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Area : 3700 sq. km
Language :English, Hindi, Marathi, Konkani
Best time to visit :October to May

Goa - Where Even The Sun Worship Sea
Many moods of life....caressed by nature... Silvery sands cascading into turquoise turbulence.....Waves receding marking the golden beaches with shells. Sun burnt colonial cottages and white washed chruches standing in mute testimony to a glorious past. With its 131-km-long coastline, Goa is an important locale in every tourist's itinerary. Sun, sand and sea being the major attractions, Goa is a perfect heaven for the ones who need and want relaxation. Wondrous cuisines, mouth watering flavours and aromas whiffing in the air. Beckoning and era bygone. Unveiling the moods of life in an alluring land-Goa.

Legacy of a glorious Past - Goa
For centuries Goa has taken in its folds dynasties and religions-Mauryas, Kadambas, Yadavas, Chalukyas, Dravidians, Aryans and Delhi Sultans. Each era leaving behind an indelible mark on the sands of Goa. A collage of the Portuguese architecture, Oriental richness and Imperial grandeur, all blending into one culture-Goan!

Sun, Sand and Sea
Goa is endowed with a coastline that streches to almost 100km. Pristine, palm fronted beaches entice tourists with their inviting azure waters. Though Calangute, Vagator, Anjuna and Baga beaches are part of the same coastline, each is different in its natural beauty and temperament.

Situated on the western coastline of India, the Union Territory of Goa is sandwiched between the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The capital Panaji is at a distance of 592 km from Bangalore and 593 km from Mumbai. The waters of the Arabian Sea wash the coastline of Goa. It is split into two districts-North Goa and South Goa. North Goa includes the capital city of Panjim, the former capital of Old Goa, Fort Aguada and Candolim, Chapora, Vagator, and the beaches Calangute, Anjuna, and Baga. South Goa includes Vasco da Gama Bogmalo, Margao, Colva and Benolem. Being near to the sea, Goa enjoys a maritime climate, with April and May being very hot.

Goa, this drop of golden sun on the west coast of India is bestowed upon by innumerable gifts. Picturesque landscape, sun drenched beaches, historical monuments, pleasant climate, culinary expertise and above all, hospitable people.

Goan People
The people of Goa are very friendly and extremely happy-go-lucky. They are fond of the good things in life and are certainly not caught up in the rat race. Siesta is an important part of life in Goa with shops downing their shutters from one to four the most Goans retiring for the afternoon. Though the people of Goa are of different faiths and from different cultural backgrounds, they have come together to create the easygoing Goan culture with its emphasis on good living.

Places of Interest
Apart from the beaches, churches, temples and other historical monuments, Goa has a lot more to offer to visitors, like lakes, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, springs, forts, etc. .In fact this place is so full of surprises that everywhere one goes, one is bound to stumble upon something exciting.

If that is not enough, take a walk through a village to enjoy the rustic ambience, and to be greeted by a cheerful toddy tapper or the local baker. Walk along any beach and you are likely to strike a chat with a muscular fisherman. Stroll along narrow winding streets through verdant fields, and see earnest farmers foiling in the fields along with their trusted bullocks.

Goa BeachesBeaches
Goan beaches have never ceased to fascinate visitors and locals alike. Miles and miles of coastal enchantment, but one can never get enough of it. Every visit to the beach reveals something new. The roaring waves splash against the sturdy rocks in enduring rhythm in harmony with swaying palms,flocks of playful seagulls, busy fishermen foiling against dramatic sunsets, sights to behold indeed.

Among the famous ones are Calangute, Colva, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Sinquerim etc, the list goes on.

Religious Places
The fact that Goa is riddled with temples, churches, mosques, and shrines prove that religion is deep rooted in the psyche of the Goans. Sodiverse in belief, yet Goans live in a blissful harmony, irrespective of their religion and creed.

Apart from being places of worship, churches and temples in Goa are a delightful sight because of their aesthetic architectural design, idyllic locations and the tranquil atmosphere. Not only are these abodes of worship revered by the locals, but they are also acclaimed the world over ,Some of the discerning ones are Mangueshtemple at Mangueshi, the Mahalsa temple at Mardol, Shanta Durga temple at Kaviem, theJama Masjid at Ponda ,and the World Heritage monuments at Old Goa, such as the Basilica of Born Jesusand Se Cathedral.

Folk Music
One of Goa's most discerning assets is its rich cultural heritage. Its natural beauty and hospitality together with this heritage has put Goa on the international tourist map, and is acclaimed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Music, dance and folklore are deeply rooted in the heart of Goans, and the rhythm runs in the blood of the people of Goa.

Goan folklore, which comprises folk songs, dances, music, visual arts and folk tales, are rich in content and variety. The folk music has devotional as well as contemporary overtones, and it displays a lively rhythm. And the folk dances reflect that rhythmic vitality. Folk songs and dances are accompanied by a variety of instruments such asGhumot, Dhol, Cymbals(drums), Flutes, Harmonium, Violins and Guitars. Ghode Modni, Mando, Dekhni, Goff,Talgadi, Shigmo, Tonyamel, Dhangar Dance, Mussal Khel, Jagor, Suvari, Fugdi, and Dhalo,Lamp Dance,Veerbhadra, and Kunbi songs and dances are some of the popular folk dances of Goa, and they are best performed during local festivals in their respective villages.

