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Happy Holidays – Goa

With the waves of Arabian Sea flickering on its western ends, Goa without doubt is the state with stunning beaches. Chilling in its beaches is a favourite recreation activity of the people in Goa. Best beaches of this state are: Anjuna Beach – The coastline is stretched over 30 km with rocky shores, glistening tides and boho vibe; merging to refresh your senses. This beach is located in Bardez of North Goa, 18 Km away from Panaji. Baga Beach – This beach is enlivening from sunrise to sunset. Early in the morning, people come here to gaze upon the rising Gold-Ball. In the afternoon, people indulge in water sports activities in Baga Beach. As the sun sets down, party mode is switched-on around this beach. Mandrem Beach – Settled in the North Goa, Mandrem is one of the silent and isolated beaches blessed with enchanting beauty. The beach is well-occupied with beautiful small huts on vast deserted land. One can relish the beautiful view of sunset and spot some white-bellied fish eagles. Vaayu village, Morjim beach, Vagator beach and Arambol beach are some of the sightseeing options around Mandrem beach. Calangute Beach – Termed as the Queen of Beaches, Calangute has stretched its boundaries in the northeast of the capital city of Panaji. Being regarded as the largest beach in north Goa, this tourist spot remains crowded for the most part of the year. Vagator Beach – Vagator beach is the most gorgeous beach of Goa which is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka. The beach is divided into three divisions – Big Vagator for Indians, Little Vagator for Israelis and Ozran for Italians. The famous Chapora Fort, rising above the Chapora River is also situated on the Vagator beach. The availability of red cliffs and fresh water springs on the beach gives Vagator an edge over the other popular beaches. The monuments of Goa are an epitome of a rich culture, brilliance of architecture and they narrate a beautiful tale of an era gone by. Some of the best monuments of Goa are: Basilica of Bom Jesus – This was built in 1605 and recently became the World Heritage Monument. Inside the church there are holy remains of St. Francis Xavier who was the pioneer saint of Goa. Basilica Bom Jesus is a tribute to infant Jesus. The Goa Church of St. Francis of Assisi is best known for its designs, paintings and rich carvings on the altars. In this church, two gigantic statues of St Francis Assisi, Jesus on the Cross, a statue of St. Michael and an opulently carved forte form major highlights for the tourists. Dedicated to the Catherine of Alexandria, Se Cathedral is one of the ancient structures in Goa, which is classically Portugese brick by brick. The historic church is located in the old part of the state, right on the banks of the Mandovi river. Goa has nurtured its wildlife just as it has paced up with the modern city life. If you are a nature buff you can make the most of your trip by visiting Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, Cotilago Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. Singing and dancing amid beautiful colours and glitter (Goa Carnival) and tapping to the beat of EDM (Sunburn Festival), Goa is the state of celebration every while. Whether you want to splurge or not, Goa’s casinos and clubs are the best places to lose control in.

 

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