Goa is an adventure in itself but water sports
take it a step beyond. Diving, catamaran sailing,
jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, banana rides,
and dolphin cruises keeps your heart racing as you
test the waters. Grande Island is famous for scuba
RoomEscape is a live escape game popular around the
world, now in Goa! It's designed for small groups of
2 to 5 people. You are LOCKED for 60 minutes and have
to overcome a mountain of brain twisting puzzles and
ESCAPE from a themed room. The task is simple, yet
challenging: you must work as a team to find your way out,
and do so in time.
Do you want to indulge in a water sport
activity that is more calming than thrilling?
If yes, then Kayaking is what you are looking for!
The Kayaking tour starts 1 hour before the high
tide mentioned in the tide table between sunrise
& sunset, at Amigos , under the Nerul Bridge where
you first get briefed regarding basic maneuvering
skills & safety tips, after which you physically
maneuver the kayaks in close proximity to the shore.
North Goa is home of one of the best Go
Karting Tracks in Goa. If you’re with your
friends and want to do something fun with the
whole gang after probably spending a great deal
of your time at the beach, go-karting is a nice
way to get some adrenaline pumped into you. Try
the Track II Go Karting at Arpora near the Baga-Anjuna
ATV - All Terrain Vehicles has lately become very
popular adventure sports in Goa. Anjuna has 2
different tracks, which are - Natural and Man Made.
Both the tracks are 1KM long in stretch. Natural
track goes up and down the hill, giving the riders
an experience of a perfect off-road terrain biking.
The natural track is operational in rainy season and
is open to only experienced ATV bikers.
The Cumbarjua canal is where most of the crocodiles
live in Goa. This canal connects two of the biggest
rivers of Goa, Zuari and Mandovi. A 15 km stretch,
about half an hour from Panaji city, is where you
can take a boat ride to observe these reptiles up close.
It is Goa’s newest and largest water park, sprawling
across 35,000 sq.m. of barren hilly land. The park
features varied slides and rides for children and adults,
a Children’s Play Pen, Wave Pool, Lazy River and an
enclosed rain-dance hall among its attractions. There’s
a separate pool for bumper boats and zorbing – where one
can get inside a transparent inflatable wheel and have fun
getting it to roll across the water.
GTDC recently introduced white river rafting in Goa
on the Mhadei River, at a small village called Ustam
in Valpoi, Sattari. People who love adventure sports
will find this place no less than a heaven, as it is
surrounded by beautiful trees and plant vegetation. The
best time to try river rafting in Goa is during monsoon
season, which starts from June to September, when the flow
is good and surroundings are lush green.
The Portuguese outlived the British and ruled over
Goa for 451 years. It wasn’t until 19th December 1961
that the Portuguese were unceremoniously kicked out by
the Indian army with one of the shortest wars in the
history of the World that barely lasted for a day.
The only memory of the Portuguese that remains is the
beautiful Churches and houses.
The Communidades built this St Alex Church in
Calangute in 1741. In the churchyard there is a Grotto
of Our lady of Lourdes, it was the first grotto dedicated to
the Our Lady in entire Goa.
One of the oldest Churches in Goa, this Church
is located at the centre of Panaji, the Capital
City. The Church towers over the City with a statue
of Mother Mary at the front casting a watchful eye
over its inhabitants. Originally built to welcome
sailors home, the Church is over 450 years old and is
beautifully preserved. The Church is used even to this
very day with devout Catholics stopping by to pray en
route to work. You may visit the church on all days of
the week 9.30 am to 12.30 pm in the morning and 3.30 pm
to 7.30 pm in the evening.
Se Cathedral is one of the largest Churches in Asia
and is dedicated to St. Catherine. Built to commemorate
the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of
Goa, it took almost 80 years to build. Legend has it that
the Golden bell of this Cathedral could be heard all over
Goa. One of the bell towers was destroyed during a
lightening storm leaving the Church with a unique
asymmetrical structure. The church is open on all days
of the week from 7.30 in the morning to 6 in the evening.
Being a UNESCO heritage site, this church is world-renowned.
