Goa is a State of India and located on the western coast of India, Goa is well known for its best sun kissed beaches, churches and temples. You can find beaches everywhere in Goa, whether its North Goa or South Goa. The further you go, the more isolated beaches you get. If you want to enjoy the crowded parties then Baga and Anjuna Beach are the best suited for you. The Beaches Restaurant in Goa offers you shacks for sun bath and are specialized in sea food. Apart from this you can enjoy trance parties, and other big events like Sunburn, Goa carnival etc. Because of these happening parties, water sports and Music carnivals, Goa has got the power to attract vacationers from all over the world. The year 2011 was great year for the Goa Tourism, as the foreign travelers visiting India had Goa on their hit list . The budget hotels and luxury resort in this state have been awarded a number of times.
Famous for Beaches
The combination of beaches and magnificent monuments makes this state a great destination for a perfect holiday in India.Anjuna, Calangute, Baga, Calangute, Dona Paula, Miramar,Bogmalo, Colva, Benaulim etc. are just some of the famous beaches of the state.Goa has always been a tourist hub in India for the Foreign travelers since 1970’s because of stunning beaches, peaceful environment. During Hippie Era i.e 1969 Goa was full of Hippies and they find this place so good, that they never felt like leaving this place, that’s how Goa can mesmerize people.
If you planning to visit goa, don’t miss to visit all these beaches in goa.
Situated in the north region of Goa, it is therefore becomes the first beach that can be accessed from the capital city Panaji. Candolim-best beach in Goa that attracts peace lovers towards itself as it is untouched by the crowd that comes to Goa. Though not many facilities are available on the beach but it is the perfect place to meditate. Do hire a beach umbrella as it will help you to have a comfortable stay. Also to satisfy the needs of the taste buds, try out the delicious food available in the beach shacks. Besides fishing adventure lovers should try the Water Sports-like, Parasailing and Water skiing.
Sobriquet as the paradise beach, it is the most stunning coastline in the whole area is among the Goa’s best beaches. The easy hut accommodation facility has prettified the beach. Here you get a chance to try your hands on some exciting water activities like boat cruises, diving and bike tours. The restaurants offer amazing wine and local attraction fenny along with scrumptious cuisines.
The famous resorts of the area like- Brendon Resort, Alessandra resort are the luxurious options to go ahead with however the easiest accommodation is the beach hut which is your chance to live life like a Goan.
Located on the west coast of Goa by the sides of Arabian Sea, Baga beach is quite a hit for its water sports and fishing excursions. The unharmed beauty of the beach environment fascinates a lot of tourists towards itself. Besides this it has a spectacular retreat house calmly located at the top of a hill.
It can also be regarded as the bon vivant destination of Goa with delicious food being served in its beach shacks to delightful pizzerias and terrace cafes.The day spent in the arms of pure beaches is juxtaposed by the vibrant night life of the region. Other than this, candle light dinner is quite an interesting alternative.
Mabor Beach is located to south of the Cavelossim beach and village of Benaulim which is Goa’s one of the most clean and quiet beaches.
This place is famous for its luxury resorts and highly celebrated night life. Adventurous tourist found delight in activities like parasailing, biking and bump rides. Variety of Goan dishes and sea food are available at the several beach shacks.
This beach is famous for its Historical site Aguada Fort which was built by the Portuguese to shield Goa from the foreign incursions. The place is also quite known for its Reis Magos Fort along with the beautifully built Reis Magos Church that offers a spectacular view of the Mandovi River. The Aguada is suitable for those who wish to spend some peaceful time watching the foamy waves teasing the shores. Fine soft golden sands and blue waters add it to the list of pristine beaches of Goa.
Dona Paula Beach
Located 7-km from Panjim is the Goa’s Dona Paula beach which is special as compared to other beaches as it is bathed by both the Goan Sea and rivers. There is this interesting myth related to the beach that it is haunted by Dona Paula de Menezes lost love and hence the atmosphere is a fusion of love and myth.
Governor of Goa resides here in the Cabo Raj Bhavan. To research about the diverse marine biology, The National Oceanographic Institute was set up hereand has become one of the major tourist attractions. About 9-km from Dona Paula beach, the Choro Island along the Mandovi River has exotic Salim Ali bird sanctuary.
Straw hats, lace kerchief, spices, feni, port wine, Indian handicrafts and jewelry are the items you can shop for in the market of Dona Paula.
It is just a kilometer away from Dona Paula. It is an exquisite golden beach of soft sand complimented by a thick grove of shady palms, in front of the blue Arabian Sea. It derives it name from Portuguese word that means looking at the sea and the fact that it provides a scenic view of the sea.
When moonlight falls on the soft and silvery sand bed, sparkling effect is created which capture the hearts of the visitors. All the essential facilities like resorts, good restaurants, shopping places, adventurous activities and sightseeing is available here. The memorial to Goa’s first chief minister along with Dhempe College of Arts and Science are other places worth a visit.
Colva Benaulim Beach
Colva Benaulim Beach also called Colva is one of the prettiest beaches of Goa.
Occupied majorly by newly wedded couples and international tourists this beach offers serene beauty and calmness that takes the tourists closer to the nature. The unique feature of this beach is its white sand beach that is stretched 20km towards south of Goa. One can also visit the famous Our Lady of Mercy Church.
Varca / Cavelossium Beach
Situated 2km away from the Colva Beach, the Varca Beach is highly popular among the tourist for itsdolphin spotting trip. One can book the boat rides that take them a little far away into the sea where dolphins can be spotted.
The beach is marked by the presence of wooden shacks and thatched roof houses. Apart from the famous beach resorts one can opt for family houses as well. The Varka beach is just a few minutes away from the Dabolim airport. For road transports there are plenty of buses, cabs and auto rickshaws. For intercity travel purposes there are numerous scooters and cycles that can be hired from the locals.
Anjuna BeachAnjuna beach is located 8-km west of Mapusa and enjoys a good status as a famous and best beach in Goa. It is crowded by monks, artists, travelers or fun lovers who are there for a rejuvenating experience. Famous for its night long beach parties, festivities it has a special place in the hearts of young visitors.
One can enjoy here best western seafood, shopping in the beachside markets and fresh fruit buys such as watermelons, pineapples and locally grown coconuts. The beauty of the white waves rushing to embrace the pale golden sand on the beach can be witnessed in full form at the Goa’s Anjuna beach.
Temples in Goa
Among the temples, Saraswat temole is the most significant and popular one that attracts visitors. Shanta Durga temple, Ganapati Temple, Mahalakshmi Temple, etc are also important tourist attrctions.
Festivals in Goa
Goa carnival is a world famous events to be enjoyed here and is full of dance and performance with colorful masks and floats. the continuous celebration of three days makes Goa lively and Jazzy. Music parades are the major highlights of this carnival that attracts uncountable tourist from everywhere to be a part of this carnival.In 2012 the carnival held between 18 Feb to 21st February.Among the many and various colourful feasts and festivals that are celebrated in Goa, the Goa Carnival is the most eagerly awaited event.