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  GOA TOURISM GUIDE

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Beaches in Goa

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Goa Tour Packages

Anjuna Beach
Bogmalo Beach
Baga Beach
Dona Paula Beach
Majorda Beach
Colva Beach
Calangute Beach
Arambol
Panaji
Canacona
Vasco-da-Gama
Margao
Ponda
Mapusa
Goa Beach Holidays
Duration : 5 Days
Destination : Delhi / Mumbai - Goa
Honeymoon Tour Package
Duration : 5 Days
Destination : Goa

Romantic Holiday Package
Duration :
5 Days
Destination :
Goa - Panjim - Savoi - Panaji


Goa has enjoyed a prominent place in the travellers' lexicon since the heady days of the 1960s, but the (in) famous hippies have now been replaced by backpackers. The locals are relaxed and friendly, and skirts outnumber saris.

When To Go

The best time to visit Goa is during the cooler months, from November to March. If you arrive in October, right at the start of the tourist season, you'll find the beaches pleasantly empty, but may also find that some of the facilities (such as beach shacks) aren't yet open for business. April and May can be very humid, and swimming becomes less pleasant as the sea gets rougher. Some facilities may also be closed, as most beach shacks pack up after Easter.

Many Goans feel that the monsoon (June to September) is when the state is at its best, when the countryside turns lush and green almost overnight. In terms of tourism, Goa is virtually dead, however, and swimming in the sea is out of the question. The plus side to visiting at this time is that you will have the place to yourself at very little cost. The peak tourist season is around Christmas from 22 December to 5 January, when you'll have to book in advance and pay premium prices. It's a great time to be in Goa - the weather is perfect, the place is buzzing and in typical Goan fashion there are parties most nights

Goa is India's smallest state in terms of area and the fourth smallest in terms of population. Located on the west coast of India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, Karnataka to the east and south and the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.

Panaji (Panjim) is the state's capital, Vasco-da-Gama (Vasco) the largest city, while the historic city of Margao still exhibits the influence of Portuguese culture. Portuguese merchants first landed in Goa in the 15th century, and annexed it soon after. The Portuguese colony existed for about 450 years (one of the longest held colonial possessions in the world), until it was taken over by India in 1961

Renowned for its beaches, Goa is visited by hundreds of thousands of international and domestic tourists each year.

Origin of name

The name Goa came to European languages from the Portuguese colonisers, but its precise origin is unclear. The Indian epic Mahabharata refers to the area now known as Goa, as 'Goparashtra' or 'Govarashtra"' which means a nation of cowherds. 'Gopakapuri' or 'Gapakapattana' were used in some ancient Sanskrit texts, and these names were also mentioned in other sacred Hindu texts such as the Harivansa and the Skanda Purana.

Culture


An example of traditional Portuguese-influenced Goan architecture.

Mangueshi Temple, a Hindu temple in Old Goa.The most popular celebrations in Goa are Christmas, Easter Sunday, Ganesh Chaturthi, Divali, New Year's Day, Shigmo and the Carnival. However, since the 1960s, the celebrations of the Shigmo and carnival have shifted to the urban centres, and in recent times these festivals are seen more as a means of attracting tourists. Celebrations for all festivals usually last for a few days and include parties and balls.

Western English songs have a large following in most parts of Goa. Traditional Konkani folk songs also have a sizable following. Manddo, the traditional Goan music which originated in the nineteenth century, is sung and danced on special occasions. Goa is also known for its Goa trance music. In the year 2006, the AIR FM channel ran a program "Goa Top 10", which listed the most requested tracks of the week. During analysis, it emerged that the song "Faithful" by Lobo had an unusually high, consistent popularity, in spite of not being a fresh track.

Beach Tours
- Andaman Beaches
- Exotic Beaches
- Honeymoon Tour
- Golden Beaches
- Orissa Beaches
- Mumbai Beaches

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North India Tours
- Rajasthan Travel
- Himachal Pradesh Travel
- Punjab Travel
- Delhi Travel
- Uttar Pradesh Travel
- Uttaranchal Travel

                     
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Hotels in India

- Rajasthan Hotels
- Delhi Hotels
- Himachal Hotels
- Kerala Hotels
- Goa Hotels
- Mumbai Hotels

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Religious Tours
- Amarnath Yatra Tour
- Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
- Buddhist India Tour
- Chardham Yatra Tour
- Golden Temple Tour
- Hemkund Sahib Yatra

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Wildlife India Tours
- Corbett National Park
- Ranthambore National Park
- Kanha National Park
- Periyar National Park
- Kaziranga National Park
- Bandhavgarh National Park

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