Goa is often called the Pearl of the Indian coast. The resort has long been associated with fabulous natural beauty and unique atmosphere of peace and harmony. Luxurious hotel complexes, restaurants and entertainment venues attracting movie stars and famous politicians are located there. Resorts of Goa have become popular quite recently; in the early 60s of the 20th century there were only carefree hippies strolling along sandy beaches. Today Goa can safely be called one of the finest resorts in the world, where nobles prefer to rest.
1. One of the major drawbacks of Goa is its very hot sun, which could be literally fatal for European tourists. Many vacationers severely burn during the first day of rest, so you … Open
Despite the fact that beaches are main local attractions, travelers have an opportunity to devote time to the most unusual and original activities. Walks along the coast are very popular; you can also take a rickshaw or rent a small boat and go exploring local attractions. As for water sports, there are no restrictions at all. Diving, fishing, spearfishing, boating and skydiving are represented there; every beach certainly has sports equipment rentals, diving schools and mass entertainment.
In summer, you can enjoy exotic fruit and refreshing drinks in local cafes; most of the restaurants and cafes are concentrated next to beaches. In addition to warm sea, the territory of Goa features seven major rivers; strolling along the banks will be interesting for fans of ecotourism. Among virginal jungle you can find fabulous picturesque waterfalls, beautiful mangroves and pristine lakes. There are also plantations, where spices are grown. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The Portuguese had a major impact on formation of culinary traditions of Goa; however, many ways of cooking national dishes haven’t changed for hundreds of years. Like many centuries … Open
In the evening, all the beaches shine with colorful parties and discos, so Goa won’t disappoint fans of nightlife. Beautiful nature, rich infrastructure of the resort, an abundance of attractions and entertainment options help Goa to receive thousands of visitors annually; every traveler would take a lot of positive impressions away from the resort.
Goa is very popular with fans of beach entertainments. There are over 40 beaches at the coastline that stretches along 110 km. Some of them are very lively and have a well-developed infrastructure. Here, you can have fun all day and night long. These are also very beautiful peaceful coastal zones. Each resort has its attractive peculiarities. Dona Paula is especially popular with couples.
Many national holidays carried out on Goa have religious roots. However, they are quite similar to religious celebrations in usual meaning. Locals devote incredibly interesting festivals and … Open
This resort has a cozy and romantic atmosphere. Many local hotels attract exactly couples and newlyweds. Tourists have a really wide choice of entertainments at the resort. You can do sport, fish, and explore unique historic attractions. There is the oldest church in the region and an interesting sealife museum.
In a small picturesque bay, there is Bogmalo that will really charm those who want to vacation in a peaceful atmosphere. There are calm picturesque beaches that are perfect for admiring the sunset. These places attract shopping enthusiasts too. At the resort, there is a large shopping mall called Manolis Tailors. Here, you can find beautiful clothes in the national style and the most popular beach accessories.
The major attraction of Goa is its charming nature complementing local historical and religious monuments. Idalkao Palace is notable among the historical monuments of the capital; … Open
Another true historical resort in Goa is Colva. Hippies started to visit it in the 60s of the last century. Today, the resort is notable for its luxurious beaches with crystal clear water and a variety of entertainment venues and hotels for every taste. Despite the fact that the resort primarily attracts fans of beach recreation and discos, there are a lot of interesting historic attractions too.
One of the largest cities here is Arambol that is visited by fans of different types of recreation. This resort has an inimitable atmosphere. In the afternoon, you can see people flying a kite at the beach. In the evening, the coast is visited by many yoga and meditation fans. Despite such number of visitors, the resort is distinguished by a calm atmosphere.
Goa features marvelous beaches and charming nature, vibrant festivals and colorful markets, unique natural attractions and charming resorts. Local beaches are among the most popular and … Open
Baga can pretend for being a historical resort too. The first tourists started visiting it over 50 years ago. This resort has the status of a family resort now. The local beach is perfect for family recreation. Active tourists have an access to many interesting entertainments. They can see nature and historical attractions and spend the whole night in the jungle. At the resort, tourists also have a wide choice of hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers.
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Sightseeing in India: things to see
The city of Mumbai is one more interesting tourist destination. This old city has retained its original look despite numerous modern buildings and skyscrapers. One can still see posh mansions and ancient churches in old quarters of Mumbai. The most famous sights of the modern part are the Fortress and several churches of the 18th century. The most famous sanctuaries of the city are Saint Thomas Church, Saint John’s Church, Mahalakshmi Temple, Haji Ali Mosque and St. Michael's Church. Guests of Mumbai are also recommended to visit the Museum of Western India, Taraporewala Aquarium and Victoria Gardens Park.