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Goa is rightfully known as the most popular tourist destination on the West Coast of India, and not just because of its scenic beaches, but also because of its tropical climate and its rich Portuguese heritage, which you can still find lingering on in some parts of the town. Nestled in the Konkan Coast Belt, Goa has a coastline stretching for over a 100 kilometres, and attracts millions of visitors both from within and outside the country all year round.
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Experience Time: 2-5 Hours
Distance: 10 kms
Calangute Beach is the largest beach in north Goa. Located between Candolim and Baga beach, it is a hub for tourists and backpackers from all over the world. The beautiful golden stretch of sand and scintillating water coupled with the gentle rhythms of pop music that plays here makes it the perfect destination for a laidback afternoon. This shore of the sea is a glittering beauty and is also known as the 'Queen of Beaches' owing to its picturesque sceneries.
Being one of the busiest and the most commercialised beaches of Goa, it is swarming with eating joints, shacks and clubs serving mixed drinks, beer and seafood. This flagship beach of Goa is also known for its water sports activities like parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing. While the days here are filled with breathtaking scenic beauty, nights call for frantic parties and letting your hair down. With some of the most amazing nightclubs and pubs within its bounds, Calangute Beach attracts tourist from all around the globe owing to its festive and entrancing environ and is every party animal's dream come true!
Experience Time: 3 Hour
Distance: 11 kms
One of the most popular beaches of Goa, Baga Beach is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panaji. It is named after the 'Baga creek' which flows into the Arabian Sea and is the perfect destination to witness beautiful sunsets and enjoy the cool morning breeze. Baga Beach is popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs such as Britto's, Tito's and Mambos. The shacks come to life in the late evening with music blasting and amazing customer service. There is also a range of water sports that you can try your hands at.
Baga Beach is often considered to be the extension of Calangute Beach itself since both of these lie on the same stretch of sand. Lined with an array of tattoo parlours, tarot shops, palmistry shops, spas, sun decks and some amazing food and drinks shack, Baga Beach gives you a chance to live out your perfect beach holiday
Experience Time: 2 Hour
Distance: 26 kms
Goa has been the go-to destination for many when it comes to the thrilling adventure of water sports. The open blue skies, clear aquamarine waters, golden sand and the rhythmic fizzy waves have been attracting travellers from all over the country. Much to any traveller's pleasure, Goa is a spot renowned for both- the peace and calm found on its glistening majestic beaches, and the opportunity for thrill and adventure packed in the different activities one can indulge in at the beaches.
The peaks and valleys of joyfully bustling waters exude a feeling of excitement. The splashes water brushing tiny water droplets across your face and tingling every nerve of the body, as the sun shines at the sea and makes it look like one big slab of silver metal. The comforting warmth of the sunshine against the refreshing sprinkles of water makes you want to stay in that moment forever.
Experience Time: 1-5 Hours
Distance: 1 kms
The exotic beaches of Goa, pristine waters and breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise is best enjoyed through the luring river cruise. Bounded by numerous rivers, the place makes for an exclusive cruising destination. The experience over journey is unparalleled to any other water activity in Goa. It gives you an opportunity to indulge yourself into enchanting beauty of the place. Several river cruises with guaranteed fun and entertainment are carried through the day depending upon the daytime, sunset and moonlight. Choose your ride and take back with yourself some mesmerising memories of sunrises, sunsets, and glowing sky during the nighttime. If lucky, you might catch some unforgettable glimpse of dancing dolphins too.
Distance: 13 kms
Anjuna Beach in Goa is a hot spot for tourists, both domestic and foreign. Situated on the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea, it is the perfect epitome of stunning natural beauty and is especially famous for its full moon beach parties. The key feature of the Anjuna Beach is the remarkable rock formation nestled over an inlay of white sand, jutting out into the sea. The area was popularly known as the jewel of Anjuna or 'Ozran' and became a favourite spot among hippies who first came here in the late 1950s. The atmosphere during the full moon is that of absolute bliss with soft waves kissing your feet, gleaming under the moonlight.
With its pristine natural beauty and host of activities to do, Anjuna Beach is easily one of the most popular beaches in Goa. The beach is safer for bathing than the nearby beaches, especially towards the southern end where the sea keeps calm. The visit to Anjuna becomes all the more exhilarating with bungee jumping from an 80 feet tower and other water sports like paragliding and windsurfing. If delectable food is your calling, Anjuna Beach has plenty of options for you to choose from. Night time here calls for wild rave parties and trance music which is now the trademark for almost all the beaches in the state. Visit Anjuna Beach for a true flavour of the Goan spirit.
Experience Time: 5 Hour
When one thinks of Goa, inevitably the image of golden sandy beaches, delicious food and drinks and lively casinos. Perhaps one of the most pursued activities in Goa would be a visit to one of the many casinos here, which provide a once in a lifetime chance to try your luck. Being one of the very few states where gambling is legal, Goa is frequently thronged by local and foreign tourists who are anxious to play their cards right and win some fortune!
Gambling clubs in Goa are mostly situated on boats that make their way on the Mandovi River. Prepare to be dazzled as you enter any one of these clubs, as flashing lights, beautiful people and delicious food is complementary with a few rounds at the gambling table! Activites that are more popular here include live tables, Black Jack, Rummy, Stud Poker, Baccarat and Flash Roulette. Having said that, each casino has its own unique speciality that makes it worthy of a visit. A lazy evening and a pack of cards is all you need to explore the thrills of gambling in Goa.
Experience Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 9 kms
Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most popular and renowned church of Goa. This magnificent edifice was built in the 16th century where the mortal of St. Francis Xavier is kept. The corpse is treasured in a silver coffer. This church is dedicated to newborn Jesus and is now known as a World Heritage Monument.
Even after 400 years, the remains are in a good condition and are taken out once every decade. Up until half a century ago, Goa was the capital of Portuguese rule in India and this is part of their heritage. A site with rich cultural and religious significance, the Basilica of Bom Jesus has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Distance: 5 kms
The beach is named after Dona Paula de Menzes, daughter of a viceroy (in colonial India), who threw herself off the cliff, when refused permission to marry a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. The myth says that Dona Paula is entombed in the Cabo Chapel of the Raj Bhawan and is supposed to be seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace. With the romance and myth attached to it—haunted by Dona Paula de Menzes—tourists throng the Dona Paula Beach not only in search of the deceased beloved, but also to indulge in water sports on the clear waters.
The Dona Paula Beach is also very popular as a lovers paradise because of the myths attached to this place. Even though different versions of the legend exist, they all boil down to the passionate and unfulfilled love affair of Dona Paula. Fringed with casuarinas woods and palm trees, the place attracts tourists from all over the world for its pristine and natural beauty as well as scenic views.
The captivating Colva Beach, located in south Goa, 6 Km away from the city of Margao, is the most visited beach of Goa. Its 25 Km long coast, extending from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south, has the powdery white sand and is flanked by swaying coconut trees that add to its beauty. It looks more stunning with shacks, nightclubs and souvenir stalls all around. The beach area also suggests the luxurious lifestyle of the elite class who owns striking houses or villas that speck the village. With the nonchalant ambience, mesmerizing view of the endless beach and spirited people, Colva Beach is perfect to feel life in its true sense.
The engaging water sports like paragliding and banana boat rides will surely give you goosebumps. While the Colva Beach is serene for peace-lovers, it perks up at night for party-lovers. You should not miss out the dazzling nightlife of Colva. Hundreds of local people flock in the bars or pubs and celebrate. You cannot resist letting your hair down with the peppy music and appetizing seafood. The hustling and bustling local market is perfect for street shopping. Also, a stroll on the beach in the evening is so refreshing with the golden reflection of the setting sun in the pristine waters. The tranquillity along with vivacious atmosphere will compel you to strum your soul strings. If you are searching for a place where you can relax and rewind, Colva Beach is just for you.
Experience Time: 4-5 Hours
Tito's is a brand name when it comes to clubbing in Goa. The club is famous for its commercial and Bollywood music and a huge dance floor. There is also a private party area available with its own bars on the first floor.
Distance: 12 kms
There are a couple of famous flea markets such as Wednesday afternoon Anjuna market and Saturday night market which are great for shopping. You can buy things ranging from special tea to Kashmiri carpets.
Do not forget to bargain while you are shopping at the flea market, otherwise you might end up getting ripped off. Ingo's market is another such famous market open for around 6 months during the year during the peak season where you can buy t-shirts, merchandises, accessories, jewellery, Indian and global cuisine from Turkey to Rajasthan and Kashmir. This place is also typically accompanied by live music.
Experience Time: 2-3 hours
Distance: 58 Kms
Palolem Beach is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village itself. It is about one mile (approximately 1.61 km) long and is crescent-shaped; one can view the entire beach from either end. Both ends of the beach consist of rocks jutting out into the sea. The depth of the sea increases gradually, being shallowest at the northern end of the beach, making it safe for average swimmers, and the currents are not fast.
Distance: 14 kms
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.
However, Goa is a good destination for beginners to explore the delights of the underwater world. Colourful corals, vibrant fishes, spectacular shells and other tropical aquatic beings adorn the marine world. Apart from that, a large number of shipwrecks, merchant ships and World War II wrecks are the hidden treasure trove of the place waiting to be explored. The absence of strong water current with occasional surges adds serenity to the activity making it perfect for the first timers as well as the professionals.
