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  • Join the best walking tours in Goa on a journey through time, often going back several centuries, and for local trivia, anecdotes, and historical detail that only someone who has grown up on Panjim’s streets can offer you. Walk along into delightful nooks and crannies you would never suspect existed, and discover a hidden Goa that still coexists with the stereotype humbleness and simple quarters.This walk along the central spine of Panjim takes you past the old Adil Shah Palace, to the steps of the Panjim Church, and ends at the old Central Library. 

    Walk through the exquisite azulejo tile mosaics on the walls in the vestibule, which illustrate selected verses from the epic Os Lusiadas the magnum opus of the celebrated Portuguese bard Luis de Camoes.A walking tour in Old Goa will involve a visit to several churches with explanations of architectural details, insights into the retables, paintings, a discussion on life in the “Old City” as you walk along streets where ancient markets bustled, and speculation on a whole host of reasons for its rapid rise and eventual decay.

    If you wish to pick up something during the Heritage Walk, a visit to the gorgeous and enthralling Velha Goa Galeria is a must. Next to Panjim Inn you will find the Velha Goa Galeria (Old Goa Gallery), where you can get anything which is Goan or Portuguese. From Mario Miranda’s cartoons on tiles, to ordering your nameplate on blue and white ornamental tiles, beautiful crockery and glassware from Portugal, ceramic windows depicting heritage homes as showpieces, table mats with Mario Miranda’s cartoons, the works. It’s a must place for souvenirs. Velha Goa Galeria is an ideal place to pick up souvenirs not only for your home, but for friends as well. Don’t forget to check out some exotic Portuguese wine, Olive Oil and preserved olives as well.

    There is a mix of foreign and Indian tourists who attend these Heritage Walks. There are a lot of Indians interested in the walks, even – Goans living in Goa who want to know more about their history and heritage and Goans living outside of Goa who bring their children so they can walk the streets where their families lived and learn about their history and appreciate it. The others who come for the Heritage Walk are Indians and foreigners who have settled in Goa and love Goa, history and architecture students from India, writers, photographers and artists. The tourists always enjoy knowing a side of Goa which they were not aware of.

    Mentioned below are some of the best walking tours in Goa:

  • 01Walking Tour of Panjim Market

    It is widely agreed among avid travellers that in order to know the pulse of Goa, one must visit the local hotspots. And what better way to experience than to walk through an area, which is very popular with the locals – the marketplace.

    This 2 hours’ guided walking tour in Goa through the Panjim market offers a unique experience. Explore and discover the dew freshness of the early morning market, witness the locals carrying out their daily activities, be the shutterbug and click all the astounding sites. While walking through the market, get introduced to the local community functions and engage yourself into local shopping

  • 02Walking Tour of Temples

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    In addition of being one of the most sought after destination for party and celebration, Goa is also the home to some of the important pilgrimage centres in India. Northern Goa, being one of the cultural centres, serves as the origin of most of the temple walking tour in Goa. Usually, these tours starts from Bairro of Boca de Vaca, and moves on to the first Hindu temple in Goa – the Mahalaxmi Temple.

    Built during the 18th century, it is the first temple built during the Portuguese rule in Goa. Constructed by the ‘Havig Brahmin’ tribe, this temple has Goddess Mahalaxmi as the main deity. Navaratri and Chaitra 

    Purnima are the main celebrations of this pious temple. After a spiritual visit to this holy place, the walking tour concludes with a tribute to the valorous freedom fighters of Goa at Azad Maidan.

  • 03Walking Tour of Old Goa

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    Originating from the Viceroy’s Arch, this 2 hours’ walking trail is also one of the most popular walks in Goa. From the entry point of Old Goa that was built in the memory of ‘Vasco da Gama’, this walking tour heads towards the magnificent St. Cajetan Church that was built along the lines of Roman churches. The 46m high St. Augustine Tower on the Holy Hill or Monte Santo is the last tower standing of St Augustine Church.

    Taking you further through the cultural lanes of Old Goa, this delightful tour concludes with your arrival at the Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary, which is located on the edge of the Holy Hill. Explore the architectural wonders of this sacred church and conclude the trail on a delightful note.

