Top 10 tourist attractions in Goa
Goa is a tropical dream destination for every Indian. A little credit can be given to Bollywood for showcasing the golden sandy beaches with lush blue water and the famous Portuguese architecture in its full glory.
Whether you are a movie buff, an adventure lover, a shopaholic, a foodie, or a party person, Goa has something to offer to everyone! Apart from its beaches, lip-smacking seafood, and breath-taking architecture, Goa's cultural and spiritual legacy will also leave you spellbound. Want to recreate the legendary 'Dil Chahta Hai' experience with your friends? Book your Akasa flight and head to Goa!
Built in the 17th century, Fort Aguada is a Portuguese fort that overlooks the Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea. Located on Sinquerim Beach, about 18 kilometres from Panjim, the fort consists of a four-story lighthouse which is one of a kind in Asia! The fort is always lively with tourists and is a top attraction in Goa.
The fort, which was named after the Portuguese word for water, Agua, and served as a freshwater replenishment point for sailors. In fact, it's one of Asia's largest freshwater reservoirs. Fascinating, isn't it? The best time to visit the fort is in the evening to enjoy the brilliant golden hour and the sunset with your family and friends.
2. Calangute Beach
Calangute Beach is the longest and the most popular t beach in North Goa, running from Candolim to Baga and is a popular tourist attraction in Goa. It is a hub for tourists and travellers worldwide owing to its size and popularity.
The beach is also known as the 'Queen of Beaches' and is ranked among the top ten recreational beaches in the world! It is vibrant with dining spots, shacks, and clubs providing cocktails, beer, and seafood. Water sports such as parasailing, water surfing, banana rides, and jet skiing are hugely popular at Calangute Beach.
3. Goa Cruise Line
If in Goa, you cannot miss a visit to the cruises, where you can explore the diverse landscapes, beautiful seas, and golden sunset views. In Goa, cruises range from modest evening cruises to luxurious and romantic dinner cruises for couples, backwater cruises, and casino cruises for poker enthusiasts.
Many Goa cruises also provide dinner selections and entertainment events, depending on the time of day – sunset and moonlight. You can select the ideal package based on your needs and the amount of time you wish to spend on the boats.
4. Chapora Fort
Chapora Fort, popularly known as , the 'Dil Chahta Hai' Fort, is yet another famous Portuguese Fort built-in 1717.
Even before the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa, the walls around the modern area of Chapora Fort existed. It was initially known as Shahpura fort and was eventually rebuilt by the Portuguese, who named it after the Chapora river, which runs alongside it.
The fort's attraction is the spectacular view of the surrounding Vagator beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea, especially around sunset. So, if you want to go on a little trek with your friends, this is the place to visit in Goa.
5. Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa is a church that has left its mark on the history of Christianity in India. Though many tourists come to Goa for the beaches, many others visit to embark on a pilgrimage to this important religious monument.
The church dates to the late 16th century and comprises the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The triangular roofing of the church is carved with the initials IHS, an abbreviation for the Jesuit insignia meaning – Jesus, Saviour of Men.
The Basilica's floor is built of mosaic marble tiles with gemstones, giving it an ancient appearance. The inside is adorned with a screen that stretches from floor to ceiling and depicts St. Ignatius Loyola guarding a new-born Jesus. It is a sight to behold!
6. Butterfly Beach
As interesting as its name, the butterfly beach is one of Goa's most remote and lesser-known beaches. The beach is also known as the 'Honeymoon Beach' and is surrounded by a deep forest and tops the list of places to visit in Goa for couples.
Butterfly Beach derives its name from the surrounding trees that occasionally attract a diverse variety of butterflies and not to mention the shape of the beach, which resembles a butterfly. This beach in Goa is perfect for couples who prefer old-fashioned beaches and are looking forward to spending quality together-time.
7. Fontainhas and Sao Tome
Fontainhas and Sao Tome is a vibrant neighbourhood in Panaji, situated on the banks of Ourem Creek, named after the local natural springs. It was built in the 18th century by a Goan business tycoon.
The district is now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its attractive Portuguese-style residences at the foot of the Altinho hills. The place is perfect for taking pictures with the colourful heritage buildings, which will take you back in time! In fact, these buildings have been a part of many Bollywood films and songs.
8. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
'Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception' is one of Goa's most popular and oldest chapels. The church, built in the Portuguese Baroque style, is situated in the middle of Panjim. It is famous for housing Goa's second-largest church bells. These bells are believed to have been taken from the Augustinian ruins of the 'Church of Our Lady of Grace' in Old Goa.
The Immaculate Conception Church was established in 1541 and was replaced in the 1600s by a grand edifice. The church's exterior is perfectly white, with a double flight of stairs leading to the hilltop (where it is located). The church attracts many locals and tourists during the yearly festival, which takes place in December. To fly to this festival, book a flight with Akasa Air at affordable fares.
9. Dona Paula
Dona Paula is a renowned tourist attraction in Goa, known for its long stretch of beach. It is also known as 'Lover's Paradise' and has an adjacent jetty that offers an exquisite view of the Arabian Sea and Mormugao harbour. There is also a whitewashed statue known as the 'Image of India', depicting Mother India and Young India.
The Dona Paula is named after the then-Goa Viceroy's daughter Dona Paula de Menezes, honouring her tragic love story. She is said to have fallen in love with a local fisherman, but the Viceroy forbade her from marrying him. As a result, she jumped from a cliff and christened herself. The beach is also a meeting point for rivers Zuari and Mandovi, but the tourists are primarily attracted to the place because of its story.
10. Anjuna Flea Market
Anjuna Flea Market is a treasury of handicrafts, bohemian apparel, souvenirs, and other pocket friendly items. The market is also known as the 'Queen of Hippie Flea Markets' and is a part of the tourist experiences in Goa.
The Flea Market also features live music, band performances, and a great deal of other amusing events . The shacks on the beach serve delicious seafood and refreshing beer. A foodie's paradise in all senses! Take home a few beautiful items as a token of your trip from the flea market, but make sure to have remarkable bargaining skills!
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