Places To Visit in Goa – East meets West in this sun-soaked state, where Indian culture intertwines with Portuguese influences left over from a 500-year occupation. Goa beaches have long served as a magnet for serene hedonists. To the north side, the tourist-centric scene is prevalent, with an international flair that is now skewing more hip than hippie. Travel south goa for stretches of unspoiled sand and an escape from large resorts. Temples, mosques and wildlife sanctuaries provide diversions from the beach.