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Best Places to Visit in Goa in 2019

  • 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.

    Attractions:
    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

    Activities:
    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

  • South Goa

    South Goa
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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.




  • South Goa Attractions

  • 01 Se Cathedral Church

    Se Cathedral Church
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    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 



  • 02 Shantadurga Temple

    Shantadurga Temple
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    “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



  • 03 Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary
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    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



  • 04 St Xavier’s Church

    St Xavier’s Church
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    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



  • 05 Naval Aviation Museum

    Naval Aviation Museum
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    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



  • 06 The Grande Island

    The Grande Island
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    “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.



  • 07 Johnny Cool

    Johnny Cool
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    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.



  • 08 Cabo de Rama Fort

    Cabo de Rama Fort
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    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



  • 09 Dudhsagar Falls

    Dudhsagar Falls
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    This enticing waterfall magnetizes tourists from different verticals of the world as it has a breathtaking charm which in turn makes it one of the most visited tourist places in South Goa. The literal meaning “ Sea of Milk”, this waterfall is a treat to the eyes. It lies in the proximity of the Panaji city which is about 60 km. The waterfall is located inside the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary and has a height of 1,000 feet. The gushing water sprawling down through the tropical forest gives captivating views.

    If you are an adventure enthusiast then you can even trek to the waterfalls and explore the bewildering paths which lead to it. You can even stay near the waterfall, at the forest guesthouse that is taken care of by the Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation.

    Location: 
    Sonaulim, Goa 403410

    Timings: 
    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    Entry Fee: 
    Rs.400/- per person for Jeep drive from Castle Rock to Dudhsagar Falls
                      Rs. 20/- per person
                      Rs.300/- for Still Camera
                      Rs.5000/- for Professional Camera



  • 10 Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple

    Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple
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    One of the most notable temples in Goa, which was built in the 12th century, is a Shaivite temple of Lord Shiva. The place is frequently visited by Hindu devotees and has Jain style of construction. It is considered the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architectural style in basalt stone preserved and is one of the most spiritual places to visit in South Goa. 

    The temple has a Shiv Ling which is mounted on a pedestal and, has four withstanding pillars embellished with excellent carvings of elephants. Also, there are finely carved sacred lotus flowers and, intricate carvings designed by skilled craftsmen which add up to the charm of the stone ceiling and, the building. The beauty of the temple is at its peak on Mahashivratri.

    Location: 
    Near Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Sanguem, Surla, Goa 403406

    Timings: 
    7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Entry Fee: 
    Free



  • 11 Pequeno Island

    Pequeno Island
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    Commonly called the Bat Island, is located just a kilometer away from the Baina Beach in Vasco da Gama. This is a serene Island with several picturesque views, entailed with rocks and sand.

    It is truly a traveler’s paradise, who is seeking solitude and, unexploited sites with scenic splendors. The crystal clear water with amusing marine life attracts the masses. One can delve in enthralling water sports and experience the waters like never before.

    It is a perfect place where one can go deep inside the pure aura and, witness tranquility. 
    You can also enjoy a campfire and soft soothing songs on the beach.



  • 12 Netravali Bubbling Lake

    Netravali Bubbling Lake
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    The sacred water reservoir, Netravati Bubbling lake is a part of the Gopinath Temple. The astonishing fact about the lake is that it has clean water which keeps on bubbling at different points and bubbles even more if someone starts clapping. The priest who resides there believes that it will create the same bubbling effect if you start enchanting “Om” however, these are just mythological stories and the real fact is it bubbles due to the presence of limestone, carbon dioxide or methane in water. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most interesting places to visit in South Goa.

    It is a great source of bewilderment and has serene environs where one can rediscover oneself. The massive temple has a huge pedestal in the center of the lake and is frequented by the devotees of Shiva. It exhibits an intrinsic style of pillars carved by the Kadamba-Shilahara craftsmen.

    Location: 
    Netravali, Vichundrem, Goa 403704

    Timings:
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM



  • 13 Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

    Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Seated in the Southern part of Goa, Netravali wildlife sanctuary is a tributary of the Zuari river. Nestled with dense forests which remain evergreen throughout the year, this sanctuary is renowned for varieties of animals like Gaur, Ratufa indica, Tetracerus quadricornis, and leopard. Its famous birds are Malayan night heron, Nilgiri wood pigeon, pied hornbill, grey-headed bulbul, white-bellied treepie and a rufous babbler. 

    The best time to visit this place is from October to March and at this time one can easily spot the rare species of flora and fauna like Black Panther, four horned antelope, and colorful butterflies.

    Location: 
    Verlem, Goa 403704

    Timings: 
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Entry Fee: 
    Free



  • 14 Down The Road

    Down The Road
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    Visiting Goa and, not experiencing the nightlife is definitely a crime. Down the Road is one of the most jam-packed pubs in South Goa which serves almost all types of lip-smacking cuisines. The place is well lit and is a picture perfect bar where you can indulge in various blood-tingling experiences as this place is one of the most visited Tourist Places in South Goa. The pub has courteous staff who is always willing to be at your service which makes it one of the Best Places to Visit in South Goa. 

