Go Goa Gone!

Tripoto
1st Aug 2018
Photo of Go Goa Gone! by Shaunak Bhattacharjee

The Portuguese colony of Goa is mainly famous for its beaches. But other than beaches, Goa has many more exciting places to offer.

Day 1

1. Dudhsagar Falls. Dudhsagar Falls is a four tiered waterfall, located 60 kilometers from the capital city of Panaji. This is India’s tallest waterfall with a height of 310 meters.

Dudhs

Photo of Dudhsagar Falls, Sonaulim, Goa, India by Shaunak Bhattacharjee

2. Fort Aguada. Fort Aguada is a 17th century fort built by the Portuguese. The fort along with its lighthouse overlooks the Arabian Sea. It was one of the most crucial and prized forts, built to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas.

Day 2

3. Basilica of Bom Jesus. This basilica is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Old Goa, it houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. This church is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in India.

4. Baga Beach. Probably the most popular beach in Goa, Baga Beach is present in the north end of the beach that stretches to Calangute. Water sports like parasailing, banana rides and dolphin cruises are also popular here.

Day 3

5. Calangute Beach. Another very popular beach in North Goa, Calangute is also the largest beach in North Goa. Like the Baga beach, water sports are also available here.

6. Anjuna Beach. A relatively less popular beach, Anjuna Beach is famous for its trance parties which are held during tourist season. Although mainly popular among backpackers and hippies, now it is visited by both domestic and international tourists.

Day 4

7. Chapora Beach. This beach is located near a coastal village in North Goa. This beach also harbors trawlers and fishing jetties. The Chapora Fort is close by.

8. Chapora Fort. Located near Chapora Beach, this fort was built in 1717 by the Portuguese by replacing an already existing fort. The fort used to have a church inside dedicated to St. Anthony.

Day 5

9. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. This is an estuarine mangrove sanctuary which houses several species of birds. This sanctuary is accessed by a ferry service between Ribandar and Chorao. Spread over an area of 440 acres, this sanctuary is the home a large number of flora and fauna.

10. Shanta Durga Temple. This temple is located at the foothills of the Kavalem village, 30 kilometers from Panaji. The temple is dedicated to goddess Shantadurga and is almost 450 years old.

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