Discover the ultimate blend of sun-soaked beaches, electrifying nightlife, and captivating cultural sites – experience the best places to visit in Goa, an enchanting coastal paradise that promises unforgettable memories.

1. Baga, Goa

places to visit in Goa

Goa’s most popular beach, known for its pulsating beach parties and nightlife is the perfect place to enjoy water sports, sunbathing and dancing with a lively crowd. Fast food restaurants serve their dishes in a short time on this beach filled with people. One of the top places to visit in Goa, Baga Beach boasts a lively atmosphere and a variety of water sports for travellers to enjoy.

  • Location : North Goa
  • Top Activities : Parasailing and dolphin cruises

2. Calangute, Goa

places to visit in Goa

Known as the Queen of Beaches in Goa, Calangute’s draw is its golden sand and the whimsical rise and fall of waves. Bejeweled with sun loungers, popular restaurants, clubs and shacks, the beach is a traveler’s delight.

  • Location : North Goa
  • Top Activities : Water skiing and banana rides

3. Candolim, Goa

Candolim, Goa

The picturesque beauty and serene atmosphere make Candolim a unique destination and perfect destination for beach holidays. The scrub-covered sand dunes are one of the main attractions of this beach.

  • Location : North Goa
  • Top Activities : Kite surfing and paragliding

4. Sinquerim, Goa

Sinquerim, Goa

With views of a historic fort, the captivating Sinquerim beach is an ideal place to spend some time alone or with your family. It offers views of swaying palm trees and has lots of peaceful activities such as swimming, surfing and sun bathing.

  • Location : North Goa
  • Top Activities : Crocodile spotting, skiing and paragliding

5. Vagator, Goa

Vagator, Goa

A laid-back feel mixes with the rave culture, creating an atmosphere filled with sunsets and palm trees. The island is split into two beaches – Big Vagator and Small Vagator – but is popular for its dramatic red cliffs.

  • Location : North Goa
  • Top Activities : Scuba diving, kayaking and jet ski ride 

6. Anjuna, Goa

Anjuna, Goa

Anjuna is a 30 kilometre long beach on the west coast of India that features unusual rock formations and towering palm trees. There are lots of clubs, pubs and underground markets in Goa to enjoy at night during the Indian summer season. The famous Anjuna Flea Market is among the most popular places to visit in Goa, offering an array of unique crafts, clothing, and local goods.

  • Location : North Goa
  • Top Activities : Bumping rides, water scooter, trance parties and flea market shopping

7. Palolem, Goa

Palolem, Goa

Goa’s Palolem beach has an array of spectacular views, white sand and is prized for its authenticity. It offers water sport activities as well as a chance to sample authentic Goan cuisine. From the Tibetan market shops lining the beach, you’ll find some retail therapy in the bargain.

  • Location : South Goa
  • Top Activities : Swimming, attend a yoga class, dolphin spotting and party at a silent disco

8. Arambol, Goa

Arambol, Goa

Goa has some of the most beautiful beaches and the Bohemian vibe, along with the availability of budget accommodations, makes Arambol one of the top places to visit there.

  • Location : North Goa
  • Top Activities : Attend a night party, yoga and meditation session, paragliding, kite surfing and sunbathing

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9. Agonda, Goa

Agonda, Goa

A hidden gem, Agonda is an unspoiled scenic beach in the southern region of Goa. The beach is great for swimming, sunbathing or simply lazing about. It’s less crowded than the more popular beaches on offer in Goa.

  • Location : South Goa
  • Top Activities : Swimming and beach walking 

10. Morjim, Goa

Morjim, Goa

Although Morjim beach is in Goa, it is popular for sea turtles and birds. The beach is well maintained, but visibility can be an issue. Morjim beach is a great place to visit.

  • Location : North Goa
  • Top Activities : Scuba diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, boating and swimming

11. Butterfly, Goa

Butterfly, Goa

Goa’s Blue Butterfly beach is one of the most beautiful beaches that is less exploited. With its variety of butterfly species, Butterfly beach is not accessible by any roadways, only by boats.

  • Location : South Goa
  • Top Activities : Canoeing, boat riding, snorkelling and kayaking

12. Colva, Goa

Colva, Goa

Colva Beach is a serene beach with many tall coconut trees. The boats floating in the water give this beach a unique feeling of being far away from it all.

