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Wines of Goa

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What are Wines? Wine are alcoholic drinks made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural biochemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without adding of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients.

Live Bands of Goa

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Goa is one the few destinations, along the Arabian coast of India, where Live Bands can be seen performing at various occasions.

Goa on Youtube

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For those Goans, who are late entrants towards embracing the benefits that Internet has to offer, here is in brief what You Tube means on the Internet.

Picnic Spots of Goa

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What is generally a picnic? A picnic is a pleasure day trip at which readymade snacks, or pre-cooked food from home is eaten in the open natural landscape not very far away from the main city. Generally picnic spots are found around parks, next to natural lakes, or ancient forts. Most of the picnics are considered to be family outings and it is an excellent time for bonding between siblings and other adult family members.

Websites on Goa

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The smallest state and the 25 th state of India, has also the smallest name to its credit that is Goa! Just a simple Query in the search engine of Google.com and not Google.co.in with the simple word, GOA lands us with a collection & compilation of About 34,700,000 results. Mind boggling is what comes to my mind.

Airlines in Goa

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Crocodile Spotting in Goa

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Crocodile Watching in Goa Many tourists are taken by surprise that Goa is home to the Wild Crocodiles too and that they survive and thrive in their very own natural environment. Though popularly called as, “Crocodile Spotting” in Goa, we would love to accurately call it, “Crocodile Watching”. The reason being, that Crocodiles are many and easy to spot, because being cold blooded animals, crocodiles of Goa need to spend a lot of time in the sun to keep themselves warm. Hence you can see them sunbathing on the muddy shores of the Cumbarjua canal. Once spotted on the banks of the Cumbarjua Canal then these lazy Goa Crocs do not move, so you can comfortably watch them from a safe distance without disturbing their lifestyle.

NGO's of Goa

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What is an NGO? NGO stands for Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). It is a legally instituted establishment formed by ordinary or legal persons that functions autonomously disconnected from any form or type of government.

Inter State Buses of Goa

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Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd. Helpline: 0832-2438034

Wedding Planners in Goa

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Goa has become the next wedding destination of India and many International countries. A promotional visit to the US, people from the West Coast of America seem to favour and fantasize having a wedding celebrated on one of the wonderful beaches of Goa.

Dolphin Sightings in Goa

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Every tourist visiting Goa is almost always tempted in hiring or participating in one of the myriads of dolphin sighting trips offered by local Goan boat owners and dolphin sight-seeing or dolphin sighting trip operators.

Markets of Goa

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Shopping in Goa can be memorable experience. Goa markets are true representative of the cosmopolitan culture of Goa. Shopping in Goa should be on the priority list of the visitor as one can buy some interesting stuff from these markets. It is a fascinating experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Goan towns and villages.

These markets are a mirror of Goa's ethnic culture and provide a glimpse of the typical Goan way of doing business. The traditional, modern and the beachside shopping outlets must be visited to gather some memorable souvenirs exclusive to the land of Goa.

Car rentals in Goa

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Self-Driven Cars are easily available on Rent in Goa Every person gets bored of driving his same model of car daily to work and back to home. The purpose of Holidays or Vacation is to get away from the same same things around your workplace and home, then why should tourists not get a chance to choose their favourite car to drive in Goa while holidaying on Goan beaches.

Motor bike hire in Goa

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Discover Goa at your pace and peace of mind. With a hired Motorbike in Goa No need to haggle over Taxi Fares in Goa. No need to count the kilometres and miles of distance travelled between tourist points in Goa. No need to worry about your basic travel belongings in Goa. No need to know the routes of buses and taxis in Goa. No need to even follow a road map in Goa. No need to hire a vehicle than can accommodate or seat 5 passengers when you are just one or two in Goa. No need to “apple polish” some driver just for him to wait some time at the best waterfall in Goa. No need to worry about booking bus tickets and train tickets while holidaying in Goa. No need to check out what’s the last bus to your hotel late at night. No need to leave any discotheque party just because the taxi driver or friend who drove you there is sleeping in the vehicle. Forget all of the above, when you can hire a two wheeler in Goa starting from as low as Rs.250/- per day of usage till Rs.500/- per day. During …

Night Clubs in Goa

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Night Clubs in Goa refers to any party place where there is drinking and dancing and clubbing facilities in the evening and late into the night. In Goa Night Clubs are true to their name and they are open for their partying business mostly after sundown and during the early & late night. Night Clubs open late at night and provide top of the line entertainment with a string of singers, musicians, DJ’s or dancers and also having variety of drinks and snacking foods.

