Goa is a western state in India with a coastline along the Arabian Sea. It has a long history as a Portuguese colony which can be seen in its 17th-century churches and the tropical spice plantations of the area. Goa is popular all over the world for its beaches, such as the Baga Beach and Palolem Beach and the fishing villages like Agonda.
Goa is one of the small states in the country popular for its beaches, scrumptious food and Portuguese heritage. Panjim is the capital city of Goa located in the middle and is connected well with the international airport, roads and the trains also run from North to South of Goa.
With the coastline of Goa stretching over 100 kilometers, Goa attracts millions of visitors every year, especially during the winter season. The Baga and the Calangute beach attract a lot of Indian crowds while the Anjuna and Arambol beach attract a lot of foreign tourists. The South Goa beaches are less popular and not explored much.
Goa is also known for its beautiful architecture since the colonial era with the churches and the old-style bungalows. The locals are friendly towards the tourists and many festivals are celebrated in Goa all around the year. Goa has excellent seafood and one of the best nightlife in India with trendy bars, beach shacks, elegant cafes, clubs, and discotheques. You will get lower alcohol prices and is perfect for youngsters.
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Some of the top places to visit in Goa:
Calangute is the largest beach located in north Goa with a stretch from Candolim to Baga. It is a hub for tourists and backpackers who visit from all over the world. This beach is connected well to all the other beaches in North Goa. You can also explore the sumptuous Goan Cuisine at the beach shacks here and take part in amazing water sports at the beach.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It had been built in the year 1594 and consecrated in 1605. The Church building coincides with the start of Christianity in the country. The Basilica of Bom Jesus has a tomb and the remains of the St. Francis Xavier. It had been more than 400 years and the remains are still in good condition. Also, the remains are taken out once every decade.
The fort was built in the year 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It had been an important reference point for the vessels that are coming from Europe. The Aguada Fort is located on the beachside south of Candolim, at the shores of the Mandovi River.
Take a cruise
You can even take a cruise in Goa to explore the exotic beaches, pristine waters, and the beautiful sunset and sunrise views through the river cruise.
Dona Paula is a village located in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa, India. The National Institute of Oceanography beside lies in Dona Paula as well as the Goa University and the International Centre of Goa.
Best time to visit Goa:
The best time to visit Goa is during the Winters between the months of November to February. During this time, the weather is perfect not too cold, not too hot. This session is the peak tourist season in Goa and all the beach shacks remain open during these months.
The Monsoons are from arene to September. If you love the rains, then monsoon is a great time to visit Goa and enjoy the beaches. But, certain water sports and activities have been restricted.
Summer is not the best time to visit Goa. The weather between the months of March to May is hot which makes it really tiring trying to roam around Goa.
All in all, winters are the best time to visit Goa. You can do any of the Water sports or other adventure activities like banana boat ride, jet ski, parasailing, etc.
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