Experience Time: 3-5 Hours
Distance: 2 kms
Goa is perfect for shopaholics. It has such funky and beachy stuff which will surely be a threat to your pockets. You will want everything to be onto your shelters in your house. There are many shopping malls in Goa but the best shopping is done from the stalls near the beaches. From hippie clothing to junk jewellery, from best of drinks to the famous wines, from bamboo to terracotta and brassware work, the markets will serve you with everything you want.
The Mapusa Market, Anjuna Flea Market, Calangute Market square and many other markets serve as the shopping spots in Goa. Night bazaars at different places like Anjuna beach are also organised. The market at Dona Paula is another famous market. The junk jewellery is found in abundance here. Not only the junk jewellery but the cute clothing stuffs it offers is highly amazing. You can actually bring a lot of souvenirs from the Goan markets with you.
Distance: 8 Kms
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.
Leela Kempinski Spa Center is a beautiful place where you can go and relax. Situated at a beautiful location, this spa center provides all the services which help you to relax and rejuvenate your tired body, mind and soul. It also provides a beautiful and attractive view of the beaches of Goa.
Distance: 53 Kms
Agonda is a great spot for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming, with still relatively few tourists. Agonda is a nice long pristine stretch of beach. Though the waters here might not be the most ideal place for swimming (you have better beaches with calm waters in Goa), Agonda is definitely a place for those who want to quit on a Monday morning. Most mobile connections do not work here (of those having SIM cards easily available to foreigners, only Vodafone does), so that is an added bonus for those looking forward to a quiet and relaxed holiday. Or, if you do need to party sometimes, Palolem is just 15 minutes by motorbike (10 km) away - but Agonda is generally cheaper, quieter, hassle-free and has much less "touristic" feel.
The Agonda beach becomes a little dangerous at high tide hours, and surfing is a high-risk situation. This beach is not recommended for swimming due to the high-risk factor associated with it. It shelves steeply during high tide, hence the surf can be quite rough as well. Nevertheless, it is the ideal place to enjoy the romantic side of Goa. It is also a great spot for sunbathing and relaxing due to the presence of very few tourists. The beautiful long pristine stretch of this beach is an excellent choice for peace lovers and travellers who are in search of some tranquillity. Even, at this beach, it is difficult to find proper network connection for most of the prepaid sim cards; making it even more peaceful than ever.
Experience Time: 4 Hour
Distance: 25 kms
Beautiful and serene, Arambol Beach is counted among the best beaches of North Goa unexploited by the tourist and thus offering solitude to those who are seeking. Considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, Arambol beach has a distinct Bohemian feel to it that no longer exist in any other beaches. It extends to over 16 km and has two beaches. The main beach is named as Harmal Beach, and it is one of the northernmost beaches in Goa. The second beach is accessible only by foot. Arambol Beach is a rocky cum sandy beach blessed with untouched, pristine beauty. This beach extends up to 16 km and is famous among its tourist mainly for fresh lagoon that extends along the bottom of the valley into a thick jungle offering a picturesque view.
The place is a paradise for those looking for some tranquillity and solitude. If adventure is your thing, then the cliff near the beach also offers paragliding and dolphin watching boat trips. There are some shops adjacent to the beach selling clothes, junk jewellery and handicrafts from across Goa and country. The lane with these shops leads us to the Kalacha Beach. During the main season, this beach serves as the perfect spot for activities like kite surfing and paragliding.
Distance: 6 kms
The perfect epitome of Portuguese architecture, the remarkable Fort Aguada and its Lighthouse, which braved the ravages of time, is a 17th century Portuguese Fort standing till date on Sinquerim Beach, Goa. Built in 1612 as a protection from Dutch and Marathas, it is the most priced and crucial fort for Portuguese and covers the entire peninsula at the southwestern tip of Bardez. Overlooking the confluence of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea, the fort fulfilled several purposes for the Portugal army. At present, the scenic beauty, verdant landscapes, mind-boggling views and the historical importance allures tourists from all over the world.
Named after the fresh water spring which provided drinkable water to the sailors, the fort guarded the Portuguese and protected them for more than 400 years. It is so strongly and firmly built that it has never fallen into the hands of enemies. It has also been used as a jail and the statue in front of the jail, saluting those who struggled for freedom gives the fort a touch of patriotism. Fort Aguada will never fail to immerse you in the rich history of Goa. Every hook and corner tell a tale of Goa's past. Besides, the mesmerising view of the setting sun combined with pristine water of Arabian Sea from the top of the lighthouse will bowl you over. Unlike other forts which mostly boasts of their glorious past, Aguada Fort is one of a kind. Imbued with natural beauty and tranquillity, it is a perfect weekend getaway for you!
Distance: 16 kms
Chapora Fort, located in Bardez, Goa, rises high above the Chapora River. Before the Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510, this location was the site of another fort. The fort changed hands several times after Portuguese acquired Bardez. Trying to end the Portuguese rule in Goa, Prince Akbar joined his father’s enemies, the Marathas in 1683 and made this place his base camp. It became the northern outpost of the Old Conquests. After the Portuguese recovered from an encounter with the Marathas, they strengthened their northern defences and provided shelter to the people there.
The present fort was built in 1717, replacing the older fortifications. Across the Chapora river, the Hindu ruler of Pernem, the Maharaja of Sawantwadi who was an old enemy of the Portuguese held the fort for two years after it fell to the Marathas in 1739 in its first test. When Goa's border moved northwards with the acquisition of Pernem as part of the New Conquests, the fort lost its military significance towards the end of the century. It is a pleasant place to wander that offers fantastic views north across the Chapora river to Pernem, south over Vagator and also far out to the Arabian Sea in the West.
Distance: 15 kms
If you are on the lookout for some revitalising beach holiday destinations in Goa, then the Vagator beach is just the place for you. The northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, the Vagator beach is just 21 kilometres northwest of Panaji and is one of the most stunning beaches that one can find in northern Goa. Unlike other touristy spots, this beach is dirt-free and hushed, and hence a secluded paradise for beach lovers.
What can be a better spectacle to behold than the soft white sand under one's feet and the waves occasionally lashing to meet the sandy shore, while the sky turns a beautiful shade of orange as the sun begins to set! This and much more can be seen and enjoyed at the beach, which not only offers some picturesque views but also boasts of lip-smacking cuisines, fun activities to do and decent accommodation.
The culture of this place is largely defined by its local art, music and night life; all of which you need to experience when you visit the beach. The Vagator Beach has no doubt a charm of its own, which attracts people from all over the world and guarantees a day full of fun and frenzy, and a rendezvous with the waves!
Distance: 18 Kms
Undoubtedly one of the best and most tranquil beaches in Goa, the Morjim Beach in Pernem, North Goa, is a nature lover's paradise on Earth. The beach is located just south of the Ashwem beach and is unique because it serves as the nesting habitat of the Olive Ridley turtles, which are an endangered species. This is precisely why the Morjim Beach is also popularly known as the Turtle Beach. However, beach parties at turtle-nesting sites are banned to avoid disruption of the breeding pattern of these rare animals.
The beach is also locally known as 'Little Russia' because the large number of Russians who visit the beach make it a point to stay here for more than a month. Consequently, the place is full of Russian signboards and shops that sell Russian cuisine, making tourists feel as if they are in some part of Russia itself.
The Morjim Beach ensures that its visitors have a gala time here and offers a myriad of activities to spend one's time happily with friends and family. Owing to the shallow depth, kite surfing makes for an exciting activity at the Morjim Beach. The cross on the rock podium of the shore is another attractive tourist spot, where they love to be photographed. The shacks built on the beachside offer everything that you may require, right from chilled alcohol to pancakes. The beauty of the Morjim Beach, of course, can be overstated in no way. The sand glistens and acquires a beautiful shade of silver as the sun casts its golden light on them. This serene atmosphere is what makes the beach such a fantastic place to visit and enjoy.
Distance: 38 kms
With magnificent black rocks that contrast with the white sand shores of this idyllic beach, the Cavelossim beach finds itself a spot on many lists about the best beaches of India. Cleaner and quieter than the cliched party beaches of Goa, the beautiful beach is the perfect spot for travellers looking to enjoy the endless expanse of the clear blue waters as they lounge around the soft sands that caress your body completely. Sunbathing, swimming and dolphin spotting are major activities that occur on this beach which lies between the Sal river to the east and the turquoise Arabian Sea to the west.
The infectious vibe of ease and relaxation ever-present throughout the charming Goa can be felt at this beach as well. For the more active tourists, water sports such as jet skiing, speed boating, windsurfing, parasailing, and banana boat rides can be availed by the beach. For those looking to de-stress from their daily routine, there are ayurvedic treatments offered within the vicinity, in case the serene vibe of the beach hasn't already melted away the tension. The road leading up to the beach is dotted with enchanting little shops where one can purchase an array of products and souvenirs. The shacks, restaurants and hotels are teeming with friendly locals, waiting to welcome visitors from all over to their slice of paradise. A combination of all these factors is what has brought Cavelossim beach on the global map as one of the ultimate beach vacation experiences.
Experience Time: 45 Minutes
The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church (Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceição) is located in Panjim, Goa, India. The Church conducts mass every day in English, Konkani, and Portuguese.
