Top 5 Places To Visit In Goa

On your first visit to Goa, you may be surprised that such a small amount of land can have so many tourist attractions. The tourist spots defy Goa’s size, making it a tourist haven for visitors from all over the world. With over 50 beaches, each unique in its own way, you’ll be keeping your cameras busy as you relax. However, Goa extends beyond its beaches by providing other attractive tourist attractions.

Apart from natural beauty, the area with a long history offers many architectural masterpieces. It has old forts and religious sites of numerous faiths. You can participate in a variety of activities, including water sports. Here are the top 5 sites to see in Goa that you should not miss on your journey.

1. Panaji


Panaji, Goa’s capital, is a gorgeous region with breathtaking views. It is located on the banks of the Mandovi river. The historical significance and peacefulness add to the air’s beauty. The Portuguese influence is still visible. The Portuguese-built Goa Medical College in Panaji was the first medical school in India, and it is also one of the oldest medical colleges in Asia. Here are the greatest places to visit in Panaji.

  • Old Goa
  • Reis Magos Fort
  • Fort Aguada
  • 18th June Road
  • Goa Archaeological Museum
  • Secretariat
  • Dona Paula Beach
  • Miramar Beach
  • Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Panjim Heritage Walk
  • Goa State Museum
  • Idalcao
  • The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  • Shanta Durga Temple
  • Jama Masjid

2. Vasco Da Gama


Vasco Da Gama, founded by the Portuguese in 1543, has evolved into a major industrial town in Goa. Vasco Da Gama, the great Portuguese explorer, inspired the name of Goa’s largest city. You must visit Goa to gain an understanding of its culture and way of life. Here are a few popular tourist spots.

  • Bogmalo Beach
  • Velsao Beach
  • Mormugao Port
  • Pilot Point
  • Goa Kayaking-Day Tour
  • Japanese Garden
  • Zuari River
  • Naval Aviation Museum

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3. Calangute

calangute beach goa

Calangute, located in northwestern Goa, is a wonderful spot for stretching and rejuvenating exhausted spirits. Calangute beach, which was previously dominated by hippies, welcomes you to appreciate the land’s stunning splendour. Nature enthusiasts consider this to be heaven on Earth because of its beauty. Here are the top destinations you should see throughout your tour.

  • Calangute Beach
  • Baga Beach
  • Se Cathedral
  • Aguada Fort
  • St. Alex Church
  • Medicinal Springs
  • Baga Retreat House

4. Mapusa

Mapusa goa

If the beaches are what drew you here, you’ll love Mapusa, which is closer to Goa’s most popular beaches. The weekly market in Mapusa, which is held every Friday, is well-known for selling a diverse selection of products. Here are some of the best places to visit in Mapusa.

  • Kalacha Beach
  • Mascarenhas Mansion
  • Arpora
  • Aldona
  • Chapora Fort
  • Sri Kalika Temple
  • Mapusa Friday Bazaar
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus

5.  Margao


Margao, Goa’s oldest city, is also the state’s second largest. It is also Goa’s commercial centre. Prior to Portuguese invasion, it was known as Madgaon. This is a significant religious centre in Goa, with numerous places of worship. Some of the prominent tourist attractions in Margao are listed below.

  • Canopy Goa
  • Colva Beach
  • Loutolim
  • Caves of Aquem
  • Velsao Beach
  • Town Square
  • Monte Hill
  • Jorge Barreto Park
  • Colonial Style Villas

There are many more gorgeous places to see in Goa. Beaches, ancient monuments, and numerous more sites worthy of attention were omitted due to the little time I had available. I’d love to learn about more tourist attractions in Goa. Suggestions are much appreciated.

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