Goa is located on the Western Ghats of Konkan with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. It is known as the smallest and the fourth smallest populated state of India. Goa is also famous and known for its beaches. It is bounded by Maharashtra; Karnataka and the western coast is by the Arabian Sea. It was a Portuguese colony before 1961. Goa is popularly known as the “Tourist Paradise”.
10 Top Places to Visit in Goa
1. Basilica of Bom Jesus –The Basilica of Bom Jesus church is in Old Goa in Bainguinim about 10 km away from Panjim. It is one of a kind in India and is known for its exemplary baroque architecture. This church was built in the year 1594 and consecrated in 1605. It is one of the churches with the beginning of Christianity in India and the oldest church in Goa. This church holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even after 400 years, the remains of St. Francis Xavier are in good condition and it is taken out once every decade.
2. Fort Aguada – Fort Aguada built-in1612 is an epitome of Portuguese architecture. This fort for was built as a protection from Dutch and Marathas besides, it was the most prized and crucial fort for the Portuguese as it covers the entire peninsula at the southwestern tip of Bardez. It was so named after the Portuguese word for water i.e. ‘Agua’ and it has used to be a replenishing source of freshwater for sailors.
3. Goa Cruise – Since Goa is bounded by numerous rivers, it is considered as one of the best locations for cruising. There are many cruises which cater both budget travellers, as well as luxury travellers, are available here. Cruising in Goa is categorised into Cruising in Goa can be categorised into three types; (1) Luxury Cruise (2) Private Cruise and (3) Casino Cruise. Besides the above, there are two other categories of; (1) Sundown and (2) Sunset.
4. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception – This chapel is located on a slight elevation, on a hillock in Panjim. It is one of the most popular and one of the oldest chapels in Goa which was built in a Portuguese Baroque style. It was originally built in 1541 however, it was replaced by a much larger structure in the 1600s. This chapel has a large bell which is the second largest church bells in Goa.
5. Scuba Diving in Goa – Scuba diving is exploring underwater sea life. The places which offer scuba diving in India are; Murudeshwar, Malvan, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island and Goa. But Goa is not the bestowing due to limited underwater visibility, however, it is a good destination for beginners to explore the delights of the underwater world.
6. Calangute & Baga Beach – Calangute beach is situated 15 km from Panjim. It is the longest beach in North Goa which stretching from Candolim to Baga. Calangute beach is very popular and known as the “Queen of Beaches”. It is among the top ten bathing beaches in the world and it is a hub for tourists from all over the world. It is also known for its water sports activities such as; parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing.
7. Dona Paula –Dona Paula beach is situated just seven km away from Panaji. Thisbeach provides a magnificent view of the Mormugao harbour. Dona Paula View Point is Baroness von Leistner’s 1969 “Image of India” statue which is, arguably, Goa’s most enduring monument. This beautiful getaway is called ‘Dona Pola’ because of the statue of a man and woman perched on top of a rock. Various stories surrounding it and all the legends speak of the passionate, forbidden, and unfulfilled love affair of Dona Paula.
8. Se Cathedral –Se Cathedral is an important centre of Latin rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. It is also known as the SéCatedral de Santa Catarina. It is among the largest churches in the Asian continent. Se Cathedral was established to remember the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers and it took nearly 80 years to get constructed. This Cathedral has now been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
9. Patnem Beach – Patnem Beach is situated in South Goa at 39 km from Madgaon. It is easily accessible by road and one of the most tranquil beaches in South Goa. Cancona is the nearest town. Patnem has a tranquil tide and the waters are quite safe to swim in.
10. Church of St. Cajetan –St. Cajetan church has a significant resemblance with the St. Peters Basilica in Rome. This church was built in 17th century. It is the church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. This Church is the church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. It was built in the 2ndhalf of 17th century around the time when Portuguese were strengthening their hold. Even the building is 300 years old, it has been wonderfully preserved and is still visited in large numbers by Catholic devotees and tourists alike.