Goa – A historic blend of Indian and Portuguese culture, Known for its seafood, foreign crowd, sea, sand, wine, bebinca(Goa’s local sweet dish), and spirituality. Goa is known as India’s party capital.
Here are some of the experiences that you can’t afford to miss on your visit to Goa.
Places To Visit
1) Calangute Beach,
Situated 15 km from Panjim, Calangute is the longest beach in Goa. Due to its huge size and popularity, it is a hub for backpackers and tourists from all over the world.
Also known as the “Queen of Beaches”, Calangute Beach of Goa is among the top beaches in the world. Being one of the busiest and most crowded beaches of Goa, it is flooded with a number eating joints, shacks and clubs serving cocktails, beer and seafood. At Calangute Beach you can spend your time enjoying water sports activities like water surfing, parasailing, banana ride, and jet-skiing. While the days here are filled with beach fun, nights call for deadly parties and letting you loose your mind. Calangute is the best choice for staying in Goa as it is well-connected to the other beaches of Goa such as Baga, Anjuna, Candolim, Aguada and many more.
2) Basilica of Bom Jesus,
Known for its unique architecture Basilica of Bom Jesus church is one of a kind in India. Built-in 1594, the building of this church corresponds with the beginning of Christianity in India. Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in Old Goa about 10 km away from Panjim(Centre). Among all of the churches in Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus is the oldest of all, Basilica of Bom Jesus holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even after 400 years, the remains stay in good condition and are taken out once every 10 years. A site with rich cultural and religious significance, this site has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
3) Fort Aguada,
Situated on the banks of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea Fort Aguada is a personification of Portuguese architecture built around the 17th century. Its lighthouse and the fort stand like a silent guard on the Sinquerim Beach, almost 18 km from Panjim. Built-in 1612 in defense from Dutch and Marathas. The view from the fort is breathtaking, especially at night.
Fort Aguada is a must-visit to recreate your Dil Chahta Hai Moment with a gang.
4) Baga Beach
Around 30 km north from the center of Goa, Baga one of the most loved beaches by party-goers and food lovers lies on the Baga – Calangute beach. Baga one of the most popular beaches in Goa is the perfect destination for you to witness the excellent nightlife and kinds of seafood, that a food lover won’t be able to resist itself from trying Some of the signature places such as Britto’s, Tito’s and Mambos have made their mark in their hearts of party-goers. These shacks are full of life in the late evening with some pumping music and mouthwatering food.
Located at the most undisturbed Vagator beach, Thalassa offers you a magnificent view of the Indian ocean at Goa. Sparkling crystal clear ocean view along with stunning mouthwatering food is what Thalassa is all about. Thalassa- The Greek Taverna is the most popular restaurant in Goa reverberating with the cultural flavor of Greece and serving the best food. The open-air restaurant captivates of comfortable cushioned seating, rustical wooden decor, live music, and a gorgeous ambiance.
6) The Flowing Cascade of Milk”
Dudhsagar is India’s 5th highest waterfall and a sight to visit. Lies on the Goa-Karnataka border, Dudhsagar falls lies inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park, at a distance of about 47 km from Margao. The western Ghat hills, the encompassing dense forest and therefore the rushing stream of water falling from a height of approx 1020 feet or 310 meters, makes Dudhsagar falls a must-visit place in Goa.
7) Dona Paula is one of Goa’s must-visit places and has captured the hearts of each and every tourist. At this point, both Zuari and Mandovi Rivers meet and are beautified by a trail of palm trees breaking the silvery shimmer of the beach sand.
Experience an amazing view from above the hillock and relax in benches taking pleasure of the evening sea breeze and sunset. This place attracts its tourists who come to experience at its natural beauty, pristine beach and the romantic legend connected to it.
Be it any time of the year, if you are in Goa you canNOT come here if you’re in Goa. It is one of the best shacks at Baga Beach and is just perfect if you’re seeking the company of the sea and the sand while you sip on that Goa’s popular Kings Beer. This place in Goa gives you a multi-cuisine menu with a fabulous range of seafood and a non-ending list of drinks. It’ll definitely be your happy place!
Location: House No.7, 171, Calangute – Baga Rd, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa 403516
Cuisine: Chinese, Continental, Goan, North Indian, Seafood
Must-Try: Seafood Platter, calamari, baked crabs
Cost For Two: INR 1400
Timings: 8:30 am–12 am, Daily
Many of the places and tourist spots in Goa are famous landmarks, beautiful churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites, interesting markets, and old Portuguese structures. Then there are the highest beaches, water sports, and lots of natural attractions that you simply don’t want to miss.