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74 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN GOA

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Goa is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India with beautiful beaches and historical sites. Goa is India's richest state with highest GDP per capita. The Indian epic Mahabharata refers to the Goa as Goparashtra or Govarashtra, which means ''a nation of Cowherds''.

Goa is a strip of land 110 km long and 60 km wide between the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India. Panaji is the state's capital while Vasco Da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese. Goa has a long history of rulers dating back to the 3rd century BC. It was ruled by Emperor Ashoka followed by numerous rulers like Silharas, Kadamdas, Chalukyans, kings of Deccan, kings of Vijaynagar, Adilshah of Bijapur and finally by the .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, St. Cajetan's Church stands opposite to the Se Cathedral in Old Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The St. Cajetan Church has been constructed on the primary design of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. The Church of St. Cajetan is the only surviving domed church in Goa. The Church of St Cajetan was built by Italian friars of the Order of Theatines, who were sent by Pope Urban III to preach Christianity in the kingdom of Golconda. The friars were not permitted to work in Golconda so settled at Old Goa in 1640. The construction of the church began in 1655 and completed in 1661.The Church is named after the founder of the Theatine order, St. Cajetan. The main altar of the St Cajetan Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence.

The St Cajetan Church is an example of Corinthian architecture while the interior is a blend of .....


Beach

At a distance of 69 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand, 36 km from Margao Railway Station and 9 km from Canacona Railway Station, Agonda beach is a 3 km long stretch of pristine beach situated in South Goa.

Agonda is a great spot for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing. Agonda beach might not be the most ideal place for swimming. It is one of the top beaches in South Goa. Located between Cabo de Rama & Palolem, Agonda provides an opportunity to relax on a long beach. Agonda beach is simply divine, wide, quiet and picturesque with a turtle centre in the middle protecting precious Olive Ridley eggs. This beach is special because you will find absolutely no tourists, no stalls, no restaurants, nothing just the trees, the beach, the beautiful ocean and you. The beach stretch has an ancient Agonda Church, the Saint Anne's Church and few academic institutions.

Public transportation is available from the Canacona Bus Station for Agonda .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 15 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 4 km from Candolim and 49 km from Margao Railway Station, the grand Fort of Aguada was constructed to prevent the entry of ships into the River Mandovi thus protecting old Goa from the attacks of Dutch and Marathas. Aguda Fort is one of the prime Goa tourist places and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state.

The Aguada Fort was built by the Portuguese colonial rulers on the beach south of Candolim at the shore of the Mandovi River in 1612. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name 'Aguada' meaning Water. The heart of the fort was protected by two hundred cannons and a deep dry moat, which one still has to cross to get inside.

A central jail and a lighthouse built during the 19th century are also located near this fort. This is presently serving as the Central .....


Beach

At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 11 km from Mapusa, Anjuna Beach is situated in Bardez Taluka of North Goa. This beach is located north of Baga and Calangute, and close to the South of Vagator and Chapora. The white sands of the beach and the red laterite rocks create a unique arrangement. It is one of the best beaches in Goa.

Anjuna beach is famous for its stunning natural beauty with coconut trees and soft powered white sands. Anjuna beach is a favorite haunt of the hippies who used to organize the famous rave beach parties in the late 1950s to mid 1960s. The moon light rave parties are well known all over Goa and the world, and attract foreign travellers as well as domestic tourists, especially during the time of New Year and Christmas.

The beach is adjacent to Chapora fort. The 'Albuquerque mansion' located nearby is another attraction. The Anjuna flea market on every .....


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At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, Church and Monastery of Augustin is situated in Old Goa. It is one of the prime Goa tourist places. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Church and Monastery of St Augustine were built in 1572 by 12 Augustines when they arrived in the city of Goa. The construction of the church was completed in 1602 AD. They also built a convent besides the church. A ban was imposed by the Portuguese government against the Augustines. The church and the convent thereafter were deserted.

The ruins of 46 m high Bell Tower without the bell can be seen from some distance and attract visitors. The four storied arched belfry tower built of laterite of the church facing east. This tower is one of the four towers of St. Augustine Church. The Church had eight richly adorned chapels and four altars and .....


Beach

At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 17 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 14.4 km from Margao Railway Station, Arossim Beach is situated between Utorda and Bogmalo Beach in South Goa.

Arossim Beach is one of the most picturesque and scenic locations with its palm trees, beautiful Blue Ocean, golden sand and wooden boats scattered throughout the shore. The Arossim beach falls in the lovely village of Cansaulim, one of the largest villages in Goa. The beach is safe for swimmers and one can visit the 16th century church of Saint Thomas.

Arossim Beach is a popular destination for party and leisure seekers, which is the venue to indulge in varied beach activities. October to March is the ideal time to visit Arossim Beach and enjoy beach activities like water surfing, scooting, parasailing, water skiing, swimming, sunbathing and speedboat rides. Boats are also easily available at this beach for enjoying speedboat rides and fishing. Necessary equipment and .....


Beach

At a distance of 34 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand and 22 km from Mapusa Bus Stand, Arambol also known as Harmal beach is a pristine and secluded beach situated in North Goa. It is one of the most beautiful among Goa beaches and also a relatively less crowded beaches in North Goa.

The Arambol Beach extends over 16 km and consists of two beaches. More popular is the Harmal beach contains long stretch of curving sand and it is good for swimming. It is a perfect place for people looking for peace and tranquility. The second, more picturesque beach lies beyond the rocky stretch and can only be reached on foot and is bordered by steep cliffs on both sides. It is a rocky as well as sandy beach and has a fresh water lagoon which extends along the bottom of the valley into a thick jungle. The lake is fed by boiling hot springs and is lined with sulphurous mud which people love applying on their body to do wonders to their skin.

The rocky .....


Beach

At a distance of 30 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand, 18 km from Mapusa and 5 km from Morjim, Ashwem beach is so different from other beaches situated in North Goa and it is relatively less crowded.

Ashwem beach situated south to the Arambol beach is another isolated beach in Goa where one can see vast stretches of sands. Ashwem Beach is one of the Goa best beaches which is a clean sandy beach and not much crowded. The waves are gentle and the sea hardly ever gets choppy. A perfect place for those looking for privacy, it is safe for swimming. This Beach is known for its numerous restaurants and their mouth watering seafood. Ashwem beach is also the nesting place for the Olive Ridley Turtles which is a rare species. The nesting season is between September to February which also happens to be the peak tourist season of Goa.

Ashwem beach is also a little rocky beach. The Goan families go to Ashwem beach for having their picnics. To the .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 30 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus stand, 2 km from Sanquelim and 8 km from Bicholim, Arvalem waterfalls is one of the most amazing spots situated in North Goa. Cascading down from a height of 50 m (24 ft), Arvalem is one of the top places to visit in Goa.

The Arvalem Waterfall also known as Harvalem falls is a very scenic and beautiful picnic spot. This beautiful waterfall forms a huge lake at the bottom, which is much popular amongst the swimmers. The color of the waterfall becomes muddy brown in monsoon rains and the water flow is quite less in summer.

