Goa and beaches have a long and unmatchable relationship. Goa has a unique, laid-back vibe that is characterized by its great and incredible beaches. Each year thousands of tourists visit this breezy and warm state.
There is nothing in which Goa lacks and offers excitement, fun, joy, and thrill at the same time. From outstanding and wonderful historical sites to mesmerizing beaches, there is a lot one can do and enjoy during their trip to Goa.
From the past many centuries Goa has been playing the role of a great host to many empires including Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Portuguese. As a result of which you can easily find the remnant of all these great empires here making Goa an excellent heritage place.
Besides beaches and natural attractions, there are a lot of other places where you can go to have a great time. Stay with us till the end of the article to learn more about amazing things to do in Goa.
Here is a list of 15 best things to do in Goa, India
1. Dudhsagar Falls
Firstly we have Dudhsagar falls on our list. It is one of the most beautiful, scenic, and serene places. The waterfall is present in the Western Ghats Mountains and is at the height of the 310 meters. One can find here a wide variety of flora and fauna in the beautiful surrounding.
Never forget to bring your camera to capture its breath-taking beauty. These majestic falls give a view as a massive rush of milk is flowing effortlessly down the hill.
In my opinion, it would be better to use a jeep or your vehicle to reach here. Therefore, you can enjoy the journey as well. Besides you can also opt for the option of train or trekking.
2. Fort Aguada
One of the best historical things to do in Goa India is to visit Fort Aguada. The fort is a memory of the Portuguese stay here and is one of the most spectacular representatives of the 17th century. It is present on the Sinquerim Beach and is built for defense.
The main highlights of the fort are the 13-meter high lighthouse which is built-in 1864. While the other one is the curved reservoir capable of storing ten million liters of fresh water. Ultimately this freshwater is supplied to the ship that stays here.
Many parts inside the fort which are in good condition are converted into jail making it the largest jail in Goa.
3. Club Cubana
To enjoy the night-life of India, especially in Goa and have a party with your friends, visit Club Cubana. Club Cubana always welcomes you whenever you want to have a party each day of the week.
It is present at the top of Arpora hill in Calangute and is famous with the name of Nightclub in the sky. The club hosts many events that act as a magnet and attract all the party lovers. It is renowned due to its vibrant colors and eco-friendly nature.
You can enjoy the coolest music from some of the best DJs in the country. There is also a pool which is an icing on the cake.
4. Agonda Beach
When we talk about Goa, the first thing that came in mind is its beaches. You won’t be able to justify if you never went to beaches in Goa. Among many other ones on the best beach is the Agonda beach. It is present in the south of Goa.
Beach is famous for quietness, calmness, picture-perfect view and serenity. There are a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes, beach shacks, yoga centers, and massage parlor here to give yourself a retreat.
5. Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most famous churches in the Goa, which is built-in 1605. The main reason behind its popularity is that it contains the remains of the St. Francis Xavier and referred to as the Apostle of the Indes.
Once you visit the place, you will be mesmerized by its marvelous architect and mind-blowing beauty. This place holds both historical and cultural significance and is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage.
Besides the main building of a church, there is also a modern art gallery, carved statues, doors, and columns.
6. Scuba Diving in Goa
Looking for something adventurous to do in Goa India then try scuba diving here. Although there is limited underwater visibility, still you will learn a lot from this experience. And it would be an excellent opportunity to see life underwater.
For beginners, it must say it is an excellent place for scuba diving. Never miss an opportunity to have a glimpse of the colorful corals, exciting fishes, unusual shells, and the other marine life. Besides this, you will also found many hidden gems like shipwrecks, merchant ships, and World War II wrecks there.
7. Mangeshi Temple
As Goa is a host to many nations, you will find their remnants in the form of churches, ornate Mosques, and temples. Mangeshi temple is 450 years old and is present in the region of Ponda in Goa.
This temple is built in the memory of the Shiva. The main features of the temple, including the seven-story lamp tower, a magnificent water tank, and a prominent Nandi Bull. This temple is among the largest temples in Goa. Due to many religious places here in Goa, it attracts many followers each year.
8. Naval Aviation Museum
Now let’s talk about some art and science places. I am sure many people would love to go to museums and learn about the history of art and science. If you are interested in the naval history of India Naval Aviation museum is waiting for you.
The main highlights of the museum include vintage aircraft, engines, avionics, photo gallery, naval arms, and weapons. It is founded in 1998 and has an honor of one among the two military museums in India.
It is the only naval aviation museum in all of Asia and is the one among seven in the world.
9. Chapora Fort
Chapra Fort is another great historical place to learn about the history of Goa. If you are a big fan of Bollywood, then I am sure you have seen the fort already in their movies. Their famous movie “Dil Chahta hai” was filmed here.
Therefore you must visit the place not only to learn about its history but to have a look at one of the incredible pieces of the architect. This fort also explains the story of Portuguese stay here and their glory.
Fort also offers a fabulous view of the Anjuna and Vagator beaches.
10. Artjuna Garden Café and Lifestyle Shop
Your trip to Goa will remain incomplete if you have not tasted their food. Artjuna Garden Café is a great option to give yourself a retreat and enjoy healthy food coming from their garden. You will find hammocks and mangos an insignificant amount in the garden.
With the café, there is an attached lifestyle shop. Stop at the shop to buy some local handicrafts and jeweler or interesting souvenirs.
11. The Church Of Mae De Deus
Another great place to visit in Goa is the Church of Mae De Deus, a wonder of the architect. You will be amazed by its beauty and charm. Church has a standard gothic style and gives you a feel of a place that is only present in the fairytales.
It was built in 1873. Besides its fantastic architect, it also contains a surrounding scenic view and is one of the best places to visit.
12. Temple Of Bogdeshwara
Bogdeshwara is a famous temple in the Goa and is a masterpiece in itself. Each year thousands of people visit the temple to pray and get an answer for those prays. It is surrounded by lush green gardens and offers an incredible sight.
Every year temple hosted an annual event of the name zatra in December and January.
13. Anjuna Beach
Anjuna beach is simply defined as the rocky beach with rocky music and the happy vibes. It is present near the area of Panjim and is one of the famous and highly visited beaches in North Goa. There are many options for enjoyment and fun here. Visit cafe Lilliput or curlies.
Besides this, you can also enjoy many water activities here like snorkeling, swimming, and boating.
14. Dolphin Spotting
Dolphins the cutest and the most innocent creature in the oceans can be found here in Goa. Spare some time and try to go on the famous dolphin spotting activity in Goa at a distance of 10 km from the coastal area.
Bring your cameras to capture those moments of joy and fun. It would be a thrilling activity, and you will surely love it.
15. Cruise ride at Mandovi River
Sail on the river of Mandovi and let yourself drown in the beautiful view of the sunset. It would be a unique opportunity to view the city of Panjim in the evening in the gleaming city lights.
You can enjoy different activities, including different dances, music shows, and DJs.