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  • The formidable forts in Goa have stood the test of time and tell an interesting story about the history of the coastal State. Majority of these forts are constructed by the Portuguese to defend the territory from invaders. While the southwestern coastal State is popular for its beaches and parties, these forts offer mesmerizing views of the Arabian Sea and the rivers in Goa while narrating tales of the great yesteryear battles.

    Travel back in time by visiting these forts, most of which are in ruins but are capable to keep the explorer in you hooked with its antics. If you are a history buff or love ruins, visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Fort or the Nanuz Fort for a journey of self-discovery in the near-abandoned places. If you want to get enchanted by the spellbinding views of the Arabian Sea, visit the hilltop Aguada Fort and the Chapora Fort, which offer panoramic views of the pristine Sea and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.

    Here are some of the best forts in Goa-

  • 01Aguada Fort

    The tourist attraction holds the distinction of being the largest Portuguese stronghold and one of the oldest forts in Goa. Constructed during 1609-12, the fort was used to protect Old Goa from attacks from the enemies. The 13-metre high lighthouse situated in the fort is the main attraction and is visible from far-off places like Mapusa and Aldona.

    The fort also houses the central jail, the largest in Goa, and a luxury resort. Pose with the many yesteryear cannons placed on the top deck of the fort. Witness the spectacular views of the River Mandovi from the hilltop fort as pristine blue waters hit the rocks at the bottom of the fort while the setting Sun pleases your soul. 

    Location: Bardez, North Goa

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 6 PM
  • 02Chapora Fort

    Overlooking the majestic Chapora River, the strong walls of the fort are a symbol of strength and glory which has stood the test of time. The expansive views of the Arabian Sea from the fort are unlike what you will witness from other Goa forts.

    If you are a history buff, the fort will keep you hooked with its tales of how Marathas conquered it. Witness the spectacular views of the Sun disappearing into the Arabian Sea in the evening.

    Location: Bardez, North Goa

    Timings: 9:30 Am to 5:30 PM
  • 03Reis Magos Fort

    One of the popular forts in North Goa, Reis Magos is located at the banks of the Mandovi River. It houses 33 cannons, which were installed in the 15th century to protect the land from invaders.

    Witness the Protugese Turrets, which were constructed to pour hot oil on enemies. The fort was used as a prison till 1993, after which it has been kept open for public.

    Location: Verem, Bardez, North Goa

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 5 PM (Monday closed)
  • 04Corjuem Fort

    Although it is one of the small forts in Goa, a visit to the Corjuem Fort guarantees spellbinding views of the rivers and the surroundings. Located on the river island of Corjuem, the fort was used for defence by the Portugese.

    The fort has several cannons and murder holes. Enjoy the countryside views by climbing atop the fort from its vantage point. Due to the surrounding serenity, it is a   place for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

    Location: Corjuem Island, across Aldone Village 

    Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM 
  • 05Sinquerim Fort

    Constructing in 1612, the fort is housed on North Goa’s popular Sinquerim beach. Visit the fort, especially during the evening, to witness the spectacular views of the seas and the setting Sun. During its operative years, the fort was used as a reference point for goods arriving from Europe.

    The inward curve of the beach will also help you take a pleasant stroll, especially during evenings.

    Location: Bardez, Candolim, North Goa

    Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM
  • 06Cabo de Rama Fort

    For those who like abandoned places and ruins, Cabo de Rama Fort is a visual delight. Spread across a sprawling 180,000 sq. metres, Cabo de Rama is one of the oldest and largest forts in Goa. History buffs will fall in love with this place as it derives its name from Lord Ram, who is believed to have spent his exile years with wife Sita and brother Lakshman here.

    While the fort talks about its might, the views of the Arabian Sea from the fort are mesmerising.

    Location: Taluka Cabo de Rama, Canacona

    Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
  • 07Ponda Fort

    As the name suggests, the fort is named after Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who captured it in 1665. Witness the life-size statue of the great ruler as you enter the fort.

    The fort complex also houses a garden, which serves as a good picnic spot for families after a tiring excursion in forts in North Goa and beaches. 

    Location: Donshiwado, Ponda, North Goa

    Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • 08Betul Fort

    One of the popular forts in South Goa, Betul Fort is a major attraction for its beach and the Betul village. Constructed in 1679, the fort offers panoramic views of River Sal meeting the Arabian Sea. The fort gives an impression of an abandoned archaeological site, so visit the place to experience some serenity as the cool sea breeze rejuvenates you.

    You can also stroll along the beach to bask in the Sun or enjoy the greenery around.

    Location: Quitol, South Goa

    Timings: 5:30 AM to 7 PM
  • 09St. Estêvão Fort

    The fort constructed on the confluence of three rivers was once a strategic stronghold for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Located on the island of St. Estevam or Santo Estêvão, the fort is a must visit for the greenery in the surrounding regions and production of good quality vegetables on the island, especially its long and tasty ladyfingers.

