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Sights in Goa

Goa has always been one of the most popular tourist places in India and often called as 'the pearl of the east'. Goa is known for its gothic churches, age old ruins, palm fringed beaches, coconut groves, ferry rides, and bubbly folk music. Goa's 80 mile long coastline is adorned by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  Goa is also synonymous with beaches and sun and golden sand. Sun, sand, food, wine, old churches and sea being the major attractions. These Goa India tourist places are on everyone's must-see lists.

Goa Beaches

Goa’s 80 miles sandy coastline is known for multitude of beaches. Goa offers luxury resorts, budget accommodations, makeshift huts and trance parties to tranquility.

The Goa India beach that's right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have. Baga is known for water sports. Arambol have all hippies around. If you want to be in isolation and enjoy sea than Agonda or Patnem might be the beach for you.

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Agonda Beach

The long and isolated stretch of Agonda Beach is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. It's quiet and relatively uncrowded. Anyone looking to relax should come here. Stay in a simple hut right on the beach, and enjoy the stillness and nature. Agonda Beach is fast being discovered, however. Do expect to find some other tourists, souvenir stalls, and restaurants.
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Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach was once home to the hippies. Anjuna gets inundated especially on Wednesdays with folks of backpackers, round-the-world travelers, etc. for the famous flea market that has become a must visit event for anyone traveling to Goa.Curlies, right at the southern end of the beach, is the most happening spot. Most shacks close by midnight due to sound restrictions, but at the rocky northern end of the beach you\'ll find some that stay open all night.
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Arambol Beach

Arambol, on Goa's far northern stretch of coastline, has become the new hippie haven. Once a small fishing village, it's now full of long term travelers. You'll find plenty of alternative therapies there, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki. Water sports and dolphin sightseeing trips are on offer as well. The nightlife is relaxed, with live music and jam sessions happening. Just north of Arambol are the deserted Keri beach and Tiracol Fort.
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Calangute and Baga Beach

Goa's most busiest and commercialized tourist spot. It's filled with foreigners tanning themselves on the endless rows of side-by-side sun lounges, and Indians who come to watch. Baga Beach starts right where Calangute ends, although it\'s hard to pinpoint exactly where. The beach is a bit less crowded and better developed than Calangute. A wide range of water sports are on offer. If you feel like indulging yourself with some fine food and wine, there are many upmarket restaurants in the area too. Baga is also well known for its nightlife, including the legendary Club Tito and Cafe Mambo.
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Benaulim Beach

Benaulim beach is less than 2 Kms south of Colva. If you hanker after the more tranquil parts of this coast-line, then Benaulim is the place to head for.Known for its fishing industry, it\'s a beautiful and laid back stretch of beach. You won\'t find any wild parties there, but water sports and dolphin sightseeing trips are on offer. It does get a little crowded around peak time in December, but head a bit further south down the beach and the quietness will be restored.
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Candolim Beach

Candolim is at the southern end of Calangute beach.The long straight stretch of Candolim Beach is lined with shacks and bars, has a beautiful pattern of dunes which is immediately visible the moment you step onto the beach. It\\\'s a lively beach that has managed to retain its cleanliness, and even peacefulness in some areas, making it a good alternative to the maddeningly crowded Calangute and Baga. You\\\'ll find plenty of tasty restaurants and happening nightspots in the area. Candolim Beach is right next to Aguada Fort, which is also worth a visit.
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Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach, north of Anjuna, is the center of Goa\'s trance party scene. The beach itself is located at the bottom of a steep cliff, and is divided into three sections -Big Vagtor is the main stretch overrun by Indian Tourists,Little Vagator has more of Israelis and Orzan is dominated by Italians. Disco Valley is very close to Vagator Beach.
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Colva Beach

Colva Beach is a favorite amongst domestic tourists and day-trippers arrive by the bus loads. On the weekend, the crowd explodes with locals as well. The beach also gets particularly busy in October, when hoards of pilgrims come and visit Colva Church. The area is well developed with plenty of budget hotels, beach shacks, food stalls, and small restaurants and bars.
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Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach is crescent shaped with shady palm trees and soft sand. Since it was discovered, it\'s become backpacker heaven, and is getting busier and more crowded with each passing season. Fortunately, so far there remains an absence of any permanent structures on the beach. Instead you can stay in one of the the simple, temporary, coco huts that are erected there each year. For bars and nightlife, head to the hectic southern end of the beach.
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Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach is also known one the quietest place amongst all the beaches of south Goa.This small beach, nestled between two cliffs, is a wonderful place to stay if you want to chill out but not be too far away from some decent nightlife in Palolem. You'll find a range of gorgeous huts, with private bathrooms, to stay in right on the beach.
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Varca, Cavelossim & Morbor Beach

If you’re looking for a bit of life but nothing too hectic then it’s absolutely fantastic. These pristine and unspoilt fishing beaches are the territory of Goa\'s luxury resorts. There are a few beach shacks, water sports, and local vendors but the beaches remain clean, and the sand white. Most of the nightlife happens at the resorts and includes live music, cultural performances, and casinos. You\'ll also find a handful of low-key bars around Cavelossim.
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Old Goa

Once the magnificent Portuguese capital of Goa India, these days all that remains of Old Goa is a handful of imposing churches and cathedrals. They are amongst the largest in Asia though. Some of the buildings have now become archeological museums, and provide a fascinating display of Goa\'s history. One of the most interesting buildings in Old Goa is the Convent and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built in 1521. Just opposite is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the preserved remains of the body of Saint Frances Xavier, a revered missionary and the patron saint of Goa. The body is shown to the public every 10 years, with the next exhibition due in 2014.
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Wildlife Sanctuaries

Goa India isn't just all about beaches and churches. The state's location along the mountainous Western Ghats is home to an array of birds and animals. Around 20% of Goa consists of wildlife sanctuaries. They\'re open all year round, although October to March are the best months to visit. The two main sanctuaries are Bhagwan Mahvir (of which Mollem National Park is a part) and Cotigao. On the fringe of the Mollem National Park you\'ll find the imposing Dudhsagar Falls, where the water rages down from a huge height during and just after the monsoon season. Accommodations, provided by the Goa Forest Department, are available at both sanctuaries. For a very eco-friendly stay, try a mud hut at the Shanti Nature Resort in Mollem National Park.
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Spice Plantations

Another highlight of a trip to Goa India is the spice plantations around Ponda. Goa's tropical climate and dense forests makes it an ideal place to grow spices. The spice farms are open to visitors. You can take a guided tour, enjoy the picturesque scenery, and finish with a spicy lunch. One of the most acclaimed spice plantations in Goa is the Savoi Plantation, reached by an enchanting drive through dense jungles and hills from Ponda. Others include the Sahakari Spice Farm, Pascol Spice Village, Abyss, and the Tropical Spice Plantation. Accommodations, and other activities such as elephant or boat rides, are offered at many of the farms.
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