Goa is not only about beaches..it’s much more than that !!
Goa, a real paradise in India comprises of everything i.e. Beaches, Casinos, well known churches, Forts, Flea markets, Waterfalls and much more to say.
The sun kissed beaches, crazy night parties and relaxed way of living life keep Goa vibrant and always lively. This is one reason why tourists from across the world keep traveling to Goa time and again.
In this post I will not write anything about so called beaches of Goa. First time travelers to Goa might sometimes get perplexed that Goa has nothing to explore other than sun, sand and sea.
Let me make it clear today in this post that Goa has any number of options for the tourists to go around and explore. Here are the full list of never miss out tourist spots of Goa other than beaches –
Saturday Night Market at Arpora, North Goa
This market has got many food stalls with a right mix of Indian as well as continental cuisine. They also display wares for different ethnicity. It turns out to be a fun weekend activity as the market offers an interesting shopping options ranging from food and cloths to herbs and spices, handicrafts, bags, accessories and so much more.
Virtually there are three parts of the market without a clear demarcation. Lower field offers variety of clothes, bags, shoes and other accessories. Central field offers category of Indian snacks including chaat, popcorn some oriental snacks and variety of other snacks. It also has stalls which offers Tex-Mex, Indian, Oriental, Greek, Portuguese and delicacies from other parts of the world. It serves Sushi and Dim-sum for traveler who like to relish these unique food stuff. Upper field features some of the popular designs from international market along with some of the local merchants. At the top of the hillock you get a boutique bar to hang around with your friends and chill out for sometime with a mix of classical and trendy cocktails and mocktails. So don’t miss out Saturday Night Market – Arpora, Goa
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Flea Market at Anjuna, North Goa
Anjuna Flea Market is one of the sought after market in Goa by tourists from across the globe. It holds from 9 am to 6 pm every Wednesday near Anjuna Beach. It is believed by many people that this market was started by father hippi called ‘Eight Finger Eddie’ in 1975. The hippis came together and traded their belongings to fund their stay in Goa further. This daytime market have Goan, Kashmiri and Tibetan shops which mostly sells souvenirs, Clothes, bags and jewelries. It also has wide range of food outlets among other things. It is one of the most important shopping destinations of North Goa.
Doodhsagar Waterfall – Sonaulim
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Friday Market at Mapusa, North Goa
Mapusa Friday market is a traditional weekly market in Bardez sub-district of North Goa. It is in Mapusa city inside Mapusa Municipal Corporation. Many vendors from Bardez and neighboring sub-districts put stalls and display their local produce brought in by the local residents, farmer and small entrepreneurs.
This market takes place every Friday from 10 am up till 8 pm. This market symbolizes Goan culture and reflects the true essence of Goa. Local Goan vendors assemble here to sell locally grown fruits and vegetables mostly organically grown. They also sell local handicraft, pottery, spices of diverse categories, brown rice, dried fish etc.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is on the Island of Chorao along the Mandovi River, Goa. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a mangrove habitat in an estuary. It is spread over an area of 440 acres. It is been established in 1988. This popular sanctuary is named after Dr. Salim Ali, the eminent indian ornithologist. A ferry service connects the Island of Chorao with Raibander situated just 5 Kilometers from state capital Panaji.
Millions of tourists and party goers from across the world throng Goa with an increasing count year after year. However most tourists miss out on Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary which is a symbol of Goa’s strong culture and heritage.
Common species of birds recorded here are striated heron and western reef heron, red knot, jack snipe, black bittern and little bittern just to name few. The island also host fiddler crabs and mudskippers.
Fort Aguada is a 17th century preserved Fort with Lighthouse in Goa. It is in Sinquerim overlooking the Arabian Sea. This fort was constructed by Portuguese in 1612 to guard them against Dutch and Marathas. It worked as a reference point for any vessels coming to Sinquerim. It was initially defending ships.
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