Goa Tourist Spots

Spectacular sun set, relaxing sea beaches, endless natural beauty and super-posh shopping malls shape the coastal state of Goa, in the western part of India. Once a Portuguese colony, Goa, still bears the distinct flavor of Portuguese culture, cuisine and sophistication.

A summer trip is not very enjoyable here as the temperature often reaches 33 degree Celsius and a hot and humid climate get in the way off a proper care free vacation. Also the monsoon rain starts in the month of June and stays till September. The winter season lasts from November to February. If you are willing to forego some beach facilities you could try a trip in the October or March. Of course in off seasons you will get some sweet hotel deals, but it is also true you need to get an air conditioned room; on the other hand you don’t need an ac room in the winters.

The place is filled with hotels, motels, guest houses and resorts. There are places costing less than $10 per night, though these places are not very good. A decent place costs at least $25-$30 per night.

Goa gives a very wide array of options in almost every aspect, from what to do to what to eat; from where to stay to where to visit. Sometimes the number of options become too overwhelming. The popular areas to live in Goa are Baga, Calangute and Candolim. These places get too busy and crowed in the peak season. You can also try Anjuna. All these places have nice hotels, great restaurants and splendid nightlife.

Even the transportation in Goa gives you a number of choices as well. There are inexpensive public bus and train. Also there are auto rickshaws, taxies, rental cars and motorcycles available to hire. If you decide to use rental car or motorcycle remember to keep all the necessary papers with you. Indian police are quite infamous for taking bribes from foreigners and harassing them. Transports are not costly, though the state doesn’t have proper signs and markings in the streets and some popular attractions don’t even appear on the map.

Goa has some very famous dishes to offer. The sate presents its visitors with a lot of famous cuisine with distinct Indian and Portuguese flavor. Don’t forget to try AmbotTik Sour and Spicy, Crab XecXecA Curry and Chicken Cafreal Hot & Spicy Chicken. Goa is famous for its sea foods and various fish curries. A budget meal three times a day costs less than $10.

Tourist spots of Goa

1

Basilica Of Bom Jesus

Located in the old Goa, this world famous ancient Catholic Church contains the remains of St Francis Xavier, well known Apostle of the Indies. Every two year his ‘incorrupted’ body is put to display which is widely required as a miracle. This place is little bit far from Calangute or Candolim, a little more than 20 Km. If you are getting into an auto rickshaw don’t forget to negotiate, or you can use taxi. They use meters. Opening hours are from 7.30 Am to 6.30 Pm.
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2

Goa Chiitra

This famous museum has the largest collection of ethnographic relics. When you are traveling Goa you need to remember that this is a state and the whole place huge and one place is really far from another, and there some traffic jam troubles in many areas. This museum is in Benaulim, very far from Calangute area, around 40 Km. Opening hours are from 9 Am to 6 Pm.
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3

Dudhsagar Falls

This magnificent water fall is located at the southern part of the state. This is one of those rare four tire waterfalls. The best time to enjoy its beauty is in October. In winter you will not be able to see it in the best possible form. The place is around 50 Km away from Goa Chitra Museum.
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Mandrem Beach

Located in the North of Goa, this is a calm and quiet place and known as one of the most beautiful sea beaches in South Asia. Mandrem is particularly preferred by the newly married couples. There is also some restaurants around to get some good eats. It is an hour drive from Candolim.
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5

Menezes Braganza Pereira House

If you crave for bygone history then this is a place, where you will be able to find a strong flavor of Portuguese history. Built in 17th century, by Braganza family, this is one of the largest mansions in South Asia. This a 20 min driving from Candolim.
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