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A lover’s paradise, the name of the location got its designation after a tragic love story, making the place more interesting and catchy. This former village is a heaven on earth that provides picturesque spots and huge space for sunbathing while relaxing in the calm beaches adjacent to clean blue waters.
Travellers love to be here to indulge in water sports like parasailing, kayaking etc. and gets the adrenaline rush at beaches like Dias beach and Dona Paula beach. Moreover, the markets for shopping are also vibrant and gets shiny names of food and drinking spots to attract visitors. For a perfect stay, one can also book their own resort or hotels here which are also loaded with amenities and good services.
Location: 6 km from Panaji city.
The oldest withstanding
Church of Goa, beautifully built under the influence of Portuguese
architectural style, is one of the best places to visit in Panjim. The lovely marble
floor embellished with valuable stones adds up to the charm of the magnificent
The cathedral of the Church holds the remains of St. Xavier's in a silver casket which is elegantly decorated and, worshiped by his devotees. Famed for its amazing architecture, this ornate structure survived since the 16th century.The locals believe the remains are eternal and, have obscure healing powers which in turn makes it one of the most attractive places to see in Panjim.
Location: Old Goa Road, Near Gandhi Circle, Goa 403402, India
Timings: All days of the week except Sunday (9:00 AM - 6:30 PM)
Sunday (10:30 AM - 6:30 PM)
Entry Fees: Free
Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: Approximately 11 km
Pulled up with a dark bricked stretch within the sea waters, Fort Aguada invites the visitors even from far to take a walk in, take a peek into the sea differently and get clicked in a movie style. The architecture of the fort is in royal Portuguese style and its vastness within the fortress is just grand.
One can witness the confluence of Mandovi river in the Arabian sea from here and the fort is a witness to the same since years. Embrace the old construction and military architecture here along with the lighthouse that stands tall. If the fort is not visited on a Goa trip, the trip is just not done right.
Location: At the southern tip of Candolim beach
Timings: Fort Aguada is open all days from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM
Entry Fees: Good news! There are no charges to visit this ecstatic location. Visit it like a free bird.
One of the most striking churches in India is the “Se Cathedral” located in the Southern part of Goa. This magnificent church exhibits excellent artistry of the Portuguese-Manueline style with beautifully arched interior and an impressive courtyard. Previously, the cathedral had two towers but one of them collapsed in late 17th Century and was never rebuilt.
This cathedral is dedicated to St.Catherine, who belonged to Alexandria and there are six panels where her life scenes are beautifully carved. The most prominent feature of this cathedral is the huge “golden bell” which is one of the best bells in the world. This 250 feet high cathedral is a frequented spot and is visited by the tourists as well as locals. The tranquility and serene aura of the cathedral makes it a must visit spot in the list of places to visit in South Goa.
Location: Velha, Goa 403402
Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Entry Fee: Free
“Pious Aura” this is what you will witness at this magnificent temple situated at the foot of Kavlem village in Ponda Taluka. This temple is devoted to goddess “Shantadurga” who is worshiped as the “Goddess of Peace” and, it is one of the most prominent and, large temples in entire Goa.
The divine shrine was initially situated at, Cavelossim but during the demolition period of the Portuguese in the mid 15th century, the celestial being was relocated to Kavlem. The vibrant combination of the maroon, white and peach give the temple an enchanting old-charm look.
Apart from these, Nayan Manohar Deepstambh is another point of attraction which is beautifully lit during the festivals and at that time, the beauty has no boundaries.
Location: Kapileswari - Kavlem Rd, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa 403401
Timings: 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free
This bright white building and Neo-Gothic architecture are so impulsive that just mesmerizes its beholders. One will surely get awestruck with the impact of peaceful beauty, settlement within the greenery and the aura it presents right from the first look to the same.
Right from the exteriors to interiors, the church is certainly one of the best places to visit in North Goa. Interestingly, it houses the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus which brought the church back to life post its ruin state. With imposing interiors and carved ornamentation on ceiling and walls, the church magnetizes not just the religion followers but also those who love to praise the reality on the ground.