This Basilica is significant to the Goans since it holds the
mortal remains of one of the patron Saints of Goa – St. Francis
Xavier. Francis Xavier died on board a ship and his body was
taken to Malacca, also a Portuguese colony at that stage. It was
later decided that he should be buried in Goa. On the arrival of
his body in Goa, more than 2 years after his death, people
noticed that Francis Xaviers body hadn’t decomposed. The
Church has deemed this to be a miracle and St. Francis Xaviers
body is put on display to the public every 10 years
(next being 2024). A silver casket designed in the 17th
Century holds the remains of this Saint.You may visit the church
on all days of the week from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.
This church is amongst the revered Roman Catholic churches.
On the tabernacle reside two statues – one of the Christ
and the other of St. Francis of Assisi. There are numerous
paintings depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi. There
is a museum inside the church containing artifacts, sculptures,
and paintings. You may visit the church on all days of the week
from7.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Considered to be amongst the most beautiful churches in Goa,
the Church of St. Cajetan resembles the St. Peter’s Church
in Rome. Built with laterite blocks, the church has influences
of Corinthian style of architecture. You may visit the church
on all days of the week 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and
4.00 PM to 7.00 PM in the evening.
The fort stands overlooking the Sinquerim beach and bisects
the shoreline into two. This fort was constructed in the year
1612. The is an extension of the larger upper Aguada fort.
The lower fort consists of a bastion and a section of fortified
wall on both sides. During the 16th and 17th Century ships
used to anchor next to the fort.
Fort Aguada was built by the Portuguese in 1612
to protect Goa from the Dutch and the Marathas.
The fort got its name from a spring which was used
by crew of passing ships to replenish their stock of
fresh water. Aguada means water. The Fort Aguada
Lighthouse was built around 1864, it is one of the
oldest lighthouses in Asia. The lighthouse was in service
for over 100 years when it was replaced by a more modern
This Fort stands on the north bank of the
Mandovi at Reis Magos, and is very much visible
from the Panaji side of the Mandovi river. It
was used as a residence for viceroys(someone who
represents a king/queen and rules for him or her
in another country) and later converted to a fortress.
The fort was meant to thwart any attack on the city of
Panaji by Sea.It was occupied briefly between 1798-1813
by the British army.
The Portuguese ruled Chapora Fort for more than 150
years. Marathas under Sambhaji conquered the fort
twice. The Portuguese again gained control over the
fort and in 1892 the fort was abandoned. The Portuguese
built underground tunnels in the fort to escape during
times of emergency.From the fort one can get a commanding
view of the Vagator beach, Ozran Beach and the mouth
of Chapora river. The shooting of the Hindi bollywood
movie Dil Chahata Hai was also at this fort.
The Corjuem fortress is a small island fortress.
It was constructed in the year 1551 and is a relatively
small fort Corjuem is well connected with Aldona by a
cable suspension bridge which is a major source of
attraction as it is the only suspension bridge in Goa.
This fort is situated on the northern bank of
the Terekhol river. It was built by the Raja of
Sawantwadi and was captured by the Portuguese in 1746.
The view of the fort is mesmerizing as it overlooks
the Tiracol River and the captivating beauty of the
sandy Keri beach which is also known as the Querim
beach. The Fort held a key position for the defense
of Goa from the Marathas. Within the fort is housed
the church of St. Anthony, which is mostly kept closed.
The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu
temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh. It is a new
temple. Siddhivinayak is well known as "Navasacha
Ganapati" or "Navasala Pavanara Ganapati" ('Ganapati
bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish' in
Marathi) among devotees.
The Hazrat Mohammad Hamza Shah complex at Betim,
Porvorim which houses the Masjid-e-Hamza and a
dargah of the Sufi saint is open to all irrespective
of the gender and faith. The complex has a library
with Islamic literature including the Holy Quran and
other religious books alongwith a reading room
Gurudwara means “the house of the guru”. In present
modern days, the guru that is present there is of
course the Guru Granth Sahib, that is the sayings
stories and hymns of the Gurus. It serves as a place
of worship, school, meeting room, communal kitchen
and if necessary a place for people to sleep.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The Maruthi
Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Panjim,
It is said that the idol of Maruthi in the main temple
can be seen even from the main road, through an opening
in the basement wall of the temple. One can see the
beautiful octagonal Deepastambha or Lamp Tower at this
Temple. It is situated on top of the Altinho hill
overlooking the Fontainhas district in Panaji.