The colonial Portuguese Baroque style church was first built in 1541 as a chapel on a hill side overlooking the city of Panjim. It was eventually replaced by a larger church in the 1600s as part of Portuguese Goa's religious expansion.This church houses the ancient bell that was removed from the Augustinian ruins of the Church of Our Lady of Grace (Nossa Senhora da Graça) in the once famed city of Old Goa. This bell is considered to be the second largest of its kind in Goa, surpassed only by the Golden Bell which resides in the Sé Cathedral in Old Goa.
The majestic white beauty of Se Cathedral in Goa is a shrine dedicated to Saint Catherine. The cathedral is also known as the Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina and is an important centre of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. It is also the focal point of the Patriarch of the East Indies. One of the largest churches in the whole of Asia, Se Cathedral took nearly 80 years to get constructed. It was established to remember the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of the city. Owing to such a dignified aura and the grandiosity of this architectural wonder, Se Cathedral has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
The edifice of Se Cathedral is an imposing example of imperial Portuguese - Manueline style of architecture. This cathedral has five bells, the most famous among them is the Golden Bell which is the biggest in Goa and one of the biggest in the continent. Apparently, the sound of the bell can be heard all over the state. Se Cathedral is simple in its design and consists of 14 altars, each one beautifully and intricately carved. Out of these, the main altar is embellished with gold plated The reredos which illustrates the life of St. Catherine of Alexandria. Se Cathedral also holds the honour of being the seat of the Archdiocese of Goa. A popular legend relating to this shrine states that a vision of Jesus Christ appeared in the church after which, the cross has been gradually increasing in size. Believers flock from all over the world to pay their respects to St. Catherine, making it one of the most revered churches in the region.
Distance: 7 kms
Situated right next to the Aguada Fort, Candolim and Sinquerim beaches are more famous with the up market tourists. Candolim and Sinquerim are continuations of Calangute, with lesser crowd and more luxury properties to stay.
At Sinquerim beach you can also find water sports options such as windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing etc. The entire stretch makes for the longest beach in Goa and also hosts some of the music festivals in Goa.
Distance: 52 Kms
For a destination which is known for, identified and dotted by countless beaches, Dudhsagar falls are a pleasant exception. Initiating from the mighty peaks of the western Ghats, one of the five highest waterfalls of the country and amongst the highest 100 in the world, the falls are divided into four tiers in the Mondovi river. This waterfall when looked at from a distance, appears like a heavy stream of milk flowing effortlessly with much pressure from top to down the hill, finally splitting into three streams of water, heading steadily to their ultimate destination, into the deep green sea.
The sight of one of India's tallest waterfall, the clitter clatter noise of the water hitting the rocks, the splash of water, the cold breeze, there is beauty in its force and serenity in its composure. Everything together makes up for a rejuvenating day and a refreshing sight.
Distance: 56 Kms
Butterfly beach is a petit beach in south Goa and lies near Palolem Beach (Canacona). It is a small cove surrounded by dense trees and is a beautiful spot for nature lovers. The beach is named so because the surrounding trees attract a variety of butterflies occasionally, or it may be because the beach itself is in the shape of a butterfly. Either way, it is just as pretty as a colourful butterfly, especially during sunsets. Not many know of this beach, hence it is less crowded and far from the noise and traffic of the city; an ideal location for a picnic amidst nature.
Vehicles do not lead directly to it since it is a secluded spot which has to be reached by passing through a thick forest. This makes for a wonderful opportunity to go trekking through a forest too! Walking through greenery and fresh air will be a relaxing experience. If you are not up for a trekking expedition, the best way to reach it is by boat from the nearby Palolem or Agonda beaches.
Once you reach Butterfly beach, you are in a whole other world. Enclosed by a thick forest on one side and leading to the open sea on the other, the Butterfly beach has a unique and picturesque landscape. Photographers and artists will find many colourful moments to capture here. And for couples, it is the most wonderful romantic getaway.
Distance: 60 Kms
Situated in South Goa, Patnem beach is fascinatingly soothing with its calm vibe and alluring demeanour. Its old-school atmosphere is complemented by the idyllic and quiet nature. Being one of the most tranquil beaches in South Goa, Patnem Beach is calmer than its counterparts and serves as the perfect getaway from the high spirited side of North Goa beaches such as Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach and Vagator Beach. Located in the southernmost taluka in the state, Cancona is the nearest town. Although the nearby Palolem Beach is the go-to-destination in the south, Patnem is a different charm, alluring you with tranquil tides and a mellow undertone throughout the seasons.
Shacks and small cottages dot the long stretch of the coastline. It would be a mistake not to try the seafood delicacies and authentic Goan cuisines such as Vindaloo, Chamuca or the mouthwatering Fried Fish. The sandy beach along with towering coconut trees stands guard to the vast horizon overseeing the mighty Arabian Sea, a quiet and unpopulated sight at its serene best. While views of the sunset are magnificent, you may spot a dolphin or a school of them and if you do, count yourself extremely lucky!
This part of Goa is laidback, placid and happening, a combination of a perfect vacation. Though it stands true that no matter where you are in Goa, the music and the energy provokes you to go all berserk, Patnem beach may just succeed in holding back the party animal in you.
Distance: 45 kms
Cabo de Rama Beach is a beautiful beach located in Margao and is not yet been discovered by tourists. The beach is secluded owning to its distance from major towns and cities and is least visited by tourists. Overlooking the beach is the Portuguese Fort called Cabo de Rama. From the fort, one can see the beautiful view of the beach
Distance: 29 Kms
Located in the northern most part of Goa, around 58 km from Panajim, Tiracol fort is a 16th century fort overlooking the Arabian Sea providing a picturesque view.
There is also a very old church there said to be established in 17th century. The beach is still unexplored with a calm shore and is perfect to unwind yourself in the middle of nature.
Bambolim Beach is a pristine beach located in Bambolim which is about 7 kilometres away from Panjim, the capital city of Goa. It is located in the northern part of Goa and is famous for being a virgin beach, untouched by commercialization and is barely ever crowded. For the tourists who are constantly in search of untouched or unexploited beaches, Bambolim beach will prove to be a paradise in Goa. It is a favourite amongst offbeat travellers. The long coastline is perfect for taking a stroll or lazing in the golden sand under the balmy sun. The beautiful beach is a good picnic spot. You just have to pack your essentials and head to the beach on a beautiful clear day.
Bambolim has the only Allopathic Medical College in Goa. The region around the beach has some resort and hotels that tourists can choose from if they wish to stay by the beach for a few days. One may witness the routine activities of the fishermen who live nearby and also buy fresh fish from them. Since it is not as crowded as other beaches, tourists will find this attraction immensely serene and tranquil, and the beautiful atmosphere will calm jittery nerves in no time. The large expanse of sandy beach is a favourite for beach games like Football, Frisbee, and Volleyball etc. One may choose to build sand castles of build castles in the air as they laze around in the sand watching the sunset. You will be one happy soul here.
This church has a major resemblance with the St. Peters Basilica in Rome. On the left, there are three altars dedicated to the Holy Family, Our Lady of Piety and St.
Clare and the right-side altars are dedicated to St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John. Though the building is 300 years old, but has been wonderfully preserved. It is still visited in large numbers by Catholic devotees and tourists alike.
Distance: 21 Kms
Goa has a lot to offer to its tourists from exquisite nature to plethora of adventures. One of the other less known things is its wildlife. Elephant safaris are also available at some places and a lot of tourists head to Tropical Spice Plantation for the safari on the biggest mammal on land, the elephant.
This is the famous landmarks of Goa and is the oldest church located in Panajim. The statue of Mother Mary stands at the front of the church with the tower of the church behind. This church has truly been beautifully preserved. Also, the church bell is the 2nd largest bell in the whole world.
Night Club in the sky, Club Cubana is an amazing place to visit with your friends for having the most memorable night of your life. It is considered as the best spot to enjoy the nightlife in Goa. It is an upmarket club with the coolest DJs playing the coolest music of all times. If you are a great fan of trance, this place is for you. Goa is for music fanatics and most of them will find their homes at Club Cubana.
High up on Arpora Hill, Club Cubana is the place to be looked upon if you are visiting Goa for utmost enjoyment. The sky club has many levels with pools in it which act as the icing on the cake. Nightlife beside the pool with the trending music beats will surely give you a night worth remembering. Also, a night spent here can be the most romantic one for the couples who wish to visit. Otherwise, it provides great fun to a good bunch of female friends partying here. The crowd is very decent. It is a paradise for all the music lovers. It has been here now for more than a decade.
Club LPK has generally some good DJs playing a mix of house, trance, and Bollywood music for all kinds of customers. The dance area is big and ambience is great.
Mambos have seen its lows and highs, starting as a run-of-the-mill club, gaining immediate popularity and coming back to square one. The club is trying to make the scene better and have different DJs playing different genre of music each day of the week.
Most music is Pop or House. The place has a wide variety of hookahs to choose from.
The World Famous Decades Bar is a great place to go when you are not really in the mood to dance, but just want to go to a bar and have a good time with friends. There is live music on a couple of days in the week (check before going). You can also play a game or two of pool at the pool table.
Distance: 20 kms
Goa has become synonymous with beaches, so much so that people are now on the quest to find slightly quieter beaches for the serene vibe of the coast, diminished at the more popular beaches due to the massive influx of tourists. The Ashwem Beach is one such beach travellers can look at visiting. Located north of the famous Morjim beach after the Chapoa river, the lovely Ashwem beach still retains the original charm of Goa, with its relatively less crowded shores stretching vastly across the alluring coastline of North Goa, with a charming estuary flowing across, providing travellers with the perfect beachside view as they dig into some yummy seafood by the pearly coast.
