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A lover’s paradise, the name of the location got its designation after a tragic love story, making the place more interesting and catchy. This former village is a heaven on earth that provides picturesque spots and huge space for sunbathing while relaxing in the calm beaches adjacent to clean blue waters.
Travellers love to be here to indulge in water sports like parasailing, kayaking etc. and gets the adrenaline rush at beaches like Dias beach and Dona Paula beach. Moreover, the markets for shopping are also vibrant and gets shiny names of food and drinking spots to attract visitors. For a perfect stay, one can also book their own resort or hotels here which are also loaded with amenities and good services.
Location: 6 km from Panaji city.
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.
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
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
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.
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
“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
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!
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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Traveller Tales From Goa
12 April 2019
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 ...
11 January 2016
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
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.
11 January 2016
It was so fun going for so many fun activities with family. Really enjoyed a lot. Specially the snorkeling part of the trip was a very nice experience.
27 October 2015
If you are person who wouldn’t want to spend a long time in planning the whole trip, just like me, then you can take this. What I did was I planned south Goa by myself and we took the North Goa trip th...
30 July 2019
"great trip.. had a very good time..!!"
26 April 2019
It was thrilling experience; especially Jeep Jungle Safari. Starting from pick up... Even though organizers asked us to board bus at Panjim (we were staying at Dona Paula)... we were waiting for bus fo...
14 February 2018
"Awesome experience. Should & must visit.... its a place where you would enjoy a lot"
21 January 2017
"We booked south Goa sight seeing tour for 3 people. They guided us really well. Specially Pooja the girl working there, who is been polite and helpful. She gaves every bit of information. She picks ca...
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Goa is one of the best holiday destinations in India and hence there are a variety of activities to interest you here. Some of these can be listed as follows:
Despite being a small state, Goa has multiple adventure activities to excite you. Some of them are:
You can enjoy the following water sports in Goa-
Yes, a non swimmer can absolutely undertake snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, sailing or any other water sports activities. None of these water sports require an individual to swim. They work on different principles and the understanding of these factors is necessary. In case of an emergency, a swimmer and a non swimmer are at equal risk The best way to be secured is to adhere to all safety measures and precautions beforehand.
The best time to visit Goa is from the months between October to February as this period has many celebrations like Christmas and New Years going on and the state experiences many parades and carnivals. However, this time is also the costliest time to be in Goa as rates of accommodation, transport etc becomes double the price due to an increased demand. On the other hand, the months of June to September are also considered as a great time to visit Goa as well as the state looks like a beautiful painting during the rains. As many tourists avoid rains, this time is when you can incur accommodation, flights and overall expenses at half the price than usual.
The ideal duration for a holiday in Goa is 10 to 15 days. Within this span, an individual will have enough time to undertake all activities like watersports like snorkeling, sailing, jet skiing, scuba diving etc and adventure activities like trekking, hiking, quad biking and many more. You can also cover sightseeing to various places like Aguada fort, Chapora fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudhsagar Falls and others.
Following places can be considered as the best places for sightseeing in Goa. They depict the Goan culture and are great spots for tourists to explore
The best way to spend your honeymoon would be by indulging in the following activities:
Goa is a destination that has something for everybody. Families can have some of the best time in Goa. You can start by booking a villa, preferably with a pool where the entire family can stay together and take a dip in the pool or water volleyball. As Goa has plenty of stay options, finding one shouldn’t be a problem. Next, you can engage in water sport activities like scuba diving, parasailing and banana rides to tease the one cousin who runs away from it! Next, you can hire cars that again, are easily available to go for some sightseeing tours to places like chapora fort, aguada fort, baga beach, anjuna beach etc. There are enough things to do in Goa that makes it a good holiday destination for a family to make some great memories.
Best Scuba Diving and Snorkelling can be enjoyed at Grande Islands. Here, the underwater visibility is brilliant that makes these two activities a once in a lifetime experience. Make sure you undertake the necessary safety measures as instructed by your scuba diving and snorkeling guide or expert. Scuba diving costs approximately INR 3000 for a 30 minute underwater dip while snorkeling costs INR 1500 for a 15 minute underwater dip.
Yes, there are a number of locations to choose from for Kayaking in Goa. All these locations are beautiful and make your experience fun filled. Kayaking in Goa usually happens in the backwaters of the Goan rivers and cost you around INR 500 to 700 per head.
Below are some of the best spots for Kayaking in Goa
When you talk about waterfalls in Goa, the first name to strike your mind are the beautifully mesmerising Dudhsagar falls. Some of the waterfalls in Goa that are absolutely worth seeing are:
Goa has some locations full of rugged terrains. These turn out to be great spots for trekkers providing them a fun, thrilling ride full of an adrenaline rush. Some of the famous trekking places in Goa are:
River rafting in Goa is a thrilling ride. It can be best enjoyed in river Mhadei that stretches across a total of 10 km. This river offers rapids ranging between 2 and 3 which is great for a first timer. The best time to enjoy rafting here is from July to September during monsoon when the river is overflowing with rainwater. Individuals aged 12 or above can participate in this activity which is completely safe if done with all precautions. Make sure you use the correct gear and this activity is safe to participate in.
