Top Attractions in Goa
Collected by Allison Sodha, AFAR Local Expert
No matter why you come to Goa, you'll leave with a new angle on India. Catholic and Hindu, modern and ancient, decadent and sacred, distinctly Indian yet once a Portuguese colony, this state is full of contradictions, culture and spectacular beaches.
Baina Beach, Goa
GoBananas on Baina Beach is India's first and only facility offering underwater sea walking, the latest trend in aquatic adventure sports. After some brief instruction and a crash course in sign language, a boat ferries participants to...
Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Campal, Panaji, Goa 403001, India
Beat the heat and get to the Kala Academy, an organization that promotes the cultural unity of Goa. From festivals to exhibitions, Kala offers a diverse and distinctive menu of events and performances. Take your time to peruse the displays or grab...
Valpoi, Goa 403505, India
Head north of Valpoi to reconnect with nature in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. The 80-square-mile preserve, nestled in the Western Ghats, is considered an area of high biodiversity, with wildlife ranging from black panthers and...
115 Borvanwado, Nachinola, Bardez, Goa 403508, India
From June to September, enjoy the lush jungle scenery on Class II and III rapids through the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, organized by Goa Rafting in the nearby village of Nachinola. The Mandovi River (also called the Mhadei) springs to life...
Divar Island, Goa 403403
Board a ferry from Old Goa for the short crossing to Divar Island. With its single-lane roads that are virtually empty, the island is ideal for independent exploration. For years the government tried to persuade the residents of Divar to approve a...
Mapusa Market Area, Mapusa Municipal Market, Panjim, Goa 403507, India
Polish your bargaining skills for the Mapusa Market in North Goa. Though operational every day of the week, the market is particularly lively on Fridays. Shoppers can peruse textiles, antiques, clothing, spices, handicrafts, pottery, carpets,...
Pomburpa, Goa 403101, India
Pack a picnic and take a dip at Pomburpa Spring, a natural freshwater source less than six miles from Panjim (also known as Panaji). Set among betel palm trees on landscaped grounds, the waters are believed to have medicinal properties for...
Vagator Beach, Goa 403519
Vagator Beach has long appealed to the trance-loving crowd of foreigners seeking overnight rave parties on Goa's shores, but the beach has also become known for its spectacular sunset views from the surrounding red cliffs. Backpackers and Goans...
H.No. A-14 , Arla Bazar Keri, Ponda, Kerim, Goa 403401, India
With its rich soil and tropical climate, Goa is an ideal setting for growing spices. Several plantations in the area offer guided tours, elephant rides, and lunches served on banana leaves but Sai Organic Farm and Herbarium...
Aryatan Bhavan 3rd Floor, Pattoo Plaza, Electricity Colony, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001, India
Up, up, and away! Catering to romantics and adventure seekers alike, the Tiger Balloon Safaris company offers private hot-air balloon rides over Goa. Though the state has numerous picturesque spots that you can enjoy from the ground, nothing...
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