Places to visit in Goa
Majorda Beach is known for the enthusiastic celebration of the local festivals such as the Goa Christmas Carnival. The beach also opens to tourists its various water sports activities that includes sea surfing, skiing, jet skiing, power boat rides, snorkelling, paragliding, parasailing, banana boat ride and much more. It has a throbbing nightlife having a lot of pubs and nightclubs and remains filled with an animated crowd comprising big groups of tourists. The friendly beach shacks dole out a wide variety of delicacies assorted with beer, cocktails, mocktails and wine and also local brews. This beach is a perfect spot for lazy sun loungers sunbathing in style.
Majorda Beach has a lot of offer in terms of sightseeing. You can just cycle along the beach or simply sit and gaze at the sea. There are quite a few beach attractions near Majorda Beach that you can enjoy such as Benaulim Beach, Betalbatim Beach, Cansaulim Beach, Utorda Beach and Gonsua Beach. It is a calm and peaceful beach and offers glorious sunsets and sunrises. The sands are soft and it is a neat and clean beach with some very friendly shacks offering sumptuous food at pocket-friendly prices. The turquoise waters of Majorda along with the blue skies, powdery sands, pretty greenery and swaying palms draw nature lovers and peaceful travellers from all over the world. This beach is ideal for spending some quality time with family. Majorda presents an idyllic beachfront and is dotted with several good hotels, guesthouses and eateries.
The milky cascade of white water in the form of a tumbling fall from a height of more than 1017 feet is what is Dudhsagar Falls is all about. It gushes out of a mountain creek and climbs down the steep, vertical rock face to form a breath-taking spectacle that is a coveted and awe-inspiring tourist attraction and a natural wonder. Tourists and travellers stand in awe admiring the nature’s creation and feeling the force of nature, dynamism of universe and beauty of creation.
True to the name ‘Dudhsagar’ which means ‘sea of milk’, the waterfall sprays a white foam of falling curtain of water that forms a pool at the base. The falls swells to its lavish best during the monsoon season but is a popular tourist attraction all through the year. Dudhsagar Falls is as enchanting as the mythical story behind it. There are beautiful mythical legends associated with the waterfall and it is believed that this waterfall was once the abode of a beautiful princess. The story goes on to proclaim that the princess used to drink sweetened milk from a golden jug. Once when she was drinking her milk after taking her bath, she discovered a prince watching her. To save her modesty, it is said, she had poured the jug of milk that formed a milky curtain of waterfall.
Flea Markets of Goa Overview
The flea markets of Goa are the local attractions and haven for shopping freaks. Area wise the flea markets attract shopper’s crowd. There are a couple of very famous flea markets such as the Anjuna Market that spreads out its knick-knacks on every Wednesday afternoon and on Saturday nights. Products for sale vary widely right from trinkets, shells and jewellery to special tea and Kashmiri carpets.
The flea markets offer its customers the thrill, joy and satisfaction of bargaining. Goa Flea markets are not meant for the feeble hearts who are hesitant to bargain. If that is the case then be prepared to get bull dodged and ripped off. Ingo’s market is another famous Goan flea market that stays open and operates for approximately six months in a year during the peak tourist season. This market offers t-shirts, merchandises, accessories, jewellery, delicious local cuisines and trendy items from various states and countries such as Turkey, and the domestic wonders from Rajasthan and Kashmir. There streams a continual flow of live music to keep the spirits live.
The major jetties of South Goa will arrange for a lovely fairy ride to Grand Island, the heart and soul for various thrilling water activities. Grand Island presents a potpourri of various water sports related activities, be it diving, snorkelling or fishing. Grand Island is excellent for one of the most popular water thrill, that is the scuba diving where the expert divers take you for a guided tour into the mysteries of the underwater marine life. The underwater exploration along the island offers a lovely milieu of sensational experiences.
Divers can also savour the thrill of visiting wrecked ship ruins underwater. The “Suzy” wreck and the “Davy Jones Locker”, Serge City, Bounty Rock and Turbo Tunnel are tremendously popular with divers exploring underwater mysteries. Grand Island caters to both experienced divers as well as beginners. There are professional instructors providing you the equipment and the required guidance. Bumpy boat rides and banana boat rides are enjoyed by a lot of tourists as a favourite beach time pass.
Fishing trips along with a barbeque feast with your catch can be arranged. Grand Beach leaves no stones unturned to make the adventurer in you simply satisfied. The day-long trip is exhausting, no doubt, but very satisfying. Preparation regarding carrying of beach clothes, sun screen lotions, change of clothes are needed to have a nice and over-the-the top experience at Grand Beach, South Goa.
Palolem Beach is a wondrous mixture of relaxation and adventure. After you have had your heart filled to the brim with catching up with the sea and warming up under the beach sun and lying around in the sands, you can go for an adventurous outing for dolphin spotting or angling in a hired private boat. Need to see more of the sea and its further reaches! Catch up an inexpensive boat trip along the maze-filled backwater canals that rise up during high tides. Kayaking among the shady coves is also a good option of peaceful exploration mixed with a bit of thrill. At low tide, take a short walk to the Butterfly Beach that becomes inaccessible by foot when the water rises during the high tides. Explore this small quaint island and its hiking trails while you enjoy the enchanting beach sunsets. Make a comfortable day trip to the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary from Palolem. Shop for the usual Goan stuff comprising jewellery, clothes, and souvenirs.
The rich list of water sports to pick some pace in life available at this beach include scuba diving, canyoning, self-paddle kayaking, dolphin watching among many others. Take the sea and salt along with some lip-snacking snacks, dinner or lunch at The Olive Room, Café Inn, Canacona, Café Del Mar or Havana Cuba to name a few among all the restaurants known for their exquisite cuisines.
Party people good news for you! Visit Goa for partying hard. And to get away without getting disappointed try the famous Tito’s Street. You just need to visit the club and rest will be taken care of. Tito’s Street is one of the most happening clubs of Goa. The club is named on the street on which it is located on. Given its popularity, this club attracts a huge crowd. Tito’s Street is widely known for its superb service and its very prime location. Baga beach, on which the club is located, is a very popular beach and has quite a few vibrant clubs. Thus it is not difficult for tourist to discover Tito’s Street if they are looking for partying hard till late in the night.
The club is a bit on the upper side when it comes to prices of drinks and food. The two-tiered club premises has two levels with the dance floor at the lower level and exclusively a separate dance space for couples. The upper level is where people sit cosily and watch the furore and action happening below simultaneously enjoying their food and drinks. The DJ is said to be really rocking and you can expect some real hard rocking notes to shake your legs.
Entry tickets have complimentary services included. Their security system of the club is also high-end to ensure safety and sanity. Tito’s Street keeps on buzzing all the year round. Their cocktails are their pride and surely you can’t escape without trying one. Tito’s Street offers a great experience and is worth the time and money.
Dona Paula Beach
The silvery sands of Dona Paula Beach forming the dainty coastline along the beaches stretches beautifully offering some cherishing views of the widespread seas in front. Shop for trendy local knick-knacks and take a leisurely walk along the beach. The quaint stalls offer a striking range of straw hats, handkerchiefs, local alcoholic blend or Feni extracted from cashew nut, port wine, etc. The lip-smacking sea food delicacies are easily available in the restaurants close to the beach. Grab a tasty lunch and some bottles of your favourite drink to laze around in the beach and sunbath till you catch the warm rays of the sun totally.
Dona Paula Beach area is dotted with posh residential buildings and is the home to major Industrialists and politicians of Goa. Watch a stray fisherman collecting a batch of oysters harvested from the sea rocks. Enjoy watching the fishermen’s Free diving skills. The Donna Paula has a magnificent viewpoint from the top of a rock that offers tourists the enchanting view of the confluence of the two major rivers of Goa, Mandovi and Zuari. Dona Paula Beach is also famous for being the shooting spot of the blockbuster Hindi movies such as “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Singham”. The sea looks enigmatic from the viewpoint and offers the most beautiful sunset that any sea beach can bestow.
