Goa Travel Guide

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Goa is a medley people, culture and festivals. Goa is a land of scenic beauty, pristine beaches and wonderful people. It is the smallest state of India with and area 3.702 Square Kilometers. It lies in the western coast of India. Panaji is the capital city of Goa. Goa is divided into two districts, North Goa and South Goa and comprises of eleven Talukas. There are 383 villages in Goa of which 233 are in the North and 150 in the South of Goa.
The people of Goa are friendly, relaxed and extremely happy go lucky. They belong to different faiths and come from different cultural backgrounds, however lay emphasis on good living. Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 400 years and was liberated on 19th December 1961.
Goa is famous the world over for its beautiful beaches and party culture. Once a year Goa hosts a carnival. Most of the beaches are lined with shacks which serve as pub and restaurants or lounge and party place. The culture is quite laidback and relaxed. Goa caters to the "hippy" in people, with flea markets and weekend bazaar selling handicrafts, clothes and arts.
Apart from the beaches, Goa has old churches, old town area and forts to visit. You can enjoy boat cruises and water sports along some of the beaches, and go out to sea to watch the dolphins surface.
Outskirts and beaches are dotted with pubs, restaurants, a few world class clubs/discos, a range of resorts and high class hotels. Goa cuisine is a good mix of western and Indian cuisine and can appeal to most travellers, especially when had with some local wine.
Goa is well connected by rail, road and air. Venture further north or further south along the coast from Goa for more relaxing and beautiful beaches in Gokarna, Karwar, Harihareshwar, Ganpatipule, et al. Goa is also close to nice forest trails that run along waterfalls.

Goa #1 most popular location
Goa, a medley people, culture and festivals. A land of scenic beauty, pristine beaches. It is the smallest state of India with and area 3.702 Square Kilometers and lies along the western coas…
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Anjuna #2 most popular location
Anjuna village, famous for it's beach is located in North Goa. It's claim to fame until the late 90's used to be it's relative in-accessibility and seclusion which led to it's reputation as a…
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Panaji #3 most popular location
Panaji is the capital city of Goa state in India. The city has some decent beaches like Miramar and Dona Paula which are usually picnic spots. There are lots of things to do when in the Panaj…
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