Goa is located on the west coast of India and is a favorite tourist destination for national and international tourists alike. Goa is blessed with sunshine all around the year, with clean virgin beaches and an energetic rocking nightlife. Goan culture is a rare blend of Portuguese and Indian influence and that is reflected in their good command over the English language, the warm hospitality and an exuberant fun loving people. Peace and harmony is evident in day-to-day life and this is unique to the Goan ethos. Goa is blessed with a rich religious and cultural heritage, which can be viewed in the temples, churches and other archeological monuments.
Goa is well connected by Air, Rail and Road. Direct-chartered flights from Europe, Russia and the Middle East frequent from October to March. A pleasant climate during this period is a special attraction. Summers extend from the months of March to May and the monsoon from June to September is generally considered the off-season.
When in Goa, you can indulge in much more than just the sun, sand and surf. One of the best things you can do and you are sure to enjoy, is to go on a trek to the villages that present a perfect blend of cultures and religions. Goan villages are a world onto themselves.
Enjoy bird-watching at Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary spread over a 1.8 sq. kms. area on the island of Chorao. A bird-watcher's paradise, the sanctuary is always full of a variety of local and migratory birds. Besides, the rich variety of coastal birds, one may spot flying foxes, jackals and crocodiles along the meandering riverbanks.
If you want a bit of history and culture, then there is no better place to visit than the churches of Old Goa. Old Goa displays an abundance of historic cathedrals, churches and monasteries. Besides the three big churches - the Basilica of Bom Jesu, Se Cathedral and the Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, there is also the Chapel of St. Catherine (circa 1510) and the ruins of the Palace of the Inquisition.
East of the Viceroy’s Arch is the Church of St. Cajetan and the Gate of the Palace of Adil Shah. What was formerly Adil Shah's principal palace was used as the Viceroy's Residence from 1554-1695. The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is one of the earliest churches built here.
The Royal Chapel of St. Anthony (circa 1543), the patron saint of Portugal; the Church and Monastery of St. Augustine; the convent of St. Monica and the Church and Convent of St. John of God (circa 1685) are some of the other older churches that are scattered over the hillside.
To get a complete picture of Goa's rich past, you have to visit Tambdi Surla and Tiracol Fort. While the former is a place of immense religious and cultural significance, the latter is an architectural marvel.
Tambdi Surla is the oldest temple in Goa. Around 45 kms. from Panaji, Tambdi Surla is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is therefore popularly known as the Mahadeva temple. It was built during the period of the Kadambas, who ruled Goa between the 11th to 13th centuries AD.
Overlooking the beautiful Keri beach, with a stunning view above the Tiracol estuary, Tiracol Fort is an architectural marvel. Tiracol Fort dates back to the 16th century and stands sentinel at the mouth of the river Tiracol situated in northernmost corner of Goa.
Goa! You must see to believe it...
Goa situated in the west coast of India is an
immensely popular holiday destination for thousands of European
and domestic tourists who vist Goa simply for the splendour and
beauty it provides. With miles and miles of beaches and its unique
geographical and historical position, it provides a harmonious blend
of Eastern and Western culture and an unhurried pace of life.
Panaji, the capital city is situated just 35 kms (1 hour drive) from Goa’s International Airport with connectivity by Chartered flights (October through April) from London/ Manchester / Frankfurt / Zurich Moscow / Helsinki etc. and by scheduled flights from Kuwait, Dubai, etc.
Mumbai (Mombay) the commercial Capital of India is connected to Goa by 45 minutes daily flights besides connecting to other important cities within India such as Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai (Madras) etc. Goa is also connected by Rail from Mumbai and other important metros.