The long coastline of the Ashwem beach is neatly punctuated by palm and coconut trees, giving it a magical touch of nature. Being a backpacker's delight, one is sure to come across many travellers engaging in yoga by the beach. There is a dense population of shacks, restaurants and resorts on this stretch, offering travellers a plethora of places to kick back with a nice beer as they enjoy the glamour of the pristine beach. The nights see some exciting beach parties as is common around Goa, though slightly less crowded as compared to the nearby touristy beaches of Arambol and Morjim.
On the other side of the Chapora fort near the famous beach parties of Vagator lies the idyllic Chapora beach. Being a lesser known beach of Goa, this coastal secret is a treasure trove of natural beauty, with a serene combination of white sands, turquoise waters, black lava rocks, and fringes of coconut and palm trees. The green hills in the background, with the majestic Chapora Fort on top, make this a perfect spot for relaxing by the beach and capturing its virgin essence on film.
The allure of Chapora beach is magnified by the connection of Chapora river with the magnificent Arabian Sea. A trawler-fishing jetty is located on the shores display colourful little fishing boats docked here, and serious seafood enthusiasts can bargain for fresh fish with the fishermen here. Located past the charming fishing village of Chapora, one is taken through a delightful route of eateries, watering-holes and numerous budget-accommodation locations as they manoeuvre through the road to reach this relatively unexplored side of North Goa. It is the perfect beach for those looking to lay low and soak in the coastal magnificence away from the noise of the crowds present across Goa.
North of the Chapora river on the coastal trail to Arambol is where you will find the enchanting white sand Mandrem beach. This calm seaside escape is loaded with all the natural adornments of the coast, an alluring combination of the turquoise blue waters of the Arabian Sea that flows into the Mandrem creek during high tide, which runs parallel to the waterline. Fringes of coconut and palm trees crowd the coastline, which is separated from the famous Arambol beach by a rocky cliff.
In addition to being an idyllic destination for peace and solitude by the sea, Mandrem beach is also a great place to spot crabs, kingfishers, herons and turtles. This pristine beach is the ideal spot to practise yoga on the soft sands or sip a refreshing cocktail while you get lost in the mysteries of the ocean.
There is no beach more secluded from the noise of the tourist crowds of Goa than the Querim beach. Located at the northernmost tip of Goa, this beach is a walk back through time, to a land where one could sit in awe of the magnificene of the coastal beauty of Goa, unmarred by the effects of tourism. This white sanded scenic beach lies at the mouth of the Terekhol river as it joins the Arabian Sea, and one can reach the majestic Terekhol Fort upon crossing this river. With so much natural beauty surrounding this area, one can easily beat the heat by sitting under the numerous shaded areas provided by the local foliage. The nearby shacks, though limited in number, offer unbelievably fresh and delectable seafood dishes that make this serene location worth the ride.
Commonly called Keri Beach, the coastline is bordered by rows of Casuarina trees, a constant defence against the threat of shore erosion. This area is a hotspot for fishing activity, making the Querim village an important fishing village to Goa. The beautiful Arambol Mountain can be seen in the background. This pristine beach serves as the perfect escape for those looking to get away from the commercial side of Goa and revisit the natural charm that put Goa on the map.
Across the Terekhol river from the Querim beach in North Goa lies the majestic Tiracol Fort. Also known as the Terekhol Fort, this magnificent structure was once a crucial part of the maritime defence of the Portuguese colonists. Today, it serves as the marvellous Fort Tiracol heritage hotel, offering a rare vacation experience different from the cliched agenda of tourists in Goa.
The fort offers visitors an unbeatable panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. The surrounding greenery amplifies the beauty of this imposing fort set atop the picturesque hillock of the Northern river. A charming church lies in the middle of the fort within the courtyard, built in the 18th century during the rule of the Portuguese. This church is not open to the public except for special occasions such as the annual feast that happens in May. However, the architecture of the church and the fort are admirable in themselves, reflecting the Portuguese influence seen across Goa. The hotel today has seven rooms, named after the seven days of the week, served with luxurious amenities like king-sized beds, A/C, Flat screen TVs, coffee makers, bathrooms with rain showers, free Wi-Fi, and private balconies. The decor and design of the room reflect the Portugues heritage of the site, complete with earthy ochre-and-white interiors, black-marbled floors and rustic furniture. Tavern, the terrace restaurant and bar, offers travellers a range of mouth-watering cuisine and refreshing beverages as they take in the surreal view from atop the fort. The Garden Cafe Al Fresco is another amazing dining affair within the premises. Guests at the hotel can engage in activities like coast cruising, river fishing, picnics or just enjoy the serene vibe of this unique hotel, unlike any other in Goa.
Just 2 km away from the tourist hub Colva of South Goa lies the serene Benaulim beach. With its long stretch of empty sands dotted with inviting beach chairs, this scenic beach is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation in the tourist trap of Goa. One can marvel at the divine architecture of the temples and ancient churches, as well as the Portuguese style of architecture seen in the houses of Benaulim.
Along with soaking up the sun while lazing on a beach chair at the beach, tourists can also engage in watersports such as jet skiing, snorkelling, parasailing, and windsurfing. Being a relatively quieter beach as compared to the party beaches found further north, this beach is a better option for those wishing to go dolphin spotting. Fishing is a principal occupation for the locals here, and one can enjoy the aroma and taste of fresh seafood at the shacks and restaurants in the area. Bullfighting is a popular event that occurs in the rice fields here, complemented with local Konkani music. Beach Bonanza fairs are held every Sunday from April onwards, a delightful affair that sees the lively participation of the locals in activities like live music and dance, displaying the original spirit of Goa.
Distance: 33 kms
An idyllic beach in South Goa, the landscape and tranquillity of Varca beach are its most attractive features. With its golden sands seamlessly transitioning into a reddish magenta shade as it meets the turquoise blue water of the Arabian Sea, this beach finds itself home to many famous and luxurious resorts, perfect for those travellers looking for the ideal beach vacation to spend with their loved ones. The palm and casuarina trees against the deep blue sky increase the beach's picturesque feature.
For those looking for a bit more of activity instead of lazing on the peaceful beach, a range of water sports such as jet-skiing, speedboat rides and parasailing can be availed by the beach. Dolphin spotting is also another attractive option that tourists of any age group are sure to enjoy. There are a number of shacks by the beach where one can enjoy some mouthwatering Goan cuisine or sip on a refreshing cocktail as they watch the day go by, culminating with a glorious view of the magnificent sunset across the scenic shore.
Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hours
Distance: 17 kms
Cola beach, also known as 'Khola' beach, is one of the rare beaches of Goa that offers travellers the most tranquil of surroundings, with a location hidden from the mainstream view, showcasing the natural beauty of Goa at its finest. Unspoilt, clean and quiet, this beach hosts a hidden gem of a surreal and pure blue lagoon, created by the flowing of the river into the Arabian Sea, separated by a narrow strip of glimmering sand Fringed by swaying coconut palm trees, one can't help but get lost in the mesmerising blue waves of the Arabian Sea as they meet the shores of golden sands.
The beach does not receive many visitors as it is off the beaten path, hidden by thickly overgrown hills, with a decent stretch of a rather rocky terrain to be crossed before arriving at this natural paradise. This makes the beach perfect for sunbathers, enjoying their own private bay with breathtaking views in every angle. This scenic beach lies 4 km north of the tourist hub Agonda beach. One is treated to a rare sight of the natural fauna like dolphins, monkeys and sea eagles enjoying the beach and the serene vibe of the area unlike any other beach of Goa.
Experience Time: 1-2 Hours
Distance: 64 Kms
With clear waters meeting a silver sand shore populated by rows of swaying coconut palm trees the Galgibaga beach is one of Goa's most scenic hidden gems. Along with its unspoilt natural charm, the Galgibaga beach is also one of the three beaches of Goa known to be a nesting site for the Olive Ridley turtles, a process protected and preserved by the efforts and programs of the state. Enclosures have been made and are monitored to understand and conserve the nesting patterns of the turtles. This pristine beach has often been termed as one of the cleanest beaches in India.
The kilometre-long coastline, coated with a dense cover of vegetation and the varied topography, sees an interesting twist of the land near the southern end, where the Galgibaga river joins the Arabian Sea. This twisted area, with the green hillock at the back and the blue Arabian Sea ahead, captures the heart of every passerby and onlooker, with the most unforgettable view. For travellers looking for the original charm of Old Goa, with its virgin, serene beaches, Galgibaga would be a major contender for the top spot on the list of destinations. Walking along its serpentine coastline punctuated with boulders amidst the sheets of glimmering sands is probably the best way to spend the day by this seaside delight.
Distance: 22 kms
Just north of the famous Majorda lies the quiet Utorda beach, home to soft white sands and fantastic palm vegetation that fringe its sides. The strip of the coast comes equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas for travellers looking to laze by the beach as they admire the sight while sipping a refreshing beverage as the day goes by.
There are a few shacks on the beach and many charming restaurants in the vicinity that offer a delectable range of cuisine, with local Goan cuisine and seafood being their speciality. As the tides are not very strong in this area, this beach is perfect for swimming, even for novice swimmers. While it is not a remote beach, it is not as tourist-filled as the neighbouring Majorda beach making it a relatively cleaner and calmer beach to enjoy a nice seaside vacation. While this beach is meant to imbibe a feeling of relaxation in its guests, the more active visitors can opt for engaging in the numerous watersport options available at the beach.
