Exciting sightseeing spots of Goa for this vacation

Goa, a highly sought-after tourist destination in India, is an ideal place to visit on holidays. Although, it is small in area, yet is a large storehouse of interesting and varied tourist attractions. Head to the state to explore it for real and pick from the best hotels in Goa.

It is a worldwide known fact that Goa is a must-visit tourist destination in India. Its apt location, which is in the middle of glamorous Maharashtra, alluring Karnataka, and Arabian Sea has given it a nature rich and varied topology. Home to everlasting hills, emerald fields, old fishing villages, tranquil backwaters, and a never-ending stretch of sun-bleached beaches, holidaying in Goa is an escapade into the richness of nature. It can be easily put in the list of most sought-after tourist destinations in the country; the huge annual footfall of domestic as well as international tourists is the testimony of the fact. Although, the state is the smallest state on Indian mainland area wise, however, its tourism industry is enormous. Starting from the old European monuments, Portuguese era monuments to be precise, highly revered churches and temples, serene beaches, lavish hotels in Goa, hottest beach parties, extravagant carnivals and festivals, exotic backwaters, sumptuous seafood and east meets west cuisines, calm and slow paced villages, and many others to include, there is a large array of attractions and allures. If you are planning to visit the place shortly, given below are some tourist attractions that are absolute visit if you seek to relish your trip to the fullest.

Aguada Beach – It is one of the most famous beaches in the state and home to a grandiose eponymous fort. Best noted for its serene environment and natural beauty, especially at dusk and dawn, the charm of the beach is hard to ignore. Attributes that make the beach more significant are the remnants of the old Portuguese Fort built in 17th century. Close to the shoreline there are a couple of tourist cottages, hotels, and shacks, that offer a relaxing stay while their guests relish the sun, sand, and the sea.

Cansaulim Church – It is interesting to note that there are equal or perhaps more number of churches as there are temples in Goa. Cansaulim Church is one of the numerous churches in the state. It is an old church which is pretty much visible on the walls of the structure. Built in late 1500s the church is still a wonderful piece of monument. It draws visitors primarily because of its high religious and historic significance. The last time it was renovated in the year 1632.

Chapora Beach – The most bewitching attraction of Chapora Beach is its tranquility. Even though, it is surrounded by some of the most tourist busy destinations and beaches, the Chapora Beach is charmingly quiet. It holds clean golden sea beach with a long string of palm fringes stretching along the shoreline. There also exists an old fort eponymous to the name of the beach. The fort counts amongst the oldest forts in India and was built in 1617 by the Portuguese. It is quite easy to access the beach thanks to its close proximity to other well-known tourist destinations, including: Anjuna, Vagator, Mapusa, and Solim.

In a nutshell, Goa is a good destination to visit and spend a memorable vacation. The state’s tourism is huge, varied, and much more than just the beaches. Dabolim Airport, Goa’s own airport, connects the state to rest of India in an excellent manner. It has flights of air carriers like Air India, Go Air Airlines, SpiceJet, IndiGo, etc. serving it on a regular basis.

Goa Gujarat, Maharashtra, to experience very heavy rains today

Heavy to very heavy rains are expected in Gujarat, Maharashtra, west Madhya Pradesh and Goa in the next couple of days, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday.

With southwest monsoon remaining vigorous over West Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha and active over Marathwada and Telangana, it said a few places in these region could experience “extremely” heavy rainfalls on Tuesday and the day after.

Heavy rainfall is also expected over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam and Meghalaya, East Rajasthan, coastal Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand during this period.

However, no such warning has been issued for Jammu and Kashmir where rains and floods during the last week claimed 150 lives.

The monsoon trough, meanwhile, passes over Barmer, Chittorgarh, centre of well-marked low pressure area over southwest Madhya Pradesh and adjoining north Madhya Maharashtra, Raipur, Paradip and towards east central Bay of Bengal.


Goa: A destination of many wonders

Stretches of silver sand and white surf beaches, the azure Arabian Sea, the reveling of late nights over feni, the taverns, the green covers and coconut trees… Goa is truly, a destination of many wonders.

Don’t we all love that tingling feeling as we dig our toes deep into the sand? Within some restless souls lives a quiet person who would love to spend hours looking at the horizon, watching the sun sink into the calm sea. There are also those who would gladly let loose, sprint along the coast line and become one with the pulse of the city. Goa is one place that promises both and perhaps even more.

The charm of Goa is that it remains distinct from all the other Indian states. Although it is the smallest state in the country, it has a magnetic appeal which attracts wanderers and curious souls to explore the state’s myriad wonders. One can reach Goa by train, flight or road. Arriving in Goa is like arriving in a different country altogether – the beautiful Portuguese churches, beaches and swaying palm trees seem more than welcoming. The Goa airport, although small, seems like a little fish market – the jostling crowd waiting for their luggage, the managers and workers and a crowd of over enthusiastic cab drivers calling out to the tourists. However, the moment one steps out in the open sun, the entire area is nothing less than a visual delight. In terms of railways, one can de board from either Madgaon or Vasco-da-gama, depending on which part of Goa you would like to visit – north or south.

