3 Things that Make Goa Tourism A Hit Among Globetrotters

Why to go to some foreign land and spend more money, when India is already blessed with fantastic tourist destinations. Away from the boring city life, Goa is such an attractive place where everyone can enjoy to the fullest without regretting the choice of destination being made. Adventure sports, exotic cuisine, sun-kissed beaches, effervescent nightlife, budget-friendly accommodation to luxury resorts is what defines Goa at its best. These multifarious reasons make Goa tourism a hit among globetrotters. Here is a list of few things that one can do to enhance the Goa holiday experience.

Relish Rich Goan Delicacies

Relish-Rich-Goan-Delicacies

A visit to any of the holiday destinations is incomplete without trying its local delicacies. Think of some good food and find it at street-side stalls, shacks or plush restaurants. Goans believe that the three necessities of a meal are rice, curry and fish. Exhibiting a blend of Konkan, Portuguese and Muslim cuisines, Goan delicacies are mostly rich in spices, kokum and coconut milk. Moreover, the conventional way of cooking food in a clay pot lends a smoky flavour to the dishes. Tourists on Goa tours can sample a wide range of culinary delights, such as fish curry, prawn balchao, sorpotel and chouricos.

The gastronomic wonders of Goa are not just limited to the sharp taste of the seafood. The impeccable fusion has also contributed to the sinful taste of the scrumptious sweet dishes. Travellers with a sweet tooth can relish an array of desserts like bebinca, dodol, serradura and kulkuls while on a tour of this small state.

Witness the Effervescent Nightlife

Goa-Beach-Party-night 

The lively nightlife of Goa has no comparison with the other party hubs in the country. From the amazing discotheques and clubs to the lively beach parties, Goa encompasses a wide spectrum of choices for partying. Backpackers on Goa tours can celebrate the true essence of this state by enjoying the happening beach parties. The most preferred trance party spot is Baga Beach, popular for midnight festivity.

The nightlife of Goa can be best enjoyed at Titos Lane where one can find some of the most electrifying clubs and bars. While availing Goa tour packages, tourists can enjoy the party on cruises, floating over the Mandovi River. The entertaining performances of the musicians add to the charm of this smallest state of India.

Enjoy Adventure Water Sports

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Vacationers can give their adrenaline a rush by indulging in adventurous sports activities, offered at the pristine beaches of Goa. The azure waters of the sea provide excellent opportunities for the same that makes Goa tourism a popular choice. Partake in thrilling beach activities like windsurfing, water skiing and angling land later sit back and enjoy the setting sun. To explore the marine life, including the colourful fishes, coral heads and lobsters, travellers can also try scuba diving.

These and many more such experiences make Goa tourism a popular choice among holidaymakers.

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Spending Time at 4 Popular Beaches with Goa Tour Packages

Goa, located in the western part of India and flanked by the vast Arabian Sea, is visited by hordes of domestic and international tourists round the year. One of the major reasons behind the success of tourism in this state is its well-developed and vibrant beaches. It is probably the only state in India, where both commercial and secluded beaches are equally popular. Travellers who wish to spend some quality time amidst natural beauty can opt for Goa tour packages that include visits to sun-kissed, peaceful waterfronts, especially the ones in the southern part of the state.

Vagator

Vagator-Beach-Goa

Vagator-Beach-Goa

Vagator is located in the northern-most part of the state situated opposite to Charpora River. Surrounded by magnificent red cliffs, this beach is a popular destination for globetrotters with Goa holiday packages. It is divided into two parts; the northern part being the larger one. It is more popular among the youth for its vibrant water activities. On the other hand, its southern part is commonly called Orzon, famous for its serenity and scenic views. Vagator is also home to a number of restaurants and cafés, where seafood delicacies can be enjoyed.

