Old Goa is a historically significant area in-between North Goa and South Goa, little bit towards inland from the capital of Goa, Panjim. Several Christian worship places are located in there, and because of them Old Goa is a World Heritage site.
Here’s five reasons why you should visit Old Goa –
1.Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa, is the most spectacular Christian building in Goa, India. There is a lot to see in the walls and aisles of Basilica of Bom Jesus for people interested in church art. Inside the building there is also a beautiful garden.
2. Basilica of Bom Jesus keeps the grave of St. Francis Xavier and through the glass cover you can see the remains of his body and pay respect. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary whose 500th birthday was celebrated in 2006, from the time of which these photographs are also from.
3. Old Goa in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. The nature and trees in Old Goa are beautiful. You can also see lot of Portuguese-style architecture and one Mahatma Gandhi statue there.
5. There’s also few other Christian churches for a cultured person to see, such as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
Indivue travelled to Panaji in Goa, India, many a times and finds it always an appealing city.
Here in this photomontage you can see some of the best sights in Panaji, also known as Panjim, the capital of Goa. The important sights in Panaji for a tourist are of course Miramar Beach and Mandovi river in the nighttime, Dona Paula and the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Fontainhas architecture and Sunaparanta Art Center, without forgetting all the good restaurants. You can read more aboutthe hotels and restaurants in Panaji in Finnish language in the linking article.
Bogmalo Beach is rather small secluded beach inbetween two seaside hills near the city of Vasco da Gama, in the middle of the coastline of Goa, India.
The beach is relatively quiet, and there is only one five-star hotel, which you can see in the photo, and also couple of restaurants as well as and a few independent small shops at least during the winter, when the tourist season is happening.
The aim was to see all the beaches in Goa, India, and to photograph them and blog about them. It took altogether some 14 years (by 2019), since I was actually living in Europe and there is some 100km of beaches in Goa only. But here they are now – all the beaches in Goa, from North to South.
The following video All the beaches in Goa in one minute is a realistic representation of the 100 km coastline of Goa.
The namelinks below each photo are links to the introductions and or videos of each beach. And if a travelguide exists for the beach in question, you will find it in the guidelink. –
All the beaches in Goa
The Goan coastline begins with the Tiracol Fort on a hill between the Indian states of Goa and Maharashtra.
After Querim comes the Arambol Beach, which opens up behind a rust color hill. Arambol Beach is known for its black-pointed rock cliffs. The video will show Arambol Beach with its typical sun beds, tourists – often hippy minded -, cows, merchants and motorcycles, in addition to the exceptionally beautiful sunset.
A big white building with a cafe is characteristic to the Vagator Beach which has big dark rocks on both sides of the beach. Behind the rocks in the right side is the location of the Little Vagator Beach.
After Anjuna Beach comes the Anjuna Flea Market Beach, by which there are many sales stalls on Wednesdays during the Flea Market on tourist season. On other times there are traditional beach shacks with sun beds.
Behind the hill on the left sife of Anjuna Flea Market Beach opens the Goa’s most famous coastline. It starts with Baga Beach and ends with Sinquerim Beach. But to be precise, there does exist one tiny beach on the other side of the Fort Aquada in Sinquerim, and that is the Fort Aquada Beach.
Baga Beach has many tourists as does the next Calangute Beach, which is the main beach of North Goa. Then there is also Candolim Beach in-between Calangute Beach and Sinquerim Beach. The video and these images show a typical sunset setting on Candolim Beach when sunbeds have been taken off and tables and chairs are brought for dinner by the sea in the dark. On these beaches jet skis and banana ships are very common sight and sound during daytime. You can also see how high the sea waves rise at Sinquerim Beach, leaving rather little sandy beach under your feet.
Located on a hill next to Sinquerim Beach, there is a lighthouse, the light of which will become familiar to the visitors of the beach during nighttime. The lighthouse is also a tourist destination and the view from the lighthouse down to Baga-Calangute beaches can be found in the video.
From North Goa the journey continues through Coco Beach to the capital of Panjim, with beaches like Caranzalem Beach, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula Beach and Vainguinim Beach. There are many local fishermen on Coco Beach, but also camping accommodation for tourists. On the video, you can see the lights of Goa’s capital on the Mandovi river. They reflect nicely from the sea at night towards Coco Beach. The statue on Dona Paula Beach is also featured on video. The statue is located on a small rock hill by the Arabian Sea.
The trip continues with Siridao Beach, Japanese Garden Beach and Bogmalo Beach towards South Goa. Siridao Beach is a beach for fishermen, and Japanese Garden Beach is a local beach, which has a very high hill next to it. From that hill you can see the departures and landings at the nearby Dabolim Airport nicely. Bogmalo Beach, in turn, is a tourist beach, isolated by high hills, and the only beach in Central Goa, where sunbathing in a Western style is made possible.
The South Goa coastline begins with Velsao Beach and continues through almost identical looking beautiful white sanded Cansaulim Beach.
Cansaulim Beach is followed by Arossim Beach and next to it comes Utorda Beach, which is then followed by the more populated Majorda Beach. Majorda Beach is more populated with its beach shacks, sun beds, and the ship-like swimming guard building typical for Goan beaches.
From Majorda Beach the South Goa coastline continues with Gonsua Beach and then with Sunset Beach towards Betalbatim Beach. Typical trees by the Betalbatim Beach have leaves resembling that of a coniferous tree rather than a coconut palm typical for Goa.
When you watch the video again, you might notice that the Querim Beach in North Goa has got similar kind of trees growing as the Betalbatim Beach in South Goa has.
In Colva Beach, which is next to the Betalbatim Beach, the palm trees are back in the picture, and so are the big tourist masses, since its the main beach of South Goa. Colva Beach is followed by Sernabatim Beach and Benaulim Beach, where tourists are also ordinary, but after that, the next beaches of Varca, Zalor, Fatrade Beach and Carmona Beach are quieter and more in a natural state before reaching the Cavelossim Beach.
On Cavelossim beach the tourists and the holiday industry are once again on the move. After that, before the large hills cutting the South Goa coast line, there is still a tiny Mobor Beach. Behind the neighbouring large hills comes the well-known tourist attraction of Cabo De Rama Fort.
After Betul Beach and Canaguinim Beach, there is a tiny Cabo De Rama Beach, which you can see very well from the Cabo De Rama Fort itself. Cabo De Rama Fort offers you also spectacular views of the Arabian Sea.
Cola Beach with its swimming pond and beach follow Cabo De Rama, and Agonda Beach comes next after Cola Beach. Beautiful and serene Agonda Beach is characterized by rock boulders standing on the seashore waves. Trees by Agonda beach are again the same as in Betalbatim Beach and Querim Beach. Whereas th next Palolem Beach is again surrounded by coconut palms, along with beach shacks, beach huts, fishing boats and tourists.
Behind the hill next to Palolem, when going towards South, come the beaches of Colomb and Patnem. Those beaches are indirectly facing each other and within short walking distance. There is some tourism activity in Patnem and Colomb Beaches, but on the beaches following them, the Raj Bagh, Talpona and Galgibagh Beaches the going is very quiet and only the sea is swirling.