Honestly speaking, this is going to be the toughest blog for us from a writer’s perspective, because there are 500 amazing places to visit in Goa and we have to write only 5. Do you think this is possible? This is what makes Goa amazing.
Goa is a state that is never enough for holidays. Every time you visit the place and decide to explore different parts, you will come back with a different perspective of Goa. This is the most incredible thing about Goa that is has a lot of amazing places to visit and I cannot stress enough on the word ‘lot’ here.
You must have read articles saying that Goa is a paradise, a holiday land, the best vacation spot in India, party destination, and a lot of other things. And all of them are true. I am sure whether you have visited Goa or not, you have an idea of how crazy and beautiful the place is. It is one that place in India that has enough greenery along with enough blue shades, if you know what I mean.
Goa is all things beautiful. But, this article is targeted towards the first time visitors of Goa because we talk about the 5 most visited places of Goa of all times. These are the most popular places of Goa which you cannot miss to visit. So, if this is your first time, you can surely start with these cliche, popular, but most amazing places of Goa. Yes, the crowd here is always the best.
#1. Baga Beach
Welcome to the most lively, important, famous, and the most crowded beach of the state which is Baga Beach. Baga beach and Goa go hand in hand. It is not possible for you to not have a tour of Baga Beach when you are in Goa. The best and the most lively crowd of Goa is seen on Baga beach on the day and the night time.
It is always crowded because it is in the main area and is very famous. There are lots of beautiful shacks at Baga beach Goa which look lit during the evening with fancy lights and setup. Some of the famous shack restaurants that you must visit on Baga beach are Brittos, Bistro etc. Dining at these restaurants by the beach is one of the best experiences to invest your time in when in Goa.
Just outside the Baga beach in Goa, the lane is extremely crowded because it is the main market area. Also, there are lots of flea market shops outside the beach that attracts the visitors. They sell some amazing clothes, footwear, and home decor pieces at reasonable prices.
During the weekends, everything is more crowded for obvious reasons. Baga beach Goa is the best during the weekends because loud music is played on the beach which makes the whole vibe very entertaining. People are seen dancing on the beach and also dining on the setup done on the sands by the beach. It is very pleasant.
#2. Calangute Beach
The next place on our list is the next best beach of Goa and that is none other than the Calangute beach. If Baga beach in Goa has a competition then it is a tough one by Calangute beach. The vibe of the Calangute beach in Goa is quite different from that of the Baga beach.
When you enter Calangute beach in Goa, you will be welcomed with a lot of shops of clothing, shoes, decor, food, and tattoos. It is officially one of the best places to get a tattoo for yourself if you are wanting. There are some great studios for the same here.
If you are someone who would want to try out some water sports then this is the best place to try them out. If you are there during the peak season of water activities then the best ones are conducted here. Though the prices are on the higher side, you can still go for it because they are all worth the prices spend on them.
It is a very lively beach which is always crowded just like the Baga Beach. There are some amazing restaurants here as well to try out the Goa cuisine and some exotic sea food. Also, you will be happy to click some gorgeous pictures here with the most amazing backdrops for your Instagram.
It is also called as the queen of the beaches in Goa. You will find some cool clubs here as well. The golden sand makes for such a stunning beach pictures.
#3. Grand Island Goa
Giving you a much required break from the beaches and telling you that Goa is not only about the beaches but a lot of other things as well. We would want to take you to the heaven of a place in Goa which is none other than the Grand Island Goa.
This would take at least half of your day or you can also extend your trip for the full day. There are a lot of things to do at Grand Island Goa but we would begin with saying that this island is incredibly pretty and beyond commenting in words.
The activities that are done here on the grand level are snorkeling at the Monkey beach, scuba diving at the island, fishing, go on an island trip on the boat, dolphin boat safari, dolphin watching, swimming, chill by the island and have a great time there. You can also have a lunch at the Monkey beach with a gorgeous view of the island and it will be one of the best lunches of yours.
It is going to be a relaxed and a fun filled day at the Grand Island Goa. Spare some time to have a tour of the island and see another side of Goa. It is not very crowded like the famous beaches of the place.
#4. Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Are you someone who loves nature and trek? Then let us take you off the beaches to some adventure side of Goa. If you love adventure and would love to explore the treks then Dudhsagar falls is one of the best places around. You must consider Dudhsagar falls seriously if you would want to experience the adrenaline rush.
It is one of the famous tourist spots in Goa among st the trekkers and nature lovers. Even if you are not into the adventure side, still you would love the vibe and ambiance of this place. Many photography enthusiasts also hover to the place for capturing the spellbinding beauty of the gorgeous Dudhsagar falls. Well, if you are a serial poser, you can definitely find a way to get the best candid picture clicked here.
Dudhsagar falls look extremely white like milk and that is the reason they are called as the Dudhsagar falls. During the monsoons, the waterfalls look insanely pretty when accompanied by rainfall. The speed of the waterfalls is so fast that it looks like it is falling in fury. The whole view of the place is so damn amazing.
If you visit the place during Monsoons or any season, you would not want to leave the place and go anywhere else. It is so soothing and relaxing any day over the city life. We are pretty sure you have heard a lot about the place and the beauty of the waterfalls, so it must be on your wish list. If you haven’t been to the place, you are missing out on a lot of beauty.
#5. Fort Aguada
Forts have always been the striking place in Goa. There are lots of Portuguese forts which you can visit and all of them are charming and captivating. Apart from the beaches, it is the forts that attract the most number of visitors in the state. There are enough forts to explore but, Fort Aguada Goa is the most popular one.
You have to visit this on your first trip to Goa for sure. It is one of the iconic spots of the place. It is beautiful and a huge fort with vintage interiors and exteriors. The brown walls of the fort with the lush green grasses make for one of the most picturesque spots in Goa. From my personal experience, one can have the most number of pictures in this fort in various locations.
The most loved fort of Goa is the Fort Aguada that takes you back in the history. Also, it takes you to some iconic spots featured in the Bollywood movies as well. The fort is huge, beautiful, and has a lot of history attached to unveil. The fort overlooks the Sinquerim beach in North Goa. It is a huge fort to explore and you will have a good time over there.
The Taj Aguaga is right near to the Fort Aguada, Goa which is one of the best places to stay in Goa and you can stay there or have a tour at the cafeteria. This is also a great thing to check out nearby.
If you have already visited Goa, then I am pretty sure that you have already visited these famous places of the state. These places are like the nursery class with which the kids start their education. It is nearly impossible to visit Goa for the first time and not visit all these beautiful and major places of the state.
Make a note and have a tour of these places. They are mostly nearby to each other. And even if it takes time for you to travel to these places, the bike rides and the car rides would make it all worth it. Happy tripping and cheers to adventure.