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Goa is a tiny emerald city on the west coast of India. It is one of the most happening and visited state in India. It was a Portuguese trade centre in the ancient times. Goa is the number one tourist destination of India, and is visited by more that three million tourists every year. The state is a hub of tourist attractions. The golden destination of Goa is dotted with places to see. It is popularly known as the “Rome of the East”. The three s, i.e. the sun, sand and sea are the building blocks of Goa.

The state is lovingly called “The Pearl of the Orient” and the “Tourist’s Paradise”. It is the perfect heaven for the ones who need and want relaxation. Starting with the exotic beaches to the beautiful natural exhibits, there is no dearth of tourist attractions in Goa. The wide variety of tourist attractions in Goa includes churches, mansions, beaches, monuments, temples, and various other attractions. By all means, Goa makes India travel an ever lasting experience.

Dona Paula: Dona Paula Beach is visited by tourists in Goa not only to feel the water on the sand, but also to indulge in water sports. It attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world due to its natural beauty and calmness of the environment. The beach is named after Dona Paula de Menezes, the daughter of a viceroy. She was not allowed to marry a fisherman. So, the Dona Paula Beach is a perfect testimony of true love.

Calangute Beach: Situated about 15 km north of Panaji, the Calangute Beach is a bit quite beach with its golden sands. It is popularly known as the “Queen of Beaches”. It is the most popular holiday resort for private holidays in Goa.

Anjuna Beach: Anjuna Beach is famous for its full moon parties. It is also known as the freak capital of the world. The tourist attractions like Albuquerque Mansion (built in 1920), Chapora Fort and Mascarenhas Fort located close to the beach can also be visited.

Colva Beach: Colva Beach is one of the most isolated beaches of Goa. It is a perfect place for relaxation, with its calm surroundings. Colva Beach is the pride of Salcete.

Old Goa: Also known as Velha Goa, Old Goa was Goa’s former capital under the 350 years of Portuguese reign. It preserves the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. It houses Se Cathedral Church, which is the largest of the churches of Goa. Basilica of Bom Jesus situate here is one of the most influential buildings in Asia because of its role in spreading Christianity. Old Goa was once very thickly populated. But, in 17th century, an epidemic was spread in the city. Due to this, the place was left deserted. It has now been inscribed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Panaji: Panaji is the official capital of Goa. It was known as Panjim during the times of the Portuguese. It was one of the three principal Portuguese cities. It is one of the smallest and charming state capitals of India. The city is located on the left bank of silvery Mandovi River, with beautiful red-roofed houses. The church dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and the Chapel of St. Sebastian is worth visiting in this city. An example of Portuguese colonial architecture is the 16th century Adilshahi Palace located here. The Carnival celebration in the month of February is the biggest draw of Panaji.

Margao: Margao is the second largest town of Goa and is the administrative headquarter of South Goa. It is the commercial capital of Goa. It is laden with Old Portuguese churches. It also has imposing old mansions and modern buildings. Before independence, the ancient Margao was known to be the temple town of the country. The famous “House of Seven Gables” is located here.

Mapusa: Mapusa is the third largest town of Goa and has a history of its own. The main market town of North Goa is Mapusa. The name Mapusa is derived from the Konkani term, map, meaning measure, and sa, which means fill up. It is famous for its Friday market. It is a modern streamline and fully crowded market. Bodhgeshwar temple is situated here, and the local goan’s have great faith in this temple.

Vasco-da-Gama: It is a modern city close to Marmugao Harbour. This was the place where Portuguese traveler, Vasco da Gama landed. This town was originally called Sambhaji.

Apart from these attractions, Ponda ia a commercial centre, with its main attraction being the Safa Shahouri Mosque. The Dudhsagar Waterfalls, located at Goa-Karnataka border must also be visited.

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