Sprawling over 3,700 square kilometres, Goa is the smallest state in India famous for its historical sites, shrines, museums and beaches. Due to its ultra-modern infrastructure, Eleventh Finance Commission ranked it as the best state in India. Every year, this state serves as the host of approximately 2.5 million visitors from India as well as abroad. Most of the tourists like to spend their time strolling on the beaches and exploring shrines like the Mangueshi Temple, Mahalasa Temple and Bom Jesus Basilica. Some other places to visit in Goa include the Dudhsagar Waterfalls
, Goa Chitra Museum
, Goa Science Centre, Aguada Fort
and Sanctuary of Blessed Joseph Vaz. Since Goa is known for beaches, there are a number of diverse hotels around beaches ranging from luxury resorts to budget accommodations.
Tourists can also head towards Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, wherein they can spot varied species of birds and plants. Some other sanctuaries worth visiting are the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem Wildlife Sanctuary. Being in Goa, tourists must try popular Goan dishes like Fried Fish, Prawn Balchao, Oysters and Crabs. They can also feast on Pork Vindaloo, Sorpotel, Dodol and Bebinca.
A trip to Goa is always refreshing, adding to this experience are its shopping streets selling brassware, crochet, hand-painted ceramics, cashew nuts, decorative items and table lamps. Apart from shopping, tourists can enjoy other activities like banana ride, paragliding and jet ski.
Summers are hot in Goa with maximum temperature reaching up to 40°C, while the winters are pleasant as the mercury does not go below 15°C. Therefore, the best time to visit Goa is between the months of November and February when soothing air and bright sun team up to provide best holidaying experience.