Goa

 

Goa, a state on India's West coast, is a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Spread over 3,700 square kilometers with a population of approximately 1.4 million, Goa is small by Indian standards. It has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year (including about 400,000 foreign tourists).
   
   
   


Culture
Goan culture has been shaped mainly by the Hindu and Catholic population. People are mostly easy going ('sossegado' in Portuguese). With better connectivity by Air and Rail, there has been an influx of people from neighbouring states that has led to different cultures. Many Indians from other states have now come and settled here.
Travel Season
The best time of the year to visit Goa is mid-November to mid-February when the weather is comfortable, dry and pleasant.
Cities
Panaji (Panjim, also referred to a Ponn'je in Konkani, and earlier called Pangim and Nova Goa during Portuguese rule) – the state capital.
Margao
Vasco da Gama
Old Goa, home of famed sixteenth century churches, convents and monuments
Mapusa

Other Destinations
Beaches
Agonda
Anjuna and Vagator
Calangute
Candolim
Colva
Dona Paula - a popular beach.
Palolem
Sinquierem
Polem
Bogomolo - a beautiful and serene beach near Vasco da Gama.
Galjibagh - Also known as turtle beach.

Wild life sanctuaries and others
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary has sambar, gaur (Indian bison) and wild boar, amongst other animals. Elephants have also been spotted here at times.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Dudh Sagar Waterfall
Abyss Aquarium Verna
















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