Goa – beautiful state on West Coast of India, is the beautiful beach holiday destination in India explored by couples, beach lovers, adventure sport enthusiasts and nature lovers throughout the years, especially from the month of October to February. A former Portuguese colony with a rich history, the small yet beautiful state has a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture attracting tourists from across the world.
The magical state and the land of beaches has been divided into two parts named North Goa and South Goa. However, the fact cannot be denied that the real life of Goa lies in the villages. Goa has some nearly 350 villages, often scenic and each having a character of its own. However, the beauty and popularity of cities like Panaji (Panjim), Margao, Vasco Da Gama, Mapusa, etc cannot be ignored.
BEACHES OF GOA – the Must See Attractions
- The beach tour destination is a paradise for beach lovers and water sport enthusiasts. Goa beaches are ideal holiday gateways to enjoy the sunbath, greenery and serenity. Agonda (Turtle Beach), Anjuna beach, Vagator beach, Calangute beach, Candolim beach, Colva beach, Dona Paula beach, Palolem beach, Polem beach and Bogomolo beach are some of the popular beaches in Goa to explore and spend some good time.
- Among different beaches of Goa, Dona Paula Beach is a perfect testimony of true love. Colva Beach – the oldest and largest of South Goa’ s Resort, has been an ideal destination for people who want to witness the deep sea and high-rise sea waves. Anjuna Beach is known for its fluorescent painted palm trees and full moon parties. Not forget to mention Baga Beach – an extension of Calangute is also a must see beach of Goa.
WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES AND NATIONAL PARKS IN GOA
- The beautiful state in West part of India is a home to different wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that are ideal gateways for those who want to visit the rare to endangered species of animals, reptiles, birds and plants in their natural habitat. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Dudh Sagar Waterfall, Abyss Aquarium Verna are different wildlife sanctuaries and parks to explore in Goa.
FORTS AND ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS OF GOA
- If compared to forts in other parts of India, especially Rajasthan and Agra, Goa forts are smaller. Some of the famous forts of Goa are Aguada Fort, Cabo Da Rama Fort, Chapora Fort, Rachol Fort, Reis Magos Fort, Terekhol Fort, Corjuem Fort, and the ruins of the Fortress of Colvale. Church of Our Lady of Rosary on Monte Santo (Old Goa), St Francis Xavier church, the Rachol Seminary, newly rebuilt Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (at Panaji), Church of St Francis of Assisi (Old Goa), the Church of Holy Spirit (Margao), Church of St Ana (Talaulim) and the list goes on.
- It is known for its historical significance. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Goa is known for its renaissance architecture still seen in monuments and churches of the region.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS OF GOA
- Panjim – the capital city of Goa and the administrative headquarter of North District, is a beautiful coastal town adorned with ancient churches, cathedrals and string of beaches. It is also known for Goa Carnival that is celebrated in the month of February.
BASILICA OF BOM JESUS
- Located in Old Goa at the distance of around 10 km from Panaji, it is a World Heritage Monument that is counted as the most famous church of Goa. Being the model of simplicity and elegance, it is the right instance of Jesuit architecture.
- There are numerous temples, museums and other prehistoric to contemporary architectural wonders in Goa to explore.