    The best part of this extraordinary pub is that it is not at all overpriced and can be frequently visited with friends and family.

    Location: 
    H. No 99, Old Patto Bridge Rua de Ourém, Panaji, Goa 403001

    Timings:
    11:30 AM - 3:00 AM



  • 15 Bamanbudo Waterfalls

    Bamanbudo Waterfalls
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    Untouched and unexploited are the words which perfectly describe the Bamanbudo Waterfall. One of the most pristine waterfalls lying in the vicinity of Old Goa. This waterfall flows in the backdrop of serene Amba Ghat.

    The waterfall is undoubtedly the picture-perfect spot, with water falling down through the lush green hillock. The sound of the water, freshness in the air and, everything beautiful contributes to the significance of the place. 
    This waterfall is located on the main road and one cannot trek to this splendid destination.

    Location: 
    MDR34, Gordongram, Goa 403702

    Timings: 
    24 Hrs

    Entry Fee: 
    Free



  • 16 Hollant Beach

    Hollant Beach
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    Head to the Hollant Beach in Goa to witness a sunrise which you will remember for a lifetime. This beach is particularly known for its serenity and landscape and not to be missed when travelling to Goa. Hollant Beach offers wonderful perspectives including the popular southern shorelines of Goa, alongside the foothills of the Western Ghats.

    The shoreline looks much all the more enchanting amid the high tide, when the ocean water ascends to converge into the crisp waters of an adjacent stream. Hollant Beach is additionally an incredible place to go swimming, as it remains relatively calm without any dangerous currents. For romantic souls, the beach is an idyllic setting enchanting everyone.

    • Water Sports: Kayaking

    • Nightlife: There not many popular night clubs here but you can enjoy at the famous beach resorts located at the Hollant Beach.

    • Location : Hollant Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Hollant Beach is located at a distance of 27 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: The beach is connected via road and one can travel here with their own vehicle as no buses ply to there.



  • 17 Palolem Beach

    Palolem Beach
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    Palolem Beach is probably one of the most gorgeous beaches of South Goa and generally famous among foreign tourists who flock here often. The tranquil surroundings makes an ecstatic setting for indulging in an occasional stroll or just appreciate this amazing landscape. The beach remains packed with shacks, hawkers, restaurants, and eating outlets occupying the one mile long shore in crescent shape.

    Dolphins are also sighted here, so just keep your fingers crossed to witness this spectacular mammal playing amidst the blue waves of Arabian Sea.

    Quick Fact: The famous Matt Damon’s movie The Bourne Supremacy had some scenes filmed at this beautiful beach.

    • Water Sports: Wind surfing, Banana Ride, Dolphin Sighting Trip, Water scooter, Paragliding, kayaking, paddling etc.

    • Nightlife: Silent Noise, Found Things, Neptune’s Point etc

    • Location: Palolem Beach is situated in Canacona in South Goa.

    • Distance from Panaji: The Palolem Beach is located at a distance of 70 kilometers from the city of Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: You can either take a bus or travel via your own car from Panaji to Palolem Beach. The closest train station is Canacona Rail Junction which connects the place to the city of Panaji.



  • 18 Bogmalo Beach

    Bogmalo Beach
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    Nestled amidst the coconut palms and fishing villages, this sea side is a definitive destination to enjoy lovely moments with friends or family members. It's an excellent place to enjoy a long stroll with your friends and family or a plunge in the Arabian Sea. Bogmalo is also famous for its nightlife and luxury accommodations which make it a strong contender to be one of the best beaches in Goa.

    Aside from water sports and other intriguing activities, there are various top of the line shops that are known for exquisite handicrafts. This shoreline is an ideal mix of clamor and peacefulness, spotted with basic magnificence where one can feel loose and lose every one of the stresses in the wake of getting the beautiful view.

    • Water Sports:  Swimming, Diving, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Jet-skiing etc.

    • Nightlife: Full Moon Bar, Gazebo, Sunset Bar, Ruby Bar, Lobby Label etc.

    • Location: Bogmalo Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Bogmalo Beach and Panaji is about 30 kilometers.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Buses are available from Panaji at regular intervals. If one wishes, they opt for self driving or hiring a cab from Panaji.



  • 19 Majorda Beach

    Majorda Beach
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    Majorda Beach in Goa attracts tourists for its idyllic and pleasant ambience. The landscape at Majorda Beach is accentuated by turquoise water, blue sky, soft sand, lush greenery and swaying palms against the golden sands which will leave you searching for words to explain your ecstasy. It doesn’t matter if you wish to have a quiet stroll, sit with a book by the beach or feel to get the adrenaline rush with water sports, Majorda Beach is a complete package.  

    The great range of restaurants and stalls here will delight with lip smacking dishes prepared in Goan cuisine and you can enjoy drinks and snacks at the beach shacks. In a nutshell, the place is very tranquil and it takes voyagers to the universe of unwinding, peace and attracts a huge number of vacationers to this paradise.

