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Goa

Location West coast of India
Area 3,702 SqKm
Coastline Special Features
Distance from Mumbai 582kms
Climate Warm and humid
Temperature Winter Min. 3° C - Max. 11° C
Summer Min. 25° C - Max. 45° C
Feature Pristine beaches
Attraction Beaches, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Churches

GoaGoa has something that keeps tourists flocking out here and in hordes. A kind of hypnotism that catches hold of your sensibilities, and makes you feel nostalgic to come back again and again.

Spectacular climate, warm and soothing, glorious history richly preserved in churches, forts, traditional homes, villages and cities. You come home to Goa, an exoticism that greets with all cosmopolitan vigor and enthusiasm. Spectacular pageantry, colorful festivals, warm and gracious people and superb cuisine, Goa is one of India's most laid back, yet sophisticated and exciting, destinations.

From miles and miles of sunny beaches snaring a charm that hooks, it's all here, far away from the beaten tracks; it's travelers' paradise. Discover a romantic and other-century Goa that lives in its medieval small towns, and beautiful villagers, with rich flora and fauna.

Beaches of Goa are much advanced than that of other beaches in India, no less than any European beach, Goa has sun and sand, and water sports facilities that include from water scooters to water gliding. Anjuna Beach has fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties. Baga Beach is an exotic combination of sand and sea. Chapora Beach is a leisure paradise. Colva Beach is a hot season retreat. You desire and have the kind of beach you dream of in Goa.

The capital city of Panaji has several squares and closely knot houses with tiled roofs and over-hanging balconies and carved pillars that add to an otherworldly charm to the place. Old Goa is full of beautiful buildings and palaces. Check out the buildings of the Se Cathedral, the Church Of Francis of Assisi, Church of St. Cajetan and Church of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Goa also has India's one of the best known bird sanctuaries - The Salim Ali Bird sanctuary. Named after India's veteran ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, the sanctuary is situated on the western tip of the island of Chorao along river Mandovi near Panaji. Spread out in an area of 1.8 Sq Km, it harbors a wide variety of local and migratory birds. Eastern Goa which forms most of the Western Ghats have been internationally recognized as one of the biodiversity hotspots.

Goa has three rich wildlife sanctuaries to boast of. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the biggest, located on the Northeast border of Goa at Molem, about 60kms from Panaji. Cottigao Wildlife Sanctuary at Cottigao has dense forests and great variety of wildlife species. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary about 50kms from Panaji has jungle resorts with tourists cottages for a wonderful outing and exciting picnic.

The food of Goa is a potpourri of cuisines from Portugal, Western India and Arabia. Goa is one of the few places in India that you can go to a restaurant and order (beside fish and chicken) both beef and pork. These are usually served very lightly spiced; beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks are sold freely.

How to Reach Goa

By Air
Goa lacks in an international airport, but it does have a domestic airport at Dabolim from where flights leave for most major cities in India. Charter international flights and other International flights from Kuwait and Sharjah do land at Goa.

By Rail/Train
The 760kms long Konkan Railways makes Goa an easily accessible spots. It takes about 10hrs to reach to Goa from Mumbai by train.

By Road
NH-17 and NH-4 are the two major highways that connect Goa to the rest of India. There are various options to choose from if you are willing to take roads to reach Goa. There are luxury coaches and private cars to take you there. Intra-city ride is also well connected with buses both private and the government owned bus services connecting almost every inhabited village. There is a unique form of transport -the Motorcycle Taxi, driven by motorcycle Pilots. You can also have private Yellow top Cabs, vans and Limousines on hire.

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