Goa the nearest Tourist Paradise

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Report & Pictures by: Victor D’Souza, Doha

06 February 2010: For a short holiday, always the first place that comes to our mind is Goa as it is the nearest and common destination.  During my recent vacation, I went with my family, for a 2 day trip to Goa. Though it was not preplanned, we had a great time. Goa is one of the most beautiful places where you can go and when you are with your family it becomes even more special.

Popularly known as "Tourist Paradise" the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal Konkan belt. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its churches, temples and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world.

One can reach Goa through air, train and bus. The biggest railway station of Goa is in Panaji, the capital of Goa. The other major railway station is in Madgaon. The bus stands are not far from the railway stations. But to visit the various places, it is better to go in our own transport such as rented taxi.

We stayed at a hotel in Calangute. In our two day trip to Goa, we visited the beautiful North Goa on the first day and the wonderful South Goa on the second day. The most important attractions in Goa are probably the beaches. They are as beaches should be: made of white sand and lined with coconut trees, unending, with an infinite arabian ocean horizon. We can see how the fishermen bring in the fishing nets.

Beaches such as Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Aguada are all very good. But I liked Baga Beach the most. The inland sea at some places in Baga Beach where water is not rough and not deep, makes it safer to get into water. It offers the perfect escape for those looking for peace and quietness. Need to be prepared though to face the beach vendors who try to sell anything from fresh fruits to bangles. Considering the recent incidents in Goa, one need to be more cautious while moving around. Especially women and children must avoid being alone and being out in late hours.

Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer. Much of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from the coastal area. Having been the meeting point of races, religions and cultures of East and West over the centuries, Goa has a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle. The people of Goa are very friendly, relaxed and of cooperative behavior.

There are beautiful churches in Goa such as Goa basilica of Bom Jesus, which was built in the early 17th century. This magnificent church stands as the finest example of architecture. The word "Bom Jesus" means good Jesus or infant Jesus. The main alter is richly gilded and has a statue of Jesus. On the southern part of the Basilica the sacred remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept. Another church is Goa cathedral, dedicated to St Catherine. One more church that is visited by many in Goa is church of St Francis of Assisi.

There are also beautiful temples in Goa, which are built in good architectural style. Some of these temples are very old. Fort Aguada is a fort built by Portuguese rulers, and it has a lighthouse. In ancient days, it also served as a jail. The river cruises are very popular in Goa, such as the cruise on the Mandovi river which is very exciting. The cruise also provides music and folk dance. Places such as Aguada jail, the remains of the partly demolished church of St. Augustine, Viceroy gate are also visited by many.

Goan delicacies are mouth watering, the fishes are served here in ample varieties, Goa is indeed a heaven for seafood lovers. Goa is especially a treat when you have travelled around in the rest of India. Overall, it is definitely one of the better and cleaner places in India. To see the full of Goa at least 3 to 4 days are required. My next favorite holiday destination is Goa for sure.


Comments on this Article
Victor D Souza, Doha Tue, February-9-2010, 6:18
Thank you Mr. Albert D Souza for the correction.
Albert D Souza, Moodubelle/Mumbai Tue, February-9-2010, 4:02
There is no railway station at Panaji. The biggest station at Goa is Madgaon. This is for writer s and readers information.
Sonia, Moodubelle Mon, February-8-2010, 9:54
Brilliant pics and a lovely report....!! It has indeed portrayed the picturesque beauty of Goa... Congratulations....!!!
Ivan Castelino, Moodubelle Sun, February-7-2010, 9:16
Excelent pictures. Big thanks to Mr. Victor. It feels that even we are in Goa.
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Sun, February-7-2010, 5:21
Wonderful pictures and information for a quick holiday and joy. Keep it up Victor!
FRANKY, BONANJALAY Sun, February-7-2010, 3:25
Nice report and snap thanks for victor
Eugene D Souza, Moodubelle Sun, February-7-2010, 1:03
Dear Victor, a wonderful report and and excellent pictures of lovely Goa.
Manoj, Moodubelle/Dubai Sun, February-7-2010, 12:37
Nice pictures. Goa has always been a favourite holiday destintion. But recently few incidences have put a question mark on the minds of tourists visiting Goa. Lets hope that Goa remains as beautiful as shown in these pictures.
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