September 28, 2016

India Travel: List of places to visit in Goa

Find places to visit and things to do in Goa using the list and interactive map of Goa below as part of your trip planning process! This list is a good place to start on your quest to create a trip plan and itinerary of the best places to visit in Goa in 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, or however long your trip is! On the list and map you will find:

  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes and Springs
  • Islands
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Spice Plantations
  • Forts
  • Beaches
  • Hotels

Also see: Best places to visit in Central Goa near Panjim << Cultural Goa!

List of places to visit and things to do in Goa, India. Plan your trip to Goa with an interactive map. Popular tourist attractions and offbeat places. Use the list as a starting point as your travel guide and trip planner!

Below the map is where you will find a detailed list of the places of interest you can search on the map. The list includes popular tourist attractions and sightseeing hotspots as well as more offbeat places to visit in Goa to explore beyond beaches.

First time here? Read the quick tips on using the interactive map!

Have fun planning your trip to Goa!


List: Places to visit in Goa that can be found on the map

Waterfalls in Goa

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An adventure awaits with a visit to the waterfalls! Many of the waterfalls are best seen during monsoon season when the waterfalls truly come alive because of the rains. But not all of the waterfalls will dry up completely outside of the rainy season (although some might), so a trek with the waterfalls as your destination can be worthwhile year-round.

  • Hivrem Waterfalls
  • Arvalem Waterfalls / Arvalem Caves
  • Tambdi Surla Waterfalls / Tambdi Surla Temple
  • Sada Waterfalls
  • Kesarval Waterfalls
  • Dudhsagar Waterfalls
  • Netravali Waterfalls
  • Kuskem Waterfalls

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Lakes and Springs in Goa

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Away from the coastal beaches, you can find bodies of fresh water that offer picturesque views and idyllic picnic spots. Goa has lakes and springs that offer a peaceful environment while you take in views of the hills, water lilies, and/or chirping birds.

  • Pomburpa Spring
  • Amtonem Lake
  • Mayem Lake
  • Carambolim Lake
  • Kesarval Spring
  • Salaulim Dam
  • Netravali Bubbling Lake

Islands in Goa

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Travel to Goa to go island hopping? Sure, why not! Visiting an island will allow you to see a different side of Goa. Take a ferry to islands like Chorao or Divar and experience a quaint village atmosphere as you stroll along the streets. Take a boat ride to Grand Island and get the opposite experience with thrilling water adventures like scuba diving.

  • Chorao Island
  • Divar Island
  • Saint Estevam Island
  • Sao Jacinto Island
  • Grand Island

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa

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Towards the east side of the state is where you’ll find hills and thick forests. And that’s where you’ll find Goa’s five official wildlife sanctuaries. On this side of the state is also where you can find Goa’s only national park, which combines with one of the wildlife sanctuaries. The state of Goa also is an up and coming destination for bird watchers. Aside from the wildlife sanctuaries which can be a treat for bird watchers, Goa has one official bird sanctuary, located on Chorao Island. Included in this section among wildlife sanctuaries is also the Cumbarjua Canal. This is not an official “sanctuary” on its own, but this waterway is another spot in Goa that makes for good wildlife and bird sightings. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll spot a crocodile!

  • Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Mollem National Park
  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Cumbarjua Canal

Spice Plantations in Goa

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Explore Goa’s nature among lush green forests while getting in touch with the culinary side of Goa. Take a trip to a spice plantation! These spice plantations offer educational tours so you can learn about the variety of spices and plants that are grown in Goa. A great way to cap off a day at a spice plantation is to devour a traditional Goan meal with the spices you just learned about. A meal is included with most tours.

  • Savoi Plantation
  • Tropical Spice Plantation
  • Rustic Plantation
  • Sahakari Spice Farm
  • Tanshikar’s Working Spice Farm

Forts in Goa

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When India as a country became independent from Britain, Goa remained under the control of Portugal as a Portuguese colony for a number of years. It wasn’t until over a decade later that Goa gained its own independence and officially became a part of India. This Portuguese influence is evident throughout the state of Goa in the form of religious architecture, village homes, lighthouses, and forts.

  • Fort Tiracol
  • Chapora Fort (for Bollywood fans: the “Dil Chahta Hai fort” ;))
  • Corjuem Fort
  • Fort Aguada
  • Reis Magos Fort
  • Mormugao Fort
  • Rachol Fort
  • Cabo da Rama Fort

Old Goa / Historic Churches in Goa

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  • Viceroy’s Arch
  • Church of St Cajetan
  • Se Cathedral
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Chapel of St Catherine
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Convent of Santa Monica and the Chapel of the Weeping Cross
  • Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Church of Saint Augustine Ruins

Beaches in Goa

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Goa is internationally known for its beaches. One or more of Goa’s beaches many times makes the cut on various “best beaches” lists, whether it’s a “best beaches” list for India, or a “best beaches” list covering a wider region that includes other countries. So after an adventure-filled day from one or more of the activities listed above, what better way to wind down than on one of Goa’s beaches? Or, you can make a day at the beach a fun-filled adventure!

Beaches in North Goa

  • Arambol Beach
  • Morjim Beach
  • Vagator Beach
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Baga Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Candolim Beach
  • Sinquerium Beach
  • Miramar Beach

Beaches in South Goa

  • Bogmalo Beach
  • Majorda Beach
  • Betalbatim Beach
  • Colva Beach
  • Benaulim Beach
  • Varca Beach
  • Cavelossim Beach
  • Mobor Beach
  • Betul Beach
  • Agonda Beach
  • Butterfly Beach
  • Palolem Beach

Hotels and Resorts in Goa

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Listed are top hotels and resorts in Goa, as rated by travelers on popular travel websites.

Hotels in North Goa

  • Acron Waterfront Resort
  • Resort Rio
  • Casa De Goa Boutique Resort
  • Shanti Morada
  • Novotel Goa Shrem Hotel
  • Seashell Beach Suites
  • Fortune Acron Regina
  • Santana Beach Resort
  • Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village
  • Vivanta By Taj Fort Aguada
  • Bougainvillea Guest House
  • Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Vivanta by Taj Panaji
  • Afonso Guest House

Hotels in South Goa

  • Grand Hyatt Goa
  • Heritage Village Club Goa
  • Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa
  • Kenilworth Beach Resort and Spa
  • Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Goa
  • Alila Diwa Goa
  • Taj Exotica
  • Dona Sylvia Beach Resort Goa
  • The Leela Goa
  • The Lalit Golf and Spa Resort


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