14 fantastic places to visit in Goa
#1 Baga beach
A beautiful blend of white sand and blue waves, Baga beach is known for its fun night life. Along with Baga beach, you also find anjuna and calangute beach on either sides of the Baga beach. So, if you are looking to have an amazing night life experience at Goa with some amazing sea food, the baga beach is a perfect choice.
#2 Vagator beach
f you are a party animal and a shopaholic then Vagator beach should be in you visit list. Every Saturday a flea market is arranged by Germans at Vagator beach. The flea market offers varieties of things to buy and is quite famous in North Goa.
#3 Arambol beach
It is the most famous beach in Goa. People from all around the world pay visit to this beach and have some amazing time. From food to its unique bohemian feel, this beach is a package of fun and food. Beach huts, drum circle, fireworks and shows are some of the amazing must experience specialities of this beach.
#4 Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the famous churches in India. Located in Old Goa, the church is known for its unique and ancient architecture. Basilica of Bom Jesus has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The church also holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, who was a special friend of St. Ignatius Loyola.
#5 Sé Cathedral de Santa Catarina
One of the largest church in Asia, the Sé Cathedral de Santa Catarina is dedicated to Saint Catherine. This church reflects an architectural style of Portuguese-Manueline. It also has golden bell which is the largest bell in Goa and one of the best in the continent. The church doesn’t charge any entrance fee but the visitors are expected to wear decent clothes.
#6 Fort Aguada
Located in the Aguada- Solim road, Fort Aguada is one of the most visited tourist place in Goa. This 17th century Portuguese fort, has three storeyed Aguada Light house, which was built by Portuguese. It is one of the oldest and first lighthouse to be built in Asia. Back then in 1946, the Fort Aguada was converted into jail, to imprison the people who demanded to give Goa back to India. Though the jail is no more open for the visitors, instead there are memorable statues to pay respect to the freedom fighters.
#7 Dudhsagar Falls
One of the extremely beautiful waterfall in India, is visited by various tourists and locals daily. The waterfall is situated in bhagwan mahavir wildlife sanctuary. A close glimpse of dudhsagar waterfall can also be seen, if you are travelling by train. The water height is 1015 ft. high and 100ft. wide. The waterfall is a treat to eyes and a must place to visit in Goa.
#8 Church of our lady of immaculation
This Portuguese Baroque style church, which was initially a chapel was built in 1541. It is one of the famous and amongst most visited churches in Goa. It’s beautiful and eyes pleasing architecture, attracts many tourists every year.
#9 Latin Quarter
Fountainhas is the only Latin Quarter in India. It is located in Panaji, Goa. It has also been recognised as a UNESCO Heritage zone. The houses and cottages are painted with fluorescent colours and its colonial architecture is quite authentic. And if you want to have the best experience here, then your foot and camera is all you need.
#10 Butterfly Beach
Also known as honeymoon beach, is a perfect choice if you are looking for a less crowded beach. It is a small beach covered by dense forests. A frequent site of dolphins enjoying in the water can be seen. And in order to reach to the beach, one can opt for ferry from nearby beaches but can also choose to trek through dense forests which is risky but adventurous.
#11 Big Foot cross museum
This museum is run by an artist called Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares. The museum has miniatures to showcase the culture, history and lifestyle of Goa. It is one of the must visit place, if you are in Goa and is interested to know more about Goa’s culture, history and lifestyle.
#12 Fort Cabo de Rama
One of the largest forts of Goa, Cabo de Rama fort is located in Canacona Region of south Goa. The fort is situated on hilltop and Cabo de Rama beach is at the foot of the hill. Various historical things can be seen in the fort like 21 cannon guns, a small chapel, gatehouse, etc. And the jaw dropping sunset view is a must watch from Cabo de Rama Fort.
#13 Shri Shanta Durga Temple
Built in 1738, the Shri Shanta Durga temple is surrounded by forests and rice fields. It is amongst the famous temples in Goa, as thousands of worshipers’ visits the temple every single day to worship Shri Shanta Durga. Many tourists also visit to worship and admire the architectural beauty of the temple.
#14 Wax World Museum
Located in Old Goa, the Wax World Museum is the second Wax museum of India. The museum consists over 30 life size wax statues of famous personalities of India. The hair on the statues are real whereas eyes and teeth are artificial. One of the main attractions for tourists and visitors is the 22ft. long wax sculpting of the “last suppers” which weighs 500 kgs.