Goa is a small emerald land, which stands majestically on the west coast of India. Clutched between the seas and the forested hills, Goa is a magnificent tourist place with its fine amalgamation of sun, sea and sand. Offering tourists with shimmering sands, ultra fresh seafood and swaying coconut grooves, Goa tourism wins the heart of travellers. With its natural beauty, teeming greenery, fascinating beaches, lively festivals, temples and churches with a distinguishing style of architecture, Goa meets with the criterion of an ideal tourist destination. Goa carnival and happening nightlife add charm to the place for tourists from far and wide.
Goa founds its mention in the epic of Mahabharata where the land has been referred as Goparashtra. Another legend tells that Lord Parshuram shot seven arrows in different directions to mark the limits of the oceans and the sea withdrew from the spots where arrows fell. There is still a village called Banauli or Banaulim with the existence of sea shells around 10,000 BC. Later Goa was ruled by many dynasties including Portuguese.
Major Tourist Attractions
Lies around 17 km from Bardez, the beach is known for being the first beach that inculcated its hippie culture. The beach is also famous for its rave parties that continue for long hours.
Built with a purpose to stop the entry of ships into the river Mandovi, Aguada Fort lies around 22 km from Bardez. It boasts of being the first ever light house in Asia, installed with ammunition rooms as well as barracks. It has witnessed many battles and presently it serves as the Central Jail.
The beach is known for its golden sandy coastline with waves striking relentlessly. With coconut plantation roof and various restaurants and food joints, it offers mouth-watering delicacies to visitors. The popular full moon parties offer you to savour pure Goan style of entertainment. Tourists can also enjoy activities like yachting, parasailing and windsurfing.
Colva has something for everyone. Shopping, festivity and great food make it an ideal place to visit with family. Enjoy a long walk on its silver sand and see the romantic views of setting sun.
The beach lies 7 km west of Panaji on the southern corner of the rocky cliffs that segregate the Mandovi and Zuari estuaries. Enclosed by palm and casuarina groves, it also provides a fascinating view of the Mormugao harbour.
It is among the undiscovered beaches of Goa. The beach enjoys a great crowd during the weekends. It also serves as a good place to relax and refresh yourself.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Built in 1605, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is a famous site in Goa. Being a World Heritage Monument, the church attracts many a tourists. It also houses a variety of architectural pieces in stone, wood, gold and granite.
Saint Augustine Church
Built in 1602, the Church of St Augustine was abandoned in 1835. then, it fell into neglect and houses the remains of 46 m towers.
Lies at a distance of 12 km from Mapusa, the Chapora Fort is a must visit place in Goa. It offers a commanding view of the Vagator beach. It is also near Anjuna beach.
Located in the Sanguem district, the Dudhsagar waterfalls is a beautiful place to visit. From Margao, the place can be reached by hiring a taxi.
This tranquil lake offers you to enjoy sitting back and relax. The sweet sounds of birds offer tourists a soothing effect. Arvelam Falls, serves as another stress buster to relax you.
Adventure in Goa
Adventure tourism in Goa has spread its wings. The sun-kissed beaches serve as ideal host for adventure activities. Fun lovers can enjoy a number of exhilarating water sports including diving, snorkeling, water-skiing, swimming, parasailing, angling, windsurfing and swimming.
Best Time to Visit
October to March
Fish curry with rice is the staple diet of Goa.Pork is another favourite dish. Feni, prepared from coconut sap or cashew fruit, is the local drink in Goa.
Goa flea markets are the place where you can indulge in shopping. Apart from the cheap liquor and great seafood, the markets are flooded with cashew, coconut and jack fruit.
Goa houses a wide plethora of accommodation options, offering you to experience a new world of luxury and comfort. These include luxury hotels, star hotels, budget hotels etc.
How to Reach
Lies around 29 km from Panjim, Dabolim Airport operates regular flights to and from Goa.
Margao and Vasco da Gama serve as the two main railway stations, which are well linked to all major cities of India.
The capital city is well-linked by road to Mumbai, Belgaum, Bangalore, Gokarna, Hospet, Pune, Kolhapur, Mysore and other cities of the neighboring states. Goa Tourism operates regular deluxe buses as well as luxury coaches to all nearby Goan cities.
Tourists can also avail ship services between Bombay and Goa, which is organized by Damania. Several ferry services can also be availed.