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inngoa exclusive article on the Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Goa, selected among the best of the best. Please make sure to admire every little aspect when you visit these gorgeous beaches, as they indeed are absolutely adorable.

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Top 10 Beautiful Beaches in Goa

Top 10 Beautiful Beaches in Goa

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Top 10 most Beautiful Beaches in Goa ♥


Well I must say it’s never easy to shortlist only 10 beaches in Goa, especially when you’re in love with most of them. Every beach in this lovely state has their own unique topographies and charm. It’s like asking a mother to choose her best child; everyone is different and incomparable. Same goes with the beaches in Goa, all have their own distinctiveness and beauty. 


Goan beaches unlike the other parts of the world have a long and broad coastline, which attracts a large portion of tourist around the world. The south portion of Goa is known for its white silvery sand. This is what makes it unique and special.

Well, all the beaches mentioned below have the magnificence and audacity to keep you glaring throughout the day. Each beach is best enjoyed only if one could spend a minimum 2 days around the place.


Goa HolidaysMost of the beaches in Goa have different activities happening within the vicinity. Like Watersports, Retreat resorts, Massage centres, Beach Shacks, Beach huts, Restaurants, Boat ride, Scooter ride, Night Markets, Disco clubs, Shopping Stalls, Sightseeing’s etc.


So here are the top 10 beaches in Goa, selected among the best of the best. Please make sure to admire every little aspect when you visit these gorgeous beaches, as they indeed are absolutely adorable.



These are The Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Goa

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Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach – 25 kms from Margao city # No. 1

A scenic beach in extreme south Goa, with scenic rocks and islands off its shores. Good eat­ing options. Watersports activity can be enjoyed at its Best on this beach. It is becom­ing pricey (by local stan­dards) and get­ting a bit crowded, but still less crowded com­pared to other pop­u­lar beaches. A lot of people say that I’m addicted to this place but I would rather say I’m in love with it.

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Baga Beach – 2 kms from Calangute Beach # No. 2

Baga Beach looks as if it has come straight out of a painting. The serenity of this wooded headland coupled with its scenic beauty in itself an attraction of Baga beach. The beach is named after the Baga Creek, which empties into the Arabian Sea at the north end of the beach. Definitely a number 2 on my list cos it simply has the best of amenities around it.

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Benaulim Beach – 6 kms from Margao city # No. 3

Benaulim beach is the beach to be, when you just want to relax. One can just laze the day off soaking in the sun, It gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of being in Goa. The best thing about Benaulim beach is that it is still rather undiscovered by domestic tourists even though it is a famous beach for fishing. A candle light dinner amidst the setting is an excellent add-on to the perfect vacation.

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Miramar Beach



Miramar Beach – 3 kms from Panjim city # No. 4

A 2 km long coast of excellent, soft silvery sand bed, a mesmerizing vast blue sea in front of it, the Miramar Beach is a beautiful expanse of fine golden sands girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea. Miramar beach is the sort of beach where you sit down and watch the sunset in its entire splendour.

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Colva Beach – 5 kms from Margao city # No. 5

Its stretch is around 2.4 km; the beach consists of the finest powder white sand and is lined along its shore by coconut palms. It has been one of the famous beaches of Goa, and is a threat to those who want to have a lovely sunbathe and a peaceful relaxed moment. This beach is a spec­ta­cle of sea, sand and sky, the perfect blend of an enchant­ing nat­ural har­mony, weav­ing their magic spell on the vis­i­tors.

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Calangute Beach – 8 kms from Mapusa city # No. 6

An ultimate destination to spend the most exquisite experience of one’s life, Calangute sees an influx of charter tourists, as well as low budget tourists and backpackers year after year. Bordered on the western coast of Goa, Calangute is India’s best known beach as a touristic destination. Popularized by the hippies in the 60’s including The Beatles who used to come to Calangute in the late sixties to rest and enjoy beach life.

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Majorda Beach – 5 kms from Colva Beach # No. 7

Situated in the south of Goa, Majorda beach is one that will sweep you off your feet with its canopy of palm trees, soft white-sands, clear waters & mere bliss. I’ve been living here since a kid and trust me I love this place for its serenity and peaceful atmosphere. It is one of the most marvelous beaches in Goa that I know for certain. Majorda beach can be regarded as one of Goa’s best kept secret, which is relatively unknown and offers visitors to Goa the paradise like surroundings they have come to experience.

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Bogmalo Beach – 5 Kms from Dabolim Airport # No. 8

The most attractive thing about this beach is the sunset. The yellow orange tinged sun with a pinkish hue, dipping at the horizon is a sight you cannot miss in this lifetime. Bogmalo originally was a small fishing hamlet but now is a growing tourist hub. Many locals in the village depend upon fishing for their livelihood. Quality time can be spent with family, friends and loved ones. Surely a tour of the Bogmalo beach will be etched in your memory for a very long time.

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Vagator Beach – 9 kms from Mapusa city # No. 9

Vagator beach resembles a crescent as it meets the Chapora estuary. This beach boasts of white sand that are beautifully contrasted with black rocks. The lush greenery all around, the swaying palms and aquamarine water of the Arabian Sea of Vagator Beach takes your breath away. Yes, the very famous Sunburn Festival has been relocated to this beautiful spot. Spend some time on the cliffs overlooking the beach for a spectacular view. Sunsets on Vagator are beautiful, and the rocky headlands make for a dramatic sea scape.

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 Dona Paula Beach – 4 Kms from Panjim city # No. 10

Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravels the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun. Apart from enjoying the great view from atop the hillock, you can simply relax in benches enjoying the evening sea breeze and sunset. So watch the difference in the water color. See the Arabian sea far into the horizon. And make sure you sip the refreshing lemon drink the locals sell.

