Land of sun, sand, sea, and shells—it’s hard to keep from being trigger-happy when you’re in the sunshine state of Goa. From swathes of balmy seaside to rolling fields of green, the unrelenting monsoon months, a colorful, lively and vibrant culture—there’s a lot about Goa that can be captured in stunning pictures. Here are 25 pictures that will make you fall in love with Goa, or at least prompt a trip to experience it for yourself.
Goa’s classic golden sunsets make for a fabulous backdrop to go parasailing—a common water sport found across beaches in Goa, and a unique way to take in uninterrupted views of the world below.
Experience Goa from a different dimension with a hot air balloon ride that offers spectacular sunrise or sunset views—a side of Goa you’ve never seen before.
There are few things more inviting than coconut tree-lined shaded avenues leading off into the beach.
For the solitude seekers looking for hidden beaches away from the crowds, Butterfly Beach, just off Palolem in South Goa, offers a perfect hideaway.
Away from the hectic humdrum of Goa’s coastline is the hinterland, lush and verdant with forests, cooler temperatures, and water bodies perfect for a mid-day dip.
The many forts that dot Goa form a crucial part of its architectural legacy. Fort Tiracol is a 16th-century fort that has been restored and turned into a luxury heritage hotel.
Snaking through Goa, several waterways, canals, and backwaters offer pristine views and picturesque spots for moments of solitude.
The island life is calm, gentle, and at peace with nature.
The resplendent Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
Open from 4 p.m. well into the wee hours of the morning, the Saturday Night Market in Arpora is a great place to catch the quintessential Goa flea market vibe, with food, dance, music, and shopping.
Tall, white, and imposing, you’ll find churches like this punctuate the landscape of Goa.
The Goa experience is incomplete without a visit to the Flea Market that operates on Wednesdays in Anjuna.
Come June, the coastal monsoons wash the state down and all the paddy fields scream freshness with this bright green look.
The coastline in Goa has several hill forts and cliffs overlooking the sea, making for vantage points from which to look into the roaring sea below.
Caramel custard or caramel pudding is an all time favorite, easy to make, homemade Goan dessert, loved for its simple and comforting flavor.
A fish thali, also known as rice plate, is Goa on a plate—tasty portions of the complete Goan meal are served with fish curry, fish fry, rice, stir-fried clams or shrimp, and a vegetable or salad, and finished with a digestive drink made of kokum.
With the freshest everyday catch, prepared in a medley of aromatic spices either grilled or fried, Goa is paradise for seafood lovers.
Gazing at the unreal sunsets, spectacular colors, and undisturbed skies are a trademark way to spend evenings by the beach, in Goa.
Home to some of the best luxury resorts, Goa is an ideal location for a seaside holiday for the whole family.
This sweet water lake in Arambol was a well-kept secret for many years, and is a great place to enjoy a swim.
Fontainhas is the Latin Quarter of Goa, in the heart of capital city Panjim—distinct in its narrow winding lanes flanked by brightly colored buildings on either side.
San Jacinto Island, a pristine spot of land located in the estuary of the Zuari River, is close to the Dabolim International Airport.
Dusk takes on somber, peaceful colors, perfect for unwinding as the day comes to a close.
The forests of Goa turn into a thick, overgrown, flourishing mess in the monsoon months, creating oases for animal and plant life.
The further away from the beaches you go, taking the road off the beaten track, there’s plenty to explore in the innards of Goa’s villages.