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  • Goa, as you all know, is a hub of ancient culture and modern lifestyle and the natives, as well as the tourists of Goa, take both the cultures prevailing in Goa close to heart. The attractions in Goa have the touch of its culture evidently and one such attraction is the museums in Goa. 

    Each museum has a separate story to be shared regarding the life of Goa from the ancient centuries. We are giving you an extra ordinary chance to go through the most interesting museums in Goa and select the best you wish to see and observe when you visit the mighty land of beaches.

    The pre Portuguese attitude as well as the post British adaptations of Goa can be easily understood from these museums and they are the pioneers in the attractions of Goa which have the ability to hold any number of tourists of Goa together and force them to be in love with the cities. 

    Come and fall in love with the culture and tradition of a paradise on Earth with a visit to these exclusively well-maintained museum like Houses of Goa Museum, Goa State Museum, Bigfoot Cross Museum, Goa Chitra and so on. Some of them are displaying the most exciting facts and figures related to the state which have connection with the ancient centuries and the colonial conquerors.

    Here are some of the best museums in Goa:

  • 01Goa State Museum, Panaji

    Goa State Museum, Panaji

    Located on the Mahatma Gandhi Road in Panjim, the Goa State Museum has an impressive collection of artifacts. Of all museums of Goa this one features exhibits, artifacts and items pertaining to religious expression, history of printing in the state, lottery printing, cultural anthropology, contemporary and Christian art, furniture, sculptures and information on Goa’s struggle for freedom. The museum is open on all weekdays between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm.

    Photography is allowed only for students and scholars based on prior request. The museum also organises screenings for students on prior intimation. These screenings are short videos displaying the various cultural, heritage and anthropological facts about Goa. There is no entry fee to the Goa State Museum and the museum is divided into several galleries. Twelve out of these are open to the public. Some of the notable galleries are the Banerji Art Gallery and Sculpture Gallery.

  • 02Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa

    Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa

    This is Asia’s only museum featuring a collection of items pertaining to the emergence of Christianity in the state. Located in Annexe, Convent of Santa Monica in Old Goa, the Museum of Christian Art is famed for its impressive collection of sculptures, furniture, ivory, paintings, textiles and metals. 

    One of the well-known sculptures is the Holy Trinity showing the culmination of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as a symbolic representation. There are several other exhibits that are centuries old and depict the overpowering prevalence of Christianity in Goa several centuries ago.

    Open on all days of the week from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, this museum has a nominal entrance fee averaging around Rs 3 and photography is allowed. This museum showcases the depth of religious harmony and prevalence during the Portuguese rule of Goa.

  • 03Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim

    Goa Chitra Museum, Benaulim

    Located on the St. John the Baptist church road, Mondo-Waddo, Benaulim, this is amongst a handful of museums of Goa displaying artifacts related traditional farming equipment. These are ancient tools that were used by agriculturalists and farmers centuries ago. Some of these tools were used in the cultivation of organic farms. What began as a modest collection of 200 such items when the museum first began has grown to over 4000 and is still growing.

    The entrance fee to the museum is Rs 100 and photography is allowed inside the museum. Apart from traditional farming equipment, the museum showcases coconut farming tools, milk churning tools, traditional hand-woven baskets and several other implements that are not in use today. 

    The Goa Chitra Museum partners with scholars and educational institutions to do more research on the farming and traditional cultivation techniques of ancient Goans. This is one of the many novel initiatives undertaken by the museum to provide solutions for the modern times.

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  • 04Houses of Goa, Alto-Torda, Porvorim

    Houses of Goa, Alto-Torda, Porvorim

    Located in Torda, Salvador do Mundo, Bardez this museum presents a stunning exterior and interior design given that it was architected by the renowned Gerard da Cunha. The design of the Houses of Goa befits its stature as a place that houses artifacts that depict the history of architecture in Goa. 

    The displays present interesting facts about European and Portuguese building practices during the colonial times. The renowned Mario Gallery displaying the paintings of Goa’s legendary painter Mario Mirando is here. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7.30 pm and the entrance fee is INR 100 for adults and INR 25 for children.

