OVERVIEW OF GOA/GOA AT A GLANCE ( SOUTH GOA)


GOA, ONE OF THE HOTTEST DESTINATIONS OF INDIA, IS A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY PLACE TO STAY OR JUST SPEND THE WEEKEND ALONG THE BEACHSIDE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.


LOCATED IN WESTERN INDIA WITH COASTLINES STRETCHING ALONG THE ARABIAN SEA, GOA IS A SMALL STATE WITH EXOTIC BEACHES, SEA FOOD CARNIVAL, CHRISTMAS AND GANESH CHATURTHI CELEBRATIONS, WATER SPORTS, BEACH SHACKS, PORTUGUESE INFLUENCE, DOLPHIN SIGHTING, WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES, WATERFALLS, CASINOS, NIGHTLIFE, TEMPLES AND CHURCHES, FORTS, SHOPPING AND MUCH MORE.


GOA IS DIVIDED INTO SOUTH GOA AND NORTH GOA.


ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH GOA ARE:


PALOLEM BEACH, CANACONA, SOUTH GOA

SITUATED IN CANACONA, SOUTH GOA PALOLEM BEACH IS ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE BEACHES OF SOUTH GOA. PALOLEM BEACH IS FAMOUS FOR ITS CALM WATERS, NIGHTLIFE, PALM TREES AND BEACH SHACKS.



AGONDA BEACH, CANACONA, SOUTH GOA


LOCATED IN CANACONA, SOUTH GOA AGONDA BEACH IS 19 MINUTES AWAY FROM PALOLEM BEACH. AGONDA BEACH IS FAMOUS FOR ITS WHITE SANDS, BLUE WATER AND BEACH SHACKS. UNLIKE ANY OTHER BEACH AGONDA BEACH IS LESS CROWDED AND IS ALSO ONE OF THE POPULAR BEACHES WITH NESTING SITES FOR OLIVE RIDLEY SEA TURTLES.


BENAULIM BEACH, BENAULIM, SOUTH GOA

LOCATED AT ABOUT 2 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF COLVA, BENAULIM BEACH IS ONE OF THE CALM AND RELAXED BEACHES OF GOA. FAMOUS FOR ITS WATERS, BENAULIM BEACH IS ONE OF THE CLEAN BEACHES OF GOA. BENAULIM BEACH IS ALSO GOOD FOR FISHING AND SUNBATHING.


COLVA BEACH, SOUTH GOA

ONE OF THE CROWDED BEACHES OF SOUTH GOA, COLVA BEACH IS VERY POPULAR TOURIST HOTSPOT. COLVA BEACH IS FAMOUS FOR ITS BEACH SHACKS, PUBS AND BARS.


BUTTERFLY BEACH, SOUTH GOA


LOCATED TO THE NORTH OF PALOLEM BEACH, SOUTH GOA, BUTTERFLY BEACH IS FAMOUS FOR ITS BUTTERFLY SHAPE AND BUTTERFLIES FLYING OVER HILLTOP. FAMOUS FOR DOLPHIN SIGHTINGS, THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BUTTERFLY BEACH IS FROM NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY.


GALGIBAGA BEACH, SOUTH GOA



LOCATED IN SOUTH GOA, CANACONA, 7 KILOMETER FROM PALOLEM BEACH, GALGIBAGA BEACH IS ONE OF THE CLEANEST BEACHES OF INDIA. THE NESTING GROUND OF OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLES IS FAMOUS IN GALGIBAGA BEACH.


OUR LADY OF REMEDIOS CHURCH, SOUTH GOA


LOCATED IN BETALBATIM, SOUTH GOA, OUR LADY OF REMEDIOS CHURCH IS ALSO KNOWN AS "NOSSA SENHORA DOS REMÉDIOS IGREJA EM BETALBATIM, GOA" IN PORTUGUESE ( COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE BETALBATIM CHURCH).


SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD CHURCH, SOUTH GOA


ONE OF THE POPULAR CHURCHES OF GOA, SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD CHURCH IS ALSO KNOWN AS LOUTOLIM CHURCH AND SITUATED IN SOUTH GOA. BUILT IN 1586, THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD CHURCH IS ONE OF THE JESUIT CHURCHES IN SALCETE.


THREE KINGS CHURCH, SOUTH GOA


LOCATED IN CASUALIM VILLAGE, SOUTH GOA, THE THREE KINGS CHURCH IS NAMED AFTER THE THREE SCHOLAR KINGS WHO WENT TO VISIT LORD JESUS AT THE TIME OF HIS BIRTH IN BETHLEHEM. THREE KINGS CHURCH WAS BUILT BY FATHER GONZALO CARVALHO S J IN 1599. ESPECIALLY DURING MONSOONS, THREE KING CHURCH IS ONE OF SCENIC PLACES TO VISIT IN GOA.


CHANDRESHWAR BHOOTNATH TEMPLE, SOUTH GOA

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND ANCIENT TEMPLES OF GOA, LOCATED IN QUEPEM TALUKA, SOUTH GOA AND DEDICATED TO LORD SHIVA. BELIEF SAYS THAT WORSHIPPED AS LORD OF MOON, INCARNATION OF LORD SHIVA. A SMALL TEMPLE DEDICATED TO BHOOTNATH IS NEXT TO THIS TEMPLE.

HANUMAN JAYANTI, DUSSEHRA AND MAHASHIVRATRI ARE CELEBRATED IN CHANDRESHWAR BHOOTNATH TEMPLE. CELEBRATED ON 15TH DAY OF SHUKLA PAKSHA HANUMAN JAYANTHI CELEBRATES THE BIRTH OF LORD HANUMAN.


SHREE SHANTADURGA TEMPLE, SOUTH GOA



LOCATED AT PONDA, SOUTH GOA, DEDICATED TO GODDESS DURGA, SHREE SHANTADURGA TEMPLE IS ONE OF THE LARGEST TEMPLES OF GOA. DEDICATED TO SHANTADURGA, THE GODDESS WHO MEDITATED BETWEEN LORD VISHNU AND LORD SHIVA. SHREE SHANTADURGA TEMPLE WAS BUILT AROUND 1715 AD.


TAMBDI SURLA MAHADEV TEMPLE, SOUTH GOA


ONE OF THE OLDEST TEMPLES OF GOA, DEDICATED TO LORD SHIVA, TAMBDI SURLA TEMPLE WAS BUILT IN 12TH CENTURY AND LOCATED INSIDE BHAGWAN MAHAVIR NATIONAL PARK. ALONG WITH LORD SHIVA, IDOLS OF LORD BRAHMA AND LORD VISHNU ARE ALSO FOUND. IN THE CENTRE OF TEMPLE ONE WILL FIND NANDI. MAHASHIVRATRI IS CELEBRATED IN FULL SWING IN THIS TEMPLE.


CABO DE RAMA, SOUTH GOA

LOCATED IN CANACONA, SOUTH GOA, CABO DE RAMA WAS BUILT BY SOONDA RULER. IT IS BELIEVED THAT LORD RAMA ALONG WITH HIS WIFE SITA AND BROTHER LAKSHMANA EXILED IN THIS FORT. CABO DE RAMA IS ONE OF THE FAMOUS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH GOA.


GOA CHITRA MUSEUM, BENAULIM, SOUTH GOA


LOCATED IN BENAULIM, SOUTH GOA, GOA CHITRA MUSEUM SHOWCASES THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF GOAN LIFE AND CULTURE. VICTOR HUGE GOMEZ ESTABLISHED THE MUSEUM AS A TRIBUTE TO HIS ANCESTORS AND COLLECTED OVER 4000 ITEMS LIKE WOODWORK, METALWORK, WEAPONS, FURNITURE, RELIGIOUS GOA ARTEFACTS AND MUCH MORE. GOA CHITRA MUSEUM HAS BEEN HONOURED BY THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA AS ONE OF THE TOPMOST MUSEUM OF INDIA.


