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Goa Tourism Information

Goa, one of India’s smallest states with a territory of 3,702 sq km is cradled in the Sahayadri range in the Western Ghats. It is bound by the Arabian Sea on the west, Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south. Here, long beaches are interspersed with open grasslands and low hills. The vegetation is tropical with cashew and teak plantations, coconut and arecanut groves and paddy fields.

St. Cathedral Church, GoaGoa culture is a blend of Indian and Iberian: European style central squares and Indian bazaars, Portuguese churches alongside Hindu temples. Goa is rich in folk culture with a delightful blend of vigorous Konkani folk songs and remnants of Portuguese dance and music. Christianity and Hinduism exist sidy by side.

The name Goa is derived from that of the pastoral communities (Go) who are thought to have migrated to Goa in the prehistoric period. Goa’s ancient history goes back to the third century BC when it was part of the Mauryan Empire (321 to 185 BC). It became a great commercial centre under the Kadambas. It fell to the Bahmani kingdom in 1347 and was then taken over by the Vijayanagara kingdom in 1370. Later it became a Portuguese colony and remained so for the next four and a half centuries.

» Spectacular beaches with accommodation ranging from five-star resorts to basic facilities
» Colonial Portuguese cathedrals
» Ancient Hindu temples
» Good restaurants which serve excellent seafood

Goa was part of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu until 1987 when it became the 25th state of the Indian Union. Apart from the increasing strength of Indian tourists from outside Goa, a large number of western tourists arrive here by direct chartered flights. India Holidays

Goa is known best for its beaches. Deciding which one to go to will depend on how long you wish to stay and what kind of holiday you’re looking for. Budget travellers staying long-term prefer to go to the quieter beachs and rent simple rooms at beach cafes or private homes. Calangute, Baga, Candolim and Colva tend to be dominated by package tourism. Anjuna is preferred by backpackers, while the smaller Vagator and Chapora are more quiet. Benaulim, with its beach-shacks and low-key resorts, falls somewhere in between. If you prefer non-tourist beaches, take a look at Arambol (or Harmal as it is called on some maps) which has invitingly empty stretches of sand.