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Goa: North Goa
North Goa, a coveted destination for the beach and nature lovers, is nestled in the blue water streams of the prolonged Arabian Ocean. Once popularly known as the “Rome of the East”, the Old Goa was built by Portuguese merchants and is located at a distance of 10 km away towards the eastern side of Panjim. Interested tourists can travel to Old Goa by bus or by hiring a car as well. The spot can also be accessed by water transport.
The appealing golden beaches of North Goa, such as, Calangute, Candolim, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator and Chapora, are positioned on the sea shore one after the other. All of these fascinating and pretty destinations are hidden in darkness of swaying coconut trees. The attractive beaches of Goa pull crowds from all the different corners of the world regularly. Chartered aircrafts fly all the way from London to Goa in every week end.
Aguada: The ancient Aguada Fort, erected during 1609- 1612, is positioned at a distance of 12 km away from panjim and still recollects the cultural magnificence of the imperialistic Portuguese merchants. The meaning of Agua in Portuguese language is water. Once there were 7 natural springs. Ships used to stop here to get sweet water.
79 cannons are placed on the premise of the enthralling Aguada fort. The holy St Lawrence Church, built during 1630, draws attention of the Christian pilgrims. The Central Jail has now been converted into an intriguing fort. For witnessing the surrounds and gazing at the rooms of the central jail you have to grant permission though.
The eye soothing Sinquerin beach, situated towards the northern side of the Aguada fort, can be best viewed from the fort premise. To show the way to the ships in the deep ocean, a 13 meters tall lighthouse had also been erected in 1864 on the fort premise as well. Climb up the lighthouse during 16-17:00 hours to stare at the panoramic sights around.
The lavish Taj Hotel accommodates innumerable holiday makers who assemble at Goa. Catch a glimpse of the Raj Bhavan atop the hill. Buses regularly ply to Aguada from Panjim, Calangute and Candolim. You can hire a taxi on the way to Aguada.
Calangute: About 15 km away from Panjim, the attention- grabbing Calangute sea beach, is the busiest beach of Goa.
The sand dunes of the Cadolim beach in southern Goa enjoy the shades of shrubs. The largest sea beach of Goa, Candolim, is spread along the Bardez coastal lines.
The territory of North Goa starts right at the end of the area of Mandovi. The well stretched out beaches of North Goa are well covered with tamarisk trees. The array of mountains, visible standing on the beaches, looks mesmerizing.
The golden sands of the Calangute beach shimmer during the sunrise and sunset. It’s a treat to the eyes of the travelers. The environs around would please you as well. The calmness and serenity of the Calangute village pull huge crowds during weekends. It’s a village where most of the inhabitants are fishermen. The place gets crowded with foreigners primarily during December- February.
Shops scattered at the roadside on the way to the beach from the bus stand showcase various substances of overseas countries.
To witness the cultures and traditions of Goa through the cultural programs (18:30- 20:00), tourists assemble in the evening everyday at the Kerkar Art Gallery, located at the southern side of North Goa. Due to the congregation of thousands of tourists every day, the beach of Calangute has become dirty.
To enjoy the cool breeze of the palm trees on the sea beach you have to congregate on the sea shore of the Colva beach.
If you avail a conducted tour package from Panaji, then you can comfortably complete the trip of the Calangute beach in one day.
To accommodate the ever increasing travelers, Calangute is coming up with new hotels in and around the beach and the village. Besides the residency of GTDC, a number of privately owned homes give an opportunity to the tourists to stay as paying guests.
Baga: Baga Beach, about 2 km away towards the northern side of the North Goa and Candolim beach are integral parts of the Calangute. It’s truly an enticing experience to watch the animated blue waves of the Arabian ocean and the towering hills at the back end of the beach. Sit on the beach quietly and enjoy the cool breeze here. The sound of waves hitting the rocky shore breaks the silence of the beach. The small waterfall coming down from a reasonable height is kissing the trunks of the nearby mountains and is worth watching as well. This heavenly place can be accessed taking a walk through the beach and the adjacent road.
Numerous foreigners choose this beach as their favorite one to take pleasure in sunbath. Countless numbers of devotees enjoy taking a bath in the blue water of the Arabian ocean in the Baga beach.
The homes of fishermen around the sea beach look lovely, especially for the roofs which are made up of red tiles. Inhabitants in these tiny huts entertain foreigners with quality sea foods and alcohol. Restaurants, shops and hotels are scattered on the Baga beach. Interested holiday makers can even stay and enjoy the comfort in these tiny huts on the sea beach. Many gamble and spend the entire night in these huts.