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So that’s it for now, the above 10 beaches should be good enough to spend a memorable and relaxing time in Goa. Incase you want explore some more beaches around Goa then please visit our innGOA.com iNFO page to discover the rest. Till then ‘do svidaniya’ (Goodbye in Russian Language).


Our Recommended Holiday Home #Lotus Holiday Homes and #Palolem Holiday Homes located in Goa’s most loved serenity Benaulim Beach & Palolem Beach.


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And well for Watersport lovers who want to Skim the waves, Surf the seas, Float across the skies. The fabulous golden Goan coast is sprinkled with water sports excitements from windsurfing to paragliding. Here is an article on different type of water adventures. 

#16 Different Watersports in Goa – The thrill of a lifetime

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Holiday Homes in Goa

Holiday Homes in Goa

Holiday Homes in Goa


Lotus resort holiday homes

Lotus resort holiday homes

From watching the sunset on the seafront to waking up to the sounds of birds chirping.  From exploring the small towns to dancing the night away, one can have a number of experiences in Goa. This being so, Goa’s popularity increases by the day!

As it is while going to any place for a vacation, one of the main concerns is the accommodation available. Tourists are now opting for houses / flats on rent, cottages or the new and upcoming coco beach huts. This is bringing about a whole new trend in accommodation in Goa.

Coco beach huts are small cabins made out of wood situated right on the beach itself. It usually consists of 1 to 2 rooms. Palolem beach in the South Goa has various kinds of coco beach huts, two of them being Abel Cressida Coco Huts and high tide coco huts. The huts are usually painted bright colors which make them very attractive. Some of them are ground floor while others are at least eight feet above the ground. Their prices are reasonably low.  The coco huts are clean with spotless linen, comfy beds and hot water.  Some rooms also air conditioned.

Some of the best advantages of the coco beach huts are that their built on the beach itself so one can experience living near the shore.  One can watch the sun go down while relaxing near their doorstep with a chilled beer in hand, or go to bed hearing the waves crashing against the shore and wake up to the sound and sight of the beach!

Renting villas are also popular among tourists. The advantage of villas is that it can house more than one family since they usually are around 4 to 5 bedrooms. Big families or those that vacation with friends can rent a villa and spilt the cost of it among them. Villas also have well equipped kitchens (for those that would like to prepare meals) its own garden, terraces and most of the time its own swimming pool. This allows one to enjoy and relax privately without other guests around as would be there in a hotel. Some villas also have services provided like renting a scooter or car, Wi-Fi, housekeeping, spa treatment and 24 hour security.  The Noble House is one such elegant Villa, located in the seaside village of Palolem in South Goa.

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Cottages are also another options chosen if for nothing else than their reasonably cheaper prices. This is more convenient for those travelling alone or with another companion. All the basic amenities are available like clean room and washroom, hot water and air condition. For those that prefer to spend their time outdoors, cottages are perfect for a nominal price. Jymis cottage situated on Colva beach is a stone’s throw away from the beach.

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Tourists are now also beginning to stay in flats/apartments rented out by the owner. These flats are usually in high rise buildings situated close to the ocean.  Salida Luxury Apartments are a pair of exclusive serviced apartments in the newly developed Palolem Garden Estate complex in Canacona, south Goa. These south Goa luxury apartments are ideally located close to Patnem, Palolem, Agonda, Rajbag and Galijibaga beaches. South Goa Dream Apartment is located in the Ruby Residency Complex in Chaudi – Canacona, Goa. These service apartments are only a 5 min drive to both Palolem and Patnem beaches. The apartments contain all the basic necessities’ and more. Housekeeping and laundry services are also provided. In addition, the apartments usually include service lifts, swimming pool, gym, children’s play area, and 24hr security.


Vacationing in a house or bungalow lends a certain charm to one’s holiday. These rented houses or bungalows are usually amidst lovely nature, palm trees and lovely sunsets. The houses are usually of the Goan/Portuguese architecture which has a ‘balcao’ (sit out) at the entrance for one to sit and enjoy with a cup of tea. They are usually situated in and around villages close to the beach side hence It is perfect for a family with kids or only couple, who’d love to experience a quiet and peacefully holiday right in the middle of a Goan village. The Yellow House is a super modern apartment house, located in the seaside village of Palolem in South Goa. Colomb Bay Beach House is a lovely traditional Goan beach house located in Colomb bay, only a 5 min walk to both Palolem and Patnem beaches.

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Palolem Beach


Families in Goa are also now renting out their Portuguese style ancestral houses to those who wish to. The houses are built in the 19th century and have had renovations done to it over the years and are now a stunning blend of eastern and western antiques and contemporary furnishings and colors found only in India. The Pintos ancestral house built in 1929 is your perfect holiday haunt, right on the Candolim beach in North Goa. It is perfect for a weekend getaway or rather a weeklong getaway!

Apart from these there are also out of the way lodging for those who want a unique experience. Cabo Cabana located on the banks of the River Mandovi is tucked away in an almost Invisible corner at the very edge of the river overlooking Panjim City in the bustling village of Betim. They are eco-friendly Boutique Resort comprising of two log cabins built with all the Canadian spruce. Cabo Cabana guarantees total and complete privacy.

A number of travelers, especially foreigners, prefer to spend a fairly longer period of time from a month to as many as six months at the leisurely pace of life in Goa. For such a stay, it is best to rent houses or rooms by the month, or season. Rents usually vary from area to area and even village to village, but you can expect to get accommodation for around Rs 1000/- to Rs 5000/- a day depending upon the season and the facilities included in the cost.

