Goa has always been mesmerizing with its natural heritage of Sea, Sand and Greenery. Goan food cooked primarily with different spices along with lot of coconut and ofcourse sea food. Although people think that Goa is a state with Christian majority, but the major part of population is Hindus. But religion hardly matters here and both Hindus and Christians live in perfect harmony. People of other faiths too extend full cooperation in all matters. Be it celebration of Holi or ‘Narakasur Dahan‘ of Diwali or the Feast of St. Francis Xavier at Old Goa or Shigmotsav or the famous Carnival, all enjoy and be part of the celebrations.
The staple food of all Goans irrespective of the religion and financial status and is ‘Nustyachi Kadi’ ( fish curry) and ‘Sheet’ ( rice) along with fried fish and vegetables and to complete the meal ‘Solkadi’ made from kokum to top it all.
There are many vegetarians as well. The typical Goan vegitarian cuisine include ‘Watanyachi Usal’ (green pea recipe with ground coconut and spices) with ‘tandalachi bhakri’ ( rotis made from rice floor) and Khatkhate ( mixed veggies gravy with ground coconut)
Goa is famous for its 108Km long coastline full of serene beaches and also for the rich culture it has having indo-portuguese taste. There are many temples and churches too.
The major beaches one should visit in Goa are:
Other main attractions are:
1. Dona Paula in Panaji
2. Miramar beach
3. Mayem Lake
4. Churches at Old Goa
5. Mangeshi Temple of Lord Shankar
6. Kawle Temple of Shri Durga
7. Mary Immaculate Church at Panaji
8. Science Centre, Panaji
9. Kala Academy, Panaji
10. Bondla Zoo
For all those who like trekking and camping and love adventure, Goa has many spots and water sports to raise your adrenaline level. Speed boats, water scooter, banana ride, Dolphin watching, cruises, fishing, parasailing, scuba-diving, snorkelling…… you name it and it is available here at a reasonable price.