How to enjoy Goa holidays other than beaches
Planning holidays in Beach paradise Goa India ? Goa is all about Sun, Sand, Sea and Sky. From popular beaches Baga to lonely beaches Arossim, it has every thing for every one. Beyond beaches and water sports, this time try different in Goa which gives you memories for life time. Let’s see how to enjoy Goa holidays other than beaches with buddies or family.
1. Aguada fort -historical places
Location- Sinquerim beach, North Goa
This fort is built by Portuguese against Dutch attacks. Aguarda means water. A water spring in the fort is used for water supply for many ships. Light house & many gallons water storage capacity are amazing things.
Now a part of fort is Goa central jail. Many movies shot here & it’s one of Goa’s best place visited by families, friends & couples.
2. River cruise – South Goa
Evening cruising through the Mandovi river is beautiful experience without it your trip is incomplete.
In 1 hour trip we can see Panaji beautiful places & enjoy Sun set on river cruise.
3. Basilica of Bom Jesus – Old Goa
It has both cultural and historical Legacy and recognized by UNESCO. St.Francis Xavier Mortal remains are here. It’s one of Goa’s top churches &Asian biggest churches.
In old Goa visit The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception known as Panaji church, shown in many movies.
4. Mangeshi temple
This 500 years old Lord Shiva temple is in Ponda region. It’s in nature’s lap surrounded with hill & coconut trees. 7 stored lamp tower, holy water tank are special attractions. Also visit Shantha Durga temple near to it.
5. Chapora fort
It is fort shown in Dil Chahta hai movie. It’s near Chapora river. One can enjoy great sunset in Arabian sea & excellent views along coastal line.
6. Reis Magos Fort
Once it was viceroy’s residence. This old Portuguese fort offers awesome views of surroundings. Golmaal movie shot here.
7. SALIM ALI BIRD SANCTUARY-how to enjoy Goa holidays other than beaches
This sanctuary is in an Island on Mandovi river. This is full of mangrove swamps and we can spot local and other birds. It’s a small sanctuary. We can see flying fox, crocodiles & jackals etc. In advance we need to take permission from forest department if want to visit.
8. Casino Cruise – Deltin Royale
This Goa’s largest Boat Casino is located in Panjim. One can have fun with entry to casino. you can buy package to enjoy luxurious casino stay& play.
9. Spice gardens
In Goa tropical climate, lush green spice plantations welcomes visitors with spicy lunch as complimentary. Elephant rides and boating are special here.
10. Naval Aviation Museum
This Naval Aviation museum is only one of it’s kind in India. It has both indoor&outdoor exhibit area. Navy Air crafts, bombs & rockets are main attractions.
11. Dudh Sagar falls
Sea of milk is meaning of waterfalls. It’s one of tallest water falls in India &looks beautiful in monsoon season.”Chennai Express” movie shot here. It’s located in Mollem national park, 30 km from Goa, mid Nov-Feb is best time to visit.
12. Butterfly Conservatory
It is located 4 km from Ponda near spice plantations. We can see around 150 varieties of beautiful butterflies. Specially kids enjoy this colorful place.
13. Fontainhas – Old Goa
Beautiful houses with red tiled roofs and colorful decent streets seen in this Portuguese colony. It got name from water reservoir ‘Fonte Phoenix’
14. Flea markets
Goa is famous for Flea markets. Anjuna Wednesday market, Arpora Saturday night market& Baga night bazaar are famous for shopping.
15. Tito’s calangute
Goa is famous for nightlife. Tito’s is first Goa’s Discotheque. you can enjoy electrifying music with dance on floor & Goan delicious food too.
16. Wild life sanctuaries
Goa is home to many animals & birds. Along western ghats Bhagwan Mahaveer(Mollem National park is part&we find Dudh Sagar falls)&Catigao are two wild life sanctuaries.
17. Divar Island & Grand Island
Divar Island is located in Mandovi river with picturesque paddy fields&hills.
Grand Island is famous for water sports to fishing and Snorkeling to Scuba diving. In a day trip to Grand Island one can spot Dolphins in their natural habitats.
18. Verna springs & Arvalem waterfalls
Near Bicholim town there are Pandava caves and Arvalem waterfalls. These water falls formed in steps making a pond at the bottom.
Verna springs is in South Goa near Cortalim village. This water is said to have curing properties for some Physical ailments. It is 20 km from Panaji.
19. Chapora river
It’s in North Goa & famous for white water rafting, water sports&Kayaking. House boats also available for day trips&night stay offering best Goa food.
20.Martin’s Corner & Planet Bollywood
In these restaurants food is delicious & if you are lucky, can see celebrities too. Martin’s Corner is favorite restaurant for Sachin.
Gayathri Sharma is travel enthusiast from India. Adventure lover, Travel blogger by profession.
She loves to write on Indian tradition and culture and always fascinated by Indian temples.Read some
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