    • Water Sports:  surfing, skiing, snorkeling, Paragliding, parasailing, banana ride, etc.

    • Nightlife: Martin’s Corner, Lourdes Bar, Aquamarine, Miranda, Monsoon Bar, Seashell, Blue Waves

    • Location : Majorda Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Majorda Beach is at a distance of 30 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Public bus transport connects Majorda Beach with the City of Panaji Buses are running frequently and you can also go via your private transportation.



  • 20 Betalbatim Beach

    Betalbatim Beach
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    Popularly known as the Sunset Beach of Goa, this place is your destination for witnessing the most enchanting sunset you will ever see. The clean sands and beautiful surroundings make an immaculate landscape worth visiting. Contrasting with most beaches in Goa surrounded by palm trees, Betalbatim Beach is has a number of pine trees along the shoreline. Due to a number of lovebirds flocking here, it has also earned the nomenclature of being called Lover's Beach.

    The beach is a preferred picnic spot among families and doesn’t have a lot of commercial activity going on contributing to the relaxed ambience. The shacks dotting the beach offer delicious Goan cuisine along with Italian and Continental dishes. Dolphin sighting is one of the most sought after activities at the Betalbatim Beach.

    • Water Sports: Water Skiing

    • Location:  Betalbatim Beach, between Majorda and Colva, in the Salcete sub District of South Goa.

    • Distance from Panaji: Betalbatim Beach is at a distance of 31.7 kilometers from Panaji.



  • 21 Butterfly Beach

     Butterfly Beach
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    This relatively unexploited beach is becoming a buzzing tourist spot in Goa. The place occupies a tiny semicircular bay on the high northern end of Palolem beach and the most astounding feature is that you can spot millions of butterflies flying over the hilltop blossoms. The golden sands against the warm blue water create postcard perfect location with palm trees and scores of butterflies.

    This spectacular beach is a well known site to spot some playful dolphins, crabs and goldfish. Here at the Butterfly Beach you will have a stunning opportunity to observe amazingly lovely and the most otherworldly nightfall you could just find in your life.

    • Water Sports: Boat Riding, Canoe Riding

    • Nightlife: This beach is not very crowded and there aren’t much of human establishments here. However there are often rave parties organized at the Butterfly Beach.

    • Location : Butterfly Beach, South to Vasco City,

    • Distance from Panaji: Butterfly Beach is located at a distance of about 70 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: There is no access to this beach by road as it situated amidst heavy forests. If you wish to reach Butterfly beach, you may hire a cab or take a bus up to the Palolem beach from Panaji. From the Palolem beach, short boat ride will get you to the Butterfly Island.


  • 22 Cansaulim Beach

     Cansaulim Beach
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    Unwind here on ocean – side early morning and night to appreciate the excellent picturesque beauty. The shoreline is amazingly spotless and clean with brilliant gold sands. It is less swarmed and not an exceptionally prominent beach in Goa still nature presents probably the most wonderful scenes here. Tourists can find perpetually some incredible place for strolls and for swimming at Cansaulim Beach.

    In contrast to different resorts of this region, Cansaulim Beach resort pulls in for the most part those travelers who lean toward unwinding very peaceful retreats far from uproarious urban areas and teeming spots of amusement. Some popular places where you can enjoy some local shopping at Cansaulim Beach are Many Emporium, Nagoa market and Queen Nagar Market.

    • Water Sports: Windsurfing, catamarans, diving, fishing, parasailing, jet – skiing and windsurfing

    • Location: Cansaulim Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 26.6 km from Panaji. 

    • How to reach from Panaji: There are no local buses that ply here. We suggest you to arrange your own private transportation like car or bike to travel from Panaji to Cansaulim Beach. You may also find a little difficult to reach Cansaulim Beach because it falls a bit away from the main road (The National Highway). The best way to reach this beach is by a scooter or motors bike.



  • 23 Colva Beach

     Colva Beach
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    It is one of the most popular beaches in South Goa and attracts a lot of Indian visitors. The beach is an ideal destination to enjoy a range of activities from sunbathing, water sports to other leisure activities. Adventure freaks particularly flock here to get the adrenaline rush with adventure sports. You can find many shacks here selling street food and drinks to satiate your hunger.

    The Colva Beach is also a famous shopping destination where you can explore some colorful clothes, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Colva Beach is popular for its nightlife with happening late night spots becoming the most preferred party places in Goa for young party goers.
    • Water Sports:  water scooter rides, jet skiing, speed boat rides, snorkeling, swimming, banana boat rides, motorboat rides

    • Nightlife: Temptations, The Alcove, Ziggy’s and Johnny Cool’s 

    • Location : Colva Beach, Salcete , South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Colva Beach is located at a distance of 33.5 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to commute within Goa is through a rental vehicle such as a scooter or motor cycles. You can also travel by local transportation such as taxi or auto-rickshaw. On reaching the destination, exploration on foot is the best option.


