Goa very popular for its beaches and water sports is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. If you are in Goa then visit the places mentioned below for sure.
1. Baga Beach
It is a very popular beach in the North Goa. Named after the Baga Creek the beach is famous for water sports like banana rides, parasailing, water scooter etc. Dolphins can also be seen around 1-2 km from the shoreline through the dolphin cruises.
2. Calangute Beach
Another very popular beach in Goa it is often known as the “Queen of the Beaches”. Located 5 km from the Panjim city, the beach has countless shacks serving mouth watering seafood and one even enjoy chilled beer sitting among the waves. It also offers thrilling and adventurous water sports like banana rides, water scooter, parasailing etc. During summers, the beach also hosts several art exhibitions organized by the Kerkar Art Complex.
3. Anjuna Beach
Very famous for its flea market the tourist can enjoy the pleasures of shopping. 18 km from the city of Panjim it is a bustling beach in Goa. It attracts tourists all around the year. The ideal time to step into the Anjuna Beach in Goa is during the winters and springs. Overlooking the Anjuna beach, there are many luxuries to budget spa resorts where one can spend a rejuvenating and tranquil holiday.
4. Mangeshi Temple
Located in Mangeshi Village, Goa it is the largest temple in Goa.Located to Lord Shiva, a seven-storeyed lamp tower stands in the middle of the temple premises. He is also referred to as Saib (The Bhagavan of Goa) by Hindus. He is the kuldevta of many Hindus in Goa especially of Saraswat Brahmins and Bhandaris. It is at a distance of 1 Km from Mardol close to Nagueshi, 22 Km from Panaji the capital of Goa. The temple also has a beautiful water body, which many believe is the oldest part of the temple.
5. Varca Beach
Located about 2 kilometers from Benaulim, the Varca Beach is one of the most beautiful and exotic beaches in Goa that is popular for its quiet, calm and almost entirely hawker-free environment. It also offers a utopian nature for people who seek for meditation and yoga. Down the shore, amidst the whispering palm grove, the Varca Beach is dotted with exotic spa resorts where one can spend some idealistic and rejuvenating moments.
6. Morjim Beach
Morjim is another peaceful beach in Goa which is the nesting and hatching habitat of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. The Government of Goa has also aided the turtle conservation efforts and has set up a Turtle Conservation Interpretation Centre at the Forest Office in Pernem and also restricted a portion of Morjim Beach in Goa for the tourists. It is to note that in any manner disturbing the turtles or their habitat is an offence punishable under Indian law.
7. Basilica of Bom Jesus
One of the most famous churches of Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is the finest example of Baroque architecture. Though partially in ruins, it is highly revered by Christians from all over the country and world. Dedicated to Jesus, it is aptly named as Bom Jesus which means ‘good Jesus’ or ‘infant Jesus’. Located at Old Goa, at a distance of 10km east of Panaji, its foundation stone was laid on 24 November 1594. It houses beautiful paintings depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis Xavier.
8. Dona Paula
Located close to Panjim and overlooking the Arabian Sea, Dona Paula is one of the popular hangout destinations in Goa. During the tourist season, between the months of November and March, Dona Paula beats the clamour of tourists from different parts of the world which is otherwise a calm beautiful place during monsoons.
9. Agonda Beach
Located in Agonda Village it is a very famous public beach. During the month of September, the beach serves as a nesting ground for olive ridley sea turtles.
10. Dudhsagar Waterfalls
The Dudhsagar waterfalls are one of the prime attractions in Goa which is located in the Sanguem district of Goa. These waterfalls are located near the Goa-Karnataka border. These beautiful waterfalls are located at a distance of approximately 60 kilometers from Margao. One can easily reach the tourist spot by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from Margao or you can take the bus from Panaji but the best way to get here is by train and the best time to see it is the monsoon.