Glorious beaches, beautiful waterfalls, dense vegetation, exotic flea markets, and exquisite gardens all form an enchanting place together, Goa. Goa is one of the favorite holiday destinations that attract people from near and far. Goa has plenty of places to see and enjoy. Some of the top places to visit in Goa are listed below:
Best places to visit in Goa
1. Mangeshi temple
On a hillock at Priol’s Mangeshi Village, Ponda Taluka, is Shri Mangeshi Temple. One of the biggest, richest, and most popular Hindu shrines in goa, Shri Mangeshi Temple is situated.
Mythologically speaking, after losing it all in a dice game against his wife Parvati Lord Shiva came to Goa. He disguised himself as a tiger and scared Parvati as he came to look for him. In shock he pronounced “Trahi Mam Grisha,” meaning “O Lord of the Mountains, save me.” Then Shiva went back into his natural shape and came back. This story was associated with the word’ ‘ Mam Grisha’,’ and Shiva was called’ Manguesh.’
2. Colva beach
One of the oldest, largest, and spectacular South Goa beaches is Colva Beach. The coastline is surrounded by coconut palm trees, stretching from Bobmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in southern coasts by the beach, which is about 25 km of fine powdered sand and white sand. One of the best beaches in Goa is Colva.
It used to be Margao’s retreat in the colonial days. The luxurious lifestyle of the aristocratic class nowadays resembles the beautiful houses and villas which dot the village.
3. Dudhsagar falls
One of the country’s highest waterfalls, Dudhsagar Falls is over a thousand feet high. They are surrounded by a lush tree forest in the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. Trek to the falls, join a camp overnight or just get there in a park-organized van.
The falls are a pretty place for your gang to visit. It gives you the opportunity to click some amazing candids, and if you’re lucky, you may also have the chance to enjoy the rainbows in your pictures. You can also enjoy a trek with the groups on these falls that usually take tourists for short treks to enjoy the scenery for a day or two. It is one of the most preferred places to visit in Goa.
The capital city is a good starting point for all the places to visit in Goa. Panaji in a nutshell is colonial churches, cathedrals, old buildings, and multi-colored villas standing on paved streets. Add the beautiful Miramar beach, an offshore casino, and a restored fort with river and sea views to this delightful setting; and you have a few days of exploration and entertainment for yourself.
If you’re traveling with your group, Panaji is the best option to book your hotel as it’s the center that connects all tourist attractions and also has a good transport system that will help you travel across the state and get back to your hotel in time.
5. Dr. Salim’s bird sanctuary
The Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, located in North Goa at a distance of 4.8 kilometers from the Kadamba stand in Panjim, 31.4 kilometers from Vasco Da Gama Train station and 15 kilometers from Karmali Train Station. It is the ideal place for half a day sightseeing on Goa.
On Chorao Island, on Mandovi River, is located the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is one of India’s most renowned bird sanctuary. It was named after Dr. Salim Ali, India’s famous ornithologist. This bird sanctuary has a surface of 1.8 sqkm and is one of the smallest bird sanctuaries in Goa. The Shrine houses approximately 400 species of local and migratory birds. The shrine is full of floods.
6. Old Goa
What remains of this once great and now abandoned colonial Goa capital are towering churches and impressive convents. A trip to Old Goa is like being transported back in time–some of the restored architecture is currently in use, bringing you back to the real world.
Old Goa is best visited during daylight hours with its outdoor sights. Spending time here is a half-day trip that should cover all the sights. For short distance, cabs tend to overcharge, book with a reliable company. Bring sunscreen and water; and a weekday morning visit.
7. Fort Aguada
Fort Aguada and its iconic lighthouse make a pretty picture with the serene Sinquerim beach on one side. Spend an afternoon exploring this ancient structure overlooking the sea, extending your visit to sunset for some of Goa’s best views of the sea.
To reach the place, there are plenty of local cabs and buses available. Traveling with tourist groups is always a better option so you can explore the place and get to know it in detail. During the rainy season, the best time to visit this place is as the iconic view of this place is a must watch.
8. St. Francis Xavier’s church or the basilica of Bom Jesus
St Francis remains one of Goa’s oldest church in this church. This place is also on the UNESCO list of places that must be visited. The Bom Jesus Basilica is over 408 years old and every day is open to the public. St. Francis Xavier’s body is in a well-decorated casket that can be seen in the pictures below. Solemn’ body ‘ exhibitions take place every ten years.
9. Butterfly Conservatory of Goa
A conservation project of the Butterfly Conservatory of Goa, an NGO dedicated to the restoration of West Ghat’s natural heritage, is located 26 km from the Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 25 km from Margao Railway Station and 4 km from the Ponda Bus Stand.
It’s located 3 km from the Spice Farm Tropical and 4 km from the Farm Spice Sahakari, Butterfly Conservatory. The restaurant covers 4000 meters and is founded by a few who are enthusiastically about nature and also environmentally aware. Only 25 butterfly species could be seen at the time of establishment, but currently 133 butterfly species embellish the preservatory.
This is just a glimpse at the most popular places to visit in Goa. There are a lot more places which you can visit here and enjoy with your family and friends. Goa is just not about beaches, it is a great place to be to rejuvenate your sense. The place offers positive vibes that one can gather and come back after a great trip with endless memories to cherish. if you are also planning a trip to Goa then do not forget to carry your camera along and click pictures that can be treasured forever.