  • 04The Fontainhas Heritage Walk

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    One of the most popular Heritage walks in Goa, this one hour trip starts from the 400 year old St. Sebastian Chapel in the morning. Fontainhas was the first point for human settlement in the area due to the availability of fresh water for drinking. The ‘little fountain’ bears testimony to the Portuguese era with its architecture, narrow alleyways and colorful buildings. It is the oldest part of Panjim and the heart of the city’s development. On the tour, you will learn the significance of the Chapel, the fountain that started it all – Fonte Phoenix, and the Maruti Temple.

    During this walking trail, it is advisable to carry drinking water, headgears like caps or hats and sunscreen lotions to escape the sun.

  • 05Colva Coastal Walk

    If you are longing for one of the Heritage walks in Goa, the Colva Coastal walk is the perfect opportunity to witness the lively Goan heritage and relax on the beach. The walk starts at the crossroad of the Colva church before heading towards the virgin sands of the Colva Beach.

    The stretch leading to Benaulim is perfect for a solitary stroll, while the north-bound stretch can lead to the village of Betalbatim. This rustic settlement was named after the primaeval deity ‘Vetal’ or ‘Betal’; en route, you can also head eastwards to visit Margao. This 40 minute circuit is completed at the Colva Church.

  • 06Divar Island Walk

    The beautiful island of Divar gets its name from the word ‘Divaddi’, meaning the island of lamps. Famed for its numerous magnificent heritage houses, Divar Island is a dream come true for the architectural enthusiasts.

    Starting from one of the heritage homes owned by the famous Albuquerque family, this 90 minutes’ walk takes the visitors to the other parts of the island. Usually, November – December is considered as a festive season in this island and ambience get livelier than the normal times. Following the narrow, yet colourful roads, you can also visit the property of the Bridgetine Sisters, once an old age home which has been expanded to incorporate additional rooms. The most stunning destination of the heritage house walk is a hill with a private chapel devoted to St. Anthony.

     

  • 07Utorda Walk

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    Pristine beach, azure sky and the quaint beach sides make the Utorda Walking trail, a blissful journey for the visitors. Known as one of the exotic holidaying spots in Goa, numerous shacks and resorts on the beach offers a perfect blend of luxury and pleasantness.

    Swaying coconut palms, scenic views of lush and vibrant paddy fields, authentic Goan foods and the warm ambience of the sandy retreat overwhelms its visitors! Stroll around the beach side and witness the pearly waves playing hide and seek with the silver lining of the sands and curate some of the everlasting memories!

  • 08Chandor Walk

    For the history buffs, Chandor Walk is the best option to satiate all their yearnings for Goan history. Starting from Quepem Crossroad, this 2 hours’ walking trail takes you to an 11th century Shiva Temple. Dating back to the pre-Portuguese era of Goa, this temple is the abode of the second largest statue of ‘Nandi’, the gatekeeper of Lord Shiva and Parvati.

    By undertaking this walking tour in January, you can have the opportunity to witness the ‘Muslam Khel’. Celebrated with great joy and vigour, this ritual dates back to the ‘Kadamba Dynasty’ and is an important celebration of Goa. Additionally, one can find out many more things to do in Goaduring there stay with family and friends.

  • 09Assagao Walk

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    This 2 hour walk across the small hamlet of Assagoa will give you a first-hand experience of the local lifestyle and architecture. The exciting walk starts off from the DMC College, situated on a crest bordering Assagao, Khorlim and Mapusa.

    After a visit to the St. Antony’s statue, embark on the tour to the village. Continue walking towards Vale Vaddo, a rustic settlement named after a natural stream nurtured by the woods and hills. While walking through the streets of Assagao, interact with the natives of Goa and learn about their lifestyle, culture and traditions. The walk ends at a beautiful chapel which is sure to hypnotize you with its enchanting architecture.

  • 10Calangute Walk

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    The Calangute walk commences from the St. Alex Church, Umta Vaddo. This place is known for its natural beauty, especially the foot of the hillock where natural freshwater accumulates during the monsoons. The side lane near the Church takes you to the local market from where you can visit the Shantadurga Temple.

