From Beaches To Forts: 10 Best Places To Visit In North Goa

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North Goa

North Goa is a tropical paradise that attracts visitors with its unspoiled beaches, lively nightlife and deep-rooted Portuguese heritage. From the shores of Calangute and Baga to the forts of Aguada and Chapora, North Goa provides a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Goa | Shutterstock

Calangute Beach

Calangute is the largest beach in North Goa and is known as the "Queen of Beaches." It offers a vibrant atmosphere with numerous water sports activities, beach shacks and bustling markets nearby.

Calangute Beach, Goa | Shutterstock

Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a 16th-century church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for containing the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and is a remarkable display of Baroque architecture with significant religious importance.

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Anjuna Beach

Famous for its Wednesday Flea Market and scenic beauty, Anjuna Beach offers a laid-back vibe with opportunities for water sports, sunbathing and enjoying beachside shacks. Located around 18 kilometres from Panaji, it's easily reachable by road.

Anjuna Beach, Goa | Shutterstock

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada is a historical fort constructed by the Portuguese in the 17th century. It provides breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and the surrounding landscape. It includes a well-preserved citadel and a lighthouse.

Lighthouse at the ancient Fort Aguada | Shutterstock

Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort is located atop a hill and provides a breathtaking view of the Chapora River and Vagator Beach. This historical site gained popularity after being featured in the Bollywood movie "Dil Chahta Hai." It is situated close to Vagator Beach and is open to visitors throughout the day.

Inside the abandoned Portuguese Chapora Fort | Shutterstock

Mapusa Market

Mapusa Market is a lively spot where you can find fresh produce, spices, clothing, souvenirs and immerse in local culture. It's open on Fridays in Mapusa.

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Vagator Beach

Known for its stunning red cliffs and laid-back atmosphere, Vagator Beach provides a serene escape with plenty of opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and admiring sunsets. It's conveniently located near Chapora Fort and easily accessible from nearby towns.

A stone-cut face of Lord Shiva at Vagator Beach | Shutterstock

Mangueshi Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Mangueshi Temple is one of the most prominent Hindu temples in Goa, known for its beautiful architecture, intricate carvings, and religious festivals. It is located in Ponda and is open to visitors daily.

Mangueshi Temple, Goa | Shutterstock

Museum of Christian Art

The Museum of Christian Art is situated in Old Goa's Convent of Santa Monica. It has an impressive assortment of Indo-Portuguese Christian art dating back to the 16th century. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

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Morjim Beach

Morjim Beach is sometimes called "Little Russia" because it is a popular destination for Russian tourists. The beach is known for its Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting sites and provides a peaceful environment with fewer crowds, making it a great place to observe wildlife.

Aerial view of Morjim Beach, Goa | Shutterstock

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