What to visit and see on Goa in 2019?


A traveler who wants to have fun at the same time, sunbathe in the sun and join the ancient culture is better to relax in Goa than in other states of India, Vietnam or Thailand. The prices here are slightly lower, the beaches are no worse, and the historical places that you should look at least out of the corner of your eye are plenty. What to see first in North Goa - try to figure it out.

First of all, a few words about how North Goa differs from South Goa. There are two main factors: the cost of leisure and the number of tourists. Now, having decided on the destination, you can begin to get acquainted with North Goa. The first (and largest) attraction that a traveler should start with is the state capital, the city of Panaji. It is best to take walks along it for at least one day: everything in Panaji is history, and a tourist, walking along one of the main streets and sitting in a cafe, will not be able to imagine where he has been.

Of course, it is not worth looking into the most remote areas, slightly different from the slums of East India: it is not so much dangerous there (the quality of the work of the local police has improved dramatically lately), but it's dirty and uninteresting. But to visit several "peripheral" streets and alleys, look at old houses with red painted roofs, stone fences, cozy temples and lots of flowers, of course, you need.

It is here that, slowly walking along a narrow street, the traveler will be able to feel the best possible way of life of the inhabitants of Goa, resting or rushing about their business. It is highly recommended to visit the Fontaines quarter, the oldest and most remarkable in the city. His age exceeds two hundred years, the prevailing architectural style is Portuguese (with a small admixture of traditional Indian).

The walls of the houses are painted in bright joyful colors: light blue, green, yellow, orange and even scarlet, despite such variegation, the traveler’s chances to get lost here are minimal - primarily due to the excellent layout, and secondly due to the abundance of signs to foreign Languages ​​from Portuguese and Spanish to English.

Locals are extremely friendly towards visitors to Panaji: a traveler who wants to see the historic house from the inside can quite easily get permission to enter - and in some cases even join a meal: lunch or an early dinner familiar to the inhabitants of the South.

Panaji and Fontaines - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: round the clock,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God

Now more about the sights of the capital of Goa. The first and, of course, the most significant Catholic religion for Panaji residents is the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The huge snow-white building, towering on a hill in the northern part of the city and surrounded on all sides by smoothly climbing stairs, is guaranteed to impress the traveler, even if he is not very versed in architecture and does not feel inclined to look at relics.

Climbing one of the stairs, admiring the graceful side towers, easily flying up, and the central bell tower crowned with a cross, the traveler should pay special attention to the magnificent statue of the Virgin Mary made of the same snow-white marble, standing directly opposite the entrance to the temple. Near it, outdoor services are held, from which the procession steps here begin from time to time - and you can estimate the size of the statue by going to a small balcony, which protrudes forward, overhanging the stairs.

From here, besides everything, a great view of the city opens: before going inside the church, the traveler can take a good look at the park adjacent to the temple, the colorful houses visible in the distance and the forests that slightly extend beyond them.

The temple itself is always cool, light and fairly quiet: designed for several thousand parishioners, it attracts not only believing Catholics, but also residents of the city, seeking to relax from the scorching sun or hide from torrential rains. In the center stands a magnificent altar - as snow-white as the whole temple, generously trimmed with gold and surrounded by figures and icons of saints.

After enjoying the art of the craftsmen, wandering around the richly decorated aisles of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and listening to the melodic bell ringing, a tourist can go to the next attraction - or spend an hour or two in a nearby cafe, regaining strength and buying some souvenirs in one of the shops sprinkled on the church grounds.

Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 08:00 to 19:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Nine and a few kilometers from Panaji is another Catholic attraction of North Goa - the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. In size, it is slightly inferior to the previous one, but its interior decoration is richer and, probably, has no equal in all of India.

The construction of the temple began in 1225, in its original form, like a modest church a few dozen parishioners, it opened four years later - and only a few years later (after an unexpected fire), the ruins of the building had to be demolished. Restoration work was carried out on the site of the shrine, even several “intermediate” buildings were erected, but the church of St. Francis, which travelers now admire, appeared in 1665 - completely new, with the exception of a few elements that were not affected by the fire and heavy rains.

Even without entering the temple, a tourist can appreciate the tall, completely smooth, snowy white walls of the building, decorated with stucco and a few figures of saints, organically fit into the general ensemble of the bell tower and aesthetic high roof, as gothic as possible in India.

Inside the Church of St. Francis, there are many separate halls and corridors, turning into each other and ending with the most unexpected turns and dead ends. On the walls and ceilings of the shrine there are frescoes, paintings, stucco moldings and bas-reliefs decorated with gold and precious stones, so beloved in this country and in this state.

In the paintings and paintings - scenes from the Bible, images of local legends and, of course, the life of Francis of Assisi himself described in great detail - going through the main hall, the visitor will see all of his episodes (from attempts to build a temple to receive stigmata). Not without flower ornaments, equally beloved in India by Christians, Muslims and local worshipers - roses, tulips and all kinds of local flora blossomed around the frescoes, strange and surprising for Europeans.

Special attention should be paid to tourists standing in the center of the temple statues depicting Christ and St. Francis, carved from marble by local sculptors, they themselves are works of art.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 07:00 to 20:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Good Jesus, or in Portuguese Bon-Jesus, is a building in North Goa, executed more in the Baroque than in the Gothic style. This is another Catholic church, popular among locals, for the last two hundred years serving as an object of pilgrimage.

