Goa

GOA

Goa is a tiny speck of Sun – drenched, palm- fringed, hillock-speckled,lush-green-field-dappled paradise, skirted by white- topped sprays of salty blue waves. But then,Goa is a lot of things. This little seaside state, with an identity that’s a seamless blend of Latino influence and Indian tradition, was crackling enough to have been one of the Millennium destinations of the world. The essence of Goa lies in its marvelous expanses of palm – fringed beaches and azure-blue seas, all warmed by the Sun and local hospitality. Goa is all about relaxed lifestyle, enlivened by the Goan love for music and dance, spiced up by its superb cuisine. Summers on the golden sands, winters in the warm waters, or soaking in the Goan rains- Goa is exhilarating all round the year. The scenic splendor of Goa simply dazzles as nature bares her treasures, unfolding miles and miles of glorious vistas of rivers, ponds, wooded hills and valleys.

HOW TO REACH

AIR :- Goa is linked by air to Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram). The flying time from Hyderabad to Goa is just under 2 hours.

RAIL :- Goa is linked with Railways to Hyderabad and Amaravati (Vijayawada).

ROAD :- Goa is linked by road to Ahmedabad (1138 km), Aurangabad (699km), Bangalore (592 km), Mumbai( 597 km), Chennai (923 km), Pune (473 km)

PLACES TO WATCH

PANAJI :- Panaji, the capital of Goa, on the banks of the river Mandovi, was originally a major port. It still retains the old,narrow streets in Fontainhas. An evening cruise on the river is a must. Here you get a beautiful view of the capital. There are refreshments and traditional entertainment on board.

BEACHES :- North to South : Querim, Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim, Vainguinim, Siridao, Bogmalo, Velsao, Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Betul, Palolem.

CUISINE :– Goa is famous for its seafood. Try the vindaloo and classic sorpotel. Also the local red wine and feni, made from cashewnuts.

FESTIVALS :– The Feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated in old Goa on 3rd December. The Goa Carnival is very popular here. Held just before the season of lent, it is a time of celebration and gaiety. A parade of decorated floats on the streets is indeed a delight to the spectator’s eye. Many tourists from India as well as abroad come down to Goa especially for the carnival

PONDA(20KM) KNOWN AS THE HEARTLAND OF THE Hindus in Goa, here one can visit lot of temples like Laxmi Narasimha temple, Mangueshi temple, Naguesh temple, Mahalsa temple, Shantadurga temple, Ramnath temple and Shri Mahalaxmi Temple. It is also famous for spice plantations.

AT A GLANCE :-

Climate : Summer : Tropical- 23’to 35’c warm throughout the year.

What to wear : Cottons throughout the year.

High Season : Nov.to March,

Low Season : April to October

Languages Spoken : Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, English and Portuguese

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