Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations, not just in India, but also in the whole world. People can visit here for a few days to for a few months. It can be clubbed together with places like Gokarna, Karwar and Hampi or with Sindhudurg and Kolhapur. People come here to just relax and unwind. There are not just beautiful beaches, but there are nice temples, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, amazing rural sites, river fronts, and a big list of local cuisines. To know how to explore Goa and enjoy maximum, feel free to mail one of our associates at [email protected].
Goa is the most talked about beach destination of India. With its wonderful beaches and an amazing ambiance, Goa has always attracted tourists from all over India and rest of the world. With a coastline of 131km, Goa is home to all kinds of beaches. Goa is, however, also home to several waterfalls, rivers, and wildlife sanctuaries.
Goa has a rich historical legacy having been under Portuguese colonial rule for over 450 years. Marathas and other Indian rulers also ruled here during history from time to time. This is why Goa is also home to a number for forts.
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Goa has a nice weather all through out the year. Even during monsoon there are spells of wet and dry periods. Although and sea becomes rough during monsoon, Goa looks so green and beautiful.
Goa has a number of beaches – some stunning beaches, some remote beaches, some rocky beaches, some beaches ripe for party life, some beaches with amazing natural setup.
Palolem beach, often referred to as the paradise beach by tourists, is one of the most stunning of the beaches in all of Goa. The picturesque beach, lined with swaying coconut trees and white sand, is popular for its fishing trips and dolphin cruises, and a must visit beach.
Located close to Palolem is Patnem Beach, an offbeat beach nestled between two cliffs.
Colva Beach, a 25km stretch of fine white powdery sand. is yet another beautiful beach. It is dotted with coconut trees and quite popular with tourists. Colva Beach is lined up with a number of hotels, shacks, food stalls, small restaurants and pubs and bars.
Close to Colva Beach is a little less frequented Benaulim Beach. The beach is marked for its white sand, loft coconut trees and azure waters. You can undertake dolphin cruises from here. Varca beach, just two kilometer from Benaulim Beach, is yet another magnificent beach one should visit on a tour to Goa. Mostly free of hawkers, Varca beach is good for relaxing in complete peace.
Candolim beach is one of the loveliest beaches in North Goa. One can indulge in sport activities like paragliding, parasailing, water skiing, and windsurfing. Baga, Calangute and Anjuna are the most popular beaches in North Goa. Arambol and Morjim beaches are also quite popular ones in North Goa.
Goa is home to some wonderful waterfalls. Most of these are refreshing to see post monsoon.
Dudhsagar Falls is the most well known of the waterfalls in Goa. It is situated on Goa-Karnataka border. It is a 4-tiered waterfall with total height being 320 meters.
The waterfall has been named so after its milky appearance. Route to Dudhsagar Falls pass through stunning Mollem Wildlife Sanctuary.
Located on the southern banks of River Zuari close to the Cortalim village is Kesarval Waterfall – a waterfall whose water is said to possess medicinal properties. The height from which water falls is somewhere around 70 meters.
Netravali Waterfall, situated in Sanguem Taluka in South Goa, is another beautiful waterfall tourists can enjoy visiting. Water falls from a height of around 50 meters. Netravali Waterfall, also known as Savari Falls, is tucked inside Netravali and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. Visitors need to trek for about a kilometer to reach this waterfall.
One thing common about all these forts is that they offer spectacular views of Arabian Sea.
Tiracol Fort is yet another lovely fort. But this has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Chapora and Cabo de Rama Fort are located on a cliff and are in ruins. So, there are no specific timings to visit these. But Fort Aguada and Reis Magos Fort are open to visitors till 5.30pm in the evening.
Goa has unique markets which people travelling to Goa must visit and experience the ambience there.
Anjuna flea market, organized every Wednesday, is one of the most famous such shopping places in North Goa.
The market has a number of shops selling clothes, home décor, Indian spices, handicrafts, jewellery, souvenirs, trinkets, footwear, and musical instruments. Shopping in this vibrant market is going to enchant you for sure.
Arpora Night Market, organized every Saturday, is one of the most visited markets in Goa.
Stalls in the market sell all kinds of stuff ranging from foods, spices and herbs, handicrafts from Rajasthan, Kashmir, and Tibet; bags, accessories, artificial jewellery, semi-precious stones, paintings, books, footwear and other stuff. Shopping here is an awesome experience in itself.
Mackie’s Night Bazar, organized every Saturday on Baga Beach, is quite a popular market in Goa. This market runs till midnight and one can find various stalls here selling junk jewellery, trendy beachwear, clothes, souvenirs, antiques, and handicrafts.
There are several other markets in Goa which are interesting and visitors to Goa would love to do shopping there.
Goa is one of the very few states in India which allows casinos. There are both off shore and on shore casinos in Goa. Experiences at all casinos are different from each other.
Usually an entry to these casinos is through a package which includes food and some complimentary chips. Packages to casinos begin at around Rs2500 per person.
Even if you are not a party bug, you should just experience nightlife of Goa. Goa nightlife comes to life with dizzy neon lights, great music, delectable food – all combine to create the perfect ambience you can hope for.
Be it crazy partying with people from different continents, playing your luck at the casinos or having a beach-side bonfire-barbeque night, Goa has everything you can fancy.
There are several night clubs, pubs and bars in Goa for those who love to party.