Location: Chogm Rd, Saligao
Timings: Gate to God’s own home opens up every day from 9.00 AM to 12.30 PM and from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM.
Entry Fees: Absolutely none!
Sitting, right in the middle of the hillock this mighty church has three shrines of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary and, Crucifixion of Jesus. Being the first church to built-in Goa it holds utmost significance in its tourism and, adding up to the most attractive places to visit in Panjim.
Previously, it was just a chapel in the early 15th century but, with time and tide, the chapel went through many transformations and, led to this massive structure which is elegantly built with influences of several architectural styles.
Location: North-Eastern Side of Central Square, Panjim 403001, India
Timings: All days 10 AM - 12:30 PM and 4 PM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fees: Free
Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: Approximately 1.6 km away.
This place will “blow your mind” as here casino floats on water. Deltin has modern and classy casinos which are undoubtedly the most happening ones. There are numerous floors sprawling over an area of 40,000 square feet with various sections to keep people engaged of all ages. With 123 gaming tables here, you can play all sorts of gambling games be it Poker, Teen Patti, Black Jack, and many more variants.
While you enjoy the gambling, you can also savor exclusive liquors at the whiskey lounge with amazing hand-rolled cigars. The casino provides all the top-notch amenities and, is the ace in the field of the casinos. Undoubtedly it is one of the most happening places to visit in Panjim.One can also relax in VIP gaming suites where one can stay as well as play. The highlighting feature of the casino is that it is the only place with a dedicated poker room.
Location: Noah's Ark, RND Jetty, Dayanand Bandodkar Road, Panaji, Goa 403001
Timings: Open 24 hrs
Entry Fees: Monday to Thursday Rs 2500/-
Friday to Sunday Rs 3500/-
Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: Approximately 1.6 km away
This wildlife century came into existence in the year 1999 under the Wildlife Act. The Sanctuary lies on the Western Ghats in the northern part of the Panjim city. Sprawling over an area of 240 sq km, it has rich flora and fauna which attracts the tourists. One can witness bewitching scenic views at this splendid Sanctuary which is the largest protected wildlife.
Here at this sanctuary, you can come across numerous variant of animals like Pythons, Cobras, Slender Toris, Jungle Cats, Elephants, avian Birds, and many more rare species. One can even hire a jeep to explore every nook and corner of the diverse sanctuary.
Location: NH 4A, Caranzol, Goa, 403410, India
Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 per person for Adults
Rs. 10 per person for Children
Rs 30 per Still Camera
Rs 150 per Camcorder
This is one of the most frequented sightseeing places in Goa famed as the prominent landmark for the Catholics. This extrusive church holds the incorrupt body of Saint Francis Xavier and, was built in the year 1605. After a few years of being built in 1622, the body of Saint Xavier was brought here and laid in a glass mausoleum. It is one of the most charming places to visit in South Goa which has showcased modern art in the gallery and, the structure exhibits a jaw-dropping baroque style of architecture.
The best time to visit Bom Jesus Basilica is December, as in this month you can experience the traditions, cultures and a lot more at Christmas time.
Location: Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa, Goa 403110
Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Showcasing the glory of the
Portuguese empire this fort stands overlooking the Arabian sea. Built in the
early 16th century to keep an eye on the enemies this fort give breathtaking
views and, is one of the most majestic places to visit in Panjim.
The mystifying structure is more than 400 years old and still, its majestic beauty remains intact. It also houses a lighthouse which was built to guide the ships and, another part is the Aguada Jail which is one of the largest jails in Goa.The location of the mighty fort is strategic so that it provides great defense from the rivals.
Location: Fort Aguada Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515
Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fees: Free
Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: Approximately 15 km
This “Architectural Marvel” showcases the artifacts of the Portuguese rule in India, with eight unique galleries exhibiting different slices of the pre-historic era of Portuguese sways. The most significant of these are deemed to be the paintings of the long-dead Governors and, Administrators of Goa.
