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Local Attractions

Let us give you an idea about top local attractions to visit in Goa. There are number of places to visit in Goa, so we categorised theme as per the cities.

DONA PAULA BEACH

Dona Paula Beach

Dona Paula beach is called the Lovers Paradise in Goa, which is named after Dona Paula De Menezes, daughter of Viceroy during colonial India. Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravels the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun. The Dona Paula Sports Club at Dona Paula offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc. Dona Paula is also famous for the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, where you can spot both migratory and local birds. .

Aguada Fort

Aguada Fort

Fort Aguada is located atop a hilltop near the mouth of the river Mandovi. The fort was named Aguada which means water in Portuguese because of the presence of three freshwater springs inside. The fort that is overlooking the Arabian Sea was originally built to guard the Marathas and was used as a reference point for the vessels from Europe.Aguada fort is amongst the larger in Goa and covers the entire peninsula at the south western tip of Bardeztaluka. A part of the fort is converted into a Central jail and a luxury beach resort.

Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral is one of the ancient structures in Goa, which is classically Portugeschurch.The cathedral has fifteen altars and eight chapels. The grand altar being dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. On either side of the altar stand images of St. Peter and St. Paul. Beautifying are engravings depicting Matyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria (307 A.D.). The church is adorned with Tuscan exterior, intricate Corinthian interiors and excellent Portuguese-Manueline architecture style.

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Chapel Of St. Francis Xavier

The Chapel of St. Francis Xavier is one of the most visited churches in Goa and also a prominent tourist attraction.As the name suggests the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, is dedicated to St Francis Xavier.The simplicity of the church adds to the charm of the place.

Colva Beach

Colva Beach

Colva beach is one of the largest and striking beaches of South Goa that has fine powdered white sand and bounded by coconut palms.The area has a lot of hotels, pubs and restuarants to dine in which offer a nice ambience and delectable cuisine at reasonable rates. At the beach one can spend time engaging in watersports such as paragliding, parasailing, Jet Ski’s banana rides. Also dolphin sighting cruises are available but should be taken when the sun is high up.

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim beach in Goa starts where Colva beach ends. The best thing about Goa Benaulim beach is that it is still rather undiscovered by domestic tourists even though it is a famous beach for fishing.Apart from the lovely beach, there is the Church of St. John the Baptist which is situated on a hill beyond the village and is worth a visit.

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna remains one of the most famous beaches of Goa known for its hippie culture, Anjuna Beach is to the south of the Anjuna village with its usual lot of restaurants and bars. Although it is not known as the most beautiful beach you can see in Goa, many tourists still land up at Anjuna for the famous Curlies beach restaurant and every Wednesday Anjuna flea market.

Baga Beach

Baga Beach

Baga is one of the top party spots in Goa. There are plenty of shacks all around, nightclubs, and discos. The seaside is full of restaurants, cafes, shops, and resorts. Thai massage, tattoo parlor and many more attractions are very much close to it. For the adventurer and water sports love, there is Jet Ski, windsurfing, and parasailing.Baga is home to some of the biggest hot-spots by night in Goa.

Sri Devaki Krishna Temple

Sri Devaki Krishna Temple

Among all Hindu temples, Sri Devaki Krishna temple is of great religious significance. The uniqueness of the Devki Krishna temple lies in the fact that it is the only temple in India with the presiding deity of Devakikrishna, a confluence of Lord Krishna and his mother Devaki.

Originally located at the Chorao Island, all the deities were moved to Mayem in Bicholim to escape the wrath of the Portuguese rulers. They were finally established at the present location at Marcel.

Sri Kamakshi Temple

Sri Kamakshi Temple

The Kamakshi temple is dedicated to Kamakshi or Goddess Kamakhya, originally a deity from Guwahati, Assam. The original temple was in Raia in Salcete Taluka which was destroyed during the missionary activities and the idol of Kamakshi was carried away to Shiroda, where it is now situated.

Dudhsagar Waterfall

Dudhsagar Waterfall

Dudhsagar waterfall is located in the Sanguem Taluka of Goa, and falls into the jurisdiction of the Goa Forest departments since it is a part of the BhagwanMahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Ocean of milk the literally meaning of this waterfall is one of the most attractive and ideal picnic spots.

Fontainhas

Fontainhas

Fontainhas is the heritage quarter of the capital city of Panaji, lying along the banks of the ancient Ourem creek. This old district or Latin Quarter has a completely different atmosphere from the hustle and bustle of the main city, with its Mediterranean appearance, narrow streets and overhanging balconies of the ancient Portuguese style houses. The entire area is laid out at the base of a hillside known as Altinho, and the natural springs on the hillside, gave the name Fontainhas to the area. The area speaks about an era gone by.

