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One of the most sought-after travel destinations in India and the Honeymoon Capital, Goa is a state on the southwestern coast of India and is a traveler’s delight. It is the smallest state in the country with respect to surface area. With many churches which are considered its landmarks, amazing beaches, breathtaking views lined with palm and coconut trees, temples, and some of the most exotic foods, Goa is a heaven for all kinds of travelers which many people from all over India as well as the world love to visit.

History

Goa was annexed and became a Portuguese possession formerly but became a part of India in 1962. It became an individual state by attaining statehood in 1987.

Goa’s most occupied city today is Panaji – a city that was built on the left bank of the Mandavi estuary. It was formerly a part of “Old Goa” on the island of Goa, which was once the hub of the region, but was decimated in the 18th century due to wars; and now only its (preserved) ruins remain. 

The Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Se Cathedral are among the most popular churches in the city. Both were built in the 16th century, and, along with several other churches of Goa, these were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1986.

Goa Language and Population

The official language spoken across Goa is Konkani. And the second widely spoken language is English.

Goa state has a population of 17.12 Lakhs (as of 2020). Many people here follow Christianity (more than 30%) and Hinduism (also around 30%). Many of them are also of Portuguese descent and can speak or understand Portuguese language too, besides Konkani, Hindi, and English.

Goa Beaches

The ‘Sunshine State of India’, Goa is a compulsory name in everyone’s bucket list in India and by far the place has been successful in mesmerizing its visitors and has long provided a haven for those in search of the sunshine, sand, and glittering sea. With 105km of stunning coastline and several beautiful beaches, Goa has always been one of the favorite places of national and international tourists to visit. Among the many idyllic beaches here, here is a list of some of the best beaches in Goa that you must visit.

NORTH GOA :

SOUTH GOA :

Places to Visit in Goa

Most of Goa’s popular tourist destinations include its famous beaches and ancient churches. Apart from these, Goa has cruises, water sports, historical forts, shopping, and many other interesting activities for visitors. Some of the most popular destinations include:

Goa has a deep history, influenced by Portuguese colonial culture. It has many churches, Basilicas, and forts that history lovers and photography enthusiasts will love to explore and can be great hangout spots for other people too –

Goa Food

Since Goa is in the west coast alongside the Arabian Sea, Goan food is dominated by sea food with the perfect blend of herbs and spices. The staple food of Goa is Rice and Fish Curry with coconut and local spices such as kokum incorporated in most of the dishes. Some of the best and most famous Goan food are:

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A nirvana on earth with some of the jaw dropping views, Goa is the revitalizing medicine that recharges your body, soul, and mind, where culture, tradition, and contemporary romance come together for a blissfuland ecstatic produce of an exotic oasis.

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