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INTRODUCTION.....
Goa is a tiny speck of sun-drenched, palm-fringed, hillock-speckled, lush-green-field-dappled paradise, skirted by white-topped sprays of salty blue waves. But then, Goa is a lot of things. This little seaside state, with an identity that's a seamless blend of Latino influence and Indian tradition, was crackling enough to have been one of the Millennium destinations of the world.

GOA LOCATION....
The essence of Goa lies in its marvelous expanses of palm-fringed beaches and azure-blue seas, all warmed by the sun and local hospitality. Goa is all about relaxed lifestyle, enlivened by the Goan love for music and dance, spiced up by its superb cuisine. Summers on the golden sands, winters in the warm waters, or soaking in the Goan rains - Goa is exhilarating round the year. The scenic splendor of Goa simply dazzles as nature bares her treasures, unfolding miles and miles of glorious vistas of rivers, ponds, wooded hills and valleys. Whitewashed churches and temples at strategic points heighten the effect.

There's more to Goa than sun, sand and natural beauty. The allure is quite distinct from the rest of India - it's not just the familiar remnants of European colonialism or the picture book exoticism that makes it so accessible, it's the prevalence of a form of social and political progressiveness that westerners feel they can relate to. Goans are friendly and happy-go-lucky. They are fond of the good things in life and are certainly not caught up in the rat race.

WHAT TO SEE IN GOA :
PanajiPanaji, the Capital of Goa, on the banks of the river Mandovi, was originally a major port. It still retains the old, narrow streets in Fontainhas. The Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is one of the oldest buildings (circa 1541) in the city. An evening cruise on the river is a must. Here you get a beautiful view of the capital. There are refreshments and traditional entertainment on board.

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Old Goa 10 km east of Panaji, Old Goa was the capital of Goa during Portuguese rule. This has given it a rich architectural legacy of many beautiful churches like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

Fort Aguada Built by the Portuguese in 1612 to defend Goa, the fort is now better known as the location of the Taj Group's luxury resort. Walk along the keyhole shaped jetty for a superb view of the coast from Sinquerim almost up to Baga, and then, walk up the hill to see the citadel and the 1864 lighthouse. The fort also has a prison that is no longer in use.

Beaches: North to South Querim, Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim, Vainguinim, Siridao Bogmalo, Velsao, Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Betul, Palolem

BEST TIME TO VISIT.....

High Season
November to March

Low Season
April to October

GOA CLIMATE :
Tropical - between 23-35° Celsius

Throughout the year: Warm

Clothing

Cottons, throughout the year.

HOW TO REACH BANGALORE.....
Goa is linked by air to Bangalore, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Delhi, Kochi (formerly Cochin), Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum). Both domestic carriers, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways, fly there. The flying time from Mumbai to Goa is just under an hour.
It is advisable to book both your inbound and outbound sectors well in advance.

Goa is linked by the South Central Railway division (having major stations for halt at Margao, Vasco da Gama and Colem, linking Goa with the neighboring state of Karnataka) and the Konkan Railway division (having major stations for halt at Pernem, Thivim, Karmali, Margao, and Canacona linking Goa with Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi).

Goa is linked by road to Ahmedabad (1138 km), Aurangabad (699 km), Bangalore (592 km), Mumbai (597 km), Chennai (923 km), Pune (473 km).







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