Saturday, 19 April 2014

A Handy 101 Guide for Tourist Attractions in Goa

Geographically Goa is a smallest state on the western coast of India but has a spectacular appeal to it. Tourists from all over the world flock in this tiny Indian state owing to the languid environment and scenic beauty of its beaches.  But besides sun-kissed beaches, Goa also caters to the interest of tourists with different outlook. For art and culture lovers, the medieval forts and churches are the best place to head to. On the other hand, Anjuna and Vagator beach offer perfect ambience for party animals. Listed below are some of the popular tourist attractions in Goa that cater to the different needs and breeds of travelers for your kind perusal.

For Beach Lovers

The 125 kilometer long stretch of Goa’s coastline is covered with numerous pristine beaches. Dotted with palm fringed beaches and silvery sands, each beach in this tiny Indian state has its own unique charm & feature. While south Goa beaches are famous for its serenity and seclusion, the beaches in north are quite bustling and offer perfect setting for indulging in adventure water sports. While staying at beaches, tourists can also relish scrumptious sea food and go on a shopping spree to the local markets. Some of the popular beaches in Goa include Colva, Anjuna, Vagator and Calangute among others.

For Art and Heritage Lovers

Old Goa is notable for its churches and cathedrals recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Epitomizing Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art in their d├ęcor, these imposing edifices were constructed during 15th and 16th century by Portuguese missionaries. A tour of old Goa will acquaint you with the culture and lifestyle that once existed here.

For Wildlife Enthusiasts

A major chunk of land in Goa is occupied by wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Due to the fast extinction of certain animal species and deforestation, these wildlife sanctuaries have been formed to preserve the flora and fauna. The four wildlife sanctuaries in this state together occupy a space of 755 square kilometers and provide wonderful opportunity to explore flora and fauna. Some popular destinations for wildlife tourism in Goa are Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.

Goa is one of the few destinations in India which are open throughout the year. The best time to visit Goa is Christmas and New Year Eve when the entire state in drenched in the mood of celebration.  But if you are heading for Goa around this time, make sure to book your accommodation in advance as most of the hotels are packed with guests.

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