This waterfall is set amidst charming surroundings, with the Rudreshwar temple in its vicinity. The temple holds importance for the Hindus who believe in releasing the soul on the 12th day after death. The Rock cut caves are just situated nearby. The Arvalem waterfall is one of the most crowded tourist spots in Goa. The Government has developed a park at the waterfall where one can peacefully sit and enjoy the .....


Beach

At a distance of 7 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus stand and 22 km from Vasco Da Gama, Bambolim Beach is a popular stretch for tourists located in North Goa.

Bambolim Beach is a small, clean and largely undiscovered beach that is a bit away from the mainland. This beach is basically located in a shaded spot right before the mouth of Zuari River and in between the Medical College of Goa and the University of Goa. Bambolim Beach is lined up with trees and shrub vegetation with many paths leading to the beach. Many Goa University students visit this beach during their free time due to the close proximity to the institute. The beach is clean and quiet, yet beautiful.

Bambolim Beach is very peaceful and calm beach. Very beautiful shells are found on the shore of this beach. It is famous for Oyster shells. The Bambolim Beach has its beach shacks where exotic Goan cuisine can be tasted. The restaurants offer not just amazing food but the very location gives you the combination of beauty .....


Beach

At a distance of 15 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus stand, Baga beach is located in North Goa. This beach is bordered by Calangute Beach to its south and Anjuna Beach to its north. Baga Beach starts right where Calangute ends. Named after the Baga Creek that merges into the Arabian Sea on the northern part of the beach, this is one of the most popular among Goa beaches.

Baga Beach is famous for its beach shacks and the delicious sea food that is offered there. The night life at Baga is even more exciting than its days. Baga Beach is the home to some of the hottest night clubs like Tito's and Mambos which are always crowded with the dance freaks. Mackie's Saturday Night Bazaar offers amazing buys for the shopper.

Baga Beach is a popular tourist attraction of Goa. This beach is entertaining from sunrise to sunset. As the sun sets down, party mode is switched-on around this beach. A former hippie hideaway, .....


Beach

At a distance of 31 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 9.5 km from Margao Railway Station, Betalbatim Beach is located north of the famous Colva beach in South Goa. This is one of the virgin and most beautiful beaches in South Goa. It is also one of the relatively less known beaches in Goa.

Betalbatim beach is popularly known as the Sunset Beach of Goa. This vast stretch of white sand beach lies in between the Majorda and Colva Beaches. You can literally walk up to Betalbatim Beach from Colva Beach (road distance is about 4.5 km). Unlike most Goa beaches that are lined up with palm trees, this beach has a numerous pine trees along the shoreline. Betalbatim is known for its clean sands and beautiful surroundings. It is a very quiet and a secluded beach and because of the shade of the pine trees, it is used as a picnic spot by families and schools.

This Beach is amongst the cleanest of all .....


Beach

At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 5 km from Dabolim Airport and 9 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Bogmalo Beach is one of the least crowded beaches of Goa and is quite picturesque.

It is situated in a small bay with around a mile of curving sandy beach, which is generally very quiet. The beach is also considered to be the cleanest in South Goa. The beach is safe and perfect for swimming. Even though swimming is safe in Bogmalo, one must be careful when swimming and check out with the lifeguards for the strength of the undercurrents.

Water sports are the prime attraction of Bogmalo. Activities like windsurfing, water skiing, ski-jet facilities are available. Dolphin spotting is other popular attraction for the tourists. Sunbathing is another popular activity on Bogmalo beach. The Sunset view is amazing from the beach. The sandy beach at the end of the cove is the most picture perfect spot at Bogmalo.

While visiting Bogmalo one should visit .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, the famous Bom Jesus Basilica is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa). It is also called St. Francis Xavier's Tomb. It is one of the best Places to visit in Goa and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state. The church is often represented in promotion of Goa Tourism.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. The Construction of the church began in 1594 and completed in May 1605. The church is called 'Bom Jesus' meaning 'good Jesus' or 'infant Jesus'. This church is the first Minor Basilica in India and is regarded as one of the best examples of baroque architecture.

The imposing facade built out of black granite in an exquisite combination of the Doric, Corinthian and composite styles, is remarkable for its simplicity. It measures 183 ft in length, .....


Beach

At a distance of 48 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 18 km from Margao Railway Station and 41 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Betul Beach is a small picturesque beach in South Goa.

Betul Beach is a small beach amongst the beaches of Goa and is situated along the southern end of the River Sal. This beach is basically a cove, it has a hillock on one side and laced with coconut tree plantation on the other side. You will be able to see where the Sal River drains out into the vast Arabian Sea in the Betul Beach. Moreover Betul Beach is a stretch of silvery sand it offers total privacy and breathtaking views. The sea breeze keeps the climate pleasant for almost the entire year.

This secluded beach is known as the fishing beach of Goa and is very famous for its cool climate. A number of tourists visit this beach to enjoy their fishing in Goa as the fishing port situated here is well advanced. A number of deep sea trawlers and fishing boats also bring in their fresh catch .....


Beach

At a distance of 36 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Stand, 6 km from Margao Railway Station and 4.5 km from Colva beach, Benaulim Beach is known for its calm and peaceful environment located in South Goa.

The best thing about Benaulim Beach is that it is still rather undiscovered by domestic tourists even though it is a famous beach for fishing. This beach gets fairly crowded in the evenings and on weekends. This Beach is right place for picnic and one can just relax the day off soaking in the sun. Moreover, one can see bull fighting at Benaulim Beach between the months of October to March. Watching the bull fight at the beach adds delight to traveling in Goa.

Dolphin Cruises are the main attractions on this beach. The trips are reasonably priced and chances of spotting dolphins fairly high. The Benaulim village in Goa is known for its carved rose wood furniture. Also Benaulim is famous as the place where the legendary Parashuram's arrow landed, by which Goa was created. Apart from .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 66 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 44 km from Margao Railway Station, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Mollem village in Sanguem Taluka, Goa. Formerly known as Mollem Game Sanctuary it was renamed as Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in 1969.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary sprawling an area of 240 sq km, this is the largest of four protected wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. It also encompasses the 107 sq km Mollem National Park. The Sanctuary is divided into two halves by the National Highway 4A and by the railway line of Londa to Mormugao.

The Sanctuary is particularly known for its Leopards, Elephants, Deers & Gaur or Indian Bison. The chief attraction of the sanctuary is the King Cobra, which is found here in abundance. One can also see various other snakes like krait, python, viper etc. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to around 200 species of various types of birds like Malabar pied hornbill, Indian black woodpecker, .....


Beach

At a distance of 69 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus stand, 36 km from Margao Railway Station and 3 km from Canacona Railway Station, Butterfly Beach is located on the Butterfly Island in South Goa.

Butterfly Beach is a tiny beach cove that lies just 6 km north of Palolem beach. The sands here are perfectly white and the water translucent. Butterfly Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches among all the beaches of Goa. It is serene, peaceful and mesmerizing. This beach would be the best place to unwind and relax.

The Butterfly Beach is surrounded by a lot of rocks. Butterfly beach can easily be described as a piece of heaven on earth. It is one of the most photogenic beach paradises in the world. The Butterfly Beach was named by earlier tourists who used to visit the place and saw millions of butterflies flying on the blossoms on the hillside.

