Tourism Places of Goa
The state of Goa is the most favorite tourist place for every visitor in India. Incredible Goa is India's hottest tourist destination and every year most of the foreign tourists come here to enjoy their holidays. Goa is packed in winter by foreign tourists and in summer by domestic tourists. It's exotic beaches, lush green hills, swaying palms, silvery sands, sparkling water, pretty and white washed churches and cathedrals, entertaining life style and rich culture have always attracted maximum tourists in the state.
Goa is a tourists' paradise of India, as visitors can enjoy here the fun of visiting wild life sanctuaries, glorious forts, marvelous art galleries, exclusive museums, historical monuments, holy pilgrimages, exotic cuisines and Sea-foods, and pubs and bars besides enjoying the fun of here's beaches and enthralling life styles.
Here is the list of most famous tourists' destinations of Goa:
UNESCO's World Heritage sites of Goa
Goa holds two UNESCO's World Heritage sites - Basilica of Bom Jesus Church and its few convents. Both the architectural structures lie in the Old Goa, earlier known as Velha Goa and were built by Portuguese. It's fascinating looks and religious importance attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
The exotic beaches of Goa
Goa's natural beaches are famous in the world and attract maximum traffic here. The 106 k.m. long Konkan coast of Goa is dotted with numerous beaches in which Majorda beach is the largest beach stretching on 20 k.m. touching to famous Cabo de Rama fort. The beaches that lie in the northern Goa are Anjuna, Baga, Vagator, Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Morjim and Arambol beaches while Colva, Benaulim, Cavelossim, Varca, Velsao, Majorda, Betalbatim, Mobor and Betul falls on the southern region. The facilities of massage centers, gyms, swimming pools, Internet cafes and nightclubs etc. are available on the beachside.
The Churches in Goa
Goa is the land of churches and holds some of the most prestigious and historical churches and cathedrals including the oldest surviving church - 'The Church of Our Lady of Rosary' at Monte Santo in Old Goa. It was built in 1510 - 1550 AD. Besides, annexed church in the World's heritage site, there are the Se Cathedral, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the Church of St Cajetan, the Augustine Church of Our Lady of Grace and Rachol Seminary, and the Church of St Francis of Assisi lie in the state.
Historic Forts in Goa
The Portuguese who occupied the region for over four centuries had made some forts while some other forts were built by other rulers including Rajputs, Muslims etc. The most famous forts in Goa include the Aguada Fort, Cabo da Rama fort, Chapora Fort, Tiracol, Corjuem, Gaspar Dias, Alorna Fort, Nanus and Reis Magos Fort etc.
Wild Life and Bird Sanctuaries in Goa
Goa has several Wild Life Sanctuaries including Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Molem National Park, and Dudhsagar Waterfalls etc. For Bird watchers, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Chorao island along the river Mandovi is a bird's paradise where visitors can find a wide variety of indigenous and migratory bird species.
Museums in Goa
Goa also holds few museums in which Goa State Museum and Naval Aviation Museum are the most renowned museums of the state. The Goa State Museum is a state importance museum that contains 12 public galleries in which 8000 artifacts are displayed. The Naval Aviation Museum is a military museum based in Bogmalo, 6 k.m. from Vasco da Gama, Goa, India. Vintage Car Museum and Wax World Museum are other renowned museums in Goa.
The Lakes, Falls and Dams in Goa
Residing near to coastal area adjoining to western ghats, Goa is the state of several lakes, falls and dams. In the waterfalls, the Dudhsagar waterfall is the biggest while Kuskem Waterfall and Aravalem waterfall are other major falls.
In lakes, Mayem Lake, Carambolim Lake, Budbudyanchi Tali or Bubble lake are the major tourist attractions in Goa.
Chapoli Dam, Selaulim Dam, Amthane Dam and Anjunem Dam are the major dams of state.
Panaji Tour of Goa
The state capital Panaji is one of the major tourist destinations of Goa that contains several visiting places including Goa State Museum, Statue of Abbe Faria, Chapel of St Sebastian, and the Secretariat Building and several old buildings standing as Gothi style of Portuguese era.
Vasco Da Gama City Info of Goa
This is another major tourist destination for visitors after Panaji where Vasco Da Gama had landed first time in the Goa. Vasco Da Gama is also the largest city of Goa.
Other major Tourist places of Goa:
Arvalem Caves, Ancestral Goa Museum / Big Foot, Banastari Bridge, Boca De Vaca Spring, British Cemetery in Goa, Cabo Raj Bhavan / Governors Palace, Calizz - The heart of Goa, Chorao Island, Devil's Canyon, and Divar Island etc.
How to reach Goa?
The state of Goa is directly connected to some other states of the country. Here you can reach by all the four means - By Air, By Rail, By Bus and By Waterways.
By Air : How to Reaching Goa
Dabolim Airport is the sole airport of the state but it is a military airport. However it also operate some civilian flights bounded to/from Delhi, Mumbai, and some foreign cities. The visitors would have to reach first in Mumbai or Delhi then they can catch new flights from there.
How to Getting Goa by Rail:
The Margao and Vasco Da Gama are the major railway stations of Goa, directly connected to other major cities of India. The Konkan Railways has now made the rail travelling very smooth and hassle free.
Reaching Goa by Road:
The state of Goa is well connected to some other parts of the country, as Goa has two national highways - NH17 that connects Goa to Mumbai and NH4A that links Goa to other cities of peninsular India. The Bus service of three states - Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka are available from Kadamba Bus Station.
How to Reach Goa By Waterways
Fairy services are operated from Mumbai to Panaji.