In addition to the unusual facade combining European classics and national ideas of Indian architecture, decorated with bas-reliefs, figures of saints and miniature turrets, the basilica is famous for the number of relics stored in it: from the oldest in the country, made of gold and studded with precious stones, donor-bearing and ancient icons bearing an imprint Indian art, to objects that once belonged to St. Francis Xavier - the heavenly patron of India in general and the state of Goa in particular.

The church was founded in 1590, for many reasons, the construction progressed very hard - to complete and consecrate the temple only happened in 1605. According to the architects' plan, Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns and ornaments are combined in the building’s façade, even more unusual are the three-row windows that let in enough light, but do not allow the rooms to glow from the inside. Inside the temple there is an altar richly decorated with gold coinage and jewelry, an old sacristy and high choirs, which are not allowed to be climbed for the last ten years.

After admiring the main hall, the traveler can go further - to one of the side chapels or climb the bell tower, where you can admire the surrounding area - picturesque, like everywhere else in India.

Bon Jesus Basilica - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 09:00 to 17:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Cathedral of St. Catherine

Having a little rest from the snow-white walls of the Catholic temples of Goa, you can move on to the next - no less clean, tall and elegant than others. This is St. Catherine’s Cathedral - the largest not only in North Goa, but throughout India, recognized by UNESCO as a monument of world significance and considered to be a must for all Catholics who come to the country.

The year of consecration of the temple is the 1510th, it was completed on the day of memory of St. Catherine, which is why it got its name. Although this was not planned in advance, the year of the opening of the cathedral coincided with the complete and final victory of Alfonso de Albuquerque over Muslims, a whole wall of the main hall of the temple was reserved for the image of this event. Subsequently, the building was completed and improved, so that the final version, available for review to a modern traveler, was formed only in 1635.

Moreover, a century and a half later, the left bell tower of St. Catherine’s Cathedral collapsed, the reasons for the collapse were not clarified, and instead of rebuilding the authorities decided to dismantle the ruins and leave one right tower, now the temple is slightly asymmetric, which, however, gives it additional charm.

In total, the church has a half dozen altars. All of them are surrounded by statues of saints, icons and paintings of famous painters, a traveler can absolutely free of charge to watch them and listen to the voice of a unique bell, spreading over 10 kilometers.

St. Catherine's Cathedral - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 07:00 to 18:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Church and Monastery of St. Augustine

A tourist can end his acquaintance with the Catholic shrines of North Goa by visiting the ruins of the once huge monastery of St. Augustine and the adjoining church, named after the same saint. In total, the main building, accommodating more than a thousand people, had four high towers made in the style of Portuguese Baroque. After a series of unpleasant events related to both natural disasters and insufficient care for the monastery, only one remained of them - and even that one was half destroyed.

Despite the deplorable state of the tower of St. Augustine, tourists are allowed to climb its stairs until about the middle - now there is a viewing platform on the still strong ceilings where you can admire the nearby jungle and several colorful houses adjacent to them.

For obvious reasons, there are no relics left inside the surviving tower - they were all taken out and distributed among other temples of Goa. Nevertheless, it is worth visiting the ruins of the Church of St. Augustine - if only for the sake of an unforgettable sight, standing alone on a flat site, unsupported by anything and still still admiring the tower.

Church and monastery of St. Augustine - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 11:00 to 17:00,
  • cost of visiting: $ 2 per person.

Anjuna Market

After completing an inspection of the Catholic churches of North Goa, each of which, given their size and the number of shrines stored there, should be taken for a whole day, the traveler can unwind a bit by strolling along the main state market located off Anjuna Beach. The Indians themselves call it Flea Market - in Russian, something like a flea market, it is - here you can find everything you want, from bread and greens to the rarest wooden figurines and jewelry.

It is enough to reach the place and merge with the crowd - it will itself guide the tourist from one tent to another, helping literally in a few hours to fully get acquainted with the spirit of Indian trade - majestic and agile at the same time. Here, unlike city streets and temples, the traveler doesn’t bother to keep an eye on their pockets: to remain in the Anjou market without a wallet and documents is, unfortunately, still a common thing for Goa.

Still, a traveler who is not averse to risk should visit the largest market in Goa: several restaurants and cafes are open here, much safer than street eateries, and as an entertainment, guests are offered national songs and dances, performances by world-class musicians, sports and even riding an elephant, in a word, the visitor will not be bored.

Market in Anjuna - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: round the clock,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Arpora Night Market

Another extremely unusual and therefore attractive tourist market is located on the very border with South Goa. By and large, this is not even a place of trade, but a weekly amusement for residents and visitors of the city: the market opens on Saturday evening and closes on Sunday afternoon.

At night, here in the light of lights, spotlights and illuminations, cafes and bars, many fast food establishments offering national options of famous dishes, and ordinary retail outlets where a traveler can buy anything from decorative weapons and shoes to tissues and elite alcohol.

However, one should not forget about vigilance: there is less theft (probably because the market works less often), but stumbling into a fake is quite a common thing, and it goes without saying that if a tourist doesn’t return the thing immediately, they will not accept it in a week - if only because the seller can skip the trading week, migrate to another place or even pretend that he sees the visitor for the first time.

Do not rely too much on the good faith of Indian businessmen: having visited the night market in Arpora, you can have great fun and spend time in the company of such travelers, but it is better to make purchases in the more credible large stores and shopping complexes - there is no shortage of them in North Goa.

