One of the most sought after beaches in India, Baga Beach is the centre of tourist attraction in Goa. Situated in North Goa, pleasant ambience, scenic views of the shoreline and plenitude of things to do makes this fishing village one of the finest places to visit in Goa. On any visit to this sandy retreat, you can witness innumerable fishing boats docked by the shoreline.
Unlike most of the Goan beaches, Baga is secluded from the outside world. Well, this has contributed a lot to its charm and appeal of this beach. Salubrious atmosphere all through the year, the quiet and calm atmosphere, plenty of water activities and the beach shacks on this holiday destination entices visitors from different parts of the world.
Amongst all the activities, dolphin spotting, parasailing, banana boat rides and sun-basking are highly enjoyed at this beach. Though you can visit this sandy paradise at any point of the year, November to March is considered as the ideal time to make it to the Baga Beach.
Soaring above the Chapora River in Bardez, the Chapora Fort though in ruins, is an intriguing place of visit. The stronghold has witnessed the passage of many hands from Portuguese to Marathas. In the recent years, it shot to prominence after the Bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai was shot here.
The structure as it stands today belongs to the 18th Century. Mostly in shambles, you will find red laterite stone walls, a gate, bastions with cylinder-shaped turrets, some barracks and bushes. Perched on a prominent position, one can get sweeping views of all directions from here. Climbing up here during the day times can require a bit of an effort. Evenings are relatively pleasant and breezy.
One of the most famous and striking monuments in Goa, Dona Paula is a monument that has been erected to honour the great baroness Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior, who was the daughter of the Portuguese Viceroy. As she arrived with her family to Goa, she made various changes and charities that brought about reforms in the town. The memorial was erected in her memory. The statue has various legends attached to it, while some say it represents young and old Mother India, the others say that it was a statue sculpted by Dona Paula herself.
The area is now amongst the most affluent in Goa and is truly charming and pleasant. The monument overlooks the sea, which makes up for its perfect location.
Mollem National Park
Also called the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, this region spreads over 240 sq. km. Amongst all the places to visit in Goa, visitors come here mainly to see the impressive biodiversity of this land and the ancient temples inside the forest. A paradise for the birds and the enthusiasts of reptiles, it houses some of the rare and exotic species of both the species. To name a few of the dwellers, Fairy Bluebirds, Drongos, Hornbills and Wagtails comes up as the most spectacular natives of Mollem National Park.
Located in the Mollem town which is about sixty kilometers from Panaji, this park is open on all days of the week from eight in the morning to five in the evening. The Mollem forest is famous for the King Cobra, Viper, three-toed kingfisher, Hornbill. To explore and discover the most of wildlife, it is always advisable to hire an experienced guide during the visit.
Considering the plenitude of options available for travel, Goa is truly a land of myriad attractions. The meeting point of different cultures from different corners of the world, this region essays the tenets of fine living. Suited for people from all walks of life, Goa attracts peace and pleasure lovers alike.
Goa State Museum
Located in the capital city of Panjim, the Goa State Museum houses artifacts pertaining to its golden and bygone history. There are about eight thousand interesting artifacts housed in this museum, which makes this place one of the top places to see in Goa. The artifacts include numismatic collections, anthropological artifacts, coins, sculptures and ancient manuscripts.
There are about fourteen galleries inside the museum and each of these galleries display a select collection of interesting artifacts. For instance, the Sculpture Gallery houses sculptures, Furniture Gallery houses ancient furniture used by royals and people and the Religious Expression Gallery features paintings, manuscripts and such items that display the cultural and religious fabric of Goa.