Distance: 49 kms
One of the last hidden gems of Goa, the Kakolem Beach is a nature lover's treat, with its majestic cliffs towering over an untouched sandy cove, showcasing rich natural vegetation that covers these rocky outcrops. 7 km south of the Cabo de Rama beach, this beach is one of the most remote and wildest beaches of Goa. It is also known as Tiger beach as it is rumoured that it is a place to hunt tigers secretly. Surrounded by the wilderness of the rugged terrain and overgrown flora, a visit to this beach qualifies as a unique adventure of Goa.
This beach is mostly deserted except for one resort on top of the cliff. Thus, it is dangerous to swim here due to the lack of supervision or rescue service. The water can be extremely inviting though, coloured a deep shade of turquoise as it plays with the golden sands of the cove. With the local foliage freely swaying with the cool coastal breeze, the unspoilt scenic beauty of the area offers some truly breathtaking views from the top of the cliff. There are steep steps across the side of the cliff where one may descend to the water. There are no restaurants or shacks here, and there is just the one resort where travellers may stay and dine at this untamed beach.
A unique beach along the West coast of India, the tiny yet delightful Hollant beach finds its place on the tourist beaches of Goa as the only spot where one can literally see the day change, granting visitors the ability to view both the sunset and the sunrise. Covered in soft sheets of golden sand, the pristine beach offers splendid views of the southern coast of Goa meeting the playful foothills of the Western Ghats, forming a surreal scenic panorama.
Nestled in the Western Ghats, one is treated to a delightful plethora of lush greenery and tropical plants as they approach this gorgeous coastal wonder. High tide at this beach is enchanting when one can see the rising waters of the sea merge with the fresh waters of a nearby stream. Small rocks and stones punctuate the shores to give an overall variating look to the topography. These waters are considered safe for swimming due to the lack of currents, and kayaking is a common activity over here. When the water is clear, one can see colonies of coral and the rich marine life of the Arabian Sea. For seaside amusement, one may engage in the watersports services or relax by this special strip of Goa.
Distance: 62 Kms
Talpona Beach, Goa Overview
Off the beaten path in the Canacona region of Goa lies the small fishing village of Talpona. Those looking for quiet and relaxing beach vacation need look no further than the Talpona Beach. With a kilometre long shoreline, pure golden sands populate the beach, framed by swaying palm and pine trees. The deep blue waters of the calm Arabian Sea wash up mystical seashells that are ever-present on this scenic beach, making it one of the prime locations for those looking for the original beach charm of Goa, unspoilt by the toll of tourism.
As this beach opened up to tourists a couple of years ago, there is not much in terms of seaside amusement here, apart from marvelling at the glory of the natural beauty of the coast. To the north, one can see the convergence of the Talpona river with the Arabian Sea. A variety of bird species can be seen resting by the Talpona River. Talpona beach is shrouded with a woody cover from all sides except the sea, making it quite the natural wonderland.
Experience Time: 3 Days
Held in December every year at Candolim beach, the Sunburn festival has an array of famous artists performing live. The Electronic Dance Night is an experience to be cherished forever. From the most frolic music beats to flavoursome food, the festival is an ideal for spending New Year's Eve. The ever ending partying spirit is spread over 3 days when each and every person is involved in tapping feet to the beats of legendary personalities. Back in years passed, Hardwell, Afrojack, Swedish House Mafia, and Tiesto have entertained the crowd with their Dance moves, Trance, Electro, Drum & Bass, Psy-Trance and much more. The Sunburn story doesn't end here. It also has delicious food shacks, markets, and water sports on its list!
Experience Time: 2-3 Hours
With a vast stretch of 20 km of the coastline of Goa, covered in shimmering silver sands, Velsao Beach finds its area host to many tourists who come here to enjoy the abundance of natural coastal beauty that goes on for ages. The soft sands here are perfect for relaxing or lounging around the beach as one admires the scenic coast, which takes on a whole new feel during sunset. Despite being a sizable coast, this beach is not as crowded as the other beaches of Goa, making it the ideal spot for visitors looking for a calm and serene beach vibe, away from the vibrancy of Goa.
The border of this tranquil beach is dotted with numerous palm trees, and the lack of external noise elements is evident as one can hear the faint cooing of the birds that inhabit the area. The composure of the water is quite alluring, inviting onlookers to take a quick dip or a soothing swim. For the more active explorer, there is a range of watersports like jet skiing and banana boat rides that one can engage in.
A haven for nature enthusiasts, the topography of the Siridao Beach is sure to capture the heart of onlookers with its craggy multicoloured terrain greeted periodically by the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, which forms charming little puddles within the crevices of this rocky stretch. The picturesque shores are complemented by the array of seashells that dot the coast, making this the perfect site for those wanting a true taste of natural coastal glamour.
Along with its scenic beauty, Siridao beach is host to some fascinating points of interest. The gorgeous chapel of Jesus of Nazareth sits atop hillock that overlooks the magnificent coastline, giving travellers a breathtaking view of the alluring bay. Rife with ancient Portuguese architecture, this church sees scores of devotees come to relish the fantastic Easter feast held here. The beautiful Holy Souls Chapel, built in 1973 by the famous Lucio Miranda is also situated in the Siridao village and definitely worth a visit. The entrance to the village is marked by the quirky figures of the three statues playing musical instruments with a dog. Finally, tourists can also immerse themselves in the mysterious Siridao cave, a man-made cave carved from a single-cell that dates back to the sixth or seventh century, revered by locals as part of their heritage.
Distance: 19 Kms
Part of India's second longest beach stretch, the quiet Cansaulim Beach is a beautiful little stretch of golden sands and palm groves. Along with the adjoining Arossim Beach, it acts as an extension of the massive Velsao beach stretch. This idyllic little beach is a hotbed for watersports, and is considered one of the best beaches in Goa for watersports. Visitors can also engage in lessons and training for the same at this site.
For the more relaxed tourists, this beach is perfect for lounging around on the sand, having a picnic, sunbathing, and taking lone peaceful walks by the ocean. Children can be seen splashing around the water and making sand castles, enjoying the bliss of this beach. Those looking to indulge in a bit of culture on their vacation can head to St. Thomas Church, a gorgeous testament to the Portuguese influence on the local architecture. The legendary Three Kings Church is close to this beach, situated atop the Hill of Remedios. The annual feast of the church, organised for nine days starting from the 6th of January, is a grand and festive affair that sees a great level of enthusiasm and participation from the locals as they rejoice. The Three Kings Church is also a lovely location for one to have a panoramic view of the massive coastline of Goa.
Distance: 41 Kms
One of the rare party beaches of South Goa, Mobor Beach is considered an extension of the adjoining Cavelossim Beach, located towards the southern side by the confluence of the delightful river Sal with the Arabian Sea. This beach is a prime destination for the active tourists of Goa, offering a whole range of watersports like jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, as well as biking on the beach, a rather popular activity on this lively beach. One can also opt for dolphin spotting, bird spotting or cruise across the river Sal, observing some of the exotic biodiversity of the area. The delta of the River Sal is considered to have immense biological importance, and navigation of the region is discouraged unless the sailor is experienced in such tricky areas.
Home to two of the fanciest hotel chains, Mobor Beach is equipped with casinos, bars, discos, and fancy eateries catering to the more luxurious guests. This beach is often mistaken for a private beach, as a portion of it is also owned by these hotels. Because of this misconception, the crowds at the beach are largely filtered, making it one of the fancier beaches in Goa. This beach also provides visitors with the opportunity to engage in some of the more exclusive water activities like underwater fishing and oyster catching.
One of the more crowded beaches of South Goa, Majorda beach is an enchanting destination filled with golden sands and swaying palms that are met by the calm azure waters of the Arabian Sea. One can see a whole range of activity on this beach, from adventure-junkies engaging in water sports to couples strolling along the picturesque coast to tourists simply lazing on the beach or chilling in one of the many shacks.
Along with some brilliant coastal amusement, the quaint Majorda has much to offer to all kinds of travellers. Streetside stalls can be found on the beach selling funky souvenirs that Goa is famous for. A large number of churches dot the map of Majorda, a great display of the Portugues architecture ever-present across Goa. Paintball and Go Karting facilities can be found closer to the highway. For those looking to do something truly offbeat, the Ashvek Vintage Car Museum is definitely worth a visit, displaying cars and related paraphernalia dating back to 1886. All in all, the charming Majorda has a little something for everyone who crosses its path.
Beaches in Goa cannot get more scenic than the Betul beach, located south of Mobor beach. This beautiful beach rests right at the delta of Sal River, giving passers-by a gorgeous view of the serene sea. The beach itself has soft silvery sand, fringed by looming fruit trees and swaying palms to provide visitors with some shade as they enjoy this seaside delight. The foothills of the Western Ghats form the backdrop of the beach, offering a 360-degree natural panorama. A small lagoon also exists at this beach. A walk to the Betul lighthouse along the fascinating coastline is sure to inspire a new sense of admiration for this natural beauty.
The village of Betul is small but friendly and very hospitable. It is easy to find directions in this area or friendly locals at the restaurants in the area. One can also see the majestic Betul fort from this location, located on a hill that overlooks the Southern coast. By the beach, one can find many fishing boats and ocean trawlers as Betul is a fishing village. Being a slightly offbeat and more peaceful beach, one will not see beach shacks as is prevalent across Goa. However, the seafood at Betul is quite amazing, with some of Goa's finest and largest mussels being found here.
