known as the Queen of beaches. Bringing hordes of European tourist calangute beach is the haven for hippies. You can also have you full of adventure with parasailing, water-skiing, wind-surfing and dolphin trips. It is one of the best places to visit in Goa in 2 days, especially if you’re travelling with friends, alone or with your partner.

Location: Calangute, Goa What’s Special:  With a mind-blowing nightlife, bustling flea markets and generous contributions of history, you can let your spirits scale high on the sky of experience.

31. Colva Beach: Largest And Oldest Beach

Colva Beach, one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

This beach is located 33 kilometres away from the Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and is at a distance of 8 kilometers from the Margao Railway Station. This beach of South Goa is considered to be one of the must-visit tourist attractions. This beach is considered to be the largest and oldest amongst the beaches lying in the southern region of Goa and is also counted amongst the best places to visit in Goa for couples.

Location: Colva, Goa What’s Special: Colva Beach is famous for its pubs and bars and all the party lovers must head to this beach to have a lit night!

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32. Cansaulim Beach: Second Largest Coastline Stretch In India

Scenic surroundings at one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa

This beach, along with Arossim and Cuelim, form the second largest coastline stretch in the entire country of India. Cansaulim Beach is considered to be an extended part of Velsao Beach and is among the most charming picnic spots in Goa . This particular beach is known for its white sands and various palm trees. It forms a part of the northernmost tip of Velsao Beach, one of the most scenic Goa destinations. If you want to explore the secluded beaches of Goa, then visiting this one is a must.

Location: Cansaulim, Goa What’s Special:  Click some incredible shots with palm trees in the background and take a long walk around the beach.

33. Benaulim Beach: Indulge In Water Sport Activities

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Located very close to Colva Beach, Benaulim Beach is a great beach with plenty of things to do apart from sitting back and relaxing. Indulge in various water sporting activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and wind surfing. Go on a candlelit romantic beach dinner or enjoy sightseeing froma  range of options – Sernabatim Lake, Ramola Super Market, Sernabatim Beach, Copelwaddo Chapel, St Anthonys Church. It is one of the best places to visit in Goa.

Location: Cansaulim, Goa What’s Special: Enjoy candlelit dinners at beach side restaurants like The Farmhouse Restaurant, Li Bai, Dinha’s Restaurant and The Pavilion

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34. Dona Paula Beach: Popular For Thrilling Activities

Dona Paula Beach, one of the best places to visit in Goa

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Counted among the best tourist places to visit in Goa, Dona Paula Beach has a tragic history that is related to both love & suicide. The beach gives a lot of options for sport activities to indulge in for adventurous souls. If you wish to get pretty views of the Arabia Sea then you must head to the jetty that is right next to the beach.

Location: Dona Paula Beach What’s special:  Watersports like water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, etc.

35. Ashvem Beach: Find Your Secluded Spot

Ashvem Beach, one of the best places to visit in Goa

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Another one on the list of Goa sightseeing places is Ashvem Beach which can be found in the Mandrem village, North Goa. Tall palm trees lined on an extensive white sand define this beach perfectly. If you are in search of some secluded spots on beaches of Goa then you must visit Ashvem Beach and find your place to relax. You can also relish some lip-smacking seafood from the restaurants on the beach.

Location: Ashvem Beach, Goa 403512 What’s special:  Try exotic dishes from the shacks on the beach like La Cucina, S2 Beach Shack, Paradise Beach Shack, and Cafe Sea Green Back Shack

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36. Mobor Beach: A Piece Of Heaven

Mobor Beach, top places to visit in Goa

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You must have heard of Mobor Beach when going through any list of top places to visit in Goa this is because it is one of the most exotic beaches in South Goa. It is thronged by several tourists every year which creates a cool surrounding with people dancing and going crazy over the views. A look at it and you will realize that is a piece of heaven that you were unaware of before.

Location: Mobor Beach, Goa What’s special:  Do not forget to explore nearby places like Betul Fort & Lighthouse

37. Sinquerim Beach: Ideal For Families & Friends

Sinquerim Beach, one of the top places to visit in Goa

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How can a list of the best Goa tourist places remain complete without Sinquerim Beach in it? So, here is the Sinquerim Beach with an amazing shoreline and perfect views that can make anyone fall in love with this place. If you are traveling with your friends or families, then you must head to this beach which is perfect for swimming and a few water activities.

Location: Sinquerim, Candolim, Goa 403515 What’s special:  If you are a party person then you must head to the Sinc Nightclub where you can shake your legs with your gang.

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38. Querim Beach: Away From The Humdrums Of Citylife

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Also popular as Keri Beach, Querim Beach lies in the northern region or Goa and is the largest one in the area. You might find popular beaches in Goa thronging with tourists and locals, at that time you can head to this beach and spend some time in calm surroundings. People usually love this place due to its unkempt crops and beaches which is why they are in the purest form which is why it is one of the best places to visit in Goa .

Location: Querim Beach, Goa 403519 What’s special:  You can also opt for water activities like surfing, paragliding, banana ride, and kayaking.

Islands In Goa

If you’re a nature lover, then these islands are your type of places to visit in Goa. Look at the ones listed below and make the most of it!

39. Chorao Island: Largest Island In Goa

Lush green surroundings at Chorao Island in Goa

Chorao Island is true to its Sanskrit name meaning ‘Stunning Precious Stone’. From being a mere settlement of Portuguese noblemen, this Goan Island has grown into a quaint place nurturing few church and aged villas. Being the Largest Island in Goa, Chorao Island surpasses 16 other islands in attracting visitors which is why it is one of the top Goa tourist places .

Location: Near Panjim, Goa What’s Special:  It is amongst the most tranquil places in Goa

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40. Divar Island: Impeccable Beauty

Divar Island in Goa

Divar Island is still untouched by commercialization and it has retained much of its originality. One of the best places to visit in Goa with friends, this small village reprises the feeling of visiting Goan countryside. Bonderam is a much talked about festival which sees a huge influx of tourists to Divar Island. Another one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa, this should definitely make to your next Goa itinerary.

Location: Mandovi river, Goa What’s Special:  Situated across the ever-active Mandovi River, it is easily accessible via ferry from near Viceroy’s Arch and is among the best places to visit in Old Goa .

41. Grand Island: Offbeat Spot

Grand Island in Goa, one of the top places to visit in Goa

Grand Island is true to its name. It is amongst the most offbeat yet adventurous tourist places in Goa. It offers a grand experience to the lovers of watersports as it is home to excellent Scuba Diving sites. Visiting this island is undoubtedly one of the best offbeat things to do in Goa .

Location: Sautavaddo, Calangute, Goa 403516 What’s Special:  Suzy’s Wreck, Shelter Cove and Bounty Bay are some of the Scuba Diving sites around Grand Island. Take a day trip to this island in Goa for great snorkelling experience.

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Other Places To Visit In Goa

All the above-mentioned places will make you want to come back to this place. However, when planning your trip here, don’t forget to add the below-mentioned places for a comprehensive fun, ensuring you don’t miss out on anything!

42. Archives Museum: Illuminating Hours

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The Museum of Goa is housed at a new building at the Patto Plaza near the ourem creek, Panaji and is another one of the best tourist places to visit in Goa. There are about eight thousand interesting artefacts housed in this museum, which makes this place one of the top places to see in Goa.

Location: Ourem Road, Rua de Ourém, Mala, Panaji, Goa 403001 What’s Special:   The museum is home to over eight thousand interesting artefacts

43. Panaji: The Capital City

Panaji, one of the best places to visit in Goa

The capital, another popular tourist place in Goa, lies on the southern left bank of the Mandovi River that skirts the town and makes for a beautiful setting. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best places to visit in Goa with family. Panaji is best discovered on foot, as you walk in the old-world lanes, past heritage houses by the market selling an amazing range of goodies.

Location: North Goa What’s Special:  A boat cruise through the River Mandovi at night is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have on the serene waters of Goa.

