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A deluge of influences ? visiting the attractions in goa - al fresco


Sun, Sand and Surf - an apt account for Goa? But Goa is much more. Antiquated temples and old churches? Yes. Portuguese Colony? Cavalcade City? The first asylum of the hippies? Yes again! Beach Paradise, India's going to places of interest capital? the list goes on.

Goa, 'Pearl of the Orient', is located in South Western India on the coastal belt known as the Konkan. While as expected blessed with a casual blend of vast liberal beaches, woody hills and abundant plains, Goa's going to places of interest ability is the consequence of the effective merger of past occurrences and the amalgamation aptitude of its own compelling spirit.

Goa, Past and Present

Its conception exquisitely attributed to Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Goa's antediluvian rulers incorporated the Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silahar, Chalukyas and the Bahamanis.

More recently,significant from the visiting the attractions point of view, Goa became a desirable colony of the Portuguese, freedom by the Indian Army approved it Union Terriotry status, later upgraded to State of the Indian Republic.

It is to this fact, maybe more than any other, that Goa owes its elite visiting the attractions appeal. For, had Goa been a British colony, chronicle would have been on paper very differently. Under Portuguese domination, the Iberian background found a ready crucible to join with the fundamental sensuous, fun loving Goan spirit. The best of what both worlds had to offer was assimilated into one people, chief to a acme of the aesthetic, musical, even cooking arts.

The apparition of Sucegado - cheery enjoyment and cool peace is maybe Goa's most important, if intangible, sightseeing export. Also reflected in his 'happy' acceptance of the Portuguese cultural invasion is the Goan's inherent malleability and enthusiasm to mix, qualities that hold the seeing the sights commerce in good stead.

A melting pot of races and religions, the fusion of the Eastern and Western cultures into its own exceptional ethos of mirth and self-contentment is what attracts Indian and alien tourists, choc-a-bloc, to Goa.

Such a booming destination on the world seeing the sights chart, Goa has many attractions to offer. Free from care beach bumming in the true character of Sucegado, adventure and watersports, high background with the churches and an antiquated way of life that still endures in Old Goa, wild party hopping and cooking adventures ? Goa's tourist is attractively miscellaneous in his calling.

Beaches in Goa

India's accepted beach capital, Goa's shore is kindly speckled with sand and surf: From all the rage tourist spots where one commonly sees more skin than sand, to unaffected havens that are worth charming that extra anxiety to discover.

Starting from Calangute in North Goa , clustered about Panaji, the center of Goa, and auxiliary down, Margao in South Goa, are the most admired beaches on the sightseeing circuit. These are heavily surrounded by the usual agencies of going to places of interest - hotels and amenities donation contemporary day luxuries, restaurants, shops, resorts, entertainment centers, spas, resorts, the works.

Outside this ring, heartbreaking both North from Calangute or South of Margao the Goa's beaches develop into appetizingly more like new and unpopulated. There, it's just the sea, surf washed sand, bright or then again cool by rich palms fronds, and you!

Some of Goa's Admired Tourist Beaches

Vagator: 22 km from Panaji, this curved shaped beach on the Chapora River basin, in the shadow of the Chapora Fort, is a quiet place to unwind, but at some stage in the tourist spell is a scene for all night parting.

Anjuna: 18 km from Panaji, nestled amid the sea and hill, this is a lovely beach that dazzles tourists with its actual beauty.

Baga: One of Goa's northern beaches, it is reasonably emptier and surrounded by lovely beauty.

Calangute: Hot tourist favourite, Calangute in North Goa, 15 km from Panaji, is the 'Queen of Beaches'. The down side of sightseeing means that this stretch of sand is jammed at any time of the year.

Sinquerim: 13 km from Panaji, Sinquerim is common with tourists for its water sports amenities contribution water-skiing, para-sailing diving and surfing.

Miramar: Located just 3 kms from Panaji, it plausible sees the tourist rush and is dotted with houses of the rich and famous. However, lying along the mouth of the Mandovi River as it meets the sea, it is attention-grabbing for its view of the Aguada fort.

Aguada : Illustrious for the17th century Portuguese fort, this has now been converted into a Hotel. Even if it's basis amuse much of the area around, the beach is open to broad-spectrum tourists.

Agonda: Secluded, this attractive long stretch of shiny sand is refreshing. Just the place to unwind, feel the sand and snoop tom the stories of the sea. The close Cabo de Rama is historically interesting. Local legend has it that Lord Rama stayed here with Sita for the duration of his exile.

