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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 NZ$9to NZ$2,249
Hotel Michèle's Garden Anjuna
Michèles Garden is located in Anjuna. Our guesthouse is very homely. We have four rooms only so we really get to know our guests. We have a cafe in our front garden where we can meet over breakfast and share some stories. We love conversing with travellers and are eager to to help with anything regarding their onward journey. We live in village setting; if you walk in one direction you reach the beach through rice fields. If you walk in the other direction you climb up a hill to some of the most spectacular sunsets. And thats not all, although Anjuna is know for its night life and flea market, try walking a little inland and witness a quaint forgotten Goan village. Anjuna is pretty central if you wish to visit beaches in the north such as Morjim and Arambol, and also cities such as Mapusa and Panjim. more
Hotel Hotel La Gulls Court Anjuna
La Gull's Court - a true reflection of the Portuguese influence and contemporary hospitality offers luxurious opulence of tastefully and well appointed rooms and suites for your indulgence. Located off the hippy haven of yore the famous "Vagator Beach". La Gull's Court -Vagator comprises 60 tastefully furbished rooms. The old Goan - Portuguese hospitality is evident in the well trained and polite operations team members. All our air conditioned rooms are equipped with large 32" LCD satellite linked televisions, minibar fridges, tea coffee makers, electronic safes, and duvets. Well appointed ensuite bathrooms have hot and cold water, hair dryers and vanity mirrors. Most of the rooms have their own private balconies. Located about 10 minutes from Mapusa market, 20 minutes from the Capital city Panjim(live casino hub) and has all the famous North Goa beaches namely, Vagator (walking distance), Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Sinquerim, Morjim, Mandrem and Arambol and others. The world famous Saturday night market, disco's like Titos, Loungefly, etc. Adventure sports like Go Karting, para sailing, Jet skis, water park are all within 20 minutes' drive. more
Hotel Spazio Leisure Resort Anjuna
Set amidst lush tropical landscapes in the heart of Anjuna Village, Spazio Leisure Resort is within a 15-minute walk to the Anjuna Beach. Moreover, this award-winning property is a five-minute drive to the Vagator Beach and Ozran Beach. All rooms feature bright themes and traditional Goan decor. Each has direct access to the pool, and equipped with a mini-fridge, LCD TV, and a private balcony with views of the pool or garden. Furthermore, upgraded rooms have bathrooms with bathtub. Spazio Leisure Resort boasts an outdoor swimming pool, complimentary car park, and a 24-hour front desk. Car rental services and free Wi-Fi in public areas are also available. The Portica restaurant specialises in Indian cuisine, while the on-site bar serves fine wine and cocktails. The 18th century Chapora Fort is an eight-minute drive from the resort, and The Mapusa Friday Market can be reached within a ten-minute drive. more
Hotel Kiara B&B Home Anjuna
Kiara BnB Home, Goa is situated near Vagator Beach in North Goa. It features 10 comfortable, well decorated rooms which are equipped with modern conveniences. In-room facilities include air conditioner, dish TV, mini bar, refrigerator and bathroom amenities with hot and cold water. It offers facilities such as well lit and partially covered terrace with ground sitting for evenings , internet facility, taxi services, railway station/ airport transfer, Wi-Fi, guide service, laundry, car/bikes/scooters on hire, sightseeing, room service and parking facility. The resort is surrounded by a lush green area with a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere. Shopping lovers must visit the Saturday night market and the Wednesday flea market within close proximity to the hotel. The hotel is in close proximity to famous excursions of the Goa like Chapora Fort (1.1 km), Chapora Beach (1.2 km), Anjuna (2.6 km) and Candolim Beach (11.0 km). The property is located 41.1 km from the Goa International Airport and 17.9 km from the Tivim Railway Station. While staying here, guests can enjoy a refreshing air on the rooftop or simply relax on mattresses provided for sun bathing. Have a comfortable and cozy stay. more
Hotel The Apartment Hotel YoYo Goa Anjuna
Yo Yo Goa is ideally located in the tranquil location of North Goa, just a fleeting distance from the Vagator Beach and home to some of Goa’s best dining & entertainment experiences. Our elegant residential resort borders exotic and serene beaches of Vagator & Anjuna, a 10 minute drive away from the famous Calangute and Baga beaches, we assure you the enjoyment and the best of both worlds; the flavor and ambience of the natural Goan setting and the excitement of the happening places along the coastal belt. The colourful Saturday night bazaar, the popular traditional Friday market and all the vivacious night clubs and lounges are also conveniently accessed. Our idyllic surrounding and environs contain swimming pool set amidst a lush landscape and offers the perfect place to unwind and relax. Yo Yo Goa offers modern, fully furnished Studio, 1 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom Apartments that are all air conditioned, exquisitely furnished seating and sleeping areas and spacious spick and span bathrooms. With our motto of complete customer satisfaction we assure you value for money and ideal choice of home away from home. more
Hotel Coco's Resort Anjuna
Coco’s Resort is the perfect place for those who want the best of both worlds. This exotic family friendly AC Tent & Room Resort is located in Vagator, close to the famous Anjuna and Vagator Beach. Situated close by is the Chapora Fortress. The well known and popular Saturday night market and the Wednesday flea market are within close proximity. The hip and happening parties in Anjuna are located in the same vicinity. Adventure sports like Go Karting, para sailing, Jet skis, water park are all within 10 minutes' drive. more
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