An erstwhile Portuguese colony, Goa is an irresistibly romantic destination
in India. Sensuous beaches, crystal clear lakes, azure expanse of water and
the sylvan surroundings of the state magnetise tourists and travellers from
all parts of the world. Life seems to be a celebration on the long
sun-kissed sandy beaches of Goa. Partaking in the chromatic festivals,
enjoying bonfire nights and being a part of the rave parties in Goa is truly
an experience of a lifetime. The Portuguese are no more but the influence
still pervades the soil of Goa. Boasting a coastline spanning more than 100
km, the state also offers a great deal in terms of adventurous water sports.
The populace comprise of different religions here, yet there is a harmonious
combination that never seems to fail.
The state of Goa is positioned on the western coast of the Indian
peninsula. It is surrounded by Maharashtra on its north, Karnataka on its
south and the Western Ghats on the east. The Arabian Sea lies to its west.
Owing to the its proximity to the sea, Goa enjoys a moderate climate with
little variations in the temperature. May is the hottest month of the year
while January/ February is the coldest time. Anytime seems to be a good time
to visit the evergreen state of Goa.
Goa is a destination with myriad hues. There are temples, churches,
monuments, exotic villages and of course beaches. Vacationers, families and
honeymooners keep flocking to Goa all the year round. Some of the most
famous tourist attractions of Goa are as follows.
» Church of Immaculate Conception :
preserved a lot of the Portuguese heritage even to this day. The Church of
Immaculate Conception is an ancient place of worship dating back to 1541 AD.
It is the main church for the catholics of Panaji, the capital of Goa. Even
in the medieval time, the Portuguese sailors gathered here to offer
» Se Cathedral of St Catherine :
The Se Cathedral of
St Catherine is one of the most imposing churches in Panaji and the largest
in the whole of Asia. The church comprises of 14 altars, an 80 metre long
aisle and 5 bells. The architectural style of the church is worth
experiencing for one and all.
» Basilica of Bom Jesus :
Built in the late 16th
century, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is held in high regard by the Catholic
world. The church is a pilgrimage venue both for the Christians and the
Hindus as it houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier lie here in a
silver casket since 1553.
» Beaches of Goa :
The beaches of Goa are too
sensational to escape. Beach lovers from arrive here from all over the world
to soak in the splendour that these beaches offer. Tourists can be seen
partying till late night on the silvery sands enjoying the feni and gorging
on the fresh sea food. Renowned beaches of the state include Anjuna, Colva,
Baga, Calangute, Dona Paula, Arambol, Vagator and Benaulim.
Accommodation Options :
To attend to the huge influx of tourists, Goa has come up with a number of
hotels and beach resorts. Lodging options of all categories are available
for tourists here. Tourists on a shoestring budget can choose to stay at
budget hotels and private guest houses. Some of the popular hotels of Goa
are as follows.
Hotels in Goa
|¤ Hotel Taj Exotica (5 Star Deluxe)
¤ Hotel The Leela Palace (5 Star Deluxe)
¤ Hotel Cida De Goa Resort (5 Star)
¤ Hotel Holiday Inn Resort (5 Star)
|¤ Phoenix Park Inn Resort (4 Star)
¤ Hotel Panjim Inn (Heritage)
¤ Hotel Pousada Tauma (Boutique Hotel)
Goa's international airport lies at Dabolim, 29 km from capital Panaji. The
airport has regular flights connecting to the key destinations of the
country. Rail route is well established and Goa is reachable from places
like Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka state
transport corporation buses regularly from Goa's Panaji Bus stand connecting
to the different parts of Goa and the neighbouring states.