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Maybe you heard about beautiful beaches and wild nightlife in Goa. But you probably don’t know that Goa is much more than just a party. The city of Panjim state in many ways feels like Lisbon — tiles, vibrant colonial buildings and even pungent sausages resemble Portugal more likely. But don’t worry: you are still in India and there are still lots of cows in places that are not suitable for them.
This is the only airport in the entire state. And it is designed to serve hundreds of thousands of tourists who annually come to Goa. Back in the 60s, the deserted beaches of Goa were chosen by hippies. They got here in a long roundabout way — hitchhiking or by train. Over time the flow of people grew, and the Indian authorities decided to build an airport near the village of Dabolim.
Dabolim International Airport as a whole is no different from others. The only two inconveniences: the lack of Wi-Fi and storage cameras — apparently, all this is not necessary for hippies.
There are only two ways to get from the airport to the actual resort areas of Goa: taxi and bus.
How to find a taxi: directly arrange with the driver in the parking lot or contact the state taxi department at the airport. In the first case, you can bargain for the price, and in the second — pay a trip according to the price list. The cost of a taxi will be only about $ 15 per person. At the same time, you have to drive 1.5 hours.
Goa is a beach holiday in the first place as you know. White sand, blue ocean, palm trees and coconuts. The classic set of any resort is fully assembled here. And all this still remains affordable.
But in fact, Goa has something to surprise a tourist when it comes to entertainment. So you can lie on the beach and also get some activity too.
This is not a typo in the word “theater”, but a separate genre of the very popular Indian musical theater. Going to a performance in the style of a tiatr is like plunging into a real Indian cinema. Here are songs, dances, and comedy, and hard satire. Of course, you will not understand a word, but you will definitely get an unforgettable experience of what is happening on the stage. It’s better to buy tickets in advance because they are picked up very quickly.
Translated from the Portuguese Basilica of Benevolent Jesus, it is a national architectural monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica was built in the early 17th century. This building of extraordinary beauty will tell the story of Catholic Goa from the time of the Portuguese and how much the colonialists had a strong influence on local life. Before visiting it is better to make sure to dress more modestly. There may be a queue at the entrance, and it will be a shame to stand so long and be denied entry due to open shoulders or knees.
There are 10 waterfalls in Goa. The most famous of them is Dudhsagar. It is located in Mollum National Park. Dudhsagar is the fifth highest waterfall in India, and it is truly impressive. You can even swim in it, but you will be given a life jacket first.
Other waterfalls like Verna or Arvalam are also worth a look. Almost all of them are surrounded by rainforests and will be a pleasant occasion for a walk. But whichever of them you choose, note that next to the waterfall you will find fog from small splashes, so it is better to be careful with the camera and phones.
The most popular food in Goa, like in any other part of India, is curry. But even here this traditional Indian dish was influenced by the Portuguese. The Hindus spied on a European sailors a simple dish of stewed in garlic and wine pork. Local residents adapted the taste a little, adding more spices and chili, so it became Goan curry.
In Goa, you can also try other Portuguese-inspired dishes. For example, buns with chorizo sausage and Churi Pao pork. Or Poee bread, which is ideal for soaking curry sauce.
Thanks to the Portuguese, their own Feni liquor from cashews appeared here, which colonizers brought to Indian soil.
One of Goa's main delicacies is kingfish. Its fillet is lightly rolled in flour and fried until tender. It is often served with fresh vegetables. And for dessert you can try a simple coconut cake "bebinka", which was invented and prepared only in Goa. And after the cake try Kokum — a drink from a plant of the mangosteen family. Its spicy-sweet taste perfectly refreshes in the Indian heat.