There are many tourist places in Goa worth visiting. From the beaches in Goa, to the national parks and hills, churches, forts, markets, and the backwaters, you will find virtually everything in this small Indian state. In fact, there are so many choices that it may be difficult to see them all in one visit if you don’t have a list to guide you. So here’s a list of the must-see places in Goa that you should definitely include in your tour planning.
Agonda beach in South Goa is a must visit. 39.2 kilometers from Margao, this is an isolated stretch of sand lined by palm groves. It is a very quiet, peaceful, and picturesque beach with few tourists. There is a turtle center in the north, and rocky outcrops in the south. Developed tourist infrastructure! You will find many shops, cafes, beach shacks, bars, restaurants, yoga centers and massage parlors. But you will still get a less “touristic feel” here.
Sinquerim Beach is the definition of beauty. It lies adjacent to the Aguada fort. So if you are at the fort, visiting this beach will come in handy. The golden sand and the breath-taking waves make it one of the best photographic locations. Apart from the scenery, this beach also boasts several water adventure sports. You can go snorkeling, parasailing or hop on some other water ride.
No Goa trip is complete without taking a soaking salt bath in the powerful waves and serene shores of the Baga beach. It is also a central hub for many beach parties and is one of the best places to enjoy Goa’s nightlife. The food here is amazing and the crowd is always energetic. For dancers, music lovers and hard-core party people, this place is heaven.
BASILICA OF BOM JESUS
Happens to be one of the finest historic churches of all time, this Church has been marked as a Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Basilica of Bom Jesus has tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. You will be surprised to see the remains in good condition even after a span of around 400 years, if not more! The remains are taken out from the tomb once in a decade.
SHRI MANGESHI TEMPLE
If you think that Goa is all about churches, then think again! There is a famous and the most beautiful temple in the state called Shri Mangeshi Temple, which is solely dedicated to Lord Siva. It is also considered to be one of the major temples in Goa, and houses a typical form of Goan Hindu Style Architecture.
Dudhsagar means sea of milk. This is a four level waterfall located in Goa. This is the fourth largest waterfall of the country. The best time to visit this region is late monsoon or during winter season. The best way to enjoy this fall is by taking a train ride along the bridge, which runs right in front of the falls. Other than this, there is no good site to view the waterfalls. Some recommend tourists to walk on the railway track from Dudhsagar station, which is highly dangerous.
DELTIN ROYALE CASINO
The Deltin Royale Casino boat is the largest casino boat in Panjim, Goa. It offers 24 hours of nonstop fun in an area spread over 40,000sq.ft of luxury live gaming on three levels with 850 gaming positions. Live entertainment is on the restaurant floor and during peak hours. You need to buy an entry and play package to gain access to the casino. You can also choose to buy a stay and play package which lets you stay at the Deltin hotel and access to the casino as well. For those travelling during national holidays, the casino is closed on all national holidays.
PANDAVA CAVES AND ARVALEM WATERFALL
About 9 kms to the south of Bicholim town in North Goa is located the 6th century Pandava cave complex and Arvalem waterfalls. The cave complex is divided into 5 compartments and the ‘linga’ enshrined in the middle compartment is held in great reverence by devotees here. Another attraction close to the Pandava or Arvalem caves is the Arvalem waterfalls. The water cascading down from a height of 50 mts makes for an awesome view, and there is a park nearby from where you can view the waterfall as well as the lake at the bottom.
NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM
The Naval Aviation Museum is the only one of its kind in the whole of Asia and the only Naval Aviation Museum in India. It has an outdoor and an indoor section and exhibits range from 7 different type of aircrafts, rockets, bombs, armaments, protective gears, parachutes, pilot’s outfits etc. Definitely a must visit on your next Goa tour, especially for those keen on life about the defence forces.
The most commercialized beach of Goa, Calangute beach stretches for about 7km between the faint boundaries of the Candolim and Baga Beaches and overlooks the Arabian Sea. The generously outspread beachfront can accommodate thousands of visitors that flock to the place during the peak season. Calangute is famous among the family voyagers because of its comparative calm to the Baga Beach. The best season to visit this place is the winter months but it is said that Calangute Beach is an extensive feast to the eyes splashing its beauty over during the monsoons. The beach is also known for its water sports such as para-sailing, water skiing and water surfing. Though the beach is crowded it is worth the time and money.