Suggested Read: 10 Ultimate Destinations For Boat And Cruise Vacations In India

44. Dudhsagar Waterfalls: Enticing Sights

Scenic view at the Doodhsagar waterfalls

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This waterfall is quite famous all over India, owing to the four-leveled falls. Moreover, this is one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. The height of Dudhsagar Waterfalls is 1017 feet and is 100 feet wide (on an average) at the peak. Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary is where these falls are lying, almost at the border between Goa and Karnataka. The distance between these falls and Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand is 71 kilometers.

Location: Sonaulim, Goa 403410 What’s Special:  This is amongst the most refreshing escapes and is ideal to plan a family picnic

45. Shri Mangeshi Temple: Major Pilgrimage Site

Temple in Goa

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This temple is situated at a distance of 37 kilometres from the Vasco Da Gama Railway Station. This temple is considered to be one of the most prominent attractions in North Goa. It is one of the must-visit places in Goa, as it is a major pilgrimage site here. The temple is also considered to be the largest and richest Hindu shrines in the Indian state of Goa. It is definitely one of the must-visit places in Goa

Location: Dinanath Mangeshkar Rd, Mangeshi Village, Mardol, Goa 403401 What’s Special:  This is amongst the prominent religious sites

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46. Shri Shantadurga Temple: Spiritual Visit

Goa Temple

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This temple is situated in Kavlem Village, on its foothills. It is one of the biggest and most frequented temples in Goa . As the name suggests, this temple is devoted to Shantadurga – the Goddess of Peace. On a less formal note, the Goddess is also referred to as Santeri. This temple is one of the prominent locations in North Goa.

Location: Kapileswari – Kavlem Rd, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa 403401 What’s Special:  The temple is popular amongst locals

47. Shri Mahalaxmi Temple: Celebrate Auspiciousness

Mahalaxmi temple in Goa

Image Credit: Deepak Patil for Wikimedia Commons This temple is located in Bandora Village and lies at a distance of 4 kilometers from Ponda. This temple has been established in devotion to Mahalaxmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. The highlight of this temple is that the idol of Devi has been depicted wearing linga on her head.

Location: Mushtifund Saunthan Panaji, Dada Vaidhya Road, Panaji, Goa 403001 What’s Special:  The religious site that welcomes pilgrims throughout the year

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48. Candolim Beach: Hub Of Adventure Freaks

beach side view in Goa

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Another beautiful place to visit in Goa is Candolim Beach. This is a hub of adventure freaks holidaying here in Goa as it offers an array of daring water sports. You can even rent out a scooter here and drive with your friends to Fort Aguada which is located on the other side of Calangute Beach. You can also relax by the beach or capture the mesmerizing views of sunsets and sunrises in your camera. 

Location:  Calangute Beach What’s Special: Mesmerizing views of sunsets and sunrises

49. Tito’s Street: Best Nightlife Experience

Night market in Goa

Tito’s Street is home to some of the most electrifying clubs in Goa. The place offers you an array of clubs in the prime location of Goa. Once the sunsets, you will see numerous party freaks in the town heading to Tito’s Street to have the best nightlife experience of Goa. The place also offers scrumptious delicacies and is a heaven for shopaholics staying in Goa!

Location:  Titos Ln, Baga What’s Special: Scrumptious delicacies

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50. Palolem Beach: Gorgeous Escape

beachside view in Goa

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Palolem Beach in Goa is amongst the most gorgeous beaches in Goa. During day time, the beach gets crowded with numerous hawkers offering delicious seafood and other decorative items. This is a significant Goa tourist attraction and offers mesmerizing views. If you are a nature-lover and love experience the true vibe of the destination you are visiting then you must surely head to this beach on your Goa vacation. 

Location:  Market town of Chaudi in South Goa What’s Special: Mesmerizing views

51. Casino Cruise: Enthralling Experience

Casino cruise in Goa

If you are on a luxurious holiday to Goa then you must surely visit Casino Cruise. This stay will give a Vegas-touch to your enthralling vacation in Goa. The cruise is docked on a popular river in Goa and this well-fitted posh furnishing cruise offers spellbinding views during day and come to life at 9 pm when the DJ night starts and continues till 3 am in the morning. It is one of the must-visit places in Goa.

Location:  NA What’s Special:  Luxurious getaway

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52. The Church Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception: Peaceful Hours

Famous church in Goa

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It is amongst the most visited churches in Goa and this beautiful church stands tall in the capital city of Goa. The church was established in the year 1541 as a chapel and later in the year 1619 the larger building was constructed. The church played a significant role in day-to-day life of Old Portuguese sailors and has always remained a significant landmark in the history of Goa. Its multicolored interior is one of its kinds and imparts peace and delight to its visitors. 

Location:  Rua Emídio Garcia, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001 What’s Special:  Exclusive architecture

53. Club Cubana: Dazzling Ambiance

Club Cubana, one of the best places to visit in Goa

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Club Cabana is amongst the most popular clubs in Goa and is known for its amazing nightlife experiences. They call themselves the “Nightclub in the Sky” and offer parties that will surely take your vacation to the next level! If you are a party-animal holidaying in Goa and looking for the most electrifying party then you must surely head to Club Cabana with your friends or travel partner!

Location:  Aguada – Siolim Rd, Arpora, Goa 403507 What’s Special:  One of the best nightclubs in Goa

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54. Lamgau Caves: Interesting Man-Made Cave

famous caves in Goa

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Looking for some popular North Goa tourist places ? Lamgau caves can be a good pick. This man-made cave is very interesting and is visited by people from across the world. It is an important place for the Hindu community and not only it is a great tourist destination but also a renowned educational and cultural sites.

Location: Bicholim, North Goa What’s Special:  An interesting man-made cave

55. Arvalem Waterfall: Well-Known Scenic Waterfall

scenic waterfalls in Goa

Not as enormous as the Dudhsagar waterfalls but Arvalem Waterfall is also one of the best places to visit in Goa. Visiting this attraction during the monsoon months is the best time to enjoy the splendid sight. Participate in the activities located close by. To reach this gorgeous attraction, there is a lot of transportation available from Panaji.

Location: Mapusa, North Goa What’s Special:  Amongst the most splendid sights in Goa

Further Read: Goa vs Gokarna: What’s your pick for the Long Weekend?

Best Places To Visit In Goa

Goa is indeed a paradise for the water sports and fun-filled activities. You will be basking in the beautiful sunshine and engaged in doing adventurous activities like kite surfing, knee boarding, parasailing, paragliding, kayaking, diving and snorkelling. There are innumerable tourist attractions in Goa for a short vacation or weekend getaways. If you are planning well in advance then you can plan your Goa trip on New Year or Goa Carnival festival which are two of the most amazing times. When in Goa, plan to chill in one of the trendy bars, elegant cafes, beach shacks. Tourists can even plan to enjoy discos and clubs with friends. Come, experience Goa life and get amazed with what exotic it has to offer and that too within your budget.

Have you ever imagine there is so much in Goa? Hurry up and pack yourself for such an amazing trip. All the tourist places in Goa mentioned above will ensure you get a glimpse into the nature, culture, and history of this state. A visit to a great number of places, ranging from beaches to temples will make sure your vacation in Goa will turn out to be a fulfilling travel experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Tourist Places in Goa

How many days are enough for Goa?

No set number of days is enough for Goa, as it is the kind of destination that one wouldn’t want to come back from. But if one is planning a trip here then they should at least plan a trip for 6-7 days.

What are the best places to visit in Goa in 3 days?

In 3 days in Goa, you can explore the beaches of North Goa, like Baga and Anjuna, visit historic sites in Old Goa, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in areas like Calangute and Candolim.

Which part of Goa is best for tourists?

The northern part of Goa is ideal for tourists, offering a mix of stunning beaches, historical attractions, and a lively atmosphere. On the other hand, South Goa is a peaceful haven for tourists with its pristine beaches, culture, and serene environment, perfect for those seeking a more relaxed experience.

What is the off-season in Goa?

May to September marks the off-season in Goa when the weather is hot but the beach town is comparatively less crowded. You’ll find all Goa tourist places to be almost empty and hotel prices will be at their lowest.

Is South Goa better than North Goa?

South Goa is comparatively serene and calm. The beaches in South Goa are less crowded as North Goa is famous as the party hub. If you are a sucker for a peaceful environment, then South Goa is the ideal place for you.

