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Goa, India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population, has always been a preferred destination for Indian and foreign tourists. It’s long history as a Portuguese Colony and it’s preserved churches makes it more appealing to explore this beautiful and adventurous state. Therefore, if you are planning for Goa this vacation, read this useful blog for some good travel tips and ideas.
Routes to Reach GOA
Goa International Airport, a Naval airfield, is located at Dabolim which is nearby to Vasco Da Gama. This airport caters to both international and domestic flight services.
Goa has two major railway stations – Margao and Vasco da Gama, and they both are located in the southern part of the state. If you are travelling from Southern Central railways, your stop should be at Vasco-da Gama, whereas the Konkan Railway terminus is Margao.
Once you reach your hotel/holiday home, it is best to hire any two-wheeler on a per day basis to explore Goa’s inside. The two-wheeler comes in a pocket-friendly rate whereas Four-wheelers are bit costly.
Places to Visit in Goa
1. Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Dudhsagar Waterfalls is India’s tallest waterfalls with the height of 1017 feet with an average width of 100 feet. The sight of this waterfall is like a beholding of a breath. This waterfall creates an illusion of a sea of milk falling from the top. It is located on the Mandovi River, in the border of Goa and Karnataka state border. You can also travel by road via Panjim. It is 60km far from this city. However, the Dudhsagar waterfalls are good to visit during Monsoons as the falls are more prominent. The waterfall comes in the jurisdiction of the Goa Forest Department. A jeep can be hired at Rs 1200 which can carry 6 people at a time to explore this natural beauty.
Entry Fee: Yes.
Photography Charges: Yes.
2. Fort Aguada
Fort Aguada and its Lighthouse are located on Sinquerim Beach overlooking the Arabian Sea. It is a 17th-century Portuguese fort. This Fort was been built by the then Portuguese rulers to provide fresh water supply to the ships passing by through the Arabian Sea. This fort gives a beautiful view to the sea with fresh breezing air. The fort opens at 8.00am and closes down at 5.30 pm.
Entry Fee: No
Photography Fee: No.
3. Calangute Beach
Calangute Beach is one of the famous beaches in North Goa. It is big and popular with water sports activities. However, these water sports activities are closed during Fridays and if there is any meteorological alert.
From the airport to this beach, it is 39.5km and takes about 2.5hrs to travel. You can reach this destination either via taxi or by bus, which operates in a particular time interval.
Please note, this is not a KIDS-FRIENDLY PLACE as the tides are too high at this beach, therefore, you have to give an utmost attention while enjoying with kids in this beach area.
You will find many shops for purchasing western outfits, slippers, hats and beachwear. In addition, if you are lover of a Tattoo, your love will find its place here. There are several shops for tattoos as well.
Entry Fee: No
Photography Fee: No.
4. Se Cathedral Church
The Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim army in 1510. It is located in Old Goa. This beautiful church has got a large bell which is also known as ‘Golden Bell’ ad it is said to be the largest in Goa and the best in the world. Se Cathedral is 250 feet tall and 181 feet wide. The architectural style is magnificent. The mixture of Portuguese and Gothic styles can be seen in terms of its architecture.
Visitors and tourist are requested to dress appropriately to maintain the atmosphere of reverence and respect.
(a) Panjim to Se Cathedral – 12.2 km – 25 minutes.
(b) Calangute to Se Cathedral – 23.2 km – 50 minutes.
(c) Goa International airport – 26 km – 1 hour.
Entry Fee: No.
Photography Fee: Prohibited Inside.
Goa is a state of beaches and churches. From the month of October until January, it is a peak season for Goa to accommodate its worldwide tourists. Goa is famous for its nightlife, and for its beaches. So, if you are looking for some good short weekend break from your hustle-bustle life then this is a perfect destination for you. A bit expensive yet loving and relaxing Goa is a must-go destination at least once in a lifetime.
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