Club Cabana’s popular second name is “Nightclub in the Sky”. And as the name suggests, It is a club situated in a remote location exotically perched on top of the Arpora hill in North Goa. But this remoteness has proved to be its strength. And this off-the-track nightclub attracts a huge collection of avid partygoers. It has attractive revolving fancy flash lights which throw all around the glow and illumined glamour of colourful lights all over the neighbourhood all through the night. These lights definitely play a significant role in attracting customers. Club Cabana has is a spacious dance floor where you can dance to your heart’s content to the fast and rhythmic beats. The additional fancy of a swimming pool with a lounge adds to the feel of super luxuriousness that distinguishes Club Cubana from the rest of its breed.
In order to maintain a congenial ambience, Club Cabana operates maintaining strict code. The club runs and cater to guests only during the months from October to April and allows primarily couples and ladies. It discourages stag entries except for some rare occasions when single men form a part of a large family or group. This code is maintained to facilitate a safe and hassle-free or unpleasant environment where people can enjoy freely without bothering about security concerns. The girl gangs have an advantage on Wednesdays when it is Ladies Night at Club Cubana. The Club offers free entry and complimentary drinks for women.
In Colva Beach, there are lots of shacks available for lunch and a cold beer or two. The shacks are open and inexpensive and easily accessible places to catch the aura of sea and sand and sun accompanied by food and drinks. If you have had enough of the calmness of the sea, set out for adventure along the beaches. Take a long secluded beach walk early in the morning and at dusk to absorb the best of sea. The water that laps the shores are rich in marine species. Hold a star fish, chase a crab or play with the hundreds of snails and mussels crawling along the water margins. The beach forms a nice romantic getaway and offers a scenic sojourn to the foreign tourists. Go for sightseeing to the nearby tourists places and do some trinket shopping at the numerous small beach huts or indulge in a vibrant nightlife at the pubs and bars close by.
Colva Beach is one of the best beaches of South Goa. The soft powdery sand feels like heaven when you take a walk on the beach. The quaint cafes and restaurants let you chill and enjoy the food you like. The beach is relaxing, clean and calm. The beach bustles with a myriad activity by so many busy tourists trying to find out the best way to enjoy vacation. Indulge in Parasailing, quirky boat rides and water scooters and more.
Candolim Beach is an exquisitely peaceful beach that also hosts a bunch of fun activities to entertain the guests visiting this beach with various water sports and adventure activities like snorkelling, fishing and diving. The beach shacks offer refreshing drinks that carry the unique local taste of Goa. The small bar offer the local brew, feni, made from cashew or coconut.
Candolim Beach is very famous for hosting India’s biggest electronic music dance festival. This festival has been named the Sunburn Festival. It is organized by Percept, an Entertainment, Media and Communications group every year in the month of December. So, December is the time to visit Goa and specifically Candolim Beach.
Candolim Church stands proudly showcasing its beautiful stained glasswork and sophisticated architectural design. One can also stroll down a few miles to the majestic Placio Aguada mansion. Candolim Beach has plentiful shopping options from custom-made clothing to fabulous artificial stone and metal jewellery, hand crafted souvenirs and metal and wood showpieces. You can also get purses, semi-precious gem stones and a lot more. Enjoy the authentic Goan cuisine in the various big and small eateries close by the beach.
Curlies is one of the most joyous and must-visit places of Goa, especially for youngsters. This club is unique as it offers accommodation options too. Fun can be greater if you plan to stay a day or two here. It will be well worth the stayover. Curlies is a complete package and combination of all-in-one beach entertainment. It has good food and good quality and prompt service and above all with the food and drinks you get a lovely view of the seas. Curlies being located on the brink of Anjuna Beach, you can taste the salt of the sea with the salt in the air and the salt in the lip-smacking dishes that Curlies serve.
So Curlies has the advantage of offering beach accommodation and you can hear the surf rolling and step out early in the morning to breathe in the fresh morning sea breeze. Apart from the exhilaration of the beach freshness, you get to enjoy the party ambience of Curlies. The proximity of the sea along with the beach parties that are arranged at the spacious beach dance floor capable of accommodating approximately 500 people at a time, add to the much needed zing to the vacation. At Curlies, enjoy the perfect party setting at the rooftop lounge or the pool area.
Chill out with the cheerful, boisterous music, assortment of delicacies and various drink options to choose from with a breath-taking view of the open Goa sea beach. Enjoy the mysticism of the night sea at Curlies.
Calangute Beach is centrally and strategically located and very well connected to the other most happening beaches such as Baga, Anjuna, Candolim and Aguada. Calangute Beach might be a bit crowded for the comfort of some travellers yet it is no less in its charm of wide open sea views, gentle breeze and the peace emanating from the gentle waves crashing incessantly against the gentle shores. You might also find peace and solace here by a quick refreshing swim in its happening waters.
Calangute Beach, on account of its central location offers very good opportunities for sightseeing of some very interesting sights in and around. The beautiful beaches of Morjim and Ashvem along with St. Alex Church and the picturesque Water Pond beside Arambol Beach are some attractions. Moreover, the grand Aguada Lighthouse and Aguada Fort, the graceful Nerul River, Betul River with the Betul Estuary are also worth visiting. For the shopper’s delight, Calanagute Beach has the Friday Local Mapusa Market that sells almost anything and everything that a tourist heart can desire.
Some of the eateries that Calangute beach has for the foodies are Pousada by the Beach, Zuperb, Sousa Lobo, A Reverie and The Chocolate Room offering a wide variety of cuisines to suit a variety of taste for people visiting from various different geographies.
Looking for raving parties that continue till late in the wee hours of the nights, that throbbing music that sets heart racing, the shacks that sell chilled drinks, the most lively and largest flea market, Robert’s place for chilled drinks and many more such surprises. Vagator Beach amply showcases the typical enchantments of Goa and highlights the magic of sand, sun and sea. The seaside shacks and food stalls offer savoury delicacies and refreshing drinks. Thus this beach gives you a great opportunity to enjoy the best of Goa, in seclusion and in harmony with nature. Eat, drink and be merry since you would be holidaying in one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa.
Vagator Beach is famous for the exotic eatery, Vagator’s Thalassa that is set in a picturesque setting on an overhanging cliff that overlooks Ozran Beach and sells delicious Greek food. The place remains extremely crowded and seat needs to be booked beforehand. In Vagator, you will also enjoy some of Goa’s most famous Open Air Clubs, namely Hilltop and Primrose. Lay down your hair and party without a care in this world. Another pristine beach, Arambol Beach, is located merely thirty kilometres from Vagator. Arambol is a very quiet and beautiful beach that makes for a joyous walk. Plenty of local transportation are available connecting both the beaches.
Anjuna Beach offers the idyllic setting of losing oneself in the melody of trance music and the heady pleasure of immersing in the great variety of adventure sports. The infinite happening options available at Anjuna Beach make this beach one of the most popular beaches of Goa. However, swimming takes a back seat in this beach as the beach front is adorned with rocky shores that enhances its aesthetic appeal but does not allow swimming.
The visit to Anjuna can become memorable for the adventurers as it offers bungee jumping from an 80 feet high tower. Other thrilling water sports such as paragliding and windsurfing are enjoyed by a lot of tourists and travellers. Anjuna Beach also is a big temptation for the foodies as it has plenty of beach shacks offering delectable food. Some of the notable eateries in and around the beach are Baba Au Rhum, scrumptious burgers of Burger Factory and palatable Italian at Basilico. Anjuna lets you dine at the beachfront with heady loud music and assortment of cocktails and gourmet recipes of your desire. Curlies on the beach is famous for music mixed food pleasure.