Distance: 71 Kms
The southernmost beach of Goa, Polem beach marks the beginning of the famous shoreline of Goa, being a stone's throw away from the Goa-Karnataka border. It is one of the least visited beaches by tourists, giving travellers the impression of a private beach with its pure white sands and azure waters. Tall palm trees form the border of the shore, which is shaped like a sickle, and one can see many landmasses amidst the blue waters of the Arabian Sea.
This offbeat beach is the perfect spot for those looking for peace and tranquillity in the vibrant state of Goa, and is ideal for having a picnic, sunbathing or swimming. Most of the tourists that come here arrive from the neighbouring town of Karwar in Karnataka. While there are no water sports at the beach, there are a couple of shacks offering some of the most delicious seafood of Goa.
Located in South Goa, 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.
Distance: 35 kms
Originally called Porta de Gaspar Dias by the Portuguese, the beach is one of the only two beaches in Panjim. The beach is replete with local eateries and lined with a bunch of souvenir shops. Besides, it encourages adventure activities and water sports.
Bogmalo beach is situated near the village of Bogmalo in Goa. The beach is one of the cleanest in the area and is still safe from overcrowded tourist activities. Dotted with local eateries and knick-knack stalls, the beach has also started a diving school lately. The shallow waters near the shore and low tides of the sea encourage swimming and other sports.
Distance: 39 kms
Candolim Beach lies around 15 kms ahead of Panjim towards North Goa. The beach is very popular among the tourists owing to the scrub dunes present on the shore. Another highlight of the beach is the ship River Princess which got stuck at the shore since 2000 and now has turned into a tourist attraction.
Sinquerim Beach lies adjacent to Aguada beach and is popular for swimming and other sports like parasailing, fishing, scuba diving etc. Considered the first tourist beach of North Goa, the beach is replete with resorts and hotels and is packed with tourist almost at all times of the year.
Shri Mangueshi Temple is built in the honor of Bhagwan Manguesh, the Kuldevata of Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. The deity is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva, whose name was derived from ??Mam Girisha?? the words used by Goddess Parvati when Lord Shiva made a successful attempt to scare her by taking the form of a Tiger.
Located on the banks of the mesmerizing River Mandovi, Reis Magos Fort served as a turret to guard the mouth of the estuary and as accommodation for the Portuguese officials since 1551. The historic structure proved helpful during their war against the Marathas but it was captured by the British around 1800. The fort then served as a prison and since 2012 it has been a monument of national and historic heritage.
River Cruise on the Mandovi River is an interesting way to explore the river. The cruise options vary from houseboats, sailboats and yachts and can be specifically chosen to watch the Sunset, for a Party/ Dinner, or a Nature Cruise. The sailing route for Mandovi Cruises allows one to explore the Portuguese colonies and Vanxim and Divar and Chorao Islands. The cruises come with an exciting amalgamation of the Goan lifestyle and hospitality to make it a memorable experience for the tourists.
Shri Shantadurga Temple is one of the largest temple complexes in Goa. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is one of the patron deities of the Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. The temple was built around 1715 AD. It was relocated from Keloshi after the Portuguese gained control over the state. The beautiful Indo-Portuguese style of temple architecture and the magnificent idol of the deity are a treat to the eyes and make it a famous tourist attraction.
St. Augustine Church was built by the Augustinian Friars in the early 17th century. Although in ruins, the church tower stands 46 metres tall. The church, in its entirety, was considered to be one of the biggest churches in the state and the tower a famous landmark. It possesses an irresistible charm that draws history lovers and is a monument of historic significance in the country.
Shri Mahalaxmi Temple - Bandora is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi with quite a unique feature - a Linga on the head of the deity. The deity was worshipped by the Silahara rulers and the Kadamba Kings. This temple was established in 1866 after the original shrine was destroyed by the Portuguese and is a magnificent example of traditional Konkani Temple architecture.
Distance: 47 kms
Located on the beautiful coastline of Goa overlooking the gorgeous Arabian Sea, Cabo De Rama Fort is frequently associated with the legend of Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshmana lived in the fort during their 14 year exile. It was built by the Hindu Rulers, however, in the 1760s; it was captured by the Portuguese and used as a military base and later as a prison. It, therefore, is also a historically significant monument in the country.
Mormugao Fort was build in 1624, was considered as one of the major costal forts in Goa. The fort is located to the north of Vasco Da Gama town and just south of Murmogao Port. The Mormugao Fort covered a total region of six miles in circumference, contained towering bulwarks, three magazines, five prisons, a chapel and quarters for the guard. It had 53 guns and a garrison with 4 officers, and was an important fortress on the western coast. A coastal fort, sprawled over 6 miles, built by the Portuguese in 1624 solely to offer them supremacy against marine attacks, Mormugao Fort is today situated among some of Goa’s most visited tourist attractions like Varca Beach. Furthermore, it is very proximate to tourist locations like Margao, the port of Margao and Vaso da Gama.
This fort near the internationally famous Mormugao Habour was built to protect the harbour situated near Vasco da Gama town. Ever since it was accorded the status of a Major Port in 1963, the Mormugão port has contributed immensely to growth of maritime trade in India. It is the leading iron ore exporting port of India with an annual throughput of around 27.33 million tonnes of iron ore traffic.
The breath –takingly beautiful beaches draw much of Goa’s share of limelight. But the hot and humid tropical climate of Goa coupled with the presence of more than forty estuarine, eight marine and about ninety riverine islands is conducive to lush vegetation which in turn supports a varied wildlife. The wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa are home toa wide variety of land marine and avian wildlife population which make them a popular haunt for all wildlife enthusiasts and photography buffs from all over the country. Named after the best known Indian ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the only bird sanctuary in Goa.
A bus or car ride from panaji will take you to the Ribandar ferry wharf. from there take a ferry across the mandovi river to the island of Chorao. The sanctuary is within walking distance from the ferry wharf at Chorao. Apart from a large variety of coastal and migratory birds, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is also home to flying foxes, jackals and crocodiles which can be spotted. The vegetation here consists largely of mangrove swamps and provides refuge and breeding grounds for several varieties of fish and insects. The sanctuary is networked by a Mandovi and Mapusa rivers and the Cumbarjua canal, the banks of which support the “ Mangrove Scrub” vegetation.
There are many well-known water falls and beautiful springs but the water fall of Arvalem in Goa is another place you must visit after Dudh Sagar Water Fall. The Arvalem (Called as Harvalem by locals) waterfall, which cascades down from the mountains from a height of 50 meters, is one of the most awe-amazing spots. It is situated at about 2km from the small town of Sanquelim and 8kms from Bicholim, in North Goa. The waterfall is very scenic and is a beautiful picnic spot. This charming waterfall is a mind-blowing experience, with Rudreshwar temple in its vicinity. The temple holds importance for the Hindus who believe in releasing the soul on the 12th day after death. Early in the morning, devotees flock to the temple to pay their obeisance to the deity. While leaving the temple of Rudreshwar, one can descend the staircase to look at a majestic waterfall shedding its exuberant silvery showers all year long and mesmerizing the crowds.
You will be awestruck with the thunderous gush of water cascading down the rocky cliffs. The beautiful Arvalem fall, with a head of about 24 feet high, forms a sizeable lake at the bottom where the visitors and the admirers of temple take an immersion in water. The best time to visit this site is just after the copious monsoon when it presents a rapturous, ravishing and riotous aspect. It has a lot of greenery all around with fruit laden trees with various fruits like bananas , bread fruit and coconut palms to name a few.
Butterfly Conservatory Of Goa was founded by a nature enthusiast couple especially to preserve the natural habitat for butterflies. One can find a wide variety of colourful butterflies, some of which are rare species. The well maintained conservatory is apt to explore the green zone leisurely and observe the variety of butterflies thriving in the environment.
Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary is a protected natural habitat that expands over an area of about 40 square miles in the Western Ghats of India. The green zone consists of west-coast semi-evergreen, tropical-evergreen and moist deciduous forests that create a natural habitat for a wide variety of animals and birds. It is home to the Dhangar community and has temples built by the Kadamba Dynasty. The famous Dudhsagar falls are also located inside the sanctuary making it an apt attraction for nature lovers.
Distance: 4 kms
Coco Beach is a scenic shoreline located on the Mandovi estuary lined with tall palm and coconut trees and offers an exciting escape for beach lovers. The beach falls on the mouth of River Nerul and is perfect for boating, water sports and spotting dolphins. It is quite a commercialised attraction and is often explored on River Cruises. It has a number of restaurants and a bustling marketplace to promote tourism.
Kalacha Beach, also called Paliem Beach, remains almost as unspoiled today as it was before tourism changed the Goan coast. Only a couple of charming restaurant huts to one side of the shore show the effects of the last few decades. This area is famous for its picturesque fresh water lagoon and relaxed, bohemian vibe. Music sessions often take place around a camp fire, a great place to meet other travellers. This is an untouched haven, away from the hassle of vendors and large tourists groups.
The idyllic beach is surrounded by forests and has some rocky parts. Make your way over to a fresh water lagoon named Vagkolam, or Sweet Water Lake. It is set against a backdrop of mossy, green hills at the end of the beach. Look out for fascinating wildlife, such as exotic birds and monkeys, among the tropical vegetation around the lake.
