State Capital: Panaji
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Climate: Mild tropical
Airport(s): Dabolim airport
Tropical Goa invites you to laze on sun washed beaches and meditate in old church sanctums. Tour this coastal wonder with locales out of a picture book. A splendid beach world on the Arabian Sea coast, Goa is one of the star tourist destinations in India.
Early Goan history can be traced back to 2,200 B.C. Goa also finds a mention in the great Indian epic, Mahabharata as 'Gomantak'.
Satyahanas, Chalukyas, Bhojas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas and Bahamani rulers have played an important role in the history of Goa, India.
Modern Goan history began when the great explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on Goa Coast in the year 1498 A.D. and thus paved the way for spice trade through the Cape of Good Hope with Europe. A hundred years later, the Portuguese arrived with military might and gradually established their hegemony in Goa, India.
A paradisiacal platform where hills and forests meet beach sands and seas - Goa in West India is full of tourist attractions steeped in the legendary Goan spirit.
Join musical beach parties, set out on boat cruises on starlit nights and sing with sea sounds on a tranquil beach spot on a tour of Goa. Folk dances like the Shigmo, Fugdi, Dhalo, Morulem and Zagor light up Goa in colorful traditions.
Important Goa towns and cities are Panjim, Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Old Goa or Velha Goa.
Places of Tour Interest
Goa abounds in natural beauty and monumental heritage. Kesarval spring, Mayhem Lake, Mormugao harbor, Dudhsagar waterfalls and Pilar are some very interesting tourist destinations located in and around Goa, India.
Visit the churches of Old Goa. Tour Basilica of Bom Jesus, Chapel of St. Catherine, Chapel of St. Anthony, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Church of Our Lady of Mount, Church of the Holy Spirit, Mac de Deus Church, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Church of St. Anne, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Church and convent of St. Augustine, Se Cathedral and Our Lady of Mercy church.
The main attraction of a Goa tour is of course its surreal palm fringed beaches that dot this tiny Indian state's 100-kilometer coastline. Some popular Goa beaches are; Anjuna, Arambol, Vagator, Dona Paula, Miramar, Colva, Palolem, Calangute, Bogmalo, Benaulim, Baga, Chapora, Majorda, Varca and Cavelossim beaches.
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