Arpoore night market - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: round the clock,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Spice plantation

The vast plantations, broken down near the state capital, are incredibly beautiful, but in themselves uninformative.A tourist can get on them even without a guide, and in some cases for free, the benefit of the control system in India is not yet fully debugged, but not just to admire the green spaces spread on both sides, but to understand what is growing here and why then it will be used, you should use the services of a professional guide.

You should not rely on the help of local residents: most of them are at odds with the English language and are unlikely to know Russian, and the descendants of the Europeans who settled here are mostly explained in Portuguese.

After wandering around the plantations and tasting several samples (sometimes a good local wine is offered in addition to them), a tourist can afford a little entertainment: ride an elephant or just take a picture with it, as well as buy a couple of souvenirs in one of the entrances plantation of shops. There is also a cafe, they offer both familiar European and spicy and spicy Indian dishes.

Spice plantations - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 10:00 to 17:00,
  • cost of visiting: from 3 dollars per person.

Fort Aguada

The splendidly preserved Portuguese fort, crashing into the sea in the full sense of the word, still retains functionality: part of its area is used for warehouses and office premises, prisoners were kept here not so long ago, and most importantly, it still burns, directing numerous in warm waters ships, a tall lighthouse built at the extreme point of Aguada.

Having walked along the long inner corridor of the fort, protected by high walls, looking at the loopholes and climbing the lighthouse (there is a magnificent observation deck, very comfortable and completely safe), the traveler must certainly go down to the dungeons to appreciate the most complicated system of secret passages designed for a quick retreat in case of capture of a tower.

However, nothing of the kind happened in four centuries: Fort Aguada, the national pride of the Portuguese, always remained impregnable, maintaining the status of not only the most reliable bastion, but also the most fortified prison in India. As elsewhere in the mainly tourist North Goa, you can eat here (in one of the basements or outdoors) and buy memorable trinkets: from the fort's mini-models to t-shirts with prints and calendars with photographs of the fort's most remarkable details.

Fort Aguada - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 10:00 to 18:00,
  • cost of visit: 5 dollars per person.

Fort Reis Magos

The oldest in Goa, as in the whole country, the fort was erected even before the discovery of America - in 1487. At one time, not only Portuguese soldiers were stationed here, but there was also a small, superbly fortified prison, an autonomous well with clean water that could withstand the longest siege, and powder depots.

A traveler who finds himself here can enjoy viewing neat European cannons arranged in a row and at the corners of watchtowers, paintings and historical photographs hung on the walls (after all, Reis Magos is an architectural monument, equally beloved by the inhabitants of Goa and visitors), wandering around countless underground passages and relaxing in a cool, well-ventilated ammunition depot.

The guides sold at the entrance, signs in several languages ​​and, of course, the help of the guide will help you get lost: to get the most out of your visit to the fort, it is better to resort to the help of a qualified guide who knows the history of the state, since his services are inexpensive.

Fort Reis Magos - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 10:00 to 17:00,
  • cost of visit: 5 dollars per person.

Arval Caves

The cave, relating to both Northern and Southern Goa, is located between the magnificent Arval waterfall and the Rudreshvar temple. Although basically a natural cave, its passages and grottoes were manually continued by the locals who created the whole temple complex here. Anyone can visit it for free: faithful Hindus come here who want to bring offerings to one of the images of Shiva, folk art lovers and travelers who appreciate unusual sights and thrills.

In total, the cave is divided into five sections, fenced off from each other by artificial walls covered with murals. On them, as on stone statues and on souvenirs, in innumerable quantities sold at the exit of Arval, are inscriptions made in Sanskrit.

The approximate age of the man-made sections of the cave is about one and a half thousand years, at present it is no longer expanding, and its external walls are sufficiently fortified to guarantee the safety of visitors. For greater comfort, electricity has been drawn inside: a dim, pleasant to the eye illumination is present in each section of Arvalem, and also on the steps spiraling upward and in several "underground" shops.

Contrary to popular belief, inside the cave you can take pictures - absolutely free and in unlimited quantities, but preferably without a flash, so as not to blind other visitors, workers and worshipers. Otherwise, there are no restrictions for tourists, including clothing: it is allowed to come here even immediately from the beach, without wasting time changing clothes and finding things suitable for the occasion.

Arval caves - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 09:00 to 19:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Mahalsa Temple

You can end your acquaintance with North Goa by visiting the classic Hindu complex, built already by the Portuguese and since then, has been always popular among local residents.

The ensemble consists of three temples, the first of them (Mahalsa) is dedicated to the female counterpart of Vishnu - Mohini. The temple is adjoined by a seven-story tower, strictly perpendicular to the ground and completely covered with small windows, and next to it there is an extension called Lakshmi-Narayan: here is the second altar of Mohini, as well as religious objects used during the "visiting" ceremonies.

Of particular value is the huge bell cast from pure copper, giving a thick clear sound, audible at a distance of five kilometers. In ancient times, it was believed that the voice of a bell can make a person speak the truth, which is why court sessions were held on the territory of the temple.

Unlike caves, the entrance to the temples of the complex is possible only in appropriate clothing: an unprepared tourist will be asked to put himself in order, and if this is not enough, they will offer to buy cloaks and other necessary elements. Otherwise, there are no restrictions on visiting temples: photography is even allowed here - of course, if it does not interfere with other visitors.

