The Peaceful Beauty of Goa, India
On the shores of the Arabian Sea, about halfway down the west coast of the Indian subcontinent lays the startlingly beautiful and relaxed state of Goa. This, the smallest state in India, is known for four things: the beaches, the temples, the Goa Carnival and the long tradition of peace. In fact, among chronic world travelers, Goa is considered one of the most peaceful and beautiful places to visit in the world.
A Bit of History
For more than four hundred and fifty years, the Portuguese ruled Goa and established a fierce policy of isolation from the rest of India. Today, that isolation has translated into a region of incredible eclectic beauty present in architecture, city planning and cultural events. Alongside traditional Indian curries, there are Portuguese spices and festivals. Those centuries of separation have instilled a tradition of religious tolerance as well. According to statistics, 64% of the Goan population is Hindu, 24% is Christian and 6.8% are Muslim – yet there has been virtually zero communal violence. A startling statistic compared to many other regions of the world.
With more than 100 miles of almost unbroken shoreline, Goa offers visitors to India a plethora of beaches to explore. Anjuna Beach is perhaps the most famous, and the most mainstream. Made popular during the 1960’s and 1970’s, Anjuna Beach is crowded and features a Wednesday market that is decidedly un-Indian. Palolem Beach in the far south of Goa, is extremely beautiful but has not become overrun by visitors. Baga Beach, also in the south, is considered a family beach and a favorite stopping place for charter groups. These are but a few, the rest are waiting for your footsteps!
The people of Goa are known throughout India for their kindness, relaxed attitude, and generosity. Should you become lost or experience a problem, simply ask a shopkeeper or passerby for assistance. Although it is recommended that travelers stay away from taxi drivers, even if they offer a free ride or ‘prize’. The ride is never free, and the prize is usually just trash. Like any foreign destination, visitors should avoid going out alone at night and be aware of offers that seem to good to be true. It is just common sense.
Goa is widely considered the most naturally beautiful and peaceful state in India. Tourism has been present there since the 1960’s, but there are still many beaches and villages to explore that have not been ruined by the chase for the tourism dollar. Visit Goa and experience the uniqueness of the culture and the striking beauty of the environment.
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