Top 10 Goa Places To Visit - A Traveler's Story

Goa  is in lap of Paschimghat and Sajyadri mountains covered by the coconut,cashew trees.Go Goa to enjoy the blue sea ,brilliant white sand beaches,lavish green fields,exotic night life.It is the smallest state in India.Only 110 km long and 60 km wide.Goa is very clean and pollution free.Only you and nature.Beaches are clean, but the streets are too narrow in some inner routes.Still you can easily drive as the traffic is maintained carefully.It was like a dream to fly through the narrow lanes beside the beaches amidst the nature.We was misguided by the nature several time and went to a different beach than the one we previously fixed to go.

Candolim beach
Goa is the ideal place to select for your honeymoon.Even most perfect place to go with friends.If you are exhausted with the deadline of projects Goa will refresh your inner mind and soul.I don't have the ability to describe the beauty of Goa in words.Here you will be mesmerized by the songs of birds under the coconut trees.Goa is all about the beautiful blue sea,lovely beaches,green hills,tall coconut trees.The people are also so so cute.Let me share an incident.One night we had lunch in a shack in the Calagute beach. Unfortunately our card was not working and cash was nearly Rs 1000 short.To my surprise the manager told us "take some cash if you required .Don't worry next time you pay".He denied to take phone numbers and told us that he has full faith on us.It was nearly 2 a.m in midnight.Next morning we paid the dues.I will never forget his cordial nature in my life.Here is a list of Top 10 Goa places to visit .It is very tough to choose top 10 Goa places to visit from huge variety.These places are unique and most popular in travelers from allover the world.

Top 10 Goa Places To Visit

#1. Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada was built with the intention in mind to prevent unwanted ships to enter in Mandovi  river.A lighthouse was built too with the fort in 1612 by Portuguese rulers of Goa.This was the first light house of Goa.We reached Goa at night.Next morning we rent a bike and went straight to the Fort.You can rent bike,scooty,car whatever you like from hotels or streets.In my opinion best rent a bike for couple of days while in Goa.It will cost you nearly  Rs 300-400 for a scooty,Rs 800 for bike.The fort is ordinary from outside.You will find few shops offering hats,handicrafts items,drinks.Be ready to bargain.This fort certainly should be there in Goa places to visit.

When i entered the fort the brick stairs was fabulous.You can visit the lighthouse from the fort .It is situated right beside the fort.The blue Arabian see kissing the foot of the fort.Believe me the view is breathtaking.You can enjoy the view in the early morning.As the day progresses it could be hard to stay in the open fort.

Timings: 9:30 AM – 6 PM on all days
Distance: (From Panjim Kadamba Bus Terminus): 15 Kms
Duration:  1-2 Hours
Fort Aguada

#2. Sinquerim Beach

Right adjacent to Fort Aguada is Sinquerim beach.This beach will be at top of the list of beaches of Goa in my viewpoint.We came down to the beach from the Aguada fort.This beach is famous for picturesque,calm environment,water sports .The coconut trees were covering the serene blue water like a scarf.If you want to enjoy some exotic water sports go to this beach.This beach is located just beside Candolim beach and at 4 km distance from Aguada fort. There is a chance of spotting a dolphin in the see while sailing in local fiber boat.

Sinquerim beach

Timings: All Time
Distance: (From Fort Aguada): 4 Kms
Duration:  1-2 Hours/ depend upon you

#3. Chhapora Fort

Chhapora fort is located in north Goa ,near to Vagator beach.This Fort is famous as lots of scenes was filmed in a Bollywood movie "Dil Chahta Hai".If you like Hindi movies you will fall in love with the fort.It was built by Adil shah in red laterite stone.Later it was renovated by Portuguese in 1717.Then they also modernized the fort.For Indian movie lovers this fort is at top of Top 10 Goa places to visit.

We went there after lunch.It took nearly 25 minutes to reach there from Baga beach.I will recommend everyone not to miss the sunset from the top of the fort.You have to climb nearly 20 meters to reach the fort.Carry water,snacks as there is no shop in that ruined fort.Now choose a place and sit.We had a beautiful time there.Just relax and enjoy the view.The Chhapora river meets the Arabian sea here.The fort gives a spectacular view of the Vagator and the Anjuna beaches.  Take lots of pictures as you are in the top of those beaches.

Sunset from Chapora

Timings: All days 24 hrs(Sunset view recommended)
Distance: (From Baga beach): 8.8 Kms
Duration:  1-2 Hours/ depend upon you

#4. Baga Beach

If you have to pick the most happening beach in Goa you are bound to select this one.This beach is located in north Goa adjacent to Calangute beach.The Baga river merges the sea in the north of the beach.Most of the famous hotels,Night clubs,casinos,pubs are located here.Here is a lot of things to do after sunset.You can go to a shake and enjoy candle light dinner.Total Baga is decorated like a bride at night.This happening beach is a must inclusion in Top 10 Goa places to visit.
I enjoyed parasailing,speed boats,jet ski,banana riding,bumper ride,kayaking here.It was thrilling.All water sports come in a package of Rs 2500 for one person.Or you can choose individual one according to your choice.Every ride will cost you nearly Rs 500.If you don't like watersports take a bed under the umbrella and enjoy the waves.The beach is very crowded.Again it switch to party moodes as the sun sets down. If you do't like the atmosphere better move to Anjuna or Arambol beaches for solitude.

