There are about 39 beaches in Goa which are categorized as North Goa beaches and South Goa beaches which are the most significant aspects of development of tourism industry in Goa. The beaches of both these regions have different charm and character.
The North Goa coastline begins from Fort Aguada and stretches till Arambol there by making a total stretch of about 30 Km .Various cities that include Panaji, the capital of Goa, Vasco De Gama and Old Goa falls in this territory. The beaches of North Goa are enchantingly beautiful, full of fun frolic activities and adventure. Some of the beaches of North Goa include Candolim, Bambolim, Baga, Vagator, Dona Paula etc. These beaches are famous for their night beach parties, sports activities and carnivals that make them a big hit among the tourist.
Apart from the beaches which are a major crowd puller of North Goa there are various other landmarks as well that fascinates the travelers from far off places that include Churches, forts, Monuments, Museums etc. Some of the major attractions of North Goa include Fort Aguada, Fort Chapora, Church of St. Ana, and Church of Lady of Miracles etc. Among the temples the important temples include Shree Hanuman Temple, Shree Dattatraya Temple, Shree Saptakoteshwar temple etc.
On the other hand the South Goa beaches are peaceful and quiet and are considered to be an ideal place for peaceful vacation. The beaches of south Goa are not a regular with parties and hangouts. These beaches are preferred by the travelers who want an escape from the hectic mundane life and try to release the stress and tensions in the lap of therapeutic natural surroundings. The beaches of South Goa extend from Vasco De Gama and Bogmalo to Paolem Beach. The stretch include some of the finest South Goa beaches that include Bogmalo, Velsao, Majorda, Colva , Betul, Agonda are quite famous among them.
Warm and humid most of the year. May is the hottest month. Sees monsoon from June to September and a short cool season from mid December to February.
Best Time to Visit : October through April
Churches in Goa
These churches are a witness to the Portuguese invasion,in goa. built between the 16th and 17th century AD,these churches present a unique blend of the Renaissance and Baroque styles. These Goan churches are famous for their outstanding and exemplary Christian architecture with most of them displaying tiered frontispiece, framed with columns and pilasters.
Temples in Goa
Goa,inhabits numerous ancient Hindu temples which in themselves narrate a history of Portuguese domination & are a witness of the changing times. A visit to these temples fills one with the feelings of spirituality, purity and sanctity.The simplicity of architecture and natural beauty are the main eye-catchers.
Entertainment in Goa
Goa is a place ,where fun & frolic never ends,whether it is break of the dawn or dusk, midnight or noon.A wide variety of options available for the amusement, makes it afavorite amongst the tourists Nightclubs and discothèques makes nightlife in Goa exciting. A large number of bars, restaurants,casinos & eating outlets doubles the enjoyment.
Goa with Capital :Panaji,The commonly spoken languages are Konkani,Portuguese,Marathi, Hindi and English. Hinduism, Islam and Orthodox Catholicism are the main religions followed.
Goa By Air
The Goa international airport is located at Dabolim, which is at a distance of 29 km away from Panaji. The airport connects the domestic cities as well as international cities in U.K. and Germany. Daily services are available from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and other important cities of India.
Goa by Rail
It is not difficult to reach Goa by trains, especially after opening of the Konakan Railway that connects Margao and Vasco da Gama to major cities in India. You can take trains from Delhi 1,874 km), Mumbai (490km), and Bangalore (430 km) to reach Goa comfortably. From the railway stations, you can hire taxis and motorcycle taxis to reach the desired destinations.
Goa by Road
Kadamba bus stand of Panaji is the main bus station. The state owned bus services of states Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka operate from this station. These buses connect cities in Goa to in and out of the state Goa. Super deluxe A/C buses are available from Mumbai (580 km) and from Bangalore (650 km).
Sea route is another way to reach here. Shipping services from Mumbai to Panaji are available. Vacation cruises are offered by some tourist companies for enjoying the marine life of Goa.
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