: North Goa is the epicentre of Goa’s party scene. Concentrated with the foreign tourists, amazing concerts, trippy dance bars, authentic restaurants and shacks, hippie markets and peaceful yoga retreats, North Goa is the centre for indulgence in Goa.
North Goa has more than 30 kms of coastline with more than 11 distinct beaches that invite a plethora of visitors from all over the world. Starting from the Terekhol River, North Goa has the most happening beaches like Vagator, Anjuna, Calangute and Baga Beaches and a series of amazing attractions like the Querim beach, Arambol Beach, Chapora Fort and Mapusa. This neighbourhood is more inclined towards tourism and welcomes more foreign tourists as compared to South Goa.
Famous Places in North Goa: Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Arambol Beach, Vagator Beach, Club Cabana, Club LPK, Tito’s nightclub, Morjim Beach, Sinquerim Fort, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Ashwem Beach, Mambos, Chapora Beach, Mandrem Beach, Querim Beach, Fort Tiracol, Candolim Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Anjuna Flea Market, Dona Paula, Arvalem Waterfalls, Mangeshi Temple, Kalacha Beach, Royal Chapel of St Anthony, Little Vagator Beach, Church Of Nossa Senhora De Penha De Franca, Mae De Deus Church, St. Clara Church, Corjuem Fort, Houses of Goa Museum, Shri Shantadurga Temple, Reis Magos Fort, Chorao Island, Coco Beach, The World Famous Decades Bar, Querim Beach, Fort Aguada Jail.
Fort Aguada: Fort Aguada is a 17th-century Portuguese fort looking out at the confluence of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea. The crumbling ramparts of the fort stand on the Sinquerim Beach, approximately 18 km from Panjim. The highlight of the fort is a lone four-storey lighthouse (which is one-of-its-kind in Asia )and a stunning view of the sunset.
Chapora Fort: Chapora Fort, located 10 km away from Mapusa, is undeniably one of the most famous forts in Goa. Built by the Portuguese in 1717, Chapora Fort has a long and fascinating history attached to it. More popularly known as the ‘Dil Chahta Hai Fort’, its claim to fame was the 2001 Bollywood blockbuster shot here. A scintillating escape, it offers beautiful views of the sea and Chapora River.
Anjuna Beach: Located near Panjim at a distance of 21 km, Anjuna Beach is among the most popular beaches in North Goa, stretching almost 2km. A hippie paradise of sorts it is characterized by its rocky outcrops. From family outings to adrenaline-filled adventures, Anjuna Beach is famed for its golden coastline, nightclubs, beach shacks, watersports, full-moon parties and flea markets.
Baga Beach: One of the most popular beaches in North Goa, Baga Beach is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panjim. Baga is the perfect destination to witness the dazzling nightlife of Goa as signature places such as Britto’s, Tito’s and Mambos are located in the vicinity. Being one of the most visited beaches in the North, Baga also offers a vast range of water sports.
Calangute Beach: Situated 15 km from Panjim, Calangute Beach is the longest beach in North Goa, stretching from Candolim to Baga. Due to its sheer size and popularity, it is a hub for tourists and backpackers from all over the world.
Arambol Beach: Beautiful and serene, Arambol Beach is among the best beaches of North Goa and is relatively unexploited by tourist activities. Considered to be one of the most spectacular beaches in Goa, Arambol beach has a distinct Bohemian feel to it, which attracts tourists from all over the world.
Vagator Beach: The northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, the Vagator beach one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. Located 21 kilometres from Panaji, it is famous for its soft white sands and imposing but beautiful rocky cliffs. The beach is divided into two major parts, namely Little Vagator, also known as Ozran Beach, and Big Vagator. Vagator Beach is popular for its sweeping panoramic views, beach shacks and trance parties.
Club Cabana: Club Cabana in Arpora is one of the best party places in Goa and one of the few where you can enjoy a party every day of the week. Located atop Arpora hill, Calangute, the club is also called Nightclub in the Sky and is a favourite among the party-goers with many national and international DJs playing regularly.
Club LPK: Club LPK is one of the most popular nightlife spots in Goa. Surrounded by water on three sides, it was shifted to Nerul from its original location. The nightclub has generally some good DJs playing a mix of house, trance, and Bollywood music for all kinds of customers. The dance area is big and the ambiance is great. The iconic Love Passion Karma sign along with the leaning lady is a popular photo-op amongst visitors.
Titos nightclub: Titos nightclub is one of the top things to do in Goa for most tourists. Located in Calangute, Tito’s is one of the most famous nightclubs in Goa. Founded in 1971 by Tito Henry de Souza, the pub is synonymous with Goa’s nightlife. The entire lane in Baga, where the pub is located is popularly called Tito lane. Any particular night in Tito lane, you would come across huge queues outside the Tito Pub and restaurant, due to its great ambiance and a great selection of DJ’s.
Morjim Beach: Morjim Beach is one of the most tranquil beaches of North Goa. Located a little south of Aswem beach, it serves as a nesting habitat for Olive Ridley Turtles. This earns Morjim Beach another moniker, namely the Turtle Beach. The 3km long beach is ideal for a long walk and relishing the sunset view. Tourists mostly visit Morjim Beach to spend a lazy afternoon at the beach shacks and sunbeds.