It is also worth considering sharing such long stay accommodation with two or three people so as to bring down the costs. Most importantly, reserve such long-term accommodation well in advance to get a good bargain as most such houses and rooms are rented by visitors who return to the same house year after year and as such get first preference.


Our Recommended Holiday Home #Lotus Holiday Home & #Palolem Holiday Home located in Goa’s most loved serenity Benaulim Beach and Palolem Beach.


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Watersports In Goa – The Thrill of A Lifetime

Watersports In Goa – The Thrill of A Lifetime

16 Different Watersports In Goa

The Thrill of A Lifetime


Skim the waves. Surf the seas. Float across the skies. The fabulous Golden Goan Coast is sprinkled with water sports excitements from windsurfing to paragliding. Read the article below to find out the Top 10 watersports in Goa, we have also managed to highlight a total of 16 watersports in Goa.


Water Sports in Goa

Water Sports in Goa


Goa is an excellent destination for water sports with its pleasant weather and calm waters. The best season for enjoying water sports in Goa is from October to May when the skies here are cloudless and blue, and the waters fairly placid. The water sport activities found on most of all the beaches of Goa are:

wind surfing⇒Windsurfing - Windsurfing is a unique blend of surfing and sailing, which requires the surfer to adjust his strength and balance to the changing patterns of wind and water. Windsurfing trainers and experts a like claim Dona Paula bay to be the ideal location for the beginners. The prevailing winds and the calm sea, ensure almost lake-like conditions. The morning breeze is light and steady — just right for learners; while stronger winds that set in during the afternoons offer a perfect challenge for the more experienced. Wind surfing sport is a sport that is sure to set your pulses racing. Bogmalo, Miramar, Calangute, Colva, Palolem, Baga, Arossim, Utorda, Benaulim, Vagator and Baga beaches are also popular with windsurfers. Choose an operator who maintains safety standards. You should not set off in an offshore wind and should always double-check the gear before starting. Don’t forget to learn the international distress signals.


dinghy sailing⇒Dinghy Sailing - These 15-odd feet long crafts hold three to four people comfortably. The Zuari estuary at Dona Paula is an excellent learning area – its calm waters being the kindest Goa has to offer. With two sails and side decks to sit upon, dinghy sailing is as much fun as windsurfing and it is not necessary to be either agile or youthful to enjoy this form of sailing. With the winds in Goa, so gentle most of the time, this particular sport offers its participants much time to relax. Dinghies are available for hire at the Cidade de Goa and the Taj Holiday Village. Instructors are available for beginners. The best months to try this sport are from October to April. Generally you’ll find it on any good beaches of North Goa & South Goa.


scuba-diving in Goa⇒Scuba Diving - While diving in Goa is not exactly world class due to limited to visibility underwater (generally in the region of 6 to 12 meters), there is an amazing amount of marine life as well as hard coral which continues to amaze even the most experienced divers. The warm waters also teem with playful Bottlenose Dolphins although they are shy of divers. In addition to the above, Goa is blessed with a large number of shipwrecks which include Spanish and Portuguese galleons, World War II wrecks as well as many merchant ships. Very few of these have been found and explored. There are reportedly around 1,000 wrecks along the coast of Goa. Most of the diving in Goa is near Grand Island, where divers can check out a handful of decent coral gardens filled with a healthy marine life population. The person should never dive alone and should always take at least one partner with them so that they can always get help when in need. The person should be totally fit physically and mentally before going for diving. Listen to pre-diving briefings carefully. Make sure that the water does not have strong currents. Be careful so that the mask does not get too foggy and handle the snorkel mouthpiece delicately. Take care not to swim under the hull.


water skiing in goa⇒Water Skiing - For the speed-lovers Goa offers the thrills of venturing into the sea on speedboats. The high-class speedboats which are available in some places, can achieve speeds of up to 30-40 miles an hour. These craft, which can carry between six to eight people, are available at the Cidade de Goa, Bogmallo Beach Resort, and Taj Hotels. If you love to feel the ocean waves splashing across their face while rushing through water, the water skiing sport is just the right option for you. Some falls and tumbles during training are inevitable. If the trainers are not satisfied with your performance, they will not let you venture out. Stamina, sturdy legs and strong back muscles are a must for this sport. You should not venture out in rough waters. An observer should accompany the operator in the boat. After a fall, it is important to signal to the operator that you are okay. Beaches like Calangute, Candolim, Arossim, Mobor, Utorda, and Rajbagh.


para sailing goa⇒Parasailing - High fliers amongst the speed lovers can opt for parasailing. Both the Taj and Bogmallo Resort hotels provide the necessary equipment for this enthralling sport. There’s a rope about 300 feet long attached to the parasail harness at one end and to the speedboat at the other. For Para-sailing one must be comfortable with heights, as this sport gives the beautiful bird’s eye view of the landscape, the coasts, beaches and the water. Parasailing that involves a parachute attached to a motorboat. The parachute goes up in the air as the motor boat starts moving and the person tied to the parachute just need to take a step or two forward before sailing in the air. People who love to soar high like a bird and have a view of the coastline and the vast sea should try the parasailing sport. The beaches offering Parasailing facilities include Candolim beach, Mobor beach, Anjuna beach, Majorda beach, Baga beach and Dona Paula beach. Be sure to choose a well-trained operator because landing on the beach is tricky. You should also check the chord, harness and gear before you take off. Parasailing should be avoided when it’s raining or the winds are strong.

jetski⇒Jet Skiing -
One of the most adventurous water sports in Goa is Jet Skiing. The sport is one of the most popular in Goa and many tourists try this sport to set their adrenalin rushing. Jet skiing requires a jet powered water scooter that are accelerated by a powerful engine. The Jet Ski equipment in Goa has a power of 100-135 horsepower. The machine is simple to operate but an instructor should accompany you. Be within the area where the operator can see you. The best sites are Colva, Candolim, Calangute, Miramar, Arossim, Utorda, Benaulim, Mobor and Rajbaga.


