“Goa” is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Goa is the most famous for its touristy beaches, happening nightlife & over 300 year old architecture. Tourism is its primary industry. The best season to visit Goa is between November and March. “Goa beaches”, the second priority why to visit Goa. Beaches are divided into North & South Goa.
The one sentence that defines “Goa” is The Best Tourist Destination in INDIA. Calangute, Panaji and Candolim are one of the finest places in Goa.
On your first visit to Goa, you may be awe-struck by the fact that such a small area of land could have so many tourist attractions to offer. The tourist destinations defy the size of Goa making the place a heaven for tourists from all parts of the world. With over 50 beaches, each beautiful in its own way, you are sure to have your cameras busy as you unwind. However, Goa stretches beyond its beaches in offering other interesting tourist spots. The land with a rich past has many architectural wonders apart from the natural sceneries. It has ancient forts and places of worship belonging to various faiths. You can engage yourself in various activities including water sports. Here are the top places to visit in Goa, which you cannot afford to miss on your tour.
1. Dona Paula for a Birds-eye Scenery
– The Lovers Paradise — as it is called, Dona Paula Jetty is located on the beautiful and famous sea stretch that spans from Panjim, Miramar and Dona Paula. A thrilling breeze blows over this place and the view is very scenic. This idyllic rocky tourist attraction lies at the spot where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea.
2. Calangute Streets for a Shopping Ride
– Calangute — Baga lane is one of the worthy ride you could have. And I really meant Ride & not Drive. The streets are always crowded and its always best to hire a two-wheeler and ride along. The lane is full of Restaurants, Cafe’s & Night Clubs. The famous Tito’s is also located on this street.
3. Fort Aguada for the view of Panjim City
– Aguada fort seems like the perfect destination for a bright evening. The view from climbing up the spiral staircase, up the lighthouse, is ecstatic. It is one of the finest beauties overlooking the Panjim city.
4. Old Goa Churches & its History
– The Old Goa location is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the Old Capital of Goa during the Portuguese Regime. One of the churches known as the Basilica is famous for holding the remains of St. Francis Xavier, whose Believed to be the Protector of Goa. The location gives a feeling of the Portuguese time, the place has so much of History.
5. Palolem Beach for a Miami feeling
– A scenic beach in extreme south Goa with scenic rocks and islands off its shores. Good eating options. Watersports activity can be enjoyed at its Best on this beach. It is becoming pricey (by local standards) and getting a bit crowded, but still less crowded compared to other popular beaches.
6. Panjim City & the Church
– To reach the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Panjim, one has to climb 100 steps arranged in a majestic fashion, for the Church sits majestically atop a hillock dominating the heart of the city and offering a bird’s eye view of the main square. The Capital city is placed right on the banks of the river Mandovi which brings about its own charm & sense of vibes.
7. Shri Mangeshi Temple, Ponda
– One of the beautiful temples dedicated to Lord Siva & also considered as one of the most important temples in Goa, with a typical Goan Hindu Style of Architecture.
8. Majorda Beach for a Calm evening walk
– Situated in the south of Goa, Majorda beach is one that will sweep you off your feet with its canopy of palm trees, soft white-sands, clear waters mere bliss. It has been one of the most popular beaches of Goa, and its popularity lies in its serenity.
9. Cansaulim Monte for a Panoramic view of the Arabian Sea
– Cansaulim Monte offers a spectacular array of most of South Goa’s beaches and much more. Its geographical location offers one the joy of a really beautiful sunset. One can see the Konkan railway, typical Goan fields with farmers and bullocks, narrow roads and the scintillating breeze received atop. Its a little difficult to get here but its really worth the effort.
10. Martin’s Corner (Celebrity Restaurant)
– Celebrity, thats true.. Ask any tourist where they have dinned in the South, instantly they would say Martin’s Corner. I would recommend you to dine here for 2 reasons, 1- For the delicious Sea Food cooked in Goan masala’s & 2 — Never know, you might be lucky to bump into a celebrity there. Even Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar is closely associated to this family, his favourite dish is the Crab Xec Xec. Source: http://www.go2vacationhomes.in/search/India/Goa ( Visit For Vacation Rentals )