Top 8 Must Visit Places in Goa

When you think about traveling to Goa, what is your first thought? Beaches and beach party! Right? But Goa has a lot more to explore except their beautiful beaches and night party.

Goa has blessed with many other exotic places like ancient churches, Forts, local shopping markets, adventure water sports, Waterfalls, nightlife, and stunning beaches.

If you are planning a trip to Goa then consider these Top 8 must visit places in Goa this year.

1. Calangute Beach – The Queen of Beaches.

Calangute Beach Goa
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Calangute is one of the most famous beaches in Goa. Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Beaches’, It is the longest beach located in the North Goa famous for water sports, stunning beach scene, breathtaking atmosphere, awesome sunset view, party, dance, live music, shopping, exotic seafood & drinks.

During the daytime, you can enjoy sunbath, swimming, snacks & sea, shopping, adventure activities and offers a wide range of water sports like parasailing, jet-skiing, banana ride, water surfing attracts the most of the domestic and international adventure enthusiast.

During the night, Calangute turns into a hub for party lovers. It is famous for night parties at the beach. Nightclubs and Discos are full-on with live music and dance offers a bunch of liquor and lip-smacking foods.

  • How to reach: 15 km from Panjim city, Local transports, and cabs are easily available.
  • Nearby Beaches: Calangute is the center between Candolim Beach and Baga Beach. You can also explore Vagator and Anjuna Beach which is just 9 km away from Calangute beach.
  • Best Nightclubs and Discos: Tio Tilly’s Bar & Kitchen, Revolution Pub, Club Antoos, Cantare, Cafe Mambo, Club Tito’s, Kamaki and Zanzibar.

2. Dudhsagar Waterfall – Sea of Milk

Dudhsagar Waterfall
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Dudhsagar is one of India’s highest waterfalls, and among the 100 highest waterfalls of the world with a height of 310 meters and a width of 30 meters. It is located 60 km away from Panjim city in the southern part of Goa towards the border of Karnataka state.

When water falls from top to the bottom of the mountain, its white spray and foam appear like a heavy stream of milk poured with pressure from the top of the hill.

The Dudhsagar is surrounded by green western ghat and rich flora and fauna with rich biodiversity. you may see animals like monkeys, deer, beautiful birds and rare species of animals around.

You cannot easily access the top of the waterfall but the bottom of the waterfall is open after monsoon season from the months of October to May. You can enjoy the spectacular sight of the waterfall and take a bath in the bottom lap of the waterfall.

How to reach:  There are two options to reach Dudhsagar waterfall.

1. Trekking: Trekking starts from the Kulem, 77 km away from Calangute beach; you can easily hire a taxi to Kulem. Dudhsagar waterfall is 12 km away from kulem.

You have to climb up the uphill ghat, cross several tunnels to reach the Dudhsagar waterfall, which is sometimes uncomfortable for someone; but for adventure lovers, it’s fun trekking to the waterfall.

2. Jeep Safari: Take a jeep from Kulem to Dudhsagar, which costs you around INR 450 per person and jeep can accommodate 6 people at a time. Jeep will take you to the bottom of the waterfall.

The journey to the bottom of the waterfall is mesmerizing, passing through dense forest and it’s fantastic! Just reach the kulem point as earliest in the morning to avoid the high rush of the visitors.

3. LPK (Love, Passion, and Karma) – Most Popular Nightclub in Goa.

LPK Club Goa
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LPK – Love, Passion, and Karma is the best nightclub in the North Goa. The LPK club truly describes this venue with its beautiful waterfront location, surreal carvings, and sculptures interiors and ambiance.

The club is surrounded by water on three sides and stunning sculpted terracotta interiors, and the big sign of ‘Love, Passion, Karma’ over the water at hill across the river gives the club a very exotic and off-beat look.

Apart from the unique design of the club, it is a perfect place to partying long and hard all night with grand and spacious dance floor, hottest Bollywood and commercial music, great food, and absolutely amazing drinks.

If you need a break from the dance floor, you can just walk outside the deck in the breathtaking beauty and sip on their amazing cocktails and shooters.

If you want to party all night with your friends and loved ones never miss a chance to visit LPK while you are in Goa. 

