My recent Goa trip - Find information about beaches and places to visit in Goa

22 June 2015, Places I explored Panji

GOA, the best summer holiday destination in country, also known as “Pearl of the Orientate” is a small state on western coast part of India.  Goa has its own significance in our Indian History.  Goa had been a very Enthralling and Mesmerizing Empires, Seafarers, merchants, dealers, monastic and missionaries. As we all know that Goa is famous for its attractive and beautiful beaches, intensely I personally want to share my entire experience to all my readers, what I personally felt after reaching Goa from a very hectic and drained life of Delhi, that high temperature and off course far from your daily routine and schedule pack life. The wonderful and awesome beaches of Goa, full of blissful carnivals and exploration sports, I have enjoyed summers thoroughly and forgot all stress and pain of regular routine life.  

Beaches to Visit in GOA:

In Goa there are nearly about 47 Beaches. Here I am including some of the main beaches of Goa that one can’t miss in their Goa trip.

Agonda Beach:  Agonda beach is situated in south Goa and it is completely a cool package for me. This beach is fully lonely and a quiet place, no restaurants or street hawkers are available throughout the beach area. There are some restaurants nearby which serve great seafood.

Arambol Beach: This beach is situated 50Kms far from Panjim. This exquisite beach has a peaceful environment that attracts more in comparison to other beaches. It is a cosiest beach of Goa.

Ashwem Beach: This Beach is inaccessible, as far we see there is lot of sands. There are few restaurants around the beach which serve lip-smacking sea-food. At this beach, you can take bikes to get awesome beach ride experience.

Baga Beach: Baga Beach is fully festooned with Palm trees. Baga Beach is also famous for Fishing. You should really visit this captivating beach once in a lifetime as I was very much excited while visiting it.

Calangute Beach: Calangute beach is a one of the famous beaches of Goa, just 15 kms away from Panjim, and also known as queen of the beaches. This place is best known to the tourists to visit between November and February, as the weather here becomes very pleasant.  We enjoyed at the beach a lot as first of all it is not a crowded beach at all, second very good for kids as well. It is a good place for those who want some privacy and enjoy some peacefulenvironment. The food in nearby restaurants is also very reasonable.

Colva beach: Colva beach is one of the finest beaches of south Goa. It is a lively beach, sometimes crowded also. The astonishing white sand and cool breeze coming from sea side make it an ideal place for couples. Colva beach is one of the cleanest beaches of Goa and well-known for its food. I have enjoyed the food very much but I think it will be a good place for non-vegetarians as colvian’s love the fish and sea food. You can enjoy rice with fish curry and enjoy your trip to the fullest.

South Goa

South Goa has a variety of good beaches like Agonda, Palolem which is also called as fisherman’s beach; we went with the fishermen’s on their boats to enjoy the dolphins. It was awesome; Varca, cavelossim and Mobor are also some of the good beaches of south Goa. These beaches are almost 50 KMS far from the Dabolin airport. We loved the food joints there, which offer very good food. Resorts are also very good and economical as well. There are some more beaches in south Goa like Majorda, Bogmalo, Benaulim and Betul which are famous for fishing ports.

How to reach Goa?

Goa is well-connected place where you can easily communicate by Air, Buses, Boats, Ships, and Trains. So many foreign tourists visit Goa throughout the year. Goa is well connected with all major cities of India.     

By Road: Many of the Buses carry out peoples between Mumbai to Goa and generally start in the evening. Online Tickets can be booked in advance for Buses and Taxi.

By Boats/Ships: The Ferry Boat transport will give you awesome and memorable view of Goa Scenery. These ferryboats play an important role for commuting around Goa and a life line of locals and Tourists.

By Trains: I am fond of travelling by train as it let you see the other side of the country. I took 2ndAc class in Naverati Express; this train dropped me in Old Goa. We reached there and a huge crowd of Taxi drivers surrounded us and started asking for our desired Hotel but please beware of getting a hotel with their recommendation, as you might get charged more.

By Air: Air is the best way to save time and avoid the chaos of local cities.However Goa airport is little crowded and small, located in Dabolim. There are few flights which run between Delhi, Mumbai and Goa at frequent intervals.

Churches of Goa

Old Goa, also known as Velha Goa has a plenty of churches and this is the reason why it is very popular for its churches, Around 30 churches are there in Goa. The Nova Goa, also known as Panjim is the new capital of Goa. Earlier in Portuguese time, Velha Goa (Old Goa) was the capital of Goa. Later on it has been abandoned due to malaria and cholera disease and panjim became the new capital of Goa. The major churches of Goa are as follows:-

  • Basilica of bom jesus
  • Rachol seminary and church
  • Mary Immaculate Conception
  • Reis Magos Church
  • Se Cathedral
  • St. Anne Church
  • Church of St. Augustine
  • St. Cajetan Church
  • Church of St. Francis
  • St. Paul Church

Places to Visit in Goa:

Abyss Marine Aquarium: From all over the world people visit Goa to see sand, beautiful beaches, lovely sunset and sunrise and many more magnificent things. After visiting Abyss one can understand the beauty of marine Life. Abyss has Marine Fish Aquarium, where fishes are elected from the different zones of world like Australia, Japan, Pakistan and china.

Amthane Dam: This Dam is situated just about 20 Kms from Mapusa. This Dam is not huge but its charming looks and views are really eye-catching.

Arvalem Waterfalls: After the bountiful monsoon one can have best experience of visiting in Arvalem waterfalls. It is a mesmerizing picnic spot and one can spend hours in viewing its splendid waterfall.

Budbudyanchi Tali: Budbudyanchi Tali is located in Netravali in Sanguem Taluka. It is a well renowned place of Goa as it has Bubble tank and a big laterite which is located in the centre of the tank.

Cabo Raj Bhawan: Cabo Raj Bhawan is also known as Governors Place. It is constructed in 1540 AD. In Portugal times it was also known to be “Palacio De Cabo”. If you like to view the antiques and art crafts, then you must visit Cabo Raj Bhawan as it contains the great collection of the same.

Scuba diving: There is a great scope of water sport like scuba diving in Goa. There are several diving schools who train peoples and gives them their first ever experience of scuba diving. I loved my trip of Goa the most because of the experience I got in scuba diving. We have been taught the basics of scuba diving first then our trainer took us underwater. The best part about the trainers is that they are very professional and never compromise with your safety and let you enjoy at the fullest. First time visitors must try scuba diving; there are lot of companies who provides their professional services to their clients. I was having water phobia but underwater diving gave me confidence to swim. I can’t forget that part of my life.

Where to stay in Goa?

Goa is one of the most crowded tourist destinations in India. Goa covers Indian as well as foreign visitors equally. There are many staying options at Goa. You can choose any of them as per your pocket. There are many five star, four star and three star hotels, all of them offer all essential facilities to the customers. The Leela Goa, Park Hyatt Goa Resort, Goa Marriott Resort, Siolim House, Hotel Seagull are some of the main hotels of Goa.

My trip to Goa was really an awesome experience for me and I would surely plan again to spend my holidays in Goa.

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