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  • With the best reasons to visit Goa every year, it is love at first sight! This pint sized state is more than just beaches, booze and trance parties. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality, there's nowhere in India quite like it. Located in the country’s southwest, not only is Goa India’s smallest state, but it is also one of the country’s richest and most literate. There is so much that is unique about Goa, with many visitors finding the laid back pace of life in marked contrast to the frenetic pace of the north.


    Goa’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its string of golden sand beaches shimmering in its own vibe with beach shacks a plenty allowing you to relax by the sea, covering you from the blazing sun. You can visit the beautiful Colva beach or the extremely happening Baga or head to Mandrem for a quieter experience or just sit by the water at Miramar as you watch crabs and shells scuttling back to be hidden again.Goa is no less than a paradise when it comes to water sports activities. Be it water skiing, banana boat rides, scuba diving and water scooter rides…all are enough to give you a feel of freedom.

    The flea markets of Goa are the best spot to shop till you drop as one can buy some of the most unique items. You can go to the Mapusa Market, Saturday Night Bazar and Anjuna Flea Market which are the best options for shopaholics to buy dazzling jewellery items, handmade crafts, funky accessories, boho dresses and herbs.The religious life of the Goans is commendable and visiting its ancient temples and churches are surely appealing, drawing the attention of almost every single traveler. One of the must visit churches being Bom Jesus Basilica which houses the preserved body of St.Francis Xavier for more than 450 years.

    Food is enjoyed fully in Goa, as it is throughout India. The scents, spices and flavours of Goa’s cuisine will surprise and tantalise even seasoned travellers: whether it's a classic fish curry rice, a piquant vindaloo, with its infusions of wine vinegar and garlic, or a spicy xacuti sauce, the Indo-Portuguese influence is a treat for the tastebuds.So, need a break from busy city life, then waste no time and plan an amazing escape to the Vegas of India. With the best reasons to visit Goa every year, be sure to have a truly mind blowing time here.


    Here is a list of reasons to visit Goa every year: 

  • 01Backwater Kayaking

    Backwater Kayaking
    Be it the groovy beaches or the quaint water bodies, Goa has it all! While most of Goan water are known for their high spirit of party and amusement, the backwaters of Sal, Zuari and Nerul rivers are popular for kayaking. Conducted throughout the year, rowing of the backwaters last for around 2 hours and can be enjoyed all through the season.
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    Sunset Back Water Kayaking in Goa - Flat 26% Off

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  • 02Scuba Diving

    Scuba Diving
    One of the reasons to visit Goa every year is the opportunity to dive into the sea and explore its underwater beauty. Mostly conducted around the shallow coastal regions, scuba diving is one of the best and ideal ways to witness the mesmeric beauty of Goa’s marine life.
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    Scuba Diving at Grande Island in Goa- Flat 40% off

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  • 03Prawn Cocktail at Curlies, Anjuna Beach

    Prawn Cocktail at Curlies, Anjuna Beach
    Visiting Goa without savouring on the wide range of exotic dishes and drinks; sounds next to impossible! Visit Curiles at the Anjuna Beach and let yourself loose with the exotic menu of this beach restaurant. Prawn cocktails and pizzas, sea food and veg pastas, fried squid and happy drinking hours at the beachside shacks…it is indeed one of the best spots to chill out,& is a strong reason for you to visit Goa every year.
  • 04Enjoy Sunset Cruise at Bogmalo Beach

    Enjoy Sunset Cruise at Bogmalo Beach
    Facing the Arabian Sea and nestled amidst picturesque settings, Bogmalo Beach offers a salubrious ambience to witness the sunset. Watch the sun going down and creating a magical spell on you while you be enjoying the calmness around the sea.
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    Cruise in Goa

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  • 05Dolphin Spotting

    Dolphin Spotting
    Wrap up yourself with the stunning sights of the playful dolphins, make your Goa vacation a memorable experience! Dolphin cruises can be easily availed at the Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute and Baga beach either during the sunrise or sunset.
    Dolphin Sighting And Snorkeling At Grande Island In Goa

