Tourist Places in Goa

The 'Queen of Beaches', 'Land of Temples and Churches', Goa is home to many idyllic beaches, coconut plantations and pretty whitewashed churches and cathedrals for the travellers coming for a Goa tour.

The religious and historical monuments, wildlife and bird sanctuaries, art galleries and museums and the towns and villages of yesteryears comprise of today's dream destination Goa.

Beaches in Goa :

The famous Goan beaches attract tourists from all over the world. The 106 km long Konkan coast of Goa is dotted with numerous beaches divided into the north and south region of Goa.


These beaches provide you with ultimate relaxation and tranquility. The beaches in North Goa cover Anjuna, Baga, Vagator, Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Morjim and Arambol beaches. Colva, Benaulim, Cavelossim, Varca, Velsao, Majorda, Betalbatim, Mobor and Betul are the beaches lying in South Goa.

The Majorda beach is the largest one with a stretch of 20 kms connecting it to the Cabo de Rama. There are also massage centers, gyms, swimming pools, Internet cafes, nightclubs, etc. by the beachside. The beaches are among the best tourist places to visit while you are on a holiday in Goa.

Churches in Goa :

The Church of Our Lady of Rosary on Monte Santo in Old Goa is the oldest surviving Church in Goa built in 1510 - 1550 AD.

Again in old Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus; the Se Cathedral; Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception; the Church of St Cajetan; the Augustine Church of Our Lady of Grace and Rachol Seminary built in 1550 - 1660 AD belong to the Baroque period, which coincided the Renaissance period in Europe.

Church of St Francis of Assisi at Old Goa, one of the famous churches of Goa was built in 1660 - 1760 AD known to be the Indian Baroque Period. These unique churches are some of the amazing tourist places to visit in Goa.

Forts in Goa :

The most famous forts in Goa include the Aguada Fort, the largest Portuguese fort in Goa, built in 1609-12 to fortify Old Goa.

Cabo da Rama fort associated with the epic of Ramayana where Lord Rama spent few days with Sita during his exile from Ayodhya; Chapora Fort near Mapusa, built in 1617 by the Portuguese on a Muslim site and Terekhol Fort on the Terekhol River built by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle in the 17th century.

The forts with their characteristic design are among the best tourist places to visit in Goa.

Museums in Goa :

The popular museums and art galleries in Goa are the State Archaeology Museum in Panaji opened on 29th Sept 1977 with seven galleries namely the Banerji Art Gallery, the Religious Expression Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Western Bronzes Gallery, the Christian Art Gallery and the Cultural Anthropology Gallery.

The unique styleof these museums make them a must place for all tourists to visit in Goa. A vast collection of more than 8000 objects includes wooden objects, bronzes, paintings, anthropological objects, clay models, sculptures, manuscripts, numismatic collection etc.

Wildlife and Bird Sanctuaries in Goa :

The most important place to visit in Goa is the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Chorao island along the river Mandovi. A bird-watchers' paradise for the tourists, this sanctuary has a variety of indigenous and migratory bird species.

The other wildlife sanctuaries that can be visited in Goa are Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.


Lakes and Waterfalls in Goa :

The Dudhsagar Waterfall and the Mayem Lake are the two picturesque tourist spots in Goa. The best time to visit Dudhsagar Falls, located on the peaks of Western Ghat in Sanguem Taluka, is during the monsoons when water is in high flow.

Its name is derived from Konkani words meaning 'Sea of Milk'. Mayem Lake is located in North Goa in Bicholim Taluka near Mapusa. The lake is ideal for bird watching and boating. Towns and Short Excursions in Goa


Last updated : Dec 9, 2011.
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