“Cool Breeze and Adventure in your soul- Goa is calling!!!”
Goa is all about fun, beaches and rejuvenation. It has the most convenient accommodation, pleasant weather, well connected roads and world class restaurants. There are more than 22 beaches in Goa. Moreover, there are several places and things you can do on your Goa trip. It all depends on what season are you visiting.
Accommodation and transportation are the major expenditures in Goa. But if you visit Goa during the off-season or non-peak season, you can avail the best of accommodation at an unbelievable price.
If you are a rider, then the best way you can travel Goa is by renting bikes and that way you can cover up most of the places in Goa in just 3 days. It’s the wiser way as that will cut down your expenditures to a great extent. You can get a huge number of dishes in Goa in the shacks alongside the beaches. Apart from the spectacular beaches, you can even spot a number of forts, museums, churches, wildlife sanctuaries and many others.
30 Best Places to Visit in Goa
1. Bogmalo :
Being a popular beach in Goa, it is a bit secluded unlike other overcrowded beaches of Madgaon or Panjim. It is located close to Vasco da Gama town. Bogmalo is a beach where you can try your hands at singing karaoke, watch football and cricket matches, taste Goan cuisines in shack restaurants, dip in the waters of Arabian Sea or go for a long walk. No matter, you are looking for late night partying, water sports activities, sunbathing, luxury stay or diving, Bogmala offers a complete set of entertainment and fun that you can rejoice for ages.
2. Shri Shantadurga Temple :
Located in the distance of 28 Km from the Kadamba Bus Terminus, Shri Shantadurga Temple is the biggest and prominent temple in Goa. It is devoted to the Goddess of Peace- Shri Shantadurga. You can witness the mix of Indo Portuguese style of architecture. It looks different from other temples since it has Roman arched windows, a Pyramidical shikara and a flat dome surrounded by balustrades. The temple is open from 9.30 AM to 8.30 PM.
3. Colva :
If you want to visit the most serene place in Goa, then you surely cannot miss visiting Colva Beach. It is famous for its white sands and shallow waters. Colva is the largest, oldest and most remarkable beaches of Goa. During weekends, the beach is crowded with both local and foreign tourists. It is less crowded than Calangute and Anjuna Beach. If you have plans for nightlife and shopping, Colva Beach is the best option. You can spot a lot of dried fishes here. The Lady of Mercy Church is surely not to be missed if you are visiting Colva.
4. Calangute :
Discovered by the hippies during the 60’s, Calangute is the largest and famous beach in North Goa. No matter for how many days you are visiting Goa, even if it is for one day, you must surely visit Calangute. The beach is a bit cacophonous but that is because of its buzzing crowd all the time of the year. The sea looks rough but the beach is large with soft sand. It is a family destination where you can play beach sports, rejuvenate, party, dance and
5. Basilica of Bom Jesus :
Devoted to St. Francis Xavier, Basilica of Bom Jesus is the true specimen of baroque architecture. It is the most famous church of Goa and for the most pristine reason. It still holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even if not for religious reasons, this church is always bustling with tourists for its beauty and grandeur. The entry fee to visit the church is Rs. 5. It is a major heritage site and one of the popular places to visit in Goa.
6. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary :
Located at Chorao Island, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a popular bird sanctuary in Inda. Dr. Salim Ali is a popular ornithologist and the sanctuary got its name as his remembrance. It houses more than 400 species of birds that includes migratory and local birds. As it has fertile flora cover, the mangrove environment remains perfect for insects, fish and birds. The best part of Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is it is gifted with several overflowing tributaries and water streams. It is open from 6.00 Am to 6.00 PM.
7. Aguada Fort :
Constructed in 1612 by the Portuguese Colonial leaders, Aguada Fort is a prime tourist place and major heritage site in Goa. It serves as a prison and houses inmates serving for smuggling and drug possession. Within two hours, you can tour around the entire place. The place overlooks the pleasant Arabian Sea and witnessing the views from Aguada Fort is a fabulous experience.
8. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary :
If you wish to see a large forest with rare plants and tall trees, Cotigao Sanctuary is the right option. The drive leading to the sanctuary is the most mesmerizing experience where you can witness nature’s beauty and scenery all around. You can spot numerous birds and animals over there. The Forest Department arranges for canvas tents, snake proofing camping sites and two bedded suite for people willing to stay.
