Goa: ‘Land of Feni & Harmony’
Miniature Goa offers a ton more than beaches, fenny and trance jamboree. A multi-hued mingle of Indian and Portuguese cultures and heritage, sugar coated with sun, golden sand beaches, lip smacking seafood, wild life, art and spirituality; unique and complete in itself.
This glistering shoreline stretches along the Arabian Sea, and every beach here has its own forte. Goa is a kind of spiritual sanctuary too; here one may experience t’ai chi sessions, reiki healing courses, meditation, and every possible form of spiritual exploration. Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage in Goa is something that leaves travelers spellbind. You may witness the indelible mark of Portuguese culture everywhere in Goa. Food in Goa, with the Indo-Portuguese influence is truly a treat for the taste buds.
Beaches: Goa had more than four dozen beaches, though majority of travelers are limited to major beaches only. Prominent beaches include Morjim beach, Anjuna beach, Baga beach, Calangute beach, Candolim beach, Mandrim beach, Chapora beach, Miramar beach and Palolem beach.
Water & Adventure Sports: Goa has ample scope for thrilling adventure of water sports. You may try Paragliding, Scuba Diving, Jet Ski, Parasailing, Ringo Ride, Speed boating, Banana Ride, Wind Surfing, Kayaking, and Water Zorbing in Goa.
Churches: Goa is the city of Churches, built beautifully in Indo-Portuguese architecture styles. Must visit churches include Se Cathedral Church, Bom Jesus Basilica Church, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Church of St. Catejan and Church of St Francis of Assisi.
Wildlife: Goa is the land of several wild life sanctuaries. This tiny state offers ample wildlife aspects, which is enough to fascinate travelers. Major wildlife sanctuaries include Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Molem Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Food & Shop: Goan Seafood and cuisines is really a treat for taste buds, whether it is Bebinca (sweet dish), Ambot Tik (gravy dish), Crab Xec Xec, Fish Curry Rice, Sanna (coconut dish) or Feni (Goan Drink).
Shopping in Goa is an absolute delight, there is lot to shop right from hippie clothing to junk jewellery, from feni and bebinca to cashewnuts and Goan sausages, and from bamboo work to terracotta and brassware.
Yoga & Meditation: Goa is perhaps a place for yoga & medication vacations. There are so many centres in Goa where one may undertake meditation and exercise yoga, along with ayurvedic retreat.
Transport & Connectivity:
Goa is well connected with major cities of the country. For local transport, taxis and cabs are easily available. To dive deep in to the destination, it is recommended that one may hire bike and explore the territory in their own way.
The Dabolim Airport is about 29 kilometers away from Panjim. Daily flights are scheduled from Chennai, Ahmadabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin and Bangalore.
Daily bus service to Goa is available from important cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai.
Madgaon and Thivim are the major railway stations in Goa, and are well connected by trains from all parts of the country.