- Neatly tucked into the Western coast of India, Goa is the state associated most with touristy beaches, a happening nightlife and over 300-year old Portuguese architecture.
- Referred to as the city of churches by many, the culture of Goa has the lingering effect of being a Portugal colony.
- Visibly different from the rest of the country, Goa has characteristic colourful houses, lush green fields and a soothing languidness in the atmosphere.
Best Time To Visit Goa
- October – March is the best time to visit Goa.
- Goa in Summer (March – June) Summers are not the ideal time to visit Goa. However, the advantages of visiting Goa in the off-season are cheaper accommodation and rates of food, booze, travel and absence of crowd and rush.
- Goa in Monsoon (July – September) Goa in monsoons could be quite the dampener. However, the flip side to being here this time is that all prices take a dip. You can also enjoy the trek to Dudhsagar Falls and see it in its best form.
- Goa in Winter (November – February) It is in the month of October that the monsoon starts to fade away and there is a slight chill in the atmosphere. The winter starts setting in from November. The temperatures in winter are around 20-22 degrees Celsius.
Beautiful beaches and scenery. Get a first hand taste of Portuguese culture and architecture. Amazing nightlife. Frequent music concerts.
HERE ARE THE 10 REASON TO VISIT GOA EVERY YEAR.
- 1) Backwater Kayaking. …
- 2) Prawn Cocktail at Curlies, Anjuna Beach. …
- 3) Dolphin Spotting. …
- 4) Eat at Thalassa: The Greek Beauty. …
- 5) Island Trip with Snorkelling. …
- 6) Backwater Cruise: A Memorable Journey. …
- 7) Go Paragliding and Fly Like a Bird. …
- 8) A Day With The Jumbos.
- 9) Sport Fishing in Panjim.
- 10) Enjoy Sunset Cruise at Bagmalo Beach…
Day 1 –
Arrive at Goa and hire a bike, scooter or a car to visit Baga Beach and Calangute Beach. Indulge yourself in water sports like Parasailing and Jet Ski. Have lunch at Brittos. End the day with dinner at Mambo’s or with a party in Tito’s.
Day 2 –
Get up early in the morning and visit Fort Aguada and Fort Chhapora followed by Chhapora Beach. In the afternoon visit the churches – Basilica of Bom Jesus and Lady of Immaculate Conception. End the day with a party at Club Cabana.
Day 3 –
Take a road trip to up North. Visit Morjim, Arambol Beach and Candolim Beach.
Spend the evening in Casino Cruise ship at Panjim Jetty. You may visit Dona Paula or Miramar before the cruise.
Day 4 –
You can spend the day visiting Panjim on your day of return. Take a walk through the streets enjoying the colonial architecture.
Beaches Of Goa
‘THE LAND OF BEACHES’
Goa beaches are famous across the country and it is the place associated most with beautiful beaches and with so many of these out there, read this guide to get down to the 35 best beaches in Goa!
1. Calangute Beach, Goa
- Situated 15km from the capital city of Panaji, Calangute Beach is the largest beach in north Goa.
- Located between Candolim and Baga beach, it is a hub for tourists and backpackers from all over the world.
- Calangute Beach attracts tourist from all around the globe owing to its festive and entrancing environ and is every party animal’s dream come true!
- Best time to visit : November to February is the best time to visit the Baga Beach when the temperature is comfortably warm at about 31°-32°C.
2. Palolem beach, Goa
- A stretch of beautifying white sand, Palolem Beach, located in the South Goa is one of the most fabulous beaches the Union Territory has to offer.
3. Water Sports in Goa.
- Goa, the beach town of India- where else if not this place to try out your water sport fantasies? White, flushing waves and a blue sea in front of you- that is all that you need to relax on your vacation.
- Try out the various water sports such as para sailing, banana boat ride, water skiing and a lot more on these waters.
- One of the best beach destinations in India, there cannot be a better place than Goa to get the taste of water sports in the country. Apart from offering breathtaking and undulated scenic beauty, the vast coastline of Union Territory offers endless number of activities.
- Best time to visit: You should visit Goa especially in December for the Sunburn music festivals.
MOST FAMOUS CHURCHES IN GOA.
1.CHURCH OF HOLY SPIRIT.
- The Church of the Holy Spirit is the famous church located in Margoa in South Goa.
- The church was constructed in 1564 by the Jesuits. It is a masterpiece of the true Indian Baroque style architecture. The marvelous architecture and the ambiance of the place are sure to mesmerize your senses.
2.CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
- Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is a famous tourist attraction in Goa.
- Is is one of the first churches that were built in Goa.
- The bell of this church is said to be the 2nd largest in the world. The church has an extraordinary architecture.
- The interiors and exteriors of the church are magnificent.
3.ROYAL CHAPEL OF ST. ANTHONY
- Royal Chapel of St. Anthony is a historical church in Goa.
- It is situated in Panaji- Capital of Goa. The church is devoted to the national saint of Portugal, Saint Anthony.
- It is an exquisite places to visit.
4.THE CHAPEL OF ST LAWRENCE.
- The Chapel of St Lawrence located in Cansaulim was constructed in the year 1598 by Father Gonsalo Carvalho in Cansaulim .The place is built in Portuguese architecture stylr and is an amazing spectacle.
- The place significantly depicts the art and culture of Goa.
1.Archaeological Museum & Portrait Gallery
- This used to be a wing of the old Franciscan monastery and was converted to a museum in 1964. On exhibit are a selection of pre-colonial and post colonial artifacts.
- The ” Portrait Gallery” occupies the first floor of the museum and has over sixty paintings of the Portuguese Governors and Viceroys that ruled Goa beginning with the first- Dom Joao de Castro( 1545-48 ) and other notables like Dom Vasco da Gama ( 1524) and the only Goan Governor, Bernardo Peres da Silva ( 1835 )and the longest serving governor, Jose Ferreira de Pestano ( 1844-51 and 1864-70).
- There is even a portrait of Portugal’s right wing prime minister and dictator, Antonio Salazar. The “Sculpture Gallery” contains some artifacts dating to the pre-colonial era.
2.Cabo Palace (Raj Bhavan)
- Built in 1540 AD reverse Fort Aguada on the south headland of the river Mandovi, the Cabo.
- Palace fortress housed the Franciscan monastery, which later (1594 AD) became the official residence of the Governor of Goa.
- The beauty, solitude and uniqueness and well-planned features are some of the main attractions of the Cabo.
- A small Chapel was constructed at the very end of the mansion dedicated to Our virgin lady of The cape (Nossa Senhora do Cabo). It also served as a landmark for the seafarers. The Construction Of The Fortress The exact date about the first construction of the fort is not known but in a lately discovered note dated 30th June 1541, there was a proposal to locate a Franciscan priest at the chapel, which already existed.
CULTURE IS THE ART OF LIVING
- The people of Goa are commonly referred by the name Goan.
- Goa is a land which is influenced by the cultures of many and yet manages to retain its own unique culture.
- Way before the coming of the Portuguese, Goa was variously influenced by the cultures of nomadic tribes and through the establishment of trade relations with foreign cultures like the Sumerians.
- The influences of these people can be seen even today in the measurement of land and the Communidade system.
- Each village in Goa is slightly different from its neighbours and thanks to the constant shifting of political and kingly powers the Goan’s loyalty is first to his village rather than to his king.
These are some places to visit in Goa. Majority of population here is christian so will find many old church. The specialty of Goa are beaches, Night life , Carnivals,water sports which attracts lot of foreign tourist.