Goa Tourist Places, Beaches and Travel Attractions

In Goa, life is full of song and dance and merriment to the lilting beat of guitar and drum. Life is peaceful and serene, just the right atmosphere for the lazing holiday-maker seeking Sun-‘n’-Sand, Food-‘n’-Wine – or even old forts and Temples. But for all Goa’s enthusiasm for tourism, the new Goa is even more determined to make a success of its mineral wealth and industry.

It is a tourist’s paradise with its sprawling beaches, sun-spangled, cool, calm and endless azure horizons, palm-lined rivers, ancient temples, ornate churches, forts, waterfalls, picnic-spots, carnival, sumptuous cuisine, languid fun-filled life and lazing.

It was a part of Union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu until 1987 when it became 25th state of the Indian union. The overland districts of Daman and Diu were delinked from Goa and are now a Union Territory. It was a distinct Portuguese atmosphere even 31 years after its integration into India. The state has a 97 km coastline. Goa is referred in Mahabharat and Purans as Gomant or Govapuri.

When to visit: October to May

Airport: Dabolim (Vasco)

Places of Interest

Betul: Beach.

Bicholim: Temples, Handicrafts.

Bondala: Wildlife sanctuary, Deer Park, Botanical and Rose Garden.

Canacona: Temple, Pleasure resorts.

Cotigao: Wildlife Sanctuary.

Dudhsagar: Waterfalls, Picnic spots, Hiking, Trekking.

Harvale: Ancient Temple, historic forest Caves, Waterfalls, Picnic spot.

Madgaon: Commercial centre, Palatial houses, Parks, Friday fair.

Kolva: Beach.

Mayem: Lake resorts, boating.

Panaji: Beaches, Parks, Cuisine, Historic sites, Antiques, Temples, Churches, one of India’s most beautiful cities, Museums, Galleries, Latin style houses.

Aguada: Beach resort, Fort now central Jail, spring, Light house.

Calangule: Queen of Goan Beaches, Scenic splendor.

Dona Paula: Picnic spot, Beach.

Gaspar Dias: Golden palm fringed beach.

Mapusa: Friday fair, Gardens, Church.

Siridao: Fluvial Beach.

Vagator: Beach, Fort.

Pernem: Temple.

Pilar: Monasteries, Christian religious and educational centre, View of Harbor and river Zuary.

Ponda: Temples, Mosque.

Kavlem: Temples.

Sanguem: Temples, Mosques.

Terekhol: Fort.

Vasco da Gama: Modern city, Beaches, Waterfront, Rail terminus.

Bogmalo: Beach resort, Fine natural anchorage.

Marmago: Port.

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