GOA - At a Glance
#1 Best Time To Visit: Winter & Summer
#2 Official Language: Konkani
#3 Languages Spoken: Konkani, Marathi, Hindi
#4 Climate: Coastal
#5 Main Attractions: Beaches, Forts & Churches
It is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. It is famous for
the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier kept inside the
Basilica. Built on Baroque architecture, it was the first
basilica to be built in India. Located in Old Goa region, it
was built in 1594 with marbled floor and valuable stones.
An Interesting Fact: The body of St. Francis Xavier is kept
inside a casket which goes on exhibition every 10 years.
#1 Basilica of Bom Jesus
Also known as the Sea of Milk, the waterfall is a beautiful spectacle on
Mandovi river and is 60 kms from the capital of Goa, Panaji. Surrounded by a
thick cover of daciduous forests, the waterfall divides the Goan and Karnataka
states. The best time to visit this spot is Monsoons when the water is flowing at
An Interesting Tip: You can take a train from the Castle Rock station to get
here. The train stops at Dudhsagar station for a minute. The station is an
unscheduled stop so don’t expect a platform here. Just descend the steep train
stairs and get going.
#2 Dudhsagar Waterfall
Standing on Sinquerium Beach overlooking the Arabian
Sea, Fort Aguada is a 17th century Portuguese wonder. One of
the main attractions here is its four-storied lighthouse. It was
constructed in 1613 and used for guarding the area from the
Dutch and Maratha armies coming by sea.
An Interesting Fact: A freshwater spring located inside the
fort premises was used by the passing Portuguese ships to
replenish their water storage, hence the name Aguada.
#3 Fort Aguada
Located in the Colva village of south of Goa, Colva beach is famous
for its powder white sand and lines of coconut trees extending along
the shore. During the Portuguese rule of the state, Colva was
considered to be a retreat, where officials would come for leisurely
holidays. The area has many villas and a number of old Portuguese
An Interesting Tip: It is the perfect stop for tourists as the beach
offers cheap hotel stays, beach shacks, food stalls and many clubs and
#4 Colva Beach
#5 Anjuna Beach
Anjuna beach is situated in the village of Anjuna, one of the 12
Brahmin communities of this area of Bardez. It also has the famous St.
Michael’s Church located here where feasts take place on every 29th
September in the memory of St. Michael.
An Interesting Tip: For all you party animals- It is famous for hosting
trance parties. It is also a shopper’s heaven as a flee market is in full
swing every Wednesday from morning till evening.
The beach attracts peak rush in New
Years and Christmas seasons. Apart from
that, it also offers water sports like skiing,
An Interesting Tip: Apart from the beach,
one can also check out St. Alex Church and
the Tinto market of Calangute.
Cabo De Rama
A Goan beach fort named after Lord Rama, it is located in Canacona, Goa
which is merely 25 kms from Margao. It is the oldest fort in Goa, constructed
even before the Portuguese came here. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord
Rama took refuge here with his wife Sita when they were on a 14 years exile
An Important Fact: The Portuguese renovated the place and installed 21
guns and constructed their barracks inside. The present ruin of the fort is also
a reminiscence of the old Portuguese construction
Thousands of tourists come here every year to visit the
Baga Beach and the Baga Creek. One can see rows of
shacks and fishermen boats at the beach everyday. One
can come here to enjoy water sports like parasailing,
dolphin cruises and more.
An Interesting Fact: The beach derives its name from
Baga Creek that feeds into Arabian sea at the beach’s
Welcome to Asia’s largest Music Festival at the shores
of Goa. Sunburn is the largest EDM (Electronic Dance
Music) fest that is held every year in Vagator, Goa. In
2009, CNN ranked it as the 9th best festival across the
world. Artists from all over the world perform
simultaneously on different stages.
An Interesting Fact: Sunburn is a 3-day continuous
festival that, apart from music, also offers loads of food
and shopping to its patrons.
When it comes to Goan Night Life, you are literally spoilt for
choices. From people handing out club pamphlets on the beach to
taxi drivers advising you to go to a certain pub, it’s not possible for
you to ditch the party scene here.
An Interesting Fact: Club Cubana in Arpora Hill, is considered
to be the best night club in Goa and possibly in entire India. It
levies a cover charge of Rs 400/- and gives unlimited drinks all
night out. It also offers bikini competitions, pool games and other
activites inside the premises.
The staple diet of Goan people is fish curry with rice. Coconut oil,
vinegar and chilli pepper are some of the ingredients of elaborate
and mouth watering Goan dishes.
An Interesting Fact: Goan Hindu food and catholic food are two
kinds of Goan food prepared here.
AmbotTik Sour and Spicy
It is a sour and spicy gravy served with shark or catfish meat. It
is served with simple steamed or poached rice. It is one of the
most loved Goan cuisines.
An Interesting Fact: The gravy is made by adding tamarind,
peppercorn and dried red chillies. It is a real treat for all spicy food
It is a famous Goan dish whose gravy is made with coriander, dry
roasted spices and grounded coconut. Full of crab meat, it is a
mouth-watering dish that crab lovers cannot miss.
An Interesting Tip: It is best served with steamed or poached rice
or bread. So dig in an enjoy this delicious Goan preparation.
Fish Curry and Rice
The most popular of Konkani food, this is a thali preparation also
known as Xittcodd in Konkani. The fish gravy is made by adding
chillies and turmeric and hence the reddish-yellow color of the
An Interesting Tip: It is served with an assortment of vegetables
and rice. The fish commonly used in this gravy is bangda or
Anjuna Flee Market
The flee market is organized every Wednesday on Anjuna Beach.
One can buy holiday souvenirs and beach clothes among many
other things here. the market has to offer beautiful Tibetan
artifacts and trinkets. Also on display are Kashmiri and Gujarati
trinkets. One can also explore the handicraft market.
An Important Tip: Due to tough competition here, one can
bargain as much as they want. So, enjoy shopping!
Arambol Hammock Boutique
Located on Arambol beach, this premiere Goan trademark place
has a lot of innovative and attractive hammock designs to offer.
Overseeing the Arambol hill, this canopy- covered space is
surrounded by lush green gardens and one can use and experience
these hammocks before buying.
An Important Tip: The place has to offer product lines along
three different ranges: The flying carpet, The Flying Chair and
For all you lifestyle and home décor
enthusiasts, this place is a perfect heaven. It
offers attractive antique furniture pieces,
designer home décor items like rugs, wall
hangings and drapes among other home
An Interesting Tip: The place also sells
delicate jewellery plated in gold and silver.
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