Places to Visit in Goa
Dudhsagar Waterfall: Dudhsagar literally means ‘ sea of millk’. Perched on the lofty heights of the western ghats and falling from 600 metres, dudhsgar is the 5 highest waterfall in India. legend has it that the falls, when a prince appeared immediately, the virtuous and modest princess poured sugared milk into the pond to shield to shield her body from the glances of the stranger. To this day, it is believed that this milk flows down the mountain in torrents.
Fontainhas: Is a quaint little settlement in the city of panjim. It provides an opportunity to travel back in time and observe how panjim was during the Portuguese rule. Fontainhas is also referred to as the’ latin quarter’ as it captures the characteristics of Portuguese infrastructure with narrow streets, old villas clay – tiled roofs and elegant houses painted in bright & bold colors.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread over 8Km of land, Bondla is Goa smallest wildlife reserve. It is a great place to have fun and enjoy the tranquility of this picturesque forest. Wild animals and reptiles such as leopards, jackal, langurs, wild doars bisons and serpents inhabit the hills of Bondla forest. Additionally, there is a rehabilitation centre, botanical gardens, a fenced deer park, a library and a zoo. Don’t forget to take an elephant ride for a real Indian
Anjuna Flea Market: In the 1960s, Goa experienced an influx of hippies who began this market where second hand goods could be sold. It has since become a trend and is open for business every Wednesday at the Anjuna beach . At your own pace, you can wander around the stalls. Everything under the sun can be found here from a second hand bike to miniature items. You can try the delicious multiculticural cuisine on offer and have your hair cat or get a tattoo! Be sure to banter so that you can bag yourself a bargain!
Dona Paula: Legend has it that this beach was named after Dona Paula de Menzes who threw herself off the cliff because her love for a poor fisherman could not be realized. The story has been debated and contested. However, the beach gives a great view of Mormugao Harbour and the Arabian Sea. Its beauty has made it a perfect location for Indian filmmakers. The sculpture made by Baroness von Leistner is worth seeing – it shows a couple staring in opposite directions: the man towards the past, and the woman towards the future.
the stone outcrop provides a wonderful backdrop provides a wonderful backdrop for taking photos and it is easy to see why the place has been named lovers paradise ; From the jetty one can see mormugao harbour across the bay and daily boat trips can be taken to visit Vasco da Game city A whitewashed statue sculpted by Baroness von leister, named ‘ image of india’ is found at Dona Paula.
Tropical Spice Plantation: It is spread over a large area, which offers the perfect setting for you to soak in nature. One can enjoy healthy and nutritious food picked from the plantation and then served in a traditional manner on a banana leaf
Fort Aguada: Built by the Portuguese in 1613 to guard against invasions from the Dutch and the Marathas. The walls of this fort are 5 metres high and 1.3 metres wide. it is ideally situated at the mouth of the mandovi River. The fort was used as a watering station by ships after a long voyage. Aguada, meaning Water, The four – storey lighthouse situated here was assembled in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia. it was one of the four forts namely Cabo, Gaspar Dias , Reis Magos and Aguada that served as sentinels against attacks from invaders via the sea. Though the entire fort is no longer intact, some buildings that are still in good shape have been converted into a prison. Interestingly, it happens to be the largest prison in Goa.
Carambolim Lake: this manmade freshwater lake is situated within walking distance from the karmali Railway station and is a famous bird watching spot in Goa, Carambolin lake in the heart of Carambolim villag, Due to the rich ecology at the lake at Carambolim, one can see birds such as waterfowls, egrets, jacanas, moorhens, herons, pintails, open-billed storks, lesser whistling teals, shovelers, garganeys and coots.
Arvalem Caves and Watefall: Although dating back to the 6 century, the origin of the small caves is unclear due to its architecture. Some believe that they are a Buddhist creation as the laterite stone has been cut into five compartments. However, the presence of the symbol of Hindu God Shiva , infers that the caves may be of Hindu origin. the Harvalem Waterfalls are worth visiting after the monsoon (in October) when they cascade noisily through the surrounding trees, but through the dry winter the flow is reduced to a trickle.
Mapusa Market: Dating back to the 1850s, this traditional Goan market is fondly known as the Friday Market’. It is completely crowded and lively as every inch of place is booked by sellers. Anything you desire can be seen here from lottery stalls to barber shops here, from lottery stalls to barber shops, handicrafts to clothes shops and fruit vendors to vegetable stalls, mapusa has it all! You can also visit the meat market, Fish Street, spice shops and the bakery. Wonderful items can be bought at throw away prices. Peruse the grand bazaar and try the local bars, restaurants and tea stalls that serve refreshments from morning until night.
Menezes Braganza/ Pereira Braganza
House: Perfectly positioned in the countryside this colonial style mansion is an exquisite heritage house. The Portuguese style edifice is the largest house in Goa it has been excellently preserved and serves as a museum, which exhibits chandeliers. Paintings, porcelain crystals and period furniture.
Sovoi Plantation: this 200 year old plantation boasts of a purely organic and natural environment in which one can enjoy nature at its very best. The pond situated within attracts a number of birds of different species. you can explore the spicy world of savoi plantation. Located near the village of Savoi Verem, is one of the oldest and largest tropical spice plantations in Goa situated right on the banks of the Mandovi River and is a treat to visit.