Goa

Perhaps the most tempting feature of holidaying in Goa is her easy charm, laidback tempo, warm and welcoming locals – and, of course, balmy beaches. Goa also packs quite a punch, with an astonishing array of choices for vacationers, all in one tiny place more...
Vacation in Goa

Sightseeing in Goa

Chapora Fort : Forlorn but pregnant with atmosphere, Chapora Fort’s ramparts and boundary wall cover a vast area while encircling a rocky headland overlooking the mouth of the Chapora River. Why is this fort an exciting place to visit? In a word, or three – location, location, location! more

Reis Magos Fort : If walls could speak, the Reis Magos Fort would tell you tales of battle, intrigue, revenge and betrayal, and the secrets of Portuguese noblemen who once stayed here en route to Lisbon. And, guess what? They do. more

Reis Magos Church : Just walking distance from the fort is the Reis Magos Church, whose towering, white, gabled façade is visible from across the Mandovi River. Built by Franciscan friars in 1555, the centerpiece of the church is the large space at the altar. more

Dudhsagar Falls : Crashing and twisting as it roars down four tiers of rock, the 1,017 ft high Dudhsagar Falls on the Goa-Karnataka border has to be seen to be believed. But sheer power need not be brutal. After plummeting sheer cliffs, the foamy water pours playfully into a deep emerald pool. more

Combine Dudhsagar Falls : Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: You can book Dudhsagar Falls along with a jungle experience at the Shanti Elephant Sanctuary in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The reserve is located in a tropical rain forest in the Western Ghats. It is serene and nothing short of Eden. more

Fontainhas & Sao Tome :
Location : Panjim, North Goa
(Culture, history, heritage)
A stone’s throw from river cruises, roulette tables in Goa’s floating casino and the Kadamba Bus Stand is a place that time, thankfully, forgot. Step into the Fontainhas heritage precinct and it’s like stumbling into a picture postcard. more

Calizz :
Location : Candolim Beach, North Goa
(Culture, history, heritage)
This little-known gem is located at Candolim beach and contains many mansions depicting the life and times of Goa in during the Portuguese and pre-Portuguese eras. Near the entrance are two traditional mansions that are a blend of Indo-European architecture and tastes. The walls are covered in lime-stucco plaster and roofs with Mangalore tiles. more

Ancestral Goa: Location : Loutolim, (South Goa)
(Culture, history, heritage)
If you’re up for a spiced-up slice of Goa, head for Loutolim. Constructed on nine acres of land is Ancestral Goa developed by a local artist on his ancestral property. This mock-up is a recreation on an entire Goan village and includes details like a farmer’s hut, a distillation unit, the staple Goan wayside cross and a Boca-de Vaca or village spring. more

Goa State Museum
Location: Panjim (North Goa)
(Culture, history, heritage, museum)
There are some star exhibits among the 8,000-odd at the Goa State Museum in Panaji. Innocuously placed in the ‘Furniture’ section of the museum, this elaborately carved and polished table with four impeccably sculpted, straight-backed chairs is a symbol of both beauty and brutality, dating back as it does to a dark chapter in Portuguese Goa. more

Tiracol (Terekhol) Fort : While many say the breathtaking view is the reason they visit Tiracol Fort, we’ll give you a couple more. But there’s no question that, in all of Goa, the fort offers the best view in the house. more

Querim Beach : Querim Beach – Keri to the locals – is one of the less frequented beaches in North Goa, perhaps due to the lack of accommodation for tourists in and around the village. More

Palacio do Deao : Half-hour drive from Margaon in South Goa, is Palacio do Deão, a splendid 200-year Portuguese mansion in Quepem on the banks of the wildly beautiful Kushavati River. More

Loutolim and Chandor : In different directions, the villages of Loutolim and Chandor in South Goa are studded with ageing Portuguese homes, most of them empty and driving around the countryside is a nostalgic experience. more

Kesarval Spring : Tucked into a forest of betelnut palms deep inside a gorge is the Kesarval spring believed to have medicinal healing powers. People from near and far bathe in its waters to benefit from the spring’s medicinal properties. more

Cavelossim : A Slice of Serenity. When you say ‘Cavelossim’, think ‘solitude’. Why, even the ‘end of the road’ metaphor couldn’t be more apt for this quiet village because the Coastal Road south of Bogmalo terminates here. more

Beaches In South Goa : Finally, white stretches of warm sand and fabulous sunsets framed by waving coconut palms! Here’s a rough guide to the beaches of South Goa. more