Goa

Goa is a state in western India. It is located along the Arabian Sea. It was a Portuguese colony prior to 1961. Goa is also known for its beaches. Some beaches are Baga, Palolem, and Agonda.

Monuments:

Fort Aguada: This 17th-century Portuguese Fort is situated on a hilltop at the confluence of the Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea. The Fort provides a mesmerizing view of the Beach.

Chapora Fort: Chapora Fort is a point where some shots of the famous Bollywood movie “Dil Chahta Hai” was filmed. It is located close to the Vagotar Beach and offers a scenic view of the Arabian Sea.

Cabo Palace: It is the Governor’s residence and even though one cannot visit while visiting the sea to watch dolphins one can catch glimpses of this beautiful palace set on an island.

Fontainhas: Fontainhas is actually an abandoned Chappell with many colorful Portuguese houses and villas. Roaming around the street will actually give you a taste of Latin quarters.

Reis Magos Fort: It is a newly restored hidden gem in Goa. It is a must-visit historical place with a beautiful view of the River Mandovi.

Basilica of Bom Jesus: It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Goa. The body of St. Francis is preserved here and hence, is a landmark for Catholics around the world. 

The city of Goa is dotted with a number of beautiful European style churches that attract tourists in large number. Church of Holy Spirit, Church of Our Lady of Hope and St. Alex Church are some of the popular churches in Goa.

Natural Places:

Goa is enriched with natural beauty. The beautiful beaches of Goa attract tourists from across the globe. Agonda beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa. It is a very clean, peaceful and picturesque beach, Baga Beach located in North Goa is quite popular and since people know more about it, it’s always more crowded than other beaches. nevertheless, it is a very big and beautiful beach. Located close to Panjim, Ashwem Beach has a character of its own, the place is magical, less touristy and has amazing restaurants around. Candolim is another beautiful beach with plenty of shacks where tourists can relax and chill. Calangute beach, Kegdole beach, Palolem beach, Bogmalo beach are other famous beaches frequented by the tourists. Besides having a fun time by the shore, swimming, watching stunning sunsets, and participating in water sports, wildlife enthusiasts can also visit Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the flora and fauna of the area.  The Dudhsagar Waterfalls situated on the Goa-Karnataka border is India’s must-see sight.

Food:

Needless to say, Goa’s sea-food game is too strong. The delectable dishes like Crab XecXec, Mackerel xittocodi (a spicy fish curry) will leave you craving for more. Shellfish like Prawns, Lobster, Squid, Tiger Prawns are a must-try. Seafood like Shark, Pomfret, Kingfish, and Tuna should definitely make to your plate. The restaurants mostly offer multi-cuisine food. 

Activities:

Adrenaline junkies can try adventure sports such as parasailing, banana ride, and boating water sports at Baga Beach. At Calangute Beach also one can enjoy water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, water snorkeling, water skiing, fishing, etc. At Grand Island, one can go scuba-diving. A verdant jungle near Arambol beach makes for a good trekking option in Goa. One can enjoy Dolphin watching at Palolem Beach. One must visit a Casino cruise at Panaji. History enthusiasts must visit the Museum of Christian Art and Aviation Museum.

Shopping:

Visiting Anjuna Flea Market is a must activity to indulge in while visiting Goa. It was started by Hippies in 1960 and now stands as a landmark place. There are a number of stalls selling local and Tibetan Handicrafts, Kashmiri clothes and Jewellery. Mapusa Market is another famous market where one can buy Goan handicrafts, artifacts, dried and fresh fish, pickles, etc. When visiting Panjim Market do buy local spices and cashew nuts, Calangute Market Square is a typical flea market with a lot of options in terms of clothing, handicrafts, etc. Goa’s Night Bazaars are equally famous, one must visit Baga Market, Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar, and Mackie’s Night Bazaar.