Places to Visit in Goa
Dudhsagar literally means ‘sea of milk’. Perched on the lofty heights of the Western Ghats and falling from 600 meters. Dudhsagar is the 5th highest waterfall in India. Legend has it that the King’s daughter went to bathe at the falls, when a prince appeared. Immediately, the virtuous and modest princess poured sugared milk into the pond to shield her body from the glances of the stranger. To this day, it is believed that this milk flows down the mountains in torrents.
Built by the Portuguese in 1612 to defend Goa’s coastline. It is ideally situated at the mouth of the Mandovi River. The fort was used as a watering station by ships after a long journey. The four-storey lighthouse located here was assembled in 1864 and is the oldest in Asia. It was one of the four forts namely Cabo, Gasper Dias, Reis Magos and Aguada that served as sentinels against attacks from invaders via the sea. The Gasper Dias fort no longer exists. Cabo is now the Governer’s palace and Reis Magos, was occupied by the British army briefly and served as a prison until recently.
It is a quaint little settlement in the city of Panjim. It provides an opportunity to travel back in time and observe how Panjim was during the Portuguese rule. Fontainhas is also referred to as the ‘Latin Quarter’ as it captures the characteristics of Portuguese infrastructure with narrow streets, old villas, clay-tiled roofs and elegant houses painted in bright & bold colors.
This artificial freshwater lake is situated within walking distance from the Karmali Railway Station and is a famous bird-watching spot in Goa. Due to the rich ecology here, one can see many species of migratory and water birds such as grey herons, kingfishers, waterfowls, warblers, woodpeckers, geese, ducks and eagles.
BONDLA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Spread over 8km of land, Bondla is Goa’s smallest wildlife reserve. It is a great place to have fun and enjoy the tranquillity of this picturesque forest. Wild animals and reptiles such as leopards, jackals , langurs, wild boars, bisons and serpents inhabit the hills of Bondla forest. Additionally, there is a rehabilitation centre, botanical gardens, a fenced deer park, a library and a zoo. Don’t forget to take an elephant ride for a real Indian experience: 9am-5pm (Fri-Wed)
ARVALEM CAVES AND WATERFALL
Although dating back to the 6th century, the origin of the small caves is unclear due to its architecture. Some believe that they are a Buddhist creation as the laterite stone has been cut into five compartments. However, the presence of the symbol of the Hindu God Shiva, infers that the caves may be of Hindu origin. Nearby and falling from a height of 50 meters, the Arvalem Waterfall can be seen in all its wondrous glory.
ANJUNA FLEA MARKET
In the 1960s, Goa experienced an influx of hippies who began this market where second hand goods could be sold. It has since become a trend and is open for business every Wednesday at the Anjuna beach. At your own pace you can wander around the stalls. Everything under the sun can be found here from a second hand bike to miniature items. You can try the delicious multicultural cuisine on offer and have your hair cut or get a tattoo!. Be sure to banter or negotiate so that you can bag yourself a bargain!
Dating back to the 1850s, this traditional Goan market is fondly known as the ‘Friday Market’. It is completely packed and lively as every creep of place is booked by sellers. Anything you desire can be seen here, from lottery stalls to barber shops, handicrafts to clothes shops and fruit vendors to vegetable stalls. Mapusa has it all! You can also visit the meat market, fish street, spice shops and the bakery. Wonderful items can be brought a throw away prices. Examine the grand bazaar and try the local bars, restaurants and tea stalls that serve refreshments from morning until night
The stone outcrop provides a wonderful backdrop for taking photos and it is easy to see why the place has been named ‘Lovers Paradise’. From the jetty one can see Mormugao Harbour across the bay and daily boat trips can be taken to visit Vasco da Gama city. A whitewashed statue sculpted by the Baroness Von Leister, named ‘Image of India’ is found at Dona Paula. It portrays a couple both facing in opposite directions, the man towards the nation’s past and the woman towards the future.
MENEZES BRAGANZA / PEREIRA BRAGANZA HOUSE
Perfectly positioned in the countryside, this colonial style mansion is an exquisite heritage house. The Portuguese style edifice is the largest house in Goa. It has been excellently preserved and serves as museum, which exhibits chandeliers, paintings, porcelain, crystals and period furniture (Mon-Sat)
TROPICAL SPICE PLANTATION
It is spread over at large, and offers the perfect setting for you to soak in nature. One can enjoy healthy and nutritive food picked from the plantation and then served in an old-style manner on a banana leaf (9am-4pm everyday)
This 200 year old farmstead boasts of a purely organic and natural environment, in which one can relish nature at its very best. The pond located within fascinates a number of birds of different species. Guests can walk around the spicy world of Savoi Plantation (10am-5pm everyday)