The daily life cycle of fishermen can be witnessed on the Baga beach as well. It would be a fascinating experience for one and all. The water stream of the small River flows through its slender waterway through the northern side of the Baga beach and meets the Arabian ocean. You can travel to Anjuna crossing the neighboring mouth.
Baga can easily be accessed by bus from Panaji, Mapusa and Calangute. Aguada beach is not very far away from the Baga beach as well. Mackey and Ingo- the Saturday night markets is another enticement of Baga. The singular and distinguished Saturday night market (Ingo) here is very popular.
Anjuna: During November- March the Anjuna beach becomes a meeting paradise. This is the time when tourists from all over the world gather together on the Anjuna beach (Abode of hippies), about 1.5 km away towards the northern side of Baga.
Once upon a time Hippies were warded off from the Calangute village and started living in half-moon shaped Anjuna beach. Since then the beach is also known as the “Abode of hippies”.
Plenty of foreigners enjoy naked sunbath here in the shades of swaging coconut foliage. The dotted stones on the beach sometimes cause a lot of problems to the travelers though. One of the most likeable foods here is Hashish. Tourists savor the taste of Hashish sitting on the Anjuna beach. It’s an agreeable destination for the beach lovers who want to enjoy the natural grandeur.
Besides the appealing beach of Anjuna, throngs of tourists are also enthralled by the octagonal crest and the Albuquerque Mansion. The mansion looks pretty as its roof is well festooned with red tiles.
Another attraction that impresses many is the Flea Market which is held on every Wednesday at the southern corridor of the Anjuna beach. The shop keepers get well dressed and look like hippies while selling various interesting items, brought from various parts of the world. The items are not very expensive as well. To recollect the trip of the Anjuna beach for a long time you can purchase items of your own choice from this market. But, you have to make sure that you are purchasing quality items. This truly is the paradise of Hippies. If you visit the spot during the night of the full moon, then make sure to attend the fair on the beach. The Flea Market, however, is closed now for last few years.
Few notable hotels in and around the Anjuna beach are Nobel Nest & Rest, Vales Happy Holiday Home, White Negro, Poonam Guest House, Palacete Rodrigues, Mazalvaddo, Grand Pa’s Inn, Gaunvadi, Don Joao Resort, Saranto, Pushpa’s Palm Grove, Bougainvillea and Palmasol Guest Hotel.
For savoring the taste of sea foods and foods of Goa, you can travel to Rose Garden Restaurant and Gregory’s Star of Anjuna. You can flock to Haystack Restaurant and enjoy performances of different dexterous artists while enjoying Goan Buffet.
Anjuna beach can easily be accessed from Mapusa, Calangute and Panjim both by bus and by car.
Mapusa: The business hub of North Goa, Mapusa, is the head quarter of Bardez. Map means weight and sa means wind in Konkani language.
The entire territory of Mapusa is wonderfully bedecked with astonishing groves and roadside homes. Bakery products of Mapusa are also very popular among the inhabitants of Mapusa.
An immensely popular destination to the throngs of tourists in Mapusa is the Church of Our Lady of Miracles, built way back in 1594. After its construction, the Church was burnt by fire. Late on, it had been reconstructed and reshaped during 1719 and 1838.
The Friday Market showcases the collection of Konkani Souvenir.
Mapusa, about 13 km away from panaji, is well connected to Panaji by bus. It won’t take more than half an hour to travel to Mapusa by bus from Panaji. Buses which travel to Calangute also start from Mapusa. Mapusa is located at the roadside of the Mumbai- Mangalore High way. Buses which travel to Mumbai and Pune from Panjim go through Mapusa. Apart from Bangalore and Mangalore, buses are also going to a number of other destinations from Mapusa. A lot of local buses move in and around Mapusa. Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Chapora, Arambol, Panjam and many more cities of Karnataka can be accessed from Mapusa by buses.
Even though Mapusa is not very famous but tourists can easily access Anjuna and Chapora beaches from Mapusa. Both of these beaches are well connected to Panjim by bus.
Chapora: One of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa is Chapora beach. This fascinating beach is blessed by nature. It enjoys the dimness of plenty of soaring coconut trees.
On the southern banks of the Chapora River, atop a small tila, the riveting fort of Adil Shah is another coveted destination of Chapora. Akbar, the son of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, had established an office inside this captivating historical fort. A lot of historical evidences which were scattered on the premise of the fort had been destroyed with time but tourists still would be able to enjoy the panoramic sights around the fort. This fort got its modern look later on when Portuguese merchants came and decorated it during 1717. The Chapora River meets with the Arabian Ocean here. You can take a walk to the mouth to watch the vista around.
Countless numbers of tourists assemble on the premise of the Chapora village to watch and participate in the ceremonies, organized by the fishermen. This is the place where holiday makers can get a taste of the cultural and customary essence of the villagers of Chapora. The celebration and party continue for the entire night. Tourists also satisfy their taste buds with the foods of Goa here.
