If you are looking for a perfect mix of the old and the new, visit the eccentric party capital of India, Goa. There is a whole dearth of places to visit in Goa from exotic beaches like Baga and Anjuna to old forts like Fort Aguada and Chapora as well as churches like the Basilica of Bom Jesus and The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. You can explore the beauty of Goa tourist places from royal casinos to natural wonders like waterfalls and caves and charming villages and flea markets.
One of the must visit places in Goa is the Calangute beach in North Goa where you can indulge in watersports or just laze around on the beachfront. Enjoy the view of the long coastline and try some of the delicious food items at the beach shacks and restaurants here. If you visit this beach in December, you will get to experience the celebrations of the Sunburn festival.
Other beaches you can soak up the sunshine at are the Ashwem beach in North Goa & Arossim Beach in South Goa. The swaying palm trees, the glistening sandy shores and the relaxed atmosphere of the beach shacks and restaurants here will make you feel like you are in paradise. Vagator beach is a good option if you want some solitude and peace and the red cliffs and fresh water springs make this beach a sight to behold. Baga and Anjuna are also good beaches, though they are pretty crowded most of the time.
Take a trip down memory lane by exploring Fort Aguada that lies on Sinquerim beach and view the various buildings here. Some of these buildings have been turned into a jail and the thick battlements and lighthouse are worth viewing. Another fort that is worth visiting is the Chapora fort where the movie “Dil Chahta Hain” was shot. You can get grand views of the coastline from this fort which makes for some great shots.
You should also visit the Deltin Royale Casino which is one of the major tourist attractions in Goa. Enjoy the luxury of live gaming aboard this casino ship in Panjim, North Goa where each level is filled with different gaming stations. After you are done gaming, savor some delicious seafood at the restaurants onboard the casino ship.
If you are a nature enthusiast, the Dudhsagar Falls is a must visit tourist attraction as this 4-tiered waterfall is one of the tallest in the country. During monsoon in Goa, you can witness nature’s fury as this waterfall is fed by the rains. Besides this, the Arvalem Waterfall and the Pandava Caves are also tourist spots in Goa that you should visit. The cave complex has 5 compartments with a ‘linga’ in the middle compartment that are architectural delights.
You can also seek divine blessings at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the remains of St. Francis Xavier lie, as well as the Mangeshi temple. There are many more such tourist attractions in Goa, so plan that weekend getaway or major vacation to this beach paradise and enjoy a fun-filled time!