Forts In Goa

1. Aguada Fort

Sightseeing in Goa is incomplete without a visit to Fort Aguada, strategically situated at the estuary of the river Mandovi. On the north side of the fort, a rampart of red-brown laterite just into the bay to form a jetty between two small sandy coves. This picturesque spot is known as Sinquerim Beach.
Timings: 9:00 am – 6:30pm all days of the week
Built By: Portuguese
Built In: 1609-1612
Houses: The Central Jail and a 19th Century Lighthouse

2. Chapora Fort

Popular for its history, the Chapora Fort is one of the prime tourist attractions of Goa. In the recent years, it shot to prominence after the Bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai was shot here. Perched on a prominent position, one can get sweeping views of all directions from here.
What’s Special? Dil Chahta hai has been shot here! The fort offers picturesque views of Chapora river uniting with the waters of Arabian Sea.
Built By: Adil Shah of Bijapur
Nearby Attractions: Vagator Beach & Anjuna Beach

3. Terekhol Fort

Fort Terekhol situated on the Terekhol River, lies on the northern tip of Goa, on a hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea. In its courtyard is the century old church of St. Anthony. The remains of the fort have now been converted into a hotel. The fort overlooks Tiracol River and the sandy Keri beach offering captivating views.
Houses: The Chapel Of St. Anthony
Nearby Attractions: Arambol, Kerim Beach

4. Reis Mogos Fort

The construction of this fort was done by Alfonso de Noronha, the Portuguese Viceroy in the year 1551. The fort was reconstructed in the year 1707. This fort served as a pivotal site by becoming a defensive wall when the Portugese were in war with the Marathas in the year 1739. This fort is located at 7 kilometers from the Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand and lies on the banks of Mandovi.
Timings: 9:30 am – 5pm all days of the week
Built By:Alfonso de Noronha in 1551

Churches In Goa

5. Bom Jesus Basilica

One of the world famous tourist places in Goa is the Bom Jesus Basilica. Characterized by Baroque architecture and fine detailing, carved from basalt embellishments, it is one of the richest facades in Goa.
Timings: Monday to Saturday 09:00 am to 06:30 pm & Sunday 10:00 am to 06:30 pm
What’s Special?: The Basilica of Bom Jesus is most famous for holding the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is widely famous throughout the Roman Catholic world.

6. Se Cathedral

This church is known to be one of the largest Asian churches. A major tourist attraction in Old Goa, this cathedral is established facing the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Se Cathedral has even been recorded as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and that too for all the right reasons. This cathedral has been established as a tribute to St. Catherine and is considered to be the Archdiocese’s seat in Goa.
Timings: 7 Am – 6:30 Pm
Architect: Julião Simão

7. Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi

Goa has some of the most grand and elaborately designed churches of India. The Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi in Panjim is one among the oldest churches. A highlight of this place of worship is the statue of Mother Mary that has been installed right in front. The tower forms a striking backdrop to this statue. The church also preserves world’s 2nd largest bell.
Timings: 7 Am – 6:30 Pm
What’s Special? The Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi is one of the most famous churches as the World’s 2nd largest bell is preserved in the church.

8. Church Of St. Cajetan

Church Of St. Cajetan is a charming Roman Catholic church in Old Goa. It is also known as Church of Divine Providence. Completed in 1661, this building has been brought under the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Churches and Convents of Goa. The stunning white structure has large dome and inscriptions of Latin on its walls. Designed in the shape of a Greek cross, this architectural beauty is located close to the Mandovi River.
Timings: 7 Am – 6:30 Pm
What’s Special? The Church Of St. Cajetan is known for the Latin inscriptins on its walls.

Place to Eat & Enjoy

9. Anteras, Vagator

Antares is a place to be if you are looking for some serenity while overlooking the beach. Have a sun-kissed meal and wait till the sunset for an experience of its kind. You can pick anything from their authentic delicacies and you will not regret for the fact that their staff pours in immense creativity and dedication in each dish they serve.
Price for two: INR 2000
Location: Small Vagator Beach, Ozran, Vagator, Goa

Clubs/Partying In Goa

10. Tito’s Club

The biggest entertainment hub in Goa hosts a steady stream of high profile and celebrity DJ’s with a huge dance floor and is amongst the best tourist attractions in Goa. The club also features a variety of special acts, dance performances and has the most versatile bartenders with fire acts and crazy bar flaring acts of their own. The club within a few months of opening its doors has already received the Times Nightlife Award for the “Best Nightclub in Goa”.
Timings: 6 Pm – 3 Am
Location: Titos Ln, Near Baga Beach, Saunta Vaddo, Calangute, Goa

