Goa is really unlike many other places in India, predominantly because it still has such a heavy Portuguese influence that started hundreds of years ago.
Today, Goa is a thriving area that is attracting more and more visitors each year to relax on the beautiful beaches, view historic sites and architecture. The varied history of Goa is something that makes it such an interesting place to visit.
Goa is reached by many travelers through Goa International Airport which services flights coming in from other parts of Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United Kingdom. Beyond that, transportation within Goa is generally via busses, motorcycle taxis called pilots or rickshaws.
History and Architecture
What sets Goa apart from so many other cities is the mix of colonial and Indian cultures. The area was first established by the Portuguese and held by them for over 400 years, until the mid 1900s when India took the area over. Because of that interesting colonial history, Goa has some really incredible history and architecture.
Known as an area that is a world heritage architectural paradise, Goa is home to two different World Heritage Sites, the churches of Old Goa and the Bom Jesus Basilica. These comprise two of the most visited sites in the area, with plenty of visitors flocking to see these spots as well as many of the Indo-Portuguese styled buildings and architecture.
Dance and Music
Goa is also quite famous for its dance and music scene as well. Thousands of visitors flock to Goa each year for some of the incredible music that comes out of the region including trance, as well as some more traditional styles of music.
There are a number of different types of music, theatre and cinema options in Goa as well, including Zagor and Natak, which are traditional styles of dance. And, the area is also quite well known as part of the Indian film industry, there are many films that are shot each year in the region, something that can be exciting for visitors to witness behind the scenes.