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Welcome to Goa

In Goa, a western state on the coast of India, endless stretches of white sand melt into the Arabian Sea. It holds multi-faceted appeal that attracts everyone from escapists and pilgrims to thrill seekers and history buffs, so it comes as no surprise that the region is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Portuguese colonial architecture provides unique sightseeing opportunities, while the state’s spiritual reputation is easy to see, with its abundant yogis and shamans. There are tours specializing in pretty much every flavor of adventure: In Old Goa (Ela), formerly known as the ""Rome of the East,"" World Heritage Sites such as the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral remind visitors of Portugal’s colonial rule. Panaji (Panjim), the capital of Goa, offers easy access to fragrant spice plantations and Dudhsagar Falls; while from Candolim in North Goa, visitors can cycle to the mysterious Fort Aguada and its lighthouse, or go kayaking on the Nerul River—if you can bear to drag yourself away from its golden-sand beaches. Other day-trip destinations popular with travelers include Palolem Beach—locally known as Monkey Island—for snorkeling and scuba diving; and Reis Magos, a village home to a 16th-century church and fort. Plus, revellers shouldn’t be deceived by Goa’s antique charm—areas surrounding Calangute Beach and Anjuna Beach attract ravers from around the world with legendary beach parties.

Top 10 attractions in Goa

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Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada

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Built at the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Mandovi River in Goa, Fort Aguada was once one of the country’s most important sea defenses. Nowadays, visitors can tour the remains of the buildings, enjoy panoramic views from the top of the walls, and learn about Goa’s history under Portuguese colonial rule.More
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Fontainhas

Fontainhas

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Situated on the banks of Ourem Creek in Panaji, Goa's capital city, the charming neighborhood of Fountainhas is dotted with charming old homes dating back to the mid 19th century. Fontainhas occupies land that was reclaimed in the 18th century and gets its name from the natural springs situated at the edge of the area.More
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Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

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The largest beach in North Goa, Calangute is a lively, popular beach town that attracts domestic tourists and international visitors alike. The beach is lined with hotels and shacks serving seafood, Indian fare, beer, and cocktails, while the adjacent town offers a mix of handicraft shops and bars.More
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Shri Shantadurga Temple

Shri Shantadurga Temple

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This temple, dedicated to the goddess Shantadurga, dates back to the first half of the 18th century (though there was likely some kind of temple here for much longer). Its architecture is quintessentially Goan, with rust-red exteriors and white trim coupled with arched windows and stained glass.More
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Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches

Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches

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With red sands and rocky headlands in the distance, the twin beaches of Candolim and Sinquerim provide a relaxing alternative to some of the busier beaches just north. Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches are frequented by travelers staying at upscale hotels nearby, though many visitors make special a trip out to explore the beachfront at Fort Aguada.More
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Reis Magos Fort

Reis Magos Fort

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Situated on the banks of the Mandovi River, this scenic fort was built by the Portuguese in 1551 to protect the Mandovi estuary, and was reconstructed in 1707. It was abandoned for much of the 19th and 20th centuries before being turned into a prison. It was later restored and turned into the tourist attraction that it is today.More
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Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Falls

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At 1,017 feet (310 meters), Dudhsagar Falls is among the tallest waterfalls in India. At the base of the four-tiered falls is a huge swimming area—that’s as as far as most travelers go. A railway bridge crosses right under the falls, and if you happen to visit when a train is passing by you're sure to get some great photos.More
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St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)

St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)

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The largest church in Goa and the seat of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, this huge white Portuguese Gothic structure was constructed from 1562 to 1619 to commemorate a Portuguese military victory over Goa that was won on the feast of Saint Catherine. Inside, images of the saint adorn the cathedral walls.More
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Old Goa (Goa Velha)

Old Goa (Goa Velha)

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Goa is a historic site and former capital of the state of Goa. Visitors come to tour the impressive buildings and learn more about the fate of this town that was abandoned in the 18th century.More
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Basilica of Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika)

Basilica of Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika)

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Built at the turn of the 17th century by Florentine sculptor Giovanni Battista Foggini, this red-stone church is one of the oldest in India. It's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it's dedicated to the baby Jesus, many people choose to visit because the basilica holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Goa

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Awesome experience of the old rustic Charao island
priyanka_g, Feb 2021
The Island of Chorao
I would highly recommend this tour for the nature lovers and bird watchers as well as you get to see the Mangroove vegetation and a wide variety of birds on a boat tour with Uday ( Birdman of Charao island) which is included in the tour as well.
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A fantastic tour from start to...
Kevin H, Sep 2016
Full-Day Goa Shore Excursion Including Lunch at Spice Plantation
Mr Anand our tour guide and Mr Ikbal (sp), picked us up from our hotel and privately drove us to Goa's finest attractions.
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Colonial Goa and Spice tour
Anji, Mar 2020
CULTURAL & HISTORIC DAY TOUR ATTRACTIONS - Churches, Temples & Spice Plantation
The spice plantation is surrounded by a lake and grounds where we were delighted to see a kingfisher.
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We were met on time at Goa port by a...
rayhorrocks, Jan 2018
Goa Small-Group Shore Excursion Trip with Lunch
This was followed by a lunch which was disappointing to us and could have been omitted from the tour|Finally we had an interesting visit and tour to a spice plantation|A pleasant way to see Goa on a short visit
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