Places to visit in “Goa”
Agonda Beach:- Agonda beach is a great spot for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming, with still relatively few tourists. Agonda is a nice long pristine stretch of beach. It is famous as a Ridley turtle nesting site. These animals are endangered. Agonda is cheaper, quieter, hassle-free and has much less “touristic” feel.
Dudhsagar Falls:- The name ‘Dudhsagar’ literally translates to ‘Sea of Milk’ which many believe is an allusion to the white spray and foam that the great waterfall creates as it cascade into the waters of the lake. The majestic cascade of white water, gushing over the steep, nearly vertical face of the mountain from a spectacular height of 1017ft; is both breath taking and awe inspiring, making one aware that there are many forces in nature much more powerful that the human mind and body. The falls are at their zenith during the monsoon season, although they are a popular attraction al year.
Basilica of Bom Jesus:- The Bom Jesus Basilica is a World Heritage Monument and has been christened so by UNESCO. Its un-plastered exterior appears at first glance to be inferior as compared to the sparkling facades of churches like the Se Cathedral, but this little Basilica is rich in art, architecture and history and the relics of Saint Francis Xavier are enshrined here.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a monument typical of the classic forms of plane architecture introduced by the Society of Jesus, otherwise known as the Jesuits. The façade, which is of granite, represents features of five styles of architecture: Roman, Ionic, Doric, Corinthian and Composite. It is a large single Nave structure built in 1595 to 1605 and paid for with legacies left by Dom Jeronimo Mascarenhas, a wealthy Portuguese Captain of Cochin.
Baga Beach:- Baga Beach is the most famous of all Goan beaches and if you are visiting Goa as a tourist Baga Beach is worth visiting. Full to the brim with activities you can indulge in, Baga Beach and its surrounding areas will not give you time to get bored. There is always something exciting going on here. In the morning, the beach is a great place to lounge in, soak in the sun and interact with tourists from all over the world.
Night is the time when the beach virtually comes alive. Lots of great party options make Baga Beach an amazing beach to party the night away. One can do activities here like – Jet skiing, Parasailing, Banana ride and boating water – sports.
Aguada Fort:- The Aguada Fort is a monument to Portuguese construction and engineering. Although parts of it have fallen to the ravages of time, much of it intact and it remains the best preserved Portuguese fort in India today. Built over three years from 1609 to 1612, it once defended the Portuguese stronghold against Dutch and Maratha invaders.
The hilltop fort, though only a fraction of the original area of the fort is a popular tourist spot, especially to watch the sun set. To reach the hilltop fort there is a winding 4 km road that heads east from Sinquerim beach, alternately there is steep 2 km walking path that starts just near the Marbella guest house.
Chapora Fort:- The Chapora fort is a very popular tourist attraction of Goa, being close to Vagator Beach. From the fort one can get a commanding view of the Vagator beach, Ozran Beach, Morjim Beach and the mouth of Chapora River.
The fort sits on a prominent position which commands views in all directions. It also has steep slopes on all sides. The fort follows the outline of the higher slopes. This forms an irregular outer wall that uses the natural form to add defensive height to the fortifications.
Inside the fort, the church, once dedicated to St. Anthony, has disappeared and inside only a few signs exit of the barracks and housing that once filled this vast area. The wide expanse of open space is only a tumble of stones, where a few herds of goats graze and cashew bushes grow. A natural valley to the beach protected by rocky promontories provides an excellent natural access to the sea.
Shantadurga Temple:- Shantadurga Temple situated 33 kms from Panjim. It has an impressive idol of Goddess Shree Durga who mediated between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva and stopped the fierce full war going on between the two.
The original place of Shree Shantadurga Devi was at Keloshi. From there Devi was shifted to Kavlem during the rule of Portuguese government.
This current temple structure of Shree Shantadurga Devi was built during the period from 1713 a.d to 1738 a.d. Many renovations have been done over the years to the main temple and to the temples of other deities besides the agarshala (Guest House) which is built on three sides of the temple.
Mangeshi Temple:- Shri Mngeshi Mandir is worshipped place of Bhagavan Manguesh (an incarnation of Lord Shiva). It is one of the largest temple of Goa and a large number of tourists visit this temple every year. The 400 years old temple has exquisite structure and its pillars are regarded as the most attractive among all other temples in Goa. At the gate of the temple complex, there is a beautiful Deepa Stambha (Seven storied decorative lamp tower).
Colva Beach:- Colva Beach is one of the famous beach in South Goa. It is lying close to the city of Margao at a distance of 4 kms. The fame of Colva is equivalent of Calangute in the North Goa. Colva used to be very beautiful beach once upon a time with silvery white sands. Being close to Margao, the beach is one of the most frequent beach in south Goa with a majority of its visitors being domestic Indian visitors.
A small rivulet runs along the beach empting itself into the sea. It has a small bridge across it at the entrance of the beach to enable people to cross and reach the beach. Often garbage is dumped into it polluting the beauty of this beach and sometimes resulting in a foul stench near the entrance to the beach.
Colva beach has one of the best amenities when it comes to beaches in the south. The area has a lot of hotels, pubs and restaurants to dine in which offer a nice ambience and delectable cuisine at reasonable rates. Also at the beach one can spend time engaging in watersports such as paragliding, parasailing, and Jet Ski’s banana rides.
Dona Pula:- At Dona Pula Bay, two of Goa’s famous rivers meet the Arabian sea. It named after Dona Paula de Menezes, daughter of a viceroy (in colonial India), who threw herself off the cliff when refused permission to marry a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. So it’s also called the lover’s paradise. The Dona Paula beach offers an opportunity to the tourist to have a sunbath and buy cheap seaside goods from local vendors.
Water sports is the most important attraction of this beach. The Dona Paula Sports club offer’s water-scooter, cycle and motorboat rides. Other water sports include windsurfing, para-sailing, water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, sports fishing, snorkeling, harpoon fishing, kayaking and yachting.