Nestled cozily in the western region of the country, wedged between Karnataka and Maharashtra and facing the beautiful blue waters of the Arabian Sea, Goa is blessed with a coastline the stretches a good 105 kilometers which has some of the most mesmerizing beaches found in the country. Add to this the tropical weather almost all year long, and it is one of the places to visit for a beach holiday and for those seeking to enjoy the warm weather and easy-going lifestyle. Goa was visited by nearly 69 lakh domestic tourist in 2017 and 90 lakh international tourists in the same year.
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A total of 981 flights arrived packed with holiday-goers from near and far. A majority of tourists arriving from Russia forms the majority of the chunk of international tourists followed by Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lithuania and Ukraine. (Data source from the Dept. of Goa Tourism). The average stay for the domestic tourist on an average is 5 days, while most foreign tourists choose to stay here for atleast 9 days.
The Goan landscape is filled with a variety of cultures and backgrounds. It is was a Portuguese colony until 1961. The Portuguese arrived in 1498 and ruled Goa for nearly 50 years bringing along with them their culture, food, religion and ways that are still in existence in the present day.
The backbone of Goa is its tourism and earlier, mining industries. Its major commercial cities are Panjim which is the state capital, Margao which is the commercial hub of the south, Vasco, which landmarks Goa’s International and Domestic Airport and its main Port. Ponda, situated towards the southern side, is another major city known for its temples and spice farms.
Goa is today known as a multi-cultural state that has a number of settlers from all parts of the country. People that decide to relocate to Goa are drawn in by its opportunities for business and also the way of life. Plenty of relocation also takes place from the corporate sector particularly from the hospitality, medical and FMCG sectors that are deputed to Goa on medium to long term stints.
Relocating to Goa isn’t a very challenging task as there is plenty of real estate available at various price points.Hiring a mover such as Cape Logistics will have you up and packing in no time ready to have you relocate as soon as you have finalized on an apartment of your choice.
The way of life in the state is a bit different from the rest of the country. Unlike in most parts of the country, English is the first language spoken here, followed by Konkani and Hindi. The population in Goa as per census records of 2018 showed a total population of 18.02 lakh people out of which 66% were Hindu and 26 % are Catholic, Muslim are at 8.3% and the others form minorities. Data also indicates a population density of 394 persons per square hectare.
The state has pleasant weather all through out the year with the average weather being at 27 degree Celsius. Monsoon begins in the months of June and hits its peak in July and August. Goa receives on average 110.7 inches of rainfall each year, around 9.2 inches per month with August being the wettest month.
The staple food of Goa is its fish-curry and rice that is consumed by the majority of the locals. Fish is available in abundance and consumed on a daily basis. Local delicacies such as Chicken Cafreal, Pork Vindaloo and Pork Sorpotel are some of the most sought after dishes here.
The beaches are the backbone of the tourism industry and attract a majority of the tourists. The beaches of Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Arambol, Calangute and Morjim are some of the most visited beaches in the state.
There also is plenty of tourism activity in these areas. Shopping and the night life in these areas are vibrant as there is plenty to do all day and night. Besides the beaches, there are also plenty of other hotspots that attract large crowds. The river cruises down the River Mandovi every evening are a quite the attraction. Along these rivers are floating river casinos that operate 24X7. You can also book a private boat to explore the waters.
The Churches of Old Goa are another popular tourist area. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Se Cathedral, the St. Francis of Assisi Church and the Museum of Christian Art are some of the must explore spots. Neighboring this area is the beautiful island of Divar and the island of Chorao that is home to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Divar island is a quaint little village in a picturesque setting amidst small mountains and fields. A day trip here will give you a glimpse into village life of the yesteryear as there are plenty of old houses and structures that are still in existence. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is open all throughout the year and if you are fond of nature there is plenty to explore here as the sanctuary is visited by over 250 different species of birds.
There is also plenty to explore on Hindu mythology in and around the city of Ponda. Visited mainly for its temples, Ponda is well known for temples such as the Shantadurga Temple, Mahalaxmi, Shri Nagueshi and Mahadev temple. A number of festivities and religious celebrations take place in Goa beginning with the state Carnival in February followed by Shigmo. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the month of September followed by Dussehra. Diwali is celebrated during October followed by Christmas followed by grand New Year Celebrations.
November and December are the best months to visit which is considered peak season. The tourist season commences in the months of September and October and carries on until May. The weather in December is a pleasant 18-27 degrees. It does get warm from March onwards, while the summers fully set-in by April May where temperatures can scourge upto 35 degrees. The rains arrive in June lowering the temperature to a pleasant 23 degrees.