Arambol

Situated at a distance of approximately 50 kilometres from the capital city of Panaji, Arambol is one of the most secluded and serene beaches in the country. Enveloped by rocky hills, it is famous for fresh water lagoons and hot springs. Its coastline stretches for about 16 km approximately, giving tourists a chance to boat ride and paraglide. People can also enjoy dolphin watching and swimming in the aqua blue water of the Arabian Sea here. A leisure walk along the seashore can be a splendid experience. Food lovers will never be disappointed here as they can enjoy delicious food at different popular restaurants near the beach.

Anjuna

Many Goa tour packages include a visit to the famous Anjuna Beach, which is probably the most vibrant beaches of the state. Surrounded by lush greenery of swaying palm trees, rocky hills and white sands, Anjuna is visited by a majority of international tourists. Energetic and lively parties at this place are the major attraction for youth. It is located near to the majestic Charpora Fort, which is often visited by people from Anjuna for sightseeing as the fort looks spectacular on moonlit nights. People can also stay at the luxurious hotels and resorts, which are located nearby. Apart from this, the destination also provides visitors the chance of relishing sumptuous cuisines at famous restaurants of the region.

Candolim

Located in the northern region of the capital city, Candolim Beach extends from Fort Aguada to Chapora Beach, which is situated on the coastline of the great Arabian Sea. It is probably the only beach in which special excursions are held for tourists, where they are taken into the sea. Travellers may find an interesting combination of revered churches and majestic forts, located on the coastline. For an extravagant stay, travellers can choose for luxurious resorts located in Candolim. The place is also well-connected by a number of public transportation options so that travellers may not find it difficult to visit this beach with any Goa tour packages.

Probably, the most visited place in western part of India, this state is an ultimate destination to enjoy some quality time amidst nature. From vibrant parties to magnificent churches, Goa draws travellers from all across the world. It is a must visit destination for people who are travelling to the country for the first time and to add to that the excursion to the top 4 beaches of this place can be a great experience.

Enjoying Art Forms in Goa during the Stay

Goa is the tiniest state of India, lying in the Konkan region. Millions of tourists visit this beach destination every year, and this place is often synonymous with the tourism in the country. Divided in North and South districts, it is the ultimate place to enjoy peaceful vacations or fun-filled weekends. This place is dotted with numerous stunning sights and historical monuments. The geography is a perfect amalgamation of plateaus, mountainous regions and coastal plains. Tourists can see glimpses of Roman and Portuguese architecture in the churches and other man-made wonders of this region. One glimpse of this state gives an insight of the cultural richness and interesting traditions. It is also regarded as a pilgrimage centre for the believers of Christianity.

Celebrations in Goa

Most of the tourists come to this place to enjoy their vacation. The months of November and December are busiest as the Christmas and New Year celebrations of this state are popular all across the globe. Tourists can enjoy the most happening party on one hand, followed by a serene walk by the sea. These parties include performance by renowned names in the music industry. Special performance in parties or full-fledged concert by these artists can be enjoyed during a stay here. Apart from this, classical programs are also part of the culture, and tourists can be a part of them to know this place in a better way.

Dance Events in Goa

This state is quite rich in culture, heritage and arts. The performing arts of this place are unique and have been point of interest of many travellers. The unity in diversity of the Goan heritage can be easily spotted in the dances performed by artists. The overall view is colourful and ethnic, depicting the mix of Indian and Western influence on the art form. Over a period of time, various dances and musical events have evolved as result of the fusion. They all grew parallel with the classical dance. Here is a list of dances, which have been a part of the state since years.

Local Performing Arts

Dekni

Dekni

The first one in the list is Dekni, performed exclusively by women. Its background music is inspired by both the East and West; hence has contemporary as well as ethnic components. Unlike other Indian classic performance, it is devoid of religious context and came into existence as a result of social gatherings. It includes elements of Kunbi, Dhalo and Fugdi – folk and tribal dances, respectively. Kunbi is perhaps the only form, in which Portuguese influence is absent as it has been practised even before their arrival.

Lamp Dance

Lamp Dance

Lamp Dance is the speciality of Goa, performed by trained women during Shigmo – the spring festival. It needs a lot of practice as balancing lamps on the head is a part of the whole act.

