We arrived in Goa, one of India’s most popular tourist attractions, on Sunday eve with heavy rainfall almost preventing us from reaching our rental bungalow (courtesy of AirBnb). The town we chose to stay in, Candolim, was full of narrow streets covered in red sand that led to brightly colored guest houses for tourists like us. After ordering food from a beautifully decorated and brightly lit restaurant, we all quickly knocked out like flies, ready for the big day ahead of us.
Because we had two full days in Goa, we decided to sightsee North Goa on the first day and left a tour of South Goa for the second day. These two tours would cover many of the major tourist attractions in the small state of Goa. As the name may seem to suggest, Goa is a state in the western region of India that was a former Portuguese colony. It remained a part of the Portuguese empire for 450 years until it was annexed in 1961 (Courtesy of Wikipedia). Goa is visited by many many international and domestic tourists every year. My dream of visiting Goa had finally come true!
The tour of North Goa consisted of a tour of five major beaches within the upper part of the state along with a famous Portuguese fort called Fort Aguada. The fort was one of my favorite places as it was a major part of Portuguese and Indian history. Fort Aguada and its lighthouse was constructed in 1613 and still stands amazingly strong today. The fort actually got its name from “agua” the Portuguese word for water because a freshwater spring within the fort would supply water to ships nearby. Our next stops were at various beaches including Calangute beach (so crowded!), Baga Beach, Vagator beach, etc. Due to the monsoon season, most of the beaches seemed very similar because of the gray waters and windy weather. Near Calangute beach, we did some shopping, admiring souvenirs from Goa while simultaneously burning in the intense heat.