Are you planning to visit Goa to spend this holiday there?
Or you want to collect some memories?
Then Goa is the best place to go for this. Goa is in the most popular tourist destinations in India. There are so many visiting places that attract tourist every year. This is a head inland when you look deeper. This “bite-sized” state has many more than sand, sun, sea, booze, beach, and bistros. Try a different Goa this time around, along with the usual, and we must say you will come back with more selfie clicks and memoirs for your life.
Goa is famous for many of the tourist places in landmarks, beautiful churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites, interesting local markets, and old Portuguese structures. Also, there are water sports, the top beaches, and many natural attractions that you don’t want to miss.
Top 10 Places in Goa
Plan for winters as winters are the best time to visit Goa.
So surprise yourself and check out these top 10 best places to visit in Goa and the Goan “fun”.
Agonda beach is 39.2 km. from Margao and an isolated stretch of sand lined by palm groves located in South Goa. A peaceful, very quiet, and picturesque beach with few tourists. The turtle center in the north and rocky outcrops in the south attracts the people visit here with the developed tourist infrastructure. You will find cafes, many shops, beach shacks, restaurants, bars, yoga centers, and massage parlors. This is in must visit places in Goa.
This beach will give you the feel like ‘Go Beaching Like Never Before’. Calangute beach holds the position among the most recommended tourist places in Goa and one of the most popular and the largest beach in North Goa. It is popular in both domestic and international tourists. It’s popularity made this the busiest and commercialized beaches in Goa. During the peak seasons, this beach is full of people from all over the world. It’s beachfront has dotted shacks, clubs, restaurants, and shopping outlets. You can also enjoy plenty of water sports at Calangute beach. Calangute beach is popularly known as the ‘queen of beaches’ also.
A historical place with the rich history inside. This fort is located on the Sinquerim Beach in North Goa. It is a well-preserved 17th-century Portuguese fort. The main purpose to build this as the chief defense of Portuguese against the Dutch and Marathas. At that time, it was the most crucial and prized fort of the Portuguese. Fort Aguada is in one of the top sightseeing places in Goa and there are many well-known reasons for this. There are 2 important things to make your trip worth visiting here. First one is the vaulted cistern that is capable of storing 10 million liters of the fresh water and the second is a 13-meter high lighthouse which was built in 1864.
This fort’s some buildings are still in good shape, therefore, having been converted into a jail. Interestingly, it happens to be Goa’s largest jail.
This fall is a witness to the Fury of Nature’s Glory. This is the most powerful and 4th tallest waterfall of India. From Margao by the MDR52, Dudhsagar Falls is a total of 47 kilometers. Dudhsagar Falls is located on the Goa-Karnataka border which looks most impressive in the monsoon.
It’s 1017 feet from a steep mountain face. There is to way you can enjoy the waterfall either you can trek to the base of the falls or you can go for a train journey to and from Margao to view the falls. Trek through the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park covers many viewpoints along the way.
Ashwem & Arossim Beach
In North Goa, around 27 miles from Anjuna beach, this is for those tourists who come to visit for some serenity in Goa. Ashwem beach is kind of an oasis because not everybody loves crowded beaches. This beach is quite opposite to the popular North Goa beaches like Calangute or Baga.
Arossim Beach is another one destination with peaceful paradise, dazzling white sands and swaying palm trees located at a distance of 12 km from Margao.
This is also famous for two popular beach shacks; “The Star Fish” and “The Venus beach shack”. Excellent Indian and International food, and awesome views are the 2 main reasons why these 2 places are hugely popular.
Pandava Caves and Arvalem Waterfall
Since the 6th century, about 9 km to the south of Bicholim town in North Goa, Pandava caves and Arvalem waterfalls are located. There are 5 compartments into cave complex and in the middle compartment, the ‘linga’ enshrined is held in great reverence by devotees here.
Arvalem waterfalls is another attraction close to the Pandava or Arvalem caves. There is a park nearby from where you can view the waterfall from a height of 50 mts. makes an awesome view.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
If you wish to go to explore Goa’s religious legacy, you can’t miss visiting here. ‘Basilica of Bom Jesus’ is one of the popular churches in Goa and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. St. Francis Xavier’s mortal is preserved here in this Basilica and hence revered by many. An important legacy of an erstwhile Portuguese colony are Churches in Goa. These architectural wonders were not only for just a place of worship but also they hold a place of cultural or historical significance as well.
Naval Aviation Museum
Many of us are still unknown that the Naval Aviation Museum is the only Naval Aviation Museum in India also only one of its kind in the whole of Asia. With an indoor and an outdoor section, it exhibits range from 7 different types of rockets, aircraft, bombs, protective gears, armaments, parachutes, and pilot’s outfits etc. This is definitely a must-visit destination on your next Goa tour, especially for those people who keen on life about the defense forces.
Mollem National Park
This place is most famous for wild cats, you can spot them here. The Mollem National Park spread over 240 sq km, located in the Western Ghats along Goa’s eastern border with Karnataka. The national park is home to several species of a wide variety of birds, wild cats, a wide range of butterflies, and several species of snakes.
This park is also home for the ‘Dhangar’. Dhangar is a community of nomadic buffalo herders. This place is also known for some awesome trekking trails.
Arpora Night Market
Goa’s flea markets are originally started by hippies with the purpose of earning money by selling their stuff. This market is also an integral part of tourist experiences in the Goa. Arpora night market opens on every Saturday from 6 pm until late at night. You can find food stalls with an inexhaustible range of dishes with live concerts.