Located within the coastal region known as Konkan, Goa spreads across 3,702 square kilometres in Western India. It is bounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its Western Coast. Though pint-sized, it offers a fine blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, and spirituality. Let us go beyond its beaches and explore its affluent aesthetics which will sweep you off your feet and leave you with memories of a lifetime.
Here's why Goa is one of the most visited destinations in the world.
Cuisine: The Goan nightlife and adventure may be the reason why people visit Goa, but the world comes back to Goa for its local culinary secrets. It is all about royal sea flavours. Goan cuisine is influenced by numerous cultures spanning centuries; be it Portuguese, Arab, Brazilian, African, French, Konkan, Malabar, Malaysian and Chinese. Fish curry and rice are the staples of Goan cuisine. The most common fish on the menu is Kingfish, followed by tuna, shark, Pomfret, mackerel, and doumer. A plethora of dishes including Recheado, fish Caldeirada, fish Caldeen, Prawn Balchao, pork Assad, caldo verda, bebinca, sorpotel, Goan Fish Curry, Fish Recheado etc., are offered here along with a variety of beverages, reflecting a perfect blend of foreign and native culture in Goan cuisine.
Festivals: Celebrations in Goa is very animated, diverse and reflect the spirit of religious and ethnic tolerance, and uniqueness of the region. Singing and dancing is a part of life. Christmas is celebrated with pomp and vigour in Goa. New Year's Eve is a time for family holidays, biggest parties and memorable events. Easter in Goa is celebrated in a grand way. The Primary feature being the procession of all saints, on the fifth Monday of fasting. Old Goa and Rome — the only places in the world, where such an event takes place.
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in Goa and it is celebrated in August and September. Diwali – the Hindu festival is celebrated in October-November with the ceremonial burning of effigies, personifying the triumph of good over evil.
Lifestyle: Goa with its unique traditions represents a blend of Indian and Western cultures and symbolize the true zest for life and living. Known to be a land where the party never ends, it surely lives up to the hype. The courteous people of Goa believe in making friends. In spite of housing many religions, the coexistence of the populace is pleasant and harmonious among the Goans, which is truly admiring. The fervent music, dance, and art of Goa make it a destination to be visited, time and again.
People: People of Goa are popularly known as Goan. Goans are predominantly Hindus, followed by Catholics, and a small Muslim community. They speak different dialects of Konkani natively. Being a Portuguese colony, the dressing style of Goans is influenced a lot by the West. In spite of that, you can find one of the best examples of unity in diversity during your exploration.
Seasons: There are three main seasons; high Season, shoulder season and low season. High season starts in November and ends in March. It is warm, sunny with cool evenings. Perfect for diving, boat trips, and swimming. A large number of tourists flock into Goa during this season, especially over frenetic Christmas and New Year. April and October are called the shoulder season, where seas may be rough for boat trips and would get hot and humid. Low season starts in May and ends in September. Most of the tourist operations close during this season, as the monsoon brings heavy rain and humidity.
Places of interest: : From popular beaches to the famous shacks, exquisite Goan cuisine to fashion streets, Goa has a bit of everything. Vagator Beach, the crescent-shaped beach is famous for playing host during the Sunburn music festival, held year after year. Anjuna Beach nests between the Aravalli hills and is famous for its flea market and the awe-inspiring view it renders. Calangute Beach has been named as “queen of beaches” by many tourists.
Shopaholics have much to indulge in; showrooms of graceful handicrafts from Indonesia, Tibet, and Kashmir are lined up on the main road alongside the beach. Sinquerim Beach is frequented by adventure enthusiasts, for it offers the best opportunities to try water sports in Goa like Scuba diving, water-skiing, wind-surfing and much more. Fort Aguada is among the most popular tourist destinations and houses the remnants of a fort, long bygone. Initially, Fort Aguada was a house of the Portuguese, later transformed to a jail, and is now in ruins. Candolim Beach is a secluded spot away from the hustle and bustle of shops, restaurants, and other commercial activity. It is a calm and peaceful beach overlooking the Arabian sea. Scrubs covered dunes at the back is a major attraction. Colva beach, Baga Beach, Chapora beach, Benaulim beach are other main beaches to name a few.
Located in Salcete, Goa, The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino offers an opulently appointed casino, four dining venues ranging from quick fare poolside dining to fine Asian dining at Sake. Attractions include one of the longest beach fronts in Goa with white sands and sparkling waters, as well as a disco, lounge, swimming pool, and arcade centre for the young and young at heart. Zuri hotels are known the world over for their excellence.