Places to visit in South Goa
One of the most spectacular beaches in South Goa, Palolem welcomes you to its golden sand and spellbinding scenic views. Dotted with vibrant beach shacks and swaying palm trees, the place exudes a chilled-out party vibe. Whether you are looking for adventurous activities and water sports or just a relaxed day under the sun, Palolem fits the bill perfectly. There’s more! The beach market at Palolem, which is organized every Saturday, gives you an opportunity to experience the lively shopping culture Goa is known for.
A lesser-known beach in the southern region, Agonda is beauty at its best form. The pristine shoreline of this beach is peppered with pretty cottages and shacks. Casuarinas and palms further add to its splendid beauty. It is also one of the four beaches marked as turtle nesting sites, which gives you all the more reasons to visit Agonda. When you are in a mood to relax and rejuvenate, make your way to Agonda and you will come back as a happier version of yourself.
Blessed with a captivating shoreline and gleaming white sand, Benaulim exudes a romantic charm. From rolling on the white sand and taking a stroll on the shore to indulging in a variety of water sports, you can do it all here. The nightlife at this beach is quite vibrant and you can expect to have a great time with your SO.
Colva is a hot favorite among the families and couples heading towards South Goa for a wonderful holiday. While adventure freaks can have a great time indulging in a number of water-based activities, those looking for sunbathing and a peaceful time won’t feel disappointed either. Hip and happening Colva is also famous for its vibrant nightlife and full moon parties, which makes it one of the fun places to visit in South Goa.
Butterfly Beach is truly a hidden gem in South Goa. An unexploited paradise, this semi-circular bay is where you can spot millions of butterflies flying over the hilltop. Once you turn your attention to the turquoise water, you can spot goldfish and crabs playing about. You will have to take a boat ride to reach this beach as the land route demands you to undergo a challenging hike through the forest.
Also known as the Turtle Beach, Galgibaga is the nesting ground of the protected Olive Ridley turtles. Sparsely populated and adorned with dense pine vegetation, it is the perfect place for holidaymakers who seek some privacy, splendid sunset views, and tranquillity. No wonder, a visit to this beach counts among the top 10 things to do in South Goa alone or with your family or friends.
Our Lady of Remedios Church
Marked with splendid architecture and a serene ambiance, Our Lady of Remedios Church at Betalbatim is an ancient place of worship that traces its origins back to 1630. Surrounded by green lawns, the white exterior of the church offers a soothing sight during the day. During the night, the church looks magnificent as the whole area is illuminated.
St. Alex Church
Built in the year 1597 on the banks of Angoddi Tollem Lake, St. Alex Church is among the oldest chapel churches in the region. An interesting fact about the church is that it was constructed on the site of an ancient Hindu temple, called Ravalnath Temple. If you walk around the church, you can still see the ruins of the temple here.
Three Kings Church
The Three Kings Church, another ancient Church in South Goa, dates back to 1599 and is located in the small village of Cansaulim. The isolated church may not boast of a colossal structure or majestic architecture. But what makes it a major attraction for many people is that it is believed to be haunted. Yes, this may sound pretty strange about a place of worship, but there’s just one way to verify such claims – visit the church and find out for yourself!
Chandreshwar Bhoothnath Temple
One of the famous temples in South Goa, Chandreshwar Bhoothnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped here as the Lord of the Moon. This ancient temple stands atop the Chandranath Hill. If you happen to visit the temple on a full moon night, you can see the Shiva Linga inside the shrine looking resplendent under the moonlight. There’s also the Boothnath Temple nearby which is worth a visit. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva where the deity is worshiped as the Lord of the ghosts.
Shri Shantadurga Temple
Dating back to more than 450 years, this ancient temple exemplifies the Indo-Portuguese architectural style. It boasts of Roman arched windows, which is a rare sight among the temples in Goa. A five-story lamp tower is an additional attraction of this temple. The Shanta Durga Temple is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga as a mediator between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Cabo de Rama Fort
Counted amongst the oldest forts in Goa, Cabo de Rama boasts of a rich past and has many legends associated with it. One such legend states that Lord Rama and his wife Sita had stayed at this fort during their exile from Ayodhya. It is said that the fort was named to honor Lord Rama. Today, the fort is the location of the Church of Santo Antonio and you can enjoy majestic views of the surroundings from this church.
Indian Naval Aviation Museum
One of the popular places to visit in South Goa with family and kids, this museum exhibits huge machines and artifacts related to the evolution of naval aviation in the country. By paying a visit to this museum, you can learn many interesting things about flying, like the aircraft ejection system and life-rafts. The place also has a café (called Cockpit Café) where you can enjoy a tea, a souvenir shop, and a mini theatre where you can catch short movies and documentaries on naval aviation.
Big Foot Museum
Big Foot is an off-beat museum in South Goa, one with a lot of difference. For starters, it is established and run privately by an artist names Maendra Alvares. Secondly, it is an open-air museum that recreates a miniature Goan village of the bygone days. Some of the key highlights of the museum include miniature houses that depict traditional Goan life and culture, a handicraft center that sells Goan artifacts, a bird habitat, a restaurant, rubber plantations, a spice yard, and lot more. The 14-meter high Sant Mirabai sculpture, which apparently is the largest laterite sculpture in the country, is another key attraction of the museum.
Located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, this picturesque falls forms the border between Goa and Karnataka. The whole region is surrounded by lush green forests and the falls cascade down from a height of 310 meters, offering a spectacular sight. The word Dudhsagar literally means ‘the sea of milk’ and that’s exactly what this waterfall is – milky, foamy, and just so beautiful.tiful.
Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the south-eastern part of Goa, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is another must-visit place to add to your itinerary. A popular spot for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, and birdwatchers, the sanctuary is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including Giant Squirrel, Great Pied Hornbills, Grey Headed Bulbul, Slender Loris, and an exciting range of mammals, butterflies, and birds. For those looking for a tryst with nature and its many wonders, this is the place to be.