“The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time” Indeed, the more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have and this beauteous mother earth has bestowed the mankind with enthralling and extravagant places to enjoy this freedom of leisure, after all life is a one-revolution cycle.
Goa, is one such munificent kingdoms which beholds the extreme beauty in every sense and has contemplated the huge area of leisure intertwined with pleasure at the fullest. Vowed as India’s smallest state in terms of area and the richest state with respect to GDP of per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole. Formerly, being a Portuguese province, it still exhibits the great historic cultural Portuguese influence. This alluring state is highly profound for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture which brings about abound number of tourists, both domestic and international every year thus inhibiting the diverse ethnicity the state beholds. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot. Goa has inculcated within itself a huge mixture and an essence of both Indian and Portuguese culture, arts, literature, music and lots more. Reviewed as the coolest place in India by our trustees of prosperity, the youths of the nation, when it comes to visiting the place and spending time and enjoying life to the fullest. The state is also entitled as the state of beaches with beaches like Colva, Calangute, Baga and Anjuna, thus bringing out the maximum tourists attraction centers to this area of the globe. With . Major tourist attractions include: Bom Jesus Basilica, Fort Aguada, a wax museum on Indian culture and a heritage museum. The Churches and Convents of Goa have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Goa presents a somewhat different representation of the country to foreign visitors with an architecture of a combination of Indian, Islamic and Portuguese styles.
Not only the beaches and other tourist places, the state also exhibits exuberant wildlife adventures such as Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary thus depicting Goa’s rich biodiversity with ancient and highly cultural museums like Goa State Museum , Naval Aviation Museum and some others where one can experience the great intellectuality of the state. The landscape of Goa is dotted with several forts. To name a few, Fort Tiracol, the seventeenth-century Portuguese Fort Aguada, and Chapora Fort are some of the ancient forts in Goa. The tableau of Goa showcases religious harmony by focusing on the Deepastambha, the Cross, Ghode Modni followed by a chariot. Western royal attire of kings and regional dances being performed depict the unique blend of different religions and cultures of the State. The festival of music and dance, Shigmo Mel or the Holi and Spring celebrations, signify unity in diversity. Prominent local festivals are Chavoth, Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Shigmo, Samvatsar Padvo, Dasara etc. The Goan Carnival and New Year celebrations like Sun-Burn is known to attract a large number of tourists where people have a lot of amusement and lark.
Goa is famous for its beaches, ancient temples and churches, and the Goan carnival.Anjuna Beach – Close to the Chapora Fort, its key attraction is a magnificent Albuquerque Mansionbuilt in 1920, flanked by octagonal towers and an attractive Mangalore tile-roof.It is still the venue of a (vastly-changed and more mainstream) flea market held each Wednesday. In the nearby village of Arpora, two colourful Saturday night bazaars are held in the non-monsoon seasons.
Arambol Beach – a quiet beach in North Goa near Pernem. Not too many facilities in terms of hotels or eateries. The water is shallow and good for swimming.
Palolem Beach-a scenic beach in extreme south Goa with scenic rocks and islands off its shores. Good eating options. It is becoming pricey (by local standards) and getting a bit crowded, but still less crowded compared to other popular beaches.
Calangute Beach – aka Queen of all Beaches in Goa. Once highly rated. Now crowded. Expect traffic jams along the main crowded street. Beach is full of Indian tourists, a lot of noise, a lot of souvenirs and water sports beggar. You won’t get peace here. Many famous clubs are located here. Nice eating options.
Baga Beach A family-beach and charter tourist destination just outside Calangute.
The state also imbibes various profound churches which are the major tourist attractions.
Bom Jesus Basilica:Basilica has the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, one of the patron Saints of Goa. It is known for its distinctive baroque architecture that has a display of architectural pieces in wood, stone, gold and granite
Se Cathedral:Being one of the largest churches in Asia, which took around 80 years to get constructed, Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. It was built to remember the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers in the city. The building has a Golden bell that can be heard in the whole of Goa
Church of St Francis of Assisi: located on the back of the Se Cathedral, this church is a beautiful piece of ancient workmanship. The structure has striking painted panels showcasing the life of St. Francis of Assisi on the walls.
The state also enshrines with its lavish and modern culture when it accounts to Dance and Music, Theatre and Cinema and Food. Traditional Goan art forms are Dekhnni, Fugdi, Corridinho, Mando, Dulpod and Fado. Many famous Indian Classical singers hail from Goa, including Kishori Amonkar, Kesarbai Kerkar, Jitendra Abhisheki and Pandit Prabhakar Karekar.
Natak, Tiatr and Zagor are the chief forms of Goa’s traditional performance arts. Other forms are Ranmale, Dashavatari, Kalo, Goulankala, Lalit, Kala and Rathkala. Konkani cinema is an Indian film industry, where films are made in the Konkani language, which is spoken mainly in the Indian states of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka and to a smaller extent in Kerala.
Goa has always been very famous in terms of the food and the eating lifestyle of people. Rice with fish curry is the staple diet in Goa. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of fish dishes cooked with elaborate recipes. Coconut and coconut oil are widely used in Goan cooking along with chili peppers, spices and vinegar giving the food a unique flavor. Every year, Goa brings out a lot of tourists and on such intrinsic factor that comes into view is the magnificent and blissful churches in Goa such as Se Cathedral which is the largest church in India, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of Our Lady of Miracles, Church of St Cajetan and many more which connects the whole community into a single well-being and links everyone to the God.
Although this state is a mere three-letter word state but what brings in that X-factor in Goa is a trillion times longer. Goa has always been a multifaceted jewel in the crown of India which is a place with unfading memories, joy and nirvana. Though, Goa is India’s smallest State but indeed ,it is the one with the largest heart. Goa is Forever cherished and will thus be cherished long and for long.