Carambolim Lake

Carambolim Lake

The lake is a famous bird watching spot in Goa where one can see a lot of species of migratory birds as well as a lot of water birds.The surroundings of the lake are picturesque, green, covered with rice fields, dispose to rest and contemplation. The excursion to Carambolim Lake suits for people of all ages and especially for nature lovers, romantics and inquisitive grownups.

Bondla wildlife Sanctuary

Bondla wildlife Sanctuary

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is an eco-tourism spot, which is located in Goa and is renowned for its elephant safaris and botanical gardens. To top it all, there are easy accommodation options inside the sanctuary for people looking for a night stay. The other attractions includes zoo, botanical gardens, Deer Safari park, Natural education center, rehabilitation center.

Arvalem Caves and waterfall

Arvalem Caves and waterfall

The Arvalem or locally known as Harvalem waterfall, which cascades down from the mountains from a height of 50 meters, is one of the most awe-amazing spots. This charming waterfall is a mind-blowing experience, with Rudreshwar temple in its vicinity. Near the water symphony there are the Arvalem or Pandavas caves cut in rocks. The legend says that during the 12 years' expulsion here lived one of the Pandavas brothers.

Anjuna Flea Market

Anjuna Flea Market

Like Anjuna Wednesday market, Mapusa colorful market is open every day but it is in full swing on Fridays. The market becomes alive with aroma of fresh spices as vendors from all over Goa flock here to sell their products.

Mapusa Market

Mapusa Market

Braganza House, built in the 17th century and stretching along one whole side of Chandor’s village square, is the biggest Portuguese mansion of its kind in Goa. It is a museum of chandeliers, painting, porcelain, crystal, period furniture and other antique items.

Menezes Braganza / Pereiza Braganza House

Menezes Braganza / Pereiza Braganza House

The Goa state Museum in Goa is especially famous for its collection of Hindu and Jain scriptures. This museum is very famous for its huge collection related to art, religion and history, stone sculptures, wooden objects, carvings, bronzes, paintings, manuscripts, rare coins, numismatic collection, and anthropological objects. It is well known among other museums for its collection of Hindu and Jain artifacts and scriptures along with different priceless antiques.

Goa State Museum

Goa State Museum

The Goa state Museum in Goa is especially famous for its collection of Hindu and Jain scriptures. This museum is very famous for its huge collection related to art, religion and history, stone sculptures, wooden objects, carvings, bronzes, paintings, manuscripts, rare coins, numismatic collection, and anthropological objects. It is well known among other museums for its collection of Hindu and Jain artifacts and scriptures along with different priceless antiques.

Goa Chitra

Goa Chitra

Goa Chitra is a beautiful museum housing Goa’s oldest and most beautiful artifacts is based in the coastal Goan village Resort of Benaulim. Founded and run by Victor-Hugo Gomes, this museum houses thousands of traditional implements, vessels and tools that evolved over centuries in Goa, and its service of farming and other traditional trades.

Naval Aviation Museum

Naval Aviation Museum

Naval Aviation museum is one of only two military museums in India that is inaugurated in 1998. In fact, it is the only Naval aviation museum in all of Asia. The museum displays a number of aircraft that were used by the Indian navy throughout its history. These are displayed outside in the museum’s open air gallery.

Ancestral Goa

Ancestral Goa (Big Foot)

This private museum that depicts the day-to-day life of native Goans is a brainchild of MaendraJocelino Araujo Alvares. The museum consists of a replica of a typical Goan village with miniature houses, a famous Goan music school (Escola da Musica), fenny distillery and many more native Goan artifacts. A major attraction of this museum is a 14 meter sculpture of SantMirabai built in just 30 days.

Houses of Goa

CALIZZ

Calizz Museum provides a wonderful experience of traveling through Goa’s heritage. Located by the Candolim Beach on several acres of land, it is a living museum with a fantastic, vibrant and eclectic collection of artifacts, 50 to 100 years old.

Calizz

VAGATOR BEACH

Vagator Beach is considered to be one the most attractive beaches in Goa. It is much quieter and more peaceful even despite the acquitted image of a party place, because after the sunset all noise stops here.Vagator is the best place for vacations not only for newly-weds and people in love, but also for elderly couples and families with children.

Dolphin Trip

Dolphin Tour

Dolphin spotting trips are very famous in Goa. Some of the prominent beaches which have operators providing this activity are Candolim Beach Goa, Calangute Beach Goa.Experience a relaxing fun filled dolphin safari to spot wild dolphins in Arabian sea. Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins and Finless Porpoises are the commonest species you will find here.

Vagator Beach
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