Goa - a place of spirituality and bliss

13.12.2010 In: Travel tips

The murmuring of winds, the soft sun rays pampering your skin and the waves of the ocean swirling beneath will sweep you off your feet at Goa. Situated in the Southern region of India, off the Arabian Sea at west coast Goa is blessed with enormous exquisite beaches. The smallest state of India, Goa houses lovely beaches and captivating natural beauty. Travellers from world over are charmed by the picturesque beaches, breath- taking beauty and relaxed life style of the popular ‘Ibiza of India’.

Dotted with palm groves the beaches of Goa are full of life and are thus favourite spot of all. For fun and frolic the beaches here offer a variety of options ranging from water sports for adventure freaks to small shacks offering delectable sea food for gourmets. Goa offers its visitors plethora of recreation, entertainment, shopping and dining and more opportunities. Over 50 miles of spectacular beaches off the Arabian Sea, Goa is a perfect holiday destination for those want to enjoy the charming natural splendour and the effervescence of carnivals here.

Some of the popular beaches of Goa include Baga beach, Arjuna beach, Condolim beach, Dauna Paula beach, Colva beach, Bagmola beach, Palolem beach and more. The exotic beauty of Colva beach has always had mesmerizing effect on its visitors and they love coming back to take one more look at the ceaseless sea from the beach of Colva, while the Arjuna and Calangute are more famous amongst those wanting to stay low-key; these are comparatively less crowded beaches. One can thus enjoy a romantic evening here. Baga beach is clearly the ideal destination for honeymooners to enjoy and relax while admiring the beauty that surrounds them here. The beach is far away from the maddening crowds and is unquestionably one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa.

Dona Paula is another beach that deserves mentioning while talking about the beaches of Goa; this beach is the most popular beach of the region. The visitors can also enjoy various beach sports in Goa for a fun filled family vacation. One can enjoy water sports such as water skiing, angling, kayaking, swimming and try out some water scooters as well. Also, for a rather laid back experience try out cycling, sun bathing, sunset watching or a game of beach volley ball. Whatever your idea of fun might be Goa fulfils it in a way that the experience surely makes into one’s favourite photo album.

Goa, the land of exotic beauty is a tourist paradise in India. Nestled in Konkan region, Goa is internationally acclaimed for its beautiful beaches with a glorious history, richly preserved in temples, churches and forts. Whether its adventure, holiness or just leisure, the magical land of Goa has it all. A Goa beach and temple tour will offer an extraordinary refreshing experience. Goa the land of sun, sand and surf is decked with incessant beauty of beaches and sacred charm of its holy shrines. The Goa beach and temple tour package is an ideal way to experience both features of this fabulous holiday town, Goa.

Beaches:

Goa beach tours offer a fascinating blend of the sun, sea and the sand with the rhythms of the waves. The long coastline lined up with casuarinas seems to be endless in Goa.

Anjuna: Most admired, it is edged by palms and casuarinas with a large hill. It is a perfect hangout for hippies who organise moonlight parties and bonfires.

Dona Paula: A secluded bay where Goa’s famous rivers, Zuari and Mandovi meet the Arabian Sea. Formerly a fishing hamlet, it lies near a British military cemetery.

Calangute: A long beach with fewer crowds that gives a sense of privacy. Calangute is full of activity from beach/water sports to meditation and yoga.

Colva: It is broad and beautiful with a stream flowing through it in the background of palms. Very popular, it has good eateries everywhere.

Baga: An extension of Calangute, it is comparatively clean with water sports like parasailing and windsurfing offered.

Temples:

Goa houses marvellous temples, acclaimed for artistic grandeur influenced by the Maratha style with Islamic domes and Christian architectural patterns. But the fundamental design is built around the sanctum sanctorum that houses the deity. Goa temples speak of purity and sanctity even after centuries of foreign occupation. A Goa temple tour thus has spiritual affinity as well as architectural extravaganza in store for the visitors. Famous temples include:

Mahalaxmi: This famed temple enshrines Goddess of wealth Mahalaxmi. Made of black stone, it is unique for being the presiding deity of Panaji, the capital of Goa.

Chandreshwar: Lying on Chandranath hills, it houses a rock carved Shivalinga that oozes whenever rays of full moon fall on it. It offers panoramic views of the green valley.

Saptakoteshwar: A favored deity of Kadamba King, its original temple was destroyed by Portuguese and the idol was shifted to its present site. The linga worshipped here is faceted and is known as Dharalinga.

A Goa beach and temple tour itinerary is a perfect blend of leisure with rejuvenation and thus surely has healing effect on its visitors.