Goa has well over 25 amazing beaches ranging from the full-of-life party destinations to the serene and peaceful ones. As a general assumption, the beaches of North Goa are considered to be more happening and lively than those of South Goa which are quieter and more secluded.
North Goa offers sprightly beaches like Baga, Calangute, Anjuna and Colva, that necklace the northern coastline with tons of shacks buzzing with life, serving lip-smacking delicacies from the Konkan cuisine with cocktails and mocktails to go along; Goa’s beaches make your holiday experience complete.
South Goa is rather mellow, with serene beaches like Arambol, Palolem and Galgibaga (famous as a nesting ground for Olive Ridley turtles) which are cut off from the world, but really worth paying a visit if you are looking for some peace and quiet.
Basilica de Bom Jesus Overview
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a church, which is situated in Old Goa, and is an excellent example of Baroque architecture. Basilica of Bom Jesus was constructed in the year 1605 and is one of the most important destinations for Christian pilgrims from all over the world. One of the most important attractions here are the mortal remains of the missionary Saint Francis Xavier.
Fort Aguada Overview
This majestic fort perched over the Sinquerim beach is an architectural marvel of the 17th century, which was constructed by the Portuguese in order to defend their land from the Marathas and the British. Offering breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, a walk through the fort to the lighthouse located on top is a must while touring Goa. The lower portion of Fort Aguada has now been converted in to a beach resort.
Dudhsagar Waterfalls Overview
One of India’s most splendid waterfalls, Dudhsagar Falls are located approximately 60 kilometres away from Panjim. This multi-tiered waterfall gushes down milky white waters from a height of 310 metres, making it India’s fifth-highest waterfall. The site, nestled in a completely natural habitat is a pleasure to witness and one can even enjoy some swimming or rock climbing here. An easy way to reach Dudhsagar is to hire a jeep from Castle Rock or the nearby village, which will guide you through the forests to the falls.
Chapora Fort Overview
Chapora Fort first got noticed in the movie Dil Chahta Hai. This ancient fort in North Goa offers splendid views of the adjoining Vagator beach and overlooks the Arabian Sea from all angles. The fort is located on top of a hillock with slopes on all sides, and though it is almost in ruins now, it doesn’t stop visitors from standing where Bollywood stars once did!
Galjibag Beach Overview
One of the most remote and prettiest beaches in Goa and Dabolim, Galgibag beach is 16 kilometres from Chaudi. Surrounded by fir trees, this beach is also popular because it is one of the few breeding grounds for Olive Ridley turtles (also known as Pacific turtle). While there aren’t much activities or shops around this beach, people come here to relax and soak in the peaceful environ of the beach.