Thinking of holiday? Looking at Goa for family vacation?
Goa is a place so full of energy and good vibes that it can be visited again and again without losing its charm.
So read on, and plan to surprise yourself with a true Goan experience this time around.
Check out these 5 best places to visit in Goa and things to do that won’t let you miss out on any of the Goan “fun”.
1. Calangute: Go Beaching Like Never Before
Calangute is one of the most popular beaches in Goa and also the largest beach in North Goa, Calangute beach is among the most recommended tourist places in Goa and popular with both domestic and international tourists. It is also the busiest and commercialized beaches in Goa and during peak seasons, this beach is swamped with people from all over the world. It offers a long coastline with an amazing view of the sea and the beach front is dotted shacks, restaurants, clubs and shopping outlets. Once can also enjoy a plethora of water sports at Calangute beach.
2. Fort Aguada: Take a Trip Down Rich History
A well-preserved 17 century Portuguese fort, Fort Aguada is located on the Sinquerim Beach in North Goa. Built as the chief defence of Portuguese against the Dutch and Marathas, it was the most prized and crucial fort of the Portuguese. The fort is ringed by thick battlements and a deep dry moat. 2 things worth visiting inside the fort are the 13 metre high lighthouse built in 1864 and a vaulted cistern capable of storing ten million litres of fresh water. From here fresh water was supplied to the ships that stopped there.
3. Chapora Fort: Discover Bollywood’s favourite fort
Chapora Fort is yet another popular destination for tourists and is especially a favourite evening haunt for people to chill out. The fort is located in Bardez, Goa and is just rising above the Chapora river. The fort overlooks the Chapora river and hence its name. However, there is a more interesting name given to this fort i.e. ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ Fort. he reason for this quirky name is that a Bollywood film with this title (Dil Chahta Hai) was shot back here in 2001.
4. Basilica of Bom Jesus: Explore Goa’s religious legacy
Churches in Goa are an important legacy of it being an erstwhile Portuguese colony. Built across centuries, these architectural wonders were more than just a place of worship; they hold a place of historical or cultural significance as well. One of the popular churches in Goa is theBasilica of Bom Jesus. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is preserved here in this Basilica and hence revered by many.
5. Mangeshi Temple: Seek Some Divine Intervention
Goa may have a long Portuguese history and quite a few famous churches, yet it is also home to beautiful temples and ornate mosques as well. Ponda region in Goa is famous for the 16th century Safa Shahouri Mosque as well as the 450-year-oldShri Mangesh temple dedicated to Shiva. The highlights of the temple are the seven-story lamp tower (deepstambha), a magnificent water tank, believed to be the oldest part of the temple and there is a prominent Nandi Bull as well inside the temple. Located on a small hillock, it is also one of the largest temples in Goa. Because of its temples and churches, Goa is also a popular tourist destination in India for religious travel.
Best Time to Visit Goa: The winters are the best time to visit Goa but it is also when Goa is the most crowded. Summers in Goa are more popular with families with kids. Goa looks beautiful in monsoon as well and monsoon tourism is fast catching the traveller’s frenzy as well. Though you miss out on some water sports at the beach, which are closed monsoons, you can indulge in some white water rafting which runs only during monsoons.
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