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  • When travelling, remember the top tips for a safe holiday in Goa. Some call it the land of ‘Sun, Sand and the Sea’, it brings to you a mix of opulence and self-indulgence, the perfect beach town to cool off your feet. From a dazzling nightlife to a romantic getaway, from a fun water skiing to sightseeing the ancient fourths, there are just so many things to do in GoaA week or two spent revelling in the languid luxury of Goa’s sunny sosegado, or susegad, two Portuguese colonial-era terms roughly translated as ‘laid-backness,’ is one not to be missed on any hectic visit to mammoth, fascinating, often impossibly frenetic India.


    Some of the important tips to keep in mind while holidaying in Goa include, carrying sunscreen if you intend spending time at the beach. Pick up a pair of sunglasses in jazzy colors from one of the little roadside stalls. Buy a dashing fedora or a great floppy straw hat. You'll be spoiled for choice. Carry clothes and footwear that are appropriate to both the climate and the activities you have planned. Goan roads and footpaths are not always smooth.


    Bling is fun to wear, but limit the amount of gold you carry and wear to the bare minimum. And don't carry huge wads of cash. A debit or credit card would definitely be a safer bet.  Keep yourself hydrated with water, nimbu paani and other juices. Even if you are in a coastal town or village, the heat can sap your energy.  If you do wish to sample the local varieties of liquor- feni and urrak- remember to limit the amount you drink. These two may taste smooth, but make no mistake- they are potent. Always listen to the lifeguard. The calm waves might look inviting, but they could hide a current or a sudden depression. In case you have dietary constraints, check with your waiter about the ingredients in whatever you want to order.


    Worried about getting lost but not willing to hire a guide or someone to drive you around? Get a map! You could purchase one from your hotel or a shop nearby or map out a route in advance for each day using Google maps and either print it or save it for you convenience. Visit Goa, keeping these things in mind and be assured of a fabulous vacation here.


  • 01 Be cautious about documents and money

     Be cautious about documents and money
    While embarking on a trip to Goa, ensure that you carry cash and the important documents in plastic or in a water-proof bag to avoid water seeping in and dampening them. A money belt around the waist is also a great option for those who tend to be a little clumsy with carrying money or documents in hand. One of the best ways to carry money is through traveller’s cheques as they can be exchanged at almost all locations. ATM cards are also one of the convenient and reliable source of carrying money.This is among the best safety tips for a safe holiday in Goa.
  • 02Be your own guide

    Be your own guide
    In case, you are hiring a tour guide, try your best to enquire about the organization or agency, the guide is related to. Get the maximum information about the guide or the organization in order to avoid any unwanted circumstances and happenings.

    Also, before embarking on a trip, try to get enough information about the places to visit in Goa. With proper knowledge about the whereabouts, the pain and cost of hiring a guide will decrease. In short, be you own guide, follow the tips for a safe holiday in Goa and enjoy the best of your vacation.

  • 03Water Sport safety

    Water Sport safety

    Water sports in Goa area popular past time owing to the thrilling nature of the activity. They can quickly get dangerous if the correct safety precautions are not adhered to. For most of these activities, life jackets are required. Also, there are lifeguards available at most beaches to ensure that no unfortunate happenings take place. Do not hesitate to ask questions about the safety of the water sport you are planning to indulge in. These activities are usually presided over by a guide that provides the requisite safety information.

    Tourists are also advised to wear comfortable clothing when opting for any of the water sports as it makes it even more enjoyable. This is also among the best tips for a safe holiday in Goa.

  • 04Swimming Safety

    Swimming Safety

    Be it the beaches or the playful waves of Goa, both of them hold the charm and allurement of getting the visitors into the sea. However, before getting indulged into swimming, the visitors should take care of certain conditions.

    In case, you are travelling during the monsoons, you need to be careful about the level of the waves and the current. Swimming in the absence of the life-guards or the experts might prove to be risky and should not be undertaken.

    Avoid swimming around the beaches that offers a wide range of water sports or similar activities. Chances are there, you might end up colliding with the moving objects which can spoil the cheerfulness of the day. Also, going for swimming after a heavy meal is never a good choice.

  • 05Say ‘No’to Drugs & Smoking

    Say ‘No’to Drugs & Smoking

    The use of certain drugs and other intoxicants are now banned in Goa. In case, if someone is found using these intoxicating substances, they might have to face rigorous punishment as well as fine too.

    While on a vacation or any other holiday trip to Goa, it is always advisable to stay from the illegal drugs and other such intoxicants, whose possession has been declared illegal and is committed to severe punishment. Also, while strolling around the public areas like parks, gardens, bus stands and other similar places, avoid smoking or getting indulged into any such acts that might lead to punishment.

    Goa is undoubtedly the paradise for partying, having fun with family and friends, merriment and enjoy numerous of activities. While on a trip to the beach capital, make sure that you abide by all the legal conditions and maintain the best level of safety in Goa.

     

  • 06Stay in a group

    Stay in a group

    Travelling to Goa in a group can be a fun experience especially with a group of friends. However, make sure to always keep track of your friends group when in Goa because there is always a chance for the visitors to get lost in the crowd.

    Also, in such cases, it gets quite risky to mingle with strangers or wondering alone. While chilling out at a beach party or a bar, there is a high possibility of coming across different types of people. Most of them may be friendly and cordial, but only a handful can or should be trusted. It is always better to stick with your own group and enjoy a safe holiday in Goa.

  • 07Skin care

    Skin care

    While vacationing near the beaches, ensure to carry sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to avoid getting tanned or encounter giddiness. It is also important to note that the temperatures in summer and winter can really be extreme and so make it a point to always carry sunblock.

    A vacation in Goa can bememorable for all the right reasons or it could all go wrong because you may have not heeded the warnings. Always remember to keep these tips for a safe holiday in Goa and enjoy all that the place has to offer. 

  • 08When travelling

    When travelling

    If you are opting for your personal vehicles, make sure all the required documentation are in the proper place. Avoid any unwanted harassments from the local cops by misplacing any of the necessary documents.

    One of the commonly found incidents on the Goan roads are the ‘drink and drive’ incidents. Before you need to take a drive, make sure you are sober enough to surpass these kinds of embarrassing moments and follow all the criterion of safety in Goa.

  • 09Women safety

    Women safety

    Goa is a beautiful tropical paradise that can be quite unsafe for women travelling alone. Therefore, women are advised to wear their purses diagonally across their bodies to safeguard themselves against pickpockets who lurk in certain areas. It becomes impossible to pickpocket a purse which is draped diagonally. Also, women are also cautioned against visiting isolated areas. There are not too many areas that are not teeming with people during the peak season, but there is a likelihood of a woman going into areas that are deemed ‘unsafe’.  A lot of women also carry mace with them for protection.

    These tips, among others, will give tourists and local travellers a clear understanding about the ‘do’s and don’ts’ to follow when on vacation in Goa. If you stick by them, you can be assured of a safe holiday that will be sure to give you memories that will last you a lifetime. 


Sightseeing 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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