Glorious beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, dense vegetation, exotic flea markets and exquisite gardens, everything together form an enchanting place, Goa. One of the most favoured holiday destinations, Goa entices people from near and far. There are many places to see and enjoy in Goa. A few among the top 5 not-to-be-missed attractions are listed below:
5. Flea Markets
Flea markets of Goa are very famous and mirror ethnic culture of Goa. In Goan Flea Markets, lots of items like antiques, junk jewellery, beach wear, Tibetan handicrafts, brassware, Kashmiri crafts and many more are available. Two famous shopping markets are the Wednesday Market at Anjuna and the Friday Market at Mapusa. Here everything is available at affordable prices.
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Or if you wish for genuine top quality curios, antiques, carved furniture and silks, you may go for boutiques present at various tourist spots in Calangute, Anjuna, Panaji and Government emporiums in Rau De Oumer, Panaji. Handicrafts emporiums are also located in Mapusa, Calangute and near Goa airport.
4. Wild Life
Geographically, Goa is located in the Western Ghats, which are endowed with a variety of flora and fauna. There are two popular wild life sanctuaries in Goa.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary: Located in Chorao islands, named after one of the famous ornithologists of the world, this sanctuary is home to different kinds of birds like eagles, kingfishers, herons, parrots, etc.
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Bhagwan Mahavir Wild life Sanctuary: This is situated in Molem village of Goa, and is one of the largest sanctuaries of the state. Animals like leopards, spotted deer, Indian bison, Pythons, etc., are found here. This is a major tourist attraction.
3. Religion and Spirituality
Being a Portuguese capital once, Goa is full of fantastic churches built with a fusion of Indian and Portuguese architecture. Many ancient religious monuments like Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Chapel of St. Augustine, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, etc., are found here.
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Several important temples like Shree Shantadurga temple, Sri Devaki Krishna temple, Sri Mahalakshmi temple and Sri Vithal temple are also present in Goa.
2. History and Culture
Beautiful picturesque forts from the bygone era beckon tourists to Goa. Visiting forts like Chapora fort (Featured in Dil Chahta Hai – Bollywood movie) near Mapusa, Fort Agauda (which has the first light house in Asia) near Bardez, lesser known Terekhol fort take us down memory lane with their timeless historic appeal. A view from the Chapora fort is awesome and breathtaking.
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1. Nature and Beaches
Goa and Beach are two inseparable words. For many of us, the word ‘Goa’ conjures a picture of scintillating sands, blue mesmerizing water, surging waves and warm sunlight.
Jagged boulders, red cliffs, awesome restaurants combine to form lovely Anjuna beach. Plenty of water sports make Baga beach endearing to adventure lovers. Calmness, serenity and seclusion are the positives of Candolim beach. If you wish to see the Hippie culture then you may head straight to the Calangute beach. Cleanliness and natural beauty are hallmarks of Majorda beach. Reclusive and hut restaurants mark the essence of Chapora beach. The list goes on and is endless.
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Goa beaches sure do have something for every traveller. So the next time you go for a trip to Goa, make sure you visit these distinct places. A visit here is invigorating, satisfying and rejuvenating, etching memories of a lifetime in the minds of Goa destination lovers.