Best Places to Visit in Goa, based on my experience of visiting this place 50+ times.
Goa the name is enough to fill you with excitement and thrill. With the surreal evenings, exotic nightlife, inspiring mornings and charming beaches, the place hypnotizes every soul and makes people fall for it. Every time you visit this land of Beaches, it will make your emotions stronger. So, whenever someone says, “Let’s Go Goa”- you feel an unmatched pleasure. Goa is one such holiday destination which has something to offer to every traveller, regardless of budget and travel tastes. In this blog, I will highlight a few of the best places to visit in Goa based on my experience of visiting these amazing place some 50+ times…..
What makes Goa an Amazing Tourist Destination?
The combination of beautiful beaches, olden Portuguese building, luxury resorts and more, old Konkani culture to the modern vibes, traditional Goan seafood to cuisine from across the globe makes this place abode of tourists. If the adventure activities are what you are looking for, Goa has ample opportunities for you to explore the waters of this town whichever you want to. Ahaa! have I missed to tell you that Goa is the party lover’s paradise, From exotic & serene party places to cheap liquours, everything is waiting for you!
Best Time to Visit Goa:
Mid-November to mid-February. These are the best months to visit the party capital since the weather is pleasantly cool and Comfortable. It’s the perfect time to relax on the beaches amidst other tourists who make the most of these three months in Goa. December is the time when Goa witness one of it’s most popular festivals, sunburn, besides extensive Christmas and new year celebrations and is home to lakhs of visitors from across the world. March to the May season are raised temperatures the sea becomes rougher and the weather turns hot and humid not many people visit goa between the months. While in mid-June to October is the time when the rain hit the beautiful Goa. There are parties across the length and breadth of Goa one of the reasons to visit Goa during monsoon is also the festivals of Sao-Joao that held during late June.
Top 10 Famous Tourist Attractions in Goa:
Fort Aguada: A well preserved 17th-century Portuguese fort, Fort Aguada is located on the Sinquerim Beach in North Goa. Built as the chief defense of Portuguese against the Dutch and Marathas, it was the most prized and crucial fort of the Portuguese. The fort is ringed by thick battlements and a deep dry moat. Some buildings of the fort are still in good shape having been converted into a jail and interestingly, it happens to be largest jail in Goa.
Deltin Royale: The Deltin Royale boat is one of the largest Cruises in Goa, it offers 24hours of non-stop fun in an area spread over 40,000 sq. ft. Of luxurious live gaming on three levels with 850 gaming positions. Live entertainment is on the restaurant floor and during peak hours. You need to buy an entry and play package to gain access to the casinos. You can also choose to buy a stay and play package which lets you stay at the Deltin hotel and access to the casino as well.
Chapora Fort: this is yet another popular destination for tourists in Goa and is especially a favourite evening haunt for people to chill out. The fort overlooks the Chapora river and hence it’s named. There is a more interesting name Dil Chahta Hai Forts based on a super hit Bollywood movie that was shot here in 2001. When the movie became a blockbuster, a sweeping hit, striking young generation people started identifying this fort with the name of the movie. Now the Fort building is almost gone, but whatever is left coupled with a majestic sea view engulfed by lush green valley is simply breathtaking.
Palolem Beach: Undoubtedly the best beach in entire Goa. This white sand gem is located in Canacona, a southern Goan Town. Its known for its white sand beach, calm water and
Things to do: Yoga Classes, Dolphin Spotting Tours and Ayurvedic Massage
Dudhsagar: One of the most popular waterfalls in India. This majestic waterfall is situated on the bank of river Mandovi near Karnataka border. The name is derived from its milky white appearance. The height of the fall is approximately 310 meters. The view of the waterfall engulfed in dense forest is just more than breathtaking.
Dudhsagar is around 40 Kms from Madgaon, You can hire a cab or catch a bus till Kullem or Mollem. Once you reach there you need to hire a registered Jeep which will take you to a point from where you need to do a trekking.
Tambdi Surla: This 15th century ancient Shiva temple is situated in Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary some 60 Kms from Panaji. Surrounded by lush green forest and mountains. Visiting this place is a surreal experience. Don’t forget to do a 1.5 hr trecking from here to reach a small yet beautiful Tambdi Surla Waterfalls.
Sanqulem Dam: This dam has found place in my favourites of Goa because of its unique duckbill design which is very uncommon in Indian Dams. Apart from its unique design the mist cover over it during overflows makes it a perfect picturesque.
The dam is situted in Sanguem Town on Selaulim River a tributery of Zuari River. There is a small botanical garden nearby, making it perfect place for bird watching too.
Basilica of Bom Jesus: This UNESCO world heritage site is located in Old Goa next to St. Francis Church. It holds motal remains of St. Francis Xavier ( A spanish missionary).