Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With numerous white sandy beaches, diverse culture, lively nightlife and thrilling water activities, Goa is visited by thousands of tourists every year. One of the best ways of discovering Goa is to hire a motorbike or scooter and explore at your leisure.
Whether you are in Goa for a leisure trip or a business trip, here are six places in Goa that one must definitely visit in the state:
With a coastline of almost 100 kilometers, Goa is well known for its multitude of beaches. The beaches in Goa have something for everyone, from luxurious resorts to economical beach huts and from loud trance parties to non-crowded beaches. Each beach in Goa is different in its own way and has something unique to offer. If you are looking for having a good time and enjoying the nightlife of Goa, head towards the famous Baga and Calangute beaches in North Goa and if you are looking some alone time, then head towards the beaches in South Goa.
Goa is renowned for its unique shopping experience. Unlike all the other metropolitan cities where shopping is mainly done in malls and huge outlet stores, shopping in Goa is defined by several Flea markets. One of the most popular Flea Markets in Goa is the Anjuna Flea market held every Wednesday on the southern end of Anjuna Beach. With over 500 stalls, this Flea market has got a huge assortment of goods to offer, each at great discounted rates. Be sure to bargain for every product you purchase. Other popular markets in Goa are the Saturday Night Bazaar and Ingo’s Night Bazaar that also has lots of entertainment options such as live music and an array of delicious food.
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Old Goa was once the marvelous capital of Goa during the Portuguese era, however nowadays only a few churches and cathedrals remain in Old Goa. Nevertheless, they are among the largest in Asia. Most of the buildings in Old Goa have been converted into archeological museums and provide a glimpse of the glorious history of Goa. Old Goa is also home to some of popular churches such as Se Cathedral, Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Basilica of Bom Jesus that consists of the remains of Saint Francis Xavier.
Besides an array of beaches and churches, Goa is also known for its many wildlife sanctuaries. In fact, almost 20% of Goa is covered with forests and hills, which are home to a huge collection of birds and animals. Even though these wildlife sanctuaries are open throughout the year, the best time to visit them is between the months of October and March. Bhagwan Mahvir Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park are some of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Some even provide accommodation to tourists who want to stay for a longer period.
Goa is known for its beautiful spice plantations all over the state. The pleasant climate and thick forests in Goa make it an ideal place to grow different spices. Many guided tours are also provided those show you around the plantation along with a complimentary delicious lunch. Other activities such as bathing with elephants, boating, tree climbing and so on are also offered on these plantations. Savoi Plantation, Tropical Spice Plantations, Pascol Spice Village and Sahakari Spice Farm are some of the popular spice plantations in Goa.
Also known as the capital of Goa – Panjim, Latin Quarters is renowned for its Fountainhas neighborhood. A UNESCO Heritage Zone, Fountainhas is known for its strong Portuguese influence, with narrow streets, colorful buildings, bakeries, quaint shops and old villas. It truly portrays Goa during the Portuguese era. A must-visit place while visiting the state, you will be transported back in time over here.
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