Published on: July 16, 2023 @17:58
Reporter: Aniruddha Pal
SPT News, Kolkata, July 16: Goa is the smallest state in India and is located in the southwestern part of the country, in the coastal region known as Konkan, Goa, a former Portuguese territory, for more than 450 years. Goa is also known as “Pearl of the Orient”, “Rome of the East”, “Tourist Paradise”, “Beach Capital of India”, “Party Capital of India”. Goa is the most joyful and fun holiday destination in India. Goa participated in TTF Kolkata 2023. At the same time, they have opened up their amazing travel and tourism resources to the tourists.
Several places to visit in Goa
There are several places to visit in Goa for travelers with different interests including nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, heritage explorers and spiritual seekers. Being a tropical paradise, the state attracts tourists with its gorgeous beaches and exotic resorts. Tourists can enjoy a variety of activities, such as swimming, sunbathing, fishing, windsurfing, waterskiing and scuba diving. Goa is also rich in natural beauty with green forests and rivers. The state is home to some of India’s best wildlife sanctuaries and national parks where tourists can spot a variety of rare and endangered animals.
Goa is also known for its vibrant nightlife and party culture. Several electronic music festivals are held in Goa every year, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world. The state has several casinos, which are a major attraction for tourists.
Some of the best beaches in the entire world
Among the best places to visit in Goa are its pristine beaches, which are among the best in India. With some of the best beaches in the entire world, Goa presents amazing natural surroundings for relaxation. The beaches of Goa can be divided into South Goa and North Goa. Some of the most popular beaches in Goa include Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Chapora Beach, Bagatore Beach, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula Beach, some of the beaches in North Goa. Some of the beaches in South Goa are Cavelosim Beach, Colva Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Majorda Beach, Benaulim Beach, Palolem Beach also known as ‘Paradise Beach’.
Goa is also known for its churches and temples
Apart from its beaches, Goa is also known for its churches and temples. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception are some of the most famous churches in Goa.
The state has several Hindu temples, such as Sri Mangueshi Temple, Sri Shantadurga Temple and Mahalsa Narayani Temple.
The best time to plan your Goa vacation is between October and March. It can be a good idea during the Christmas and New Year celebrations or during the Goa Carnival which usually happens in February or during the Feast of St. Francis (December).
As Goa is one of the major tourist destinations in India, it is well connected to major cities and towns in India. Goa is a well connected city by all means of transport. Therefore, Goa can be easily reached by air and road besides rail and sea. Let’s know in detail about the different routes to travel to Goa.
By Air: The nearest airport is Goa International Airport in Dabolim. It is located about 29 km from Panaji. It connects domestic cities in UK and Germany as well as international cities Daily services are also available from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and other important cities of India.
By Train: Goa has two main railway lines – Vasco da Gama and Madgaon. There are also two Konkan Railway stations – Karmali and Thivim. If you are going to Panjim, Karmali is the nearest station and Thivim is the station to Mapusa or Calangute. There are direct trains to Goa from most major cities in India.
By Road: Panaji, the capital of Goa, is well-connected by road to all major cities in India. Kadamba Bus Stand in Panaji is the main bus station within Goa. There are regular to and fro bus services operated by Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka State Transport Services.