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Goa - Pearl of the Orient / Tourist Paradise

Goa Tourism Guide

About Goa

Goa is located in the Western part of India in the Konkan region. It is the smallest state in India (area) and fourth smallest (population). The land of Goa is bordered with Maharashtra (north), Karnataka (east & south) Arabian Sea (western coast). Panaji is the capital of the state and the largest city is Vasco da Gama. Goa was an erstwhile Portuguese colony that was ruled over for a total of 450 years.

The state is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India that embraces the legacy the Portuguese left here. The state was added to the Indian Nation in the year 1961. Visit more details of Goa hotels and India tour packages

Attractions in Goa

Chapora Fort Chapora Fort : The Fort of Chapora is a famous spot in Goa much more to the filming of the famous Indian Movie “Dil Chahta Hai”. The fort can be easily reached from Vagator over the hill that leads to this fort.




Fort Aguada Fort Aguada :The Fort Aguada was erected in the year 1612 so as to forbid the entry of enemy ships into the Mandovi River. This fort was the first lighthouse in the entire Asia.




The Secretariat The Secretariat : The Secretariat is one of Goa’s oldest buildings that house the state legislative assembly. The Monuments was once the palace of the Muslim ruler Adil Shah of Bijapur.




Anjuna Beach Anjuna Beach :The Anjuna Beach is a mesmerizing view of the coconut fringed beach that is flocked with travelers who wish to relax here and get rid of their city blues. The pristine Beach is also home to a plethora of restaurants and food joints where one can enjoy some toothsome dishes beneath a coconut plantation roof.



Dudhsagar falls Dudhsagar falls :Ranked as the fifth largest falls in India, the Dudhsagar falls are a sight of ultimate amazement. The falls offer a mesmerizing sight of the waterfalls that plunge down from a staggering height of 2000 ft.



Candolim Beach Candolim Beach:The Candolim Beach stretches along the Calangute Candolim highway and is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of the town. This beach has the most pristine environs that embrace ultimate tranquility and serenity.



Savoi Plantation Savoi Plantation : Located at Savoi Ponda, The Savoi Plantation is one of the oldest tropical plantations in Goa. The plantation region intercrops spices with coconuts, betel nuts, pineapples and other fruits. One can taste the yummiest Indian cuisines that are served in mud pots and banana leaf.


Religious places in Goa

Basilica de Bom Jesus Basilica de Bom Jesus :Erected in the year 1605, it is one of the most important attractions of Goa. The Basilica is famous for housing the St Francis Xavier’s mortal remains, who was considered the patron saints of Goa.



Church and Monastery of St Augustine Church and Monastery of St Augustine : The Church and monastery of St Augustine was constructed in the year 1572 by a group of 12 Augustinian friars.




Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception: Located at the main square of the town, the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is a baronial building. This church is the central place of worship for the locals and an exemplar of the perfect amalgamation of Indian and Portuguese architecture.




Se Cathedral Se Cathedral:Commissioned in the year 1631, the Se Cathedral was honored to St Catherine of Alexandria.



Wildlife in Goa

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary :The sanctuary is home to a variety of spotted deer, Indian bison, jungle cats, leopards, pythons, cobras and monkeys. It is one of the famous attraction spots for animal lovers.



Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary :The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is spread across an area of 1.8 sq km and is located on the Chorao islands. The park houses a rare variety of local as well as migratory.


Events & Festivals in Goa

Feast of the three kings: The feast marks the day when three kings went to see the newly born Jesus with their respectively gifts. Celebrated on 6th January, the three bots from the villages of Reis Magos, Cansaulim and Chandor reenactment the entire plot.


Feast of St. John the Baptist: The St. Anthony's feast day is celebrated in the month of marks the arrival of the monsoon and thank Lord for the same.


Ganesh Chathurthi Ganesh Chathurthi:Ganesh Chathurthi is a two and half day long festival that marks the birth of Lord Ganesh. The clay idols f Lord Ganesha are worshipped and taken in processions. On the last day, these idols are immersed in water.



Feast of Our lady of the RosaryFeast of Our lady of the Rosary :The Feast of Our lady of the Rosary is celebrated at Navelim's Church in the month of November (3rd Wednesday)




Christmas Eve Christmas day :Christmas is celebrated as a holiday throughout Goa and India. Goa's Catholics flock to midnight mass services traditionally called Missa de Galo or Cock Crow as they go on well into early hours of the morning. Christmas Day is marked with large family gatherings and feasting.



New Year’s Eve New Year’s Eve : The Jubilations start on 31st December and goes on for all night long in the form of street parties and beach parties expect the goodwill that the New Year will bring.


How to Reach Goa

  • By Air: The Goa international airport located at Dabolim (29 km away from Panaji) is well connected to the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and so on and the countries of U.K and Germany.
  • By Train:The major railway stations in Goa are Margao, also called Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama. Nestled in the Konkan railway line these are actively connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other regions of the country.
  • By Road: Kadamba bus stand of Panaji is the main bus station to reach Goa from where numerous bus services operate between Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Some other buses also run between Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa.

Best time to Visit Goa

The best time to discover the beauty of Goa is between the months of October-June.

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