Some well-known cities and beaches of Goa

Goa, the Portuguese state of India for more than 450 years, has been attracting tourists from different parts of the world for some time now. Although the local Government and people have been doing a lot to promote tourism, here is some information about its cities and the things they are known for.

Panjim is the capital of the state. The Viceroy’s residence was moved from Old Goa to Panjim in 1759. This was done during the Portuguese rule  since they were planning on moving the state capital to Panjim. The island city is located in the middle of the state and is connected by two bridges. The Northern coast is connected to Panjim through the Mandovi bridge and the South through the Zuari bridge. There are numerous  ferries connecting the capital to other parts of the state. Panjim has a mini port occupied by local  cruise boats  that take tourists ride operating every evening. The cruises have their own mini parties and events that keep tourists dancing into the hours of the night. Off late there has been a rise in offshore Casinos as well, large sized river vessels take people for a cruise over the river Mandovi  while they partake in different gaming activities.

Margao is another major city in the southern area of the state often refereed as the commercial and cultural capital of the state. The city has a giant performing for arts and culture called the Ravindra Bhavan, which has performances taking place all year around. The main architectural landmark right at the entrance of the city is the Holy Spirit church which has been using the same architectural structure for more than three centuries. Margao has a couple of historical temples around the area as well. The Damodar Temple’ (Saal), the ‘Hari Mandir’, the ‘Maruti Mandir’ at Davorlim, the ‘Saibaba Temple’ at Davorlim, the ‘Shiv Temple’ (Ling) at Fatorda near Nehru Stadium (which is the original Temple of Damudora) are all within driving distance from the city.

The state is also famous for its beaches. Calangute, Baga and Candolim which are the most popular among vacationers are all connected to the same stretch of beach at the northern coastline. Tourists can walk from Baga, all the way down to Candolim, and enjoy the beautiful white sand and waves of the Arabian. These beaches undoubtely the most popular in the state and see the largest crowds all throughout the year. There are also a number of shacks along the seashore offering a quick bite while enjoying a long walk on the beach. These areas are also filled with a wide variety of hotels making it easy for tourists to find accommodation when they visit.

Towards the southern belt popular beaches such as Utorda, Benaulim and Varca are well-known beaches. These beaches have some of the whitest sands on its broad coastline. Tourists who are looking to spend some time away from hustle and bustle of crowds should consider Utorda or Varca. The Majorda beach resort is close to the Utorda beach and tourists can take advantage of the location when they are in need of a stay.