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The sands on the beach have seen her through her each joy, her each sorrow. The wind sings her ballads as the dances to her music. Men come & men go, leaving their footprints on the sand... and waves come in and wash them away. For eternity is not man, not even time. Eternity is a sandy beach, blue skies and a bluer ocean........ Goa is eternity."

Golden beaches , blue skies and Pale Green hills. Silvery sands fringed with palms....... This is Goa. A magnificent hybrid of oriental occidental baroque architecture set in a tropical landscape ..... This is Goa. The Gods living side by side in their temples, churches and mosques...... This is Goa. International cuisine with local flavours. Seafood, Feni and fruits are the spices of life. ......... This is Goa. The Land of Paradoxes, the Land of Fun and Frolic, of Calm and Tranquility, , of hard work and harder play ...... this is Goa.

Goa's over 100-km coastline is studded with some of the world's loveliest beaches. Their beauty stirs the soul, and even their names are lyrical.... Calangute, Colva, Betul, Baga, Vagator and Miramar. Skirted with casuarinas and fringed with palms, they stand calmly with sylvan backdrops of rolling hills. In the distant horizon, a sweep of azure blue touches the sky as the small fishing villages lazily go about their day's work.

Some of the popular beaches.
Anjuna Beach - fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties, 8 km west of Mapusa, most "alternative", the dancing and lying on the beach, famous flea market.

Baga Beach - watch the sun go down in isolation, 10-km west of Mapusa, basically an extension of Calangute wooded headland.

Dona Paula - fine view of the Marmagao Harbour nestled on the south side of the headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, former fishing village, today's commercialized beach resort, idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe.

Calangute beach Goa Calangute Beach - Goa's busiest and most commercialized resort. During the 70's and 80's this peaceful fishing village became the favourite haunt of the hippies.

Benaulim Beach - sea is safe for swimming generally jellyfish-free, village area near beach side boasts a few serviceable bars and restaurants, various culinary delights of the seafood, most succulent, competitively priced seafood in Goa.

Cavelosim Beach - last major settlement in southwest Salcete, visit to Mabor, South Goa largest, and most obtrusive, package tourist enclave.

Chapora Beach - a lot busier than most north coast villages, dependent on fishing and boat building, many regular cafes and restaurants

Condolim Beach - good options to stay offering better value, a good first stop to head North.

Bogmolo Beach - a small-scale beach resort, reasonably safer site for swimming, quite good eating joints and shopping options.

Miramar Beach - just 3-km away from the capital city of Panjim.

Pololem Beach - a favourite beach destination, crescent shaped bay, swaying curtain of coconut palms, irresistibly photogenic, beautiful beach huts.

Vagator Beach - cool rural area, no big shopping complexes.

Varca Beach - community of Christian fisher folk, palm thatched long houses, grassy dunes.

How to get there
Christian Fisher Folk Goa By Air: Goa is well connected by airline services to most major cities in India. All flights, national and international, to and from Goa, operate from the Goa Airport at Dabolim near the port town of Vasco-da-Gama.

The airport is about 30 kms from the capital city of Panaji and is owned by the Indian Navy. Major airline operators such as Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Sahara Airlines have flights carrying passengers and cargo in and out of Goa. Besides these, a number of chartered flights land in Goa from UK and other European countries. The national airline Air India also lands a few international flights, especially from the Gulf countries.

By Rail: Goa is connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Secunderabad, Tirupati via Londa junction on the Mirage-Bangalore sector of south central railway, and to Mumbai, and Mangalore on the Konkan Railway Corporation section. Convenient stations are Margao/Vasco and Karmali.

By Road: Panaji, the capital of Goa, is connected by road to Bangalore-598 kms, Belgaum-157 km, Bombay-594 km, Gokarn-154 km, Hospet-315 km, Hubli-184 km, Karwar-103 km, Kolhapur-246 km, Malwan-150 km, Mangalore-371 kms, Mysore-696 kms, Pune-458 kms, Ratnagiri-263 kms, Vengurla-73 kms etc.

Distances: Panaji to Baga beach (18 kms), Bondla (55 kms), Calangute (16 kms), Dabolim Airport (29 kms), Mapusa (13 kms), Margao (33 kms), Old Goa (10 kms), Terekhol (42 kms), Vagator (22 kms), Vasco-da-gama (30 kms), Ponda (28 kms).