5 reasons to visit Old Goa

Park in Old Goa

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.

You can read this article in Finnish here: Viisi syytä vierailla Vanhassa Goassa

Find more inspiring places to go from Indivue’s Travel Opus to Goa!

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus
Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus
The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus
The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus
St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006
St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006
Park in Old Goa
Park in Old Goa
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa
Gandhistatue in Old Goa
Gandhi statue in Old Goa

Dona Paula in Panjim, Goa (video preview 360˚)

Dona Paula is one of the main sights for tourists in Panjim, the capital of Goa in India.

Here in this video you can see Dona Paula videoshot 360˚ degrees in the old way – it’s a short budget video that has actually been shot some 10 years ago.

After watching this short video, you will get to see more videos about Dona Paula, Panaji, and things related, so be ready for anything more modern than 2006.

You might also be interested in seeing this other video I made earlier about Dona Paula and also in taking a look at the Indivue video collection from Goa which you will find in the link attached! Those videos are authentic scenes with authentic sounds from Goa, India, straight from an artist’s sketchbook.

The Great Travel Opus to Goa  will tell you something more about Goa in Finnish.

Sightseeing Panaji, Goa, India

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 about the hotels and restaurants in Panaji in Finnish language in the linking article.

Find video about Dona Paula in Panjim here

and more Indivue sightseeing Goa -videos here!



Oheisessa valokuvamontaasissa näet oleellisia nähtävyyksiä Goan pääkaupungissa Panjimissa. Voit lukea Panajista lisää suomeksi täällä!

Dona Paula, Panaji, Goa

Panjim is the beautiful capital of Goa, India and Dona Paula is one of the main sights in Panjim, in addition to the church, Miramar Beach, shopping places, cruises and Sunaparanta.

Here in this video you can see the sceneries in and around Dona Paula in Panaji, Goa.

Bogmalo Beach, Goa, India

Bogmalo Beach, Goa, India

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.

See the other Goan beaches through this link.

Bogmalo Beach, Goa, India


All the beaches of Goa

All the beaches of Goa by INDIVUE

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.

All the beaches in 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

North Goa

Tiracol Fort
Tiracol Fort

The Goan coastline begins with the Tiracol Fort on a hill between the Indian states of Goa and Maharashtra.

Querim Beach, Goa, India
Querim Beach

Immediately next to the fortress, across the river, is Querim Beach, which is not a big tourist destination. You might see a few tourists there and a couple of sunbeds.

Arambol Beach, Goa, India
Arambol Beach

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.

Mandrem Beach, Goa, India
Mandrem Beach
Ashvem Beach, Goa, India
Ashvem Beach
Morjim Beach, Goa, India
Morjim Beach
Morjim Beach; view from Chapora Fort, Goa, India
Morjim Beach; view from Chapora Fort

After Arambol come the beaches of Mandrem, Ashvem and Morjim, next to which comes a huge hill where the Chapora Fort was built. You can see both Morjim Beach and Vagator Beach from that fortress.

Fort Chapora wall, Goa, India
Fort Chapora wall
Little Vagator Beach, Goa, India
Little Vagator Beach
Vagator Beach, Goa, India
Vagator Beach

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.

Anjuna Beach, Goa, India
Anjuna Beach

After the Vagator Beach, on the other side of the hill, is Anjuna Beach. In addition to the beach there are small cafes and shopping stalls on top of the high rock walls.

Anjuna Flea Market Beach, Goa, India
Anjuna Flea Market 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, Goa, India
Baga 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.

Calangute Beach, Goa, India
Calangute Beach
Candolim Beach, Goa, India
Candolim Beach
Sinquerim Beach, Goa, India
Sinquerim Beach
Fort Aquada Beach, Goa, India
Fort Aquada Beach

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.

Coco Beach, Goa, India
Coco Beach

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.

Caranzalem Beach, Goa, India
Caranzalem Beach
Miramar Beach, Goa, India
Miramar Beach
Dona Paula Beach, Goa, India
Dona Paula Beach
Vainguinim Beach, Goa, India
Vainguinim Beach
Siridao Beach, Goa, India
Siridao Beach
Japanese Garden Beach, Goa, India
Japanese Garden Beach

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.

Bogmalo Beach, Goa, India
Bogmalo Beach

South Goa

Hollant Beach, Goa, India
Hollant Beach

In South Goa, the video takes you first to Hollant Beach, from where you can see the entire southern coast of Goa. See it in the video.

Velsao Beach, Goa, India
Velsao Beach

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.

Cansaulim Beach, Goa, India
Cansaulim Beach
Arossim Beach, Goa, India
Arossim Beach
Utorda Beach, Goa, India
Utorda Beach
Majorda Beach, Goa, India
Majorda Beach

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.

Gonsua Beach, Goa, India
Gonsua Beach
Sunset Beach, Goa, India
Sunset Beach
Betalbatim Beach, Goa, India
Betalbatim Beach
Colva Beach, Goa, India
Colva Beach

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.

Sernabatim Beach, Goa, India
Sernabatim Beach
Benaulim Beach, Goa, India
Benaulim Beach
Varca Beach, Goa, India
Varca Beach
Zalor Beach, Goa, India
Zalor Beach
Carmona Beach, Goa India
Carmona Beach
Cavelossim Beach, Goa, India
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.

Mobor Beach, Goa, India
Mobor Beach
Betul Beach, Goa, India
Betul Beach
Cabo de Rama Beach, Goa, India
Cabo de Rama Beach
View from Cabo de Rama Fort, Goa, India
View from 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, Goa, India
Cola Beach
Agonda Beach, Goa, India
Agonda Beach

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.

Palolem Beach, Goa, India
Palolem Beach
Patnem and Colomb Beach, Goa, India
Patnem and Colomb Beach
Patnem Beach, Goa, India
Patnem Beach

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.

Raj Bagh Beach, Goa, India
Raj Bagh Beach
Talpona Beach, Goa, India
Talpona Beach
Galgibaga Beach, Goa, India
Galgibaga Beach

The last beach of Goa, before the state of Karnataka, is Polem Beach, which is completely separate from the other shoreline.

  • Polem Beach

The beaches were photographed during 2006-2019 by Indivue.

Find this article about Goa beaches in Finnish here

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