Planning a trip to goa? Here are the best places in south Goa to visit on your next trip.
South Goa is perfect for travelers who want to escape the crowds in North Goa. South Goa has some of the most beautiful beaches in goa. But there is so much more to explore in South Goa, other than beaches too.
So if you are looking for the best places to visit in South goa, Look no further. In this post we are covering:
- Best Beaches in South Goa
- Best places in South goa other than beaches
- Best cafes in South Goa
Related: Our favorite beaches in GOA
Let us take you through all the best places in South Goa to visit on your next trip.
Best Beaches in SOuth Goa:
Because we are talking about Goa, we need to talk about the beautiful beaches in south Goa. South Goa has some of the most beautiful beaches in India. Beaches that have white sand and clean blue waters.
And the next time you are in south Goa, you can not miss these beautiful beaches of South Goa.
#1: Cola Beach:
Cola beach is one of the most unique and beautiful beaches in Goa. Cola beach is famous for a back water lagoon which is lined with palm trees and makes for a perfect place to swim even during the afternoon sun. There aren’t a lot of beach shacks on Cola beach and that kind of makes it a perfect beach. It is not too crowded and is a perfect place to relax.
The way to reach cols beach is through a dirt road but it is easily accessible by a two wheeler or a car. There is a car parking at the end of the dirt road. From the parking you can simply take the stairs down to Cola beach.
#2: Palolem Beach:
Palolem beach or canacona is one of most famous beaches in South Goa. It is known for its hippie laid back vibes. Palolem makes a perfect beach if you are looking for a mix between the lively beaches of North Goa and the beauty of South Goa.
During the day, you will usually find a number of boats lined up on the beach. You can take one of these boats to visit the nearby butterfly beach or the honeymoon beach.
There are also quite a few beach shacks and beach huts at palolem, which makes it a perfect place to stay and chill for a couple of day. Palolem beach also has some of the best cafes and restaurants in South Goa.
#3: Agonda Beach:
Agonda beach is 2.6 kms from Cola beach and a little north of Palolem beach. Agonda is less crowded than palolem beach but still has a lot of options for stay and beach shacks as well. Agonda beach in south goa is perfect for you if you are looking to spend quality time with your loved ones away from the crowds. Agonda beach is in fact one of the beat beaches in Goa to watch the sun set.
#4: Galgibaga Beach:
Galgibaga beach also known as Galgibagh beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. It is also one of the cleanest beaches in India. It is a large stretch of white sand and there aren’t any beach shacks at Galgibaga beach. Galgibaga beach is located 7 Kms south of Palolem beach and is one of the four beaches reserved for conservation of sea turtles.
#5: Mobor Beach:
Mobor beach in south Goa has the cleanest white sand and beautiful blue waters. Mobor beach is perfect for swimming because the waves aren’t that strong or simply for lazing on the beach with a good book. However, if you are in a mood, you can take a walk to the end of the beach, all the way up to the confluence of river Sal and arabian sea.
#6: Majorda Beach:
Majorda beach is a beautiful stretch of 25kms of white sand. You will certainly have no problem in finding a spot for yourself on this beach. There are a couple of beach shacks as well, which are perfect for refreshments or afternoon meals.
#7: Polem Beach:
Polem is a small beach in the extreme south goa. It is about 60 kms from Margao and quite close to the Goa-karnataka state border.It is perfect for travelers who are looking for privacy. Polem has calmest waters which makes it a perfect beach for swimming. It is a perfect place for a pit stop if you are headed to gokarna from Goa.
These are undoubtedly some of the beach beaches in south goa and also some of the best beaches in India. Now, let’s see what other places are there in South Goa.
15 Best Places to visit in South Goa:
Apart from the beautiful beaches there are a lot of places to visit in South goa. These are some of the best tourist places in south Goa:
#1: Dudh-sagar Falls: Dudhsagar waterfall is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the world and is one of the most famous tourist spots in Goa. It is called dudhsagar beacuse the water falling from such a height looks like a river of milk flowing down.
It can either be reached by a jeep safari through the forest or by talking a Water rappelling safari through the jungle. Either way, dudhsagar waterfalls makes for a perfect tourist spot to visit when in Goa.
#2: Cabo De Rama Fort: Another one of the famous tourist spots in south goa, Cabo de Rama fort makes for a perfect place to visit in the afternoon. It was originally built by the Portuguese, but when they left, it was used by the Indian government as a prison.
