Few places in India have been written about and acclaimed globally, as much as Goa – literally a land where the fun never sets. With a 131 km long coastline of silvery sands, golden beaches, spectacular sunsets and turquoise blue waters, Goa has for long been rightfully ranked as one of the world’s best beach resorts. The last of the Portugese bastions, its strong influence is found all over in its churches, mansions, cuisine and people. With Latin villas, overhanging balconies, narrow cobbled streets and pristine white churches, Goa is truly unlike any other place in India.
The state is dotted with ancient forts, churches, temples, ruins, mansions and churches. Perhaps, what’s most striking is the easy going, fun-loving lifestyle. The cuisine itself is worth going for, a delicious reflection of its history and heritage. Influenced by its Hindu origins, four hundred years of Portuguese colonialism, and modern techniques, no other cuisine in India comes anywhere near claiming such contrasting influences. Some of its numerous beaches include Calangute, Baga, Colva and Bagatore; each name literally dripping the essence of its culture & heritage. As a water sports paradise that can’t be beat; as it offers acqua bikes, wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, water scooters, pedal boating and bungee jumping.
Above all, it is one big, endless party, with reverberations of rhythm and music found all over. Central Goa has it all – sun, sand, palms, beaches, river cruises, water sports, casinos and shopping, . Swing to the beat of the carnival, hang out on the beach, tuck into some delicious vindaloo or simply spend a quiet moment in a lovely, old church. Visit elegant sleepy villages, go sight-seeing along the river mangroves that shelter a variety of birds or lie back and sip feni, the fermented juice of a cashew fruit. Cap it all in the night-time, with a moonlight cruise. Like they say, if you haven’t seen Goa, you haven’t travelled.
State capital: Panaji (Panjim)
Of tourist interest: Bom Jesus Basilica, Se Cathedral, Tomb of St. Francis Xavier, Anjuna flea market, Church of the Lady of Immaculate Conception, Idalcao Palace, Aguada Fort.
Road: well connected
Official Website : www.goatourism.gov.in