Situated on the western edge of India with its coastline stretching along the Arabian Sea, Goa is a state known for its beaches and fishing villages. Until 1961, though, Goa had a 450-year history as a Portuguese territory before it was annexed by India. Goa’s beautiful coastline is just the beginning of what it has to offer visitors. It also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a biodiversity hotspot, and was named 6th in National Geographic’s Book’s Top 10 Nightlife Cities in the World. The blend of many different styles and cultures is apparent in the state’s architecture, and the temples and religious buildings are great examples of that.
Start your vacation in Goa by visiting Old Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was founded in the 15th century as a port and became the second capital of Goa. The Portuguese captured the city in 1510 and in the mi-16th century and it became known for its massive conversions of individuals to Christianity. Malaria and cholera epidemics wiped out the city, with many fleeing it to avoid disease. Old Goa was abandoned and today travelers visit the ruins and discover the stunning 15th century architecture. Churches, basilicas, and cathedrals can be seen, and the Viceroy’s Arch, the “Gateway to the Old Goa” is a popular attraction among the remains of this old city.
If National Geographic names Goa a top 10 city for nightlife, expect to enjoy more than a few fun nights on your vacation. Start the night at LPK (Love Passion Karma) and enjoy a drink on the waterfront with a 400-year old Indo Portuguese church in the backdrop. Head to SinQ, an upbeat lounge, bar, and nightclub where guests can relax on the poolside deck, beer-enthusiasts can visit the new, glass-walled microbrewery, and DJs spin to keep the party going. Club Cubana is a local favorite, and has been affectionately called “the nightclub in the sky.” The club has multiple levels, each secluded in its own way, and cabanas, a Jacuzzi, and coconut trees help set the atmosphere to make you feel like you’re in Cuba. Ladies night is on Thursdays, but the club also boasts ladies-only area that’s open every night of the week.
Goa shares its borders with two different global biomes—the marine biome of the Arabian Sea and the terrestrial forest biome of the Western Ghats. This makes Goa an extremely wonderful place to see all different types of habitats, microhabitats, and a variety of flora and fauna to go with them. In fact, in 199, National Geographic compared the state to the Amazon and Congo basins based on this diversity. The forest regions produce such products as bamboo canes, Marantha barks, chillar barks, and coconut trees. Animals that call these places home are foxes, wild boars, and migratory birds. The famous Salim Ali bird sanctuary is just one of the many sanctuaries and national parks found in Goa. Goa is also home to the marine biome, which includes 40 estuaries, 8 marines and nearly 90 riverine islands. Visitors will get to see all types of animal, marine, and biome diversity when traveling through Goa.
Located southeast of the center of Goa, Kali Tiger Reserve and Anshi National Park are a little over a 2.5-hour drive away. The trip will be worth it when you see al the area has to offer. You’ll get to experience and explore the biodiversity of Goa firsthand when you hike through the park. Mammals such as Indian bison, sloths, and the flying squirrel are just a few of the many that you may come across. There is also an opportunity to hike part of the 12-mile trek through the Dudhsagar waterfalls. A Project Tiger tiger reserve, the Kali Tiger Reserve, is spread over 800+ miles of the forest and is the habitat of Bengal tigers, black panthers, and Indian elephants. This beautiful outdoor experience is the perfect choice for a day trip.
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Getting to Goa is easy; book a flight to Goa International Airport and hop in a taxi to get to your accommodations. You won’t need a car in Goa, unless you plan on doing extensive traveling around the state, as there are two train lines, public buses and private buses linking major towns to rural areas of Goa. Motorcycle taxis are a popular way to get around if traveling solo. The “pilots” as the drivers are called, often charge the lowest fare of any type of transportation.
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