Best places to visit in Goa other than the Goa beaches

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Planning a trip to Goa and do not know where to visit? We will help you find the best places to visit in Goa.

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Goa is an idyllic place to visit when you are looking for a place to unwind and chill at the same time. It offers a variety of places with varied experiences like from historical forts to palaces, beaches to luxury cruise, historical museums to ancient churches and so on. It has everything that you can ask for from an excellent holiday destination. Goan cuisine is equally mouth-watering and scrumptious. If you are a seafood lover, this place can offer you the freshest and most delicious seafood.

Let’s have a look at some of the best places to visit in Goa.

Reis Magos Fort:

Reis Magos Fort

  • A historical marvel which depicts the ancient war weapons and other historical references about the invasion of Goa by Portuguese, Dutch and British.
  • From the top, you can see the river Mandovi meeting the sea. On a sunny afternoon, the sky appears bright blue and the sea water appears like glittering crystals.
  • Since, the fort is at an elevation from the ground, for senior citizens, a golf car is also available to roam the fort.

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Aguada Fort:

Aguada Fort

  • A Portuguese fort that belongs to the 17th century located on the banks of Sinquerim Beach in North Goa.
  • One of the major attractions is the lighthouse built in 1864 standing 13-metre-tall.
  • Another attraction is the vaulted cistern that can store approx. ten million litres of water, meant to store water for ships that rested at the fort. It has now been converted into jail and serves to be the largest jail in Goa.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

  • A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a must visit as it depicts the ancient Goan legacy.
  • The church has the preserved mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier which has a great significance and people from far off places come to visit this place.
  • Saint Francis Xavier was lovingly called as Bom Jesus and a grant feast is organized annually on his death anniversary. Once every ten years, they bring down the body for public view.

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Pandava caves and Arvalem Waterfalls

Pandava caves and Arvalem Waterfalls

  • The caves date back to the 6th century which makes it even more intriguing and a naturalistic place to visit.
  • There is also a ‘Linga’ inside which gives it a religious significance.
  • Close to the caves is the Arvalem waterfalls and it is a pleasant view altogether.

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Naval Aviation Museum

Naval Aviation Museum

  • Being the only Naval Aviation Museum in India makes it an even more interesting site to visit.
  • The place can satiate the curiosity of people fascinated by huge aircraft, rockets, helicopters, etc.
  • You can plan a visit to this place if you are fond of exploring the ways of the Defence and their mega gadgets.

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Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral

  • A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the largest churches of Asia, the construction of which took prodigious 80 years.
  • Dedicated to Saint Catherine, it is also known as Sé Cathedral de Santa Catarina.
  • The Church includes five huge bells. The most famous and largest of them is the Golden Bell; the largest bell in Goa and one of the largest in Asia.

Dudhsagar falls

Dudhsagar falls

  • Dudhsagar Falls is a huge waterfall located on the Mandovi River in  Goa.
  • It is located in Guntakal which is 60 km away from Panaji by road .
  • The waterfall is the border between Karnataka and Goa states.
  • The waterfall is popularly known as Tambdi Surla. You can witness this waterfall during the monsoon season.

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Chapora fort

Chapora fort

  • Chapora Fort is a beautiful fort located in Bardez, Goa.
  • The fort has proper trails and roads that are laid down for travellers.
  • This fort is a popular tourist spot and is only 700 meters away from Vagator Beach.
  • Many photographers and actors visit this place for professional and personal shoots.

best places to visit in Goa

Divar island

  • Divar Island on the Mandovi River in Goa is a home to many people and cultures.
  • The island is about 10km upriver from Panjim.
  • If you are planning to visit Goa anytime, then Divar is precisely the place to start.
  • The Divar Island is divided into three villages i.e. Piedade, Malar and Naroa; the largest of which is Piedade.

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Arvalem waterfalls

Arvalem waterfalls

  • Arvalem waterfall is a scenic and worth-visiting place especially during monsoons.
  • It is situated in North Goa and is perfect for a weekend family outing or picnic.
  • Here you can spend most of your time at the waterfall site and can also enjoy various fun activities.

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Anjuna flea market

Anjuna flea market

  • The liveliest of all markets in Goa, it is held every Wednesday in the beach town of Anjuna in North Goa.
  • There are a number of stalls that offers hammocks, handicrafts, tattoo carvings, western jewellery, bed covers, musical instruments, wall hangings, footwear, wooden crafts and carvings, t-shirts, junk jewellery and anything funky at best price that allures visitors.
  • It also provides small trinkets and clothes that are characteristic of the Goa vibe available at an affordable price.

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Butterfly conservatory

Butterfly conservatory

  • Butterfly conservatory is located in Ponda district of Goa.
  • This conservatory is designed as a sanctuary and not as a zoo.
  • There are 25 species of butterflies in this sanctuary. Trees and plants that attract butterflies have been planted in this conservatory.

These are some of the best places to visit in Goa. Make sure you plan your journey in such a way, that there is ample time to visit these places and experience the profundity of Goa. Contact us if you need any assistance in trip planning. Click Here

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