Mahals Temple - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 07:00 to 22:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Mangesh Temple

In the second temple of the complex, dedicated to another representative of the Hindu pantheon - Mangeshi, the main shrine of the cult is stored - a stone, which, according to the beliefs of the parishioners, was touched directly by Brahma. Not far from the main building rises in everything similar to the seven-story tower described earlier - perhaps with a slightly more elegant pattern, but the differences end there.

In the main hall of the temple, daily offerings of images of deities are held, on Mondays mini-festivals are held in honor of Mangesha, and at the end of the performance, a statue decorated with flowers and surrounded by incense is carried along the adjacent streets. Then everything returns to its place - until next week.

Although it is impossible to climb the towers of the complex, the traveler will enjoy it while admiring the temples from a hill rising nearby, and photographs taken inside, as well as souvenirs, will help to keep pleasant memories - they can be bought in any of the shops on the territory of the complex, as well as in the temples themselves. As usual, you should follow the dress code: if the visitor did not have time to dress properly, he can purchase the necessary things right at the entrance to the temple.

Mangesh Temple - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 07:00 to 22:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

Shantadurg Temple

The largest and most complex temple in terms of composition, built in honor of Parvati and replacing the clay temple that once stood here. The main building is painted in red-brick color: the adjoining turret, which also has seven floors, is traditionally white, crowned with an almost flat dome.

On the territory of the temple there are several altars; here, mainly in additional halls, festivals are regularly held, dedicated to significant events for the parishioners from Indian mythology and history.

The requirements for visitors ’clothing are not as stringent as in the first two churches, but it is not recommended to violate the norms adopted in the country. Then, walking quietly around the territory and not being distracted by the views of others, the traveler will be able to enjoy the magnificent and slender temple with an intricate multi-tiered roof, an elegant turret near it and a large artificial pond, well-groomed, filled with almost transparent water and inhabited by many goldfish.

Shantadurg Temple - how to get and how much it costs:

  • Travel: by car, scooter, moped or taxi,
  • visiting time: from 07:00 to 22:00,
  • cost of visiting: free of charge.

To summarize

A tourist who wants to bring not only souvenirs from India, but also an unforgettable experience, should choose North Goa as a vacation destination. In this busy, full of visiting state, you will be able not only to have fun and lie down under the soft sun, but also to get acquainted with the culture and history of the country. It offers the traveler guides and guides, but if he does not want to use their explanations, you can do it yourself - the locals are friendly and will willingly indicate the direction to the nearest attraction.

Airplanes to Goa depart from several Moscow airports. To spend time waiting for a flight in Vnukovo with maximum benefit, a tourist can plan a trip to Goa in advance. It will not hurt to make sure again that the documents and baggage are in order: the less clutter when landing, the more pleasant the rest in the hospitable, ancient and ever-attractive southern country.

What to see on Goa?

Goa is a cultural and entertainment center that will be an excellent place for recreation for both youth and families with children.

Religion, cultural values, ancient traditions and history are highly revered here.

In addition, India is considered one of the most mysterious and attractive places. Here you can enjoy beautiful nature, fabulous scenery and relaxation on the sandy beaches.

You should definitely visit the state capital - Panaji.

The city has amazing architecture that displays the entire history and culture of the Indian people. All these sights can be seen on the bike.

India Attractions

India is a wonderful valley that preserves its cultural values, culture and customs.

Given the scale of the country, here you can distinguish tens of thousands of the most attractive attractions. From year to year, tourists from different countries of the earth’s hemisphere come to see them.

The most popular and famous:

  1. Taj Mahal - a mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra by the emperor, in honor of his dead wife.
  2. Ajanta Caves - The repository of Buddhist art, which depicts the Buddha himself.
  3. Fort Jaisalmer - one of the most beautiful fortresses in India, built on an 80-meter hill.
  4. Golden Temple Harmandir Sahib - one of the most significant churches in the country, the road to which lies through a narrow marble bridge through which only the righteous can go.

What to visit in Goa?

To get acquainted with Indian culture, it is not necessary to spend money on expensive excursions each time.

In fact, in India there are a large number of places of interest that you can explore just by walking around the city.

Independent travel is the best solution for those who do not like to be limited in time, to rush, to follow the crowd and listen to the guide’s long stories.

Also, visiting interesting places on your own, you can significantly save money, since viewing most of the sights is completely free (with the exception of some).

For example, you can highlight the top three places that you can inspect in the first place:

  1. One of the first placesthat are worth visiting in Goa are the beaches. They are especially beautiful in the northern part.
  2. Big foot - This bicentennial museum is considered the most visited of all available, as it keeps the history of the ancestors of the Indian people. It is believed that having arrived at this open-air museum, you can touch and discover the mysteries of the legend of Big Foot. In addition, you will be treated to local bread and liquor, insisted on cashew nuts.
  3. Walk along the Zuari River. Traveling along this river, you can see crocodiles. Then there are spice plantations near the river, you can see how they are grown and looked after.

Top Goa Attractions

Moreover, Goa is considered one of the most popular places for tourists and travelers.

This may be due to the fact that here the most amazing beaches, crystal clear sea, a large number of places for entertainment and cultural attractions.

The main attractions of Goa - These are temples, churches, museums, wildlife, reserves, architectural monuments and parks. Especially a lot of them in old Goa.

This may be due to the fact that here the most amazing beaches, crystal clear sea, a large number of places for entertainment and cultural attractions.

As a rule, the state is usually divided into two parts: North and South Goa.

Each of them has a huge number of its attractions, interesting places to visit and excursions, recreation and entertainment. As well as establishments where you can try the national Indian cuisine with spices and spices.

