Goa Tour in India Travel
Goa Visit "The Pearl of the East" which offers spectacular beaches and a history of Portuguese rule. The 131 km long coastline of Goa is set on the golden Konkan coast, on the Western Ghats, along the Arabian Sea. This small former Portuguese enclave is one of India's most dazzling tourist mosaics. The name Goa is derived from the Konkani word 'Goyan,' which means a patch of tall grass. Once a great Hindu stronghold, Goa was a part of the grand Mauryan empire, around 3rd century B.C. The Satvahanas of Kolhapur and later the Chalukyas of Badami, took over the governance. Other dynasties followed, including a short-lived Muslim invasion, until the Vijayanagar Empire established itself for almost a century.
This era, too, ended with the arrival of the Sultans of Gulbarga, around 1469 AD, from whom the rule passed on to the Adil Shah of Bijapur. Goa soon became the bone of contention between the Dutch, English, French and Portugeuse, all vying for its possession. Ultimately, in 1510, the Portugeuse conquered Goa, with Alfonso de Albuquerque leading the invasion. After ruling for around four centuries in 1961, fourteen years after the country's independence, the Portugeuse had to turn their backs on this fascinating 'Pearl.' Goa combines old Portuguese architecture, and a distinct Portuguese flavor to the lifestyle with a history that abounds with Indian mythology. Its unending beaches, the pristine beauty of the seascape, its mystical hills and groves, the rhythmic pounding of the sea, its swaying palms - all make it a fairytale land for the traveler.
Courtesy of the India Tourism Board
Goa Tour Attractions
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