Places of Interest

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Mobor

For guaranteed beach side bliss in Goa, head to the Mobor Beach which lies in South Goa, further ahead of Cavelossim. It is one of the most reputed beaches in Goa and is famous for water sports and adventures that make it a haven for all adventure lovers. It is important to note that this beach was unexplored till the late 1980’s and only gained popularity after a few beach resorts came to the fore.

 

 

The unique sea side serenity and calmness of the Mobor Beach cannot be overstated and it scores over other beaches in the area due to its wonderful combination of serenity and excitement of water sports.

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Shri Mahalsa Temple

The most popular temple of Supreme Mother Mahalasa is at Mardol in Goa, which is over 450 years old. Other temples, like the ones in Kumta and Basrur, both in Karnataka, are also said to be over 400 years old.

Yet, Shri Mahalasa Narayani has other ancient and historic temples dedicated to Her, including at Nevase in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, where she is known as Shri Mohiniraj of the Amrut Manthan (the epic churning of the ocean) fame. It is believed that it is from Nevase that Shri Mahalasa Narayani came to Verna in Gomantak, that is present-day Goa. Before Nevase, there is a Mohini temple in Nepal, near the world-famous Pashupatinath temple.

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Elephant Splash and Wash at the Jungle Book in Goa

Experience 15 minutes of fun as you play around a pool with the giant elephants and bathe them under the guidance of a professional mahout!

Take home the fun and joy of rural life and take in the beautiful sights around you that make Goa a place worth visiting for many reasons!

Watch these huge animals in their natural habitat – delight while watching them relax in the beautiful environs. Enjoy feeding and bathing them in the pristine environs of this place.

 

Enroll in this innovative activity with friends and family while embarking on this amazing day outing with elephants in Goa.

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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 kilometres 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.

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Anjuna Flea Market

Although Anjuna is a small village in Goa, its fame has travelled far and wide making it one of the most preferred places to visit in Goa. As much as this town is known for the St Michael’s Church, it is known for its flea market as well. Popularized by hippies, the flea market came into being during their time.

Decades ago, Anjuna was thronging with recluse hippies who came from different parts of the world. They would sell wares procured from different parts of the country and world in the form of a flea market. This was when the roots of the Anjuna Flea Market came into being.

 

This flea market is located towards the far south end of the Anjuna beach. Take a leisure walk through the market or get indulged in some local shopping, there are lot more to do in this market. It is in this market, where you can find merchandise ranging from clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, dancing dolls, electric and electronic items. While on a shopping trail in Anjuna Flea Market, make sure you have the required bargaining skills! Try using a scooter to reach here as driving can be a chaotic affair at times.

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Arvalam Waterfalls

Also known as Harvalem Waterfalls, the Arvalem cascade is where you can lap up of the view of waters gushing through mountains, dropping from 50 metres. It then forms a pool below where avid swimmers enjoy a swim. The waterfall lies about 2 kilometre from tiny settlement of Sanquelim and 8 kilometre from Bicholim, in North Goa.

 

The salubrious settings make for a great jaunt in the caresses of nature. Rudreshwar temple also lies close by. The best time to get here is right after the rainy season ends, when the whole landscape is painted a fresh green.

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Tambdi Surla

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is reminiscent of the temples at Aihole in neighbouring Karnataka. There is a linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctum, and local legend has it that a huge king cobra is in permanent residence in the dimly lit interior.

The temple consists of garbhagriha, antarala and a pillared Nandi mandapa built of basalt. The four pillars, embellished with intricate carvings of elephants and chains support a stone ceiling decorated with finely carved Ashtoken lotus flowers

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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Among the serene tourist places in Goa, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a trove for bird lovers. It was coined so after the illustrious ornithologist with the same name. The estuarine mangrove habitat is positioned in the Island of Chorao by Mandovi River. You can get here by taking the ferries that ply from Ribander and Chorao. Birds spotted here include striated heron, western reef heron, little bittern, black bittern, red knot, jack snipe, pied avocet and the likes.

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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 artefacts housed in this museum, which makes this place one of the top places to see in Goa. The artifacts include numismatic collections, anthropological artefacts, coins, sculptures and ancient manuscripts.

 

There are about fourteen galleries inside the museum and each of these galleries display a select collection of interesting artefacts. 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.

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Shri Nagueshi Temple

Around 25 kms from Panaji, in the village of Bandode, lies the temple of Lord Naguesh. The area surrounding the temple is known as Nagueshi and lies just 800 metres from Farmagudi on the way to Ponda.