Sinquerim Fort: Located at a distance of 18 kms from Panaji, Sinquerim Fort was constructed in 1612 and overlooks the beautiful Sinquerim Beach. The magnificent fort was used as the reference point for goods arriving from Europe. Also, it was used to guard the territory from the Dutch and Marathas.
Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception: Located in Panjim, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the most popular and also one of the oldest chapels in Goa. Built in a Portuguese Baroque style, the church is located on a slight elevation, on a hillock. It is known to house the second largest church bells in Goa. These bells are known to have been removed from the Augustinian ruins of the Church of Our Lady of Grace that existed in Old Goa.
Ashwem Beach: Located near the famous Morjim Beach, Ashwem Beach is one of the few beaches left in Goa that is yet to be discovered by the mainstream tourist crowd of Goa. The stunning beach offers its visitors an endless expanse of pearly white sands complemented well by the beautiful waves of the Arabian Sea. Surfing and Yoga are widely practised here. The calm waters are safe for swimming.
Mambos: Located in the famous Titos lane, Mambos is a popular nightclub in Goa. The open-air lounge encircles a dancing area with a host of Indian and international DJs playing every night. Special karaoke parties are organized from time to time. They also serve a variety of Hookahs.
Chapora Beach: Chapora Beach is one of the lesser-known beaches of Goa which lies close to the very popular Chapora Fort. This coastal secret is a treasure trove of natural beauty, with a serene combination of white sands, turquoise waters, black lava rocks, and fringes of coconut and palm trees. One can indulge in water sports, swimming, relaxing at the beach shacks, or partying at the Chapora Beach.
Mandrem Beach: One of the northernmost beaches of Goa, the secluded Mandrem Beach lies between Arambol and Ashwem Beach. The charm of Mandrem Beach lies in its secludedness as most tourists prefer visiting the other popular beaches in North Goa. The 790m long white sand beach is lined with tall palm and casuarina trees and is peppered with some small beach shacks.
Querim Beach: Querim Beach, also known as Keri Beach, is located at the northernmost tip of Goa. The white sand beach lies at the mouth of the Terehkol River where it joins the Arabian Sea. Due to its secluded location, the Querim Beach is visited by very few tourists which add to its charm. This pristine beach serves as the perfect escape for those looking to get away from the commercial side of Goa and revisit its natural charm.
Tiracol Fort: Across the Terekhol river from the Querim beach in North Goa lies the majestic Tiracol Fort. Also known as the Terekhol Fort, this magnificent structure was once a crucial part of the maritime defence of the Portuguese colonists. Today, it serves as the marvellous Fort Tiracol heritage hotel. It offers an unbeatable panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
Candolim Beach: Candolim Beach lies around 15 kms ahead of Panjim towards North Goa, along the stretch of Fort Aguada. Forming a part of the trio of Calangute, Baga and Candolim party beaches in Goa, this beach is comparatively less crowded which attracts a lot of foreign tourists. Candolim Beach is known for its pulsating nightlife and thrilling water sports.
Sinquerim Beach: The Sinquerim Beach located in North Goa is one of the best beaches in Goa for watersports. It is known for providing international class facilities for parasailing, scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing. Located on the south of the other famous beaches of Goa including Baga beach, Calangute beach, and the Candolim beach, it is the quintessential Goan beach with sun, sand, surf and seafood.
Anjuna Flea Market: Anjuna Flea Market on Wednesday is a treasure trove of trinkets, handicrafts, hippie clothing, souvenirs and everything else from cheap bags to footwear and junk jewellery. Also popular as the queen of hippie flea markets, the Anjuna Flea Market as much a part of the Goa experience as the beaches. Offering a multiple range of products from Keralan spices, to Kashmiri jewellery, wooden toys from Karnataka to Jimi Hendrix t-shirts, the market is a must-visit.
Dona Paula: Located around 7kms from Panjim, Dona Paula is one of the most popular tourist hangouts in Goa famous for its vast stretch of beach. The small beach is also popular as the Lover’s Paradise and features a jetty (Dona Paula Jetty) adjacent to it, which provides an ethereal view of the Arabian Sea and Mormugao harbour. Another attraction here is the whitewashed statue, called ‘Image of India’, depicting Mother India and Young India.
Arvalem Waterfalls: One of the most beautiful spots to visit in North Goa, Arvalem Waterfalls is located in Sanquelim, about 30km away from from the Panjim Kadamba bus stand. Also known as Harvalem Falls, it forms a huge pool of water at its base – almost as big as a lake. This makes Arvalem Falls a popular tourist and picnic spot. The fall is best visited during the monsoon as after that, it reduces to just a trickle.
Mangeshi Temple: Mangeshi Temple or Shri Mangueshi Temple is Lord Shiva temple located in the Mangeshi village in Ponda region of Goa. The largest and most visited temple in Goa, it is built in the honour of Bhagwan Manguesh, the Kuldevata of Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. The deity is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva, whose name was derived from “Mam Girisha” the words used by Goddess Parvati when Lord Shiva made a successful attempt to scare her by taking the form of a Tiger.