11. Mambo’s

It is one of the most happening tourist places in North Goa that has changed the clubbing scene in Goa. It club opens from 9pm onwards and is a chilled out zone to meet friends and catch up for a drink. With amazing in house DJs as well as renowned International DJ’s playing all sorts of music. Cafe Mambo also has special theme nights for retro music, trance night, and is sure to make you shake a leg.
Timings: 6 Pm – 4 Am
Location: Titos Lane, Baga Beach, Goa, 403516

12. Britto’s

De Baga Deck is a fine-dining Italian restaurant that serves some of the most scrumptious and tantalizing foods in Goa. Tasty cocktails, great music, pleasing ambience and magical cuisines are the highlights of De Baga Deck. The ambience is unique given the large French windows through which you can enjoy uninterrupted and spectacular views of the Arabian Sea. De Baga Deck open throughout the year. Specialize in seafood and multi-cuisines.
Timings: 8:30 Am – 12 Am
Location: House No.7, 171, Calangute – Baga Rd, Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Goa

Wild Life In Goa

13. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

Noted as Goa’s Second Largest Wildlife Reserve, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary may not be the place to see wild animals prowling but you get to see something different. Sloth Bears, Laughing Hyenas and Indian Bisons are a part of the community along with Monkeys and the Malabar Crested Eagle. Find yourself walking in the woods and enjoying the silence that descends on this sanctuary.
Distance: 60 Kms south of Panaji

14. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on western extreme of The Chorao Island is where mangrove forests are worth exploring with the presence of species like mudskipper and black drongo. Named after an Indian ornithologist, the sanctuary is a nice escape into wilderness.
Timings: 6 Am – 6 Pm
Location: Chorao Island, Ilhas, Ribandar, Goa

15. Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary

Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary is Goa’s most visited sanctuary and that is not without reason. Like other Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa, Mandovi-Zuari attends to a host of species. You can spot the from the rarest of species of Kandelia Candel to a wide range of Birds, Snakes, Jackals and Crocodiles.
Timings: 6 Am – 6 Pm
Location: Chorao Island, Ilhas, Ribandar, Goa

Shopping/Markets In Goa

16. Mapusa Market

Mapusa is one of the many famous shopping destinations in Goa. Just outside Mapusa Municipal Market, you will find an array of stalls enticing you with local goods got by farmers and small entrepreneurs across the state You can shop for several artifacts, clothes, accessories, souvenirs and much more at the market.
Timings: 6 Am – 8 Pm
Location: Mapusa Market Area, Panaji, Goa

17. Saturday Night Market

This sprawling market is located in Arpora. One can find everything in this market – right from spices to jewellery, unique creations, international designers, vintage items and much more. Apart from that, it hosts live concerts. A lot of hippies frequent this market and sell goodies too. The Saturday night market has featured in Bollywood films too! It is one of the best liveliest getaways for sightseeing in Goa.
Location: Arpora, Goa

18. Anjuna Flea Market

Apart from the famous Curlies, Anjuna flea market is amongst the most popular tourist places in Goa. The flea market is open only on Wednesdays and offers many things, right from fruits to clothes and accessories to electronic devices. It’s a favourite hangout among hippies and backpackers. While you can find really unique items at this market, give your best shot at bargaining, ‘coz you can avail some great deals!
Timings: October to March: 08:00 am – 12:00 am & 12:00 am – 01:00 am

Beaches In Goa

19. Butterfly Beach

This beautiful Butterfly beach situated towards the north of the Palolem beach. It is very suitable for those seeking peace and isolation and is one of the quietest and unexplored beaches in Goa. The Butterfly beach is surrounded by a lot of rocks. One can enjoy the thrilling ride by the paddle boat towards the beach and also see some dolphins on the way.
What's Special? The Butterfly beach is known for its clean water and a lot of tourists visit it to spot Dolphins

20. Calangute Beach

Calangute beach in Goa is also known as the Queen of beaches. Bringing hordes of European tourist calangute beach is the haven for hippies. You can also have you full of adventure with parasailing, water-skiing, wind-surfing and dolphin trips. It is one of the best places to visit in Goa in 2 days, especially if you’re travelling with friends, alone or with your partner.
What’s Special? With a mind-blowing nightlife, bustling flea markets and generous contributions of history, you can let your spirits scale high on the sky of experience.
Best time to visit: November to February