Goa, which is the smallest state and situated on the western coast of India popularly known as one of the hottest holiday destinations for travellers across the world. The combination of vibrancy beaches of North Goa with white sand beaches of South Goa is ideal for reconnecting with nature and inviting you to let your hair down.
Goa was part of the hippy trail in the 1960’s and one of the most tourist-friendly state in India. After becoming a part of India it has emerged as a hub of art and culture. It always attracts national and international film festivals and various art and cultural events. Whenever you visit the state, there will always be an event or festival to attract your attention.
Places to Visit in Goa
Goa is more famous for exquisite golden sand beaches. Although there is plenty of other things in Goa to visit than its sandy shores. This Small state has several places to visit from majestic waterfalls to quaint coves. Beaches facing the Arabian Sea where you will find warm and friendly people, mixed culture of Indian and Mediterranean.
It is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing in Goa, offers unparalleled views of the Arabian Sea and Aqaba Bay. Which was built in 1612 and once you see this fort you will feel refreshed and energetic.
The literal meaning of Dudhsagar is “sea of milk” is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River, which is amongst India’s tallest waterfalls with a height of almost 2,000 feet down a cliff to a rugged valley. It is 60 km from Panaji by road and by rail 46 km of Madgaon. Here you can enjoy your entire day with full refreshment. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation organise regular visits to Dudhsagar from Panaji and Calangute.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
It is also known as Borea Jezuchi Basilica is located in old Goa and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is put on display in every 10 years which attracts thousands of devotees from across the globe. It is made up of red stone by the famous Florentine sculptor Giovanni Batista, which is also known for its beautiful architecture.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Named after India’s renowned ornithologist, Salim Ali, this bird sanctuary is situated on the Island of Chorao near the Mandovi River. The sanctuary is known for its dense mangrove vegetation and is home to around 400 species of birds, both local and migratory. It is also inhabited by wild animals such as crocodiles, foxes and jackals. The sanctuary is open throughout the year; however, it is advisable to avoid the monsoon and summer season as the weather gets really hot and humid.
It is also known as Bairro das Fontainhas, an old Latin Quarter in Panaji. Fontainhas was established in late 19th century. The Fontainhas’s heritage ambience represents the traditional influence of Portuguese culture and the best place to visit.
Where to Stay in Goa
There are various beach resorts to stay in. You can go for bamboo huts, secluded eco-camps, tents, low budget hotels are also there, and guesthouses, luxurious resorts and boutique hotels are some of the best options available to stay.
If you are passionate about adventure then book yourself a bamboo hut at Palolem. You can find a wide range of hotels of your choice in the popular beaches of Anjuna, Baga, Bogmalo, Calangute, Vagatore and Colva.
Tourists during peak season are always high there. Approximately 1.5 million tourists visit Goa every year. So, if you are planning to visit Goa then plan in advance and book your hotels and flights accordingly to avoid any difficulty.
How to Reach Tourist Places in Goa
By Air – Goa is 2.5 miles away from Vasco da Gama, Goa International Airport caters to both domestic and international flights. The airport serves facilities including a duty-free shop, snack bar, international money exchange, free baggage trolleys, prepaid taxi service etc.
By Rail – Nearest Railway Station is Madgaon in South Goa connects the state with direct train services to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Mangalore, Kochi, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
By Road – There are several private and state bus services run from the nearby cities, especially from Mumbai and Pune.
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