The main attraction of the beach is its famous Dolphin Play and the mesmerizing sunset. The sea urchins, sea cucumbers, footprints .....


Beach

At a distance of 14 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 10 km from Mapusa and 41 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Calangute Beach is the largest Beach in North Goa and one of the best tourist Places to visit in Goa. The beach is often represented in promotion of Goa Tourism.

Calangute is also called the 'Queen of beaches' in Goa and among the best beaches in Goa. As stories go on, hippies had discovered this beach during the 60's so is it famous since then. Calangute along with Candolim, Baga and Anjuna form part of stretch of beach extending from just outside Panaji city to Fort Aguada. Calangute Beach is a 4 mile long beach that lies between Baga and Candolim beach. It is also among the top beaches of Goa.

The beach is wide with soft sand but the sea is rough. Watching the sunset and sunrise at Calangute Beach is a mesmerizing experience. During the .....


Beach

At a distance of 11 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 38 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Mapusa, Candolim Beach is a part of a long extension of beach coastline along the Arabian Sea that begins at Fort Aguada and ends at Chapora Beach in North Goa.

Candolim Beach is positioned between Sinquerim and Calangute beaches. Candolim Beach is another relatively busy soft sandy beach that due to erosion can be narrow in some places. The bulk ore carrier River Princess ended up being grounded some 100 m from the beach during the 2001 monsoon. Despite numerous pledges by both local and central government, she still lays rusting. Various attempts have been made to salvage or refloat the ship.

The founder of science of hypnotism Father Abbe Faria was born here. Candolim is also the place where the Goans launched first revolt against Portuguese. Candolim Beach was the first area to have adopted Christianity under the Portuguese rule.

The water can be rough .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 11 km from Mapusa, The Chapora Fort is situated in North Goa. It is one of the top tourist places in Goa.

Built in red laterite stones, the fort has steep slopes on all the sides and stands on an area which has irregular outer plan. This massive fort was constructed by the king of Bijapur, Adil Shah. This is one reason why it has been named Shahpura, which means the 'town of Shah'. The Chapora Fort is one of the prime attractions on Goa.

The fort was built in order to keep a watch on Hindu raiders who wanted to set up their territory in Goa. The fort was destroyed after the rule of Adil Shah and was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1617, on the site of an earlier Muslim structure. The Portuguese troops surrendered to the Maratha ruler Sambhaji in 1684 but the locals were not too pleased with this situation and hence Marathas were forced to .....


Beach

At a distance of 52 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 47 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Canaguinim Beach is the last beach in South Goa.

Canaguinim Beach is the most secluded beach lying south of Betul Beach. It has a low wall around it and also has some sedimentary rocks and a river Sal inlet at the end of the beach. Due to this reason the beach is usually deserted. However, since the beach is not frequented by tourists and is secluded from a safety point it is advised not to visit the beach during the night. Canaguinim Beach is covered with sandy rocks and becomes isolated. The silver coastal stretch of the beach is much small and less crowded compared to other beaches in the vicinity.

Canaguinim Beach consists of two amazing beaches North Canaguinim Beach and South Canaguinim Beach. These beaches are surrounded by lush wild vegetation, covered with golden sand and washed by warm waters of the Arabian Sea. North Canaguinim Beach .....


Beach

At a distance of 20 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Railway Station and 13 km from Mapusa, Chapora Beach is a picturesque beach situated in North Goa.

Nestled at the mouth of the Chapora River, it is a pleasant change from the bustling Anjuna Beach. This beach is famous for fishing and boat building. Like the other popular beaches of Goa, Chapora also stays crowded most of the time of the day. The picturesque beach with white sand and a number of coconut palms along its stretch is well known as the Chapora Fort that was built 500 years ago during the Portugal rule is situated nearby. There is a famous Ganesh fruit juice center in Chapora selling organic juices and gathering people from around.

The Chapora Beach is picturesque and offers amazing views of the sunrise as well as the sunset. Swimming at the Chapora Beach is not safe as the undercurrents are sometimes very strong. At Chapora Beach, you can take a lazy walk, soak the sunrays or just play around .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 22 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 49 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Mapusa, Corjuem Fort is a fortress situated 4 km from Aldona on the island of Corjuem in North Goa.

Corjuem Fort is also known as Khorjuem Fort. It is smaller than the other forts in Goa, but it gives a good view of the surrounding river and land. According to late Father Moreno de Souza the island name originates from Khor as in khorik which means deep or lower and Zunvem which means island.
The Corjuem Fort was constructed in the year 1551. The fort is a relatively small fort and is square shaped. The walls are wide and have numerous gun ports and murder holes. At each corner of the fort is a ramp like stair that leads to the ramparts. The Fort has a well and a three room living quarters. The chapel of St. Anthony was earlier known to have been in the Corjuem Fort.
The Corjuem Fort was protected by the Portuguese from the Marathas, Bhonsles and the Rane Rajputs in .....


Beach

At a distance of 66 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 61 km from Vasco Da Ma Railway Station and 33 km from Margao Railway Station, Cola Beach is a stunning remote beach in Goa and among the most beautiful beaches in South Goa.

The Cola Beach or Khola Beach is a private beach located 5 km north of Agonda Beach and 12 km from Palolem Beach. It is one of the remote beaches of Goa that is suitable for those seeking a lovely place for complete peace and relaxation. It is also much cleaner and quieter than the better known Goa beaches. One distinctive point that separates Cola Beach from others is the fresh water lagoon on its sea shore that is connected to sea. It is one of the unexplored beaches in Goa which glorifies exotic beauty and tranquility. Cola Beach is characterized by the fresh and cool breeze of palm trees.

There are two beaches, Little Cola Beach in the north and usual Cola Beach .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, The Chapel of St. Catherine is situated in Old Goa part of North Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Chapel of St. Catherine is located in the west of St. Francis of Assisi Church and is dedicated to St. Catherine. It was built by Alfanso De Albuquerque in 1510 when he defeated the local Muslim ruler Adil Shah on St. Catherine's Day that is 25th November 1510. In 1534 the chapel was granted cathedral status by Pope Paul III. It was enlarged in 1550 by the Portuguese Governor George Cabral and rebuilt in 1952 using laterite blocks.

The Chapel was built in Renaissance style architecture. The Chapel with a pale yellow exterior is built with laterite stones and plaster with lime mortar and has a tower on either side. The Chapel interior has only one altar which is plain. On one side of the Chapel is a stone inscription .....


Beach

At a distance of 10 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 17 km from Mapusa, Coco Beach is one of the popular beaches in Goa at a distance of 2.5 kms from Reis Mogos Fort.

The Coco Beach is located at the mouth of the Nerul River on the Mondovi Estuary. It is a protected bay of the Mondovi River. The beach is often regarded as an abridged gateway between Candolim and Nerul. Beautiful tall palm trees framed the beach.

The beach though little dirty compared to other beaches is popular for water sports and boating. Boat trips into the Mondovi River also hosts another tourists attraction which is spotting the wild dolphins. These trips also extend up to the base of Aguada fort and present magnificent view of the fort, Aguada prison and the lighthouse (usually one hour boat ride). The busy mornings spent in boat trips are followed by quiet and tranquil afternoons and evenings. Reis Magos Fort and Reis Magos Church are situated close to .....


