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Goa - The Pearl of India Goa, West
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Goa, known as the 'Pearl of India', is an emerald fleck on India’s western shore nestled between the Sahyadri to the East and the Arabian Sea to the West, and its capital in Panjim. Goa has an exclusive ambience which is vastly different from the rest of India.

 

The majestic Western Ghats, which adorns the state’s eastern skyline offers a wide spectrum of landscape, wild life and colour. Swaying palms, miles of golden sun and sand, the lush greenery of the mangrove forests, blue skies and pale hills, a magnificent fusion of oriental and occidental baroque architecture set in a tropical landscape... an incredible cultural heritage with an exotic cultural synthesis of east and west, scrumptious seafood, feni, fruits, and a dash of spice to enliven the life. The land of fun and frolic, hard work as well, a rare blend of yesterday and tomorrow.

 

The 450 years of colonial Portuguese rule has imparted a distinct Latin aura to the state of Goa. Despite its Western influx, the soul and content of Goa remains essentially Hindu with a tradition dating back 2000 years and is predominant in inland Goa, with interesting temples around Ponda and the 12th-13th century site of Tambdi Surla.

 

Goa has an exotic essence and a distinctive charm which pivots around it’s versatility to provide every tourist with exactly what he has been longing and searching all along. A year around holiday destination, Goa has beckoned travellers for many years with its palm-fringed beaches - ideal places for relaxation, liberal attitudes and renowned ’travellers’ scene’.

 

Much famous for its beaches, so is it for its historic churches and temples, and magnificent old homes with their priceless antiques. The unique culture of Hindu-Christian, Muslim and Portuguese make for a fascinating potpourri of architecture, religion, language and cuisine. For the more energetic, its varied landscape offers a wide range of sports ranging from football, water sports to trekking

 

Goa is all about a laid back lifestyle, enlivened by the Goan love for music and dance, spiced up by its gourmet cuisine.

 

 Orientation

Most of Goa is a part of the coastal country with a coastline of 101 km (63 miles) known as the Konkan, which is an escarpment rising up to the Western Ghats range of mountains, which separate it from the Deccan Plateau. The main rivers that flow this region are the Mandovi, the Zuari, the Terekhol, the Chapora and the Sal. The Mormugao harbour at the mouth of the River Zuari is one of the best natural harbours in South Asia. The Zuari and the Mandovi are the lifelines of Goa

 

With the rule of the Portuguese for over 450 years and the consequential influence of Portuguese culture, Goa presents a somewhat different picture to the foreign visitor than other parts of the country. The state of Goa is famous for its excellent beaches, forts, churches, and temples. Some interesting places are  Bom Jesus Cathedral, Fort Aguada,  a new wax museum on Indian history, culture and heritage in Old Goa and the two World Heritage Sites: the Bom Jesus Basilica and churches and convents of Old Goa. The Basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, regarded by many Catholics as the patron saint of Goa. Once every twelve years, the body is taken down for veneration and for public viewing. The last such event was conducted in 2004. The Velhas Conquistas regions are also known for its Goa-Portuguese style architecture.

 

In many parts of Goa, mansions constructed in the Indo-Portuguese style architecture still stand, though in some villages, most of them are in a dilapidated condition. Fontainhas in Panaji has been declared a cultural quarter, showcasing the life, architecture and culture of Goa. Some influences from the Portuguese era are visible in some of Goa's temples, notably the Shanta Durga Temple, the Mangueshi Temple and the Mahalasa Temple, although after 1961, many of these were demolished and reconstructed in the indigenous Indian style.

 

Goa is world famous for an almost unbroken 70 km coastline of wonderful sun kissed beaches, its ancient temples and churches, and its amazing and massively popular carnival.  Apart from its carnival, some vividly celebrated festivals include, Bonderam festival, Feast of Three Kings, Zatra of Shantadurga, Shigmo Festival and Feast of St. Francis Xavier.

 

For the adventure fanatic Goa offers many activities like parasailing, kite surfing, diving, jet skiing, banana ride, etc and for the wild life enthusiasts it has an array of preserves, some of them being, Bondla wildlife sanctuary, Cotigao wildlife sanctuary, Mahavir wildlife sanctuary & Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary.

 

Goa also has a number of other smaller, sometimes charming and sometimes crowded towns along the beach belt, like Calangute, Candolim and in the interiors, Chaudi in Canacona, Sanvordem-Quepem, Bicholim, Pernem town, etc. Some of these are gateways to the nearby touristic areas. In addition, Goa has some nearly 350 villages, often scenic and each having a character of its own.

 

Beaches - North Goa

Anjuna

Anjuna Beach is popular with its own allure and a favourite for all kinds of crowd who throng the place to relax and rejuvenate. The hippies who once made this spot their home have moved but their legacy still remains. On trip to Anjuna one can enjoy the best delights at the famous flea market which on Wednesday it is bigger than ever and at the days end head for the shacks along the beach to listen to the psychedelic trance as the sun sets, else you can enjoy a quiet stroll on a moonlit night on the cool silvery sands. Curlies, right at the southern end of the beach, is the most happening spot. Most shacks close by midnight barring a few at the rocky northern end of the beach that stay open all night.

