15 Places to Visit in North Goa, for a Surreal Experience!

If I were to state that, Goa is not a place but a state of mind, I would have many to agree with me. This is where warm sand on your feet, cool breeze in your hair, adventure, scrumptious food and where days cannot be differentiated from nights; is a reality! A place where life is a holiday 365 days, Goa needs no introduction. A hotspot for tourists of all kinds from around the world, Goa raptures. While some love it for its tropical weather and pristine beaches, some get drawn to its free-spiritedness. Naturally, having evolved as two distinct places with unique characteristics, North and South Goa always have their gloves on, as to which one to choose. Whatever reason you head to Goa with, there are some places to visit in North Goa, that will give you an unparalleled experience. Whether you are a hippy at heart, or a foodie, or a traveler (okay, even a shopaholic) these North Goa destinations will satiate you. 

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus - Oldest Church in Goa

 

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Goa’s most popular attraction, Basilica of Bom Jesus is a must-visit, no matter how many times you have visited Goa. Capturing the authentic Goan vibe, this basilica is one of the world’s heritage sites, as listed by UNESCO. Located in Old Goa, the monument has emerged as a landmark in the history of Christianity. It is a beautiful structure built of stones, rustic and almost gothic, yet maintaining its spiritual aura. The main draw of this place, however, is the body of St. Francis Xavier. The body was shipped back to Goa, two years after being sent to Portuguese Malacca. Today, the body rests in a glass coffin-like casket. It is believed that the body has miraculous healing powers, that shines on every visitor here. This is also one of the oldest churches in Goa. Not surprisingly, Basilica of Bom Jesus is a patent on every north goa tourist places map!

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2. Fort Aguada - Historical place in North Goa

Being a Portuguese territory for a very long time, Goa’s coastline is dotted with several forts. This one particularly was constructed in the year 1612, to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. Famous movies, in fact, have always relied on these forts that also double up as a picturesque shooting location. The fort derived its name from an astonishing freshwater spring within the fort despite being surrounded by the Arabian sea. ‘Agua’ essentially means water in Portuguese. The four-storey Portuguese lighthouse makes for a mesmerizing site once the night draws. This historical place in Goa is surrounded by some spectacular world-class five-star properties. While the fort no longer remains to be intact, certain parts that still are in good shape have been converted into a prison, which, happens to be the largest prison in Goa. Fort Aguada is a top tourist attraction in North Goa, indeed.

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3. Se Cathedral - Symbol of North Goa

 

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An icon of Goa, Se Cathedral is a consistent representation of the state. Being famous for its old and spellbinding churches, Goa does not cease to fascinate. Se Cathedral is said to be the largest church not only in Goa, but also the whole of Asia. The giant golden bells inside are as popular as the church itself. Believed to have phenomenal powers The Cross of Miracles has high regards of the locals. It is said that if you look closely, you can notice a vision of Christ on this crucifix; the rock on which it was found is said to spout water.

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4. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary - Famous tourist attraction in North Goa

 

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An estuarine mangrove habitat, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located on western tip of the Island of Choro along the Mandovi River. Named after the eminent Indian ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali, the sanctuary can be accessed by a ferry service running between Ribander and Choro island. Spanning across a whopping 440 acres, here you will find several distinct species of birds. The striated heron and western reef heron, little bittern, black bittern, red knot, jack snipe, pied avocet, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and other mangrove habitat specialists have made the sanctuary their home. Early mornings are the best time to visit the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. There are frequent buses from Panjim to the Chorao Island.

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5. Mangueshi Temple - A must visit place

  

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One of Goa’s most prominent temples, the Mangueshi temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The God of dance and trance rightly finds its place in this mystic land of reverie. The temple lies at a distance of 21 kilometers from Panjim. The temple has a strict dress code to follow, instituted in recent times. Dating back to 1560, the temple is a result of the Saraswats of Vatsa Gotra moving the Mangesh Linga from the original site at the Kushasthali or Cortalim to its present location Mangeshi, which was then ruled by the Hindu kings of Sonde of Antruz Mahal (Ponda), for security reasons. As it was then when the Portuguese had started Christian conversions in the Salcete taluka. Mangueshi temple is one of the top places to visit in north goa.

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6. Goa Chitra Museum - Window to old North Goa life

 

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The Goa Chitra Museum is an ethnographical museum and a treasure for not just the art lovers but everyone alike. There are more than 4000 objects on display, that are an epitome of indigenous craftsmanship, art, and folklore. This is the best representation of the culture of ancient Goa, that is still alive. Accommodating a wide range of exhibits depicting the material culture of Goa before the electricity era and with a mission of "Preserving the past to enrich the future”, this indeed, is a place where tradition is well-preserved.

