Goa awaits you

I wasn’t anticipating doing a second on this one, but turns out some of you are interested and keen to see more of this through my eyes. As I am typing this, I am hoping this gets you so intrigued that you make up your mind and plan to visit this place in the coming six months – depending on how you can place it in your schedule considering you have a chock-a-block calendar or you could do a living-in-the-moment kind of unplanned trip and figure it out once you get there.

I am enticing you with loads of photographs, and a little less of writing on this one.

Old Goa is a historical city situated on the southern banks of Mandovi river in the Ilhas sub district of North Goa. This city was established by the Bijapur Sultanate in the 15th century and served as capital of Portuguese India from the 16th century until its abandonment in the 18th century due to a plague. Under the Portuguese, it is said to have once been a city of nearly 200,000 wherefrom, before the plague, the Portuguese traded across continents. The remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa is approximately 10 kilometres east of the state capital Panaji (New Goa)

Statue dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus erected opposite the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Goa Damao, on the occasion of 400 years of the establishment of the Archdiocese in 1957
Altar (Se Cathedral)

As much as I continue to appreciate and emphasise on the beauty, calm and relaxation that travel in this state of India brings to you; you can only get a true feel of it and everything that it has to offer, when you visit.

I found some statistics on Wikipedia, couldn’t help but share it here. This really says a lot, don’t you think?

Having been a Portuguese territory for over 450 years, Goan culture is an amalgamation of both Eastern and Western styles, with the latter having a more dominant role.

Usgalimal rock engravings

Situated on the banks of river Kushavati, these engravings exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India.

Gold coins issued by the Kadamba king of Goa, Shivachitta Paramadideva
Coconut palm trees – ubiquitous part of Goa
Shanta Durga temple at Kavlem
Goan – Chumar – Chitram

Natak, Taitr and Jafor are the chief forms of Goa’s traditional performance arts.

Goa has three important museums – Goa State Museum, The Naval Aviation Museum and The National Institute of Oceanography (Dona Paula). There is a science centre located in Miramar, Panaji and a museum of Goa as a privately owned contemporary art gallery in Pilerne Industrial Estate, near Calangute.

Goa State museum, Panaji

Sculpture of Lord Vishnu at the entrance of the museum dates back to the Gupta period
A wooden chariot used in festivals
An old printing press
Some rare Portuguese era currency notes

The Naval Aviation Museum is a military aviation museum located in Bogmalo, 6km from Vasco da Gama and is focused on the Indian Naval Air Arm.

Panaji (Panjim) People’s Art Gallery and Cafe
Dona Paula beach

A walk on the beach in any of these beaches in Goa is a bliss. I consider it one and you might too. Also, I love the beach and irrespective of which city, state, province or country I am in, I will enjoy it. I cannot think otherwise. In whatever time I have spent in Goa, I have visited the beach at possibly any time of the day and even at night; either in company or even alone sometimes.

I am not sure if this is a Goa thing, but I had the pleasure of eating ‘the’ most delicious, extremely tasty cheese garlic naans at a couple of beachside restaurants. I can vouch for its deliciousness irrespective of it being accompanied with a side dish of gravy. You can order for a basket of naans depending on how many of you are at the table.

The fish curry with rice is another one of the must-try delicacies in Goa. These photographs don’t really do much justice to it and during my fish eating days, I did make sure to relish these and so it is a must for every sea food lover and every person who enjoys non vegetarian food.

Goan prawn curry
Pork Vindaloo
Chamucas (Goan Samosas)
Traditional Goan fish curry

I surely don’t expect you to travel across cities and countries just for the food but this is something you should add on to your list of to-do’s if you are the type else just remember it or bookmark this post and drop by again once you are in Goa.

The most popular alcoholic beverage in Goa is Feni, cashew fenis is made from the fermentation of the fruit of the cashew tree, while coconut feni is made from the sap of toddy palms. Urrak is another local liquor prepared from cashew fruit. In fact, the bar culture is one of the aspects of the Goan villages where a local bar serves as a meeting point for villagers to unwind. I have tasted neither of these drinks but verdict from a lot of locals is that it is amazingly intoxicating while views on the taste differs depending if you are first timer or a veteran. Goa also has a rich wine culture which you can witness during your stay and pick up some of it from the local markets during your way back home.

Mandrem and Palolem are both famous for their white sand beaches and both are really clean with clear waters.

Mandrem is a coastal village with its name having roots in the Arabic word Mudras (teacher) and has two beaches – Junas and Ashvem. Mandrem beach lies between the twin beaches of Morjim and Arambol.

Palolem beach situated in Canacona in southern Goa, is crescent shaped and so viewing from either end does not reduce the beauty of this beach – it gives you a panoramic view of the whole beach.

This is my experience and it could be yours too – only if you want it too!

Here’s the first one, in case you missed it. Don’t worry I’m not going to judge you on your FOMO levels!

Naan: a type of leavened bread typically of teardrop shape and traditionally cooked in a clay oven, mostly in India.

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la

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