Sunset at Palolem Beach:
The sunset at Palolem beach has its own beauty that likes to mesmerize even later. The scenic beauty in evening is difficult to be pictured in terms of words. It is widely said that a picture is more than a thousand words. It’s very usual that you’ll notice lot many of tourists trying to catch best of sunset snaps at different panoramas. The water here is warm, the air sultry, and the palms rustle gently in the breeze. Mornings are cool and fresh while evenings are pleasant & peaceful on the beach. A panorama from shack/hut facing the sea too deserves praise words as you need not to step out. You’ll find a black-brownish object not clearly visible to our eyes, is nothing but the fisherman/boatman coming back to home. The sunset view snap of any splendid beach is worth taking to recapitulate it again. It feels as if the sun has come down to meet earth or drown into the deep cool sea.
Sunset at Agonda:
Brisk walk in evening at agonda beach and watching sunset is really very beautiful. Sunset at agonda beach secluded in palms and casuarinas, dominated by the hills like forest by side is simply a great view. The slow and gradual process of sun setting in to sea is worth watching it once to please your eyes.
It’s always advisable and worthy of stay at beach and enjoy the sunset at beach rather than moving on to a specific sunset point. Though it has its own significance but the voluptuous beauty of nature is truly noticeable.
Cabo De Rama:
The major tourist attraction is the Cabo De Rama Fort and also known as Red Fort. The old fort of Cabo de Rama is said to be pre-historic, dating back to the era of Lord Rama, during Ramayana. Cabo De Rama is a nearby attraction with a dilapidated fort sitting pretty on a hill just by the side of the sea. It is said that Lord Rama stayed here for few days during his 14 years exile from his kingdom. The fort is named after Rama, hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana. According to the local legends, Rama stayed here with his wife Sita during the period of 14-year exile. There is a small church in the fort that is worth it to pay a visit if you are an architect lover.
This is a very interesting place to be visited as the whole is almost covered by green forest. People who like to venture on in their life this could be one of the best places where you need to do tracking, camp fire in the night, and a splendid waterfall. As the color of the water is white just like milk (“Dudh” in Hindi language) so it is named as Dudhsagar Waterfall. Once you reached this great nature park area you should be then ready to spend the whole day long as needed to enjoy fully. If gone tired and feeling sweaty then need to wait for anybody just feel free to jump down in the Dudhsagar Waterfall lake and Get Set Go to swim and dive as much as you wish.
St. Anne’s Church:
There is also St. Anne’s Church, just to the entrance of Agonda road way and behind is the famous Agonda Beach. It was constructed during the Portuguese rule, so the architect is been designed in such a marvelous way that you will love to share and this memorable moment with your partner. St. Anne’s Church is opposite to Agonda Bus Stand. There is also one institution being run on St. Anne’s Church name and also provide fund to schools for slum children who shows great willingness to study. It’s a wonderful piece of Portuguese made by them that are worth to be admired. The Church of St. Anne is a religious monument located in Santana, Goa, India. It is an example of baroque architecture.
Saint Anne of David's house and line was the mother of the Virgin Mary, according to Christian tradition. Anne is also shown as the matriarch of the Holy Kinship, the extended family of Jesus, a popular subject in late medieval Germany. The feast day of Anne is 26 July (Western calendar) and 25 July (Eastern calendar).
Monkey Island to the right is counted one of the divine beauties of Palolem Beach. Monkey Island looming in the background - truly is Paradise which purely matches with its other name ‘Paradise Beach’. Monkey Island, the green small island in the northern side, one can walk through the shallow water during low tide, but during high tide, a nice boat ride! It’s very difficult to manage to photograph of monkeys on an island just off Palolem. You have to keep your camera in gear for a scary experience. The landmass on the left is a small island locally called Monkey Island. You can walk across to it in knee deep water when the tides are low.
While to some distance there is a famous turtle beach where the famous Olive Ridley turtles lay their eggs. The whole campaign is conducted by the forest department of the Government of Goa to protect this turtle nesting site. Many of foreigners visit as there are also ample opportunities for avid bird watchers. The beach is yet not marked on tourists trail. It’s for sure that you won’t miss the glimpse of an Olive Ridley Turtle at this beach. Galgibaga Beach can be said as local name of Turtle Beach. The beach is a protected area for turtle nesting and sees the hatching of over 3000 eggs every year. Galgibaga is famous for its Olive Ridley nesting site, making it an environmentally sensitive area. People eagerly await the flocks of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles that frequent the beach each year to lay eggs.
There is a humongous cup-shaped rock, locally known as the Pandava's Drum. At the southern end of the beach, walking across a stream and at some distance further, the Pandava’s Drum is situated. The milieu near Intercontinental Grand Resort traces the origin of visiting of Pandava brothers. Tourists who learn about the Pandava legends come here and often throw stones on top of the rock to hear the resonating sound that echoes from it.
Jumping down some further distance from Palolem Beach till Neptune Point, you’ll find Figueiredo House built in 20th century by Figueiredo family was considered as vintage building. However it was later vandalized and so now it’s a part of Neptune Point hotel. The Figueiredo House has archaic furniture that truly deserves the words of appreciation. Maria de Lourdes Figueiredo de Albuquerque, is the part owner of a huge Loutolim mansion facing vast green rice fields says, "I live in Lisbon and routinely come down here for visits. I converted my portion of the mansion into a five-room hotel." Maria has décor her rooms upto the best to attract tourists conveys "I offer visitors guided porcelain tours. There is a lot of furniture from Macau, chandeliers from France, glassware from Belgium and Chinaware." To that, she added four leather chairs that she brought from Portugal.
Towards the north along the waters lies a natural marvel called the Butterfly Island. The distance from the main land is not more than 200 m and a short boat ride is good enough to reach the island. While going on a boat trip you’ll notice that dolphins are acrobatic in the waters surrounding the island. Well, it would be nice to explore and traverse the rocks on the fringe of the island. It’s easy to walk in low tides and memorable in a boat ride at times of high tides in monsoon.