55 Places to Visit in Goa, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

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

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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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Candolim promises to be a fun-filled sojourn on your visit to Goa. Located in Bardez Taluka of North Goa, which is a popular tourist attraction, Candolim is a one-stop shop for visitors due to the large number of clubs and parties held here. Besides the happening streets, Candolim also houses the largest beach in Goa, making it one of the most happening spots in Goa. 

The Candolim beach, which is a 5 km white sand jewel, offers numerous water adventure sports to adrenaline enthusiasts. Bask in the Sun or walk by the sea as the pristine waters at Candolim touch your feet. Candolim also offers visitors a chance to relish the exotic Goan cuisine by the beachside as the region is dotted with several multi cuisine food joints and shacks, offering you an opportunity to sip a drink while staring at the horizon.

Located near the popular beaches like Baga and Calangute, Candolim offers an ideal blend of privacy and frenzy in the beach city. The region is also dotted with several luxurious hotels and guesthouses, allowing you to choose your ideal accommodation. Immerse yourself in the views of the setting Sun and prepare yourself for a happening evening as Candolim promises to make your trip to Goa memorable. 

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Anjuna

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Morjim

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Margao

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Ponda

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Pernem

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Mapusa

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Collem

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Siolim

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Nuvem

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Dabolim

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Verlem

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Valpoi

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Mopa

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Bambolim Beach

“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

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Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

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

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Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary



Goa, known for its exotic party life, has a lot more in store than beaches. Right from panthers to Indian venomous snakes, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary manages to shelter almost every common and rare species. One of the unexplored sights of India, this place is set up to protect and conserve the wildlife.

Step into the prized possessions of Goa, the sanctuary resides in the Western Ghats, and is spread over a vast area of 208 km2 near the village of Valpoi.

Mhadei holds many feathers in its hat. Due to the unique range of birds housing in this area, it was declared as an International Bird Area. Moreover, several Bengali tigers were recently spotted in the Sanctuary’s premises. It led to a proposal of making it into a ‘Project Tiger’ reserve.

Besides, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a staggering range of flora and fauna. From the blossoming flowers of Ashoka tree to the Indian venomous snakes, this place has a lot to offer.

Explore the wildlife sanctuary during the day time and get in touch with nature. Maintaining a safe distance from the animals, you can learn more about them from the professional guides.

 Moreover, indulge in watersport activities like white water rafting, trekking at nearby suggested trails. A tip, keep your camera ready for some Insta-worthy photos!

Here is a rundown of the details you must know before planning your trip to this beautiful marvel!

History of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary - 



After the official declaration of wildlife preserve came in 1999, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary was accounted as a recent addition to the wildlife sanctuaries. Due to its formation, Goa became the only state of India to protect the Western Ghats that are located within its boundaries. The Western Ghats houses a staggering range of flora and fauna.

Flora and Fauna at Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary – 



The biodiversity of the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is staggering. Its 208.5 km2 covers a major part of Western Ghats. The different and sometimes dangerous, species of the Mhadei are endlessly fascinating

The most-varied biological reservoir, the sanctuary contains several species of insects, plants, birds, snakes, and other forms of life. On the contrary, it is one of the least-explored sanctuaries in India.

Flora – The trees amidst the sanctuary are massive and full of nutrients. Moist forests of Mhadei contains deciduous vegetation and some evergreen species. The presence of the flora amongst the sanctuary is a significant part of Western Ghats, as they influence Indian monsoon weather patterns.

Here, you can spot an evergreen variety of the Ashoka tree which blossoms with distinct saffron-coloured flowers. Also, sheltering under the Western Ghats, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary confines of several endemic and rare vegetation. You will come across many endemic orchids too.

Fauna –
 Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is a safe repository of animal life. Some animals can be seen within the sanctuary, some rarely, whilst others are commonly seen. 

The rare animals you can spot here are Black Panther, Sloth bear, Giant squirrel, Mouse deer, Dhole or Asian wild dog, and much more. Whereas, you can easily notice Sambar deer, Indian hare, Ruddy mongoose, Black-faced langur, and whatnot.

Apart from animals, Mhadei is home to more than 255 species of birds. The place is lively because of some unique birds like the Nilgiri wood-pigeon, Malabar parakeet, Malabar grey hornbill, Grey-headed Bulbul, etc.