Not all variety of water sports are available on this beach but whichever is available can be enjoyed at reasonable rates. The little rocks found along the beach are ideal places for morning photography as the first rays of the days dawns along the beaches. The fitness freaks can indulge in plenty of Yoga, Reiki and Ayurvedic massage options. Eating, drinking and joyous revelry can be indulged in some very popular eateries and pubs such as Banyan Soul, Cafe Diogo, Whole Bean Tofu or Casa Anjuna. Sea Bar is a nightlife lover’s dream destination.
If you are looking for that ideal beach where you can enjoy the sea at leisure without any disturbance and without having to vie with the crowd and if you want to catch some private space on the beach front, Agonda beach is the place to be. Agonda Beach has playful waves that makes swimming interesting and fun. Enjoy the day with Dolphin Trips frequently arranged from this beach and also catch up with the trip to the mesmerizing Butterfly Beach from here via boat trips.
Agonda Beach is a protected beach. And it is a marked beach for turtle breeding. So it is generally open to public for six months in a year and closed down from public viewing during the turtle breeding season in order to conserve the turtle ecosystem. If you are lucky, you can be a witness to the wonderful phenomenon of turtle hatching and watch the tiny hatchings crawling along the beach sand to reach the sea waters. This marvellous phenomenon will be lifetime experience.
There are yoga centres for the interested ones and massage parlours for the ones looking to relax on the beach with a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage. Also there are some beach shacks to stuff up hungry stomachs and some fancy restaurants on the main road leading to the beach.
The backdrop also has the combination of the southern hills. The golden inviting sands of Agonda beach is a temptation not less than other beaches of Goa. Evenings are beautiful with starlit clear skies and mellowed sound of waves lapping up the shores.
Baga Beach is one of the most happening and famous beaches of Goa. You will always find the tourists and travellers indulging in some exciting activity along the beach. You can soak in as much of sea, sand and sun in this beach as you want. If you haven’t been to Baga Beach while on a Goa trip then you have missed something very essential to complete the trip of Goa. Explore the length and breadth of Goa through the easy facilities for public transportation and rented bikes and cars. Shopping of fashionable clothes, throbbing discos, pubs and night clubs along with all kinds of accommodation facilities make Baga Beach indeed very happening.
Baga Beach is situated in North Goa and it is an amazing beach for partying away throughout the night. Baga Beach is located 16 kilometres away from Panaji and any cab or scooter can take you to this popular beach. You can see a myriad milieu of tourists on this beach and most people are friendly and ready to interact.
Nightlife is extremely throbbing in this beach. Some of the best places to hang out till late in the night joyfully and have your fill of food and drinks are Tito’s, Café Mambo, Kandy Club and several other clubs. This vibrant nightlife of Baga Beach makes it a party haven for youngsters every night. The Beach facing restaurants such as Go With The Flow, Jamie’s Restaurant, Fire and Ice, Chelsea Beach Shack, Britto’s Bar and Restaurant remain crowded from morning till night.
Arambol Beach has a serene beauty and is one of the most famous beaches of North Goa. It does not remain too crowded as some other popular beaches and remains relatively less exploited by tourists. It is known for its spectacular views and attracts tourists from all over the world, far and near. For the ones who would like to spend a lengthy stretch at Arambol and take in the flavours of Goa, they can join the Yoga classes on the beach which is said to do wonders to keep you fit and fine. For the ones who like to indulge in music and masti, there is the drum circle that performs every weekend at the beachside market at dusk. Adventurers at heart can fly high with the paragliders and the shopping freaks can explore the nook and corners of the local market lanes. Arambol is said to have something to satiate every soul.
It is one of the northernmost beaches of Goa and has the Querim Beach bordering one of its sides and the Morjim Beach on the other side. Arambol Beach has its fair share of a mix of sand and greenery with of course the beautiful sea scaping its front.
The soft white sands on the banks of Arambol Beach are believed to possess healing properties and are also ideal for sunbathing. Arambol Beach has a long stretch of curve that acts as an ideal location for swimming in the seas. Among the activities that the beach offers are paragliding and dolphin watching boat trips.
Reis Mogos Fort
Rein Magos is a quaint little village located in the northern banks of Mandovi river. The village is marked as a shining tourist spot on account of the Reis Magos or Reis Mogos Fort and the Reis Magos Church, located close to the Fort and supposedly the first church of Bardez area of Goa. The Church holds a special significance for its colourful ‘Fiesta dos Reis Magos’ which is also noted as the Feast of the Three Wise Men. This feast attracts a joyful host of crowd to this place every year and is celebrated on the 6th of January every year.
The Reis Mogos Fort has sturdy wall built of laterite and fitted with Portuguese turrets. The fort was completed in the year 1551 but then was re-built on 1707. The fort assumed historical importance for it used to be the accommodation of the royal viceroys and dignitaries who arrived at Goa during the Portuguese occupancy from Lisbon. It also stood strong against all attacks from the Marathas who never could conquer it.
The Fort commands a spectacular view of the Mandovi River and its estuary. The fort was also briefly occupied by the British during the period 1798 to 1813. The fort was later on restored and converted to a fortress. After it was abandoned by the military forces, it served as a prison till 1993.
Shri Mangeshi Temple
Shri Mangueshi Temple is dedicated to the deity Lord Mangueshi. The resident deity is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva in several regions of Goa. The temple is located at a feasible distance of 22 kilometres from the capital of Goa.
There is an interesting mythological story associated with the name of the temple and its deity. It is believed that Lord Shiva had wandered to this part of the land where the temple now stands. He was dejected after having been defeated by his consort Parvati in a game of dice. Goddess Parvati came in search Shiva and the Lord tried to frighten Her by assuming the shape of a tiger. Upon seeing the Lord as tiger Parvati screamed in fear and said the words “Trahi Mam Grisha”, which means “O Lord of the Mountains, save me”. Hearing her distress call Shiva transformed himself back to his usual self and returned to their abode Kailash with Parbati. Keeping this mythological story in mind, the temple was dedicated to Lord Manguesh. And Shiva was identified as Lord Manguesh. Thus the Shri Mangueshi Temple came to being.
Maghi Purnima is a special festival of this temple and is held in the month of February every year. The temple has an open courtyard which sees a lot of wedding celebrations and pilgrims from far and near.
The central and most prominent structure of the temple which is known as “Deepastambha” or lamp tower is imposing and ornate and very captivating. The tower is the tallest and most impressive column in the whole of Goa and looks extremely picturesque when illuminated at night with traditional oil lamps during the festivals.
Casino Cruise has lured many an inquisitive traveller to Goa. This is a freaky indulgence that sets your adrenalin pumping and excites an otherwise peaceful soul. Casino Cruise is basically and mainly a restaurant. But as the name suggests, it has got casino features for those who want to try a hand at Vegas style gambling mania which is an age-old unbeatable mode of entertainment. The cruise ship or venue is docked on any of the rivers of Goa. It has got superbly furnished interiors.
The cruise ship has a lavish exterior and a well-furnished interior. Entertainment and activities continue the whole day as the casinos remain open round the clock. The frenzy of activities peak in the night hours from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m. The casino has an environment not very different from a night club. Low music replaces the thumping music of night clubs and casino games replace the wild dance. Fine dining options in well-marked sections and a fine selection of drinks offer further delight to the guests.