    Dolphin Sighting And Snorkeling At Grande Island In Goa

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  • 06Eat at Thalassa

    Eat at Thalassa
    Behold the mesmeric beauty of the Indian Ocean, feel the swaying sea breeze while sipping the different blends of Greek wines! Thalassa, meaning 'The Sea', is one of the indigenous restaurants, where you can find the most authentic Greek cuisines and the charm of a rustic world that caters to a serene and tranquil evening.
  • 07Island Trip with Snorkelling

    Island Trip with Snorkelling
    While the beach capital of India is usually called the 'Mecca' of the party animals, two of its islands; Chorao and Divar, are often thronged by the lookers of peace and serenity. Located around 5-7km from Panaji, these islands are also popular destinations for snorkelling.
    Go for an island trip to either of these islands, dive into the azure water and swim along the exotic marine life of the Arabian Sea.Baina Beach, Grand Island and Bogmalo Beach are some of the other popular snorkelling destinations in Goa.
  • 08Backwater Cruise

    Backwater Cruise
    No matter how hard you party during the day, Goa vacations are never complete without an overnight backwater cruise. The wholeheartedness of Goa can be experienced while sailing through the alluring backwaters during the night. Witness the sunset, behold the magical spell of the sunrise, enjoy the pristine ambience of Goa and cater some of the memorable moments of your life. Moreover, one can find out many more things to do in Goa during there visit with family and friends.
  • 09Go Paragliding and Fly Like a Bird

    Go Paragliding and Fly Like a Bird
    Motorised Paragliding in North Goa

    Motorised Paragliding in North Goa

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  • 10A Day With The Jumbos

    A Day With The Jumbos
    Do you have an affection towards the elephants or do you carve to spend a fun-frolic day with these gigantic mammals? If yes, Goa is the right place for you. While holidaying in the party capital of Goa, join the elephant tours, enjoy a merriment day with the pleasant giants and enjoy a splashing bath with them.
  • 11Sport Fishing in Panjim

    Sport Fishing in Panjim
    On a usual tour to Dona Paula, one of the fishing villages in Goa located near Panaji, be a part of the game and go fishing in the deep sea. Try your patience and luck, use the correct bait and enjoy a splendid catch at the end of the day. You can also enjoy inshore and offshore river fishing, bottom fishing, popping, jugging, fly fishing and several other forms of angling in Goa.
  • 12Go for Underwater Walk

    Go for Underwater Walk
    Walk down to the sea and explore a world filled with fantasies and exoticness! Join the underwater walk tours in Goa, saunter through clear sea water and discover the kaleidoscopic views of Goa’s underwater world.
  • 13Visit Butterfly Conservatory

    Visit Butterfly Conservatory
    Relive your childhood days of wondering how nature has painted the butterflies and witness all the colours and splendours of Goa with a visit to the butterfly conservatory. Maintained singlehandedly by a couple, this spectacular park is the home to some of the rare and exotic butterfly species.
  • 14Water sports in Goa

    Water sports in Goa
    Bestowed with numerous water bodies, Goa represents itself as one of the ideal destinations for enjoying water sports in India. Be it jet skiing, banana boat rides, parasailing, water skiing, water scooter, surfing or any other water sports, Goa has it all. 
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    Monsoon Special: Water Sports in Private Beach, Goa @1499 Only

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  • 15Stay in Beach Shacks

    Stay in Beach Shacks
    Visit any of the beach shacks in Goa and you will be promised with relaxing, invigorating and riveting moments. Though these shacks can be found around all the beaches, riversides and coastal regions of Goa, the ones in Cola, Palolem, Ashvem, Morjim, Agonda and Patnem are few of the most sought after shack destinations,which gives you reasons to visit Goa every year.
  • 16Volleyball & Football on the Beach

    Volleyball & Football on the Beach
    Take the gleefulness of your Goa holidays to another level of fun and excitement with the amusing session of beach football and volleyball. No matter, whatever time or season it is, these beach games never ceases to keep the visitors away from fun-filled moments.
  • 17Wednesday Shopping in Anjuna Flea Market

