'The pearl of the east'
Goa is known for its Gothic churches, age-old ruins, palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, ferry rides, bubbly folk music and its 131-km-long coastline.
Known for its spritzing beaches and might-boggling nightlife, Goa has long rolls of history wrapped in its time-worn monuments and tropical spices of Southern and Portuguese Cuisines. Being the main trade centre of India, the state has attracted various international dynasties, monks, missionaries, and traders. Goa has a rich history which has resulted in its multi-cultural aesthetics. It has gone through continual transformations which have left an imperishable impact on its socio-economic developments.
Goa is a cultural blend of sand, sun, spices, seafood and spirituality. Stretching along the mighty Arabian Sea, this tropical paradise caters to the needs of every traveller from backpackers to fancy pamper-loving luxury traveller. Goa stands out in India for its Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage. The Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510, lured by the exotic East and the promise of lucrative spice routes, before being booted out in 1961. Their indelible mark is still evident in the state’s baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, colourful Catholic ceremonies, mournful fado music and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa.
Goa is blessed with fabulous weather, even more fabulous beaches, delightful people, good food, hill-top forts, little white-washed churches, soaring Portuguese-era cathedrals and a unique cultural legacy-small wonder. November to February is considered to be the best time to visit Goa. The weather is perfect, not very cold, not very hot.
- November - February