The land of thrilling feni where the party never stops, Goa is a beautiful amalgamation of activities and tranquility. It is a traveller’s paradise in the bible of destinations for exotic beaches and wild partying. With a blend of Indian, Konkani and Portuguese cultures, Goa offers experience of many colours and distinctive lifestyles.
Goa attracts weekend tourists, vacationers and travellers from all over the world, including prominent artists, musicians, filmmakers and the who’s who of the glamour world. During the day, sun beds and hammocks are available on the beaches and resorts, while music remains in the air as a constant refrain.
The scenic capital of Goa, located on the river Mandovi, is noted for its fine buildings. The present Government Secretariat set along the river was once the palace of Adil Shah, the ruler of Bijapur. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception dominating the city square, the old Latin quarter of Fontainhas, the little Chapel of Saint Sebastian, the Kala Academy, the focus of all cultural activities in Goa, a beautifully designed modern complex along the river and Miramar beach are the town's attractions.
To the south of Panaji, Margao is a commercial centre. It also has some beautiful old houses and churches.
Another town with fine buildings, it has the Mormugao Port close by.
A town with great charm comes alive each Friday when a local market springs up.
Velha Goa, the magnificent 16th century capital of the Portuguese, lying further upstream from Panaji, is practically an open air museum. They have high vaulted roofs and lavishly baroque interiors with carved and gilded altar pieces and statues. They include the majestic Se Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Basilica of Bom Jesus enshrining the miraculously preserved remains of St. Francis Xavier, the St. Cajetan Church modeled on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Convent of St. Monica and the majestic ruins of the St. Augustine’s Church up on a hill.
Goa's many charming temples are built in a unique style that incorporates Hindu, Islamic and Christian architectural elements. Many are located in the vicinity of Ponda. They include the Shri Manguesh Temple in Priol, the Shri Naguesh Temple, the temple of Shri Mahalsa Narayani – a folk diety, the Shri Ramnathi Temple at Kavalem and the Shri Shanta Durga Temple – a shrine to Durga worshipped unusually in a peaceful avatar. Deep in the woods under the Molem Forest Division at Tamdi Surla (70 kms from Panaji) is a Shiva Temple. It was built out of basalt (talco-chlorite schist) by Queen Kamladevi in the 13 th Century.
Sahakari Spice Farm is situated amidst lush green surroundings at Curti. The taluka of Ponda in
which it is located, is extremely popular amongst tourists for its rich cultural heritage and
magnificently designed places of worship. This Spice farm adds to the variety of tourist
Open from- 9am to 4:00pm
Tour timing: 40 minutes
Some of the finest beaches here are edged by tall laterite cliffs. They include Sinquerim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator and Chapora with an old fort overlooking the beach. The Arambol beach has a delightful fresh water pond at the base of a verdant slope. The Tiracol Fort at the northern most extremity of the territory, built on a tall promontory, has a splendid view over the sea.
The southern beaches with their expanses of sparkling white sand and calm sea include Bogmalo, Utorda, Majorda, Colva, Benaulim, Cavelsossim and Mobor. The tiny bay at Palolem is especially beautiful.
A model of a village of a hundered years ago, built on a verdant hill side close to Loutolim (10km from Margao). The village has a natural spring, a market place and residence ranging from Dona Maria s mansion to fisherman's hut. A guided trek takes the visitor through these natural surroundings.
Squeezed between the sea and the forested hills, Goa has splendid beach strips tasseled with coconut trees, palms and fresh seafood. It’s never a bad time to visit and explore this tiny gem of India. Kissed by the Arabian Sea in the tropical stretch of Western Ghats, Goa can sometimes be hot and humid during the summers.