When in doubt, go Goa!!
Such is the charisma that this small state located along the coastline of Arabian Sea holds. The place is a favourite with people of every age. Whether it is youngsters seeking fun and adventure, honeymoon couples looking for some romantic time together, or senior citizens looking to spend some peaceful time at the serene beaches, there is something for everyone!
There is no right time to visit Goa; every time is just perfect to visit Goa! So if you are hitting the place anytime in the future, our article will give you all the much needed insight about some of the best places to visit in Goa.
Top 5 Places to Visit in Goa
The best way to enjoy Goa is to rent a bike or a scooter and explore the place on your own terms. So go vrooming to these must visit places:
When it’s the Arabian Coastline in discussion, it has to be some of the best beaches around the globe. People from all over the world visit Goa for the multitude of amazing beaches it has to offer. What you must visit depends on what you are looking for. If you have planned to experience the most happening night life in Goa, Baga beach is the place for you. One of the most popular beaches, Baga beach comes to life post evening, thanks to some of the most happening clubs here like Mambos, Britto’s and Titto’s. Calangute beach, rated among the top ten bathing beaches around the world is a perfect place for adventure filled water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, and skiing. For all those of you looking for some unruffled isolation, Agonda or Patnem are the beaches for you. You can easily get affordable Goa hotels near all these beaches.
2. Local Markets
If you want to know a place well, meet the localities, or visit the local market in the area. The local markets in Goa are popular all around the world for a huge variety of products they offer right from spices; clothes, colorful bags, shoes and the list goes on and on. You can buy the world here but the only thing you need to remember is bargain and bargain big and with confidence!
One of the most popular markets is the Anjuna Flea market that is put up on the southern end of Anjuna beach. It is put up every Wednesday right from the morning till the evening. Some other popular local markets are Mackie’s night bazaar and the Saturday night market in the Arpora Baga area. You can also enjoy some live entertainment and a wide range of food in these markets.
3. Old Goa
Goa has had a long and rich history with the Portuguese, and it is clearly evident in the 17th century churches and the tropical spice plantation that have become an identity of the place now. The Portuguese ruled over Goa for almost 450 years and what they left behind is a rich cultural heritage that can be witnessed in old Goa. While old Goa is just about a handful of churches and cathedrals, what makes them special is the fact that they are some of the largest in Asia. Some of these buildings have been converted into museums where you can learn a lot about the history of Goa.
Some of the popular churches that are a must visit here are the Convent and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi; it was built in the year 1521. The other is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The preserved remains of the body of Saint Frances Xavier, a patron saint of Goa are saved here. Old Goa is situated very close to Panjim, the capital of Goa. Book a hotel in old goa and spend amazing time with your friends to explore rich history of Old Goa.
4. Spice Plantations
Just like its beaches and night life, Goa is also famous for its spices and spice plantations. The tropical climate of Goa makes it ideal for Spice plantation. The tourists can take a guided tour to the spice plantations in the jungles around Ponda, enjoy the picturesque scenes and wind up with a spicy lunch. Some of the famous plantations worth a visit are Sahakari Spice Farm, Savoi Plantation, Tropical Spice plantation and Pascol spice village.
5. Portuguese colonies
A rich Portuguese influence can be clearly seen everywhere in Goa including the homes and colonies as well. The Fontainhas (Latin Quarters) in Panjim has been declared a UNESCO heritage zone in 1984. Visiting the place will instantly transport you back to the Portuguese era. There are colourful, Old Portuguese homes that are owned by the Portuguese families in Goa. You will be charmed by the narrow streets and lanes, beautiful art galleries, restaurants and bakeries here.
When you travel to Goa, you are bound to return with many beautiful memories to cherish.