9. Indian Naval Aviation Museum :
Stuck in the corner, close to Bogmala Beach is the Indian Naval Aviation Museum. If you are interested in history and technology, then you must visit this museum. Here you can see a number of decommissioned aircrafts, huge replicas of many jet planes and a wide range of photographs. It is open from morning 10.00 Am to 6.00 PM. It was established in 1998. In 2048, the management has plans to compare the developments taken place.
10. Go-karting :
If you wish to give your adrenaline rush a push, you need to check the Go-Karting track. It is 550 m track and has sufficient bends to thrill you. There are many pubs and restaurants nearby where you can just relax after your adventure. It is open from 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM.
11. Palolem Beach :
Popularly referred as Paradise Beach, Palolem is a famous tourist spot in South Goa. The beach is surrounded by towering coconut palms. It almost a mile long serving as a fabulous idyllic and secluded spot. If you are adventurous, you can try visiting a small island located close to the beach. You can take a ferry or access by swimming. There are fabulous accommodation options nearby Palolem Beach. The resorts are safe, comfortable and friendly for young families.
12. Dudhsagar Waterfalls :
The Mondovi River hosts this most beautiful waterfalls. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in India. It is the perfect place to click picturesque pictures. It is situated on the border of Goa and Karnataka states. You need to reach Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary to access the waterfalls. It is recommended to take forest department jeep to reach. However, you need to have 1 km from the point the jeep drops you. Own vehicle is not allowed here.
13. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary :
Located in Ponda region, North Goa, Bondla Sanctuary is a popular wildlife sanctuary which is filled with Eco-tourists throughout the year. It is popular among school children and tourists. It is the smallest Goan sanctuary with lot of birds and animals. It temps tourists with its rose garden, elephant rides, mini zoo, fenced deer park, Botanical garden, jeep safari, and a restaurant serving sumptuous foods.
14. Rachol Fort :
Being a historically popular and ancient fort, Rachol Fort holds a fascinating history. You can see loads of history on every wall that you cross. The scenic beauty of this place is also a major highlight of this place. This fort is slowly getting ruined. Visit the seminary along with Rachol
15. Baga Beach :
Delicious seafood and beach shacks are famous in Baga Beach. Wish to enjoy an exciting nightlife? Baga Beach has everything from night bazaar, shopping stalls, Mambo’s and Tito’s nightclubs, water sports and fishing. At the left side of entrance, it remains less crowded and you can also spend time in sunbathing. It is not recommended to indulge in water sports during monsoon season due to unpredictable tides.
16. Flea Markets :
If you love shopping, you surely cannot miss the flea markets like Saturday Night Market, Mapusa market, Anjuna Flea Market and others. It is the best place to buy jewelry and foot wares at a very cheap or throwaway price. You can even choose from a wide range of souvenirs from here.
17. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary :
Located in the Eastern Goa, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is a proper forest reserve and the ideal place for nature lovers. It impresses you with its interesting inhabitants and stunning locales. The wildlife lovers can see a wide variety of rare animals, birds, flora and fauna and butterflies. It is open from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM. If you have time, plan for safaris to spot Slender Loris, Black Panther, Indian Sloth Bear and more.
18. Church of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception :
Established in 1541, it is said to the first church in Goa. It is devoted to Mary Immaculate. The interiors of the church look simple and elegant. It has been pictured for film shoots and a number of Bollywood movies like Josh, Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani. It is one of the most popular churches in Goa.
19. Chapora fort :
Constructed by Adil Shah, Bijapur King, Chapora Fort is located in North Goa. It offers spectacular views of sunset and great views of Goa all around. It can be visiting anytime. It is constructed using red laterite stones. While walking from the parking area to Fort, ensure to walk carefully since the pathway is slippery. The Fort also offers beautiful views of Anjuna and Vagator Beach.
20. Casinos :
Goa is always famous for Casinos. If you wish to enjoy a Las Vegas life in India, you need to head to one of the casinos in Goa. There are numerous casinos and Deltin Royale and the Casino Pride are the most popular ones in Goa. You can surely try your luck here. These floating casinos are known for its premium standard of gaming and hospitality. You can play a lot of International and Indian games for reasonable.
21. Shri Mahalaxmi Temple :
Located in the Bandora Villa, Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. The unique feature of this temple is you can see Devi with her Linga on head. This temple serves as a fabulous instance of Konkani architecture in Goa. The walls of the temples are decorated with paintings and portraits of Lord Ganesha, Lord Garuda and Lord Hanuman. Ensure to visit Shri Mahalaxmi Temple during your Goa trip to experience a peaceful and rich ambiance.
