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Se Cathedral Church

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 

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Shantadurga Temple

“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

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Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

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

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St Xavier’s Church

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

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Naval Aviation Museum

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)
               Monday(Remains Closed)

Entry Fee: 
Rs. 20

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The Grande Island

“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.

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Johnny Cool

This place gives a new dimension to the dining style, which is a combination of beach, exotic cuisine, and serene aura. This deadly combination can be experienced at the Johnny Cool Beach Bar which lies on the Dover Beach, famed as one of the most alluring beaches of Goa.

Here, one can savor mind-blowing Caribbean delicacies with excellent ambiance accompanied by soft jazz music to make every part of your body move on the soothing beats. It is one of the most visited tourist places in South Goa with an unbelievable quality of service.

Apart from these, one can even enjoy varieties of cocktails, beer and other liquors along the beachside bar. It is undoubtedly the best place to explore in southern Goa and enjoy meals in the relaxing environment coupled with striking sandy beaches.

Location: 
Dover Beach, Below Dover Playing Field, Dover, Barbados.

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Cabo de Rama Fort

This decrypted structure with towers and rustic cannons was claimed by the Portuguese monarchs. It was a well-equipped fort with 21 guns and several military barracks and a chapel but, when the Portuguese left India, the place was abandoned and, later used as the government prison. Now, the fort is housed only by the ruins but is a popular tourist place in South Goa.

The Fort also has a church of Santo Antonio which is in great condition and still visited by his followers. The mystical atmosphere, steep cliffs, and majestic views make it a frequently visited place. It is a perfect place for you whether you are an adventure buff, photo fanatic or a nature lover.

Location: 
Taluka Cabo da Rama, Canacona, Goa 403702

Timings: 
9:00 AM - 5:30 AM

Entry Fee: 
Free

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Traveller Tales from South Goa

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sundar anba

21 January 2017

"We booked south Goa sight seeing tour for 3 people. They guided us really well. Specially Pooja the girl working there, who is been polite and helpful. She gaves every bit of information. She picks ca...

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George Joseph

11 March 2019

An unforgettable experience in Goa. The travel team took care of each and everyone’s needs and their site seeing package covered all important picnic and historic spots. It was a refreshing view from t...

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Anil Rana

17 April 2016

The Dudhsagar Trek in Goa is brilliant. After being to Goa just to roam around and loiter in the beach for so many times, we wanted to have a really lovely trip that is adventurous too. That’s when we ...

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Gaurav Anand

14 July 2019

"bookee this for my parents, they enjoyed a lot ,was fun for them.."

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Aayush Bhattacharyya

25 June 2019

"I booked the service for my Mom and Dad's anniversary and they loved it. The coordinator was friendly and my parents had a lovely experience. keep up the good work team!!! "

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Apica Sharma

23 May 2019

"it was a wonderful tour. especially the tour guide named PAPPU PAWAAR was extremely honest and genuine . They pick you up on time and drop you on time .... you cannot know about the historical places ...

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P RANA

27 April 2019

"Good experience"

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Amandeep singh

06 April 2019

"awesome guide baba. i urge all to go with him"

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Shreya Halder

02 January 2019

"very nice tour program it is. Enjoyed a lot. "

What You Should Know More About South Goa

  • Q. Travel advice

    • You can take a road trip to Goa or reach the Vasco da Gama airport and explore the rest of the state.

    • Carry along with you, beach and resort wear with colorful prints, summer hats, sun glasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and travel safety kits.

    • You can have many accommodation options in South Goa. You can choose a luxurious resort, secluded stay, hotels, or villas for a stay.

    • If you have a valid driver’s license, it is better to drive around the place yourself, instead of hiring taxis. They never follow the tariff rates and ask you a whopping price for commutes.

    • Don’t click random pictures of people on the beaches; it can cause discomfort and annoyance to the fellow travelers.

    • Don’t carry too much when travelling to Goa. Travel with essentials and emergency kits.

    • Goa beaches are more about bikinis, and skimpy clothing. Do not stare at anyone when on the beach or anywhere else.

    • Be careful of swindlers who will try to sway you into taking you to the best parties. Stick to your agenda and group.

    • Don’t let any stranger in a club or bars mix your drinks, and do not get sloshed during your stay in South Goa.

    • Carry trekking gear, water bottles, and salt to do away with leeches during treks in monsoon.

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    Goa is a partying hub, but you cannot drink and drive. Do not get passed out on the beaches or clubs. Alcohol is freer flowing than water in Goa, but you must adhere to the laws of the State with regard to drinking.


  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Beach stays, landscape view, water sports

    Enjoy the dolphin sighting and full moon parties at the Colva beach which is 6 kilometers away from Margaon. Taste the sea food, enjoy the sight of coconut and palm trees and the solitude at the Benaulim beach. Try snorkeling at the Baina Beach. Visit casinos, play beach football, and bask in the scenic view of the Varca beach, the only beach that does not have hawkers in Goa. Colomb beach hosts noisy parties and you can stay in the beach shacks at this beach. You can try jetting skiing, watering surfing, and water skiing at the Mobor beach. Most of the beaches in South Goa offer water sports and outdoor activities. Stay at the artistic shacks and themed resorts that are available at most of the beaches.

    Waterfalls and wildlife sanctuary

    Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary in South Goa is a different experience all together. You can visit this sanctuary and take help from the forest department in this area for camping in the daytime. You can spot flying lizards, wild dogs, tigers, leopards, hyenas, black panthers, golden tree snakes, and many species of trees and shrubs. This is a dense forest with a picturesque view for taking cycling trials. You can also trek and enjoy the waterfalls at the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. You can camp at this site and have fun with friends by the campfire. You can also enjoy rock climbing and rappelling at the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Temples, cathedrals, and heritage tour

    Get delighted with the architectural marvels of the Basilica of Bon Jesus and Se Cathedral in South Goa. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shri Manguesh Temple, and Wax World Museum are one of the most visited places as a part of heritage tours. The historical monuments and churches in Goa are built in Portuguese style architecture.

    Clubs, bars, and beach huts

    You can visit Agonda beach in South Goa and get a unique experience of living in the beach stylized palm huts and shacks. They are created in artistic style and vibrant colors and are closer to the beach. Do not forget to stay at the art resorts at the Palolem Beach which are made in cabana style. Gatsby’s club, Down The Road- a bistro bar, and Johnny Cool’s are the best clubs and bars in South Goa. Do not forget to attend the silent noise parties which are most popular in South Goa.


  • Q. What you will like there

    Water sports, outdoor activities, and relaxation

    A few beaches, like Agonda beach are quieter and give you the solitude you need. These are found in South Goa as well. There are beaches like Palolem Beach, and the Colva beach are filled with water sports and many other activities. You can also take a tour packages that is dedicated to 3 to 4 hours of outdoor activities.

    Wellness, massage, and Ayurveda

    A few beaches in South Goa are also wellness hubs. You can enjoy ayurvedic massages available at most of the beach resorts and get rejuvenated.

    Shopping sprees and eating joints

    South Goa is a haven for sea food, drinks, and shopping. You can go to the Palolem beach market and get clothes and accessories that depict hippie culture. You can also visit the Spice Village, a few kilometers away from South Goa to learn cooking classes in Goan cuisine and buy spices. Dry fruits are available at a cheaper rate all over Goa.


  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    South Goa Govt. Tourism


    Forum :

    Things to do in Goa


    Books :

    The Rough Guide to Goa (Rough Guide Travel Guides) by David Abram