Travel Guide – Goa

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Introduction

Goa is one travel destination that doesn’t need an introduction. Goa is the land of sandy beaches, moonlight parties, nightclubs, churches, flea markets and the list is never ending. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Goa alone is visited by thousands of national and international travelers all year long. One trip is not enough to explore, see and experience what all this exotic and most happening state has to offer.

Goa was a Portuguese colony for almost 500 years. One can still see the Portuguese influence on Goan food, culture and architecture. As for the popular tourist attractions, Goa scores a perfect ten. From relaxing on the beaches, trying the local Goan food to exploring the local markets, travelers have plenty of options to choose from and activities to indulge in. Let’s begin our tour of this amazing destination.

Best Time to Visit

Being a tropical paradise the climate of Goa is pleasant throughout the year. If we talk about the best time to visit this state, then it will definitely be the winter season. October to March is the best time to visit Goa as the weather is moderate and humidity level is also low. To say it in simple words, holidaymakers from world over plan their Christmas and New Year vacations in Goa.

How to Reach

By Air: Goa International Airport also known as Dabolim airport is well-connected to major international cities. For more info about international flights to Goa, you can always contact us.

By Road: Goa is well-connected to major Indian cities via road network. The state transport corporation also runs long-distance bus services to most of the Indian cities.

By Train: The Konkan railway connects Goa to all the major metropolitan cities of India. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and so on.

Local Transportation: For inland transportation travelers can choose from local cruises, ferries, motorcycle taxis, private as well as state run buses, cars and auto-rickshaws.

Not to Miss Goan Beaches

No trip to Goa is complete without visiting its famous beaches. If you wish to laze around the golden sandy beaches while sipping your favorite drink and enjoying the cool breeze, then Goa will welcome you with open arms. There are so many beaches in Goa that are worth visiting but listed below are the most popular and visited ones.

  • Baga Beach (North Goa) – Baga is one of the most visited and popular beaches in Goa. This beach is actually an extension of Calangute and is quite popular among the tourists for its water sport activities. Travelers will even find some of the most popular restaurants of Goa at Baga beach.
  • Anjuna Beach (North Goa) – It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Anjuna is the most popular beach in Goa. Every year thousands of domestic and international travelers visit this beach. The Anjuna town is also popular as the ‘Freak capital of Goa’. No trip to Goa is complete without a visit to this popular beach destination.
  • Calangute Beach (North Goa) – This beach is often considered the ‘Queen of Beaches’ and is one of the largest beaches of North Goa. Calangute is bustling with travelers all year long. For those who are more into water sport activities or those who just wish to laze around must visit this beach.
  • Colva Beach (South Goa) – Colva is the most important and popular South Goa beach. Stretched across 20 kms of golden sandy shores and palm fringed, this beach is surely a must visit for every traveler. If you just want to laze around doing nothing but enjoying the natural beauty, then you must come here.

Other Popular Beaches of Goa

  • Candolim (North Goa)
  • Vagator (North Goa)
  • Sinquerim (North Goa)
  • Miramar (North Goa)
  • Aguada (North Goa)
  • Palolem (South Goa)
  • Agonda (South Goa)
  • Varca (South Goa)
  • Majorda (South Goa)
  • Benaulim (South Goa)
  • Bogmalo (South Goa)

The Famous Goan Churches

Like its beaches, Goa is equally popular for its churches. One can clearly see the Portuguese influence on the Goan churches and not to forget their brilliant architecture. These churches are quite popular among both the domestic as well as international travelers. Listed here are some of the most visited churches of Goa.

  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi – Located in Old Goa, this famous Portuguese church was built in 1661. This lime-plastered church houses an archeological museum and a wooden status of St. Francis Assisi.
  • Se Cathedral – Dedicated to St. Catherine, Se is one of the largest Asian churches. It was built to commemorate the Portuguese victory over the Muslim rulers. Se Cathedral took almost 80 years to complete and there is also a legend associated to the church. It is believed that the Golden Bell placed atop the church can be heard all over Goa.
  • Bom Jesus Basilica – It is the most popular church in Goa and is flocked by thousands of visitors every year. One can see the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier in this church. Every year on 3rd December believers from world over visit this church to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Xavier and it is also the best time to visit Bom Jesus.
  • Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception – Located in Panaji and built in 1541, this is one of the oldest churches of Goa. The present church was later rebuilt in 1619 over the older church.

Other Popular Goan Churches

  • St. Cajetan Church
  • The Church Of Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Church of St. Augustine
  • St. Paul Church
  • The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount
  • The Convent and the Church of the Cross of Miracle

Top Tourist Attractions of Goa

Listed in this section are some of the most popular tourist attractions that you must visit on your trip to Goa. There are forts, local markets, well-renowned restaurants, pubs and lot more. This is just a list sans any elaborated explanations.

Forts

  • Aguada Fort
  • Sinquerim Fort
  • Chapora Fort

Shopping Places

  • Anjuna Wednesday Flea Market
  • Mapusa Friday Market
  • Arpora Saturday Night Market

Best Places to Party

  • Club Tito’s
  • Club Cubana
  • Café Mambo

Wildlife Sanctuaries

  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary

Famous Goan Waterfalls

  • Dudhsagar waterfalls
  • Arvalem Falls
  • Netravali Falls

Lesser Known but Interesting Places in Goa

  • Mobor Beach (South Goa)
  • Keri Beach (North Goa)
  • Tambdi Surla
  • Goa Chitra Museum
  • Lamgao Caves
  • Wax World Museum
  • Naval Aviation Museum
  • Maruti Temple
  • Usgalimal Rock Carvings
  •  Rivona Buddhist Caves
  •  Kerkar Art Gallery
  • Salaulim dam
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