the perfect place where you will find a blend of
traditional and modern aspects of life. n one hand
you have plush beaches and on the other hand you
have the most natural landscapes
that make you wonder if time ever touched this
place. Goa is the perfect place to go on a
sightseeing tour. These tours will truly show you an
entirely new side of Goa that is sure to take you by
surprise. The waterfalls, the forests, the spice
farms, all are unique in their own way and are a
must visit on your tour to Goa in India.
The ideal combination of sun, sand, sea and surf is
enough to send a person packing his bags and go on a
short holiday. It becomes even better when that
holiday is in one of the popular Goan beaches. Goa
has a long coastline that makes it the ideal state
to have beaches. The beaches of Goa are the perfect
destination for a relaxing vacation and holiday in
Goa is literally synonymous with churches. They are
living testimonies of the rich historical past of
Goa. During the early days of the Portuguese rule in
India, church building was the primary concern and
occupation in Goa. This was because of their zeal to
spread Christianity and convert as many people as
One of the most colorful and popular festival of Goa
is the Goa Carnival. This three day extravaganza, of
fun, frolic, amusement and merry-making, takes place
in the month of February. The Goa Carnival festival
is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the
year. Though essentially a Christian festival, all
people of Goa, irrespective of their faith and
religion take part in this festival.
The Dudhsagar waterfalls are located in the Sanguem
district of Goa near the Goa-Karnataka border. It is
located at a distance of around 60 kilometers from
Margao and can be reached easily by hiring a taxi or
taking a bus from either Margao or Panaji.
Goa Spice Plantations
Goa is synonymous to its exotic beaches and
pulsating nightlife. Tourists come here to enjoy the
relaxed pace of life and rediscover themselves in
peaceful and serene surroundings. But there is more
to Goa than just beaches, churches, nightlife and
casinos. A major attraction in the rural side is the
spice plantation of Goa.
pronunciation is India's smallest state in term of
population after Sikkim, Mizoram and Arunachal
Pradesh. It is located on the west coast of India,
in the region known as the Konkan, and is bounded by
the state of Maharashtra to the north, and Karnataka
to the east and south. The Arabian Sea bounds it to
the west. Panaji is the state's capital, and Vasco-da-Gama
(Vasco) its largest town. Portuguese merchants first
landed in Goa in the 15th century, and colonised it
soon after. The Portuguese colony existed for about
450 years, until it was annexed by India in 1961.
Origin of name
Goa is famed for its sunny beaches.The name Goa came
to European languages brought by the Portuguese
colonisers, but its precise origin is unclear. The
Indian epic Mahabharata refers to the area now known
as Goa, as 'Goparashtra' or 'Govarashtra"' which
means a nation of cowherds. 'Gopakapuri' or 'Gapakapattana'
were used in some ancient Sanskrit texts, and these
names were also mentioned in other sacred Hindu
texts such as the Harivansa and the Skanda. In the
latter, Goa is also known as "Gomanchala". Gove,
Govapuri, Gopakpattan, and Gomant are some other
names that the region is referred to in certain
inscriptions and texts such as the Puranas
Anjuna Goa, 18 kms from Panaji is a popular beach
to Chapora fort- it was the haunt of the flower
generation in the sixties - and is still popular
with the younger generation. In Anjuna there is
magnificent Albuquerque mansion built in 1920,
flanked by octagonal towers and attractive Mangalore
tiled-roof. The Anjuna band plays for the beach
party at night.
In Anjuna Beach Goa Palm trees stand motionless in
the warm air. To the east is a mountain. If you want
to return to civilization, climb the mountain to get
to Baga where you can catch a ferry out.
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
Anjuna flea market.
Goa Bogmalo beach comes as a peaceful beach. Goa Bogmalo
beach was initially a very quiet fishing village
until tourists started pouring in and tourism stated
catching up in this small Indian state of Goa.
