History of Goa
The state of Goa has a very long history. The state derived its name from the Sanskrit name “Gomantak” which means a land of fertility. At the mouth of River Mandovi was the old port town known as Gowapura. After the Portuguese captured it and made it their capital (now Old Goa) it came to be known as Goa.
Goa was ruled by different people in different eras. During the early period it was ruled by the Mauryan Empire. After that the Hindu dynasties took over. Then came the Muslim rulers who controlled Goa for a long time. It was after the discovery of Goa by Vasco da Gama that the Portuguese came here. Goa was finally liberated in the year 1961 and became an independent Union Territory.
Just Fly In…
The quickest way to reach Goa is by flight. Dabolim is the nearest international airport about 29 Kms from Panaji, near the city of Vasco da Gama. There are direct flights to Goa from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Cochin and other major cities. Air India, Jet Airways, Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Go Air and Kingfisher Airlines fly to Goa daily. With domestic airfares nose-diving in India, its emerging as the most preferred option to reach Goa. Most international airlines also offer connecting flights to Goa.
What’s the best Time to Visit Goa ?
The best time to holiday in Goa is from October to February. But it’s also the time when a lot of tourists from all over the world flock to Goa. December is the month of Carnival and celebrations which is a MUST SEE. Goa is the place to be in December. Goa in rains is equally beautiful and its an experience in itself, July to September is the best time to enjoy Goa in rains on empty beaches. This is also the time when hotels offer the best deals.
What to wear?
The climate in Goa is tropical almost throughout the year. So one should wear light clothes to beat the heat. Goa is a bit colder during December and January, so carrying light woolen clothes would be a good idea. If you do happen to drop by during the monsoons, then rainwear is a must.