Goa is one of the smallest location with respect to area and the fourth smallest with respect to population. It is situated in the West India in the region referred to as the Konkan which is bounded by the state of Maharashtra on the North, Karnataka on the South and East. The Arabian Sea forms the Western coast. It is one of the richest states with the GDP per capita 2 and a half times that of the country as the whole. It has continued enthralling visitors with its beaches and the atmosphere. It still conjures up the images for all parties till night and tripping along with sun soaked beaches. It ensures that its persona is rich with amalgam of Portuguese and having the influence of Indian traditions.
How to reach Goa?
It is visited by numerous International and domestic tourists every year due to its beaches, world heritage architecture and places of worship. It is also having rich fauna and flora which is owing to its location on the Western Ghats range which are classified as the hotspot for the biodiversity.
International Airport of Goa is a civil enclave at INS Hansa which is the Naval Airfield which is located at Dabolim near Vasco Da Gama. They are having scheduled international connections to Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, and Sharjah in the Middle East by the flights running across the country.
They are having two rail lines –one which runs South Western Railways and another Konkan Railways. The line does run by the South Western railways which were built during the colonial era which linked the port town of Vasco Da Gama and Goa with Belgium, Karnataka, and Hubli through Margao. The Konkan railway line which came into existence in year 1990s is running parallel to the coast connecting the major cities on the Western Coasts.
Most of the buses are run by private service providers and they are linking the major towns for the rural areas. Government run buses are maintained by Kadamba Transport Corporation which are linking major routes and some remote parts of the state. The public transport in Goa is less developed and residents do depend heavily on their own transportation, which are usually motorised by two-wheelers and the small family cars.
Top 10 places to visit in Goa
Basilica of Born Jesus
Shanta Durga Temple
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Casino Royale Goa
Park Hyatt Goa Resort and spa
Goa State museum
Goa Chitra Museum
Where to Eat and Stay?
Goan cuisine does consist of regional foods popular in Goa which is located along the India’s west coast along the Arabian Sea. Lamb, chicken, seafood, rice, coconut milk and local spices are some of the initial ingredients for the Goan cuisine. It is located in the tropical climate which refers that flavours and species are intense. Using of the kokum is another unique features and the food is considered incomplete without the fish. The cuisine of Goa is influenced by the Hindus origins,400 of the Portuguese Colonialism and the latest techniques. Some of the renowned hotels and restaurants in Goa are- Alma’s, Angles resort, All Spice, Capricorn, Cafe Nirvana etc.
Accommodation in Goa is plentiful with the variety of hotels, guest houses and resorts. There are simple and bare rooms which are available for the thriftiest of back packers and the 5- star deluxe luxury suits for the people who are working for fancies. Some of the renowned guest houses and restaurants are as under-Aishwaryam Villa, Pinto Guest house goa, Mount Valley Guest House etc.