Goa is popularly known as the Pearl of the orient and tourist paradise. It is located in India’s coastal belt on the western called the Konkan coast. It has an alarming scenic beauty. The architectural work done Goan Temples, Churches and old houses have brought great laurels to Goa. Some of these characteristics make Goa to be occupied by tourists. It is the most preferred option for the people who are planning their holidays.
Reasons Why Tourists Visit Goa
There are more than 36 beaches in Goa, each one is known for its own distinctiveness. North Goa beaches are most popular amongst the tourists while South Goa beaches are now gaining popularity because of its peacefulness.
Tourists visit Goa beaches for massage centers. Not just that, but to get some immunity and treat the body with pure minerals.
Goan view can be best viewed while traveling on the bike. The Sandy beaches, coconut trees waterfalls truly add flavor to the goan natural view. Lush green fields, majestic forests train track, long roads and cool breeze make up for the perfect natural view.
Architecture & Culture
Goa is also famous for its heritage and its architecture. In goa, you will find the traditional mixture of Portuguese and goa. This offers a unique feature to witness a pure blend of Portuguese and goan culture in the architecture of villas, forts houses, and churches.
Tourist are offered water sports like surfing, parasailing water scooter etc. these water sports add up towards attracting tourists to Goa
Seafoods like Mackerels, Tiger prawns, King Fish, have separate delicacies in the hearts of tourists.
Goa is affordable for everyone. That’s the reason why tourists find it most attractive as compared to other places in India.
Fairs and festivals
Goa is famous for its carnival attracting tourist to goa during this time.
The Main Attractions
Goan coastline spread over 125 km and is the home of over 50 picturesque and beautiful beaches. These beaches attract tourist from all around the globe. Candolim Beach, Baga Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Bambolim Beach, Arambol Beach, Vagator Beach, Benaulim Beach, Palolem Beach, Agonda Beach, Mobor and Cavelossim beaches are famous and an increasing number of tourists visit these beaches every year. Calangute Beach – Queen of Goa beaches, Colva Beach- Pride of Salcete. Dona Paula, Miramar(Gaspar Dias)- A lovely golden beach and Anjuna beach are some of the famous beaches in Goa.
Goa has a number of other scenic options. One such attraction is Waterfall. Goa lies between Sahyadri hills and the Arabian Sea. Goa is full of beautiful springs, lakes, and waterfalls. While traveling to these places one gets to see the natural beauty of Goa. Dudhsagar Water Falls, Kesarval Springs, Mayem Lake, Arvalem Waterfall, Kuske Waterfall are some of the famous waterfalls in Goa.
Goa is well known for its Churches. Churches in goa well known for its architecture. During the Portuguese regime there were many churches built and now have become world heritage site. Royal Chapel of St Anthony, Church of The Carmelites, Church of St.Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Chapel of St.Catherine, Reis Magos Church, Church of Our Lady of Rosary in Goa
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife, Sanctuary, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, Bondla wildlife Forest, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, are some of the famous wildlife centuries.
Monuments & Forts
Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada, Teracol Fort, Reis Magos Fort, Mormugao Fort, Rachel Fort, Maria Fort, Corjuem Fort, Cabo De Rama Fort in Goa
There are plantations like Savoi Plantation, Sahakari Spice Farm, Tropical Spice Plantation, Pascoal Spice Village which attracts tourist.
There are caves and other natural beauties of Goa that attracts the whole lot of domestic and foreign tourist. Tourists also visit the heritage homes like Sarah Fernandes. In Goa, adventure sports attracts a number of tourists. It’s one of the few places in India known to have adventure sports facilities.People also visit Goa for medical purpose also
Impact of tourism in Goa
It helps in the preservation of National Heritage and Environment.
Helps in developing Infrastructure.
It helps in creating job opportunities and in the development of the economy.
Most of the rich and famous metropolises are investing in Goa which has pushed up land prices and has created overcrowding.
Garbage is one of the problems in Goa and there is no proper infrastructure to deal with it. Tourist places are piled up with garbage because of the increased number of tourist in Goa. As a result, Goa is facing a major problem of solid waste management.
Most of the tourist prefers to visit places in the North that has resulted in the exceeding carrying capacity. Goa’s tourism belt is getting overcrowded. Overexploitation of beaches due to the tourism related activities.
Souvenirs and mementos prepared by village artisans and craftsmen offer tremendous scope for branding the local products, help the rural economy to grow
There are overcrowded beaches in north Goa like Calangute beach, Baga beach, Candolim beach, Anjuna beach but there are more beautiful beaches down south so can focus to arrange tours and travels for the less crowded beaches, for example, Keri Beach, Velsao Beach, Palolem beach, Majorda beach, Sabatia beach, Ultra Beach and so on.
Tour guides should properly be trained to accompany tourist to the places of special significance. Should be trained to explain the significance of religious places also inform them about religious services which are being offered there.