    Visit the Pousada Tauma, a Goan architectural marvel built during the Portuguese rule. Uninfluenced by the Portuguese essence, this historic structure depicts many untold stories about the glorious and lively Goan culture. This walking tour concludes with your arrival at Porba Vaddo.

    Most of the walks in Goa are all about experiencing its local life, culture and tradition. They take you through majority of the places in Goa while you enjoy the sights of daily local life. Most of these walks are easy and requires short durations to get completed. Though short, these walking trails help the visitors to know more about the pleasant ambience of Goa and its lively people.

     


Attractions

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Calangute Beach

Deserving every reason to be called the ‘Queen of Beaches’ in Goa, Calangute Beach is a paradise for nature lovers holding the spectacular beauty and charm. The beach reflects the unique Goan culture with a glorious view of the landscape serving as a perfect retreat for visitors. Here you can find the effervescent markets selling everything from beer, trinkets to pawns. It is also the biggest beach of North Goa and ideal for witnessing the beauty of palm and coconut trees against the locale of the magnificent Arabian Sea.

This beach is often crowded with people swelling towards the sea, lazing around, taking sunbath and children making sand castles. Another spectacular features of Calangute Beach is its sunsets and sunrise.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Skiing, Water Scooter, Jet Skiing, Banana Ride, Wind surfing etc.

  • Nightlife: Cantare, Revolution Pub, Club Antoos

  • Location: Calangute Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The Calangute Beach is 16 kilometers away from the city of Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji:  There is a regular bus service which runs from Panaji to the Calangute Beach. If one is driving then it takes half an hour to forty minutes to cover the distance.

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Baga Beach

Baga Beach in Goa looks as though it has come straight out of a work of art. Lofty white waves hurrying to wipe out the prints of feet left by you on the white sand while the breeze keeps on playing with the palm trees is a sight to behold at this majestic beach in Goa.

It is a decent place to appreciate some moments and abide in a serene consideration with oneself. It is counted as one of the best beaches in Goa where you can see wonderful sunsets and at the same time appreciate the cool morning breeze. The shacks become animated in the late night with music impacting and astounding client service at the party places in Baga Beach. It is also a center point to experience daring water sports and famed for drawing in a huge number of sightseers every year.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Trip, Water scooter, windsurfing, Jet skiing, Motor boat ride, scuba diving etc.

  • Nightlife: Club Tito’s, Cavala, Britto’s, Zanzibar etc

  • Location: Baga Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: From Panaji the Baga Beach is located 19 kilometers away.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The Baga beach is just half an hour drive away from Panaji and 15 minutes from Mapusa. There are frequent buses available to Baga from Mapusa and Panaji throughout the day and the journey takes about half an hour from Panaji.

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Candolim Beach

This beach has won the hearts of tourists for its tranquil ambience, adventure sports and other amusement options. The enchanting Candolim Beach is particularly famous for its nightlife which ensures fun and some crazy moments to remember for a lifetime. Interesting adventure sports, spellbinding scenery and a unique festivity makes Candolim Beach one of the best beaches in Goa. The Sunburn Festival is held here for three days every year attracting hordes of tourists. Also, the water activities at Candolim Beach are must try to get the adrenaline rush with adventure.

This beach is the perfect place for all the individuals who search for restoration, fun and quietness. Its peaceful and serene air enchants numerous voyagers. On the highest point of it, when you come to realize that it's a home to a lot of water sports and different exercises, at that point you'll wish to never go back home.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Sighting Trip, Jet Skiing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Scooter etc.

  • Nightlife: Club LPK-Love Passion and Karma, SinQ, Drift Bar, Pharaos etc.

  • Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: This beach is located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to reach Candolim Beach from Panaji is via a bus or your private car. There is no air or rail connectivity between Candolim Beach and Panaji.

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Morjim Beach

Nestled in the midst of lush green surroundings, Morjim Beach is a delight that will leave you refreshed with its calm and serene ambience. If one is a fan of bird watching, Morjim Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa to spot several species like the Sand Plover, Bay-backed Shrike, Quill, Turnstones, Cuckoo, Kingfisher and Sandpipers can be seen in natural surroundings. Dolphin Sighting is another activity which you can indulge in at the Morjim Beach.

