Goa is the most popular tourist destination in India and it is the richest state in our country. The main source of income of this state is definitely the drastically growing tourist sector, which attracts people from all parts of the world. Goa is world famous for its beach tourism and there are many luxurious beach resorts and five star hotels to provide the tourists a lavish stay in this beautiful city.
Goa holds unique Portuguese Goan culture, which showcases a different environment, which cannot be seen elsewhere in India and that get reflected in their architecture, traditions, customs and lifestyle. Goa is an ideal place for holiday trip, honeymoon and also partying. Goa is ranked as the best state in India for its infrastructure and best quality of life.
The Beach Paradise of India has popular places like amazing beaches, ancient places of worship which includes beautiful churches, famous temples like Shanta Durga and Mangueshi temple, many historical monuments, forts, museums and science centre. Goa is also enriched with wide range of flora and fauna and also holds the famous wildlife parks and world heritage architecture. Goa is that kind of a place which has to be visited once in a life time.
The different tourist attractions of Goa are listed below:
Goa is popularly known as the beach paradise of India and as the name suggests, this place boasts some attractively scenic beaches, which attracts tourists across the globe. These enthralling beaches are a treat for your eyes and you can have a wondrous stay at luxurious beach resorts in this place. The major beaches in goa are Agonda Beach, Mandrem Beach, Baga Beach, Cavelossim and Candolim beach. Mandrem beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in entire Asia and it is mostly preferred by honeymoon couples. Agonda Beach one of the cleanliest and serene beach in Asian continent. It is an ideal place for meditation and spending your leisure time.
Goa is popular for wildlife sanctuaries and rich fauna and flora. Mhadei wildlife sanctuary is one of the world famous sanctuaries, which is considered to become project tiger reserve, due to the presence of Bengal tiger. Bondla wildlife sanctuary is the smallest wildlife reserve in this place which has Indian bison, sambar, wild boar and other animals. It also includes a beautiful botanical garden, a rose garden and a zoo. Salim Ali Bird Santuary features rich mangrove forests, which are home to numerous species of birds, jackals and crocodiles. The Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary provides shelter to numerous birds and wild animals.
The culture of Goa is the amalgamation of many foreign cultures and most importantly the Portuguese culture. The museums of Goa exhibit the cultural diversities and portray much ancient architecture that existed even before Portuguese rule. The Goa State Museum, being one of the most important one, was established in the year 1964 and it showcases many historical collections of antiques and wooden objects. Masterpieces of Goa State Museum are Vishnu with ten incarnations, portrait paintings of Vasco da Gama, wooden sculpture of John the Baptist, Persian and Arabic inscriptions and lot more. Other prominent museums in goa are Naval Aviat Museum, Museum of Christian Art, Calizz Museum and Archives Museum.
Forts in Goa are part of Goa’s chequered history and they are specimens of immense military, economic and political importance. The most famous fort of Goa is the Aguada Fort, which was built in the year 1612 in order to protect the northern shores from Dutch. The Aguada Fort provides a harbor for domestic shipping and houses the central jail. The Chapora Fort is built on the southern headland of the river Chapora and has a picturesque view of Vagator beach. The Cabo Fort is currently the Governor’s house, was built on late 1540. This fort was lately converted into most beautiful, well equipped and important fortresses