Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Almost 2 million tourists hit this place annually. Goa is India’s smallest state by area and fourth smallest by population and also India’s richest state. Goa’s capital is Panaji and its largest city is Vasco da Gama. Located in south west India, Arabian Sea forms its western coast.
Illustrious beaches of, rich flora and fauna, Goan Cuisines, beautiful churches are the resplendency of Goa. The swaying palms, glistering waters, white sands, friendly and charming people of this place would make you fall in love with this place. Go for a walk in the morning enjoying the scenery of the place or experience the serenity of a day on its beaches.
Along with these one can wander around seeing museums, centuries old Cathedrals, the beautiful architecture of Goa which is a combination of Indian, Mughal and Portuguese styles.
Goa is perfect for you to enjoy water sports, of 125 km of marvelous coastline, the Goa sand beaches cover about 83 km. Beaches such as Calangute, Colva, Pololem, Vagator, Baga, Dona Paula, Miramar and Bogmolo are ideal spots for surfing. Most of the windsurfing trainers and experts call Dona Paula bay as the ideal site to start of wind surfing, especially if you are new to this sport.If you love speed then you must try water skiing, take a speedboat and rush through the sea and experience the thrill!
If you want to see what a marine life is, then go for scuba diving and discover on your own the mysterious marine lives of Goa; there are plenty of diving options available in Goa. Most of the diving activities take place around the Grande Island and the most common sites include Suzy’s Wreck, Davy Jones Locker, Sail Roack, Turbo Tunnel, Surge City, Uma Guma Reef and Bounty Bay. The exclusive tour packages to Goa facilitate the exploration of the popular beaches along with comfortable stay at the Goa beach resorts. The beaches in Goa therefore are thronged by honeymooners and adventure tourists every year. Salvage the popular gourmets and enjoy the warm waters, make your stay in Goa beaches memorable.
A bit about the history: The name Goa come from the Portuguese but precise origin is unclear. In ancient literature Goa was known by many names like Gomanta, Gomanchala etc.
Around 1500, Vasco Da Gama succeeded in reaching India and made heavy profits from the spices that he carried back from India to Portugal. So the Portuguese made more expeditions to India establishing many trade centres at various places around southern India. By the end of the 16th century, Goa had already reached its peak and was referred to as “Golden Goa”. With the expansion of the Portugal rule in Goa, Christianity also received a major impetus in the region. http://www.tajindiatours.com/north-india/north-india-with-goa.php