Jet skiing in goa

⇒Water Scooter - Water scooters accommodate two people on a ride. This action sport provides all the thrills of a motorbike with the softness of an ocean instead of hard tar road beneath the feet. They are readily available at Dona Paula jetty, Cidade de Goa, Majorda, and Candolim beach.


37752-lara-dutta-swimming.jpg⇒Swimming - The most common water sport is swimming. The waters around the Goan beaches are warm and almost always safe. Swimming can be enjoyed by the young, the old, the infirm, the affluent and the budget traveler alike. There are lifeguards at all Goan beaches, so check with them about the status of the sea, before you jump in.


fishing AT COCO BEACH⇒Fishing - Fishing can be relaxing or stimulating and exciting. You will probably catch a variety of Snappers, Goldfish, Catfish, Barramundi, Sea Salmons, etc. Blessed with plenty of beaches, Goa is the ideal place to try out fishing. Imagine the pride and the winning smile on your face when you come back holding a couple of fishes and proclaiming it as your prized catch!





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⇒Kayaking - mostly along the rivers in Nerul, Siolim and calmer Beaches like Morjim and Palolem. There is a place in Vasco that conducts Night – Kayak trips as well.

⇒Rafting - One location within Goa for rafting is the Surla distributary of river Mhadei, better known as Mandovi. White-water rafting in Goa is famous particularly in the area of Dandeli which is around 125 kms from Goa but well-connected since it is a famous picnic spot.

catamaran-charter-greek-islands_extra⇒Catamaran - Hobie Cat Sailing – A more relaxed sailing activity, Catamaran Sailing is made up of a twin hull with trampoline in between the hulls and a mast for sailing. Four people can be normally accommodated. A trained professional is required to sail the catamaran for the enjoyment with safety. A high level of skill and training is required. You should pay attention to the emergency procedures and signals that are explained to you. To enjoy this water sport activity you can enjoy on beaches like Calangute, Candolim, Dona Paula, Arossim, Utorda, Benaulim, Colva, and Mober.


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⇒Knee-and - Wake Boarding – Knee-boarding is very similar to water skiing. It has a slot for your knees. It requires less focus on balance than water-skiing and is a simpler technique. The skier has one broad board instead of two narrow ones on which to maintain balance in wake-boarding. There should always be an observer besides the boat operator. The person should be at ease with water and well versed in water skiing. You can enjoy this water sport at Mober beach, Candolim beach and Rajbagh beach. In the boat, there should be one observer apart from the operator.


private boat ride beety cruise⇒Private Boat Rides - Sailing: Imagine the experience of sailing in a boat, changing course of the sails and calmly cutting across the sea. The Arabian Sea provides a beautiful calm sailing ground and Goa’s tropical climate is ideal with consistent weather conditions. Goa offers sailing at Grande Island and that too at night to a secret beach called Monkey Beach that can be navigated only by sea. So go down to Bogmalo beach or Majorda Beach, sign up for the trip and camp there at night overlooking a lighthouse and the stars in the sky. Sailing is available in Goa only in December – January.


⇒Microlite Flying - Microlite flying is the latest addition to Goa watersports but is much exciting to foreigners. A motorized machine with a forty feet wing span, microlite can accommodate two to three persons including one operator. You need not to know gliding for microlite flying because it is an operator’s job. Microlite flying is a variation of hang-gliding. Ability of being able to assemble a microlite with commercially available parts is half the fun in itself. A single – seater should ideally weigh less than 330 kg and a twin – seater, 450 kg. It can reach a cruising height of around 11,000 feet although most fliers prefer to stick closer to the ground, 3,000 feet or so. But these can’t be flown at night and unfriendly weather conditions. It can only be done at Calangute beach.


⇒Banana, Bump & Ringo Rides

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Banana rides are one of the few activities that is safe for kids. It is really enthralling to sit on a six-seat banana-shaped contraception and to be towed by a speedboat rolling and pitching over undulating sea waves. There are some variations in Ringo or bump rides. The flip at the very end of the ride adds that bit of extra excitement for beginners. As everybody is in life jackets, it is pretty safe too. The person should be at ease with water. It’s available on all the major beaches.


⇒Crocodile/Dolphin/Turtle Spotting

This is another activity that is children friendly. It may not be a water-sport but it is another way to experience Goa’s meandering rivers. The Cumbarjua canal near Panaji that links the Zuari and the Mandovi rivers is a thriving place for mugger crocodiles.dolphin spotting in goa



Who can resist the thrill of watching dolphins frolic in their natural surroundings, cavorting in graceful curves above the sea? From October to May, dolphin-spotting trips are conducted off Goa’s beaches – most common being around the Honeymoon Island at Palolem. Dolphin cruises also leave from Dona Paula into the Arabian Sea up to Grande Island. Activities involve dolphin-spotting, snorkeling and barbecuing on the island.

The famed giant Olive Ridley turtles pay yearly nesting visits to Goa’s Galjibaga and Agonda beaches, and to Morjim Beach. Highly endangered due to incessant hunting, these turtles are now safer thanks to conservation efforts. The nesting season is from November to March, when you may spot a tiny hatchling emerge from its nest and head for the sea. Trust me, it’s is a priceless moment.

