Places to Visit in Goa

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Situated between the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, Goa is the smallest state in India. Regardless it is small in terms of area, yet it is considered as the most attractive tourist destinations of the world. The picturesque beaches are some of the places to visit in Goa and the greatest source of serenity and peace for the tourists. It is an experience far from the madding crowds of the city, and thus, everyone would love to spend a dream vacation in Goa.

Baga Beach, Goa

Experience the exotic combination of sand and sea in this beach. The beaches spread throughout Goa are the most fascinating places to see in goa and is considered to be a paradise on earth. This beach is the favourite spot for nightlife, beach parties and amazing sea food. Other well-known beaches include Calangute Beach, Vagator Beach, Agonda beach etc. These beaches are not only beautiful, but also well-known for offering wide varieties of water sport activities.

Baga Beach

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Chapora Fort And Fort Anguada, Goa

The fort is easily accessible from Vagator, and is located over the top of a hill. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese invaders and efforts are made to restore the lost heritage. The grand fort of Anguada, on the other hand is also an interesting part of Goa sight seeing. It boasts of the first ever lighthouse in Asia.

Chapora Fort And Fort Anguada

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Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa

The largest wildlife sanctuary of the state is home to large numbers of wild animals and is definitely one of the best places to visit in Goa. Apart from Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the places to visit in Goa. The park is located on a beautiful island and is filled with Portuguese charm.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

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Panjim City And Church, Goa

The church is located at a hillock dominating the heart of the city. It offers great bird’s eye view of the main square.

Chapora Fort And Fort Anguada

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Basilica of Jesus, Goa

You can take a visit to the old Goa, where you will be able to witness the Basilica of Jesus, considered to be the heritage site of the world. This is a part of Goa sightseeing that you should not afford to miss out at any cost. You will be impressed with the architecture here.

Basilica of Jesus

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Church and Monastery of St Augustine, Goa

This church is associated with a deep history and is one of the interesting places to see in north Goa. However, apart from this church, there are many other churches located across Goa and provide options of good sight seeing in Goa.

Church and Monastery of St Augustine

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River cruise on Mandovi River, Goa

Apart from the golden beaches, there are many other places to visit in Goa. There are many scenic rivers that make them the perfect location for river cruises. Taking a tour of the river in cruise is a must do thing in Goa.

River cruise on Mandovi River

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Shri Mangueshi Temple, Goa

Though Goa is mostly predominated with churches, yet there are temples to visit as one of places to visit in south Goa. The architecture of the temple reflects the profound influence of Mughals, Portuguese and even Hindu architecture.

Shri Mangueshi Temple

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The secretariat, Goa

It is located in Panaji along the riverside and is considered to be one of the most striking monuments. In fact, it is also the oldest buildings in Goa making it one of the best places to see in Goa. It was originally a palace of Muslim ruler that was later converted into the secretariat house.

The secretariat

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Anjuna flea market, Goa

This is a flea market that takes place in the beach of Anjuna, a famous beach in Goa, and is visited by large numbers of people from different corners of the world. The tourists visiting this beach ensure that they do not miss out the opportunity to experience the joyful affairs that take place in the flea market every Wednesday and complete the sightseeing in Goa.

Anjuna flea market

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Sinquerium Beach, Goa

Sinquerim beach is a famous beautiful beach in Sinquerim village in Bardez sub-district, North Goa, India.

Sinquerium Beach

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Arambol, Goa

Arambol Beach is a traditional fisherman village, located approximately a one hour drive from the Dabolim Airport (GOI) within the Pernem administrative region of northern Goa, India. The beach attracts many international tourists, mainly during the winter season between November and March.

Palolem Beach, Goa

Palolem is a beach village situated in Canacona in southern Goa, India. Palolem is a beach village situated in Canacona in southern Goa, India.

Palolem Beach

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Calangute, Goa

Calangute is famous for its beach, the largest in north Goa, visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists alike. The peak tourist season is during Christmas and New Year, and during the summer in May.

Calangute

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Butterfly Beach, Goa

Butterfly beach is located in the north direction of Palolem beach at Butterfly island in south Goa. Butterfly Beach Goa is well known as a favourite place for dolphins playing.

Butterfly Beach

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Colva Beach, Goa

Colva is a coastal village in Salcete, south Goa, on the west coast of India. Colva beach stretches for around 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi), part of a beach consisting of about 25 kilometres of powder white sand, lined along its shore by coconut palms and extending from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south.

Colva Beach

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Benaulim, Goa

Benaulim is a census town in South Goa district in the state of Goa, India. It is a beach town a little south of Margao in Goa, India.

Benaulim

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Mobor Beach, Goa

Mobor beach is located in Mobor town in South Goa in the state of Goa, India.

Mobor Beach

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Divar Island, Goa

The island of Divar  lies in the Mandovi river in the Indian state of Goa. It is located approximately upriver 10 km (6 mi) from Panjim. The Island is connected to Old Goa on the south-east side, Ribandar, on the south-west side and Narve on the north side, all by ferry.

Divar Island

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Directorate of Museum, Goa

Goa State Museum, also known as the State Archaeology Museum, Panaji, is a museum in Goa, India. Established in 1977, it contains departments including Ancient History and Archaeology, Art and Craft, and Geology.

Cabo de Rama, Goa

Cabo de Rama, also known as Cab de Ram beach is a beautiful beach located in south Goa. Overlooking the beach to it’s south is the Portuguese Cabo de Rama Fort. From the fort, one can see the Cabo de Rama beach and the Arabian sea.

Cabo de Rama

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Dona Paula, Goa

Dona Paula is a former village, and tourist destination, in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa, India.It is today home to the National Institute of Oceanography, and just alongside it lie the Goa University and the International Centre Goa.

Dona Paula

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Immaculate Conception Church, Goa

The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is located in Panjim, Goa, India. The Church conducts mass every day in English, Konkani, and Portuguese.

Immaculate Conception Church

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 Mapusa Market, Goa

Mapusa Friday Market is a major weekly market in Mapusa, North Goa and a major tourist attraction. It is located outside the Mapusa Municipal Market.

Mapusa Market

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Saturday Night Market, Goa

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 jewellery to international designers who convene from all over the word to sell their unique creations, many of which may be found only here.

Saturday Night Market

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Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an estuarine mangrove habitat which is declared as a bird sanctuary and located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along the river Mandovi, Goa, in India.

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

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Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

Dudhsagar Falls is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa. It is 60 km from Panaji by road and is located on the Madgaon-Belgaum rail route about 46 km east of Madgaon and 80 km south of Belgaum.

Dudhsagar Falls

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Arvalem Waterfall, Goa

The Arvalem or Harvalem waterfalls, which cascades down from the mountains, from a height of 50 metres, is one of the most awe-amazing spots. It is situated at about 2 km from the small town of Sanquelim and 8 km from Bicholim, in North Goa.

Arvalem Waterfall

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Sahakari Spice Farm, Goa

Sahakari Spice Farm is situated amidst lush green surroundings at Curti. The taluka of Ponda in which it is located, is popular amongst tourists for its rich cultural heritage and magnificently designed places of worship.

Sahakari Spice Farm

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Lamgau Caves, Goa

Lamgau Caves is one of the famous tourist spot in Goa that can not be lost. These can be addressed in two ways the first is the way through Lamgau village itself, and quite tiring journey along the base of the hill, and the second is much more easy it is to drive through Bicholim on the road to Mapusa.

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