The more I talk about Goa, the less it will be. This’s one of the most attractive tourist destinations in India. Below is a discussion of the top 10 Goa tourist places to visit.
1. Calangute Beach:
Calangute Beach is the longest in North Goa, stretching from Candolim to Baga and 15 kilometers from Panjim. Due to its sheer size and prominence, it attracts tourists and travelers from all over the world.
Calangute Beach in Goa is recognized as the “Queen of Beaches” and is considered one of the top ten bathing beaches in the world. It is crammed with dining establishments, shacks, and clubs providing cocktails, beer, and seafood as one of Goa’s busiest and most commercial beaches. At Calangute Beach, water sports like parasailing, water surfing, banana rides, and jet skiing are popular.
While you spend your days at the beach, your nights are spent at exciting parties and letting your hair down. Calangute is also a famous tourist destination in Goa due to its proximity to other northern beaches such as Baga, Anjuna, Candolim, Aguada, and others. This’s one of the most beautiful Goa tourist places to visit.
2. Fort Aguada:
Fort Aguada is a 17th-century Portuguese fort that overlooks the Mandovi River’s confluence with the Arabian Sea. The fort’s decaying ramparts can be found on Sinquerim Beach, about 18 kilometers from Panjim. A lone four-story lighthouse (the only one of its kind in Asia) and a breathtaking sunset view are the highlights of the fort.
Fort Aguada was the Portuguese’s most prized and significant fort, covering the entire peninsula at the southwestern tip of Bardez, and was built in 1612 as a protection against the Dutch and Marathas. The fort was named after the Portuguese term for water, ‘Agua,’ and it provided a source of fresh water for seafarers. With a capacity of 2,376,000 gallons of water, it was one of Asia’s largest freshwater reservoirs.
Aguada jail was housed in Fort Aguada. A nationalistic touch is added to the fort by a statue in front of the jail that salutes the liberation warriors. This’s one of the most beautiful Goa tourist places to visit.
3. Dudhsagar Falls:
The Mollem National Park contains the Dudhsagar Falls, one of India’s tallest waterfalls. The spectacular falls are 60 kilometers inland, near Panaji, on the Goa-Karnataka border. On the Mandovi river, the 310 m high Sea of Milk waterfall is divided into four tiers and resembles a gigantic flow of milk spilling down the hill.
While the bulk of people arrives by car or private transport from Panaji and the neighboring areas, others prefer to visit the falls by train or walking. Although the famed Dudhsagar Railway ride is no longer open to the public, the lower fall hike is still available.
The best time to see the Dudhsagar falls is during the monsoon when the water is at its highest and the surrounding deciduous trees are at their most lush. However, accessing the falls during the monsoon is difficult, and the falls are closed if the water level rises too high. This’s one of the most beautiful Goa tourist places to visit.
4. Anjuna Beach:
5. Chapora Fort:
The Chapora Fort, located 10 kilometers from Mapusa, is without a doubt one of Goa’s most well-known forts. The Portuguese erected Chapora Fort in 1717, and it has a long and colourful history. The ‘Dil Chahta Hai Fort,’ as it is more often known, is most known for the Bollywood movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai,’ which was filmed here in 2001. It’s an exciting adventure with breathtaking views of the sea and the Chapora River.
Defenses ringed the modern Chapora Fort region even before the Portuguese arrived in Goa. It was built by Muslim ruler Adil Shah and was originally called as Shahpura. The Portuguese then reconstructed the fort, naming it Chapora after the Chapora River, which runs right next to it. The fort’s main draw is the breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea from the nearby Vagator beach, particularly after sunset. However, a 10-minute trek to the ruined fort’s peak is required.
Chapra Fort has been in the hands of numerous kingdoms over the years, from the Portuguese to the Marathas, and the remains tell their own story! The entrance points to the two tunnels built by the Portuguese as an emergency escape route are still visible. This’s one of the most beautiful Goa tourist places to visit.
7. Basilica of Bom Jesus:
The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church in Goa is a one-of-a-kind structure in India, with outstanding Baroque architecture. The construction of this church, which began in 1594 and was consecrated in 1605, coincides with the birth of Christianity in India. The church is at Bainguinim, about 10 kilometers from Panjim, in Old Goa. The relics of St. Francis Xavier, a close companion of St. Ignatius Loyola, with whom he founded the Society of Jesus, are kept in this church, which is the oldest in Goa (Jesuits). The remains are in good condition after 400 years and are removed once per decade.
8. Baga Beach:
9. Butterfly Beach:
10. Divar Island:
Divar Island, a sliver of heaven buried away in lush woods amidst the splendor of nature, is located 10 kilometers from Panjim in Goa. This island, which is only connected to Old Goa by ferry, is known for its natural beauty, solitude, and tranquility. As a result of its isolation from city life, the area is yet untouched and unexploited by tourists or commercialization.
Divar Island is surrounded by green paddy fields and is peppered with historic Portuguese-style homes. It’s also densely populated with historic churches. This place, in contrast to Goa’s loud and hippy party culture, gives guests a sharp contrast in serenity and atmosphere that entices them to simply explore it. ‘Divar’ is derived from the Konkani word ‘dipavati,’ which means’small island.’ The term is pronounced as ‘divaddi.’ Despite the lack of tourist attractions on Divar Island, the natural beauty and charm of the tiny winding roads, small tea shops, and general mood will make you want to stay on the island forever. This’s one of the most beautiful Goa tourist places to visit.
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