  • 24 Talpona Beach

    Talpona Beach
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    This beach is popular among tourists looking for an isolated and quiet location to enjoy the beautiful coastline against the magnificent Arabian Sea. The sea is relatively calm and quiet here and one can easily enjoy a day with their thoughts. The Talpona beach has small sand dunes and is not visited much by tourists. The peaceful beach is also a resting ground of many birds.

    Talpona Beach is one of the most far-flung beaches of Goa. The beach of Talpona is covered with pure sand of a golden color and framed with palm trees and pine groves. Galgibaga Beach is one of the nearest beaches to this location.

    • Water Sports: No water sports activities are available at this beach.

    • Location : Talpona Beach, Canacona, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 76.4 km from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Panaji is connected to Talpona Beach via Palolem Beach. From Palolem Beach tourists can take an auto/cab or take a rented vehicle to reach Talpona Beach



  • 25 Galgibaga Beach

    Galgibaga Beach
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    Galgibaga is perfectly defined as an ideally serene shoreline, still perfect bordered by casuarinas that influence carefully in the lilting ocean breeze. The beach is known for being one of the serene nesting places of the famous olive ridley turtle. With silvery sands, clear water and rows after rows of coconut and pine trees, the turtles love this beach and so will you.This shoreline has a town group that are mostly peace-adoring fisherfolk and an interaction with them help you appreciate more of village life in Goa.

    The ocean is their riches and before the beginning of the fishing season, they offer their sincere prayers in love of the sea gods they believe in. The Galgibaga beach is one of the most tranquil locations in Goa and offers a perfect space for the solitary visitor.

    • Water Sports: No water sports activities are available at this beach.

    • Location : Galgibaga Beach, Canacona, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 84.1 km from Panaji. 

    • How to reach from Panaji: From Panaji you need to travel south along National Highway in the Canacona sub district, take a right after passing the village of Poinguinim and then follow this road until you reach the beach.



  • North Goa

    North Goa
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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.




  • North Goa Attractions

  • 01 Dona Paula Beach

    Dona Paula Beach
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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.




  • 02 Temple of Bodgeshwar

    Temple of Bodgeshwar
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    Welcome yourself to one of the most enchanting pilgrimages centres, which is additionally an unbeatable place to visit in North Goa. Well settled in Mapusa, the temple is situated within the lush green environment and contains a small shrine within dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini.

    Famous for fulfilling the desires of its devotees, it also gets a flock of people searching for peace and a calm mind. Every year, a cultural festival also take place in the month of December of January and the location gets thronged by locals as well as tourists.

    Location: Mapusa at Calangute - Mapusa Road.

    Entry Fees: No fees required for entry.



  • 03 Fort Aguada

    Fort Aguada
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     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.



  • 04 The Church of Mae De Deus

    The Church of Mae De Deus
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    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!



  • 05 Casino Pride

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    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.



  • 06 Anjuna Market

    Anjuna Market
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    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.



  • 07 Mapusa Market

    Mapusa Market
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    Another traditional and weekly market of Goa brings one step closer to a vibrant Mapusa market that takes place every Friday. Holding its grace within the Mapusa municipal market, get into the colours and noise and live the Goan charm distinctly.

    The market is known for jewellery, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Not just this, you can also find a variety of delicacies to munch upon as well as take them back home. Take a whiff of fresh fishes, vegetable and meat along with cheap local wine that will turn the mood happy and hippie.

    Timings: Friday, 6.00 AM to 8.00 PM

    Location: Reach Mapusa Market Area in Panaji to shop at one of the best tourist places in North Goa

    Entry Fees: Pay for only the things you buy! There are no market entry fees, relax!



  • 08 Bicholim

    Bicholim
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    Located on a drive of about 30 km from Panaji, Bicholim welcomes all with natural beauty like scenic waterfalls at Arvalem and famous Mayem Lake. The town is known for a good network of cashew trees apart from the lake and waterfalls. Ancient and historic aspects could be seen here with Hindu temple Saptakoteshwar and oldest mosque to pay our respects for.

    The economy of Goa gets a boost with iron ore mining and Bicholim surely contains huge spaces for the same. So, get your rented vehicle running and reach here to seek Goa in different limelight, away from parties and crowded beaches, buy some famous potteries and spend some time interacting with the locals

    Location: 30 Km from Panaji towards the landmass of North Goa.



  • 09 Arvalem Waterfalls

    Arvalem Waterfalls
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    A soothing and peaceful spot in Goa brings one near to Arvalem waterfalls which is excellent for picnics and outings. Cascading from the height of 50 m (24 ft), Arvalem is one of the top places to visit in North Goa. These falls make a plunge pool at the bottom where one can swim in and relax with cold waters.

    A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also settled in the vicinity along with a well-maintained park where one can just sit and observe the deep beauty it possesses. If you plan to visit this waterfalls, try to reach right after the monsoon as the water gushes in the highest amount during the time making it beautiful more than ever.Location: 30 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus stand and 8 km from Bicholim

    Timings:  Every day from 9.00 AM – 6.00 PM

    Entry Fees: No fees.



