SUNNY SIDE UP – GOA

Goa has always enamored many a tourist with its frolicking charm and feisty gaiety. With innumerable things to do and places to visit, it serves as a great holiday destination for the young and the old alike. Every year, the appeal of Goa tourism lures millions of tourists from all across the world to the shores of Goa. People come here expecting to have the time of their lives. Goa is not only a place that is rich in its culture and heritage, but also its flora and fauna. You can enjoy a multitude of activities in Goa in packages customized to suit your needs and tastes.

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There are many interesting places to visit in Goa that showcase its true beauty and rich culture. Some interesting places that become a part of the itinerary of most visitors are mentioned as follows.

Basilica of Bom Jesus- Probably the most well known and the oldest church of Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus is highly revered amongst ardent devotees and tourists alike. It houses the mortal remains of the great Saint Francis Xavier and is dedicated to infant Jesus.

Fort Aguada- Considered to be the most well preserved of the landmarks of Goa’s Portuguese colonial history, Fort Aguada was built during the 16th century by the Portuguese. This remarkable old fort stands testament to many regions and the change of leadership from time to time and is now a prime attraction, overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea in Goa.

Beaches- There are innumerable beaches that make for the prime places to visit in Goa. Spending long hours under the sun relaxing on the sand, gorging at the shacks, or splashing around in the water – Goa’s beaches promise all this and much more. Just a handful of the absolutely not to be missed beaches are Baga, Panjim, Dona Paula, Miramar, Majorda, Calangute, Anjuna, Palolem, etc.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls- This idyllic picnic spot is a popular attraction of Goa. The milky white waterfalls cascade down to create an amazing view. You can enjoy the full splendor of the waterfalls just after or during the monsoon showers.

Spice Plantations- The beautiful and exotic collection of spices at the Spice plantations are truly mesmerizing. Categorized as another prime attraction by Goa Tourism, Spice plantations like Pascal Spice Village, Savoi Plantation, and Sahakari Spice plantation simply cast a spell upon the beholder.

Anjuna Flea Market- Originally started by hippies as well as foreign tourists looking to make a quick buck or two while staying in Goa, this flea market is now a regular feature where you can find tourists and locals alike mingling and buying things off the shacks. You can indulge in accessories, tattoo making, jute products, decorative items, textiles, etc. At negotiable prices.

Divar Island- This rarely visited island is located across the Mandovi River is another one of the many beautiful places to visit in Goa. This quaint, beautiful island is also known for the famous Bonderam Festival held every year on the last Saturday of the month of August. A major attraction here is the Our Lady of Compassion Church are the main attractions.

Goa State Museum- A one stop shop for everything you want to know about Goa, Goa state museum brings you vivid pictures of a colorful past and beautiful heritage.

With so many different places to visit in Goa, rest assure that this small coastal state will present you with a pleasant and enjoyable journey that stays in your hearts and minds forever!

Author Bio: This post is submitted by Ashish Pratap Singh. He is a Travel enthusiast, currently working with ixigo.com, an online India Travel Guide helps you to plan your trip.

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