While the whole country is shivering with the intense cold wave, there is one place in India where the spirits are still high and always in a party mood. Yes it’s Goa. Gifted with its salubrious climate and sultry beaches, it is Goa that attracts most tourists in India regardless of season. Visiting Goa is more like going to a bashing party with its four Ss – sand, sun, surf and sea – all come together. Goa welcomes everybody – from heritage buffs to romantic honeymooners or from wildlife lovers to simple travelers. This little state has captivating churches and terrific temples, while feasts and festivals in Goa are ‘not to be missed’ happenings. It is truly Indian in tradition yet global in appeal. Lost yourself in the beauty of this scintillating state.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Once you are in Goa, it is not only the sandy beaches but also other tourist sites that will give you a warm welcome. And it is up to you whether you want to go down to the memory lanes of Aguada Fort or refresh with the waters of Dudhsagar Falls, and take a respite at the Kesarval Spring or experience boating on Mayem Lake.
Goa is famous for its beaches. It is in the beaches one can enjoy the fullest in Goa. Some of the famous beaches are Calangute, Colva, Dona Paula, Miramar, Anjuna, Palolem, Vagator, Arambol and Agonda.
Goa has some of the most captivating churches. Some of them are Basillica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of St. Francis of Assissi, St. Cajetan Church, Nunnery of Santa Monica, St. Augustine Tower, Viceroy`s Arc (All at Old Goa), Church of St. Alex Curtorim, Reis Magos Church, The Church of Mae de Deus at Saligao (Bardez), the Church of St. Ana at Talaulim Ilhas, Rachol Seminary, Church of Our Lady of Rosary.
Goa has also lush green forests where uncountable number of floras and faunas survive together. One must not forget to visit Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Forest, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and Choden whenver they come to Goa.
Goa won’t disappoint history buffs as well, as it has many historical monuments and museums. Important museums are Christian art at Rachol, Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery at Old Goa and Archives Museum of Goa at Panaji.
Goa remains in moderate weather throughout the year showing negligible variations in different seasons. May is the hottest while January and February are the coldest months. Rainfall is prevalent between June and September.
Best Time to Visit
One can visit Goa any time but ideal time is between mid July to late September or from November end to mid February.
The state capital Panaji is well connected by road, air and train with the rest of the country.
Star hotels, budget hotels and government hotels are available in Goa. However, one must rooms in advance if one is visiting during the peak season.