Goa, a tiny paradise on the West Coast of India, is famous as a go-to destination for beach bums and is referred to as the ‘Beach and the Party Capital Of India’! Though the spectacular beaches of this ancient Portuguese colony are the main crowd-pullers, we are sure you’ll enjoy every bit of Goa — its balmy weather, its characteristic Portuguese influence, party culture, seafood, adrenaline-pumping activities, unadulterated natural attractions, and spiritual experiences! The best places to visit in Goa are a mix of its natural attractions, historical landmarks, religious spots, bustling flea markets, pubs and clubs, Yoga retreats, etc. Here we have listed a few of Goa’s top tourist attractions which you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Goa. Read on!
This longest beach in North Goa is exceptionally beautiful because of which it is crowned as the ‘Queen of beaches in Goa.’ Calangute beach is situated between Candolim and Baga beaches, all of which are among the most popular places to visit in Goa. On any given day, Calangute beach will be swarming with scores of people occupied in their own ways of relaxation — some swimming, parasailing, water skiing, some others eating and drinking, and a few others lying on the sand and soaking up the sun! Being a well-known beach party destination in Goa, many tourists throng to this beach around the time of Christmas and New Year to indulge in the revelries.
Within a walkable distance from the Calangute Beach lies another must-visit place in Goa, which is the Baga beach — the most famous and happening beach in India’s smallest state! This golden sand beach entertains its visitors throughout the day and night! Head to Baga beach in the daytime to indulge in water sports, shop at the street-side markets, and laze on the sun loungers in front of the beach shacks relishing the seafood; or visit this place at night to party like nowhere else! Experience the much-hyped Goan nightlife at Club Titos, Café Mambos situated near Baga.
Fort Aguada, situated at the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Mandovi River in Candolim, is among the popular places to visit in Goa. A 17th fort constructed by the Portuguese to defend this area from the Maratha and the Dutch invasions stands strong to date, flaunting Portuguese architecture. The main attraction of Fort Aguada is its four-story lighthouse, which is the oldest of its kind in Asia. This hilltop fort offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and the Mandovi River, and it is also a popular sunset watching spot.
Basilica of Bom Jesus:
Basilica of Bom Jesus, famous for its impressive Baroque architecture, is an ancient Roman Catholic Church located in Old Goa. It is an important structure among the religious places to visit in Goa (especially for Catholic Christians) because this is where the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier (Catholic priest) are preserved. Considered a landmark in the history of Christianity in India, the Basilica of Bom Jesus was also declared a World Heritage Site along with other significant buildings which were collectively named the ‘Churches and convents of Goa’ by UNESCO.
Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park:
One of the best places to visit in Goa to witness its unadulterated beauty is this vast expanse of protected land spread in the Western Ghats of India. Spend your time amid the greens of this national park enjoying activities like trekking, bird watching, animal spotting, picnicking, etc. Jungle safari through this dense forest area is the best way to experience its refreshing beauty and also discover the rich wildlife of this Goa’s largest wildlife preserve. This national park is also home to another best attraction in Goa – Dudhsagar waterfalls, one of the tallest and awe-inspiring waterfalls in India!
Some other best places to visit in Goa include beaches like Palolem Beach, Anjuna Beach, Arambol Beach; forts like Chapora Fort, Cabo De Rama Fort; religious places like Sri Mahadeva Temple, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, famous shopping markets like Anjuna Flea Market, Mapusa Market, and Saturday Night Market. Are you planning a trip to Goa? Rely on Indian Eagle for the cheapest flights and best deals!