Pubs in Goa

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What is a pub? Pubs are actually a short form or acronym for Public houses. These public houses are actually bars which are thrown open to the general public for the main purpose of drinking different kinds of beers. So Pubs are actually Public bars.

Discotheques in Goa

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There is a lot of confusion with regards to the term, “Discotheque” in Goa. What really constitutes a Discotheque? Are all Night Clubs of Goa, actually Discotheques? What is the difference between an authentic Discotheque and other party places in Goa?

Beach Shacks of Goa

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What is a beach shack in Goa? A beach shack is either a temporary or permanent naturally built restaurant bang on the beach of Goa. A beach shack is a restaurant built right on the sands of the beaches of Goa. Shacks are beach restaurants bang on the Goa beaches.

Restaurants of Goa

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Just a decade or two ago, one had difficulty in finding a decent restaurant to eat out in Goa and today in 2012-13 one has a plethora of choices to suit ones palate, plate and pocket.

Cuisines of Goa

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The of Origins Goan Cuisine The Cuisine of Goa is a mixture of different food and eating habits of various cultures that have visited the shores of Goa and left behind their choices of tastes and palates.

Bakeries of Goa

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Baking in Goa is Centuries Old. According to eminent Dr. Nandkumar Kamat, the art of baking in Goa can be considered to be a five centuries old institution. It was a Swadeshi (local) answer to the Videshi (global) Portuguese. The people who make and bake the common man’s bread in Goa are locally called, “Poders” in the Konkani language.

Sightseeing in Goa

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Goa is the only state in India that one is full of Sightseeing spots in the north, south and the eastern parts of Goa’s Hinterland.

Books on Goa

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The inputs, information, collection, compilation of this exhaustive list of books on Goa are done by none other than Mr. Frederick Noronha. The credit completely goes to Mr. Frederick Noronha. He is an enlightened journalist based in Saligao in the Bardez district of North Goa. He is full of life in cyberspace and actively engaged with internet information involving Goa and its developmental and environmental concerns. If you need to buy online, books on Goa, books of Goa or books in Goa then please visit http://www.otherindiabookstore.com/index.jsp

Maps of Goa

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What is a Map? A map is a method of demonstrating on a two-dimensional surface, (a paper, a computer monitor, etc.) any real-world site or thing. Many maps only deal with the two-dimensional position of a thing without taking into account its height or altitude.

Yellow Pages of Goa

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What are yellow pages? Yellow pages refer to a telephone reference book of businesses, systematized by category, rather than alphabetically by business name and in which advertising is sold. As the name suggests, such directories were at first printed on yellow paper, as contrasting to white pages for non-commercial listings.

Magazines of Goa

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Goa was first to introduce Printed publications in India and Asia The skill of lithography also called printing in simpler words first arrived India through Goa. In a letter to St. Ignatius of Loyola, dated 30 April 1556, Father Gasper Caleza communicates of a ship transporting a printing press setting sail for Abyssinia from Portugal, with the purpose of facilitating missionary work in Abyssinia. Conditions stopped this printing press from leaving India, and subsequently, printing was introduced in the country.

Newspapers of Goa

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Once on an official visit to Goa, the then Prime Minister of newly independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru remarked about a certain oddity that he noticed among the people of Goa. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his visit to Goa commented in Indian language Hindi that 'YE GOA KE LOG AJEEB HAIM” plainly translated into English meaning “These people of Goa are Odd”. He said this in reference to the background that Hindu people in Goa were reading their daily dose of newspapers in Marathi Language and speaking their Mother Tongue Konkani at home. Similarly the Catholic people were reading the daily English newspapers and speaking Konkani at home. This confusing oddity made Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru make the above remark.

Five Star Hotels in Goa

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What is a Hotel Star Rating? Hotel star ratings are a universal guide to defining hotel quality at a glimpse. Dependent on the site, a star assessment and evaluation may be based on a national standard, by a travel or hotel association, or by the hotel itself. However, generally speaking, tourists&travellers can expect certain comforts based on certain star rankings.

Beach huts of Goa

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What is a Beach Hut supposed to be in Goa? Generally among the mind-set of majority of Indians, the word hut is associated with a poor man’s dwelling or a ramshackle and dirty house made out of waste and roughage. But in the western sense, the word “beach hut” is connected to a wooden beach cabin or a bathing box meant for the purpose of changing into ones swimming costume on the beach.

