8 Things that will keep you coming back to Goa

Evelyn Siqueira


Goa means different things to different people, and its allure lies in everything from sandy beaches to delectable cuisine to quaint homes. Here are some things (in no particular order) that keep visitors coming back for more…

Goa | beach | tourists | Photo: Rohan Fernandes


This one is a no-brainer. Goa has miles and miles of sandy shores, running from north to south, all of which attract thousands of visitors to the state every year. Most of these beaches are bathed by the azure waters of the Arabian Sea.

Varca beach | Goa | Photo: Rohan Fernandes


Goa is practically a ‘land of festivals’ with feasts and festivities happening all year round, and each having a charm of its own -- Carnival, Bonderam, Shigmo, being a few.

Goa | Bonderam | Divar | festival | feast | Photo: Katia Goes


The year-end celebrations – Christmas and New Year – draw hordes of tourists to this little coastal paradise annually.

Goa | Panjim Church | Christmas | Photo: Rohan Fernandes


Go back in time and take a peek at the land’s colonial past as you step into Panjim’s famed Latin Quarter of Fontainhas, characterised by its quaint houses and narrow streets.

Goa | Latin Quarter | Fontainhas | Panjim


You probably knew this one already! Whether it’s main courses or snacks or sweet treats, Goa’s culinary offerings -- from Sorpotel to rissois to bebinca -- can best be described as ‘heaven in every bite.’

Goa | food | culinary


Apart from Old Goa, churches and chapels which are hundreds of years old, are dotted around the state, and form an intrinsic part of the culture of the land.

Goa | Old Goa | Saligao Churche | Photo: Casey Monteiro


Harmony and bliss pervade this picturesque land, enhancing its appeal.

Goa | village | harmony | Photo: Rohan Fernandes

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