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Introduction to Goa



Introduction to Goa



Best of Goa ( BOGT) writes:

"Welcome to the Land of Fun, Feni, Fish, Ferries, and Football.

Goa is a tiny state on the western seaboard of India, about 600 km south of Mumbai. At about 105 km in length and just 65 km in width, it is so small you can drive through end to end within two hours. It is amongst India's top holiday destinations, attracting about 1.5 million tourists annually, around 20 percent of whom are foreigners, mainly from UK.

Goa hugs the Arabian Sea and is world-renowned as a tropical sun-and-surf paradise. Its coastline is divided into about 25 picturesque beaches of white, coralline sand and swaying palms. These range from the crowded, over-commercialized beaches of Calangute. Baga and Colva to the virgin, secluded ones of Keri. Velsao. Uttorda. Betul. and Agonda.

First-time visitors to Goa are struck by the lush greenery all around. The land, nourished by numerous creeks and rivers, is vegetation-rich. During the monsoon months, the paddy crop spreads across the fields like a glistening green carpet. Waterfalls rage in the jungles while clouds swirl around hilltops. An underlying silence envelopes the entire landscape, punctuated by the rustle of the wind and breaking of surf on the seashore.

The dense, impenetrable rainforests of the " Western Ghats' mountains that make up Goa's eastern border have been labeled by the National Geographic magazine as one of the richest ecosystems of the planet. These shelter thousands of plant and bird species and are among the two biodiversity hotspots in India (the other being the forests of the Eastern Himalayas).

Goa retains the look and feel of a small provincial town where time runs at its own pace.- The lifestyle is unhurried, without any urgency - afternoon siesta is mandatory.

In Goa narrow countryside roads snake through paddy fields and small, sleepy villages, winding past whitewashed churches and graceful colonial-era mansions. The air is fresh and the weather pleasant year-round. There are no skyscrapers or pollution or crowding of any kind. Tropical escapes don't come any better than India's sunshine state."





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