Goa is one of States of Indian Union located on the western coast, bounded by the Arabian Sea. It was a Portuguese colony until 1962, and is famous for its Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture.
Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. The combination of its laid back lifestyle, bracing weather, carnival-like nightlife, trance parties and fresh seafood make Goa the paradise vacation not only for Indian people but also for many foreigners!
Goa has two main tourist seasons: winter and summer. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the climate. In the summertime (which, in Goa, is the rainy season), tourists from across India come to spend the holidays.
Special reference should be given to Goan cuisine. We tasted a wide variety of fish dishes cooked with elaborate recipes. My favourite was baby shark masala and king prawns! Additionally, coconut and coconut oil are widely used in Goan cooking along with chili peppers, spices and vinegar giving the food a unique flavour. Apart from those, I would never forget the tasteful fresh juices that we had in the streets!
We arrived in Goa in the middle of May which is not the high season for these places, the monsoons start around that season. So, we missed the big parades of the carnival and full moon psychedelic/trance crazy parties. But we had enough time to rent a scooter and explore Goa’s amazing verdant landscapes with its sensuous beaches!
Goa can be divided in the northern and the southern part. In the beginning, living in Baga beach (which is famous for its nightlife) we drove to Candolim, Vagator and Anjuna beach. In our last station, as we were playing with our rackets in the beach, an Indian guy wanted to play with me.. after a while, I let him play with one of his friends. But just 5 seconds later, they started playing cricket with the tennis ball using the rackets as cricket bats!!! Crazy Indians,haha!
During the other half of our visit in Goa, we moved to the South staying in Palolem beach. Finally, this was the place I was dying to see! All I could say at that point of time was just WoW.. my eyes could hardly measure and soak up the depth and pulse of this Promised Land. I wish I could stay there for the rest of my life, though I do realize that it sounds unrealistic!
Combining this paradise on earth with the exquisite beach house we were staying ( Sai Valentines) it was a dream come true! Lovely, cozy and colourful beach huts surrounded by palm trees right on the palolem beach with a hammock on their balcony had an amazing seaview! At night, you could easily hear the sound of the waves making you feel so calm and relaxing.
Needless to say, we changed our plans and stayed two more nights in that adorable place! There is no doubt that when I will go back to India, Palolem beach will be my first stop..
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