When it comes to checking out awesome places in India, Goa is one of the top-ranking destinations. With sandy beaches, gothic churches, ancient temples, trekking trails through the jungle, and forest reserves, Goa is a mosaic of cultures, traditions, and natural beauty that surpasses time and imagination. Ever since this tiny Indian state caught the attention of traders, it has always been one of the most sought-after travel destinations for domestic as well as international tourists. From exploring the thumping lanes of Tito’s to recreating ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ movie scenes on Chapora Fort or just having adrenaline-pumping fun in numerous watersports activities, Goa can truly be called a must-visit wholesome holiday destination in India for everyone!
Here Are Some Awesome Places to Visit in Goa
Located in North Goa, Sinquerim Beach is the first place you would want to head to on landing in Goa. The shoreline of Sinquerim is unlike any other beach in Goa and consists of a very large and fun sandy shore with rocky and mossy surfaces that gives incredible views of the wide blue ocean as far as the eyes can see. Most of the crowd heads on to Candolim, Baga, and Calangute but Sinquerim is the dark horse of beaches in Goa. Aguada Fort is located right next to the beach so you can check out two places at the cost of one! Don’t forget to try out the delicious Goan cuisines at one of the many shacks there.
Being located next to the Arabian Sea and with a fabulous coastline stretching out, Goa has become the perfect destination for all water babies. Located off the coast of South Goa, and only reachable after a long tail boat ride that goes on from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Grande Island is every water sports enthusiast’s dream come true. You can go underwater and explore a whole new world of shipwrecks, coral life, colorful fish, and utmost peace. The Suzy Wreck, Davy Jones Locker, Bounty Rock, Turbo Tunnel, and many more. Other than Scuba, Bumper Boat Rides, Jet-Skiing, Snorkeling, and banana boat riding are some of the most exciting activities that tourists love to indulge in when on Grande Island.
If you are travelling to Goa with the sole aim of partying your time away then you should head on to the iconic and hugely popular Tito’s lane. The entire street is blessed on both sides with high-end to budget-friendly clubs, pubs, and restaurants that offer thumping music, delicious drinks, and food throughout the night till the wee hours of the day. Located very close to Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, and Saunta Vaddo, Tito’s lane gives you the opportunity to dance your heart out to the music of domestic and international DJs. the entire lane is lit up with not just awesome lighting but also with upbeat music.
Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple
Located in Narve, Goa, Saptakoteshwar Temple is considered to be one of the 6 greatest sites dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Konkan region. Dedicated to a form of Lord Shiva, Sapta Koteshwar was the main worship deity of the kings of the Kadamba Dynasty who were the rulers in Goa during the 12th century. Located in the village of Narve which is 35 kms away from Panaji and the temple can be reached through a ferry boat ride from Divar Island. The culture of Goa is clear through the architecture of the temple which represents the amalgamation of Indo- European blends. Definitely worth a visit.
The remnants of Portuguese rule in Goa are many. Facing the Arabian Sea, and built with the intention of protecting Goa from the invading Dutch and Maratha attacks, Fort Aguada used to be the prized possession of the Portuguese. This grand fort was used to hold over 79 different canons among other weapons of destruction. Dividing Sinquerim and Candolim, the fort’s main highlight is the lighthouse which was built in 1864. It is best to go there to witness the sunset which is further beautified with the stunning Portuguese architecture that amplifies the natural views and beauty.
Divar Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Goa. Contrary to being a thumping party destination, Divar Island is a rather peaceful and quiet island located 8 to 10 kms away from Panaji. This small, pristine island which is blessed with bountiful greenery and stunning hilltop views offers the best of Goa. Getting to Divar is very easy with ferries going to and fro every 15 minutes from morning to evening. It is an island solely dedicated to nature lovers and peace seekers since there are no sightseeing places, just awesome beaches, and utmost peace.
Anjuna Flea Market
The Goan streets are lit 365 days a year with buzzing streets and flea markets selling a plethora of stuff. Looking to take a piece of Goa back home for yourself, friends, and family. Anjuna is generally associated with rocking nightlife and the psychedelic scene, but the flea market experience here is unmatchable. The shops here sell a variety of stuff like antiques, decorative pieces, trinkets, handmade goods, and a wide variety of edible items. The market remains open from mid-November to April with its history dating back to the eighties.
Looking for secret, isolated beaches in Goa to get away from the chaotic madness? Butterfly beach is one of the least explored beaches in Goa located at the northern tip of Palolem Beach. The clear blue skies, peaceful surroundings, sandy beaches, lush greenery, and hilltop views of the sea, as far as the eyes can see make it a must explore. While chilling at the beach you can spot the dolphins being playful in the distance and even take a look at the aquatic life here like goldfish and crabs. People love to indulge in boat and canoe riding here as well.
Other than the places mentioned you can check out places like Mahadev Temple, Vagator Beach, Bom Jesus Basilica, Mambos, Arambol Beach, Ashvem Beach, Shiva Valley, Cruise Casino, Club Cubana, and many more.