Large numbers of international and domestic tourists visit Goa to witness white sand beaches, nightlife, heritage buildings, rich Architectural worship places but reputed business strategist and Astrologer Hirav Shah’s opinions that though the entire Goa state is the best tourist destination, the below described places are must be visited when in Goa.
Located on the banks of the Arabian Sea, Goa is one of the beautiful states in western India. Fondly known for its beaches, Goa is the best tourist spot in our country which has tourists visiting from all over the world but according to Hirav Shah, the below-mentioned places are the best places to visit as a top priority when in Goa.
1. Calangute: The Town of Beaches
Surrounded by some beautiful ambiance, Calangute is one of the adorable beaches located in Bardez district, Goa.
Apart from adventure sports like parasailing and water skiing which are famous on the beach, a lot of clubhouses, open-air dances are also being frequently performed on the shores of this happening beach.
Located in North Goa, other nearby things to see in the Calangute beach region are St. Alex Church and Tibetan Market.
Located in North Goa, the Candolim area also attracts tourists for its Candolim beach.
If you are looking forward to sunbath and admiring the sunset, Candolim beach is the best place to enjoy it. Yet another reason to visit Candolim beach is to witness River Princess which ran around 100 meters ashore.
Apart from Candolim beach, the other thing to see in the Candolim area is Our Lady of Hope Church.
Anjuna is one of the villages located in the North Goa region. Known for a set of beaches, Anjuna is famous for trance parties, hippies in psychedelic colors and free-spirited backpackers.
Generally, tourists from both domestic and international markets visit Anjuna as it is less crowded compared to other beaches in Goa.
Restaurants like Shiva Valley and Curlies are the permanent places to witness a trance atmosphere in the evenings.
One more important thing to visit in the Anjuna area is Flea Market which happens only every Wednesday. All kinds of materials such as stuff from Sarongs, sandalwood and leather goods to crystals and stones will be available in the market.
Located in South Goa, Agonda beach is famous as a silent beach for the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles which lay nests during the month of September.
The Agonda village beach is surrounded by dense vegetation and will create the most peaceful and pleasant atmosphere.
In one word, Agonda beach is always described as a top beach destination as one can witness the Arabian Sea lapping the shore, animals like cows and dogs enjoying leisure time on the roads.
5. Old Goa
Old Goa also called Belha Goa is once the capital city of Goa state. The grandeur and splendor architecture and heritage buildings are to be witnessed must if you are on Goa trip, says Hirav Shah
Old Goa is also famous for Churches and Convents which are recognized as World heritage buildings and display the rich history and heritage of the beautiful state of Goa.
Popular sites to be visited in Old Goa are UNESCO buildings like Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Chapel of Santa Catarina, Ruins of the Church of St. Augustine and Church of Divine Providence, guides Hirav Shah
Located in North Goa, Mandrem Beach is also popular as a sleepy beach.
If you like to enjoy the best Ayurvedic massage in Goa, then Mandrem beach is the place that offers the same.
Mandrem, the coastal village is the quietest beach among all located in North Goa. It also offers some amazing food served by the hotels located there. Tourists can hire sunbeds and spend some quality time with loved ones, says Hirav Shah.
Sanquelim town in North Goa is a popular tourist spot for the Harvalem Caves, Harvalem Waterfalls and Rudreshwar Temple.
If you visit Sanquelim town, all the above-mentioned places will be covered in one trip.
Coming to the Arvalem Caves, the set of caves are named after the five Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata. Just one kilometer from the caves, you can see the Arvalem Waterfalls which is amazing scenery to watch.
Just a few minutes after, the tourists can see the heritage temple Rudreshwar.
Ponda is another tourist destination in North Goa that showcases the rich heritage of Goa. The temples, an ancient mosque and beautiful spice farms are the things to be seen in the Ponda region, says Business Astrologer Hirav Shah
Popular things to see in Ponda are Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Savoi Spice Plantation, Shri Mangueshi Temple, Vijaya Durga Temple, Safa Shahouri Masjid, Laxmi Narasimha Temple, Shri Ramnath Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Shri Mahalasa Temple, Tropical Spice Plantation and Sahakari Spice Farm, guides Hirav Shah.