Goa: Main Sights
Mayhem in Paradise
Approximately 60 km from the capital of Goa, Panaji, the Dudhsagar falls (meaning The Sea of Milk) is one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world. A stunning sight of natural beauty all year round but most beautiful in monsoon season.
Historically rich Old Goa used to be so grand that it was known as Rome of the East. The town is still full of 16th century churches, convents and cathedrals. Within an Italianate chapel, still lays the coffin of St. Francis Xavier, who died in 1552. An important pilgrimage site for Catholics.
Anjuna Flea Market
In the heart of the back packers scene in Anjuna, north Goa, the flea market is the place for all visitors to Goa to experience on a Wednesday. Anjuna became the home for Western hippies in the 60’s, where they started the flea market as a way to auction their belongings to fund their travels. Today it is arguably one of the most vibrant, colourful, ambient markets in the world and a unique experience. Over the years it has grown to cover almost the entire stretch of beach and is a mixture of funky Western and Indian stalls. The market begins around 9am and shuts down only with the setting of the sun. Allow a sufficient amount of time to browse the beautiful goods on offer and soak up the atmosphere.
The capital was moved from Old Goa to Panaji in 1843 but it is still hard to believe sleepy Panaji (formerly Panjim) is a state capital as it is not that vibrant. It is definitely worth a visit though even if just to explore Panaji’s old quarters, Fontainhas and Sao Tome. Which their distinctive Portuguese influence with red-tiled roofs, wrought-iron balconies and winding streets. Many people pass through Panaji on their way to the beaches or Old Goa.
Dolphin watching trips are on offer from many local fishermen. Just stroll along the beach and ask the boat owners who will be happy to recommend a trip. You will have to rise early in order to catch a glimpse of the unpredictable dolphins who sometimes fail to appear, but if they do it will be an unforgettable experience.
Arambol, in the north, is the perfect place if you are looking to partake in a yoga, tai chi or reiki course. All of which have a great quality reputation in Goa. Arambol used to be a secluded beach only accessible via boat but now the bridge has finally, after many years been finished, which opens up northern beaches to many tourists. Seeing as the beach is so long and sweeping it is still possible to find your own quiet corner. The mud baths, the beautiful lake and banyan tree are certainly worth a visit and can be in south Arambol.