September 25, 2022
Places to Visit in Goa

10 Best Places to Visit in Goa

There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in Goa, India, and many people’s bucket lists include this amazing country as a must-see location to experience at least once in their lives. In order to help you narrow down the choices, we’ve included our top 10 picks of the best places to visit in Goa below.

 

 Anjuna

Anjuna is an extremely popular beach destination, which also has some of India’s most pristine crescent beaches. This coastal area is known for its hippie vibe, so you can expect to find many foreigners here. The area gets very crowded during peak tourist season and things can get a bit overwhelming for tourists who aren’t accustomed to big crowds. However, Anjuna remains one of Goa’s top destinations because it offers spectacular natural beauty and stunning beaches. While there are several small villages here, Anjuna doesn’t have any major landmarks or tourist attractions that set it apart from other beach areas around Panaji.

 

 Candolim

Candolim is one of those places that tourists often miss out on, as it doesn’t get much attention compared to nearby spots like Baga and Calangute. The beach here is cleaner than some other beaches in Goa, with palm trees lining both sides. While there are plenty of vendors who sell snacks and food along the shore, you won’t find many resorts or hotels around here—which means that Candolim isn’t yet overrun by tourism like some other destinations are. Make sure you stop by Serenity beach, which is located a short drive away from Candolim beach. It has a small but beautiful waterfall and shallow pools for kids to play around in.

 

 Palolem

Palolem is located on Canacona beach and is one of the most popular beaches in Goa. It has a nice, calm and relaxing atmosphere. This place is great for swimming, surfing and playing games. The place is also surrounded by green forests. Palolem can be reached via ferry or bus from Panjim which takes about 20 minutes. A lot of foreigners visit Palolem due to its proximity to other places like Galgibag, Colomb Bay etc. There are several resorts and guest houses present here if you are looking for accommodation while visiting Palolem Beach during your trip to Goa, India.

 

Colva

There are few places on earth that can beat Colva for a relaxing time. The beach is secluded and as unspoiled as it gets, making it perfect for a restful escape from hectic city life. Close by is a bustling town full of shops and markets where you can buy goods produced by local villagers. You can also rent out an ATV or scooter from several outlets around town and drive along some pretty rough terrain if you’re feeling adventurous. Its nightlife scene isn’t quite at par with other cities like Mumbai or Bangalore, but there are enough bars, pubs, and cafes to keep you entertained.

 

 Mandrem

Located 25 km from Panjim, Mandrem is a coastal village popular for its crescent-shaped beach that extends for about four kilometers. The blue waters of Mandrem beach make it a wonderful place for swimming and sunbathing. The village has a calm and relaxing ambience with many guest houses and cottages available to spend some time away from daily grinds. It’s also a great spot for water sports activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, kitesurfing and windsurfing. You can visit Mandrem Beach between November and May as during monsoon, strong winds often make it difficult to swim or enjoy water sports on shore.

 

 Varca

Varca, one of Goa’s most famous beaches, is located on Benaulim taluka near Vagator. Being a very popular holiday destination, Varca has many water sport facilities such as parasailing and water scooter rides available at reasonable prices. There are also many budget hotels located right next to Vagator Beach which gives tourists an option of staying close to their place of entertainment. The beautiful beaches and clean sea water is the best feature of Varca Beach that attracts people from all over India and abroad every year. Since most people prefer renting a vehicle rather than commuting by bus, there are many car rental companies where you can rent your vehicle for a short or long period depending upon your requirement.

 

 Betalbatim

Betalbatim is a village in South Goa. It has four beaches: Yerwada, Agonda, Baga and Betalbatim. The beach at Agonda is becoming increasingly popular as it’s a long stretch of sand without many large hotels or restaurants crowding it. As an alternative for tourists looking for more authentic accommodation, you can stay with local fishermen or their families – but only if you have time and are looking for something really different.

 

 Calangute/Baga

Calangute/Baga are two separate beaches on either side of a rocky headland at Baga. Calangute beach is a wide, long and lively beach that attracts foreign tourists, especially during spring break (frosh week). It is crowded with food stalls and vendors. Like Calangute Beach, Baga beach is also popular among domestic tourists for its scenic beauty and nightlife activities.

 

 Panaji (Goa’s capital city)

No trip to Goa is complete without a visit to Panaji, also known as the city of saints. Rightly so – have you seen all those churches and cathedrals? Even though it’s not quite as bustling with tourists like some other places are, Panaji still has plenty of beautiful architecture and places worth seeing, such as Miramar beach, which can be accessed through one of Panaji’s hotels; Terekhol fort (an old Portuguese fort that overlooks Panaji Bay), statue of late Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, children’s park at Margao and many others.

 

Mobor

If you’re looking for a beach vacation spot and don’t mind traveling a bit out of Goa, then head on over to Mobor Beach. Located about 40 miles from Panjim, this is one of the best places for those looking for a more natural getaway. While it doesn’t have some of the glitzy attractions that Canacona has, it does have lovely beaches and great weather. With activities like swimming and hiking, Mobor is also a great place for exploring nature. For those who want to venture off into other areas within Goa (like Calangute), Mobor is only about an hour away from there as well!

 

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