A state on India’s West Coast, Goa is a state with rich history, since it was once a Portuguese colony. By Indian standards, Goa is rather small, with an interesting mix of Hindus and Roman Catholics. Goa has been attracting a steady flow of visitors since the 1960’s, including the expat Goans and Germans, as well as those visiting for seminars and conferences. Since the majority of the population is Hindus and Catholics, the culture has been shaped
accordingly, with the people friendly and easygoing.
The best time for tourists to visit Goa would be mid-November to mid-February, since the weather is pleasant, comfortable and dry. Goa also has a lot of festivals and local religious celebrations each year, but there is a huge
influx of tourists from other cities and states during two of them in particular, Ganesh Chutruthi and the Carnival. Tourists planning to visit Goa during that time have to make their bookings well in advance.
Goa is not just a city, but a whole state, so deciding mode of transportation is very important. Although there are a lack of high resolution maps and some signboards for Goa, the local people are friendly and always ready to help anyone who asks for it.
The state of Goa is most famous for its beaches; all of them close by to ancient temples and churches. The most of these beaches is the Anjuna beach, which is famous for its flea market held every Wednesday, as well as two colorful bazaars, held every Saturday during the non-monsoon seasons.
There are a number of activities available for all kinds of tourists. Tourists can simply relax on one the more quiet beaches, or enjoy the nightlife by going to one of the many discos and pubs. The more adventurous tourists can enjoy a multitude of water sports at the Calangunte beach. Goa has the cheapest yet enjoyable adventure sports.
Goa also has a wide range of products and souvenirs that tourists can buy, ranging from dry fruits to wines, books to local music to handicrafts. There are a wide range of global as well as local products available at most markets. The restaurants likewise have a wide range of food and drink products, ranging from local to a distinct Portuguese flavor.
There is a carefree and friendly atmosphere in almost all places at Goa, with the people extremely friendly and helpful and children and domestic animals alike suddenly darting across the road.
Anyone who is planning to visit the city can stay at the Casa Anjuna. The hotel is converted from an old Portuguese mansion, giving the guests a feeling of tranquility with its location among lush tropical gardens and stylish interiors that distinctly colonial. They also feature an open swimming pool, surrounded by lush greenery, giving the distinct feeling of being cut off from the rest of the world. It is a mere stroll away from the Anjuna beach, as well as the flea markets that are set up on a weekly basis. It is the perfect place to experience the true essence of the all that Anjuna and Goa has to offer.