Top 15 Places to Visit in Goa that are Not Beaches
When we think or hear about Goa, all we can imagine is verdant greenery, long shorelines and azure blue beaches. But, what if we tell you that there is more to Goa than just beaches and lush naturescapes, which have not been explored much. This beautiful state is also home to architectural marvels, striking waterfalls and beautiful religious places, in addition to boasting vibrant nightlife coupled with delectable and savoury seafood. Therefore, if you are looking forward to exploring the pristine and unexplored version of this beautiful place, then don’t forget to check out the below-mentioned list that contains some of the most stunning and unspoilt Goa attractions (other than beaches, of course!). So, without further ado, let’s check out the top 15 fascinating places in Goa.
A wonderful example of Portuguese architecture, Fort Aguada is one of the most impressive places to visit in Goa. Offering breathtaking views of Sinquerim Beach, the major striking feature of this fort is a 4-storey lighthouse, which is unique in the whole of Asia. This attraction in Goa is also well-known for offering mesmerising sunset views.
Nestled in the midst of lush jungles, Harvalem Falls is a beautiful place to visit in Goa, especially during monsoons. Situated in Sanquelim, this tranquil and picturesque location offers stunning views of milky white water flowing down the boulders and rocks. Absolutely an awe-inspiring sight, this place is worth visiting for nearby attractions, including Arvalem Caves and Rudreshwar Temple.
Amongst the well-kept secrets of Goa, Cabo De Rama Fort offers picturesque views of the horizon and the tranquil Cabo De Rama Beach. One of the oldest forts in Goa, this structure has stood the test of time. Situated in Cancona town, this place is for having breathtaking views of the sunset and clicking ‘Insta’ worthy photos.
Established in the year 1968, this sanctuary is a natural haven. One of the most fascinating places to visit in Goa, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is well-known for its verdant greenery and rich fauna. A beautiful spot for hiking and recreating, this sanctuary lets you be at one with nature. And, what’s more, if you are lucky, then you may see mouse deer, sloth bears, monkeys, Indian bisons and laughing hyenas.
Also known as Pandava Caves, Rivona Caves are said to be the creation of Buddhist monks. Visitors can see carved laterite in the form of ‘pitha’, which is believed to have served as a seat of the Buddhist monk. Known for offering a remarkable adventure spree, these caves are worth visiting.
Set up to conserve the butterfly species, the Butterfly Conservatory of Goa is one of the most exciting places to visit. Housing over 100 species of butterflies, this park is perfect for taking a serene walk while watching multiple colourful butterflies from close quarters. A must-visit place for everyone, especially nature lovers, this conservatory is sure to leave you enchanted!
A UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site, Basilica of Bom Jesus is a beautiful example of baroque architecture. Located in Old Goa, this Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest and revered churches across the globe. Renowned for preserving the remains of St. Francis Xavier, this church attracts a large number of visitors, both tourists and locals alike.
Named after Indian ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, this sanctuary is a highly protected area in Goa. Situated on the beautiful island of Chorao, this place is an absolute paradise for nature fanatics and birdwatchers. Home to a large species of migratory and local birds, the sanctuary is also well-known for indulging in a boat ride that takes you through the lush-green mangrove forests.
Ideal for an adventurous and rejuvenating getaway, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the south-eastern part of the state. One of the major wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, this place is home to diverse flora and fauna, including mouse deer, leopard, giant squirrel and Ceylon frogmouth.
Located in Panjim, this church is one of the archetypical examples of stunning Baroque architecture coupled with Portuguese style. This beautiful white structure is one of the oldest and gorgeous chapels, thereby making it a must-visit on your trip to Goa.
One of the largest temples in Goa, Shri Shantadurga Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Housing a beautiful idol of the goddess, this temple features a gorgeous palanquin on which the idol is carried around the city on the occasion of Mahapanchami. Located in the Ponda district, this temple is one of the top places to visit in Goa.
Kuskem or Kuske waterfall is an idyllic destination in Goa. Nestled in the beautiful Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, this beautiful waterfall is another well-kept secret of the state. Lush greenery coupled with milky-white water cascading from a height is a picture-perfect panorama.
Absolutely a sight to behold, Dudhsagar Waterfall is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Goa. The cascading water through the mountains is milky-white in colour, and hence the name ‘Dudhsagar’. The surrounding greenery and panoramic mountains add to the pristine beauty of this place.
One of the most amazing places to shop in Goa, Anjuna Flea Market is no unknown name. This weekly market (open on Wednesdays) is a treasure trove of apparel, handicrafts, souvenirs, junk jewellery and everything else you can think of. A perfect place to satisfy your innate shopaholic, this market also witnesses live performances of different bands, thereby making it a popular tourist attraction in the state.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this gorgeous temple is believed to be 450 years old. Having an exquisite, yet simple, structure, the temple also has a beautiful 7-storey lamp tower inside its complex. A beautiful place to visit in Goa other than beaches, this temple looks absolutely regal and distinctive with its white towers and intricate architecture.
Spellbound much, right? We thought so! And, now that you have an entire list of gorgeous places to visit in Goa, other than beaches, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, grab a ticket and head to these amazing destinations for a mesmerising and memorable vacation.
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