Goa is a coastal state in Western India. Many people know it as the “festival state” of India and it is one of the most visited Indian tourist destinations. The Goan beaches and nature are beautiful, and Goa has some amazing natural sites that offer a wonderful escape from the crowds.
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Goa has a rich history, culture and natural beauty and it has been home to many great artists and musicians and a background to many nice Bollywood movies. Even some Western movies have scenes from Goa. The beaches are beautiful and the sea water is ok for swimming outside monsoon season.
Besides sunbathing, there are also many other things to do in Goa: explore its rich history at Fort Aguada or take part in one of its many festivals like Viva Carnival (which takes place every year during February), Holi Festival (March) or Diwali Festival (October).
Goa is also a great place for food lovers. There are many restaurants to choose from, but if you’re looking for something spicy, try the local cuisine which is influenced by both North Indian and South Indian cooking styles as well as Portuguese. If you’re traveling with children, there are many family-friendly activities in Goa including dolphin cruises and trips to spice plantations.
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, Goa is a great place to relax. It has some of the most beautiful beaches in India, as well as many famous churches such as the Se Cathedral in Old Goa and Basilica of Bom Jesus, which were built by the Portuguese in the beginning of 1600.
The best time to visit Goa is during the winter months (October–March). Summer months are very hot and the sea is not safe for swimming during monsoon.
Goa is a tiny state in India and a legend tells that the first European to find it was a Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. A few hundred years later Goa was found by the Western hippies. Nowadays North Goa is the happening place for all kinds of tourists, with lots of entertainment and shops, and all the positive and negative side-effects of tourism.
Read and see more about North Goa and its beaches, sights, villages, towns and talukas here. Just click the link in bold –
|Anjuna – Anjuna beach is a popular beach in North Goa|
|Anjuna Flea Market – Happening every Wednesday by the beach|
|(video) Anjuna Flea Market Beach|
|Arpora – Quiet village near North Goa beaches|
|Baga – Baga Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa|
|(video) Baga Beach|
|Calangute – Popular destination for local and foreign tourists|
|(video) Calangute Beach|
|Candolim – Hosts the India’s biggest electronic music festival Sunburn|
|Chapora – Coastal village by the Chapora river|
|Chapora Fort – Popular tourist sight with wonderful landscape views|
|Ingo’s Saturday Nite Bazar – Night market in Arpora on Saturdays|
|Little Vagator Beach – Also known as Ozran Beach|
|Mackies Saturday Night Bazar – By Marinha Dourada road in Baga|
|Mapusa – Small town in North Goa|
|Mapusa Market – Shopping place in Mapusa, best sight on Fridays|
|(video) Mapusa Market|
|Porvorim – Mostly residential area, but has Goa’s biggest mall|
|Sinquerim Beach – Located next to Aguada Fort and Candolim Beach|
|(video) Sinquerim Beach|
|Vagator – Beautiful beach among high cliffs, also a rave destination|
|(video) Vagator Beach|
|Arambol – Famous for sunset parties and hippy tourists|
|Ashvem Beach – Peaceful and long stretch of sand|
|Mandrem – Beach with a turtle nesting site|
|Morjim Beach – Also known as “Little Russia” because of the tourists|
|(video) Morjim Beach|
|Querim – Village that has Goa’s northernmost beach, Querim Beach|
|Tiracol – Northernmost Goan village housing a fort come hotel|
Central Goa does not officially exist. There is just North Goa and South Goa, in-between which the Central Goa is located. Areas like Panaji, the capital of Goa, the Dabolim airport, the harbor city of Vasco da Gama and the area of Old Goa belong to Central Goa. Few beaches are also there, like Bogmalo Beach, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula Beach and Japanese Garden Beach.
