Goa: The Tourist Hot-Spot

If you are a beach lover, relish a wide variety of sea food and enjoy being in the lap of nature, then Goa is the place for you. Located on the west coast of India, Goa is renowned for its beaches, places of worship, world heritage and of course, cashew nuts. The vast expanse of sea and the rich forest cover give the place a serene touch and make you feel blessed by nature.


Being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian sea it has a hot and humid climate for most of the year, but the months from October to February aren’t that humid and it is considered the ideal time to visit the place. A journey by either train or aeroplane is more preferable and it is also fun. For staying there, numerous options are available ranging from five-star hotels to cheap rest houses.


The state has a dense green cover and animals like foxes, wild boars and migratory birds are found in the jungles of Goa. If you have a love for wildlife, there are many National Parks for you to enjoy the same. These include renowned Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Bondla wildlife sanctuary, Molem wildlife sanctuary, Mahaveer wildlife sanctuary, accommodating a wide variety of wildlife.


Numerous types of fish and other aquatic animals like crabs, lobsters, jellyfish, oysters, shrimps and catfish form the piscine catch.


Goa also boasts of a rich heritage, along with the God gifted natural beauty. Western attire of kings and regional dances being performed at special ceremonies depict the unique blend of different religions and cultures of the state. The main festivals of Goa include Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and Christmas and the place comes alive during the festive season.


And how can we forget to mention the beaches which Goa is famous for. The beaches of Goa attract a huge pool of tourists. The most famous and the most visited beaches of Goa include Anjuna beach, Polalem, Agonda, Dona Paula, Candolim and Vagator. Walking on the beaches barefoot and collecting sea shells left on the beach by the sea waves is one of the things you can enjoy very much. You can also relish some of the exciting rides in the waters of Goa, like boating in different kinds of boats and if you have got an adventurous streak, you can go for the most exciting water scooter ride, which you are surely going to love and you don’t have to spend much for these as these rides are quite economical.


The other tourist hotspots include the churches there, the most renowned being the Basilica of Bom Jesus which houses the casket of St. Francis Xavier. Some of them were built during the times of Portuguese rulers.


To travel the various tourist spots there, you can hire a self-ride car if you are ready to spend an extra buck because these are a bit more expensive. Local buses, however, are cheaper and run to just about everywhere. Taxis are also easily available and a full day sight seeing, depending on the distance is likely to be around Rs. 1000.


The trip is not completed until you get the taste of Goan food. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of fish dishes cooked with elaborate recipes. Rice with fish curry is the staple diet. An exotic Goan vegetable stew, Khatkhate is a very popular dish during the celebrations of festivals, Hindu and Christian alike.


Goa is the place to visit, at least once in your lifetime, if you really wish to relish wide range of natural beauty in India, from thick forests to exotic beaches.


Also the warm hospitality you receive from the common folk there makes you feel welcomed.


Sucheta Sharma

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