This place is also famous for being a nestling place of Olive Ridley Turtles. Lately, Morjim Beach has earned the label as ‘Little Russia’ due to the large population of Russians here.  A lot of private beach sun beds, coco palms, Russian sports bar and beach touching restaurants can be found here.


  • Water Sports: Dolphin Watching, Swimming. There is not much of adventure sports here due to habitation of water animals.

  • Nightlife: Club Fresh, Bora Bora, Marbela Beach Resort

  • Location: Morjim Beach, Pernem, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: Approximate driving distance between Morjim Beach and Panjim is 27 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: There is a daily bus service available from Panaji to the Morjim Beach. You can also opt to drive by yourself via your own vehicle.

  • Other Stays: Check out some other resorts in north Goa.

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Anjuna Beach

Situated on the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea, Anjuna Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa. The hippies were the first people to come here in the 1950s and since then Anjuna Beach is a hotspot in Goa for local and international tourists. Anjuna Beach grows on you as you take a stroll along the glowing white sands and enjoy the sight of gently swaying palms in front of you. This beach is also famous for its Wednesday Flea Markets where you can shop for souvenirs, sarongs, traditional handicrafts etc.

  • Water Sports: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paragliding, Windsurfing, Bungee Jumping, Banana Ride, Dolphin sighting trip, Go karting, Water scooter, Water skiing etc.

  • Nightlife: Curlies, Purple Martini, Café Lilliput, Shiva Valley and UV Bar are popular spots for enjoying nightlife at Anjuna Beach.

  • Location : Anjuna Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: Anjuna Beach is at a distance of 21.5 kilometers from Panaji.

How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available every hour if you wish to travel to Anjuna Beach from Panaji via Mapusa. Motorcycle taxis and auto rickshaws are also available from Mapusa.  The nearest railway station is at Karmali 11 km away from Panaji and 29 km from Anjuna.
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Arambol Beach

If you are wishing to spend some moments in solitude appreciating the exquisiteness of a pristine coastline, then Arambol Beach is the perfect place to be in Goa. It is relatively unexploited by tourists and perfect spot for going to enjoy a day in sun with your folks. Also known as Harmal Beach, the place is a heaven for those searching for some quietness and solitude. The shoreline has  a long sandy extend with soft white sands. The beach is considered most favorite for some long-staying budget travelers.

One of the popular activities here is dolphin sighting organized by local fishermen. Along the coast, tourists can find a few shops sell clothes, junk jewelry and handicrafts from Goa and other parts of the country.

  • Water Sports: Paragliding and Dolphin Watching

  • Nightlife: Cockstown, Friend’s Pub, Blue Diamond etc

  • Location : Arambol Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Arambol Beach and Panaji is 35 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available from between Panaji to Arambol every thirty minutes until noon, and every ninety minutes thereafter and between Mapusa and Arambol which takes three hours. The nearest bus stand is a 2km walk away from the beach.

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Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa which provide a wholesome escapade offering everything like sightseeing, water sports, shopping and tranquility. The beach is mostly famous among Westerners and a permanent residence for many of them. Vagator Beach is the place that enchants people of all ages. This charming beach is the perfect destination to appreciate the company of sand, sun & sea. The sunsets are particularly beautiful witnessed from the Vagator Beach. It is also quite famous and popular beach in north Goa.

Vagator resort offers a lot of shacks and restaurants where you can take a snack and try the wonderful appetizing dishes of local cuisine. The local art, music and nightlife defines the aura of this amazing beach. The coastline is stacked up with several stalls who sell books, apparels, handicrafts, trinkets, and other food items like soft drinks, snacks, sea food, etc.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Sighting

  • Nightlife: Mezcal, Mango Tree, Disco Valley, Tin Tin Bar, The Alcove

  • Location : Vagator Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji:  The distance between Vagator Beach and Panaji is about 20 kilometers.

  • How to reach from Panaji: Vagator Beach is connected to Panaji through Mapusa and Calangute. You can easily catch a bus or drive by yourself to reach the Vagator Beach.

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