55 Best Places to Visit in Goa 2020 (Photos & Reviews)

Goa, though carrying a rich colonial past, has attained fame as India’s centre of international tourism. Its present culture still reflects the association to its multi-cultural roots in the form of many churches, temples and synagogues that are located here. However, with the younger crowd, it is renowned as the destination to go to for a fun-filled and partying getaway.

For tourists who prefer natural experiences Dudhsagar Falls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are good options to explore. Goa’s many beaches are places where one can indulge in watersports or simply lounge around in the shacks located there. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga temple and Church of St. Francis of Assissi are few of the religious places one can visit while touring Goa

Water sports and nightlife can be experienced at the beaches. Go on a river cruise, visit the churches and temples, enjoy wildlife and bird watching, and appreciate scenic beauty.

Places to Stay: Best resorts in Goa

Type of Destination:
Beach, pilgrimage, family and kid friendly

Best time to Visit: October to February

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Goa – the party capital of India comprises of two major districts namely North and South Goa. The districts are bounded by various other districts with Sindhudurg of Maharashtra lying in the North and Belgaum of Karnataka lying to the east. The Arabian Sea surrounding the North Goa district from the west and quite naturally, the South Goa district bounding the former from the South.

North Goa has a greatly revered history lying behind it. Most of the territories situated in North Goa were once under the kingdom of Sawantwadi. Sawantwadi was majorly dominated by Pondawas and Marathas. Hence, quite naturally, this region was primarily dominated by Hindus who later on became to be living under the Portuguese Inquisition – who pretty much changed the face of the whole of Goa itself. Post the 18th century, the Portuguese became prominently the dominators of the region of Goa and much change was brought it.

While Konkani is the mother tongue of the majority of the people residing in the North Goa district, there is a special blend of the Portuguese and Indian culture that you will get to witness in this region. The place consists of tonnes of beaches being kissed by beautiful, salt-ful oceans and one of the best times to visit Goa is during monsoons as it is another joy to watch the small but quite region come to life.

Apart from that, there are a number of activities that one can choose from especially the varied watersports available for the use of tourists. The night-life is quite obviously commendable too.

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For a beach holidays, places in South Goa offer the best of scenic tours and beautiful resorts to stay. Goa is one of the most popular international tourist places in India. You will find tourists from all over the world visiting this place for partying, water sports, nightlife, delish sea food, and hiking on beaches. There is more to Goa than Baga Beach and its adventures. When you travel south, you will be mesmerized to find beaches with serene and crystal clear water and beauteous surroundings. There are beaches, clubs, shopping sprees, eatery joints, temples, cathedrals, and more places to see when you start exploring south Goa.

There is roaster of things to do when you visit Goa, apart from enjoying time on the beaches. Every spot in Goa beams with happiness. South Goa has offbeat activities and heritage tours that you might not find in other parts of Goa. South Goa is your sweet and serene escapade for offbeat and adventurous activities. You can go on cruises, visit wildlife sanctuaries, take enjoy cruise parties, and shop at the market places for throw away prices. South Goa offers you best of food, recreation, sightseeing, and other amusement options for people of all age groups. Most of the residential buildings are colorful, and white is the only color not used on these buildings.

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Old Goa

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Old Goa, also fondly referred to as Velha Goa comprises of a deeply historic portion of Goa. The city located in the Northern region of the state was originally constructed by the Bijapur Sultanate that can be dated back to the 15th century. In fact, this place was so popular that it served as the capital of the Portuguese India from the time they ruled in the 16th century till the end of the 18th century. Unfortunately, plague struck back then and much of it was remained to be in ruins. However, whatever does exist holds great value and is also considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The formation of the name, Old Goa can be traced back to the 1960’s. One could find simplistic rural life in this place. Much can be accredited to the Portuguese as it is only after their arrival and consequent departure that this city gained tremendous popularity.

The beauty and richness of this ancient city reflects so much power that a Dutch visitor once compared it with Amsterdam. Old Goa of today is located approximately 9 kilometers east of Panaji. This city is filled with churches, convents, monuments, forts and a kind of very relaxing scenario.

There are a range of activities that Old Goa offers to its visitors. The night-life is quite soothing and relaxing as well. Old Goa – on the contrary to the wide belief of Goa being the party hub of India – is the perfect getaway for those looking for a solace and calming time out of their busy, bustling city – life schedule.

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