If there is a place called heaven on earth, it’s got to be Goa! One of the worlds most preferred destinations; Goa lies nestled in the “Konkan” region of Western India. The winding roads and the alluring sea breeze accompanied by the beautiful beaches, temples, and churches, peppered with exuberant locals are an experience one can never forget.
A former Portuguese colony, Goa is known for its diverse cultural heritage. Along with its pristine beaches and a blend of churches and temples, this hotspot is also renowned for its warmth and hospitality towards tourists. Honestly! It’s hard to find an unfriendlyGoan. If you’ve been there you’ll know what the goan spirit is all about.
To make the most of your holiday, planning is of utmost importance. The prices in Goa vary according to the season. The best time to visit Goa is between October and February. A little research on the internet or information from friends will definitely save a lot of time and money. After all it’s your hard earned money, so spend it wisely! For the lucky few who have been sponsored by a fairy “godmother” or “godfather” shamelessly strip your self till the last dime. The others stop counting the lines of disgust on your face, as there’s room for every budget in Goa.
To get to this preferred destination, you can take a flight or choose to travel by bus or train. For the lonely traveler who believes in the miserly spirit of adventure, hitch hiking is a great option. Remember! It’s mostly trucks and tempos that offer you a ride. Try and occupy the place where the goods are kept. If you get a place next to the driver better strike a conversation fast or else get used to the constant starved stares with tongue’s hanging abnormally. Once you are in Goa you can rent out a two wheeler or a four wheeler to explore the length and breadth of Goa. You can also avail the services of a guide to visit the various tourist destinations.
Goa offers a wide spectrum of five-star hotels, villas, sea resorts and shacks. For the lonely traveler who is hard on cash, quaint little guest rooms provided by the locals are a steal. The rent for shacks and guest rooms is determined by the duration of your stay. Being a good bargainer always comes in handy while negotiating the amount while fixing the rent.
Apart from the sensually uplifting environment, Goa also happens to be a haven for party enthusiasts. The psychedelic trance and rave parties attract hordes of tourists from India and the world over. If you’re not a frequent reveler, a few drinks in unison with the unshapely sticks will awaken the cosmic zombie in you. For those of you who have had a long and tiring day doing nothing, an “ayurvedic massage” will definitely help you laze better or get moving.
Most popular tourist destinations of Goa
Goa has an endless list of places you can visit. Here’s a list of some of the must see places while in Goa.
The mesmerizing white sand shorelines of Goa with quaint little shacks are a treat. You could soak yourself in the hustle bustle of a commercial beach or seek solace among the numerable virgin beaches. This is a list of some of the beaches you must visit while in Goa.
• Palolem (South Goa)
• Vagator (North Goa)
• Baga and Calangute (North Goa)
• Anjuna (North Goa)
• Benaulim (South Goa)
• Agonda (South Goa)
• Candolim and Sinquerim (North Goa)
• Dona Paula (North
• Bogmalo (South Goa)
• Bambolim (North Goa)
Tourists and devotees throng at the various temples in Goa. Every temple, unique in its heritage evokes a peaceful feeling within. The magnificent structures surrounded by flora and fauna soothe your nerves and rejuvenate you completely. The list below mentions some of the temples you must visit during your stay in Goa.
• Shree Damodar Temple, Zambaulim (South Goa)
• Shree Mangeshi Temple, Priol (North Goa)
• Shree Hanuman Temple, Mapusa (North Goa)
• Shree Chadranath Temple, Paroda (South Goa)
• Shree Navdurga Temple, Borim (South Goa)
• Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, Panji (North Goa)
• Shree Kamakshi Temple, Shiroda (North Goa)
• Shree Mallikarjun Temple, Canacona (South Goa)
• Shree Bhagwati Temple, Pernem (North Goa)
• Shree Shantadurga Temple, Kavlem (North Goa)
The churches in Goa have aroused the interest of historians, artists, architects, archeologists, intellects and tourists from all over the globe. A confluence of baroque and Gothic architecture takes you on a mystical ride in the past. The finesse of the sculptures encompassed with the scheme of colors and the use of natural light are a magnificent sight. These are some of the churches you must visit in Goa.
• Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa (North Goa)
• Church of St Francis of Assisi, Old Goa (North Goa)
• Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Old Goa (North Goa)
• Se Cathedral, Old Goa (North Goa)
• Church of Convent of St. Monica, Old Goa (North Goa)
• Ries Magos Church, Ries Magos (North Goa)
• Church of Holy Spirit, Margao (South Goa)
• Church of Our Lady of Miracles, Mapusa (North Goa)
• Church of St. Alex, Curtorim (South Goa)
• Church of Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panaji (North Goa)
Apart from the beaches, temples, and churches, the various culinary delights add to the festive spirit that is prevalent in Goa all year long. So take a break from your hectic schedules and head to the marvelous exhibits this beautiful place has to offer.