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Where You Will Find Glorious Shores 

Situated on India's west coast in a region known as Konkan, is Goa. It is the smallest state in India and probably one of the most tourist friendly. Lapped by the enticing waters of the Arabian Sea its state capital, Panaji (Panjim) is a fantastic place to explore with a feel as much Mediterranean as Asian - a legacy of its Portuguese history.
Goa was a Portuguese colony until 1961 which explains its contrasting atmosphere to the rest of India. Its history has left it with a distinctly laid-back feel making it a highly attractive holiday destination for those who just want to chill out and escape the hurly-burly of everyday life.
It was discovered by travellers in the late 60’s. It was seen as somewhere away from the mainstream and its relaxed way of life meant holidays were purely for hanging out, smoking pot and dancing on the beach until sunrise. Today, although still attracting hippies and backpackers, Goa is popular with the package tourism industry and attracts young families.
Arambol beach (in the far north) is probably the most ‘hippiest’ attracting many back-packers whereas the resort villages of Calangute (the largest and most popular), Bagg and Candolim cater more for the package tourist. To the south of the capital Panaji (Panjim) is Colva, the most developed area in the south with many luxury resorts. Further south still is Palolem, a beautiful fishing village.
It provides countless accommodation options – from beach huts to exclusive resorts. English is widely spoke and with the golden sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, rich culture and welcoming people it is not surprising that approximately 1.3 million tourists visit Goa annually. More info
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