  • Location: Opposite Bank of India, Verem – Nerul Road – North Goa
  • Entry Fee: INR 1500 for couples, INR 3000 for Stag and Free entry for single women.
  • Timings: 9:30 pm to 3:00 am
  • Other Popular Clubs nearby: Cafe Mambo, Club Tito’s, Kamaki and Zanzibar.

4. Deltin Royale – The Luxurious Casino

Deltin Royale Casino
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In India, only a few states where gambling is legal and goa is one of them. Goa is famous for Casinos and Gambling,

Goa’s nightlife going crazy about gambling and becomes ready to hit the casino machines. In Goa, there are two types of casinos; offshore (cruise) and onshore (land).

If you want to try some luck on gambling, then you must visit the luxurious casino of Goa – The Deltin Royale. It is the most luxurious and India’s biggest offshore casino having 123 gaming tables and floor area of 40000 square feet with an entertainment area, kids-zone, and eatery.

It is also having room for Indian Flush (Teen Patti) as well as a dedicated poker room and an exclusive whiskey lounge offers a wide collection of single halts and hand-rolled cigars.

Deltin Royale offers the guest to choose the VIP gaming suits for a comfortable stay and play in too. It is also famous for its world-class entertainment with live music, stage performance, and drama shows.

  • Entry Fee and Timing: INR 2000/person during weekdays and INR 3000/person during weekends. It includes unlimited food and alcohol with entertainment and playing chips. It is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
  • Types of Games: 3 Card Poker, 5 Card Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Casino War, Mini Flush, Texas Hold’em Poker, Sic Bo, Pontoon, Money Wheel, and Slot Machines.
  • Dress: smart casual. sleeveless shirts, shorts or flip-flops are not allowed.

5. Grande Island – An Adventure Hub

Grande Island
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Goa trips never complete without the fearless adventure activities like Scuba diving, snorkeling, and water sports.

Grande Island is the best place in goa for scuba diving, snorkeling. You can also try luck at fishing as well as you can enjoy many water sports activities.

There are many beaches there where you can relax and enjoy the scenery of nature which makes you feel out of this world.

Grande Island is located a few kilometers west off the coast of the Mormugao peninsula. You can reach the island by boat. It takes around 1 to 1.5 hours boat journey to reach the island. The boat service is easily available at beaches such as Calangute, Baga, and Candolim.

There are many Private tour and boat operators which provide group/couple/family tour package to the island including food, pickup & drop, boat charges, island activities. The best time to visit Grande Island between October and May, Avoid visiting the island during monsoon season.

6. Chapora Fort – Dil Chahta Hai Fort

Chapora Fort Goa
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Chapora Fort is one of the popular historical destinations for visitors to have fun during their goa trip. It is located on top of a hillock with slopes on all sides above the Chapora river. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the Arabian Sea and Chapora beach river from over it.

In 2001, the famous Indian Bollywood movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was shot at this point. it got famous with the name ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort. This fort is also known as Shahpura, which means ‘town of Shah’. During the 17th century, it was used as a border watch post to oversee various Hindu attacks.

The best time to visit chapora fort during the evening, the amazing view of the sunset and the color of sunset make the place an extraordinary sight.

7. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus - Goa
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The Basilica of Bom Jesus was built in 1605, is one of the oldest churches in Goa. It located in South Goa and declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site. This Catholic church has beautiful unique baroque architecture and decorated with precious stones and carpeted with marble flooring.

This holy place preserved mortal remains of the holy saint St. Francis Xavier – one of the patron saints of Goa. A silver casket holds the remains of this Saint and put on display to the public every 10 years.

It is claimed by the people of goa that the nails and hair of St. Francis Xavier continue to grow even after his death and the body is not decomposing.

The church is very beautiful inside and well maintained. The millions of visitors visit this holy place to witness the miracle and experience the calm.

8. Arpora Flea Market – Saturday Night Market

Arpora Saturday Market Goa
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If you are tired of spending long beach hours under the sun and want to go for some handy shopping then goa has many popular street markets for crazy street shopping lovers.

Arpora Night Market is one of the flea markets located at arpora, which held every Saturday starts at 6 pm and remains open till late at night. It has everything for everyone.

It offers food stalls with cuisines from all over the world for foodie lovers. You can also enjoy live music performance with a variety of genres, ranging from rock to jazz.

You can shop exotic handicrafts, shoes, local and international wares, leather jackets, accessories, spices all at an affordable price and don’t forget to bargain.

 

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