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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.

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Top 10 attractions in Goa

Fontainhas
#1

Fontainhas

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....
St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)
#2

St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)

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....
Shri Shantadurga Temple
#3

Shri Shantadurga Temple

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....
Reis Magos Fort
#4

Reis Magos Fort

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....
Panaji (Panjim)
#5

Panaji (Panjim)

In 1759, when repeated bouts of malaria, cholera and finally Bubonic plague overwhelmed the magnificent city of Old Goa, the colonial capital was relocated to Panaji (Panjim). Today, the narrow, winding cobblestone streets, whitewashed churches, Mediterranean-style buildings in every shade of pastel, and the easy-going attitude of the residents make Panaji a perfect home base for exploring nearby Old Goa....
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
#6

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Located a short drive from the capital city Panaji, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a compact reserve, spanning about 1.8 square kilometers (.69 square miles) of mangrove swamps. It's Goa's only bird sanctuary, attracting a variety of native and migratory birds, including kingfishers, coots, egrets, black drongos, and pintails....
São Tomé
#7

São Tomé

This traditional Portuguese-style neighborhood is home to many of Panaji's historic buildings, including the São Tomé Chapel, the old post office, and myriad colonial houses with red tile roofs and colorful facades. Sao Tome is best explored on foot and is often visited in tandem with the neighboring Fontainhas area....
Fort Aguada
#8

Fort Aguada

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....

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