Attractions in Goa
: Panaji, the charming capital of Goa welcomes you not with tourist sites, but with its allure.
It is not just the capital of Goa, but the travel hub of Goa, the first place you’ll touch when you land here. This city
will leave you enchanted with its beautiful red-roofed houses built in the Latin style, with well-laid gardens and avenues lined
with Gulmohar and Acassia trees. A must see here is the Laigo do Igreja (Church Square), an impressive dazzling white balustrade
stairway in front of the Church of the Immaculate Conception enhances the proportions of the baroque façade, which dominates
Situated 8 kms from Panaji, Old Goa is the spiritual heart of the territory. You need to look out for the
old Portuguese churches which stand testimony to the fine architecture and are landmarks in the history of Christianity. Also, you must
visit the Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery, which has the collection of sculptures covering the period before the arrival
of the Portuguese. There are portraits of Portuguese governors placed on the floor which will provide you an interesting study
in the evolution of court dresses.
& Chapora : Like Anjuna, the long coastline of the last beach in Bardez is divided into three geographical
parts with restaurants on the frontlines and the hotels in the rear. Big Vagator has the least number of shacks and has a large
single beach resort. Middle Vagator, now known as Tel Aviv Beach, and Chota Vagator are where the action is. If you are a party
animal, Disco Valley and Party Spot are the places you should be in on rave nights. Vagator is also a good option for those
who wish for sightseeing along with beach bumming. The northern tip of Vagator has the ruins of Chapora Fort Tower over the Chapora
River, jetty and beach. The views of the Pernem and Bardez coastlines from here are worth the hike to the top.
Anjuna: When you catch the sea peeping through the tops of palm trees below the cliff, walk down to the
Anjuna Beach. The long strip of this beach has been divided into North Anjuna, Middle Anjuna and South Anjuna, with the Laxminarayan
Temple marking more or less the center. The food shacks and the tattoo stalls are all along the waterfront. If it’s nightlife,
good dining and shopping you want on your weekend, make Anjuna your base. A not-to-be-missed phenomenon is the flea market which
has been prevalent since the 1960s. There are tattoo stalls, body - piercing stalls, hair - braiding stalls and
accessories and appurtenances you’ll need to feel like a true-blue hippie. Also, while you’re
here, don’t miss the silver jewellary, dyed fabrics and souvenir trinket stalls from all over India here The market is
situated between the rice paddies of Goenkar Vaddo and Dando Vaddo.
Baga : A small, but perfect beach located between two more famous beaches, Colva and Calangute;
a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the other beaches-this is Baga. A fishing beach with international tourists soaking the
sun and domestic visitors paddling, the Baga river flows down one side offering a pleasant diversion for children who love the
water. The sand here is neither gold nor white, but brown. You will catch a glimpse of nature's fury when you witness the waves
lashing almost dramatically against a cluster of black rocks on the far right bank.
Calangute : Fun in the sun, sand and sea along
with ample occasions for feasting of fresh seafood and feni is what a day at Calangute essentially means. Frolicking families,
eager hands making sand castles, colorful crowds surging into the sea are some of the images that characterize this Queen of
Beaches. This picture perfect tourist haven is completed with shacks and stalls under the shade of palm trees selling everything,
from fried prawns and beer to trinkets made of seashells.