Goa, the beach paradise of India is the most loved excursion spot among beach lovers. The beaches of North Goa offer something more than just serenity and mesmeric view. They are famous for hosting the most happening parties in town, and are scenes for dancing, singing and vivacious fun. At the end of the day, these beaches promise to make your holidays memorable. South Goa also offer astonishing beaches, which are cut off from the world, but really worth paying a visit if you are looking for some peace and quiet, the perfect place unwind yourself.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a church, which is located in Old Goa, and is an astounding example of Baroque architecture. Basilica of Bom Jesus was developed in the year 1605 and is one of the most imperative destinations for Christian pilgrims from all over the world. One of the foremost attractions here are the mortal remains of the missionary Saint Francis Xavier.
Fort Aguada is one of the traveler spot in Goa. Fort Aguada is located at a hilltop near the mouth of the river Mandovi. The fort was named Aguada implies water in Portuguese because of the presence of three freshwater springs inside. This majestic fort perched over the Sinquerim beach is an architectural marvel of the 17th century, in order to defend their land from the Marathas and the British. Offering amazing view of the Arabian Sea, a walk through the fort to the lighthouse located on top is a must while touring Goa. The lower segment of Fort Aguada has now been changed in to a beach resort.
Saint Francis of Assisi church is a legacy construction, which was built in the year 1660 by the Portuguese as a chapel, and later it was converted into church. Presently it is a part of Old Goa, the church is an amazing monument, and has some remarkable sculptures and paintings inside its complex.
The fort overlooks the Chapora river and thus its name chapora fort. However, there is a more fascinating name given to this fort i.e. ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ Fort, has it was seen in the movie “dil chahta hai”. This antiquated fort in North Goa offers mind blowing views of the adjoining Vagator beach and overlooks the Arabian Sea from all edges. The fort is situated over a hillock with slopes on all sides, and though it is almost in ruins now, it doesn’t prevents travelers from standing where Bollywood stars once did!
The Dudhsagar Falls, located at the Goa-Karnataka fringe, has always been one of the most popular landmarks for travelers visiting the region. It is one of the India's most dazzling waterfalls. The site, nestled in a completely natural habitat is a delight to witness and one can even enjoy some swimming or rock climbing here. An easy way to reach Dudhsagar is to hire a jeep from Castle Rock or the closeby town, which will guide you through the forests to the falls.
A military museum, the Naval Aviation Museum houses displays which depicts the evolution of the Indian Navy over the years. The museum is divided into an indoor exhibit and an indoor gallery divided over two floors.
Initiated in October 1998, the Naval Aviation Museum is the second of its kind in India. The outdoor exhibit is a vast park where visitors can walk around and have a look at all the aircraft's which the Indian Navy has used over the years. There are a sum of thirteen aircraft's on display, some of them being: HAL-HT-2, Sea Harrier, Hawker Sea Hawk, HAL Chetak and the Westland Sea King. In the indoor section of the museum, visitors will find information about the key battles in which the Indian Navy was involved. Apart from that, on display are weapons used in war, uniforms worn by Navy personnel and also old photographs. The museum also houses mammoth replicas of the INS Vikrant and the INS Viraat.
This is one of the best times to be in Goa, since nearly the entire world arrives in Goa to party like the Goans do. With singing, dancing, eating and partying in full swing, Christmas and New Year is when Goa is at its festive best and the whole state is beautifully decorated. Twinkling lights shimmers and houses & churches are decked up in festive colors and the festive spirit is contagious. Goa during Christmas and New Year is when the sun doesn’t set on the celebrations and you’ll find everyone in an enthusiastic party mode, locals and tourists alike.
The Goa Carnival is held every year in Goa before the beginning of the Christian sacred observance of Lent. Lent marks a 40 day period of strict fasting and abstinence from non-vegetarian food and alcohol and hence Goans try and make the most of the days immediately preceding lent. The Goa Carnival is spread over a period of three to four days.
Amid the Goa Carnival you’ll witness beautiful parades, dancing and music and delicious food. Since the dates of Lent are decided by the Liturgical Calendar, the season varies each year, causing a change in the dates of the Goa Carnival too. Despite the fact that Lent usually falls towards the end of February, it is advised to check the dates in advance.
Most of the festivals of the Goa like Carnival happens around Panjim, Margao and Vasco da Gama. The carnival highlights, clowns, fire eaters and dancers among other attractions and numerous different types of entertainment as well. Several travelers come to visit the Goa Carnival each year and if you wish to be part of the carnival you can take part in the finale dance, popularly known as the Red and Black Dance. Dancers dress up in red and black costumes and have an enjoyable time dancing with their partners. There is no fee for the carnival, but there is a fee of Rs.100 if you wish to participate in the Red and White Dance and table reservations are charged extra. Since it tends to get crowded during the celebrations, it is advised to keep an eye on children.
Fort Terekhol was built by Maharaja KhemSawantBhonsle, the king of Sawantwadi in the 17th century. It was later taken over by the Portuguese. This fort was used as a base for freedom fighters during the freedom fight of 1961. The fort has a 100 year old church inside it by the name of St. Anthony. It isn't open for the public to visit. The remains of the fort are now converted into a hotel by the name of Terekhol Fort Heritage. The fort offers a amazing view of the Terekhol river, the Querim and Kalacha beach.