Also, these birds are the reason behind the declaration of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary as an International Bird area. The results even show that 53 out of 255 species breed in the sanctuary.

What’s less known is the fact that the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary – contains a large variety of snakes and amphibians. 

You can easily spot the ‘big four’ of Indian venomous snakes like Indian krait, Russell’s viper, Saw-scaled viper, and Spectacled cobra. Whereas, the amphibians include the endangered Marbled ramanella, Maharashtra bush frog, Malabar gliding frogs, and much more.
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Aguada Fort
Aguada is a Portuguese word which means “Water" so basically this Fort was renowned as the biggest water reservoir in Asia. As you will visit the campus of  Aguada Fort you can easily remember the scenes by several Bollywood movies which were shot here. You will be amused by the beauty of this place.You can witness the endless sea, a beautiful lighthouse and an amazing fort which altogether will give you feel of a perfect landscape.

This fort was built by the Portuguese rulers and has beautiful Italian design carved on the walls. You can see a  massive reservoir and a huge bell there. The Fort has a glorious history and is seen as an important part of Nation as it stands holding the pride and conveying its significance to the generations. You can also see the gunpowder room in the upper fort and it is said that earlier there were 200 cannons installed for the defence of locals.

Its brilliant architecture as well as the breath-taking views it offers of the Arabian Sea collectively make it a top tourist fascination in the region. It is also a great spot to watch sunsets while in the Party Capital of India.
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Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary


Located in the northeastern region of Goa and teeming with a variety of flora and fauna, lies the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. The park sprawls over 8 square kilometers of lush lands and attracts hordes of tourists every year from different parts of the country. Besides harboring a myriad range of wildlife, the sanctuary is also home to those animals who have been injured due to some human-wildlife conflict. It also protects those who suffer the risk of extinction.

Thus, it happens to be one of the safest grounds for breeding animals and encourages research activities on them as well. Not very far from Margao, this picture-perfect sanctuary also has its exclusive deer park, botanical garden, and rose gardens. Thus, you can well understand why this wildlife park happens to be one of the most frequented zones by school children and nature lovers.

The soothing surroundings of the place encompassed within the enchanting hues of green and with the sunlight playing through the leaves will not only restore your mood but also rejuvenate your tired minds. You can relax in the bounty of nature, spend some quality moments with the animals, do some wildlife photography and enjoy the wildlife safari with your dear ones. The trip to Bondla will surely be worth your time and money and will serve as a refreshing change from the city’s cacophony.

If you are not time-bound, then a night stay at one of the forest cottages will surely turn out to be a thrilling experience. The beautiful cottages shrouded in an aesthetical aura lies in the heart of the wilderness where you can immerse yourself in the serenity of the forest at night. The rooms are well equipped with modern amenities and have attractive interiors that will offer you a comfortable stay. Thus, you can look forward to a memorable trip at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary with its spectacular environs.

Flora and Fauna at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary



As you step into Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, the picturesque scenery around will leave you in absolute awe. The verdant patches of land flanked by towering deciduous trees and bamboo plantations add a mystical charm to the entire place. Some of the other trees that you will find here are Kindall, Jamba, Mimusops, Rosewood, Matti and many others. Clad with the intrinsic beauty of nature, the sanctuary will not fail to mesmerize you with its serenity.

As you travel along the trails of the forest, you will catch frequent glimpses of animals like bears, jungle cats, various types of deer, bison, Malabar Giant Squirrels, and others. You might be lucky enough to spot a panther too. Watch out for the exotic range of birds in the sanctuary. The commonly found ones are hornbills, woodpeckers, and kingfishers.
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Mapusa Friday Market



The Mapusa Market, situated on the beaches of Goa, is a unique flea market famous for its trade, variety of products, and low prices. The scope of products available in this market is unbelievable. 

Everything ranging from ancient artifacts and antiques to finished textiles, local pottery items, handicrafts, rare fabrics, exotic spices, meats, vegetables, precious stones, and jewelry can be found in this lively market.

The market with all of its vibrancy and hustle is a significant attraction for both locals and tourists. A distinct feature of the Mapusa Market is that every Friday, the local merchants, traders, artists, farmers, and artisans showcase their products and handiwork. 

