Goa's hundred odd kilometer's of coastline has some of the best beaches in the country and the finest beach resorts. In the picturesque villages along the coast with white washed churches and tiled houses. North goa has the state capital, panaji the former capital of old goa. With its world heritage churches and cathedrals and string beaches that runs up the cost to maharastra.
North Goa beaches , some of them edged with red laterite cliffs include calangute , candolim, baga, vagator, anjuna and charpora. The southem beaches , noted for their sparking white sand and calm sea include bogmalo, colva, benaulim, etul and palolem – idyllic beaches with splendid opportunities for sailing and wind surfing.
The old Portuguese capital of goa further up river has fine baroque churches with lavishly ornamented and gilded altars. The basilica of born jesus where the body of st . francis Xavier rests in its silver and glass casket, of st. francis of assisi are the most important.
Near the town of ponda are temples built in a style that is exclusivw to goa with baroque interiors and unusual , omatee eepmals , tall lamp towers. The best known are the manguseh , nagesh and shanta durga temples.