Rich in culture that dates back centuries; Goa is the one stop spot for tourists for its myriad of options to have fun. Be it at the beaches or wandering amongst the ruins of historic sites or letting the hair loose during carnivals and festivals held. Located alongside the Arabian Sea this small state has a lot of surprises for its visitors who amount to a large number all year round.
Beaches of Goa
To chill out at the beaches of Goa is a very common and popular reason for travellers to tour Goa. Goa has a coastline of some 125 km with about 50 beaches in the stretch. Some of the very popular ones are Anjuna, Vagator, Calangute, Dona Paula etc. The activities at the beaches can be classified into two distinct categories. The North Goa beaches are where people go to party. The Beaches to the south are more tranquil in the action. Both sides however in the day time there are adventure sports from organised service providers.
Places of Religious interest
Goa has a history of different religion active in the region and their traces are yet available to see. Travellers visit Goa to visit these places of religious interest with Christian religious believers getting a great share of their historic past. The famous Bascillica of Bom Jesus is visited by large number of people. It dates back to the Portuguese rule in the region. The architectural value of these churches is something that holds the visitors in awe irrespective of their religious leanings. Other churches that are famous in Goa are the Church of St Paul, Church of Mary Immaculate Conception, Se Cathedral Church and many others.
The Goan Carnivals
Fun frolic with music and dance is an intrinsic part of the Goan people which comes out clear in the various fairs and carnivals that is celebrated in the state. While all these carnivals showcase the fun culture of the state, the Goan Carnival held in December is the most popular one. Travellers from all over the world flock to Goa during this time to either just see or participate physically in the carnival activities. The Goa carnival dates back to 1510, once again with the advent of the Portuguese people in the region. Feasts, dances and drinking bouts in line with the Mardi Gras tradition are how the Goa carnivals celebrated right through till the new year.
Night life of Goa
Another reason for Goa to be very high in the popularity chart of travellers is the active night life that most of Goa offers its tourists. While the beach and carnival fun and frolic ends with the setting sun, the pleasure activities do not end, they just move into the many casinos and clubs that abound Goa. Glittering casinos giving the tourists a feel of what Las Vegas would be, comes alive with the arrival of night time in Goa.
Forts and monuments
Another reason for Goa being popular among st tourists and travellers are its relics of the past in the form of monuments and forts. The St. Augustine’s Tower is one such very famous monument with historic value to it. There are forts which yet speak of the torrid times that it has passed through in history. The forts are majestic in construction and yet retain their grandeur even though some of them are now being utilised as jail houses to keep convicts in.