One of the smallest states in India, Goa was until 1961 a
Portuguese colony and to this day retains its distinctive laid back
Portuguese character. Situated on the Western Ghats on the Konkan
Coast, this is the most famous beach resort in India for both
domestic and international tourists alike.
Synonymous with the pleasure seeking hippie culture, Goa has
always offered a gentle Indian beach experience, hence its
popularity as the end destination for many an Indian adventure. As
the local motto says,"Sossegade": "Take it easy."
There is a distinctive character to the Goan landscape, thick
with coconut palms, terracotta earth and the ubiquitous Portuguese
white washed churches that punctuate the tropical scene.
Approximately two-dozen beaches span the Goan coast, where large
expanses thronging with life give way to intimate coves and sleepy
Goan life, whilst laid back, is full of colour and not just for
the hippy but for the hip as well. Historically famous for its many
markets such as the vibrant Anjuna flea market and the full on
Saturday night Bazaar, Goa now has a new generation of artists and
designers offering a very chic boutique shopping experience as
Goa is fast becoming known for its restaurant scene and plenty
of well heeled Mumbai types flock for the weekends to experience
the Miami like feel of the beach restaurants, nightclubs and luxury