Agonda beach is a picture perfect beach in Goa with ample opportunity to relax far from the madding crowd. The seemingly endless pristine beach stretches for miles. You can find a great variety of food options in the beach shacks lining the Agonda Beach. Hawkers are not allowed to peddle in this beach which makes this beach free from unwanted intrusion and you can enjoy at peace.
Benaulim: This a chilled out, laid back, sandy beach with a variety of options for quality dining and water sports. It has also got a few casual dining options and opportunity to sunbathe at leisure. Parasailing and banana boat along with other water activities can be enjoyed here at reasonable rates.
This beach is a small stretch but is mesmerizing beautiful, clean and quiet. The beach is safe for swimming being without rocks and offers great seafood at the beach shacks.
This a rare beach with very little crowd and it is photogenic beach suitable for photoshoot. The big rocks on the beach offers a nice location to take candid pictures and selfies and also these rocks come in handy for sitting and enjoying the great views and listen to the sounds of waves in silence.
Cavelossim Beach of South Goa is a long stretch of powdery white sands dotted with a few black lava rocks. The charming Sal River meanders through at the other side of the Cavelossim Beach to gently meet the Arabian Sea close to the famous Betul Fort. This beach offers stunning sunsets and has an idyllic atmosphere suitable for relaxing with a few tourists here and there. The beach shacks and restaurants provide a rich variety of seafood, local delicacies and continental dishes.
Colva is also a very clean and quiet beach loved by tourists all around. The high-quality beach shacks offer delicacies of all variety. Enjoy snorkelling, speed boat rides, banana boat rides, paragliding and a host of other water activities.
Majorda Beach has Utorda at the northern side and Betalbatim Beach on the other. It is a pretty and serene beach about half a kilometre long. Catch the tasty grabs in beach shacks serving Konkani, Russian, continental, Indian food and other delicacies.
The Mobor beach of South Goa lies next to the Cavelossim Beach. This is a favourite among tourists and sees a lot of crowd. The main attractions of goa, such as raving parties, adventurous water sports, beach strolls, food in the shacks are all available in the Mobor beach. The serenity of the Sal River flowing quietly to meet the Arabian Sea on the other side of the beach can also be enjoyed. Mobor beach offers dolphin spotting and bird watching tours along the river Sal. Watch the fishermen busily sorting and drying the day’s catch on the beach.
Palolem is a crescent-shaped beach with rocks jutting out into the sea. The northern end of the beach is shallow with gentle currents which makes it ideal for swimming. It can be rated as one of the most beautiful beaches of South Goa.
Varca is very scenic and has a gorgeous sunset. It also has some of the best beach shacks with food beyond comparison. It is a calm and serene beach and is ideal for catching a few hours of peace and solace away from the noisy and boisterous beaches of North Goa.
Other attractions of South Goa
The word ‘Se’ in the name means ‘see’. This Cathedral has a historic significance. It symbolised the Portuguese’s victory over an invading Muslim army in the early 16th century. The Church still celebrates that same victory through the Feast of Saint Catherine on the same every year. This is a famous church built in Portuguese Manueline style.
Santa Durga Temple
This temple dedicated Goddess Shree Durga and is situated 33 kilometres from the Capital of Goa, Panjim. This temple is associated with the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community and is thus a Saraswat Temple. It is one of the most revered temples of Goa.
Naval Aviation Museum: The Naval Aviation Museum at Goa is a military Museum situated at Bogmalo. It exhibits the rich history of Indian Naval Aviation and has an enviable collection of vintage and serving aircraft, their engines, military weapons that are attached to submarines and ship and many other interesting items.
St. Xavier’s Church
This church is also famously known as the Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika. It is a part of the Churches and convents of Goa UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica preserves the sacred and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in the Old Goa area. This church is immensely popular among the devotees as it contains the body of St. Xavier regarding as a saint during his time. Each time the saint’s body was exhumed, miraculously it was found to be fresh and incorrupt and finally he found his resting place in the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa.
Mollem National Park or Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary: This sanctuary is the largest wildlife preserve within the state of Goa and has a huge variety of flora and fauna. There are some pretty natural beauty laden trails through the jungle that nature lovers and hikers enjoy exploring. It also has the mightily famous Dudhsagar waterfall, the Devil’s Canyon, the Tambdi Surla temple, the Tambdi falls and a number of other historic and religious sites in the area, all of which are worth exploring.
Tamdi Surla Falls
The mesmeric Tamdi Surla Falls is located inside the Bhagwan Mahavir National Park. It has the twelfth century Shaivaite temple of Lord Mahadev, the Tamdi Surla Temple. These tourist destinations are worth visiting while on a trip to Goa. Both the Tamdi Surla temple and the Waterfall are a treat to eyes because of the unique style of architecture. Situated in middle of a dense forest, the temple is the oldest in Goa and contains figures of Lord Vishnu and Brahma.
Spice Garden Tour
The enigmatic trip or tour to the spice plantations of South Goa gives you an opportunity to see the varied Indian and exotic spices being grown with a thorough briefing of the way they are processed. Watch the Vanilla pods, the palm trees, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger, pepper, coffee and learn in details their life cycle and why some spices are extravagantly costly.