India's smallest state Goa
is located on the western coast of the country, adjoining the
Arabian Sea, which provides the beach holidays that Goa is
internationally famous for.
Goa - the tiny emerald land
on the western coastline of India is the most favourite hangout
of the tourists coming from all
over. This former Portuguese
colony reflects the glory of the past as well as the presents.
Temples and churches mingle with forts and the ruins of ages
gone by. A tropical paradise, Goa is enchanting all year round,
especially during the monsoon, which has its own magic. Golden
and galvanizing Goa has much to offer to the tourists. Goa is
today the most loved holiday destination of the International as
well as the domestic travellers.
The states of Maharashtra in the north and Karnataka in the
south and east surround Goa. Together with the coastal stretches
of these states, Goa is part of a larger cultural region known
as Konkan. Northern Goa is more populated and urban, while the
south is more forested. Beaches apart, rice fields and coconut
plantations dominate the landscape. However, tourism is Goa's
main industry. For 450 years Goa was a Portuguese colony until
taken over by India in 1961. This heritage is still apparent in
architecture of its churches and old houses, and the culture
of its towns, which is very distinct from the rest of India. In
the Catholic world Goa is important as the place
Goa Carnival : Celebrated in the month of February, Goa
Carnival is one must see event in Goa. Usually large number of
tourists visit Goa during this time of the year.
Goa Churches : Goa boasts of numerous ancient and modern
churches dotting across its tiny landscape. Many of these
churches in this Indian state of Goa are outstanding and
exemplary cases of Christian architecture.
Anjuna Flea Market : The Flea market organised at Anjuna
Beach in Goa every Wednesday is a major attraction among
tourists. Anjuna Flea market is a huge market spread across the
Anjuna beach wherein you will find just about anything to
Monuments in Goa : Goa has a rich collection of forts,
churches and temples. Many of its structures still carries a
Portuguese style, one of its kind. The kind of architecture that
has been executed in building these monuments is something that Goa can be proud of.
Temples in Goa : Goa has large number of amazing temples,
each temple being distinct in its own way. As history goes,
after the Portugese established power in Goa, many Goan temples
were destroyed giving way to unique form of expression of
western Portuguese Baroque.
Water Sports Activities : Goa is blessed with extensive
line of beautiful and captivating beaches. Most of which offer
some very interesting water sports activities.
You can engage in wind-surfing, swimming, water skiing, scuba
diving, and more.
Some of the Major Beaches in Goa
Baga Beach : The 30 km stretch of Baga Beach is part of
coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea. Baga
is actually an extension of Calangute beach. The flat beach of
Baga has white clean sands and is safe for swimming. Besides
water sports and fishing, there are lively watering holes with
dance floors that pep up the Goa's nightlife.
Calangute Beach : Calangute lie on the shores of the Arabian
Sea of North Goa in India. It is enclosed by Arpora-Nagoa,
Saligao and Candolim, in the Bardez taluka, and is just 15 km
from Panaji, the capital of the state of Goa. Being a popular
holiday beach resort, the small houses amidst the coconut groves
behind the beach are always in demand.
Anjuna Beach : Anjuna Beach is a popular beach area close to
Chapora fort. In Anjuna there is magnificent Albuquerque Mansion
built in 1920, flanked by octagonal towers and attractive
Mangalore tile-roof. This beach is a real fun for the beach
Arambol Beach : An distinct beach in North Goa, Arambol is
both rocky & sandy beach & much favoured
by foreign tourists. It
has a sweet water tank right on the shore. A raw beauty
characterises the beaches of the southern coast of Goa. The
beauty around, the sun and the sand makes Arambol one of the
most few selected beaches of Goa.
Colva Beach : Colva Beach is the Queen of all beaches, as
this beach is without equal in India. Colva is nothing short of
paradise, with 40 Km of endless white sand fringed with swaying
palms along the whole of its length and a warm, soothing sea.
This is a perfect place for the tourists who are restlessly
looking for a relaxing holiday.
Dona Paula Beach : Located about 7 km from Panjim, the
tranquil bay of Dona Paula, a former fishing village turned into
a commercialised resort is an idyllic spot to spend your beach
holidays. A perfect picturesque spot Dona Paula beach resort is
a boating paradise, with speedboats and paddlers for hire. Water
Scootering facilities are available here.
Palolem Beach : At a distance of 37 km from Margao is the
Palolem Beach. Just west of Chaudi Palolem Beach is one of the
most enchanting beaches in Goa and relatively secluded, with
backdrop of Western Ghats, situated in Southern most Taluka of
Canacona. A half moon shaped beach offers safe swimming, for the
tourists who love swimming.
Other Major Goa Beaches
Benaulim Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Chapora Beach, Cavelossim Beach,
Mabor Beach, Majorda Beachm, Vagator Beach, Varca Beach, Miramar
By Air : Dabolim is the main entry point for Goa situated
at a distance of around 29 km from Panaji on the coast near
Vasco da Gama. Most domestic airlines operate in Goa apart from
chartered private airlines operating from UK and Germany. Indian
Airlines has direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai daily. Air
India also flies to Goa.
By Rail : It is not difficult to reach Goa by trains,
especially after opening of the Konakan Railway that connects
Margao and Vasco da Gama to major cities in India. You can take
trains from Delhi 1,874 km), Mumbai (490km), and Bangalore (430
km) to reach Goa comfortably. From the railway stations, you can
hire taxis and motorcycle taxis to reach the desired
» By Road : Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka state transport
corporations operate from the Kadamba bus stand at Panaji. Frank
Shipping operates a boat service between Mumbai and Panaji.