There is a stone plaque near the temple, dating back to 1413, which describes the donation of surrounding lands to the temple by a local family. This was in the reign of Veer Pratap Devraya of the Vijayanagar kingdom. There are stone idols of Shiv-Paravati and Ganesh inside the temple which actually date back to the seventh and eight century which has led to the conjecture of the temple being in existence since that time.

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Palolem Beach

Placed in Canacona, Goa Palolem beach offers serene and soothing allures. The beauty of the shore lies in it being mostly untampered. People who reside here include fishermen and foreign tourists.

Such is the exquisiteness of this beach that it was featured in The Bourne Supremacy as the Goan home of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon). Each season, bamboo-hut stays and restaurants are opened up by the beach for travellers to get a true experience of the sun, sand and sea.

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Lamgau Caves

Among the fascinating tourist places in Goa, Lamgau Caves is another place you can dash off to. Tucked away in Bicholim, it is situated around 35 km from north-east of Panaji. The caverns are etched out of decomposed laterite and hence quite delicate. Though incomplete, they make for quite a vision and an important educational and cultural centre.

 

 

In here lies a cave that displays an impressive pavilion appearing structure as well as beams and ceiling in the shrine. In the courtyard you will find a stone linga with a tulsi vrindavan as well as a nandi bull image. There is another cave that is mostly used as a shelter during the time of rain. The passage to this cave is a complicated one.

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Calangute Beach

One of the captivating tourist places in Goa, Calangute Beach is constantly bustling with tourists looking for some relaxed and good times. It is located about 15 kilometers from Panaji. The largest beach in north Goa, this place especially gets flooded during winter and summer months.

 

 

There are several accommodations available here. This is where one can dabble with some water sports such as parasailing and water skiing. With Baga Beach just a hop, skip away, you can reel in some vibrant nightlife too.

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Rafting at Valpoi River in Goa

Embark on an adventurous journey  along a six kilometer stretch of the Tilari River near the border of Goa.

With rapids classed between Grade 2 and Grade 4, the Tilari River is a bubbling rush of surprises.

Groups are formed with one guide per raft and each group sets off down the tributary, practicing paddling skills and following instructions.

 

No prior experience is required, though you do need to paddle and be comfortable floating in water.

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Bom Jesus Basilica Church

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest churches in the country, the church of Bom Jesus Basilica was formally consecrated in 1605 and is amongst the top places to see in Goa. This church is considered to be one of the finest representations of Baroque architecture. An important pilgrimage for the Christians, it is here where the body St. Francis Xavier is kept. Aging over several centuries, the mortal remains of his body are still preserved at this church – an astonishing fact indeed. 

Located near Gandhi Circle, Old Goa Road, Velha Goa, the best time of the day to visit is 9:00AM to 6:30PM on all days; except Sundays when the church opens at 10 am. Every day mass is held from 7:00AM to 8:00AM. The Sunday mass is held from 8:00AM to 9:15AM. Whether an architecture enthusiasts or a history worm, amongst all the best places to visit in Goa, this ancient landmark with all its glories, will surely keep you stunned!

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Bats Island

Also referred to as The Pequeno Island, the Bat Island is ideal for adventure seekers. About a kilometre from Baina Beach of Vasco-da-Gama, the delight has a little beach and tiny green stretch. This is where one can enjoy snorkelling or simply spend a lazy day soaking up the charms of the setting.

 

 

With snorkelling, you might be able to get a glimpse of star coral, brain coral, sea fans, sea whips, parrot fish, angel fish, squirrel fish, butterfly fish, sea cucumbers and many other denizens of the water world.

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Mapusa Friday Market

If you happen to be in Goa during a Friday, do not miss the bustling Mapusa Friday Market that takes place each week. Just outside Mapusa Municipal Market, you will find an array of stalls enticing you with local goods got by farmers and small entrepreneurs across the state. Get your hands on anything to everything from fruits to jewellery, pottery to spice, carpet to home made products and more. You can also but Goan chouriço and seedless tamarind.

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Benaulim Beach

One of the most serene beaches in Goa, Benaulim is virtually virgin beach that is perfect if you are seekinga bit of solitude and calmness. On any given day, except in the monsoons, the beach is melodious with sounds of the sea and soft goan music from the shacks. The town too is one of immense natural beauty and is located in the South of Goa. Characteristic of Goa and its lifestyle, the twon to ois immensely laidback with a few houses and villas tucked few and far in between.

 

 

During the season time, one can easily enjoy water sports and other activities like parasailing and paragliding, all of which are equally pleasurable. Relax and let nature take its course as you take in the sun and sand!

