Goa is not just a busy tourist place known for its pristine beaches and active nightlife. It offers an experience of a life time. Visiting here once won’t satisfy your soul. Here you can enjoy night parties, booze, camp fires, water adventures, bike rides and all the crazy experiences you can have with your friends and family. People from all walks of life and all age-groups visit this west coastal state of India as it has something for everybody. People from around the world also visit Goa in large number every year.
What makes Goa so special? The majestic white beaches and the crystal blue sea ranging from aggressive waves to calmness with shallow bed, palm trees, the local Goan delicacies, the bohemian vibes in beach markets all together makes Goa stand out from the rest.
So if you are planning to go Goa, before booking hotels in Goa you should be aware of the Goa sightseeing places to make the most out of your trip. Here are some of the most happening beaches you must visit while you are in Goa.
1. Baga Beach:
If you are all about splashy adventures, this would be the perfect beach as most of the water sports and other activities like jet skiing, paragliding, dolphin rides, banana rides etc. happen over here.
2. Palolem Beach:
Somewhat an opposite of Baga Beach, this beach experiences significantly calm waves. A perfect beach to stay away from the crowd and relax. You can easily get affordable Goa hotels near Palolem Beach.
3. Agonda Beach:
Again a peaceful less crowded beautiful beach where life becomes a slow motion movie. It is just 15 minutes away from Palolem.
4. Donapaula Beach (Suicide Point):
This place has a tale to tell. Defeated by the unfair society, two lovers sacrificed their lives by jumping off the cliff here. Though the place as a heart wrenching sad story, the romance can be felt in the air. The sublime beauty of this place enhances during sunset.
5. Butterfly Beach:
Experience the true beauty of South Goa in this virgin beach. This one is again less crowded as it is secluded from the rest. The huge rocks, dense forests surrounding the beach will take you to some different island.
When you had enough of beaches, Go Here!
True that Goa is a beach city with numerous beaches and one cannot make a trip to all of them. But if you think you have had enough of the sand and sea, there’s more for you to explore. Check out these amazing not-so-beach places in Goa.
1. Basilica of Bom Jesus:
Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most popular among all other churches in Goa. The chains of churches here and their architecture signify how the place was influenced by Portugal culture.
2. Mahadeva Temple:
So it’s not just churches but the place has some amazing temples too to let you in a spiritual high. Mahadeva is one of them. This rock temple in honour of Lord Shiva is situated near Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary which is another good one among Goa sightseeing places. You can cover both of them together.
3. Arvalem Caves and waterfall:
Also called the Harvalem Caves is an offbeat place situated in a corner of Sanquelim, a bit far from other sightseeing places. However, the amount of exhausting travel would be worth it. You will see the Pandava Caves as old as 6th century and the waterfall is a visual treat especially in Monsoons.
4. Fort Aguada:
The Fort was a pride of Portuguese as it protected them from Dutch and Marathas. It has more history to it. The fort was also called ‘Watering place’ as it served as a watering station for ships. Now mostly ruins are left. It is situated near the Sinquerim Beach on a hilly terrain surrounded by dense forests.
5. Mollem National Park:
Have you wondered how the wild life of Goa would be? No we aren’t talking about party animals but the real ones preserved in a protected area spread in Western Ghats. It is situated in Sanguem Taluk in the capital situated in the capital city, Panaji.
6. Naval Aviation Museum:
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This is one interesting place which you must visit as you won’t find one more anywhere else in the country or rather the whole of Asia. It exhibits different types of jets, rockets, helicopter, other aircrafts and bombs and all things about aviation.
When you are done with all the sightseeing, take a break. Roam around the Goa flea markets like the Anjuna Market or the Night Market of Arpora or Calangute Bazaar to take home some special Goa mementos for your dear ones.
Now that you know about the Goa sightseeing places, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets to Goa today!