Goa

Overview

Goa is definitely the best tourist place for India. "The pearl of the east," Goa is known for its Gothic churches, crumbling forts, palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, ferry rides, bubbly folk music… the list is endless! With its 131-km-long coastline, Goa is an important locale in every tourist's itinerary. Sun, sand and sea being the major attractions, Goa trip is a perfect heaven for the ones who need and want relaxation. Goa Beach Resorts always add to the fun. Christian Pilgrimage tours to Goa are extremely popular. Besides pilgrimages Goa is famous for honeymoons also.Goa, Honeymoon Packages are extremely popular with Indians. Goa, honeymoon packages cater to the needs of the tourists with varying budgets. The all-inclusive Goa, honeymoon packages tour too make interesting options.

Goa is tropical paradise and one righty so, owing to its amazing charms. Tourist attractions in Goa are abundant and suitable for all ages, interests and moods. If you seek to relax or party or indulge in adventure, Goa is a touristy bliss.

For the sun seekers, the golden shores are much more than a taste of bliss. For the history enthusiast, churches, forts and the old mansions are a treasure trove. Almost 300 years of colonial heritage and culture lies hidden within them. Nature lovers are sure to have great time as the list of tourist attractions in Goa state has wildlife sanctuaries, untouched, forests, waterfalls and the lesser known backwaters. Adventure aficionados in Goa are up for challenge and the challenge is what to go for, as there are so many options. Both the waters and the lands are up for thrilling sports. Party Lovers are surely in heaven when they are in Goa. The small paradise has clubs, pubs, bars, beach parties, casinos, etc. In fact, name it and you have it in Goa.

 

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Attractions and Places to Visit

Baga Beach, Baga, Goa, India

The most popular beach of Goa, Baga is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panaji. Baga is popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs such as Brittos, Titos and Mambos. There is also a range of water sports that you can try your hands at. Baga beach, named after the 'Baga creek' which flows into the Arabian sea, is one of the most famous beaches of Goa and is a tourist hotspot. It is a happening place where you can see beautiful sunsets and enjoy the cool morning breeze. The shacks come to life in the late evening with music blasting and amazing customer service.

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Calangute Beach, Bardez, Goa, India

Calangute is the largest beach in north Goa and is known as the 'Queen of beaches'. Situated 15km from the capital city of Panaji, this expansive stretch of sand and water attracts tourist from all around the globe owing to its festive and entrancing environ. Calangute is one of the busiest and the most commercialised beaches of Goa. Located between Candolim and Baga beach, it is a hub for tourists and backpackers from all over the world. The sound of pop beats and rock music in the air elevates the festive mood. The beach is also swarming with eating joints, shacks and clubs serving mixed drinks, beer and seafood making it a hot favourite among visitors. This flagship beach of Goa is also known for its water sports activities like parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing. Be sure to visit the Church of St. Alex while in Calangute.

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Anjuna Beach, Bardez, Goa, India

Known for its unparalleled natural beauty, glowing soft white sand and swaying palms, Anjuna Beach is a hot spot for tourists, both domestic and foreign. The full moon beach parties are what attracts crowds the most. Anjuna Beach, situated on the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea, is the perfect epitome of stunning natural beauty. The key feature of the 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'. The place is a favorite 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.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

This historic church is located in Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even after 400 years, the remains are in a good condition and are taken out once every decade. Up until half a century ago, Goa was the capital of Portuguese rule in India and this is part of their heritage. The Basilica of Bom Jesus church is one of a kind in India and is known for its exemplary baroque architecture. This church coincides with the beginning of Christianity in India. It holds the body of St. Francis Xavier, a special friend of St. Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). After the death of Francis Xavier his body was first preserved at Portugal but two years later shipped back to Goa. The saint is believed to have phenomenal powers of therapeutic healing. The body of the saint is kept in a mausoleum in nicely ornamented coffin.

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Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

In the heart of the capital city of Panajim, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is a beautiful church lying on a hilltop. You need to climb up quite a few stairs to get to the church. The architecture and interiors of the church are worth admiring. It gives you a great view of the entire city from top. 

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Colva Beach

One of the most happening beaches in South Goa, Colva beach is mainly renowned for its shopping and phenomenal nightlife. The beach is full of shacks and eating joints. Located 6 km from the Margao city, Colva beach is a stunning beach adorned with swaying coconut palms along its 25 km long coast. The white finely powdered sand covers the shore from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south along south Goa's coastline. The beach area also suggests the luxurious lifestyle of the elite class who owns striking houses or villas that speck the village.  A stroll during the sunset is refreshing and mesmerizing with beautiful view and the dimming sun rays throwing a golden shadow over the pristine water and glowing sand of the beach. The place is perfect for those who are looking for a water-sports fix along with lively and vibrant nightlife.

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Dona paula

: In suburbs of Panaji, lies Dona Paula, a former village and now a tourist destination. It is a centre for National Institute of Oceanography. It is a home for top industrialists and politicians of Goa and hence is the most expensive residential area. It also has the most number of hotels in Goa. It stretches into a crowded place during the high season time and is a quite place during monsoons. The place lies on the Southern side of the idyllic rocky hammer shaped headlands, separating the Mandovi and Zuari River. It is an extremely important place to visit because of the whitewashed statue, perched on the rocks beside the popular ferry jetty. The Raj Bhavan of Goa is also located near the La Marvel Colony in Dona Paula. The place has served as shooting sites for movies like Ek Dujje Ke Liye and Singham. It is the best scenic location in Goa. It is not only crowded with tourists but also with food stalls. It is also a host to various water activities.

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Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada and its Lighthouse is a 17th century Portuguese Fort which stands till date on Sinquerim Beach, Goa. It was built in 1612 to provide protection from Dutch and Marathas. It is the most priced and crucial fort for Portuguese. It was also used as a prison for Salazar's political opponents. Built on river Mandovi, it covers the entire peninsula at the southwestern tip of Bardez. Standing wide and high between the confluences of Mandovi river and the Arabian Sea it has guarded for more than 400 years. It is named after the fresh water spring which provided portable water to the shipmen who stopped near the fort. Hence, it gets its name from 'Agua', a Portuguese word meaning water and 'Aguada' meaning the place where water is collected. It is so strongly and firmly built that it has never fallen into the hands of enemies. It exemplifies the Portuguese architecture in the best ways.

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