Dormitories in Goa

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A dormitory, often shortened to dorm, in Goa, India is always a huge and long dwelling hall comprising of sleeping rooms with large number of beds with a single locker in multiple row after row. In Goa, Dormitory facilities can exist in ashrams, church halls, school halls, temple halls, exhibition halls, special dormitory type of accommodation’s, in boarding schools, hostels etc. In Goa,

Goa Forts

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Goa being a Coastal state has a healthy number of Forts that served the Maritime Security by various rulers of different dynasties. The coastal forts of Goa are mainly built by the prime and common material of Red Laterite stones that are easily available in the many Stone Quarries of Goa.
The coastal belt of Goa has a continuous unbroken shoreline of around 105 plus kms. All of the western land of Goa is touched or kissed by the waves of the Arabian Sea.

Resorts in Goa

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What is a Resort? A resort is a habitation used for relaxation or recreation, inviting tourists for holidays or vacations. Resorts are generally places, towns or sometimes commercial residential establishment run by a single company. Settlements can be resorts where leisure industry or holidaying is a major part of the local activity. In India the whole state of Goa can be called a Resort state because tourism is the main industry, majority of the resident population survive on tourism for business & employment and also the Government of Goa promotes Goa as a tourist destination. A geographical place or location qualifies to be called a Resort when maximum number of facilities & services are available for satisfying the tourist’s holiday tastes and needs. The term "resort" is now also used for a self-sufficient commercial establishment which tries to provide for most of a sightseer's desires while providing on the premises, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, e…

Hotels in Goa

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What exactly is a Hotel in India? A hotel is a commercial business establishment that provides rooms for accommodation purpose paid on a night to night basis. A common question asked during reserving a hotel room in India, is, how many nights would you like to book the hotel room for?


Dental Clinics in Goa

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Dentistry in GoaDentistry in Goa is the subdivision of medicine that is involved in the analysis, diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, and management of dental diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, the maxillofacial area and the neighbouring and accompanying structures. To people in Goa, dentistry tends to be observed as being dedicated chiefly on human teeth. Dentistry in Goa is considered necessary for complete overall health of people in Goa. Doctors who practice dentistry in Goa are simply known as dentists. The dentist's supporting team in Goa includes dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and dental therapists as dental utilities in providing oral health services. Goa has a dedicated dental college at Bambolim hospital in North of Goa.

Ayurvedic Clinics in Goa

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Why to practice Ayurveda principles always and not only when sick or in physical distress?

Beauty Spa's of Goa

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What is a Spa? Originally Spas were natural outdoor locations in the wild have beneficial and therapeutic benefits for persons spending quality time within its environs. It was usual a spot surrounded around a mineral spring having health giving properties. Even commercial holiday resorts were built around such natural spas to attract visitors to rejuvenate in the natural spa and then to stay in the Spa Resort.

Beauty Parlours of Goa

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If you ever desire to be surrounded by mirrors, then one has to enter into any beauty parlour of Goa &ask, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, make me the most gorgeous of them all” Beauty is the innermost desire of all women Goan or not. No human is born beautiful; if that was the case then we all would have looked the same. Just beautiful looking. Today’s modern woman in Goa does not want to just look beautiful. They want to look differently beautiful, exotic and in plain simple words, glamorous &sexy. Every baby, girl, teenager, lady, woman considers themselves automatically beautiful, what they want is to stand out in the crowd, to be the centre of attention and attraction.

Massage Parlours of Goa

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Ayurvedic Massages Reliable Ayurveda massage grows the body’s ability for increasing blood and oxygen transmissionassisting our mortal bodies to refurbish and restoreon the road to good health. While holidaying in Goa, it’s the finest time to massage your body as you have plenty of time on hand for rest and relaxation.Any bodily massage if done devotedly and perfectly provides deep relaxation to the tired body and mind and soul too. Genuine Ayurvedic Massage also benefits in removing unwanted toxins that get stored within our body system.

Spice Plantations of Goa

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What is a Spice Plantation in Goa? Actually a spice plantation is a spice farm and in the local Konkani language of Goa, they are called Kulaghar (plantation). Kulaghar or plantation is a natural green orchard of landscape, where Goans cultivate for their daily needs by growing organically or non-organically fruits, vegetables or spices or a healthy mixture of both. Call it by whatever name, spice farm, spice plantation or Kulaghar the workers on the land are generally agriculturists to the core. The spice agricultural estates in Goa are situated in the Ponda region and are quite currently as a major tourist attraction. The plantations use organic methods of farming and agriculture and are known to harvest many of Goa's fantastic aromatic spices.

Museums of Goa

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Many must have visited multiple museums internationally, in India and for sure in Goa too, but when asked what is a Museum. Many are baffled and not able to explain what a museum actually in Goa is? What is a Museum? A museum is an organization that cares for (safeguards) an assortment of artefacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them accessible for public observing through exhibitions that may be permanent or temporary.

