The sun kissed state of Goa is much more than beaches, parties & booze. A fragrant potpourri of Indian & Portuguese cultures; enriched with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality, Goa is a place beyond comparison. This party capital of India; with its unrelenting merrymaking, casinos, flea markets, buzzing nightlife & makeshift beach shacks, is synonymous with a chilled-out & carefree lifestyle.
Goa’s biggest allure indisputably lies in its miles of golden beaches stretching along the sparkling Arabian Sea. Sprinkle in a few churches & cathedrals, forts & waterfalls, river cruise & long walks, casinos & carnivals, some local Feni & fish curry; and you have a perfect Goa experience! Here are some of the major attractions in Goa.
This long stretch of golden sand, extending right to the mouth of river Baga, is divided into two spectacular beaches- Calangute and Baga. Colorful beach umbrellas, bustling crowds, frolicking kids and beachfront cafes serving delicious seafood, make Baga and Calangute a beach bummer’s paradise. Thrill seekers may indulge in parasailing, water scooter, water- skiing, banana boat rides, speed-boating and bumpy rides.
Home to the young, wild and eccentric- Anjuna has been notorious since the hippies’ era. Its psychedelic trance music, vibrant nightlife and famous Wednesday Flea market, makes it simply irresistible. Parasailing, paragliding and windsurfing are some other beach activities available here.
This rocky beach with towering rocky cliffs is always happening! Delightful trance music & wild rave parties are the signature of Vagator. Water sports like Banana Boating, Bumpy & Ringo Ride on the Vagator come highly recommended.
This pristine stretch of shoreline dotted with swaying palms is an unblemished beauty in south Goa. The warm sand and the lack of crowd, make Palolem a perfect place to spread your towel and laze in the sun. Indulge in some yoga & meditation as you enjoy the tranquility.
Fort Aguada, built by the Portuguese is 1612 AD, is a silent witness to the glorious era of the Portuguese empire. Standing stately on the on the quiet Sinquerim Beach, the Fort and its four-storied lighthouse are quite an allure for the travelers to Goa.
This striking Church in Old Goa holds high significance in the Roman Catholic world as the place entombing the mortal remains of St. Xavier Francis, often known as the apostle-of-the-Indies. The Church has been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The gushing white falls, literally translating into sea of milk, are a wonderful sight to behold. Reached after a long trek or a bumpy jeep ride on the undulated terrain, these four tiered falls cascading amidst the lush green forests are certainly worth the travel.
This Latin quarter of Goa is a different world altogether. Walking its narrow winding lanes, flanked with colorful houses with pretty fences & tiled roofs is just like going back to a distant past.
The best time to visit Goa is from October to April with the peak season beginning from mid December till February.
By Air- Dabolim Airport, located 29 km from Panjim, caters to both domestic as well as international air traffic.
By Train- The two railheads of Vasco da Gama and Madgaon are well connected to the rest of the country by an extensive railway network.
By Road- Goa is well connected to the rest of the country by a well serviced network of roads and highways