Goa Travel Guide
Goa is one of the best tourist destination and also one of the most top searching Tourist Spot In India along with Kerela and Rajasthan. This small state of India is full of life and colors. This place has crystal clear beaches, tourist destination with historical importance and cheerful people who entice you with fun and joy. Before proceeding further let’s peek into the history of Goa.
Goa and its Majestic History:
The history of Goa is considered as old as civilization. Situated at the coastal area of India this place was known by many names, such as Gomanta, Gomanchala, Gopakappuri, Govapuri and Govem. Goa has an important place in Indian Mythology. Many scholars have given their own theories, according to some, “Parshuram” the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu was the creator of Goa –‘then named as Gomantak’, some say Seven Sages (Saptarishi) were blessed here by Lord Shiva while other believes that Lord Krishna defeated the demon king ‘Jarasandh’ on Gomanchal Mountain in Goa. Much like the mythological importance, Goa was ruled by the several empires through the ages from 1st century BC to 1500 AD. The Mauryas, The Shatavahanas, The Bojas and The Bahmani Sultanate are some of the major dynasties that ruled Goa.
Goa Culture, Tradition and Goan Food:
Goa has been ruled by many empires which were having their own customs, traditions, culture and values. Having a culture as old as civilization you can see a religious harmony by looking at Deepastambha, The Cross, Ghode Modni followed by Chariot depict an exclusive assortment of various culture and religions of the state. Goa has its unique identity when it comes to Music, Theater and Art which is loved by everyone. On the same hand Goan Cuisine is also has its own importance. Goan Cuisine is a mix of Konkani, Brazilian and Portuguese food styles. The staple dishes of the Goan Cuisine are fish curry and rice. Religiously, Goan cuisine is classified into Goan Catholic and Goan Hindu cuisine with which each dish gives its distinct tastes, characteristics and cooking styles. You can pamper you taste buds with the dishes like Vindaloo, Xacuti, Chourico as pork dishes and vegetable stew aka Khatkhate which is famous during Hindu and Christian festivals alike.
Economy of Goa:
There’s an old saying by a very famous German Economist –‘Hjalmar Schacht’, “The Economy is a very sensitive organism” and yes as it is indeed sensitive as its economy only which depicts the real picture of any place and its citizens. Economically Goa is India’s richest state with the highest GDP per capita. Goa has a fastest growth rate of 8.23%. Tourism in Goa’s is a primary industry it gets 12 % of its income from foreign tourist arrivals in Goa.
Best Places to Visit Goa
Famous among the holidaymakers for its famous tourist destinations, Goa has many vacation spots which you can visit during your vacation. Some of them include –
Goa is famed for its charming beaches among sightseers. Goa has more than 25 amazing beaches which are full of life and happenings. It offers energetic Baga Beach, Calangute Beach and Colva beach which necklace the north coastal line of Goa. Whereas southern beaches like Arambol, Palolem and Galgibaga are perfect places to spend some time in peace and quiet.
Monuments of Goa:
Goa not only has shorelines and water but it is also known for its magnificent history. On one hand historical monuments such as Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, Viceroy’s Arch, and Fort Terekhol are showing us the glorious history of Goa on the other hand religious monuments such as Basilica de Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Maruti Temple shows the perfect example and blend of religious harmony in Goa.
Shopping in Goa:
The shopping is an un-detachable part of every vacationer and the vacation is indeed incomplete without spending few bucks and time on making some memories from the visited tourist place. There are some famous markets in Goa from which may attract you. It includes, Anjuna Flea Market one of the most important market of Goa where you can get handicrafts, cloths, jewelry and funky accessories. Then there’s Calangute Market Square which is famous for beachwear, sea shells, local handicrafts, trinkets, seafood and finest beer. Other places which may suites you’re shopping list are Mackie’s, Hollywood Fashion, Acron Arcade, Gulzar Jeweller and many more.
Other Places which are worth visiting while stepping in Goa are Church of Our lady of the Immaculate Conception, Dona Paula, Cruise, Tito’s Calangute, Se Cathedral, Dudhsagar Waterfalls and many more.
Best Time to Visit Goa
Goa has tropical monsoon climate. Goa, being positioned near the Arabian Sea has a hot and humid climate for most of the year. The best time to visit this traveller’s paradise is between November and March. This season has dry and cool weather relatively, during this time the sea is calm and clear and all the facilities from Hotels, resorts and restaurants to beach sightseeing, parties are open for business. There’s also Goa monsoon season, the rainy season from June to September when guests can enjoy the lush green gardens, the rice paddies and sea being wild and stormy.
How to Reach Goa
The Dabolim Airport situated just 29 km from state’s Capital –‘Panjim’. The airport is well connected by daily flights from Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai.
(By Bus) Sightseers can reach Goa through privately/publically operated buses that link the major towns and rural areas. Government undertakings such as KSRTC, MSRTC and KTC and private undertaking such as Neeta Tour, Paulo Travels operate from Panaji, Madgaon and vasco Da gama.
(By Train) The major two railheads In Goa are Madgaon and Thivim. The Konkam railway line runs parallel to the coast connecting major cities and hotels in Goa.
The beach state of India has something for everyone. From elephant rides to Flea market, from music festival (Sunburn etc.) to water sports. Goa gives all the adventure that you have ever imagined. As it’s truly said living in Goa means 365 days of vacations. So Enjoy Your Vacations like you never did before!!