Apart from beaches you can also witness the beauty of Goa churches, Cathedrals & Forts. Churches like Basilica Of Bom Jesus is one of the UNESCO world Heritage site, SE Cathedral is famous for its Golden bell which is the best and the largest in Goa, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is the second largest in Goa and it has a big bell tower inside the church, In the year 1661 the Church of St Francis of Assisi was built by the Portuguese and last but not the least Church of St Cajetan gives you the feeling of being in Rome.
There are also many historic Forts in this state which are still stand and erect even after facing hard times from nature and are also considered as some of the prime attractions in this state. These historic forts are named as Corjuem Fort, Reis Magos Fort, Cabo Fort, Chapora Fort, Aguada Fort, Terekhol Fort and Mormugao Fort.
It is a very good spot for adventure enthusiast as they can do water sports activities like parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing and dinghy sailing. You can visit Dona Paula Bay for windsurfing and dinghy sailing, Candolim Beach for water skiing, for parasailing Calangute Beach is the best and Dona Paula Jetty is known for its water scooter ride. You can also soak yourself in the soothing power of Ayurveda & Yoga.
Places to visit in Goa
South Goa is famous for quiet beaches, luxury resorts & less crowded areas. And there are many other places to visit in South Goa. Some of them are listed below:
1. Palolem Beach
Palolem Beach is one of the known white sand beach in South Goa. It is famous for its nightlife &“silent discos” where partygoers wear headphones. The beach is facing Canacona Island which is known for its resident monkeys. The waves of this beaches are calm & cool. You can also enjoy yoga, swimming & watersports on this beach.
Margao is also called as Madgao or Madgaon. It is the commercial capital of Goa. Top places to visit in Margao is Church of Holy Spirit, Margao Market Big G Mall, San Thome Meseum, Zalor Beach , Our lady of Grace Church , Shri Chandranath Temple, Sri Damodar Temple , Margao Municipal Park and Monte Hill. The market of Margao is often crowded because of too many shops & supermarkets here.
Colva is located in Salcete village and is also known as the “queen of beaches”. The beach is filled with coconut reefs extending from Bogmalo beach to Cabo de Rama beach.
4. Buttterfly Beach
As the name suggest butterfly beach is a home to different species of beautiful butterflies. But during low tides when the sea shore is widened the beach is full of crabs and goldfishes. Other sea animals like Sea urchins, sea cucumbers and redfish are seen here. This beach is semi-circled in shape.
5. Xavier’s Church
It was built in the year 1605 & it is one of the famous best place to see in South Goa with beautiful interiors. If you want to be a part of festivals and Christmas in Goa then you should visit it in the month of December.
North Goa is known for its tropical climate and nightlife. There are many beautiful places to visit in North Goa like flea markets, clubs, forts and beaches obviously. Some of them are listed below:
1. Goa State Museum
It is also called as State Archaeology Museum which was established in 1977. This museum displayed around 8000 handmade objects like carvings, paintings, manuscripts, bronzes , stone sculptures , rare coins etc. in the year 2008 .It is now located at Adil Shah’s Palace in Panaji and previously it was located at EDC complex in Patto in Panaji.
2. Club LPK
Club LPK is a waterfront club with rock carving themed interior design, good ambience and decent crowd. It is one of the best place for party lovers and for one who wants to dance throughout the night as it has a big dance floor.
3. Grand Island
It is one of the unusual but adventurous tourist place in Goa. It is a home for excellent scuba diving sites. For a snorkeling experience take a day trip to this Island.
4. Sinq Nightclub
It is one of the popular night pub in Goa. It has the best atmosphere for party people. It has the option of pool lounges. It has four different entertainment zones i.e poolside deck, swimming, head to the goan tavern and the Dance floor. You can choose any of this. Only couple entry is allowed in this club.
5. Dona Paula Beach
If you are visiting North Goa then surely you should not skip visiting this beach as it is one of the most beautiful places. It has got a huge space for sunbathing. Visitors love to do water sports activities here like parasailing , kayaking etc. This beach is just 7 kms away from Panjim and it is also known as “Lovers Paradise”.
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Activities to do in Goa
As briefed above you can do the following things of your interest like Beach Parties, Water sports Activities, Scuba diving, Visiting churches and historic Forts, Dolphin Ride, Visit to Dudhsagar Falls Ayurveda & Yoga and many more. Goa beaches are also well known for sunbathing but nude and topless sunbathing is not allowed as per new guidelines by the local authorities.
Night Life In Goa
After the sunsets the city comes alive and vibrant with the pubs, bars, restaurants, discotheques and energetic beach side parties.
1.Curlies Beach Shack
Curlies Beach Shack is a beachside restaurant at Anjuna Beach & bar which has a perfect ambience. If you are a seafood lover then you should definitely visit this restaurant.
2. Cafe Mombos
If your love for nightlife party is limitless then you should definitely visit Cafe Mombos at Baga on Tito’s lane. The DJs at this discotheques play both Bollywood & International music.
3. Mackie’s Night Bazaar
Shopaholics can’t resist themselves to visit this place called Mackie’s Night Bazaar full of lanterns all around the market. The speciality of this market is Ethnic Handicraft.
4. Casino Pride
If you want to dine, drink & play your fortune then come to this floating casino on the Baga beach called Casino Pride. There are various stage performance done to entertain the guests.
5. Club Ozone
This trendy pub is one of the famous & first designer bar in India. It is a Franchise of Goa Mariott Resort. It is well known for its delectable food & music.
6. 9 Bar
9 Bar is an open air bar carved in the cliffs of Vagator. They throw the best and the craziest parties in Goa which are known among the Indians & the foreigners.
7. Montego Bay
It is one of the best North Goa Beach Hotels in Goa. It is the perfect place for couples wanting to spend some quality time together.
8. Club Cubana
If you miss to visit this place then you are not a party lover. It is located on Arpora Hills. This place is full of neon lights, music and lively crowd. If you want to make your nightlife memorable you should definitely visit this place once in your life.
9. Tsunami Island
This place came into existence after Tsunami in 2004. Local people say that the sand of this island is used for body massage and it is good for bones. Dolphin point is very near to this island. Malvan marine sanctuary, Sindhudurg Fort and Rock Garden is hardly 3kms away from this island. Under the open sky, full of stars you can dine & wine on this island till midnight with the help of a local boatman.
It is one of the local bar. Most of their clients are celebrities but still they are friendly & best at hospitality. The local bands mostly play rock and roll, retro etc. Occasionally they have bands visiting from other cities.