Goa is a smallest state in India but it is not small in its terms of culture, attraction, beaches, churches and in many more… Goa is always known for its rich heritage culture and the honesty of Goans. Goa always welcome the tourist with lot of respect and humble towards them.Goa was one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world and we can see many foreign from many different countries come to visit Goa.
Here are the TOP 10 MUST SEE PLACES IN GOA.
Calangute beach is the most Famous amongst all the beaches in Goa.It is the longest beach in north Goa with an unbroken coastline that stretches for more than a kilometer. It is known as “Queen of Beaches” in Goa.I t is the most crowded beaches in whole Goa & The place where everyone prefers to do watersport activities as a part of their holiday. If you are visiting in Goa for the first time you should stay at Calangute.
You can see endless blue waters of the Arabian Sea in front of Fort Aguada. Fort Aguada is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Goa. A lot of tourists visit this place all around the year. Reasons are that it’s excellent for sightseeing and also that it stands as a testimony to the glory of the Portuguese empire & Many Bollywood movies were filmed here.
Aguada lighthouse: So this is one of oldest of its kinds in Asia as it was built in 1864.When you take a view of the surrounding place from the lighthouse, it is just par amazing. For the ones who love to take photographs, this is a place for you to look out for beautiful scenes and clicking opportunities!
Aguada Central Jail: There was a prison house in the fort where accused of the crimes such as narcotics abuse, drugs sale and trafficking are lodged in. It is closed for public visits & it is not an active jail now.
Chapora Fort – Dil Chahta Hai fort
Chapora fort is also known as “Dil Chahta Hai” fort in Goa because of famous Bollywood movie was shot here in 2001. The view from this fort is just awesome for its scenic view.Talking of the year, the present structure was built in 1717. Many rulers have held this fort for varied periods of time but main enmity was seen between Marathas and Portuguese to gain control over it. And although it was built to serve as a place of strategic importance for defence purposes, the fort fell very quickly in the test of military prowess. When we see around today, there are very less signs of the barracks and houses which were there in significant number once inside the fort.
It is one of favorite beach of foreign tourist who come to visit in India because of there is no rush like other beaches and the place is very calm for relaxation. The room rates in this area is a lot cheaper & you will spot mostly Russian in this place. Every evening all Russian gather and perform dance & music. The Arambol beach is also known for its golden sunset as the sun comes down the whole beach looks like a GOLD.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception church
One of the oldest chapels in Goa, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is one of the most prominent landmarks of the state’s capital city Panaji. The distinctive architecture of the church includes a series of crisscrossing steps that lead you to the prayer hall and massive bells on its rooftop. If you’re visiting Goa in December, then head to the chapel on the 8th of December (celebrated as Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) for a special service and lively fair earmarked for this day of the year. The monument is best viewed at night, when it is ablaze with lights that add to its spiritual charm.
Old Goa Churches
Basilica of Bom Jesus : The Bom Jesus Basilica, perhaps Goa’s most famous church and among the most revered by Christians worldwide, is partially in ruins but still a model of simplicity and elegance, and a fine example of Jesuit architecture. This is the only church in Old Goa, which is not plastered on the outside, the lime plaster having been stripped off by a zealous Portuguese conservationist in 1950
The Sé Cathedral : The Sé Cathedral has five bells. The existing tower houses a famous bell, one of the largest in Goa and often referred to as ‘Golden Bell’ on account of its rich tone which has been immortalized in a Portuguese poem. The main altar is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, and old paintings on either side of it depict scenes from her life and martyrdom.
St. Augustine’s Tower :One of the most spectacular of all monuments in Goa, reproduced on innumerable travel brochures and advertisements is the St Augustine tower in Old Goa. This highly visible landmark, a 46m-high tower served as a belfry and formed part of the facade of a magnificent Church. Out of the more than twenty fabulous churches which once existed in the old city of Velha Goa, only ten remain today. And of these four are actually chapels. The churches were located on and between seven hills around the Velha Goa region.
It is a hidden land of adventure, with some stunning views of beautiful nature & aquatic life; that’s Butterfly Beach for you! The beauty of the hidden gem has an aura of calmness and bliss attached to it. Semi-circle shaped landscape, millions of butterflies flying over the hilltop blossoms, and acrobatics of the dolphins around ensure a wonderful experience at the Butterfly Beach in Goa. IT is known as secret because of limited accessibility.
It is the most visited tourist attraction in Goa. The magnificent Dudhsagar Waterfall is perched in the high peaks of the Western Ghats and is a sight to behold especially in the monsoons when it is in full and furious flow. From a distance, the waterfall appears like streams of milk rushing down the mountainside. The exuberant and spectacular waterfall take 2 hour journey from Calangute. Measuring a mighty 600m from head to foot, this waterfall on the Goa-Karnataka border, attracts a steady stream of visitors from the coast into the rugged Western Ghats. To reach waterfall one has to cross the river through jeep safari and it is 12km inside the forest where you can spot many monkeys.
Arpora Night Market
This sprawling market is located in Arpora and transpires every Saturday evening from 6pm until late night. Here, one may find everything from archetypical Indian stalls selling spices, teas, Kashmiri carpets and silver jewelry to international designers who convene from all over the word to sell their unique creations, many of which may be found only here. This market also houses food stalls featuring cuisines from across the globe, and the centre stage that hosts live concerts featuring Rock to Indian Classical. Further up the hill, is “The Boutique House Bar” that serves delightful cocktails while DJs play late into the night.
Tambdi Surla temple
The temple is located at Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. It is surrounded by jungle all around and there is a small waterfall at this place. The beauty of the hidden gem has an aura of calmness and bliss attached to it The temple itself is built in Jain style in the twelfth century. There are some interesting details about the construction itself which has led to debates about the actual origins of the temple. The temple is built in a place which is quite inaccessible and away from the main settlements of the time. The size of the temple is quite small as compared to the size of the average Goan temple. And finally, the top part of the temple has never been completed.