Is Goa good for a family trip?

Although Goa is famous as a place to visit with friends or on a honeymoon, one can totally plan a family trip to this happening destination. Goa offers various intriguing adventures that you can enjoy with your family.

What are the best clubs in Goa?

Some of the clubs that one should visit in Goa are Tito’s Bar and Club (Baga), Club Cubana (Anjuna), and LPK (Love, Passion, Karma) Waterfront (Nerul). If you visit North Goa, then you can find more nightclubs to visit during your tour.

Which church is famous in Goa?

Some of the churches that one must visit on a trip to Goa are: 1. Basilica of Bom Jesus (Bainguinim) 2. Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (Panaji) 3. Church of Our Lady of the Mount (Ella) 4. Se Cathedral (Velha) 5. Mae De Deus Church (Saligao)

Is Ola service available in Goa?

No, Ola or Uber isn’t available in Goa but one can download the app of GoaMiles, an initiative by Goa tourism, for taxi services to get around and see all the major Goa destinations. You can also hire a vehicle which you can use for commuting in Goa.

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30 Best Places to Visit in Goa That Aren’t Beaches

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Looking for the best places to visit in Goa? Well, look no more because this post covers all the top places to visit in north goa and south goa.

Goa, with its golden-sand beaches and palm-fringed villages, is a paradise for everyone. This perfect vacation spot will offer you plenty of beautiful and unique places to explore and rejuvenate your wanderer soul here.

From majestic forts to ancient churches, to lush waterfalls, there is everything here. If you are planning a trip to Goa, then check out our article on the top places that you can visit in Goa.

Best Places to Visit in Goa

Aguada fort.

Aguada Fort is one of the most popular Portuguese forts in Goa that was built in the 17 th  century as a defense against the Marathas and the Dutch invaders.

With a capacity to hold 79 cannons, this old fort was the prized possession of the Portuguese.

The fort lies between the Sinquerim and the Candolim beach and is one of the best places to visit in Goa with family. Inside the fort, you will see an old lighthouse that was constructed in 1864, the oldest of its kind in India.

Visit Aguada Fort to learn about Portuguese architectural techniques and the amazing views of the Arabian Sea.

There is also an underwater prison here that stays closed for most of the year. Plan a visit in the evening to Fort Aguada to enjoy the cool summer breeze as the sun slowly sets and disappears in the sea.

Entry Fee: Free

Camera Fee: Free

Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM

Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort

One of the best places to visit in North Goa, Chapora Fort gained popularity due to its feature in the hit Bollywood film – Dil Chahta Hai.

Travelers from all over India visited Goa and spent time at this fort which is also known fondly known as the Dil Chahta Hai Fort.

Overlooking the mighty Chapora River, this fort was constructed in 1717 and has witnessed several historical events.

Since it was a defensive fortress in the earlier days, it was the constant subject of fighting between the Marathas and the Portuguese.

You can plan a visit to this fort to enjoy the panoramic vistas around. Watch the beachgoers on the nearby Vagator and Chapora Beaches or adventurers experiencing water sports in the distance.

Timings: Throughout the Day

Corjeum Fort

Another popular island fort to visit in North Goa, Corjuem Fort was built in 1550 and has been ruled by several rulers over the years.

Due to its strategic position, it was a great defensive fort to protect Panjim which is why so many battles occurred here to take possession of this fort.

Rebuilt by the British in 1705, Corjuem Fort is a popular spot for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.

Also, the breathtaking view of the Mapua river and the lush green countryside makes it a top attraction for the tourists in Goa.

Timings: 6 AM – 7 PM

Reis Magos Fort

Reis Magos Fort

Looking for the best places to visit in North Goa? Then you have to check out this offbeat attraction in North Goa.

Reis Magos is an ancient fort that was constructed in 1551 on the banks of the Mandovi River. This fort stands on a hilltop and offers stunning views of the Mandovi River and the village of Reis Magos.

What’s interesting about this fort is that it has served different roles and purposes in the last 4.5 centuries. It has served as the home for viceroys, prison, and an abandoned fort in the oh-so-many years.

If you want to visit an offbeat fort that is still more intact than the other forts in Goa, then you should check out this place. Currently, the fort serves as a museum to anyone who wishes to learn the history of this fort and Goa.

Entry Fee: 50 INR

Camera Fee: 100 INR

Timings: 9:30 AM – 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Cabo de Rama Fort

One of the best places to visit in South Goa, Cabo de Rama Fort is also known as The Cape of Rama.

Named after Lord Rama of Ramayana, this fort is said to be the exile place where Rama lived with his wife Sita for 14 years.

The cape was earlier a Hindu monument that was rebuilt into a Portuguese fort in 1763.

With an elaborate defense system that consists of a moat, gatehouse, and multiple bastions, this fort has changed many rulers over the past couple of hundred years.

One can visit this fort to get a look at the gorgeous architecture and to enjoy the surrounding green vistas. You can also see the famous Cabo de Rama Beach from the walls of the fort.

Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM

Fort Tiracol

Tiracol Fort

Are you looking for offbeat places to visit in North Goa? If yes, then Fort Tiracol is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in North Goa.

Since this fort has played a huge role in the independence of India, it has seen many wars over the years. In fact, Fort Tiracol has been destroyed and rebuilt once after which it has stood strong over the years.

With stunning architecture and intricate carvings, Fort Tiracol is the best tourist attraction for all the history buffs.

The fort is located on the northern tip of Goa and offers gorgeous views of the Arabian Sea. You can reach by road or take a ferry to reach the fort.

Currently, this fort has been turned into a luxury heritage hotel. Here, you can book your stay or you can dine in the restaurant while taking in the views of the Arabian Sea.

Timings: 9 AM – 7 PM

The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

Another historic church in Goa that you absolutely must visit is The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.

Dating back to the 17 th  century, this pristine white church is located at the top of zigzag stairs and has stunning Portuguese Baroque architecture.

The interiors of the church have colorful and bright decorations which impart peace to anyone who visits. Earlier, Portuguese sailors paid a visit to this church after their voyage to thank them for the safe journey.

This church looks beautiful at the night with the twinkling fairy lights. But if you want to see it in its full glory, then plan a visit during the feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception on 8 th  December to witness the church covered in colorful lights.

Entry Fee: 10 INR

Timings: 9 AM – 7:30 PM (Closed from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM)

Divar Island

Divar Island

Divar Island is a gorgeous place that is slightly disconnected from the rest of Goa and offers a serene and scenic environment.

This small island is surrounded by a dense forest and has a small village where the residents live. Enjoy the beautiful hilltop views, learn more about the local culture, and enjoy the cashew fruits during your stay here.

The island can be reached through a 15-minute ferry ride that is free for everyone.

Mahadev Temple

Mahadev Temple is a 12th-century temple that is located 12 km from Mollem. It is one of the oldest temples in Goa that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a Shiva Linga placed on a raised platform inside the temple.

Since it is situated in a remote location, the temple has survived years of conquests by the Muslims and the Portuguese.

According to the local legend, a king cobra resides in this basalt black temple in the honor of Lord Shiva. Visit this temple to check the detailed carving inside including the lotus temple carved on the ceiling of the temple.

Timings: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Sao Jacinto Island

Sao Jacinto

Located close to Vasco Da Gama, Sao Jacinto Island is another must-visit place in Goa that is both offbeat and beautiful.

You will find an abandoned lighthouse and a church on this island to explore. Spend time on the river banks watching the fishing boats go on about their daily life.

Try to visit during sunrise as this island offers an amazing view of the Golden Hour.

Dudhsagar Falls

Do you love visiting waterfalls? If yes, then Dudhsagar falls is one of the best places to visit in Goa in the monsoon.

Located inside Mollem National Park, Dudhsagar Falls is a spectacular four-tiered waterfall in Goa. With a height of 310 meters, this is also one of the tallest waterfalls in Goa and is a great trekking spot for travelers.

Dudhsagar means a sea of milk in the Konkani language which is exactly how this waterfall appears.

It is not easy to reach this waterfall the water and the surrounding views are definitely worth the effort.

