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40 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Goa

Nirmala Govindarajan
By Nirmala Govindarajan
| 17 Jan 2024 02:09 PM
40 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Goa

From white sand beaches to water sports to music festivals to flea markets to see people from all over the world around you – Goa is your very own Indian international destination.

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Here are 40 best places to visit in Goa to have an experience like no other – 

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1. Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach
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A popular fun place in Goa located, visit this largest beach in north goa if you are looking for water sports, chilled out shacks, delicious food and mingling with the hip crowd, all in one place.

 

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2. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus
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Known for its architecture, this place of interest for history lovers and spiritual seekers is just 10 km away from Panjim. This UNESCO world heritage site is closely related to the beginning of Christianity in India.

 

Best Things to do: Old Cathedrals of Goa

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3. Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada
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Built-in 1600s to keep an eye on the ships coming to Goa, this ancient lighthouse goa attraction was once a jail but now echoes of talkative tourists and clicking cameras while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset over the Arabian Sea.

 

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4. Baga Beach

Baga Beach
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A fun place in goa for youngsters, Baga beach is just 15 km away from Panjim and boasts of a rocking nightlife with clubs like Tito’s and Mambos. The nearest tourist place to this north Goa beach is Anjuna and Calangute beach.

 

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5. Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort
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Also known as the Dil Chahta Hai Fort, the fort gets its name from the nearby Chapora River and is one of the best places to visit in Goa and offers a spellbinding view of the sea. A visit to this historical place in the mornings and evenings will leave you enchanted.

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6. Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Falls
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One of the highest waterfalls in India, this popular sightseeing place adds variety to Goa attractions. One of the most breath-taking places to visit in Goa, the waterfalls are located 60km away from Panaji and will leave you spellbound by its sheer size and serenity.

 

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7. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach
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Just 19 km away from Panjim, this rocky beach is one of the best places to visit in Goa. The beach is marked by soft white sand, long palm trees, and black rocks and is overlooked by the Chopta fort. It is a popular and one of the fun places in goa for youngsters due to its late-night beach parties. 

 

8. Shri Mangueshi Temple / Mangeshi Temple

Shri Mangueshi Temple / Mangeshi Temple
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Just 21km away from Panjim, this bustling hippie beach with rocky shores is also known as the jewel of Ozran and is a fun place in goa for youngsters. This north Goa beach is known for its flea markets, trance music, water sports and shacks offering world cuisine and cocktails.

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9. Dona Paula

Dona Paula
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The monument of love is a place of interest for couples and honeymooners. The monument has statues of a man and woman and is a testament to their incomplete, eternal love. The tourist attraction monument is adorned with a view of palm trees, silver sand, and Mormugao harbor.

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10. Colva Beach

Colva Beach
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One of the oldest and one of the top places in goa; the beach has a 25 km shore white sand shoreline, palm trees, and beautiful villas. This goa attraction sees a lot of crowds of weekends and is known for shopping and nightlife.

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11. Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral
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One of the largest churches in Asia, this UNESCO world heritage site is dedicated to St. Catherine and is known for its architecture and its famous golden temple. A visit to this historical place is open from 7.30 am to 6 pm.

 

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12. Reis Magos Fort

Reis Magos Fort
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Located on the sides of river Mandovi, and just 7 km away from Panjim, this small sightseeing tourist attraction is a place of interest for history lovers and ones looking for some calm in the chaos of goa.

 

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13. Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach
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A natural wonder and one of the most beautiful tourist spots in goa, this is the place to go if you want to lie spend time on a butterfly-shaped beach surrounded by thick forests and picturesque landscape. It is also known as honeymoon beach and a place of interest for honeymooners and couples.

14. Arambol Beach

Arambol Beach
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A beautiful calm beach in, this is one of the best places in Goa if you are looking for a completely bohemian experience. From yoga classes to beachside markets to paragliding to drum circles, this north beach will bowl over your senses.

 

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15. Shri Shanta Durga Temple

Shri Shanta Durga Temple
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Dedicated to the goddess of peace, this Indo-Portuguese style temple is one of the biggest temples in Goa and a place of interest for Hindu devotees. The temple conducts a yearly festival Jatra in December. 

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16. St. Augustine Tower / Church Of St. Augustin

St. Augustine Tower / Church Of St. Augustin
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This 16th-century church is just 8km away from Panjim and is a UNESCO world heritage site. A visit to this historical place will leave you spellbound due to its unique architecture style and 46m high bell tower. One of the must-visit places in goa this attraction is open from 8 am to 6 pm.

17. Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach
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An offbeat south goa beach and one of the best places to visit for solo travelers and backpackers, Palolem beach is a place of interest for honeymooners and couples. Every day ferry rides are conducted for tourists who want to experience nearby visiting places – butterfly and honeymoon beaches.

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18. Colva Beach

Colva Beach
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A happening and fun place in goa for youngsters, this south goa beach is known for its shopping avenue and night parties. Visit this most-visited goa attraction if you are looking for a good, relaxed time.

19. Morjim beach

Morjim beach
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Home to olive riddle turtles, this goa attraction is suitable for ones looking to enjoy the calm, tranquil face of goa. The beach is a favorite goa sightseeing for Russians and is also known as little Russia and is known for its virgin beauty and exotic variety of birds.