With Casino Cruise, play the game of your life and change your kismet. Get transform to a richer person overnight if you are that lucky. Stay on board for 12 hours to enjoy the ambience of the ship. Playrooms for children are handy in keeping small children engaged while you indulge in gambling your life away. The entry tickets include food and drinks and other entertainment activities. Enjoy the dance shows and the river lapping against the ship. These Casino Cruises are intensely romantic and ideal for honeymoon couple. Some notable casino cruises in and around Goa are Deltin Royale Casino, Casino Pride, Casino Royale and Casino Carnival.
Reis Magos Church
The small and quaint village of Reis Magos situated on banks of the Mandovi river is noted for the Reis Magos Fort and the Reis Magos Church. The Church is widely known in Goa for the Feast of the Three Wise Men that is held of the 6th of January every year. As you wander through the fishing and boat-building villages of Betim and Verem and explore the happening Calangute and Candolim beaches you reach the village of Reis Magos. The Church in white façade can be seen from across the river Mandovi in Panaji. It was built in the year 1555. The Reis Magos church has been dedicated to St. Jerome. Some historians are of the opinion that the Church has been built on the ruins of an old Hindu temple. They even have proofs in support.
The church premises has the burial of two of Goa´s former Viceroys. Their tombstones have Portuguese and Latin inscriptions etched on them for public viewing.
The church has exceptionally bright and intricate interiors. The wooden ceiling exhibits the Three Wise Men carrying gifts for Baby Jesus. This is the principal idea behind the church’s inception.
Se Cathedral is one of the oldest and most prominent religious buildings of Goa. This cathedral stands magnificently since the 16th century . It was built in Roman Catholic era in Goa which was then under the Portuguese dominance. It is the biggest church in Asia. The Cathedral has been dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. This church is also referred to as St. Catherine’s’ Cathedral.
The Cathedral is bigger than any church in Portugal. Such is its grandeur. The construction of the church was commissioned by the Portuguese Viceroy, Redondo. It was intended that it would be the grandest edifice in the locality and a symbol of Portuguese fame and power and rightly it is so.
The throne of Archbishop of Goa is placed near the main altar inside the Church. It is also believed that a vision of Christ had emerged on the Miraculous cross in 1919 placed inside the church and also that the cross is continually increasing in size. The tower has a magnificent bell that is often referred to as the Golden Bell. The bell has an exceptionally rich tone and is the largest bell in Goa. It is also one of the most magnificent bells in the whole world. The church has an adjoining convent that has been converted to an Archaeological Museum and is open for public viewing.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus was built way back in 1594. The church was consecrated in 1605 and the date more or less coincides with the beginning of the spread of Christianity in India. This church holds a prime importance as this is the oldest church in Goa. And it is also important on account of the fact that it holds the remains of the great St. Francis Xavier. The body of this great saint has miraculously survived the ravages of time and is taken out once every decade to be viewed by the public.
The church floor is composed of marble that has precious stones embedded. A huge screen that adorns the interiors has an image of Saint Loyola and is seen blessing and protecting infant Jesus. This house of worship is about 410 years old and is open to public every day. The House of the Jesuits is just beside the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The museum that is located on the first floor of the Basilica contains paintings depicting the life of Saint Francis. The entry fee to this section is negligible. Basilica of Bom Jesus sees a heavy footfall of devotees and tourists and travellers during the Feast of St Francis Xavier which is held every year on the 3rd of December.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is a different type of tourist attraction and is very popular among families and little children and especially among the nature lovers and environmentalists. The sanctuary has a wide variety of flora and fauna. There are some rare species of animals and plants. This place is of particular interest to photography enthusiasts to capture the rare animals in their natural best. The sanctuary covers an area of 8 square kilometres and thus it is possible to cover the sanctuary in a single day. The Bondla Wildlife sanctuary is located in Usgao-Ganjem. It is around 47 kilometres away from Panaji and connected well via public transport.
Located in the northeastern Goa, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary has got the fearsome variety of animal species such as the leopards, cobras and is known for the successful breeding of gaurs and is also used as a research centre for animals. Some other animals inhabiting the sanctuary are rock python, sambar deer, hippopotamus, spotted dear, macaque, silver pheasant, wild boar and the fierce Bengal tiger. The area is covered mostly by deciduous trees and has more than an astonishing 100 resident species of birds.
Goa has always been a party lover’s favourite and has a milieu of options to lure the party goers. Mambos is an ideal party place whether you are in a large group of friends or a small group. Here you can have a gala time and a memorable party night. The club is attractive for youngsters and is identified as one of the best nightclubs of Goa. The place attracts a mix of foreign tourists and Indians and the food is delectable. Expect an amazing time while you are in Mambos. It is situated on one of the busiest of Goa Beaches, the Baga Beach, at Titos Lane. Awesome music, drinks and dance with a dance floor that is properly aerated and feels fresh, Mambos offers Indian groovy music to shake a leg with top rated Bollywood flicks.
The Club has international quality DJs and world-class performers to give that special feel to the esteemed guests. This club has a captivating beach front club with modern amenities. It thus hosts the best and wildest of party junkies from all across the world. There is an electrifying music to go with a cosmopolitan mix of crowd comprising English, Russians, Ukrainians, Germans, Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Indians and a lot more who gather here to have that super fun party.
Divar Island is one of the most amazing and exquisitely beautiful places to see in Goa. The fact that such a small, pristine, and simple place can exist in Goa alongside the crazy party scene If you’ll visit it, only then you will be able to experience it. Absolutely unlike any experience in Goa, Divar Island will leave you feeling happy and satisfied. This is because the entire place gives off a rich, wholesome, almost home-like vibe which is particularly attractive to those who prefer quiet and natural beauty.
The small island is covered with dense forests and there is only one village on it with a small set of residents. This creates that intimate homelike environment which is soothing, to say the least. The hilltop views are pretty too. It does not have any commercial tourist attractions but the local sites like the whitewashed Church are worth a visit. These are simple and yet intricately designed structures which are elegant in their own way.
Reaching Divar Island is absolutely easy and convenient. If your love for this island touches your heart and head, you can even plan to spend a few days and nights in the Divar Island Retreat, which is situated in an exotic old Portuguese mansion. Ferry starts operating from 7 in the morning till 8 pm in the evening. This island is well connected by ferries from all corners of Goa.
Chapora Fort is an impressive structure and the witness to many fierce battles between the Portuguese and the Indians. During the battle Goa has passed hands from the Portuguese to the Indians and vice versa during these numerous battles in its long history. The Chapora Fort is an interesting tourist attraction in Goa on account of its historical association. The building that stands proudly in current times was constructed in 1717. The Fort is based on the banks of River Chapora and commands a panoramic view of its surroundings till far. This Strategic location triggered the battles for its possession by the various powers through the history of Goa.
It stands on the top of a rising above the Chapora River which overlooks the sea front in an unhindered view. The view from the fort is breath-taking and the best time to enjoy the view is in the evenings. Explore the natural landscape surrounding the fort. Sea breeze blowing in makes this place a perfect idyllic spot to sit and relax and enjoy some romantic moments with your loved one. A brief walk from the fort leads you to the sea. Chapora Fort remains open on all week days from 9:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening. It is located at the Chapora Fort Road, Bardez, North Goa. Since the shooting of the very famous Bollywood flick “Dill Chahta Hai” at this fort location, this fort has gained a gust of momentum and people have started identifying this fort as the ‘Dil Chahta Hai Fort’ and since the release of this super hit Bollywood movie, this fort has assumed a new found glory and glamour and thousands of admirers that keeps on increasing with its spreading popularity.
