General Information Of Goa :
Area : 3702 sq km.
Capital : Panaji
Languages : Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese. Hindi & English.
Temperature : Max. 32.7° C and Min. 24° C in summer.Max. 32.2° C and Min. 21.3° C in winter.
Rainfall : 32 cm, Month of June to September.
Best Season : October to May.
Goa has it all, Sun, sand and sea. An unique blend of Latin & Oriental, including rich in monuments and historical sites, dazzling variety of exotic flora and fauna, lush green hinterland, rivers that offer water adventure sports that will thrill you beyond expectation Goa has a timeless charm. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that whilst creating a delicate synthesis of various cultures, it has retained its inherent soul, Goa, certainly is a land of dreams and romance… a timeless world of gentle hospitable people and unhurried activity.
How To Go Goa :
Air: Goa is connected by Indian Airlines flights from Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Delhi and Trivandrum. Goa International Airport is at Dabolim near Vasco da Gama, the state’s only airport. Dabolim airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 is the domestic terminal and Terminal 2 is the international terminal.
Rail: Connected by metre-guage line with Londa junction on Miraj-Bangalore sector, Station: Vasco da Gama or Madgaon. These two railway station are well connected with all the major towns in India.
Sea: Shipping Corporation of India operate sailings during October to May, subject to the weather conditions.
Tourist Attraction Of Goa :
Panaji: The capital of Goa was only a small fishing village four centuries ago. It is still a midget town, but one of the most beautiful in India. Rising on the wooded terraces of the Aaltinho Hill, the town slopes down to the Mandovi River. Ferying across the Mandovi is a unique experience. Its banks are lined with riverside hamlets; red-tiled cottages blend with the groves of palms, casuarinas, mango, jackfruit and cashew nut trees; and Kunbi women in their colourful sarees tucked-up, mingle with Roman Catholic priests in their stark white robes. Amongst the places to see in Panaji is the Idalcao Palace, Bronze statue of Abbe Faria, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Aguada and Raij Magus forts, The Bhagavati temple etc.
Canacona: Canacona is a Konkan Railway Station situated at Chauri District and temple of Shir Mallikarjun dating back to the middle of the 16th century is located here and Patagal Math is near by and Agonda Beach is worth to visit.
Chador: A huge Nandi in stone, several centuries old.
Dicholi: A century – old Trimurthy temple called Datta Mandir. People of unsound mind are brought here to be cured. Namazgah–a mosque built by Prince Murad, son of Aurangzeb, in commemoration of the historic battle he fought against the Portuguese in 1683.
Margao: It is situated at a distance of 33 km from Panaji. Second largest city in Goa and commercial metropolis. It has fine parks, broad squares and palatial houses. The Friday Fair is an added attraction.
Mapusa: Fine buildings, gardens, Seminary at Saligao, Retreat House at Bag.
Arjuna: About half an hour’s drive from Panaji, famous or its well-known ‘flea market’ is the Anjuna Beach, beautifully surrounded by immense coconut groves.
Colva Beach: Located just about 6 km from Margao city is the charming Colva Beach lazily swaying its palm trees and glittering its silvery white sand.
Calangute: World’s loveliest and most famous Calangute beach just 16 km from the capital city of Panaji is the most popular destination for domestic and foreign holidayers in Goa.
Vagator: Just a little over 20 km from Panaji, the most photographed beach of Goa, is the mesmerizing Vagator Beach, Its hillock is crowned by Chapora Fort.
Palolem: Deep South, less than 40 km from Margao city, relatively less frequented is one of the most enchanting beaches of Goa, the Palolem beach; It is an ideal local for tourist seeking a close tie with nature and privacy.
Mayem: A lake resort. An ideal picnic spot set amidst rolling green hills.
Vasco da Gama: It is situated at a distance of 30 km from Panaji. Originally Sambhaji, this spick and span coastal town has imposing multi-storeyed buildings and a church dominating the city centre. Baina Beach is a popular picnic spot.
Basilica of Bom Jesus: Built in 16th century, dedicated to Infant Jesus, is the most popular and famous of all churches in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a rich silver casket are enshrined here.
St. Cathedral: Most imposing of all churches at Old Goa, dedicated to St. Catherine, and famous for its ‘Golden Bell’, the biggest in the world. The churches has 14 side chapels, each built in a different style.
Church of St. Francis Assisi: The entrance and the choir are in Manu line style. The interiors illustrated with exquisite paintings.
St. Cajetan Church: Built in style of St. Peter’s basilica in Rome. Interesting to note are the interior decorated in pure, unrestrained baroque, the intricately carved pulpit and a large arched window whose tiny panes are made of seashells.
Convent and Church of St. Monica: It is another interesting church in Old Goa. Built in Doric style, this refreshingly simple church was once a nunnery housing more than a hundred nuns, the last of whom died in 1885.
St. Augustine Tower Church: It is the only remaining tower of the Augustinian Church, which is now in ruins. It was once the largest church in Goa. The chapels St, Anthony, The Convent of St., John of god, and the Church of the Roasry have also managed to survive the ravages of time and man.
Reis Magos Church: Dedicated to three Magi Kings was constructed in 1555.
The church of Mae de Deus: The church of Mae de Deus at Saligao, dedicated to Mother of God was built in 1873.
Pilar: A church, seminar and school. The city overlooks the Marmagao harbor, 16 km from Panaji.
Shri Manguesh Temple: Located at Priol, Ponda Taluka, surrounded by rolling green hills, Shri Manguesh is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Shri Mahalsa Temple: At Mondal 1 km from Shri Manguesh Temple. The deity worshipped is an attribute of Vishnu, Mohni. This is popular with people of all faiths because the deity Gomantaka is believed to fulfill the wishes of all her devotees.
Shri Ramnath Temple: Besides the shrine of the main Ramnath deity it has four small temples of Shri Laxminarayan, Shri Shantadurga, Shri Betal and Shri Sidhanath,. The five together, constitute Shri Ramnath Pachamalai.
Shri Shantadurga Temple: Dedicated to Shanta Durga, Goddess of Peace. The deity was transfered from Kelsi.
Brahma Temple: 7 km from Valpoi is located in the village of Carambolim, Brahma Temple belongs to 5th century A.D. and is one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma that is found in India.
Mahadev Temple at Tambadi Surla: Mahadev Temple at Tambadi Surla is situated in Sanguem taluka at the foot of the ghats, is the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture (13th century) in basalt stone in Goa.
Parse: An ancient temple in Old Goa, one of the very few dedicated to Lord Brahmam the first god of the Trinity.
Sri Gopal Ganapati Temple: Shri Gopal Ganapati temple is se amidst beautiful natural surroundings. Built in 1966, it is a good specimen of Indian temple architecture synthesizing ancient and modern.
Bondala Wildlife Sanctuary: A rapidly developing wild life sanctuary 55 km from Panaji. It is an ideal jungle resort. It has mini zoos, a deer park and a botanical garden.
Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: 60 km from Panaji, covering 240 sq. km in the jungles of Mollen is rich in wild life.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is covered by dense forest and is a home to a range of exotic fauna and reptiles.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary: This sanctuary is fully covered by mangroves situated in Chorao Island, along side Mandovi River is frequented by locals as well as migratory birds.
Dudhsagar Falls: The most popular destination for trekkers and hikers is a sight to behold. Water rushes down hundreds of feet in large volume from a great height, creating a most enchanting natural phenomenon.
Mayem Lake: Mayem Lake is situated 35 km from Panaji is one of the state’s most popular picnic spots. Excellent accommodation and boating facilities available at the Lake.