  • Location : South Goa
  • Top Activities : Candle-light dinners, swimming, parasailing, banana boat ride and water scooter 

13. Basilica of Bom Jesus, North Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus, North Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus is a church built in the 16th century and one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal. It is a fabulous example of Baroque Architecture and houses the mummy of Saint Francis Xavier.

  • Location : Old Goa

14. Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, North Goa

Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, North Goa

Se Cathedral has a magnificent architecture and is among the largest churches in Goa. At 250 feet, Se Cathedral is home to the largest bell in Goa, known as the Golden Bell.

  • Location : Velha Goa or Old Goa

15. Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, North Goa

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, North Goa

Attractively gilded altars and ornate interiors adorn the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi. It has a unique blend of Baroque, Corinthian and Tuscan architectural styles to provide you with panoramic views of its history. Carved woodwork wraps around the church building as well.

  • Location : Velha Goa or Old Goa

16. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, North Goa

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, North Goa

This church is a treasure among the many churches of Goa. It features elegant architecture with a beautiful double flight of symmetrical stairs. It has an ancient bell with the second largest bell in Goa, and keeps sacred to this day.

  • Location : Panjim

17. Church of Saint Cajetan, North Goa

Church of Saint Cajetan, North Goa

This church is inspired by the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome and is built in the shape of a Greek cross. It features exquisite Corinthian architectural style, which is abundant in this part of Europe.

  • Location : Velha Goa or Old Goa

18. Chapel of Saint Catherine, North Goa

Chapel of Saint Catherine, North Goa

Building a simple style, the Church of Santa Maria de Belém has been on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites since 1983. It was created to commemorate Afonso de Albuquerque’s victory in India and is believed to be the first Christian church constructed in Asia.

  • Location : Taleigao

19. Mae De Deus Church, Goa

Mae De Deus Church, Goa

One of the best-known churches in North Goa, it is the only Gothic style building here. Its magnificent spires/columns will take your breath away with their medieval charm and sense of grandeur. The elaborately carved inside boasts a gilded altar.

  • Location : Saligao

20. Santa Cruz Church, Goa

Santa Cruz Church, Goa

Santa Cruz Church is a Neo-Roman structure built in the 16th century. It was also known as Holy Cross Church until its 18th-century makeover.

  • Location : Santa Cruz, Panjim

21. Church of Our Lady of the Mount, Goa

Church of Our Lady of the Mount, Goa

The Church of Our Lady of the Mount, on Monte Hill, is an elegant structure with a variety of marvelous design features. It’s a beautiful structure that commands popularity because it is well known for its impressive architecture in addition to its spectacular position where you can see fantastic views from it.

  • Location : Old Goa

22. Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca, Goa

Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca, Goa

Located at the confluence of the Mapusa and Mandovi rivers, church of Lady of Penha de Franca is a visual treat. High vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, and brilliant architecture make this church one-of-its-kind in Goa.

  • Location : Panjim

23. Fort Aguada, North Goa

Fort Aguada, North Goa

With a breath-taking landscape, Fort Aguada is one of the most beautiful forts in Goa. Built in 1612, it offers sweeping views of the Arabian Sea and is home to an ancient four-story Portuguese lighthouse and prison cells. Standing as a testament to Goa’s history, Aguada Fort is one of the key places to visit, offering stunning views of the ocean and surroundings.

  • Location : Candolim 
  • Timings : 9:30 am to 6 pm

24. Chapora Fort, North Goa

Chapora Fort, North Goa

With an expansive sightseeing beach, the Vagator fort is a popular attraction in Goa. The fort has been featured in Dil Chahta Hai and has become very popular among visitors in the state.

  • Location : Bardez
  • Timings : 10 am to 5:30 pm

25. Reis Magos Fort, North Goa

Reis Magos Fort, North Goa

Reis Magos, located in Goa, encompasses a long history and is attractive for the locals due to its interesting past. The fort was once a residence for eminent dignitaries and later served as a prison.

  • Location : Bardez
  • Timings : 9:30 am – 5 pm

26. Tiracol Fort, North Goa

Tiracol Fort, North Goa

Located at the top of a hill and offering spectacular views of the local area, Tiracol Fort is one of the oldest monuments in Dalat. There is also a church inside, which is not always open to the general public.