As for the southern part of Goa, it is considered to be a suitable place for beach and sea recreation.

In addition, there is a large variety of hotels, from the economy class to the luxury class. And for those who want to get acquainted with culture and attractions, in the southern part of Goa there are such interesting places:

Cotegao Nature Reserve

This is a large place remote from civilization, where the most diverse wild animals live.

The need to build this reserve arose in the last century in order to protect wild jungle and rare animals, the number of which was reduced due to illegal activities of poachers.

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The Mandova River flows in this area, which is divided into three separate streams that feed from 300x hundred meters in height.

Dudhsagar Waterfall

Translated from the Indian language, “Dudhsagar” means “milk of the ocean”, which the waterfall really really reminds.

The northern part of Goa is very different from the southern part, there are also many temples and architectural monuments quietly and calmly.

It is worth noting that in the North the cheapest hotels and kind peace-loving people.

Arriving here, you need to visit the places listed below.

Arpora Night Market

Arpora Market is one of the most beloved and most visited places by tourists who come in search of souvenirs, Indian spices and spices.

Also, walking around the market, day and night, here you can listen to live music performed by local musicians.

Moreover, various fairs are regularly held in this market, where you can taste Indian cuisine, purchase jewelry and clothes.

Baga Beach, Calangute

Favorite beaches of youth and partygoers.

It is always crowded and fun, as there are a wide variety of contests and parties.

Just 20 meters from them are a variety of bars, cafes, shops and restaurants, both with Indian and European cuisine.

Tours in Goa - prices and destinations

A one-day excursion is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the sights and cultural values ​​of Goa as close as possible.

Tourists are offered several types of excursions:

  • "All inclusive" - This one-day excursion includes the maximum number of visits to interesting places, including waterfalls, jungle, nature reserves, temples and churches. Elephant rides and meals are also available. The average cost of the tour is from 100 to 200 dollars .
  • A trip to the northern part of Goa. Your attention is given the opportunity to visit the capital of Panaji, including temples, churches and architectural attractions. In addition, visit the night or day market, witness a cultural and entertainment show and try Indian cuisine. And of course, relax on one of the northern beaches of Goa. The cost of the tour is from 150 to 300 dollars .
  • Walk on the sea. By choosing this tour, you can make a trip by sea, look at dolphins in the open sea. And also your attention is given to swimming with masks and other water equipment. Average cost of a trip from 40 to 100 dollars .
  • Elephant riding. This is one of the most favorite tourist excursions, as a walk around the reserve is made on specially trained elephants. The cost of a walk is from 35 to 60 dollars .

Unusual Attractions

Tours offered by tour operators have a fairly high cost, so not every tourist can afford them.

In this case, you can make sightseeing yourself.

Firstly, it’s cheap, and secondly, it’s interesting and entertaining, in addition, you have the opportunity to allocate time as you like and not rush anywhere.

For example, we can distinguish three of the most unusual places in Goa:

  1. Old Goa. This small town is located near the capital of Panaji. It is interesting in that on its territory there are a large number of temples, architectural monuments, ancient buildings that have been preserved since the 16th century.
  2. Hampi city. The city itself is very small, but nevertheless incredibly beautiful and bewitching. It preserved most of the buildings and ancient palaces that were built several centuries ago. Visiting temples is also free.
  3. Candolim. If you are a lover of fishing and boat trips, then you just need to visit this small city. Here you can rent a boat, go fishing, go boating or just spend time relaxing on the beach. Moreover, near the main beach there is a fish market where you can buy fish at a price of 5 to 100 rupees.

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The most interesting places of North Goa

The northern part of Goa is a quiet and peaceful place with soft sandy beaches and clear sea water.

In addition, this part is famous for such attractions as:

  • Kirkar - This is an art exhibition gallery where you can look at the work of contemporary artists and sculptors. Also on the territory of the gallery quite often organized evenings of modern Indian dances.
  • Paradise Beach. This beach has the most picturesque bay, clear water and beautiful nature around. Moreover, you can come here any day, there are relatively few people, since most tourists do not know about this beach.
  • Fortress Aguada. This attraction is located near Candolim Beach on its outskirts. The construction is quite old, but they will not let you in, because at the present time there is a prison for prisoners.

Attractions South Goa

The southern part of Goa is famous for its palm groves, wide beaches, and the infrastructure is developing rapidly.

Recently, new luxury hotels, trendy nightclubs and shopping centers have been built.

Arriving on vacation here, you can see the following attractions:

  • The city of Margao. This place is considered the second most important after the capital of Panaji. There is a huge number of historical monuments of the Indian people, which you can explore just by walking through the streets of the city. There are also regularly held fairs, art exhibitions, and if you arrived on a weekend, then you should definitely visit one of the local bazaars, where you can purchase a wide variety of souvenirs and clothes.
  • Butterfly Beach. During the flowering season, a huge number of beautiful butterflies accumulate on this beach. Such beauty is certainly worth seeing.
  • Colva city - is one of the busiest and noisiest places in South Goa. The most fashionable night clubs, restaurants and beach parties are held here daily.

Featured Hotels

On the territory of Goa, you can highlight several of the most popular hotels where you can stay:

  • Taj Exotica - 5 stars, South, Benaulim,
  • Radisson Blu Resort, Goa - 5 stars, South, Quelossim,
  • Ramada Caravela Beach Resort - 5 stars, South, Varca,
  • Goa marriott resort & spa - 5 stars, Northern part, Panaji,
  • The o resort & spa - 5 stars, Candolim,
  • Resort rio - 5 stars, Northern part, Anjuna.

