Around Goa

Deltin Royale Casino

Amongst the most popular entertainment destinations in Goa, the Deltin Royale offers internationally famous games such as Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette. While the biggest casino in the country is home to the only exclusive poker room in the nation, it also has an exclusive space for Indian Flush. This casino is fitted with a multi cuisine buffet, an exclusive whiskey bar, VIP gaming suites and live entertainment acts. This offshore extravaganza is a must visit for those diehard gamers.

Beaches

Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Asvem, Vagator, Anjuna, Calangute, Baga, Miramar, Candolim, Sinquerim, Bojmalo, Majorda, Velsao, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Agonda, Palolim and Putnem feature amongst the most famous beaches in Goa. The beaches in progression from north to south also serve as geographic markers to the different beach cultures within Goa. The first four beaches on the list tend to represent the more idyllic ‘do nothing but laze’ beaches. Beginning with Vagator, the diehard electronic dance music scene culminates at Baga. Miramar is the town beach of the capital Panaji, south of which is Bojmala which is less frequented by tourists and can serve as an ideal location for diving activities. Majorda to Cavelossim house a number of upmarket resorts, with much fewer tourists and are among the more quiet destinations in Goa.

Adventure Activities

Goa is home to a number of small-scale wildlife sanctuaries. Though not a haunt for the famed big cats of the country, Goa’s parks offer protection to a range of birds and smaller animals such as the gaur, deer, Malayan giant squirrels and jungle cats. Parks include the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Molem and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. The Arabian Sea offers some of the best opportunities for water sports in the country. Baga, Calangute and Candolim are sites where one can find operators for parasailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing. Those into paragliding must check out the laid back beaches of Arambol and Anjuna. Though not really the ideal place for diving, Goa is home to serious diving outfits and training centres.

Historical Sites

  • The Basilica of Bom Jesus: Completed in May 1605 and consecrated by the archbishop Dom Fr. Alexio de Menezes houses the body of St. Francis Xavier. Located in Old Goa, the church had its Mausoleum designed by Giovanni Battista Foggini, the 17th century Florentine sculptor.
  • Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina: Located in Old Goa and dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, this is amongst the oldest churches in Asia. Consecrated in 1562, the cathedral was built to commemorate the success of the Portuguese in capturing Old Goa from the Muslim Army in 1510. The tower of the church houses the largest bell in India and is amongst the finest in the world.
  • Shanta Durga Temple: At the foothills of the Kavlem village near Ponda, amidst lush greenery is the Shanta Durga Temple. Thirty three kilometres away from Panaji, this temple is the reconstruction of an earlier temple which was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1564. The temple houses Shanta Durga, the deity who according to local legend mediates a bloody battle between the Gods Shiva and Vishnu. The temple was built in 1738, under the reign of the Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shahu Raje of Satara.
  • Goa State Museum: Located in the capital city of Panjim and housing over eight thousand artifacts spread across 14 galleries, the museum includes stone sculptures, carvings, bronze work, paintings, rare coins, manuscripts and other anthropological objects including Hindu and Jain Artifacts.
  • Church of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception: Being the port of call at the time, Panaji was the place where foreign travellers often first set foot in India. The Church of Our Lady was the site where travellers went to show their gratitude for a safe passage.