  • Location : Tiracol
  • Timings : 9 am – 7 pm

27. Cabo de Rama Fort, North Goa

Cabo de Rama Fort, North Goa

Cabo de Rama is known as one of the oldest fortresses in Goa. The location of the fortress is believed to be where Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and their fourteen years of exile from Ayodhya took place.

  • Location : Canacona
  • Timings : 9 am – 5:30 pm

28. Corjuem Fort, North Goa

Corjuem Fort, North Goa

One of the only two remaining inland forts of Goa, Corjuem Fort is quite popular among tourists and locals who love to visit the fort and get a glimpse of the beautiful view it affords of the river beyond it.

  • Location : Corjuem
  • Timings : 6 am – 7 pm

29. Mangeshi Temple, Goa

Mangeshi Temple, Goa

Dedicated to Lord Mangesh, an avatar of Lord Shiva, this temple is one of the largest, oldest, and most visited temples in Goa. The lamp tower at the entrance is more than seven stories high and a visual delight when lit up with oil lamps on festive nights.

  • Location : Mangeshi Village, Priol

30. Shanta Durga Temple, Goa

Shanta Durga Temple, Goa

Shanta Durga Temple in Goa features a unique design, with arched Roman windows and a Pyramidical Shikara. The goddess is the presiding deity at this temple, worshiped as a mediator between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

  • Location : Kavalem Village, Ponda

31. Maruti Temple, Goa

Maruti Temple, Goa

If you are in Goa and find yourself on a Tuesday, be sure to visit Maruti Temple – the only place dedicated in honor of Lord Hanuman. You will see an incredible rush of people who come to offer their prayers, and make offerings as well.

  • Location : Altinho, Panjim

32. Saptakoteshwar Temple, Goa

Saptakoteshwar Temple, Goa

One of the six major temples devoted to Lord Shiva in southern India, Saptakoteshwar Temple is beautiful in its architectural design. The temple was constructed using European influenced materials. As a result, only a ferry service from the island of Divar can get you to take a boat ride there.

  • Location : Narve, Bicholim

33. Mahalasa Narayani Temple, Goa

Mahalasa Narayani Temple, Goa

This temple is one of the rare shrines in India where Lord Vishnu is worshiped as Mahalasa or Mohini, the deity’s female form. The temple possesses a 12.5-meter high brass lamp which is considered to be one of the highest lamps in the world.

  • Location : Mardol, Ponda

34. Brahma Temple, Goa

Brahma Temple, Goa

You won’t run into a Brahma temple every day. So, you should consider including one on your Goa itinerary. The Kadamba sculptural relief of Brahma which was installed here is made up of finely carved squares of sandstone, and is an ancient part of the complex.

  • Location : Valpoi, Satari

35. Archaeological Museum, North Goa

Archaeological Museum, North Goa

The Museum of Goa is located in the medieval past of the Indian state. It allows guests to explore ancient maps, Persian and Arab inscriptions, bronze statues and lots more to keep them thoroughly engaged.

  • Location : Old Goa
  • Timings : 10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Friday)
  • Entry Fees : INR 10

36. Museum of Christian Art, North Goa

Museum of Christian Art, North Goa

The museum is the only one in Asia that displays artifacts related to the emergence of Christianity in Goa. There are a number of notable items, including sculptures, paintings, textiles, and furniture.

  • Location : Old Goa
  • Timings : 10 am – 5 pm
  • Entry Fees : INR 5

37. Wax World Museum, North Goa

Wax World Museum, North Goa

One of India’s most anticipated attractions, people flock to the Wax World Museum in Goa! You can expect to find more than 30 realistic wax figures of Indian celebrities and personalities from the pages of history.

  • Location : Old Goa
  • Timings : 09:30 am – 06:30 pm
  • Entry Fees : INR 150

38. Ancestral Goa Museum, North Goa

Ancestral Goa Museum, North Goa

Want to learn about the ancient Goan way of life? The Ancestral Goa Museum or Big Foot Museum will show you what life was like “back in the day”. This open air museum features life-size sculptures that captures the culture, lifestyle and home of Goans from centuries ago. Miniature models of traditional homes and wealth distilled feni are some of this museums highlights.

  • Location : Loutolim
  • Timings : 9 am – 6 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Entry Fees : INR 50

39. Indian Naval Aviation Museum, South Goa

Indian Naval Aviation Museum, South Goa

The Naval museum is perfect for visitors who like to look at historical exhibits about the Navy’s development, from planes, helicopters, aircraft engines and military weapons to vintage uniforms of the past and old photo provided by the museum. The museum houses gigantic replicas of INS Vikram and INS Viraat.