Goff

Goff

To get a closer look at the lifestyle of locals, travellers can go to see the Goff. It is performed by Goans after the crop is harvested in order to celebrate the occasion. The techniques involved in this performance may take months to learn. In the first half, braids are made using colourful cords, and in the second half artists unravel it while doing rhythmic movements inspired by Gujarati tribal dances. Songs played during the entire performance are dedicated to the Lord Krishna.
Dance drama and plays also feature elegant dance forms, some of which are Jagar, Dhangar, Muscle and Ghode Modni.

Jagar

Jagar

Gawdas – known as original settlers in Goa – perform Jagar and Dhangar.

Dhangar

Dhangar

Apart from this, Dashavatar, which means ten incarnations, is also a major genre associated with Lord Vishnu. Some people say that this form takes instances from Kuchipudi and has originated from it while the other group believes that it has evolved from Yakshagana. It is part of a play, in which the theft of Vedas is the subject. Main characters include Goddess Saraswati, Lord Brahma and the Sankasur demon.

Romat dance

Romat dance

Romat dance performed as a result of the thanks-giving observation is one of the most vibrant sights. It is more of a procession carried by people of Central and Northern Goa that features ceremonial umbrellas, huge banners, festooned stick and people dancing on beats of Dholas and Tashas (drums). The electric cultural mix of Goa is different from rest of the country, and is unique in its own way. Travellers can experience an exhilarating vibrancy, rhythmic charm and colourful variety by visiting this place.

The Dual-Inspired Goan Cuisine

Going to the state with Goa tour packages and sampling its local cuisine can elevate the experience of travellers to a whole new level. The food here is a mix of local and traditional styles, and is influenced by the Portuguese and British styles. As the region lies on the coast, seafood is the most important aspect of the cuisine. Coconut, for the same reason, is the second-favourite ingredient in most Goan dishes. In South India, rice is the main grain that is grown and consumed, and so is the case in this state. Another important part of the food here is the liberal use of spices; something for which the entire region is renowned for in the world. We can classify the cuisine into two sub-types: Indian and Colonial. The state is famous for feni, which is an alcoholic beverage, distilled from the juice of cashew nuts.

 

Indian

 

Traditionally, the Indian-influenced food consisted of seafood, but not terrestrial creatures. The contemporary population has in fact developed a taste for other meats as well. People earlier consumed animal products like milk, ghee, butter, yoghurt, but not egg; however, this too has changed now. These kinds of dishes are soured with kokum and tamarind and sweetened with jaggery. Fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves are some of the hugely-used flavouring substances. It is less hot, less spicy and less oily than preparations from other parts of India. Onions and garlics are used somewhat sparingly, making the items less aromatic. A lot of lentils and vegetables like pumpkins and gourds are consumed by locals in plenty, and the fat used for cooking is generally coconut oil.

 

The Chinese influence is also apparent, for instance, in the Malabar fish curry. In it, sardine is cooked with onions and lady-fingers, and served with rice. Uddamethi is made with mackerel and fenugreek or in some variations with hog plums or raw mangoes. Dried mackerels, onions and coconuts are used to cook kirmur, which is eaten as a side dish. A popular vegetarian food item called bhaji is made using different mashed vegetables like peas, potatoes and cauliflowers. Another widely-consumed vegetable dish is tondak, prepared with beans and made rich by adding cashew nuts. Payasu, kheer, patoli and madgane are the sweet-dishes, generally made using rice, milk and lentils.

 

Colonial

 

The colonial-influenced cuisine mostly consists of non-vegetarian dishes with generous use of pork. A well-loved pork dish is sorpotel, which also uses giblets. Meats are first parboiled, then cut and sautéed, and finally simmered in a sauce of spices and vinegar. Fluids of animals are also utilised; for example, in cabidela, where the meat is cooked in its own blood. Balchao is made with prawns and cooked in a gravy of tomatoes, chillies and vinegar. Feijoada is cooked using beef, various types of beans, carrots, cabbage and tomatoes. Chicken or lamb is cooked in a gravy spiced with poppy seeds and red chillies to make xacuti. The most popular curry dish of Goa is vindaloo, made with lamb or chicken, and in some variations potatoes are also added. Many other dishes can be sampled while availing Goa holiday packages, such as patoleo, cashew laddus and khaje.

