GOA can be compared to most other favored holiday places
in the world. Due to its historical influences in the
past and its ideal geographical location, Goa is now a
It would be interesting to know that Goa was under Portuguese
rule for almost 450 years. The Portuguese first arrived
in Goa in the late 14th century in search of spices and
made Goa their trade capital. During the entire reign
of the Portuguese, Goa underwent a gradual change, culturally
as well as socially. By mid 17th century, Goa's decline
as a commercial port affected the Portuguese' survival
for power against the Dutch and the British. This further
affected the lifestyle of the people and was visible in
all areas of living. Even today, Goa has a distinct Mediterranean
flavor. It is easily noticed in the architecture of the
churches, temples, government buildings and even homes.
This European influence filters down in the way people
dress, what they eat and their social life..
The geographical location of Goa is ideally suited to
most tourists arriving from any part of the world. Goa
is snugly tucked between the hills of the Western Ghats
on the East, Arabian Sea to the west, Maharashtra's coastline
to the North, and Karnataka's coastline to the South.
This tiny territory covers 1350 sq. miles (3500 sq. kms)
Goa is a beach lover's paradise. There are innumerable
beaches and beach resorts beginning from the northern
tip of Goa to the southern tip. These resorts cater to
the 5 star tourists as well as the traveler on a tight
budget. In the last decade or two, Goa has gained popularity
with the honeymooners as well.
It is said that the way to a man's heart is through his
stomach. Goa definitely would reach every man's heart
as the Moguls, Westerners and Indians have influenced
Having a rich multi cultural background, Goa celebrates
quite a few festivals with the same enthusiasm and vigor.
The locals seem to be musically inclined, so music can
be heard regularly at most eateries, beaches, pubs or
bars as well as homes.
Most people in Goa connected to the hospitality industry
converse in English and this helps in a major way.