In Goa the most famous sea side resorts in India. Goa has always been
an attraction for the tourists, who want to be close to the sea,
sand and enjoy sun. In the 60's Goa was among the most frequented
places in India. The hippies thronged the place. With them came a
culture of careless, unbounded life style. Today all this has
changed. Instead of the hippies, one spots serious tourists who come
to enjoy the beaches and colourful culture of Goa. Today the beach
parties might be small but they are more lively and have much more
fun to offer than the 'stoned' parties during the hippy trails of
The history of Goa dates back to the 3rd century when it was part of
the Mauryan empire. Then it came under the rule of the Satavahanas
of Kolhapur. It changed hands with the Chalukyas of Badami. Goa was
also ruled by the Shilharas and Kadambas. In 1312 Goa for the first
time fell into the hands of the Muslim rulers when Harihara of the
Vijayanagar Empire evacuated the coastal area. Goa for the
Vijayanagar was an important port to carry out trade with the west
via the Arabian Sea. In 1469 Bahami Sultans of Gulbarga captured
Goa. Then came Adil Shahis' of Bijapur from whom the Portuguese took
over in 1510. Goa is blessed with natural harbor's and ports which
were ideal for the seafaring Portuguese. They needed this place to
control the spice trade to Europe and the Middle East. Initially the
occupation was limited to a small area around the present day Goa.
But Slowly the Turks were driven out of the area and Portuguese
captured a large area and hence gained a good hold over the spice
trade from the East. Goa become the Viceregal seat of administration
for the Eastern colony of the Portuguese. The Marathas nearly
occupied Goa from the Portuguese in the 18th century. During the
Napoleonic wars Britishers had a brief occupation of Goa otherwise
the Portuguese were masters of Goa till 1961 when they were finally
driven out. Goa has Hindu population in majority but the life style
and culture of the place has so developed that skirt dominates the
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FAIR & FESTIVALS
Goans seems to thrive on festivities. In a year, approximately nine
months are devoted to celebrations .
And who can forget Feni, the locally brewed liquor which is popular
as much among the tourist as it is among the locals. In 1542 came
St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit Missionary. Once Christianity came to
the place many churches were built and till date they are famous for
their designs and architecture. But the main attraction of Goa is
its soft golden beaches. These beaches still awash with budget
travelers of all ages and degrees of affluence. Not only foreigners
Goa is also attracting an ever increasing number of Indians from out
Feni - the National Drink, Seafood, chicken Xacuti, Pork Vindaloo,
Fish and Prawn Caldine, Richado and a number of others are the
ingredients that make Goa a gourment's paradise. The beaches and
adjoining villages are full with tiny hotels and restaurants, run by
the locals. Following list provides some options.
Alfama : Located at Cidade de Goa Beach Resort. Serves Indian,
Portuguese and French Cuisine. Rs 300 to RS 350 is what may cost a
full meal per person.
Banyan Tree : Located at Boga, Serves Goan and Portughese dishes. A
full meal per person will cost around RS 300
Chit Chat : Location - Tourist Hotel, overlooking Mandovi river,
famous for its breakfast.
Dekhani : Location - Cidade de Goa Beach Resort, Vainguinim Beach,
famous for its Goan food. Average cost for a full meal is RS 300
Delhi Darbar : Location - M G Road, famous for its tandoori items.
Goenchin : Location - Near Dr Dada Vaidya Road, serves Chinese
cuisine only, cost ranges from RS 100 to RS 200 for a dish.
Miramar : Location - Cidade de Goa Beach Resort. A buffet restaurant
multicuisine, about RS 350 for a meal.
New Cafe Hema : Location - General Beruado Guedes Road, near
Municipal Market. A cheap but very good option. A fish, curry with
rice thali comes for about RS 20 only. Veg snacks also available.
Planter's Restaurant : Location - Candolim Road, Junction (Tinto),
Calangute . Famed for its snooker tables, pub and "steaks".
Riorico : Location - Hotel Mandovi, a multicuisine restaurant and
perhaps the best option for Goan cuisine. Prices varies from RS 175
(for Prawn vindaloo) to RS 675 (for Lobster Balchao)
Sher-I-Punjab : Location - Hotel Arama and one at 18th June Road.
For tandoori items.
Hotel Venite : Location - 31st January Road, Sao Tome, closed on
Sundays. For Goan dishes and seafood. Chourisso (Chicken cafrial)
and tiger prawns are its specialties.
Visava : Location - on the east bank of Ourem river. Known for
reasonably priced Goan dishes along with Chinese and vegetarian
Furtados Beach Shack : Benaulim Beach, very good food.
Do visit "Pastry Cottage" near the hotel Nova Goa.
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* Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery : Located in Old Goa,
museum on history of Goa, Visiting hours 10 am to 5 PM, Friday
* Archieves Museum of Goa : Located at Patto, Panaji, Visiting hours
1 pm and 1400 to 1730 hrs, Saturday closed
* Museum of Christian Art, Rachol : Located in Old Goa, Visiting
hours 930 to 5 PM, Monday closed
* Renaissance Art Gallery : Located at Panaji, Visiting hours 930 -
You can buy gifts, sourenir and handicrafts from all over the
country in Goa. Be it Tibetan Jewellery, gems, fur coats, ready to
use powdered masalas, home made taddy vinegar (Kokum) or port wine,
you can get them throughout the length and breadth of the state.
* Comelot : near Ribandar, for stylish interiors
* Luisa : in cavellosim, South Goa
* Wendell Rodricks : a famous boutique
* Mapusa Friday Market : for touristy knick knacks, kokum, taddy
vinegar, black jaggery, dried fish, prawns. Goan chilies (must buy),
coarse sea salt etc etc.
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* Sunset Cruise : one hour - Fare RS 100 (approx)
* Sundown Cruise : one hour - Fare RS 150 (approx)
* Exciting Evening Cruise : one hour cruise including fold dances
and live music - Fare RS 150 (approx)
* Delightful Dolphon Cruise : Half day cruise - Fare RS 1500-1800
* Breathtaking Backwater Crocodile Cruise : Full day cruise - RS