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Grand Island

Parasailing in Goa

Goa is quite famous for its water activities and while different beaches offer you options, Grand Island offers you everything in a single location.

This is why it is one of the best places to visit in Goa for bachelors. You can enjoy water activities such as scuba diving, jet-skiing, banana boat rides, and more.

Snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving in Goa are quite popular as you have so much to explore underwater.

There are some really cool shipwrecks and underwater sites to explore around Grand Island. Plan a day at this island to enjoy the underwater sights, adventurous water activities, and a delicious BBQ lunch.  

Basilica de Bom Jesus

Although Goa is a popular vacation spot, many people visit this state to visit the pilgrimage sites here including Basilica de Bom Jesus.

Located in Old Goa, this basilica dates back to the 16 th  century and was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1999. Here, you will find the remains of St. Francis Xavier.

This basilica uses a mix of Corinthian, Doric, and Baroque style architecture and has intricate carvings all over. It is also the only church in Goa without a plaster which is why you will notice monsoon effects on this structure.

Visit this attraction on the day of the Feast of St. Francis Xavier which is a nine-day novena and sees a lot of crowds every year.

Timings: 9 AM – 6:30 PM on Weekdays, 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM on Weekends

Fontainhas

Located at the foot of Altinho Hills, Fontainhas is the old Latin Quarter in Panjim that is a top attraction to visit in this state. The main USP of Fontainhas is its Portuguese influence, especially the architecture.

The narrow winding roads, the colorful tiny villas with projecting balconies and roofs made of red-colored tiles will instantly transport you to a European city.

The only place in Goa where Portuguese is still a widely spoken language, Fontainhas was established by a Goan expatriate – Antonio Joao de Sequeira.

In 1984, this place was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site and has attracted a lot of tourists from all over the world.

Some people also call it a small part of Portugal washed up on the Indian continent. If you love heritage and lively places, then walk around the streets of the Latin Quarter enjoying the stunning architecture here.

Naval Aviation Museum

One of the two military museums in India, the Naval Aviation Museum in Goa is another great tourist spot to visit.

This is of the best places to visit in Goa with family where you can learn about the different naval aircraft that have been commissioned over the years.

The interior of this museum looks like INS Viraat and has several galleries where you can read about the wars that the Indian Navy has been a part of.

You can also visit the room with all the naval equipment such as bombs, warheads, torpedos, and more. There is also a simulation room where visitors can enter the cockpit to experience it.

This is a great educational experience and you can end the day with a visit to the nearby beach.

Entry Fee: 20 INR

Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

Chapel of Our Lady of the Mont

Located at a hilltop and overlooking the Mandovi River and St. Cajetan Church, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount is another great attraction to visit in Goa.

This place was built by Alfonso de Albuquerque after he defeated the Muslim ruler, Yusuf Shah, in 1510. And since it sits atop a hill, it offers enchanting views of Divar Island, Chorao Island, and Old Goa.

Make sure you visit this place during sunset because the evening colors from here are going to look quite mesmerizing.

And do you know an amazing fact about this place? This church has been featured in several Bollywood movies such as All the Best, Zeher, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., and so on!

Timings: 9 AM – 7 PM (Mon-Sat), 9 AM – 12 PM (Sunday)

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Named after India’s top ornithologist, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a hidden gem in Goa that you can visit with your kids. With 440 acres of dense mangrove forest, this place is home to diverse fauna, especially birds.

From Blue-winged teals to Pintails, to jackals, you will spot a wide range of bird and animal species here.

You can watch the birds from the nearby watchtower and spend a day here to enjoy the surrounding natural attractions.

This sanctuary is located on Chorao Island and can be visited by ferry.

Entry Fee: 10 INR – Indians, 100 INR – Foreigners

Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM

Panjim

If you are traveling with friends, then Panjim is one of the best places to visit in South Goa. The capital city is a multicultural hub that boasts a laidback vibe and diverse architecture.

With a river running by its side, this is a great place to enjoy river cruises and other off-shore activities as well. Explore Panjim on foot and walk past the charming and colorful heritage homes here.

Learn about the trading history of Goa, walk around the Latin Quarter, check out the art galleries, or visit the nearby beaches. There is no shortage of places to explore in Panjim.

S ri Mangeshi Temple

Sri Mangesh Temple is a popular religious attraction in Goa for Hindus. It is one of the biggest temples in the state and dates back to the 1500s.

Over the years, many renovations and changes to the building have been carried out, a major one being in 1973.

Built during the rule of Marathas, this temple has a simple yet elegant design. Dedicated to Lord Shiva’s incarnation, Bhagavan Manguesh, you will find Mangesh Linga inside the temple.

There are several other colorful statues of deities such as Lord Ganesha, Lakshminarayana, Goddess Parvati, Garuda, Bhagavati, and more.

Watch the daily rites and rituals performed here or participate in a major celebration at the temple.

Timings: 6:30 AM – 11 AM, 3 PM – 6 PM

Cola Lagoon

Cola Lagoon

Searching for the best places to visit in goa for bachelors? Then, Cola Lagoon should be on the top of your list!

Surrounded by tall palm trees, Cola Lagoon aka The Blue Lagoon/Emerald Lagoon is a hidden gem in Goa. It is the end of a freshwater stream meeting Cola Beach and is one of the best highlights of Cola Beach.

One of the best places to visit in South Goa, Emerald Lagoon has clear green colored water that you can easily swim in. Plus, there are a lot of fun water activities to do here such as kayaking, banana boat rides, and more.

You can easily spend a few hours in this lagoon enjoying the lush greenery and the clear freshwater.

Goa State Museum

Housed in the former palace of  Adil Shah, Goa State Museum is a great place to visit with family. This museum was founded in Panjim in 1977 and is a great place to learn the history and culture of Goa.

The museum holds thousands of artifacts and exhibits in the galleries which will interest people of all ages. From religion to science, the museum covers a diverse range of topics and is perfect for history buffs and art lovers.

Timings: 10 AM – 5:30 PM

Church of Reis Magos

Reis Magos Church

Constructed in 1555 after the building of Reis Magos, the Church of Reis Magos is another beautiful place to visit with your family.

This church is dedicated to St. Jerome and is said to have been built on the ruins of an old Hindu temple.

The church has beautiful architecture and is a good place to visit in the evenings for some peace and tranquility.

If you want to see the true Goan spirit, then visit this church on 6 th  January when the locals celebrate the three kings who journeyed to worship baby Jesus.

Timings: 6 AM – 11 PM

Mapusa Market

If you wish to see a glimpse of the local Goan lifestyle, then head to the colorful and vibrant Mapusa market.

Open every day from morning to evening, this market has shops and stalls that sell a wide range of goods with vendors coming from several nearby villages and states.

From textiles to edibles, you will find everything here. So, taking a stroll around the market, taking pictures of the bustling streets, and eating street food are just a few things to do around here.

Make sure you carry cash to buy goods from this market.

Timings: 9 AM – 11:30 PM

Old Goa Church

Once the capital of the Portuguese, Old Goa was founded in the 14 th  century and is located in North Goa. It was abandoned due to disease and has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site several years back.

One of the best places to visit in Goa with family, Old Goa is known for its historic churches, colonial architecture, and several scenic points.

You will find homes here with Indian and European influences and many popular landmarks which attract tourists and photographers.

A few places to check out here are the Church of Our Lady of the Mount, the Chapel of St. Catherine, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, and more.

You can explore around this region on foot or by bicycle to make the most of your trip.

If you have watched Dear Zindagi, then I am sure you know the place that I am talking about.

Remember how Alia Bhat cycled through a patch of palm trees in the countryside of Goa, well Parra is the very same place where this scene was shot!

Located on the outskirts of Mapusa town, Parra is a traditional village that is known for growing delicious watermelons.

Whether you want to experience Alia Bhatt’s movie moment or a quiet time in a scenic village, Parra is a great place to visit on your Goa trip.

Trust me, cycling on the narrow road while being surrounded by palm trees feels extremely surreal.

Mandrem

If you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy yourself with your friends, then one of the best places to visit in goa for bachelors is Mandrem. Popular for the Mandrem Beach, Mandrem is a village in the Pernem district of North Goa.

