Goa, Damaiz & Diu

Skirted by the Arabian Sea in the west and Ghats in the east, Goa, a former Portuguese enclave is famous for its silvery sands and superb Golden Coast line. Goa, nestled in the creek of the Sahyadri Ranges, and amidst thick groves of exotic coconuts, combined with two other small island of Daman (72 sq. km.) and Diu (42 sq. km.) off the coast of Gujarat, is an integral part of India. It was administered from Delhi as a Union Territory but it became the 25th State of India on May 30, 1987. The overland districts of Daman and Diu were delinked from Goa and are now a Union Territory. With an area around 4,000 sq. km. and population around fifteen thousand, it is ideal to come here between October to May. Principal languages spoken here arc Konkani, Marathi and Gujarati, but owing to the dominance of Christians, a little knowledge of English will come very handy for the visitors. Goa is a tourist’s paradise with its sprawling, sun-spangled, silvery beaches, cool, calm and endless azure horizons, palm- lined rivers, sea-resorts, ancient temples, ornate riches, forts, waterfalls, picnic spots, carnivals, sumptuous cuisine languid fun-filled life and lazing. Though small in size, its attractions are many and varied Panaji is its capital which is a convenient take off point for other sports of tourist interest in Goa. The places worth visiting besides Panaji are Vehha Goa, Margao, Colva Beach, Calangute Beach, Aguda Fort, Mapusa and Vasco-de-Gama, Panaji is well connected by air with Bombay and Vasco-de-Gama or Shambhaji Nagar is the nearest railhead, connected to Bombay and Delhi. Therefore many goods hotels for visitor’s stay. A steamer service links it with Bombay too.

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