There are many tourist places in Goa right from the beaches to the national parks and hills, churches, forts, night markets, and the backwaters, you will find everything in this small Indian state. So here’s a list of the top 5 must-see places in Goa that you should definitely include in your tour planning.
Fort Aguada is an old 17th century Portuguese fort in north Goa. It is at the confluence of the Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea on top of a hill. The Portuguese constructed this fort as a defense against the Marathas and the Dutch. There is a 13 meter high lighthouse, which was constructed in 1864. There are many buildings within the fort are still in very good condition. It also has a prison which is still having prisoners till today.
This is one of India’s tallest and most powerful waterfalls. Dudhsagar falls is 47 kilometers from Margao and is located on the Goa-Karnataka border. Dudhsagar Falls looks most beautiful in the monsoon since there is a lot of water.
It comes down for 1017 feet from a steep mountain and you can view the falls from a train journey to and from Margao, or you can trek to the base of the falls and there are many viewpoints to enjoy watching the Dudhsagar falls.
The Anjuna Flea market was started by hippies in the 1960s, and now is a landmark in Goa. It is at the southern end of the Anjuna beach which is open on Wednesdays from morning till 6 PM. There are more than 500 stalls selling handicrafts, handmade jewelry, Kashmiri and Tibetan goods, bags, clothing, tribal artifacts,live tattoo making and hair braids, stalls selling authentic Goan food and much , much more. There are also live bands playing jazz and rock music.Its not a market but a wonderful experience.
Church of Our lady or The “Immaculate Conception Church”,is a beautiful church in Goa’s capital Panaji close to the Mandovi Bridge. It used to be a chapel in 1541. The larger church building came up only in 1619. Devotees have been coming here since a long time. The old Portuguese sailors offered their prayers, asking for a good voyage and they returned after the trip to say thank you. There is a feast every year on December 8th, which many locals and tourists attend.
Casino - Its a must visit since these Casinos are made on the Ship . There is an entry fee and you can stay on the Casino for 24 hours , eat and drink as much as you want and have a nice time. You can purchase the tickets from the capital Panaji and there are boats that take you to the Casino. Its a different experience altogether.
Now saving the best for the last, the beaches. After a tiring day of sightseeing , you will love to unwind on the beach. Relax in a shack , listen to the sound of waves and watch the stars in the open sky. These moments make your trip to Goa worthwhile.