Located at a distance of 3 Kms from Panaji Miramar is the nearest Beach from Panaji. Miramar Beach is also called Gaspar Dias and is located close to the confluence of Mondavi river and Arabian sea. Miramar beach also is a great destination for bird watchers as the beach is in the migratory route of birds and Miramar is home to these birds during winter.
Miramar beach is located in Panaji near the Miramar circle with the Hindu-Christian Unity statue at the center. Miramar is more of a 'Indian' beach which is visited largely by local crowd. Miramar beach thanks to its accesibility converts itself into a venue of various programs & events peridically. Miramar being located close to Old Goa is also a good place to stay if you want to explre the churches of Old Goa.
Mobor beach lies on a little peninsular between the Arabian Sea and Assolna River Estuary. Located in Salcete, Mobor is a fishing village with a beautiful beach south of Cavelossim. Mobor is part of the tripple beaches of Varca Cavelossim and Mobor just north of Rive Sal which are ideal destinations for those who are in search of solitude in Goa!
Mobor beach is located almost at the moth of Sal river at the southern end of Slacete coastline. Mobor is a narrow strip of land between the Arabian sea and the Assolna River Estuary. Mobor enjoys a pristine and serene10 kilometer long sandy beach. The stretch of beach which starts at Mobor continues up north un til Colva without any interruptions making it one of the longest stretch of beaches in Goa.
A natural bay surrounded by lofty headlands on either sides, Palolem enjoys a tranquil sea with a gently sloping bed that allows you to walk up to 100 m into the sea. The small island in the northern side of Palolem beach is the Monkey Isand and one can walk through the shallow water during low tide from Palolem beach to the Monkey Island.
Palolem beach stretches between two hillocks and the beach is lined with towering coconut palms. The arc shaped beach continues to grow in popularity every year and Palolem has become very lively with the diverse crowd that it attracts. The quieter and laid back north Palolem tends to attract families, while back packers congregate south Palolem where the party scene is. The sea is also gentler in the north.
Located south of Candolim beach, Sinquerim is an arc shaped beach which extends up to Baga 9 kms up north via Candolim and Calangute! Sinquerim beach is located on the way to the famous fort Aguada from the Candolim market. Sinquerim is comparitively much quieter than Candolim and boasts of the most expensive resorts in the area
Sinquerim beach located about 12 kms from Panaji still retains the feel of a coastal village and is much less crowded than its neighbouring beaches. Located at the southern end of the stretch of beach starting at Baga, Sinquerim lies in the shadows of Aguada fort. The church of St Lawrence - Sinquerim built in 1688 celebrates the feast of St Lawrence of Rome in which the sea is blessed by the Parish priest.
Located between Anjuna and Arambol Vagator is a small beach split into two beaches by a seaside headland which holds the car park and stalls. As you face the sea, on your right is Big Vagator Beach and on your left Ozran Beach or the Little Vagator Beach. 2013 saw the popular Sunburn Festival shift its base to Vagator from Candolim Beach and it is being held in Vagator in 2014 also.
Vagator Beach is located in North Goa. This beach is divided into 2 sides, Big Vagator and little Vagator. It is famous for the rock carvings on the little Vagator side and the Chapora fort on the Vagator side. Once on top of the fort you can get a birds eye view of the adjoining beaches. Little Vagator is rocky and one has to be careful while swimming. Little Vagator is much quieter than big Vagator.
Dudhsagar Falls is a tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River 60 km from Panaji. During the monsoon season, Dudhsagar falls is transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India's fifth tallest waterfall. The water plummets hundreds of metres in large volumes during the rainy season, forming one of the most spectacular sights in Goa.
Set amidst breathtaking scenery measuring a mighty 600m from head to foot Dudhsagar Waterfalls attracts a steady stream of visitors from the coast to see Mandovi River form a foaming torrent that splits into three streams to cascade down a near-vertical cliff face into a deep green pool. Near the top of the falls, the railway line from Vasco to Londa crosses the mountainside, with excellent views from the train.
Patterned in the Buddhist cave style Arvalem caves rock cut into laterite stone, with the sanctuary at the northern end and the vihara at the southern end the claim of the Arvalem caves being of Buddhist origin is a justified statement. A huge Buddha statue was excavated near the Arvalem caves and a 4th century Buddha head was also found nearby.
Located in Bicholim town in North Goa, Arvalem Caves are ancient rock cut caves which dates back to the 6th century. Popularly known as the Pandava Caves, the architecture of Arvalem Caves is simple yet appealing. The rock structure has been cut into laterite stone. The walls are plain with no paintings on them. There are five compartments Shivlingas and a huge statue of Buddha in the Arvalem cave complex.
The temple of Shri Mangesh is set amidst natural beauty and pleasant surroundings. Mangeshi, which is a little village along Goa's Panaji-Ponda road is a point of pilgrimage for hundreds of tourists from all over India and abroad. The temples of Shree Shantadurga located at Kavale Village and Shree Mangeshi are two of the most revered patron deities in Goa.
The Mangeshi territory of Ponda was not under Portuguese rule in the 16th Century and hence was seen as a safe haven by the Hindus fleeing persecution by the Jesuits and Portuguese. The forests of Ponda were ideal places for Hindus to form makeshift temples with the Idols they had salvaged from the broken temples of Salcette. The original site of Sri Mangeshi temple is Kushasthali or Cortalim in Salcette.
Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is reminiscent of the temples at Aihole in neighbouring Karnataka. Located in Tambdi Surla Mahadev temple is at the foot of the Anmod Ghat, which connects Goa to the state of Karnataka. Though dedicated to Shiva Mahadev Temple also has Vaishnavite deities which impart Mahadev temple a unique place in Goa Kadamba temple architechture..
Mahadev Temple was built by Hemadri, the minister of the Yadava King Ramachandra. The temple is built in the Hemadpanthi style from basalt rock. Mahadev Temple in Tambdi Surla is considered to be the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa. Mahadev Temple is located 13 kilometres from Bolcornem village 65 kilometres from Panaji.
Old Goa - A World Heritage site is the prime attraction of Goa apart from the beaches. There would be very few tourists who visit Goa who dont explore old Goa and its churches. Old Goa is located very close to Panaji and the one way street to Old Goa is under 12 kms from Panaji. Old Goa is about 30 kms from Mapusa and Madgaon respectively.
The Churches and Convents at Velha (Old) Goa owe their existence to the Portuguese rule in this part of the western coast of India. The most comprehensive group of churches and cathedrals were built during 16th to 17th century AD at Old Goa. There is a small village around the huge churches and convents. Some of these are still in active use, and others have become museums maintained by the ASI.