Tales of tourists about Goa

“Every winter, we go on vacation to Goa.

I like the unobtrusive atmosphere, beautiful nature, clear sea and affordable prices for recreation. Most liked the beach in Calangute.

I would like to express special thanks to the local Indians, very friendly and friendly people! ”

“Goa causes mixed feelings.

On the one hand, beautiful nature, clean beaches, expensive and comfortable hotels with all services, lots of interesting places for excursions, as well as clubs and parties. I liked the colorful and creative village of Arambol. But on the other hand, the sheer and noticeable low standard of living of Indians, many streets are uncleaned.

So beauty and richness are combined with poverty and not well-groomed. ”

You can often find conflicting reviews, but this island will not leave anyone indifferent.

1. Dudhsagar

Dudhsagar - a huge waterfall and one of the most striking natural attractions of Goa. Tourists from all over the world come to see this miracle. Water flies down from a height of 360 meters, breaks up on stones, because of which there are countless white splashes that complete the already fabulous picture. The area near the waterfall will also be interesting. Thousands of monkeys live in the jungle around, which can be observed on the way to the waterfall.

2. Basilica of Bon Jesus

The Basilica of Bon-Jesús is an amazing building, built by the colonialists at the junction of the 15th and 16th centuries and perfectly preserved to this day. This is the first church in the country called the Holy See by the Small Basilica. The amazing architecture of the basilica is a symbol of that same India, which appeared as a result of the unification of two cultures: eastern and western. The relics of the Jesuit of St. Francis Kaverius are stored here, and the place itself is the main center of pilgrimage for Catholics from all over India. A mausoleum is built separately, in which the relics are stored, as well as the silver reliquary. A visit to this Goa attraction will be interesting for all lovers of antiquity.

4. Fort Tiracol

Despite the fact that Fort Tiracol is already in a practically different state and is only legally listed in Goa, it is still worth visiting this state attraction and giving it a day, since it is the best-preserved fort along with architecture and objects of the time. The size of Fort Tiracol is very small, you can get around it in just five minutes, but in every pebble you can feel the spirit of the centuries ago. Everyone will be pleasantly surprised by the almost complete absence of annoying tourists with cameras here, and the established infrastructure will allow you to have a cool time in quiet cozy cafes and, if you wish, to stay overnight in one of the hotels.

5. Fort Chapora

Another fort, however of a completely different nature. Chapora is what remains of an old huge fort in the north of Goa. Initially, there was an ancient fortress, but with the advent of the Portuguese, this fort was erected in its place, which at one time had important strategic importance and was a responsible military building. Nowadays, only parts of walls, masonry and the forts of that time - deep narrow gates remained from former greatness. This Goa attraction has gained popularity not so much because of the ruins of the fort, but because of the stunning views that open directly from the hill to the Indian Ocean, river and shore. There is a tradition to say goodbye to Goa before flying to his native country in this place. The setting sun will create a wonderful landscape that will be remembered for a lifetime.

6. Cotigao Nature Reserve

If you are eager to visit this jungle, to touch the dangerous wildlife of India, then the Kotigao nature reserve will be a great place to visit in Goa. Here, the multi-storey jungle is home to a huge number of monkeys, which can be watched for hours. It is worth saying that in the reserve itself there are special observation towers that will allow you to be on a par with tailed representatives of the fauna, and in some cases even above the tallest trees and look at the green ocean of foliage from above. Counting on a meeting with tigers, bears and gazelles should no longer be. Since the reserve was popularized, the number of wild animals has noticeably decreased, but the monkeys will still be pleased with the company and continue to amuse the guests.

10. Fort Flight Magos

Magos Flight is a small outpost in the Mandovi River Delta and an interesting attraction of the Indian state of Goa. Despite the fact that this is one of the most ancient forts of Goa, it has been perfectly preserved to this day and now there is even an operating hotel in its walls, ready to receive foreign tourists. The construction of the structure is attributed to the king of antiquity from the Adil Shah dynasty around the end of the 15th century. The fort was reconstructed several times, but the general architectural style remained the same, and now it can be argued that the fort looks about the same as five hundred years ago. Reconstruction works are being carried out now, however, this will not prevent curious tourists from enjoying the antiquity and history of this place.

1. The city of Panaji

Panaji is the capital of the resort state of Goa. At first it was a small village, but after the transfer of the residence of the Portuguese governor in the XVIII century, the city began to actively develop. Monuments of colonial architecture of past centuries that today are of historical interest are still preserved on the territory of Panaji. The population of the city, along with the suburbs, barely reaches 100 thousand people.

2. The Fontaines Quarter in Panaji

The old city quarter, where the houses of descendants of the Portuguese colonialists are located. The main development of the area was made about 170 years ago after the declaration of Panaji as the capital of Goa. The historical facades of the Fontaines houses are painted in bright colors, which gives the quarter an interesting flavor. The houses are built in a mixed style of Portuguese and traditional Indian architecture.

5. Museum of Naval Aviation

The museum is adjacent to the airport of Goa. By the way, the Dabolim air harbor itself is actively used by the Indian Air Force. The museum exhibits are European, Russian and American planes and helicopters of the last century. The collection is not very large, barely typed a dozen copies, but this is no less interesting. All aircraft are located in the open air area.

