Goa, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ is an endearing abode of scenic charm between the seas and the lush forested hills. This paradise is located on the west coast of India in the Konkan coastal belt. A favourite of holiday goers the world over, Goa is a charming confluence of east and west, juxtaposed with magnificent scenic beauty of beaches and coves, architectural splendour of churches, temples and old Portuguese homes. The land has a soul that goes deep and that is rich with unique history and culture and almost seems untouched by time. Travel to Goa to explore the mystical charisma of the exotic abode. It is a promise that Goa will add some golden moments in your memorabilia.
The beach, the surf, the people, the surroundings, everything about Goa is incredible in its own way. The best time to visit the “Tropical Paradise”, Goa, is from October to April when the weather is mild and pleasant. Many like to savour the monsoon in Goa from June to August.
The chili hot, spicy, and pungent Goan cuisine with its influences of Portuguese is to be savoured once in Goa. The typical Goan platter has rice, fish, and coconut and a variety fresh catch - prawns, lobsters, crabs and fish used in a variety of soups, salads, pickles, curries and fries. Today, Goa has become a gourmet heaven with restraunts serving everything from Italian, French, Oriental to continental cuisine.
What’s worth a visit?The Beaches: An ideal combination of sun, sand, sea and surf is enough to send a person packing his bags and go on a short holiday.
Churches & Temples: They are living testimonies of the rich historical past of Goa and the peaceful co-existence of Christian and Hindu culture and traditions.
Goan Carnival: Nothing can get merrier and more colourful than this three day extravaganza in the month of February every year.
Waterfalls: The casacading Dudhsagar waterfalls in the Sanguem district of Goa remains irresistible to both domestic and international tourists alike.
Spice Plantations: At the spice plantation farms you can witness men climb on the Betel Nut trees, over a hundred feet above the ground. Fresh spices like cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, herbs, fruits, arecanut, betel and medicinal plants are indigenous to Goa. An authentic delicious Goan meal amidst nature completes every spice plantation tour.
Casinos & Nightlife: A Goan holiday is incomplete without trying a hand at any one of the floating casinos and playing a game of roulette, blackjack or baccarat. Goa’s sizzling nightlife is alive on its beaches and nightclubs.
Water Sports: Enjoy watersports like windsurfing, parasailing, dingy sailing, scuba diving, water skying, angling and much more in Goa from October to May when the skies are cloudless and blue and the waters placid.
|Area||3660 sq km (1430sq miles)|
|Capital City||Panaji (Panjim)|
|Languages||Konkani (Official language as per the Constitution), Marathi, English and Portuguese|
|Religion||Hindu, Muslim and Christian|
|Climate||Equable, generally humid with alternate wet and dry seasons|
|Temperature||Between 20°C and 34°C. Relative humidity generally at 60%|
|Altitude||Sea Level to 1022 meters|
|Rainfall||Annual 350 cms, from Southwest Monsoons (June to September)|
|Rivers||Tiracol/Araundem(23kms), Chapora/Colvale (29kms), Baga (2Kms), Sinquerim, Mandovi (34Kms), Zuari (77kms), Sal (24Kms), Talpona (11Kms)|
|Lakes||Mayem,Santa Cruz, Curchorem, Cacora, Carambolim, Chimbel, Curtorim, Benaulim.|
|Sanctuaries||Bondla, Cotigao and Molem (Wildlife), Chorao (Bird).|
|Best Time to Visit||October to April|