General Information About Goa
Goa is the mistress of beaches in India which makes people love to go for a vacation here. But that’s not all there are more than two million tourists reported to have visited Goa, majority of who were foreigners. Variety of sightseeing options present in Goa makes it the land’s best known tourist spot. With the beautiful weather, striking sunsets, friendly local people and fascinating culture, visitors from more northerly winter climates are so enchanted by the beauty of Goa that they come back again and again.
About Goa Location
Goa is situated on the western coast of India, and is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to its north and east. The Terekhol river separates it from the state of Maharashtra to its north while the Galgibag river marks the southernmost limit of the state. To the east of the state lie the lofty Western Ghats, making up for the place’s rainfall from the south-western monsoon. The Western Ghats run through the Konkan belt along the west coast of India, where Goa lies.
About Goa Weather
For the most part, the monsoon is over by October, though the occasional roar of thunder might still be experienced in huge skies. Goa looks splendid during this time of the year with the avenues greener than green after the rains, eroding all the dust and damage. December experiences the peak of Goa foreign tourism, with Christmas celebrations under an invariably hot sun and temperatures around 30’C.
The weather in Goa is at its best in the months of January and February, and daytime temperatures continue the as high twenties. Clouds are barely noticeable, though the weather is often hazy.
Goa Culture and History
Portugal has a lot of cultural influence on Goa, which is evident from the western attires comprising of skirts worn by women. Be it the western music jazz, techno as well as American classic or western cuisines including the fantastic seafood, Goa has a strong western influence. Since the time Portuguese left Goa, Goa has turned itself into being one of the most westernized and modernized places in India, which calls for Goa as the major tourist attraction in India.
In the third century BC, Goa established part of the Mauryan empire. After this, it was ruled by the Satavahanas of Kolhapur and ultimately moved to the Chalukyas of Badami of AD 580 to 750. While the next 100 years Goa’s harbors were great landing places for ships bringing Arabian horses for the Vijayanagar cavalry.
Honored as it is by natural harbors and wide rivers, Goa was the perfect base for the marine Portuguese, who arrived in 1510 intending to control the spice route from the East. Goa is comprised of Indo-Aryan and Dravidian migrants, who take its history back to 20,000 to 30,000 years. For a while, Portuguese control was restricted to a small area around Old Goa, but in the middle of the 16th century, it had grown to include the provinces of Bardez and Salcete.
Goa has some of the most enticing beaches in the world. Because of the coastal characteristics, Goa beaches are classified into two major groups, those that lie in North Goa and those that lie in Southland. Vagator and Chapora are among the most prevalent and are established in Bardez Taluka. They are approximately 22 km from Panaji, the capital city of Goa. Tourists can also find many Goa apartment rentals at attractive rates along these beaches.
Perhaps the most notable and exciting of Goa’s beaches is the Anjuna, the scene of all-night parties which is positioned in between the sea and a mountain. It features shimmering black rocks projecting into the sea. Calangute and Baga are two additional famous beaches which are recognized as the Queens of beaches here.
Churches developed in ancient architecture, depicting western creativity of development are other favorite spots of tourist interest in Goa. Church of Lady of Rosary is considered as the oldest among these churches. St Francis of Assisi church, Church of Our Lady of Immaculation Perception, Basilica of Bom Jesus and The Church of St Cajetan, Church of Our Lady of Grace and Rachel Seminary are some other popular churches around the area.
Chapora Fort, Terekhol Fort, Cabo da Rama Fort, and Aguada Fort are some of the popular forts which are the best-known tourist spots. State Archeology Museum located in Panaji is hitherto another tourist spot in Goa. This museum is a rich reservoir of ancient treasures. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Park, and Bhagavan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary are ideal tourists spots for nature lovers.
About Goa Transport Connectivity
There is a well woven web of roadways that connect the distance of 610kms from Goa to Mumbai, Pune that is 460kms and Kolhapur that is about 230kms.
Goa holds convenient connectivity through airways. Dabolim central airport is situated at a range of almost 29 kilometers away from Panaji. This international airport is wholly connected with the major national cities as well as the routes are connected to major international cities in U.K. and Germany as well.
The major railway terminals in Goa are the Madgaon Railway Station, Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, and Thivim Railway Depot. Goa is also well connected by broad gauge railway that joins the state with the chief cities in India.