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 Goa (Paradise on Earth)

Goa is one of the smallest states of India, comprises a mainland district on the country's western coast and an offshore island, it is located 250 miles (400 kilometres) south of Bombay. It is sand witched by the states of Maharashtra on the north and Karnataka on the east and south and by the Arabian Sea on the west. The capital is Panaji (Panjim). Formerly Goa was a Portuguese possession. It was annexed by India in 1962 and attained statehood in 1987.Goa's harbours are important landing places for ships. 


Tourism in Goa has evolved during the late 1960's and 1970's when the hordes of hippies started coming to the totally unknown and unspoiled beaches of this state which had just attained its freedom from Portugal. The adventures of hippy culture and their exploration made Goa a spot worthwhile and that was enough for the normal tourists to make Goa one of the leading starting points in international tourism.

Go Goa:

Air : Goa's international airport, Dabolim, is 29 km from the capital Panaji. From Goa there are daily flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai etc.

Rail : Goa's two main stations are at Margao and Vasco da Gama. Vasco-da-Gama and Margao are connected by train with Bangalore, Belgaum, Hospet and Hyderabad and via Miraj to Bombay, Delhi and Agra.

Road : Goa is well connected by NH17A with Maharashtra and Karnataka state. There are regular bus services to Mumbai, Bangalore, Hampi and other destinations.

Goan magic
Today, Goa has a one of the most vibrant tourism infrastructures in India. There is very high level of income and higher literacy level. People are tolerant to the impacts of cultural dualism resulted from the influx of foreign tourists. Tourism is the most important business for Goa and numerous efforts have been made to make it respectable as well as a viable source of income for Goans. There are palatial hotels as well as exotic beach resorts. Most of the resorts have their own private beach and facilities for over and under water recreation are improving. Goa is a place to be today and that is a story in itself.

Irresistible beaches:

Calangute : World's most lovely and most famous Calangute beach just 16 kms from the capital city , Panaji and the most popular destination for domestic and foreign travelers in Goa.

Vagator : Just a little over 20 kms. from Panaji, the most photographed beach of Goa, is the enchanting Vagator Beach. It's hillock is crowned by Chapora Fort.

Anjuna : About half an hour's drive from Panaji, famous for its well known 'flea market' is the Anjuna Beach, beautifully surrounded by immense coconut groves.

Colva Beach : Located just about 6 kms. from Margao city is the charming Colva Beach lazily swaying it's palm trees and glittering its silvery white sand.

Palolem : Deep South, less than 40 kms. From Margao city, relatively less frequented is one of the most enchanting beaches of Goa, the Palolem beach. It is an ideal locale for tourist seeking a close tie with nature and privacy.

Other tourist attractions:

Churches in Goa
are the most prominent legacy of the Portuguese, you may visit the world renowned Basilica of Bom Jesus or appreciate the decorative paintwork & woodcarving & inlaid floor at Convent & Church of St. Francis of Assisi. The Church of The Lady of the Rosary represents the beautiful amalgamation of the European and Indian styles.

Then are the ancient temples in Goa like the Shiva temple of Shri Mangesh and the Shri Mahalsa, a Vishnu temple are near the capital of Goa. The 500-year-old temple of Shri Bhagavati is the place to be at during Dusshera days. Visit the temple revered to Lord Maruti at Mapusa for protection from evil forces.

The other noteworthy fact about Goa is that one-third of the land is covered with forests and has four wildlife sanctuaries. View wildness closely! The sambar and the Wild boar at the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Then comes the paradise for ornithologists and bird watchers the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary that is home to various species of regional and migratory birds. The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Cotigoa Wildlife Sanctuary form the other wildlife covers in Goa.


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