Best Places to Visit in North Goa
North Goa has lot of places to offer you, to explore, we list here a few with a brief details
Aguada Beach in North Goa is a popular tourist attraction. Catching the eyes of the beach lovers, the beach’s highlight is the fort that stands on a cliff that faces the Aguada beach. Pristine and calm, Aguada beach is perfect to enjoy evening strolls and witness the sun setting down. One can enjoy variety of watersports here along with hanging out in cafés, getting a massage and shopping for a range of items. Aguada resort that is perched over the cliff is a popular hotel complex and has kept a partial portion of the beach for its guests. An ideal way to enjoy and explore the beach and the rich history of the fort here would be to check yourself in the Aguada resort.
Sheltered by a rocky foreland and tucked at 10 km of distance from Mapusa, Baga Beach in Goa is a lovely retreat house and paradise for nature buffs. It's a long sandy beach packed with lively shacks, resorts and fishing boats. Being quieter and isolated, it stands among high hills and deep blue Arabian Sea. Wandering all around and relishing several souvenir shops to the best party's center of the city, the captivating beach offers a wonderful retreat with a wind of vibrating energy. Whether it's the endless drink & food or the water sports, this beach is full of life and one can enjoy every bit of second, being in the lap of nature. Baga usually figures high on tourist routes due to its exciting nightlife, flea market, eateries and watering holes. Popular for its shack life, many food and drink joints are provided by St. Anthony's for delicious seafood and the well-known Cafe Mambo and Tito's Bar for the night-time revel.
Calangute is the contiguous beach of Baga, for the record not even the locals know the separation point of the two beaches. Where Baga is reckoned to be slightly more picturesque, Calangute is an adventurist getaway. Apart from the fancy crowd that the beach gets covered with, it is more famous for its range of restaurants that serves the scrumptious seafood. A beautiful sunset can surely be expected here; also the makeshift market at a distant corner can woo the visitors here.
It's among the top ten bathing beaches in all over the world, which remains crowded during daytime with tourists & locals. Calangute Beach is a perfect tourist retreat, filled with souvenir stalls, shacks and other stalls selling everything from beer, trinkets to pawns. All these simply add to the popularity of beach, making it a must-visit place. Huge showrooms with exquisite handicrafts from Tibet, Kasmir, Rajasthan, Indonesia and other striking places, queue the main road running towards Anjuna.
Goa State Museum is the state’s archaeology museum. Throwing light on the rich history and culture of Goa, this museum is one of the well-maintained places in the state. The museum has fairly a large collection that includes eight thousand relics like rock statues, wood made items, bronzes, artwork, manuscripts, unusual silver coins, numismatic selection, and anthropological collection. There are various Hindu as well as Jain relics and scriptures as well. It is indeed one of the best places to see in Goa and once you explore it completely you’ll find out why.
Built in 1617, Chapora Fort was the watch post of the border. Today, the fort lies in ruins; however, it is an incredible vantage point and offers a gorgeous view of Vagator and Anjuna beaches. Though the fort is in ruins today but one can still see the two tunnels which served as emergency escape for the Portuguese. The Portuguese are believed to have ruled over Chapora Fort for more than 150 years. For visitors, this fort that lie in ruins is a great backdrop for photographs and the view from here is undoubtedly scenic.
Situated on the suburbs of Panaji, Dona Paula is a popular tourist place in Goa. It is recognized as the home of National Institute of Oceanography. Infact, it is a hub for numerous accommodation options in Goa. It is a hammered shaped land that divides the estuaries of Zuari and Mondovi River. The Dona Paula monument is located on a small islet, which is connected with the mainland by a small bridge and a quay. Also on the islet is the Belvedere, which is a Greco – Roman type of structure, from where one can view the Arabian Sea and the River Zuari. Dona Paula has a beautiful stretch of sea that remains crowded; however during the monsoon the stretch is calm and becomes a lovely haunt for romance.
Reckoned to be one of the largest temples in Goa, Mangueshi shrine is situated in Mangueshi Village in Priol. The main deity in the temple is that of God Mangesh, who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Mangueshi Temple is 450-year-old that stands out with for its simple and yet exquisitely elegant structure. The temple consists of several domes and balustrades. There even seats a prominent Nandi Bull and a beautiful seven-story deepstambha (lamp tower), stands inside the temple complex. The temple also has a magnificent water tank, which is believed to be the oldest part of the temple. There is a spacious assembly hall which can accommodate 500 people at a time. Chandeliers of the nineteenth century adorn the temple. The annual festivals including Rama Navami, Akshaya Tritiya, Anant Vritotsava, Navaratri, Dussera, Diwali, Magha Poornima Festival (Jatrotsav) and Mahashivratri. Magha Poornima Festival begins on Magha Shukla Saptami and ends on Magha Poornima are celebrated in the temple with much pomp and show.
Built in 1541, this is reckoned to be the first church in Goa. Seeing a complete renovation in 1619, The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is a riot of heavy ornamentation. Believed to be a fine example of relatively simple architecture, the church still boasts of two flanking altars that on the left dedicated to Jesus Crucified and the right one dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary. A great deal of carvings can be seen on each side of the marble statues of St. Peter and St. Paul. The main altar is that St. Francis Xavier; his glass encased statue is positioned centrally on the reredos. A large number of visitors come to visit this place of worship in Goa and indeed you should visit this religious place to witness some excellent architecture.
Situated in Panjim, Kala Academy is a fine acting institute in Goa. It is in a way a cultural heritage of the state that has produced a large number of artists that excel in the field of art and culture. The Academy is an apex body to develop Music, Dance, Drama, Fine Art, Folk Art, Literature etc. and to promote cultural unity of Goa. It has a distinctive character of imparting training, also on regular basis festivals, competitions, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, discussions and debates, performances and other activities for preservation of traditional art forms are organized here. One can visit the State Art Exhibition and also can see performances that happen every now and then here.
One of the ideal ways to enjoy holidays in Goa is sail in the houseboat on the backwaters of Chapora River. By taking the houseboat, one can enjoy the rustic charms of Goa. Watch the traditional fishermen catch fish in their dug out wooden canoes and see the beautiful swaying coconut and palm trees fringing the water body, offering an ideal site that any nature lover would adore. The backwaters of Goa are truly scenic and thus are a must visit. One can choose to hire a boat for a day and enjoy the sail, also there are options to stay in the houseboats and relish some quality time with a loved one.
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