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Goa
 
Goa, a tiny emerald land on the west coast of India, the 25th State in the Union of States of India, was liberated from Portuguese rule in 1961. It was part of Union territory of Goa, Daman & Diu till 30 May 1987 when it was carved out to form a separate State.
Goa is surrounded by Maharashtra from the north and Karnataka from the east. The Arabian Sea forms its western coastal part of India. Goa is 580 Kms (by road) from Mumbai city. Goa is an exotic city which is famous for its nightlife. People from various parts of the world visit this exotic place during vacation time especially on the occasion of Christmas and New Year.

The state is well appreciated for its beautiful beaches, temples and cultural heritage present in the city. The city looks very attractive due to the influence of Flora and fauna. There are hundreds of thousands of international as well as domestic tourists, who visit Goa and enjoy the culture.

Climate of Goa
Usually the climatic conditions of Goa are temperate, except during the monsoon, which lasts from June to September. Thanks to the coastal Konkan region and the backdrop of Western Ghats, weather of Goa is pleasant and sunny. There are no extremes in temperature and no clear demarcations from one season to the other except for the monsoon.

Connectivity of Goa
Goa is well connected with the rest of the Indian states by rail, road and air. In addition there is even a boat (catamaran) service to Goa from Mumbai.

Road transport of Goa
National Highway 17 passes right through Goa in a generally north south direction. NH 17 connects the northern and southern states around Goa like Maharashtra, Karnataka and even Kerala. Approximate distance from Mumbai (Gateway of India) to Goa (Panaji) distance is 580 km (360 miles). Driving time 16 hours on an average including breaks at regular intervals. Pune to Goa (Panaji) the distance is 420 km (260miles). Driving time is about 12 hours.

Rail transport of Goa
There are at least 10 express trains that connect Mumbai with Goa. Some are daily express trains while the rest are weekly or biweekly trains. The Railway station for Goa is Madgaon, which is located in the central part of Goa state

Air transport of Goa
Airport in Goa is in Dabolim which is located in approximately at the center of the Goa on its west coast facing the Arabian Sea.
Almost all the major domestic airlines operate regular flights to Goa from various Indian cities. The Domestic connections for Goa include from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Srinagar, Trivandrum. The frequency of flights from Goa to Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai are more.

Places to Visit in Goa
There are a number of sightseeing options in Goa. Be it the beaches, churches or temples of Goa all attract tourists and travellers to the golden holiday destination.

Churches in Goa
Goa - Jewel of India, is studded with temples and churches, which remain as silent but forceful witnesses to the intense religious history of the diverse people who lived here. Hence a pilgrimage to Goa is a unique experience. Amongst the places to visit in Goa are Church of Our Lady of Rosary, The Rachol Seminary, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, The Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Temples of Goa
Noroa River, the Arvalem Waterfall, and the Brahma Camandolu or Water Pot of Brahma - the creator, in the old Goa Hills are the main Hindu pilgrimage spots in Goa. One more sacred place is Sidhanath Mountain in Borim Village. Amongst the myriad temples found here, there is a vast representation of the gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, which testifies to the catholicity of the people's beliefs as well as their mutual tolerance. Indeed, Goa is could be loved just for this rare quality which one feels imperceptibly on even a short visit.

Cruise in Goa
One of the most popular tourist activities during the evening time is the cruise ship ride, on the Mandovi River that flows through the capital city of Panjm. Cruise rides can be a great experience as these are full of entertainment including the Goan folk dance, songs, rock and roll events and much more. There are many cruise lines options available, you can avail the ones affordable to your pocket.

Goa Carnivals
You cannot really miss this one! Carnivals form an important and inseparable part of the Goan community. Participate in the colorful carnivals and take home memories for a lifetime.

Goa Beaches
Beaches of Goa are much ahead of other beaches in India in terms of popularity and the facilities that are available here. The beaches here have been accepted as a matter of life, there are exotic cuisine backing the pleasure on sun and sand, and water sports facilities that include from water scooters to water gliding. To add on you can shake your legs for some time with a glass of fenny and beer, engaged in shopping on the beachside, or have midnight bonfire on the beach.
The multitude of beaches in Goa offer something for everyone, from luxury resorts to makeshift huts, and trance parties to tranquility. The Goa beach that's right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have. Here's an overview of what to expect at each of the best Goa beaches.

Agonda in Goa
The long and isolated stretch of Agonda Beach is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. It's quite and relatively uncrowded. Anyone looking to relax should come here. Stay in a simple hut right on the beach, and enjoy the stillness and nature. Agonda Beach is fast being discovered, however.
Location: South Goa, just north of Palolem Beach. 43 kilometers (26 miles) from Marago and 76 kilometers (47 miles) from Panaji.

