This is a very well preserved fort which was built in the 17th Century by the Portuguese. The fort was made as the most important building of the Portuguese colonials and they always wanted to save it against the Dutch and the Maratha rulers. It is in the Candolin area on the Sinquerim Beach. The location of the fort on the banks of the Mandovi River makes it look even more beautiful. The fort covers a large area and almost covers the whole tip land of the Bardez Peninsula. At present there is also a holiday resort built here by the tatas and is a beautiful place to stay for a peaceful vacation. It is also close to the Candolim Beach and the shopping and eating areas around. This was at one time the most important port where most of the ferries and boats landed and left from and thus the name Aguada meaning 'water'.
Colva is a village in south goa and the beach stretches about for about 2.4kms of white sand and coconut palms, it is a famous tourist destination with budget hotels, shacks, pubs etc. It was a popular getaway for the Portugese when they were in India, this place has alot of migrants from Portugal, Brazil, Angola etc.
The main Candolim Beach goes along and then takes a turn to form the smaller beach known as the Sinquerim Beach. This is just adjacent to the Taj Vivanta Hotel and Inn which is also the nearest attraction from the Aguada Fort here. One of the most beautiful beaches here, the two main reasons for this being so are that it is not very crowded and secondly the crowd is good here. This is because this beach almost seems to be a private property of the Taj Hotel and so most of the people here are guests at the hotel. There are also massuers who will try to convince you to take their service but you have to keep them away with your own skills. There are food shacks also over here.
Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Built in the year 1619, this church looks unique because of its design which is like a Christian Wedding Cake. The church was built by the Portuguese by replacing what was an even bigger church. The previous church was built in the 16th Century. Over the years there have been many additions and beautifications made to this church and this is also one reason for which it stands steady whereas the main church of Goa is almost in ruins in spite of being built in the 18th Century. This was earlier the place where the sailors from Lisbon used to halt and pray to thank the lord for their safety and then head towards Ela in the North Goa.
The main beach in the heart of the city, this is just a few minutes drive from the Panjim Main Market. Being is such a location, this beach is almost everytime crowded. The scenic beauty is awesome and the main reason is that this is the mouth of the Mandovi River. The slope of the beach is gentle and thus this place is ideal for swimming. You can also go for a morning or evening walk along the beach or sit and enjoy some snacks sold by the sellers who sit on the shores. This is however not the best beach if you are seeking one with lot of serenity and peacefulness.
3. Divar Island, GoaThe island of Divar lies in the Mandovi river in Goa. The rather huge island is home to some fascinating people and cultures. The island in itself has four villages which are diverse and fascinating in their practices. Its relative isolation has kept Divar in a unique state, which appears to be stuck in time. According to folktales, Divar was originally occupied by people of Old Goa who migrated here to escape a disastrous plague, which spread across Goa at that time.Every year Divar is decorated with lights to celebrate three festivals – two of them being Bonderam and Potekar. Bonderam is a carnival that takes place on every fourth Saturday of August, when each part of the village takes out their floats for the parade. Potekar, like Halloween, is celebrated three days before Lent and is a spectacle where locals roam around wearing handmade masks and bells!How to reach: Ferry from Ribandar and Old Goa. The island is about 10 km upriver from Panjim.
My Husband Introduced this place to me, and NOW its my Favorite Place In Goa. This is the one of the beaches I loved getting into. The water is clean and clear, you can walk more than half a KM into the Sea, as the depth is less, its a beauty of its own with the White Sand and Light Blue Sea. Mostly Whites have taken over this place.
From there, Benaulim. It pretty much looked exactly the same as Utorda, with more foreigners and restaurants. Looking north (and south) I realized its just one long strip of sand divvied up into different beaches, so in essence they’re all the same… It all depends on whether you prefer to have some pretense of seclusion or easy access to overpriced restaurants.
The sands of Majorda are not as white as those of Colva. It is a quiet and calm beach that is not as crowded. Its one of those recreational beaches where people relax under beach umbrellas and recline on pool chairs. If you are on the lookout for a beach where you can enjoy the sea and read a book, this is your destination.
This 50 meters waterfall is an underwhelming sight for those who have witnessed the Dudhsagar. But not many people know this isolated little waterfall and is great for spending some quiet time with the sound of water.Around the fall are other hidden places in Goa such as the Rudreshwar Temple and Arvalem Caves.9. Arvalem Caves
The smaller beach situated where the Candolim Beach ends by taking a turn is known as the Sinquerium Beach. This is also the location of the famous Aguada Fort and also the TAJ Vivanta Hotel. The location on the banks of the River Mandovi makes it even more scenic. People who are staying at this hotel find this an all- time favourite and the crowd here mostly include the guests of the TAJ Hotel.
Dotted with sky-touching coconut trees, white sand, and black lava rocks, Cavelossim Beach is another one from the list of the best beaches of Goa. Water sports, few local markets, and shacks perched on the beach offering toothsome seafood are characteristic of this amazingly beautiful beach.
Fontainhas is an old Latin Quarter in Panjim/Panaji, capital city of the state of Goa, India. It maintains to this day its Portuguese influence, namely at the architectonic level, such as narrow and pretty winding streets as found in many European cities, old villas and buildings with projecting balconies painted in the traditional tones of pale yellow, green, or blue, and roofs made of red colored tiles.
This is must must must visit super night club if you are in GOA! Stags are strictly NOT allowed and if you, a boy, befriend a chic for an entry to the club , make sure you know her name and number saved on your phone cos the security might just ask you her name and also cross call to verify! Couple entry is allowed and GIRLS entry are FREE. YAY! The landscape and architecture of this club is too good. Though the dance floor is small. DJ plays EDM, Trance and Bollywood too!
