Goa - Best 6 Places To Visit
Goa is widely known as the Pearl of the Konkan zone and visitor heaven. It is situated in India’s beach front belt on the western called the Konkan coast. It has a disturbing grand magnificence. The structural work of Goan Temples, Churches and old houses, Portuguese and British culture, various beaches and its prevalent festivals has conveyed awesome glories to Goa.
Goa, is acclaimed for its beaches and spots of adoration, and State tourism is playing an important role to attract tourists from all over the world. Most of the tourist centered places are around the beach front territories of Goa. Foreigners especially, from Europe, touch base in this lovely place, in winter while the mid-year and rainy seasons see an expansive number of Indian travelers. In 2011. About 2.29% of all the foreign visitors who visited India, has landed in this dream land to experience its beautiful beaches and to enjoy the unique experiences it offers. This is comparatively a small state is located on the western shoreline of India, between the outskirts of Maharashtra and Karnataka and is better referred to the world as an old Portuguese region on Indian soil. Tourism is said to be the foundation of the state's economy. Influenced by more than 450 years of Portuguese govern and Latin culture, Goa introduces to some degree, a distinctive representation of the nation to outside guests. Real vacation destinations include: Bom Jesus Basilica, Fort Aguada, a wax exhibition hall on Indian culture and a legacy historical center. The Churches and Convents of this legendary city have been announced a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
How To Reach Goa
- By plane : The Dabolim airport in Vasco da Gama is Goa's only airport. Some airlines fly directly to Goa, but most international flights arrive via Mumbai.
- By bus : Goa is connected with all major cities of India
- By train : Indian Railway connects Goa with direct train service from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Kochi, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
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|Beaches in Northern Goa||Anjuna Beach, Arambol Beach, Baga Beach, Bambolim Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Chapora Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Miramar Beach, Morjim Beach, Sinquerim Beach.|
|Beaches in Southern Goa||Agonda Beach, Benaulim Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Colva Beach, Majorda Beach, Mabor Beach, Palolem Beach.|
|Wild Life||Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park|
|Museums||The Gova State Museum, Naval Aviation Museum, Gova Science Center, Archeological Museum and Portrait Gallery in Old Goa, The Museum of Christian Art, The Ancestral Goa, in Loutolim, The Big Foot Cross Museum, The Pilar Museum is situated on the Pilar hillock, The 'Wax World' Museum in Old Goa, and Goa Chitra.|
|Forts||Fort Tiracol, the seventeenth-century Portuguese Fort Aguada, and Chapora Fort.|
Old Goa The city was developed by the Bijapur Sultanate in the fifteenth century, and served as capital of Portuguese India from the sixteenth century until its surrender in the eighteenth century because of a plague. Under the Portuguese, it is said to have once been a city, populated more than 200,000, before the torment. Today, the monuments of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa is roughly 10 kilometers east of the state capital Panjim. Brimming with history, today it is a home to many grand places of worship and religious convents, that are all well protected by state tourism and worth a visit. Ensure you have sufficient time to spend and to evaluate the specialties of this place.
How To Reach Old Goa
- By Train : 3km from Karmali Railway Station (30-45 min).
- By Bus : Panjim (Panaji), the state-capital of Goa, is barley 9 kms from here. So it is easy to take a bus from Panjim to Old Goa
- By Plane : The Dabolim airport in Vasco da Gama is Goa's only airport. Some airlines fly directly to Goa, but most international flights arrive via Mumbai.
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|Get around Old Goa||It is best to visit the place on foot, since there is so much of history to seep in. Local guides, some approved by the tourism department of Goa, are available.|
|To See around||Basilica of Bom Jesus
Museum of Christian Art
Se’ Cathedral Church
Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi
Chapel of St. Catherine
Chapel of St. Cajetan
Church of Lady of Rosary
Church of St. Augustine
Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery.
Pilar Seminary Museum.