Now-a-days it is just ruins but is a perfect lookout. You can also trek down to the beautiful and off beat Cabo de rama beach.
#3: ShantaDurga Temple: Shantadurga temple is a beautiful temple in south goa that is dedicated to goddess Shantadurga, also known as goddess of peace. Even if you are not religious, it is quite an interesting place to visit for it’s architecture.
Shanatadurga temple is a perfect blend of Indo-Portuguese architecture, which is so unusual for temples in India. You can also admire the roman arched windows and the five story clock tower.
#4: Our Lady of Remedios church:
Our lady of remedios church is known for its beautiful architecture and is located in Betalbatim village in South Goa. The white church surrounded by lush green gardens makes for a very relaxing place to visit in the afternoon.
#5: Mollem National Park:
Mollem national park is part of the famous Bhagwan Mahavir sanctuary in Goa. It is located near the Mollem village in south goa. Mollem national park is about 54 kms from Margao and strecthes for about 103 sq kms. There are a number of trails you could go onto witness a wide variety of flora and fauna. it is one the off beat places to visit in South Goa.
#6: Tambdi Falls: Tambdi waterfall is equally high as didh sagar falls and as beautiful as well. but it does not attract a lot of tourists because the access is through a rocky trek. If you are in the mood for a bit of an adventure, it makes for a perfect off beat destination in south goa.
#7: Tambdi Surla temple:
Dating back to the 12th century, Tambdi Surla temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Tambdi Surla Mahadev temple is located near the Bhagwan Mahavir sanctuary. It is one of the every few temples built in Kadamba style and still remains an active place of worship. It is frequented by Hindus.
#8: Netravali Bubbling Lake:
Netravali lake or the Netravali bubbling lake, as the name suggests is famous for bubbles that rise to the surface at various places. It is located in the small serene village of Netravali in Goa. It is believed that the bubbles in the lake rise even more when you clap or chant Om. Whenever you are there, you should also checkout the nearby Gopinath temple.
#9: Se Cathedral:
Se cathedral, sometimes also known as St. catherine’s cathedral is a must visit place in goa. It was built all the way back in 1652. Famous for it’s beautiful facade, high ceilings and beautiful mosaic work, it attracts architecture and design lovers as well.
#10: Salaulim Dam:
Located in South East goa, Salaulim Dam is a perfect off beat place to visit. It is built on a tributary of river Zuari. While it is responsible for irrigation and drinking water supply in South Goa, it is worth a visit for it’s beauty too. And even more so in the monsoon season when the water is gushing and the lush surroundings make it a perfect spot to visit.
#11: St xavier’s church:
St. Xavier’s church or the basilica of Bom Jesus, is one of the most famous tourist places in Goa, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. It is simply marvelous to look at and it is home to the body of St. Xavier, who was a very close friend of St. Loyola, with whom he founded the society of Jesus.
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#12: Church of St. Catejan:
One of the most beautiful and unique churches in Goa, it deserves to be on your itinerary when you are in Goa. It is believed to be inspired from the St.Peter’s Basilica in Vatican city.
This quaint village in south goa is nothing short of a fairy tale. The whole village is full of surprises and history at every corner. It is famous because it is the ancestral village of the famous cartoonist Mario de Miranda.
If quaint villages that seems like they are right out of a fairy tale are your thing, chandor needs to be on your itinerary. There are a couple of heritage homes that have been turned into homestays and makes for a perfect place for an idyllic holiday.
#15: Church of the Lady of mount:
Located in Velha, church of the lady of mount is a little off beat gem in South goa. It does not attract a number of tourists and that makes it a perfect place to visit. It is also one of the best places to watch the sun set.
Best cafes In south Goa:
South goa is home to a number of beautiful Instagram worthy cafes. However, the cafes in south goa are not just about pretty decor and the vibes, they serves some delicious drool worthy food as well. The cafes in South goa offer a much more regional cuisine rather than Goan cuisine. So, take note, here are some of the best cafes in south goa and some of our personal favorite cafes in Goa as well:
- The Space Goa
- Jaali Boutique Cafe
- Cafe Inn
- Blue Planet Cafe
To checkout all the best cafes in South goa,
Check out the 20 Best cafes in South Goa, that are a Must VISIT!
Hope you found this post helpful. Let us know which of these places in south goa is your favorite and which place you would love to visit the next time you are in GOA.
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