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Goa Beach Nirvana for dropouts, flower children, and New Age travelers since the late 1960s, Goa's hippie invasion peaked in the '70s, when Anjuna Beach became a rocking venue for party demons and naturalists who would sell their last piece of clothing at the local flea market for just enough cash to buy more dope and extend their stay. Now, there is more to Goa than sea and sand, hippies and hedonists. A rich amalgam of Portuguese and Indian influences, its history is totally different from anywhere else in Goa. Goa now sees a lot more of the well-heeled Indians and foreigners. Goa is very much "India Light," a cosmopolitan tourist-oriented place of five-star resorts and boutique guest houses. Goa's true pleasures are found away from the crowds, on the more remote beaches to the far north and south, on the semi-private beaches adjoining expensive luxury resorts, or in the charming guesthouses located farther inland. Come for at least 3 days, and you may end up staying for a lifetime - as a number of very content expats from around the world have done.

Dona Paula Beach - Goa Dona Paula
The Dona Paula Beach with its aura of romance and myth is crowded with tourist's indulging in water sports on the clear waters. Named after Dona Paula de Menezes, the daughter of a viceroy who jumped off the cliff after being refused permission to marry Gaspar Dias a local fisherman. The Dona Paula Sports Club offers facilities for cycling, windsurfing, toboggan, motorboat rides, water-scooter, ski-biscuit, toboggan, snorkelling, harpoon fishing, water-skiing, parasailing, skibob, sports fishing, yachting, and kayaking on the beach.
Church of Old GoaOld City & Churches
Old Goa, nine kms east of Panaji, was founded in 1510 by Alfonso de Albuquerque as the capital, is replete with churches like Se Cathedral the Convent, Professed House and Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi (largest church in Asia), the Church of St. Cajetan, the Church and Convent of St. Monica and the ruins of Church of St. Augustine.
Panji - Goa Panji
Small and mellow for a state capital, Panaji is located on the south bank of the Mandovi River. It became capital of Goa in 1843. The city is charming with an evident colonial effect to its landscape. In Panaji, the church devoted to our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and the Chapel of St. Sebastian are worth visiting. The Goa State Museum, the Secretariat, the statue of Abbe Faria are popular amon artlovers. Visit a Goan market to discover the essence of the land. Fish, woven baskets, earthen pots, tender coconuts and bananas, pickles and preserves, and, even blue china and bronzed candelabras!
Mapusa Bazar - Goa Mapusa Bazar
Mapusa, the main market town in north Goa, could be the ancient site of the oldest weekly fair on the Konkan coast. It witnesses on Fridays happy conclave of buyers and sellers. The weekly fair is the logical sequence of ancient festivals in tribute of Kanakeshwar Baba, acclaimed at the Bodgeshwar temple.
St Anne Church of Ponda - Goa Ponda
Antruz, the inspired name of Ponda subdivision, is where the Hindus, barricaded themselves between rivers and hills against the Portuguese to hold their sway. Here they conserved their culture and further enriched it. From this area comes some of India's greatest singers including Kesarbai Kerkar, Dinanath Mangeshkar (father of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle) Jitendra Abisheki, Mogubai Kurdikar, Kishori Amonkar. The area has several important Hindu temples like Sri Ganapati Temple and Mahalaxmi Temple.
Shri Mangesh Temple - Goa Shri Mangesh Temple
Most temples in Goa have deities from Mithila region in Bihar, home to the Saraswat Brahmins of this region. The ancient Mangesh Temple on the banks of the river Gomati or Zuari, has Lord Mangesh being worshipped as Shiva linga. The linga believed to have been sanctified by Lord Brahma himself on the mountain of Mangireesh (Mongir) next to Bhagirathi river . The linga was carried on to Gomantaka and settled at Mathagrama, the present-day Madgoa.
Shri Shanta Durga Temple - Goa Shri Shanta Durga Temple
Shanta Durga or Shanteri, the Goddess of peace, resides in her holy residence at Kapilpura or Kavele in Antruz. This deity was carried by Loma Sharma on its way to Goa from Tiruhut in Bihar.
Shri Ramnath Temple - Goa Shri Ramnath Temple
The temple of Shri Ramnath, situated at Ponda 33 km from Panaji, has four other temples, namely of Shri Shantadurga (Shanteri), Shri Betal, Shri Laxminarayan, and Shri Sidhanath. All these together constitute Shri Ramnath Panchayatan.
Calangute Beach - Goa Calangute
Calangute Beach, situated 15 km north of Panaji, is a 7-km-long beach. The scenic natural beauty of this peaceful coastal countryside has has made it one of the most trendy destinations in the world. The beach was discovered by the Hippies. Tourists tramp down the dusty, weather-beaten roads searching the idyllic coastal Goa.
Anjuna Beach - Goa Anjuna
Anjuna beach is the right place for lazing holidaymakers. The place with its full-moon parties and the Wednesday flea market to takes one on to a trance trip. The beach is most popular among locals who love its 20-km-long fringed and sun drenched virgin white sands.
Miramar Beach - Goa Miramar
Miramar or Gaspar Dias, beach close to Panaji, is among the ignored ones by tourists. So thecrowd here is lesser than other popular beaches. But this small beach offers only sunbathing, as the undercurrents and flow are dangerous.
Vagator Beach - Goa Vagator
Overlooked by the Portuguese fort, the Vagator beach with its soft white sands, the coconut palms, the black lava rocks, and the lush green landscape leaves each visitor mesmerized. The beach is located north of Anjuna and despite the hustle and bustle of tourists, life here goes on peacefully in the background.

General Information

By Air : Goa has a domestic as well as an international airport
By Rail : Connected by rail to major cities
By Road : Gokarna (156 km)
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