GOA has over the centuries, opened its doors and its heart to the
Mauryan, Kadambas, Yadavs, Chalukyas, Dravidians, Arynas, Delhi Sultants,
Vijaynagar rulers, Bahamani Sultans, Arabs, Persians and Jews. Finally
in 1510 an event took place that was to leave an idelible mark on this
"Pearl of the Orient".
A Portuguese explorer, Afonso de Albuquerque sailed up the river Mandovi,
defeated the Bijapuri army and rode into the capital triumphantly
bearing a Portuguese Standard in one hand, and a Gold Crucifix in the
other. A curious blending of cultures took place, affecting every sphere
of Goa life, from religion to architecture, cuisine to art. The chapter
of Goa's history ended 451 years later when Goa ceased to be a
Portuguese colony, and became a part of the Indian Union .
Goa's over 100 kms long coastline is studded with some of the world's
loveliest beaches - Calangute, Colva, Baga, Vagator and Miaramar. Golden
Beaches, Blue Skies and Pale Green Hills, Silvery Sand fringed with
palms - this is Goa - the land of Paradoxes, the land of Fun and Frolic,
of calm and tranquility.
Goa indeed is enviously adorned. An amalgamation of religious
architecture, built in the 16th century, it was a city with awe
inspiring Cathedrals. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Church of Our Lady
of Rosary, the St. Cathedral with its fourteen splendid altars, and the
Convent of St. Francis of Assisi are the magnificent sites to visit. The
known temples are the Sri Shanta Durga at Kavlem, Shri Mangest Temple,
Sri Saptakoteshwar Mukhalinga and the Drivaidian Sri Malikarju Temple at
Canacona. The brief tenure of Islam has left mosque of the Namazgah and
the ruins of the Safa Masjid at Ponda. A visit to the Museum of
Christian Art, 12 kms from Margao in the South Goa is a must housing
artifacts from private collectors and from the churches of Goa.
Panaji, Mapusa, Margao, Arambol, Vasco-da-Gama
Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Benaulim Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Colva Beach,
Dona Paula Beach, Miramar Beach, Candolim Beach
Goa Carnival, Casinos in Goa, Discotheques in Goa
Para Sailing, Wind Surfing, Speed Boat