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World Heritage architecture, fusion cuisine and pristine beaches in Goa
With a prime position on India’s west coast, the state of Goa in India is home to a huge variety of arts, culture, entertainment, and outdoor attractions. Despite being home to a population of almost two million people and an area of 3,700 square kilometres, Goa is the smallest state in the country, but has a GDP more than twice the size of the nation’s. Goa’s unique history includes 451 years of Portuguese occupation, from the early 1500s until the territory known as Portuguese India was commandeered by India in 1961. This fusion of two very different cultures has resulted in a collection of World Heritage architecture and peaceful places of worship that draw both Hindu and Catholic pilgrims. These architectural and spiritual wonders combine with miles of quiet beaches, interesting cities, quality hotels, and experience hosting the 400,000 foreign travellers that visit on a yearly basis to create a fascinating, safe destination offering something for everyone.
Linger in state capital Panaji
State capital Panaji is home to several museums, such as the Goa State Museum, the Kala Academy, Goa Science Centre, and the Central Library, and is picturesque with a Latin Quarter – itself an attraction – and a river flowing beside the metropolis. The river can be crossed by ferry with or without a car, and offers a gateway to several tranquil, unpopulated islands ideal for fishing. Panaji is a great place for a spot of shopping, particularly for food items such as spicy local sausages Choricao, handicrafts, and books, with a number of highly-recommended bookstores to be found in the city. The hottest items to buy around this area however, are cashews, which come raw, spiced and roasted with many different flavours available. Cashews are also used to make speciality Goan Cashew Liquor, which is available at most bars and hotels.
Konkan Hindu and Goan Catholic
The capital is an ideal spot to sample some local food, though there are two distinct types of the tropical Goan cuisine that mean more than one stop is required to tick off the must-taste dishes: Konkan Hindu and Goan Catholic. Konkan Hindu food features coconut and fish more heavily, while Goan Catholic favours vinegar, pork and beef. Both are made with intense flavours and spices, though the varied influences on Goan cuisine and culture mean there are more than just the two categories. The Catholic influences come from Goa’s history as a Portuguese colony, which kept the state isolated from the rest of India for more than 450 years and created the unique part of the country there to visit today. Traditional cuisine in this region has therefore been developed from both Portuguese and Indian dishes, as well as the steady influx of international ‘hippies’ and Goan expatriates that have helped shape the culture of the region. The result is a mix of fusion and traditional dishes that make food in Goa one of the highlights of a visit here.
Dining in modern Goa
The most popular Goan dishes include fish curry with rice, variations of fried fish with some such as Kismur eaten with coconut and onions, and different stews comprising seafood and lentil options such as Varan. The majority of seafood dishes are served with rice, and feature Kingfish, shark, tuna, shellfish and more. The Portuguese introduced ingredients such as potato, tomato and cashews, and though these are now included in various Indian dishes, are heavily favoured in Goan Catholic cuisine. There are many dishes to try from the Catholic menu, including adapted versions of the samosa: Chamuca; spicy pork dish Sorpotel, served with Goan bread known as sannas or pao; and Vindaloo with chicken, pork or lamb.
UNESCO World Heritage Listed Velha Goa
Only 10 kilometres east of Panjim on the Mandovi River is Old Goa, or Velha Goa, built in the 15th century by Bijapur Sultanate. A century later Old Goa became the capital of Portuguese India, but it would be abandoned in the 17th century after cholera and malaria epidemics slashed the population from approximately 200,000 to 1,500. Roman Catholic influences remain evident in Old Goa today, with buildings such as Se Cathedral, the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the remains of Saint Francis Xavier can be found.
The beaches that grew Goa
With over 100 kilometres of coastline Goa is home to a vast number of beaches and luxury hotels, which were the drawcard that made the state such a popular tourist destination in the first place. Some of the most famous beaches include Anjuna, where visitors can enjoy a weekly flea market, Morjim Beach, with vibrant nightlife, and the particularly scenic Colva Beach.
Time your visit
Goa can get a little hot and a little wet at times, so be sure to plan your visit well to coincide with the best times to travel in the area. The temperature is most pleasant from the middle of November through to the middle of February, with a daily average around the mid-20s, while hotels in Goa are especially popular from October to January and in May. The monsoon season occurs from June to August, peaking in July, and though many choose not to visit at this time, hotels and tourist attractions are often less busy and operate at reduced prices.
