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Highlights Of Goa

Goa is a small state on the west coast of India, though it is often referred to as if it is a place. This former Portuguese colony has miles of tropical sandy beaches and it is one of the most popular...

Goa is a small state on the west coast of India, though it is often referred to as if it is a place. This former Portuguese colony has miles of tropical sandy beaches and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. Here are a few highlights Goa.Palolem BeachPalolem is like stepping into a picture postcard with its arching sandy beach and shoreline heavily forested with coconut trees. Bamboo beach shacks line the shoreline among the coconut trees.Along the beach are Goan fishing boats as well the requisite (friendly) stray dogs and cows of India. Palolem is featured in the film The Bourne Supremacy. It is in the opening scenes where Matt Damon is running on the beach.Anjuna BeachAnjuna is most famous for its giant wednesday flea market, so if you are travelling around Goa it is good if you can time your itinerary to be here then. Bring cash and your bargaining skills. Anjuna itself is a small village with accommodation along the beach and spread out behind along the rural back lanes.Calangute and BagaWalk south from Anjuna (or just get an autorickshaw) a few kilometres along a cliff and through a bush path and you will arrive at Baga and Calangute beach. These two beach resorts are indiscernible as sunbeds are lined up for miles on a huge stretch of sandy beach. This is where most of the package deal holiday makers stay. Mostly Northern Europeans here thawing out from frozen winters in a location more exotic than the usual Spanish resorts.Old GoaAway from the many beaches is the interesting town of Old Goa. Old Goa was the capital of Goa in the time of Portuguese rule and it was said to be as grand as Lisbon. The city was abandoned in 1843 and the capital moved to Panaji, the present day capital of Goa.All that remains today is a collection of churches and cathedrals. What is striking about Old Goa is all the open space between these historic buildings, which you do not see in other Indian cities. A highlight of Old Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the well preserved remains of St Francis Xavier, who died in 1552 on the Island of SancianArticle Submission, off the coast of China.

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James Clark is the editor of http://www.itravelnet.com. Travel notes from James can be read at http://www.itravelnet.com/blog/notes.html



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