The tantalizing city-state of Goa is a tourists’ magnet. The top places to visit in Goa include the charming Old Goa, the seducing white sandy beaches with the lustrous blue waters, famous historical churches, and many more. This little haven is known for its glamorous nightlife that begins at dusk only to end at early morning hours of the next day. It is also famed for its cruises that takes the tourists along the city’s rivers and offers a mesmerizing romantic ambience for couples. The most famed cruise is the Mandovi River cruise that offers three different cruise rides for different hours of a day. It includes the daytime cruise, sunset cruise, and moonlit cruise.
If you want to spend the night alone with your partner, then a sunset cruise would be an idyllic option for you. The impressive sunset cruise runs daily from Panaji jetty. Nothing else spells romantic than holding your partner under the star-studded sky and moonlit night on a breezing cruise. Get a chance to dance with your partner amidst the calm waters of the Mandovi River, while being entertained by live music that is played by the musicians on the cruise. Indulge in the delicious flavors of mocktails and cocktails, and curb your hunger with spreads of lip-smacking Goan delicacies. Cruising along the Mandovi River at sunset has been a favorite past time for honeymooners. Folk dances are also organized on occasions on the cruise for the entertainment of guests. The little haven of Goa sparkles under the moonlit sky, and to be able to see such a view from a distance is simply overwhelming.
A little guidance from the Goa tourism guide will enable you to explore the best of Goa with little wastage of time and money. So, the next time you visit Goa, make sure that enjoy a romantic sunset cruise on the picturesque Mandovi River.
Old Goa brings before you the vintage India with its huge congregation of churches, cathedrals and chapels. In fact, you are going to get an inescapable overdose of churches at this heritage corner. At the same time, the serenity and quiet at this town can be beautiful and creepy at the same time.
Here are some famous attractions of Old Goa:
i. Basilica of Bom Jesus: Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest and most pious churches in India. The prophetic St. Francis Xavier rests at this place which therefore receives huge number of footfalls from both pilgrims and tourists. Besides the spiritual beauty, one also derives joy from the nostalgia-evoking architectural style of the church.
ii. Se Cathedral: Se Cathedral is one of the most popular places to visit in Goa because of its vastness and sheer beauty. With 14 altars, it is Asia’s most humongous cathedral. Stepping inside this church is akin to stepping inside the gothic age of history and wonderment!
iii. Chapel of St. Cajetan: This chapel magnificently reflects the Portugal architectural style. The chapel was built around the early 16th century and revolves around some intriguing religious tales. The feeling one gets while entering its premise is quite unworldly.
iv. Museum of Christian Art: This museum will give you a much-needed break from the endless church trail, and also fill you up with interesting trivia about some traditional arts.
v. Church of Lady of Rosary: After a tryst with a visually impressive museum, you can get back to church-hopping and check out the famous Church of Lady of Rosary, another incredible structure of nostalgia, religion and serenity.
Other than these, other famous places to visit in Goa include names like Church of St. Augustine, Pilar Seminary Museum and Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery.
The beaches of Goa may have stolen the limelight, but this state is also a reserve of some top-class wildlife parks. If you are a wildlife lover, then here are some recommended corners for you:
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: This park is counted amongst the best places to visit in Goa. The collection of animals is bound to please your eyes. There are the innocuous deer (varieties include spotted deer, barking, mouse deer) and the not-so-innocuous panthers & leopards. Tigers do not socialize much with tourists, but if you are lucky, you may just run into one. But they like to stay at a safe distance. So, do not go cuddling them! The place is also home to several happily slithering snakes especially the cobra. So, if you are lucky, then you may find one running up over your trousers.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: Bondla is very small (just 8 sq km) but immensely popular sanctuary. Families love to spend a day in this corner surrounded by a stimulating collection of animals, ranging from boars to porcupines to leopards to deer. Elephants are friendly and you can enjoy rides on them. There are many scintillating and sexy birds as well. But you must not ruffle their feathers.
Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary: Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary is also one of the most recommended places to visit in Goa. Birds, bees, snakes and cats- what more could you ask from life! Butterflies hover around everywhere! And there are some snakes which will surely give you an orgasmic rush. They may appear friendly from a distance, but never try to send them Facebook requests! And in case, you annoy them by stepping into their territories, make sure to hiss and make up!