  • 10 The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

    The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
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    ‘Wow' is the one word that describes the church at first sight. Built-in 16th century, Portuguese style architecture speaks with a blow right here. Leading the main entry is the flight of stairs that rise like a floor above the floor. As the name is, the facade of the church is tarnished in immaculate, sparkling white colour.

    To your surprise, the interiors are decorated in a very calm manner, without any intricate or coloured details as seen in many other pilgrimage centres. Yet, the skills of the craftsmen could be seen at the graceful altar and sub-altar. Again, this location gives you a trivia of Bollywood that used this church as the background of various shots. A must visit a location, this is indeed not to miss tourist places in North Goa.

    Location: Within the main city of Panaji

    Timings: Every day from 9.00 AM – 12.30 PM and 3.30 PM – 7.30 PM

    Entry Fees: None!



  • 11 Coco Beach

     Coco Beach
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    Seated in the proximity of Panjim that is just 2 km away this alluring beach is home for various adventure activities. The beach is beautifully laced by the palm trees and here, one can enjoy the beautiful scenes nature has to offer, making it one of the most visited tourist places in Panjim. Boating is another activity which can be done at this beach other than the thrilling aqua sports.One can also, delve in scuba diving and explore the world beneath the land or can savor the thrill in water skiing and gliding.

    Apart from these, there will also be instances when you can witness dolphin sighting which will leave you in awe with the place. It is undoubtedly a picture-perfect beach offering a plethora of paradisiac views.

    Location:
    To Coco Beach Nerul, Goa 403114

    Timings:
    All through the day

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 9.7 km



  • 12 Vainguinim Beach

    Vainguinim Beach
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    Known for its silver sand seashore, Vainguinim Beach is an outstanding destination to visit.

    Seeking for solitude? Then this beach is definitely a treasure for you with greenish blue water and exciting marine life. The beach has an array of trees which are housed by variants of birds and, is a part of most frequented tourist places in Panjim.

    Location:
    7 km south of Panaji Center, Panjim, India

    Timings:
    You can visit anytime!

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 9.7 km



  • 13 Mangueshi Temple

    Mangueshi Temple
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    One of the largest and most visited temples in Goa, Mangueshi Temple has a sure shot grandeur that charms the devotees even from far away location. Keeping up with the pace of history, the Goan style of architecture comes to live here.

    A unique Deepastambha, which is a 7 storey octagonal lamp tower, is painted white with golden arches and catches the eye of the beholder. When illuminated at night, it's a place not to miss. Indeed, this temple is one of the best tourist places in north Goa and one shall surely drive towards it for paying respect as well as embracing the old architecture.

    Location: 22 km from Panaji

    Timings: Everyday, 6.00 AM to 10.00 PM

    Entry Fees: Rs.0.00!



  • 14 Miramar Beach

    Miramar Beach
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    "Golden beach” is what this beach is famed for which has an array of alluring palm trees and, is one of the must-see places in Panjim.Lying close to the confluence point of Mandovi river and the Arabian Sea this beach is an amazing place to delve in a relaxing aura. The freshness in the air is just splendid and, one experiencing this can rejuvenate each and every rim of the body.

    Reaching out to the beach and not witnessing a sunset and sunrise is just not fair!
    Here, you can witness the impressive spectrum of hue as the sun sets down.Not only this, but you also indulge in various adventure sports like jet-skiing, water gliding, water skiing and many more to add up to the enchanting experience.

    Location:
    3 km from Panaji Centre | Near Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Panjim, India

    Timings:
    All days of the week (12:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 5 km



  • 15 Siridao Beach

    Siridao Beach
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    Also known as the Shiridon this beach of North Goa is one of the most mesmerizing places to visit in Panjim. This course sand beach is famed as the “Shell Collectors Beach” lying in the mouth of Zuari river. Taking about shells, here you can find the most unique shells and a wide range of oysters and pearl shells.

    Embellished with rock and sand, at this beach you can also find some mysterious caves.
    To add up to the glam and charm of the Siridao Beach there is also a “Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth” seated at the top of the verdant hillock. The best time to visit this place is from October to March as at this time the beauty of the beach at its peak.

    Location:
    Near Zuari Estuary, Siridao, India

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 9 km



  • 16 Goa State Museum

    Goa State Museum
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    Those who love art, history, and culture shall not miss Goa State museum and observe a different set of antiques and an impressive collection of artefacts. Of all museums of Goa, this one exhibits 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.

    Gallery display is not the only thing you will find but also screenings for students on prior intimation. These screenings display short videos of various cultural, heritage and anthropological facts about Goa.

    Location: Mahatma Gandhi Road, Panaji

    Timings: Monday to Saturday
    , from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM

    Entry Fees: To your surprise, it's none!




  • 17 Benz Celebrity Wax Museum

    Benz Celebrity Wax Museum
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    Doesn't wax museum sound familiar to you? Yes, it is the museum that houses wax structures of various celebrities of national and global. Opened very recently, the museum is being taken care of by well-trained staff and the glittering red and golden entrance attracts all, right from its entry point.  