Viewing the Agricultural Life of the Past in the Chitra Museum

Located on the significant western edge of India is the famous state of Goa. Stories about the region go right back to the Hindu texts. Parashurama, Saptarshi and Shiva have been mentioned as living here at some point of their lives. The discovery of rock paintings in Usgalimal has proved the existence of humans in the region in 30000 BC. By 2400 BC, the Aryans from North India had settled in the area. They are believed to have communicated in the Prakrita form of Sanskrit. About two centuries later, the Sumerians came for trade and started living here. From 7th century BC to 16th century AD, Goa was under many kingdoms, which ruled various parts of India. The Portuguese occupied it in 1500 till 1961, when it was liberated by the Indian Army. It is a major tourist destination in the country and Goa tour packages can be planned to visit its attractions like museums, wildlife parks, beaches and cathedrals.

 

Chitra Museum

Chitra Museum

Chitra Museum

 

The Chitra Museum, in the village of Benaulim, is dedicated to the agricultural practises and techniques of the state. It aims at educating people about the agrarian life of the region in the past. The methods used by farmers of yore were simple and caused no harm to the environment. Another objective of the establishment is to reintroduce many of these farming methods, which have disappeared in due course of time. The design and structure of the property is itself of deep thought. It is built with materials found within 5 km radius of the site. Things like doors, windows and other furniture from demolished homes are used in its construction. The whole area was reconstructed in the form of a typical Goan village, including the farms and water bodies. The pond is used for breeding fish and for irrigating the fields situated here. A biogas plant and vermicompost pit have also been constructed to save on fossil fuels and chemical fertilizers, which pollute the soil and air.

The exhibition showcases objects used by people in the area, before electricity made their jobs easier. One section displays tools used for sowing, harvesting, cutting, trimming, crop-processing and irrigating the farms. Another gallery has utensils used to store metals, timber and grains. Weighing scales used by grocers and vessels used to measure water, oils and grains are also showcased here. A walk through a long passage allows visitors to see vehicles like bullock and horse carts, palanquins and carriages. People practised a variety of professions in olden times that are also represented by the site. Objects used by carpenters, cobblers, goldsmiths, tailors, masons, blacksmiths and barbers are kept here. A separate area is dedicated to traditional Goan arts and crafts. Shown in this section are pottery, stone sculptures, cane work and tapestries.

Other Things to Do Here

Traditional costumes and musical instruments can be seen in the Tulsi zone. Apart from these, it has a kitchen, a juice counter and an audio-visual room. In another zone, musical performances by various artists and bands are held. Freshly harvested crops can be bought at the air-conditioned store.

Viewing Exhibits of the Naval Aviation Museum

Maritime trade and warfare have been associated with India since ancient times. The Rig Veda, written around 15th century BC, mentions Varuna as having knowledge of sea routes. Clans such as the Mauryas, Cholas, Guptas, Pandyas, Vijayanagara Empire and others are known to have formidable navies. The modern navy of India has been active since 1947 and now has over 500000 personnel and 181 ships. In 1948, it got an additional boost with the setting up of the Air Arm. This Air Arm has used a variety of aircraft, some of which are displayed in the Naval Aviation Museum in Goa. People coming to the state for beach holidays can consider seeing its exhibits.