Yes, a cycling tour in Goa is perfectly ideal to explore the state from its interiors. Many travel companies offer such cyling tours that take you through different parts of Goa. However, if you plan to have your private cycling expedition...here’s where you should head:
Here is a list of top beaches in Goa. These are beautiful, well maintained and have attracted tourists for years:
Grande island is located few kilometers westward from Mormugao peninsula which is situated in South Goa. You can get there only using water transportation. This island is an ideal spot for anybody who is interested in having the best scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and diving experience. Experienced and professional divers like to dive near the “Davy Jones Locker” sunken ship far away from this island and the sunken British 135-meter vessel “Suzy” which can be found just a few stones' throw away. Moreover, it a picturesque, interesting and breathtakingly beautiful place.
Kids can indulge in a number of activities like banana ride, kayaking, and swimming in Goa. Usually, the minimum age required to participate in other adventure activities is 12 years but kids of below age can also have fun in Goa provided necessary safety measures are taken beforehand. You can smartly choose beaches like Palolem and Patnem that have calm and shallow waters that ensure the safety of kids while they undertake any adventure activity.
Arambol should be your ideal choice if you’re wanting to enjoy the activity of paragliding in Goa. The Sweetwater Lake here is a beautiful launching point that makes your ride in the air worth the experience. The endless sky and sea captivate your mind but you are neither touching the sky nor the water, instead you are sailing between the two most beautiful elements. The wonderful view of the mountains and plains capture your eyes and the accompanying long shoreline of the pristine beach mesmerises your soul. The best time for paragliding here is between the time of late September and early June.
Some of the other places for this activity are-
Colva beach and Anjuna beach
This activity costs approximately INR 2000 for a 10 minutes ride.
Canoeing is an activity similar to kayaking that requires you to paddle a light and narrow boat. It is completely safe activity and can be found in the following beaches of Goa.
Goa has so much more to offer than just beaches and nightlife. The state has some of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries. On your next trip to Goa, you should definitely consider visiting the below wildlife sanctuaries that are famous throughout India.
A cruise ride comes with a number of entertainment factors. There are musical, dance performances organised by the company to keep people on board engaged. A variety of food and drinks are served to take care of your hunger needs. Similarly, several games may also be organised for crowd engagement. Other than this, usually cruises have a dance floor where you can drop your hair down and groove to the beats of the DJ. Casino Cruises have casino games that keep people occupied and entertained.
The Arabian sea in Goa offers a number of water activities. One of them is dolphin spotting. You can get on one of these rides that take you deep into the sea and offer joyful views of dolphins dancing in the water. The best places to spot dolphins in Goa are-
Cost Per Person: Rs. 200 approx
Goa being a tourist destination has a number of eateries, hotels and restaurants. It is very difficult to choose a few amongst so many yummy serving places. When in Goa, you should definitely try out the local Goan food. Don’t miss eating “Chicken Xacuti” which is chicken curry made of coconut. It tastes great and you will love it!
Here are a few best of the best restaurants that serve a variety of Goan cuisine -
Goa has a fun filled nightlife. Though it is the smallest state, it has some of the most exciting nightlife options in the country. The dizzy neon lights, great music and delicious food make up your night and create the perfect ambiance. It has an infusion of varieties and has something for everyone to do at night. You can party till your drop, try your luck at the casinos or have a beachside bonfire night. Here’s a glimpse of what you can enjoy at night in Goa-
Goa is a relaxed destination but there are certain laws you need to follow on your trip to Goa…
Surprising to many, Goa is one of the most popular places for a yoga vacation. After your dip in the sea and partying all night, here’s where you can head for some rejuvenation-
Goa is a hub of tourist destinations and one reason that makes it so is its contribution as a shopping destination. From junk jewellery and gothic accessories to hippie clothing from shell and bamboo work to brassware and terracotta, from cashewnuts and Goan sausages to feni and bebinca to; you will find anything and everything in Goa! All you need to do is...keep those eyes wide open!
Renting a vehicle in Goa is really, really simple and convenient You will find a board in literally every corner of the road end with a contact number on it. The locals here give out their vehicles on rent and the best part is...they don’t even charge a deposit.
The cost of a two wheeler scooty will be INR 200 to 300 while a bike will cost you INR 350 to 500. A four wheeler car should cost you anywhere between INR 1000 to 2000 per day.
India is often referred to as “the land of spices” and Goa proudly contributes to this title. A spice plantation tour in Goa lets you appreciate our country in its natural habitat. It is the perfect way to educate ourselves, know the eco-friendly life and have some fun at the same time! The speciality about spice plantations in Goa is that sme of them are exclusively grown in Goa. You can be a part of this habitat and understand how these spices are grown and processed. Such tours let you discover Indian hospitality and give you the taste of Indian agriculture.
The best time to enjoy festivals and carnivals in Goa is from the month of October till the month of February. These months see many celebrations...right from Christmas to New Year’s, famous international music festivals to local parades. The yearly carnival of Goa is also held around the month of February. So if you want to be a part of Goa festivals, carnivals and parades...you should be here in these months.