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Monday, 30 September 2013

Top 5 Reasons Why You Must Plan Your Trip To Goa?

The beach state of Goa boasts of being one of the major contributors to the tourism industry of India as every year a crazy number of travelers from all around the world come for Goa holidays. Now, one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations, Goa is quite well-known for a number of things, it has to offer to its visitors. This place manages to offer a vast variety of activities along with its unique culture. Thus, if you haven’t yet planned a trip to Goa, a must-see destination, here are the top reasons why you should do so:

 1.  Portuguese architecture-
After the Portuguese arrived in Goa during the 15th century, this beach state was under their ruler until 1961 and was also the last territory to gain freedom from foreign rule.  Therefore, this colonial past still shows presented through its architecture and culture. If you are interested in exploring Portuguese architecture, visit the cathedrals, forts, churches and Portuguese heritage home including, Menezes Braganza House and Sola Souto Maior- two of the most popular ones.  Villages of Ponda, Vasco and Chandor have several such Portuguese-style structures.

2. Shopping and Partying-    
If you love shopping and partying, Goa is undoubtedly, just the perfect place to do so.  Charge your battery to the full and enjoy till you drop. Although Goa has outlets of popular designer brands too but the flea markets of Goa are popular shopping venues. If you have known the art of bargaining, you can actually save a lot of money. You can shop for clothes, special knick-knacks, nuts, trance music CDs, spices and much more. These flea markets are popular to enjoy music and various kinds of performances by artists. Shopping in Goa can be loads of fun at Anjuana flea market, Ingo’s Saturday Night Market, The Friday Bazaar at Mapusa and so on.

The nightlife of Goa is simply amazing. Fondly referred to as a place that never sleeps, it has a number of nightclubs such as Tito’s and Mambo’s. Spend the night dancing, eating, drinking and enjoying the pulsating beats of the music. During the night, even the beach shacks are also perfect to enjoy the lively nightlife.

3. Exotic Wildlife-
Not many known that a major chunk of land in Goa are covered by forests. This state, along with the Philippines, Japan and the Himalayas, is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. For the protection of exotic wildlife species of the region, the authorities have established a number of wildlife reserves, which are popular attractions too. During your tour to Goa, make it a point to visit - , Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. 

4. Orgasmic food-
The local Goan food and the seafood is extremely popular amongst its visitors. The local food of Goa is rich in flavors and spices, and coconut is vastly used. Goan food like Sorpotel, Vindaloo, Sol-kadi has a unique taste to it. Do not miss relishing Feni, an extremely famous Goan drink which is made up of cashew nut. One can never forget the mouth-watering seafood delicacies, prepared from fresh catches- lobsters, tiger prawns, fish steaks and much more. Be it a street-side eatery to a posh restaurant, you can savor Goan local dishes and seafood everywhere.

5. World-popular beaches-
Goa has as many as 36 fascinating beaches, each having its own uniqueness.  Beaches in Goa can vaguely be segregated into North Goa beaches and South Goa beaches. While the beaches in North Goa such as Calangute, Anjuna, Baga, Candolim-are full of life, popular for offering excellent opportunities for water sports, on the other hand the beaches of South Goa like Colva, Majorda, and Palolem are perfect for those who like seclusion and to enjoy the scenic beauty. The sandy palm-fringed beaches of Goa are dotted with beach shacks serving sumptuous delicacies and a variety of beverages.

About the Author

Geetika Handa is a travel writer  who has an interest in sharing her experiences with all. She provides a detailed account of any travel topic she chooses to write on. You can get detailed information and tips about choosing the right kind of holiday packages in the country from her write-ups.

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