 

Naval Aviation Museum

 

Naval Aviation Museum, Goa

Naval Aviation Museum, Goa

The Naval Aviation Museum is situated in Bogmalo and lies at a short distance of 6 km from the city of Vasco da Gama. Opened to the public in 1998, it is one amongst the only two military aviation museums in India. It has been divided into two main sections: an outdoor yard and a two-storey building, housing galleries. The first thing that people notice as they enter the yard is the Super Constellation. It was a passenger aircraft made by the American company Lockheed. With each of its four engines generating 3250 horsepower, it could fly at a speed of 531 km/hour with a total weight of 54431 kg. It was given to the naval air wing in 1976 and was decommissioned in 1983. One of the three surviving specimens of the amphibious plane Short Sealand is also on display. India bought ten Fairey Firefly fighters, which were built to take off and land on an aircraft carrier. One of these can also be seen in the open air section of the museum. HAL HT-2, which was used to train fighter pilots, is also among the exhibits. Also kept here is a de Havilland Vampire, which was armed with guns, missiles and bombs and had a cruising velocity of 882 km/hour. The 4208 kg Hawker Sea Harrier also attracts visitors. Armed with four 20 mm cannons and other bombs and missiles in 6 hard points, it operated from INS Vikrant and destroyed dozens of Pakistani boats and ships during the 1971 war.

 

Another carrier-borne fighter, formerly used by the Navy and now housed here, is the French Breguet Alize. It was made to specifically target enemy submarine, which it destroyed with torpedoes. Dove is a short-haul passenger plane, made by de Havilland, which is also part of the outdoor exhibition. Among the helicopters are the Aerospatiale Alouette III made under license by HAL as Chetak, the Hughes TH-55 Osage used for training and the Westland Sea King. The latter was pressed in anti-submarine operations by India and is still being used. The anti-submarine operations of India were further boosted by the Soviet Kamov KA-25 attack helicopters, one of which is also a part of the display. INS Viraat and Vikrant operate the Harrier Jump-Jet, which is the only VTOL fighter in service with the Indian forces. Visitors coming here as part of their Goa tour package can also visit the indoor gallery, where various missiles, bombs and other weapons are kept.

Experience Serenity at Basilica of Bom Jesus

Goa is one of the smallest states of India consisting mainly of coastal regions and beautiful beaches. The land is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and Sahyadri Mountains on the east. An amalgamation of various ethnicities and cultures in a small region is a noted fact of the state. Several rivers, gleaming sand beaches and splendid destinations make the place charming. This state attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists throughout the year, who visit the place during a Goa tour. This coastal land houses some of the most spectacular churches in the country holding cultural and historical prominence.

 

Basilica of Bom Jesus

 

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus, also called the Bom Jesus Basilica is a famous religious structure in the region. The remains of St. Francis Xavier are sanctified in a silver casket in this structure, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its exquisite elegance and celebrates the legend of infant Jesus. The structure displays fine Jesuit architecture and it is the only unplastered church in old Goa. Built in late 16th century, this place was consecrated by Archbishop of Goa. The edifice comprises many intricate styles like Doric, composite and Corinthian designs done on black granite and basalt.

 

Tourists entering the premises can find an altar of St. Anthony on the left and a wooden, beautifully carved statue of St. Francis Xavier on the right. The northern wall in the middle contains cenotaph of Dom Jeronimo Mascarenhas, the patroniser of this church. Portuguese and Latin inscriptions, mentioning the dates of beginning and consecration of the edifice, is also found inside. The southern wall contains densely carved pulpit, which is surrounded by the holy figure of Jesus, the four doctors and four evangelists of the church on three sides, respectively. Two long sides contain a gallery made to be used by dignitaries on important occasions.

 

The richly beautified main altar contains revered figures of infant Jesus and St. Ignatius Loyola. The images of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are also present. Casket of St. Xavier is another intricately carved piece found inside the church. Lovely portraits and images of various saints and a golden rose sanctified by Pope Pius XII are other valuable relics of the structure. The overall layout inside the Basilica is casually done; yet, it proves to be an elegant watch for visitors.

 

The Professed House

 

The Professed House is a two storied structure, positioned adjacent to the Basilica. Built with the purpose of being exercised by the ministries of the society, this edifice was used to plan Jesuit missions to eastern regions. It is a laterite building externally covered with lime plaster that was built before the Basilica church. This tranquil site remains open throughout the week and is easily reachable from all major adjoining parts of Goa, through well-connected routes. All popular travel portals provide tourists with such family and honeymoon packages, which are sure to be a delightful experience.