A state in the west coast of India, Goa is the former Portuguese colony that is known globally for its rich culture and history. The sparkling waters, white sands and swaying palms are the three primary elements of the city that attracts over two million tourists round the year. The clement shores of Goa are always full of tourists. This glorious and small slice of India hugs the western coastline of India and bordered by the Arabian Sea.
Across India you will never find the laid back languidness of Goa’s lunchtime, the soothing tranquility of its beaches, and charms of locals. Tourists can enjoy the herd of water buffalo in Goa which will acknowledge them at breakfast and the lily enclosed lakes will offer the panorama for morning walk and the sea eagle will be the afternoon cohort for the tourist along an isolated stretch of untouched beaches. The stunning spice laden vindaloo might become the evening repast for the tourist, while the blistering glass of cashew palm feni liquor may become the bedtime tonic.
Besides all these excitements, tourists may also experience some of the other exquisite pleasure of warmth sand between their toes and may spice up their voyage with the meander around the vanilla aromatic spice plantation. Tourists may even take a leisurely walk around the bird filled banks of state’s soothing rivers and lakes and explore the centuries old cathedrals and white water waterfalls. So, explore and minimize your impact as much possible, and chill out with the influential palms and rhythms of Portuguese colonial which is still the tempting charm of the city.
How to Reach
Being the important tourist destination, Goa is well connected with all major towns and cities of India and some international destinations. Though the state of Goa is small in area, but it is popular for its architecture, centuries-old churches and pristine beaches. Goa is easily accessible from any part of the country as it is well connected by road network, rail and by air.
By Air: Dabolim Airport is the primary international airport of the state which is located 30 KM from Panjim, the capital city of Goa. This airport caters to domestic as well as international flights.
By Train: Goa actually has two rail services; one is operated by Konkan Railway, while the other is operated by South Western Railway. The chief railway station of the state is located in Margao which is known as Madgaon Railway Station. There are also other railway junctions in the state which connected the state with other parts of India.
By Bus: The state of Goa is well linked with National Highway No 66, 768, 566, 366 and 44A. The state has 815 km of district highway, 232 km of state highway and 224 km of national highways.
Things to See in Goa
Art & Culture: The state of Goa really has more than its fair share of libraries, art galleries and museums. You will come across with several government operated museums in Goa like Kala Academy, Goa State Museum, Goa Science Centre, and Central Library. Naval Aviation Museum is also a great place to visit where you will see vintage aircraft. Old Goa is also a great place to visit where tourists can explore Christian Religious Art, and some secular art.
Beaches: Goa is globally acknowledged for its pristine beaches, Goan Carnival, Centuries-old churches and ancient temples. In close vicinity to Chapora Fort is the Anjuna Beach which is a most visited beach of Goa by tourists. The primary attraction of this place is the superb Albuquerque Mansion which was constructed in the year 1920 and it is bordered by octagonal minarets and captivating Mangalore tile roof. Another popular beach is Arambol Beach located in northern Goa near Pernem. The water of this beach is shallow and hence tourists enjoy several water activities in this beach. Some of the other popular beaches are, Palolem Beach, Patnem Beach, Morjim Beach, Manderm Beach, Vagator Beach and many others.
Churches and Cathedrals: Though there are several churches and cathedrals across the state of Goa, but the five most explored churches in Goa which you cannot miss during your voyage are, Bom Jesus Basilica, Se Cathedral, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Church of St. Catejan.
Where to Stay
There are a wide range of hotels available within the state of Goa and few of the hotels are located near the beaches, right on the centre of all activities. Some of the popular and luxurious hotels include, Lime Holidays, Vista Do Rio Resort, Angels Resorts, Nizmar Resort, Lotus Suites and much more.