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7. Deltin Royale - Casino in North Goa

 

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What is Goa, without a little Black Jack! And if it is a floating one, amidst the Arabian sea, it only gets better! Anchored in the Mandovi River in Panjim, the Deltin Royale is no less than a synonym to luxury. This also dominates the offshore casino market. Here you will get the perfect dose of entertainment and fine dining. There are several games and tournament too to keep you engaged throughout the night. For those not keen on gambling but looking forward to a casino experience, the dining scenes on board are spectacular. The Vegas Buffet features world cuisine, Indian & Goan Specialties along with a wide assortment of vegetarian delicacies. Go a little earlier, around the sunset and you are ought to experience one of the best sunsets of your life!

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8. Arambol - Quiet North Goan beach

 

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And now for some tranquility. Goa certainly is home to some India's most tranquil beaches. But North Goa seems to have a cliched reputation attached to it, a reputation for being the party hub. This beach with its cliffs, define serenity. Strolling around the beach is just the perfect therapy to free your mind and body. Taking a step ahead, you could also sign up for one of the many yoga retreats at Arambol. These retreats practice yoga on the soft sands, as you give in to your body while the waves dance to the melody of the sea! Enchanting, uplifting, fresh; perfect! Come here in the evenings, and you will know what bliss looks like.

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9. Mandrem Beach - Serene beach in North Goa

We unleash to you one of Goa’s best kept secrets, the Mandrem beach! If you want to enjoy North Goa, minus the thumping music, this one’s for you. This secluded beach in Goa is relaxing and mellow where you will find many like-minded people. To make your experience here even better holistically, are the meditation and Ayurveda centers around. One of the most serene places to visit in North Goa in 2 days. It is situated to the north of Ashwem beach towards the Arambol beach. Empty stretches of beaches await you.

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10. Bicholim - Shop for some interesting items

 

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Goa’s hub of pottery, Bicholim is the classic example of old town Goa. Try your hand at pottery or get some retail therapy of hand-made objects and interact with the potters themselves. You will find some great terracotta work here along with interesting bamboo craft and woodwork, that also constitute the major cottage industries of Goa. These cottage industries are the most important source of employment in Goa. This pottery town lies just south of the border with Maharashtra and north of Mondavi. A great way to spend your day out and among the potters, with interesting folktales to hear.

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11. Banyan tree baba - An interesting tourist attraction

 

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And now for those who love meeting new people or even better, hearing interesting stories, the ‘Banyan tree baba’ in Arambol, is whom you should respite too. Into the forested valley enclosed between low hills, and bordered by a tranquil sweet water lake, on one hand, you will find a spectacular banyan tree on the other. As you walk further, you will find a lot of people walking in and out and while you contemplate their destination, you find yourself before a 'Baba' (sage), who resorted to this place in search of solitude! The baba recites life tales, as everyone around gets high on their thing. A visit here could perhaps introduce you to your nirvana!

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12. Calamari for Goan seafood

Goa and butter garlic prawns go hand-n-hand, okay! This lovely beach shack serves Barbeque, North Indian, Seafood, Tandoori cuisine. Staying true to its vibe, this beach shack has all the element of the perfect Goa shack, with sand and your feet and the sea right before your eyes, this place is infused with an aroma of the ultimate Goan dishes! The butter garlic calamari rings are obviously the must-haves here. Washing it down with a chilled beer will set your afternoon or night just right. This place has some great outdoor seating, so try getting that specifically! Occasionally they also have a live band, if not, there is always good music being played here. And the best part are the massages by the staff here!!

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13. Laxmi's shack for cold coffee

Cold coffee fanatic, are you? Kicking the heat on a sunny afternoon with this beautifully blended cold coffee along with a dash of brandy is just what you need! Lip-smacking and mind numbing this will hit you harder than a long island ice tea. Go for it!

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14. Curlies for trance music - Best place to visit in North Goa with friends

  

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North Goa’s favorite hangout, Curlies has won accolades as the best shack in this part of the state. Popular for its trance music and a menagerie of tourists, this place is lively and constantly thumping. Get your hands-on a divan at the deck and enjoy a stellar view of the rocky Anjuna beach. This is also considered to be one of the best places for an energetic nightlife. So, whether you are hungry or itching to dance the night away, head to Curlies for the ultimate rescue! Absolutely one of the best things to do in goa.

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15. Thalassa for Mediterranean food

Saving the best for the last, my dear Thalasaa! Perfect name, flawless food, life-size ambiance,spectacular entertainment, and a view to die for, Thalassa is a winner on all grounds! Indulge in the Greek cuisine here, along with some very interesting cocktails to go with, and you are on your way to create some great memories of Goa! While the place is abuzz throughout the day, come night and it comes turns into another genesis! What with fire dancers, international artists, and great people around, this place transforms! A must, I repeat, a must visit!

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Goa, does have something for everyone. Go Goa! 

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SEEMA NANDE SEEMA NANDE

A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternally quenching for new experiences. There is no poison for her as restorative as Life, she is the one who will give you the cliched 'I-am-high-on-life', should you offer her a drink. She gets hungover on the feel of a new place, food and conversations with strangers! All this adding to the way she feels and writes!

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