Anirbaan Hritiq

India is famous for its diverse culture and has been the eye candy for many powers from Alexander to modern-day British rulers. Despite all troubles and foreign dominance, the spirit of Indians remains intact due to the cultural belief of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “The world is one family”.

The smallest state of India with roughly 15 lakh population gained independence after 450 years long, Portuguese colonialism in the year 1961 after a long struggle. Though India gained complete independence from British rule on the 14th of August 1947, the country had to wait for nearly 14 years to acquire the state of Goa.

After multiple attempts and failed diplomatic negotiations, then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru called for military intervention and the operation was known as “Operation Vijay”. The operation was headed by Major General K.P Candeth, the struggle went on for nearly 36 hours and ended on December 19, 1961, after claiming the lives of 22 Indian soldiers and surrendering of the Portuguese regime.

Goa gained the status of a state on May 30, 1987. The state even after being long governed by foreign intruders is blessed with beautiful local culture along with a blend of Portuguese influence.

Here are 5 scenic tourist spots in Goa, Indians must visit:

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, Goa (1605)


Basilica of Bom Jesus Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa

The Basilica Bom Jesus is one of the most adorned monuments of Goa. The construction of the basilica was started in the year 1594 and was opened to the public in 1605. Located in Old Goa city, this architectural marvel is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The monument is also considered the oldest church in India and a global landmark for Christianity.

2. Arambol Beach, Pernem, Goa

Arambol BeachArambol Beach, Goa

Arambol Beach located in North Goa is famous for its cleanliness and fame among international tourists as a hub of meditation and adventure. The area is surrounded by scenic hills giving tourists an opportunity for sports like hiking. This beach also provides adequate options for snacking and enjoying local delicacies.

3. Dudhsagar Falls, Sonaulim, Goa

Dudhsagar FallsDudhsagar Falls, Goa

This unique waterfall located in river Mandovi River is popular amongst tourists for its partial resemblance to milk due to clean water. It is considered one of the tallest waterfalls in India with a height of 1017 feet (310 meters). Being located in Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, a tourist visiting this waterfall can also have an adventurous experience in the wildlife.

Some other famous tourist attractions in Goa are Palolem Beach, Agonda Beach, Fort Aguada, Immaculate Conception Church, Shree Shanta Durga Mandir and other.