Take a dip in the warm Arabian Sea and then take a seat under the swaying palm trees to soak up the sun. It’s easy to drift off to sleep, because the sound of the rolling waves has a soothing effect and the beach is usually quiet. At sunset, mingle with the locals and backpackers for a jam session around an open fire.
Sernabatim Beach is a pristine unpolluted beach with a long stretch of golden sand lined with tall palm and coconut trees to explore. The beach is a perfect attraction for those looking for a tranquil escape as it is not often crowded and the gentle waves in the Arabian Sea are perfect for a swim before hitting one of the shacks for a delicious Goan Snack.
Goa Chitra is a museum established in 2010 to exhibit the ancient Portuguese and Goan lifestyle and their traditions through a stunning collection of woodwork, metalwork, weapons, furniture, religious artefacts, etc. The museum actively conducts workshops and activities to share their knowledge about the traditions with the public. It has been titled by the Archaeological Survey of India as the topmost contemporary museum.
Braganza House is a 450-year-old mansion with a d_cor to complement its beauty. The grand mansion houses stunning antique handcrafted teak and rosewood furniture, draperies and paintings placed beautifully all around. The ceilings too have been hand painted and gives the house a regal appeal. A splendid library with a collection of over 5000 books is located in the west wing of the mansion and draws several visitors every day.
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.
Distance: 46 kms
The temple was built by Hemadri, the minister of the Yadava King Ramachandra. The Jain style construction has led to debates about the origins of the temple, since the Kadamba Dynasty ruled Goa between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. The temple is built in the Hemadpanthi style from basalt, carried across the mountains from the Deccan plateau and carved craftsmen. It is considered to be the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa. The temple survived invasions and the Goa Inquisition due to its remote location in a clearing deep in the forest at the foot of the Western Ghats which surround the site.
Sri Mahadeva Temple is one of the oldest temples in the state dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said to be built by the minister of King Ramachandra of the Yadava Dynasty, Hemadri, but has influences of architecture belonging to the time the Kadamba Dynasty ruled Goa as well. The monument is made of basalt rocks sourced from the Deccan Plateau and adorns beautiful carvings made by skilled craftsmen of the time.
Distance: 28 kms
Church Of the Holy Spirit is a 17th century structure built by the Portuguese. The site initially had a shrine dedicated to a Hindu deity, Lord Damodar, which was destroyed by the Portuguese before the church was erected. It was further destroyed a number of times by the Muslim Army till finally the structure that currently exists was built in 1675. The monument is famous for its splendid architecture and religious significance.
Archaeological Museum has a splendid collection of artefacts belonging to prehistoric and late medieval era. The museum was once an ancient Franciscan Monastery. The Archaeological Survey of India founded the museum in 1964 but was recognised only after 1984. One can find an array of antiques including coins, statues, ivory and wood sculptures, paintings, portraits, maps, inscriptions, stonework, ceramics, etc.
Altinho Hill is famous for its picturesque location and the splendid view of the city from the hilltop. It is a neighbourhood of Panaji and is known as an elite residential area that has the Archbishop?s Palace, the house of the Chief Minister, the All India Radio Station and Government Servant Quarters. The region has a unique charm and tempts many offbeat explorers.
Distance: 3 kms
Initially known as Vodlem Ghor, Fernandes House is one of the oldest palaces in Goa. The house was built about 500 years ago and is famous for its historic significance and stunning architecture. The heritage structure is now owned by a member of the Fernandes family. There are 25 rooms in total that have influences of Hindu, as well as European architecture, with several antique artefacts on display for the tourists.
Goa State Central Library is also known as the Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library. It is dedicated to Krishnadas who was a 16th century Konkani scholar to acknowledge his contribution to the field of literature. The library was established in 1832 and is the oldest public library in the country. It is, however, equipped with modern facilities and advanced technology to ease out the process of lending books for the readers who can choose from the stunning collection of over a quarter of a million books.
Distance: 31 kms
San Thome Museum was established to exhibit the evolution of science and technology right from the time of Thomas Alva Edison. One can explore every aspect of technology used from the 18th century to date displayed at the museum. It is a perfect attraction for technology buffs and students.
The museum is a house of fusion of Knowledge and Heritage.San Thome Museum is the finest jewel in Goa's Treasure Chest- a must experience at least once in lifetime with family and friends."San Thome Museum is the only Museum that has touched the every aspect of the Technical Revolution.San Thome Museum is Jewel in Goa's treasure Chest" and landmark Museum. It is a Museum of Antiques and Technical evolution"
Museum Of Christian Art has a fine collection of Christian artefacts belonging to the 16th century or the period the Portuguese ruled the state. Many of these works were completed by Hindu artists and include sculptures, paintings, metal & silverware, textiles, intricately carved wood artefacts & furniture, ivory, etc. The attraction is apt to get a glimpse into the past that changed the face of Goa.
Savoi Plantation, Goa Overview
Savoi Plantation is a 100-acre organic farm established by Mr. Shetye. The beautifully maintained farm has been open to the public since 1985. A number of fruits, vegetables and spices are grown with immense love and care. A guided and informative tour of the plantation is given to every guest. Exploring the attraction is one of the best ways to come close to nature and take away a tip or two for one's own little garden.
Gitanjali Gallery exhibits a collection of artwork made by locally and internationally acclaimed artists from 1950s to 1990s. The Gallery is now a fabulous cultural centre with a cafe, an art studio and a conference area. Numerous art, historic, theatre and film workshops are also often held at the Gallery other than book launches, poetry readings, etc. It is an apt attraction to read a book over a cup a coffee or play a fun board game with other visitors and maybe even make new friends.
Tropical Spice Plantation is one of the famous spice plantations in the state where one can get a guided tour of the area. The tour consists of traditional welcome with a delicious drink, an informative site tour and a delicious organic lunch made of the fresh farm produce. The guides are friendly and promptly share tips as they explain the ecosystem. One can purchase local spices too to end their fabulous trip with.
Shri Mahalsa Temple is a half a century old temple dedicated to Goddess Mahalsa. It is the only one in the world with the biggest and the tallest lamp which is also called Dnyandeep. A splendid copper roof, a granite mandap, an ancient bell adds to the beauty of the architecture of the temple. The temple is also famous for its stunning idol of the deity that appears in different alankaars at different times.
Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary is one of the oldest churches in the region and is now considered as a World Heritage Site. The church was built on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after Goa was conquered by the Portuguese. The captivating design of the church was inspired by Gasper Correia and has a gothic style main altar dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary.
Distance: 24 kms
Caves of Khandepar are four ancient rock-cut caves located in a jungle near Khandepar Village dating back roughly to the 12th century. They were discovered in 1970 and have two interconnected caves, while the other two are free standing. One of them is located a short distance away and the last is located opposite to the first cave. The last cave bears a pedestal which is believed to be made to hold a Shivalinga and, therefore, is considered as a meditation room.
Statue of Abbe Faria was built in the honor of an acclaimed hypnotist, Abbe Jose Custodia Faria. He was a Luso-Goan Catholic monk, a pioneer of the scientific study of hypnotism and the first one to ever demonstrate ??Autosuggestion??and prove its existence. The historic statue made of bronze was installed in the state capital in 1945 and depicts Abbe Faria hypnotising a woman.
Church & Convent of St. Monica, also known as the Royal Monastery of Santa Monica, was established in the early 17th century. About two decades later, the Monastery was turned to ashes by a destructive fire. However, 15 years later, it was rebuilt and established as the only convent for nuns in the state. It was also known as the first nunnery of the east and housed 150 nuns. The nunnery was shut down in 1885 after the passing of the last nun. From 1968, the attraction functions as only a church.
Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple is an 18th century shrine dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. The idol had been relocated from Salcete in the late 16th century when Goa was captured by the Portuguese. The beautiful temple complex has wooden carvings, paintings, a sacred water tank and a musician?s gallery. The temple is thronged with devotees on the occasion of Shukla Chaturdashi every year when a procession is held for the deities.
Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount is a 16th century church famous for its religious significance and picturesque location. The church is located on a hilltop amidst thick natural vegetation giving a splendid view of old Goa from atop. The structure is now partly in ruins and closed for daily exploration, but an evening mass is held on 8th of every month. The church is also open for the public during the Monte Music Festival and the Feast of St. Francis Xavier every year.
Houses of Goa Museum has a splendid collection of houses belonging to the Colonial era in Goa. The museum in itself is a brilliant piece of architecture and dons a ship-like structure. The museum was designed and built by Gerard de Cunha and houses furniture, home d_cor items, door & window frames, railings, ceramic tiles, etc. from the bygone era when Portuguese architecture became a part of the Goan lifestyle.
Shri Ramnath Temple, also known as the temple of Ramnathi, is dedicated to five deities - Lord Rama, Lakshmi Narayan, Lord Ganesh, Kamakshi, Shanteri and Betal & Kalbhairav. The 450-year-old temple is of immense religious importance for the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins. It was initially located in Salcete but was relocated in the 16th century to save the idols from the Portuguese.
Chapel of St Catherine is a 16th century historic chapel which was built over a Cathedral in 1552 on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after the Portuguese conquered the state. The splendid Renaissance architecture in laterite and limestone is adorned by paintings and artworks that draw tourists every year.
