Goa is referred as one of the favourite holiday destinations in India famous for its golden beaches and nightlife. But it is more than beaches and trance parties. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures. There’s nowhere in India quite like it.
Here is a list of must-visit places in Goa other than beaches.
1. Chapora fort
One of the most popular destination for tourists and a cool chillout place for the youngsters is also known as the “Dil chahta hai” fort. Dil chahta hai translates to “the heart desires”, and the reason for this name is that the fort was used during the filming of the Bollywood blockbuster film i.e. “Dil chahta hai”, a 2001 comedy-drama movie starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia.
The fort is located in Bardez, Goa and is just rising above the Chapora river. It is easily approachable from Mapusa at a short distance of 10kms. There are buses that run from Mapusa to Anjuna and Vagator with a stopover at the fort.
2. The Saturday night market
If you are in Goa in need of some good vibes this is a must visit place, it is widely spread and offers a lot of street goodies to choose from. The market is very colorful, one may find everything from archetypal Indian stalls selling spices, teas, Kashmiri carpets and silver jewellery to international designers to come from all over the world to sell their unique creations. It also has number of food stalls and also hosts live music, DJ’s and performances.
The market is located at Aguada-Siolim road, Arpora.
3. Dudhsagar falls
The dudhsagar falls got all the fame after the bollywood hit “Chennai Express” showcased the breathtaking view of this falls. The white water gushing over a steep, almost vertical face of the mountain from a 1017ft height is mesmerizing to watch.
The name ‘Dudhsagar’ literally means, ‘sea of milk’ which many believe is an allusion to the white spray and foam that the great waterfall creates as it cascades into the waters of the lake.
It is located in the Sanguem Taluka of Goa. One can go by road or rail to Kulem railway station and then trek to the waterfall or hire a jeep with a driver to get closer in however, there will still be a walk to reach the base of the falls.
4. Naval aviation museum
India’s only Naval Aviation Museum established in oct, 1998 is one of its kind in the whole of Asia, but yet remains unvisited by the tourists maybe because it has not received the publicity it rightly deserves.
It is divided into two sections, one that os out-door in the open air and the other that is housed indoors. A well maintained museum that has very good exhibits related to naval aviation. It shows the marvels of engineering in aviation and has detailed history on naval aviation squadrons.
It is located in Bogmalo, 6 km from Vasco da Gama, Goa, India.