Festivals are an integral part of Goa. Almost all of.- them are related to religious activities. Every village 'jatra' or feast is a festival by itself. Apart from these village feasts and fairs, Goa has its share of major festivals.Diwali, Christmas and Ganesh Chaturthiare celebrated with great pomp and gaiety.The Shirigao Jatra, the Fatorpa Jatra, the Feast of St. Francis Xavier at Old Goa, All Saints feast atGoa Velha are some of the other local festivals celebrated in Goa. In fact, festivalsare a perennial feature of Goa.

The most interesting feature is that, all festivals are celebrated by all communities, irrespective of their creed or belief.

Goa does not lag behindin the field of arts and crafts. Art runs in the blood of Goans, and many a folk artsand crafts have joined the mainstream and are commercially produced. They make excellent souvenirs for tourists. Goan handicrafts include creative pottery, shell work, furniture, brass work, bamboo work, papier mache, etc.

These items are crafted by professional artisans in their ethnic ambience, and also by artisans working at the Arts and Crafts Complex run by the Government. They are sold through various handicraft emporia and all major tourist spots.

Culinary Delights
Food in Goa is not just a source of nourishment. It is an art. The people of Goa are very particular about enjoying their food. In other words, it has to satisfy more than the taste buds.

Goan cuisine has gained appreciation from all over the world. Dishes like Xacuti, Vindaloo, Prawn Balchao, and sweets like Bebinca, Dodol and Doce are a craze among the visitors, who relish them to the last morsel. During feasts andcelebrations different type of port wines, red wines and white wines are served along with food. These wines serve as appetisers. However, fish and other seafood remain a favourite of Goans, and is relished by locals and visitors alike.

Nightlife in GoaNightlife in Goa
Nightlife in Goa is exciting and there are many ways to liven up the evening. Goans enjoy going out and it is not unusual to find families out for a night of merriment. In certain areas, almost every third house has a bar-cum-restaurant. The place may not be anything special, usually just a room in the house that has been opened to the public with a couple of chairs and a table. But the atmosphere is great - totally relaxing and extremely conducive to an enjoyable night out with friends and family.

Most of the places serve exquisite seafood and other Goan delicacies and have well stocked bars. The hottest place to visit and to be seen at in Goa today is Titos which is right on the beach. There's also a new discotheque 'The Beachotheque' where you can dance the night away. Or you could check out Lidos in Dona Paula. But if you are in the mood to dance to the rhythm of the ocean, get together a group of our friends, some food and drink and hit the beach. You are sure to have a special night - the sand the moon and the pounding waves!

Goa - The Ulimate Tourist Attraction
The former Portuguese colony of Goa is one of India's most famous destination for tourists. Most important are the wide expanses of beaches this state offers: Calangute, Colva, Anjuna, Baga and Chapora. In old Goa, once a thriving and prosperous city, exist some of the finest of churches in the country: the Se Cathedral built in the 16th century; the convent and church of St.Francis of Assisi with its gilded, carved wood work and old murals, dates back to early 1500s; the Basilica of Bom Jesus contains the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

Goan food, way of life and festivals are other major attractions. Panjim, the state capital, has preserved its heritage remarkably well and part of the city still consists of narrow winding streets, old houses with over hanging balconies, red-tiled roofs and numerous bars and cafes. The people are friendly and the atmosphere iseasy-going.

How to get there
Road : Driving down by road from Mumbai (582 Kms.)is easy as well as picturesque as Goa is situated right on the main highway.
Air : You can fly to Goa from Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum. For overseas travellers Bombay has the best connected airport.
Rail : Travelling by train, is fairly convenient from Bombay (490 Kms.), Bangalore (430 Kms.) and Delhi (1874 Kms.). The Konkan Railway will resume its train services by the end of this year.Damania Shipping Corporation operates non-stop catamaran service between Goa & Bombay during season (October to May).

Hints & Tips
Naturally, you are subject to the laws of India and must respect local culture and customs and dress code. Touching drugs in any shape or form will land you in jail or worse. Also, do remember to bring your swimsuit - and wear it - since nudity on Indian beaches (and elsewhere in public!) is strictly prohibited. If you cause or appear likely to cause damage or distress to others or to property, either ourselves or the supplier concerned such as airlines, hotels or tour escorts may terminate their services on the spot without refund or compensation.

Water & Electricity
Problems with water supply, plumping and drainage can and do happen in Goa and South India and although most of our hotels have independent generators to cope with power rationing you need to be prepared for some inconvenience in these areas. Bring a torch with you. Most roads are unlit at night. You should also be aware that electrical safety standards may well vary from those applicable in the UK.

Goa is delightful between October and April (midday temperature : 24 C to 32 C, evening 15 C to 22C) and humidity is generally low, although in April it does get a bit warmer and a little more humid. Generally, you will enjoy cool fresh mornings and evenings and dry sunny days. The monsoon rains occur in the summer months between June and September but it is just possible to get the odd heavy shower in October/November although these are very much the exception rather than the rule. Mosquitoes are not a bigh problem in Goa but between 6pm and 8pm it's still a good idea to apply 'Autan' or 'Odomos' repellent to ankles and any exposed skin areas.

Service is not usually included in bills and it is customary to tip waiters 5-10% of

220v AC, 50 cycles, but an adapter for bayonet cap and small round 'old-style' 3-pin plugs is recommended.

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