South Goa is essentially the ‘touristy’ part of Goa. The entire city looks like a still from a period film. Not only does Goa have many spots, ruins and locations from the European colonisation time, it even displays a fair amount socio-political progressiveness. It becomes evident through casual conversations and exchange of pleasantries that the locals are a rather progressive lot. Although majority of the state follows Christianity, other religions coexist peacefully too. Some of the most popular churches in South Goa are Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of St. Francis of Assissi, St. Cajetan Church, and Ruins of Church of St Augustine. All these churches are located in Old Goa, 10 kms east of Panaji. If you happen to be a photographer or just someone who likes to instill memories in your mind, visiting these marvelous architectures is a must. Another interesting must visit site is the Aguada Fort, 18 kms from Panaji. Not only is it a mysteriously attractive ruin dilapidated from the outside, it even houses the central jail.

Along the western coast of India are many beautiful beaches that are a permanent bookmark in the diaries of many travelers. Among the many popular beaches in South Goa is the Morjim beach. The swish of the waters and the Chapora River promise a bountiful catch of choice fish and coconuts as well as beautiful vistas for many travelers. Similarly, the Miramar beach has the most picturesque views and the dense canopy of palm trees provide enough shade and a quiet recluse to any person. The entire beach is lined with make shift shops and shacks where a number of curios, food and local brews enchant one and all.

For those who like to live it up, the buzzing spirit of the city can be witnessed in North Goa. Many cheap accommodations are available for those who like to travel light and take in more. Bikes, cars and jeeps can be hired by those who like to follow their own itinerary. Among the most happenings beaches in the city is Vagator. The rocky beach is crystal clear and many tourists without a shadow of misgivings jump into the clear blue waters for a long satisfying swim. The popular and crowded ‘family beach’, Baga, is lined with shacks selling all kinds of cuisines and a breathtaking view. Most markets, hotels and bedand-breakfast places are walking distance from here. The Calangute and Anjuna beach are known for their night flea markets and this fascinating and crowded place gives one the true ‘feel’ of the city. North Goa also has India’s most well known night clubs. Club Cabana, popularly known as the club in the sky, is one of the best clubs in India. A vast expanse of property, the club is known for its great music, food and ambience. Another popular and frequently visited place to party is Curlies at Anjuna beach. A place without any cover charge, the shack has a little something for everyone. A foosball table, a little bar, and beach beds lay outside the shack, Curlies is a great place to spend your evening dancing, relaxing or playing some table games. The Titos lane at Baga is almost like a one stop solution for the nocturnal beings. The entire lane is lined with pubs, bars and small clubs to keep the crowd of the city engaged.

Clubs, beaches and shacks aside, the one most popular feature of the state is its food. Seafood, coconut milk, rice and local spices are well known and liked. Prawn Hoonam, Harem Mas and marinated Goan sausages are the highlights of this region. While the meat, pork and beef dishes are great here, the prawn and fish curries or the lobster are lip smacking delicacies.

The beautiful state of Goa is not just a beach haven. The history of the place is as colouful as the land, and the food and ambience assure each tourist a memorable and satisfying long holiday.

Courtesy: TOI

Goa Tourism bags ITCTA Best Honeymoon/Romantic Destination Award

Goa Tourism was recently named the Best Honeymoon/Romantic Destination at the International Tourism Conclave and Travel Awards (ITCTA) in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The award was received by Govind Prabhugaonkar, Assistant Accounts Officer, Department of Tourism, Goa, from Sanjay Pande, Additional Director Tourism, Rajasthan, as per a release.

Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Woman & Child Development, Government of Goa, said, “Winning these awards helps create awareness about Goa’s potential and its rich heritage, culture, cuisine, landscapes and other tourist attractions. This kind of acknowledgement will help us in our efforts to attract tourists from India and abroad. The award is a testimony to the professional and aggressive marketing approach undertaken by Goa Tourism in the recent months, which will continue in future.”

Goa Tourism had introduced a single-window clearance scheme for beach weddings and music festivals. The scheme received tremendous response from party and wedding organisers, thereby enabling the state to emerge as a winner in the party and honeymoon destination category at the Awards, a release stated.

ITCTA aims to bring together tourism, hospitality, aviation industry, tour organisers, tour operators, and travel agents on a single platform. ITCTA looks to promote tourism by undertaking promotional activities, facilitate exchange of market information, encourage partnerships between public and private sectors, and facilitate easing of barriers within the travel industry.

Courtesy: travelbizmonitor

Goa govt approves ‘Beach Shack Policy’, debars foreigners from working at restaurants

Goa Government on Wednesday approved the Beach Shack Policy debarring foreigners from managing or working at these restaurants on beaches, and also extending the renewal period of licences from one to three years. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the details of the Policy, after the state Cabinet gave its approval. The framework has effected a string of changes in licencing shacks, typically set up on beaches during tourist season. Parrikar stated that foreign nationals cannot own, manage or even work at these facilities, irrespective of the type of visa they are holding.

The BJP government has also adopted a mechanism to ensure that foreigners do not sub-let shacks. The shack licenses can now be renewed after three years instead on yearly basis as has been the case, under the policy, Parrikar said. State Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said licenses will be given mainly to those who have fairly long experience in running them.

“In total, 90 per cent of licences would be given to the experienced people on three-year basis while 10 per cent would be for new entrants. “Of total 90 per cent, 60 per cent (allocation) is for those who have experience of at least seven years or more while 20 per cent allocation will be for those whose experience ranges between five to seven years,” the minister said, adding that remaining 20 per cent allocation will be reserved for those whose experience is up to five years.
Parulekar said CCTV cameras have been made mandatory in all shacks. The cameras should record footage for 30 days and the shack-owner should provide it to the agencies concerned whenever asked for, he added.

Courtesy: ibnlive