Beach

At a distance of 31 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 16 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Margao Railway Station, Cansaulim is a famous beach located in South Goa.

Cansaulim Beach along with Arossim Beach and Cuelim Beach forms India's second largest stretch of beach. Cansaulim Beach is actually an extension of Velsao Beach. The beach has clean white sands and lots of palm trees. It is located on the northernmost end of Velsao beach. The large stretches of white sands give the beach a deserted look. Cansaulim Beach is among the mostly secluded Goan beaches. Coastal dense palm groves at Cansaulim Beach provides a refreshing cool roof from the bright sunshine and appears more pleasant during the hot months of April and May.

This beach is lined with many beach shacks with comfortable accommodation facilities. Some of the famous bars and pubs are also located at this beach that serve refreshing drinks like beer, feni, wine and vodka. In addition, Cansaulim .....


Beach

At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 8 km from Margao Railway Station and 25 km from Vasco Railway Station, Colva Beach is located in South Goa. It is one of the prime Places to visit in Goa state and among the best beaches in Goa.

Colva Beach is the oldest, largest and the most spectacular beaches of South Goa. The beach consists of about 25 km of the fine powdered white sand and is bounded along its coast by coconut palms that stretch from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south along south Goa's coastline. Colva is one of the top beaches in Goa.

In the colonial days it used to be the retreat for Margao's high society. Today the area that is reminiscent of the luxurious lifestyle of the aristocratic class has the beautiful houses and villas that dot the village.

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Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 66 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, Colomb Beach also known as Colom Beach is located in South Goa.

Colom Beach or Colomb Beach is a small horseshoe shaped bay between the Palolem Beach and Patnem Beach. This beach is one of the isolated beaches of Goa. The Beach is covered with golden sand with some splashes of black stones. From three sides the beach is surrounded with rock formations of different peculiar shapes and sparse vegetation. The landscape is covered with palm trees.

The northern end of the bay is bordered by Neptune's Point, the rocky outcrop that separates Colomb from Palolem Beach. Neptune's Point is home to the famous Silent Noise weekly headphone parties. Colomb Beach has cute and comfortable Bhakti Kutir eco-tourism complex.

One of the most interesting Colomb Beach sightseeing is a special unique rock called Pandava's drum. If you throw a stone into the .....


Beach

At a distance of 46 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 16 km from Margao Railway Station and 38 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Cavelossim Beach is a beautiful beach situated in South Goa.

Cavelossim Beach is situated between Sal River and Arabian Sea. This beach presents a beautiful view of the river Sal, the paddy fields and soft sandy beach. Cavelossim Beach is filled with soft white sands and dotted with black lava rocks at certain places. This beach is much bigger and cleaner and quieter than most of the famous beaches in Goa.

The tourists can enjoy sun bathing on the beach, dolphin trips and sunset cruises are among the other attractions at the Cavelossim Beach. Cavelossim Beach is ideal for shell collecting, strolling or indulging in more active pursuits like renting a kayak or catamaran. Tourists can come to the beach at any time throughout the year. November to March seem to be the best time for coming to the beach. .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 4.8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 31.4 kms from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Karmali Railway Station, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located in North Goa. It is an ideal Goa sightseeing options for half day trip.

The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is situated at Chorao Island on the Mandovi River. This sanctuary is one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in India. It has been named after the famous ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali. This Bird Sanctuary is one of the smallest bird sanctuaries in Goa and is spread over an area of just 1.8 sqkms. The Sanctuary houses around 400 species of birds including both local and migratory. The Sanctuary is rich in flora growth and one can see a thick covering of mangrove vegetation here. The flora cover is very fertile over here the mangrove ecology is considered to be the best for birds, fish and insects.

The Sanctuary is blessed with many overflowing water streams .....


Beach

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 30 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 38 km from Mapusa, Dona Paula Beach is one of the famous beachs in Goa.

Dona Paula Beach has a very romantic legend attached to it. It is believed that Dona Paula De Menzes, daughter of a viceroy, threw herself off the cliff when she was not allowed to marry a local fisherman whom she loved. It is said that she is still seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.

This idyllic rocky tourist attraction lies at the spot where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea. This is a spot to sunbathe and relax. At the end of the bay there is a beautiful islet-hillock. From the top of this hillock one can have views of the Marmugao Harbour and the Arabian Sea up to the Zuari Bridge to the east. At the base there is a carved sculpture named ' Image of India' depicting a couple, a man facing west and a woman facing east. It was made by Baroness von Leistner. .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 71 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 50 km from Margao Railway Station and 10 km from Kulem, Dudhsagar Falls is the largest and highest fall of Goa. It is one of the must visit Goa tourist places and is often represented in promotion of Goa Tourism.

Dudhsagar falls is a four tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in Goa. This waterfall is amongst India's tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 m (100 feet) at it's peak. This falls is located inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, at the border between Karnataka and Goa states.

Dudhsagar literally means a Sea of Milk in the local Konkani language and gets its name as it appears like an overflowing sea of milk. It is a four tiered waterfall with different ways to reach each level. The bottom of the waterfall is accessible through the Bhagwan Mahavir .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9.2 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Mapusa, St. Francis of Assisi Church is situated near the Se Cathedral in Old Goa. It is one of the prime tourist places to visit in Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic Church situated in the main square of Old Goa. The Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi were established by eight Portuguese Franciscan friars who landed in Goa in 1517. After their arrival in 1517 with their consistent efforts they constructed a small chapel with three altars and a choir. Eventually in the year 1521 the chapel was modified into a church and dedicated to the Holy Ghost in 1602. Later the church was pulled down and the present church was constructed on the same spot in 1616.

The west facing church has a nave with three chapels on both .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 56 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 82 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 43 km from Mapusa, Terekhol Fort or Tiracol Fort is located on the northern tip of Goa at the mouth of the Tiracol River. The name tir-khol means 'steep river bank' in Marathi.

Fort Terekhol was built by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle, the king of Sawantwadi in the 17th century. The Terekhol Fort was won by the Portuguese in 1746 and it became an important part of Portuguese maritime defences. The Fort was rebuilt in 1764 by the Portuguese viceroy Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida.
The Fort site chosen was a hillock on the right bank of the river, which gave a commanding view of the Arabian Sea. The Bhonsles of Sawantwadi kept a sizeable fleet of native vessels which sheltered in the Tiracol River. The fort initially consisted of 12 guns, a barrack and a chapel.

The Terekhol Fort was used as a military base for an attack on the Portuguese by Dr. Bernado Peres Da Silva in 1825. He .....


Beach

At a distance of 84 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 79 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 50 km from Margao Railway Station, Galgibaga Beach is the less crowded beach in South Goa.

Galgibaga Beach is also known as the Turtle Beach and is one of three other Goa beaches along with Agonda and Morjim Beaches, where the state program of olive turtles saving and protection works and implemented perfectly. The whole northern part of this beautiful beach is used for turtles nesting. This is the reason why there is an absence of the shack culture or any permanent structure on the beach, which otherwise is a very common sight on the other beaches of Goa.