22. Cabo De Rama Fort :
Also referred as Cape of Rama, Cabo De Rama Fort is a prime attraction and popular sightseeing spot in South Goa. The fort houses various defenses with a gatehouse, moat and numerous bastions. When you go inside the fort, you can notice Santo Antonio Church located within. It is used by devotees and remains in excellent condition. The black fort and white church serve as a beautiful picture with stark contrast. It is open from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM.
23. Vagator Beach :
Love to play beach volleyball, parasailing and surfing? Vagator Beach in North Goa is the best option where you can play as you wish from early morning.It is also considered best and safe for swimming. You will be provided with lifeguards. Enjoy beautiful sunset views, taste delicious seafood, sip chilled drinks, and shop gorgeous handicrafts in the Vagator Beach. It offers the perfect setting to stay out on the sun. You can even enjoy yummy pizzas at the beach shack and visit the Sports bar popular
24. Ponda Spice Plantation :
Tropical Spice Plantation is situated in Ponda. It is a small beautiful village free from pollution and dust. The spice estate is spread on large acres of land and serves as a perfect setting to relax in the midst of unadulterated nature. You can even experience the fabulous sight of elephants bathing over here. You can bathe elephants and can even ride them. This is a 300 years old plantation with all kinds and varieties of spices.
25. Se Cathedral :
Devoted to St. Catherine, Se Cathedral is one of the oldest and notable places in Goa. It is the seat of Archdiocese of Goa. It is among the popular places to be visited in Goa. It is said that it took almost eighty years to complete this beautiful church. It is constructed in Portuguese Gothic style. When you notice the interiors, it is in Corinthian and the exteriors are Tuscan style. The church houses carvings portraying life events of St. Catherine. It is worth visiting this church during your Goa trip.
26. Mangeshi temple :
Situated on a hill at Mangeshi village in North Goa, Mangeshi Temple is celebrated as the major pilgrimage place in Goa. It takes 1-2 hours to visit the entire temple. Mangeshi Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple architecture depicts traditional Goan Hindu style. Though the temple is small, it looks unique with white towers at the entrance. The temple is open from 6.00 AM to 10.00 PM. The annual festival is celebrated in February and it attracts thousands of devotees.
27. Reis Mogos Fort :
Constructed by Alfonso de Noronha who was the Portuguese viceroy in 1551, Reis Mogos Fort was used for defense. It was used as a shelter for the viceroys and other dignitaries visiting from Lisbon to Goa. It is now the most popular tourist spot in Goa. One can see beautiful views of River Mandovi from this fort. The high sloping walls, cylindrical turrets, underground rooms and secret passages are the highlights of the fort. It is open from 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM from Tuesday to Sunday.
28. Augustine Tower :
The monastery and church of St. Augustine was constructed by 12 Augustines in 1572. They completed the constructed around 1602 AD. Besides the church, they constructed a convent. The Bell Tower is a major attraction here. There are eight richly adorned chapels, a convent and four altars which are popular among the visitors. Today, the Archaeological Survey of India maintain the churches and remaining buildings. It is open from 8.00 AM to 6.00 PM.
29. Agonda Beach :
If you wish to sit idle and relax your holidays, Agonda Beach serves best. It is best for eating, walking, swimming and relaxing and sunbathing. This pristine beach is 3km in stretch and listed under top beaches in Goa. When you walk along the beach stretch, you can see few academic institutions, the Saint Anne’s Church and the ancient Agoda Church. You can easily access the beach via bus. Ensure to add this fabulous beach in your Goa itinerary.
30. Arvalem Waterfalls :
Being a beautiful and scenic picnic spot, Arvalem Waterfalls is famous among swimmers. During the summer season, the water flow is less. The waterfalls look muddy brown in color during monsoon rains. It is best to visit after the monsoon rains. Located in the midst of pleasant surroundings and Holy Rudreshwar temple within its vicinity, one can lavishly sit and admire the loveliness of Arvalem Waterfalls.
Within 3 days, it is easier to cover best places in Goa that are closer to one another geographically. Remember, the number of places you visit is not important as long as you enjoy yourself and have loads of fun. Just relax on the beach, visit historical sites, calm yourself visiting holy shrines and temples and enjoy the bright sunny sky every day you step out. Happy tripping to Goa!