To add up to the amusement of the visitors, the museum also has a remarkable collection of stamps, religious artifacts, and other such hidden gems. This is a perfect place to dig up the history of the Goan culture and styles in the early ages.
Location: EDC Complex, Patto, Panaji, Goa 403001
Timings: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Entry Fees: Only Rs 5/- per person
Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: Approximately 9 km
Get awestruck by the amazing collection of The Naval Aviation Museum where you can witness the true essence of Military. This amazing museum is a must visit tourist place in Goa and lies in the vicinity of Vasco da Gama.
Here, one can see real Helicopters, Aircraft, Fighter Jets and learn about their history. The museum is a combination of two parts, one is the outdoor regions which exhibits the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arms and, another is the double-storey indoor gallery. The Naval Aviation Museum is the only of its kind in Asia. The outer region is a large park which has 13 aircraft in total namely, Sea Harrier, HAL Chetak, Westland Sea King and many more such decommissioned aircraft.
Location: Bogmalo Road, Dabolim AP Vasco da Gama, Mormugao, Goa 403806
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday(9:30 AM - 5 PM)
Entry Fee: Rs. 20
Another amazing casino life could be experienced at Casino Pride which has its anchor tied down in Mandovi river. The casino boat has the best of the facilities and services having well-trained staff, delicious meals and a good range of drinks.
Moreover, the charm of the boat gets an upgradation with the performance of skilled dancers, acts by celebrities, people counting their winning amount while enjoying offers on unlimited drinks.
Entry Fees: Rs 1500 on Monday-Thursday and Rs 2000 on Friday-Saturday
Timings: Open 24x7 to all its guests.
“The Grande Island” also known as the Ilha Grande is one of the most amazing discoveries in Goa. The Island is a house of Palm trees, jaw-dropping marine life experiences, and extraordinary sunsets.
The Island is not only for the adventure buffs but is also a perfect destination for couples looking for a less crowded place with amazing facilities. One can indulge in sight-seeing, snorkeling, sea walk, swimming, and many more aqua activities. The outstanding activity which can be witnessed here is, Scuba diving which gives you a picture of the underwater kingdom making it one the most amazing places to visit in South Goa.
Apart from these, one will also have instances when they can delve in dolphin sighting which is an amazing experience and cannot be experienced everywhere.
Let us give you a glimpse of why Anjuna Market is one of the utmost amazing tourist places in North Goa? Wednesday flea market that sells everything at a dirt cheap rate will bring one closer to this place. This place is so much livelier to chill at that you never want to leave it but alas, it's just a day in the week that it gains its prominence on.
One can find here handmade clothing, jewellery, beach clothes, hammocks, Buddha or Shiva statues and anything that trance magic can provide you. Grab a drink, have some stall food, wear hippie jewellery and dive in a completely new era at Anjuna flea market.
Timings: Wednesday, 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM
Location: South end of Anjuna beach.
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1. Northern Goa Beaches: If you want to experience an atmosphere filled with loud music and crazy dancing, then North Goa beaches are the places to be during the New Year. Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Sinquirem, Candolim, and Calangute are the beaches in North Goa that can offer you the craziest experiences. These have shacks that are filled with people, music, food, and alcohol all around the New Year.
2. Ashwem Beach: If you want to have a quieter time in North Goa, then Ashwem beach is a good option. Ashwem beach has a long clean coastline that does not see too many travelers and can offer a good time to unwind. Close to Ashwem, in North Goa itself is the Arambol Beach. Not very popular, this beach is frequented by foreigners more than the Indian travelers. The beach sees what is called the ‘hippie culture.’ This is the beach to be in for trippy music and nice conversations.
