Magnificent beaches, moonlight cruises, delectable fresh seafood, shimmering stars, invigorating treks, majestic temples and churches, in India, there’s only Goa which can offer you these myriad experiences. Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram with the creation of Goa. Also known as “Pearl of the Orient”, this sun-kissed state was liberated from Portuguese rule in 1961. Even today, the traces of Portuguese influences left over from a 500-year occupation is evident in the Goan culture. It became the 25th State in the Union of States of India in May 1987
Goa is a paradise for travellers. Located in the Konkan region with the Arabian Sea forming its Western coast. Goa, is one destination, where people really know how to celebrate and relax each night and day. Being blessed with a more or less pleasant weather throughout the year is one of the reasons why Goa continues to be among the top opted vacation spots in India.
Goa witnesses maximum tourists during the cooler months of November to March, The Christmas and New Year period particularly attracts tourists as the weather is glorious, the ambience festive and some of the best parties happen during this time. For those who enjoy the rains can also consider the months between June and the end of September, an amazing time to visit Goa to enjoy the greenery around. The months of April and May should certainly be avoided as the weather grows hot and humid.
As mentioned previously, Goa is a delightful place for the hardcore tourist as there is so much to do explore and do here. There is much more to Goa than just beaches and sea. Put on your best foot forward to explore the unexplored parts of the majestic Fort Aguada and Chapora Fort. Numerous churches with exquisite architecture dot the landscape of Goa. Some of them which tourists make a point to visit include Basilica of Bom Jesus Church & Convent of St Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral, Church and Monastery of St Augustine. Water sports such as parasailng, water scooter, banana ride and bumper ride are offered on every beach in Goa. These ought to top your list of must-try activities in Goa.
Due to its closeness to the sea and the tropical climate it witnesses, the use of spices and flavors are intense in Goa. Use of Kokum is another distinct feature in Goan cuisine. One of the must have dishes in Goa is Pork Vindaloo. Also, seafood features prominently in coastal areas. So Goa serves some of the best mackerel, sardines and snapper in different curries and sauces.
If there is one place in India which is the most visited by both locals and foreigners alike, it has to be Goa. So do not wait, plan a trip to Goa whenever you have your next vacation. Your money and time would be truly well spent!