Known for its lush greenery and cheap beer, Goa is the perfect party hub of India.

Come December and everyone will flock down to party endlessly in Goa.

But there is more to Goa than just booze and dancing. One can also enjoy a cool evening walk at one of the many pristine beaches or just relax and layback at a seaside café with a plethora of hand baked eatables.

Needless to say, here are 10 places that are not to be missed when you come here for a much needed getaway with friends or family.

  1. Calangute Beach

The most popular and crowded beach in the northern coast of Goa, Calangute is not to be missed at any cost. Come here to relax and sunbathe for a nice skin tan or take part in the various water sport activities like – jet skiing , para-sailing, banana rides etc.

The nearest station to Calungate is Thivim and from there it’s a 20 minute ride. You can either book a cab or rent a scooty to explore the entire region. The latter is recommended as there are many other beaches in the vicinity that are worth visiting, so it will be easier if you have your own vehicle for the day.

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    2. Church of Our lady

This pearly white church is situated at the heart of Panaji and is often referred to as its spiritual centre. The beauty and grandeur of its architecture is magnified when the church is illuminated by bright lights at night. The church is the main attraction during the ‘Feast of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception’ celebration which happens on December 8th.
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3.  Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

The second largest wildlife sanctuary in Goa, Cotigao sanctuary is located about 9 kms southeast of Palolem. If you’re looking to go out for a day trip this is easily one of the most accessible spots in Goa. Start early in the day to observe this sanctuary in its most raw habitat. It is suggested that you stay overnight in one the forest department cottages if you’re serious about spotting wildlife. An added advantage of staying here is that you can begin your journey even before the park opens the next day.

The ticket price is only Rs. 20 for adults and Rs. 10 for children.

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4. Café Mambo

One of the most happening clubs in Baga, Mambo is a Latino seaside club with an indoor/outdoor location. The doors open around 10:30 pm with the DJ pumping in the beats till the wee hours of morning. The entry is restricted to couples and females only, so all the single guys in your group will have to make alternative plans. 😉
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5. Anjuna’s flea market

Anjuna’s weekly Wednesday flea market is the most popular place to shop for souvenirs or other merchandise. The items showcased here range from Kashmiri and Tibitean tribes to the tribal Gujrati women selling colourful saris and bags. Despite a high purchasing power you can get a good bargain due to stiff competition amongst local vendors. Trudging through the repetitive stalls may get monotonous so you can stop at one of the many local restaurant/bars for a light snack and enjoy the live music that comes with it.
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6. Golden Heart Emporium

It is one of Goa’s widely known and popular bookstore and is filled with many interesting novels by local Goan authors along with various books on the state’s food, culture and architecture. If you’re interested in reading about the cultural history associated with Goa, this bookstore at ‘Abade Faria Road’ awaits your presence.
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7. Brahmani Centre

Located at Anjuna, Brahmani Yoga center has a very relaxed and soothing aura around it. There is no need to register for classes, you just have to show up 15 minutes before the class is about to begin. This place is active from November – April and offers daily classes in ‘ashtanga’, ‘vinyasa’, ‘hatha’, ‘kundalini’, etc.
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8. Terekhol Fort

This fort is as north as north Goa goes. Built by the Mughal dynasty in the 18th century, Terekhol Fort was soon taken by the Portuguese. The major portion of the fort has since been converted into a luxurious resort while the better part is still open for public to peek in and observe the ancient Mughal architecture.
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9. Martin’s Corner

An award winning local set up known for its exquisite mouth-watering sea food delicacies, Martin’s corner has since become an upper market deal. Located right around the Sunset Beach this place has a perfect view for a barbecue night. Unleash the foodie in you by indulging in the local goan cuisines and scrumptious sea food here.
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10. La Plage Beach shack

La Plage is located in the still untouched area of Morjim and is a fusion of a French restaurant and a laidback goan beach shack. Delicious fusion food, sparkling cocktails and a great setting, this place is the party hub for all the uber cool crowd.
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