Majorda: A local adaptation of the 'Ramayana' has it that Ram was kidnapped as a child and brought up at Majorda. Later Jesuits open the best Goan toddy here and today the best bakers in Goa are from here

Colva: 39 km from Panaji and immensely all the rage with tourists, Colva offers hotels, discos, shops and restaurants. Colva is also celebrated for the Place of worship of Our Lady of Mercy, which has the effigy of Menino Jesus.

Benaulim: Less than 2 kms from Colva, this blooming base of craft art is known for the conventional rosewood furniture. The Place of worship of St. John the Baptist on a hill is quite famed as is the heavy rain feast of Sao Joao celebrated as thanksgiving.

Varca, Cavelossim, Mobor: These beaches south of Benaulim are exceedingly inviting. Cleaner and less crowded than others, they are studded with some fashionable beach resorts in Goa and food shacks. Tourists may get an opening to watch wild dolphins.

Palolem: 70 km south of Panaji, this white sandy beach is some business activity, plus restaurants and shops. Weekends above all tend to get crowded here.


Another donation of Portuguese rule to Goa's Seeing the sights is the occurrence of splendid churches, chiefly in Old Goa. First allot with passionate fervour by the earlier rulers, Goa, Rome of the East, sees the dominant control of Christianity, both in the devout and cultural spheres. Discernible expressions of this are the Churches of Old Goa. Historically, these can be classified into the next periods, dazzling shifting architectural styles and iconography.

Early Period: Typified by Goa's oldest existing church, Our Lady of Rosary on Monte Santo in the 'Manueline' style named after King Emmanuel of Portual. This is a blend of Gothic and Rebirth with the motifs featuring Portuguese seamanship. The construction being inappropriate to Goa's weather, very few of these can be seen by tourists today. Baroque Period: 'Golden Goa' time of frantic follower commotion as well as the arrival of St. Francis Xavier, saw many grand churches in the contemporary European style built. These comprise the Church of Bom Jesus and the Augustine Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace.

Indian Baroque Period: Shiny local Goan influences in style and design, as well as the outer front and inclusion of steamy motifs such as plants and fruits. Outstanding among these are the House of worship of St. Francis of Assisi and the Place of worship of Holy Spirit, Margao. Rococo Period: Typified by the minor size of construction but with excuisite elaborate concluding with local motifs, it is also known by the use of Stucco on the outer surface façade. St, Stephen at San Esteyan near Panaji is a notable example.

Modern Period: First from the nineteenth century onwards, this age saw the discharge of Goa's churches from the rigid norms of the past as another styles flowered. An illustration is the Nossa Senhora employing the gothic style.

Most churches in Goa go on to accomplish their spiritual purpose, respected by Hindus and Christians alike, while also helping as artistic and cultural attractions for tourists.

Goan Hindu Temples

Goan Hindu Temple architecture is a new tourist attraction typified by the control of local style over the rigid architecturally rigid structure. The maratha authority on Goa's holy architecture lies in the Deepmal or Lamptower which is from two to six stories high, bedecked with oil lamps on celebratory occasions. Mughal change seems to convey itself in the dome that covers the essential memorial in place of the established shikhara, as also the Naubat Khana - a small tower at the appearance of the courtyard. Portuguese Christian authority is able to be seen in the curve roofs of the Mandapas.

Not many of Goa's most primitive temples survived the Moghul and later the Portuguese invasions (exceptions are the "Pandava Caves" devoted to Lord Shiva, located at Aravelam and the Shiva Temple at Tambdi), which saw temples being razed and churches erected in their place. As a consequence most existing temples that the tourist in Goa comes athwart are fairly modern. The Mahalaxmi Temple in Panaji was the first temple acceptable by the Portuguese, next much deliberation, in 1818.

Goan Cuisine

Food is a new attraction for the tourist in Goa. On tour in Goa is a amazing way to come upon Goa's peerless cooking is as much a blend of assorted cultural invasions as its art, music, civilization and literature. The attach for Hindus and Christians alike is rice and fish curry. And while tourist's taste buds give way to the temptations of Ambot Tik (Prawns/fish in a sour hot gravy), Sorpotel (fiery wet pork) and Xacuti (spicy meat dish), washed down with Feni (a biting compelling brew made from cashew nuts) it can be too much for the dilettante appetite to handle. Deserts in Goa come in the form of immorally delicious Dodol (made from coconut and Goa jaggery) and Bebinca (a baked dish with coconut juice and egg yolk)

Truly, this amazing pot-pourri of beach, nature, food and drink, civilization and kitsch, pious fervour and bad language and fun in large numbers that represents visiting the attractions in Goa would be hard to find someplace else in the world.

Roozbegh Gazdar Content Writer http://www. traveljini. com seo@traveljini. com


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