    While the fort was almost in an abandoned condition in 19th century, it witnessed a flurry of visitors after the village was connected to parts of Goa.

    Location: Ilhas, North Goa

    Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM
  • 10Alorna Fort

    Many forts in North Goa wear a worn-out look, but Alorna Fort is a sight to behold as it is built on the banks of River Chapora. This fort has historic importance as it was built by Bhonsles of Sawantwadi, as a defence against Maratha attacks. The fort stands tall despite being in ruins, and it also gives a pleasant view of the surrounding river.

    On your visit to the fort, visit the nearby Mahadev Temple which is said to be around 1000 years old, and the Idol of Nandi and Linga are said to be intact in natural origin.

    Location: Alorna, Pernem, North Goa

    Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM
  • 11Colvale Fort

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    Built in 1681, Colvale Fort now stands in ruins but is an interesting place to visit. Visit the fort if you are a history buff or someone who likes exploring ruins. Also a popular tourist place, the fort creates archaeological interest amongst the visitors.

    The fort is also known as Tivim Fort and it stands tall on the banks of Bardez River. Colvale fort also holds the reputation of being one of the most ruined Goa forts attracting a large number of tourists.  

    Location: Tivim, North Goa

    Timings: Open 24 hours
  • 12Rachol Fort Gate

    The Rachol Fort became famous after the collapse of Kadamba dynasty in Goa, after the battles between Vijayanagar and Bijapur empires. The gateway to the fort has stood the test of time, as it stands tall and attracts a large number of people. Like most forts in South Goa, Rachol Gate fort is famous for its scenic beauty in the surroundings, which is covered in greenery.

    It is surrounded by rice fields, and shrimp farms, which is a sight to behold. The fort once housed 100 cannons and was a stronghold of the Portugese. 

    Location: Salcete, South Goa

    Timings: Open 24 Hours
  • 13Terekhol Fort

    The Terekhol Fort or Tiracol Fort, is among the most visited forts in Goa as it offers a nice laidback picnic spot to families and groups on a sojourn in Goa. It is located in the lap of River Terekhol, which makes it a perfect spot for the people passing by to have a break and enjoy a relaxing time surrounded by pleasing nature.

    The finger-licking good seafood of this place just adds the cherry on the top. A part of the fort has been converted into a hotel, which also houses a centuries-old church in the courtyard. 

    Location: Parnem Taluka, North Goa

    Timings: Open 24 hours
  • 14Nanuz Fort

    The Nanuz Fort was built by the Maratha ruler Shivaji and was later taken over by the Portugese to use it as a military base in the early revolts. Despite being in ruins, the fort attracts a large number of visitors for its impressive archaeological remains.

    On your visit to the fort, climb a small hillock to get the stunning panoramic views of Goa or visit Valpoi village to get a cultural glimpse of Goa. 

    Location: Sattari, North Goa

    Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM
  • 15Mormugao Fort

    If you wish to take a break from the hustle-bustle of cities, visit the Mormugao Fort and take a deep breathe while enjoying the views of the restless sea. The centuries-old Mormugao is considered to be one of the foremost coastal forts in South Goa. The fort was constructed near the Mormugao Port to guard the mouth of the harbour.

    The gigantic structure, which housed 53 guns, measures 10 km when the outer walls are measured. The bulwarks and bastions are in excellent condition, so if you are in Vasco, do visit this fort for a scenic adventure. 

    Location: Mormugao, Vasco, South Goa

    Timings: Open 24 hours
  • 16Anjediva Fort

    The Anjediva Fort was constructed by the Portugese to guard the land from invaders. The Anjediva Fort, which has been repaired and renovated, lies about 87 km off South Goa and close to the coast of Karnataka.

    Situated on an isolated island by the same name, the fort now stands tall as a symbol of grandeur and magnificence and is open to visitors around the year. 

    Location: Anjadip Island, Goa-Karnataka border

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 5 PM

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Dona Paula Beach

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.

: 6 km from Panaji city.

Water Sports: water scooter, and motorboat rides


Basilica of Bom Jesus

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.

Old Goa Road, Near Gandhi Circle, Goa 403402, India

All days of the week except Sunday (9:00 AM - 6:30 PM)
               Sunday (10:30 AM - 6:30 PM)

Entry Fees:

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
Approximately 11 km


Fort Aguada

 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.


Se Cathedral Church

One of the most striking churches in India is the “Se Cathedral” located in the Southern part of Goa. This magnificent church exhibits excellent artistry of the Portuguese-Manueline style with beautifully arched interior and an impressive courtyard. Previously, the cathedral had two towers but one of them collapsed in late 17th Century and was never rebuilt.

This cathedral is dedicated to St.Catherine, who belonged to Alexandria and there are six panels where her life scenes are beautifully carved. The most prominent feature of this cathedral is the huge “golden bell” which is one of the best bells in the world. This 250 feet high cathedral is a frequented spot and is visited by the tourists as well as locals. The tranquility and serene aura of the cathedral makes it a must visit spot in the list of places to visit in South Goa.