    The specialty of this museum is that it changes your perceptions of the traditional homes you see in Goa. After visiting this museum you understand why these homes were built in this fashion and the purpose behind it.

  • 05 Goa Science Centre, Panaji

     Goa Science Centre, Panaji

    Located on the New Marine Highway, Miramar, this is amongst the museums of Goa housing numerous wonders pertaining to science and astronomy. The museum features a planetarium and science park. The 3D theatre on-location showcases science shows. The entrance fee is Rs 10 and Rs 15 for the Planetarium show and Rs 15 for the science show at the 3D theatre.

    The museum is open on all days from 10.00 AM to 6.00PM except on public holidays. Cameras and videos are allowed inside. The Goa Science Centre organises several package tours for students and visiting researchers. There is something always happening at this place for science lovers. There is also a range of activities here such as science seminars, demonstrations, drama contest, film festivals and quiz contests.

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  • 06Naval Aviation Museum (India), Vasco da Gama

    Located in Bogmalo which is a short distance from Vasco da Gama, this museum is a unique one amongst museums in Goa. Displayed here are artifacts, items and various staged machinery and equipment of the evolution of India’s naval force over the years. 

    There are two sections to the museum - the outdoor exhibit and indoor gallery. The outdoor exhibit displays a range of decommissioned aircraft that served with the Navy. A small shed hosts a decade old aircraft machines and interested visitors can see the engines as well. Visiting this place is one of the best thing to do in Goa.

    The indoor gallery displays information on battles undertaken. A special section of the museum displays naval aircraft armament. Also displayed are the different types of attire of naval servicemen and servicewomen. The museum is open on all days except Monday from ten in the morning to five in the evening and charges Rs 20 for admission and photography is allowed.

  • 07Ancestral Goa, Loutolim

    Ancestral Goa, Loutolim

    Located in the picturesque village of Loutolim, Ancestral Goa is also called the Big Foot museum. It is an open air museum that displays life-size statues and sculptures depicting the culture of rural Goa. There is an art gallery on-premise displaying paintings of children and local artists. The handicraft section of the museum displays Goan handicrafts. You can visit the model village that displays miniature Goan traditional homes, village market, liquor stores and distilleries.

     One of the prime attractions of the Ancestral Goa museum is the sculpture of Sant Mirabai sculpted by the creator of the museum MJA Alavres. This sculpture entered the Limca Book of Records for being a laterite creation completed within 30 days. The museum is open on all days of the week between 10 in the morning and 5 in the evening and photography is allowed.

  • 08Palacio do Deao

    Palacio do Deao

    This centuries old mansion is located opposite the Holy Cross Church in Goa. A sprawling bungalow, the home is a treasure trove of cultural artifacts; the Indo-Portuguese architecture to the stone ornaments and the library with rare books on History, this place is for people seeking an odyssey through Goa’s rich legacy. 

    Whilst exploring this house, you learn about the history of Goa through various exhibits such as paintings, artifacts, and general household items. You can top this experience with a culinary indulgence at the in-house restaurant serving delectable Goan cuisine.

    Open on all days of the week, this is also a heritage villa where you can stay. Photography is allowed and you can capture vivid images of this home and its surrounding through your camera lens.

  • 09Archaeological Museum

    Archaeological Museum

    Established in the mid nineteenth century, this museum displays antiquities that date back to the medieval period – making it one of the most interesting museums of Goa. On the walls you can see portraits of governors and viceroys who ruled Goa during the colonial times. Apart from this there are pillars, postage stamps and several other objects pertaining to the Portuguese rule in India. Located in Old Goa, the museum is open on all days except Friday and is open from 10 am to 5 pm.

    The highlight of this Archaeological Museum is that it contains several ancient Persian and Arabic inscriptions, weapons used by the Portuguese army and such related artifacts. All of these items showcase an all pervasive Portuguese involvement in Goa’s history. 