Read more about these places in Central Goa as well as the other beaches, villages, sights and talukas in Central Goa here –
MORMUGAO taluka (South Goa)
|Bogmalo Beach – Isolated peaceful beach near airport|
|Hollant Beach – Fishermen’s beach with view to South Goa beaches|
|(video) Old Dabolim airport|
|Vasco da Gama – One of the biggest cities in Goa, also known as Vasco|
TISWADI taluka (North Goa)
|Dona Paula – Tourist destination in the outskirts of Panjim|
|(video) Dona Paula|
|Fontainhas – Latin quarter of Goa, located in Panjim|
|Miramar Beach – Beach in Goa’s capital Panjim|
|Panjim – Goa’s capital|
|(video) Sunaparanta – Center for arts and culture in Panjim|
Goa is located on the South-Eastern coast of India sharing its borders with Karnataka state to the South and East and Maharashtra state to the North. South Goa is the other well-known district in Goa, neighboring Karnataka. The Portuguese influence is still very much visible in many aspects of life.
The region is home to many beaches and it boasts some of India’s and Goa’s best beaches like Palolem Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Agonda Beach and Arossim Beach amongst them. In addition there are other lesser known but equally beautiful stretches along this coastline: Sunset Beach, Cola Beach, Galgibaga Beach and Butterfly Beach, just to name a few.
South Goa has less program for tourists than North Goa. Being less crowded and more in touch with nature, it is a treasure for peaceful holidays.
Read and watch more about South Goan beaches, villages, sights and talukas from here –
|Agonda Beach – Village, which has a beach known for the big stone|
|Butterfly Beach – Beach next to Palolem, but difficult to reach|
|Chaudi – A city in South Goa|
|Galgibaga Beach – Goa’s second southernmost beach, and a beach with turtles|
|Palolem Beach – A beach popular with international tourists|
|Patnem Beach – The beach opposite Colombo Beach|
|Polem Beach – Goa’s southernmost beach|
|Raj Bagh Beach – A small, quiet beach with a 5-star hotel|
|Talpona Beach – A quiet beach with not much tourism|
|(video) Arossim Beach – Beach with fine hotels around it|
|Benaulim – Peaceful village with fishermen and tourists|
|(video) Benaulim Beach|
|Betalbatim – Village in-between Colva and Majorda|
|(video) Betalbatim Beach – Beach little bit North from Colva|
|Betul Beach – Beach by the Sal river|
|Cabo De Rama -fort – Old fort named by Ramayana|
|Cansaulim – Peaceful village with the same name beach|
|(video) Carmona beach|
|Cavelossim beach – Neat beach in South Goa for wealthy tourists|
|(video) Cavelossim Beach|
|Cola Beach – A beach paradise separate from the settlement|
|Colva – Seaside village and tourist center in South Goa|
|(video) Colva Beach|
|(video) Colva busstand|
|Colomb Beach – A small beach strip that connects to Patnem beach|
|Fatrade – A small village a little south of the village of Varca|
|(video) Fatrade Beach – A beautiful beach with not many tourists|
|Majorda Beach – A quiet beach with signposts in Russian language|
|Margao – Capital of South Goa|
|(video) Madgaon Railway station|
|(video) Margao city|
|Mobor – A quiet beach next to Cavelossim|
|Sernabatim Beach – Relatively quiet beach next to Colva Beach|
|(video) Sernabatim Beach|
|Sunset beach – A beautiful well-maintained beach with 1 beach shack (2019)|
|(video) Sunset Beach|
|Utorda Beach – A quiet beach south of Arossim|
|Varca Beach – A beautiful, relatively calm beach south of Benaulim|
|Velsao Beach – A peaceful beach at the beginning of the South Goa coastline|
|Zalor Beach – A beautiful beach with almost no tourism industry (2019)|
Articles and posts about Goa
Videos inspired by GOA
|Video collection: Authentic Goa|
|Travel videos inspired by Goa|
|Video exhibition: South Goa|
|All the beaches in Goa in 1 minute|
|Goa travel menu|
|Goan fishermen at work|
|Goa uncut 2013 – Goa ASMR videos|
|(video) Restaurant: Joel’s Beach Shack|
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