Variously known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”, the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world.But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.
Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa. Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa.Goa was liberated by the Indian Army from Portuguese colonisation on December 19, 1961 and became an Union Territory along with the enclaves of Daman and Diu. On May 30, 1987 Goa was conferred statehood and became the 25th state of the Indian Republic.
Since the arrival of the Hippies in the sixties, Goa has been a major destination on the itinerary of international and domestic tourists.The tourist season in Goa begins in late September and carries on through early March. The weather in these months is usually dry and pleasantly cool.
Tourist Attractions in Goa
Panaji , the official capital of Goa also known as Panjim , is one of the most charming Goa’s Tourist Atrractions places to see in Goa. Some of the places to visit here are The Panaji Waterfront,Statue of Abada Faria,Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
Mapusa, where you can shop with your heart content at the markets which come here on Friday .The beaches close to
Mapusa are Anjum and Chapora
Dona Paula is an important Goa’s Tourist Atrractions destination which offers a picturesque view of Mormugao harbor. Here you will find the statue “Image of India ” which was carved by the Baroness Von Leister. Come here to know the traditional heritage and customs of Goa. Or just go and enjoy the sun and sand at the Colva,Benaulim and Majorda Beaches.
Go fishing, boating, canoeing, water surfing at the various beachside destinations of Goa. To get the best experience of the Beaches In Goa, you can visit the Palolem Beach, one of the most beautiful in the state. Visit the tiny fishing hamlets nearby, where the people still follow a simple lifestyle. The Baga Beach is another one of the popular Beaches In Goa.
Go on a tour to see the wildlife in Goa with India Profile, and see the most exotic animals and birds. Click pictures of the Golden Backed Woodpecker, and the Common Grey Hornbill, or follow the flight of a Yellow Bulbul, the state bird of Goa. Listen to the roar of the panther, or watch the crocodiles laze under the sun by the riverbanks.
The Arvalem Waterfall In Goa is one of the most beautiful sites in Goa. The waterfalls, located 9 kilometers away from Bicholim, nestle in a picturesque setting. It offers a great chance to go cave exploring to adventure lovers. Legend has it that the Pandavas stayed here after being exiled from their kingdom.
Vasco Da Gama , another Goa’s Tourist Atrractions,also known as Vasco flanked by the Zuari River is the most cosmopolitan city in Goa. This was the place where Portuguese traveler Vasco da Gama landed.
Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travellers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.
You can visit this beautiful beach state at any month of the year. But the best time of year to visit is between the middle of September and the end of February, winter season, this is also the peak tourist season. Weather at this time is at its best to enjoy yourself with your friends and families on beautiful beaches. But, be ready to expect huge crowds on these beaches, and also book your hotels in advance before coming, even the rates in this peak season will be very high. But always remember, family and your friends are your number 1 priority, not the rates.
Goa India has many things to offer you:
- More than 36 beautiful beaches
- A fascinating culture mix
- Lots of fascinating walks and tours
- Colourful Festivals
- Spicy & Delicious Food
- Waterfalls, Forts, Wildlife Sanctuaries
- Watersports & Beach Shopping
- Plenty of comfortable accommodation
- Lively entertainment and nightlife
- Many places of historic interest
- Hospitable tourist facilities
- Beach Parties
- Luxurious Hotels, Villas & Resorts
- Pleasant weather
Some beautiful snaps of Goa