This empty stretch of beach with its silvery sands and clusters of coconut palms is a calm and serene paradise and a poet's delight. If you are in Goa in January and February you may be lucky enough to see the turtles nesting and hatching. Visitors are only requested not to touch or .....


Beach

At a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 3 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Hansa Beach is situated in South Goa.

Hansa Beach is extremely beautiful and tranquil beach. Hansa Beach is not part of commercial and public beaches of Goa. Hansa is a clean beach with pristine waters. However the beach is controlled by the Indian navy wing due to its location to close proximity to major naval installations in the area. The navy regularly cleans up the beach to ensure it remains spotless clean. Access to the beach is through the INS Hansa Naval base beside the Naval Aviation Museum.

This beach is safe for swimming and is free from the flowing currents. The long stretch of the sand at the beach is best for long walks. It is believed that this beach has access of naval personnel and their families only.

The Hansa Beach is not accessible to tourists or the public in general. However if the patrolling sentry is in a good mood a small portion of the beach is .....


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At a distance of 32 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5.7 km from Margao Railway Station, Holy Spirit Church is situated in Margao, South Goa.

The Holy Spirit Church was built on the site of the original Sri Damodar temple that was destroyed by the Portuguese and the deity was moved to Zambaulim. The Church of Holy Spirit was first built in 1564 by Jesuit missionaries who arrived in India mainly from Europe. It was the first church to be ever built in Margao but was destroyed during the Muslim invasion in 1571. It was then rebuilt in 1675.

The church is the best examples of the Indian Baroque style. The exterior of the church is brilliantly white washed with towers on both sides and a central dome structure. The interiors are finely carved from floor to ceilings. The altars dedicated to Immaculate Conception of Mary, St. Peter and St. Michael are heavily ornamented. The church also has a gorgeous pipe organ. The church can be entered .....


Beach

At a distance of 32 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 8 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Issorcim Beach is supposed to be a part of the Hollant Beach in South Goa.

Issorcim Beach is located in the Mormugao Taluka. The Beach is about 1.5 km from the famous Bogmalo Beach. Issorcim of Hollant Beach is a peaceful and quite scenic beach especially during the high tide, when the sea meets a freshwater stream flowing nearby. There is also a spring near the church at the edge of lush green fields.

The Issorcim Beach is smaller in size and it is good for fishing. This Beach is peaceful, isolated stretch of clean white sand which provides an excellent opportunity to spend some time without any noise. The beaches of Vasco, Cumberthi and Baina have become extremely polluted, so Issorcim provides a good alternative. It is also a good place for angling.

Issorcim Beach is the only place other than Grande Island where you can see plate coral growing. The coral reefs and coral .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1.5 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 29 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is one of the famous churches in Goa.

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the first church and one of the oldest churches in Goa. It was built in 1541. Praca de Flores'' which means the ''Square of Flowers'' was added in 1843. The Panjim Church is placed on the hillside and just high above the Idalco Palace built by Adil Shah. Standing on the gallery of the church, you can see the entire view of the lovely Panjim city.

The interior of the church is simple. The church has a couple of altars. The main altar is dedicated to Mary Immaculate, on the left is Jesus crucified and to the right is Our Lady of the Rosary. Beautiful statues of St. Paul and St. Peter are seen beside the altars. The St. Xavier's Chapel is another attraction of the church.

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Beach

At a distance of 34 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 61 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21 km from Mapusa, Kalacha Beach is located in North Goa.

Kalacha Beach is also known as Paliem Beach. It is famous for its picturesque fresh water lagoon named Vagkolam or Sweet water Lake, which is near the shore at the very end of the beach. This fresh water lagoon is fairly secluded and very popular among the foreign tourists.

Kalacha Beach is a small beach located to the south of Querim Beach. As per the local belief, the beach was discovered by the hippies in the 1960s. Surrounded by rocky terrain and steep cliffs, this beach is popular for its scenic beauty.

The Kalacha beach is incredibly beautiful with its silver and golden powder sand and is lined with palm and coconut trees. This beach is a more unexplored and quieter beach as compared to the Arambol. The beach can only be reached by foot by taking a walk along the north of Arambol beach.

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Beach

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 35 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17 km from Mapusa, Kegdole Beach is a serene and comparatively less commercialized beach in North Goa.

Kegdole Beach is famous for having highly beautiful surroundings and strategic location at the base of the hillock close to the mouth of the Mandovi River. The Indian Navy has a Naval Academy on the top of the hillock. Among the more exploratory kind, the beach is known for its enchanting views of the ocean and sunset on one side and the Reis Magos Fort on the other side. Like the other commercial Goa beaches Kegdole Beach is not over crowded so tourist spend some time on sea shore in solitude and enjoy the natural beauty scattered there.

Towering just above the beach is the Reis Magos fort. Also located close by is the Verem Lighthouse and the INS Mandovi Jetty of the Indian Navy. The light house is no longer in use. To the left of the .....


Beach

At a distance of 42 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 68 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 29 km from Mapusa, Keri Beach is the northernmost beach in Goa.

Keri Beach also known as Querim Beach is a quiet beach located to the north of the Arambol Beach. The beach lies at the mouth of the Terekhol River on the southern bank. Across the riverbank one can also see the famous ancient Portuguese fort known as the Terekhol Fort. The fort today is operational as a legacy hotel. There is a ferry service available that takes you to Terekhol every 30 min, except at low tide. The view from the fort is definitely worth a visit.

Querim Beach is dotted with many pine trees. The waters here are clear and the beach is serene and calm. A long strip of sand is interrupted by jagged red rocks and headland on the south side and the Terekhol River to the north. The white sandy beach is one amongst the less crowded beaches of Goa and is a serene and calm place to spend a beautiful holiday. .....


Beach

At a distance of 31 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 57 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 18 km from Mapusa, Mandrem Beach is an isolated beach with vast stretches of empty sand that has very little shade and is located in North Goa. It is one of the secluded and less crowded beaches in Goa.

The Mandrem Beach is situated to the north of Ashwem Beach towards the Arambol Beach. It is a continuation of the Ashwem Beach and very similar to it. This beach is quite secluded to the other beaches. Being a serene beach one can see white bellied fish eagles that live in the casuarinas trees at Mandrem Beach. Sometimes even the famous Olive Ridley turtles have their hatching nests over here if the Morjim Beach is overcrowded.

The beauty of Mandrem Beach is especially during the High Tide time when the sea water rushes into the Mandrem Creek or River. This Mandrem creek runs parallel to the beach which swells with water during the high .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 4 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, Mormugao Fort is located just south of Mormugao Port in South Goa.

The Mormugao Fort was essentially built by the Portuguese in 1624 to protect the harbor, territorial waters in and around the Port of Margao. The Mormugao Fort is a tough fortification jutting out far into the sea with a magnificent lookout for invaders and attackers. The Maratha warriors continued to attack the town and the Fort and finally the Portuguese gave up the township in preference for Old Goa.

Mormugao Fort was considered as one of the most important coastal forts of Goa. Primarily, Mormugao was generalized to be the capital of the Portuguese empire, hence the Fort was erected and in 1703 the viceroy moved into the town. Mormugao Fort is closer to Varca beach.

