Goa is basically La-La-Land of India. A destination friendly to different travel tastes and budget. Well, anyone who have been to Goa always have fascinating stories about absolutely cheap alcohol, some pristine blue waters and some over crowded beaches, adventure water sports, delicious sea food while some over priced food at shacks and clubbing with foreigners. Well, I am not denying any one these are false, but exploring places in different way is all about. My taste about Goa is some how little different than any of I have mentioned above.
Re-live the Colonial Era:
Goa is one the Indian states that remined under colonial rule for a period of 452 years. Captured by Portugese in year 1510, and attained freedom from them in year 1962. Became Independent State in 1987. Goa comprises two revenue district that is North Goa and South Goa.
All the towns which are stretched on west areas are blessed with pristine beaches. Various beaches have developed different culture.
Each town has something different to offer. Some what like hidden treasure. From centuries-old Portuguese home, laid-back life styles, spice and veggies plantations, scrumptious sea food, spectacular view of one of the highest waterfalls in India – Dudhsagar, virgin beaches and secluded islands.
Synonym to Hippie Life, north Goa have some crowded beach with full of water sports adventure, some laid-back beaches with rocks, upbeat night life, hippie with color hues markets, loaded with sea food shacks.
Panaji (Panjim) is considered in North Goa but technically its in Central Goa with totally different life style. More peaceful and still holding many vintage things.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, the colonial Portuguese Baroque style church was first built in 1541 as a chapel on a hill side overlooking the city of Panjim. It was eventually replaced by a larger church in the 1600’s as part of Portuguese Goa’s religious expansion. It is among the first churches to be built in Goa with its church bells being the second largest in the world. Many Bollywood movies have this church as a background. To be named few: Dilwale, Aashiqui 2, Murder 2, Force 2.
Panaji is situated on the left bank of the river Mandovi. The Canal of Cumbarjuem links the Mandovi river to the Mapusa river and this canal has made the inner parts of the Mandovi open to ships that carry Iron Ore. Iron Ore is Goa’s prime mineral that is mined in Eastern hills. Mandovi River is often described as the lifeline to the State of Goa. Along with Mandovi River, the Zuari River is also a primary river in Goa, sharing water with bordering state Karnataka as well. Mapusa, the town in North Goa also happens to be the largest town located on the banks of the river. Since ancient times, the Mapusa River has been used as a popular waterway to transport agricultural products as well as spices.
You will find 100+ years Portuguese buildings, more towns, temples, churches, silent roads, peaceful night life, some finest unspoilt beaches in south Goa.
Something to learn:
1) Do not wander in night if you are not aware of the roads, you might lost the way and not a soul around to guide you. Better learn the way in day time.
2) Do not totally rely on GPS. Ask localite. Use public transportation when you need to hop between North to South towns or vise versa.
3) Make sure carry snacks and water bottle with you before deciding to explore. Some places are amazing to spend time but do not have any snacks shop.
4) Strict rule to wear helmet / seat belt while riding / driving. Yellow number plate vehicle indicates tourist vehicle and if you get caught, the penalty amount will be high.
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