The most important and amazing places of interests are the beaches of Goa but Major tourist attractions also includes Bom Jesus Basilica, Fort Aguada, a wax museum on Indian culture and a heritage museum plus Naval Aviation Museum at Vasco da Gama.
Goa is know for its number of exotic and spectacular beaches with palm-tree groves on one side of the white sand and the amazing sea at other. The most popular beaches of Goa includes Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim and Arambol are the beaches that can be covered in the North Goa Circuit and Palolem,Varca,Colva,Bogmalo,Majorda and Benaulim Beaches in South Goa.
Goa is famous for its excellent and old churches, Old Goa contains churches affiliated to various congregations, including the Se Cathedral,the Basilica of Bom Jesus,Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.Church of Our Lady is one of the oldest churches in Goa and Se Cathedral is the largest church in India, It is one of the oldest and most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and is one of the largest churches in Asia.
There are several museums located in Goa such as Goa State Museum,Naval Aviation Museum at Dabolim,Goa Science Centre,Big Foot Cross Museum,Museum of Christian Art and Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery located in Old Goa is run by the Archaeological Survey of India. Naval Aviation Museum at Vasco da Gama is a military museum and is one of the Two Military Aviation Museums in India, the other being the Indian Air Force Museum Palam in Delhi.
The landscape and costal line of Goa is dotted with several forts, Fort Tiracol, Fort Aguada, and Chapora Fort are few of them. Fort Aguada is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing in Goa overlooking the Arabian Sea. Chapora Fort sits on a prominent position which commands views in all directions located in Bardez.
The temples of Goa are in essence like most Hindu temples in India,65% population of Goa are Hindu and Goa is home to some of the most famous temples of Hindus. Lord Shiva is one of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa, some of the prominent temples of Goa are Goan temple, Mangueshi Temple and Shri Shantadurga Temple.
Goa is very rich in terms of flora and fauna, Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa includes Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary,Mollem National Park,Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. A wide variety of animal life can be encountered here including Sambar Deer, Indian Bison, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Indian Peafowl and many species of snake.
The state of Goa has number of Heritage Sites such as Churches and Convents of Goa, Statue of Abbe Faria, St. Augustine Tower,Arvalem Caves,Site of Ruins of Shantadurga temple,Site of Rock Carving at Pansaimal,the Viceroy’s Arch and Frontispices of Sancoale.
Dudhsagar Waterfall or the Sea of Milk is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park amongst the Western ghats. The Dudhsagar waterfall forms the border between Karnataka and Goa states and surrounded by a deciduous forests with a rich bio diversity.Dudhsagar Falls is amongst India’s tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m (1017 feet).
The mangrove habitat or mangrove swamps forest is paradise for bird-watchers located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along River Mandovi in Panjim. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a very famous bird sanctuary in Goa and the smallest of the protected areas of state, It is basically a wetland ecosystem with dense mangrove vegetation. Common bird species include the striated heron,Little bittern,Black bittern,Red knot,Jack snipe,Pied avocet,sandpiper and western reef heron.
There is no doubt in it that Baga and Calangute are appropriate place to enjoy water sports in Goa such as parasailing, water skiing,dolphin cruise,Banana Rides and Bumper Ride,Water rafting and wind surfing are common activities here. Watersports are most popular, adventures and recreational and listed as absolutely must do things in Goa.
Goan seafood specialities such as a spicy mussel fry,fish raw fry,flipping-fresh fish,prawns tawa fry and Kingfish. Kingfish is the most common delicacy other seafood include pomfret, shark, tuna, and mackerel, Among the shellfish are crabs, prawns, tiger prawns, lobster, squid and mussels. Goan cuisine is considered incomplete without fish,Chicken, seafood, coconut milk, rice, and local spices are main ingredients of Goan cuisine.
The flea market at Anjuna Beach is one of the most important shopping destinations in North Goa along with Anujuna Market, Baga Beach, Calangute Market Square,Oxford Arcade and Mapusa Market. Amazing Arpora Saturday night market in Goa which is a really unique shopping experience.
Casino Royale,Casino Pride,Casino Carnival and Deltin Royale or Deltin Royale Casino are floating casinos, can be found on boats anchored in the Mandovi River in Panjim. The offshore casino market is dominated by the Deltin Group and the Pride Group.
Goa is known for its nightlife and beach night parties,trance parties and Asia’s largest 3-day Electronic Music Festival called Sunburn Festival.
Beach parties are common in North Goa at Titos club and other nightclubs around.
The most suitable and best way to explore the beautiful places of Goa is by bike, Its very easy to get a rental bike in Goa. Goa rent a range of well maintained and fully serviced motorcycles and scooters.