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16 July 2015

The list of tourist places in Goa is a long one, varying right from the buzzing beaches like Baga to the beautifully-built churches and cathedrals of Old Goa. This fun capital of India boasts of sun-kissed beaches, palm trees, cashew plantations, centuries old monuments, the epic Goan fish curry rice, cashew fenny, festivals, flea markets, Santa Monica Cruise Ride, Spice Farms and what not!!! Dance the night away to the vibrant beats of Trance in the night life of Goa and wake up to the most serene sunrises on the calm beaches.

Here’s a list of 24 absolutely amazing tourist places in Goa which will keep calling you back for more.

Beaches in Goa

1. Aguada beach

View of Aguada beach from Taj resort

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While Fort Aguada is known to soothe your eyes with delightful views of Aguada beach, it allures the travellers with pristine landscape and the background of ancient citadels. The beach is famous amongst honeymooners.

What’s Special? Do plan a trip to the lighthouse near by. It offers some gorgeous views of the beach from a height.

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2. Arambol beach – Hippies and backpackers getaway

A hippie chilling on the beaches of Goa in Arambol

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With its Bohemian atmosphere, Arambol has long been a tourist attraction in Goa for many of the long-term hippies & youthful backpackers. The relaxed environment at the Arambol beach coupled with peace and tranquility attracts many vacationers from other beaches of Goa.

What’s Special? Over here, one can indulge in adventure sports such as paragliding and kitesurfing.
Best time to visit: November to March

3. Baga Beach – Majestic waves, beach parties & awesome food!

Indulge in a banana boat ride on one of the best places to visit in Goa - Baga Beach

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Baga Beach is the centre of tourist attraction in Goa. Majestic white waves rushing to wipe out the feet imprints left by you on the white sand while the wind continues to flirt with the palm trees. Amongst all the activities, parasailing, banana boat rides and sun-basking are highly enjoyed at this beach.

Best time to visit: November to March
What’s Special? Beach side shacks and cafes which serve you with delectable Goan delicacies and music to soothe your senses. One could indulge in artificial tattoos & braids too.

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4. Anjuna Beach – Doper’s Paradise

A beautiful sunset at Anjuna beach in Goa

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One of the most popular tourist places in Goa – the world renowned freak capital of the world – Anjuna beach is known for its full-moon (acid house) parties, trance Parties and the hippies who tried to synthesize the spiritual traditions of the East and the art, ideas and the music of the West.

Every Wednesday, at around 11 a.m., Anjuna breaks into a riot of colors.

5. Butterfly beach – The secluded, stoned beach

Butterfly beach in Goa during sunset

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This beautiful Butterfly beach situated towards the north of the Palolem beach. It is very suitable for those seeking peace and isolation and is one of the quietest and unexplored beaches in Goa. The Butterfly beach is surrounded by a lot of rocks. One can enjoy the thrilling ride by the paddle boat towards the beach and also see some dolphins on the way.

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6. Calangute beach – Shop till you drop!

Dramatic skies and colorful shacks at Calangute beach in Goa

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Calangute beach in Goa is also known as the Queen of beaches. Bringing hordes of European tourist calangute beach is the haven for hippies. You can also have you full of adventure with parasailing, water-skiing, wind-surfing and dolphin trips. It is one of the best places to visit in Goa in 2 days, especially if you’re travelling with friends, alone or with your partner.

What’s Special? With a mind-blowing nightlife, bustling flea markets and generous contributions of history, you can let your spirits scale high on the sky of experience.

Best time to visit: November to February

Historical Places in Goa

7. Bom Jesus Basilica – One of the oldest Churches in India

Bom Jesus Basilica is amongst the most popular Goa sightseeing locations.

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One of the world famous tourist places in Goa is the Bom Jesus Basilica. Characterized by Baroque architecture and fine detailing, carved from basalt embellishments, it is one of the richest facades in Goa.

What’s Special? The Basilica of Bom Jesus is most famous for holding the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is widely famous throughout the Roman Catholic world.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 am to 06:30 pm & Sunday 10:00 am to 06:30 pm

8. Archives Museum – A cultural glance into Goa

Explore the history of Goa with Archives Museum

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The Museum of Goa is housed at a new building at the Patto Plaza near the ourem creek, Panaji. There are about eight thousand interesting artefacts housed in this museum, which makes this place one of the top places to see in Goa.

Exhibits: Temple Sculptures, Hero Stones, Colonial Era Artifacts, Jain Bronzes, Photos Of Prehistoric Rock Carvings
Opening hours: 9.30 am To 1.00 pm And 2.00 pm To 5.30 pm.
Closed On : Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays.

9. Panaji – Cruise the night away

Go for a night cruise at Panjim to experience the calm waters of the sea

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The capital, another popular tourist place in Goa, lies on the southern left bank of the Mandovi River that skirts the town and makes for a beautiful setting. Panaji is best discovered on foot, as you walk in the old-world lanes, past heritage houses by the market selling an amazing range of goodies.

What’s Special? A boat cruise through the River Mandovi at night is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have on the serene waters of Goa.

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Forts in Goa

10. Aguada Fort – Lighthouse and a Jail

Lighthouse at Aguada fort in Goa

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Sightseeing in Goa is incomplete without a visit to Fort Aguada, strategically situated at the estuary of the river Mandovi. On the north side of the fort, a rampart of red-brown laterite just into the bay to form a jetty between two small sandy coves. This picturesque spot is known as Sinquerim Beach.

Opening hours: 9:00 am – 6:30pm all days of the week
Built By: Portuguese
Built In: 1609-1612
Houses: The Central Jail and a 19th Century Lighthouse

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