#Beaches #India #Goa
Goa a state in western India with coastlines along the Arabian Sea, its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches. Goa is well known for its #beaches, ranging from popular stretches at #baga and #Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as #agonda.
Goa is synonymous with fun, beaches, parties, holidays, cheap booze and revitalization, divided into two districts, South Goa and North Goa. It is most famous for its 20+ beaches and its noticeable Portuguese architectural style
How to get there?
Goa has 1 Airport, Vasco-da-Gama and 3 Railway stations (Vasco, Madgaon, Thivim) and 2 Major Bus Stations (Panjim and Madgaon).
Accommodation: If you visit Goa in the off-season i.e. from March – October, you will find really good deals for accommodation at a good affordable price. Good Hotels within a 1KMS radius of famous beaches like Colva and Calangute might charge you around INR 2000-2500 per day per room (Twin sharing basis). Negotiation is always possible!
Transport: The best and cheapest way to travel and to explore Goa is to rent bikes and other vehicles like car or jeep, taxis and buses are also available. Bikes will cost you around INR 350-600 per day + Fuel cost.
Food: You can see plenty of good restaurants just outside the beaches everywhere. Should not cost more than INR 300 per meal. Booze is cheap, from 50 bucks for a can beer, 200 bucks for old monk, upto 400 bucks for vodka, etc.
Beaches in Goa
North Goa – Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Vagator (In a single stretch, you can walk from the first beach to the last), Dona Paula
South Goa – Colva, Majorda, Palolem, Cavelossim
Other Travel Points in Goa
Aguada fort – A fort-cum-lighthouse build by the Portuguese in 1613
Chapora fort –This is the fort featured in Indian super hit movie Dil Chahta Hai
Basilica of Bom Jesus – Built in 1605, contains the tomb and the remains of St. Francis Xavier
Naval Aviation Museum – A museum dedicated to the history of Naval Aviation in India, probably only one of its types
Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception – This has been shown in many Indian movies that are shot in Goa (Josh, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani)
River Mandovi flows through Goa and falls into the Arabian Sea. The river is beautiful and all along fenced with thick greenness of mangrove. Just before the river meets the sea, there is an island which had historically been a very important part of Goa.
The name of this exotic little island is Divar. Divar in native Konkani means small.
Prior to the island turned into an essential image of Catholicism, it was a prominent Hindu pilgrimage point. Portuguese focused on the Brahmins on the island first for change, and that have ascend to the group of Roman Catholic Brahmin.
Much before the present day Panjim turned into the heart of Goa, Divar was the capital of Old Goa. It houses three key holy places from Portuguese period, the most essential of which is the Divar Church.
The island is not associated with the terrain by an extension, so the best way to reach is through ferries. The boat ride is free and in the event that you expect to take your vehicle you have to pay expense of INR 10.
Saturday Night Market
As the name says, the market takes place every Saturday evening. The gates open around 4:30pm and market remains open usually till 3am. Other than food and shopping, this is a great party place. In the right corner of the market there is a cool bar with really cool people who come here for drink and dance on live music.
The legend around the Saturday night markets is fairly fascinating. About 10 years prior, a German had this thought and rented out land from a Goan man and initiated this market. At the point when the rent finished the Goan chose to hold the market.
The market is really big one with well managed parking space. The market offers one or the other thing for everybody. You can locate the sort of stuff you typically find in insect markers crosswise over Goan shorelines, particularly Anjuna, and can likewise discover all the more top of the line creator stuff. The majority of the creator sort shops are controlled by nonnatives and they offer stuff like garments, shoes, adornments and so forth. It’s all very excellent additionally costly.
The most fascinating part is the nourishment area, which is very enormous. Spend the vast majority of your cash drinking espresso, eating Georgian nourishment and some more colorful pastries. A German pair likewise comes here consistently when the market is on (amid the winter-spring traveler season) and they claim to make the best chicken on the planet! Very tall claim!