    Wednesday Shopping in Anjuna Flea Market
    Known for spectacular and stunning trance parties, Anjuna showcases a much more intriguing outlook every Wednesday. It is the day of the week, when the Anjuna marketplace is pleasantly invaded by the hippies. Visit this flea market and get yourself indulged in bartering some of the second hand goods from the hippies.
  • 18Visit Goa Churches

    Visit Goa Churches
    Be it hosting electrifying parties or holding on to the true charm, the beach capital of India has successfully retained its age old traditions and religious beliefs. Visit the different churches in Goa, and you can witness the sanctity that Goa holds in its history.
  • 19Candle Light Dinner on the Beach

    Candle Light Dinner on the Beach

    Make your trip, an affair of love and romance with a candlelight dinner with your better half at one of the most exotic beaches in Goa. Even if you are visiting the beach with your friends and family, a dinner on this beach will get everyone close and offer some of the most adorable moments in your lives.


  • 20Make a Fortune in the Casinos

    Make a Fortune in the Casinos
    Want to try your lucky stars and make a fortune? Make it any of the casinos in Goa and get yourself some of the lucky chips and witness the fortune knocking at your doorsteps. Casino Royale, Casino Pride, Casino Carnival, Cahnces Casino and Resrot and Dunes are some of the most popular casinos, where winning or losing has the equal amount of spirit and cheerfulness!
  • 21Dusdhsagar Trek

    Dusdhsagar Trek
    If you are one of the adventure buffs and yearning for some of the adrenaline-boosting activities in Goa, a trek to the mesmeric Dudhsagar Falls should be your call. Taking you through some of the enthralling terrains and picturesque forests, this trekking route is the most exhilarating and adventurous treks in Goa.
    Trip to Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Goa

    Trip to Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Goa

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  • 22Have Fun with Feni Making Process

    Have Fun with Feni  Making Process
    Needless to say, most the Goan admirers are also the fans of Feni! Wonder how this authentic country liquor is made? Visit one of the Feny making farms in North or South Goa and witness how this traditional drink is fermented from cashews and coconuts.
  • 23Get Yourself Tattooed

    Get Yourself Tattooed
    Get into the spirit of Goa and get yourself marked with a tattoo! The meeting point of numerous tradition and cultures from different corners of the world, Goa is the home to some of the best tattoo artists in the country.
  • 24Attend Goa Carnival

    Attend Goa Carnival
    If you are planning for a Goa trip, make sure you do it in the month of February! It is the month, the streets of Goa turns extravagant and fly high with the spirit of fun, excitement, colour, exoticness and merriment. Celebrated for consecutive 4 days, this carnival is one of the most sparkling events of Goa.
  • 25Enjoy Firework on the Beach

    Enjoy Firework on the Beach

    Be it on a honeymoon, birthday celebration, bachelor party or any other eventful festivities like New Year, Christmas or the Goan New Year, a bit of firecracker show adds more sparks and showiness. Witness the beach turning into a bed of glitters and making your celebration, an event of your life!


  • 26Enjoy Silent Loudness in a Silent Party

    Enjoy Silent Loudness in a Silent Party
    Laser shows, electrifying crowd, nifty music…come Saturday and get yourself grooved with the silent beats of the DJ at Neptune’s Point in Palolem! Did you hear ‘silent beats’? Yes…all that happens when the DJ plays the beats and you have a headphones to get tuned in!
  • 27Burn the Sun at Sunburn Festival

    Burn the Sun at Sunburn Festival
    For the devotees of music,there are reasons to visit Goa every year.Goa is the ‘Mecca’ and the Sunburn Festival connects them to their Gods! Held mostly during the month of December, this 3 days’ long celebration is a riot of fun, music and celebration.
  • 28Eat Goan Sea Food

    Eat Goan Sea Food
    Goa without foods is simply like the ‘Q’ without the ‘U’! Known as one of the most exotic cuisines in the world, the Goan cuisines is all about taste, flavour and ecstasy. In addition to this, you can easily find different cuisines from different corners of the world in this beach paradise.
  • 29Kings Beer and the Beaches

