An Insight :Silver sands, sparkling blue waters, the sky mirroring the sea below, white churches resting against green paddy fields and coconut trees lining the coastal streets. Goa a place you can fall in love with at first glance. There's much more to Goa than sun, sand and sea. The allure of Goa is that it remains quite distinct from the rest of India and is small enough to be grasped and explored in a way that other Indian states are not. Ruled by the Portuguese till 1961, Goa still retains its Indo-Portuguese character -- very visible amongst its architecture as well as its people. Goa's tourism byline of "Goa - 365 days on Holiday" is absolutely true.
|Lets Explore Goa Sightseeing in
Panjim, Goa - Called Panjim by the Portuguese, Panaji, which means "the land that does not flood" is the state capital of Goa. Unlike many capital cities, Panaji has a distinct unhurried character. It is situated on the southern banks of the Mandovi River, which makes this town all the more charming.
Panaji is built around a church facing a prominent square, and has typical European ambience. The town has some beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings and enchanting old villas. The riverside, speckled with brightly whitewashed houses with wrought iron balconies, offers a fine view.
Anjuna Beach - With its fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties, ANJUNA, 8-km west of Mapusa, is Goa at its most "alternative". Designer leather and Lycra may have superseded cotton Kaftans, but most people's reasons for coming are the same as they were in the 1970s: dancing and lying on the beach slurping tropical fruit. While browsing in the area have a day trip to the famous flea market.
|Calangute Beach -"A Topping On Tourist
Pie" A mere 45 minute bus ride up the coast from the capital,
Calangute is Goa's busiest and most commercialized resort, and the
flagship of the state government's bid for a bigger slice of India's
package-tourist pie. In the 1970s and early 1980s, this once peaceful
fishing Village epitomized Goa's reputation as a haven for hedonistic
Baga Beach - Baga Beach, is basically an extension of Calangute; even the locals are unable to decide where ends and the other begin. Lying in the lee of a rocky, wooded headland, the only difference between this far northern end of the beach and its more congested center is that the scenery here is marginally more varied and picturesque.
Churches and Convents of Goa Now a World Heritage site, Old Goa contains churches affiliated to various congregations, including the Se Cathedral (the seat of the Archbishop of Goa), the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of S. Caetano, and notably, the Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the relics of Saint Francis Xavier.
Colva, Benaulim, Varca and other beaches of South Goa The beaches of South Goa are considerably quieter and cleaner than their North Goa counterparts.
|Where is Goa?
By Air Dabolim, Goa's airport, is situated at a distance of around 29 km from Panaji on the coast near Vasco da Gama. Goa is now connected by air to almost every major city in India. Several International charter flights from the UK, Western Europe, Russia and Scandanavian countries also operate to Goa during the peak season from October to April. Few International Airlines have also started direct flights to and from Goa.
By Rail - Goa is best connected by rail to Mumbai. Trains are also available from Delhi, Bangalore, Cochin etc.