Goa Sightseeing

Goa has a number of sightseeing options due to which it has forever been India's one of the most popular holiday destinations. Be it the churches, beaches, Goa carnival or spice plantations; all attract a huge number of tourists year after year to Goa.

Beaches of Goa

Goa has the ideal combination of the sun, sand, sea and surf. The long coastline (125 Km) with its beaches is the perfect place for relaxing, lazing around and enjoying water sports. There are in all 40 lovely beaches and most of them are pollution free. The most developed beach segment is the Calangute - Baga - Anjuna belt which lies in the Bardesh subdivision of north Panaji. You can even relish the exotic sea food of Goa available in one of the beachside restaurants, engaged in shopping or have a midnight bonfire on one of the beaches in Goa.

Churches

Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for several years. During this period the prime occupation in Goa was church building. You can still find that old world charm in these churches which are the living testimony of the rich historical past of the state. Even today the churches of Goa have a much important role to be played in the social life of the locals of Goa. Few of the popular churches that need a mention here are the Church of Our Lady of Rosary, the Rachol Seminary, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Goa Spice Plantations

There is more to Goa than just beaches, churches, nightlife and casinos. One of the major attractions in rural Goa is its spice plantation. Situated in central Goa (Ponda), these spice plantations are cultivated using organic methods of farming. Well known spice plantations of Goa include Sahakari Spice Farm, Abyss Spice Farm and Savoi Spice Plantation. Apart from spices many tropical fruits like Custard apples, Papaya, Bananas, Pineapples and Citrus fruits are also grown in Goa.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Near the Goa-Karnataka border, in the Sanguem district, lie the Dudhsagar waterfalls of Goa. This waterfall has been named as Dudhsagar as it has a milky white appearance. It falls down from a staggering height of 2000 feet and is surrounded by lush green forests of Western Ghats which makes this region even more beautiful and scenic. Interestingly it has been ranked as the fifth highest waterfall in India and it also figures in the list of top 100 highest waterfalls of the world.

Goa Forts

The forts of Goa are a must visit as they are a living testimony to its rich historical legacy. Though most of the forts in Goa are almost in ruins, some of them like Cabo De Rama Fort, Chapora Fort, Terekhol Fort and Aguada Fort are still worth visiting since they have been preserved well by the government of India.

Goa Wildlife

You can even explore the wild side of Goa. There are four wildlife sanctuaries in this state, namely Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary that provide an ideal escape from the bustling city life. If you have a penchant for forests, you must definitely visit one of these sanctuaries even though these national parks are not as extensive as the others in the country.

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