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Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !

Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !

Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !
Anjuna BeachGoa, the abode of pleasure and exquisite sceneries is full of churches and temples scattered all over the town. Tourists come here to enjoy the beautiful location and refresh themselves from the busy schedule of the city life. The sensuous beaches and the forts tell stories of history and legacy of the Portuguese in Goa. The town squeezed between the seas and the swaying hills offers its visitors a warm welcome with its glistering sands, swaying coconut palms and fresh sea foods.

The mystical charisma of the exotic locations of Goa brings peoples from all over India and the world mixing the cultures of the east and the west. The amalgamation of the beaches with the surrounding is unique to itself and is supported by the architectural heritage. The place combined with all these peculiarities is a perfect destination for holiday and beach enjoyment.


Climate of Goa
Goa has a consistent climate throughout the year. The period from June to October brings heavy rain. The temperature during the summers ranges from 24°C to 32.7°C and during the winters it ranges from 21.3°C to 32.2°C. The best time to visit is during the carnival which is held in the month of December.

Major Tourist Attractions of Goa
» Anjuna Beach - Located 10 km from Panaji, the beach is in a small village on the shore of the Arabian sea. The beach is popularly known as the freak capital of the world for its ability to host the Trance Parties and Hippies. The beach comes alive during the full moon parties while the Arabian sea plays with its shores. The Albuquerque Mansion nearby adds beauty of the beach with its octagonal towers and tile roofs. Another Mansion that stands at the beach is the Mascarenhas Mansion built of expensive wood and stained glass floral etching.

» Baga Beach - Baga BeachThe beach enveloped by the area of Arpora and Nagoa with Condolim in the Bardez district is at a distance of 15 km from Panaji. Its main attraction lies in the narrow roads leading to the Medicinal Springs at Mottant. It also houses the Baga Retreat House dedicated to St Francis Xaviour, better known as Casa de Retiros. Parasailing, water skiing and wind surfing are common at the beach that goes on till sunset.

» Benaulim Beach - The beach located 40 km away from Panaji is the place where the arrow of Lord Parasurama landed when he created the state of Goa. This is according to the beliefs of Hindu Mythology. The Portuguese changed its name to Benaulim from the Sanskrit Banali. The beach is cool and calm and to some extent undiscovered by the domestic tourists. It is a fishing beach and holds the famous Nossa Senhora de Merces Church, widely acclaimed for Catholic community celebrations and religious events.


» Colva Beach - Just 39 km from Panaji, it is stretched on a 20 km long virgin white sands on the shores of the Arabian sea. The sun drenched beach is the most loved one by the locals. The enchanting beauty of the surroundings accompanied by coconut trees to its sides makes it a real paradise on the land. The silver-grey, powder-fine sand of the beach has been the inspiration for many folk tales and songs.

» The Chapel of St Catherine - The Church built of laterite blocks has a tower on each side of the facade and one altar. It was created by Governor Afonso de Albuqueque to commemorate his entry in to the city of St Catherine in the year 1510. Afonso de Albuquerque, on that important day took the city from the Mohammedans. Thus, the chapel was erected on the place where stood the entrance gate of this city under the Muslim rule. It was reconstructed in 1552.

» The Church of the Cross of Miracle - Chapel of St CatherineTowards the outskirt of the old city, above a hill stands the convent and the church built of laterite mortar and lime mortar. The plain looking church was created in 1619 to house the Cross of Miracles. The convent treasures the congregation of the Oratory of Philip Neri of Goa.

» Caves of Khandepur& Arvalem - These caves were carved out in the 12th century and lie 36 km from Panaji in a village called Khandepar. The 4 caves are in close proximity to each other and were used for meditation and prayers. The 4th cave holds a pedestral to hold a linga in it.

The other caves are known as the Pandavas caves as it is believed that the Pandavas stayed there during their exiled years. The lingum in the middle is held in great respect even today. The caves are situated at a distance of 100 meters from Sri Rudheswar Temple and the Arvalem waterfall.



Shopping
The excellent local handicrafts of Goa are the most popular souvenir items to be possessed. Precious things include the brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, paper-mache, etc. These are available at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots.

Another item which is on the mind of every traveller to Goa is a pack of famed cashew nuts. These are available practically everywhere.

Accommodation
Some excellent hotel provide a comfortable stay to the tourists in different locations of Goa. The major ones includes the 5 stars like the Taj Exotica, Goa Marrriott, Citadel De Goa Resort, Holiday Inn, while the budgeted one are the Sun Village Resort and the Varca Beach Resort.

How to Reach
» By Air - Goa's international airport is situated at Dabolim, 29 km from the capital, Panaji, on the coast near Vasco da Gama.

» By Rail - There are many trains to Goa from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. Goa's two main stations are at Margao and Vasco da Gama.

» By Road - Goa state transport corporations operate from Panaji's Kadamba bus stand and is well connected to other states like Maharashtra and Karnataka.




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