Goa - Paradise of Beaches
This is the most scenic coastal area that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. There are innumerous tourist locations to visit. There are several activities such as water sports and balloon rides to outdoor adventure here.
This is the dream wedding destination for many couple’s big day. There are lovely white sandy beaches and quaint waterfalls to experience here. Warm people with Portugal traditions, cuisine, and several churches are a common sight here. Goa is best for romantic honeymoons, family get-togethers or simply to experience an unforgettable holiday.
Major Attractions of Goa:
Dudhsagar Waterfalls :
Milky white waters flow down from a height of 310 meters of India’s fifth highest waterfalls. Literally meaning Milk Lake, the multi- tiered waterfalls is an indescribable sight to behold. Hire a jeep from Castle Rock through the forest to reach here. There is rock climbing and swimming too.
Calangute Beach :
Goa has several exotic beaches. This ‘Queen of Beaches’ lies between Baga and Candolim Beaches is a major hub for several around the world. There are crazy nights with rhythms of pop and rock beats in the air. There is no dearth of food joints serving sea food and cocktails. This is the best place for parasailing, jet- skiing, surfing, etc.
Basilica of Bom Jesus :
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Over 400 years old. Though looking rugged from outside, its floors made from marble mosaic with precious stones in baroque architecture. The tomb preserves the remains of St. Xavier said to have healing powers. This historic church marks the beginning of Christianity in India.
Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceicao :
An iconic stairway leads up to it is this historical structure standing on a hilltop built in colonial Portugal architecture. You get the best view of the whole city from here. The interior is awe- striking and the exterior is a strikingly white landmark. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception appearance is overwhelming when illumined at night.
Chapora Fort and Beach :
This picturesque destination stands as a reminder of the Portugal History. You can also view the amazing Vagator Beach from here. There are standing ruins of the Chapora Fort in Portuguese architecture. This was a shooting location of the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ movie that contributed to its huge success.
Dona Paula :
This National Institute of Oceanography Center is situated in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa. The enlivening rocky idyllic headlands divide the rivers Mandovi and Zuari. Several Bollywood movies including the famous ‘Singham’ were filmed here. It is a highly expensive residential area where top politicos and industrialists reside. Several water sports are hosted in the fashionable area celebrating two famous festivals - Janamastami and Feast of St. Lawrence.
Best Time to Visit Goa
If you love giving your body the perfect tan, take a sunbath on the shores of several beaches of Goa. Monsoons are wet but you can enjoy the tranquil during off-season time. The favorite festival period that relives a mix of Portugal/ Western Culture is Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Due to close proximity to the Arabian Sea winters are not freezing. Tourists from all over India and abroad throng the streets of Goa during winter months. The churches are illumined decoratively as celebrations happen in full pomp and splendour. November to March is the best time to visit Goa especially if you’re a happening party animal.
How to Reach Goa
Dabolim Airport connects flights to major cities. Best way to reach Goa is train as there is Margao /Madgaon Railway Station and Vasco-Da-Gama Railway Station too. There are innumerable government run and privately run bus services to get around.
Journeys of Decan Odyssey Train:
- Maharashtra Splendor : On Day 6, luxury train will reach Goa.
Shopping in Goa :
Mapusa Market is the best to pick up historic antiques, traditional spices, homemade pickles, sumptuous sausages, Goan pottery, fruits, etc. Anjuna Flea Market located in North Goa is a tourist shopper's hub for artificial jewellery & beachwear, clothing & accessories, local handicrafts, etc. Calagute Market Square is famous for various varieties and designs of trinkets and some made from sea shells too. There are leather, clay and metal items, textiles & carpets and gothic designs even at Night Bazaar at Arpora. Mackie’s Night Bazaar offers lip smacking delicacies while listening to live music. You can also hit the dance floor at this unique market.