Tropical Spice Plantation
On Friday, we went to Tropical Spice Plantation at Ponda. The cabbie charged us 3K, and we went about 20 minutes across Panjim. The plantation entrance itself is very grand with a wooden bridge amongst foliage that reminds you of soothing Eastern gardens. The 300 year old spice plantation has been changing hands and generations for 3 centuries now and is definitely a must visit. The ticket cost of 400 also includes a welcome drink, lunch, a tour and a sample of Feni. At the end of the tour, they poured a cup of water with aroma oils, down each visitor’s spine, which was very relaxing.On Saturday, we went to the beach and did para gliding. The locals charged us 600 per person and there were 5 of us. Each flight lasted about 8-10 minutes and it was a really nice experience. After that, we strolled about and went back to Prison in the evening.
Shanta Durga Temple
Famously knows as the goddess of peace, the divine Shree Shantadurga Devi's temple in Goa is a beautiful example of the temples built during the period of late Shivaji. It has a magnificent Garbhagudi where the deity is placed with a roof of red sloping and the white lamp tower or "Deepastambha"
Dudhsagar Falls and a train crossing the falls is one of the most iconic travel images from India. Located 54 kms from Benaulim , the Dudhsagar Falls act as a natural boundary between Goa and Karnataka. The majestic white water rapid falling from a considerable height is an awe-inspiring sight. The travel to Dudhsagar falls involves travelling across multiple small Goan villages and beautiful curves on the Western Ghat roads. We also crossed a enchantingly backwater river whose dark looked ominously like a huge python slithering across the dense jungle. One can drive till upto 9 kms of the actual falls after which one needs to take a local 4X4 jeep as the real jungle safari begins. On the way to the falls the jeep travels through treacherous jungle pathways negotiating multiple waterfalls flowing straight through the way. This jeep goes to about a kilometer of the falls from where one needs to trek to the waterfall. The majestic fall is a sight to behold in itself and once a train crosses the waterfall it is not tough to decipher why this is one of the most photographed sights. One can also have a swim below the falls, Life jackets are provided which ensure an experience for even the people who do not know to swimMartin’s Corner:
Dedicated to the holy St Catherine in Old Goa, the St Catherine is one of the most ancient and architectural building in Goa. It is the largest church in India and is one of the best places to visit in Goa. It is built based on the famous Portuguese-Manueline style of architecture and ha five huge bells one of them being known as the Golden Bell.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
I took out some time to visit the Bondla wildlife sanctuary and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary too. It was a chance to see the other facet of Goa. Away from the beaches, it was a treat to witness the splendid beauty of Mother Nature. Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul, which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer. Give yourself a chance to explore the real Goa that lies in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from the coastal area. A word of caution: not every one you come across will be friendly.
Utorda beach nearby Majorda is less crowded but more beautiful. One can take long walks along the beach. The view of sun setting behind the ocean is simply magnificent from this beach. There are a couple of good Cafe’s nearby where you can kill your hunger for a while and start riding towards Vasco Da Gama. Its a half hour journey from Majorda to Vasco.
4:15 pm, Goa.I reached Goa, the hotel staff picked me up, I reached at my 'Ok Ok' room and blah miscellaneous. I must tell you that this was my first time and I have come alone. A Big Risk? Why? Didn't I get any friends to come with? That's personal.I texted all the 3 'Goa Girl' I matched on Tinder Plus and asked to fix some schedule on a beach, bar or a boat. It happened the same exactly. I got all the three girls on all the above respective spots.
Apart from beaches and waterfalls, one can find beautiful examples of historical architectures and monuments.One such monument is Arvalem caves, which is located 9km from Bicholim, North goa.These rock cut caves are also called Pandava caves derived from five Pandavas of Mahabharata.As the legend has it, the Pandavas sought refuge in these caves during their exile. The presence of five compartments and Shivlingas in the cave complex provides relevance of this fact. However, the caves have also been claimed to be of Buddhist origin due to the presence of a huge statue of Buddha near the place. The architectural style of the caves also speaks loud of the Buddhist possession. The opinions regarding the origin of the caves have been ambivalent from years.The architecture of the caves is yet appealing.The presence of the famous Rudreshwar temple and a waterfall in its vicinity makes this place a must visit in Goa.
Varca - one of many white sand beaches in South Goa, but the only one we found pristine and the most untouched. Less people, no shacks marks the essence of Varca.Word of advice - As mentioned there are no shacks in Varca, not advisable to visit if you are looking to munch by the bay.As is guessable we were indeed looking for some food when we reached Varca, and without putting up for a longer time there we headed to Colva.
Day 2:We decided to do something off the beat and went on a tour to Grande Island.We had pre-booked the tour through a local vendor from Baga beach for 1500 bucks.It included pick up and drop from the hotel,in a very comfortable Innova. First they took us to a place for snorkeling and fishing and then we headed towards monkey beach where we relaxed and had our lunch.Post lunch we headed back to our hotel as we were awaiting for some gambling :) . We came back to our hotel and took some rest post which we started for Deltin Royale Casino.
A rather silent beach, you are just not to swim here as the waters are not clean enough and there are chances of getting affected with skin diseases if you step into the water. There are however a number of good points about this beach. Firstly, the views from here are really nice and you can enjoy boating across the river from here. The sight of dolphins pleases every tourist and the glimpse of the Fort Aguada from here is a plus point too. There are however not many shops or eateries around and it is true that people come here only to enjoy the boat tours.