Goa is a holiday paradise on India's westcoast. Come to Goa for an Indian Holiday and you won't
be disappointed. Goa has something to offer to every tourist. If its sun, sand and sea that you're
looking for, Goa's got it all in abundance. Miles of golden sandy expanses stretch along the west
coast of India, beside the Arabian Sea. The rolling waves wash the beaches of Goa, on which sunbathers,
holiday travelers and the local residents of Goa relax and have the time of their lives.
India, is famous the world over for the unique charm of its beaches.The famous beaches Calangute,
Miramar, Dona Paula, Agonda, Aguada, Benaulim and Colva to name a few, were sought after by hippies
and flower children in the 1970's. Today Goa's beaches attract international tourists who seek aplace
to relax and unwind in the sunny weather of Goa, India.
The dance parties on the beaches and the carnivals and festivals in Goa provide many occasions for
party lovers to dance and have fun to their hearts content.
If its history and culture that interests you, Goa has many historic churches and colonial buildings.
Panaji the capital of Goa has lots to offera tourist with an interest in history and architecture.
The colonial monuments built by the Portuguese in Goa, make a fascinating tour. With fabulous beaches,
cultural attractions and warm and friendly people, there can no better place than Goa for your Indian Holiday.
Khajuraho temples are perfect example of Indian architecture, adhereto North Indian Nagara style
and to a Panchayatana plan. The whole area of the temples was surrounded by a wall, with eight
gateways flanked by two golden palm trees. The temples are dedicated to the Jain panthe on and
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and various Devi forms. Khajuraho temples were built in coarse granite,
grained buff, pink and pale yellow sand stone. The temples of Khajuraho can be divided into three
major groups - Western, Eastern and Southern. The Western Group of temples include the Kandariya
Mahadeva, Jagadambika Temple, Chitragupta Temple and Lakshmana Temple. The Eastern Group of temples
comprises of the Brahma Temple, Vamana Temple and Javari Temple and Jain shrines like the Ghantai
Temple, Adinath Temple and Parsvanath Temple. The Southern Group of temples include the Duladeo
Temple and the Chaturbhuja Temple.
Why Goa Beaches?
'Life is a party'. If you live by this phrase then Goan beaches are the place you ought to be
holidaying at. And even those who don't believe in the merriment of life will start giving second
thoughts once they are here. Goa beaches, by nature, are most versatile. From the peppy ones which
are kept awake all night by trance parties to the long stretches of virgin beach territories, Goa
has something to offer to every holiday mood. Being washed twice a day by tides and getting a new
look every year courtesy the monsoons, each of the hot Goa beaches exude a personality of their own.
Leisure Activities & Water Sports at the Beaches of Goa
There are beaches in Goa which are fully commercialized, have upmarket stores, massage centres, gym,
night clubs and then there are ones which have no signs of habitation. While some are fairly safe for
swimming, at others swimming is a complete no. The beaches in Goa are packed up with thrill with water
sports ranging from parasailing to jet skiing, windsurfing to speed boating. The beach shacks serve all
the sea food, the grilled and the roasted. Feni is more then a drink, it's the staple drink and at night
every second house on the beach will be open for the public offering cheap sea food and drinks.
Most beaches in Goa are named after the closest village. The scenic beauty of the beach is complemented
with the red brick small houses of the village and white washed churches.
Tourism in Goa
Goa Carnival - Goa Carnival, as the name suggests, is exclusively celebrated in the Goa mostly
by Christians. However, what is remarkable about the festival is that it refuses to be recognised as a
religious event.Instead it is a symbol of Goan culture...
Churches of Goa - The churches of Goa are not just religious places where people come to offer
their prayer, rather they are reminiscent of the era in the Goan history when Portuguese held sway of
this small Indian state...
Visitors can beamazed by the life like statue of Mirabai measuring 14 meters singing the devoted lyrics
to the almighty and her eternal Lord strumming the ektara to her best. This wonderful monolith was
created single handedly by MaendraJocelino Araujo and artistic style done in Greco-Roman.. Made of
laterite stones in just a month one can see a tinge of Buddhist influence. But the kumkum on the forehead,
the patti on her wrists and the parizona around her ankles gives the sculpture an Indian appeal. She can
be seen garlanded onher neck with the ornament called Fullam made of flowers generally worn by the Goan
Hindu women. A Precious lotus and a half-sun adds mystics to her posture. The sculpture is the longest
latenite sculpture in india.
Apart from the beaches and the churches, Goa has a lot more to offer to its visitors. The plenty of
rubber plantations, the fruit gardens, Goanese music and dance especially the music played with the
violin, the guitar and the piano are the best. The typical hoses that resemble the Portuguese influence,
the farmer's huts with the thatched structure,the common village market selling feni-the favourite local
alcohol, spice yards with the paddy fields makes ita living paradise.
One of the prime attraction is the handicraft of the place. From the baked pottery tothe mahars making
decorated bamboo and cane baskets with the hands as well as clay structures, sea shell crafts, terracota
products, local garments are all unique, that adds importance to the place as an destination to visit
for the tourist coming to India.