As we all known that Goa is famous for “beaches”. There are 31 different beaches and endless water and land activities, Goa is for those who love to enjoy gushing experience. Goa is not just about beach and nightlife. Apart from the beaches there are many different activites to enjoy in goa.
Apart from beaches, there are many national parks and hills, churches, forts, markets, and the backwaters. The tourist places in Goa are famous for landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage sites, beautiful churches, interesting local markets, and old Portuguese structures.
There are top 10 places you must visit in goa :
1. Calangute Beach :
It is also known as “Queen of Beaches”. Calangute beach is most popular beach of the region. It is located in the norther part of Goa, this is one of the largest beach. This beach is for those who love to have a lively vacation with sand and water. It is the busiest beach of and crowd is indispensable.
The vibrant markets here and sell everything, from beer and food, to junk jewellery, clothes, trinkets and pawn items.
2. Aguada Fort :
Goa is not just about beach. Today, it stands as an important tourist attraction. Aguada fort is constructed by Portuguese in 1609-1612.Fort Aguada is an old 17th century. The Portuguese constructed this fort as a symbol of defense against the Marathas and the Dutch. There is old lighthouse which was built in 1864.
Some part of the fort are converted into jail and the rest are open for tourists. From Aguada, you can get the best views of the shoreline, the Arabian Sea, Mandovi River, and the city of Panaji, which is on the other side of the river. The fort is a great way to spend an afternoon. Afternoons are usually too hot to spend on any beach.
3. Chapora Fort :
Chapora Fort is one of the prime tourist place of Goa. This is a photogenic spot and best places to visit in Goa. Chapora fort lies on the mouth of the Rive Chapora. Chapora fort is built by Adil Shah of Bijapur . This fort is visited by thousands of tourists to get a awesome view of the coatline from the top of the structure. If you love photography,then visit during the sunset, to get amazing shots.
In the recent years, the Bollywood movieDil Chahta Hai was shot here. Today this fort is almost ruins but does offer some sensational views of the coastline from the top of the fort.
4. Pandava Caves :
According to Hindu epic Mahabharata, the Pandava brothers went on an exile for several years. They lived in Goa during 6th century. There are caves, which are said to be built by Pandavas. The caves have five compartments and, there is a small idol of Hindu God in the middle.
There is another attraction which close to the Pandava or Arvalem caves is the Arvalem waterfalls. There is a small lake at the bottom of the waterfall and people prefer enjoying water activities and picnic.
5. Colva beach :
Colva beach is for those who do not enjoy overcrowded beaches, and a must visit with family. This place is yet not discovered by Western tourists. Hence it is favoured by Indian tourists.
It is located in south Goa. This beach is fun, safe and water activities are also available around 5.00 pm IST. Also, seaside restaurants are available. This place is for the people who don’t enjoy nightlife and loud music and are looking for some peace and scenic beauty.
6. Basilica of Bom Jesus :
Goa is all about heritage, and the Churches of Goa are surely one of them . Goa was populated by European colonies and Christianity was at its peak in Goa, before independence. Here you can find numerous beaches in Goa and top one of all is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. This Portuguese church is not made for the religious purpose.
It is built across many centuries, these architectural wonders were more than place of worship; here you can find the place of historical or cultural significance as well. This church has historic importance because it holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is a World Heritage Site and the most popular church in the region.
7. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary :
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. The Bondla wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular sanctuaries in Goa. Besides seeing a variety of flora and fauna species here, you can explore the deer safari park, botanical gardens and many others.
A famous place among photography enthusiasts, children and environmentalists, this wildlife sanctuary can be visited throughout the year. There are variety of animals such as tigers and bison, you must have to visit to this place because its offers a different experience in your life.
8. Mangeshi Temple :
Goa is famous for the churches throughout the India, but the same goes for temples and mosques too. Especially the Ponda region of Goa is mostly famous for the 450 years old Shri Mangesh temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva as well as the 16th-century SafaShahouri Mosque. Due to the presence of these churches and temples, Goa has also gradually become one of the most important religious tourist spots.
It is located at Mangeshi Village in Priol, Ponda taluk, Goa. It is from Mardol which nearest to Nagueshi and 21 km from Panaji, Goa and 26 km from Margao.
9. Mapusa Market :
Mapusa is one of the famous shopping destinations in Goa. If you are looking to do a bit of shopping, an ideal market is for you. From alcohol to sweets, clothing and masalas, you can buy whatever you want for at reasonable prices.
There is a popular bar called the Pub that’s a great place to grab a beer or indulge in some seafood.While you are in the market, try you hand at the lucky draw. You’ll find plenty of stalls selling lucky draw tickets.
10. Mollem National Park :
Mollem national park is famous for the collection of wild cats, birds and butterflies. This park is home of local nomadic buffalo, dhangar. The park is famous for its beautiful trekking trails and a waterfall. It is located on the eastern border of Karnataka. Covering 240 square kilometer.
If you love adventure activities, you must have to visit in this park. This park also holds a 12th century Hindu temple dedicated to Tambdi SurlaMahadev temple. Winter is the best time to visit in this park to spot many colorful birds during your Goa trip.