This draws crowd of people towards the market. All items showcased on this day are fresh and brand-new. Friday is also the day when the objects sold can be bought at meager prices as there is no middleman price involved. 

The flea market is also an excellent place to practice haggling and bargaining. People come here to get discounts on all kinds of fabrics and finished items of clothing. 

A hub for fashion enthusiasts, the market is always awash with both trendy and traditional attire. The market is also a paradise sent buffet for food-lovers.

The Indian bazaar is still covered with the fragrance of the exotic and local spices as well as with the flavorsome aroma wafting from local street food-joints.

The shopkeepers of this market have genuinely learned to identify the needs and desires of humans and the means to produce merchandise that can fully cater to them.

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Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Off the bustling Polem beach in South Goa, lies one of the major nature reserves in the state- the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary that not many tourists come to explore. Since its establishment in 1968, the sanctuary has played a key role in preserving the rich biodiversity of the stretch of moist-deciduous forests in Goa. These woods are home to a number of vulnerable species including flying squirrels, Indian pangolin, hump-nosed pit viper, mouse deer, flying lizards, panthers, hyenas, the Malabar tree toad, sloth bears, gazelles, four-horned antelopes, and avifauna. 

The wilderness of the Cotigao Sanctuary has the characteristics of a layered forest. Sky-kissing tall trees grow upto 30 meters forming a thick canopy in this forest, not allowing sunlight to reach the understory and forest floor. There are eight amazing nature trails going into the depths of the forests here in Cotigao that are open to visitors during most months, ranging from 500 meters to 5 kilometers in distance.

Beside taking safaris and trying your luck at spotting some of the unique creatures living here, there is a small nature interpretation center to visit to learn in detail about the typical flora and fauna of this forest, the specified nature trails to go hiking, interact with the aboriginal peoples- the ancient Kunbil and Velip tribes, and simply spend an enjoyable time picnicking on the banks of the sweetly rippling streams of Talpona and Galgibaga in the green shade.

There is a bunch of treetop watchtowers standing blended against the forest landscape near the watering holes in Cotigao. If wildlife sighting is the main draw for your visit here, do not miss staying on vigil from the towers during the specific hours when animals come to drink water. Early morning and late afternoon just before dusk are the best times to visit Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Schedule a trip accordingly!

Flora and Fauna at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary 



Cotigao is noted for the wide range of flora and fauna these forests are home to. It was once the natural habitat of predatory big cats like leopards and tigers, the numbers of which have now decreased due to poaching and natural causes. There still remains a population of panthers and hyenas, but spotting is not common. 

Animal life in Cotigao includes Flying Squirrel, Indian Pangolin, Slender Loris, Flying Lizard, Golden-backed Gliding Snake, Sloth-bear, Hump-nosed Pit Viper, and Four-horned Antelope. Variants of interesting birdlife found in this area are  the white-bellied woodpecker, Malabar Trogon, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, the Heart-spotted Woodpecker, the Malabar Crested Eagle, and speckled Piculet.

Beside jeep safaris conducted for visitors from the forest department, there is provision for tourists to enter the jungle in their private vehicles as per convenience. In such a case, a forest guard will be accompanying you and guiding the tour in beneficial directions, like towards the tree-top perches from where the chances of sighting wildlife is more.

The dense jungles here consist mostly of moist-deciduous vegetation and partly, a forest cover of semi-evergreen trees. The trees are toweringly high, rising to 30 meters and higher with canopies that block the sunlight from reaching the forest floor. Botanical enthusiasts will be thrilled to find a range of old and ancient trees in these forests. 
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Splashdown Waterpark



The coolest water-theme park in Goa, Splashdown features five pools, an array of slides, flumes, and other exciting features. You will find some activity for all age groups, a few rides mild and some for people with a strong heart. Relive the fun child in you as you glide down the water slides. 

The park wasn’t built overnight because it is not merely a water park but was designed after re-examining each step to provide you with a revitalizing experience.

Your fun and excitement aren’t complete if you do not dive into pools or slide down rides such as Zoom Flume and Awesome3some. Splashdown is one such park where adventure meets fun, and the freedom unleashes the child in you, forget all your worries. 

