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Goa-Land of Beaches and Portuguese Churches

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An October 2007 trip to Goa by sbmalik

Virgin Arrosim Beach, Goa Photo, Goa, India More Photos
Quote: Goa is a land of beaches and churches. Also Goa possesses one of the finest stretches of sandy coastline in India.

Goa-Land of Beaches and Portuguese Churches

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Basilica Church, Goa Photo, Goa, India
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Overview of GoaWe were planning for a long time to go to Goa and it finally materialized this year. We took a 4 day tour from our home town in Delhi to Goa.Goa is a land of beaches and churches. Goan churches are famous for their interesting architecture, which is usually a blend of two or more forms. These institutions of religion played a major role in inclining people initially towards Christianity. With a significant Christian population, the churches are important in Goa's religious, cultural and social fabric. Most of the churches during the Portuguese rule were built in Old Goa and today Old Goa along with its churches is a world heritage site.Goa possesses one of the finest...Read More

Goa-a Fun Filled Family Holiday

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Virgin Arrosim Beach, Goa Photo, Goa, India
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Goa ExperienceArrosim Beach & Heritage Village Club-South GoaThe visit to Goa was one of the best enjoyed family tours. We stayed at the boutique hotel “Heritage Village Club”, located in South Goa at the virgin Arrosim Beach. Heritage Village Club facilities are comparable to any major hotels in Goa. The resort is about 30 minutes drive from the Dabolim Airport and near Margao City, where a major Railway Station is located. A big size pool, good dining, pool table, and serene surroundings were the highlights. The hotel kept daily evening programs with variety of shows like live band, DJ music, Saxophone playing, Karoake singing, Magic show, Tambola, which is well enjoyed in a rela...Read More
Basilica Church, Goa Photo, Goa, India
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Goan ChurchesWith a significant Christian population, the churches are important in Goa's religious, cultural and social fabric. Most of the churches during the Portuguese rule were built in Old Goa and today Old Goa along with its churches is a world heritage site. One of the major tourist attractions in Goa are Churches. Goan churches are famous for their interesting architecture, which is usually a blend of two or more forms. These institutions of religion played a major role in inclining people initially towards Christianity. The churches are important in Goa's religious, cultural and social fabric due to a significant Christian population. Old Goa:This ancient histor...Read More

Beaches of Goa - White Sandy Coastline

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Virgin Arrosim Beach, Goa Photo, Goa, India
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GOA BEACHESGoa possesses one of the finest stretches of sandy coastline in India. To the average tourist interested in having a good time, “the beaches" is what Goa is all about. It has been widely publicized in the media, movies and adds to the mystique of Goa. This is not without reason because the tropical climate, the coconut trees, the white sand beaches all have been immortalized and add to the romantic allure of Goa.Goa is now the major tourist destination of Indians on the move especially the newly weds on their honeymoon and the upwardly mobile Indian gentry, besides foreign tourists coming in hordes in winters.The beaches in North Goa have been commercialized,...Read More

Cuisine of Goa

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Goa CuisineThe intermingling of Arabian, Portuguese and native cultures is very much reflected in the cuisine of Goa. Goan cuisine is a unique blend of richness and simplicity- the constantly recurring notes being struck by the fish and the coconut. Goa is also unique in the sense that this mixture of East and West co-exists in a friendly and peaceful lifestyle. The best of both worlds has been absorbed and knit into a culture very distinctly different from that of any other parts of India. This is well reflected in its cuisine. In the villages, food is generally cooked on wood fires in clay pots. The requisites for authentic Goan cooking are certain ingredients peculiar to it. ...Read More

River Cruise in Goa, Music and Dance

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Floating Restaurant, Goa Photo, Goa, India
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River Cruise Goa River Cruise on the Mandovi River is an enjoyable and pleasant experience. The finest way to enjoy your cruise on Mandovi River is to embark on a cruise arranged by a registered agent like Goa Tourism Development Corporation. There are number of cruises you can choose from - Daytime, Sunset and Moonlight. River cruise for an hour is best during the evening time. Sailing across the Mandovi River, there is lush greenery on the sides and the rich turquoise-blue water of the river. The cuisine on board has a vast range and offers both drinks and food. Sun Set Cruise and Sun Down Cruise This cruise is a one-hour trip that is fun filled and very entertaining. W...Read More