Despite modern eating joints, hi-tech shops selling
handicrafts surrounding it, the village at Bogmalo
still manages to stay alive. Bogmalo beach in Goa is
clean and not very crowded like Anjuna beach or
other beaches in Goa and while at Goa Bogmalo beach,
you can definitely go in for a swim as the water is
quite safe for swimming.
Calangute Goa beach is 16 Kms from Panaji is the
most popular holiday resort in Goa popularly known
as The Queen of Beaches.
Calangute lie on the shores of the Arabian Sea of
North Goa in India. Being a popular holiday resort,
the small houses amidst the coconut groves behind
the beach are always in constant demand. Calangute
beach Goa, was the beach all self-respecting hippies
headed for, especially around Christmas when
psychedelic hell broke loose.
Palolem is about 37 kms from Margao. Just west of
Chaudi one of the most enchanting beaches in Goa
relatively deserted, with backdrop of Western ghats,
situated in Southern Taluka of Canacona. Palolem
beach goa is one of the most beautiful and idyllic
beach and it has 1.5 km crescent shaped beach. The
beach lies on the southern coastline of Goa amidst
outstanding natural beauty.
About 6 kms from Margao Colva beach is the pride of
Salcete and the only rival to Calangute by its
scenic splendour. Here sea, sand and sky blend in
enchanting natural harmony. Colva is one of the most
popular beaches in South Goa.
Colva stretches sun-drenched, palm fringed and
virtually deserted for kilometers. Colva is at heart
of the longest unbroken stretch of beach (25 kms) in
Goa from Mormagao peninsular in the north to Cabo de
Rama in the south. Colva is the oldest and largest -
of south Goa's resorts. Colva is pleasant and
convenient place to stay, swimming is relatively
safe, while the sand, at least away from the
beachfront, is spotless and scattered with beautiful
Dona Paula Beach
7 kms from Panaji. An idyllic picturesque spot.
Command a fine view of the Zuari river and Mormugao
Harbour. This is an idyllic spot to relax and
sunbathe. Water scootering facilities are also
available over here. The Dona Paula bay is at the
place where two of Goa's famous rivers meet the
Arabian sea. Named after Dona Paula de Menezes, this
place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth
which has been attached to this place.
Church of Our Lady of
In Velha Goa or Old Goa, crowning a hill, which was
known as the Holy hill, is one of the earliest
churches, the Church of Our Lady of Rosary. In
Panajim or Panaji, as Goa's capital is called today,
the oldest Church is dedicated to Our Lady of
Immaculate Conception. The huge Convent of Santa
Monica, dating from 1606, was the first Nunnery in
Asia. Today, after centuries of changing fortunes,
it has been restored and is once again a residential
The Rachol Seminary
The Rachol Seminary in South Goa has a chequered
past. Originally a Muslim fortress it was first
converted by the Portuguese into a church and later
into a prison. In the
late 16th century, it acquired respectability as a
seminary for Theological Studies, with the Jesuits
rechristening it from College of All Saints to the
College of St. Ignatius
Loyala, the name of their Founder.
The Se Cathedral
The Se Cathedral nearby is dedicated to St.
Catherine, as it was on her feast day, 25th November
1510 that Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Goa.
Believers are awe-struck to hear of the Cross of
Miracles, which is placed in the cathedral, its
earlier church having been destroyed. People have
had a vision of Christ on this cross and the rock on
which it was found was said to spout water while,
today, the cross is slowly growing. Earlier, it was
at Se Cathedral that the sacred relics of St.
Francis Xavier were shown to the public.
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Not far away stands the beautiful whitewashed Church
of St. Francis of Assisi, which today houses part of
the archaeological museum. Exhibits include
prehistoric items from a distant tribal past as also
reminders of Goa Dourada, Golden Goa, also known as
the 'Pearl of the Orient' or 'Rome of the East'
during its heyday. It was the concentration of
magnificent churches, symbol of a powerful
conquering presence, which justified this last
title. In fact, the Church of St. Cajatan, built by
an Italian architect in 1651, was modeled in
miniature on St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Today a
theological college is housed here.