 

Arambol

Arambol, once a small fishing village on Goa's far northern stretch of coastline, is now a hotspot for the pleasure seekers and a new haven for the hippies. There are plenty of attractions like water sports and dolphin sighting trips and alternative therapies such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki which may entice you to prolong your stay. The nightlife is good and relaxing with lively jam sessions and funky music. Just north of Arambol are the deserted Keri beach and Tiracol Fort. It's worth the walk to the north end, if you are looking for some peace and privacy.

 

Calangute

Calungate Beach is the busiest and most commercial beach in Goa. It's packed liked sardines with tourists, the foreigners sunbathing in the endless rows on the sun lounges and the Indians on their coveted vacations. Baga Beach extending out of Calangute is nestled in the rocky, wooded headland. The beach with its unspoiled scenic beauty is tranquil and well equipped, unlike the over crowded and busy Calangute. Ideal for the adventurous enthusiast with an offer of a wide range of water sports, later one can indulge in some fine food and wine in any of the upmarket restaurants along the beach front. Baga, too is well known for its nightlife, including the legendary Club Tito and Cafe Mambo.

 

Candolim

The Candolim Beach, a long straight stretch white sand is the best beach, lined with shacks and bars, less crowded and pretty peaceful. It's a happening beach with several nightspots yet has managed to retain its cleanliness and even some solitude, making it a good alternative to the maddeningly crowded Calangute and Baga. Aguada Fort near the beach is also worth a visit. places.  There are scores of restaurants offering Goan delicacy. The best bets available here are angling and the thrill of water sports like, parasailing and water skiing.

           

Vagator

Vagator Beach, north of Anjuna, is picturesque and pristine with silvery white sands, a contrast to the black lava rocks encircling it. The beach is divided into three parts the Big Vagator, the main stretch of beach, overrun by Indian tourists. The 17th Century old Chapora Fort overlooks Big Vagator- the beach which is accessible by a rough path through red laterite cliff.

 

The Little Vagator adjoining the Big Vagator is detached in a cove from past the rocky outcrops, is known as Tel Aviv Beach as its is home to Israelis who arrive here on vacation or are residents. Lastly, the Ozran or the Spagetthi Beach in the far south, which is dominated by the Italians. Accommodations at Vagator are inland instead of on the beach, with many people staying there long-term. It is relatively quieter than the nearby beaches. Spend the days at leisure, you can go for swim which is quite safe here or opt for some water sports. At sundown Head to Nine Bar, high above Ozran beach, for early evening partying.

 

Mandrem and Morjim

The wide open beaches of Mandrem and Morjim divided by little creeks, are isolated, offering spectacular windswept stretches of sand along with peace, solitude and total relaxation, but has bare minimum facilities for the visitors. Out of the two, Mandrem offers the most accommodation and entertainment. There are few beach resorts, makeshift accommodations, few home-stays and camping facilities. These beaches are best known for their protected turtle population.  One can walk to Mandrem from Arambol.

 

South Goa

Agonda

The long and isolated silvery stretch of Agonda Beach is perfect getaway to relax and rejuvenate, very peaceful far from the maddening crowd. Spend leisure filled days in a simple hut right by the beach savour the pristine surroundings and the tranquility. Agonda Beach is drawing a lot of attention; do expect to find some other tourists, souvenir stalls, and restaurants.

 

Colva

The sun, turquoise sea and slivers of white sand of the busy Colva Beach attract hordes of domestic tourists and day-trippers who arrive by the bus loads. On weekends, the crowd multiplies manifold with the locals out picnicking. In October, the beach gets particularly busy as thousands of pilgrims visit the Colva Church. The locale has plenty of budget hotels, beach shacks, food stalls, and small restaurants, however, nightlife is minimal. An ideal place to enjoy a fun filled vacation.

 

Benaulim

Benaulim Beach is a beautiful serene stretch, just a few kilometres south of Colva Beach and known for its fishing industry. There is a huge contrast between the two beaches, as Benaulim is much quieter sans all the wild parties but has several water sports and dolphin sighting trips to entice the trippers. It does get a little crowded during the peak season in December, but just head further south down the beach to be greeted with peace and solitude.

 

Palolem

The postcard perfect Palolem Beach is crescent shaped, fringed with palm trees and stretches of soft white sand. It's a backpacker's paradise, although it's getting busier and more crowded with each passing season. The only accommodation available here are the simple, temporary, coco huts that are erected each year. However, those looking for additional comforts can opt for hotels and resorts a short distance away from the beach and for nightlife, head to the hectic southern end of the beach.

 

Patnem

Patnem Beach 10 minutes away rom the Palolem Beach is still much quieter but this is no longer a well kept secret. This small beach, nestled between two cliffs, is a wonderful getaway to relax and chill out, yet pretty close some decent nightlife in Palolem. You can stay in one of the beautiful huts  with private restrooms  that line the beach.

 

Varca, Cavelossim & Morbor

These pristine and unspoilt fishing beaches are within private areas of Goa's luxury resorts. The beaches are clean with the sand almost white, a few beach shacks, plenty of water sports and a handful of local vendors doing brisk business. The nightlife is all about live music, cultural performances, and casinos and restricted to the resorts.

 

 Getting there

Location

 

Goa lies on the western coast of the Indian sub continent, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.

 

Distance

 

593 km from Mumbai, 1912 km from Delhi and 592 km frm Banglore.

 

 Fast Facts
Name Goa - The Pearl of India Best Time To Visit October to March
Location Goa   West   India   Destination  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Beach Destination
Temperature Summar   30-33°C      Winter   20-23°C      Rainy   25-29°C
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