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Goa .......The Adventure Unlimited !!!!!!!!!!

Goa, the tiny state, lies on the western slopes of the Western Ghats (Region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south), while touching the Arabian sea. Easily accessible, it is world famous for its beaches. It also has picturesque landscapes, monuments, a pleasant climate, cuisines for every taste and above all a hospitable people. Goa was under the control of the Potuguese for over four centuries till it was liberated and merged into Indian Union in 1961. Goa's architecture is a class apart. Goa is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population.

Stretches of endless silver sand and white surf beaches wetted by the rush of the 'azure' Arabian Sea, the revelling of late nights over the local feni brew, the tarvernas, resting against plush green padding fields and coconut trees, the nostalgic atmosphere, longer days of sun, sand and sea, it is Goa- the Rome of the East.

Relieved to have found somewhere culturally undemanding to party, the “freaks” got stoned, watched the mesmeric sunsets over the Arabian Sea and danced like lunatics on full-moon nights.

Some 10km from the state capital, Panjim, the ruins of the former Portuguese capital at Old Goa are foremost among the attractions away from the coast – a sprawl of Catholic cathedrals, convents and churches that draw crowds of Christian pilgrims from all over India. Another popular day excursion is to Anjuna’s Wednesday flea market, a sociable place to shop for souvenirs and dance wear. In the south, the district of Salcete, and its main market town, Margao, is also littered with distinctively hybrid buildings in the form of Portuguese-era mansions, churches and seminaries. Finally, wildlife enthusiasts may be tempted into the interior to visit the nature reserves at Cotigao and Netravali in the far south.

Best Time to Visit :: The best time to come to Goa is during the dry, relatively cool winter months between late November and mid-March. At other times, either the sun is too hot for comfort, or the humidity, clouds and rain make life miserable. During peak season, from mid-December to the end of January, the weather is perfect, with temperatures rarely nudging above 32°C. Finding a room or a house to rent at that time, however – particularly over Christmas and New Year when tariffs double, or triple – can be a real hassle.

Access Information ::

By Air :: Goa's airport is Dabolim. The city is connected with Bombay, Bangalore, Cochin, Delhi, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram and all the major cities of India by Indian Airlines flights and by private airlines. Goa has scheduled international connections to Doha, Dubai, Sharjah and Kuwait in the Middle East by airlines like Air Arabia, Air India, GoAir, Indigo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, JetKonnect and Qatar Airways.

By Train :: Goa is connected with Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mysore, Pune, Hyderabad with the new Konkan Railway which has started operations recently.

By Road :: Goa is connected by a somewhat good motorable road with Bombay, Bangalore, Mangalore, Pune. The best way to get around Goa is to hire a Motorbike.

FOOD :: Almost all types of food are available. Fish is common dish. Wine is widely consumed. Some of the popular dishes are: Xacuti, Vindalo, Prawn Balchao, Sweets: Bebinca, Dodol, Doce, Fenni is a very very popular local liquor.

FESTIVALS OF GOA :: Many Goan festivals are actually zatras (feasts) of the local or family deity celebrated at the temple of the god or goddess. Festivals are an integral part of Goan life. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Gusi Padwa, Diwali, Dusshera, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Ram Navami, Janmashtami & Christmas are celebrated with much revelry, music & dance.

Besides this festival, Goa has a number of celebratory events:

Shigmo- Goan Carnival (Carnival in Goa is a non-stop 3-day festival of color, song and music. The Goa Carnival is an integral part of the Portuguese heritage of the state) -Feast of St. Francis Xavier-Sao Joao-Goa Heritage Festival-Monte Music Festival.

Christmas is widely regarded as universal holiday period not only for Catholics but everyone else in the world & celebrated all over Goa on 25 December. Experience with celebrations happening all around Goa especially in North Goa, Panjim and Margao areas.

►24 Dec 2014 to 01 Jan 2015 ►24 Dec 2015 to 01 Jan 2016 

Short Looks on Goa ::

Old Goa :: Founded by Adil Shah in the 16th century and conquered by Alfonso de Albuquerque; Basilica of Bom Jesus: Most popular church, a World Heritage monument, and where St Francis Xavier is buried; Se Cathedral: The famous Golden bell is here; Brahma temple (7 km), built in the 5th century; Sri Chandranath temple (45 km), where the deity installed by the Bhoja kings gets moonlit during full moon nights; Sri Saptakoteswar temple (37 km); Safa masjid at Ponda; Aguada fort (18 km), built by the Portuguese; Dudhsagar waterfalls (60 km); Mayem lake (35 km); Bondla forest sanctuary (50 km); Cotigao wildlife sanctuary (60 km); Salim Ali bird sanctuary, near Panaji.

The well-known beaches are: Calangute (16 km); Colva, near Margao; Dona Paula (7 km), for water scootering; Miramar, near Panaji; Anjuna (18 km); Vagator (22 km).

Museums & Galleries ::

Archaeological Museum and Portrait gallery, Old.

Timing :: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (without lunch break). Closed on Fridays.

Goa State Museum, Patto, Panaji.

Timing :: 09.30 to 13.00 hrs. & 14.00 to 17.00 hrs. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays.

Leisure & Adventure ::

Cruise :: Santa MonicaTakes you on a leisurely along the Mandovi River with cultural programme like folk dances & sings mandos. Performance is followed by live band. First takes you past the Panjim beyond Miramar & back.

Followed by Goa Tourism there are three Types of Cruise: Sunset Cruise, Sundown Cruise & Dinner Cruise.

Backwater Cruise- the Backwater Cruise takes you along the mangrove-lined banks of Mandovi River, between the Chorao & Divar islands.

North Goa

North Goa......tell its history !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! North Goa is known and loved as a land of golden beaches, palm trees, paddy fields and wooded hills. Its churches, temples, shrines and forts tell its history. Encompassing [+] read continue...

South Goa

South Goa is like north Goa was decades ago, with relatively pristine beaches and minimal development. If you want to escape the ever-growing crowd in north Goa and have a relatively laid back vacation, you'll love it there. [+] read continue...

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