Goa has various nicknames such as the “Rome of the East” and "Pearl of
The state of Goa is located on the west coast of India.
Though a tiny dot on the world map it attracts travellers from around
the world for its magnificent scenic beauty, the architectural splendour
of its temples, churches and old houses. In addition to the natural
beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travelers to Goa love the
laid–back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goans. It also has a
soul, which goes deep into unique history, and rich culture. Goa was
liberated by the Indian Army from the Portuguese colonization on
December 19,1961 and became a Union Territory. On May 30,1987 Goa was
conferred statehood and became the 25th state of the Indian Republic
having been the meeting point of races, religion and cultures of east
and west over the countries Goa has a multi–hued and distinctive
lifestyle quite different from rest of India. Hindu and Catholic
communities make up almost the entire population with minority
representations of Muslims and other religions. The warm and tolerant
nature of the Goan people allows them to celebrate and enjoy the
festivals of various religions such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali,
Christmas, Easter and Eid with equal enthusiasm.
Panaji is the state capital located on the banks of the River Mandovi. Goan cuisine is a blend of different influences staple food is rice and fish. It is also strongly influenced by the Portuguese cuisine. The visitors here tend to think that food and drink in Goa means the famous fish curry, rice and feni package. With a wide variety ranging from prawns to sausages, chicken to beef and numerous vegetarian dishes, Goan cuisine is able to satisfy the most finicky gourmet appetites. The mixed international cuisine ranges from Chinese, Italian, Portuguese besides North and South Indian.
Season - Oct - May
Climate: The weather in these months is usually dry and pleasantly cool. It gets fairly hot in May and by end of June, Goa receives the full blast of the Indian monsoon with sudden down pours and tropical thunderstorms. However; it is also during the monsoon season that Goa is probably at its most beautiful, with lush, vibrant greenery surrounding the landscape.
Your first step when you land at Dabolim Airport is in the district of South Goa. The only natural harbour, the Mormugao Port is a few minutes drive from here. Besides the lazy villages dotted along the coastline, the wide sand beaches stretch for miles. Starting from Bogmallo Beach heading down to Velsao, Majorda, Betalbatim (also known as the sunset beach), Colva, Benaulim, Varca and Cavelossim—it covers majorly all the renowned beaches of South Goa. Nearly all big 5* properties have been developed in this area and in the recent years many small shops and restaurants have been opened. Enjoy the tranquility of this region and soak up the sun...
The capital of Goa, Panaji, widely known as Panjim, is between two famous rivers, Mandovi to its north and Zuari in the south. It is famous for its age-old architectural buildings built by the Portuguese way back in the year 1510. The city is also a very good shopping hub with a range of branded stuff as well namely Lee, United Colors of Bennetton, Nike etc.
The old capital of Goa, also known as Old Goa is famous for its churches. One of the must-see churches is the Born Jesus of Basilica church where the relics of St. Francis Xavier still remains in a Silver casket—it is also a UNESCO world heritage site. A visit to the oldest Mangueshi Temple in Ponda and Mahalaxmi temple in Mardol lets you immerse in the history of rich architects of India.
Respect holy places: In places of worship, respect and proper decorum should be maintained. Always remove your slippers or shoes, cover your headand switch off your cell phone before entering any church, temple or gurudwara.
Money Matters: Avoid carrying large sums of cash. It is advisable not to leave cash or valuables in hotel rooms and also, do not flash large sums of money or jewelry.While getting money exchange,always get a receipt and change money only at an authorised money exchange center.
Dress appropriately: Nudity on the beaches and public places is forbidden and punishable under law. Also, public display of affection in public places should be avoided.
No drugs and other illegal activities: Possession and trade of drugs are illegal in India. Also, trading in animal skins, ivory, fur or any other illegal items require a legitimate sale certificate or export permission. Dealing in articles made from rare and endangered species of animals are a punishable offense.
Safety measures: Even though the people of Goa are very friendly, avoid talking to strangers, especially if they seem suspicious. Beware of the touts who would readily offer to provide you anything at anytime you wish.Avoid walking alone in deserted and poorly lit areas.
Be self-reliant: Carry a street map,guidebook and a phrase book and use only legal and reputable taxis. Keep emergency numbers handy at all times.