    Kings Beer and the Beaches
    Stroll around the beaches with a Kings Beer and let the calmness behold all your senses! One of the local beverages of Goa, it is the most popular beer brand and has a lot of admirers. In fact, no celebration in Goa is complete without the Kings Beer in the menu!
  • 30Rent a Bike and Explore Goa

    Rent a Bike and Explore Goa
  • 31Sunbathing on the Beach

    Sunbathing on the Beach
    For them, who want to spend leisure moments on the beach and enjoy the wholesomeness of the sands and the sea, Goa is the perfect destination. Lazing around the sandy retreats and basking the sun can never be as blissful as when enjoyed in Goa.
  • 32Go Surfing in Goa

    Go Surfing in Goa
    If you are the one who has a fondness for the sea, you know Goa is the place for you. Surfing on the appealing seafronts of Goa, drifting over the waves on a surfboard is an impeccable experience. Even if you are not an expert surfer, Goan water can easily make you one!
  • 33 Sunset at Chapora Fort

     Sunset at Chapora Fort
    Make your evening much more memorable with a sunset tour to the Chapora Fort. Located beside the Vagator Beach, witnessing the sunset from this fort is a palatial experience.
  • 34Go to Startup Project Goa

    Go to Startup Project Goa
    Follow your heart and do what you want to do! Meet and greet strangers, jam with musicians from different corners of the world, showcase your skills in arts and entertainment or simply contribute some of your amazing clicks and be a part of this workshop that uplifts talents from different fields.
  • 35Hire a Two -wheelers Taxi

    Hire a Two -wheelers Taxi
    Two-wheeler taxi, what is that now? If you have never heard of that, you must rush to Goa as you have been missing one of the most exciting rides in your life. Yes, it is in this playful vicinity, where you can take a lift from random bikers and in return, you can pay them and show your gratitude.
    Rent a Scooty For Full Day in Goa

    Rent a Scooty For Full Day in Goa

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  • 36Nightlife at Tito’s

    Nightlife at Tito’s
    Where to find the nightlife lovers in Goa? Simple…buzz around Tito’s Café Mambo and feel the gush of spark and cheerfulness in you! One of the most popular cafes in town, Tito’s dance floor is one of the most happening and grooviest hideout that can be found in every night creepers’ hunt-list.
  • 37Get into the Sea with a Sea Cruise

    Get into the Sea with a Sea Cruise
    Take a sea cruise over the azure waters and feel the splendours and charisma of Goa. Be it the yacht rides, speed boat rides or the sea cruises, there are lot more to witness and discover along the shorelines of India’s beach capital.Experience the Sunset cruise, dolphin rides, leisure rides or jolly cruises,& be ensured of reasons to visit Goa every year.
  • 38Kite Surfing in Goa

    Kite Surfing in Goa
    Catch the wind, hop onto your surfboard and glide over the playful waves of Goa! Involving the wind and waves, Kite Surfing is quite different from usual surfing. In here, the surfers are harnessed with a huge synthetic kite that helps them manoeuvring the waves while loaded on their surfboards.
  • 39Christmas in Goa

    Christmas in Goa
    Experience the cultural and religious essence of Goa while attending the Christmas celebration in any of its corners. It is during this auspicious event, the entire of Goa delves into one colour and wholeheartedly celebrates the birth of the Jesus Christ. Join the mass and witness the warmth of Goa’s ambience on the Christmas Eve.
  • 40Evening Beach Walks

    Evening Beach Walks
    The perfect destination to enjoy the evenings, Goan beaches entices the visitors with their charisma and charm. Be it during the daytime when you can enjoy some of the exciting water sports and activities, or during the evening when you can simply take a walk around the beach, you can always find pleasurable moments on the sandy retreats of Goa.
  • 41Boat Ride to Butterfly Beach

    Boat Ride to Butterfly Beach
    A slice of heaven, the Butterfly Beach is not known to many. A true piece of natural marvel, it is located in the Butterfly Island and being one of the secluded beaches in Goa, serenity and mesmeric beauty prevails in every bit of it. A boat ride to this paradise is definitely going to be a reason for you to visit Goa every year.
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    Adventure Activities with Boat Tour in Goa, @ 1210 Only