One should be aware of the following: Those above 10 years can take part, unless specified not to do so. Every participant has to sign a legal disclaimer, saying that he is aware of the risks involved in the sports, the procedures are abided by and operators are exempt from any responsibility. Check out for certification by NIWS (National Institute of Water Sports).
Insist on a life jacket. Avoid alcohol before getting into adventure sports. You need to have your wits around you in times of emergency. Avoid venturing into the sea if it’s rough. During monsoon, watersports is a strict no-no. Avoid taking children with you while on a water sports spree.

Be it really fast ones like jet skiing and wind surfing or the tamer ones like scuba diving, there is something for everyone. The facilities provided by the concerned authorities are at par with international standards and norms. Mostly, instructors accompany you for these watersports. So get set to taste real thrill and adventure in Goa! Think of gusts of wind beating against your face and adrenaline rushing through your body, even as you brave the waves – but yes, with the assurance of safety. That’s the taste of adventure sports in Goa for you – especially water sports.

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Goa !

Top 10 Places to Visit in Goa !

Top 10 Places to Visit in Goa!


Being in the Hospitality Business in the last 6 years I would face one common Question from every Guest we serviced, that is “Which are the Best places in Goa to Visit?” As they are our guests it was always a pleasure to elaborate a few exotic locations in Goa and I could go all day talking about this beautiful Sun & Sand State of India.


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But one fine day realised what about others who we don’t service or the internet browsing people who search the whole of Google, just to find the answer in-order to plan or make a Pleasant holiday in Goa. Asking a friend or a local resident might not always be a good idea. 


Here is what I have pin down over the last 5 seasons, a list of 10 Tourist Places you must visit when travelling to Goa. The locations are good enough and can be visited or covered within a span of 2 – 4 days.


Even though Goa is not a destination that you could holiday just for 4 days or a week and vouch to see the whole of it. Yet the below 10 places will give you a sense of satisfaction on making your trip worthy.



Here are the Top 10 Tourist Places in Goa to Visit


Dona Paula beach Goa1) Dona Paula for a Birds-eye Scenery

– The Lovers Paradise – as it is called, Dona Paula Jetty is located on the beautiful and famous sea stretch that spans from Panjim, Miramar and Dona Paula. A thrilling breeze blows over this place and the view is very scenic.  This idyllic rocky tourist attraction lies at the spot where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea.

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2) Calangute Streets for a Shopping Ride

– Calangute – Baga lane is one of the worthy ride you could have. And I really meant Ride & not Drive. The streets are always crowded and its always best to hire a two-wheeler and ride along. The lane is full of Restaurants, Cafe’s & Night Clubs. The famous Tito’s is also located on this street.

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3) Fort Aguada for the view of Panjim CityFort-Aguada_Manav-Narula
– Aguada fort seems like the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for a bright evening. The view from climb­ing up the spi­ral stair­case, up the light­house, is ecsta­tic. It is one of the finest beau­ties overlooking the Panjim city.
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4) Old Goa Churches & its History
– The Old Goa location is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the Old Capital of Goa during the Portuguese Regime. One of the churches known as the Basilica is famous for holding the remains of St. Francis Xavier, whose Believed to be the Protector of Goa. The location gives a feeling of the Portuguese time, the place has so much of History. Read More about Old Goa.


5) Palolem Beach for a Miami feeling
– A scenic beach in extreme south Goa with scenic rocks and islands off its shores. Good eat­ing options. Watersports activity can be enjoyed at its Best on this beach. It is becom­ing pricey (by local stan­dards) and get­ting a bit crowded, but still less crowded com­pared to other pop­u­lar beaches.
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6) Panjim City & the Church
– To reach the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Panjim, one has to climb 100 steps arranged in a majestic fashion, for the Church sits majestically atop a hillock dominating the heart of the city and offering a bird’s eye view of the main square. The Capital city is placed right on the banks of the river Mandovi which brings about its own charm & sense of vibes.

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7) Shri Mangeshi Tem­ple, Ponda

– One of the beautiful temples dedicated to Lord Siva & also considered as one of the most important temples in Goa, with a typical Goan Hindu Style of Architecture.

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8) Majorda Beach for a Calm evening walk
– Sit­u­ated in the south of Goa, Majorda beach is one that will sweep you off your feet with its canopy of palm trees, soft white-sands, clear waters mere bliss. It has been one of the most pop­u­lar beaches of Goa, and its pop­u­lar­ity lies in its serenity.

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9) Cansaulim Monte for a Panoramic view of the Arabian Sea
– Cansaulim Monte offers a spec­tac­u­lar array of most of South Goa’s beaches and much more. Its geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion offers one the joy of a really beau­ti­ful sun­set. One can see the Konkan rail­way, typ­i­cal Goan fields with farm­ers and bul­locks, nar­row roads and the scin­til­lat­ing breeze received atop. Its a little difficult to get here but its really worth the effort.
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10) Martin’s Corner (Celebrity Restaurant)
– Celebrity, thats true.. Ask any tourist where they have dinned in the South, instantly they would say Martin’s Corner. I would recommend you to dine here for 2 reasons, 1- For the delicious Sea Food cooked in Goan masala’s & 2 – Never know, you might be lucky to bump into a celebrity there. Even Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar is closely associated to this family, his favourite dish is the Crab Xec Xec.
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So, thats it for now and Incase your a regular tourist to Goa and have visited the above places, then don’t get disappointed. Visit the iNFO page on innGOA.com website and you will surely find a bunch of more locations.