At times, the water stream of the Arabian ocean is passed through the rocky hills and is forming astonishing creeks. Cross the fine-looking creeks to access the pretty Morjim Sea Beach. A lot of families of fishermen are living around the Morjim Sea Beach.
Vagator: For spending a quality time with your loved ones in the middle of the cool palm shades, you have to mark your way to Vagator sea beach, about 3 km away from Chapora. Excellent natural surrounds make this beach a class-apart tourists’ destination.
The terrain of Vagator entirely has been subdivided into three parts- Big, Middle and Short. Tourists can cross the hill to reach Anjuna Beach at the southern side of the tila.
Both Chapora and Vagator are accessible by bus from Panjim and Mapusa.
Beach lovers should not miss the opportunity to watch the sumptuousness of the Pernem Beach, located between the Chapora and Arondem Rivers.
Arambol: The virgin Arambol beach is a heavenly paradise for the beach lovers who search for peace and quietude.
Arambol is well connected to Panjim, Mapusa and Siolim by bus. Tourists can even hire a car to the Arambol beach from various nearby destinations. Boats on every Wednesday are running to Arambol from Flea Market of the Anjuna Beach. It takes 90 minutes to reach Arambol by boat from the Flea Market.
The pretty sea beach is covered in soft white sands. Travelers flock to appealing Arambol beach to enjoy the shelter of palm trees. Foreigners enjoy the natural splendor here staying temporarily in the colorful huts, built on the slopes of the hill.
A tourist’s complex is being constructed near the Arambol beach. Ever increasing population has been a problem to the village. The beach doesn’t enjoy the quietness anymore as it used to.
Take a walk along the sea beach and hit the basalt hill on the way.
Few notable hotels in Arambol are Alex Fernandes, Anthony Cardazo, Lizzy’s Guest House, Ganesh House, Uttam, Maria and Bella. Apart from these hotels, some ordinary hotels are also there in Arambol. For quality foods, you can go to the Ganesh Hotel and Welcome Restaurant.
Terekhol: The hilly valley, Terekhol, placed 42 km away from Panjim, is the place for all of you who want to discover and explore the splendors of green surrounds. While feral blue waves of Arabian ocean hit the sea shore at the western side of Terekhol, the southern corridor of the beautiful land is delimited by the Arondem and Terekhol Rivers.
To travel around some of the known and unknown heavenly lands of Terekhol, it’s always recommended to avail a conducted tour package to Terekhol. The natural paradise, Terekhol, can also be accessed from Querim (2 km away from Terekhol) availing ferry service. Terekhol is only 4 km away from the Reddy of Maharashtra. Mumbai is located at a distance of 554 km away from Terekhol.
The very old Terekhol fort was erected during 18th century. Various imperialistic forces had captured this historical fort time and again. The absorbing Terekhol fort recalls the memories of the desired independence of Goa.
Tourists flock to Terekhol today from various corners of India and abroad to witness the natural grandeur and spectacle.
The nearby sought after tourists’ destinations of Terekhol are Querim Beach (Spread across 5 km), Kalacha beach, Arambol beach, Chapora beach, Fort Aguada and Usha- Ispat Iron complex (about 3 km away towards the northern side of Terekhol).
The historical Terekhol fort houses Chapel of St Anthony Church and Church of the Holy Trinity which had been constructed thousands years ago. Both of these Churches showcase excellent and stylish architectures on the exterior surfaces. The ancient architectural touches are prominent on these historical architectural evidences.
To stay at Terekhol overnight you can book rooms in Tiracol Fort Heritage, Lobo’s Serene Private Resorts and Hotel Palm. For quality foods, you along with your family members can flock to Hill Rock Bar & Restaurant. Many more hotels are scattered around Terekhol as well.
Mayem: Enthralling Mayem Lake, amidst wonderful natural locus, is located at a distance 35 away towards north- eastern side of Panjim and is bounded by small hills. Boating on the water surface of the pretty lake would be a startling experience for all. Restaurant near the Lake offers quality foods as well.
Picnic and outing lovers would have a nice time here.
Drive your car crossing Mayem and hit Sanguelim, positioned at the roadside of NH-17. Rajput tribes who assembled here during 18th century are still living here on the premise of Sanguelim. The holy Vishnu or Vitthala temple exhibits the North Indian architectural grandeur and stylishness.
An astounding waterfall and the captivating Buddha cave in Arvalem are the other coveted destinations of Mayem. A pretty and attention grabbing waterfall is situated at a distance of 2 km away towards the north- eastern side of Sanguelim.
Tourists can stay here at Mayem Lake View hotel of GTDC.
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