7. Basilica of Bon Jesus (Old Goa)

17th century Portuguese basilica located in Old Goa. The main architectural style of the building is the magnificent colonial baroque. The marble floor of the church is decorated with semiprecious stones, valuable paintings hang on the walls, in the middle of the temple there is a 3-meter statue of Ignatius Loyola, the great master and founder of the Jesuit Order. The Basilica is one of Goa's main architectural attractions.

11. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

The church is located in the center of Panaji, it was erected in the middle of the XVI century. The building of the beginning of the 17th century has survived to this day, since the original building was destroyed as a result of the constant wars for Goa. The architecture and interior of the church are distinguished by grace and restraint. A system of staircases with curly railings that harmonize with the church facade leads to the temple entrance.

14. Fort Flight Magos

The fort was built in 1550 (according to other sources - in 1490). At the beginning of the XVIII century, the fortress managed to withstand the onslaught of the Marathi, who seized all the surrounding lands and were preparing to squeeze the Portuguese from their firmly occupied positions. Within the fort was a garrison, an armory, a prison and underground storage. During construction, the building was equipped with many secret passages. Nowadays, a museum is located on the territory of the fortification.

15. Bhagwan Mahavir Nature Reserve

Natural park covering an area of ​​240 hectares. On its territory there are several popular attractions, such as the 12th-century Mahadeva Temple and the largest in India, Dudhsagar Falls. Panthers, leopards, bears, porcupines, haurs, lynxes and other animals live in the reserve. A jeep safari is organized for tourists, during which you can enjoy picturesque landscapes and watch animals.

16. Bondle Nature Reserve

A small reserve in the jungle, which is more like a garden. Its area is only 8 km². There are wild boars, bison, squirrels and bison. Some animals calmly walk around the territory, others live in aviaries. Also in the reserve there are many different birds. Tourists can take a walk on an elephant or admire the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple located within the park.

17. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

The reserve is located on the territory of mangrove swamps. About 400 species of birds live here, as well as crocodiles and jackals. In winter from October to March in Salim Ali there is a maximum concentration of birds, as many flocks fly here for the winter. The habits of birds can be observed from a special tower. During the tour, tourists carry on special boats.

18. Arvalam Waterfall

A powerful waterfall 10 meters high, located in the northern part of Goa. At the foot of the overrunning water jets, a lake is formed, quite suitable for swimming. Near the waterfall there is an equipped observation deck from where you can explore the picturesque surroundings. Not far from the stream is the temple of the god Rudreshvaru, where Hindu funeral rituals are held.

21. Agonda Beach

The beach is located in the southern part of Goa, which is considered more calm than the "party" northern part. The coastline is about 3 km long. On Agonda, tourism infrastructure is almost not developed, there are only residential bungalows and several hotels. Olive turtles, an especially protected species in India, inhabit and lay eggs on the beach. The place is perfect for a relaxing family vacation.

22. Palolem Beach

Palolem is considered the best beach in the southern part of Goa, so in the high season it is very crowded. The beach is located in the bay, so it has a convenient gentle slope into the sea. By Indian standards, ideal cleanliness is observed and there are almost no free-walking cows, which indicates the good work of the cleaning service.Along the beach are bungalows, budget guest houses and more expensive hotels.

23. Arambol beach

Arambol is located in the northern part of Goa. Unlike other beaches in this part of the state, there is no such large-scale development. The coastline stretches as much as 16 km., It is surrounded by picturesque cliffs and dense jungle. Arambol has a free “bohemian” atmosphere, there are many colorful personalities. Hippies used to be a beach, since then it has become a "home" for creative and non-standard people.

24. Casino "Deltin Royale"

The casino is located on board a cruise ship standing on the Mondovi River. It is considered one of the largest in India and is the largest in Goa. There are 50 tables for playing poker, roulette, blackjack and 30 slot machines. The casino can also offer river walks and dinner in a good restaurant. You can even come here with children - a special entertainment area is equipped for them.

25. Night club “Cubana”

A popular nightlife on the top of Arpora Hill, where all lovers of electronic music and dance strive to get until the morning. The club is divided into two zones - a bar and a dance floor with a pool. Quite often, famous western DJs perform here. Evening parties by the pool are especially popular, because on a stuffy Indian night there is a great desire to freshen up after energetic and tiring dances.

Salaulim Dam (Salaulim Dam)

The dam located on the river of the same name is interesting for its design. In the middle of the expanse of water, a huge hole gapes, into which water collapses from all sides. Salaulim Dam is located in the southern part of Goa, 26 kilometers from Margao.

Near the dam there is a small park where you can take a walk or have a picnic.

Maruti temple

The Maruti Temple is entirely dedicated to Hanuman. During the Portuguese colonization, all the Hindu temples of Goa were destroyed. And the shrines stored in them were hidden in the jungle and remote villages. Maruti Temple arose on the site of such a secret altar where Hanuman's murti were kept.

Maruti Temple is located in Panaji. The best time to visit is the holidays, one way or another connected with Hanuman.

Fort aquada

Portuguese fortification, built in 1615, which is perfectly preserved to this day. Fort Aguada is located on Sincverim Beach and one of the towers stands in the Arabian Sea.

The objective of this structure was not only to maintain combat positions, but also to store reserves with water. Portuguese Aguada means "water." Underground sources filled the artificial reservoir with fresh water. Portuguese ships came here to replenish fresh water before traveling.

in the 19th century, a lighthouse was built, which is now the oldest lighthouse in all of Asia. During its heyday, 79 powerful cannons were installed on the walls of the fort.