The temple dedicated to goddess Bhagavati, an incarnation
of Goddess Parvati who is also a consort ofLord and is
said to be more than 500 years old. The goddess Bhagavati, Asthbhuja
in a standing position in the temple is also very imposing.
A major attraction of the temple is the Dussehra festival.
The 450-year-old Shri Mangesh temple dedicated to
Shiva stands out with its simple and yet exquisitely
elegant structure.This temple is one of the largest
and most frequently visited temples in Goa.The main
temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation
of Shiva. Bhagavan Mangesh is worshipped here as Shiva
linga.The complex also has shrines of Goddess Parvati
and God Ganesha.
These caves are from the 6th century, are quite
small, with no articulate sculptures or paintings.
The origin of these caves is uncertain, some believing
them to be of Buddhist origin, although they are also
claimed to be known as the Pandava caves, signifying
the reign of Pandavas here during their 12 year exile
as described in the Mahabharata. The claim of the caves
being of Buddhist origin is a justified statement, mainly
due to the discovery of a huge Buddha statue nearby and a
4th century Buddha head found in the Mhamai Kamat house
now installed in the Goa State museum.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an estuarine mangrove
habitat, which is declared as a bird sanctuary, and
located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along
the Mandovi River. The sanctuary is named after Salim
Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist.The sanctuary
and island are accessed by a ferry service running
between Ribander and Chorao. The sanctuary has a paved
walk that runs between mangroves of Rhizophora mucronata,
Avicennia officinalis and other species.
Bondla sanctuary is a favourite with children and
nature lovers. In addition to the sanctuary, Bondla
zoo, deer safari and botanical gardens are its other
attractions. The mini zoo is a favourite with young and
adults. The deer park is home to a size-able number of
deers. The botanical gardens with spacious lawns, exotic
trees and colourful flowers are other attractions in the
park. The sanctuary is also home to over a hundred bird
species.Open all days except Thursday 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Spread across 208 sq km, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is
a protected area because of the presence of Royal Bengal
Tigers. A notable attraction of the sanctuary is the twin
waterfalls of Vazra Sakla. The water drops from a height of
469 ft. Another popular tourist spot is the Virdi Falls in
the Chorla Ghat region. The Mandovi River, the lifeline of
Goa which originates in the neighboring Karnataka, flows for
almost 10 km across the sanctuary and is known as the
Spread over 240 sq km in the Western Ghats,
is the largest wildlife reserve in Goa. It
has several temples dating back to the Kadamba
Dynasty. Jungle safaris are a major attraction of
the park. The national park showcases a wide variety
of Butterflies, birds and Snakes. The park is also
known for its trekking trails. The 12th century Tambdi
Surla temple, Devil’s Canyon, Sunset Point and Tambdi
Water Falls are some of the other attractions of the park.
It constitutes one of the vital corridors of the
Western Ghats and covers an area of 211.05 km2. It
is an important tributary of River Zuari, which
originates in the sanctuary.The national park showcases
a wide variety of Butterflies, birds and other animals.
Spread across an area of over 86 sq km,
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is the second
largest wildlife reserve in Goa. The vegetation
is so thick that hardly any sunlight reaches the
ground. There are six watchtowers in the sanctuary
that can be used for watching the wildlife. Many
rivers flow through the wildlife sanctuary with the
Gal River and the Talpona River having their originating
points within the sanctuary.The sanctuary is home to flying
squirrels, pangolins, four-horned antelopes, panthers,
tigers and many more. Open all days 07:00 am to 05:30 pm.
Arvalem waterfalls cascading down from the mountains from
a height of 50 m (24 ft), is one of the most amazing spots
situated in North Goa. The Arvalem Waterfall also known as
Harvalem falls is a very scenic and beautiful picnic spot.
This beautiful waterfall forms a huge lake at the bottom,
which is much popular amongst the swimmers. The color
of the waterfall becomes muddy brown in monsoon rains
and the water flow is quite less in summer. Timings: 9 AM -
6 PM on all days.
One of the most scenic waterfalls in India, Dudhsagar
literally means ‘Sea of Milk’. Dudhsagar Waterfall is
situated inside the BhagwanMahavir wildlife sanctuary.
Most people know it as TambdiSurla falls based on the
popular trekking tale to the waterfall which starts from
TambdiSurlaMahadev Temple. The waterfall is four-tiered
waterfall and is about 1015 ft high and 100 ftwide.There
are four routes to reach the waterfall. The most adventurous
trek starts from Kuveshivillage(Not allowed in Monsoons).
