Goa is the smallest state yet the largest tourism market in India. People from all over the world are tourists here. With a mere perimeter of 260 km, Goa boasts of 120 km coastline and about 70 beaches. The state is divided into two administrative districts of North and South Goa. Panaji is capital of the state and
North Goa and Madgaon of south Goa. Accessible by road, air and rail, visit any time of the year. The
idyllic setting of sun and sand pulls a lot of tourists. But, Goa is more than that. It is also rich in heritage.
Take this post as a guide to explore all the facets of Goa.
1. Panaji –
The capital city has a lot of sightseeing options. Fontainhas, a UNESCO recognized heritage site,
is a prismatic setting that shows the Portuguese remnants and is best explored on foot.
Dona Paula is a small beach with an associated tragic story. The view of the Arabian Sea from
here is amazing.
Another thing that Goa is famous for its spices. Take a tour to spice plantations, which thrive on
business with Russians.
Everyone knows about Baga beach in Goa. Other good beaches are Calangute, Anjuna, Vagator,
Candolim, and Sinquerim beaches. Also, visit Anjuna flea market and Saturday Night Bazaar at
The real beauty of Goa is in south Goa. Start with Palolem beach and visit other beaches like,
Mobor, Varca, Bogmalo, Agonda, Colva, or Benaulim beaches. All of them are breathtaking.
Another offbeat place to visit is the Butterfly beach, where thousands of butterflies and trees
make for an interesting sojourn.
3. Water sports
Flyboarding, parasailing, scuba diving, banana boats are some of the famous watersports in Goa.
Palolem, Anjuna, Vagator, Calangute, Moher, Baga, and Miramar beaches to name a few,
provide water sports. But, Grande Island provides all at one place. River rafting and kayaking
can be enjoyed in Chapora river and Valpoi river.
Having been colonized by the Portuguese, there are many churches in Goa. Bom Jesus Basilica is
the biggest church built in Baroque style with carvings in Basalt and preserved are the remains
of St. Francis Xavier. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is one of the oldest and
most famous churches. The churches built during the Portuguese era are elegant and the
architecture is noteworthy.
Aguada and Chapora forts are the famous forts in Goa, They have also been featured in
Bollywood films. The view from these forts is breathtaking and makes for an ideal picnic spot.
Other forts are Corjuem and Cabo de Rama.
Goa is home to many species, which can be seen at the wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. They are
Mahavir, Bondla and Cotiago wildlife sanctuaries. A paradise for bird lovers would be Charao
Island, which houses the famous Salim Ali bird park, in the honor of the famous ornithologist.
Todo Falls near Panaji is the prettiest waterfall and the trek is enjoyable. Most famous is the
Dudhsagar waterfall on Mandovi river, which is in full flow after a monsoon. Falling from a great
height, it looks like milk, hence the name.
8. Dazzling party culture
The casinos and the clubs of Goa are visited by the tourists who want to try their luck at the dice
game. It gives a feel of Las Vegas. Pubs are equally fun to visit. Famous places are Deltin Casino
and Tito’s Street.
When in Goa, try Goan cuisine. Goan Fish curry, Goan Prawn curry and a range of Goan
desserts will make a scrumptious meal. Alcohol is banned on the beaches, so keep that in mind.
If you are riding a bike, always wear a helmet and carry a driving license with you. Follow all the
rules for a hassle-free trip.