Located on India’s magnificent Konkan Coast, the tiny state of Goa is fringed on either side by the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats mountains. Goa’s great allure is unarguably its unbroken thread of golden-sand beaches that run along the Arabian Sea, from the north all the way to the south of the state. Goa is a rich blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures. Goa was founded in early 16th Century by Portuguese, their influence is seen in the baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, old forts, exuberant festivals, soulful fado music, and stunning cathedrals.
The Goans take great pride in their food – a tantalising Indo-Portuguese marriage of spices, flavours, and aromas. Chilli, vinegar, coconut, and kokum, to be all washed down with local cashew feni (a brew). Goa’s beautiful rural landscape is dotted with spice plantations (that you can visit), waterfalls, bird watching areas and superb drives. The Western Ghat areas here offer an evergreen character with stunning views for those who wish to be away from the crowds.
North Goa is Goa’s wild child. With its innumerable beautiful, rollicking beaches, water sports, surfing days, bonfire nights and carnivalesque atmosphere. Central Goa is home to Panjim, the state’s capital and where business houses and residences merge with the old Portuguese era town. Old Goa or Velha Goa (UNESCO heritage site) is one for the heritage travellers to marvel at the fantastic architecture, 17th century churches and heritage character of the area. South Goa comprises a set of beaches with luxury resorts and renowned restaurants, all connected via a charming coastal road dotted with villages. Madgaon is a major railhead here and major town here with beaches on one side and countryside on the other. Madgaon has some palatial homes to visit and watersports centres by the river Sal.
Holxo Tours in Goa