The Mormugao Fort is about 10 km in circumference and boasts of possessing some ancient articles like 20 bulwarks, three magazines, five .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 21 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 34 km from Mapusa, Shri Mangueshi Temple is situated in North Goa. It is of the must visit Goa tourist places and a major pilgrimage site of Goa state.

Shri Mangeshi temple is located on a hillock at Mangeshi Village in Priol, Ponda Taluka. Shri Mangeshi Temple is one of the largest, wealthiest and most popular Hindu shrines in Goa. Mythology says that Lord Shiva came to Goa after having lost everything in a game of dice against his wife Parvati. When Parvati came looking for him, he disguised himself as a tiger and frightened her. In a state of shock, Parvati uttered the words ''Trahi Mam Grisha'', which means ''O Lord of the Mountains, save me''. Shiva then reverted into his normal form and returned with her. The words, ''Mam Grisha'' came to be associated with this story and Shiva came to be known as 'Manguesh'. The place where this tale occurred .....


Beach

At a distance of 27 km Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 54 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Mapusa, Morjim Beach popularly known as the Turtle Beach is located in North Goa.

Morjim Beach is situated on the northern side of the Chapora River and south of Ashvem Beach. One can see the beautiful Morjim Beach from the Chapora fort. The part of the beach directly opposite the fort is usually deserted. A few palm and Casuarinas pines can be found on the beach.

In recent years, Morjim has earned the label as 'Little Russia' due to the concentration of Russian tourists visiting and residing in the beach town. Morjim Beach is a quiet and secluded beach unspoilt by tourism.

The Morjim Beach is most renowned for the Olive Ridley turtles that have their nesting ground here, which are an endangered species. The sight of the tiny hatchlings, turtles and crabs makes your experience at the beach an unforgettable one. However, touching the eggs or hatchlings is a punishable .....


Beach

At a distance of 29 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 21 km from Vasco Da Gama and 11 km from Margao Railway Station, Majorda is one of the most popular beaches in South Goa.

Majorda Beach is situated in the southern part of Bogmalo. This beautiful beach covered with lot of palm groves. Some of the most famous hotels and resorts of Goa are found here and thus it is quite a popular place for a holiday.

According the Indian mythology, Legends believed that Lord Rama was kidnapped and brought to the Majorda beach in his childhood. Later, again in life while in quest of his consort Sita, he came to the Cabo-de-Rama which lies at the southern end of the Majorda beach.

Majorda is also the place where the Jesuits discovered the best toddy of Goa who used it to leaven the bread. Even today the people of Majorda are known to be the best bakers of Goa as they were the first to know the art of baking European breads.

The calm and clear waters are ideal for swimming, though .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 27 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 37 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 22 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is situated in North Goa. It is one of the most visited places in Goa and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Shri Mahalaxmi Temple is situated in the village of Bandora or Bandivade about 4 km from Ponda. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu's consort Mahalaxmi. The temple is considered as the abode of the original Goddess of the Shakti cult and its unique feature is that the Devi wears linga on her head. The idol of Mahalaxmi with four arms holding a sickle, a club, a dagger and a vessel containing Prasad and flowers, has a close resemblance to that of Mahalaxmi idol at Kolhapur. Besides the main black granite stone idol, there was another idol of the Devi made of panchloha. The Sabhamandap has a gallery of 18 images, out of 24 images of emanatory aspects of Bhagavata sect., it is one of the largest galleries of wooden .....


Beach

At a distance of 49 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 40 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 17 km from Margao Railway Station, Mobor Beach is a beautiful beach located in South Goa.

The Mobor Beach is a beautiful, tranquil and clean beach situated at the south of the Cavelossim Beach. It was practically unheard of till 1980s. Around 1980s, this pristine beach was discovered by the tourists and started gaining popularity. It is a public beach and is amply provided with the beach umbrellas and chairs. It is situated close to the famous Colva Beach. A major factor that attracts the tourists to this place is its serenity and less crowded atmosphere.

This beach is now one of the most happening and popular holiday destinations in Goa and is known to be an ideal location for the adventure tourists. The beach is located close to the mouth of the river Sal. The tourists can enjoy sun bathing on the beach. Dolphin trips and sunset cruises are among the other attractions at the .....


Beach

At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and 3 km from Dona Paula Beach, Miramar Beach is situated 1 km ahead of the confluence of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea.

Miramar Beach is also known as 'Gasper Dias Beach'. The name of the beach is derived from the word 'Miramar', which in Portuguese stands for 'viewing the sea'. Miramar Beach is the place where the Mandovi River meets the blue water Arabian Sea. From the beach across the river is an excellent view of Fort Aguada. One can see migratory birds such as gulls and plovers at the beach from November to March.

The Miramar Beach is said to be one of the cleanest beaches in Goa and it offers the opportunity to view the stunning sunset. It is a romantic gateway for adventure freaks, beach lovers and honeymoon couples. At Miramar beach one can get pleasure and satisfaction with some interesting activities like fishing, bird watching, shopping and strolling around.

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Lake & Backwater

At a distance 1 km from Panaji Kadamba Bus Terminus, River Cruise is a memorable and must experience activity in Panaji. It is one of the top Goa places to visit. The river cruises start from Santa Monica Boat Jetty and Panaji Jetty on Mandovi river in Panaji town on Old Panaji Road. River cruise is one of the top things to do in Goa.

The river cruise, especially the evening sunset cruise is a beautiful experience. Most of the cruise trips last for one hour with a ride across the Mandovi River till the Miramar Beach point. The cruise trips are usually accompanied with Goan cultural activities like Music, Dance, etc. The activities also include tourists joining the dance at end of the program.

Visitors can also view Adil Shah Palace from the river, which is the first palace built in Goa by Bijapur Sultan Adil Shah. It was later occupied by Portuguese and converted into a palace. Evening time (around 6 PM) is ideal time for cruise trip .....


Beach

At a distance of 11 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 4 km from Dona Paula Beach, Odxel Beach is located in North Goa.

The Odxel Beach is a very small sea beach approximately 250 m in length but is very pleasant and quite. Odxel is located between Dona Paula and Bambolim just before the Goa University. This beach is a favourite picnic spot of the local people and not known on the tourist map.

Odxel Beach is not favourable to swim as there are a lot of rocks and current. The beach offers a quite and peaceful place to just relax. The locals are quite friendly too. A picnic spot favoured by the locals, the Beach is today the site of some real estate development.

In Odxel Beach there is a Portuguese Catholic chapel located at the right hand position. Many a couple has got married here. This church is the pilgrimage tourism spot in this region. The chapel caters to the local Catholic population in the village. There is also a shrine .....


Beach

At a distance of 20 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Mapusa, Ozran Beach is also known as Little Vagator situated in North Goa.

Ozran Beach is located just after Anjuna Beach, close to the Vagator Beach. The Ozran Beach is a small but very picturesque beach. It is situated behind the hillocks on which the fort of Chapora is located. To reach the Ozran Beach travellers have to climb a small hill. Wonderful surroundings make the beach one of the main attractions of Goa.

