UNCOVER THE MESMERIZING BEAUTY AND STUNNING HISTORY OF GOA
India's most-admiring beach destination, Goa holds much more than the sea, sand, seafood and, of course, the Sun, to keep one coming back. East meets West in this sun-soaked state and Indian culture intertwines with Portuguese influences leftover from a 500-year occupation. The distinctive Portuguese heritage, natural charm, amazing nightlife, and a very fascinating culinary scene makes a perfect amalgamation that one cannot ignore. Temples, mosques and wildlife sanctuaries add spark in its beauty.
Goa has all the ingredients to make a perfect vacation dish, so let's start our journey from history to culture to best spots to explore in Goa:
The ancient Hindu city of Goa was established at the southern part in Goa; it was popular in the Puranas and different inscriptions named as Gove, Govapuri, and Gomant. The state was ruled by the Kadamba dynasty from the 2nd century CE to 1312 and by Muslim invaders of the Deccan from 1312 to 1367. Then, the state became the part of Vijayanagar and was later conquered by the Bahmanī sultanate, which founded Old Goa on the island in 1440.
In March 1510, Portuguese attacked on the state and established their victory. Goa was the first territorial possession of the Portuguese in Asia and was granted the same civic privileges as Lisbon, flourishing greatly between 1575 and 1600. Dutch entered in Indian water through Goa, in 1603 and 1639 the city was blockaded by Dutch fleets, though never captured, and in 1635 it was ravaged by an epidemic.
During the 19th century, major events affecting the settlement were its temporary occupation by the British in 1809 as a result of the invasion of Portugal by Napoleon I. After India's independence in 1947, it made claims on Goa in 1948 and 1949, and Portugal came under pressure to cede Goa and its other possessions.
On December 18, 1961, Indian troops invaded and occupied Goa, Daman, and Diu. All three territories became part of India. And, Goa formed as a state in 1987.
EXPLORE TO ENJOY
Cuisine shows Goa's vibrant culture. Goan fish curry and rice bring a warm coconut flavor to the palate, this one is a must-try while visiting the city. Besides, Goa is also famous for its mixed bag of freshly caught seafood.
Nightlife in Goa is alluring. Because of numerous Bars and restaurants, it is the most admired tourist destination and also regarded as the dream destination for tourists. Be the part of night-outs and rave parties held on beaches and nightclubs.
TOP MUST VISIT TOURIST PLACES IN GOA
From Portuguese style churches, old forts, historical buildings, to flee markets, Goa has everything for a wonderful vacation. To taste the culture of the entire state, include the following in your list of sightseeing in Goa:
The Capital city Panjim is located on the banks of the river Mandovi that bring about its charm and sense of vibes. The famous Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is located in Panjim.
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Goa was the Capital of Goa during the Portuguese Regime. Best places to visit in the region include Basilica; it is famous for holding the remains of St. Francis Xavier, who's believed to be the Protector of Goa. The location brings a feeling of the Portuguese time; the place has so much of History.
An ancient Portuguese fort, Fort Aguada is in the Sinquerim Beach in North Goa. It was the most crucial fort for Portuguese. This was the largest jail in Goa and presently one of the top sightseeing places.
A scenic beach in south Goa, Palolem Beach holds some scenic rocks and islands off its shores. You can enjoy here the delicious cuisine of Goa. If you are interested in watersports, it is the best option for you.
Ashwem and Arossim Beach
If you are looking for a peaceful paradise, away from the crowd then Ashwem and Arossim beaches are good for you. They are quiet, clean, less crowded, and peaceful. Enjoy the dazzling white sands and swaying palm trees while watching the sun go down.
Naval Aviation Museum
One of its kinds in the whole of Asia, Naval Aviation Museum in India has an outdoor and an indoor section and exhibits range from 7 different kinds of aircraft, rockets, protective gears, parachutes, bombs, armaments, pilot's outfits and many more. It is a must-visit place if you are keen on life about the defence forces.
Goa isn't about only beaches and a church, the state is home to an array of birds and animals. Around 20% of Goa consists of wildlife sanctuaries. The two major sanctuaries that Goa has includes Bhagwan Mahavir (of which Mollem National Park is a part) and Cotigao.
Apart from the above, Calangute Street is famous for shopping ride, visit Cansaulim Montes for a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and other beautiful beaches to enjoy the sunshine.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time of the year to visit Goa is mid-November to mid-February when the weather is comfortable and pleasant.
By Flight– Goa has only one airport that is Dabolim airport in Vasco da Gama. It is well connected by daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Cochin, and Bangalore.
By Train– Goa is connected by direct train service with Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mangalore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Thiruvananthapuram.
By Bus- There is numerous bus routes in Goa but, most traffic is from Mumbai and Pune.
The cuisine, music, and heritage of Goa take you to a state of fantasy and eternal beauty as you step in the state. And, beautiful beaches provide your relaxation from the hustle-bustle city life. Goa is a paradise for backpackers as well as leisure seekers. This winter, pack your bag and explore the mesmerizing beauty and stunning history of Goa.