In & Arounds

About Goa
It’ time to immerse the sun as the luxuriant emerald state of Goa beckon you to trip through its land of music, adventure and mouth-watering cuisines. Influenced by the Portuguese, who once ruled over them, Goans are a carefree lot known for their art of hospitality.

Once in Goa, be prepared to be enthralled by its picturesque view, meander into the ramparts of its forts and churches, guzzle its free flowing Feni (native cashew wine), make new friends and let your hair down as you celebrate with zeal, its colorful festivals and events. With numerous places to visit in Goa, it is non-stop fun as you explore the haven of the 1960’s.

From October to February the weather in Goa maintains a steady, relaxing course, with temperatures staying between 25°C (77°F) and 30°C (86°F). It’s the time to get that summer tan and challenge the roaring waves as you surf through to victory.

June through September brings the magical monsoon season. Our outdoor (covered) Jacuzzi is the perfect place to soak in the sounds and sights of the monsoon rain.

Goa is fun through all seasons!

Fairs & Festivals

No matter which time of the year you decide to visit Goa, you’re never going to miss out on the many energetic festivals the state has to offer.

Besides celebrating all the important festivals of different religious order, the Temples & Churches of Goa are exclusive in their celebration of festivals through Jatras & Feasts, throughout famous on 6th January. Also the feast of St. Francis Xavier, at Old Goa held on 3 rd December every year are exclusive & elaborate.

The Kala Academy (Academy of Indian Culture and performing Arts), celebrates various cultural fairs and festivals throughout the year. Yet among the most lively and colorful is the Goan Carnival, celebrated throughout the State for 3 days during February and Shigmo (Holi) celebrated in March. Also the 5 days food festival in April is a fete of the local cuisine and cultural entertainment.

Place to Visit

Panaji: The scenic capital of Goa, located on the river Mandovi, is noted for its fine buildings. The present Government Secretariat set along the river was once the palace of Adil Shah, the ruler of Bijapur. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception dominating the city square, the old Latin quarter of Fontainhas, the little Chapel of Saint Sebastian, the Kala Academy, the focus of all cultural activities in Goa, a beautifully designed modern complex along the river and Miramar beach are the town’s attractions.

Margao: To the south of Panaji, Margao is a commercial centre. It also has some beautiful old houses and churches.

Vasco da Gama: Another town with fine buildings, it has the Mormugao Port close by.

Mapusa: A town with great charm comes alive each Friday when a local market springs up.

Old Goa: They include the majestic Se Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Basilica of Bom Jesus enshrining the miraculously preserved remains of St. Francis Xavier, the St. Cajetan Church modeled on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Convent of St. Monica and the majestic ruins of the St. Augustine’s Church up on a hill.

Ponda: Goa’s many charming temples are built in a unique style that incorporates Hindu, Islamic and Christian architectural elements. Many are located in the vicinity of Ponda. They include the Shri Manguesh Temple in Priol, the Shri Naguesh Temple, the temple of Shri Mahalsa Narayani – a folk diety, the Shri Ramnathi Temple at Kavalem and the Shri Shanta Durga Temple – a shrine to Durga worshipped unusually in a peaceful avatar. Deep in the woods under the Molem Forest Division at Tamdi Surla (70 kms from Panaji) is a Shiva Temple. It was built out of basalt (talco-chlorite schist) by Queen Kamladevi in the 13 th Century. At Ponda also is the elegant Safa Mosque built in 1560, evidence of Goa’s Muslim past.

North Goa Beaches (North of Goa): Some of the finest beaches here are edged by tall laterite cliffs. They include Sinquerim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator and Chapora with an old fort overlooking the beach. The Arambol beach has a delightful fresh water pond at the base of a verdant slope. The Tiracol Fort at the northern most extremity of the territory, built on a tall promontory, has a splendid view over the sea.

South Goa Beaches:South Goa is one of the most convenient places for incredible vocations in Goa with its spacious beautiful golden and white-sand beaches surrounded by glamorous palm groves. The southern beaches with their expanse of sparkling white sand and calm sea include Bogmalo, Utorda, Majorda, Colva, Benaulim, Cavelsossim and Mobor. The tiny bay at Palolem is especially beautiful.

Ancestral Goa:  Ancestral Goa is miniature Goan Village as it would have existed 100 years ago. It is located on a nine acre verdant hillock at Loutulim ins South Goa, about ten kilometers from Margao.

Dedicated to the preservation of art, culture and environment and in order to preserve Goa’s past and its rich traditions this magnificent project named “Ancestral Goa” is the result of a lot of meticulous research, planning and hardwork. It opened to the public in April 1995.

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