Ozran Beach is an extension of the Vagator Beach. It is a hotspot for foreign tourists and has one of the most picturesque settings found in this coastline. Ozran is a rocky beach more so on it's left and right extremes. The beach appears less crowded compared to Vagator Beach. Mostly Goan's in many groups spend their day at Ozran beach with their family and friends.

Towards the northern side of the beach there is a huge human face carved on a rock. .....


Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 65 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, Palolem Beach is one of the famous & best beaches in Goa and top tourist attraction in South Goa.

Palolem Beach is also known as 'Paradise Beach'. This beach stretches between two magnificent headlands and the beach is lined with towering coconut palms. The beach is about a mile long and it provides seclusion and idyllic scenery. Palolem Beach is a crescent shape beach and one can soak in its views from the southern end till the northern end in one glimpse of the eyes. Both ends have natural jutting rocks trying to touch the sea. It has little wooded islands to the north and a village behind the beach.

At the northern end of the beach there is a fresh water stream and across the stream lies a small undeveloped island that can be accessed by just swimming across .....


Beach

At a distance of 91 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 87 km from Vasco Railway Station and 24 km from Canacona Railway Station , Polem Beach is the southernmost beach in Goa. This is a place where South Goa beaches are ending and the Karnataka state sea coast line starts.

Polem Beach is about 700 m long and is another very serene, uncrowded beach .It is a beautiful secluded beach that has stretches of white sands and rocky headlands. It is suitable for those who want to be away from the crowded areas as it is a totally isolated beach.

Polem Beach is a very clean and unspoilt unlike the other commercial beaches of Goa. It is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. A good number of dolphins and white bellied fish eagles are often seen in the clear waters of the beach.

Polem Beach is mainly a deserted place, so there is a huge possibility that except fishermen you won't meet anyone. But in a few shacks which you will easily find .....


Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 66 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 37 km from Margao Railway Station, Patnem Beach is situated in South Goa.

Patnem Beach is a 900 m long, wide beautiful strip of golden sand, which reclined from both sides onto rocky headlands and capes. Patnem beach is situated to the southern edge of Colomb, south of Palolem. The Arabian Sea is shallow here. Really it is much the same beach with only about 1 km separating from Palolem.

Patnem Beach is also the quietest place amongst all the beaches of South Goa. The Patnem Beach is a crescent white sand beach and is not as long as Palolem and Agonda Beach. Patnem is never overcrowded even in the peak season, on Christmas and New Year and is an ideal place for complete relaxation. Patnem is one of Goa's best beaches for children since the nightlife is low-key, the food is varied and high quality and the sea is relatively calm.

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Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 66 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, Rajbagh Beach also known as Rajbaga or
Rajbagh is situated 3.5 km south from the famous Palolem Beach in South Goa.

The main Rajbagh Beach starts from the southern end of Patnem Beach. This beach is very nice, beautiful and clean. The length of the Beach is about 1 km. The Rajbagh sea coastline is covered with high palm trees and heavy pine trees which stretching from the cape, that separate the Rajbagh Beach from the neighboring Patnem Beach up to the Talpona River mouth.

The Rajbagh Beach acquires its name from the famous hotel Rajbagh Residency located close by. The hotel authorities are to be credited for keeping the beach clean and tidy. The Rajbagh Beach is ideal for a do nothing vacation. Almost the entire Rajbagh coastline is occupied by luxury five-star. Though not a private beach, Rajbagh gets very few visitors other than the hotel .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 7 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 15 km from Mapusa, Reis Magos Fort is located on the northern bank of the River Mandovi across to the city of Panaji in North Goa. This Fort is one of the prime Goa Tourist Places and one of the major heritage sites in Goa state.

This Fort was built by the Portuguese Viceroy Alfonso de Noronha in 1551 and was rebuilt in 1707. It was played an important role in the defense of Goa in 1739 against the Marathas. Originally it was an armed outpost built by the Adil Shah in the late 1400 and got destroyed in 1500. In the beginning the Portuguese used this Fort as a shelter for the viceroys and dignitaries who arrived from Lisbon. But gradually Portuguese realized the strategic importance of this Fort and used it to ward off Maratha armies.

This Fort is quite small compared to other forts in Goa. It was used .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 60 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 56 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 27 km from Margao Railway Station, The Cabo De Rama Fort is situated in South Goa. This is one of the prime attractions in South Goa and also an ideal Goa sightseeing options.

Cabo de Rama Fort is also known as The Cape of Rama. The fort derives its name from Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana stayed here with his wife during their 14 years of exile. The Fort was first occupied by Hindu rulers who spread their empire all over India. The cape is crowned by a fort which was originally a Hindu structure and rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1763 after acquiring it from the Maratha King of Sonda. The Fort has elaborated defenses complete with a moat, gatehouse and several bastions. Many of the bastions still have large cannons lying strewn above them. The fort has a well and two springs from which cold and hot water used to emerge from two different nozzles. .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, The Church of Our Lady of Rosary is the oldest church situated in Old Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Church of Our Lady of Rosary is located atop the Monte Santo or the Holy Hill. The church stands on the site of Portuguese leader Alfonso de Albuquerque's victory over the armies of Bijapur Sultan in 1510. In fact the Lady of Rosary church is believed to be built by de Albuquerque as a sign of gratitude for his victory.

The church is an excellent example of Manueline style architecture of the early Portuguese. With windows near the roof and rounded towers, the church looks more like a fortress. The church has a two storied portico. It is built with laterite and plastered with lime mortar. The portico as well as the facade of the church has rounded towers on either side with the cross on .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 23 km from Mapusa, Se Cathedral is considered to be one of the largest churches in Asia, situated in Old Goa, opposite to Basilica of Bom Jesus. The beautiful Se Cathedral is one of the top places to visit in Goa. This place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (Churches & Convents of Goa).

The Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine. It is also known to be the oldest and the most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and has the prestige of being the seat of Archdiocese of Goa. According to history, Alfonso Albuquerque in 1510 defeated the Muslim army on the feast day of St. Catherine of Alexandria and took possession of Goa. The construction of this imposing church began in 1562 during the reign of King Dom Sebastiao and substantially completed by 1619. The main altars however were not finished until .....


Beach

At a distance of 36 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 27 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 7 km from Margao Railway Station, Sernabatim Beach is an idyllic, virgin and silver sand beach located in South Goa.

Sernabatim Beach is sandwiched between Colva and Benaulim Beach. This Beach is essentially a continuation of the Colva Beach and lies just 1 km from Colva Beach. It is far from the hustle and bustle of other major beaches of Goa. This beach is a much cleaner and quieter beach in Goa and an ideal place for swimming and relaxing.

The sun setting into the Arabian Sea at Sernabatim Beach is a mesmerizing scene, which is not to be missed. Waves here are small and low which makes this fantastic beach is an ideal place for swimming. During monsoon period the beach slope is steep after the water line.

The main activities at Sernabatim Beach are boating and hiking, dolphins watching and going onto different excursions to the nearby attractions like Colva and Benaulim .....


Beach

At a distance of 8 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 20 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 21 km from Mapusa, Siridao Beach is also known as Shiridon and Xiddona situated in North Goa.