Splashdown boasts of four-storeyed rides, leisure pools, cannonball slides, lazy rivers, adventure walks, and many more. You can also stay at the park’s resort and use a season pass to let you spend a luxurious vacation within Splashdown. Besides, you can have fun with your family and friends at the park’s Big Kahuna Beach. 

The park is one of the most coveted tourist destinations in Goa for all water babies in the world. Just choose your partner to shake your legs to the beats of foot-tapping and peppy dance numbers. Spend some special moments with your loved ones, enjoying fun-filled rides and treasuring these memories forever. 

Whether it is a vacation, friends get together, birthday bash, festival, corporate meeting, school outing, or college reunion, Splashdown is the place to be. Do not forget to savor the finger-licking combo meals at the park’s BBQ food joints, pizza corners, cafes, and bars.

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Korlai Fort

Rich in history and heritage, Korlai Fort is one of the most majestic destinations in Goa. The fort overlooks the vast blue expanse of the Arabian Sea, and offers a stunning view of the gorgeous scenery all around. A haven for nature lovers and history buffs, this fort is an unmissable tourist spot in the state of Goa. The Korlai fort once used to be an elaborate military fortification, and it was occupied by the Portuguese during the 16th century.

It was originally built as an extension of the island in 1521, and it was used as a shield against the Revdanda creek inlet. In those times, this small piece of land was known as Morro De Chaul. The name comes from Morro, which refers to a small hill, and Chaul which was then used to refer to a village nearby whose residents spoke Portuguese-Creolo (also known as the Kristi dialect).

The fort is now in ruins mostly, but once it was considered a majestic property. Nonetheless, the history and heritage of the Korlai Fort still stands untarnished. In its golden era, the fort was rumoured to have the capacity to house nearly 7000 horses and just as many men. The fort enjoyed a strategic location during invasion primarily due to its geography.

There are many reasons why the enemy forces found it difficult to penetrate this fort - for one, it is located on the slopes of a hill which would require the enemy soldiers to climb a steep slope. Second, the fort houses a tall lighthouse which allowed the residents to see any enemies approaching. Lastly, it has 11, huge gates which were all heavily guarded. 
Spread over a length of 2828 feet and the breadth of 89 feet, the fort almost looks like a community of its own now, and offers some of the most magnificent glimpses of the creek. Whether you are a history nerd or simply appreciate nature in all its wild forms, Korlai Fort is definitely worth checking out.

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Shiroda Beach

Away from the hustle-bustle of city life resides a Shiroda beach occupied with a soothing atmosphere, an array of fun activities and tons of watersports, perfect for a weekend getaway trip. Found in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, this beach is a favorite among tourists for its long stretch of endless shore and sunny yet gentle aura.  

Water sports at the beach especially jet skiing, paragliding, having a joyous bath in the ocean and parasailing are very much relished by the tourists. Additionally, even at peak hours, the beach is thronged with just a few visitors making it perfect for travelers to enjoy a peaceful time and the mesmerizing sunset. Also, the beach is embedded with a sting of restaurants and shacks. They are particularly famous for their delicious dishes and alcoholic beverages and their close proximity to the beach also makes them a good place to relax and rejoice. 

Additionally, the beach is couple and family-friendly allowing them to enjoy a great time and indulge in various activities together.  All in all, if you are a backpacker or a family holiday maker looking for a reason to get away from the daily tiresome life, Shiroda Beach is the location for you.

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Reis Magos Fort

Owned by the Goa government, the Reis Magos Fort is among the popular ancient monuments in Goa. The 400 year old fort, constructed in the year 1551 happens to be one of the oldest forts in Goa. It is believed that the name of the fort was laid after three men from the Bible. Today, the fort falls under the ownership of the Goa government and finds itself on the list of Goa ancient monuments. It has been fully restored and serves as a heritage centre in the town. 

What started as a defence fortress, this fort has served multiple uses as a jail and then a hospital. Back in 1993, the fort was completely abandoned and left to perish in a neglected state. After being renovated, the fort was opened to the general public in the year 2012. 
At present, the fort serves under a guided vision and mission to promote cultural heritage in Goa. This is why, it has also become a centre for displaying numerous exhibitions, fairs, festivals and educational events. 