This part of Goa is known for its lush green fields and white sand beaches. Mandrem beach is quiet and peaceful and looks especially beautiful during sunset.

The best thing about this beach is that during high tide, the seawater rushes into the Mandrem Creek and gives the entire landscape a magical touch.

This place is also close to other offbeat beaches in North Goa such as Morjim Beach and Ashwem Beach. And there are lots of stalls and boutique stores where you can buy beautiful dresses, accessories, and more.

Mollem National Park

A part of Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, Mollem National Park is one of the best places to visit in South Goa. It is a popular trekking spot in Goa and is a great destination for jungle safari for animal spotting.

You can find several birds and animal species here such as Indian Hornbill, Indian rock python, King Cobra, and more.

If you love to trek, then this is one of the best places to visit in Goa in the monsoon. You can trek to Devil’s Canyon, Tambdi Water Falls, Sunset Point, and many more places around here.

One of the most popular attractions in this park is the Dudhsagar Waterfalls which is one of the highest waterfalls in India.

Camera Fee: 30 INR

Video Camera Fee: 150 INR

Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM (Last entry at 3 PM)

Arambol

Arambol is a traditional fisherman village that has become a hub for yoga, meditation, and other activities. This place is perfect for backpackers as you can find many hostels and cheap stays in Arambol to suit your budget.

Here, you have the namesake beach where you will find shacks serving seafood, Goan cuisine, and more. One of the best places to visit in goa at night, the beach hosts a range of activities such as live music, drum performances, and more.

If you love shopping, then this is one of the cheapest places to buy souvenirs in Goa.

Apart from that, it is a paradise for hikers as well since there are several hiking trails nearby for you to explore.

You can hike to Arambol Mountain, Sweetwater Lake, and several other hidden places to enjoy the views and the ambiance around here.

Also, if you are looking to work out of Goa, then you will find lots of cafes with good WiFi in this area too.

Tito’s Street

One of the best places to visit in Goa at night for partying, Tito’s Street is a must-visit on your Goa trip. There are many happening clubs around here such as Mambo’s, Tito’s, etc. where you can dance to your heart’s content.

The street is also filled with many shops and restaurants where you can buy souvenirs, clothes, etc., and then have food and drinks later.

If you want to chill on the beach, then you can head to the Baga beach from the street and join one of the beach parties there too. Overall, Tito’s Street is the best place to hang out and have fun in Goa with your friends.

Saligao

One of the quaint villages in Goa that isn’t frequented by a lot of tourists, Saligao is one of the few places where you can experience the local lifestyle and culture of Goa.

Walk through the streets of Saligao to enjoy the beautiful green countryside and meet native Goans who have been living here for a few centuries.

There are many beautiful houses to witness here and several interesting local legends to hear about. Personally, I feel you need a guided tour of this village to truly understand its stories and history.

Explore the chapels, churches, and beautiful houses as you learn more about the culture of this village.

So, did you like our list of the best places to visit in Goa? Do you think we missed out on something? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hi Rachita, Nice piece of Content, very comprehensive, but I’d like to point out, Chapora fort the timings it closes at 6:30pm in the evening.

Hello Ganesh,

Thank you. As for the timings, is it a recent change? Because I can say for a fact that I was inside Chapora Fort in 2021 February in the evening for sunset till 7 PM easily. 🙂

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Goa is primarily popular for its nightlife, beaches and bars. With more than 50 beaches, it is also known as the popular beach destination in India. But you may not the one, who likes beaches, Don’t worry there are so many places to visit in Goa other than beaches.

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If you are planning your trip to goa, it doesn’t make sense to visit only beaches. You should visit different places where you can enjoy and make your trip memorable.

Below are the top places to visit in Goa other than beaches:

Apart from their beaches, there are many attractions to see in Goa like ancient churches, temples, waterfalls, party places, local markets, offbeat places, bars and nightclubs. So here we have listed some popular places to visit in Goa apart from beaches.

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, a church dedicated to the worship of the little Jesus, also houses the remains of Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa and one of the founders of the Jesuit order. built between 1594 and 1605 by the Florentine sculptor Giovanni Batista Foggini in the old part of Goa, formerly the capital of the Portuguese colonialists. 

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And made of red stone mined in the area the bones of the saint, known throughout the Catholic world are kept in a silver coffin. It is located in an ornate marble tomb to the right of the altar. Every ten years, the public can marvel at the remains, except for one arm that can be seen in Rome. It is the best place to visit in goa in 2 days with your family and friends.

2. Fort Aguada

It is one of the largest and impressive forts. The most vital part of the fort is that it is strong enough to survive attacks by enemies from the land or sea or from both sides. One of the characteristic features headlands of Aguada is the lighthouses built-in 1864, which are considered to be one of the oldest and built in Asia. This is one of the top places to visit in Goa in India.

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Another important aspect of Fort Aguada was the small chapel. It is dedicated to Our Lady of the Good Journey. The name comes from ships that anchored at this location after a long journey and replenished their stocks before embarking on another journey.

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3. Dr. SalimALi Bird Sanctuary

The Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary is 5 km from Panjim, on the island of Chorao, near the Mandovi River. This sanctuary is named after the Indian ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. The smallest bird sanctuary in India, it extends over an area of 1.8 square kilometres. The sanctuary houses around 400 species of birds, both local and migratory.

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blessed with a lot of streams of water. The sanctuary houses a great variety of resident birds, such as eagles, kites, kingfishers, egrets, parrots, cormorants and herons. It serves as a center for migratory birds, Coots and Pintails during the winter season. If you want to do some kind of photoshoot then this is the famous places to visit in goa other than beaches for photography where you can click lots of photos.

4. Se Cathedral

known as the Cathedral of Santa Catarina and built to commemorate the conquest of the city to the Muslims. Today it is a World Heritage Site.

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It is considered to be the largest church built by the Portuguese around the world and its influence, as the seat of the bishopric, extended from Mozambique to China. enlarged in 1552 and 1619. An acquired the approximate form that is now known.

In the original building, there were two towers but one of them collapsed in the eighteenth century never to be erect again.

5. Chapora Fort

One of most beloved fortresses, Chapora Fort gained more popularity after he appeared in the Bollywood movie, DilChahtaHai. Dating back to 1717 and the Portuguese domain.

It was built instead of an old fort in the same place after the Portuguese-Maratha war.

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Now, in ruins the fort was an attempt by the Portuguese to strengthen their fortress in the territory of Goa and prevent further conflicts. recommended places in goa other than beaches to visit in the evening with your loved ones for enjoy.

6. Anjuna Flea Market

The weekly Anjuna Wednesday market is as much a part of the Goa experience as a day at the beach. More than three decades ago.

It was conceived and created by hippies who smoked giant joints, meeting to compare experiences on the exciting Indian circuit.

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Sell pairs of Levi jeans or handmade jewelry to help finance the rest of their stay.

7. Shri Mangueshi Temple

It is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and considered the most important temple of Goa; it belongs to the typical style of the architecture of the Hindu temple of Goa.

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It is very distinctive with its white towers, which welcome at the entrance despite being small and exquisite.

8. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, North Goa

The Bondla wildlife sanctuary is the most popular and famous wildlife sanctuary in Goa. The wildlife sanctuary of Bondla, the smallest of Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries, extends over an area of 8 square kilometers and is located 3000 feet up in the lush foothills of the Western Ghats.

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It is a popular place for both tourists and schoolchildren. A varieties of an animal life can be found here. In addition, Bondla also provides sanctuary to leopards and dancing bears. Another attraction in Bondla is the Hindu carvings.

9. The Latin Quarters of Panjim

While some buildings may be discolored, there is no denying that the labyrinth of narrow winding streets in the Latin Quarter of Panjim, or Panaji, as it is also known, is full of charm and atmosphere.

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This neighborhood, which dates back to colonial times, has retained its character over the years with its whitewashed churches and colorful heritage houses.

10. Shantadurga Temple, Ponda, South Goa

Temple path in Goa? Old? Really? Yes, there is a lot of history in Goa if you pass the beach belt. Goa has been one of the oldest living regions in the world.