Siridao Beach is a beach with coarse sand that lies at the mouth of the river Zuari. Siridao Beach is popularly known as the beach of Shell Collectors. One can come across a wide variety of oysters and pearl shells at the beach.

The Siridao Beach is a rocky and sandy beach where you can see some mysterious caves. Another attraction is 'The Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth' and is situated atop a hill, right on the Siridao Beach. Thousands of the devotees come to the chapel to pay reverence to Lord Jesus. The first Sunday after Easter is the feast of Jesus of Nazareth at Siridao.

At the entrance of the Siridao village you can see three stone carved statues playing musical instruments with a dog. Here is preserved the testimony of a huge man like creature who once inhabited the place .....


Beach

At a distance of 12 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 39 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 14 km from Mapusa, Sinquerim Beach is known as the first tourist beach of North Goa.

The Sinquerim Beach is a beautiful beach that has a spectacular stretch of sand. It is located at the south of the famous beaches like Baga, Calangute and Candolim. It is an ideal place for swimming and one should not miss visiting this beach when on their travel to Goa for beach holidays.

The Sinquerim Beach is a semi circle shaped beach lies adjacent to the Aguada Beach. The lovely beach of Sinquerim is one of the oldest preserved beaches in Goa. The famous fort Aguada is located near the beach. Fort Aguada was built by the Portuguese in the early 17th century to defend them against any foreign attack and to control the entry of the intruders through River Mandovi.

This beach gets very crowded with tourists and vendors. It is not really a .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 28 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 34 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 20 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Shantadurga Temple is situated in North Goa.

Shri Shantadurga Temple is a large temple located at the foothill of Kavlem village in Ponda Taluka. This temple is considered as one of the most important and the biggest temple in Goa. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shantadurga the Goddess of Peace. The deity is also called 'Santeri' informally. According to the legend, a fierce battle was made between Shiva and Vishnu that Lord Brahma prayed to Parvati to intervene, which she did in the form of Shantadurga. Shantadurga placed Vishnu on her right hand and Shiva on her left hand and settled the fight. The deity of Shantadurga is shown as holding two serpents one in each hand representing Vishnu and Shiva. This avatar of Shree Jagdamba Devi which had come to make peace between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva came to be known as Shree Shantadurga Devi.

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At a distance of 76 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 71 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 9 km from Canacona Railway Station, Talpona Beach is located in South Goa.

Talpona Beach is one of the remote beaches of Goa. Its nearest neighbors are Galgibagh Beach to the south and Rajbagh Beach to the north. The beach is about one km stretch of golden sand and stands at the mouth of the Talpona River. The beach of Talpona is covered with pure sand of a golden colour with some small patches in its northern part of the beach. The Talpona River joins the Arabian Sea here.

The Talpona shoreline is framed with palm trees and pine groves. There is a spacious open sandy ground with small shrubs and seashells. The both sides of Talpona Beach is closed with woody capes and headlands.

The sea is quiet and calm, water is crystal clear. The Talpona beach has small sand dunes and is not very frequented by tourists. It is suitable for those seeking complete isolation and is quite .....


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At a distance of 30 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 19 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 12 km from Margao Railway Station, Utorda Beach is located about 7 km from famous Colva Beach in South Goa.

Utorda Beach is one of the most amazing and beautiful beaches in South Goa. It is bordered with two other famous beaches Majorda in the south and Arossim in the north. Utorda Beach is separated from its neighbors by a small river. Utorda Beach has a large cover of pine trees and palm trees. It is a very quiet and peaceful beach because of less crowed.

The beach has long straight patches of unspoilt soft sands. Waves of the Arabian Sea here is calm and not so high, which make swimming safe and enjoyable even for novice swimmers. Parasailing, jet skiing and beachside shopping are some of the activities in this beach or you can choose to go for long walks along the beach strip and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Utorda Beach has some good beach shacks and restaurants. Good .....


Beach

At a distance of 19 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 46 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 13 km from Mapusa, Vagator Beach is situated in North Goa, near Chapora Fort. It is among the top places to visit in Goa.

Vagator Beach is a part of a 30 km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea that begins at Fort Aguada and ending at Chapora Beach and Fort. It is a bay between the rocky headlands and one of the Goa best beaches. It is covered with soft white sand, dotted by coconut trees and huge black rocks. The sea at Vagator turns from aquamarine to emerald green with the movement of the sun.

Vagator Beach is divided into Big Vagator or North Vagator, Middle Vagator (Tel Aviv beach) and Little Vagator (Ozran) by a few rocks. To reach the beach one has to climb down a hill. The Big Vagator Beach is a long white sandy .....


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At a distance of 12 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 29 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 6.4 km from Bambolim Beach, Vainguinim Beach is a small beach situated in North Goa.

Vainguinim Beach is one of the beautiful beaches of Goa. This beach is surrounded by palms and is known for its sparkling crystal clear waters. A large number of tourists enjoy swimming at the beach which also makes it a truly relaxing place to enjoy.

Vainguinim Beach is flanked by the sea green waters of the Arabian sea on the one side and the steep cliffs of the Western Ghats on the other side, it is truly a must visit for all the tourists to Goa. Thus, over 500 bird species can be spotted near the plantation at the beach.

The picturesque beach is very neat and tidy and is excellent for spending a pleasant vacation. Vainguinim Beach also offers water sporting facilities to the adventure lovers. Banana Ride, Wind Surfing, Para Sailing, Water Skiing, Water Scooter and Knee and Wake Boarding .....


Beach

At a distance of 25 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 15 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Velsao Beach is situated in South Goa.

Velsao Beach is adjoining with the Bogmalo Beach to its north and the Majorda & Colva Beach to its south. The beach is famous for its large stretches of silver soft sands and picturesque sunsets. The shoreline of the beach is dotted with numerous palm trees. The lovely long stretch of white sand is perfect for relaxation, strolling and sunbathing.

Velsao Beach is amazingly gorgeous beach that stretches 20 km. Velsao Beach abounds in pristine natural beauty. The air is pure and the surroundings picturesque. The calm and quiet atmosphere of the beach lets you hear the cooing of birds very clearly.

Velsao Beach offers magnificent views of the sunrise and sunset. The seashore can be absolutely empty and free from tourists. Many people also flock here to enjoy the feast of Three Kings at Our Lady of Cures .....


Beach

At a distance of 42 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 33 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 9 km from Margao Railway Station, Varca Beach is one of the most beautiful and exotic beaches of South Goa.

Varca Beach is situated about 2 km from Benaulim Beach. It is one of the cleanest beaches in Goa. This beach is marked by a number of wooden boats, belonging to the fishermen of the city.
Varca Beach is the perfect place for those who want to spend time in peace. The best time to visit the Beach is from November to March. The Varca Beach in Goa is not as commercialized and crowded as other major beaches of Goa.

Varca Beach offers tourists a wide choice of water sports ranging from Jet Ski, speed boat rides, water skiing, Para sailing and many more. This beach is ideal for swimming. Other major attractions of the beach comprises of the Dolphin watching trips organized on a regular basis. You can also indulge in sunbathing, yoga .....

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