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Goa

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Goa

Beaches

Anjuna Beach:  

Located just 18 kms from Panaji, this beach is known for its vibrant nature and rocky cliffs. It is equally famous for its weekly Flea Market, which draws hundreds of visitors every Wednesday to buy things on bargain and for merry making.


Baga Beach:

Sandwiched between Candolim beach and Calangut beach, Baga is comparatively small, but a more relaxed and less crowded one.

 

Besides the usual beach side activities, this beach is famous for its wind surfing especially from January to March. Don’t worry if you are not experienced in wind surfing, because the trainers here will assist you.  The beach is also venue of the annual National Wind Surfing Championship which is held in between September and November.

 

Calangute Beach:

This Goan beach is famous for its hippie culture since the 60's. It is also called the the 'Queen of Beaches'. It is very crowded, but its long stretches ensure that you get a quiet place.
The rave parties and parasailing at calangute beach draws huge crowds here.

 

Candolim Beach:

Candolim is a long and serene beach with few commercial activities. There are many resorts lining the beach. Candolim is an ideal spot if you prefer to stay away from the crowd and enjoy some peaceful beach moments. The palm groves here would give you natural shades as you enjoy nature. Training for parasailing and water skiing are offered here.


Sinquerim:

This beach houses a huge17th century fort- Fort Aguada. It offers world class  facilities for water-skiing, parasailing, fishing, scuba-diving and wind-surfing.

 

Chapora beach

One of the top visited beaches in Goa, the Chapora is just 8 kms from Mapusa. Lined by Vagator, Anjuna, Siolim and the Old Portuguese Fort, the Chapora beach has got a charming appeal especially due to its cleanliness.

 

Dona Paula Beach:

This vibrant beach offers a gala time for its endless visitors. The beach has many interesting chronicles and tales attached to it.

 

Majorda beach:  

This is another renowned beach of Goa. There are ample opportunities for water sports here. The beach is also lined up with many shops, restaurants and cafes. Nite life is also another attraction of this beach.

 

Miramar Beach:

The River Mandovi meets the Arabian Sea at Miramar beach. This union makes this beach more beautiful.  As any other Goan beach, Miramar has a thriving commercialism and is vibrant with beach side cafes offering mouth watering sea food dishes.

 

Vagator beach:

Vagator stands apart from the other Goan beaches with its overlooking huge red cliffs and black lava rocks. As they splash the waves near the shores, the beauty of this beach is enhanced further.

 

Aquada Fort:

This is one of the best and finely preserved landmarks of Goa. This 17th century fort is located on the Sinequerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The first light house of Asia is here.  The fort was built as a defense during the Portuguese rule in Goa and was fully equipped with equipped with ammunition rooms and barracks. The fort tells the tales of many interesting battles fought in this early Portuguese area.

Presently serving as the Central Jail, Fort Aguada has witnessed many historical battles and moments some of which have had a direct impact on the fort itself.

 

Caves of Lamgau:

This is an ideal place for trekkers.  A trip around the pristine Lamgau village will be also a wonderful experience which adds a rustic flavor to your Goan trip.

 

Old Goa:

This previous administrative capital of the Portuguese empire is situated near Panjaji. This place is famous for its charm and grace. There are many famous churches and monuments here that date back to the colonial days. Old Goa is called  ‘Golden Goa’ or ‘Rome of the East’ because of its architectural splendor and legacy.

 

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary:

Goa is not just beaches! The Molem village close to Goa city (about 60 kms from Panaji) houses an attractive wild life sanctuary which is spread over 240 sq kms.  The verdant forests here are dotted with many tribal settlements which offers a totally new world for city dwellers.

 

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary:

Spread over 1.8 sq km, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is situated on the beautiful Chorao islands. The sanctuary and its suburbs are very picturesque with mangrove forests and small streams. Chorao islands still maintains its colonial charm with its white colonial villas and churches. A wide variety of birds such as kites, eagles, king fishers, kites, egrets, parrots, coots, pintails, cormorants, herons etc van be spoted here apart from crocodiles and jackals.

 

Basilica De-Bom Jesus:

This 16th century Portuguese architecture is an important attraction of Goa. It is famous round the world as it houses housing the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier kept in a silver casket. The body of the St. Francis which is more than 400 years old is preserved here and is kept on public display. The church is one among the World Heritage Monuments.

Timings: Sunday : 10.30 to 18.30 hrs. Weekdays: 9.00 to 18.30 hrs 

 

Church of St. Francis of Assissi:

Built in 1517 by eight Franciscan friars, this Chappel and the adjoining convent built in Manueline style hold an important place in Goa. The Convent museum boasts of its collection of paintings with scene from the Holy Bible, artifacts and sculptures.

 

Church and monastery of St Augustine: 

Built by a group of Augustinian friar in the 16th century stands top in the cultural wealth of Goa. The Monastery and its surroundings is a blend of Indo- Portuguese architecture.

 

Church of Our Lady of Immaculate:  

This is another famous Indo-Portuguese structure in Goa. The tall twin towers of the church are built in a typical Portuguese baroque style and the main altar is a perfect example of Renaissance design.

 

Nunnery of Santa Monica:  

Structured like a fortress, the Nunnery of Santa Monica is an aesthetically appealing mansion with massive walls and buttresses. The three storied structure has many cells and halls.

 

St Cathedral (Se Catherdral):

St Cathedral church, dedicated to St.Catherine of Alexandria is the largest church in India and is a perfect example of classic architecture with a blend of Portuguese, Gothic Doric and Tuscan elements. Built to commemorate St. Catherine, the church interiors are in Corinthian style. It is said that it took more than 62 years to complete the construction of this imposing structure. The Church bell is one of the biggest in the world.

Mass Timings: Sundays 7.15 a.m, 10.00 a.m and 4.00 pm.  Weekdays: 7.30 am and 6.00 pm.

 

State Museum:

If you are interested in knowing the history and culture of Goa, you may visit the state museum of Goa. Open from Monday to Friday, this museum is situated near the bus stand of KTC.

 

Lake Maya:

Maya a popular lake in Northern Goa. It is one of the best picnic spots as is famous especially with honeymoon couple who would like to be a little far from the crowd.

 

Fort of Chapora:

The Chapora Fort is close to Vagator and is a famous spot in many Indian movies. This was a Portuguese watch post during the 17th century.
The fort offers a wonderful bird’s eye view of the Goan beaches and its surroundings.

 

Calangute Road: 

The Calangute Road is a shopper’s paradise in Goa. There are numerous shops, pubs, resorts, travel agencies, cafeterias mushroomed the road   with heavy crowds through out the day and night.