Goa State Information
Picture yourself on a beautiful Beach of Goa with silver sand to swim and
surf, white Churches surrounded by green paddy fields and coconut groves,
going for a long stroll on a starry night, and somewhere someone is playing
a romantic tune on his guitar. That's Goa for you.
The various places to visit in Goa are: Anjuna Beach, Aguda Fort, Calangute
Beach, St Cathedral Church of St. Francis, Bom Jesus Basilica, Dudhsagar
Waterfalls, Carambolin Lake.
It is a blend of the east and west, with Christmas and Carnival are
celebrated as enthusiastically as Diwali and Durga Puja. In its Latin
architecture there is also a preference of a fish-meat cuisine. The
prevalence of cheap beer blends perfectly well with the traditional tipples
of Feni, the local hooch and toddy.
in Goa still looks and feels like any Portuguese town with grand public
buildings and old houses with over-hanging balconies and numerous bars &
Tourism is the main money-spinner business in Goa. But on the coast,
coconut cultivation and fishing are still the main sources of income. Goa
Tourism happens all over the year but if you want to enjoy the Carnival
better visit in Feb-March.
Called Panjim by the Portuguese, Panaji, which means "the land that
does not flood" is the state capital of Goa. Unlike many capital
cities, Panaji has a distinct unhurried character. It is situated on the
southern banks of the Mandovi River, which makes this town all the more
The European Ambience
Typical of a Goan town, Panaji is built around a church facing a prominent
square. The town has some beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings and
enchanting old villas. The riverside, speckled with brightly whitewashed
houses with wrought iron balconies, offers a fine view.
Vasco Da Gama, Goa
Vasco da Gama, 29-km by road southwest of Panjim, sits on the narrow
western tip of the Marmagoa (also known as Mormugao) peninsula, overlooking
the mouth of the Zuari River. Acquired by the Portuguese in 1543, this
strategically important site was formerly among the busiest ports on India's
It remains a key shipping centre, with container vessels and iron ore
barges clogging the choppy river mouth, but holds nothing of interest for
visitors, particularly since the completion of the Konkan Railway, when
Goa's main railhead shifted from here to Margao. The only conceivable reason
one might want to come to Vasco is to catch a bus to Dabolim airport, of
Bogmalo beach, 8-km southeast.
Anjuna Beach, Goa
With its fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties,
ANJUNA, 8-km west of Mapusa, is Goa at its most "alternative".
Designer leather and lycra may have superseded cotton Kaftans, but most
people's reasons for coming are the same as they were in the 1970s: dancing
and lying on the beach slurping tropical fruit. While browsing in the area
have a day trip to the famous flea market.
more info Baga
Baga, 10-km west of Mapusa, is basically an extension of Calangute; even
the locals are unable to decide where ends and the other begin. Lying in the
lee of a rocky, wooded headland, the only difference between this far
northern end of the beach and its more congested centre is that the scenery
here is marginally more varied and picturesque.
"A Topping On Tourist Pie"
A mere 45 minute bus ride up the coast from the capital, Calangute is Goa's
busiest and most commercialized resort, and the flagship of the state
government's bid for a bigger slice of India's package-tourist pie. In the
1970s and early 1980s, this once peaceful fishing Village epitomized Goa's
reputation as a haven for hedonistic hippies.
Goa Tourist Attractions
Aguada Fort, Goa
18-km From Panaji, Old Goa
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The Central Jail And A 19th Century Lighthouse
A spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that called
there, giving it the name "Aguada" (meaning 'water' in
Portuguese). On the northern side, it provides a harbour for local shipping.
The fort, at present, houses the central jail. A 19th century built
lighthouse is situated inside the fortress.
Immediately south of Candolim, a long peninsula extends into the sea,
bringing the seven-kilometre white sandy beach to an abrupt end. Aguada
Fort, which crowns the rocky flattened top of the headland, is the
best-preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa. Built in 1612 to protect the
northern shores of the Mandovi estuary from Dutch and Maratha raiders, it is
home to several natural springs, the first source of drinking water
available to ships arriving in Goa after the long sea voyage from Lisbon.
Click here to visit Aguada Fort in Goa
SE Cathedral Church, Goa
The Portuguese Viceroy Redondo commissioned the Se, or St. Catherine's'
Cathedral, southwest of St. Cajetan's, to be "a grandiose church worthy
of the wealth, power and fame of the Portuguese who dominated the seas from
the Atlantic to the Pacific". Today it stands larger than any church in
Portugal, although it was beset by problems, not least a lack of funds and
Portugal's temporary loss of independence to Spain. It took eighty years to
build and was not consecrated until 1640.
A Cross Shaped Church
This is the largest church among the group of churches in Old Goa. Built on
a raised plinth of laterite, covered over with lime plaster, the church has,
besides the main altar, eight chapels alongside the aisles and six altars in
Just off the coast of Kerala are a widely
scattered group of coral islands - 36 of them - collectively known as
Lakshadweep. They form part of the Union of India and are one of the
country's newest tourist destinations. Ten of the islands are inhabited by
simple, peace-loving folk whose language is close to that spoken in Kerala.
The islanders have lifestyles and occupations that revolve around coconut
cultivation, coir matting and fishing. Even today, nothing is actually
produced in the islands themselves, and everything comes from the
'mainland', as India is somewhat quaintly referred to there.
major focus is on water sports, as each of the islands are surrounded by a
coral reef providing large areas of crystal clear water for everything from
snorkeling to wind surfing. The five islands which are open to tourists have
simple accommodation in the shape of beach cottages. Permits to visit
Lakshadweep can be obtained from the Lakshadweep tourist office in Cochin.
Regular flights operate from Cochin to one of the islands, as well as
modestly priced ship cruises which stop at all the islands open to tourism.
These cruises begin and end at Cochin
While equipment for water sports is available at the islands themselves,
not much in the way of shopping and entertainment is possible as yet.
Lakshadweep is the perfect holiday for those who want to get away from the
artifices of the world and enjoy a few days in simple yet stunningly