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Remember that I wrote about the oldest known labyrinth in the world that can be seen in the riverbed in Pansoimol and on the ancient caves in Arvalem. This time, let me take you to the southeast of Goa in the city of Ponda, which houses many ancient temples in Goa.

11. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

It is an established in 1968 as the second largest national park in Goa.

And found in the Cancona region (CanconaTaluk) just 10 km from the city of Chaudi and the Palolem Beach complex.

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The closest city to Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is Poinguinim, which is 2 km from the main entrance to the Park. All the buses that go by there stop there, but it is better to have your own car or at least rent it.

12. Kuske Waterfall

The visit to Kuskem Falls will be very interesting for those who like to travel, adventures and hiking. The waterfall is about 12 km from the entrance to the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and the National Park. You will have to climb through the dense and unsafe jungle vegetation to Kuskem Village, which is very close to the Kuskem Falls.

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It is better (and strongly recommended) to take the service of the local guide. there is no doubt that you will reach the waterfall without any problem. The best period to visit the Kuskem falls is the monsoon season: the vegetation in this period recovers the rich and succulent color and looks very fresh. During the summer the waterfall dries up.

13. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

The Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the main attractions for nature lovers and wildlife lovers, as well as being the perfect place for a short relaxing and adventurous getaway. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is a very popular forest reserve in Goa among wildlife lovers.

It has been declared a wildlife sanctuary by the Government of Goa to protect its range of Western Ghats.

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connected to the Madei Wildlife Sanctuary and the two parks cover an area of 420 km. It has an area of 211.05 km2, which provides a very rich and varied variety of wildlife. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is located between Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary to the north and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary to the south.

14. Dudhsagar waterfalls

Dudhsagar is the fifth tallest waterfall in India and a sight to behold. Located on the border of Goa-Karnataka, the Dudhsagar falls are within the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park, at a distance of 47 kilometers from Margao.

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The hills of the Western Ghats, the surrounding deciduous forest and the torrent of water that falls from a height of 1020 feet or 310 meters, makes Dudhsagar a must-see in Goa. It is one of the best places in goa other than beaches to visit in monsoon .

15. St. Mary’s Catholic Church

The church of Santa Maria is one of the best Romanesque and Renaissance Italian churches in Brisbane and built in 1893. St. Mary’s Catholic Church is the best place to do prayer, healing, and festivity.

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The parish of St. Mary is a Eucharistic society centered on Christ. which popular place of numerous cultures adoration God and motivates each other to live the Gospel communication.

16. Butterfly Conservatory of Goa

This small butterfly sanctuary, 5 km north of Ponda, houses more than 100 species of butterflies that fly free (not enclosed) in a small plot of forest.

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It is a work of love for the owners and it is worth taking a look if you are visiting nearby spice plantations.

17. St. Augustine Tower

The ruins of San Agustin in old Goa which stand out gloriously among all the other well-kept complexes and whitewashed churches in its vicinity are attractive.

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18. Dona Paula

Dona Paula is a small beach located about 5 km from Panaji. The beach has an adjacent jetty that is famous for the view it offers of the Arabian Sea. There are a lot of water sports activities that take place here. It is frequented by young tourists, local students from Goa University and other nearby universities in Panaji.

The road to the pier is full of shops selling clothing and souvenirs. The beach offers a great view of the port of Marmagoa in Vasco that is located at the mouth of the Zuari River.

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On a small hill overlooking the beach, there is a statue of Donna Paula, a lady from Portugal who supposedly committed suicide here. An exciting breeze blows over this place and the view is very picturesque. Dona paula is one of the popular tourist places to visit in north goa . people visit the dock of Dona Paula and the beach has been recently ignored by tourists.

In fact, most tourists are unaware of the fact that Doña Paula also has a beach. In addition to enjoying the great view from the top of the hill, tourists can simply relax on the benches enjoying the sea breeze and the sunset.

19. Reis Magos Fort

Standing, proud and supervising and protecting the Bardez taluka, across the river from the capital city of Panaji, this fort was one of the first bastions of the Portuguese rulers against the invasion of the enemy. The structure exudes majesty and grandeur and, although it is not the largest fort in Goa, it still has respect and admiration.

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Previous to leaving for the prestigious and much larger Fort Aguada. And Situated at the smallest point of the mouth of Mandovi, its clever construction and planned location made this fort almost unassailable and was a significant asset for the Portuguese settlers.

The fort has been repaired in recent years. And partially restored to its former glory. It is clearly visible, with its distinctive reddish stone walls, from Panaji, which stretches across the Mandovi River from there.

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15 Best Places to Visit in India, According to Travel Experts

From the alpine meadows of Kashmir to the palm-fringed beaches of Goa, these are some of the subcontinent’s most enchanting destinations.

Margot Bigg is a freelance travel writer and editor who has spent most of her adult life traveling and living overseas. Her favorite topics include India travel, experiential travel, wellness, hotels, and the arts. When not on the road, Margot enjoys studying languages, discovering new music, taking pictures of random cats, and planning her next adventures.

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As a former longtime Delhiite and frequent traveler to India, people often ask me what the country is like. I never know how to respond, for trying to sum up a nation as vast and diverse as India feels impossible. So, instead, I asked a few experts for their insights.

“If you visit India, you feel you have visited several countries, as every part is different,” says Mohd Shafi Billo, an inbound tour operator who specializes in helping international travelers plan their trips to the country. “It’s an exceptional destination, thanks to its culture, history, and inclusiveness of different people from different faiths, and it has everything to offer, from forts to mausoleums, wildlife tours to mountain adventures.”  

Shoba Rudra, founder and partner at hospitality consultancy Rare India , agrees. “The country is living a dynamic moment in history, ever-changing,” she says. “What's constant, however, is the vibrant culture lived through its festivals, cuisine, heritage, crafts, and performing arts.”

While it would take years to see it all, India is an approachable destination — if you can narrow things down. With that in mind, here are 15 of the best places to get you started on your sojourn to the subcontinent.

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Stretching along the southernmost part of India’s Malabar Coast, the tropical state of Kerala entices visitors with its marshy backwaters, which most people visit on overnight houseboat adventures. These popular cruises “showcase lush landscapes and peaceful villages, and [give visitors] a glimpse into local life amid tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings,” says Billo. While the backwaters are a star attraction, the state offers much more to explore, from the tea plantations of Munnar, known for its cool climate and seemingly endless rolling hills, to the historic city of Kochi, celebrated in equal measure for its rich coastal history and contemporary art scene . The beaches aren’t too shabby, either. “North Kerala is also famous, as the Malabar Coast is where the spice trade flourished,” says Rudra. “The coastal area is picturesque and this region is still unexplored.”

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On the opposite end of the country from Kerala, Kashmir offers entirely different — but equally captivating — landscapes. With its alpine climate, evergreen trees, and snowy winters, Kashmir is often likened to a mini Switzerland . Famed 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau once proclaimed in Farsi, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this,” and he may have been onto something. At the heart of it all is Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, which is known for its elegant gardens and watery centerpiece, Dal Lake. “Highlights include staying on a houseboat or taking a shikara [traditional Kashmiri boat] ride,” says Billo, who hails from the area. Don't leave without indulging in wazwan , an opulent, meat-heavy feast that can feature up to three dozen dishes in one sitting. 

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Occupying a high-altitude plateau in the northernmost reaches of India, Ladakh is characterized by otherworldly landscapes and big skies, punctuated by palatial stupas and monasteries. Many visitors come to Ladakh’s capital, Leh, during the short summer tourist season, but this surreal region offers plenty more to experience beyond the city. Billo suggests visiting the Nubra Valley, an isolated part of the old Silk Road that’s only accessible by crossing Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes. “The valley offers a glimpse into Ladakh's unique geography and cultural diversity with monasteries, quaint villages, and apricot orchards,” says Billo. The region is also rich with unusual wildlife, from elusive snow leopards to the scaled-down Bactrian camels that originated in the steppes of Central Asia.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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On the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the holy city of Rishikesh has held a place in the hearts of spiritually minded travelers — both from India and abroad — for generations. It’s the self-proclaimed “yoga capital of the world,” with a mix of traditional ashrams (spiritual rest houses) that cater largely to Hindu pilgrims and yoga centers that attract international visitors with teacher-training courses and meditation retreats. If you’re not into yoga, you’ll still find plenty to do here. Popular activities include visiting the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (dubbed the Beatles Ashram in honor of its most famous former residents) to whitewater rafting adventures on the mighty Ganges. It’s also a great place for a wellness getaway, and nearby Ananda in the Himalayas was voted one of Travel + Leisure readers' favorite international spas in 2023.

Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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If you’re looking for a place that’s unlike anywhere else in India — or, frankly, the world — head to the intentional community of Auroville in South India. This UNESCO-recognized global township was founded in the 1960s with the goal of "realizing human unity," beyond the illusory divisions of creed or nationality, and it's home to generations of residents from around the world. Many visitors come for an hour or two, just long enough to view Auroville’s spiritual center — the golden, dome-shaped Matrimandir . However, it’s worth sticking around a bit longer to get a feel for what the community is about. As Akash Kapur, who grew up in Auroville and authored " Better to Have Gone " and " India Becoming ," puts it: "Come to Auroville if you're interested in alternative societies, sustainable living, or spirituality, but try not to just drop in for a few hours (as many do), and instead spend some time here, really getting to know the people and their work. The community rewards sustained immersion."

Andaman Islands

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Although most people associate the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea with Thai island getaways, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in this tropical region are under Indian control. This little stretch of paradise is full of gorgeous shorelines, but most visitors devote their vacations to the island of Swaraj Dweep (formerly known as Havelock). The most popular beach on the island is Radhanagar Beach , which offers just over a mile of white sand sandwiched between tropical jungle and warm, transparent waters. Getting to this remote island requires a bit of gumption: You'll need to fly from the Indian mainland to Port Blair on South Andaman Island, then catch a ferry or charter a seaplane for the final stretch. While visitors are welcome on many islands in the chain, a few — including secluded North Sentinel Island — are off-limits. 

While many travelers see India’s capital as a jumping-off point for visiting further-afield destinations, it’s worth sticking around for a while to truly appreciate what Delhi has to offer. There’s certainly never a dull moment in this busy metropolis, whether you’re shopping for handicrafts at one of its numerous markets or learning about medieval and Mughal history at one of its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun's Tomb, Qutb Minar, and Red Fort. Although Delhi is undeniably rambunctious, it also has a quieter, more peaceful side that you can find amidst the trees and 15th-century tombs of Central Delhi’s Lodi Gardens or in the quiet interiors of the Baháʼí Lotus Temple.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Many travelers to India put the 17th-century Taj Mahal at the top of their list. This white marble mausoleum is easily India’s most recognizable structure — and it’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World . This popular attraction also has a romantic backstory. “This iconic symbol of love is renowned for its architectural beauty, intricate marble work, and the captivating story behind its creation by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal,” notes Billo. The bodies of the emperor and his wife remain interred in the Taj to this day. 

Jaipur. Rajasthan

The capital of Rajasthan and one-third of North India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist route (which also includes Agra and Delhi), Jaipur is a must-visit for those who love architecture and shopping. “The Pink City, as it's nicknamed, offers a rich cultural heritage, stunning [landmarks] like Amber Fort, vibrant bazaars, and intricate handicrafts,” says Billo. Many of Jaipur's key attractions are found in the historic walled part of the city, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Highlights include Jantar Mantar (a collection of oversized — and fully functional — astronomical instruments dating to the 17th century) and Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, a honeycomb-shaped palace designed with tiny windows that allowed air to flow freely through its interior.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Dubbed the Blue City because of the cerulean-colored buildings that extend for miles through the oldest part of town, Jodhpur has long attracted travelers eager to explore the ramparts of the larger-than-life Mehrangarh Fort. It’s also home to the grandiose Umaid Bhawan Palace , which made headlines in 2018 when Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tied the knot there. While Jodhpur’s beautiful, regal architecture is reason enough to visit, there’s more to the city than massive forts and grand palaces. “The area around the Toorji ka Jhalra stepwell in the old city is fun to explore,” says hotelier Sapna Bhatia, owner of Kaner Retreat and Jodhpur-area native. “For nature enthusiasts, there’s the Rao Jodha desert park near Mehrangarh Fort.”

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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T+L readers' favorite city in Asia and second favorite city in the world , Udaipur very much fits the bill of a fairy tale destination. Nicknamed the City of Lakes, thanks to its seven lakes, this gorgeous destination is home to some of India's finest luxury hotels plus historic whitewashed palaces, including the magnificent City Palace, an 11-palace complex that houses hotels, a huge museum with an impressive collection of European crystal, and a royal residence. A short boat ride from the palace lies the 18th-century Taj Lake Palace, an opulent palace-turned-hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola. It’s a quick drive from The Oberoi, Udaivilas , a purpose-built palatial hotel with onion-domed cupolas and a moat-like swimming pool that directly connects to some of the rooms.  

If you’re looking for a less-frequented, but no less amazing, alternative to more touristed states such as Rajasthan, consider Gujarat. “Under-explored but culturally rich, this state in India is a tapestry of festivals, textiles, architectural heritage, communities, and landscape,” says Rudra. Gujarat was also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the Salt March, one of his most famous acts of peaceful protest, through the state in 1930. Rudra suggests visiting the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial , which “honors the activists through murals, installations, sculptures, art, and related film.” It's also worth checking out the Kutch district, known for its distinct metal bells , which were originally used for keeping track of livestock and are now popular as decorative wind chimes.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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The northeast Indian state of Assam is home to a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts: Kaziranga National Park . This expansive, UNESCO-listed wildlife refuge near the borders of Bangladesh and Bhutan has the largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses on the planet, providing a home to roughly 2,000 of these massive beasts. Although rhinos are the star attraction on park safaris, all sorts of animals live here, including tigers, elephants, gibbons, sloth bears, and a small number of endangered Ganges River dolphins. 

Historic, glitzy, and positively gargantuan, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is easily one of India’s most cosmopolitan destinations. This city by the sea is the nation's financial and entertainment capital, and while you’re unlikely to rub shoulders with Bollywood stars here, you're sure to see a lot of impressive attractions in very little time. Take a boat out to Elephanta Island to explore fifth– and sixth–century rock-hewn cave temples, marvel at the grand Indo-Saracenic architecture at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , or see thousands of clothes hanging out to dry at Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open-air laundry. Then, head to the sleek neighborhood of Bandra West, where many of Mumbai’s best restaurants and hotels are located, including Taj Lands End, voted T+L readers' favorite city hotel in India in 2023.

India’s smallest state, Goa, is arguably its top beach destination, where long days of swimming and sunbathing turn into longer nights of partying on the sand. While Goa has been known as a hippie haven since the 1960s, it's started to shed its reputation in recent decades. It’s still very much a party state, though it also draws in families and couples in search of sea and sun, sans nightlife. It’s a great place for history buffs as well, with numerous seaside forts and UNESCO-recognized churches that were built when Goa was under Portuguese rule. And while the destination has always been loved for its fiery dishes that combine traditional Konkani ingredients with Portuguese influences, it has also emerged as a culinary hot spot , where a new generation of chefs is showcasing everything from Japanese yakitori to jackfruit tamales.

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15 Beautiful Places to Visit in Goa Other Than Beaches

by middha on June 22, 2018

When you are in Goa, don’t think that all it has to offer you are beaches and seafood. Goa is a historically important state which represents the amalgamation of cultures local and foreign, over the centuries.

Apart from the opportunity for eco-tourism in this biologically rich location offering a huge variety of flora and fauna, nature parks and waterfalls; prepare to seek out the beautiful architecture of historical monuments, cathedrals, churches and temples. Depending on your choice of beach, get to know what other attractions surround you, other than the beaches, so you can add them to your itinerary.

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Confortable rooms, clean bathrooms, friendly staff, free breakfast, places to see in north goa other than beaches, 1. fort aguada.

Outer Wall of Fort Aguada

The Aguada Fort was built in 1612 to safeguard against Maratha and Dutch aggression. The fort is so huge that it envelops the entire peninsula at the tip of Bardez, and was a reference point for ships coming in from Europe at the time. A fresh water spring within the Fort supplied water to the ships that stopped by, earning it the name Aguada, meaning water.

