Posted/Updated on April 27, 2010
Tourist attractions in Goa are globally famous. Everyone knows Goa tourist attractions are its sunny golden beaches. But beaches are not the only tourist attraction of Goa. Goa is an old city having its own traditions, culture, architecture and its share of monuments. Goa is studded with churches all over due to its past of foreign connection. There is galore of tourist attractions in Goa. There are beaches; temples, churches and villages are not to be forgotten.

Goa
Goa


Panaji :
It is the capital of Goa and has many tourist attractions of Goa. It is situated on the banks of River Mandovi. Panaji has many renowned Churches and buildings built in Gothic style. The must see of the Panaji are the Chapel of St. Sebastian, The church devoted to our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the Goa State Museum, the Secretariat building, the statue of Abbe Faria.

Famous Old Church at Panaji
Famous Old Church at Panaji

Old Goa :
Old Goa is the home of many old and famous churches. Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of St. Cajetan, Church of St. Augustine Ruins, Church and Convent of St. Monica, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Chapel of St. Anthony and Chapel of St. Catherine are among the those old churches. The holy Basilica of Bom Jesus is a famous pilgrimage for Roman Catholics.


Old Goa Basilica
Old Goa Basilica

Church of Old Goa
Church of Old Goa


Shantadurga Temple:
The beauty of Goa is further accentuated by the auspicious presence of various Gods and Goddesses. The Shantdurga Shrine located within dense forests presents a serene and exquisite picture to the tourists in Goa. Situated right at the edge of the forest the temple has a vast expanse of paddy fields in the front.

The temple has beautifully carved interiors where the marble and glass chandeliers cover and protect the silver work which has been artfully designed and dedicated to the Goddess. The sanctum houses idols of Devi Shantadurga flanked by the Lords Vishnu and Mahadev on either side. The 8 day long Zatra (procession) on wooden chariots is a must see attraction of the temple.
Shantadurga Temple - Goa
Shantadurga Temple - Goa


Mahalaxami Temple :
It is the very famous place of worship for Hindus in Goa devoted to Goddess Laxami, goddess of wealth.
Mahalakshmi Temple - Goa
Mahalakshmi Temple - Goa

Mangeshi Temple :
It is the very famous temple of Goa.
Mangeshi Temple - Goa
Mangeshi Temple - Goa


Se Cathedral: Very good example of Portuguese-Gothic architecture. It is known to be the largest church in Goa.

Se Cathedral - Goa
Se Cathedral - Goa

Se Cathedral Inner - Goa
Se Cathedral Inner - Goa


Beaches of Goa :
The major tourist attractions of Goa are its beaches. The Calangute, Fort Aguada beach, Vagatore beach, Anjuana beach, Baga beach, Candolim beach, Vasco Da Gama beach, Bogmalo beach, Colva beach, Dona Paula beach, Miramar beach, Majorda beach, Varca beach are the most frequently visited by the tourists and the local both.

Another tourist attraction of Goa is its festive life. Evening cruises in Mandovi River with local songs, exotic Goan seafood, and the Goan festivals are the add-ons of the tourist attractions in Goa.

Goa Beach


Beach at Goa

Goa Hotels

Cottages at Goa Hotels
Cottages at Goa Hotels

How to Reach Goa

By Air: Dabolim is the main entry point for Goa situated at a distance of around 29 km from Panaji on the coast near Vasco da Gama.

Most domestic airlines operate in Goa apart from chartered private airlines operating from UK and Germany. Indian Airlines has direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai daily. Air India also flies to Goa.

By Rail: It is not difficult to reach Goa by trains, especially after opening of the Konakan Railway that connects Margao and Vasco da Gama to major cities in India. You can take trains from Delhi 1,874 km), Mumbai (490km), and Bangalore (430 km) to reach Goa comfortably. From the railway stations, you can hire taxis and motorcycle taxis to reach the desired destinations.

By Road: Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka state transport corporations operate from the Kadamba bus stand at Panaji. Frank Shipping operates a boat service between Mumbai and Panaji.

Moving around in Goa is quite easy. One can find bus as well as car rental services. A unique experience is that of the motorcycle taxi. Several ferry services are also available.