and cattle herding communities (Go) who
migrated to Goa in the prehistoric period.
594 kms. south of Mumbai and in between
the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea is
Goa,stretching 100 kms. in length and 50
kms. in breadth. Although mostly flat, this
state rises gradually to the Sahyadri Ranges
as one travels inland.
Range is a source to many rivers running
through Goa most important being
Zuari and Mandovi. They flow westwards into
the Arabian Sea.
Goa has Hindu population in majority but
the life style and culture remains that
of the Portuguese. And who can forget Feni,
the locally brewed liquor which is popular
as much among the tourist as it is among
For water lovers, Goa is the place to be.
With 130 km. of coastline, Goa has some
of the most exotic locations and best beaches
beaches the world over. The clear sands,
the pristine waters, lines of palms and
relaxing tourists, all call for a vacation.
Even though you do not own a cottage in
this heaven, never mind. There are a host
of resorts, big and small to suit your pocket
and your interest. So go ahead and enjoy
your vacation. One should take a look at
each place in great details for each province
holds something to attract the tourists.
Goa enjoys a stable climate without much
variation throughout the year. The tourist
season continues round the year although
the best season to visit is from October
in North Goa is the Bardez province, that
has to offer Fort Aguada, Reis Margos Church,
Candolim, Saligao, Mapusa, Chapora, and
a few beaches to hold your attention.
Next in North is also the Pernem Province
that has to its contribution places like
Pernem, Shri Bhagawati Temple, Tiracola
Fort, Alorna Fort, Arambol, Mandrem and
Bicholim Province is another that adds to
the North of Goa. It delights travellers
with Bicholim, Shri Datta Mandir, Vithal
Mandir, Arvalem Caves and Waterfalls, Maem
Lake and not to miss the Saptakoteshwar
province of Satari does not have many beaches
and historical places to offer to its visitors.
It is mostly forested and to get to the
main town of Valpoi it is at best to have
private transport not to get harassed by
too many bus transfers. However, at this
juncture, one can see the Brahma Temple
built in the 5th century situated in the
village of Carambolim 50 kms. from the district
of Panjim. One will find very few temples
dedicated to Lord Brahma the creator of
Satari, is the Ponda Province known for
the Hindu Temples it houses. It was perhaps
the least touched by the Portuguese of all
the regions in Goa. One can see temples
like Shri Shantadurga, Shri Nagesh, Shri
Mahalaxmi, Shri Gopal Ganapati, Shri Mahalsa,
Shri Mangesh and the Ganesh Temple. One
also comes across the Safa Shahouri Mosque
and the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.
Central Goa comprises of the Tiswadi Province
where one can see Panaji, Our Lady of the
Immaculate Conception ( Panaji Church),
Chapel of St.Sebastian, the Government Secretariat,
Miramar Beach, Dona Paula Beach and Old
Goa (Velha Goa) and its churches. Coming
next is the Marmagoa Province housing Vasco
Da Gama, Marmagoa and Bogmalo.
After North and Central Goa is South Goa
comprising Sanguem Province that encloses
Sanguem, Tambdi Surla Temple, Bhagwan Mahavir
Wildlife Sanctuary and the Dudhsagar Falls.
Then comes Salcete Province with Margoa,
Rachol Fort and Seminary, Chandor and Beaches
like Cansaulim, Majorda, Colva, Benaulin
and Mobor. Then you can head towards Quepem
Province with the only beach Betul, 20 kms.
south from Margoa stretching from the Sal
river in the north to the Southernmost province
Canacona. The sand is packed harder and
the surf is calmer than the Northern beaches.
Due to the inconvenience of crossing the
Sal river to get to the beach it has remained
untouched and is a perfect for those looking
at peaceful retreat with simple food and
Last but not the least, is the Southernmost
province of Canacona that has Cabo De Rama
Fort, Agonda, Palolem, Chaudi, Shri Mallikarjun
Temple and Catigao Wildlife Sanctuary.