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Goa is truly inscribed its name as one of the popular travel destinations in India due to its unblemished beaches, vivacious culture and exciting water activities. In 2022, nearly 49.55 lakh domestic and 0.95 lakh foreign tourists visited this tiny state of India.

Goa is undoubtedly on the bucket list of every traveller. Whether you are a historical buff, partygoer, or nature enthusiast, Goa has everything to satiate your entire travel quench.

This blog describes the best places to visit in Goa for an intriguing holiday.

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Popular attractions in Goa
  1. Baga Beach

Whether you are travelling alone or with your friends, you can’t escape the charm of Baga Beach. Baga Beach boasts everything from exhilarating water sports to vibrant nightclubs.

Baga Beach truly represents the essence of Goa. This beach is highly appreciated among water sports enthusiasts due to its pristine water and golden sand.

The beach welcomes travellers with plenty of activities, including parasailing, jet skiing and banana boat rides. In the evening, Baga Beach turns into a party zone with beach shacks and clubs organizing events.

Baga Beach - best places to visit in Goa

Baga Beach is the number one choice for party animals who love to enjoy quality time with their loved ones with candlelight dinners or want to groove on the dance floors with their partners.

Your Goa trip won’t be completed without beachside shopping. Here comes Anjuna Flea Market, near Baga Beach, an ideal destination for all shopping lovers. Every Wednesday, the market is adorned with various stalls, offering plenty of items, including clothing, accessories and handcrafted souvenirs.

Tasting authentic Goan cuisine plays an integral part in your Goa vacation. You will love the aroma of freshly cooked seafood served at beachside shacks.

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Is Baga Beach good for couples?

Baga Beach is ideal for couples, where you can enjoy water activities, dolphin spotting, and island hopping with your partner.

  1. Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Highlight your Goa vacation manifolds by exploring Dudhsagar Falls—the epitome of beauty that will leave you awestruck. Dudhsagar Waterfalls, meaning “Sea of Milk “, is a four-tiered waterfall in Western Ghats.

Witnessing milky white water cascading down from a height exceeding 300 meters is truly a sight to behold—a treat that captivates all who look at it. To reach the falls, you have two thrilling options; a safari or an exciting trek through the forest. Both choices add a sense of excitement to your journey.

Consider going on a thrilling Jeep safari if you prefer a demanding approach. This safari takes you through the forest, giving you glimpses of wildlife and breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The journey might be bumpy; it’s an exhilarating way to reach the falls.

Once you arrive at the base of Dudhsagar Falls, you’ll be greeted by a pool where visitors can dip in the cool waters. Immerse yourself in this pool surrounded by greenery and listen to the thundering waterfall. It’s an experience that will rejuvenate both your body and soul.

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Which month is Dudhsagar Falls closed?

You can visit this waterfall anytime except monsoon. The roads are closed in the monsoon and again open in October.

  1. Anjuna Flea Market

Shopping plays an integral part in your Goa holidays. Your Goa trip won’t be completed without purchasing some souvenirs from its flea markets.

One such popular destination for shoppers is Anjuna Flea Market, where you can find everything, including clothing, accessories, dresses, handicrafts, etc.

The market opens every Wednesday, offering a long-lasting shopping experience to visitors. Besides shopping, Anjuna Flea Market is famous for street performances and live music.

Anjuna Flea Market

Local musicians and artists exhibit their hidden talents, making your Goa trip more memorable and exciting.

The Anjuna Flea Market is also famous among food connoisseurs. This place serves various authentic Goan delicacies and other international cuisines to visitors. Your taste bud will never satiate with seafood, traditional curries and delightful snacks.

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  1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Do you want to explore some more exciting and best places to visit in Goa? Then, include the Basilica of Bom Jesus in your Goa itinerary. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the oldest churches in Goa.

The church’s construction began in 1594 but was completed in 1605. The church portrays Baroque architecture with intricate carvings, detailed artwork and an ornate facade.

Basilica of Bom Jesus - best places to visit in Goa

Inside the church, the remains of St. Francis Xavier are preserved, attracting pilgrims from around the world. The church holds a special place among history buffs due to its tranquil atmosphere and exquisite interiors.

Visiting the Basilica of Bom Jesus is a spiritual pilgrim for Catholics. The church organizes social services and masses that draw the attention of many devotees, especially during the Feast of St. Francis Xavier on December 3rd each year.

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  1. Calangute Beach

While ticking off the list of the best places to visit in Goa, you can’t miss the charm of Calangute Beach. Also renowned as the “Queen of Beaches”, this beach captivates visitors with its unparalleled beauty and lively ambience.

Many foreign tourists visit this beach to enjoy its scenic coastal line, lively atmosphere, and various water activities. The beach keeps entertaining them with different water sports and other beach games, thus making their Goa holidays more exciting.

To enjoy some refreshing drinks and authentic seafood dishes, you can visit the nearby restaurants of Calangute Beach.