Built in the early 19th century, Chapel of St Sebastian marks an important attraction in Fontainhas. The pristine white structure is dedicated to St. Sebastian who treated the ones affected by plague and other diseases. The church houses a crucifix where one can find Christ?s eyes are open for striking fear into the minds and hearts of the wrongdoers. The church sees a number of visitors to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Livrament.
Menezes Braganza Institute was established in the late 1800s by the Portuguese as a cultural institute. It was previously known as the Institute of Vasco da Gama and was started with the intention of focussing on cultural, scientific and literary fields. After the fall of the Portuguese, the institute was renamed after Luis Menezes Braganza who campaigned against the Portuguese. The institute now holds cultural activities on a regular basis for the public.
Experience Time: 2 Hours
Distance: 10 Kms
Municipal Library was established in 1883 during the Portuguese rule. The library was initially known as Athaide Municipal Library and was dedicated to Fr. Francis Athaide who devoted all his life to educate the youth in the region. In 1968, after the enforcement of the Municipality act, the library was handed down to the Mapusa Municipal Council. The library houses over 25000 books and has over 6000 members.
Monastery Of St. Augustine is a 17th century structure, believed to be built by the Augustinian friars but today, mostly seen in ruins. The dilapidated but splendid tower of the church can be seen from a distance and one can gauge the grandiosity of the monastery when it was completely intact. It is considered as one of the biggest churches and an important tourist attraction in the state.
Chapel of St. Anthony, built in the 17th century by the Portuguese, is dedicated to the patron saint of the Portuguese Navy and the Army, St. Anthony. The attraction is located very close to the Monastery of St. Augustine. The chapel has a unique architecture with a semi-circular arch and a fort like influence. Devotees flock in large numbers on every 13th of June to celebrate the Saint?s Feast Day.
Azad Maidan is dedicated to Dr. Tristao de Braganza Cunha who was a Goan Freedom Fighter. It was originally established as Largo Afonso de Albuquerque by the Portuguese. The maidan has a brass memorial dedicated to Dr. Tristao and the edifice is converted into the Police Headquarters.
Naval Aviation Museum was established in 1998 to exhibit the importance, functioning and the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arm. The museum has stunning outdoor and indoor exhibits where one can find decommissioned aircraft, weapons & arms, uniforms, vintage documents and photographs.
Campal Gardens is a beautiful little well maintained garden perfect for jogging or walking, to sit in solitude or spend an evening with children. It has an artificial water body with boating facilities for kids and a play area amidst lush green bushes and tall palm trees.
Experience Time: Less than 1 hour
Overlooking the village of Agassaim, Church Of St. Lawrence, located atop a hillock was built in mid 16th century by the Jesuits. The church is dedicated to the martyr, St. Lawrence who is also considered to be the patron saint of the cooks and the poor. Tourists are drawn for its religious significance, the age-old Portuguese architecture and the annual feast held on the 10th of every August.
Ozran Beach, famous for its natural landscape and the Fort of Chapora, is a rocky beach and requires climbing a little hillock to reach the shoreline. The view of the horizon from the top of the hillock is quite a sight. Not frequently crowded, the location is often chosen for shooting movies and is a paradise for stargazers. The beach is also called Little Vagator as it is located a little distance away from the Vagator Beach.
Kristu Kala Mandir Gallery is a perfect attraction for art lovers and exhibits a splendid collection of Christian and Non-Christian art including contemporary and religious artefacts created by artists from all over the world.
Distance: 27 Kms
Our Lady Of Mercy Church is a colonial church founded in 1630. It was earlier known as Nossa Senhora de Merces. The church houses a statue of infant Jesus Christ which is believed to be found on the Mozambique coast by Fr Bento Ferreira who brought it to Goa and installed it in the church in 1648.
Experience Time: 2-4 Hours
Distance: 23 Kms
Sahakari Spice Farm is a 135-acre piece of land out of which over 113 acres of land have been cultivated. When the farm was founded in 1980, the total cultivated area was only about 11 acres; however, with the aid of technology and irrigational methods, the total cultivation area was successfully increased. The farm has rich plantations of organically grown spices, fruits and herbs that tourists can explore through their guided and informative tours.
Municipal Gardens is famous for its beautiful landscaped lawns, the fragrant flower beds, the tall green trees and the monuments built in the honor of some legendary men and seamen of the 16th century. A foundation laid by Vasco Da Gama in the late 15th century exists inside the garden. It now bears the Ashoka Pillar marking the 400th anniversary of the first sea voyage from Europe to India.
Goa Science Centre & Planetarium was established as a joint project of the state Department of Science, Technology & Environment and the National Council of Science Museums with the objective of making science exciting for the youth and inculcating a desire to learn the subject. The Science Centre expands over an area of 5 acres and also houses a Planetarium, a theatre for 3D shows and several scientific exhibits. Quite a few programs are also conducted to demonstrate scientific principles to the public.
Pasocal Spice Farm is an award-winning organic farm located amidst the lush green Western Ghats. River Khandepar flows nearby and adds to the scenic beauty of the 50-acre stunning attraction. The farm is apt for nature lovers and farmers. Other than spices, the farm also houses over 2500 species of other plants including medicinal herbs. Regular spice tours are arranged for tourists who can explore the farm and purchase plants from the nursery or fresh produce from their spice store.
The oldest colonial building in Goa is the stolid Secretariat, standing on the site of the grand summer palace of Goa’s 15th-century sultan Yusuf Adil Shah, which was originally fortified and surrounded by a saltwater moat.
After falling to the Portuguese in 1510, the palace was further reinforced and used as a customs post, also serving as temporary accommodation for incoming and outgoing Portuguese viceroys. It later housed Goa’s State Assembly and is today home to government offices, not open to the general public.
Built in the late 16th century by Viceroy Francisco Da Gama, Viceroy's Arch is a historic monument which once served as the entrance of Old Goa. The monument was built in the memory of and to honour the achievements of Francisco's Great Grand Father and a famous explorer, Vasco Da Gama. The structure is made of laterite and is an important landmark even today on the road that leads to River Mandovi.
The Maruti Temple is situated on top of the Altinho hill overlooking the Fontainhas district in Panaji. It is dedicated to lord Hanuman, the monkey god and enshrines Lord Hanuman as the presiding deity. The Maruti Temple is also beautifully lit up at night and as it is brightly lit the temple is visible from a distance.
Lord Hanuman is a Hindu deity who is an ardent devotee of Rama, a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. A general among the vanaras, Hanuman is an incarnation of the divine and a follower of Lord Rama in the struggle against the demon king Ravana.
The Maruthi Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Panjim, It is said that the idol of Maruthi in the main temple can be seen even from the main road, through an opening in the basement wall of the temple. One can see the beautiful octagonal Deepastambha or Lamp Tower at this Temple.
Shri Maruti Sansthan is an example of beautiful architecture, bright orange structure against a green backdrop, and wide steps that begin from the foothill in Mala where an ancient natural fresh water spring, once a lifeline of the area still quenches the thirst of the locals. This spring has three tanks where water collects from the mountain before flowing into a reservoir.
Located at the bottom of Aguada Fort, Fort Aguada Jail is famous for its panoramic view, architecture and historic significance. It was once the largest jail in the state used to imprison legal offenders. but since 2015 it is open to the public as a heritage site. A part of the jail is also reserved as a museum with galleries, activity zones, amenity zones and information centre.
The Sat Burzam Ghor is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Margao. This magnificent mansion, also known as the "House of Seven Roofs" looks wonderful even today though it is mostly in ruins. There are only three gables left out of the original seven but it sure gives an idea as to how magnificent it must have been. It is a wonderful specimen of the grand Portugal architecture.
Church Of Our Lady of Miracles is a 16th century Church built by the Portuguese. The Church was initially dedicated to St. Jerome, therefore, it is also known as St. Jerome Church. Since the Portuguese destroyed a number of Hindu monuments to promote Christianity, it is believed that the church is built over a temple. The structure was destroyed in a fire around mid-1900. After the renovation, it was renamed as Church of our Lady of Miracles.
Safa Shahouri Masjid is a 16th century structure which is believed to be built by Adil Shah. The simple architecture of the national monument is worth a halt here. The structure with lush green grasslands all around and a serene water tank in the foreground is quite a sight. The atmosphere is tranquil and suitable to experience a moment of peace close to the divine powers of the God.
Distance: 61 Kms
Rajbagh Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Goa. The golden stretch of sand extends for about a kilometre. The pristine waters are apt for beach lovers and swimmers. The beach is famous for a luxury resort, Lalit Resort, which is located on the coast and offers 5-star accommodation for tourists.
Church Of Nossa Senhora De Penha De Franca is dedicated to a Spanish Saint. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese seamen sailing to India. They strongly believed that Penha De Franca cured them when they were affected by plague and considered the Saint as the protector of their ships. The attraction is now considered a monument of national heritage and is also famous for its picturesque location on the banks of the confluence of River Mapusa and River Mandovi.
Arossim Beach is a non-commercialised and uncrowded beach in spite of having quite a few luxury hotels and resorts nearby. The stretch of clean beach is perfect for lazing in the golden sand after a refreshing swim in the Arabian Sea. There are also some shacks amidst the tall palm trees that line the serene beach where one can indulge in some delicious local snacks while enjoying the scenic ocean view.
Also known as the Betalbatim Church, Our Lady Of Remedios Capital was founded by the Jesuits in the 17th century. The Church is famous for its splendid architecture, well-maintained lawns and its serene ambience. The masses are a special treat at the church and attract many a peace-seekers on a regular basis.
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