Relax in lovely Beaches...
Goa is one of the India's most popular holiday destinations, with its idyllic beaches, lush paddy fields, coconut plantations, white washed churches and colonial mansions. The tiny State, along the Konkan Coast consists of two Districts namely North Goa and South Goa. In 1510, Alfonso de Albuquerque established a small but powerful Portuguese enclave here. Though Goa became a part of the Indian Union in 1961, the 400 - years of Portuguese rule is still alive in the People's costumes, religion, cuisine and music.
Goa's Capital, Panaji situated at the mouth of the Mandovi River has a relaxed and friendly ambience, especially along the avenues of the old town. The newer commercial hub has concrete structures mixed with colonial buildings and churches. The Konkani Language is the people's speaking language.
A delightful way to spend an evening in Goa is to take one of the many sunset cruises along the mandovi river, organized by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation and also by the private operators.
Goa's splendid beaches has its distinct character, through in general, South Goa's beaches are far less developed than the North Goa. The beaches have shacks serving beers, snacks, seafood, markets, head massage service and dolphin watching trips. The Basilica of Bom Jesus and the grand Se Cathedral are the two most important religious monuments which was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Goa's countryside is designed with grand mansions of colonial style with traditional touch. The furniture and the interior decor, were largely European. The Belgian chandeliers, Venetian cut-glass and gilded mirrors, Baroque style rosewood furniture and Chinese Porcelain provide a fascinating picture of lifestyles of Goans.
Goa's food and cultural festivals for five days in the months of Feb/March planned to give special sense to Goan cuisine with reference to seafood. The Shimoga festival is a colourful festival celebrated in the month of March is the State's biggest Spring festival. The Goa Carnival is also the most important event held in the month of March to experience the Goan Culture and Cuisine.