Goa is the smallest state in India. Located on the western shoreline of the country, it is bounded by the state of Karnataka and Maharashtra to the south and east respectively. It is an old Portuguese occupied territory, which they ruled for over 450 years. Full of multiple medieval European style baroque buildings, churches, villas, old boulevards, street squares, etc. the place still retains the essence of old world. Especially those who like to explore and experience a little bit of Portugal anywhere on Indian soil Goa is the place to be at. Panaji is the state’s capital, which is the only municipal corporation in the state and also the headquarter of North Goa (one of the two districts in Goa, the other being South Goa district).
Famous for its pristine beaches where natural beauty meets juvenile, Goa is also one of the hottest tourist destinations in India. The state has plenty of attractions and allures to keep one busy while they relish the genuine hospitality offered by locals. Places to visit in Goa are simply wonderful as well as unique. There are old yet beautiful churches, heritage Portuguese colonies, long boulevards running along the shoreline, bustling and vibrant markets, hip and happening nightlife, amazing appetizing cuisine, and most importantly beautiful long beaches. Apart from these there are numerous art and culture centres, libraries, entertainment and rejuvenation centres, and many others to explore and relish.
One of the major reasons that backpackers from far and wide flock the state is that Goa is a leading hub of water-sports. The popular beaches are studded with numerous water-sports clubs offering facilities like sea-surfing, jet-skiing, paragliding, snorkeling, swimming etc. Adrenaline junkies love to head to Goa beaches. Apart from them it is the beach lovers who fill the beaches of the state. The beaches here are perfect for relishing sun, sand, and sea. You will find people basking the sun, enjoying food at the seaside restaurants while the kids play with the sand. Popular beaches like Calangute beach, Candolim beach, Colva beach, Baga beach, and Morjim beach remain crowded, on the other hand the less popular beaches are the perfect escapades for those who seek tranquility with some space.
Goa is also popular for its parties and carnivals. Goan Calendar remains filled with numerous festivals and events throughout the year, making the place a perfect destination for party lovers. All religious festivals are celebrated here with full fervor and joy. However, the most significant ones include Goa Carnival, a yearly celebration held in 2nd week of February; Sunburn Festival, the greatest and first EDM festival in India organized at the end of every year in December.
Simply put, Goa is a destination which you simply will not want to miss on your tour of India. It is a distinctive state with its own culture and identity. The most important places of interest here include: Se Cathedral, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Casino Royale Goa, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shanta Durga Temple, Dudhsagar Falls, Goa State Museum, Chapora Beach, and Fatorda Stadium. Head to the state during the next vacation, avail one of the lucrative Goa tour packages, and get busy exploring the attractions of the state.