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Best Time to Visit Goa is Round the Year
Goa has been always most favourable tourist spot for Indians & also Foreigners. It has wonderful beaches, historical places, cliffs & mountains all over. Apart from it, though some places are crowded, natural beauty of it is still maintained. Basilica of Bom Jesus is the famous church all over the world. Many foreign tourists visit Goa round the year. There are lot of beaches which are quiet & beautiful as well. Arabian Sea stretches along the coastline of Goa. It is also known for its Portuguese colonies in history. Se Cathedral is one of the biggest Church of Goa which is also now converted into Meuseum. Goa has still maintained its greenary and natural beauty. There is ultimate fun & adventure all over Goa. Every Beach at Goa has its own characteristics and is somehow different from the other. East Goa has some magnificiant waterfalls and forest area. Goa is accessible with air, rail, road and water transport facilities. It has one of the major ports of India. Goa is famous for it's cashew production. It is also favourable to some because of easy & cheap avability of Liquor. Almost all major hotel chains have their properties in Goa. Population of Goa is around 20 Lakhs & is spread around 3702 Sq. Kms., making it one othe smallest state in India. It is famous for its hospitality to all kinds of Tourists. Lot of Beaches in Goa are specifically occupied by Foreign Tourist.
About my Trip:
I visited Goa at the end of October. It was just before Diwali vacations, so it was not crowded with public. Moreover I was lucky to have my trip just before Demonetisation happened in India. I had already booked my flights & hotels just before arriving in Goa. My Hotel was around 40 Kms. away from airpor. It took approximately around 1 Hour to reach at our Hotel in North Goa. Our Hotel was situated at Candolim Area on the beach side. We stayed at Santana Beach Resort. This resort is one of the best place to stay in Candolim. Resort is spread in several acres. Back side of the resort is opening on the beach between Sinquerium Beach & Candolim Beach. It was complete value for Money. Resort had Swimming Pool, Children Play Area, Bars & Gardens to Relax, Hospitality was also good. Location is close to Beach & Candolim Market. For Water Sports Sinquerium Beach was the nearest which is also one of the finest beaches of Goa. Spoting Dolphins is common while doing Water Sports Activities. This resort has several places to relax with several relaxing chairs, swings & several places with photogenic fountains. We stayed in the resort & enjoyed the facilities on the 1st Day & 2nd Day of Arrival. We also visited Markets & Restaurants around the resort. There were several Restaurants specially for Sea Food. There were too many Bars, Coaching Institutes for Scuba Diving & Disco Theques around the resort. We found Earthern Oven situated in the midst of Fort Aguada Road for Delicious Vegetarian Indian Food with Traditional Dance performed at Night.
It was on 3rd Day, we planned for City Tour of South Goa. We hired a Taxi. At 9.00 AM taxi came to pick us to the city tour. First of all they took us to Coco Beach for Dolphin View. It was most dirtiest beach. This beach is used as a deck for boats to Dolphin View. We viewed Dolphins after travelling in Boat for around 10 Minutes far from Coco Beach. There were lot of Dolphins, which we viewed while sailing on the boat. Then we were taken to view The Cabo Palace which we viewed from the same boat which took us for Dolpin View. It is a palace of some Diamond Merchant. Cascading Stairs in the Palace makes it a viewable palace. It can also be seen from Dona Paula Beach. Finally we also saw Fort Aguada from the boat & went back to Coco Beach.
Then we went to Se Catheral. It is church & now transfered into Meuseum. It is considered to be one of the largest church in Asia. Beautiful Artitecture makes it must visit place. Just Opposite Se Catheral is Basilica of Bom Jesus, where mortals of St. Xaviers Francis are stored since hundreds of years. Mortals are stored in Coffin, without any kind of preservatives used to save them from Decay. Though the size of body is shrinking but it is miracle that without any preservative, the body is still existing. There is statue of Baby Jesus, which can be easily viewed when we go close to it. There are lot of antiques in the church. After visiting both the churches, we went to see old Goa Streets & their Monuments.
Then we visited Dona Paula Beach, which reminded us of the movie 'Ek Dhuje ke Liye' & several other movies which had their shooting on this place. Dona Paula has a love Story on its existence. There is also a view point upstairs from which natural beauty of Goa can be viewed. Cabo Palace can be seen from this point. We also visited Mahalasa Temple. It is a nice temple. Finally we went to Miramar Beach, which is also popular beach of Goa. It was somewhat crowded. It was a fantastic Day. Once again on 4rth Day, we stayed at resort & enjoyed the beach nearby. This day was spared for enjoying the property and taking snaps around. We went to Sinquerium Beach. The beach was clean and quiet from crowd. There are several activities over the beach like water sports like Jetskying and Para Sailing. It is best beach for Swimming on the shore.
We planned our 5th Day to visit Fort Aguada, the major attraction which we left. We took Scooter & Bikes on rent & went to view the Fort. Nice Fort for taking nice pics and selfies. Didn't found any guide facilities for knowing the history of the Fort. Nice View of Ocean behind the Fort. Only for Historical Viewers. Then we went to to Baga Beach which is always crowded with local Tourists. We also visited Candolim Beach and Calangute Beach. All were on the same stretch. We visited Mapusa for purchasing cashews from the wholesale market but were disappointed to find same rates as were in Calangute and Candolim Market. Finally the Day was over. Rest we left for our next trip. There is still lot of places to visited in Goa. Finally went to relax for next morning to airport and back to home.
Do & Don't at Goa :
Carry Umbrella, Slippers and Extra Shorts. Don't go too long in Sea. Always listen to Life Guards on the beach. Read Instructions written on the board at all beaches for your safety.