Posted by: swapnaraju | January 31, 2013

GOA – INDIA’S RICHEST STATE

Goa : India’s richest state

Goa, a tiny emerald land on the west coast of India, the 25th State in the Union of States of India, was liberated from Portuguese rule in 1961. It was part of Union territory of Goa, Daman & Diu till 30 May 1987 when it was carved out to form a separate State.

FRONT

A very striking feature of Goa is the harmonious relationship among various religious communities, who have lived together peacefully for generations. Though a late entrant to the planning process, Goa has emerged as one of the most developed States in India and even achieved the ranking of one of the best states in India with regards to investment environment and infrastructure.

The traveller is here to find something different: a balm on the busy mind, to enjoy days of freedom on Goa’s magnificent beaches, to parasail or swim with the tide of fellow visitors from all around the globe, to savour its unique cuisine and imbibe its spirits, to take a long and invigorating trek in its unexplored interiors, to marvel at its majestic temples and churches, in short, to be at one with the most friendly people in the country.

What to see

churches

Basilica of BomJesus, Old Goa

BASILICA‘Bom Jesus’ means ‘Infant Jesus’ or ‘Good Jesus’. When you set foot inside the Basilica, you will see a stunning display of architectural pieces in wood, stone, gold and granite.

 

Chapel and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier

It is inside this chapel that one will come across the silver casket that houses the immortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

 

Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa

If you fancy ancient workmanship, then you will be definitely in full praise of the 17th century pieces of religious art. There is a beautiful octagonal tabernacle in the middle of the which is richly decorated in an ornate style.

Mary Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim

Ever placed a candle in the dark? Noticed how the colors of the night and the candle become one and emit a beautiful kaleidoscope of white, yellow and orange? If your answer is yes, then this is one Church you need to visit at night.MARY

 

Chapel of St. Catherine, Old Goa

This chapel dedicated to St. Catherine stands as a living monument to the conquest of Goa by Alburquerque. You will see a statue of Our Lady as you enter the chapel.

St. Cajetan Church, Old Goa

If any of you have ever visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, you will be amazed to find its striking resemblance with the St. Cajetan Church. Equally awesome is the high vault on which are inscribed the words of Christ “My House Is A House Of The Words Of Christ”.

Other notable churches are :

Reis Magos Church, Bardez

Church Of Mae De Deus, Saligao, Bardez

Shrine Of The Holy Cross, Bambolim

Holy Spirit Church, Margao

Our Lady Of Grace Church, Margao

Our Lady Of Rosary Church, Navelim

Church Of Rachol, Margao

St. Jerome Church, Mapusa

Beaches

CRESCENT BEACHES

Shaped like the new moon, Goa’s beaches are known the world over. Fringed by swaying palm and coconut trees with cool and comfortable shacks offering a variety of refreshments, Goa’s 103 km coastline is blessed with the most enchanting beaches lapped by the Arabian Sea.. And almost all of them are swimmer friendly with the assured presence of lifeguards on all the popular beaches.

 

NORTH GOA

CALANGUTE 

Calangute-Beach-1Calangute is the most popular beach with thousands thronging it in both the peak and off-season. The waves rise high above as you wash away your city blues, though swimmer need to be a trifle cautious because of the sudden drop and the rising waves.

BAGA

A few kms down the beach is another—Baga. Compared to Calangute, Baga is quieter and also more isolated. Its scenic beauty, with the creek, the Retreat House perched on the hill and the fewer tourist buses all have contributed to its unique beauty. It is more popular with western tourists who love to use it as a base for water sports and fishing in the area.

VAGATOR 

This most photographed beach of Goa forms a bay that curves from the headland to the hillock crowned by the Chapora Fort. This beautiful arc of sand is located about 22 kms from Panaji and is part of the 30 km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa.

ANJUNA

Located about 18 kms from Panaji, the beach is known for its breeze-catching palms, soft sand, and the unusual rocky formation overlying a cove of whitish sand.and black rock that juts into the sea.

SINQUERIM

With its magnificent 17th century fort which has now been converted into a prison, Sinquerim is one of the finest beaches in Goa, offering international class facilities for water-skiing, parasailing, fishing, scuba-diving and wind-surfing.SINQUERIM

Other beaches are :

CANDOLIM, AGUADA, MORJIM ,  ARAMBOL or HARMAL, MIRAMAR

SOUTH GOA

PALOLEM

Palolem is a cosy beach of white sand facing a blue bay between two headlands. The little wooded islands on the northern headland look alluring — this is also a fishing beach — to ferry you across. They also offer to take you out to spot dolphins. Tourists have of late discovered Palolem and so there are quite a few shacks selling seafood snacks, souvenirs and clothes of the bright, informal kind. Panaji, the capital, is more than 70 kms away.

