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Did you think Goa is all about the beaches? Then you’re in for a major surprise, because from jungle treks to plantation tours, Goa has everything.
From Majorda to Amboli, Goa is the biggest surprise package when it comes to tourism. From the immaculate urban township, to the exquisite Portuguese architecture, and wonders like the Light House along with gorgeous churches and famous Aguada Jail, you can see it all. One of the best things to do in Goa includes Go for an ATV ride through Mandrem beach. The all terrain quad bikes are on Goan sands, are all you need to have your fill of beachy adventure. Or go on a castaway cruise to the Grande Island. Swim with the fish and snorkel deep into the crystal clear waters or sail to the isolated island and delight in a delicious barbecue lunch at Hansa Beach. Opt for an amazing excursion from Candolim which will take you through Sinquerim, Calangute and Baga. Once close to the island, the boat will be anchored and you can proceed for a fun-filled swimming and snorkeling adventure in the pristine blue waters.
Spend a day out canoeing along the backwaters of the Zuari River in and explore some of Goa' s exotic bird life as well as the exotic Indian Mugger Crocodile at the Cumbarjua canal near Panaji. Visit the spice plantation in Goa and get a chance to explore an abundance of various fruits, spices, herbs and medicinal therapies. You can even buy spices and herbal oils from this spice plant, which you will not find anywhere else. Visit the much talked about Lover’s Paradise, also known as the bay of Dona Paula, which also has a moving history behind it. You can also enjoy an hour- long river cruise on Mandovi, which will take you through the crevices of Old Goa. You also must check out Amboli for the Nangartas WaterFall, Hiranyakeshi Temple, Kavleshet Valley and The Great Amboli Waterfall.
We have selected a list of the best things to do in Goa especially for you, take your pick. Modelled on the original design of St Peter’s in Rome, this impressive church was built by Italian friars of the Order of Theatines, sent here by Pope Urban VIII to preach Christianity in the kingdom of Golconda (near Hyderabad). The friars, however, were refused entry to Golconda, so settled instead at Old Goa in 1640. The construction of the church began in 1655, and although it’s perhaps less interesting than the other churches, it’s still a beautiful building and the only domed church remaining in Goa.
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