Guide to North Goa – A travelogue of beaches, churches and more
Travel Guide to North Goa:
Beaches in North Goa:
One of the most famous and cleanest beach in Goa, Calangute was also our place of stay. We were staying at a beach property right next to the Calangute beach and had easy access to this one. This is located in the north of Goa and can easily be reached from any part of the city.
A beach we could not walk down to but look at it from a certain distance. This beach is a rocky beach with rocks of different shapes and sizes. The beach is very popular amongst the tourists and should not be missed if you are exploring the beaches of North Goa especially. This one is quite close to the Baga Beach.
Churches in North Goa:
Basilica of Bom Jesus:
Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the oldest churches in Goa. The church holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier and is very popular amongst the tourists and the locals both. It is very interesting to visit the church and listen to the story of St. Francis Xavier and fascinating to know how his remains are still there without being lost even after hundreds of years. The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church can also be one of the most Instagrammable places due to its magnificent boundaries and walls which provide a very nice backdrop.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception:
This is a very famous church located in the Panjim area of Goa. The church was built in the early Portuguese era and is considered to be one of the most important landmarks in the Panjim city. The church is a beautiful white colored architecture with a park next to it. We could not go inside the church as it was a daytime when we visited it but we have heard some really good things about this church. We would love to pay a visit to this church the next time we are in Goa.
The spires are the first thing you will notice at the Mae De Deus church. Located very close to the Calangute area in Saligao, the Mae De Deus church is one of the most beautiful and serene churches we have been to in Goa. The church is known for its Neo-Gothic architecture. The church has a statue of Mae De Deus (Mother of God) and is very well illuminated during the night.
If you want to click some amazing pictures for Instagram with a Portuguese influence, Fountainhas is just the right place for you. Located right next to the Panjim area, Fountainhas has old-time houses from the Portuguese era which have been painted colorfully and looks straight out of a movie. This place also has some nice eating joints and can be your paradise if you wish to get clicked on a beautiful location.
Forts in North Goa:
One of the most famous forts in North Goa, the fort Chapora is known for its location and the red sands. The fort is located at a good height and you need to be really careful while climbing up or moving down especially when it’s raining. But once you reach the top inside the fort the view from there is magical. This fort is also famous as it was the location for the famous movie Dil Chahta Hai where the actors were sitting and discussing their plans of visiting Goa at least once in a year. Actually, they were right because once you experience monsoons in Goa you feel like coming again soon.
A fort with a huge lighthouse in the premises, Fort Aguada was once a very popular fort during the Portuguese reign. This fort is located overlooking the Sinquerim beach and the Arabian Sea. The fort gives you a very rustic feel and can be counted as one of the most Instagrammable places in Goa. The walls and the boundaries and even the barred area within the fort presents an amazing setup for photography.
Food Guide to North Goa:
If you are ever visiting Goa don’t miss having a meal at the Habanero! A truly tex-mex restaurant with some of the best Mexican dishes including the chicken nachos and chicken burritos. Don’t miss out on the coronorita, that’s corona coupled with a margarita! This place is recommended for the cool interiors, delicious food and amazing cocktails.
The Taj Group of Hotels are known for its luxury and hospitality. While we were in Goa we visited Morisco, the in-house specialty restaurant by Taj Fort Aguada. The restaurant specializes in seafood delicacies and you can enjoy one of the best prawn curries here. The best part of the restaurant was its location as it overlooks the Aguada beach and you can experience the waves greeting you all the time.
These were some of the dine-in options in Goa from the fine-dine to the cafes. There are various other eating options available as Goa is buzzing with tourists and foodies all around the year. The more you explore Goa for food the more you will be surprised by the offerings.