Goa is the smallest state of India by area but tops the list of richest Indian states. Located in the Konkan region of West India, it shares its border with Maharashtra in the north and Karnataka in the east and south. Panaji is the capital city and Vasco da Gama is the largest city. Goa is frequently visited by a large number of international/national tourists for its beautiful beaches, Goan Carnival, Sunburn Festival and vibrant culture. It is divided into two districts namely, North Goa and South Goa. While Panaji is the headquarters of North Goa district, Margao is the headquarters of South Goa district. On 11 June 2014, Goa was honoured with the title of Best Indian Destination for Relaxation by Lonely Planet Magazine India.
Tourism is one of the main industries in Goa, therefore various kinds of accommodations like beach resorts or star category hotels are available for tourists. In the category of best hotels, The Diwa Club and Taj Exotica (A Taj Hotel) , offer luxurious rooms with world class amenities. If we look at budget hotels, Goa Woodlands Hotel located in the centre of Margao, the business capital of Goa provides elegant rooms with contemporary facilities and is ideal for business travellers. For leisure travellers, Calangute offers lowest price resorts like Osborne Holiday Resorts (located at Anjuna Beach) and Resort Village Royale (located close to Calangute Beach).
Located close to Panjim and overlooking the Arabian Sea, Dona Paula is one of the popular hangout destinations in Goa. During the tourist season, between the months of November and March, Dona Paula beats the clamour of tourists from different parts of the world which is otherwise a calm beautiful place during monsoons.Named, during the late 17th century, after the daughter of the Portuguese Viceroy of Jaffnapatnam in Sri Lanka, Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior, Dona Paula beholds a tragic history. It is said that the Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter fell in love with a local Goan fisherman but the match was unacceptable to the Viceroy. Later in the year 1682 Dona Paula threw herself off a cliff into the unforgiving Arabian Sea and thereafter the Portuguese Viceroy named the area Dona Paula, as an eternal tribute. Today the waterfront of Dona Paula in Goa is a popular hangout to couples. At the confluence of the Goan rivers Mandovi and Zuari, Dona Paula is a must place to visit in Goa. The ruins of Cabo Fort, which was erected in 1540 and National Institute of Oceanography are some popular attractions close to Dona Paula.Today, the Dona Paula area is home to many industrialists. The black stone statue of the young Dona Paula and her Goan lover on a rocky promontory jutting into the sea with a sweeping view of the Marmagoa Port in the background is also a popular attraction..
The Miramar Beach located in Panjim is one of the most visited beaches in Goa. Also known as 'Gasper Dias', it is a 2 kilometer long beach graced with silvery sand bed. It also offers a kaleidoscopic view of the Aguada fort giving a complete peaceful surrounding and solitude.In Portuguese, Miramar implies ‘viewing the sea’. The Miramar beach is quite clean but not many water sports activities can be tried here as is the case with Colva or for that matter Baga beach. Nonetheless, long hours can be spent during sunset, rejuvenating and relishing varied sea foods and drinks. Down the shore and amidst the palm grove, the beach is arrayed with many thatched roof bars, lounges and pubs that make it a perfect break while holidaying in Goa.The best time to visit Miramar beach is between the months of November and March. During this time, a large number of migratory birds such as gulls and plovers can be spotted. The sight is indeed a delight to one's eyes and an apt place to hangout for bird watchers.
The Anjuna Beach is one of the popular and bustling beaches in Goa that fetches tourists all throughout the year. During the peak tourist season the Anjuna beach hosts trance parties and the famous flea market (Every Wednesday) wherein you can purchase many things, ranging from fruits to jewelry, clothes and electronic devices.Located in Bardez taluka, the Anjuna beach in Goa is approximately 18 kms away from Panjim. The beach is famous for its stunning ambiance arraying with swaying palms trees and is marked by an unusual rocky formation overlying a cove of white sand and black rock that juts out into the Sea.The Anjuna beach in Goa is one of the beaches in Goa that fetches a crowd of hippies from all over theworld. Nonetheless the Anjuna beach also encircles the major places to visist in Goa that includes the Chapora Fort, Albuquerque mansion and St. Michael's Church.The ideal time to step into the Anjuna Beach in Goa is during the winters and springs. Overlooking the Anjuna beach, there are many luxuries to budget spa resorts where one can spend a rejuvenating and tranquil holiday. Nonetheless the German bakery,White Negro, Sea breeze cafe, Martha's breakfast home, Friends corner are some of the popular cafes and lounges where one can hangout during the evening.
Dudhsagar Waterfalls: The Dudhsagar waterfalls are one of the prime attractions in Goa which is located in the Sanguem district of Goa. These waterfalls are located near the Goa-Karnataka border. These beautiful waterfalls are located at a distance of approximately 60 kilometers from Margao. One can easily reach the tourist spot by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from Margao or you can take bus from Panaji but the best way to get here is by train and the best time to see it is the monsoon.
Moreover the Baga Beach in Goa is popular for its rejuvenating nightlife. The Tito's Lane - home to the infamous Club Tito and Cafe Mambo are mostly frequented. The pulsating DJ nights and pouring cocktails fetches in tourists from in and around Goa to these lounges.The Baga Beach in Goa is a perfect getaway for you to tan. The ideal tourist season is during the winters. Nonetheless the weather at Baga, Goa is warm throughout the year. Temperatures rarely reach more than 33 degrees during the day or drop below 20 degrees at night.
The Calangute Beach is one of the popular beaches in Goa and is often dubbed as the “Queen of the Beaches”. It is a perfect getaway for the hippies and the best time to visit this beach is during the Christmas season and in the month of May. The Calanguate beach portrays a perfect environment of the local Goan culture and it is said that the beach was discovered by the hippies themselves in the early 60s.Located 15 kms from Panjim, the Calangute beach in Goa boasts of an enthralling nightlife that continues till dawn. There are countless shacks serving the local flavour of Goa which includes Feni and sea foods.