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Why Travel Goa?

Boasting of a quaint mix of western and eastern influences, Goa is a unique holiday destination with an enchanting allure of nature as well as culture. The charming landscapes, glittering beaches, verdant hills and mouth watering food beckons millions of tourists every year for the most exotic adventure in this small state in India. It is not only the best places to rejuvenate yourself but also the most fascinating place to have a bunch of memories to last for a lifetime. Often known as the ‘pearl of the east’, Goa has been known across the globe for the warm hospitality, cultural heritage and the endless parties. Whether it is relaxation or adventure, nature or history, shopping or food, or the best places to visit in Goa, it delights all the vacationers with its tangible and intangible allures. Goa, the beach state of India, is a sought-after travel destination by travelers with different age groups. The serene beaches, the colonial influence in lifestyle and buzzing nightlife are the major attributes that make Goa a favorite destination to enjoy vacation.The destination is also a preferred destination honeymoon. Option of water sports is also available at a few beaches. The nightlife is also a major attribute that makes Goa a happening destination. Once in Goa, there are plenty of places to visit, which begin from churches, beautiful beaches and the wildlife sanctuaries, etc. Goa is a place which offers you plenty of options in terms of adventure sports and not to forget, the nightlife. Some of the must-visit places in Goa include the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is recognised by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. The basilica houses the tomb and has mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, which shockingly is in a good condition even today, after 400 plus years of having it. The beaches of Baga, Anjuna, Calangute (which happens to be the largest beach in Goa), Palolem, Agonda, Colva and Vagator are some of the most famous beaches in Goa that attract a large number of people from different countries. These beaches are a perfect treat to the eyes! Goa’s numerous beaches are its prime attractions. From isolated and serene ones like Palolem and Cavellosim to bustling ones like Baga and Calangute, where water sports are conducted, tourists are spoilt for choice here. Those interested in visiting religious places can head to its synagogues, churches and temles that dot this state. One can also come across charming and quaint bungalows painted in vibrant colours as one drives through the various locales of Goa. Activities like Water sports like parasailing, banana boat ride, jet skiing and snorkeling are possible at several beaches in the North of Goa. For those of you interested in wildlife, Dudhsagar Falls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are the places to head to. Visit the most fascinating churches or revisit Goan history at the famous forts, the list goes on and on. You can feel the subtle influence of erstwhile Portuguese rule in Goa, however the folk performances and villages of Goa will give you an amazing perspective of Goan lifestyle. The beaches in Goa like Vagator Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach draws many visitors and offers many adventure sports too. The Dudhsagar waterfall and Arvalem waterfall attract many tourists every year. The rock-cut caves of Khandepar and Arvalem are also worth mentioning. The Pilar monastery, Saligao seminary, and Rachol seminary attract the religious minded travelers. With so many tourist attractions, Goa is the perfect place to enjoy your next vacation. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned traveler to Goa, the beach paradise will keep you longing to come back. Referred to as the city of churches by many, the culture of Goa has the lingering effect of being a Portugal colony. Visibly different from the rest of the country, Goa has characteristic colourful houses, lush green fields and a soothing languidness in the atmosphere. The charming villages of Goa are ideal for a laidback morning walk or an aimless evening stroll. North and South regions of the place are strikingly different - the former is a cultural hub with traditional eateries and markets, while the latter makes for an idyllic vacation with its 5-star hotels, private beaches and a mix of white sand and clear blue water. Under the star-laden skies, each festivity becomes more alive. Goa greens and wildlife makes for a nature lover's ideal hotspot. If you are a food adventurer, you may want to visit the gorgeous spice gardens and try a glassful of cashew feni. Goa provides a respite, not just for the tourists on an appointment with nature, it is also the place for crazy parties and a vivacious night-life. The ultimate tourist destination of India, Goa promises to be something special for all types of travellers. Culture of Goa Goa is also known as the Rome of the East and is graced by travellers throughout the world. This place is considered to be one of the most westernized states in India. The people natives of this place are known as Goans and the language spoken here is Konkani. The Konkani dialect is influenced greatly by the Portuguese vocabulary as Goa was a former Portuguese colony. The Portuguese influence also shows greatly in the architecture that exists in Goa today. As this state was reined by many ethnicities throughout its history, traditions and festivals from all religions are respected and celebrated. New Years in Goa is a big thing and are celebrated on a huge scale. North and South Goa The north and south of Goa have radically different personalities. North Goa is where one can find authentic eateries, markets and parties whereas in South Goa one can find luxurious resorts and serene, private beaches. Attractions in Goa Fort Aguada Built in 1612, Aguada fort is one of the major attractions for tourists in Goa. The fort was built to ensure protection from the ships entering through Mandovi River. Fort Aguada is also praised for housing the Asia’s first ever lighthouse. Baga Beach In the state of beaches, Baga beach is one of the very popular beaches in Goa. Baga beach is located in the midst of the Calangut beach and Candolim beach. The beach is a sought-after travel destination for travelers looking for a relaxed and peaceful time. Night is the time when the beach virtually comes alive. Lots of great party options make Baga Beach an amazing beach to party the night away. Tito’s, Café Mambo, Kandy Club and many more clubs make Baga beach a party haven every night. Water Sports: Baga Beach is best-known for its jet skiing, parasailing, banana ride and boating water-sports. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary Apart from beaches, wildlife I also one of the major aspect that attracts tourists from all across the globe. The bird sanctuary provides shelter to various native and migratory birds. Apart from being a paradise for ornithologists, the sanctuary is also visited by wildlife photographers. Flea Market The flea market of Goa is also one of the must visit attractions. The colorful markets are full with handicrafts, clothes and eateries serving delicious food. Some of the popular flea markets are Arpora Saturday Night Market, Ingo’s Saturday Night Market, The Friday Bazaar at Mapusa and Anjuna Wednesday. Calangute Beach The largest beach in Goa, Calangute Beach is also affectionately known as the “Queen of Beaches”. It is among the top ten beaches in the world, which means it is one of the tourist places in Goa that you should not miss. It is a big, serene beach with activities enough to fill your mind for the entirety of your trip. The beach alone is a great attraction for tourists. The beach is ideal for both the options, lying down in the sand without the fear of being run over or trying your hand at some water sports. There are a lot of options to choose from. The distance of Calangute from Baga Beach is not great; the two beaches are only separated from each other by some rocks. You can choose to have breakfast or lunch at Baga or Calangute. There are also many great sight-seeing opportunities near Calangute such as Morjim Beach, St. Alex Church, the Water Pond of Arambol, Ashvem Beach, the Aguada Lighthouse & Aguada Fort, Nerul River, the Friday Local Mapusa Market, River Betul & Betul Estuary. And at night, you will find Calangute transformed into a party hub as good as the one at Baga Beach. Since Calangute Beach is connected to most other important tourist spots in North Goa, it is a good place to reside in during your Goa visit. Water Sports: Calangute offers the best in water sports- enjoy kayaking, sailing, wind-surfing, water snorkeling, water-skiing, and fishing here. Parasailing is also a sport you can indulge in. Palolem Beach Palolem is one of Goa’s most beautiful beaches, or at least used to be till it got overrun by commercialization in the form of huts and hawkers. Nonetheless, its peaceful waters bordered by headlands are still very attractive. It is a popular tourist attraction of South Goa. The location makes its sea calmer than others and you can walk almost 100m into the sea with ease. Not only are there many things to do on the Palolem Beach, there are many things you do in the nearby locality. You can participate in an early morning yoga class for one thing. You can also dance at the offbeat Silent Noise Disco. You put on headphones provided by the club and party into the early hours of the morning without any worry about the police interrupting you because of the noise. There are also many sightseeing options like the Monkey Island and the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Both places make a good day trip around Palolem. If you wish to simply kick back and relax, Palolem is a good place wherein to do so. Also get an Ayurveda massage while you are at it. Water Sports: Scuba diving, canyoning, self-paddle kayaking, dolphin watching are some activities you can undertake here Basilica of Bom Jesus One of the most important of all tourist places in Goa as well as a central landmark for Catholics, the Bom Jesus Basilica is the place in which the incorrupt body of St Francis Xavier is kept. The Church was built in 1605 and the body of the Saint was brought to it in 1622 where it has laid since in its glass mausoleum. The body is perhaps the greatest attraction of the Basilica. A gallery of Modern Art is also a part of the Basilica. The building is constructed in baroque style and is considered one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India. You can visit the Bom Jesus Basillica in December for the best experience of the tradition as the feast and novena take place at that time along with Christmas celebrations. Casino Cruise This is a little out of the way thing you can indulge in when in Goa. A Casino Cruise is essential, at the basic level, a restaurant, but with the additional casino features for those who want to try a hand at Vegas style entertainment. The ship is docked on one of the many rivers in Goa and is fitted with posh furnishings. The view outside and the rooms inside both make for a great set-up. The casinos are open all round the clock but they really come to life in the night from 9 pm to 3 pm. They are like clubs but instead of the DJ and the party music, you have casino games and low music. They are well-fitted spaces with fine dining options in place including a good selection of drinks. The visitors can stay on board for up to 12 hours and enjoy the ambiance of the cruise. If you are lucky, you might even end up slightly richer when you come out of the Casino Cruise. Some places even have playrooms for children in case you want to take them along. The tickets are slightly expensive but seeing that they come inclusive of the provision of food and drinks as well as the various other entertainments apart from the casino rooms. There are dance shows and ball rooms and lovely decks where you can hear the river waters dapple against the ship. If you are visiting Goa as a honeymooning couple, this is a very romantic place to be. There are many Casino Cruises in Goa like Deltin Royale Casino, Casino Pride, Casino Royale, Casino Carnival etc. Most are located close to Panaji.

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