The state of Goa, in India, is famous for its beaches and places of worship, and tourism is its primary industry. Tourism is generally focused on the coastal areas of Goa, with decreased tourist activity inland. Foreign tourists, mostly from Europe, arrive in Goa in winter whilst the summer and monsoon seasons see a large number of Indian tourists. Goa handled 2.29% of all foreign tourist arrivals in the country in 2011. This relatively small state is situated on the western coast of India, between the borders of Maharashtra and Karnataka and is better known to the world as a former Portuguese enclave on Indian soil. Tourism is said to be the backbone of Goa's economy
The history of Goa dates back to prehistoric times, though the present-day state of Goa was only established as recently as 1987. In spite of being India's smallest state by area, Goa's history is both long and diverse. It shares a lot of similarities with Indian history, especially with regard to colonial influences and a multi-cultural aesthetic. Situated on the Konkan Coast in Western India, Goa was[when?] one of the major trade centres in India. It attracted influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history, Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development.
Fairs & Festivals
Fairs and Festivals in Goa are really a refreshing experience for the town dwellers as well as the visitors to the enchanting beach town. Various festivals and events in Goa are celebrated with all the pomp and show. The long list of the most-popular Fairs and Festivals includes Monsoon Festival Goa, Christmas & New Year Celebrations in Goa and the Festival of Three Kings Feast. Goa Christmas Celebrations and New Year Celebrations are world famous and people from across the world come and enjoy the glamour of these memorable moments. The most-awaited Goa Carnival Festival 2012 was celebrated last February.
Best Time to Visit
November to February is generally considered to be the best time to visit Goa. The weather is perfect, not very cold, not very hot. It's also a good time as almost all the beach shacks are open during these months. Water sports, like banana boat ride, jet ski, parasailing, etc. are also open to tourists during these months on most of the popular beaches. Lots of music festivals including the Sunburn festival happen around December and January. If you like being in the crowd and are looking for fun party time, this is the time to go to Goa. Goa is considered to be one of the best places in India to enjoy Christmas and New Year season as the entire Goa is full of festivity.
How to Reach :-
BY AIR - Nearest airport from Goa (Panjim) is Dabolim Airport (Goa International Airport), at a distance of 29 Km. Dabolim Airport serves regular flight from Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and other major cities of India and also the cities of U.K and Germany. You can hire a taxi to reach to your destination further.
BY RAIL - Goa’s main railway stations are in Mudgaon, and Thivim. Other railway stations are Vasco Da Gama, Karmali, Sanverdam Church, Cancona, Pernem and Karmali. Most of these railway stations are well connected with the major cities and towns of the country. You can easily get taxis and traveler bus from these stations.
BY ROAD - There are numerous State and privately owned buses which run in and around the state. You can easily get buses to commute to nearby cities and towns from Goa.
Goa is tropical paradise and one righty so, owing to its amazing charms. Tourist attractions in Goa are abundant and suitable for all ages, interests and moods. Nature lovers are sure to have great time as the list of tourist attractions in Goa state has wildlife sanctuaries, untouched, forests, waterfalls and the lesser known backwaters. Party Lovers are surely in heaven when they are in Goa. The small paradise has clubs, pubs, bars, beach parties, casinos, etc. In fact, name it and you have it in Goa.
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