Spectacular Climate of Goa, warm and soothing, glorious history richly preserved in churches, forts, traditional homes, villages and cities. You come home to Goa, an exoticism that greets with all cosmopolitan vigor and enthusiasm. Spectacular pageantry, colorful Festivals of Goa, warm and gracious people and superb cuisine, Goa is one of India’s most laid back, yet sophisticated and exciting, destinations.
From miles and miles of sunny Beaches of Goa snaring a charm that hooks, it’s all here, far away from the beaten tracks; it’s travelers’ paradise. Discover a romantic and other-century Goa that lives in its medieval small towns, and beautiful villagers, with rich flora and fauna.
Beaches of Goa are much advanced than that of other beaches in India, no less than any European beach, Goa has sun and sand, and water sports facilities that include from water scooters to water gliding. Anjuna Beach has fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties. Baga Beach is an exotic combination of sand and sea. Chapora Beach is a leisure paradise. Colva Beach is a hot season retreat. You desire and have the kind of beach you dream of in Goa.
The capital city of Panjim has several squares and closely knot Houses of Goa with tiled roofs and over-hanging balconies and carved pillars that add to an otherworldly charm to the place. Old Goa is full of beautiful buildings and palaces. Check out the buildings of the Se Cathedral, the Church Of Francis of Assisi, Church of St. Cajetan and Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Check out imortant Churches of Goa
Goa also has India’s one of the best known bird sanctuaries – The Salim Ali Bird sanctuary. Named after India’s veteran ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, the sanctuary is situated on the western tip of the island of Chorao along river Mandovi near Panaji. Spread out in an area of 1.8 Sq Km, it harbors a wide variety of local and migratory birds. Eastern Goa which forms most of the Western Ghats have been internationally recognized as one of the biodiversity hotspots.
Goa has three rich wildlife sanctuaries to boast of. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the biggest, located on the Northeast border of Goa at Molem, about 60kms from Panaji.Cottigao Wildlife Sanctuary at Cottigao has dense forests and great variety of wildlife species. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary about 50kms from Panaji has jungle resorts with tourists cottages for a wonderful outing and exciting picnic.
The Goa’s Food is a potpourri of cuisines from Portugal, Western India and Arabia. Goa is one of the few places in India that you can go to a restaurant and order (beside fish and chicken) both beef and pork. These are usually served very lightly spiced; beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks are sold freely. Feni is a very nice local drink.
How to Reach Goa
Goa lacks in an international airport, but it does have a domestic airport at Dabolim from where flights leave for most major cities in India. Charter international flights and other International flights from Kuwait and Sharjah do land at Goa.
The 760kms long Konkan Railways makes Goa an easily accessible spots. It takes about 10hrs to reach to Goa from Mumbai by train.
NH-17 and NH-4 are the two major highways that connect Goa to the rest of India. There are various options to choose from if you are willing to take roads to reach Goa. There are luxury coaches and private cars to take you there. Intra-city ride is also well connected with buses both private and the government owned bus services connecting almost every inhabited village. There is a unique form of transport -the Motorcycle Taxi, driven by motorcycle Pilots. You can also have private Yellow top Cabs, vans and Limousines on hire.
Fascinating Vacations in Goa
In the rush of everyday living, it becomes increasingly difficult for us to give as much time as we like to ourselves and our loved ones. Under such circumstances, vacations come as a breath of fresh air specially ones that we plan to spend in the fascinating land of Goa. Famed worldwide for its beaches and churches, Goa is truly a visitor’s paradise and a hot tourist destination topping everyone’s holiday list. If you also want to visit this wonderland, book yourself with Fascinating Vacations in Goa.
Resting on the slopes of the Western Ghats, Goa is surrounded by Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra in North, by Belgaum on East, Karwar Districts of Karnataka on South and Arabian Sea on the West. The rivers Tiracol, Chapora, Mandovi, Zuari, Sal and Talpona flow through Goa to finally merge with the Arabian Sea, breaking the long coastline that is 105 kms in length. Goa, a precious jewel in the crown of India, is studded with churches, temples, and beaches and promises a vacation that will remain embedded in your mind and soul.
Before being liberated from the Portuguese Colonisation by the Indian Army in 1961, Goa was ruled by many dynasties, such as, Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas and more. It is often said that one of the reasons for the popularity of Goa as a tourist destination is the nature of the Goan people who welcome any stranger with open arms. Some of the famous beaches of Goa are Calangute, Vagator, Anjuna, Colva, Palolem, Dona Paula, Arambol, Agonda and many more beaches. Besides thiese, the enthralling churches, temples, mesmerizing flora and fauna, and mouth watering cuisine all make Goa a must see for everyone today.