 

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20. Cabo De Rama Fort

Cabo De Rama Fort
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Named after Lord Rama, this place of interest for history lovers and Hindu devotees is located 60 km away from Panjim. It is believed that Lord Rama stayed here during his exile. The sightseeing spot is well maintained and offers a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea.

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21. Mormugao Fort

Mormugao Fort
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Just 30 km away from Panjim, this tourist spot was built by Portuguese as a coastal fort in the 1600s. This tourist attraction still houses ancient articles and offers a moment of silence with just you, silence and sea.

 

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22. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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One of the most famous bird sanctuaries in India, this is one of the most nearby places to visit from Panjim and houses about 400 different varieties of international and local birds. The sightseeing place is open from 6 am to 6 pm.

23. Arvalem Waterfalls

Arvalem Waterfalls
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A tourist attraction that is 30 km away from Panjim, these waterfalls are a fun place for youngsters and a beautiful picnic spot. Visit this tourist spot in monsoons to see these falls in all their glory.

24. Patnem beach

Patnem beach
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An offbeat tourist attraction in South Goa, this beach is known for its cute little shacks, delicious variety of seafood and the long stretch of pristine shoreline. The nearby visiting places to this tourist attraction are Cancona and Palolem beach.

25. Tiracol fort

Tiracol fort
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The northernmost part of Goa is 58kms away from Panjim. This place of interest has a ruined fort and an old church. Visit this sightseeing spot if you want to spend some time on a calm, quiet beach.

 

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26. Church of St.Cajetan

Church of St.Cajetan
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A visit to this historical place will leave you amazed by its resemblance to the St. Peters Basilica in Rome. A world heritage site, this goa attraction is a must-visit for history lovers and architecture admirers.

 

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27. Butterfly Conservatory of Goa

Butterfly Conservatory of Goa
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A lush green garden spread across 4000 sq meters, this place of interest is a must-visit for nature lovers. The conservatory houses over a hundred species of butterflies. This tourist spot is truly one of a kind.

28. Betalbatim Beach

Betalbatim Beach
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This virgin beach is a must-visit place in goa and located 31 km away from Panjim. Also known as the sunset beach of goa, this tourist spot is the place to go if you are looking to spot dolphins and spend some time away from the hustle-bustle of the city.

 

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29. Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach
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Just 11 km away from Panjim, this tourist spot is famous for hosting the sunburn festival every year. The nearby visiting places include Fort Aguada. It is the place to go for shopping lovers and water sport enthusiasts.

 

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30. Kalacha Beach

Kalacha Beach
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Also known as the Paliem beach, this tourist spot is just 34km away from Panjim and is famous for its golden sand shoreline and coconut palm trees. It is believed that this fun place in goa for youngsters was founded by hippies in the 1960s.

31. Cavelossim Beach

Cavelossim Beach
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This idyllic beach is known for its beautiful contrast of white sand and black rocks. It is one of the best places to visit for sunbathing, swimming & dolphin watching.

 

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32. Sri Mahadeva temple

Sri Mahadeva temple
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This goa sightseeing spot is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, popular among Hindu devotees and is made of basalt rocks.

 

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33. Ashwem Beach

Ashwem Beach
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Just 30km away from Panjim, this is the place to go if you are looking for some calm, privacy and a chance to catch nesting of olive ridley turtles.

 

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34. MIRAMAR BEACH

MIRAMAR BEACH
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Just 8km away from Panjim, visit this tourist spot if you want to see the meeting of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea.

 

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35. Majorda Beach

Majorda Beach
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Home to some of the most luxurious hotels in goa, this popular visiting place in goa is known for its beauty, tasty food, and Mae De Deus Church.

 

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36. Talpona-beach

Talpona-beach
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Located 76 km away from Panjim, this visiting place is usually free from tourists and is an ideal spot for some solace and bird watching.

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37. Club LPK

Club LPK
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Love, passion and Karma, this tourist spot is one of the fun places in goa for youngsters and party lovers. The club is great and known for Bollywood and trance music.

38. Galgibaga Beach

Galgibaga Beach
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Also known as the turtle beach, this goa attraction is 84 km away from Panjim and known for its scenic beauty.

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39. Mandrem Beach

Mandrem Beach
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Just 30km away from Panjim, this is one of the best places to visit in goa. Known for its colorful sunsets, this north goa beach is ideal for honeymooners and couples.

 

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40. Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach
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Just 21km away from Panjim, this bustling hippie beach with rocky shores is also known as the jewel of Ozran and is a fun place in goa for youngsters. This north Goa beach is known for its flea markets, trance music, water sports and shacks offering world cuisine and cocktails.

 

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Author Bio

Nirmala Govindarajan
Journalist, Yoga teacher, Writer
Nirmala Govindarajan is an author, social sector documentarian, journalist, yoga teacher, and pioneer of the Writer’s Yatra and Reader’s Yatra experiences. She travels extensively on work, and for the love of being everywhere. Her novels are inspired by people in the hinterlands, and her latest work of fiction 'Taboo', has been nominated for several literary awards.
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