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Explore the Most Popular Places and Discover the Unseen Beauty in Goa - Travel Goa Like Never Before

Explore the beauty of Goa, a land of dazzling beaches and lush fields. Much of Goa's Portuguese past is still evident in its delicious, east-meets-west cuisine and colonial architecture.

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Fort Cabo de Rama

With a history that goes back thousands of years, Fort Cabo de Rama is one of the oldest forts of Goa. Named after the ancient Indian hero of the Ramayana saga, it is believed that Rama and his wife Sita, once lived here during the years of exile in Ayodhya. Cabo de Rama is located 16 km north from Agonda Beach, and was built by ancient Hindu rulers, before being captured by Muslim rulers, the Portuguese and British colonialists. The Portuguese added 21 cannons, military barracks and quarters, and a chapel to the premises during their rule. Between 1935 to 1955, it was used by the state as a prison, but later abandoned and left to decay. Today, most of the fortress lies in ruins, but it still makes for an exciting exploration for many tourists and locals.

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Old Goa

You can't go sightseeing in Goa, and not wander through its old capital. Between the 15th to 16th centuries, Goa's old capital was so prosperous, it became known as the 'Rome of the East'. However, after an outbreak of cholera, residents were forced to abandon the city, and the capital moved elsewhere. The grandeur of the past can still be seen in old buildings, and towering cathedrals, many of which are still in use. A walk through Old Goa makes for a fascinating trip, but be warned, it can get crowded here. The best time to visit is generally during a weekday morning.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most celebrated church in all of Goa. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the basilica houses the tomb of St Francis Xavier, legendary for his missionary travels across Asia. Built in the 16th century, the basilica is the only church in Goa without a plastered exterior; due to this, parts of the richly detailed facade have greatly eroded over the decades due to extreme weather conditions. Inside, there are several murals depicting scenes of St. Francis's life.

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Ancestral Goa

Located in Loutolim, not far from several luxury hotels, such as the Alila Diwa Goa, is an arts and cultural centre that dedicated to the preservation of Goanese lifestyle. Set in eco-friendly, miniature Goan village, it replicates what life would have been like over 100 years ago in Goa. Several cultural settings, sculptures and crafts are displayed here, showcasing the combination of Indian and Portuguese cultures that have influenced the state.

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Palolem beach

An unspoiled beach facing a pristine blue bay, Palolem beach is most famous for its 'silent parties' where party goers dance to music played though sets of earphones. Aside from the party scene, travellers can hitch a ride with fisherman and visit the islands off shore, or keep an eye out for dolphins that are known to swim near the beach.

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