6 reasons to visit Goa 2017

Let’s have a look at 6 places to visit in Goa 2017 and why!

places to visit in goa
6 Places to Visit in Goa

Goa is a great holiday destination that is known for its exotic beaches and wildlife. There are so many activities and places to visit in Goa. If you are still unsure about things to do in Goa, check out our collection of the best places to visit in Goa in 2017.

Top 6 places to visit in Goa 2017

The Beaches of Goa

goa beach

Tourism in Goa starts with visiting the beaches. The beaches in Southern Goa are less crowded than those in the North. Arossim Beach in South Goa and Utorda Beach are very highly recommended. You can have a great time with jet skis, parasailing adventure, scuba diving in the undersea and other water sports. Visiting the beach is best enjoyed when you stay in one of the resorts in North Goa.

Food and Spices

Indian Spice

The Spice Plantation in Ponda is the largest spice farm in the region and one of the biggest sources of Peri-Peri chili peppers. You can also enjoy an elephant shower as well as traditional Goan lunch while you are at the plantation. If you are a food lover, a visit to the Spice Plantations must feature in your plans.

Ancient History

panjim goa

The Old Goa comes alive in Panjim. The ancient churches, art galleries and museums are the reasons why Old Goa is often called ‘The Rome of the East.’ The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a well-known tourist destination. It bears the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Old Goa’s largest church, Sé de Santa Catarina is also one of the most popular tourist hotspots in Goa. Old Goa is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jungle Affairs

Emerald Dove
Emerald Dove can be seen in Mollem National Park

Goa is as famous for its wildlife as it is for its beaches. The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park are home to so many exotic animals such as the cloth bear and other rare animals. They are also home to more than 200 different types of birds like the Indian great black woodpecker, the emerald dove, and Kingfisher. You can visit the animal sanctuaries located in the Western Ghats every day from 8:30 am.

Flea Market at Anjuna

Anjuna flea market goa

The village of Anjuna has a famous Flea market that attracts large crowds every Wednesday. You can find local Indian crafts, trinkets, and ornaments here. Henna tattoo artists and hair braiders are available for beauty treatments. Visitors from October to May should not miss shopping at the Flea Market.

Lakes and Waterfalls

Mayem Lake Goa

The Mayem Lake is the most famous in Goa and is roughly 35kms away from Panaji city. The lake is close to a range of hills. It is a great spot for bird watchers and boat enthusiasts. The shaded park around the lake also has amazing picnic spots for a quiet day out. The Dudhsagar waterfalls mean “sea of milk” due to the white foam created by the water. The view from the Western Ghats hills is worth the climb.

Have a wonderful time traveling around India, and when visiting the coast, you’ll find many more places to visit in Goa than just these 6 here. Just stroll around and be amazed!

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