The Pearl of the East – Goa

The Pearl of the East
Written by Shirshendu Sarkar

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The Pearl of the East – Goa

The first place that comes to ones mind while planning a vacation is Goa, a small state in the western India bounded by the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.

The groovy, golden, vigorous Goa is a cocktail of tropical influences with its palm-fringed beaches, white-gold sand, stretches of blue water touching the sky at the horizon, sparkling nightlife with parties, casinos and bubbly folk music.

With the 131 km long coastline, sun, sand and sea, Goa is a perfect heaven for those seeking for few days of complete relaxation away from regular hectic life.

Goa, known as the “pearl of the east” offers its tourists with its churches, age-old ruins of some history, coconut groves, sand beaches, adventures, culture and some mouth watering food.

With an assemblage of little Portuguese bungalows, a string of luxury hotels and resorts, Goa is a mixture of old and new and is an affordable destination for all classes of people.

With the calming sound of waves thrashing against the shore you will surely forget all kind of stress. Apart from the beaches other places to visit during your tour to Goa are –

  • Church Of Our Lady of Hope, a historic church filled with peace and tranquility where you can spend time appreciating the art and architecture as well as pray and meditate.
  • Mangeshi Temple, a temple of Lord Shiva with an interesting mythological story of Shiva- Parvati associated with it. Don’t expect us to reveal it, you have to visit to know the whole story.
  • Fontainhas, a place bearing the evidence of Portuguese inhabitation in the form of old Portuguese architecture buildings with balconies of vibrant color code.
  • Calangute Beach, to seek adrenaline rush for adventure lovers, this place has abundant sea sports like- scuba diving, paragliding, kite surfing and many more.
  • Baga Beach, famous to the party lovers with many clubs, music, food and drinks to party your heart out while vacationing.
  • Dudhsagar Falls, the majestic waterfalls falling from the great height that has the ability to take your breath away and you can’t stop capturing it with your camera. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in India.
  • Arjuna Beach, which has all sorts of entertainment that a visitor seeks for. From bungee jumping to bumpy banana ride, from peacefully basking under the sun enjoying coconut water in the beach to jumping into the scintillating blue sea and trying all water sports and not to forget the flea market attracting huge number of tourists every Wednesday where you can definitely practice your bargaining skills.
  • Fort Aguada, showcasing Portuguese architecture and has one of the oldest built Lighthouse of its kind in India.
  • The Church Of our Lady of Immaculate Conception, one of the most visited place in Panaji, the capital city, famous for its architectural excellence.
  • Grand Island, a grand spot for truly exploring the sea through different water activities and water sports.
  • However we will suggest you to try out scuba diving at least once in this region. The underwater world here have surprises in every corners of it from its beautiful flora and fauna to wrecked ships and reefs.

There are so much more to explore in Goa that the list will go on…..

Next, coming to, how to reach there. Goa is well connected to all parts of India through Railway services. The Madgaon, Thivim and Vasco da Gama are some of the places which are connected with almost every corner of India.

Air services are also available. Dabolim Airport, situated 29km from Panaji is well connected to big cities in India as well as to Europe and UAE.

So don’t wait long waiting for a proper plan to visit Goa, just make up your mind, pack your bags and book your tickets fast. The “Pearl Of the East” is waiting for you.

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