    Take some time out to see lifelike wax statues of Marvel heroes, Mahatma Gandhi, Narendra Modi, and other Bollywood and Hollywood celebs. One can see the amazing detail work that artists have put into in making these statues and shall pay a visit to observe the efforts they have made so far.

    Location:
    Near Arpora Junction, Calangute

    Timings:
    10.00 AM to 10.00 PM

    Entry Fees:
    Rs. 30 per person.



  • 18 Backwaters of Chapora River

    Backwaters of Chapora River
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    Experience Goa differently, away from the beaches and party spaces while taking a backwater ride in Chapora river. This ride may make you meet distinct birds and fishes along with the breathtaking sunset and sunrise.

    Coconut and palm trees will be your companion all through the trail and romantic time with your partner can just make the day spellbinding.

    Entry Fees: From a 2-hour boat ride to overnight stay in well-furnished rooms, packages vary accordingly.



  • 19 Curlies

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    What to say about Curlies shack that proudly gains tourists like anything at its service on Anjuna beach. Known for not only its glowing ambience but also the huge space it offers in form of a lounge, garden restaurant, bar, club zone, and open sea view platform.

    Travellers love to visit here for the heart throbbing parties and delicacies they serve with yummy cocktails. Curlies also provide stay options to its guests and water sports activities so you may call it all in one and one for all.

    Location: Very close to Anjuna flea market, you can find Curlies!

    Timings: Everyday 8.30 AM to 2.30 AM, all ready for your breakfast to party time

    Entry Fees: It only wants you to pay for the food and drinks you consume here! No entry fees required.



  • 20 Titos

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    If you ever ask anyone the best party place in Goa, no wonder he will shout out the name ‘Titos'. This place is also known as the one where you can party like crazy, enjoy some drinks and dance the floor till the breath lasts.

    Having more than 1 branch in Goa, Titos is rushing the minds with Bollywood disco, original classic style, cool lounging place and delicious food one just imagines. Tito’s clubs get a good number of guests and hence it remains full almost all the time of the year. So pick up the scooter and ride towards the party place, dance the floor hard and make your nightlife rocking.

    Entry Fees: It only wants you to pay for the food and drinks you consume here! No entry fees required.

    Location: Titos original at Baga Calangute, Titos Bollywood at Santa Vaddo and Titos club at Calangute.




  • 21 Basilica of Bom Jesus

    Basilica of Bom Jesus
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    A world heritage monument and a UNESCO recognized the site, the facade of the church is quite dull and rusty in its first look giving a very different impression at first. Despite its rustic look, the church is famous as the relics of Saint Xavier was enshrined here long back. Moreover, its art, architecture and historical touch make it unique in another manner.

    The contrasting interiors is a worth to look at, having the marbled floor, precious stones, gorgeous silver statue, carved and gilded columns and old paintings which will all make one go awestruck. This place is undoubtedly topmost places to visit in North Goa and a place that ought not to be missed at any cost.

    Location: 10 km east of Panaji at Bainguinim

    Timings: 10.30 AM to 6.30 AM, every day

    Entry Fees: free of cost.



  • 22 Mandrem Beach

    Mandrem Beach
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    Mandrem Beach is well known for its white sand and lines of palm trees that line the shoreline and pulls in an expansive number of visitors which is  quite peculiar, being one of the slightest populated beaches in Goa. Individuals, local people and vacationers travel from great distances from abroad and nationally just to appreciate the peace, calm and excellence of this beach. The water has the ideal temperature which makes it utterly cheerful to lie in the sun. it is a must visit place in Goa.

    Being a remote beach, you would not find many five star resorts and restaurants here. But there are some popular places like The Mandrem Beach Resort, Cuba Retreat Mandrem, Dunes Holiday Village, La Cabana Beach and Spa etc. Many popular Bollywood celebrities have been spotted at this pristine beach.

    Location: 
    Pernem Taluka, Mandrem Beach, North Goa

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximate 20 km



  • 23 Calangute Beach

    Calangute Beach
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    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.



  • 24 Baga Beach

    Baga Beach
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    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.



  • 25 Morjim Beach

    Morjim Beach
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    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.



  • Panjim

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  • Panjim Attractions

  • 01 Dona Paula Beach

    Dona Paula Beach
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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.




  • 02 Basilica of Bom Jesus

    Basilica of Bom Jesus
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    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 church.

    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



  • 03 Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

    Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
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    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.



  • 04 Casino Royale Goa

     Casino Royale Goa
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    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



  • 05 Fort Aguada

    Fort Aguada
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    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



  • 06 Goa Archaeological Museum

    Goa Archaeological Museum
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    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



  • 07 Se Cathedral

    Se Cathedral
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    Visiting Goa and missing out on this Church?No Chance. It is one of the most impressive churches in India lying in the Southern segment of Goa. This mighty church showcases mind-boggling artistry of the Portuguese-Manueline style and, is regarded as the only specimen of this kind of architectural style.

    Dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria this is an amazing Church with impressive courtyards and elegantly arched interiors.
    The remarkable feature of this old standing church is the “ huge golden bell” which is one of the most prominent and grand bells in the world.It is a perfect place to experience a blend of tranquility and serenity as it is intermixed in the aura of the Cathedral.

    Location: 
    Velha, Goa 403402

    Timings: 
    7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

    Entry Fees: 
    Free

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
    Approximately 9.2 km


  • 08 St. Augustin Towers

    St. Augustin Towers
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    The historic gem of Goa - “St. Augustin Tower ” is a highly visible belfry from many sites. The sumptuous tower was built in the preceding years of 16th Century by the Augustinian pilgrims who visited Goa, the same time. Previously, there were four such towers but they couldn't withstand the time and got depreciated. Now, only one such tower stands there in the premises of the St. Augustine Church.

    The purpose of this tower was to serve as a turret and, the Church had eight lavishly embellished chapels, four altars and a cloister with numerous cells connected to it.
    The style and designing of this tower are still unknown but it is purely astounding.

    Location: 
    Church of St. Augustine Ruins, Velha Goa, Goa 403402

    Timings: 
    Throughout the day

    Entry Fees: 
    No entry fee

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:  
    Approximately 8.4 km



  • 09 Bambolim Beach

    Bambolim Beach
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    “Untouched and Unexploited”  are words which perfectly describe this beach. Here, one can indulge in an unusual experience away from the chaotic cities as, it is not at all crowded. The cool sea breeze blended with extraordinary scenic views adorns the elegance of the beach.

    The serenity in the aura of the beach is perfect to rediscover oneself and, refreshes the mind and soul. Endless river, panoramic scenes, and aqua activities can all be witnessed at once at this impressive beach.

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 7.8 km



  • 10 St. Cajetan Church

    St. Cajetan Church
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    Witness the visual retreat at the St. Cajetan Church also known as the “Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence”. The Church exhibits the Corinthian style of architecture which was taken up by the Italian friars, though they were not allowed to work here somehow they managed in Old Goa. Taking a glance at this holy structure it has six Baroque style altars on which you can locate visions of angels.

    The minute you enter this place you can actually feel the purity and, pious environs all around you.
    You can also discover remarkable Italian compositions which extend an intriguing impression of St. Cajetan’s time and, this architectural gem of Corinthian style is a popular tourist place in Panjim.

    Location: 
    Velha Goa, Goa 403402

    Timings: 
    All days of  Week 
                   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Entry Fees: 
    Absolutely Free!

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
    Approximately 12.5 km



  • 11 Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

    Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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    Exuberant extravaganza of Birds” is what you will find here. Spreading over almost 2 km this bewitching Bird Sanctuary is the smallest wildlife sanctuary with variants of avian fauna and, is one of the most captivating places to visit in Panjim.

    Truly the Paradise for the bird watchers as this place has countless varieties of birds and, to add up to the amusement here, one can also spot crocodiles and jackals.
    Apart for the easily spotted birds here, one can also find coots and pintails which are mainly the winter birds and cannot be seen everywhere.

    The place gives an entirely new dimension to birdwatching as it has a three-storeyed massive building which is built only for this purpose. From here you can take a glance at all the types of birds and, explore the eye-popping flashes with vibrant colors.

    Location:
    Chorao Island, Ilhas, Ribandar, Goa 403006

    Timings:
    6:00 AM- 6:00 PM

    Entry Fees:
    Rs. 10/- for Indians
                        Rs. 100/- for foreigners
                        Rs. 25/- for still camera
                        Rs. 150/- per camcorder

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 4.8 km



  • 12 Coco Beach

     Coco Beach
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    Seated in the proximity of Panjim that is just 2 km away this alluring beach is home for various adventure activities. The beach is beautifully laced by the palm trees and here, one can enjoy the beautiful scenes nature has to offer, making it one of the most visited tourist places in Panjim. Boating is another activity which can be done at this beach other than the thrilling aqua sports.One can also, delve in scuba diving and explore the world beneath the land or can savor the thrill in water skiing and gliding.

    Apart from these, there will also be instances when you can witness dolphin sighting which will leave you in awe with the place. It is undoubtedly a picture-perfect beach offering a plethora of paradisiac views.

    Location:
    To Coco Beach Nerul, Goa 403114

    Timings:
    All through the day

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 9.7 km



  • 13 Vainguinim Beach

    Vainguinim Beach
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    Known for its silver sand seashore, Vainguinim Beach is an outstanding destination to visit.

    Seeking for solitude? Then this beach is definitely a treasure for you with greenish blue water and exciting marine life. The beach has an array of trees which are housed by variants of birds and, is a part of most frequented tourist places in Panjim.

    Location:
    7 km south of Panaji Center, Panjim, India

    Timings:
    You can visit anytime!

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 9.7 km



  • 14 Reis Magos Fort

    Reis Magos Fort
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    Seated on the banks of Mandovi this majestic fort serves as a turret.This massive structure has been resized twice just to increase its size for a better view of the entire city. Due to its huge size, it can be seen from any point from the Mandovi river.

