Getting to Know Goa
Goa is one of India’s great tourist destinations, although it is definitely unlike any other place in the country. This beautiful seaside province has a culture all its own, a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese lifestyles infused with the easygoing nature for which local Goans are known. This does not mean that Goa is always lazy and laid-back, though: if you know where to look, some parts of it can offer a genuine party experience.
Whether it’s relaxation or excitement you want, though, Goa’s best attractions tend to all be on the coast. This province has literally dozens of tourist beaches, all with their own particular flavor. Some are more easygoing than not—a perfect place for spreading a towel and napping while working on one’s tan. Others, on the other hand, are supply alcohol, parties, and people galore. Whether it’s a relaxed dip in the water or a mad rush to win a jetski race, the province’s beaches provide the means for it. In Goa, beachgoers can take their pick of the type of beach experience they prefer.
Besides the beaches are the architectural sights. Forts like Chapora face the sea and afford amateur photographers stunning seascapes, particularly around sunrise and sunset. Goa is also a place filled with religious buildings. There are dozens upon dozens of old but well-kept churches and cathedrals worth a visit here, including the World Heritage Site known as the Basilica of Bom Jesus—which also happens to be the resting place for the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier. Another World Heritage Site, Old Goa, is nearby, and is full of 15th-century structures and old temples. Museums for Christian art are also abundant in this place.
Goa has long been known as the seaside holiday location for the rest of India, and as such, tourism is not new to this place. Despite that, it still retains much of its original charm and appeal, as many travelers heading to it quickly confirm.