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Go Goa!!!

bogmallo-beachIn the western coat of India, lies a small state of Goa, the land of beaches.

Though Goa is the smallest state in India, it has so much to offer, from beaches to monuments. Choose your places to visit from the state that has so much to bestow.

Goa stands as a symbol to the 450 year-Portuguese rule, making it very distinctive from the other states. You witness an apparent Portuguese feature in the Goan culture, food, and architecture and thus visitors like exploring the churches, monuments and forts.

Beaches are the most popular tourist attraction, generating large revenue for the government. Most tourists from India and abroad come to Goa to visit the beaches and soak in the picturesque vistas of sea and sand, both alike.

Though visitors from all age groups love enjoying the lazy atmosphere, the beach is more occupied with couples since Goa is the perfect place to be with your special one! But if you think beaches are the place only to relax, then you are wrong! There are enormous beach activities that you can try- Water-Skiing, Wind Surfing, and Jet Skiing, just to name a few.

Though Goa is flooded with tourists all through the year, don’t worry to find a calm, serene spot .South Goa has many beaches where you can walk away from the worldly buzz. The gorgeous bay of white sand is edged with palm trees and the atmosphere is peaceful and tranquil.

But if you love being with the crowd and don’t really mind getting amongst the most crowded, popular destinations, then you surely have a lot to explore beyond beaches, since they are not the only tourist attractions.

Bom Jesus Basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and crowded almost throughout the year.

Then there is Fort Aguada, a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing on Sinquerim beach. This fort was the most prized and crucial fort of Portuguese and you can see an evident Portuguese presence in the entire architecture.

The Goan carnival which is held in mid February is a time for graceful dances, music and of non-stop festivity.

And what’s more? Well there is so much to shop. There is the Friday Market at Mapusa, where stalls sell everything from old coins to dried fish and spices. You can find souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts at the Wednesday Market at Anjuna Beach.

So much to do and visit. Small things come in great packages is very true when it comes to Goa. You can choose from anything, to beaches to monuments to shopping. The choice is totally yours!

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