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A Goa Beach
India
Location: West of India
Famous As: state of sea beaches.
Capital: Panjim
Places of Interest: Churches, Beaches
Altitude: Sea level to 1022 Mts.
Temperature: summer: Max. 33, Min. 26, winter Max. 31, Min. 20
Ideal Time to Visit: October to May (Peak season December to February)
Language: Konkani is the official language of Goa, other languages are English, Kannada, Marathi.

An Over all View of Goa
Goa, also known as "Rome of the East".
Goa a perfect celestial home for the wanderlust tourist is also known as Konkan. The city located on the seacoast of western India is arrayed with vast golden sand beaches making a perfect palm fringes lines, a panoramic luster for the visitor.

Amidst seas and the lush green forested hills Goa offers blazing sands, swaying coconut palms, and delicacies of fresh seafood. Goa has lot more in its stores to offer its visitors from luxury hotels and budget guesthouses to refreshing chilled beer. Goa's magnificent beaches are filled with enduring hawkers during the day and Rave parties at night. For those who intent to discover the real India, Goa is the ultimate destination for a luxurious holiday break on the southern trail.

Historic Perspective
Thronged by gift of nature, Goa is also festoon with its opulent cultural and historical heritage. It is hardly surprising that the Portuguese who came in search of spices in 16th century decided to put down roots in this tropical paradise. The rule of Portuguese in Goa gives an integral blend of Indian and Western ether that can be easily visible in its structures. Panaji, the capital of Goa is a magnificent specimen of Goa's architecture splendor.

Goa the most extensive beach resort in the country can easily be accessible from Mumbai by of airways or waterways. Goa's coastline provides endless sun drenched crescent of sand. Beside fabulous beaches Goa is also a major halt for water sports. Para sailing, yachting, windsurfing, and deep sea diving are some of the more popular water sports facilitated by the Government of Goa.

Charms of Goa
Famous church
Goa, Jewel of India, is ornamented with the most extensive group of churches and cathedrals built during 16th to 17th century AD at Old Goa with holding the intense religious history of the diverse people who lived here. Hence a pilgrimage to Goa is a unique experience.

St Cathedral ChurchSe Cathedral
One of largest church, built during the 16th century is built in Tuscan style. In one synagogue is kept the Cross-of Miracles, said to have grown in size and have properties of healing. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Catherine and it also houses a celebrated bell called as the Golden Bell because of its sound.

Convent & Church of St. Francis of Assisi
It treasures the portraits of the Portuguese viceroys and images from Hindu temple. The exquisite church showcases marvelous aesthetic artwork and woodcarving. The floors are illuminated with intricate tombstones depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis. The monastery at the back of this church is now the Archaeological Museum.

The Church of St. Alex
Curtorim- 9 km. from Margao, the Church of St. Alex is one of the oldest churches in Goa, built in 1597.

Basilica of Bom Jesus
It contains the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, is a famous structure in the Roman Catholic world.

Beaches
Goa a celestial home of a cool blue sea that stretch itself to join the widespread blue sky. The golden sands on the beach lined with luxuriant green palm and coconut trees are spectators to this mystical merger. This is Goa, the paradise of the east. Beaches in Goa are among the peerless beaches in the world and plays a major role in proclaiming tourism in Goa.

Colva Beach
Colva Beach earns the title of a Queen. The beach 6km. from Margao has exquisite sand, coconut trees and glistening blue waters. With 40 km of persistent white sand border with coconut palms along the whole of its length and a warm, calm sea, it is a heaven on the land of Goa.

Miramar
3 km from Panjim City, Miramar is the nearest beach. It is a beautiful golden beach with swamp sand surrounded by the row of palm trees. One can also enjoy the sight of Agauda Fort lying across the Mandovi River.

Anjuna Beach
Lies at a distance of 50km is an enchanting beach in north of Goa. It is both rocky and sandy beach lying just adjacent to Chapora Fort. The beach has an imposing Albuquerque Mansion built in 1920, haunch by octagonal towers and ravishing Mangalore tile-roof and a sweet water tank right on the shore.

Polema beach
About 37km from Margao lies Polema beach attracting the tourist throughout the year by its tiny bay and tranquil splendor. A beach offers safe swimming along with other water sports like Para-sailing, yachting and windsurfing.

Candolim
At a distance of 13km the beach is fully equipped with all the international class facilities for para sailing, water-skiing, scuba diving, fishing, and windsurfing. A 17th century Fort is also major attraction of the beach.

Panjim BeachPanjim Beach
Panjim the capital city of Goa is thronged with private houses and government buildings that date back to Portuguese times. Signs in Portuguese are still seen over shops, cafes, fountain structures and administrative buildings. Amidst the heart of the city rises in resplendence, the whitewashed church of the pristine inception founded in 1540.

Excursions
Excursion tours can be organized from Goa for Mumbai 594 kms. one of the most important commercial city of India. For Agra to see India's portrait of a true love story the Taj Mahal. Other important excursions from Goa are Banglore-598kms, Mysore-696kms, Pune-458kms, Hubli-184, Kolhapur-246kms and Ratnagiiri-263kms.

Entertainment
Goa also has an enchanting nightlife in its various discotheques, eating joints, nightclubs and pub joints. Goa offers apical class casinos with popular games like baccarat, craps, blackjack and roulette.

Rave Parties: During New Year and Christmas times the most popular Rave Parties are held. The parties are organized every night and are full of fun, cheering pass times for every tourist. The whole city is embellished with music, lights, dance fun, enthusiasm and entertainment during the festivity time.

Goa carnival is celebrated through out the year, a festival of fun, dance and music. The festival is celebrated in entire Goa over a period of 2 days during the time of Easter.

Street plays, songs, dances, and spontaneous mocking are performed before fervent, responsive audience. Pontoon depicting favorite cradlesong and nursery rhymes make a capricious and resplendent sight on the streets. Many cultural programs are held and are judged by specially selected people. King Momo distributes the prizes to the winners. The contestants wear colorful costumes and elaborate masks.

Goa a shopping Hub
For travelers, a visit to Goa is not complete unless they take back a memento of their memorable vacation from this dazzling paradise. The local handicrafts of Goa and popular souvenir items includes brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, bamboo work, papier-mâché, etc. These are easily available in the Government Emporia and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots. Goa is also famous for its delicious cashew nuts, which is on the shopping list of every traveler to Goa. The Wednesday Market at Anjuna Beach very popular among foreigners is a remarkably vivacious hub where souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts are sold at bargain prices.

Water Sports
Water sports in Goa are organized by various hotels an by GTDC, Agua Sports Assn,Goa Yatching Assn and Dona Paula Sports Club. Some of the major water sports are Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing, Water-skiing, Para-sailing.

A Goa HotelGetting Around
Air
Dabolim Airport is the main airhead of Goa and it is connected by Indian Airlines and Air India to Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Delhi, and Ahmedabad. Private Airlines also operates flights to Goa.

Rail
Vasco-da-Gama and Margoa are connected by train with Bangalore, Belgaum, Hubli and Hyderabad and via Miraj to Mumbai, Delhi and Agra.

Road
Goa is connected to all its cities and other important placed by proper road network. Panaji, the capital of Goa, is connected by road to Bangalore-598 kms, Mumbai-594 km, Gokarn-154 km, Hubli-184 km, Kolhapur-246 km, Mangalore-371 kms, Mysore-696 kms and Pune-458 kms.

Sea
Ship services between Mumbai and Damania organizes by Goa.




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