Goa is situated on the south-western coast of the Arabian Sea, between two Indian states Karnataka and Maharashtra, It has born the legacy of the Portuguese for more than 450 years. A rainbow of sea, sun, culture, sand, seafood, susegad, spirituality, Goa is a paradise on earth. The great architectural works on temples, churches, houses bring glory to Goa. Every year in the winter season, mostly in November and December Goa is packed with tourists from all over the world. Foreign especially Europeans, love to come to Goa in winter. It is well known as the densely populated tourist destination in India. Portuguese invaders called Golden Goa, Rome of the East.
Various reasons why travellers love Goa.
More than 40 beaches are there. The tourist’s throng to Goa to enjoy the attraction and beauty of North Goa during beach holidays. Every beach has its own distinctiveness in terms of atmosphere, facilities, activities. North Goan beaches are considered more dynamic, vigorous, ethereal. Sunrise yoga Session,
Reiki, meditation, spiritual connections with nature are some activities explored by travelers.
From numerous lists of beaches, few best beaches are mentioned here.
Famous for its tranquil nature, surrounded by green palm and 16th century Fort Aguada, this beach is located at the southern end of North Goa, a short drive from capital Panjim.
Candolim beach –
Renowned for the aerial resorts, soft sand, and wooden beach huts. Tourists enjoy different bars, pubs, and restaurants on the beach.
Calangute and Baga beaches –
Both the beaches are recognized as the star attractions by tourists with multicolored resorts, water sport, leisure activities on all sides of the land.
Morjim and Ashvem beaches –
It is well known for Olive Ridley sea turtles that come on the beach between March and October. Tourists love to sunbathe and enjoy massages with drinks for thorough relaxation.
Goan cuisines are world-famous. Spice, aroma, flavours tempt tourists. The Indo-Portuguese clout is a treat in the food culture. The Platter is mostly based on seafood that comprises crabs, prawns, lobsters, fishes. Fish curry and rice is the traditional food of this amazing place and the entire cuisine is Influenced by both Portuguese and Indian.
Wildlife of Goa-
Goa comes into the tropical zone, long and sunny days in the summer season, south-west monsoon creates heavy rainfall during monsoon. It is a land of diverse altitudes and soil hence, various natural habitats like mangroves, scrub jungle are found here. Western Ghat is present in the eastern part of the state, so a wide part of It comes under one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. Coconut trees are omnipresent. In 1999 Goa was compared with the Amazon and Congo basin in National Geographic Magazine.
Goa’s state animal is Gaur. Foxes, wild boars, migratory birds are found in the forests. The presence of several national parks like Bondla, Molem, Cotigao, Madei, Netravali, Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuaries enriched the travel and tourism of Goa.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a great place in Chorao Island, for rare species of native as well as foreign birds.
The beauty of the Goa’s landscape –
Nature at its best in Goa. Stunning waterfalls, green forest, fabulous beaches, sunshine found here the land of Paradise on earth. Waterfalls in Goa creates a farther attraction to nature. Dudhsagar, Netravali, Arvalem, Kesarval Spring Verna, Bamanbudo are the most popular waterfalls in Goa.
In Dudhsagar waterfalls on the Mandovi River, the milky texture of the water resembles milk or Dudh in Indian language is marvelous.
Culture and Architecture –
The amalgamation of both Indian and Portuguese culture penetrates in heritage, people, festivals, attire, food, and so on. The Portuguese came in 1510, tempted by profitable spices and rooted in 1961. Their permanent imprint on architecture, churches, forts, Catholic ceremonies, music made Goan heritage unique.
Carnivals, nightlife parties on marvellous beaches are a part of the culture. Every year travellers rush to Goa during Christmas and New Year to make Goan vacation memorable.
Churches and convents, a set of religious monuments located in Old Goa belong to the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Some of the most famous churches in Goa are Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of our Lady of the Mount, Church of St. Cajetan, Church of our lady of Immaculate Conception are existing with distinctive appearances and God’s miraculous power.
Economical Packages –
The magnetism of vacation in Goa cannot be justified by economic tussle. To make the holiday unforgettable, several package tour providers are ready to propose the best vacation kits that suit the tourist’s budget.
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