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Goa

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Goa is situated on the western coast of the Indian Peninsula . 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. 

It is a heady blend of serenity and excitement down with uninterrupted miles of dazzlingly beautiful beaches.

 

Some of the world's most beautiful beaches are  Calangute, Colva, Mandrem, Morjim, Anjuna, Baga, Candolim, Sinquerim, Majorda, Benaulim, Varca, Agonda ,Vagator. & Bogmalo .

A tropical paradise, Goa is enchanting all year round, especially in the month December, the state comes alive during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Carnivals, music, partying, its all happening at Goa in December. 

Latin influence fuses with Indian color to produce an enchanting hybrid which is quite visible in its Latinate architecture and preference for a fish- and meat-rich cuisine. Goan cuisine is a blend of different influences the Goans had to endure during the centuries.We dare you to eat Sorpotel: Sorpotel, Goa s prized dish, is served mainly on feast days. It is made up of diced pieces of liver, heart and kidney, served in a thick gravy. The gravy is sopped up with sannas, steamed coconut rice pucks that have an intoxicating hint of toddy.

There's more to Goa than sun, sand and natural beauty. The allure is quite distinct from the rest of India Temples and churches mingle with forts and the ruins of ages gone by.  Goa s traditions of language, religion, dances have remained firmly entrenched despite the end of Portuguese rule in 1961.  Once here, you can hire bikes and ride through this picturesque state, stopping over to look at the great architecture of some of the most amazing churches from the Portuguese era.

Important Places of Tourist Interest 

Old Goa 

It was the capital of Goa during Portuguese rule. The monuments and cathedrals today represent just a fraction of the urban development that was Old Goa. has a collection of magnificent churches  the Basilica of Bom Jesus with the miraculously preserved body of St. Francis Xavier; the Se Cathedral; the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Convent of Santa Monica.  

The Basilica of Bom Jesus  

Built in the 16th century, wherein, is enshrined in an ornate silver casket, the body of St.Francis Xavier, the most popular and famous of all churches in Goa . The Basilica, dedicated to Infant Jesus, has been declared a World Heritage Monument now. 'Bom Jesus' means 'Infant Jesus' or 'Good Jesus' it is a fine example of Jesuit architecture.

Se Cathedral The largest church in Asia,is a mighty 16th century monument to the Roman Catholic rule of Goa under the Portuguese. Its huge Golden Bell is the biggest in the world. It has 14 side chapels; the last chapel, in Mauresque style, preserves a cross upon which a vision of Christ is said to have appeared in 1919. 

Church of St. Francis of Assisi at Old Goa  Built in pure Manueline style, the interior is adorned with a profusion of carvings and exquisite paintings. The convent at the back of this church is now the Archaeological Museum . It houses many portraits of the Portuguese Viceroys and fragments of sculpture from Hindu temple sites in Goa

Temple of Shri Mangesh, a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located on a hillock at Priol - in Ponda Taluka. Though small, the temple has an air of distinct elegance and its lofty white tower is a landmark of the countryside.

Aguada Fort This Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1609-1612 to control the entry into the river Mandovi and to protect Old Goa from potential enemy attacks. A spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that called there. The fort presently houses the Central Jail.  

Climate 

Tropical - between 23-35 Celsius  Winters are pleasant during the days and cool during the nights. Summers are hot and there is heavy rain during monsoons .

The best time to visit :-  The best time to visit Goa is between  October and February.

How To Get There
By Air  
Dabolim, the airport near vasco da Gama, is linked to Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai and other major towns. Charter flights link Goa directly to Europe .
By Train 
Vasco da Gama is connected by rail to Delhi , Mumbai, Bangalore and other parts of the country. A sea ferry service links Panaji to Mumbai. 
By Road 
Well linked by road

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