Goa is one of the happening states of India. Located adjacent to the great Arabian Sea, this state has always been the favorite party place for the people from different corners of the world. Owing to the Portuguese rule that isolated Goa from rest of the country, the state is considered different from the rest of the states in India. In Goa, you would a mixture of Roman Catholics and Hindus that accounts about 65% Hindus and 24% Christians. A smaller portion of Goan population is categorized as Muslims. Despite of this, there has been no evidence of communal violence in Goa since its inception. The state is considered to be one of the most peaceful state of the country. One can say that the culture of Goa has been shaped mainly by the Catholic and Hindu population. Here, people are friendly and easy going. Owing to its strong connectivity, people from different countries flock in Goa to have the time of their lives. Dona Sylvia Beach Resort Goa
The official language of Goa is Konkani, however, you would easily find people speaking in other languages like Marathi, English, Hindi and Marathi. A small segment in Goa speaks Portuguese, especially the elite and older generation or privileged class that studied in pre-1961 Portuguese-ruled Goa. There are several tourist destinations in South Goa, which is visited by thousands of travelers throughout the world. History explorers can also pay a visit to different libraries like Mapusa's Athaide Library and Central Library in Institute Menezes Braganza that houses good collection about the history of the state. There are several beaches like Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Polem, Colva and Candolim that offer non-stop hours of fun to the visitors. You can even play different games and try various water sport activities while enjoying at these beaches.
Talking about food, the goan staple diet includes rice and fish curry with fried fish and pickles. You can find such type of diet at the beach snacks. Here, the cuisine is considered to be blend of local flavors and Portuguese. Different dishes like Kingfish and prawn balchao have a distinct flavor of Portuguese. All the cuisines are based on seafood. Kingfish also known as Visvan and Vison is the most common cuisine following mackerel, tuna, shark, pomfret. Among the shellfish, you would find prawns, tiger, crabs, lobster, mussels and squid. Mid-November to mid-February is considered to be the best time to visit Goa when the weather is dry, comfortable and pleasant.
More than 250 hotels are housed in the city to provide comfortable accommodation to the people. The Dona Sylvia Beach Resort located at Cavelossim beach is one of the best hotels in Goa. Based on Mediterranean theme, this hotel sprawls over 25 acres of prime holding in South Goa. You can also consider staying in The Radisson Blu, one of the most talked about the lavish hotels in Goa. It provided lavishly designed rooms with impeccable service. Apart from these, there are budget hotels in Goa that offer basic accommodation at low prices.