Listing down the different attractions of Goa tourism is a tough task indeed for the simple reason that there are so many of them. Whether it’s the plethora of natural wonders such as pristine sun-drenched beaches, emerald acres and acres of rice and spice plantations, deep green woodlands, and beautiful cascading waterfalls or spectacular old churches, forts, and other manmade structures, you will be spoilt for choice when you visit Goa. Not to mention, the destination’s electrifying nightlife, legendary seafood, satiating shopping haunts, and sightseeing attractions. In short, it’s not just about the beaches in Goa! Here’s a more detailed insight.
The Baga and Calangute beaches are the most well-known of beaches in Goa. To the uninitiated, these two beaches appear to be one and the same beach owing to their geographical proximity. These two are also the best beaches for people watching as the biggest crowds sweep down here whenever it’s holiday time. By way of food, you can gorge away to your heart’s content at the numerous beach shacks here or simply flop down with a can of beer on one of the sun lounges. The more adventurous ones may get their fix of adrenalin by trying out water sports. Goa tourism owes a lion’s share of its popularity to these two beaches.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Churches have long remained part and parcel of Goa tourism and the Basilica of Bom Jesus is definitely no exception. The main claim to fame of this place is a silver casket, which serves as home to the mortal remains of the renowned St Francis Xavier. The story of the saint’s life is reflected through the many paintings adorning the walls of the church. Overall, the church is pretty simplistic except for the floor inlaid with precious stones and elaborately gilded altars. It remains one of the most famous Churches in Goa.
Anjuna Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Goa. It used to be a Hippie hotspot in the 1960s and 70s and used to be known for the rave party scene until a few years back before the police cracked down upon it. The famous ‘Curlies’ disco is also situated. Besides, at the end of the beach, there are still some shacks, where the term ‘dusk to dawn nightlife’ comes to life. The beach is known for the legendary Wednesday Flea Market as well. This market too has Hippie origins as it was a place, where Hippies gathered to exchange their goods by way of barter system.
Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Named after the famed ornithologist, this is one of the most endearing aspects of Goa tourism for the ones fond of bird watching or simply with an appreciation of nature. Spread out over an immense area on the River Mandovi, it is an island haven for winged denizens. The sanctuary is accessible by way of ferry. The exhilarating beauty of sight of watching countless flocks of colourful birds covering the sky like a cloud can’t be put into words. The island can even be compared to some of the quieter of the beaches in Goa in terms of beauty and serenity.