The fort is built in a typical fusion style of architecture, combining Hindu and Portuguese styles. It is known that the altitude of the fort gives a splendid view of the surrounding sea and landscape of Goa. 
It is also home to several artefacts, including 7 guns from the Portuguese era. The place is well connected with major railways stations, including Karmali, Verna, and Vasco da Gama. One can also get here by plane through the Dabolim airport.

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Utorda Beach
Situated in the tranquil vicinity of south Goa, Utorda beach is popular as one of the cleanest, gorgeous beachside in the area. One of the lesser-known beachfronts, Utorda is visited by a selective number of tourists every year who come to the location to unwind and rejuvenate themselves. 

Home to some of the finest beachside resorts and spas, Utorda offers several interesting seaside activities such as dolphin boat trips, fishing, cycling, water skiing, and windsurfing. Located close to Majorda beach, Utorda also offers a list of remarkable sites to visit including but not limited to Mother of God Church, Three Kings Chapel, Indian Naval Aviation Museum, and Milsim Goa Paintball. 

The beach is also within close distance to Dabolim International Airport and Madgaon Railway Station which makes it easily accessible from every part of India as well as other countries in the world. Home to the striking sandy beach shores dotted with swaying palm trees, Utorda is an amazing choice for a leisure vacation.
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Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary


Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Sanguem district of Goa, about 70 km away from the main city. It covers a total area of 240 square kilometers, out of which 170 square kilometers is dedicated to the Mollem National Park built at the core of the sanctuary. Located in the Western Ghats, this green zone constitutes of moist deciduous and tropical evergreen forests that create a nurturing habitat for various endangered species of flora and fauna. In fact, the tallest waterfalls called the Dudhsagar waterfall, elevated at a height of 107 feet lie within the sanctuary and attract many avian fauna that sustain off water.

This isn’t only a haven for endangered plant and animal species but also butterflies, reptiles and plants .The sanctuary shares its eastern borders with Karnataka and inhabits various varieties of flora and fauna, including carnivores like tigers, black panthers, and leopards. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the Panjim Belgaum Road, and so it is not uncommon for travelers to encounter animals en route Panjim. They may come across elephants, gaurs, deer, or leopards. It is advisable to drive at a minimum speed on this road.

Within the sanctuary, there aren’t only safaris that help you wander, but also in-built trekking and hiking trails with guides having an in-depth knowledge of the terrain, animals, and plants residing in each area.

History of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary




Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary resides in South Goa and was built to protect the enriched wildlife around the Western Ghats. Earlier, it was referred to as the Mollem Game Sanctuary but got its title of being a wildlife sanctuary by the authorities in Goa in the year 1969. It was renamed to Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in the same year.

The sanctuary covers a sprawling area of 240 square kilometers. However, the core of the sanctuary where a rich diversity of flora and fauna was declared a national park in the year 1978. The area comprises a total of 107 square kilometers of the entire sanctuary and is popularly known as the Mollem National Park. Now, it attracts several tourists due to its safari expeditions.

Flora and Fauna at Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary



The biodiversity of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary covers a massive land with exotic and authentic flora and fauna residing in it. Here is a detailed description of the species that you can encounter during your safari sojourn:

Flora

The forests here are surrounded by the pristine vegetative trees of West Coast tropical evergreen forests, West Coast semi-evergreen forests, and deciduous forests. The primary species of flora found here are Dalbergia (timber trees), Terminalia Xylia and Lagerstroemia (crepe myrtle). There are over 128 plant species and 722 flower species blooming within the periphery of the sanctuary.

Fauna

One can easily spot various animals like sambar, deer, hog, spotted deer, barking deer, and mouse deer. The carnivores inhabiting these forests include tigers, panthers, leopard cats, jungle cats, and toddy cats.
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Deltin Royale Casino


Deltin Casino is Asia’s largest floating casino and is the ultimate destination for thrill-seekers, casino-enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. The Deltin Casino is the largest, most luxurious floating casino in all of Asia, and can be found on the Mandovi River in Goa- the party capital of the country. The place buzzes with live entertainment and an incredible offering of over 970 games. Another attractive feature of the Deltin Royale Casino, apart from its vast gaming floor, of course, is its multi-cuisine in-house restaurant where you can enjoy world-class fine-dining food and drinks, prepared by renowned national and international chefs. 