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Mangueshi Temple

Located at about 21km from Panjai and 26km from Madgaon, The Mangueshi Temple is one of Goa’s oldest and most prominent landmarks. Highly revered by the locals, entering into this temple constitutes following a traditional dress code. The temple has an interesting history as it was here that the local Bramhins hid the Mangesh Linga after the Portuguese started forcible conversions in the village.

 

 

The current temple complex has been built under the Maratha Empire and is a sight highly respected by the local devotees. Go to this place to see a wonderful example of Indian and Maharashtrian architectural styles in Goa.

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Aguada Beach

Known for its Aguada Fort, Aguada Beach is among the places to visit in Goa. The seashore is positioned in North Goa and is perfect to bask in beachy allures. This destination stands apart with the many historical attractions. It also allures with pristine landscape and the background of ancient citadels. Thanks to the great settings, the beach is also a favourite among honeymoon goers.

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Casino Cruise

Try your luck and be the game for the night at any of the casinos in Goa! Be it at a roulette table or on a poker session, rule the black jack or simply get luckier at any of the slot machines, Goan casinos offer ample of opportunities to outshine the nights and be the star.

 

Though Goa has some of the best casinos in the country, the floating casinos are the most popular ones. With the advent of the evening, these casinos start on a spectacular voyage onto the azure waters and brings fortune to the casino lovers.

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The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

One of the most famous landmarks of Goa, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim was built by the Portuguese in 1541 as a chapel. A fine example of Baroque architecture combined with Indian sensibilities. The location of the church in Panaji, makes it even more beautiful and stunning as it is surrounded by the municipal gardens. It was built for the sailors who disembarked here, after a long sail from Lisbon, Portugal as it was the first port before goint inland into older Goa. 

Although the church spells grandeur from its façade, the interiors are fairly simple with optimal use of colour. During the Festival of Our Lady Of The Immaculate Conception, the church decks up in lights and decorations and looks even more beautiful! The festival is held on March 8 every year and is followed by a fair!

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Day Trip to Grande Island, Goa

This exciting expedition to Grande Island in Goa begins as you are picked up from a hotel in North Goa.

A beautiful boat ride brings you to Grand Island which is the hub of water based activities in Goa.  

This island trip includes leisure time, a boat ride, followed by snorkeling in the Arabian sea. 

Clean pleasant waters and a good under water visibility make Grand Island a perfect destination for snorkeling.    

The activity is followed by a delicious barbecue lunch on the beach.

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Colva Beach

Colva is a famous tourist destination, visited for its beaches, budget hotels, guest houses, beach shacks, food stalls, restaurants, pubs and bars. The beaches are constantly monitored by lifeguards, and the swimming areas are flagged for warnings. The area is dotted with houses or villas, including many ruins. On weekends, huge crowds of tourists, visitors from around the world as well as local Indians, enjoy the sunset and various activities.

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Chapora Fort

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.

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. 

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Overnight Houseboat Cruise, Chapora River, Goa

Witness another side of Goa on the overnight houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Chapora River in North Goa.

If you opt for the overnight cruise, you’ll board from Siolim Jetty around 5 PM. 

Head to sunset point for a magnificent view of the evening sky

Wake up to a new dawn and relish breakfast and coffee. 

Optional day trip is also available from 9 AM to 3 PM.

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Shri Saptakoteshwar temple

The beautiful Shri Saptakoteshwar temple is surrounded by an interesting historical backdrop. The present site of the temple at Narve was not the original site of this Shiva temple. Initially located on the island of Divar, the temple was first destroyed by the then Sultan and once again by the Portuguese who built a church and the shiva linga was used as a well shaft in the church in order to protect it. The linga was then taken to Narve in 1668 where a new temple was constructed under the reign of Maratha Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

 
The faceted linga known as Dharalinga is considered to be the main deity in this archaic temple. The temple bears a Moghul dome, a European style Mandapa and a tall lamp tower. Situated in an immensely important archaeological area, the temple is soaked in peace and serenity.

 

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Day out with Crocodiles at Cumbharjua in Goa

Visit the amazing Cortalim jetty, take a boat, and go to Cumbharjua canals for watching the aquatic predators- crocodile.

Unlike a zoo, you get to see the crocodiles at one of the biggest wetlands in Goa.

 A glimpse of the mangroves, the idea of the crocodiles lurking in the mushy wetland and the silence contributes to the mystery and adventure.

 

The tour lasts for 5 hours and is one of the most intriguing experiences.

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Dona Paula

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.

