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Article:Have been to Goa?

Book Summary   by:swetu     Original Author: Internet
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Goa is Located in India, one of the finest places in the world and recognised as the best fifth place in world for tourism. One of the most discerning assets of Goa is it’ rich cultural heritage Goan folklore comprises folk songs, dances, music, visual arts and folk tales rich in content & variety.Music flows in Goan blood and most Goans can pluck at a guitar or pick out a tune on the piano. Like the stained-glass windows on the churches, Goa’s fabric is a mosaic of bright and variegated colors - the flamboyant designs of Latin exuberance set against the russet hues of traditional Indian attitudes and lifestyles. This Portuguese territory was liberated on 19th December1961. Since Goa’s absorption into the Indian Union in1961, there have been many changes. Yet, sleepy villages and myriads of white churches still characterize this lotus-eaters paradise, where the romance of the past lingers on & the mood is as gentle and unhurried as the undulating countryside. Villas, stop at a small taverna (bar) for a drink of feni - a locally brewed drink made from cashew or coconut, listen to the sounds of a mando (love song) and the strains of a guitar mingling with the sensuous lapping of the waves, or the warm golden sands of lonely, idyllic beaches. GOA BEACHES Strung along Goa’s 60-mile (100km) coastline, like a lace frill on the edge of a colorful, skirt are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world- dazzling stretches of golden sand edging the aquamarine expanse of the Arabian Sea. Goan beaches are magnificent and you will find them extremely difficult to leave. The only problem is which one to head for. An unbroken four-mile (7km) crescent of sun-drenched sand marks the twin beaches of Candolin & Calangute, north of Panjim and the Aguada headland. Calangute became almost a traveler’s cliché in the ''60s and early''70s and tourist literature is fond of referring to it as the ''Queen'' of Goa''s beaches’. Baga, a little further north, is a better beach and a more relaxed place to stay. Despite the concentration of resorts, hotels, beach huts, bars, restaurants, and souvenir stalls, there is innocence here, a freshness of childhood mornings. Farther north, past estuaries of the many streams that gurgle through the land, are a series of secluded beaches. . Luxury hotels and budget guesthouses overlook fisherman mending their nets, and beer comes cheap and chilled. Discovered by pioneering hippies looking for peace and love. Goa’s beaches are now filled with persistent hawkers during the day and rave parties at night. For those intent on discovering the real India, Goa is the best treated as a relaxing break on the southern trail. Lavishly gifted by nature, Goa can also boast of its rich cultural and historical heritage.
It is hardly surprising that the Portuguese who came in search of spices in 16th century decided to put down roots in this tropical paradise. Goa’s natural boundaries, the Arabian Sea and the Sahyadri mountains, had sheltered it from much of India’s inland turmoil, while its strategic location on the newly discovered trade route to the East made it even more attractive.Tucked away snugly between the hills of the Western Ghats on the East, Arabian Sea to the West, Maharashtra’s coastline to the North, and Karnataka’s coastline to the South, this tiny territory covers 1350sq miles (3500 sq km). It provides spectacular views with bottle green hills wooded with jackfruit, mango, and cashew groves, cut across by river and edged by miles of sun-drenched beaches. Warm, languid climates, and a gentle unspoilt people, complete this compelling kaleidoscope. While the rest of the country progressed towards the independence and the 20th century, Goa remained a Portuguese colony, since 4 1\2 centuries of Portuguese rule has left its imprints everywhere. Stop at a small taverna (bar) for a drink of feni - a locally brewed drink made from cashew or coconut, listen to thf a mando (love song) and the strains of a guitar mingling with the sensuous lapping of the waves, or the warm golden sands of lonely, idyllic beaches. There is a Mediterranean atmosphere in the quaint towns with their red-tiled roofs & narrow streets and the charming fishing villages surrounded by coconut groves.It is easy to slip into Goa’s warm effortless existence. In Goa, Latin influence fuses with Indian color to produce an enchanting hybrid. Goa’s traditions of language, religion, dances have remained firmly entrenched despite the end of Portuguese rule in 1961. Goans may be Indian, but they are Goan first. It is easy to slip into Goa’s warm effortless existence. In Goa, Latin influence fuses with Indian color to produce an enchanting hybrid. Goa’s traditions of language, religion, dances have remained firmly entrenched despite the end of Portuguese rule in 1961. Goans may be Indian, but they are Goan first.So, definately make plan to visit My beautiful goa during this new year!!
Published: April 06, 2007   
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