Few North Americans have heard of Goa, and fewer still vacation there.
Europeans and Australians love Goa and frequent the place often. It is closer to Australia and European countries than North America. You can fly from London to Mumbai (Bombay) and hop on a domestic flight or take a bus to get there.
This province was administered by Portuguese from 1510 until 1961 when the Idnaion army simply attacked, and annexed it to India. Goa’s capital is Panaji but the biggest city is Vasco de Gama.
is famous for its sandy beaches, architecture, gentle climate, spice plantations and cuisine.
Most Europeans visit Goa for its beaches to escape the harsh winters of northern Europe and it is much less expensive than a vacation in southern Spain, Canary Islands, or Madeira in the Atlantic ocean.
Australians like the place because of its proximity, low prices and its different culture.
located approximately 300 kms. south of Mumbai, enjoys a tropical climate and grows many spices now familiar in the west. Spice was the reason for Portuguese taking over the land to benefits from the spice trade.
Tourists visit spice plantations to see how peppercorns grow and are harvested. The city of Panda offers several opportunities to learn about spices.
Savoie spice plantation is one of the many (savoiplantation.com) .
There are also churches, villages, and museums, as places of interest, or tourists can simply relax on the tranquil beaches.
Goan cuisine differs from the typical Indian cooking in that it uses more cumin, and rechard masala than curry. Rechard masala is composed of chillies, paprika, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.
Vindaloo, a legacy of Portuguese, is a pork based Goan specialty you must try while there.
And one more thing, never confuse a Goan with an East Indian. They never refer to themselves as East Indian, but always as Goans.