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Cabo de Rama Fort

The Cabo de Rama Fort is one of the oldest in the state. Positioned in Canacona, it was formed before the arrival of British. Legend has it that this is the very place where Lord Rama along with Sita sought refuge at the time of his exile from Ayodhya.

 

The drive to the fortress is a pictorial one. Once at the top, you can soak in the sight of crystal waters fringed by sandy charms and arching palm grooves. Inside the fort is the well-retained church of Santo Antonio, where devotees still come to.

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Baga Beach

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.

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Dudhsagar Waterfalls

If you are a nature lover, than do not miss the gushing splendour of Dudhsagar Waterfalls, the largest of its kind in the state and the fifth largest in the country. Among the fine places to visit in Goa, this cascade is especially known for its milky white appearance. It is perched high up on the Mandovi River and lies around 10 km upstream from Collem hamlet.

 

The beauty spills over four tires in full force amidst clusters of green and makes quite a sight. The fall is also quite a popular for trekking and lures several adventure enthusiasts for the same.

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Spice Plantations visit

If you wish to do something beyond the beaches in Goa, you can opt for a spice plantation visit. There are packages available which involves you exploring the refreshing surroundings and also getting an insight on what all goes behind the makings of an inevitable part of Indian cuisine.

 

 

You can make a picnic out of the day. Away from the pollution and amidst the harmony of nature, the visit makes for a memorable experience.

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Arambol Beach

Permeating a distinct bohemian vibe, Arambol Beach is said to be the most beautiful in the state. It lies on the north of Keri Beach and south of Mandrem Beach. This is also a traditional fisherman hamlet.

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Butterfly Beach

A delightful little sandy cove north of Palolem Beach, Butterfly Beach beckons with silver sands and lucid waters. Not accessible by road, you would have to embark upon a trek of around 2 hours through woody areas to get here. You can even take a ferry ride from Palolem Beach to reach this place. Needless to say, the beach is not crowded. The hills and thick vegetation fringing the sands further add to the allure. It is among the offbeat places to visit in Goa.

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Fort Aguada

This fort is amongst the many preserved places to see in Goa and essays an era of yore filled with events. A Portuguese fort overlooking the Sinquerim Beach and the Arabian Sea, Fort Aguada was constructed in 1613 and since then it has become a prominent landmark or a reference point for ships visiting the Goan shores from Europe.

Apart from being of navigational assistance, this fort was also of strategic importance for the Portuguese as centuries ago, it added to the defense line of the Portuguese from the Dutch and Marathas. Located in the Candolim Beach, Goa, and at the shore of the Mandolim River, it remains open on all days of the week from nine in the morning to six thirty in the evening. In addition, even one can have many more best happening things to do in Goa during the visit with family and friends.

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Arpora Market

If you are a shopaholic looking for knickknacks to decorate your home, office space or accessories to jazz up a dull outfit; then the Saturday Night Market at Arpora must be the top item on your list. The Arpora Flea Market opens up in the night and lasts late night and as the velvety night falls around you, there are definitely some great discounts to be bagged! You can get awesome deals on locally made products and intrinsically Indian Handicrafts as well as foods, herbs, spices, designer jewellery, beautiful cotton dresses, rugs, carpets and many more items.

 

The market opens every Saturday at around 06:00PM and lasts well into the midnight. This allows shoppers to experience the cooling tropical air of Goa minus the sun and plus the pleasant weather.

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    Goa State Museum

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    Benaulim Beach

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    Dona Paula

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    Day Trip to Grande Island, Goa

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    Casino Cruise

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    Rafting at Valpoi River in Goa

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    Aguada Beach

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    Elephant Splash and Wash at the Jungle Book in Goa

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    Mollem National park

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    Chapora Fort

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    Lamgau Caves

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    Arvalam Waterfalls

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    Palolem Beach

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    Colva Beach

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    Spice Plantations visit

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    Baga Beach

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    Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

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    Butterfly Beach

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    Tambdi Surla

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    Calangute Beach

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    Mobor

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    Bom Jesus Basilica Church

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    Arambol Beach

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    Mangueshi Temple

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    Shri Mahalsa Temple

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    Mapusa Friday Market

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    Bats Island

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    Shri Nagueshi Temple

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    The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

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    Dudhsagar Waterfalls

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    Anjuna Flea Market

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    Shri Saptakoteshwar temple

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    Arpora Market

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    Overnight Houseboat Cruise, Chapora River, Goa

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    Day out with Crocodiles at Cumbharjua in Goa

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    Cabo de Rama Fort

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    Fort Aguada



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