Anjuna in Goa
Anjuna Beach was once home to the hippies. Most of them have now moved on but their legacy remains. The Wednesday Anjuna Beach flea market is bigger than ever, and after the day is over, the crowds descend on the shacks along Anjuna beach to listen to psychedelic trance as the sun sets. Curlies, right at the southern end of the beach, is the most happening spot. Most shacks close by midnight due to sound restrictions, but at the rocky northern end of the beach you'll find some that stay open all night. Anjuna's famous Paradiso Disco is also located at this end of the beach.
Location: North Goa, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Mapusa and 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Panaji.

Arambol in Goa
Arambol, on Goa's far northern stretch of coastline, has become the new hippie haven. Once a small fishing village, it's now full of long term travelers. You'll find plenty of alternative therapies there, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki. Water sports and dolphin sightseeing trips are on offer as well. The nightlife is relaxed, with live music and jam sessions happening. Just north of Arambol are the deserted Keri beach and Tiracol Fort. It's worth the walk there if you want total peace and privacy.
Location: North Goa, 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Mapusa and 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Panaji. The closest railway station is Pernem.

Baga & Calangute in Goa
Calangute Beach is the busiest and most commercial beach in Goa. It's filled with foreigners tanning themselves on the endless rows of side-by-side sun lounges, and Indians who come to watch. Baga Beach starts right where Calangute ends, although it's hard to pinpoint exactly where. The beach is a bit less crowded and better developed than Calangute. A wide range of water sports are on offer. If you feel like indulging yourself with some fine food and wine, there are many upmarket restaurants in the area too. Baga is also well known for its nightlife, including the legendary Club Tito and Cafe Mambo.
Location: North Goa, 9 kilometers (6 miles) from Mapusa and 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Panaji.

Benaulim in Goa
Benaulim Beach is only a short distance south of Colva Beach, but there's a huge contrast between the two. Known for its fishing industry, it's a beautiful and laid back stretch of beach. You won't find any wild parties there, but water sports and dolphin sightseeing trips are on offer. It does get a little crowded around peak time in December, but head a bit further south down the beach and the quietness will be restored.
Location: South Goa, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Marago and 41 kilometers (25 miles) from Panaji.

Candolim in Goa
The long straight stretch of Candolim Beach is lined with shacks and bars, which back onto scrub covered sand dunes. It's a lively beach that has managed to retain its cleanliness, and even peacefulness in some areas, making it a good alternative to the maddeningly crowded Calangute and Baga. You'll find plenty of tasty restaurants and happening nightspots in the area. Candolim Beach is right next to Aguada Fort, which is also worth a visit.
Location: North Goa, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Mapusa and 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Panaji.

Chapora & Vagator in Goa
Vagator Beach, north of Anjuna, is the center of Goa's trance party scene. The beach itself is located at the bottom of a steep cliff, and is divided into three sections -- Big Vagtor (the main stretch of beach, overrun by Indian tourists), Little Vagator (past the rocks, known as Tel Aviv Beach due to the number of Israelis there) and Ozran (Spagetthi Beach in the far south, dominated by Italians). Disco Valley is nearby. Accommodations at Vagator are inland instead of on the beach, with many people staying there long-term. Head to Nine Bar, high above Ozran beach, at sunset for early evening partying.
Location: North Goa, 9 kilometers (5 miles) from Mapusa and 22 kilometers (14 miles) from Panaji. The closest railway station is Thivim.

Colva in Goa
Busy Colva Beach is a favorite amongst domestic Indian tourists, and day-trippers arrive by the bus loads. On the weekend, the crowd explodes with locals as well. The beach also gets particularly busy in October, when hoards of pilgrims come and visit Colva Church. The area is well developed with plenty of budget hotels, beach shacks, food stalls, and small restaurants and bars. The development hasn't however extended to nightlife, which is minimal apart from a few places. Overall, this beach really doesn't have much to offer foreigners compared to other beaches in Goa.
Location: South Goa, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Marago and 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Panaji.

Mandrem, Morjim, & Asvem in Goa
The wide open beaches of Mandrem and Morjim are quite empty and isolated, and have limited facilities for visitors. You'll find a few beach resorts, makeshift accommodations and camping facilities, but not much else. Many locals also let their homes out to tourists. These beaches are best known for their protected turtle population.
Location: North Goa, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Mapusa.

Palolem in Goa
Picturesque Palolem Beach is a semi-circle shaped beach with shady palm trees and soft sand. Since it was discovered, it's become backpacker heaven, and is getting busier and more crowded with each passing season. For bars and nightlife, head to the hectic southern end of the beach.
Location: South Goa, 43 kilometers (27 miles) from Marago and 76 kilometers (47 miles) from Panaji.

Patnem in Goa
Patnem Beach is no longer a well kept secret, but it's still much quieter than nearby Palolem Beach, which is only a 20 minute walk away. This small beach, nestled between two cliffs, is a wonderful place to stay if you want to chill out but not be too far away from some decent nightlife in Palolem. You'll find a range of gorgeous huts, with private bathrooms, to stay in right on the beach.
Location: South Goa, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Marago and 78 kilometers (48 miles) from Panaji.