    The artistry of the craftsmen is worth-watching as the fort has various jaw-dropping interiors which are beautifully carved.
    Moreover, the view from the fort is just beyond one's imagination with endless waters fused with beautiful displays.

    Location:
    Verem, Bardez, Goa 403114

    Timings:
    Tuesday to Sunday
                    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Entry Fees:
    Rs.  50 per person for Adults.
                        Rs.  25 per person for Students
                        Rs. 10 per person on Sundays and Goa Govt. Holidays

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 7 km



  • 15 Odxel Beach

    Odxel Beach
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    The Odxel Beach is a small beach with relaxing and positive surroundings. Lying at the center of Dona Paula and Bambolim this beach is a frequent spot by the tourists. Though it is not a good option to swim as there have been instances of underwater currents but it has a peaceful environment.

    It is a perfect place where one can indulge in self-analysis due to the picturesque offerings accompanied by a chapel right next to the beach and, is one of the most attractive places to see in Panjim.

    Location:
    Near the Bainguinim Town, Panjim, India

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 7.7 km



  • 16 Miramar Beach

    Miramar Beach
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    "Golden beach” is what this beach is famed for which has an array of alluring palm trees and, is one of the must-see places in Panjim.Lying close to the confluence point of Mandovi river and the Arabian Sea this beach is an amazing place to delve in a relaxing aura. The freshness in the air is just splendid and, one experiencing this can rejuvenate each and every rim of the body.

    Reaching out to the beach and not witnessing a sunset and sunrise is just not fair!
    Here, you can witness the impressive spectrum of hue as the sun sets down.Not only this, but you also indulge in various adventure sports like jet-skiing, water gliding, water skiing and many more to add up to the enchanting experience.

    Location:
    3 km from Panaji Centre | Near Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Panjim, India

    Timings:
    All days of the week (12:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 5 km



  • 17 Siridao Beach

    Siridao Beach
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    Also known as the Shiridon this beach of North Goa is one of the most mesmerizing places to visit in Panjim. This course sand beach is famed as the “Shell Collectors Beach” lying in the mouth of Zuari river. Taking about shells, here you can find the most unique shells and a wide range of oysters and pearl shells.

    Embellished with rock and sand, at this beach you can also find some mysterious caves.
    To add up to the glam and charm of the Siridao Beach there is also a “Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth” seated at the top of the verdant hillock. The best time to visit this place is from October to March as at this time the beauty of the beach at its peak.

    Location:
    Near Zuari Estuary, Siridao, India

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 9 km



  • 18 Shri Mahalaxmi Temple

    Shri Mahalaxmi Temple
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    The Place with high Spiritual importance”- Shri Mahalaxmi temple is situated in the Bandora village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s consort Mahalaxmi and, has a modern structure. As soon as you enter the worship place you will be welcomed by elegant carvings and, a beautifully decorated arch with two elephants.

    The walls of the worship place adorned beautiful paintings and the ceilings will leave you awestruck with alluring antique chandeliers.
    At the time of Mahashivratri, the main idol of Mahalaxmi is taken out from the premises and carried on the shoulders by the devotees.

    Location:
    Situated next to Mushtifund Sansthan Panaji, Dada Vaidya Road, Panaji, Goa 403001

    Timings:
    6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    Entry Fees:
    Free

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 2 km



  • 19 Corjuem Fort

    Corjuem Fort
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    Even after being one of the smallest forts in Goa, Corjuem fort has made his place in the most visited places in Goa. Surrounded by unusually stunning swathes of Goan culture, this fort survived till 21st century and, is one of the best places to see in Panjim.

    It is one of the most visually appealing tourist places in Panjim with rich historic pieces of evidence. This majestic fort was built for increasing the defense power of the colonists, being square in shape.
    Even after being weathered and deteriorated the fort still stands beautifully and, is a major point of attraction.

    Location:
    Off Aldona-Corjuem Road, Corjuem, Goa 403508

    Timings:
    24 Hrs Open

    Entry Fees:
    Free

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximately 19 km



  • 20 Mandrem Beach

    Mandrem Beach
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    Mandrem Beach is well known for its white sand and lines of palm trees that line the shoreline and pulls in an expansive number of visitors which is  quite peculiar, being one of the slightest populated beaches in Goa. Individuals, local people and vacationers travel from great distances from abroad and nationally just to appreciate the peace, calm and excellence of this beach. The water has the ideal temperature which makes it utterly cheerful to lie in the sun. it is a must visit place in Goa.

    Being a remote beach, you would not find many five star resorts and restaurants here. But there are some popular places like The Mandrem Beach Resort, Cuba Retreat Mandrem, Dunes Holiday Village, La Cabana Beach and Spa etc. Many popular Bollywood celebrities have been spotted at this pristine beach.

    Location: 
    Pernem Taluka, Mandrem Beach, North Goa

    Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
    Approximate 20 km