Calangute Beach is surrounded by many popular attractions like Aguada Fort, Baga Beach and the serene Sinquerim Beach that are pretty worthy.

Pro tip

To explore the streets of North Goa, you can rent a scooter and uncover hidden gems.

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  1. Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada is not a new attraction in Goa but it never loses its charm. Built-in the 17th century, this famous Portuguese Port is located on the hillside of the mighty Arabian Sea.

This tourist spot in Goa welcomes visitors with incredible views of the coastline. The fort is also considered the meeting point of the Mandovi River into the Arabian Sea.

Fort Aguada

Inside Fort Aguada, you will find two lighthouses; each has its own charm and uniqueness. The first lighthouse, built in 1864, is considered Asia’s oldest.

The second lighthouse was added later. Perfectly complements the fort’s allure offering an elevated perspective to admire the captivating views of both the sea and surrounding landscapes.

As part of this fort complex, you can even experience a stay at Fort Aguada Beach Resort—a heritage hotel managed by Taj Group—where modern-day comforts meet a historical setting.

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Is there any entrance fee for Fort Aguada?

Visiting the fort between 9.30 am to 6.30 pm is no entrance fee.

  1. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach emerges as a destination when seeking a blend of tranquillity and vibrant nightlife. Divided into two coves by a headland, this beach offers serenity and beautiful sunsets on its northern side while hosting lively rave parties—especially during the tourist season—on its southern side.

Vagator Beach in Goa could be an ideal vacation spot for parties and peace lovers. There is no dearth of adventure activities at Vagator Beach.

Vagator Beach

If you are an adventure junkie, you can go for adventure rides like Jet Ski or windsurfing. The beach is ideal for experiencing exciting water activities due to its calm waters and unique landscape.

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  1. Mangueshi Temple

Goa is not only about beaches and churches; this coastal town has many famous temples. One such popular temple is the Mangueshi Temple, which you shouldn’t miss on your Goa vacation.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is famous for implicit Goan-style architecture.

The evening aarti is one of the prime attractions of the temple that draws the attention of devotees. The Mangueshi Temple organizes various festivals where pilgrims from different parts of the world come to participate.

Mangueshi Temple - best places to visit in Goa

“Magha Purnima Festival” is a popular celebration when many devotees flock to the temple to take blessings of Lord Shiva. During this occasion, the entire temple is exclusively decorated, and disciples perform songs and bhajans to enjoy every bit of the festival.

Pro tip

  • While entering the temple, dress properly and maintain a demeanor.
  • Though photography is permitted, you can’t click photos of the main deity.

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  1. Chapora Fort

Often considered the hidden gem of Goa, Chapora Fort is one of the best places to visit in Goa. The fort has gained popularity after appearing in various Bollywood movies.

Its origin can be traced back to the 17th century. Initially constructed under the rule of Adil Shah of Bijapur and later reconstructed by the Portuguese in 1717. Its strategic placement allowed it to oversee enemy ship movements and protect the region from invasions.

Chapora Fort

You can enjoy views of Vagator Beach and the picturesque surroundings of the fort. Take a walk amidst the ruins and savor the mesmerizing sunset vistas.

The enchantment of Chapora Fort is particularly heightened during evenings when the setting sun paints a sky with shades of orange and pink. Witnessing a sunset at Chapora Fort offers a contemplative experience allowing you to immerse yourself in the ambience.

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  1. Palolem Beach

For those seeking a tranquil getaway, Palolem Beach is a destination. Nestled amidst swaying coconut palms, this crescent-shaped beach provides a setting for unwinding and rejuvenation.

You have plenty of activities here, like kayaking, banana boat ride or tasting delicious seafood served at shacks.

Palolem Beach is also popular for organizing “Silent Noise” parties among tourists. The guests must wear headphones to receive music signals from various DJs simultaneously.

Palolem Beach - best places to visit in Goa

Several tourists flock to the beach to witness this unique concept, allowing party fanatics to switch between music channels and dance.

Goa is a tourist spot where you can witness dolphins, and Palolem Beach is where you can encounter these sweet sea animals. The beach is also popular among yoga fanatics due to its serenity and calm atmosphere.

Conclusion

Which attractions tempt you to visit this coastal region of India? Goa is an Indian state that is crammed with beaches, churches, shrines, and many more to entice travellers to visit this place at least once in their life.

Goan cuisine needs a special mention, as without them, any Goa vacation is not completed.

So, pack your bag with the best travel deals from Bookit N Go and explore these 10 best places to visit in Goa on your upcoming Goa holidays!

FAQs

What are the top three cities in Goa?

The top three cities in Goa include Vasco da Gama, Panaji, and Mapusa.

Which part of Goa is best for a first-time?

If you are visiting Goa for the first time, don’t miss the places like Baga, Calangute, and Candolim. These places are crowded with many eateries, hotels, and attractions. Moreover, you can quickly get transport to other locations from these places.