And to add more.. In-order to make it a little more easier for you, I will be highlighting on another 10 exclusive locations in Goa within a couple of weeks. So till then a Bon Voyage to Goa.

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Cansaulim Monte – A Magnificent view

Cansaulim Monte – A Magnificent view

Cansaulim Monte – A Magnificent view

Cansaulim Monte offers a spectacular array of most of South Goa’s beaches and much more. Its geographical location offers one the joy of a really beautiful sunset. One can see the Konkan railway, typical Goan fields with farmers and bullocks, narrow roads and the scintillating breeze received atop.

three_kings_chapel_cansaulim mont

Three kings chapel on Cansaulim mont


Cansaulim is a small village situated in the taluka of Mormugao in Southern Goa. It is located around 7 km from the main town of Mormugao and about 25 km from the main city of Margao. Cansaulim Monte is best known far and wide for the Chapel of Three Kings that is nestled here. It is in a beautifully quiet spot at the top of a hill with stunning views right over the South Goan coast and you can see loads of other whitewashed churches in every direction that you look.



The church really only comes to life though on the Feast of Epiphany on 6 January when the local kids take the roles of the 3 Wise men from the biblical story of the Nativity. The festival is dedicated to Three Kings of Magi who came with their gifts to infant Jesus the Christ. The Three King’s Feast is one of most popular and favorite holidays of Goa citizens and tourists who are lucky ones to watch this amazing festival. The famous grand holiday is celebrated every year on January 6th by local Christians as well as by the Hindus in all parts of Goa, and especially in Cansaulim, Arossim and Cuelim resorts. 

The whole event is accompanied by loud music and dances. Lots of people are coming to the Hill to watch the procession and the ritual of gifts giving. An amazing fair is conducted during the whole festival: people eat, drink, buy gifts, souvenirs, spices made by local Goa craftsmen and simply have fun from dawn till dusk. 

View from the Cansaulim hill top

View from the hill top

The Cansaulim beach situated at around 16 Km from Margao is a vast stretch of pristine beach which is mostly secluded, however well served by the local restaurants and shacks which cater for the needs of relaxing tourists. It is at a distance of about 15 minutes’ walk from the Cansaulim Monte. One can see the wide expanse of the beach while standing atop the Hill. Those visiting the Monte can take a stroll up to the beach. The palm groves along the coast provide a perennial green roof which is a respite for those who had enough of the sunshine. Cansaulim beach is one of the most secluded and clean beaches in Goa, which has many local restaurants and shacks. The beach is covered with golden sand and is considered to be the second largest beach stretch in India, as it also includes the nearby Arossim and Cuelim Beaches.

The journey to the Monte is fun and peaceful with wide curving roads having trees on either side. You can even make the climb on foot.
The Cansaulim Monte is a perfect place for picnics or evenings out with the family. Its wide expanse of land is useful for numerous games. It is a very restful place and one can enjoy spending hours just sitting there and soaking up the view.




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Goan Food – ambot tik

Goan Food – ambot tik

Goan Food – ambot tik

More than 400 years under the Portuguese rule, even our cuisine was influenced by it. We pop something in our mouth without so much as thinking twice about it, with only our taste buds taking control of our thoughts that moment.

What intrigued me most, was being in Bangalore and finding it hard to find ‘pao’ that wasn’t so sweet. Turns out, pao is only made in goa and Mumbai. There 3 main varieties of bread are the soft and chewy pao (cube), the crisp ‘undo’ (round) and the ‘poie’ (whole wheat pockets).  Another intriguing form is known as ‘katricho pao’ (scissored bread), where dough is shaped with scissors. Then there is the kaknam (bangles), rings of crusty bread, so called because they tinkle like glass bangles when fresh out of the oven.

Dishes such as ‘racheiado’, ‘caldeirada’ and ‘cabidela’ reflect the legacy of the states colonial heritage. Caldeirada is a mildly flavoured offering in which fish or prawns are cooked in a kind of stew with vegetables, and often flavoured with wine. Racheiado is a delicious preparation in which usually a mackerel or pomfret, is slit down the center and stuffed with spicy red sauce, after which it is cooked normally.

Among the most famous goan dishes is ‘ambot tik’, a slightly sour curry dish which can be prepared with either fish or meat, but more usually fish. ‘sorpotel’ steps in next, prepared from pork, liver, heart and kidney, all of whichj are diced and cooked in a thick and spicy sauce flavoured with feni. “chauricos’ are spicy pork sausages, which owe more than a passing debt to the Portuguese culnury traditions. Yet another dish would be ‘xacuti’. It is a traditional way of preparing meat, usually chicken, by cooking it in coconut milk and adding coconut gratings and a variety of spices.we cannot forget our fish curry rice plate that youngsters so eagerly rush to have and is a staple diet followed by almost every goan. These are just few of the lip-smacking goan dishes.

We goans are very fond of/ cannot do without our drinks. ‘feni’ is a drink which deserves respect. There are two types of feni. Coconut or palm feni is made from the sap drawn from the severed shoots of he coconut tree. In goa this is known as toddy. It is available year round. Cashew feni can only be made during the cashew season in late march and early april. The first distillation is called ‘uraq’, a pleasant and reasonably alcoholic drink. It is distilled again to prepare feni which has a higher alcoholic content. But it is advised not to drink it on an empty stomach and mix with other spirits and certainly don’t swim after a couple of fenis. But the best you will hear is ‘you don’t realise how strong it is until you get up’  

After the main course, it is but customary to move onto dessert. Goa’s most famous sweetmeat is bebinca, a wonderful concoction made from layer upon layer of coconut pancakes. Cooking perfect bebinca is an art form, for the cook has to be timed just right to ensure that all layers are cooked equally. ‘dodol’ is another famous goan sweet, traditionally eaten at Christmas time and made with rice flour, coconut milk, jiggery and cashew nuts. ‘doce’, made with chickpeas and coconut is another favourite, a tradition that it be made for every Christian wedding.

