Brimming with infinite tourism attractions, Goa is ideal for all. Known for its beaches, it is also a hub of feisty culture, nightlife, mouth-watering cuisines, adrenaline-pumping adventure sports, and many others, making it arguably the best beach destination in the country.
Goa, one of the major highlights of India tourism circuit, is one excellent destination for holidays. It is a lively destination set on an enchanting land and is blessed with perfect sun-kissed beaches, exotic landscapes, green hills, and other tangible and intangible allures of tourism. A travel to this destination is every single bit worthwhile. A trip to Goa not only leaves one’s body refreshed, but his soul as well. Ideally set on the west coast of the nation and meeting the vast Arabian sea, Goa in itself is a haven for the tourists. Situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats hill range, Goa has been a young state that is widely known for its silvery beaches, never stopping festivity mood, happy-go-lucky Denizens, lip smacking culinary seafood, cheap booze, and not to forget the Goa Carnival.
As a tourist destination, the streets and hotels in Goa never go empty of the tourists. It is among the destinations in the country that are neck-high stuffed with tourists. This also comes as a downfall to tourism in Goa, especially for those who seek tranquillity. One thing to know about Goa tourism is that Goa is not a city, it is a state, so discovering and completely unravelling all the attractions of the state may take days. Besides, there are considerate distances between the tourist attraction points, so you may like to get yourself ready for travelling. Nonetheless, it is certain that one’s trip to the state is going to be a memorable one.
The state’s bond with tourism starts quite a decade back. Since the 1960s, when the city was pretty popular among the hippies, it started attracting a steady flow of tourists. Today the number of tourists visiting the state has skyrocketed to around 2.5 million. As a tourist destination Goa has a lot to offer. It is an excellent destination for the history and culture buffs. Besides, it is pretty popular among the honeymooners and young. There are hundreds of Goa honeymoon packages, Goa tour packages, and Goa adventure packages to choose from. For nearly 500 years the state was the Portuguese outpost in India. However, the earliest evidences of human settlement in the state date 20,000–30,000 years back. Coins, rock art engravings, stone-axes etc. are the evidences solidifying the state’s history. During the Portuguese colonial era, construction of several magnificent structures, monuments, churches, public places, etc. took place. Today, many of these stand (though a bit weather-beaten) as the mute evidences of the bygone.
Some of the must visit historical places in the state include: Bom Jesus Basilica, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Shree Manguesh temple, Church of St. Catejan, Goa State Museum, Fort Tiracol, and Fort Aguada. Other than these there are some excellent museums, namely Naval Aviation Museum, Goa State Museum, Wax World’ Museum, Big Foot Cross Museum, Fernandes house, and Vivian Coutinho House providing a detailed glance at the state’s history, present, and the culture.
Apart from these, Goa is also popular for its natural richness. Diverse and beautiful landscapes define the state. The state consists of some of the best world-class sightseeing spots and lookout points. Paddy fields and plantations, sun-bleached beaches, verdant lofty mountains, long streaks of swaying palm trees, and more complete the state. There are more than a dozen of beaches in the state and many of which are still unknown to most of the tourists. Some of the most popular beaches here are: Calangute Beach, Palolem Beach, Colva Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Candolim and Sinquerim Beaches, and Morjim Beach. These are the most popular attractions of places to visit in Goa, and are the excellent places to kick-back, relax, enjoy appetizing cuisines, and spend tranquil holiday.