    These are some of the most interesting museums of Goa. These museums showcase different aspects of Goa’s tryst with history. In these places you witness artefacts, inscriptions, sculptures and such items that open your perceptions to Goa’s rich and illustrious history. Visiting such museums in Goa increases your understanding of this glorious state. You’ll come back with new regards and appreciation for the fun capital of India with a magnificent history!

    Adventure activities in Goa is always a fun and you will find various places for such activities.


Sightseeing in Goa

Attractions

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Calangute Beach

Deserving every reason to be called the ‘Queen of Beaches’ in Goa, Calangute Beach is a paradise for nature lovers holding the spectacular beauty and charm. The beach reflects the unique Goan culture with a glorious view of the landscape serving as a perfect retreat for visitors. Here you can find the effervescent markets selling everything from beer, trinkets to pawns. It is also the biggest beach of North Goa and ideal for witnessing the beauty of palm and coconut trees against the locale of the magnificent Arabian Sea.

This beach is often crowded with people swelling towards the sea, lazing around, taking sunbath and children making sand castles. Another spectacular features of Calangute Beach is its sunsets and sunrise.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Skiing, Water Scooter, Jet Skiing, Banana Ride, Wind surfing etc.

  • Nightlife: Cantare, Revolution Pub, Club Antoos

  • Location: Calangute Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The Calangute Beach is 16 kilometers away from the city of Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji:  There is a regular bus service which runs from Panaji to the Calangute Beach. If one is driving then it takes half an hour to forty minutes to cover the distance.

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Baga Beach

Baga Beach in Goa looks as though it has come straight out of a work of art. Lofty white waves hurrying to wipe out the prints of feet left by you on the white sand while the breeze keeps on playing with the palm trees is a sight to behold at this majestic beach in Goa.

It is a decent place to appreciate some moments and abide in a serene consideration with oneself. It is counted as one of the best beaches in Goa where you can see wonderful sunsets and at the same time appreciate the cool morning breeze. The shacks become animated in the late night with music impacting and astounding client service at the party places in Baga Beach. It is also a center point to experience daring water sports and famed for drawing in a huge number of sightseers every year.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Trip, Water scooter, windsurfing, Jet skiing, Motor boat ride, scuba diving etc.

  • Nightlife: Club Tito’s, Cavala, Britto’s, Zanzibar etc

  • Location: Baga Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: From Panaji the Baga Beach is located 19 kilometers away.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The Baga beach is just half an hour drive away from Panaji and 15 minutes from Mapusa. There are frequent buses available to Baga from Mapusa and Panaji throughout the day and the journey takes about half an hour from Panaji.

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Candolim Beach

This beach has won the hearts of tourists for its tranquil ambience, adventure sports and other amusement options. The enchanting Candolim Beach is particularly famous for its nightlife which ensures fun and some crazy moments to remember for a lifetime. Interesting adventure sports, spellbinding scenery and a unique festivity makes Candolim Beach one of the best beaches in Goa. The Sunburn Festival is held here for three days every year attracting hordes of tourists. Also, the water activities at Candolim Beach are must try to get the adrenaline rush with adventure.

This beach is the perfect place for all the individuals who search for restoration, fun and quietness. Its peaceful and serene air enchants numerous voyagers. On the highest point of it, when you come to realize that it's a home to a lot of water sports and different exercises, at that point you'll wish to never go back home.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Sighting Trip, Jet Skiing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Scooter etc.

  • Nightlife: Club LPK-Love Passion and Karma, SinQ, Drift Bar, Pharaos etc.

  • Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: This beach is located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to reach Candolim Beach from Panaji is via a bus or your private car. There is no air or rail connectivity between Candolim Beach and Panaji.

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Morjim Beach

Nestled in the midst of lush green surroundings, Morjim Beach is a delight that will leave you refreshed with its calm and serene ambience. If one is a fan of bird watching, Morjim Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa to spot several species like the Sand Plover, Bay-backed Shrike, Quill, Turnstones, Cuckoo, Kingfisher and Sandpipers can be seen in natural surroundings. Dolphin Sighting is another activity which you can indulge in at the Morjim Beach.