Guests can enjoy a wide range of dishes and cuisines from the buffet dinner which comes with unlimited beverages and cocktails in the Vegas Restaurant, which is famous for its fine dining experience. You can also unwind at The Sky Bar & Whisky Lounge, from where you can get incredible views of the ocean and the beaches of Goa, as well as an impressive selection of cocktails. The Deltin Royale Casino is a literal paradise for all those who are interested in casino games. 

It is frequented by people from all over the world every day that it is open, making the energy and vibe of the place as exciting as the games themselves. It is also a wonderful place to meet new people and make new memories as you try your hand at various games that might just win you a fortune.
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Anjuna Flea Market
Anjuna Flea market is a hippie’s paradise in Goa where you can find a treasure trove of souvenirs, handicrafts, hippie clothes, and trinkets at a drift cheap rate. This weekly market started in the 1960s as a way for the hippie travelers to barter their unique products. 

In the beginning, it was called the open-air goods exchange market by the locals, but now it has become a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. Earlier, this flea market was organized on a small area of the beach, but now it extends from the golden shores of the beach to the paddy fields with plenty of stalls selling tidbits. 

If you’re looking for the best Tibetian and Nepali goods, then there can’t be anything better than visiting this flea market. You can also get your hair colored or your body pierced at the stalls in this market area.  If you’re in Goa, then you must get some time off from chilling and raving to unfold the unique essence of this flea market that bustles with liveliness and Goan flavors. 

This beachfront market is held every Wednesday at Anjuna Beach, and you’ll find this place abuzz with music, dance, and parties even late at night. It also has some great acrobatic activities and food stalls to further accelerate the fun quotient of your trip. 

This market runs till the wee hours of the night and gives the liberty to the shoppers to shop until the core of their heart. The only skills you’ll need here is bargaining to get the products that you intend to buy at a pocket friendly price. 

-Location: 10, St. Michael’s Vaddo South, Anjuna, Goa

-Timing/Day on which it takes place: Only on Wednesday from 9:00 AM-6 PM, November to April.
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Deltin Jaqk

One of the most popular casino hotels in India, Deltin Jaqk is a gamers’ paradise. Sprawling across an area of more than 12,000 square feet, this luxurious place is set amidst the serenity of Panjim, Goa.  The 5-star hotel attracts amateur as well as professional casino players from all over the world to try their hand at the jackpot. The Deltin Jaqk casino encompasses unique and exclusive stay and play packages for all its customers.

If you are a beginner, there is a special learning table for you to understand the play before you step into the real game. As for our experts, they can choose from numerous play options, such as, American Roulette, Indian Flush, Slot Machines, Baccarat, 5 Card Poker, and Casino War. There are 50 tables and 30 slot machines that are distributed in three gaming floors. The casino also offers unlimited buffets and drinks in-between the plays. 
Apart from the casino, this place also provides an opulent stay in one of its exceptional suites. The 286 square meter rooms are enriched with a warm decor style featuring hues of yellow and brown. 

Additionally, the rooms also have a private bathroom, a courtyard, and a swimming pool. 
There are numerous other world-class services rendered by this beautiful hotel. From bar-hopping, having a fine-dine experience at the hotel’s restaurant, walk near the Candolim Beach, and breathtaking entertainment, including, live performances and dance shows, this mesmerizing hotel is an absolute dream. But all this aside, the best part of the hotel is the beautiful casino. Whether you are just starting out, or a professional player, we highly recommend checking out this space for an unforgettable, unparalleled experience.

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Baina Beach
The Baina Beach is one of the most sought after beaches in Goa located near Vasco Da Gama. The place fairly boasts of its sandy beaches, earliest churches, mixed culture and a stunning panorama across the Arabian Sea. Although a popular tourist site, the beach is known for its tranquil environment and arresting natural beauty. It is one of the safest beaches in Goa for the beach bums where they can enjoy basking in the sun. 

Baina beach is the first beach in Goa to facilitate underwater sea walking to the tourists. It is a great hideout for those who want to enjoy swimming in the crystal sea water or try some adrenaline-charged water sports such as kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing, Dolphin Safari, and snorkeling. The beachfront resorts in and around this shore offer deluxe accommodation to the tourists who want to spend their vacation in luxury and style.

