Silver sands, sparkling blue waters, the sky mirroring the sea
below, white churches resting against green paddy fields and
coconut trees lining the coastal streets. Goa - a place you can
fall in love with at first glance, is also home to India's
finest beach resorts.
There's much more to Goa than sun, sand and sea. The allure of
Goa is that it remains quite distinct from the rest of India and
is small enough to be grasped and explored in a way that other
Indian states are not.
Hotels in Goa:
History of this Beautiful Hill Resort
Goa became one of the youngest Indian states after 451 years of
colonial rule and 26 years as Union territory. Its history dates
back to the 3rd century when it belonged to the Mauryas,
followed by the rule of the Satvahanas, Chalukyas, the Shilharas
and Kadambas. In 1312, Goa fell into the hands of the Muslims.
The Portuguese took over in 1510, ending the Muslim rule. Apart
from a brief spell during the Napoleonic wars, when the British
briefly occupied Goa, the Portuguese were the masters of Goa
till 1961, when they were finally driven out.
450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique blend of
East and West that is both exotic and strangely familiar.
Christmas and Carnival are celebrated as enthusiastically as
Diwali and Durga Puja. The state's separate identity is also
visible in its Latinate architecture and preference for a fish-
and meat-rich cuisine. Another marked difference is the
prevalence of alcohol, which is cheap in the state and is widely
Panaji, Goa's capital since 1843, is among the most pleasant
Indian capitals. Most people use it as a link to old Goa or to
the beaches, but it's worth a visit. The atmosphere is easygoing
and the people are friendly. In the oldest part of the town, the
Portuguese heritage is evident: broad avenues spilling into
cobbled squares, grand public buildings, old houses with
overhanging balconies and numerous bars and cafes.
On the coast itself, coconut cultivation and fishing are the
major sources of income. But, tourism is the main money-spinner
and the majority of the population is engaged in related
HOW TO GET THERE?
Air: All major airlines connect Goa with most of the
major cities. Goa is also served by International Charter
Aircraft from Western Europe during the tourist season.
Road: Goa is well connected by road from Mumbai (600 kms)
& Bangalore (500 kms).
Rail: Goa is served by few daily trains from Mumbai and
is also connected to other major Indian cities.