The Mobor Beach, located in Salcette, South Goa, can be stated as the southernmost tip of the Cavelossim Beach. It is the busier and more happening end of the beach. It calmly and picturesquely stands at the delta of River Sal, where the River Sal finally meets the Arabian Sea. The serene confluence of the Sal River with the mighty sea makes this beach exceptionally attractive to tourists. The beach looks calm and pretty place with coconut palms flanking its borders and gentle sand dunes placed at intervals adding charm to the landscape. There are natural and sheltered bays along the beach and offers tourists safe and cool havens to sunbathe in privacy.
Mobor Beach sees a lot of parties and various types of events. In case there is too much of hustle bustle going on in Mobor Beach and not much to your liking, you can simply walk down to the Cavelossim Beach that does not see much crowds and commercial activities. Mobor Beach is ideal for families looking for some excitement in Goa trip. Cavelossim Beach is suitable for relaxing and spending quality time with your near and dear ones. For the party lovers, Mobor Beach is dotted with a host of bars and clubs with throbbing nightlife. Club Tito’s is a major happening fun place that you can visit to have a rocking Goa Nightlife experience.
Enjoy thrilling water sports and activities such as Parasailing, Jet skiing and banana boat rides on this beach. Some notable Beach front restaurants can be identified as Sam’s Beach Shack, Betty’s Place, Southend Ocean Club and Grill, Temple Tree and Masha.
Spice Plantations visit
To majority of tourists the major attractions of Goa is limited to beaches and nightclubs. Nightlife, beach parties and beach activities have been so synonymous with the image of glamour and gorgeousness that Goa is all about that we tend to ignore the natural and traditional values of this tourist hub. Of course spice plantation would not be as appealing to general mass as the beaches and nightlife, yet this natural aspect has a certain beauty and freshness that it has a different sort of viewers and audiences. Goa is a splendid repository of a variety of spices and has extensive spice plantations that are open to public for viewing and experiencing the method of cultivation and processing along with the good and beneficial aspects of each type of spice.
You get to know the various spices more closely and what they can be used for and you can also buy fresh and organic product from the shops located within the plantations. The therapeutic impacts of the oils extracted from spices and the various medicinal values of each spice is knowledge that can be used in life positively. Have a look at the most exotic and expensive varieties of spices that are reserved for special occasions. The visits help you to go back to the primitive ways of life where you depend on the natural remedies and therapies to lead a healthy life. This is needed in this age where the life style has changed for the worse.
You can enrich your cooking experiences while taking a guided tour through the plantation. When you see the unbelievably lengthy and expensive processing of some spices, you would get to know why some spices are so very expensive. Treat yourself to the special teas offered at the plantations. Enjoy the buffet meals that come inclusive with the entry fee to the plantation area. Taste the lip-smacking food delicately tinged with homegrown spices along with the freshness of the spice farm. Visits are most enchanting during monsoon seasons when the air is pleasantly moist and filled with a lovely fragrance of spices. Savoi Spice Plantation, Sahakari Spice Farms, Tropical Spice Plantation are some of the many to delight your soul.
The Church of St. Cajetan
oa is not identified as an extremely diverse state. Nearly the entire population of Goa follow the same religion, Christianity. Since Christianity is the most prevalent or dominating religion in Goa, there are many churches located in this state The churches of Goa play a significant roll in the lives of the common man. Church of St. Cajetan is one of the most important churches in Goa. The church bears significant semblance to the hugely popular St. Peters Basilica church of Rome.
The Church of St. Cajetan is nearly a few decades old and has been carefully preserved. It is not possible to gauge the age of the Cajetan Church on account of its very good maintenance. The Church of St. Cajetan Velha Goa is a pristine church with a lot of aura and grandeur. The Church of St. Cajetan is situated quite near to Panaji and one can avail public facilities such as cab, bus or auto to reach.
Among the various tourist attractions of Goa Todo Falls is really the prettiest. The trek to the falls is exhilarating. The trek is palpably thrilling and all your tiredness in reaching the falls will be obliterated when one reaches the falls. This is among the most interesting activities in Goa.
The view of the tumbling waterfalls is breath-taking as it cascades down the cliff. Todo Falls is a must visit tourist attraction of Goa. The falls make one feel in harmony with nature. The 6-hour long trek leads through lush green forest and dense undergrowth and crosses some beautiful sparkling little streams as you continue the rest of the trek.
After reaching the waterfall soak in the prime and pristine beauty and indulge in nature photography. The amazing backdrop provides ample opportunity to click nature at its most beautiful form. The Todo Falls trek gives a good chance to explore nature and her beauty.
This beautiful Chapora River runs through the Northern part of Goa to eventually meet the Arabian Sea. Goa has several prominent rivers but Chapora River is well known for its scenic beauty. The Chapora River is marked by typically adventurous water currents and rapids that are food for a thrilling White River rafting and other fun water sports such as Kayaking. Chapora River hosts delightful cruise ride options for you to enjoy the pleasant Goa sea breeze and some palatable appetizers.
Sunset boat rides enable you to catch the golden rays of the sun dipping into the placid waters. During the sunset the river looks most beautiful. The calm and serene environment as you ride along the river sensitizes you to the beauty of the environment around you. Feel at peace with your inner self when you feel the peace of the natural environs around you. One can easily drive up to the shores of this peaceful river and escape the busy city life. The source of the river is traced to the neighbouring state of Maharashtra. The estuary of Chapora River forms the Vagator Beach where the river meets the Arabian Sea waters. Historically, the Chapora River has a unique significance due to the fact that it formed the boundary diving the Portuguese occupied Goa from the rest of India.
If you are a party buff and want to party long and hard, then Shiva Valley is the place to be. This wonderful and happening nightclub is located on Anjuna beach. And it is one of its kind. Be the hip-hop king or queen and shake your legs to the psychedelic music to inspire you and keep you charges through the wee hours of the night. Shiva Valley is modelled around the Natraj figure. And Lord Shiva who is widely acclaimed to be the dancing Lord of Heaven, the Natraj avatar that is worshipped by the mortal dance aspirants is the inspiration behind the Shiva Valley theme and name of the destination.
Shiva Valley is widely popular for its Trance nights, due to which the followers sometimes refer to this place as “the temple of Trance”. Shiva Valley has earned some devoted customers over the years who return to its dance floor year on year. The trance offers an excellent channel to unwind and emotionally purges you of the melancholy of life. If simply dancing away till sunrise is a way of vacationing for you, then Shiva Valley is the place to get into. The food and drinks, all team up to offer you the life of soul-searching and happy-finding transience.
The scintillating Sinquerim Beach has a beautiful shoreline that is composed of powdery white sand. This beach is located to the north of other very popular beach shorelines such as Baga, Calangute and Candolim. Sinquerim Beach has the perfect layout for swimming this pleasure is not to be given a miss while you are on a trip to Goa as a vacationer.
The beach is very popular among all ages on account of its scenic beauty and the amazing nightclubs of Goa that are situated here. The beach plays host to more serious events such as music festivals that attracts curious travellers from far and near. There are quite a few well-known restaurants to please your taste buds and satiate your craving for exotic food on vacation. Sinquerim Beach has lots of options for adventure activities and water sports such as windsurfing, jet skiing, board surfing, dolphin cruise, paragliding and scuba diving. The clubs such as Sinq and Love Passion Karma are exceptionally favourite among tourists.
This beach is well connected with the rest of Goa via various types of public as well as private transport such as cabs, auto rickshaws are also available as a mode of transportation. Sinquerim Beach is also well connected to the beautiful Candolim Beach and the majestic Aguada Fort that stands a proud guard at one end of its shore. From this beach, you can easily explore the Old Fort and the lighthouse located inside the fort. The fort also provides overwhelming sunsets and a lazy view of the incessant waves crashing on its shores. Sinquerim Beach is a quiet and clean beach. From here you can also head to Anjuna which is not very far away. The beach offers a healthy and tasty appetite with decent and cosy restaurants such as Bon Appetit, Palmshade, Shivers, Tuscany, Calamari Bathe and Binge.
