Top Five Places To Visit In Goa
Goa might look small geographically. But, this does not mean that you can forgo this tourism heaven. Thousands of tourists visit this place every year. This is considered as the place where you can enjoy many things that are not usually available in other parts of India like casino, lavish nightlife and so on. You can get the feel of Rio de Janerio during festivals, especially Christmas. Goa is not just about alcohol and beach; there is a lot more to it. This is a Portuguese styled place in India. If you happen to visit Goa, you would always want to visit it again. Here are the top five places you need to visit in Goa.
1. Goa Beaches
Goa is beach and beach means Goa. If you want to enjoy some lonely romantic time with your loved one on sandy beaches, you need to choose the beaches in South Goa. If you want to get to some beach where you can find all kinds of activities and fun, choose the beaches in North Goa. The top beaches to visit are Utorda Beach, Arossim Beach, Anjuna Bag and Calangute Beach. You can find all kinds of water activities here like scuba diving (must-do activity), jet skiing, banana boat and others. If you want to watch the coral reef from near, you need to opt for scuba diving. Banana boat diving is for those who want to have an adrenaline filled time. You can find a lot of resorts in the beaches in North Goa. Do not forget to enjoy a meal in any shack in the beaches after sun set. The candle light dinner with beach ambience is something that you should never miss. Find out more beaches in Goa
Suggested Tour : Full Day Goa Beach Tour
2. Spicy plantation walk
Do you know that the world’s hottest pepper comes from Goa? It is called Peri Peri. Sahakari Spice Plantation is the largest in the region which allows tourists to take a walk through the farm, taste some Peri Peri and enjoy the exotic smell that fills the area. Do not forget to visit the Elephant Shower to take a bath. Have an elephant ride or watch elephants being washed and fed in the Elephant Shower. You can also have a lunch in this farm which is cooked with the spices from there. Since it is not as exciting as the beaches, people do not usually visit these farms. But, if you are a nature lover, you ought to visit this farm. Taste Pheni, a local drink made with cashew nut. You can also find horn bills and other exotic birds during certain season.
3. Basilica of Bom Jesus
There are a lot of architectural marvels in this land. The Old Goa is also called as the Rome of East. The churches, museums, galleries and convents that you find in this place are many centuries old. The top of all is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. It is an UNESCO heritage site. If you love enjoying architecture and old structures, you ought to visit the old churches and museums in this city. There are a lot of bungalows that are open to tourists. You can also visit these and learn about the history. If your budget is flexible, you can also stay in any one of those bungalows.
Suggested Tour Package : Goa Full Day Private Tour famous sites Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus
4. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
You need not visit a wildlife sanctuary to enjoy wildlife in Goa. But, if you want to enjoy a lot of animal and bird sight, you can visit Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also visit Mollem National Park to find a lot of animals like mouse deer, barking deer, sloth bear, panther and many others. You can find numerous birds in this sanctuary like fairy bluebird, kingfisher, the great black woodpecker, paradise flycatcher and many others. This sanctuary is in Western Ghats and thus, you can imagine the beauty of the nature and climate you can enjoy there.
5. Dolphin cruise
No matter whether you are visiting Goa with your children or friends; Dolphin cruise is something that you should never miss. This cruise has its own magnificent features and you can see dolphins diving towards you in a graceful way. If lucky, you can hear their sounds too. The cruise usually ends in Grand Island. You can have a family picnic, enjoy the beach and have some relaxing time in Grand Island. Dolphin spotting trips are very common in Goa. There are also certain private boat trips that would take you near the habitat of dolphins for you to swim nearby and not with them. You can always watch them from very near. Make sure to take this trip early in the morning.
Apart from these, you can enjoy the archaeological museum, naval aviation museum, flea market, temples, Cansaulim Monte, Dona Paula and many others. Do you think that Goa is for bachelor party? You are completely wrong. This is the best place where you can enjoy a family vacation. Goa is beautiful all throughout the year and no matter how many times you visit this place, it will always be beautiful and new for you.
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