Tourist Places in Goa
You have the beaches, monuments, pilgrimage places, shopping centers, and off course the nightclubs and bars. Goa in the evening will remind you of the downtown in Chicago and the Las Vegas with its sparking lights and overcrowding streets. The other parts of the state are studded with temples, churches, monuments, and the forts.
Panaji is the capital of Goa and an old city by the banks of Mandovi River. For many visitors to the place, Panaji is the first stop and a major gateway to other parts of Goa. Churches, old homes, and buildings make a major part of the tourist attractions in Panaji. Built in the Gothi style during the Portuguese era, Panaji is home to the Goa State Museum, Statue of Abbe Faria, Chapel of St Sebastian, and the Secretariat Building.
This is perhaps the most important destination for those who want to plunge into the waves, play the water sports, or enjoying the sun. If the water fails to impress you, you have the shacks for the massages, restaurants to dine, and the resorts for accommodation. Popular beaches to plan your visit are Calangute, Anjuna, Vagator, Palolem, and Colva. The beaches are also the shopping hideouts. You bargain for the hats, t-shirts, accessories, and shoes. You also have the option of water sports and paragliding. The adventure tourists find Goa a heaven.
Churches in Goa
The old architecture of the state is best reflected through its churches, chapels, and the basilicas. An important center for Christian pilgrimage, the churches carry the Portuguese legacy and are of great historical value. Today, many chapels are listed as World Heritage Sites and are protected by the state. If you are planning to check out few of them to know about the ancient glory, below gives are few names for reference
- St. Cajetan Church
- Church of St. Francis of Assissi
- Church of St Paul
- Church of Mary Immaculate Conception
- Se Cathedral Church
- Reis Magos Church
- Ruins of Church of St. Augustine
- The Church of St. Anne at Talaulim Ilhas
- Basilica of Bom Jesus