If all this hasn’t made your stomach groan in hunger and want, we don’t know what will. All we know for sure is that by the end of your very own goan meal, you’ll be licking off your fingers.

Goan meals taste best went prepared by goans, but here are a few recipes if you feel in the experimental mood:




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Dona Paula Jetty – The Lover’s Paradise

Dona Paula Jetty – The Lover’s Paradise

Dona Paula Jetty – The Lover’s Paradise

The Lovers Paradise – as it is called, Dona Paula Jetty is located on the beautiful and famous sea stretch that spans from Panjim, Miramar and Dona Paula. A thrilling breeze blows over this place and the view is very scenic.  This idyllic rocky tourist attraction lies at the spot where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea. It provides a magnificent view of the Mormugao harbor. Dona Paula Jetty is nestled on a rocky, hammer shaped headland.

This former fishing village has now become a commercialized location for beach resorts and restaurants but it carries with it an aura both romantic and mythical. Dona Paula was the daughter of Amaral de Menezes. On January 31, 1656 she married Dom Antonio Souto Maior and came to be knows as Dona Paula Menezes e Souto Maior. She performed many acts of charity. The village of oddavel came to be known Dona Paula after her death in 1682.
Dona Paula jetty is only 7 kms away from Panjim and one can get here either by a cab or bus. Buses are available at regular intervals from Panaji’s Kadamba Bus Stand. The Dona Paula-Mormugao Harbor Ferry takes passengers across the bay, every day of the week between the months of October and May.

Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravels the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun. The Dona Paula Sports Club offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc. Other water sports like boating, para-sailing, yachting, swimming, wind surfing and fishing are also available in the area. It is an ideal spot to relax and sunbathe. The exquisite seashore of Dona Paula beach is long stretches of silver white sand and has an excellent view of the waterfront. If you wish to pick up some local knick-knacks, stroll up to the beachside stalls hawking an impressive range of straw hats, lace handkerchiefs, spices, Feni, port wine and some exotic locally made liquor. There are some decent seafood restaurants like ‘Sea Pebble’ near the beach where you can stop for a hearty lunch and unwind after a day of sun-soaking. 

The Dona Paula monument is located on a small islet, linked to the mainland by a small bridge and a quay. Also on the islet is the “Belvedere”, a Greco – Roman type of structure, from where one can view the Arabian Sea and the River Zuari. There are twin sculptures of a man and a woman on the rocks at the Dona Paula jetty. These sculptures are the creation of an artist, A German baroness named Yrsa Von Leistner in memory of Mr. and Ms. Robert Knox.
Some tourist attractions of Dona Paula are the National Institute of Oceanography, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary (where you can spot both migratory and local birds) and the Cabo Fort. For ethnic handicraft and jewelry one can visit the Indian Arts Emporium.

Apart from enjoying the great view from atop the hillock, you can simply relax in benches enjoying the evening sea breeze and sunset. So watch the difference in the water color. See the Arabian sea far into the horizon. And make sure you sip the refreshing lemon drink the locals sell.

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Viva Sao Joao

Viva Sao Joao

Viva Sao Joao

Summer is gone and the rains come along and if that is a reason enough to jump around in the water, then the feast of st. John the baptist could be it. One of the famous christian feasts in the state, the feast of St.John the baptist is celebrated on the 24th of June by young men all over Goa jumping into well to retrieve gifts thrown in by villagers.


History has it that the bible speaks of john the baptist leaping for joy in his mothers, Elizabeth’s womb when she was visited by mary who had just conceived jesus. San joao or St. john the Baptist baptized jesus in the river jordan. The jump into the well is to signify the joy felt by john when he sensed the presence of jesus christ even while he was in his mother’s womb.


sao joao in siolim goa

Kids wearing a crown made of flowers and leaves, these form the highlight of Soa Joao



The traditions followed are so fascinating that one cannot help but participate in it. On this day, people of all ages jump into well, streams and ponds. This is done generally in the spirit after imbibing Goa’s famous liquor ‘feni’ and singing ‘viva sao joao’. Youngster’s procession is held where they go from door to door and collect liquor and fruits. They then offer their prayers and collectibles in a water body in their town. New brides and marriageable girls are blessed and they throw flowers, vegetables and seasonal fruits in the water to fullfil their wishes. Many other youths then jump into the water to collect them.


The highlight of the day is the ‘sangodd’, a decorated floating platform, on which people parade singing mandos and religiuos hymns. The sangodds are uniquely decorated and members of that sangodd wear a uniform dress to distinguish themselves from the groups. This is also a time to celebrate one’s spirit of adventure. So, on this day there are a number of competitions that youngsters participate in. some of the beings the siolim boat parade, prizes for headgears, décor and costumes. People wear headgears or crowns made up of tender coconut leaves or flowers known as ‘copel’ and lively music is played on the ghumot (goan musical percussion instrument) and kansallem (cymbals).


fruits arranged for st. john the baptist feast in Goa

Fruits arranged in homes to celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist in Goa




In the village of benaulim- south goa, which has the church of Saint John the Baptist, there is a 9 day novena before the feast day. On the feats day itself there are football matches, singing and dancing apart from the gastronomical delights of traditional goan food which includes sorpotel and sannas, feijoadas, sausage pullao among other foods and plenty of feni to go around and camaraderie to top it all off. People gather together to have fun and enjoy good company.


locals celebrate sao joao by playing fork music

Locals celebrating Sao Joao (the feast of St. John the baptist) by playing local instruments and dancing to Goan fork music.