Sound and Light Gallery Museum. You can get a Christian religious tour.
|What you can do here||Spent time strolling around the landmarks and perceive how Old Goa fits into worldwide history and the details of values of old century.|
|Shopping||Visit the shop at the Museum of Christian Art, at the annexe to the Santa Monica Convent. A good place to visit, and good price.|
Panaji: (Panjim) The center of the city is the Church Square or Municipal Garden with the Portuguese Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, initially built in 1541. Other vacation destinations join the old and reconstructed Adilshahi Palace dating from the sixteenth century, the Mahalakshmi Temple, the Jama Masjid Mosque, the Institute Menezes Braganza, the Chapel of St. Sebastian and the Fontain has territory—which is thought to be the old Latin Quarter—and also the close-by shoreline of Miramar. Hanuman Mandir at Mala on the slope (Altinho) and its yearly zatra in February are a remarkable attraction of Panaji Goa. It also have the relics of Saint John Bosco.
How To Reach Panaji
- By plane : The nearest airport is at Dabolim, 35 km away.
- By train : Madgaon Junction, 45 km to the south, being the main junction on the Konkan Railway all trains stop here.
- By bus : A wide range of buses are available, Karnataka to the south and Maharashtra to the north.
|To See||Goa State Museum, Kala Academy, Fundação Oriente, Goa Science Centre and Planetarium, Gallery Gitanjali, Gallery Boa Arte, Picturesque.
Miramar Beach - A lovely golden beach of soft sand girdled with palm trees. Dona Paula A beach outside Panaji and beyond Miramar.
The Old City, Panjim Church, Bishops Palace at Altinho, Heritage houses along the altinho slope, Maruti Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Customs Museum, Santa Monica Jetty Boat Rides, Old GMC Complex, INOX theatre, Salida Del Sol (one of its kind Hotel in India) on Bernard Gues Road, Kala Academy at Campal, islands that are just across the river.
|To Do||Visit the Central Library, the oldest open library in India, Relax under a palm tree on Miramar shoreline. Bird Watching, Dive Goa, Casinos, go for a watercraft ride on rented vessels. Spend time with plays, dramatizations and Music at the outside theater.|
|Shopping||Goan Handicrafts, shell and earthenware product, the celebrated internationally Goan Cashew Liquor, and port wines, Cashew nuts of different assortments, Spicy Goa Sausages "Choricao", made of salted dried Pork,|
Margao is near the focal coast with long white-sand beach, evaluated by UNDP in 1970 as one of the best ten beaches on the planet. This shoreline, with areas named Velsao, Cansaulim, Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Sunset, Betalbatim, Colva, Sernabatim, Benaulim, Varca, Fatrade, Carmona, Cavelossim and Mobor, traverses 26 unbroken kms. from Sancoale in the north to the Mobor Peninsula in the south. This beautiful place lies almost in the center side of this beach, five kilometers inland. Individuals from all over Goa assemble at the unique market to purchase spices and dried fish to be consumed amid the approaching stormy season. The typical specialities that are found in the food of Goa are also to be found in this area. The curry of Margao is very popular in this area. Margao is known for his colossal Indo-Portuguese style manors - more visible around here than in other parts of Goa.
How To Reach Margao
- By air : The nearest airport is Goa Airport, at Dabolim (28 km).
- By Road/Bus : Buses are available to other cities like Karwar, Ratnagiri, Mangalore Udupi, and Mumbai through national highway 17
- By train : Margao station is the terminus for several Konkan Railway trains and almost all trains passing through Goa stop here. There are direct trains from most parts of India.
|To See||Municipal Building, believed to have been built around 1770.
Indo-Portuguese styled Houses along Margao - Borda Rd
Holy Spirit Church, and the Church Square at Margao. Dating back to the 1564-1675 period.
Monte Hill. From atop this hill one can see the whole of Margao.
Colva Beach, some five kms out of Margao
Old Market, dating back to the pre-Portuguese era.
District Court (1777) and jail.
Peace Cottage Fine Art Gallery.
|To Do||See the melodic wellspring by end of the week nights, close to Nanutel inn.
