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Introducing Goa

Best time to visit : October End to February (winters)
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Goa is the state that has an exclusive mix of socio-religious culture. The charm of Portuguese culture and the mix of urban India here is indeed a pleasure to experience. Goa is better known for water sports, monuments, museums and religious structures like churches which are a very important part of their culture and heritage. It is perfect for entertainment with happening crowd, lavish night life and plethora of pubs, bars, discos. Another major point to notice is the endearing hospitality of local people. Every single voyage in and around the city can be a heart-warming experience.

Facts

Situated in the Konkan region, Goa is the smallest state by area in India and is divided in two parts viz. North Goa and South Goa. The common language spoken here is Marathi, Konkani and Portuguese. Blessed with numerous Portuguese colonies, the iconic city of Margao still has its cultural influence from the Portuguese culture as they resided in Goa for 450 years. New Year’s Eve is the best time to experience the “Real Goan Visit”.

Goa is a heaven for all non-vegetarians. Goan cuisine is plush with seafood which includes fish, prawns, crabs, chourisso etc. You must try the local beverages fenny made from either cashew nut or coconut sap. Goa has famous venues like Simply Fish serving lipsmacking Seafood, Lila Café which has some interesting varieties of chicken and popular dishes made with potatoes. Some of the most famous pubs in the city include Club Tito’s, Café Mambo and Club Fresh.

It is a mesmerizing experience to roam around and shop in the markets of Goa reflecting the multi-ethnic Goan culture. The most admired souvenirs of Goa include shell work, bamboo work, wooden polish ware, brassware, engraved furniture etc. Musical Instruments are also found in ample quantity in the seaside markets. Markets near Baga Beach and Anjuna Beach have many handicrafts stores where beautiful silk saris, carpets, paper mache, jewellery and wood carvings are available.

Nearby Places:
  • Amboli (About 132 km.): Amboli is a famous hill town in Maharashtra. Well preserved natural surroundings of Amboli are best for honeymooners and nature lovers. The attractions here include Hiranyakeshi temple, Nagatta Falls, Botanical gardens and Bauxite Mines.
  • Karwar (About 85 km.): Karwar lies in the state of Karnataka and is near Goa border. This seaside township has worth visiting tourist spots like Sadashivgad Fort, Oyster Rock, Karwar Beach, Devbagh Beach, Kurumgad Island, Lighthouse etc. 




Other than these, you can explore the nearby places of Panchgani (Hill Station), Gokarana (Beaches and Temples), Badami (Caves), Jog Falls within 4 to 5 hours’ drive.

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