Parasailing in Baga


Timings: All days 24 hrs
Distance: (From Panjim Kadamba Bus Terminus): 15 Kms
Duration:  1-2 Hours/ depend upon you

#5. Arjuna Flee Market

Anjuna flee market is the most famous market in Goa.It is also called Anjuna Wednesday market.It is located in the Anjuna beach which is at 1.5 km north of Baga beach.Plan your trip keeping this place and wednesday in your mind.Most of the tourist are foreigners.At beggining hippies used to sold their unwanted cloths before leaving Goa in this market.Nowadays they are few in count.

Now you can buy dresses,jewelry,bags,handicrafts as souvenir,wooden crafts,spices from this place.Things are a little bit over prized .Some of the dresses are made from very low quality fabric.Be ready to bargain.Be causcious about your own belongings. Anjuna is also famous for the black sand shores .The color of sand is black here which makes it unique.Also you will be welcomed by small turtles here.
Also read about Best Jaipur Tourist Places To Enjoy With Friends -The Pink City.

Timings: Wednesdays sunrise to sunset
Distance: (From Baga beach) 1.5 Kms
Duration:  1-2 Hours

Anjuna flee market

#6. Calangute Beach

This beach is sandwitched between Candolim and Baga beach.It has Baga beach in north and 
Candolim in south.This also have white sand shore almost like Baga.But not stony in nature.You can enjoy swimming here in sea.This beach is perfect if you want to enjoy with family.Unlike Baga there is few shakes and clubs.If you are looking for a peaceful family beach this is your destination.This beach is 4 km long.It came to limelight for its calm golden beach in 1960.At that time it was a small village of local fisherman.It is over crowded now.

Timings: All Time 24 hours
Distance: (From Fort Baga): 1 Kms
Duration:  1-2 Hours

#7. Night clubs and Casino

In the Baga beach most of the famous Night clubs,Casinos are located.If you are in a party mood Baga is best for you.Here is a lot of things to do after sunset. Club Tito’s and Cafe Mambo are two famous Goa nightclubs, both in Baga. Tito's is famous for its huge dance floor while Mambo is ideal for couples.We went to Cafe Mambo.It is completely safe at night too.Safe place for single woman visitors also.

You can go to a shake and enjoy candle light dinner.Total Baga is decorated like a bride at night.All the shakes in the shore is ornamented with candles which looks millions of glow worms is flying.Again you can avoid dance floor and choose a pub or casino.

Timings: 6 PM-3 AM on all days
Distance: (From Fort Baga): 0 Kms
Duration:  As you wish

#8. Basilica Of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus was built in 1605 by literate stone in Old Goa.It is a holy place for Catholics .Bom Jesus is a famous religious place not only in Goa but also in allover of the world.It's construction was inspired by the great Roman mother church Jesu. There is a idol of  St Ignatius and little Jesus. There is the holy  body of St. Javiar lying inside a silver coffin. But the holy body is not intact.Some fingers and parts were sent to Nagasaki,Rome and in different parts of the world.

Bom Jesus


Timings: 9 AM-6.30 PM on all days
Distance: (From Fort Baga): 26.5 Kms
Duration: 2 Hr

#9. Se Cathedral 

It is also situated in Old Goa just opposite to Bom Jesus.It is the largest church of Asia.Dedicated to St. Catherine.There are series of pillars inside the church.There is an museum adjacent to the church.15 idols of different saints are there inside. The ornamentation,flush light,murals on life story of St. Fransis is outstanding. 5 bells one of which is golden bell is there in the church.The golden bell located on the north peak is the largest in the world.

Se Cathedral
Timings: Sunday – 7.15 AM, 10.00 AM and 4.00 PM, Weekdays – 7.30 AM and 6.00 PM
Distance: (From Fort Baga):26.5 Kms
Duration:  2 Hr

#10. Mandovi River Cruise

One of the main attraction of Goa is Mandovi river cruise for one hour.It can be booked by GTDC. Move to DJ's electrifying beats and enjoy the live performances of Dekni, Kunbi (Konkan folk dance forms) and Corridinho (Portuguese folk dance) on the deck. Get spectacular view of some famous buildings like the Portuguese museum, Deltin Royale and take in the splendid view of the sunset on the seemingly boundless Arabian sea.GTDC will charge Rs 500 for each person.

Timings: All days (6 PM onwards)
Distance: (From Fort Baga):25 Kms
Duration:  1 hr

Hope you are satisfied.Goa tour can be completed in 4-5 days.But the impact on our mind is lifelong.I enjoyed every angle of Goa tour to the fullest.Hope this article will help you to plan your Goa trip.

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