Kalacha Beach: Kalacha Beach, also known as Paliem Beach, is one of the unexploited beaches of Goa. Known for its sweet water lagoon, Kalacha Beach is located towards the south of Sinquerim Beach which can be accessed from Arambol Beach on foot. A hilltop near the beach is famous for paragliding while the secluded beach provides for a tranquil escape for tourists.
Chapel of St Anthony: Chapel of St. Anthony, built in the 17th century by the Portuguese, is dedicated to the patron saint of the Portuguese Navy and the Army, St. Anthony. The attraction is located very close to the Monastery of St. Augustine in Goa. The chapel has a unique architecture with a semi-circular arch and a fort like influence. Devotees flock in large numbers on every 13th of June to celebrate the Saint’s Feast Day.
Little Vagator Beach: Ozran Beach, famous for its natural landscape and the Fort of Chapora, is a rocky beach and requires climbing a little hillock to reach the shoreline. The view of the horizon from the top of the hillock is quite a sight. Not frequently crowded, the location is often chosen for shooting movies and is a paradise for stargazers. The beach is also called Little Vagator as it is located a little distance away from the Vagator Beach.
Church Of Nossa Senhora De Penha De Franca: Church Of Nossa Senhora De Penha De Franca is a grand 16th-century church located on the banks of the confluence of River Mapusa and River Mandovi in Goa. A monument of national heritage, it is also famous for its picturesque location looking across Charao Island on one side and Ribandar Causeway on the other. The interior of the church is stunning with a high-vaulted ceiling and handpainted sceneries.
Mae De Deus Church: Housing the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus (Mother of God) which was brought from the ruins of the convent of Mae de Deus at Old Goa, this church in Saligao stands as one of the finest examples of the neo-gothic style of architecture. The church is situated in the amazing surroundings of the typical Goan countryside giving it the look of a castle from a fairy tale.
St. Claras Church: One of the oldest churches in Goa, St. Claras Church stands as an example of not giving up. The church was destroyed several times but later reconstructed every time by the villagers. The church is a beacon of hope and strength to many followers and visitors alike. The church is surrounded by lush green forests and has a pure white exterior which gives it a fairy-tale like impression.
Corjuem Fort: Standing the test of time, Corjuem Fort is an inland fort that was built in 1705 by the Portuguese and is located in Aldona village near River Mapusa in Goa. It is also known as Khojuem Fort locally and is one of the smaller forts in Goa. However, being a relatively unexplored destination it has gained importance in recent times for the sweeping vistas that it offers. It is also among the only two forts to remain standing and relatively intact despite being surrounded by the Portuguese and Mughal rulers.
Houses of Goa Museum: Houses of Goa Museum has a splendid collection of houses belonging to the Colonial era in Goa. The museum in itself is a brilliant piece of architecture and dons a ship-like structure. The museum was designed and built by Gerard de Cunha and houses furniture, home decor items, door & window frames, railings, ceramic tiles, etc. from the bygone era when Portuguese architecture became a part of the Goan lifestyle.
Shri Shantadurga Temple: Shri Shantadurga Temple is one of the largest temple complexes in Goa. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is one of the patron deities of the Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. The Shantadurga deity is the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. The highlight of the temple is a golden palki (palanquin) on which the deity is carried around on Mahapanchami festival.
Reis Magos Fort: Reis Magos Fort is the oldest fort in Goa, located on the banks of River Bardez across Panjim in Goa. The 15th-century Portuguese fort was once a defence fortress which was later converted into a jail and then a hospital. Ruined and neglected, it was restored and finally opened to the public in 2012. The majestic fort with reddish walls is visible all the way from Panjim.
Chorao Island: Located at a distance of 5 km from Panjim, Chorao Island is the largest of the 17 islands present in Goa. Boasting of old world charm, dainty cottages and narrow muddy pathways, the island is a slice of heaven tucked away in time. The island has a very prominent Portuguese air about it which reflects in the architecture of its ancient white washed churches, solitary graveyards, picturesque Portuguese villas and dilapidated buildings. Chorao Island is reached through a ferry tours provided by both government and private operators.
Coco Beach: Situated right at the mouth of Nerul River, Coco Beach in Goa is a scenic shoreline located on the Mandovi estuary lined with tall palm and coconut trees. It is perfect for boating, water sports and spotting dolphins. Lined with beach shacks, restaurants, and roadside shopping stalls, Coco Beach is often explored on River Cruises.
The World Famous Decades Bar: The World Famous Decades Bar is a great place to go when you are not really in the mood to dance, but just want to go to a bar and have a good time with friends. There is live music on Monday, Thursday and Friday. You can also play a game or two of pool at the pool table.
Fort Aguada Jail: Located at the bottom of Aguada Fort, Fort Aguada Jail is famous for its panoramic view, architecture and historic significance. It was once the largest jail in the state used to imprison legal offenders. But since 2015 it is open to the public as a heritage site. A part of the jail is also reserved as a museum with galleries, activity zones, amenity zones and information centre.