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At every twist and
turn of the undulating Goan coast there are alluring little
coves and bays each
completely different and each with its own special charm.
Along the coast
are picturesque villages with tall white washed churches and red tiled
shouses that nestle
into the lush green of the Goan countryside.
Do visit the northern
part of Goa, which has got some of the finest beaches
are edged by tall
leterite cliffs including Calangute, Baga, Anjuna,
Vagator and Chapora
with an old fort overlooking the beach.
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The Arambol Beach
has a delightful fresh water pond at the base of a verdant slope.
The southern beaches
with their expanses of sparkling white sand and
calm sea comprise
of Bogmolo, Colva, Benaulim, Cavelossim And Mabor.
The Tiny bay at
Palolem is quite breathtaking and definitely merits a visit.
Anjuna Beach, Baga
Beach, Benaulim Beach, Bogmolo Beach
Beach, Chapora Beach Colva Beach
Dona Paula, Miramar Beach
Pololem Beach, Vagator
Beach, Varca Beach
Our Lady Rosary, St. Francis of Assisi
The scenic capital
of Goa, Panaji is located along the river Mandovi.
Tiers of white washed
red tile - roofed buildings rising up the hillside give it a
Panaji is noted for its fine buildings. Once the Governor's residence,
the present Government
Secretariat is located along the river and was
built at the site
of the palace of Adil Shah, the ruler of Bijapur.
The Church of Our
Lady of Immaculate Conception dominates the city square and its steps
zig zag up the hill.
The old Latin quarter of Fontainahas has immense old world charm.
Its little lanes
and stairways going up the hill are lined with quaint street houses with
balconies. The little
Chapel of San Sebastian blends into these surroundings.
The Kala Academy,
the focus of all cultural activities in Goa, is a beautifully designed
modern complex along
the river and close by is the Miramar beach.
Margao to the south
of Panaji is a major commercial centre. It also has some beautiful
old houses and churches.
The towns of Vasco Da Gama and the Mormugao
port are close by.
Mapusa is another town with great charm that
comes alive each
Friday when a local market springs up.
Goa with its marvellous,
unspoilt expanses of palm fringed beaches,
warmed by the sun
and the local hospitality, relaxed lifestyles enlivened by
the love of music
and dance and tantalising cuisine, makes a heady mixture too
good to resist.
More than 450 years of Portuguese rule preceded by Hindu and
have made "Sunny Goa" an exciting amalgam of cultures.
forts perched on high promontories, delightful old mansions
and villas and picturesque
whitewashed villages set amidst velvety
paddy fields are
all a part of this exciting heritage.
Usually the climatic
conditions of Goa are temperate, except during the monsoon,
which lasts from
June to September. Thanks to the coastal Konkan region and the
backdrop of Western
Ghats, weather of Goa is pleasant and sunny.
There are no extremes
in temperature and no clear demarcations
from one season
to the other except for the monsoon.
The average temperature
varies between 25°C - 30°C (67.96F - 81.56F Approx).
The average rainfall
is approximately 325cms, the average daily hours of
sunshine is nine
to ten hours in summer and three to five hours during the monsoon.
The main feature
of the Goan climate is the monsoon, which occurs between
June and the end
of September. Goa is in the path of the southwest monsoon,
a dry period lasting six to eight months of the year,
followed by the
annual rainfall, which occurs over the remaining four months.
During the two months
preceding the onset of the monsoon the humidity
and the normally clear skies become hazy and then cloudy.
During the monsoon,
250cm to 300cm of rain is normal, although in the Western
Ghats the downpour
is considerably high than on the coast.
Once the monsoon
has run its course the skies clear and the weather becomes
pleasant. For four
to five months from October through February the climate
is near perfect-cloudless
blue skies, warm but not oppressively hot days,
and calm seas. By
mid-March the humidity starts to rise as the monsoon begins to approach