Places to Visit in Goa
6 Places to visit in Goa for Fantastic Vacations
Known as “go-to” destination for those looking out a great beach holiday, Goa is beautiful western coastline and well-known tourist destination in India. With adrenaline activities, diverse mix of beaches, nature, parties and history, Goa overlooks Arabian Sea and has been recently discovered by tourists. It has 60 miles of amazing coastline which is home to world’s loveliest beaches each having their own appeal. It stands out for its Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage. Portuguese arrived here in 1510 attracted by its exotic East, and their incredible mark can be still seen in whitewashed churches, baroque architecture, colorful Catholic ceremonies, crumbling forts, fado music and cathedrals of Old Goa. To enjoy your vacations to the fullest, there are few mistakes to avoid in new country such as don’t let anonymous to buy a drink for you, etc. Going to back to the point, below given are popular places to visit in Goa:
- Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus is historic church considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous throughout Roman Catholic world, this church has tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier – Apostle of Indies. Even after 400 years, his ‘incorrupt’ body is in good condition and is taken out once in a decade. The remains are kept in mausoleum in glass-sided coffin. This church is one of its kinds and is known for its baroque architecture. The floor of this church is made of precious stones with marble mosaic, and interior of church is quiet and simple. This church is more than 408 years old and is open to public every day.
- Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Built in 1619, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is located on hilltop in capital city of Panaji. Visitors have to climb up few stairs to reach the church. Its architecture and interior is worth admiring. This pearly white church looks more beautiful at night when it is all lit up. When Panaji was fishing village, this church was first port for sailors from Lisbon, who give thanks for safe crossing. Ropes lead up to shiny church bell in belfry. This church is famous for celebrations during Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
- Agonda Beach
If you want to avoid hustle bustle of crowd, Agonda Beach is perfect place for you. With turquoise clear blue water and coconut trees, this beach is delight for nature lovers. This beach is not so popular among tourists and hence is less crowded. Agonda is one of those beaches where visitors can venture out for walk along beautiful coast. At high tide hours, the beach becomes little dangerous and surfing is also risky. However, it is best place to visit in India.
- Anjuna beach
Known for its glowing soft white sand, swaying palms and unparalleled natural beauty, Anjuna Beach is hot spot for tourists, both domestic and foreign. Its full moon beach parties are what attract visitors here. Situated on west coast of Goa, Anjuna Beach is perfect epitome of amazing natural beauty. The main highlight of this beach is remarkable rock formation which is seated over inlay of white sand, which is popularly known as jewel of Anjuna. The environment during full moon is absolute bliss with soft waves kissing your feet.
- Baga Beach
Located 30 KM North of Panaji, Baga Beach is most popular beach of Goa. It is popular for its nightlife with very famous clubs such as Titos, Brittos and Mambos. It is named after ‘Baga Creek’ which flows into Arabian Sea and tourist hotspot. There are plenty of water sports that you can try. It is amazing place where visitors can see beautiful sunsets and enjoy coming breeze. In evening, shacks come to life with music blasting and amazing service.
- Vagator Beach
Located on north of Anjuna Beach, near Chapora Fort, Vagator beach is small beach rolled into rave culture. This beach is famous due to its beautiful sunset which is visible through rocks of Vagator beach. As you face towards the sea, you will notice that this beach is split into 2 beaches – one is Big Vagator Beach and other is Little Vagator beach. Additionally, this beach has beautiful red cliffs. This beach was host of Sunburn Festival in 2013, which is best festival to attend. The best time to visit this less noisy and crowded beach is November.