GOA

History

By area Goa is the smallest state of India, located in West India known as Konkan. But Goa is the richest state of India and ranked as the best place and quality of life. Portuguese first arrived here in 16th century as merchants and took control soon thereafter. They ruled on Goa for around 450 years, and later annexed by India in 1961. Today, Goa is known for its beaches, world heritage architecture and churches- the place for worship.

Visit to Goa is never complete without seeing the churches. Most of the churches here were built in the 16th century by Portuguese. Some of the popular churches are; Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Ruins of Church of St. Augustine, St. Cajetan Church, Church of Mary Immaculate Conception, Lady Rosary Church, Chapel of St. Catherine, The Church of St Anne at Talaulim Ilhas, Reis Magos Church, Chapel and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier all in the Old Goa. Apart from churches, beaches of Goa allure the tourists to come here.

  • Calangute Beach is an ideal spot for beach lovers, photo fanatics, fun lovers and experience seekers. Since it is a beach, opening time is between 12 AM to 12 PM. It is one of the largest beaches in Goa discovered by hippies in 60s. Some call it as a heaven, with the clear water of Arabian Sea lapping its shores. Adventure sport and Para sailing are the most recommended activities here.
  • Rachol Seminary and Church were built in 1580, surrounded by forts and beautiful golden rice fields. It also houses a church of St. Ignatius Loyola with Goan cultures, which is still well maintained even after four centuries.
  • Baga beach is one of the most popular and alive beaches all the time. Water sports, food, continuous rows of shacks, colorful fishing boats and dolphin cruises are the most happening features.
  • Naval Aviation Museum is a must visit place made for history buffs and experience seekers. It has a minimal entry fee of Rupees 20 for Indians and Foreigners, with camera fees is 40 Rupees. This museum is one of the famous Naval Aviations of India amongst the only two. Get ready to experience the expansive and comprehensive collection of aircrafts.
  • If you wish to spend peaceful time away from crowded Goa, then Daman Diu is calling you. It is blessed with the few beautiful beaches including famous Devka and Nani Daman beach.
  • Gokarna is located around Konkan coastline by vast Arabian Sea, Gangavali and Aghanashini River. Mahableshwar temple, Kudle beach, Gokarna beach, Half Moon beach, lush hills, Paradise beach and Om beach are 1 hour 30 minutes away from Goa.

Sea food, Fish curry rice, Coconut milk, rice, Fried fish, Solachi Kadi, Ambot tik, Arroz doce, Chamuca and many more countless dishes from Goan, Catholic, Hindu cuisine you will taste here. Monico’s Beach Shack, Starfish Beach Shack, Bistro Villa Blanche, The Stone House, Britto’s Club Cubana and Shanti are the best food joints with its rich variety of dishes.

  • Goa International Airport located at Dabolim near Vasco Da Gama provides domestic and international air service. It has an international connection around the world that also organizes large number of chartered flights.
  • Goa has private buses as public transport linked to all major cities and states of India. It has the most active and frequently used routes in India.
  • It has two railway lines, Western and Konkan Railway, connecting most of the cities.

Mapusa Market, Scuba Diving at Sail Rock, Parasailing at Calangute, Paragliding at Arambol and Water Skiing at Candolim are the most recommended things to do at Goa.


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