BEACHES (SOUTH GOA)
The picturesque beach of Betalbatim also known as Sunset Beach, is a small stretch of beach that has emerged as one of the thriving beach destinations of Goa. It is located about 8 kilometers from downtown Margaon and is easily recognisable by the presence of cold pine groves. The beach is the perfect place for seeing dolphins and various species of birds.
This is a cosy beach with white sand facing a blue bay between two headlands. Palolem has lately been popular for its "Silent Noise" parties that do away with loud blaring music after 10 pm, allowing people access to DJ music on headphones.
With its white sands, palms and casuarinas, Agonda is a quiet, lonely beach with almost no tourists, no vendors and no restaurants.
Colva is a busy beach with all modern amenities like air-conditioned resort complexes, tourist cottages, discotheques, food and shopping stalls.
Majorda, Bogmalo, Benaulim, Arossim and Varca are other interesting beaches in south Goa. Arossim is particularly preferred for its excellent water sports.
BEACHES (NORTH GOA)
Sinquerim is the first in the series of North Goa's beaches, starting from Fort Aguada with amazing facilities for water sports. This is one of the finest beaches in Goa with world-class facilities for water-skiing, parasailing, fishing, scuba-diving and wind-surfing.
A sedate fishing village in the '70s, Calangute is today known as the 'Queen of Goan Beaches'. Fringed by windswept palms and popular restaurants and food shacks, it is thronged by people all through the year. This bustling place is a good beach to start out with in Goa.
The beautiful Baga is a continuation of Calangute Beach towards the north and is extremely popular among tourists. The beach's sand is believed to have natural curative properties, leading to tourists smearing the wet sand all over their body.
Vagator Beach is probably the most photographed beach in Goa. The northern half of this picturesque beach faces a bay that curves from the headland to a hillock, crowned by the Chapora Fort. It is a favourite venue for midnight parties during peak tourist season.
This beach was famous for the 'flower power and peace' generation of the '60s and for its trance parties. The attractions include its soft sand, unusual rock formations and the weekly flea market where you get almost anything from apparel and jewellery to yak cheese and hookahs.
This serene beach is very popular among international tourists. It is a peaceful retreat, ideal for sunbathing and water sports, thanks to its proximity to the more popular beaches such as Calangute and Baga.
This is an unusual beach where you can see Olive Ridley turtles and signboards and menu cards in Russian as it's a favourite hangout for Russian tourists.
is another popular hangout among foreign tourists with all sorts of Tai chi, henna, tattoo, yoga and meditation services available.
Fort Aguada is located on Sinquerim Beach. It was built in the 17th century by the Portuguese to defend themselves against the Dutch and the Marathas. This historic fort offers panoramic views of the beaches around and even has a lighthouse on the property.
Mapusa is the capital of the district of Bardez. It is famous for its weekly Friday bazaars where one can buy anything from fruits and vegetables to a wide variety of handicraft and souvenirs.
BASILICA OF BOM JESUS
One of the most popular churches in Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in Old Goa which was the capital city during the rule of the Portugese. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous for the preserved mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
MARY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH
One of the earliest Churches to be constructed in Goa, this is one of the most famous landmarks here. Tourists come to the Mary Immaculate Conception Church to feel blessed and to marvel at the magnitude of its architecture.
The Dudhsagar waterfalls are located in the Sanguem district of Goa near the Goa-Karnataka border, at a distance of around 60 kilometers from Margao.
SAHAKARI SPICE FARM
Located at a distance of just 2 kilometers from Ponda, the Sahakari spice plantation is famous for its farms and fruits. One of the most unique spices grown here is vanilla. The farm is spread over 130 acres and also has two small streams flowing right through it.
ABYSS SPICE FARM
This spice plantation near Ponda is located on high mountains amidst stunning surroundings. Many tourists visit the Abyss spice plantation as it is famous for the medicinal herbs that are grown here on a large scale.
SAVOI SPICE PLANTATION
This spice plantation is located at a distance of around 10 kilometers from Ponda. The main spices grown here are cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, basil, nutmeg and pepper. The cashew distillation unit is an added attraction here.