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 Goan Government and people have been doing a lot to promote tourism, here is some information about the cities in Goa 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 in Goa 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 North of Goa is connected to Panjim through the Mandovi bridge and the South through the Zuari bridge. There are a bunch of ferries connecting the capital to other parts of the state. Panjim has a mini port covered by a bunch of cruises that take tourists on a ride into the river and back to the shore. The cruises have their own mini parties and events that keep tourists dancing into the hours of the night. Goa also has a bunch of offshore Casinos, ships that come to the shore and take people for rides while they partake in different gaming activities.

Margao is seen as and called the commercial and cultural capital of Goa. The city has a giant performing centre and hall 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.

Calangute, Baga and Candolim are all connected to the same stretch of beach in North Goa. There is nothing dividing the coastline. Tourists can walk from Baga, all the way down to Candolim, where they would be blocked by the giant mass of rocks that holds the Taj resort. These beaches have to be the most popular in the state and see the largest crowds as well. There are a bunch of shacks the line the seashore for a quick bite while enjoying a long walk on the beach. There are a bunch of hotels and resorts within walking distance for tourists who are looking for a place to spend the night.

Utorda, Benaulim and Varca are three well-known beaches in South Goa. These beaches have some of the whitest sands ever seen. Tourists who are looking to spend some time away from Goa’s mainland with the 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.