Portuguese Houses of Goa

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Goa has lots of remnants of the last Portuguese culture. One can still see lots of ancient and huge Portuguese styled houses existing in the towns and villages of Goa. Exteriors of Portuguese Houses The old-fashioned pre-Portuguese homes were inward-looking with small windows; the households opened into courts, and seldom opened onto roads. The Catholic households constructed or renovated between the middle of the 18th and the 20th centuries were more outward-looking and decorative, with balcões (covered entranceways) and verandas facing the paths. The large balcões had built-in seating, open to the street, where men and women could sit together and ‘see and be seen’, chat with their fellow citizen, or just relish the evening breeze. These balcões were bounded by patterned columns that sometimes continued along the steps and added to the height of the house.

Beaches of Goa

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Beach Coastline of Goa. The tropical land of Goa is blessed with a continuous coastline of around 105 kms starting with the shoreline of Maharashtra’s Virgin beaches and ending with the port town beach of Karwar. Goa’s first beach is Querim (Keri) beach as one approaches from Maharashtra and the last beach of Goa as one enters into the state of Karnataka is Polem beach. A very popular aspect of the beaches of Goa are its Beach Shacks.

Mosques of Goa

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The Muslims or Mohammedans in Goa are quite less in population and is the second largest minority in Goa. There is a lot of difference in customs and cultural attitudes within the Muslim community in Goa. The Muslims who are ancestrally born in Goa speak the local language of Goa that is Konkani with pride, but most of the new entrants of Muslims to Goa are mostly through the continuous migration from neighbouring Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Guest Houses of Goa

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What is a Guest House? A guest house (guesthouse) is a kind of lodging& boarding which is mostly economical, down to the earth basic & simple and is meant to spend the night comfortably in. Guest houses can also be similar to hostels, bed and breakfast, motels or holiday inns. Sometimes guest houses can be cheap and inexpensive and sometimes quite deluxe and plush. Majority of the times, a guest house is normally a large private home which has been converted or kept exclusively for the use of travelling tourists as guests. The landlordor owner of the guest house generally lives in an entirely separate area within the property and the guest house may serve as a form of lodging business.Among the features which separate a guest house from a hotel are bed and breakfast facilities, home like atmosphere, opportunity to live with the locals. Some guest houses also provide food on demand, which is home cooked by the owner themselves.

Birds of Goa

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This is an exchaustive list of all the birds found in Goa. English Name / Geological name.Little Grebe / TachybaptusruficollisLittle Cormorant / PhalacrocoraxnigerIndian Cormorant / PhalacrocoraxfuscicollisOriental Darter / Anhinga melanogaster

Main Cities of Goa

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Panjim : This is the capital city of Goa. It has a population of exactly 65,000 people. It means "the land that never floods". Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church is the main highlight of the city. Adilshahi Palace, the Menezes Braganza Institute, theMahalaxmiTemple, theJama Masjidmosque are the other important tourist attractions of the city.

Cultural Dances of Goa

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Bhandap:   A traditional folk dance performed by the women folk of the scheduled tribe community who were the earliest settlers of Goa, in the second half of the Hindu month Bhadrapada.
Corredinho- Portuguese folk dance:   A peasant dance which is popular among Goan elite youth.

Vedic History of Goa

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Translation Of Sloka
From Gokarna towards north, seven Yojanas (56 miles) situated a holy city 'Govapuri' which is known for purification of sins. The five riverlets originates from the foothill of Sahyadri mountain ranges which meets at the Ocean in the West.

General Information on Goa

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Goa is a land that redefines holidays, with its exquisite mix of sun, surf, and beaches; Goa has become the ultimate tourist destination. Goa is a tiny emeralds land with its natural scenic beauty, attractive beaches and temples, famous for its architecture, feast and festivals and hospitable people with a rich culture. So get swept away in Goa by the spectacular sunrises and sunsets and rejuvenate yourself. Portuguese merchants first landed in Goa in the 15th century, and annexed it soon after. The Portuguese colony existed for about 450 years (one of the longest held colonial possessions in the world), until it was taken over by India in 1961.

Temples of Goa

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Before the 16 th Century, Goa was just a land of Temples. It was a Jewel in the East. Until the Portuguese rulers visited Goa as Spice merchants and later introduced their culture and religion, then Goa started to become the Rome of the East. Goa has a rich Vedic History.

Churches of Goa

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Goa was once upon a time, around early 15 th Century not a land of Churches and Crosses. It was made as the Rome of the East by the enterprising Spice Merchants of Portuguese. Besides bringing spices and fruits such as cashew fruit & nut, chillies and pepper they also introduced their foreign western culture and foreign religion of Roman Catholism – a faith of Christianity in Goa.