Land of Golden sand Goa: Most spectacular natural sceneries
Land of Golden sand Goa: Welcome to the land of golden sand, swaying palms and feni. The water is blue, the sand golden and the palm trees swaying in abundance forming the most spectacular natural sceneries. Yes, it is GOA. Goa is one of the best- known tourist destinations in India.
Goa is famous for its beaches, activities, parties, nature, and history. One can hire a bike or a scooter and explore Goa at leisure. Goa is divided into two parts South Goa and North Goa. Both North and South Goa attracts tourists. In South Goa, there are many churches and temples for sightseeing. North of Goa you can enjoy the golden beaches.
SOUTH GOA TOUR:
Ancestral Goa is nestled in the greenery and quiet of Loutolim in South Goa is a vintage reproduction of what life in Goa must have been like Two Hundred years ago. Ancestral Goa organizes a 2 – 3 days children camp. Every May the activities range from making earth color dyes to learning how to roast cashew nuts, making sand sculpture and fishing. If you happen to be visiting during that time of the year, be sure to call in for details. A visit to Ancestral Goa is a perfect half day trip. You could wrap it up with a Goan Lunch at Nostalgia.
Shri Shantadurga Temple Ponda:
It is Goa’s largest and most famous temple. The interior is decorated with marble and glass chandeliers along with an exquisite Shiva’s consort. Durga resolved a violent dispute between her husband and rival god Vishnu. The shrine is named after this resolved. Shanta means peace.
Shri Manguesh Temple Ponda:
One of the largest, wealthiest and most frequently visited temples in Goa. Its principal deity, a Stone shivalingam, was first brought here in the 16th century although the present building was erected over 200 years later. The courtyard is dominated by a 7 story deepmal, the most impressive lamp tower in Goa.
Basilica of Bom Jesus Church Old Goa where St. Francis Xavier, the renowned 16th-century missionary’s body lies in a Glass and silver casket. This church was built by the Jesuits and consecrated to the Holy Name of Jesus on 15th May 1605. The church is built of black granite in an exquisite combination of the Doric, Corinthian and composites styles is remarkable for its simplicity.
St Assisi Church Old Goa:
The church of St. Assisi, which is next to the Se Cathedral founded in 1517 by eight Franciscan monks and built initially only as a small chapel with three altars and choir chancels. After this building was demolished the church stands today, was built in its place in 1762. The old frescoes painted in the European tradition shows scenes from the life of St. Francis, the ornamentation of the arches and walls are purely Hindu in origin.
Panjim is the capital of Goa since 1843. The town is worth a visit as it has a lot to offer new as well as old. Old houses are with overlooking balconies and red tiled roofs. Exciting places to shop in and around Panjim.
Goa’s long stretch of sandy coastline is famous for its multitude of beaches. The Goa beach depends on the kind of experience you want to have. Want water sports? Head to the bag. Want to hang with the hippies. Try Arambol.
Anjuna is a trendy beach. It is adjacent to Chapora Fort in Anjuna. There is a magnificent Albuquerque Mansion built in 1920. Anjuna flea market is held every Wednesday from morning until evening, except during the monsoon season. You will find a huge assortment of goods there, but make sure you bargain. After a day of shopping till you drop, head over to Curly’s beach shack and take in the sunset scene there. The very hippy Saturdays Night Market and Mackie’s Night Bazaar, both in the Arpora Baga area, are also worth checking out. Entertainment, live music, as well as an eclectic range of food, is served here.
Calangute and Baga:
The twin beach delight is situated 16 km from Panjim and is the most popular holiday resort in Goa. Calangute Beach is the busiest beach in Goa. It’s filled with foreigners tanning themselves as on the endless rows of side by side sun lounges. Baga is well known for its commercial nightlife, including the famous Toto’s and Cafe Mambo. Baga beach is a bit less crowded and better developed than Calangute beach
Perhaps one of the most pursued activities in goa would be a visit to one of the many clubs here, which provide a once in a lifetime chance to try your luck. Being one of the very few states where Clubs is legal. Local and foreign tourists frequently throng goa. Clubs in Goa are mostly situated in boats that make their way on the Mandovi River.
The best time to visit Goa is from November to February. The weather is perfect not very cold and not very hot. It’s also a good time to visit as almost all the beach shacks are open during these months. Water sports like banana boat ride; Jet Ski, parasailing, etc. are open to tourists during these months on most of the popular beaches. If you are looking for fun time, Goa is the right place.
Goa is one of the best places in India to enjoy Christmas and New Year as the entire Goa is full of festivity. December and January is the best time especially the Sunburn festival.