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Things to do in Goa

Goa stands among the top tourist destinations and the most visited places by tourists in India. That is solely because Goa has a lot to offer. Located on the south-west coast, Goa has the fourth least population of India. However, it is the richest state of the country and holds the top spot for quality of life.

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Going back a few years; there weren’t many things to do in Goa. Also, it wasn’t always under the control of the Indian government. It became independent and the 25th state of India in 1987. It has undergone a number of rulers in the past; the hints of which can be seen in its local lifestyle, which is a mixture of the eastern and western cultures and practices. Consequently, the city holds quite a diverse set of religions, but unlike many places around the world, it enjoys a healthy lifestyle. People here, enjoy the festivities with full enthusiasm. Although Kokani and Marathi are the common languages of Goa, English is also spoken here quite widely. There are a lot of things to do in Goa; from exotic beaches to beautiful historic monuments, Goa is filled with plenty of places that will catch your interest. Although it is a beautiful place to visit, going there in the summers can be a bit hard as it is home to a humid climate for most part of the year. However, this particular type of weather is what creates the vibe for this place. So make sure to pack your summer wear when you go to Goa, and enjoy the beautiful beaches in that warm weather.


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As an active tourist as well as cultural destination, Goa has lots of religious places to visit like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Shanta Durga Temple, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, and more. Aside from these, history, sports and nature fanatics can also visit the Goa State Museum, Casino Royale Goa, Chapora Beach, Dudhsagar Falls, Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and the Fatorda Stadium. Each of these places is a treat to visit. Even though there are several other places to go to as well, those just mentioned above are a few of the most beloved ones by travelers. This list includes both the scenic beauties and the history-rich monuments. Beaches, wildlife or waterfalls, Goa has it all. This actually shows how tourists don’t visit India just for sightseeing. Goa happens to be one of the top ranked states of India when it comes to tourism and considering that it has so many places to visit, it is not a surprise. From churches to temples and from sports stadiums to historic museums, you can find it all here with a blend of natural beauty from its lovely beaches.

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Old Portuguese Ruins

Old Portuguese Ruins

Portuguese is a historical city in North Goa district in the Indian state of Goa. The remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa is approximately 10 kilometres east of the state capital Panaji. Under the Portuguese, it is said to have once been a city of nearly 200,000 where from, before the plague, the Portuguese traded across continents. The city was constructed by the Bijapur Sultanate in the 15th century, and served as capital of Portuguese India from the 16th century until its abandonment in the 18th century due to a plague.

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Viceroy's Arch

Viceroy's Arch

This archway, known as the Viceroy’s Arch, was erected by Vasco da Gama’s grandson, Francisco da Gama, who became viceroy in 1597. Approaching along the wide Mandovi River, new arrivals would have first glimpsed the city’s busy wharf just in front of the symbolic arched entrance to the city. Above it in the centre of the archway is a statue of da Gama himself. Perhaps the best way to arrive in Old Goa is the same way that visitors did in the city’s heyday. On the side facing the river the arch (which was restored in 1954 following a collapse) is ornamented with the deer emblem on Vasco da Gama’s coat of arms.

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Braganza House

Braganza House

Braganza House, worked in the seventeenth century and extending along one entire side of Chandor's town square, is the greatest Portuguese chateau of its kind in Goa and the best case of what Goa's scores of once stupendous and heavenly chateaus have today progressed toward becoming. Conceded the land by the King of Portugal, the Braganza family fabricated this curiously large house, which was later isolated into the east and west wings when it was acquired by two sisters from the family. Both sides are interested in people in general every day. There are no set visit times however in the event that you enter either side a relative or delegate ought to give you a guided visit and amuse you with a couple of stories of the ways of life of the landed upper class amid Goa's times of Portuguese run the show.

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Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery was set up in 1964, NS reorganised in 1981–82.The museum and portrait gallery is situated in the convent section of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. It is run by the Government of India's Archaeological Survey of India and is situated in the former Portuguese colonial capital of Old Goa, a historic one-time city which now attracts a large number of tourists.

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Goa Science Centre and Planetarium

Goa Science Centre and Planetarium

Goa Science Centre is located on New Marine Highway, Miramar, Panjim. Kids and families will enjoy the Goa Science Centre & Planetarium with an outdoor park, hands-on interactive displays, 3-D movies and a planetarium. Initial work on the construction for this building started in 1999 and took two and a half years to finish. Goa Science Centre is a division of the National Council of Science Museums(NCSM), which is a project headed by the Ministry of Culture to set up multiple science learning centres all of India. The Department of Science Technology & Environment of Goa was also a partner in this joint project with the NCSM.

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Christian Art Museum

Christian Art Museum

The Museum of Christian Art is one of the few institutions of its kind in Asia. It is a project of the Archdiocese of Goa and was set up with technical and financial assistance from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. It is run in the former colonial capital of Old Goa, home to heritage monuments today. The museum is located in the Convent of Santa Monica in Old Goa, Goa. It is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm on all days, Monday to Sunday. When it was set up, in 1994, it was the only museum of Christian art in Asia.

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Naval Aviation Museum

Naval Aviation Museum

The Naval Aviation Museum is a military museum located in Bogmalo, 6 km from Vasco da Gama, Goa, India. The museum is divided into two main parts, an outdoor exhibit and a two-storey indoor gallery. The Museum lies on Naval property adjoining the South side of Dabolim Airport, on Bogmalo Road off National Highway 17. The Museum was inaugurated in October 1998 and is one of the Two Military Aviation Museums in India, the other being the Indian Air Force Museum, Palam in Delhi. This museum contains exhibits that showcase the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arm over decades.

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Houses of Goa Museum

Houses of Goa Museum

This multi-level exhibition hall was made by surely understood nearby draftsman, Gerard da Cunha, to light up the historical backdrop of Goan design. Intriguing showcases on building practices and European and neighborhood configuration will change the way you see those old Goan homes. The triangular building is an engineering peculiarity in itself, and the exhibition hall follows Goan structural conventions, building materials, and styles in an indepth yet open way. From Panaji, a taxi or rickshaw will cost you around 400 one-way.

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Other Museums

Other Museums

The Pilar Museum is situated on the Pilar hillock where the Pilar Seminary is additionally located.The ethos of the hillock of Pilar, The relics likewise are observer to later Portuguese influences.Among other fascinating ancient rarities in the musuem (all found in Pilar) a seal of the Kadambas. San Thome Museum is the finest gem in Goa's Treasure Chest-an absolute necessity involvement with minimum once in lifetime with family and friends.San Thome Museum is Jewel in Goa's money box and point of interest Museum which will take you Back in Time without time machine. It is a Museum of Antiques and Technical advancement.

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Shanta Durga Temple

Shanta Durga Temple

The construction of the Shanta Durga Temple started back in 1730. It took eight years and by 1738, the temple was complete. However, it originally dates back to a period before 1730. The Shanta Durga Temple was actually a small mud-shrine back in the day before it got constructed into a larger temple.

One of the best things to do in the Shanta Durga Temple is to witness the beauty all around it. Surrounded by three smaller temples and vast fields of vegetation, it offers a beautiful view for the people who come to visit this temple. Moreover, as you walk up the steps of the temple and reach its gate, you will become awestruck as you behold the sight in front of your eyes. The place is a haven to visit because of how calm it is.

The roof of the temple is in a pyramid-like shape. In addition to that, the temple also hosts two separate guest houses. Originally, the temple that stood in the sixteenth century was destroyed by the Portuguese but was later rebuilt and though this place has a lot to offer, its golden palanquin is what catches the tourist’s eyes the most. Visiting this place is one of the best things to do in India.