Influenced by over 450 years of Portuguese rule and Latin culture, Goa presents a somewhat different representation of the country to foreign visitors. Major tourist attractions include: Bom Jesus Basilica, Fort Aguada, a wax museum on Indian culture and a heritage museum. The Churches and Convents of Goa have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Beaches of Goa
Goa's palm-fringed beaches and blue seas have made it one of India's most popular tourist destinations. Yet, there's much more to Goa than its beaches. The state's unique Portuguese heritage, beautiful landscapes, spice plantations, and buzzing restaurants, nightclubs and markets, make it one of a kind. Goa's beaches are dotted with shacks and restaurants offering fresh seafood, which are perfect for a leisurely meal. Here, tourists relax at a cafe on Baga beach, one of the most popular beaches in the state.
Saturday Night Market
3 kms away is this famous market which is inspired by the “Flea” markets of the long gone hippy era. Trinkets, beach ware, food and everything that attracts you is sold here on Saturdays in the months of January to May. In addition the market is home to some of the best live bands belting out great sounds of jazz, rock and alternate music.
The Goan capital city of Panaji is centered around the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church. Its wide, tree-lined roads, whitewashed churches and Portuguese-inspired houses give the city a distinct look and atmosphere. Panaji is also famous for “Street Tourism” a word coined for the traveler who walks the labyrinthine streets dotted with retail outlets.
Goa is also famous for its numerous flea markets, which have stalls offering everything from cheap clothing to junk jewellery to whacky leather accessories. The Anjuna flea market, held every Wednesday, is the most popular among these.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Goa was the capital of the Portuguese empire in India before Panjim. It still contains several grand churches, which were built during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Basillica of Bom Jesus, is the best-known among these.
Goan beaches are popular hubs for adventure sports such as parasailing, jet skiing, wind surfing and scuba diving. You can also indulge in sailing or yachting.
And Much More….
The spirit of Goa has much more offer to the exploring traveller with its diverse culture and people. Goa is full of surprises and secret hideaways.