3. Southern Goa Beaches: Southern section of Goa offers tranquillity. If you’re someone seeking pleasantries in a peaceful ambiance, it is a perfect selection for you. Set your maps to Benaulim, Colva, or Palolem if you’re trying to find ‘active’ locations in southern parts. A great crowd and crazy times are guaranteed. Patem, Agonda, and Majorda beaches are perfect for spending serene time. Clean sand and clear water of these beaches can make your New Year full of peace here.
The celebration of Christmas in Goa is like a city-wide carnival. Every nook and corner of Goa is drenched in lights and celebrations during Christmas. Roaming the streets of Goa can be a great way of celebrating Christmas.
Midnight Mass: A popular Christmas tradition in Goa is the midnight mass. With a large Christian population, Goa is home to almost 400 churches. You can celebrate your Christmas eve by reaching one of these churches before 10 pm. This way, you can be a part of the famous midnight mass. Bom Jesus Church, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and Se Cathedral are some of the famous churches in Goa that are filled with hymns and carols during Christmas.
At the time of Christmas, the skyline of Goa is filled with colorful cracker shows and bright lights. You can enjoy this alone in a quite fort or with people on any of the beaches in Goa.
Goa itself is the best place to party. You can stroll anywhere, and you will find something worthwhile. It offers many party venues and activities for all kinds of budgets. There are low-end clubs that are open for everyone to extremely lavish 5-star and exclusive clubs, resorts, hotels, and so on. However, you do not need to have a lavish budget to truly experience the spirit of Goa.
Music festivals, boat parties, and beach parties are also very common in Goa, especially during the New Year. You can also take a trip to the cruise and gamble in casinos that offer a luxurious stay, lavish meals, and a great crowd.
Goa offers a place to stay for all. Resorts, huts, hostels, hotels, shacks, mansions, retreats, homes- Goa has it all.
-If you plan to stay in North Goa, then Vivanta by Taj, The Park, W Goa, Sur la Mer, Marbella Beach Resort, and the Lotus Sutra are some of the options.
-In South Goa, you can check out Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Soul Vacation Resort & Spa, The Leela, The Zuri White Sands, Patnem Dwarka, Dwarka Eco Beach Resort, and Agonda White Sand. These places require a hefty budget but can provide a luxurious stay filled with amenities of all sorts.
-If you are looking for a good hotel to stay in a low budget, then Goa has options for that as well.
-In North Goa, you can explore Backpacker Panda, Zostel Hostel, Hotel Bonanza, Red Door Hostel, Pappi Chulos, Wanderer’s Hostel, and Rasta Mansion Backpacker Hostel.
-And in south Goa, the options are Vinson cottages, O Palmar Beach Cottages, Summer by Thehostelcrowd, Duck & Chill, and Secret Garden Resort. All these places offer a safe and comfortable stay and require you to spend very less.
-If hotels are not your favorite choice, then you can opt for shared homes at a budgeted rate. You can also book beach shacks or stay at some friend’s place.
Yes, Goa can be considerably expensive during December. A large number of people, Indians as well as foreigners, look to spend their New Year in this travel spot. The price of travel tickets, accommodation, and food steeps during this time of the year. It is important to book your tickets and plan your trip as early as possible. That way, you can avoid the surcharges and enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Goa is a relatively safe space bustling with party frenzy crowd. It has been rated as the safest state for women in India with a Gender Vulnerability Index of 0.656. You can safely enjoy Goa as long as you avoid lonely places at night. Also, the locals in Goa are always very helping.
The cost of visiting and living in Goa completely depends on your preferences. Food in Goa is available at a reasonable cost, but your expenditure will depend on where and how much you consume. Goa has the option of a lot of street food and local restaurants that can ensure that your food and drinking expenditure is very low compared to other places. The same goes for lodging. How much you pay for living in Goa depends on where you are staying.
Hotels, shacks, homes, mansions, bungalows, flats- they are all available. Travel in Goa is very cheap. You can easily rent a bike for your stay at minimal rupees and visit as many places as you like. Or you also have the option of taking a taxi.