North Goa Sightseeing
All you need to know about Goa North
Hello friends after my first budget goa trip blog now trying to go in detail about North Goa where I visited my last time.
The North Goa is the most popular spot in Goa where you’ll find beaches, booze, beautiful churches. If you’re an enthusiastic person, North Goa will never miss you.
So let’s check out the different places you can visit and enjoy your trip to Goa, these places are categorized into three types.
Churches- We can see many famous churches in north goa that we could have seen in movies, television.
1 Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
The Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church is a very old gem in the Goa church list with its unique architecture and innovative makeup. With great devotion, people visit this church to experience the Lord’s miraculous powers.
In movies like Josh, Ashiqui 2 and many more, we might have seen this church several times.
2. Basilica of Bom Jesus
This is one of Goa’s oldest churches dating back to 1594, due to its existence to Jesuits who came to India in the 15th century. The church is about 10 km from Panjim in Old Goa in Bainguinim. St. Francis Xavier, a special friend of St. Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), is the oldest church in Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus. The remains are in good condition even after 400 years and are removed once every decade. A site of rich cultural and religious importance, UNESCO has declared the Basilica of Bom Jesus a World Heritage Site.
3. Se Cathedral
Dedicated to Alexandria’s Catherine, Se Cathedral is one of Goa’s ancient brick-by-brick structures. The historic church is located right on the banks of the Mandovi River in the old part of the state. In Goa, the Se Cathedral represents the royal and imperial atmosphere of the bygone Portuguese era. Spread over a vast expanse, it is one of India’s largest churches.
4. Church of Our Lady of the Mount
The church of Our Lady of the Rosary above Monte Santo or Holy Hill, the chapel of Our Lady of the Mount is situated above a hill diametrically opposite. It’s an easy drive uphill from the Mahatma Gandhi circle plus a flight of stairs for about 15-20 minutes. While here, you might also want to visit the nearby Carmelite Church ruins that the Italians have built.
In many movies such as All The Best, Zeher, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd., this place has been featured. That’s it. A must-visit for movie fans. The place looks like heaven during sunset.
5. Church of St. Cajetan
One of Goa’s most important tourist attractions, St. Cajetan’s beautiful church, lies about half a kilometer north-east of Se Cathedral, one of Goa’s capital’s landmarks, Panjim. The church is one of India’s most respected shrines built in the purity of white, besides being one of Goa’s biggest tourist attractions.
Also there are so many iconic churches we can not miss a visit.
- Chapora Fort
Location– Chapora Fort Road, North Goa
The famous fortress of Dil Chahta Hai. Chapora Fort in North Goa is another popular destination for the patrons, a favorite evening haunt for the thrill likers to chill out.
You have to visit this fort and experience a lifetime capture for the best views of sunset. The steep slopes on all sides of this fort, together with the sea, provide an excellent natural excess.
2. Aguada Fort
Location– Aguada Fort Road, Candolim, North Goa
This is the Portuguese’s famous prison. Aguada Fort in Goa was built in 1612 and is a well-preserved structure that attracts chunks of tourists each year. Overlooking the Arab Sea, the highlight of this destination is the lighthouse at this particular fort.
The sunset here captivates the heart of all. This fort has a spring of freshwater from which its name derives.
3. Sinquerim Fort
Location– Candolim, North Goa
Sinquerim Fort in Goa was built in 1612 at a distance of 18 km from Panaji. Basically, this fort is Aguada Fort’s lower extension. The beauty of the Arab Sea makes it a must-visit to this place. This fort bisects the Sinquerim beach shoreline into two.
4. Reis Magos Fort
Location– Verem, Bardez, North Goa
One of Goa’s oldest forts, Reis Magos Fort offers from all sides a brilliant panoramic view. This place’s photogenic atmosphere gets even better with a beautiful church being built along with it.
This fort of the 16th century is visited periodically by a large mass of explorers. This fort was restored as a cultural and heritage center in Goa by the authorities.
Now coming to north goa beaches, North Goa has world-renowned beaches where tourists from around the world come to relax and enjoy.
- Mandrem Beach –
The Mandrem is one of Goa’s most northern beaches, 5.95 km from Goa’s border with Maharashtra state. It’s sandwiched between two popular beaches in north Goa–north Arambol and south Ashwem. The Mandrem beach is located in Goa’s Pernem region, 28.5 kilometers north of Panaji, the state capital of Goa. The backpacker’s paradise Arambol is only 7.6 kilometers away. Ashwem is even closer, only 5.9 kilometers south.
2. Baga Beach
Due to the many options it offers, the Baga is probably the best place to witness the nightlife in Goa.
There are plenty of beach shacks at night that play good music, offer great food and drink. Some of the best nightclubs are located on the Baga Calangute Road. Café Mambos, Titos and the Cape Town Café are three popular nightclubs around Baga Beach.
3. Calangute Beach
Calangute is popular for its nightlife experience, located near the Baga beach. If you’re visiting Goa for the first time, what you should do to experience the booming nightlife of Goa at its best is a visit to this beach post at 8 pm.
4. Vegator Beach
Vagator beach, especially with foreign tourists, is one of the most beautiful and popular North Goa beaches. It’s between the southern beach of Anjuna and the river Chapora. On the other side of the river is the Olive Ridley Turtle nesting site on Morjim beach. The beach of Vagator is 22 kilometers from Panaji, Goa’s capital, via the NH66 and 45.7 kilometers from Vasco da Gama’s Dabolim International Airport. The beach is on the Anjuna–Chapora Road, 10.4 kilometers from Mapusa.
5. Anjuna Beach
Anjuna beach is one of North Goa’s most popular beaches, located between the north beach of Baga and the south beach of Ozran, also known as Little Vagator Beach. This was one of Goa’s first beaches to become popular thanks to the 1960s and 1970s hippie culture. With a lot of backpackers coming from Europe, it is now a favorite. Anjuna is also popular with the Indians, though.
These are very few beaches that we are able to visit for Sun set many more beaches.
So friends when are planning for next goa trip????
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