Hotels in Goa can be very expensive to cheap depending upon the location and proximity to the beach. Goa is famous for its beautiful beaches, places of worship and stupefying architecture. The churches and convents of the city have been declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 450 years so the structures and churches present a unique picture. The styles are generally a blend of Indian, Islamic and Portuguese architecture.
Old Goa is resplendent with numerous convents and churches. Church of Saints Simon and Jude is visited by many tourists. The Santa Monica convent has a bleeding statue of Jesus. The Bom Jesus Cathedral and Fort Aguada are the major attractions of the city. The Goa State Museum and the Naval Aviation museum are both major tourist attractions. The Goa Science Centre in Panjim is also a fascinating place. A wax museum has been built recently which gives a complete picture of Indian history and culture.
The coastline of Goa stretches around 125 km. All the beaches are segmented into two broad sections as Northern Goa and Southern Goa. North Goa is pretty commercialized and has low to medium priced hotels. You can stay at luxury hotels in Goa if you prefer Southern Goa. There are private beaches attached so that you can enjoy a relaxing holiday in the way you like. The most important beaches include Colva, Palolem, Baga and Anjuma. You can also enjoy wildlife sanctuaries like the Bondla Wildlife sanctuary, the Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary, the Mahadeyi Wildlife sanctuary and the Netravali Wildlife sanctuary. Don’t miss out the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary which has the India’s fifth tallest waterfalls, the amazing Dudhsagar Falls.
When you are in Goa, do not miss out the traditional music and art forms. The Goan Hindus will amaze you with their Kirtans and Bhajans, all typical forms of Indian Culture. These performances are also aided by traditional instruments like Pakhawaj, Ghumot, Dhol and table. Make sure you listen to the Goa Trance which has gained widespread popularity. One popular form of theatre of this place is ‘Natak’. Many times these plays are based on Hindu mythological stories. The Goan Cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in India. Try Rice with fish curry to taste authentic spices of the region. The ‘Khatkate’ is a typical vegetable stew which is made especially during festivals.
Goa - The Sun, the Sea and Loads of Fun