THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH GOA

 

Palolem Beach :

There are lots of things to do in Palolem. The beach is just as welcoming for the beach bums as it is for people who want to really experience the local culture and do some exploring while they are there. One can also enjoy fishing trip or dolphin watching trip on one of the local boats. Kayaking, banana rides, Para gliding are the other water sports one can enjoy in Palolem beach. For those who like a busier type of holiday, Palolem main road is the place to start. The road is lined with shops and stalls, and there are lots of great authentic Indian gifts on offer.

 

Patnem Beach :

Smaller and less crowded compared to Palolem beach, Patnem makes a great alternative to South Goa’s poplar Palolem beach, for those who don’t want to be right in the middle of the action but still want some entertainment.  Its backed by relaxed beach shakes and has a lively surf, making it great for swimming on some days and impossible on others, when an equally lively undertow is present, its main beach road hosts a stalls selling varieties of cloths, kashmiri  jewellary and trinkets.

 

Agonda Beach :

Agonda beach is perfect for anyone who simply wants to relax, its divine, wide and quite. This seemingly endless pristine beach stretches for around 3kilometers and it is lined with beautiful beach shacks which makes it perfect for a sunset walk. Agonda encapsulates romantic Goa at its best. It also has a turtle center in the middle protecting precious Olive Ridley eggs.

 

Madgaon :

Margao is the second largest city in theIndian state of Goa, located 33 km from the state capital Panaji. Goa's cultural capital and commercial capital, this South Goa city is also the second-largest (after Vasco da Gama) by population but arguably the busiest. Being the administrative headquarters of South Goa might create a misleading picture; Margao too is close to the central coast.... the long white-sand beach stretch, rated by an early-1970s UNDP study as potentially one of the ten best beaches in the world.

 

Cabo De Rama Fort:

Inside the Cabo de Rama Fort, there is the church of Santo Antonio which is in excellent condition and is still used by devotees. The white church and the black fort provide a photographic picture of stark contrast. People come here to pray and just enjoy the mystical atmosphere of the fort. Cliffs drop steeply to the sea provide a panoramic outlook of the surrounding areas, at the western side of the fortress. The fort provides majestic views of the entire length of Colva beach and the Canacona stretch.

 

Colva Beach:

Colva is a coastal village in Salcete, south Goa, on the west coast of India. Colvá beach stretches for around 2.4 km, part of a beach consisting of about 25 km of powder white sand, lined along its shore by coconut palms and extending from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south.

Colvá is a famous tourist destination, enjoyed for its beaches, budget hotels, guest houses, beach shacks, food stalls, restaurants, pubs and bars. The beaches are constantly monitored by lifeguardsand the swimming areas flagged.

The village had significant importance toPortugal and was the retreat for Goa's high society, who would come to Colvá for their "Mundanca" or change of air. Today the Portuguese area is dotted with beautiful houses or villas, including many ruins. On weekends huge crowds of tourists, visitors from around the world as well as local Indians, enjoy the sunset and various activities.

 

Shree Mallikarjun Temple :

40 kms south of Margao at Canacona, the southernmost Taluka of Goa, is believed to have been constructed during the middle of 16th Century by ancestors of the Kshatriya Samaj. It was renovated in the year 1778. The temple has massive wooden pillars with intricate carvings. There are 60 deities around the temple, Rathasaptami in February and Shigmotsav in March/April are the festivals of note, which draw large crowds.

 

Shantadurga Temple:

Shantadurga also known as Shanteri/Santeri is the form of theGoddess Durga, commonly worshipped inGoa, India. She is also called Saibini inKonkani as a mark of reverence. Legend tells of a celestial battle between Shivaand Vishnu and Shanta ("Peacemaker") acting as the mediator and solving the problem. The Goddess' temples in Goa were traditionally built over anthills. While most villages in Goa had a Shantadurga temple or at a least a shrine dedicated to Shanteri, a famous Shanta Durga temple was present at Quellossim in Salsette. This was destroyed by the Portuguese and Jesuit missionaries and the idol was shifted to Kavalem in Ponda across the Zuari river.

The Goddess is typically depicted as holding a snake in each hand, each metaphors for demoniac tendencies which are kept in check by her. She also has fish on her crown, as she is the patron Goddess of fisherfolk. Shree Shantadurga is the kuldevta of many Konkani Saraswat Brahmins, Karhade Brahmins, DaivadnyaBrahmins, Bhandaris and Marathas. Many Goan Catholic families also continue to partake of worship in this temple due to their familial links with the temple and the Goddess.

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