GOA AWAITS ‘WINGS’
Sharing its vast coastline with the Arabian Sea, the smallest Indian state of Goa remains the greatest tourists’ haven in India, best known for its beaches, lodges, resorts and the finest Portuguese-influenced cuisine. It awaits the resumption of international flights post-Corona pandemic to welcome the international guests – its economic mainstay.
While a few countries have commenced air travel, Indian skies to the world are expected to follow suit by July-August 2020, it is estimated. Many holidays packages are always in the offing with drinks – cocktails, mocktails and the ubiquitous mood-elevator cashew Goan Feni – a must have! Not to miss the beach parties with live bands.
Notably for the travellers and tourism lovers, the Colva Beach or the jewel of south Goa, is the most commonly visited place when they keep coming down for its hospitable people, great food and the cosy beach walks. Fresh fish arriving directly from the sea is the best thing to watch on this beach that indeed makes it one of the most commonly visited beaches.
The Palolem Beach, right down the south of Goa is the place that is known for its silent tourism in Canacona. It is one of the most visited beaches by the youth both internationally and from India. In recent years, Palolem has been in focus for its yoga hospitality that fits in for its first attention in the stressed lifestyle. Silent headphone parties agog it is one of the most visited places in the tourism season (rains). Authentic Goan cuisine plays the platter-magic on the palate which definitely is never relished by sundry.
Situated in the capital city, the Panjim Miramar Beach is an un-missable one in Goa. Expansive beach walk and a chilled breeze waft away the stress of any individual on this here. Not to be missed - its road-side eating joints/shanties that offer a myriad seafood delicacies for everyone's appetite on Miramar beach. After a tiring day, watching the evening sunset here promises the surreal experience.
One of the most visited beaches of Goa - the Baga Beach has been the favourite for most holiday-makers. Anybody wanting the fun-filled evening with a night out experience shouldn't miss the Baga Beach. Its bustling pubs, lively hotels and munching restaurants offer an abundance in bags which makes this place one of the grooviest places in Goa.
The wonderful Colangute Beach is surrounded by palm and coconut trees, the beach is spread four miles along the Arabian Sea and nine miles from the Panaji. Due to its incredible beauty and serenity, it's known as the 'Queen of Beaches'. A classic locale for the beach bums is this: a perfect tourist retreat, replete with souvenir kiosks, shacks and countless stalls selling beer to trinkets and paraphernalia. All these simply add to the popularity of beach, making it a must-visit place. Huge showrooms with exquisite handicrafts from Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tibet, Indonesia and other places dot the main road running towards Anjuna. The beach is typical of Goan beach culture and assures a super time with loved ones.
Last but not least, the silent destination of the north Goa’s Vagator Beach is the combination of its ecological glory. Situated at the mouth of Vagator river, this beach has been the prime attention for the diehard sunbathers and for its amazing shacks. Privacy plays an important role in everyone's life which makes this beach one of the most visited beaches of all. A Fifteenth century Chapora Fort built atop the hillock today lying in ruins is a must visit.
A famous Bollywood movie scene was shot at this Fort for which many Tourists call it the ‘Dil Chahta Hai Fort’. For sure, the now somewhat restless Goa shall host again tourists from all over the world and it is hoped airfare will not be steep, at least initially, till tourism picks up.