Situated on the western coastline of India, the cities in GOA are known for there exceptional charm and appeal throughout the world. Goa was once famous for being the hangouts of the hippies. Even after them, the appeal of the cities in Goa leaves the tourists breathless. Goa is split into two districts, North Goa with the capital city of Panaji and South Goa with places such as Vasco da Gama and Margao.. The cities in Goa are dotted with colonial structures, smiling people, lively music, colourful festivals and virgin beaches. The attraction of Goa is equally distributed in all the cities in Goa.
Here is a brief list of some of the Major and most Fascinating cities of Goa:
Canacona: located in the South District of Goa, Canacona was ceded to the Portuguese by the Raja of Sund in the treaty of 1791. The Canacona district was among the last parts of the territory to be absorbed into the Novas Conquistas, and has retained a distinctly Hindu feel.
Candolim and Fort Aguada: Built by the Portuguese in 1612, with a church, the Fort is one of the main bastions commanding the entrance into the Mandovi River. The new lighthouse can be visited between 4:00 to 5:30 pm. The barracks – Aguda Jail – lies along the Sinquerim beach, too is worth a see.
Dona Paula: The place is named after Dona Paula de Menzes, daughter of a viceroy in colonial India. It is said that she threw herself off the cliff, when refused permission to marry a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. Dona Paula is located seven kilometers west of the Indian state of Goa’s capital Panaji. Dona Paula Beach is nestled on the southern side of the rocky hammer-shaped headlands that divide the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries.
Mapusa: A small town clustered around the Mount (Alto), Mapusa is the place from where you can buy things of every day need. It forms the hub of North Goa with an even blend of residential and commercial establishments. Its 13 kms away from Panaji, a share-taxi or a bus will take you there. Known popularly for its Friday market, people from all over Goa come here to buy and sell their wares. The bustling market of Mapusa stocked with almost all types of items is one major attraction of the state.
Margao: This sleepy town of Goa is a fine combination of culture and commerce. The main population center of South Goa is Margao, the capital of Salcete Province. It is the cultural capital of the state. The town still has reminders of the Portuguese past. The old Margao church is worth a visit and the covered market is the best of its kind in the whole of Goa.
To sum , in a standartized world, Goa stands like a hidden gem , its virgin beaches , nice climate , and released lifstyle welcomes it’s guests . With the internet reservation , destinations like Goa becomes an alternative for travellers like Paris,London , it is that easy now . Lets have a look at the smell of freedom 😉