BIGFOOT MUSEUM, SOUTH GOA


LOCATED IN LOUTOLIM, ANCESTRAL GOA MUSEUM IS ALSO KNOWN AS BIGFOOT MUSEUM. THE MUSEUM SHOWCASES THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF GOAN RURAL LIFE AS IT WAS HUNDRED YEARS AGO. ONE CAN VISIT THE ART GALLERY WHERE THE WORK IS DONE BY LOCAL CHILDREN AND ARTISTS OF STATE AND NATIONAL FAME. BIGFOOT MUSEUM WAS FOUNDED BY ARTIST MAENDRA ALVARES.


MOLLEM NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH GOA



LOCATED IN SANGUEM TALUKA, SOUTH GOA AND CLOSE TO THE BORDER OF KARNATAKA, MOLLEM NATIONAL PARK IS FAMOUS FOR TREKKING TRAILS. THE BIGGEST NATIONAL PARK IN GOA , MOLLEM NATIONAL PARK IS A PART OF THE FAMOUS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY.


BHAGWAN MAHAVIR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SOUTH GOA




ONE OF THE LARGEST WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN THE STATE OF GOA AND LOCATED IN SOUTH GOA, BHAGWAN MAHAVIR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IS A HOME TO VARIETY OF PLANTS, BIRDS AND ANIMAL LIFE. ANIMALS LIKE SAMBAR, DEER, HOG, SPOTTED DEER, BARKING DEER, MOUSE DEER ETC CAN BE SEEN IN MAHAVIR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. OTHER ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE DUDHSAGAR WATERFALLS, TAMBDI FALLS, DEVILS CANYON, TAMBDI SURLA TEMPLE,HIKING AND TREKKING, ECO TOURISM WING, ETC.

COTIGAO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SOUTH GOA


LOCATED IN CANACONA, SOUTH GOA, COTIGAO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1968. ANIMALS FOUND IN COTIGAO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ARE FLYING SQUIRREL, FOUR HORNED ANTELOPE, FLYING LIZARDS, HUMP NOSED PIT VIPER, GOLDEN BACKED GLIDING SNAKE, SLENDER LORIS, ETC. VARIETY OF BIRDS AN REPTILES ARE ALSO FOUND IN THIS SANCTUARY.


NETRAVALI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SOUTH GOA



LOCATED IN SANGUEM TALUKA, SOUTH GOA, THE GOVERNMENT OF GOA DECLARED NETRAVALI AS A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY TO PROTECT ITS WESTERN GHAT RANGE. NETRAVALI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IS CONNECTED TO MADEI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND TOGETHER THEY COVER AN AREA OF 420 SQ.KM. THE BHAGWAN MAHAVIR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY LIES TO THE NORTH OF NETRAVALI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND COTIGAO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY TO THE SOUTH OF NETRAVALI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. SAVERI WATERFALLS, FILLED WITH GREENERY IS ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS IN NETRAVALI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY.


MARGAO MUNICIPAL MARKET, SOUTH GOA



MARGAO MUNICIPAL MARKET LOCATED MARGAO, SOUTH GOA, IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO BUY CASHEW NUTS, FISH, ALCOHOL, KITCHEN ITEMS,SWEETS, CLOTHS , SHOES AND MUCH MORE.


DUDHSAGAR WATERFALLS, SOUTH GOA



LOCATED INSIDE THE BHAGWAN MAHAVIR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, AND CLOSE TO THE BORDER OF KARNATAKA DUDHSAGAR WATERFALLS IS SITUATED IN SANGUEM DISTRICT OF SOUTH GOA. AS TALL AS 310 METERS, DUDHSAGAR WATERFALLS IS A FOUR TIERED WATERFALL. ONE OF THE TALLEST FALLS IN INDIA, DUDHSAGAR WATERFALLS IS ONE OF THE MAJOR ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH GOA.



















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