10 Places to Visit in Goa

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Big things come in small packages — this phrase aptly describes Goa — the smallest state in the country is big on adventure, culture, heritage, and adrenaline rush. That Goa is a party destination is no news but it offers something for everybody. For adrenaline junkies  Goa has canoeing, kayaking and scuba diving; for history lovers it has got stunning churches and, obviously, for those who just want to laze around there are pristine beaches. Here are some of the places you must visit to get a feel of real Goa:

  1. Calangute beach: Calangute beach is one of the most happening beaches of Goa. Calangute beach, biggest beach in north Goa, boasts  of a vibrant water sports scene. Besides a plethora of water activities like jet skiing, catamaran sailing, banana rides, surfing, and banana rides, it has amazing shacks where you can just sip away your worries and relish delectable seafood.  

2. Arambol beach: Over the last few years Arambol  has become one of the most sought-after beaches because of its sweet water lake which makes it ideal for swimming. It’s a great escape from hustle and bustle of other beaches.

3. Morjim beach: If your idea of a holiday is to spend lazy evenings lying on the beach side shacks, drinking feni and watch the sun change its colours, then Morjim is your kind of beach.  There aren’t much water sports to indulge in but you can enjoy watching seagulls, kingfishers, and kites.

4. Palolem beach: It’s a must-visit place in south Goa.  Palolem beach is a great place to do yoga, explore Goa’s vibrant fishing culture and go dolphin-spotting. It is also famous for its silent disco parties.

5. Fort Aguada: Built in 1612,  Fort Aguada is a very famous tourist attraction in the north of Goa. The fort was built by the Portuguese to keep an eye on any movements through the waters and today tourists in hordes come to watch the panoramic view of the Arabian sea.  

6. Anjuna flea market: Anjuna flea market, held every Wednesday, is the best place to sharpen your bargaining skills. At a good price you can get your hands on cool clothes, amazing spices, and handmade jewellery. The market is a favourite among hippies and backpackers. If you want to take home something, this is the place you must visit.

7. Basilica of Bom Jesus:  Built in 1605, this  UNESCO World Heritage Site  is one of the most important destinations for Christian pilgrims. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. The church is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture.   

8. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: Goa is not all about beaches and parties.  It is also home to a variety of animals and birds. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is famous among tourists as well as school children. A safari is the ideal way to explore this paradise.

9. Dudhsagar Waterfalls:   The best time to visit the Dudhsagar Waterfalls is the monsoon. During the monsoon the beauty of this waterfall is at its peak with water gushing down the falls, making it a visual treat.

10. Casinos: Goa is among three states in India where casinos are allowed.  Open to anyone above the age of 18, these casinos complete the ultimate Goan experience. If you don’t wish to indulge in gambling, then you can enjoy the lively nightlife of Goa.

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