Museum of Christian Art
The Museum of Christian Art is a magnificent museum with a brilliant collection of artefacts. The Museum of Christian Art was built in 1994 and is located in the 17th century Convent of Santa Monica. The museum is a major tourist attraction of Goa. For the lovers of art and culture, this museum displays unique Indo-Portuguese artworks. Most of the artefacts have been donated to the Museum. These art pieces are meant to be showcased for the benefit, entertainment and education of the general public . It is aimed to benefit the locals, tourists and the researchers. The Museum is bound by the extraordinary and unique mission of preserving, showcasing and highlighting the unique Christian Art of the state of Goa. These objects are of general interest as they are a part of Goa’s rich culture and heritage. They also play a major role in various research activities by historians and other related educational programmes. The showcased items include some brilliant pieces of outstanding sculptures, paintings, furniture and precious metals.
It is a rich museum and has an exclusive collection of gold items, ivory, rosaries and precious stones. The Museum of Christian Art is situated not too far from the Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. It is currently being operated from a recently renovated building. There are informative and friendly guides to get you familiar about each and every items displayed in the museum. At the end of the day, you will feel that the museum is worth a visit.
Backwater kayaking in Goa is an attractive tourist activity. Goa is known as the land of sea and beaches but the backwaters offer some mesmerizing views of the shoreline while you kayak through the charming narrow backwater trails.
Backwater kayaking is often attempted as an interesting adventure activity by curious travellers from all across the world. Some sites for perfect backwater kayaking experience in Goa are the Zuari River, the Mandovi River and the Sal River Backwaters. The kayaking expeditions involve a lot of fun and entertainment moments. Kayaking adventures can be undertaken all through the year even in monsoons. When the river water surges, the thrill manifold increases and lures the most adventurous of kayaking experts.
There are trainers who brief you on the expedition and also teach you the basic technique. Safety equipment and gears are also provided by the operators and as you kayak through the river waters, you get to see the lush green vegetation found on both sides of the river. Kayaking offers a pleasant and relaxing adventure activity option unlike the turbulent river rafting adventure. You get to see the rustic life spread on both the banks of the river and also get a feel of the real Goa.
So when you have had your fill of fun and adventure from the catamaran rides to private islands, jet skiing, snorkelling, paddle boating, banana boat rides, bumpy rides, water zorbing, fishing, battery boat riding, relaxing, swimming and sunbathing, go for a refreshing kayaking excursion at Aguada River along the mangroves in the Aguada wetlands or backwater kayaking at Silvan Siridao in Zuari River in Old Goa.
Arpora Houseboat Dance
Goa has a spellbinding scintillating appeal for the mass. There is something for every eager heart in Goa. Boat party in a luxury Houseboat in Goa with a heart full of happiness and a bellyful of delicious dishes along with shaking your best leg. Live the life of a king or a queen with unlimited relaxation, floating on the cool waters of the river and enjoying the pleasant breeze.
A breezy Arpora Houseboat Dance Party is the sublime call of Goa to enjoy carefreely. You will find something in the air that will leave you expecting for more. The endless buzzing parties, the hedonistic pleasures of life perfectly balanced with the tranquil beauty of nature and the untouched primeval tryst with river or ocean gives you a complete vacation experience. The peep into the Goan culture, the sumptuous finger-licking good food, the endless extravagance of lively music and dance — this is what you will fall in love with while you are in Goa. It is no surprise that Goa features as one the must-visit destinations of tourists and travellers from all across the world.
Dance with your loved one in one of the most romantic ambiences of Goa. It is an exquisite experience that can be even more enjoyable than a mad adrenalin rush of a water sport. The cruise will host a perfect dinner of some mouth-watering spread of delicious chicken, manchurian, salads, breads and desserts. You shall be picked from a pickup point of your choice ranging from the options of Calangute, Baga, Arpora or Candolim. End the day with some wonderful memories of a happy dancing on the waters of Goa.
Bambolim Beach Moonlight Kayaking
Have you ever felt the silent waters shining under the silvery moon! The thrill of feel of silvery strains of waters gets enhanced when the waters around are uncharted and strange. Indulge in one of the most surreal experiences of Goa travel by a full moon excursion in a delightful kayaking expedition. Slide through the mangrove forests of Zuari River in the eerie silence of the night where you can hear an occasional sound of water animals jumping out of the surface and the subtle sound of the row cutting gently across the water surface.
Under the able guidance and leadership of the experiences instructor, Bambolim Beach is a one-stop destination of an amazing experience. The blissful kayak expedition through the waters at Bambolim continues for a delightful three hours. Experience a queer sense of wildness and adventure as you silently cruise through the water body. This kayaking forms a unique experience for every adventure junkie. Watch the vast golden sands stretching wildly against the backdrop of a dark deep sea. Also find delight in the gimmer of waves and ripples created by the oars. Paddling the small boat across the ocean, you will feel a strange sense of vastness of the unending seas that melts into the darkness far beyond the point where vision cannot stretch. Watch the moonlight trickling through the darkness and oozing out of the water.
Miramar Island for Cycling Expedition
To most traveller a vacation to Goa centres around the sun soaked beaches and plentiful beach activities, of meeting exotic people and raving parties, loud music, good food and incessant drinking. Some also think of the majestic forts, the tumbling waterfalls, the enchanting churches and the infinite relaxation. But while beaches and parties are an inseparable part of Goan experience, it is not all that Goa is about. There are also plenty of other more relaxing and rejuvenating experiences in Goa that can make you fall in love with Goa with an even higher intensity. Cycling tours of Goa is one such activity that leaves you physically replenished and full of positive vibes. It enables you to discover the more candid and gentler side of nature. Goa is a beautiful tourist destination with serene beaches and dense greenery.
Cycling in Goa is a breezy fun through the long length shady tree-lined roads. As you pedal along the road with dense greenery on one side and the charming sea on the other, you take refreshing breaks with occasional stops for sipping in some fresh coconut water. These can make for some wonderful memories. If you really want to know a place and its real face, you ought to go cycling through it. Cycling makes you feel at one with nature. You remain with your self completely absorbed in the surroundings around you. You get ample opportunities to soak in the vibes of the localities that you cross. You can also make stop over at points where you want to pause and admire the beauties of nature. You realize you haven’t really had time to closely look at the places or points that you have zoomed past in a car or on a bike.
Chorao Island can be accessed easily via a brief 10-minute ferry ride from Panjim. You can go for an early morning visit to this simple and humble Goan fisherman village silently resting on the banks of the Mandovi River. As you proceed silently in a boat along the narrow waterways you will spot plenty of varieties of birds that shall leave you bewildered. You can even spot some mugger crocs from the ferry if you are lucky. Go around within the bird sanctuary to indulge in photographing the many different varieties of birds.
Chorao Island is the largest island in terms of area among all the 17 islands of Goa. It is located along the river Mandovi, simply five kilometres away from the capital city of Panaji and about 10 km away from the city of Mapusa. The story of the origin of this island has rich mythical associations. One such legend tells us about the 17 islands coming to existence from the few diamonds that were strewn by Yashoda, the Mother of Lord Krishna. A peaceful island where you can see the simple rustic side of the life of Goan people. You will enjoy the scenery around and it would be a peaceful day trip in your Goa vacation. Cycling trips are regularly conducted through Chorao Island on account of its natural beauty.
Sada, Hivre and Charavne Waterfalls
Sada Waterfall is a magnificent waterfall tumbling down from the Chorla Ghats. While reaching this picturesque waterfall, you pass through the beautiful streams and water bodies. The water gushes down from between two mountain cliff faces and looks bewitchingly beautiful. The waterfall is approximately 200 feet high but other than the sound of tumbling waters the environment is serene and peaceful. The journey to the waterfall is long and tiring but at the end it is worth all the effort.
