Destination Goa, India:
Goa Destination, on the west coast of India, is familiar to most
people. It is a honeymooners' and travelers' paradise. Even though
it is a well-known holiday spot, it is still being packaged and
marketed as one. This is exactly what Goa Tourism and Goa Tourist
Development Corporation have begun. This initiative is going places
- rather the officials concerned are going places, projecting
the beauty of Goa. After Kerala and Hyderabad, it is Goa's turn
to showcase its natural and architectural heritage to lure tourists.
Goa is not just a land of beaches. It is rich in monuments and
religious structures. The State has a history to speak of - being
ruled by many dynasties like the Satavahanas, Rashtrakutas, Kadambas
and Yadavas before it came under Portuguese suzerainty in 1510.
Although the Portuguese left in 1961, vestiges of Portuguese colonialism
are still evident here. The Goan culture is eclectic - reflected
primarily in food and celebrations. Most citizens have the joie
de vivre and a carnival spirit permeates daily life. The Goan one
is of the usual kind, nevertheless it provides glimpses of the geography
and culture of the State.
Everything in Goa is geared towards tourism as there is an inflow
of revenue. In fact, Goans welcome tourists. Almost 10 Lakh domestic
tourists and 3 Lakh foreign tourists visit Goa annually.
Goa is the only destination, place where charter flights land
in the India. The infrastructure caters to all budgets.