During monsoon, the trek from Castle Rock railway station
to the waterfall is very popular. The third trail starting
from Collem railway station or Kulhem railway station; though
view from Castle Rock is better. The easiest way to reach the
waterfall is to take a 4×4 vehicle to the Dudhsagar taxi stand
and hike the one km distance from the dropping point.
This waterfall is situated in South Goa and gets
its name from its neighboring village Kuskem.
This waterfall is a special treat for photographers,
nature lovers and people who are fond of Trekking,
adventure and hiking in Goa.Kuskem waterfall is hid
deep into the jungle giving its tourists a breathtaking
view. This waterfall is situated 12 Km away from the
entrance of Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and National park.
Best time to visit Kuskem Waterfall is monsoon season
because the waterfall dries in summer.
GTDC operates a range of entertaining hour-long cruises
along the Mandovi River aboard the Santa Monica or
Shantadurga. There are also twice-weekly, two-hour dinner
cruises and a twice-weekly, all-day backwater cruise,
which takes you down the Mandovi to Old Goa, stopping
for lunch at a spice plantation and then heading back
past Divar and Chorao Islands. All cruises depart from
the Santa Monica Jetty next to the Mandovi Bridge, where
you can purchase tickets.
It is located at Campal in North Goa. It
was earlier known as the Children's Park and
has recently been refurbished. One can see a
statue of BhagwanMahaveer at the centre of the
park which was unveiled in 2004 by the Chief
Minister of Goa. One will find a number of swings
and slides in the area which also serves as a
playground for kids.
The tropical spice plantation in Ponda is one of
the best plantations to visit in Goa. Spices like
black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon,
cloves, chillies, coriander and many more are
grown here. The various aromas will leave your
senses wanting more. There is a bird sanctuary
and a nature reserve that works on conservation
When here, you can also shop for Kashmiri jewellery,
textiles and carpets. The market also has a Tibetan
section, where you can pick up some really fine Tibetan
jewelleries, bowls and other copper ware. Good for
Shopaholics Experience Seekers. The streets of Calangute
are packed with shops offering a wide range of goods,
namely souvenirs, metal crafts, leather items, clothes
and jewellery, not just from Goa, but from other parts of
the country as well.
There is no better way to spend a Saturday evening
in Goa than by visiting the Night Bazaar at Arpora.
We strongly recommend this place for shopping in Goa
on your trip. The market is filled with plentiful
kiosks offering spices, carpets, embroidered textiles,
hammocks, clothes and accessories. A lot of hippies
frequent this market and sell goodies too. The Saturday
night market has featured in Bollywood films too! Timings
-November to April: 06:00 pm - 02:00 am
With 82 stores and stalls including an INOX multiplex
and major retail chains, Mall De Goa is a shopping
destination in the state. Situated at Porvorim, the
mall has a children's gaming centre, a food court, fine
dining restaurants and a two-level parking space.
A good way to absorb the true flavour of Goa
is to take a walk through the bustling Mapusa
Market. This market attracts local vendors and
traders from all over Goa, locals come here to
haggle for clothes and everyday items. If you’re
in luck you may chance upon unique textiles, antiques
and souvenirs to take back home. Come here for antiques,
textiles, traditional handicrafts, Goan pottery, spices,
fruits, homemade pickles, sausages and more.
The liveliest of all markets in Goa, it
is held every Wednesday in the beach town
of Anjuna in North Goa. Anjuna Flea Market
experiences greater footfalls because of it’s
location near the famous Anjuna beach of Goa.
Thronged by Indians as well as foreigners, Anjuna
Flea Market offers an abundance of local handicrafts,
spices, clothes, footwear, beach wear, artificial
jewellery and accessories. Timings- October to
March: 08:00 am - 12:00 noon.
Fontainhas-The area is dominant by Portuguese
architecture, quaint area and lovely buildings.
Must visit if you would like to go back in time.
18th June Road is one the major shopping destination
for the tourist in Panaji. Major businesses and restaurants
line the street. The street is named after the day in 1946
on which Ram Manohar Lohia had called a meeting to put an
end to the Portuguese rule in India. Other Shopping Places
like Bombay Bazaar, Sacha's Shop & Panaji Handicrafts