Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching allover along the Arabian Sea. It is known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Panaji is the metropolis of Goa while Vasco da Gama is considered as its largest city. Goa is a former Portuguese province, where Portuguese first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year for its white sand beaches, to experience the brilliant nightlife, to go to places of worship and World Heritage-listed architecture. It has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, a biodiversity hotspot. One can visit enormous places there; some of them are given below.
1) Dona Paula
Also called as a Lover’s Paradise, Dona Paula Jetty is located on the beautiful and famous sea stretch that spans from Panjim, Miramar and Dona Paula. A thrilling breeze blows over this place and the view is very scenic. This idyllic rocky tourist attraction lies at the spot where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea.
2) Calangute Streets for a Shopping Ride
Also known as Baga lane is one of the worthy rides you could have. The streets are always crowded and it is always best to hire a two-wheeler and ride along. The lane is full of Restaurants, Cafe’s & Night Clubs. The famous Tito’s is also located on this street.
3) Fort Aguada
Behind all the history of wars at this fort, there is a spellbinding beauty for a view to the Panjim city. It’s a perfect destination for a bright evening. The view from climbing up the spiral staircase, up the lighthouse, is ecstatic. Now, the lower part of the fort is the central jail of Goa and is used to imprison criminals connected with narcotic activities and this area is off limits for the people. Unless, you hire one of the many motor boats to go to the dolphin point, can see the central jail from the corners here, as you excitedly wait for the dolphins to emerge up the surface of the sea water.
4) Old Goa Churches
The Old Goa location is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the Old Capital of Goa during the Portuguese Regime. One of the churches known as the Basilica is famous for holding the remains of St. Francis Xavier, who’s believed to be the Protector of Goa. The location gives a feeling of the Portuguese time; the place has so much of History.
5) Palolem Beach- Queen of Beaches
A scenic beach in extreme south Goa with scenic rocks and islands off its shores. One can find good eating options. Neptunes Point (south of the main beach) provides with silent noise parties where big crowds of party goers gather every Saturday for some serious partying and dancing to some awesome tunes underneath the starry sky. You will be handed wireless head-phones with different channels to choose from or you can opt for a quiet, peaceful evening either getting a tan or taking a walk along the beach with it being crescent shaped so that you can see the entire beach on either end.
6) Panjim (Panaji) City & the Church
To reach the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Panjim, one has to climb 100 steps arranged in a majestic fashion, for the Church sits majestically atop a hillock dominating the heart of the city and offering a bird’s eye view of the main square. The Capital city is placed right on the banks of the river Mandovi which brings about its own charm & sense of vibes.
7) Shri Mangeshi Temple, Ponda
One of the beautiful temples dedicated to Lord Siva & also considered as one of the most important temples in Goa, with a typical Goan Hindu Style of Architecture. It is located on a Hillock at Proil which is in the Ponda Taluka, surrounded with lush greenery which creates a separate place in the hearts of the onlookers. It is 22 kms from Panjim and 26 kms from Margao. It is one of the largest, wealthiest and most frequently visited temples in Goa.
8) Majorda Beach
Situated in the south of Goa, Majorda beach is one that will sweep you off your feet with its canopy of palm trees, soft white-sands, and clear waters mere bliss. It has been one of the most popular beaches of Goa, and its popularity lies in its serenity. It offers a calm and peaceful walk in the evening.
9) Cansaulim Monte, a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea
Cansaulim Monte offers a spectacular array of most of South Goa’s beaches and much more. Its geographical location offers one the joy of a really beautiful sunset. One can see the Konkan railway, typical Goan fields with farmers and bullocks, narrow roads and the scintillating breeze received atop
10) Martin’s Corner (Celebrity Restaurant)
Celebrity? That’s true! Ask any tourist where they have dinned in the South, instantly they would say Martin’s Corner. I would recommend you to dine here for 2 reasons, 1- For the delicious Sea Food cooked in Goan masala’s & you never ever know, you might be lucky to bump into a celebrity there. Even Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar is closely associated to his family; his favorite dish is the Crab Xec Xec.