There are also shacks, pubs, casinos and discos at the beach where you can witness the nightlife in Goa in its true colours. So, before you head for an unforgettable journey to Baina Beach we have provided the essential details of the place with some valuable travel tips.
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Newly Added Goa Experience
Simply WOW!! Quite a thrillophilic journey with immensely warm hospitality, perfect planned schedules and of course amazing travel. As planned we were picked up @7 in the morning and were taken to the falls which happens to be around 100 kms. Bus they provide are very comfortable and AC will also be sufficient to beat the heat of sultry Goa. We also covered a landmark church of Goa enroute. They will give you around 15 20 mins to get that holy feel. Once we reached the venue we were given time to have breakfast, meanwhile the guide arranged tickets for the whole group and settled us up in the bolero which takes you from there further. It was again a Splendid journey of 45 mins through mahavir national park where you will cross several streams also. Pure off roading and adventurous experience. From the parking u have to walk for 5 mins to finally reach the destination which, you undoubtedly will feel deserving enough to have travelled for. Such a sublime scene and cool clear water with fishes around you will quench all the tiredness you might have had after traveelinh to several beaches. You get around 1.5 hours in total after final parking out of which for bathing you will get around 45 mins. Caution : please travel with good non slippery shoes as the rocks are too slippery and carelessness might get fatal. No worries though, you wont drown as they will provide you with life jackets so a good news for non swimmers. Post bath again you will be taken back and be served with complimentary lunch in goan style which is quite palatable. Then a short spice plantation tour followed by a return drop to the reapective pick up points. The trip will end in North Goa around 6 evening. ps : If you have time on your goa trip, do visit this place and thrillophilia is definitely a good option to consider coz it will wave off your trip organisational headache.
03 February 2020
Excellent
Superb cycling experience, it was just the 3 of us including the guide and we were able to complete the trip real fast. The bird sanctuary is where we took most of the pics. We went off road through the forest area as well and we could find the railway lines located there. Couple of steep ups and downs which made cycling challenging. The total distance would be 30 kms. Best I've ever cycled
An unforgettable experience for me. For the first time got a chance to get into snorkeling and see the marine life. Thanks alot guys for an amazing experience.
12 December 2015
Excellent
A well planned and executed sightseeing trip. Good for family tourists like us. We visited some of the famous beaches and churches of Goa. It was nice experience overall.
06 December 2019
Excellent
Goa is famous for its beaches and its parties but amid all the chaos of Goa, this is one soul-soothing experience. This a must-do activity and should be part of any goa itinerary. A 01-hour long cruise journey will give you immense memories.
13 February 2020
Excellent
Overall a decent holiday in budget. But the 3 days are not enough to explore the to the fullest. Our hotel accommodation is very good for the price we paid and the sightseeing car was also very good. We liked north Goa compare to south Goa as were in a group of 4 boys. There is a lot of places to party in North Goa but the south Goa is very peaceful and less crowded. Overall a good experiences and Thanks to Rupal from Thrillophilia for planning our itinerary in our budget.
09 February 2020
Excellent
I have visited Goa with friends from Indore and it was best trip of our college reunion. Rahul helped us a lot in customising the package as per our requirement and we also got the group discount. Our guide was very good and helped us explore the best and hidden gems of Goa. We enjoyed a lot at Casino cruise and water sports. Grand Island trip was the best part of the trip. Thank your team Thrillophilia and our guide Fernandes for making our trip awesome.
07 December 2019
Excellent
I have visited Goa with family and kids and it was the most memorable vacation for us. My kids enjoyed the dolphin watching and water activities. South Goa is very peaceful and serene and ideal location family holiday. Our guide was very personal and helpful. Thanks to team Thrillophilia and Rohit for customizing our Goa family tour as per our needs. Looking forward to more travel with my family.
I booked Goa honeymoon package for 7 days. Goa is a place for beach lovers. We visited famous beaches in Goa like Baga, Calangute, Candolim etc. we enjoyed water sports on Calangute beach. we also spotted dolphins and the experince was amazing. Do not forget to go for Mandovi River Cruz at Panaji.
I recently took Mumbai To Goa cruise. It was a good experience overall. The whole experience was worth every penny spent. The cruise that we got onto was pretty well maintained.

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