Hivre Waterfall involves considerable trek and possesses a very different experience of high-risk trekking and climbing that can be achieved by experienced people and not all. The waterfall area is surrounded by matchless greenery forests. The trails towards the falls are not indicated properly and serious travellers must reach the waterfall with the help of the local guides. The village where the waterfall is situated is 14 km away from Valpoi city.
Charavne Waterfall is another majestic work of nature. It is located in the village of the same name which is a peaceful village located 12 kilometres from the major city of Volpoi. To reach the waterfall, you need to trek for 12 kilometres. The trek gets exciting if you undertake the journey with family and friends. Its breath-taking beauty is most magnanimous during the monsoon season.
Crab Catching at Candolim, Sinquerim, Calangute and Baga
The mightily memorable crab catching expeditions are generally carried out from Candolim, Sinquerim, Calangute and Baga beach pickup points. Crab catching forms a rustic sport that is definitely gaining momentum in the modern age. Be ready to get your hands dirty in the muddy waters of Goa. The boisterous activity is thrilling and takes place beside the sea shores of the backwaters. It is carried out by means of handmade traps known as ‘Kobblem’ in the local dialect. It is ingenious device consisting of metallic rings and rod. There is a loose net is that can be tightened by the help of another loosely hanging net, used for finally trapping the crabs.
It is a laidback joyous activity and requires a certain degree of skills and quickness of movement. The trap is usually laid in the waters at high tide to increase the chances of catching crabs. As you wait for the crabs to fall to their doom by getting caught in the trap, you can simply sit back and relax with a can of fresh cool beer. Later on, you can even enjoy a delicious dinner out of the crabs caught by you.
Malvan Watersports and Scuba Diving
After getting picked up from any of the beaches of your choice such as Calangute, Baga or Candolim beach early in the morning, you will be driven to the Malvan Beach where a speed boat ride waits for you to take you to the water sports site.
Malvan Water Sports Tourism has been gaining momentum in recent years on account of the unending potential of exploring the vast expanse of serene and turquoise Arabian Sea waters and the beautiful beaches that are spread all around such as the Chivla Beach, Tarkarli Beach, Mobar Point, Tsunami Island and Tondavali Beach. Indulge in the widely different variety of water sports in Malvan such as snorkelling, deep sea diving, jet ski, banana boat ride, bumpy tube rides and speed boating.
The Tsunami Island of Malvan is known for being a regular diving site and at this point various water sports are carried out. At the Devbag Sangam that marks the confluence of Karli backwaters and the Arabian Sea, there are a galore of options available. Dandi Beach is nother noted scuba diving location in Malvan. The experts briefly instruct the divers at the bay area near the Sindhudurg Fort. The divers tell you the technique of breathing smoothly underwater even when there is water pressure. They also tell you to use sign languages to express your state, of comfort or difficulty since you won’t be able to talk underwater. Enter the fascinating world of colourful fishes, molluscs, coral reefs, shrimps, cephalopods, seaweeds, sea turtles, sea cucumbers and a plethora of rich underwater animal species.
Valpoi River Rafting
Goa easily occupies the front seat for any kind of water sports in India. It has a huge variety of water sports available along its beaches, out into the Arabian Sea and also along the mysterious rivers. One such thrilling sport in Goa is the white water rafting of Mhadei River.
Safety gears are provided to the rafters and proper instructions are delivered. The rafts are of international quality and even the safety gears are absolutely in good working condition. Thus it is evident that the operators do not compromise on the safety of the guests. The navigation ranges from grade 2 to grade 4 rapids, and refers to a difficulty level from middle to complex.
One can enjoy the mad adrenalin rush through the white foaming waters where at some points you just feel you would be defeated by the rapids and overthrown into the river waters. Valpoi is situated approximately 50 kilometres from Baga and Colva Beaches. At the end of the activity, you shall get a drop back at the hotel. In monsoon when the river swells up, the adventure of the rafters peak. Wear tight-fitting clothes and carry a change of clothes. Wear buckled shows such as floaters instead of slippers.
Oceanic Yoga School at Anjuna Beach
Regular sessions of Yoga practice has been the regime of many tourists who visit Goa for a length of time starting from say a month to more. Yoga has assumed considerable importance in the life of modern man where everyone tries to find ways and means to stay healthy naturally. Yoga offers freedom from stress in a fast-paced life full of strain and stress. Do visit the Oceanic Yoga School at Anjuna to have the best of yoga experiences.
This school is one of the most reputed and popular among all Yoga schools in Goa. Learn the several important and correct yoga poses and techniques that will eventually help you beat stress and get relaxed. The ambience of the yoga school is beautiful with the Anjuna Beach setting adding all the charm. The school is surrounded on all sides by fresh greenery and plenty natural beauty that adds to the joy of meditating.
The school is registered under the brand of Yoga Alliance International. It holds programs for trainers or coaches as well as for students. The instructors teaching here have national or international certification. There are both short term and long term programs offered at this institution. There is a limit to the number of students they enrol in a batch and the facility is properly provided with basic amenities such as shops, restaurants and accommodation. Sessions of meditation, Yoga and Reiki are practiced here.
Ashvem Water Surfing
Goa offers ample opportunities for water surfing. In the land of innumerable mesmerizing beaches, surfing is not unusual at all. In fact, it is quite a common water sport. In case, someone wants to enhance the basic learning of water surfing, there are also classes imparting basic crash courses teaching the fundamentals of water surfing. Some notable surfing schools are Banana Surf School, the Goa Wala, Atlantis Water Sports, Vaayu Waterman’s Village located across the length and breadth of Goa.
The classes offer thorough training along the lines of international standards. Professionally qualified surfers are the backbone of these surfing schools. For beginning, it is better if the sea is calm without much action. In the rainy season, surfing is avoided as the water swells up with huge waves. Pleasant sunny days are selected for surfing at best. Surfers look forward to make the best of the suitability of the environs of Goa to surfers and their activities without much risks. Ashvem Beach is undoubtedly the public choice of the best location. Some hotspots for carefree water surfing are Ashvem, Baga Beach, Arambol Beach, Morjim Beach where beach buffs and surfers gather from all across the world.
Udaan Dangor Trekking
Trekking at Udaan Dongor in Goa is one of the most joyous outdoor adventure sports that offers the beauty of landscapes along with a lot of adventure. It is an experience that can be undertaken along with friends and family and provides you a wild experience of a lifetime. The trek begins after a detailed briefing by the guide and lets you enjoy the amazing views as you proceed. As you walk through rugged terrains and unknown paths through the wilderness you get to experience the pristine nature and charming forest views. After reaching the top, you are free to relax and indulge in some photography. Post lunch, you can start trekking downhill back towards the base.
Some other trekking options available in Goa are the Todo Waterfalls, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, trek to Neuti Beach, Keri to Arambol trek, Mollem National Park trekking, Vagheri Peak trek and Chorla Ghats. The trek takes you through captivating surroundings that has a unique blend of natural delights of flora and fauna. Experience the unsullied beauty of Goa and its landscapes, breathe in the fresh air and get rejuvenated after a wondrous trek across the Goan wilderness.
Quad Biking at Mandrem Beach
Adventure lovers have plenty of options to choose from in Goa. Among all the beach activities such as angling, jet skiing, surfing, parasailing, crab catching and more, there is also the terrestrial adventure of quad biking that excite youngsters and adults equally. There are plenty of quad biking options in Goa offering the quality robust bikes that conquers tricky trails, muddy puddles and forest terrains even with thick undergrowth. 200 CC quad bikes are commonly offered by most operators. These bikes are suitable for all levels of riders from beginners to ace quad bikers.
