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.
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.
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.
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.