Goa, the land of beaches, is the smallest state in India and yet, arguably, the biggest tourist destination of the country. The beaches, markets, parties and natural beauty of this land full of life on the west coast of India is what mesmerizes many visitors and leaves them asking for more. Goa had earned a reputation of a hippie hangout destination during the 70s. Anjuna was the destination everyone wanted to head to. Over the years, Goa has become more hip than hippie. A blend of Portuguese and Indian influences, Goa’s unique history makes it a place much more than just beaches and parties.
Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Miramar and Dona Paula are the most popular beaches in the north. While the beaches of North Goa are considered ideal for beach holidays, the beaches in South Goa can match those in the north in scenic splendor. Be it the beautiful Palolem beach or the quiet Patnem, you are in for some splendid beach time. For sports enthusiasts, a number of water sporting activities are available at many of the beaches. When you get away from the beaches towards the interiors, you will be amazed by the beautiful old churches of Goa. It is also one of the best destinations in the country to try out some delicious sea food.
Where to stay in Goa
North Goa offers a wide variety of accommodations. However, if you do not want to get away from the hustle-bustle, south Goa also has resorts as well as beach shacks at beaches like Palolem.
Where to eat in Goa
Britto's near Baga and Fisherman's paradise near Calangute are famous places to eat and drink. Tito's, a bar cum night club, has always been extremely popular. O' Coqueiro is a good place away from the hustle bustle near Panaji.