Goa embraces one and all from foodies to travel enthusiasts, party lovers to hippies, architecture buffs to yoga fans and more. This tiny state blessed with tropical climate has some lovely places with every attractive place close by. Let’s take a dive into few of the coolest neighborhoods that one must never miss while in Goa.
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Historical lovers will find Panjim the right spot to hang out. Panjim is nestled on the banks of the Mandovi River which houses some of the spectacular colonial structures throwing light on the Portuguese era. The famous Fontainhas, Kala Academy and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church are a few important structures that you have to witness. Pristine, less crowded beaches like Bambolim, Miramar and Dona Paula is the favorite place for serene lovers who love to interact with nature. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird lovers as it is home to several birds including migratory ones.
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Fontainhas is the true reflection of the Portuguese history also famously known as Latin Quarter’s. This colony maintains its ancient touch with cobbled narrow streets beautifully lined with cottages and houses in bright fluorescent colors. St. Sebastian’s Chapel is a main attraction with a history dating back to the 19th century. Gitanjali Gallery is a must visit place that houses a brilliant collection of Scandinavian Art from 1950-1990 and contemporary art from International and local artists.
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Old Goa is famously known as “Velha Goa” with rich history mostly sought after by architecture and history lovers. This was the Portuguese Indian capital from the 16th to 18th century. Old Goa is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with St. Francis Church of Assissi, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral. Most historical buildings here have been improved into museums to preserve their originality.
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Margao is the culture capital of Goa with its modern neighborhoods and culture. Churches, temples and colonial buildings can be explored here. Enjoy the untouched, serene beaches like Majorda, Benaulim and Colva were you can engage in water sport activities like snorkeling, jet skiing, banana rides, parasailing and speed boat rides.
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Anjuna is equally popular for its trance and beach parties. Anjuna is fondly called as “hippie haven” and has rightly earned the name. Party lovers and beach bums can be encountered frequently as they turn to soak up and relax at the beach during daytimes. When the sun goes down Anjuna adorns a new atmosphere with happy crowd in the midst of psychedelic music parties. Anjuna’s flea market also attracts crowds during Wednesday’s were you can purchase genuine souvenir, something to boast of back home.
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Brimming with restaurants, hotels and famous beaches, Arpora is the right neighborhood to get a taste of everything. From historical buildings, churches and temples to serene beaches, Arpora offers something for every type of traveller. The Saturday Night Market which is a one stop shop for souvenirs, clothes, accessories, bags, home décor, shoes and more attracts crowds of all types.
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Arambol remains unchanged and is evolving into a famous beach destination. Every evening you can witness crowd in the beach making music, playing drums and dancing. It is also filled with huts, shacks, restaurants, guesthouses, yoga centers and shops. It is surrounded with lagoons, lake and jungle that add to the varied charm of the neighborhood.