Located on the Arabian Sea coast, Goa is India’s smallest and richest state.
Goa’s pristine beaches, natural harbours and wide rivers make it a holiday-makers paradise. While its hippy heyday is over, tourists from around India and the world continue flock to Goa to enjoy its natural beauty, fine cuisine and world heritage architecture. Its position in the Western Ghats make it a biodiversity hotspot.
Its geography means that Goa has been an important port for many centuries, with civilisation dating back to the 3rd century BC. But it was the Portuguese that shaped Goa into the idiosyncratic place it is today. Arriving in 1510, with the intention of ruling the Spice Route, the colonisers remained in Goa until 1961. In Goa today, the Portuguese influence is still visible in the architecture, religion and cuisine.
Goa’s strong economy makes it an attractive business destination. Farming, fishing, tourism and iron-ore mining ensure that Goan residents have the best quality of life in India.
With a population just under 1.5 million, it attracts 2.5 million domestic and international tourists every year. For thrill seekers, there’s parasailing, paragliding and scuba diving on offer. For those yearning for a more rejuvenating experience, yoga courses and Ayuverdic centres abound. And all visitors should partake of the stunning architecture and great hiking.
When to go:
The best time to visit Goa is between October and March. It can become very humid in April and May and the monsoon begins in June. Most beach huts are dismantled at the end of May.
Featuring 132 modern rooms with Free high-speed, wireless Internet and lawn views, the Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach is just minutes from the shore of the Arabian Sea. Situated in South Goa, the hotel’s location is near Colva Beach, and the Goa State Museum. Three on-site restaurants, Sohum Spa and a well-equipped fitness center and 4,000 square meters of event space help make stays unforgettable.
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