In this sun-soaked Indian state, Indian culture blends with Portuguese influences that has survived from their 500-year old inhabitancy. Goa has many beautiful beaches, which have long attracted pleasure seekers from all over the world. The tourist-centric scene in the north has an international flair attached to it, while the south has extensive stretches of sand, providing the perfect escapade from the resorts. Apart from the scenic beaches, the place has historic temples, mosques, and churches. Impressive wildlife sanctuaries provide tourists with a source of amusement and recreation.
If you are fond of nature, Goa will certainly capture your imagination with its white sandy beaches, mountain cliffs, blue waters and sky. The clean, secluded, and elegant Agonda Beach ranks above the other beaches and is a heaven on earth. Other notable beaches of Goa include Mandrem Beach, Morjim, Palolem Beach, Cola Beach, Ashwem Beach, Varca Beach, and Cavelossim Beach.
You can get an idea about the place’s rich history and culture by visiting important religious landmarks and sights like Basilica of Bom Jesus, St. Alex Church, Church of St. Francis of Assissi, St. Cajetan’s Church, Mangeshi Temple, Shantadurga Temple, Reis Magos Fort, Chapora Fort, and many more.
You will love the collection of historical artifacts, paintings, and artworks displayed in Goa Centre for the Arts, Cheshire Cat Gallery, Museum of Christian Arts, Houses of Goa Museum, and Naval Aviation Museum.
Goa is the perfect place for foodies, as it has top-notch restaurants and eateries serving impeccable food in a welcoming environment. You can taste local as well as Indian, Brazilian, Fusion, and Mediterranean cuisines at Jamies Restaurant, Nick’s Place, Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen, VJ’s Shack, Go with the Flow and many more.
The Mapusa Market and the Anjuna Flea Market are ideal for casual shopping. Here you will find local vendors selling souvenirs, jewelry, and clothing. You can pick mirrored, beaded, embellished, and embroidered items at Glastonbury Street; while faux antiques, musical instruments, sarongs, bikinis, and sandals are sold in the Street Stalls along the beach-accessing road at Palolem.
Therefore, plan your visit, explore the balmy shores and chill out to the irresistible charms of Goa.