  • Location : Bogmalo, Vasco da Gama
  • Timings : 10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Entry Fees : INR 20

40. Houses of Goa, North Goa

Houses of Goa, North Goa

The architecture of this museum, designed by renowned architect Gerald da Cunha, is reminiscent of a ship-like shape. The exhibits in the museum are related to Goan architectural history and can be seen through the interior of the museum.

  • Location : Bardez
  • Timings : 10 am – 7:30 pm (Closed on Monday)
  • Entry Fees : INR 25

41. Dudhsagar Waterfalls, South Goa

Dudhsagar Waterfalls, South Goa

India’s most beautiful waterfall is a four-tiered waterfall that is striking for its milky white waters, which flow amidst the lush greenery. The cascade of water pouring down the cliffs provides a striking contrast with the lush green forest seen throughout. A natural wonder and one of the most breath-taking places to visit in Goa, Dudhsagar Waterfalls cascade down in a stunning display of beauty.

  • Location : Goa-Karnataka Border 

42. Hivre Waterfalls, South Goa

Hivre Waterfalls, South Goa

This stunning waterfall at Hivre on a beautiful creek near La Garita is one of the most popular waterfalls in the region. The location and accessibility have made the waterfall successful for both locals and tourists alike.

  • Location : Valpoi

43. Tambadi Surla Waterfalls, South Goa

Tambadi Surla Waterfalls, South Goa

The Tambdi Surla is a difficult destination to find, but when found it is surrounded by a dense jungle and a waterfall of breath-taking beauty. The waterfall stands alone and needs a trek through the Bhagwaan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in order to reach it.

  • Location : Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

44. Arvalem Waterfalls, South Goa

Arvalem Waterfalls, South Goa

This waterfall is often referred to as the Arvalem or Harvalem, and you will enjoy spending your time by its refreshing cascades. If you are looking for a picnic spot with your friends, this area around the waterfall is an ideal choice.

  • Location : Sanquelim

45. Kuskem Waterfalls, South Goa

Kuskem Waterfalls, South Goa

In the monsoons or after the monsoons, Kuskem Waterfalls is an amazing sight to behold when it rushes down gleefully from a lofty mountain.

  • Location : Canacona District

46. Charavne Waterfalls, South Goa

Charavne Waterfalls, South Goa

Your trek to the waterfall, about 2 miles uphill from the village of Charavne will be worth it after you reach your destination. As you can see, once you arrive you will marvel at the sight of nature complete with a majestic waterfall on tap.

Location : Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary

47. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, North Goa

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, North Goa

The Reserve has a variety of wild animals such as the Leopard Cat, pangolin and 7 species of primates. All you have to do is stay in one of their cottages and be captivated by the wildlife that is found in the Sanctuary.

  • Location : Ponda
  • Timings : 9 am – 5 pm (open all days except Monday)
  • Entry Fee : INR 5

48. Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, South Goa

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, South Goa

If you are interested in an exciting safari experience through the deep jungles of Molem National Park, then it’s a must-do on your list. You can also explore the forest and discover all of the unique wildlife species found here.

  • Location : Sanguem Taluk
  • Timings : 8 am – 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 20

49. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, North Goa

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, North Goa

Even though it is now a global hotspot for biodiversity, the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in India boasted of its most popular feature: Royal Bengal Tigers. It is considered to be one of the best places to watch birds as well.

  • Location : Valpoi
  • Timings : 8 am – 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : NA

50. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, South Goa

Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, South Goa

Visiting the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary you’ll explore a variety of flora and fauna in addition to experiencing butterflies and birds. The enchanting place is also home for several species of these two types of creatures.

  • Location : Sanguem Taluk
  • Timings : 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 20

51. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, South Goa

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, South Goa

One of the main attractions of the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is that it features a visitor’s observation deck in the midst of the foliage. From this vantage point, visitors can see the animals close up.

  • Location : Canacona Taluk 
  • Timings : 7 am – 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 5

52. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, South Goa

Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, South Goa

In Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on the River Mandovi, you can see a variety of birds. You can see western reef herons, striated heron, and flying foxes in addition to crocodiles and jackals.

  • Location : Chorao Island
  • Timings : 6 am – 6 pm
  • Entry Fee : INR 10
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