Looking for Reasons to Visit Goa ?

The tiny state of Goa on the East coast of India is one of the most beautiful beach resorts in Asia with over 60 miles of coastline and an abundance of beaches, from the popular ones in the North with their hippy markets and nightly parties to the more isolated ones in the South where you can often stroll for miles without seeing another person.

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Although the smallest state in India, Goa is also the richest and possibly the most diverse culturally with a strong Catholic influence left by the Portuguese settlers and two main languages spoken alongside each other, it really is a lesson for the rest of the world as to how to live in harmony.

Comprising mostly of low-rise accommodation there is an option for every type of holidaymaker from the "hut on the beach" type to luxurious five-star resorts, small boutique properties, and home stays are also very popular with the regular visitors Goa attracts.

With over 7,000 bars and restaurants you are spoilt for choice as to where to while away your evenings, grab a Chicken Xacuti from a beachside shack for less than the cost of a coffee (a local chicken curry dish made with tamarind and coconut) alternately dine in one of the fine restaurants or hotels on freshly caught lobster cooked to order.

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The North of Goa is home to the livelier beaches and resorts with hustling bustling hippy markets and frequent beach parties while in the south the resorts are more spread out and relaxed, for culture junkies the many temples and churches will entertain and with the oldest signs of human settlement in India there is enough history to go around too.

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For anyone who has not visited India, Goa is the perfect introduction to its Indian charm and western influence a mixture of cheap and cheerful and ultimate luxury, lively resorts and deserted beaches the contrasts are amazing and offer absolutely something for everyone.