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Goa, India: Truly a Pearl of the Orient

January 21st, 2009

goa-india-mangeshi-temple.JPGYesterday I received this article on Goa, India from a new writer I have found named Eru Chawla. I recognized the name Goa as one of the major trading ports during the Age of Exploration and remember it being included in Uncharted Waters: New Horizons, one of my all-time favorite video games. Eru’s article gave me a chance to study a little more about Goa as a modern state. As you can see, it seems to be a fairly popular tourist destination, and is also the kind of place I might like to visit after I have sufficiently increased my income and saved up the required number of rupees.

Situated on the Indian western coast, Goa is an ultimate tourist destination that offers a versatile experience to its tourists. From reclining for a sunbath at the beachside to getting wild with adventurous water sports like snorkeling and kayaking, Goa has something in store for all kinds of travelers.

The Majorda beach is the largest beach here, where you can peel off all your inhibitions and get on with the enjoyment, leaving all cares behind. Anjuna, Calangute, and Baga are some other Goa beaches that often transport visitors to a different world with their scenic beauty.

Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Orient”, the breathtaking views of Goa truly justify this phrase. Although famed white sand beaches amidst lush greenery of palm trees is what sets the mood of most travelers, there is a lot more to Goa than this.

Renowned ancient churches and temples also contribute a great deal to leaving travelers mesmerized with the architectural magnificence they witness. Needless to say, churches like The Church of Our Lady of Rosary and Church of St Francis of Assisi are a must see for travelers as they reflect the rich culture and history of Goa.

Cruises are available in the daytime, during the evening, at sunset or in the moonlight. This is yet another exclusive experience that you would cherish for your lifetime while in Goa. Spot crocodiles and dolphins or simply have a romantic dinner as you sail away beside the coastline.

However, if you wish to take a glimpse into the variety of traditional hues and culture of Goa, Mapusa, Panaji, Vasco, Dona Paula, Margao, and Panaji are six main towns that usually attract tourists.

The Mayem Lake and The Dudhsagar are two more picturesque tourist attractions in Goa that often arouse the interest of visitors. In case you are a shopaholic, Arjuna flea market is one commercial hub here that would offer you an array of goods from different Indian states at a relatively low cost. You may also witness the occasional band of musicians that provide entertainment and enliven the place.

Furthermore, you can satiate your taste buds with the ultimate seafood along with an exclusive stimulating drink named Feni. People here are fun loving, light hearted, and warm in their manners, thereby adding great delight to the whole experience. Fond of music and dance, Goans celebrate Goa Carnival and festivals in high spirits.

The best time of the year to visit Goa is during the period of the Christmas and New Year holidays, which is celebrated with splendid vigor and excitement by people here. So, if you wish to taste the real amalgamation of adventure, fun, and relaxation, Goa is the place to be! Well-known for honeymooners, you can weave beautiful romantic dreams with your special someone here. This pagan paradise promises abundant joys and long cherished memories to one and all.

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