Velha, Goa 403402

7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fee: 


Shantadurga Temple

“Pious Aura” this is what you will witness at this magnificent temple situated at the foot of Kavlem village in Ponda Taluka. This temple is devoted to goddess “Shantadurga” who is worshiped as the “Goddess of Peace” and, it is one of the most prominent and, large temples in entire Goa.

The divine shrine was initially situated at, Cavelossim but during the demolition period of the Portuguese in the mid 15th century, the celestial being was relocated to Kavlem. The vibrant combination of the maroon, white and peach give the temple an enchanting old-charm look.

Apart from these, Nayan Manohar Deepstambh is another point of attraction which is beautifully lit during the festivals and at that time, the beauty has no boundaries.

Kapileswari - Kavlem Rd, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa 403401

5:00 AM - 10:00  PM

Entry Fee:


The Church of Mae De Deus

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!


Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

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.

 North-Eastern Side of Central Square, Panjim 403001, India

All days 10 AM - 12:30 PM and 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fees: 

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 1.6 km away.


Casino Royale Goa

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.

Noah's Ark, RND Jetty, Dayanand Bandodkar Road, Panaji, Goa 403001

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


Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife century came into existence in the year 1999 under the Wildlife Act. The Sanctuary lies on the Western Ghats in the northern part of the Panjim city. Sprawling over an area of 240 sq km, it has rich flora and fauna which attracts the tourists. One can witness bewitching scenic views at this splendid Sanctuary which is the largest protected wildlife. 

Here at this sanctuary, you can come across numerous variant of animals like Pythons, Cobras, Slender Toris, Jungle Cats, Elephants, avian Birds, and many more rare species. One can even hire a jeep to explore every nook and corner of the diverse sanctuary.

NH 4A, Caranzol, Goa, 403410, India

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


St Xavier’s Church

This is one of the most frequented sightseeing places in Goa famed as the prominent landmark for the Catholics. This extrusive church holds the incorrupt body of Saint Francis Xavier and, was built in the year 1605. After a few years of being built in 1622, the body of Saint Xavier was brought here and laid in a glass mausoleum. It is one of the most charming places to visit in South Goa which has showcased modern art in the gallery and, the structure exhibits a jaw-dropping baroque style of architecture.

The best time to visit Bom Jesus Basilica is December, as in this month you can experience the traditions, cultures and a lot more at Christmas time.

Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa, Goa 403110

9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fee: 


Fort Aguada

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.

Fort Aguada Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fees:

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
Approximately 15 km


Goa Archaeological Museum

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.

EDC Complex, Patto, Panaji, Goa 403001

9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Entry Fees: 
Only Rs 5/- per person

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 9 km


Naval Aviation Museum

Get awestruck by the amazing collection of The Naval Aviation Museum where you can witness the true essence of Military. This amazing museum is a must visit tourist place in Goa and lies in the vicinity of Vasco da Gama.

Here, one can see real Helicopters, Aircraft, Fighter Jets and learn about their history. The museum is a combination of two parts, one is the outdoor regions which exhibits the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arms and, another is the double-storey indoor gallery. The Naval Aviation Museum is the only of its kind in Asia. The outer region is a large park which has 13 aircraft in total namely, Sea Harrier, HAL Chetak, Westland Sea King and many more such decommissioned aircraft.

Bogmalo Road, Dabolim AP Vasco da Gama, Mormugao, Goa 403806

Tuesday - Sunday(9:30 AM - 5 PM)
               Monday(Remains Closed)

Entry Fee: 
Rs. 20


Casino Pride

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

Open 24x7 to all its guests.


The Grande Island

“The Grande Island” also known as the Ilha Grande is one of the most amazing discoveries in Goa. The Island is a house of Palm trees, jaw-dropping marine life experiences, and extraordinary sunsets.

The Island is not only for the adventure buffs but is also a perfect destination for couples looking for a less crowded place with amazing facilities. One can indulge in sight-seeing, snorkeling, sea walk, swimming, and many more aqua activities. The outstanding activity which can be witnessed here is, Scuba diving which gives you a picture of the underwater kingdom making it one the most amazing places to visit in South Goa.

Apart from these, one will also have instances when they can delve in dolphin sighting which is an amazing experience and cannot be experienced everywhere.


Anjuna Market

Let us give you a glimpse of why Anjuna Market is one of the utmost amazing tourist places in North Goa? Wednesday flea market that sells everything at a dirt cheap rate will bring one closer to this place. This place is so much livelier to chill at that you never want to leave it but alas, it's just a day in the week that it gains its prominence on.

One can find here handmade clothing, jewellery, beach clothes, hammocks, Buddha or Shiva statues and anything that trance magic can provide you. Grab a drink, have some stall food, wear hippie jewellery and dive in a completely new era at Anjuna flea market.

Timings: Wednesday, 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM

Location: South end of Anjuna beach.

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