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Explore the most popular places in Goa

The coastal areas of Goa have become thriving tourist hotspots for people from all over India as well as countless international tourists.

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The coastal areas of Goa have become thriving tourist hotspots for people from all over India as well as countless international tourists, and the state has garnered a reputation for its unique nightlife.

1. Calangute

Calangute Beach

The beaches of Goa are one of her most attractive features and therefore contain many a resort such as Alila Diwa Goa. These beautiful beaches attract a wide range of people and feature an incredible amount of eateries and shops to indulge in some cultural shopping. Water-sports are also very popular around Calangute and you can find everything from surfing to jet-skiing taking place. If you’re heading out on an adventure to this incredible hotspot, the beaches are one of the best places to start sightseeing in Goa.

2. Chapora Fort

Arambol, Goa, India – December 08, 2014: Tourists go to the ruins of Chapora fort, located near Vagator village, North Goa, India

The initial fort was built even before the Portuguese arrived in the 1500s and was owned by many entities during its existence. As a result, it contains an immense load of heritage. A local hero, Prince Akbar made the fortress his base camp during his efforts to combat Portuguese rule. The fort that currently stands was constructed in 1717 and its strategic placement and construction give it views of every possible direction. The fort was also used as a filming location for many notable Bollywood movies such as ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, cementing it as a prominent tourist hotspot.

3. The Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus

This sacred UNESCO World Heritage Site holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, who was one of the most notable missionaries to arrive in Asia. Among his many accomplishments, he was also the first missionary to venture into Japan as well as Borneo. The Baroque architecture of the church is nationally renowned and it is considered even more sacred given it is the first basilica ever built in India. The Basilica is more than four hundred years and is said to contain healing powers. The floors are made of marble and have been inlaid with precious stones. The beauty of this marvelous work of architecture makes it an essential visit if you’re in Goa.

4. Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Falls

The name of this majestic waterfall translates into ‘Sea of Milk’, and it describes the majesty of this natural phenomenon quite well since the torrential flow of white water makes it look like a titanic eruption of milk. Dudhsagar Falls contains four tiers and is also coincidentally the fourth largest waterfall in India. Gaining access to see this spectacular geographical formation can be a little tricky since the only real option is to enlist the help of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary who will provide an off-road taxi service through the lush rainforests. Finding your way is bound to be a truly fulfilling adventure.

5. Arpora Night Market

Arpora Night Market

A visit to Goa would simply be incomplete without checking out the lively and striking Arpora Night Market, which takes place every Saturday from six in the evening towards the late night. The market began in the 60s and 70s when hippies congregated to sell certain belongings to raise some money for themselves. Now the market is a thriving locale featuring an extensive range of stalls as well as outlets selling some of the best in local snacks and cuisine. You might also be able to catch some very interesting musical performances as well, making the Arpora Night Market a truly unique and unforgettable experience.