Top Places to Visit in Goa

Goa, a tiny green land surrounded by azure waters on the West Coast of India is one of the most well known tourist destinations. It is not only famous for its beaches, but also for its carnivals and old churches. It’s a perfect destinations for fun lovers. Every corner of this tropical paradise displays a fine blend of traditional and modern aspects of life.

Let us give you an idea about top places to visit in Goa. These popular places to visit in Goa are on everyone's must-see lists.

Dona Paula, Birds-eye Scenery

Dona Paula Beach Goa Dona Paula Beach is 7 km from Panaji. Dona Paula Bay is where two famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea lies the once secluded bay of Dona Paula with the fine view of Marmugao Harbour. The Dona Paula Beach offers an opportunity to the tourists to have a sunbath and buy cheap seaside goods from local vendors. The most important attraction of this beach is the water sport facilities available here. You can enjoy water-scooter, cyclt, and motorboat rides. Other water sports include windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, sports fishing, snorkeling, harpoon fishing, kayaking, and yachting.

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Calangute Streets, Shopping

Calangute Market Square in Goa Calangute is located along the coast of northern Goa, about 18km north of Goa's capital, Panaji. It is a continuation of Candolim beach, with no visible partition between them. The Calangute beach in Goa is called the 'Queen of Beaches' because of its uncomparable beauty. It is surrounded by coconut and palm trees. All around the beach, a busy commercial area full of souvenir stalls, necessity stalls, food joinds, and selling everything from sea shells, to shoes to alchohol etc.

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Fort Aguada, view of Panjim City.

Fort Aguada The fort was constructed in 1613 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. This is the largest and the best-preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water. Crews of passing ships would often visit to replenish their fresh water stores. The other unusual feature of the fort is a four-storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia. Interestingly, the lower portion of this fort happens to be the largest prison in Goa.

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Old Goa Churches

Churches of Old Goa Old Goa is a historical city in North Goa district in the state of Goa. Old Goa was the second capital after Bijapur of the rule of Adil Shahi Dynasty. The large palace of Adil Shah, surrounded by fort walls, towers and a moat was located here as well as many temples and mosques. Unfortunately none of these structures remain in existence today except for the ruins of the gateway to the palace. The remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa is approximately 10 kilometres east of the state capital Panjim. Old Goa contains churches including the Se Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of S. Caetano, and notably, the Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the relics of Saint Francis Xavier, which is celebrated every year on 3 December with novenas beginning on 24 November.

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Palolem Beach

Palolem, Palolem Beach - Goa India Palolem is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Goa. It has very clean sand and has one of the best shacks in Goa. Sunset here is amazing, one can see so many color shades of sun-sea combination. A paradise for photographer. It is a natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either side. Palolem is quite small, so easy to explore on foot. Mopeds and bicycles are available for hire on the main street. You can take a boat ride in the river joining the sea on northern side of the Palolem beach.

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Panjim City & the Church

Panjim City & the Church - Goa India Panaji, usually known as Panjim in English is the capital of the state of Goa. Panaji is built around a church facing a prominent square. Panaji means “land that never floods”. It has terraced hills, concrete buildings with balconies and red-tiled roofs, churches, and a riverside promenade. It is the place where the first medical school of India was established. The Goa Medical College established in 1842 was also one of the oldest medical colleges in Asia, built by the Portuguese. The Panjim town has preserved its Portuguese heritage remarkably well and parts of it still consist of narrow winding streets, old houses with over hanging balconies. This state museum is located over the small creek in the eastern part of Panaji. It exhibits Portuguese Christian art, rock sculptures, furniture, an 18th century wooden chariot, paintings, newspaper printing presses and Portuguese rotary lottery machines that were used in the first lottery draw in 1947.

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Shri Mangeshi Tem­ple

Shri Mangeshi Temple - Goa India This temple is one of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa. It is dedicated to Lord Mangueshi, a form of Shiva. This place is 22 kms from Panaji and 26 kms from Margao at Priol-Ponda Taluka. It stands on atop a small hill, surrounded with lush greenery, this temple creates a separate place in the hearts of the onlookers. The temple presents an amalgam of rich history, culture and architectural beauty. Its tall and majestic ‘deepstambha', the highest lamp tower in Goa is a landmark which is extremely beautiful to look at. The temple architecture consists of several domes, pilasters and balustrades. The Shiva Linga is worshipped thrice a day i.e in the morning, afternoon and evening. Shodshopchar pujas, namely Abhishek, Laghurudra and Maharudra are performed every day in the morning followed by Maha-Aarti at noon. Panchopchar pooja followed by Aarti is performed every day at night.

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Majorda Beach, a Calm evening walk

Majorda Beach - Goa India The Majorda Beach has been mystical since ages. Majorda beach situated in the Salcete taluka is among the southern beaches of Goa. It has been one of the most popular beaches of Goa, and its popularity lies in its serenity. The history of Majorda is noteworthy for its bakery and toddy, here Jesuits discovered the best toddy of Goa who used it to leaven the bread. Even today the people of Majorda are known to be the best bakers of Goa as they were the first to know the art of baking European breads.

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Cansaulim Monte, a Panoramic view of the Arabian Sea

Cansaulim Monte - Goa India Cansaulim is a small village situated in Southern Goa. It is located around 7 km from the main town of Mormugao and about 25 km from the main city of Margao. Cansaulim Monte is best known far and wide for the Chapel of Three Kings that is nestled here. This church is open only once a year, every 6th January to celebrate the feast of the three kings. It also offers an excellent and panoramic vision of the beaches in the southern part of Goa and tourists enjoy the view of beautiful sunset and scenery from the peaks. Its geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion offers one the joy of a really beau­ti­ful sun­set. Its a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to get here but its really worth the effort.

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Martin’s Corner

Martin’s Corner - Goa India Martin's Corner is one of Goa’s most visited restaurants and awesome place for seafood lovers in South Goa. It is 25 minutes from Dabolim airport , 15 minutes from Margao ailway station,a few meters form Sunset beach and just a few steps from the famous Martin's corner, is a great place to sample Goan cuisine and seafood in a relaxed setting back from the beach. There’s also the old Portuguese house touch to it with its traditional decor, making it a favorite among locals and tourists. For all those who don’t know about Martin’s it is the must go place for a wonderful dining experience in Goa.

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