Visit the new Municipal Market.
|Shopping||Its brimming with little shops offering garments, Goan treats, occasional Goan luxuries, hand crafted materials, imported items, artificial jewelry, refreshments, and so on. It’s like a labyrinth that you can never lose all sense of direction in.|
Mapusa: Friday Market is a notable weekly market, it’s in the northern side of Goa and an important vacation spot. It is situated outside the Mapusa Municipal Market. Friday invites numerous merchants to the small shops and temporary tents offering a stunning assortment of local goods produced by ranchers and small scale business people from all over Goa to offer directly to the purchaser. The market winds up by nightfall and Mapusa turn back to its original form. This market mirrors the substance of Goa and its old style of living. Goan merchants wearing their colorful dress and come to the market from the nearby towns to offer their own developed or manufactured products, including spices of various sorts, fresh vegetables and fruits, mostly developed without using any chemicals, is sold in plenitude. The market is outstanding for its handicraft and artificial jewelry, ceramics, spice, and carpet shops.
How To Reach Mapusa
- By Bus : Easily reachable by bus from Panjim (the state capital) and the north Goa beach belt.
- By Train: The nearest railway station is Thivim, a few kilometers away from Mapusa. If your train doesn't stop at or doesn't pass Thivim, you'll have to get off at Madgaon station, then connect by bus via Panjim.
|Get around Mapusa||Mapusa, a local residential area, with a hillock at its northern end, can be effortlessly reached by a walk. Bike taxicabs will likewise take you around the place, as well as help you to discover the address you're looking for.|
|To Do||Rush your way into the Mapusa fish market, and find how local people purchase their fish. Taste Goan-style fast-food around the Alankar Cinema, late night Friday market visit. Visit the exceptionally old Athaide Municipal Library at Mapusa. Visit the numerous "deals" of low-end modest things accessible in Mapusa.|
|Shopping||Customary Goan bread from the special area inside the Mapusa showcase. Top notch Goan flavors from the Mapusa Market Customary Goan things from the Mapusa Friday Market. Gold and silver adornments from the line of shops at the passage to the market.|
Dona Paula Beach
Dona Paula Beach is 7 km from Panaji, is an exceptionally well known territory frequented by travelers. Amid the visitor season, Dona Paula changes into crowded which is generally a quiet lovely place amid rainy season. A standout amongst the most inquisitive attractions in Dona Paula is a whitewashed statue placed on the stones close to the famous wharf. Etched in 1969 by Baroness Yrse Von Leistner, there are distinctive variants to its motivation of inception. The shoreline is named after Dona Paula de Menzes, daughter of an emissary (in frontier India), who threw herself from the bluff, when denied permission to wed a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. As per Goa Tourism Board's web page, it is named "Image of India" and delineates the figures of Mother India and Young India, one looking toward the East and the other toward the West.
How To Reach Dona Paula Beach
- By plane : The nearest airport is at Dabolim.
- By train : Madgaon Junction, being the main junction on the Konkan Railway all trains stop here.
- By bus : A wide range of buses are available, Karnataka to the south and Maharashtra to the north.
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|Tourist Attractions||The Dona Paula Sports Club offers fishing, snorkeling, harpoon angling, kayaking, yachting water-bike, cycle, and speedboat rides. It also includes windsurfing, para-cruising, water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, and sports.|
|Excursions||The primary attractions close to Dona Paula Beach are Reis Magos Church and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Roughly 10 km from the beach is one of the most established holy places in Goa, is the Reis Magos Church.|
|Fairs and festivals||The celebrations of Janmashtami and the Feast of St. Lawrence are specific to the Dona Paula Beach. Also, the shoreline additionally has an interesting water sports celebration in November. The highlights of this celebration are the water bike and cycle races and surfing.|
|Shopping||Fishermen turned-native merchants likewise offer straw caps, hankies, and spices in these shops. Feni and port wine—the two Goan alcohol are very popular among Goan visitors and is unavoidable in your shopping list. Indian art craft work and gems are accessible at the Indian Arts Emporium in Dona Paula|