Join more than 1 million overseas visitors who make the trip to Goa each year to soak up its rich culture and exotic cuisine. For many though, the state’s crowning glory is its unspoiled beaches, some featuring golden sands, others white.
Old Goa, located around 9km from Panaji, the state’s capital, holds a significant place in Indian history. It was a thriving city in the 16th century and was the seat of power of Portuguese India, until it was abandoned in the 18th century due to a deadly epidemic. Some of the old structures still stand today, and the area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you want to see some prehistoric petroglyphs, head to the village of Usgalimal. Here, you will find over 100 distinct rock engravings dating back to the Palaeolithic or Mesolithic eras, some 30,000 years ago.
Get mesmerised by nature, when you visit Dudhsagar Waterfalls – or “sea of milk” in Hindi – on the Mandovi River. The spectacle is more than 1,000 feet, and from a distance the water appears white, like milk, giving it its name.