Top Places to Visit In Goa

Goa is a state in India within the coastal region known as the Konkan, in Western India.

Updated: September 26, 2019

Goa is a state in India within the coastal region known as the Konkan, in Western India. It is bounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its Western coast. It is the smallest state by area in India and the fourth smallest by population. 

Panaji is the capital of the state, while Vasco da Gama is its largest city.
Goa is a must visit place for most tourist and is one of the most popular getaways among Indians and international tourists. There are many tourist places near Goa that showcases the beauty of the place and offer an unforgettable travel experience. Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year for its white sand beaches, nightlife, places of worship and world heritage architecture.

Baga Beach:

There are several beaches in Goa out of which Baga Beach is the most popular beach located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panaji. It is named after the Baga creek which flows into the Arabian Sea. It is the perfect destination to enjoy beautiful sunsets and the cool morning breeze.
Baga Beach is popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs such as Britto's, Tito's and Mambos. Baga Beach is often considered to be the extension of Calangute Beach itself since both of these lie on the same stretch of sand. The beach is lined with an array of tattoo parlours, tarot shops, palmistry shops, spas, sun decks and some amazing food and drinks shack, which gives you a chance to live out your perfect beach holiday.
You can also indulge in activities ranging from intense water sports to some quaint shopping, wild night outs to serene mornings that begin with a session of yoga.
You can choose the activities like banana boats, bumper boats, water scooter, Jet Ski, dolphin cruises, and parasailing if you wish to enjoy the scenery of the Baga Beach. Also there is the option of Barracuda Diving close to the lagoon near Baga River which is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with the wonderful world that lies underwater. Other water sports here include body boarding, single and double kayaking, paddle boarding, knee boarding, speed boat rides, surf board lessons, wake boards. You can indulge in any of these activities for a period of 10 minutes to about an hour, depending on the operator you choose. The activities can cost between INR 200 to INR 1500 depending on what you choose. There are amusement parks for the kids like the Blue Whale Water Park, Monsoon Fun Park, and Snowpark, where the little one can have their own version of water sports fun.
The most happening thing about the Baga Beach is its upbeat nightlife. There are a number of nightclubs that plays variants of disco and house music and you can easily dance the night away.

Calangute Beach:

It is the largest beach in north Goa which is situated 15km from the capital city of Panaji. Located between Candolim and Baga beach, it is a hub for many tourists from all over the world. The beautiful golden stretch of sand and scintillating water coupled with the gentle rhythms of pop music that plays here makes it the perfect destination for a laidback afternoon. This shore of the sea is a glittering beauty and is also known as the "Queen of Beaches". 
This is one of the busiest and the most commercialised beaches of Goa, swarming with eating joints, shacks and clubs serving mixed drinks, beer and seafood. It is also known for its water sports activities like parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing. Calangute Beach attracts tourist from all around the globe owing to its festive and entrancing environ.
There are also a number of historical places to visit in Goa. This include Basilica of Bom Jesus church and Se Cathedral church.

Basilica of Bom Jesus church:

The Basilica of Bom Jesus church built in the year 1594 is known for its exemplary baroque architecture. this church coincides with the beginning of Christianity in India. It holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, a special friend of St. Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus. Even after 400 years, the remains are in a good condition and are taken out once every decade. The Basilica of Bom Jesus has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its rich cultural and religious significance.

Se Cathedral Church:

The majestic white beauty of Se Cathedral in Goa is a shrine dedicated to Saint Catherine. It is an important centre of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. It is also the focal point of the Patriarch of the East Indies. It is one of the largest churches in the whole of Asia, which took nearly 80 years to get constructed. It was established to remember the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of the city. Se Cathedral has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO
A popular legend relating to this shrine states that a vision of Jesus Christ appeared in the church after which, the cross has been gradually increasing in size. Believers from all over the world come here to pay their respects to St. Catherine, making it one of the most revered churches in the region.
Rice with fish curry which is called xit koddi in Konkani is the staple diet in Goa. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of fish dishes. Coconut and coconut oil are widely used in Goan cooking along with chili peppers, spices, and vinegar is used in the Catholic cuisine, giving the food a unique flavour. The Goan cuisine is heavily influenced by Portuguese cuisine.
The most popular alcoholic beverage in Goa is feni. Cashew feni is made from the fermentation of the fruit of the cashew tree, while coconut feni is made from the sap of toddy palms. Urrak is another local liquor prepared from Cashew fruit. In fact the bar culture is one of the unique aspects of the Goan villages. Goa also has a rich wine culture.

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