Goa at a glance:
Goa is the Indian state that is based in western Ghat of the region called “Konkan”. This state had earlier been under the dominion of Portuguese. The state is very famous for being interspersed with scores of sea beaches, holy places, flora and fauna and so on. It is on account of these charms that Goa has been successful in attracting large crowds of tourists from round the planet and boasts of having the most flourishing Goa tourism industry. Another praise-worthy specialty of Goa lies in its incredible unity among people in spite of all the diversities that they have. People belonging to diverse religious sects, beliefs, cast and creed have been living in the close vicinity of each other without a single case of conflicts and skirmishes among them. They show the great example of not only the tolerance towards the religions of each other but also respect. The population of Goa has the blend of people practicing Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and so on. But they are highly considerate and respectful towards each other’s sentiments and religious faiths and thus they depict to the world the matchless example of unity in diversity.
History of Goa:
Originally, Goa had been a part of the Mauryan Empire established by the great king Ashoka. How did it derive its name has been a matter of controversy and several scholars have put forth various theories. Also, there have been some references found in the ancient Vedas and scriptures. In the great epic of Mahabharata, this place has been referred as Goparashtra or Govarashtra that stands for “country for cow herds”. Also, several other theories have been proposed to explain the basis of its nomenclature. The ruling of this region continued changing the hands and many great warriors and rulers arose and faded out, with the constantly ticking time. Later on, Goa also had been a part of the Bahmani sultanate. Later, it was conquered by Vijayanagar empire. Goa also had the part of Bijapur sultanate of Adil shah for some time and finally into the hands of Portuguese after fall of Adilshahi sultanate.
Places to see in Goa:
Goa has been most famous state in the whole of world for being rich in numerous beaches. This is the reason every year, millions of foreign tourists embark on Goa travel in their bid to have the delight amidst the roaring sea shores. There are several sea beaches that offer wide range of games and hilarious and also adventurous activities to do in Goa. There are several beaches marked with loads of funs, hilarities of the watery sports such as parasailing, wind surfing, water skiing, banana ride and several others of such sorts. During your trip to Goa, if, you have been in look out for a place that offers the complete tranquility and feeling of utter isolation from the everyday life, then too there are myriad such beaches strewn across Goa. Apart from the exhilarating beaches, Goa also has to offer number of ancient churches and mansions and included in the list are Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and many more. Goa is dotted with scores of temples, mosques, sanctuaries, national parks, forests, caves, waterfalls and so on. There is abundant number of hotels in Goa that is friendly to the needs of every pocket. All kinds of hotels in every price range can be found by holidayers. Goa has several highly developed markets that offer a paradise for the tourists to serve their wish of shopping in Goa. Wide gamut of articles of daily needs can be obtained during Goa shopping at marvelously pocket friendly prices. It is on account of all these factors that Goa tourism industry has been thriving by leaps and bounds.
Best time to tour Goa:
Being flanked by the water bodies like Arabian Sea and others, Goa witnesses hot and humid climate, quite akin to the climatic conditions of Mumbai. May is the month, when the sun beats hardest in Goa. Monsoon makes entry with the starting weeks of the month of June to bring sooth from the scalding heat of summer. Rain continues shedding torrents till the month of September. Winter reigns supreme from mid December and till February with temperature fluctuating between 21 and 28 degree Celsius. The part of the year witnessing huge inrush of the holiday makers for sightseeing in Goa is between the months of October and June, which is considered to be the best season to tour Goa.