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2. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Kayaking through the Mangrove Forests at Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

If you are an ornithologist or just someone who loves to watch and photograph birds, do visit the bird sanctuary named after India’s most illustrious ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. Chorão or Choddan, one of the 17 islands off the coast of Goa, is also close by here and considered a haven for birdwatchers.

Other places worthy of a visit at this place, are the ornate brick and stone tower called Viceroy’s Tower dating back to the 16th century and the 46-metre-high tower of St. Augustine’s Church Complex, the rest of which has not stood the test of time.

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3. Tambdi Surla Temple and Waterfalls

Tambdi Surla Waterfalls from the viewpoint

The Shiva temple at Tambdi Surla, inside the Bhagwan Mahavir National Park, was built in the 12th century, using Kadamba-Yadava architecture. The painstakingly carved stonework of the temple and the fascinating idols of Vishnu and Brahma stand testimony to the craftsmanship of the sculptors of the time.

The waterfalls add another attraction to this place and the pristine beauty of this place is to be seen to be believed. Most people go trekking around this place to enjoy it, in all its awesome glory.

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4. Anjuna Flea Market

Flea market in Anjuna

The flea market in Anjuna, open on Wednesdays, is a landmark place to shop in Goa when you don’t know what it is that you want to buy. The market is open on Wednesdays and you’ll find tourists from all across the globe looking for something interesting. Do bring along your haggling skills.

5. Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church at Panaji

The cobblestoned streets of Panjim/Panaji connect many buildings from the colonial era, in close proximity to Velha Goa or Old Goa. If you are here for the palm-fringed Miramar Beach, don’t miss visiting the baroque architecture of the beautiful Church to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, built in the year 1540.

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6. Sri Mangueshi Temple

Lamp Tower at the Sri Mangueshi Temple

One of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa, this temple is 450 years old. The seven-storeyed lamp tower is a unique feature of this beautiful temple which is exquisitely elegant.

The temple imposes a dress code on visitors. Bhagavan Manguesh or Manguirish is none other than Lord Shiva who is worshipped here as Shiva Linga. Originally built in Marmugao, the temple was moved to Priol when the Portuguese invaded Goa.

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7. Chapora Fort

View of the Coastline from Chapora

Replete with history, the Chapora Fort speaks of the efforts of the various rulers to hold sway over the region, including Akbar who made it his base camp.

It is also one of the most beautiful places in Goa from where you have fantastic and panoramic views across the Chapora river to Pernem and over Vagator and far out on to the Arabian Sea, with a spectacular view of the sunset.

8. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, North Goa

A waterbody inside the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Small, clean and well-appointed, this wildlife sanctuary is maintained well and offers the opportunity to see a variety of animals at close quarters. The lush green surroundings of the zoo offer an additional attraction to visitors, who find the whole experience highly refreshing.

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9. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, North Goa

Panoramic View of Old Goa’s Churches

Also known as Velha Goa, this was the capital of Portuguese India where you can see a lot of the monuments of that era. The UNESCO-listed Baroque-style church, Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of them.

Completed in 1605, this remarkably large church is a fine example of Jesuit architecture and one of the most revered churches in the world. The Church holds a well-carved wooden statue of St. Francis Xavier as well as his mortal remains. The Se Cathedral at Old Goa is also not to be missed, when you are there.

10. The Latin Quarters of Panjim

Fontainhas

Want to know what Goa was like under Portuguese rule? Well, look no further than the areas of Fontainhas and Altinho. You could easily spend a whole day wandering about, admiring the architecture and the shaded streets. Once you’re done, do head to Panjim for a delicious Goan meal at Viva Panjim.

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11. shantadurga temple, ponda, south goa.

Shantadurga Temple at Ponda

Ponda, also known as Antruz Mahal, is a fast growing city in Goa, with a lot of temples and monuments to attest to its cultural heritage. Visit the Shantadurga Temple dating back to 1730 at Ponda.

This is a rare temple to the avatar of Jagadamba as Shantadurga, who had mediated between Shiva and Vishnu to stop a fierce war being waged between them. Also, visit the Safa Shahouri Masjid at Ponda, to see the beauty of its Islamic architecture.

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12. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary among dense forests was established in 1968 and is a great destination for animal lovers. Watch animals come to the watering hole from a 25-foot-tall watchtower at dawn or dusk. The nature interpretation centre here will provide a lot of information to the interested.

13. Kuske Waterfall

Kuske Waterfall

Tucked away within the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, you will find the beautiful Kuske Waterfalls, especially after the rains. A visit here would have you trekking through the forest to arrive at the falls, hidden amidst dense jungles and a diverse amount of flora and fauna which excite any nature lover.

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14. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

Forest Area of Netravali

Netravali is a tributary of the river Zuari, which originates in the middle of this sanctuary with dense vegetation consisting of evergreen and semi-evergreen trees.

Surrounded by other sanctuaries in Cotigao, Madei, Bhagwan Mahavir and Bhimgad, the pristine environment of this sanctuary is full of wildlife and plenty of perennial streams which provide sanctuary to many herbivores and the predators which depend on them. Butterflies abound here and birdwatching is another attraction here.

15. Dudhsagar Waterfalls, North Goa

Railway Bridge at the Dudhsagar Waterfalls | Places to Visit in Goa Other Than Beaches

Visit this five-step waterfall which is simply spectacular for the beauty of its location and the opportunity for trekking it offers, through pristine surroundings of natural beauty.

True to its name Dudhsagar or Ocean of Milk, the waterfalls appear to be foamy white and can be seen from 1 kilometre away as you trek towards them. The area is in the lap of nature with nothing to spoil its beauty. 65 kilometers to Panaji, this is located on the border of Goa and Karnataka.

These are just some of the beautiful places in Goa other than beaches. It comes as no surprise that most people who vacation at Goa return on a regular basis, testifying to its beauty and attractiveness. Do write and let us know of other attractions you may have stumbled upon, when in Goa.

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New Year 2024: Places to visit around New Year in India

A s the clock ticks towards the dawn of a new year, India transforms into a tapestry of celebratory hues, offering an array of destinations where the spirit of revelry knows no bounds. From the pulsating beach parties of Goa to the vibrant streets of Mumbai and the cultural tapestry of Kolkata, the country beckons with diverse celebrations that cater to every taste.

Whether you seek the electric energy of metropolitan cities like Delhi and Bangalore or the regal charm of Jaipur, each destination has its unique flair for bidding farewell to the old year and welcoming the new.

As the nation embraces the promise of a fresh beginning, here's a glimpse into some of the enchanting places across India where New Year's celebrations unfold spectacularly.

Here are some popular places to visit on New Year's in India:

Known for its lively beach parties, Goa is a popular destination for New Year's celebrations. The beaches, clubs, and shacks host special events and parties, attracting both locals and tourists.

MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA:

The city that never sleeps, Mumbai, hosts numerous parties, events, and fireworks at iconic locations like Marine Drive and the Gateway of India. Many upscale hotels and clubs also organise special New Year's Eve celebrations.

The capital city has a vibrant nightlife, and on New Year's Eve, popular areas like Connaught Place and Hauz Khas Village come alive with parties, music, and festivities.

BANGALORE, KARNATAKA:

Known for its tech culture, Bangalore offers a dynamic nightlife scene. MG Road and Brigade Road are popular spots for New Year's celebrations, with clubs and pubs hosting special events.

KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL:

Kolkata is known for its cultural richness, and during New Year's, Park Street becomes the hub of celebrations with parties, music, and cultural events.

CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU:

The Marina Beach in Chennai hosts special events and fireworks, attracting locals and tourists alike. Many hotels and clubs in the city organise New Year's Eve parties.

JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN:

If you prefer a royal celebration, Jaipur offers a unique experience with heritage hotels and palaces hosting special New Year's events. The Pink City's vibrant atmosphere adds to the festivities.

PUDUCHERRY:

The French Quarter in Puducherry, along with its beautiful beaches, has become a lively spot for New Year's celebrations. Many beachside cafés and clubs host events.

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