The excitement and thrill of biking can be fully gauged from the trial run while you get used to the bikes initially in a couple of rounds over mud road and bumps. The unmatched off-road experience through sandy tracks bordered by thick woods will not need any want of adrenalin rush. Goa quad biking tracks offer a brilliant mixture of tricky uphill roads, uneven off-roads, slippery, slushy and muddy tracks to give the most thrilling and challenging quad biking experience. Anjuna is another quad biking destination in Goa to indulge in the pure thrill of carefree quad biking. Enjoy the charming beauty of the landscapes while you ride your machine.
The adventure tracks are mix of innovative man-made obstacles along with natural obstacles like bumps, pits, bends, jungle trail, sandy tracks and more. In the monsoons, the accumulating waters and the general ravages caused by rains add that extra dose of thrill.
Zuari and Mandovi River Spot Fishing
Set your sails and lift up your spirits and go for a breezy spot fishing along the beautiful beaches of Goa or into the open seas and even along the major rivers of Goa such as Zuari or Mandovi. As you sail through the unending seas or along the rivers watch the sparkling sun rays play on the waters. The seas and water bodies of Goa have an immense potential of being fantastic fishing spots. The best and most known locations for spot fishing are the Terekhol that lies on the northern tip Goa. The stones at the base of the Fort Aguada along with Mandovi and Zuari Rivers on the wharf underneath the Zuari bridge are the best places. Zuari is known for Thread-Fin Salmons.
Another prominent spot fishing destination of goa is the Cabo da Rama in the south. Generally, the mouths of streams offer great spot fishing opportunities. The best time is when the tide is coming in or getting high. Fishing apparatus can be easily procured in Goa. Due to certain conservation steps, in order to prevent excessive fishing so as not the disturb the natural eco-system fishing as a sport has become restricted. But to enjoy the thrill, we find a lot of enthusiastic fishermen throwing their catch back into the sea but at the same time enjoy the thrill of catching a prize.
Zuari River Crocodile Sighting
Goa has several splendid and major rivers flowing across the state. All the rivers carry a rich variety of entertainment options for the tourists. Zuari River has the unique option of taking you for a day cruise of crocodile spotting along the back waters of the Zuari River in giant canoes. The thrill of crocodile spotting in their natural habitat is an amazing experience.
It is interesting to know that these fresh-water crocodiles of Goa mostly are not dangerous predators and usually feed or prey on sick fish, birds, crabs, dogs, cats and sometime buffaloes or deer depending on the size of the crocodile. They feel hungry only once every two weeks or so to the relief of the watchers. These crocodiles are a hole-nesting species and they lay eggs in pit away from the edge of the water. The eggs are ferociously guarded by the mother crocodile and there are around 30 eggs in a clutch out of which merely two or three hatchlings survive at the end.
The day trip start off with picking the guests form the hotel from beaches such as Baga, Calanguate or Candolim in the morning at around 8:30 am. Along the cruise, you get to see a wide host of exotic birds of Goa and the fearsome Indian Mugger Crocodile. Later on, you can have lunch in a Goanese farmhouse and then start back for the return journey towards your base, sailing past the fishermen going about for their evening catch. The Cumbarjua canal, which is a 15 kilometre long canal, near Panaji connecting the Zuari and Mandovi Rivers, two of the biggest rivers of Goa, has been identified as the hotspot for mugger crocodiles. The total population of crocodiles in this Cumbarjua canal region has been currently estimated to be between forty and fifty. The adventure of Goa crocodile watch will undoubtedly be a delightful and memorable experience for years to come.
Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary
Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary is a unique tourist spot of Goa. This Sanctuary along with the Mollem National Park is located in the Western Ghats in Sanguem Taluk of Goa. The sanctuary covers a total area of 240 square kilometres. It is large protected enclosure located close to the town of Molem. Molem is also very well known for other famous tourist spots such Dudhsagar Falls. The protected area was initially named the Mollem Game Sanctuary and later in the year 1969, it attained the stature of a wildlife sanctuary and was renamed Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.
The core area comprises 107 square kilometres was came to be known as Mollem National Park in 1978. The park has a crowd of trees classified into three different categories, such as, West Coast tropical evergreen forests, West Coast semi evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests. The several perennial water sources are the major source of water to the sanctuary and the nearby areas.
A great variety of animal and bird species live in complete harmony inside the sanctuary. The species found here are black panther, Bengal tiger, barking deer, common langur, flying squirrel, gaur, Malabar giant squirrel, porcupine, leopards, bonnet macaque, civet and many more. The sanctuary also houses a large number of bird species such as drongo, emerald dove, fairy bluebird, greater Indian hornbill, Indian black woodpecker, grey headed mynah and more. The birds and animals have also the company of beautiful butterflies, fierce reptiles, variety of insects and other similar species.
Visit the Ponda Butterfly Conservatory
Visiting the Butterfly Conservatory is an exhilarating experience. Watching the colourful flitting winged creatures is one of the most enjoyable things to do in South Goa. This nature park is a bit off-beat choice for people who are totally into beaches and activities. It would be a nice joyful place to enjoy with family. Especially, the children would enjoy very much. The relentless efforts of Jyoti and Yashodhan Heblekar have now resulted in conversion of a barren hill to a beautiful forest complete with a stream flowing through it. Enchanting flowering trees that typically attract butterflies have been planted. And the conservatory has been in the lines of a sanctuary rather than as a zoo.
This conservatory was designed with the aim of securing the future of the butterflies in Goa and to find a safe haven for them. Commercialism along with environmental changes and intrusion into the forest areas along with cutting down of trees and plants have led to a setback in the butterfly population.
The Hablekar couple who had conceptualized and started this conservatory was aiming to preserve the endemic species of butterflies of this particular region. To start off, only 25 species of butterflies were present in the conservatory. Hearteningly, currently, the number has increased to 133. Temperature conditions and soil and other prerequisites are maintained to promote breeding and growth of butterfly population. This conservatory was initially named the Mystic Meadows Conservatory. For people visiting Goa who are constantly is search of places that are peaceful and serene, Ponda Butter Conservatory is the place to be. Watch so many different species of butterflies at one place.
Margao, Mapusa and Vasco Carnival
The indigenous and authentic vibrant and colourful festival of Goa Carnival is a renowned event and attracts international and domestic tourists from all corners of the world. The Carnival is celebrated keep in lines with the age old tradition started by the Portuguese in the 18th century. Goans celebrate it with great enthusiasm and sees an increased tourist flow to the state at this time. The authentic Portuguese legacy have attained a distinct fame of a new dimension with the blend of the beaches and beauty and serenity. Carnival time is a colourful and fun-filled affair complete with a mix of exuberance, enthusiasm, joy, energy and extravaganza. It is maddening riot of colours that is carried and expressed by boisterous crowd.
The festival celebrates the joyful reign of King Momo in Goa and continues for three consecutive days. The huge festive entourage following the king is dressed up in myriad colours and spreads happiness all around during the days of the festival. They find joy in entertaining others who view the procession interestedly. A huge procession accompanied by a fleet of floats lavishly decorated forms the primary attraction of the carnival. People from all walks of life participate in the festivities and it is the moment in the Goan people’s lives to spread the message of brotherhood and happiness.
There is a specific theme followed each year in the carnival and the designing, decorations and celebrations are all coordinated in tandem with the year’s special theme. The procession having hundreds of people donning merry colours pass through the famous and lively towns of Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Ponda and spread the joy of celebrations to the huge crowd gathered on the way. Enjoy this merry local celebration to feel the real Goa. It is held usually in the month of February and dates are declared well in advance for people to gather and be a part.