Varca, Cavelossim & Morbor in Goa
These pristine and unspoilt fishing beaches are the territory of Goa's luxury resorts. There are a few beach shacks, water sports, and local vendors but the beaches remain clean, and the sand white. Most of the nightlife happens at the resorts and includes live music, cultural performances, and casinos. You'll also find a handful of low-key bars around Cavelossim.
Location: South Goa, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Marago and 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Panaji.
What to Eat in Goa

Goa offers a variety of foods from all over the world to try along with its local cuisine. Goa is well known for its lip smacking variety of seafood, which is savoured by one and all. It can be spicy so inform the chef before if you want it a bit sobered down. Along with the traditional Goan food, you can find numerous fast food joints, serving western and Chinese food, at most of the tourist destinations, cities and towns in Goa. Bedsides the fast food joints, most of the restaurants offer fast food and Chinese dishes.
Goan food is a mixture of Portugal, continental and Indian flavors. This unique blend of cooking styles is what makes the Goan foods stand out. There is an endless variety of seafood to choose from which includes prawns, lobsters, shrimps, exotic fish species, crabs, clams and oysters. For vegetarians, there are a large variety of vegetarian foods to choose from. Rice and curry is a popular vegetarian dish among the locals and is known for its hot and spicy taste.
Goa also has a number of fast food corners to choose from. These fast food corners cater to sudden hunger pangs that crop up while roaming from one place to another and offer a variety of foods to choose from. You can easily spot fast food joints like Domino's, Barista, Cafe Coffee Day etc in major cities and towns of Goa. Food is incomplete without drinks and Goa offers a variety of drinks to choose from. The most popular and readily available drink is the "Feni" which is an alcoholic drink, like beer. One should take it in moderation as it tends to react very fast and can get you drunk in no time. Apart from that, one can get the best beer and the finest wines in Goa.

Goa Food
1. Pepperoni pizzas at Fellini's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Arambol
Amongst the meandering shop lined lanes of the Russian appropriated Arambol, is a well hidden shack-style restaurant. Plastic chairs and fold-up tables serve as the no-nonsense décor that comes with some very, very serious pizza eating. Visit Fellini’s to try an exhaustive selection of oven fresh massive thaali-sized pizzas. Mozzarella melts in a delicious mess, the tomato sauce is just perfectly tangy and sweet, and each herb infused slice of salami pizza bends over with its generous helping of toppings. Your search for the best pizza along the Goan coast will end here.

2. Lobster at i-95, Calangute
For Goa’s chic, i95 is perfect. A bookings-only place, the open air, moonlight lit restaurant is rustic in its red stone, waist high mud wall partitions and bamboo covering. Dinner comes discreetly, the hosts without being intrusive constantly check in on diners. The cuisine is amalgamated from all over the world, and the grilled meats have a smoky taste enhanced by lava stones. They also have some of the best house wines.

3. Brownies and apple pie with ice-cream at Pink Orange, Ashwem
As shacks go, Pink Orange isn’t particularly spectacular. Chances are you’ll probably miss the inconspicuous blackboard that acts as a sign. Cheek-to-jowl with a sarong selling tent and another with a menu of Goan food written in Russian, Pink Orange’s popularity has mostly spread through word of mouth. A completely vegetarian menu makes this the perfect detox vacation spot, where you can gorge yourself silly on salads, juices and spinach lasagne.

4. Liver pate or chocolate pancakes at La Plage, Ashwem
Over the years our love affair with La Plage has not only survived, but become stronger, despite an infiltration by chi chi crowds who make this an essential daily stop over. La Plage could be without a doubt the most stylish shack ambience and finest French food in Goa. Up three stone steps just off the hip Ashwem beach, La Plage appears like a fairy in white on a sand dune. An abundance of deck chairs, soft jazz or eclectic hip-hop and a finger-licking French cuisine make this one of the few places you actually need to reserve in advance.

5. Mustard Fish at Sublime, Saligao
After moving from the forests in Anjuna to a house in Saligao, resto-bar Sublime has reinvented itself with a subliminally more sophisticated, high-end avatar. Dinner can be had downstairs under a thatch and coconut tree-enclosed area, on simple rustic minimalist chairs, at dining tables strewn with flower petals, or you can make do with a drink upstairs on lounge beds. Their menu is as simple and classy as the interiors. Highly recommend are the Greek Pastry Filo with olives and sun-dried tomatoes in a ruccola based sauce and the mustard fish with baby potatoes, asparagus and dil sauce. Get plastered by their Goa Blast, a fenni and aarakh concoction.

6. High Tea at Café Chocolatti, Candolim
Searching for in-between meal munchies in Goa is never really a problem. Just off the main Candolim road, a small garden path leads you away from the hustle-bustle of Candolim to a tree-enclosed, white umbrella-covered garden bakery, café and chocolatier. The café’s homemade sweet-tooth satiating menu is pretty sinful. It includes brownies that are just the right consistency of chewy, gooey and sweet, a carrot cake with a cinnamon aroma, a ginger cake with lime icing that explodes in your nose and the special chocolatti cake that is a multi-layered chocolate heaven.

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