Variously known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”, the state Goa is located on the western coast of india in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, church and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world.
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Located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan between the borders of Maharashtra and Karnataka, the state of Goa variously known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", is a firm favourite with travellers around the world due to the magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses. Goa is famous for its beaches and places of worship with tourism being its primary industry. But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.
Goa's beaches cover about 125 kilometres (78 miles) of its coastline. These beaches are divided into North and South Goa. North Goa is more commercial and touristy with an abundance of mostly low and medium budget tourist accommodations; whereas South Goa is where most higher–end hotels and private beaches are located. A notable exception in South Goa is Palolem Beach which features basic accommodation and is one of the most visited beaches in Goa. Beaches in north goa includes Anjuna, Arambol, Baga, Bambolim, Calangute, Candolim, Chapora, Dona Paula, Miramar, Morjim, Sinquerim and Vagator beach while south goa has Agonda, Benaulim, Bogmalo, Canaguinim, Cavelossim, Colva, Majorda, Mobor, Palolem and Varca beach.
Goa harbours rich bio-diversity in Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. The forests of Goa also contain Foxes, wild boars and migratory birds. Kingfishers, mynas and parrots form the avifauna of goa. India's fifth tallest the famous Dudhsagar Falls, of height 310 metres, is located inside Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary at the Goa - Karnaraka border.
Place to Visit in Goa
Situated in the Alorna village, about 30 km from Mapusa and 10 km east off NH 17 from Malpem in Pernem the Alorna fort was built by the Bhonsles of Sawantwadi in the 17th century. The fort had four guns and in the year 1746, the fort was captured by Marquis of Castello Novo (later known as Marquis of Alorna) from the Bhonsles. The possession however was short lived.
Cascading down from the mountains, from a height of 50 metres, The Arvalem or Harvalem waterfall is one of the most awe-amazing spot situated 2 km from Sanquelim and 8 km from Bicholim, in North Goa. The Arvalem Waterfall is a very scenic and beautiful picnic spot. With Rudreshwar temple in its vicinity this charming waterfall is a mind-blowing experience. The temple holds importance for the Hindus who believe in releasing the soul on the 12th day after death.