This place is also famous for being a nestling place of Olive Ridley Turtles. Lately, Morjim Beach has earned the label as ‘Little Russia’ due to the large population of Russians here.  A lot of private beach sun beds, coco palms, Russian sports bar and beach touching restaurants can be found here.


  • Water Sports: Dolphin Watching, Swimming. There is not much of adventure sports here due to habitation of water animals.

  • Nightlife: Club Fresh, Bora Bora, Marbela Beach Resort

  • Location: Morjim Beach, Pernem, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: Approximate driving distance between Morjim Beach and Panjim is 27 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: There is a daily bus service available from Panaji to the Morjim Beach. You can also opt to drive by yourself via your own vehicle.

  • Other Stays: Check out some other resorts in north Goa.

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Anjuna Beach

Situated on the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea, Anjuna Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa. The hippies were the first people to come here in the 1950s and since then Anjuna Beach is a hotspot in Goa for local and international tourists. Anjuna Beach grows on you as you take a stroll along the glowing white sands and enjoy the sight of gently swaying palms in front of you. This beach is also famous for its Wednesday Flea Markets where you can shop for souvenirs, sarongs, traditional handicrafts etc.

  • Water Sports: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paragliding, Windsurfing, Bungee Jumping, Banana Ride, Dolphin sighting trip, Go karting, Water scooter, Water skiing etc.

  • Nightlife: Curlies, Purple Martini, Café Lilliput, Shiva Valley and UV Bar are popular spots for enjoying nightlife at Anjuna Beach.

  • Location : Anjuna Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: Anjuna Beach is at a distance of 21.5 kilometers from Panaji.

How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available every hour if you wish to travel to Anjuna Beach from Panaji via Mapusa. Motorcycle taxis and auto rickshaws are also available from Mapusa.  The nearest railway station is at Karmali 11 km away from Panaji and 29 km from Anjuna.
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Arambol Beach

If you are wishing to spend some moments in solitude appreciating the exquisiteness of a pristine coastline, then Arambol Beach is the perfect place to be in Goa. It is relatively unexploited by tourists and perfect spot for going to enjoy a day in sun with your folks. Also known as Harmal Beach, the place is a heaven for those searching for some quietness and solitude. The shoreline has  a long sandy extend with soft white sands. The beach is considered most favorite for some long-staying budget travelers.

One of the popular activities here is dolphin sighting organized by local fishermen. Along the coast, tourists can find a few shops sell clothes, junk jewelry and handicrafts from Goa and other parts of the country.

  • Water Sports: Paragliding and Dolphin Watching

  • Nightlife: Cockstown, Friend’s Pub, Blue Diamond etc

  • Location : Arambol Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Arambol Beach and Panaji is 35 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available from between Panaji to Arambol every thirty minutes until noon, and every ninety minutes thereafter and between Mapusa and Arambol which takes three hours. The nearest bus stand is a 2km walk away from the beach.

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Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa which provide a wholesome escapade offering everything like sightseeing, water sports, shopping and tranquility. The beach is mostly famous among Westerners and a permanent residence for many of them. Vagator Beach is the place that enchants people of all ages. This charming beach is the perfect destination to appreciate the company of sand, sun & sea. The sunsets are particularly beautiful witnessed from the Vagator Beach. It is also quite famous and popular beach in north Goa.

Vagator resort offers a lot of shacks and restaurants where you can take a snack and try the wonderful appetizing dishes of local cuisine. The local art, music and nightlife defines the aura of this amazing beach. The coastline is stacked up with several stalls who sell books, apparels, handicrafts, trinkets, and other food items like soft drinks, snacks, sea food, etc.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Sighting

  • Nightlife: Mezcal, Mango Tree, Disco Valley, Tin Tin Bar, The Alcove

  • Location : Vagator Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji:  The distance between Vagator Beach and Panaji is about 20 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: Vagator Beach is connected to Panaji through Mapusa and Calangute. You can easily catch a bus or drive by yourself to reach the Vagator Beach.

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