On the western coast of India between the Sahyadri ranges on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other lies the serenely beautiful Goa. This picturesque set of small towns and villages is a beach lovers paradise. Goa is popular for its unending line of beaches caressed by the roaring waves. It is renowned world wide for its pristine golden beaches, deep blue waters, robust nightlife, beautiful churches, ancient temples, spice plantations and of courses, delicious sea food. Every year thousands of visitors throng to the beaches of Goa from India and abroad. With its great hospitality, Goa has been rightly termed ‘The Pearl of the Orient”.
The Portuguese inhertance and inherent influence can be seen in the culture, traditions, food habits, clothing and life style of the people of Goa. The Portuguese influence is prominent in the local architecture as well with all houses built with tiled red slanting roofs. Goans are a happy lot and have a laid back lifestyle. The fact that liquor is cheaper is Goa than the rest of the country also contributes to the excessive inflow of tourists to its pristine beaches.
Brief History of Goa:
Before the Portuguese arrived, the fertile land of Goa was ruled by many royal dynasties – Mauryas of Pataliputra, Satavahana’s of Amravati, Chalukyas of Kalyani and Badami, Shilharas of Konkan, Rashtrakutas of Gulbarga, Kadambas of Banavasi and finally the Yadavas of Devagiri who brought it under the Delhi Sultanate during the 14th century. The Portuguese then conquered Goa in 1510 and ruled until 19th of December, 1961. During their reign, Goa was transformed into a city of Churches and Cathedrals. Panjim became the capital of the liberated Union Territory of Goa in 1961. Goa was declared a State by the Government of India on 12th August, 1987.
Summer: It gets extremely hot in April-May with the daytime temperatures surging upto 40 degrees centigrade. Evenings are cool and pleasant. It is hot and humid by the seaside and it is important to keep yourself hydrated with lots of water and fresh juices.
Winter: The afternoons are comparatively hot around 30-32 degrees centigrade but evenings are cool and pleasant. T
Best time to visit Goa: November to March.
Beaches in North Goa
Beaches in South Goa
Forts in Goa
Cabo de Rama
Churches in Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus: Cathedral in South Goa which houses the remains of Saint Francis Xavier.
Se Cathedral: Largest Church in Asia.
Church of St.Cajetan: A replica of St. Peter’s in Rome.
Church of St. Francis Assisi: Houses a museum.
Temples in Goa:
Mangueshi Temple: Shiva Temple at Madrol which has a Brass lamp tower in front.
Tambdi Surla Temple: Built in Soapstone.
Shri Shanta Durga Temple: Located in Margao
Wild Life Sanctuaries:
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
River Cruise on Mandovi River
Santa Monica Cruise: After sundown, take a cruise on the Mandovi River in Panjim. These boats have a large deck with a stage where goan dance performances are staged as the boat take tourists down the river in Panjim. The cruises leave from under the Panjim bridge. Contact: +91-832-2230496.
Panjim Ferry Ride: There is a free ferry service through the day from Panjim jetty across the river to Betim Jetty. Apart from people, the ferry also carries arries persons, 2 wheelers and four wheelers.