Sao joao, like any other goan festival has the captivating spirit and merriment, colour and tradition. It is celebrated with such pomp and gaeity. There is so much good energy travelling around with all the happiness and laughters. It is truly something hard to miss when you are around in Goa! And for youngsters who think all this is such a bore, there is always parties that they can attend!



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The Monsoon Magic

The Monsoon Magic

The Monsoon Magic In Goa


Lashed with strong winds, heavy rains, the beautiful blue sky with pools of black clouds, trees dancing to the music of the winds, the monsoons are at its peak between june and september. The average rainfall is approximately 325 cms, the average daily hours of sunshine is three to five hours during the monsoons, thus monsoons providing Goa a much needed respite from the heat and an opportunity to just laze around.

monsoon in Goa

After the long dry afternoons of May, with the first showers of rain coming along, the smell of wet earth is welcoming, filling up your lungs and giving you a sense of contentment. The scenery is pleasant with green paddy fields spread across miles and nature seems to be breathing a new life.

So take your family and make a trip out of it, because Goa is at its best during the monsoons. One of the best reasons to visit Goa is the vibrant festivals that take place. The most popular festival, ‘sao-joao’ (the fertility feast of saint John the Baptist), is celebrated in late June and involves the interesting feat of men jumping into overflowing village wels to retrieve bottles of local ‘feni’ alcohol. The younger generation can go for parties held during this time. The feasts of saint Peter and Paul, at the end of june, sees people sailing up a river on rafts performing plays and songs. In late August, the carnival like Bonderam flag festival is held on the tiny Divar island, off the coast from Panaji. Ganesh Chaturthi is also observed in Goa. Till these festivals come along, do not just sit and wait! Besides the awe-inspiring and strikingly beautiful beachs, Goa is also gifted with lakes, waterfalls and springs of unmatched beauty.

monsoon in Goa cloudy weather
Some of the waterfals you can visit, Arvalem waterfall with an altitude of 70 feet is located at Arvalem, about 2 km from Sanquelim and 8 km from Bicholim, in Valpoi taluka, North Goa. It falls in a straight drop and is in its highest glory during the monsoon season.

The fall looks stunning with the thunderous gush of water cascading down the rocky terrain of the mountain behind it. In the vicinity of this picturesque site is the 5th century Rock Cut caves called the “Aravalem Caves” also known as the Pandava caves, named after the 5 Pandava brothers of the epic “Mahabharata”. The Shree Rudreshwar Temple is also located in the same place it and is a site of an annual Shivratri Zatra.

The Government has also developed a park from which the magnificent view of the waterfall can be relished delightfully. This secluded region with the astounding vista of the leaping waters in the laps of nature is an ideal destination for private picnics and bird watching.

farmer grazing his cattle in the field in the rain edit

Dudhsagar Waterfalls- springing from from a lofty height of 600m is located on the Goa-Karnataka border. It lies at a distance of 60 km from Panaji and 10 km from Colem Railway Station. The name of this waterfall evolves from the Konkani name for the falls, Dudhsagar meaning ‘sea of milk’. This is because froth is formed due to the speedy surge of water from the majestic heights. The fall looks stunning post monsoon as it ripples with bubbling foam-like water. The Dudhsagar Falls is one of the most interesting falls of India and the largest and highest fall of Goa. Nearby is the Tamdi Surla Temple built by the Kadambas.

Kesarval Spring is situated 22 km away from Panaji on Verna plateau off the Panaji-Margao highway. The spring is surrounded by tropical woodlands and swaying betel palms and emerges from the hard rocks.

The spring is in its full glory in the monsoons and looks fabulous, brimming with sparkling water. The word “Kesar-val” is derived from the Indian word for eagles that used to maintain a colony here among the afforested slopes. Steps were built in the 1950s below the hill as a stony zigzag track was the only route to reach the spring. It is a very popular spa, where people bathe in its water with a strong belief that the “healing waters” with magical curative properties will drive away all their ailments. Kesarval, with its rolling terraced hills, running down to the wooded countryside is a place where time is stagnant.

You can explore ecotourism, spice plantations and Mollem National park and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary to make most of the time. If you are an avid nature buff and verdant greenery is what soothes your eyes, then plan your detour during the monsoons from may to september. This is when nature flourishes, the rain brings refreshment and romance, and Goa takes on a more traditional flavour. Just go for a drive!

The rainy season is truly a magical experience. The beauty and grandeur is unparalleled. So get yourself a nice comfortable room at a knock down, off season price, with a cozy cup of coffee and sit by the window as you watch the dry lands get a new lease of life. Or just find one of the ‘gaddos’ that are lightly peppered all across Goa and grab a ‘chai’!




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the golden palms resort and spa at calangute
The Golden Palms Hotels and Spa

This place is exquisitely designed and has a class of its own. It manages to shun out the hustle bustle of the extremely crowded Calangute area but is still within a very accessible distance from the beach. Set in proper Modern amenites with kitchnett in rooms, this place is home away from home.



Atlanta Beach Resort

Atlanta Beach Resort located at the secluded edge of the Calangute Beach, is the perfect place for a truly relaxing holiday in Goa. The Atlanta beach resort is just 500 mtrs away from Calangute beach in North Goa. Basic amenities include Air conditioner, TV with cable, Telephone with Direct Dialing STD ISD, Refrigerator, 24 Hrs Hot & Cold Water etc.


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