Places to visit in Goa

1.Calangute Beach: The largest beach in Goa is Calangute Beach is also known as the “Queen of Beaches”. It is a big, serene beach with various activities such as water sports.You can choose to have breakfast or lunch at Baga or Calangute. There are also many great sight-seeing opportunities near Calangute such as St. Alex Church, Ashvem Beach, the Aguada Lighthouse & Aguada Fort, Nerul River, the Friday Local Mapusa Market, River Betul & Betul Estuary.

2.Dudhsagar Waterfalls : The Dudhsagar Waterfalls are situated on the Goa-Karnataka border. The four-tiered waterfall structure is one of the tallest in India, located on the Mandovi River. The white water cascades down from a height of 1017 feet off a steep mountain face. They form a part of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park.The Dudhsagar trek inside the park is closed to the public but you can still reach the waterfalls by trekking from Kulem and following the jeep trail. Another possible route is the trek from Castle Rock in Karnataka. Reaching the waterfalls will not be an easy task but it is one that is worth every ounce of effort put into it.  They are best experienced during the monsoons as they lose their force during the dry season.

3.Chapora Fort: Once a huge, commanding structure which was the site of many battles, the Chapora Fort is a goodplaces for sighseeing in Goa. The building was constructed in 1717. The Fort rises on the banks of River Chapora and commands a great view of its surroundings. This feature of the fort is what led to the many battles for its possession in the past. It stands on the head of a valley which leads directly to the sea and the view from the fort is breathtaking. You can spend a hours in this fort exploring it and taking in the natural landscape around it. Winds blowing in from the sea make it a good place to sit and relax. You can even take a walk from the fort to the sea. 

4.Grand Island : Grand Island is the nirvana of Goan water-sports. There is a lot to be experienced here from diving to snorkelling to fishing. Scuba diving in Goa is the most popular activity as it offers so much in terms of underwater exploration. There are ship wrecks such as The “Suzy” wreck and the “Davy Jones Locker”.  You can also go snorkelling , bumper boats and banana boats are also popular around the island.End the day with a fishing trip and a barbeque of the produce you caught. 

5.Bom Jesus Basilica: One of the most important of all tourist places in Goa as well as a central landmark for Catholics, the Bom Jesus Basilica is the place in which the body of St Francis Xavier is kept. The Church was built in 1605 and the body of the Saint was placed there in 1622 where it has laid since in its glass mausoleum. The body is perhaps the greatest attraction of the Basilica. A gallery of Modern Art is also a part of the Basilica.The building is constructed in baroque style. You can visit the Bom Jesus Basillica in December as the feast and novena take place at that time along with Christmas celebrations.

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