Goa - "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise".
In ancient literature, Goa was known by many names, such as
Gomanta, Gomanchala, Gopakapattam, Gopakapuri, Govapuri, Govem,
and Gomantak. The state of Goa is located on the western coast
of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The state of
Maharashtra borders Goa on the north, the state of Karnataka on
the south and east. The vast expanse of the Arabian Sea on the
west forms the magnificent coastline for which Goa is just
Panaji (Panjim) is the
state capital located on the banks of the Mandovi river and
Vasco, Margao, Mapusa and Ponda are the other major towns.
The magnificent scenic
beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches
and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers
around the world. Since the arrival of the Hippies in the
sixties, Goa has been a major destination on the itinerary of
international and domestic tourists.
The tourist season in Goa begins in late September and carries
on through early March. The weather in these months is usually
dry and pleasantly cool. Then the weather gets fairly hot around
May and by end of June.
miraculous remains of St. Francis Xavier at Old Goa
is more than 400 years old and still in a
"Goa is the only place where
one can find a unique pillion-passenger motorcycle
taxi or two wheeler taxi often referred to as a
Beaches in North Goa Circuit: North
Goa stretch begins from the headland of Fort Aguada just outside Panaji
city and moves up north towards the border to Maharashtra. Right from
the Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga,
Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim and Arambol an interrupted stretch of sand lies
Beaches in South Goa: Another major
base to begin the beach conquest is from Margao, the second most
important city in Goa. Beginning from Majorda beach, a 20 kms long
silvery white sand stretches across till the headland of Cabo de Rama.
Velsao, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Mobor
and Betul beaches are all interconnected.