Price rangefrom £5to £1,198
Hotel FabHotel Seashore Beach Resort Calangute Calangute
FabHotel Seashore Beach Resort is among the most preferred budget hotels in Goa for both business travelers and tourists seeking a comfortable stay. It features contemporary rooms with modern amenities like flat-screen TV and attached bathroom with hot and cold water supply.Further, room service, 24-hour CCTV surveillance for maximum security, round-the-clock power backup and complimentary Wi-Fi access are provided for added convenience.Our trained and hospitable staff at the front desk is always at your service, leaving no stone unturned in making your stay with us pleasant and enjoyable. Why This FabHotel The hotel enjoys easy connectivity to the airport, railway station, popular tourist attractions, major business hubs and prominent markets. more
Hotel Fahrenheit Hotel Calangute
Fahrenheit Hotel is located on Baga Road in Calangute and offers stylish suites with a fish pedi-spa by the pool. Each individually-decorated suite features unique amenities, some of which include cosy round beds, funky lights, and glass-walled bathrooms with rainfall showers. Extras include minibars, TVs, DVD players and high-end sound systems. Some rooms have Jacuzzis and balconies. Fahrenheit Hotel features free Wi-Fi access throughout the property, as well as an outdoor pool with built-in Jacuzzis, a 24-hour reception, and free self-parking. There are beautiful gardens, a gorgeous lobby, and conference/event and wedding facilities. Guests enjoy a free buffet breakfast every morning and other delicious meals in the on-site multi-cuisine restaurants. Light snacks and drinks are available at the pool bar. Our Lady of Piety Chapel and Calangute Beach are both a short five-minute stroll from the hotel. The Kerkar Art Complex and Casino Palms are approximately a ten-minute drive from the property. Aguada Fort is less than 20 minutes away by car. more
Hotel Atlanta Beach Resort Calangute
Atlanta Beach Resort in Calangute, India is two kilometres from Calangute Beach and four kilometres from Baga Beach. The resort offers guests complimentary breakfast and in-room satellite channels. The simple rooms with low-key furnishings come with safes and mini fridges, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and en-suite bathrooms. Suites include sitting areas and some rooms have balconies. Room service is offered. Amenities include a 24-hour reception, a shuttle service and an outdoor pool with a sun deck. There's also a car rental service, bike rentals and an airport transfer (fee). Complimentary breakfast is offered to guests. There's also a restaurant that serves local cuisine and a cafe/bar. Vegetarian food is offered. Atlanta Beach Resort is three kilometres from Candolim Beach, five kilometres from Sinquerium Beach and seven kilometres from Aguada Fort. more
Hotel Le Méridien Goa, Calangute Calangute
Le Meridien Goa, Calangute situated in the heart of the bustling Calangute-Candolim belt in North Goa, offers an inspiring setting for the curious traveller in search of a perfect family holiday experience or a leisurely vacation. 146 tastefully designed rooms in a contemporary setting yet retains accents of locally inspired art. Indulge in a culinary slice of Goa when you stay with us at five of our inventive restaurants and bars including Goa's first whiskey bar - Jazz & Grills that hosts live music evenings, Karoke and DJ nights. Catch mesmerizing sunsets from the open to sky terrace venue Telhado with sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. Relax by the pool while we take care of the little ones at the spacious Le Meridien Family Kids Club. more
Hotel Hotel Neelams the Grand Calangute
Featuring an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, Hotel Neelams the Grand is three kilometres from Casino Palms and offers guests lavish experiences while in Goa. All 150 rooms at Hotel Neelams the Grand are air-conditioned. They also have 32-inch, LCD TVs with satellite programming. The en-suite bathrooms have vanity mirrors and hair dryers for convenience. Other amenities include minibars, safes, and coffee makers. Most of the suites have private balconies. This property has a gym, yoga area, and business centre. Next-day laundry service is available, as are airport transfers. Additionally, sunbeds and umbrellas make time at the pool more comfortable. Guests can eat at Pan Global, a restaurant that serves food from around the world. There is also a sports bar. Just under six kilometres from the Museum of Goa, this property is less than two kilometres from Calangute Beach. more
Hotel Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort - A Beach Property Calangute
Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort - A Beach Property is a large complex located just a short stroll from Calangute Beach. On-site leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a children's play area. A variety of rooms and cottages are available including luxury doubles and family suites, all of which are air-conditioned. Rooms are decorated in a tasteful manner to reflect local tradition and the private bathrooms offer a mix of bathtubs and rainfall showers. Sun loungers are provided around the pool area and on the beach, with private access available. Other leisure facilities include a pool table, table tennis and in-house evening entertainment. The hotel includes three restaurants, including the beautifully decorated La Sana Vida. Guests can enjoy a variety of traditional Indian cuisine including many vegetarian options and local seafood, whilst there is also a breakfast service offered. Anjuna Beach is an eight kilometre drive north from Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort - A Beach Property and Aguada Fort is located ten kilometres along the coastline to the south. more
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