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  • 42Yoga on the Beach

    Yoga on the Beach
    Relax and rejuvenate around the beach, get engrossed into yoga and help your mind calm down. Some of the Goan beaches showcases a unique blend of peace and tranquillity. The serenity that dwells in these sandy retreats, entices yoga lovers to get engulfed into various forms and types of yoga.
  • 43Bird Watching

    Bird Watching
    Located on the western side of the Choaro Island and beside the Mandovi River, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the home to some of the rare and exotic species of birds. A meeting ground of ornithologists from different parts of the world, it is a paradise for the bird watchers and nature photographers.
  • 44Watch Fire Show on the Beach

    Watch Fire Show on the Beach
    Add more colour to you Goa tour with a visit to the fire shows around any of the beaches. Performed by experienced fire artists, these shows usually take place during the evenings. On such an astounding show, witness spine-chilling fire acts by the performers that can easily get you goose bumps all over and left you total speechless!
  • 45Stay in the Finest Beach Resorts in India

    Stay in the Finest Beach Resorts in India
    If you have missed any of the beach resorts during your last visit, you must revisit Goa and experience the warmth of any of those getaways. Most of the resorts in the party capital offers salubrious ambience with beach-view as an add-on to the stay. The true and exotic vibes that can be witnessed and experienced at these resorts are reasons to visit Goa every year.
  • 46Rent a Heritage Villa

    Rent a Heritage Villa
    Ruled by the Portuguese, Goa was and is still a hub of the Portuguese culture. Even till date, the architecture and outlook of some its regions resemble to the colonial period. Well, while on a Goa tour, you can rent one of the heritage villas and feel the grandeurs of Goa’s bygone history and charm.
  • 47Quad Biking in Goa

    Quad Biking in Goa
    If you are still thinking, the pleasant side of Goa lies only within its beaches and shores, think again! ATV rides in Goa are also one of the many reasons, you would wish to visit Goa over and over. Rugged terrains, muddy trails and challenging routes in Goa can easily get your adrenalines charged and bring out your adventurous side!
  • 48Hire a Open Jeep

    Hire a Open Jeep
    Young at heart and want to explore every corners of Goa on wheels? Rent an open jeep,rumble through the cheerful streets of the party capital,make your own mark & be ascertained of reasons to visit Goa every year.
  • 49Goa Arts and Literary Festival

    Goa Arts and Literary Festival
    For the literature enthusiasts and the aspiring laureates, the Goa Arts and Literary Festival is one of the major events. A hub of eminent writers and poets from different parts of the world, it has now become one of the main meeting grounds of thoughts, ideas and cultures in India.
  • 50Spice Plantation Tours

    Spice Plantation Tours
    If the authentic cuisines of Goa has got your taste buds greedier, this is the tour for you! Embark on a delightful and aromatic spice plantation tour and discover some of the indigenous spices of Goa that easily raise your gastronomical desires and makes one of the most happening places to visit in Goa again and again.
    Dudhsagar Falls And Spice Plantation Full Day Tour - 20% Off

    Dudhsagar Falls And Spice Plantation Full Day Tour - 20% Off

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Sightseeing in Goa

Water sports in Goa

Attractions

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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.

Location
: 6 km from Panaji city.


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Temple of Bodgeshwar

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Se Cathedral Church

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

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

Location: 
Velha, Goa 403402

Timings: 
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Free 

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Shantadurga Temple

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

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

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

Location: 
Kapileswari - Kavlem Rd, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa 403401

Timings: 
5:00 AM - 10:00  PM

Entry Fee:
Free

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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!

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

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

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

Location: 
NH 4A, Caranzol, Goa, 403410, India

Timings: 
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Rs. 20 per person for Adults
                  Rs. 10 per person for Children
                  Rs 30 per Still Camera
                  Rs 150 per Camcorder

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St Xavier’s Church

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

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

Location: 
Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa, Goa 403110

Timings: 
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Free

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Naval Aviation Museum

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

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

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

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

Entry Fee: 
Rs. 20

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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

Timings:
Open 24x7 to all its guests.

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The Grande Island

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

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

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

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