Goa State of India
Goa is one of the 28 states and union territories of India and lies on the country’s west coast, bordered by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east, with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast. The earliest known human settlements in Goa date back 5,000 years. Its pre-colonial history is intertwined with its notable coastal commerce with the Roman Empire, and later with the Portuguese Empire through the 15th century, establishing it as a destination with strong European influences.
Goa is a state on the west coast of India within the region known as the Konkan. It is bounded by Maharashtra to its north and Karnataka to its east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Goan culture is a blend of Hindu and Portuguese elements. Ancient temples, churches, and shrines are dotted throughout Goan towns; these structures exhibit an eclectic blend of architectural styles, with influences from across Europe.
Languages spoken in Goa
Goan (also called Konkani), which is also spoken in Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra, is a native language. A lot of Goans can speak English and Hindi as well. The locals usually communicate in Hindi with tourists or people visiting from other parts of India. However, those who are fluent in English will always greet you with a smile and be more than happy to help you learn about their land or even get around easily.
Places to visit in Goa
Beautiful beaches, Forts, Churches, and several temples are some famous places to visit in Goa. Devbagh, Anjuna beach, and Panaji are must-visit places for tourists when they go to Goa. Apart from these, other beautiful beaches like Palolem Beach and Morjim Beach are also very popular with tourists around the world. Besides enjoying beaches, one can also enjoy trekking at various places in Goa such as Dudhsagar Falls. There is also a place in Goa named Jewels City which is a famous place where tourists visit frequently to buy precious stones like diamonds at lower prices. Moreover, there are many museums in Goha state that house different artifacts that were used by kings long ago.
Why travel to Goa?
Goa, a western Indian coastal state with 727 km of coastline, is one of India’s smallest states. But it offers one heck of a beach experience. And its bars and clubs are arguably among some of the best in Asia. Goans love to party. If you want to dance till dawn at pool parties and sunset celebrations, Goa is your kind of place. Many travelers choose to base themselves in and around Old Goa (the capital) as it makes for an ideal base from which to explore beaches, ruins, and churches across Goan towns like Panjim (Panaji), Margao (Margao), and Mapusa.
Getting there, getting around, staying there
The easiest way to get to Goa is via air. Goan airports include Dabolim Airport (GOI) and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, in Shirdi (SIR). You can also reach Goa by train or bus, though these transportation options are pricier than flying. Once you’re in Goa, getting around town is easy; buses and taxis can take you wherever you need to go within city limits. There are also some rental car companies located in Goa; however, they can only be used within a certain area in order to prevent unnecessary damage to many of the local roads and highways. Those traveling outside of these boundaries will need to rely on other means of transportation such as trains or buses.