Aguada Fort is considered the largest surviving Portuguese fort.

Dudhsagar Waterfall

Dudhsagar literally means “Milk Sea”. This four-level waterfall is located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa. It is located 60 kilometers from Panaji and 120 kilometers from Arambol. Dudhsagar is the highest waterfall in India. Its height is 310 meters.

Dudhsagar Waterfall falls in the middle of a mountain system called the Western Ghats (Hind. पश्चिमी घाट) and actually divides the two states of Goa and Karnataka. During the dry season, the waterfall is not as interesting as during the rainy season (April-September). The mountain river Mandovi spills into the monsoon and the waterfall is a stunning sight.

The waterfall can be observed from two points: from the railway bridge and from a neighboring hill. You can only get to the bridge by train. The nearest station is Castle Rock. On it you need to change trains and get to the station Dudhsagar. Then you should walk along the tracks for about one kilometer and the road will be through a long tunnel in the rock and it will be very dark in it.

The second way is to get to the Cole station and then hire a jeep (500 rupees per person).

You can consider inexpensive group excursions. Read more at the link ...

Fort Tiracol

Fort Tiracol is a medieval fortification that has been perfectly preserved to this day. Now it houses a good hotel, with a gorgeous view and luxury service. View Prices

The fort was originally built in the 17th century by Maharaja Khem Savat Bhonsle to protect his small fleet at the mouth of the Tiracol River. Then, in the 18th century, the fort was captured by the Portuguese conquistadors, who understood the importance of such a structure. Subsequently, Fort Tiracol passed into the control of the English colonialists. During the Portuguese Civil War, the fort was home to rebel headquarters. All in all, Fort Tiracol is a place with a very interesting and eventful history.

Near the fort, on a hillside there is a medieval cemetery where the Portuguese conquistadors are buried. The cemetery is very atmospheric and well preserved.

Fort Tiracol is located in the very north of Goa, 10 kilometers from Arambol. To get to it, you need to cross the Tirakol River by ferry. Administratively, the fort belongs to the state of Maharashtra. This place is one of the most accessible and closest attractions in Goawhich most tourists can visit.

Shiva's face in Little Vagator

This sculpture is located in the south of Ozrant Beach (or Little Vagator). The face of Lord Siva is carved in the sea rock, which hides under the water during high tides. The sculpture was made in the hippie era, one of the Europeans who wanted to build a small Shiva temple near this place. His desire met with resistance from the local zealots of Hinduism, and this idea never became a reality. However, this man was able to carve the sculpture in the rock and now the locals worship it.

Tambdi Surla Temple (Mahadeva Temple)

Mahadevi Temle or Shiva Temple is the oldest surviving temple in Goa. It was built in the 13th century during the reign of the legendary Yadav dynasty. The Mahadeva Temple survived the era of Muslim rule, and then the raids of Christians. This once again confirms that there are temporary things, and there are eternal ones.

It is best to visit this temple during the festival of Maha Shivaratri (in February). It is on the Night of Shiva, in this temple that the largest puja takes place.

This ancient temple is located near the small village of Tambdi Surla, 65 kilometers from Panaji. Come to him to bow to Shiva and touch the antiquity.

Shri shantadurga temple

Sri Shant Durga Temple is considered the largest temple building in Goa. The modern Indo-Portuguese style temple structure was built in 1715. Shri Shantadurga Temple has a very ancient and complicated history. From time immemorial, the temple deity was in the temple in Quelossim (Keloshi). However, in 1566, during the invasion of the Portuguese colonialists, the temple was destroyed, and the murti was moved from Kelosha to the village of Ponda Taluka (30 km from Panaji). Around the murti a new temple was erected, which still stands.

The temple is created and run by the Gaud Sarsvat Brahmin community. It was built in honor of Shantadurga - one of the forms of the greatest mother goddess Durga. Durga is popular in Goa and around in the form of Shantadurga.

Come to Shri Shantadurga Temple during the holidays associated with Durga to participate in large-scale, vibrant ceremonies. Particularly interesting pujas occur at night.

Latin Quarter

Authentic place in Panjim. Red roofs and real Mediterranean architecture. All buildings were erected in the colonial era and are perfectly preserved. The Goa Latin Quarter is an echo of the once-dominant state of Portuguese culture. The Latin Quarter in Goa is a UNESCO cultural heritage. There are fascinating and very inexpensive excursions in the area. We reserve by reference.

Arvalem Caves (Harveylem Caves)

If you describe Goa Attractions, then mention should be made of Arvalem Caves (Pandava Caves). These are ancient man-made caves dating back to the 6th century. They are over 1500 years old. Interestingly, their purpose and purpose of creation are a mystery to modern science. According to one version, they were built by Buddhist monks. On the other - they were a shelter for the legendary Pandava brothers during their exile. The adventures of the five Pandavas are described in the famous Vedic epic of the Mahabharata.

One way or another, the caves are of interest to tourists from all over the world. They are located in Radreshvar Koloni, in the Sanklim region. On the map of Goa sights, which is located at the end of the article, we mark them.

Goa Attractions on the map

Goa sights that are included in this list are marked on this map. A map can be saved to your device. To do this, you need to be logged in to your Google account and click on the star in the upper corner of this card. In the future, you can get directions to any of these points using the saved map.