Located on the western coast of India about 400 km south of Mumbai, Goa is a tourist attraction for people not only in India but from abroad as well. A former Portuguese colony and then a union territory, Goa is now a state with Panaji as its capital. The biggest tourist attraction of Goa is its beautiful sandy beaches no doubt, but also the Portuguese colonial ambience which is still retained by a unique blend of Churches and lifestyle. Goa’s tropical climate and picturesque coastal beaches make it a tourist attraction in not only winter but also all year around. Generally winters attracts international tourists for the beautiful sandy beaches while in summer Goa is a tourist attraction for the domestic visitors. Popular cities in Goa include Panaji,the capital, Vasco Da Gama, Pondu, Mapusa, Bicholim and Margao. Located on the Western Ghats range,Goa has a rich flora and fauna and is termed as the Bio-diversity hotspot owing to its tropical climate with many species of plants,animals,birds and reptiles.
Popular Goa Beaches
Anjuna beachAnjuna beach came into limelight when the hippies in the sixties made it a safe haven with parties, music and marijuana. The exciting night parties can take visitors to ecstasy. Another tourist attraction of the Anjuna beach is the Wednesday flea market where one can find anything and everything.
Arambol beachNot very far from the Dabolin airport Arambol beach is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. There is a ‘freshwater lake’ off the main beach.
Chapora beachNot very far from Panaji (18 km) is the Chapora beach. It is a coastal village along the Chapora river estuary.It is popular for the Chapori fort which is a hot tourist attraction.
Vogator beachExtremely popular with the Western tourists,Vagator Beach is hot tourist attraction . The red cliffs standing little distance from the shore gives a spectacular view of the beach. Twim is the nearest railway station while Chapora, Mapusa and Anjuna are situated not very far from Vagator beach.
MorjimMorjim, situated in North Goa is on the bank of Chapora River estuary. Home to a variety of birds, Morjim is also the nesting ground of the Olive Rideley sea turtle. A tourist attraction with the Russians Morjim is also known as ‘Little Russia’.
Dona PaulaDona Paula, on the suburbs of Panaji, carries a romantic feel with its name and is a very popular tourist attraction. The beach is now a commercialised location for beach resorts and restaurants and hotels. Dona Paula gives a fine view of Marmug Harbour. The National Institute of Oceanography and Goa University are located close by.
Calangute beachPopular for parasailing the Calangute Beach is a visitors hot spot. The Peak season for tourist attraction is during Christmas and New Year and during the summer. Around 2 km South to the crowded Calangute Beach is the Baga beach. A popular tourist attraction because of the brown sand and the Baga Creek.
Candolin beachThe longest beach in North Goa, the Candolin beach meets the Calangute beach towards the end. The beach is serene and peaceful with scrub covered sand dunes as a back drop. Tourist attractions are the Aguada fort, Churches, lighthouse and the barracks of Aguada jail built by the Portuguese.
Bogomalo beachNear the airport and not very far from the Port town of Vasco da Gama is the Bogmalo beach. With curving sandy beaches, the spectacular sunsets are a major tourist attractions. Swimming is also quite popular with the tourists here. The beach is lined with small shops offering local sea food.
Colva beachColva beach is one of the longest in the world and is very crowded especially in the weekends. The Colva Church is the main tourist attraction. The closest railway station is Margo (8 km ) in South Goa.
Cavellosim beachSituated in South Goa, Cavellosim is famous because it was the original abode of Goddess Shri Shanta Durga. The idol is presently housed in Kawalam in a temple ever since it was brought to Kwalam to protect from Portuguese invasion and plunder. The small beach here is also a major tourist attraction.
Benaulim beachLocated on the scenic South Goa coastline, Benaulim is a tourist attraction not only for its beach but also for the mythical origins of the place. It is believed that the place came up because Lord Vishnu sent an arrow from the Sahyadri mountains to the present town. Ruins of the Katyani Baneshkar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his cousort Parvati can be still found in the village.
Varca BeachVarca beach is a popular tourist destination. The place is quite developed with supermarkets and Wi-Fi coverage. Many Hotels and resorts can be found in Varca.
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