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|Goa is India's smallest
state in terms of area and the second smallest in terms of population after
Sikkim. It is located on the west coast of India, in the region known as
the Konkan, and is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and
Karnataka to the east and south. The Arabian Sea makes up the state's west
coast. Panjim is the state's capital, and Margao its largest town.
Portuguese merchants first
landed in Goa in the 16th century but soon after, colonised it forcibly,
persecuting Hindus and converting the majority of the locals to Christianity.
However, not all were persecuted into Christianity, many were converted
by choice because of missionaries like St. Francis of the Seven Seas, who
is still honored by both present day Hindus as well as Christians. The
Portuguese colony existed for about 450 years, until it was annexed as
part of India in 1961.
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Guide to Goa by Michael Braganza
|Goa is a vacation paradise,
rightly said. Located in South Western India, it is famous for three Ss:
Sand, Surf and Sea. Never ending stretch of sandy beaches, water sports,
flamboyant life style, British reminiscent, history, fairs and festivals
make Goa the best, yet economical vacation spot.
Goa owes much to the Portuguese
Raj for its architecture and to nature for rich tropical flora and fauna.
So, Goa has it all - history, culture and cuisine.
Goa - The Location: Goa
lies between the latitudes 14°53'54" N - 15°40'00" N and longitudes
73°40'33" E - 74°20'13" E and covers an area of 3,702 km².
It is elongated stretch of coastal land known as Konkan, facing Arabian
The Western Ghats mountain
range separates the coastal region from the Deccan Plateau. The highest
point on the Western Ghats in Konkan is the Sonsogor (3,827 feet).
Goa - The Land:
has a coastline of 101 km (63 miles). Speaking in pure geographical language,
these are mainly rivulets, the major ones being the Mandovi, the Terekhol,
the Zuari, Chapora River and the Betul.
|The Mormugao harbour is
a natural harbour on the mouth of the Zuari. The Mandovi and the Zuari
serve as the lifelines of Goa, with their tributaries draining 69% of the
area. Goa has more than eight marine and about ninety riverine islands
and forty estuarines. The total navigable length of Goa's rivers is 157
Each Beach of Goa has an
individuality of its own. The beaches have popularized Goa as the Beach
Capital of India. They attract over two million visitors annually.
The Goa beaches give the
visitors a "Take It Easy" feeling. You can follow action after action -
endless opportunities to roam around and all-night partying. People of
every budget can enjoy the endless abandonment.
The Culture of Goa: Goa
exhibits a strikingly different culture from the rest of India. Dravidian
Christian culture has blessed Goa a flamboyant yet peaceful identity. The
natives observe Christmas, Easter, Ganesh Chaturthi and Shigmo with equal
|Goa Cuisine: Rice
and fish curry is the staple diet in Goa. The region is well-known for
its elaborate fish dishes cooked mainly with coconut oil. For drink, the
good old Feni (local brew) is popular. Feni is a ferment of cashew fruit
and toddy palms.
How to Reach Goa By Air:
Daily flights available to Goa throughout the year from major cities of
By Train: Konkan Railway
connects Goa with major cities of the country by express trains such as
Shatabdi Express, Konkan Kanya, Netravati and Hapa express. Major railway
stations are Vasco, Tivim, Margao and Karmali.
About the Author: Michael
Braganza is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tourism related
topics like Cultural & Historical Travel, Wildlife, Adventure, Safari
and India Tourism. For more details please visit www.swagattours.com/
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By The Beach, Colva
Beleza By The Beach is located
in Goa, along the sandy beaches of Colva Beach. With tastefully designed
rooms, it offers an outdoor pool, private beach and free Wi-Fi. Coffee/tea
making facilities and a dining area are included. Guests can relax in the
sauna and steam rooms, or enjoy pampering massage services at the spa.
A separate children’s pool and a well equipped fitness centre are available.
The Beach Beleza also provides free parking and concierge services. A daily
breakfast buffet is served at Beleza By The Beach’s restaurant. Drinks
can be enjoyed at the hotel lounge or poolside bar.
Hotel & Retreat, Panaji
Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat
is located in Dona Paula, a short 3-minute walk from Vainguinim Beach.
It offers 4 dining options, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool. The hotel is
30 km from Dabolim Airport and 21 km from Karmali Railway Station. Panjim
Shopping Area is 7 km from the hotel while Chance’s Casino is just next
door. Guests can exercise at the well-equipped fitness centre or find entertainment
at the games room. Sandalwood Retreat also provides car rentals and a tour
desk. Sea Pearl Restaurant serves local, Asian and international dishes.
Tea and snacks can be enjoyed at the poolside Upper Coast Café.
Drinks and cocktails are available at Caitan ‘n’ Joe Bar and Salud Latino
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