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Top 13 attractions to explore in North Goa

Bordered by two states and the Arabian Sea, area in Goa that resisted Portugese invasion till 18th century.

Attractions in North Goa

Aguada FortFort Aguada Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515, India

A well preserved 17th-century fort along with a lighthouse overlooking the Arabian sea. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water.

Anjuna BeachAnjuna Beach, Goa 403519

Part of a 30 kilometers extended beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian sea. In some parts of the beach, you will be able to see an array of red laterite rocks protruding out to the sea.

Baga BeachBaga Beach, Baga, Goa 403519, India

Long sandy beach packed with shacks, resorts and fishing boats. Quieter and isolated, it stands among high hills and deep blue Arabian Sea.

Basilica of Bom JesusOld Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa 403402, India

The Basilica is partially in ruins but still a model of elegance, and a fine example of Jesuit architecture. This is the only church in Old Goa, which is unplastered on the outside. The lime plaster which existed earlier was stripped off by a zealous Portuguese conservationist in 1950. The church contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

Calangute BeachCalangute Beach, Calangute, Goa 403519, India

Calangute beach is the largest in North Goa. The beach offers water sport activities like parasailing and water skiing, among others.

Candolim Beach, GoaNear Dona Florina Escrivao Vaddo, Candolim, Goa 403515, India

Candolim is a census town in North Goa ,and is a tourist destination. It is less congested and has better planned than the other beaches of Goa

Chapora BeachChapora Beach, Chapora, Goa 403519

White sands, black lava rocks, sapphire expanse, and shaking palms. One of the most favorite beaches of Goa, with plenty of shacks and restaurants around.

Chapora FortChapora Fort Rd, Chapora, Goa 403509, India

This ancient fort in North Goa offers splendid views of the adjoining Vagator beach and overlooks the Arabian Sea from all angles.

Goa MuseumEDC Complex, patto, Patto Centre, Panaji, Goa 403001, India

The museum has over 8,000 artifacts on display, including stone sculptures, wooden objects, carvings, bronzes, paintings, manuscripts, rare coins, and anthropological objects. The main focus is on Ancient History and Archaeology, Art and Craft, and Geology.

Mandrem BeachNear Chopdem, Mandrem, Goa 403527, India

White sand beach with clear water. Quiet and peaceful, the view of Mandrem Beach is special during high tide time when the sea water rushes into the Mandrem Creek.

Reis Magos FortVerem, Bardez, Goa 403114, India

Surrounded by sturdy laterite walls studded with typically Portuguese turrets, it was erected in 1551 to protect the narrowest point at the mouth of the Mandovi river. It was used as a residence for viceroys and later converted to a fortress.

Salim Ali Bird SanctuaryChorao Island, Ilhas, Ribandar, Goa 403006, India

An estuarine mangrove habitat declared as a Bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian Ornithologist. Accessed by a ferry service running between Ribander and Chorão, it sanctuary has a paved walk that runs between mangroves.

Se CathedralVelha, Goa 403402, India

Built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army, leading to the capture of the city of Goa in 1510. Since the day of the victory happened to be on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her.

Map of attractions in North Goa