In the matter of size Goa is the smallest state of India but when it comes to tourism it handles about 12% of the total of all tourists from different parts of the world in India. Tourism is primary industry of Goa. Situated on Indian west coast, the state stands apart from other tourist places in the country. The capital of the state is Panaji.
The state is blessed with eye-catching scenic beauty and is known for its golden beaches. With its splendid work of architecture, the place is definitely a paradise for tourists. Goa is popularly known as the land of Sun, Sand and Sea. It is a perfect example of unity in diversity.
In addition to its beauty and beaches, Goa also has a vast chapter of history and unique culture. One can clearly see the influence of both the east and the west.
History of Goa goes back to third century BC. Though the state has been under the rule of many dynasties like Chalukyas, Mughals and Silaharas etc but it was the Portuguese that influenced Goa the most. Till the year 1962, it was a Portuguese colony and even today Indo-Portuguese culture still rules the state.
Goa also has mention in an ancient Indian epic Mahabharata, where it is referred as Goparashtra.
Tourism is on the peak almost around the year. During winter season, most of the tourists are from abroad specifically from European countries and in the summer time, a large number of tourists constitute Indians.
Why Visit Goa
It might be amazing for many that this smallest country is the hottest tourist attractions in massive country India. Though it is small but the state has been blessed with all that are required to make a place highly popular among tourists.
The foremost reasons that make this place a world known tourist place is that the place has gotten its name listed in the famous biodiversity hotspots of the world. The place is stunningly rich in flora and fauna other than its world famous beaches and the residents have really done a lot to preserve it.
Another reason is cultural and historic sites in the state. There are many churches, cathedrals, temples and museums standing alive and showcasing the example of Indian as well as Portuguese architecture.
The mention of Goa without is beach simply not possible as it can be said as one of the biggest reasons of its popularity among the tourists around the world. Visitors have lots to do here right from relaxing in the sun or taking part in recreational activities like scuba diving, the have lots to do to relax and escape from the hectic life of today’s hectic life.
Last but not the least nightlife of Goa is yet another reason that contributes to its popularity.
Places Around Goa
Goa is undoubtedly a perfect place to enjoy a beautiful blend of tradition and modernization. While enjoying its plush beaches, one also gets a chance to admire its scenic beauty around in landscapes. There is too much to see, some of the prominent tourists attractions in the state are:
Enjoy the perfect combination of Sun, sand and sea in beautiful Goan beaches. With its long coastline, Goa is the perfect place to relax ad enjoy holidays. Baga beach is ideal for water sports. Hang out with hippies in Arambol beach and Agonda or Patnem beach is perfect for those willing to spend time in isolation.
The Anjuna Flea Market
Other than the monsoon season, the Anjuna flea market is held on Anjuna beach’s southern end on every Wednesday throughout the day. It is a huge market attracting people from all over Goa. It constitutes more than 500 stalls and the number is increasing.
A lot is there to choose from a huge collection of goods but you must be perfect in bargaining! So shop till you drop and then move to beach shack of Curly and enjoy the sunset scene.
Being in the location of Western Coast, the state is also a home to huge number of birds and animals and around 20% of the state constitutes wildlife sanctuaries.
Goa Spice Plantations
Spice plantation near Ponda is a major attraction. The most famous include the Savoi Plantation, Shakari, the Tropical and Abyss.
It was the capital of Portuguese but now there are just some churches and cathedrals displaying the rich history of the state. Some of these churches have now been converted into archeological museums.
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