AGONDA

Agonda is long and lonely, fringed with palms and casuarinas and dominated by a large hill to the south.Agonda is a 3 km long beautiful cove of white sand, safely secluded in the palms. There are no tourists, no souvenir stalls, no restaurants—just peace and tranquility. Just the trees, the beach, the big beautiful ocean and you.

The other beaches of south goa are

VARCA, CAVELOSSIM, MOBOR, BETALBATIM, COLVA MAJORDA,   BOGMALO, BENAULIM, BETUL 

Wildlife sanctuary and National Park

 

Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park

bhagwannationalparkmainimageSituated along the North East border of Goa at Molem, about one-and-a-half hours’ journey from Panaji (60 kms), the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary covers 240 sq.kms of thick forest clad slopes on the Western Ghats and its valleys and is the biggest of the three sanctuaries of Goa. Rich in wildlife, it is a paraside for bird watchers. Besides flora and fauna, there are many important geological and historical features in this sanctuary. Dushsagar falls, about an hour’s journey from Colem by train, is a feast for the eyes. The ‘Devil Canyon’ is another beautiful geological spot. The famous Lord Mahadeva Temple situated at Tambdi Surla is about 13 kms from Molem.

Bondla Forest

52 kms. from Panaji and 36 kms. from Margao, it is the smaller of the three wildlife sanctuaries of Goa. More then a sanctuary, it is an ideal jungle resort, a major attraction for school going children and nature lovers. Its mini zoological Park, Deer Safari Park, , Botanical gardens, Nature Education Centre, wildlife and nature trails, and archaeological exhibit attract people through the year.

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

image_3366_v1The second largest of the three wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, with an area of 105 sq. kms. is located about 76 kms. from Panaji, in Cancona Taluka in South Goa.. It is covered with dense forest and varied wildlife. The ancient Jeevottam Partagal Math, noted for its Vedic studies, lies in the vicinity of the sanctuary.


Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Spread over 1.78 Sq. kms. and located at the western tip of the island of Chorao along the river Mandovi near Panaji, it is fully covered with mangrove species. Varieties of local as well as migratory birds frequently visit the area.

Forts & Caves in Goa

Goa has a rich historical legacy that many don’t know about. A living testimony to this historical legacy is the famous forts of Goa. Not only are they popular tourist attractions but they also provide vital historical information to historians and archaeologists.

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A  spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that called there, giving it the name “Aguada” (meaning ‘water’ in Portuguese). On the northern side, it provides a harbour for local shipping. The fort, at present, houses the central jail. A 19th century built lighthouse is situated inside the fortress.

Chapora Fort

Chapora fort was built by the Adil Shah of Bijapur on the southern headland of the Chapora River. It was also known as “Shahpur” and is now mostly ruined. It has a commanding view of the Vagator beach and is near to Anjuna beach.

Mormugao Fort in Goa

This fort near the internationally famous Marmagoa Harbour was built to protect the harbour situated near the Vasco da Gama town. Its work started in 1624.
It had 53 guns and a garrison with 4 officers, and was an important fortress on the western coast.

Arvalem Caves or Pandav Caves (Fort)

CAVESArvalem caves is in Bicholim Taluka Approximate 45 Km from the city Panjim. This caves are know as ” “Pandav Caves”.

Aravalem Caves Excavated in the laterite hill consisting of two major caves and a residential cambers.

Accomodation

Various types of accommodation are as below, you can choose any one of these for Happy Stay 

City Accommodation           

Panaji Residency                              +91-832-2223396/2227103

Margao Residency                           +91-832-2715528/2715096

Mapusa Residency                          +91-832-2262794/2262694

Vasco Residency                              +91-832-2513119/2521002

Beach Accommodation       

Calangute Residency                      +91-832-2276024/2276109VarcaPalmsBeachResortV2

Calangute Annexe                           +91-832-2276009

Miramar Residency                         +91-832-2463811/2464154

Colva Residency                              +91-832-2788047/2788048

Economy Accommodation             

Farmagudi Residency                     +91-832-2335122/2335037

Old Goa Residency                         +91-832-2285327/2285013

Mayem Lake View                    +91-832-2362144

Britona Riverside          +91-832-2416107/2496478

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