sea and surf, that's the image of Goa that attracts millions
of tourists from around the world; they enjoy a perfect
and carry back a healthy tan to show for the fun in the
We welcome them with open arms and a warm heart! Though
the tourists are encouraged to laze on our sun kissed
and swim in their clean waters, we would like to remind
them that there is much more to Goa than the beautiful
The hinterland of Goa beckons with a virgin blush! Unspoilt
tracts of forests in Mollem and Cotigao constantly spring
surprises with a serene lake or shy wildlife playing hide
and seek! The awesome Sahyadri mountain range along the
eastern border of Goa is one of the hot spots of bio-diversity
in the world. And connecting the mighty mountains to the
sunny sea, meandering across the countryside are the beautiful
The Khandepar river thunders down great heights, forming
the spectacular Dudhsagar Waterfalls. A variety of bird
life is found in the mangrove forests along the banks
of river Mandovi and river Zuari and is a bird watcher's
paradise. Marsh crocodiles bask lazily along the banks
of the Cumbharjua Canal. Idyllic organic farms and spice
orchards dot the slopes of small hillocks across the state.
The name Goa came from the Portuguese colonizers, but
its precise origin is unclear. The Indian epic Mahabharata
refers to the area
now known as Goa, as 'Goparashtra' or 'Govarashtra"'
which means a nation of cowherds.
It is a tiny emerald land with its natural scenic beauty,
attractive beaches and temples, famous for its architecture,
feasts, festivals and hospitable people with a rich culture.
So get swept away by the spectacular sunrises and sunsets
and rejuvenate yourself.