Goa, the first destination that strikes your mind when you think of a beach holiday trip. Goa tourism is something that doesn’t require any sort of introduction as this is the city that is dotted with various enchanting beaches and is popular among tourists for its incomparable nightlife. If you are also the one who loves frolicking at the destination adorned with sandy beaches, where you can enjoy sunbath and water surfing. Travel Packages to Goa play a vital role in living this imaginary world.
01. Anjuna Beach
The beach is very huge and is split into South, Middle, and North Anjuna Beach. Anjuna’s flea market is the main attraction of this beach and is held on Wednesdays at the southern edge of the beach. Famed for coconut plantations, Siolim is the largest village in Goa and is 10 km from Anjuna beach.
02. Colva Beach
It is situated 39 km away from Panaji and is a small village in south Goa. The annual religious event in Nossa Senhora De Merces Church is a grand occasion and celebrated with full fervor by the Catholic communities on the third Monday of October every year. One can also see the Beach Bonanza fair here every Sunday after the mid of April followed by dance, music and other entertainments. This beach houses many shops and restaurants.
03. Dona Paula Beach
It lies close to Panaji amidst the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries. This gorgeous beach has been named after the daughter of Viceroy, Dona Paula de Menezes, and the beach is surrounded by numerous palm trees and the Casuarina Groves. Close to this beach, Reis Magos Church is one of the oldest churches in Goa. Visitors must also visit the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on the island of Choro along the Mandovi River. Covering on 2 sq km., the sanctuary serves as a habitat to various migratory as well as native birds. The National Oceanography Institute and the Cabo Raj Niwas must not be missed. Although the destination is flooded with a huge number of tourists throughout the year yet in the month of November the tourism rate increases due to the Water Sports Festival.
04. Arambol Beach
Tiny Palolem Beach is the most wonderful feature of Arambol’s Beach and a fresh small water lake is the other attraction of the Beach which is almost 200 meters away from the sea. The beach is characterized by steep rocks and is mainly visited by the Europeans. From Arambol Junction one can reach this marvelous beach. Visitors can see Tiracol fort here.
05. Vagator Beach
The beach is known for the magnificent Chapora Fort in the north and the Anjuna Beach on the south. One can reach this beach by walking down the steep rocks. The seaside headland divides Vagator Beach into two main beaches viz. the North Vagator Beach and the Ozrant Beach also called mini-Vagator Beach. The Shiva carving, the Chapora Fort and freshwater springs are worth visit.
06. Benaulim Beach
It is one of the serene beaches of Goa attracting tourists for ‘Dolphin Cruises’. The church of St. John known for the Goan and Christian architecture enhances the beauty of this beach all the more.
07. Palolem Beach
The beach lies in the Canacona district and is called the ‘Paradise Beach’. This fishing beach is popular for its dolphin cruises and fishing trips. The beach also has a small island on the northern side which can be reached only by boat. Don’t miss the Butterfly Beach which lies between the Palolem and Agonda Beach. The Pandava’s Drum and the Figueiredo House must be visited. Palolem Beach in Goa is considered to be one of the safest beaches where you can show your swimming skills. One must also visit the beautiful Colomb Beach, Galgibaga Beach and Rajbagh Beach.
Best Time to Visit
There is no peak season of Goa tourism but it is great to plan the trip sometime around December to January. The carnival period which begins in the month of February attracts tourists in large numbers.
Leisure Activities on the Beaches
Goan beaches offer a variety of activities to spend some time at leisure. One can indulge in thrilling water sports like beach volleyball, jet skies, parasailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and water skiing. A large number of tour operators also offer dolphin and crocodile-spotting trips, island trips, fishing expeditions, and river cruises. These beaches are also known for ayurvedic massage, yoga, and meditation.
Did You Know?
- Anjuna Beach is extremely famous for serving the best seafood.
- The annual religious event of Fama of Menino Jesus (Child Jesus), the annual religious event which is being organized every year since the 17th century in Colva.
- There is a myth that the Dona Paula beach of Goa is affected by the haunted love life of Dona Paula de Menezes which was lost.
- Dona Paula Beach is also the house of the Governor of Goa.
- Benaulim Beach is free from jellyfish and therefore is very good for swimming.
- Benaulim Beach is a foodie paradise.