The Spirit Of Goa

Goa is one of the best tourist places in India. The spirit of Goa and the people living here are always bubbly and fun-loving.

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Pradeep Chamaria
Pradeep Chamaria
I am a photojournalist. Love to travel to unknown and unexplored vistas. Since 1992, I make places desirable for other travelers through experiential Travel Writing.

INDIA. Goa: Whenever one mentions Goa in a conversation, images of a tropical paradise comes flashing in mind. You start thinking about beaches, charming houses, old churches, unique cuisine, and about the spirit of Goa, i.e. Feni.

Goa, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria

Goa is one of the best tourist places in India. The spirit of Goa and the people living here are always bubbly and fun-loving. Goans enjoy life to the fullest. To celebrate this spirit, Goa Tourism organises various festivals throughout the year. “The Spirit of Goa Festival”, one of the so many festivals is organised during the summers just after the exams are over to let the holiday fun begin.

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At most of the Goa Festivals, large crowds including tourists and locals dance merrily to old Latin and Konkani hit songs and also of local artists who light up the stage with their presence and mesmerise fans with their performances.

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Feni

Life in Goa revolves around much loved Coconut and Cashew in a variety of products: cuisine, beverages, handicrafts, etc. It’s a feast watching live distilling of cashew and coconut juice into Goa’s much-relished heritage brew Feni.

Goa Food, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria
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The famous spirit, Kaju (cashew) Feni is produced exclusively in Goa. Cashew Feni has been awarded Geographical Indication registration in 2009 as a specialty alcoholic beverage from Goa and is now acclaimed as a “Heritage brew”. Feni has been described as “part of Goan culture” and it is said that, “Feni affects a man’s head merely by smelling it.”

Goa Feni Cocktail, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria

Hop on Hop off (HOHO) buses

Goa is best seen at leisure and the Hop on Hop off (HOHO) buses, Goa’s red and swanky double-decker bus that enables the tourists to just do that. HOHO bus is designed as a unique sightseeing service. HOHO buses allow you to experience Goa like a local Goan. These buses are a great way to surround you with the intoxicating sights and sounds of Goa. This is a great way to reach to best of landmarks and attractions by simply boarding Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus using one-day pass/multiday passes that allows tourists to ride the buses at their own pace.

Goa HOHO Bus, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria

Major tourist attractions

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria

The major attractions which can be explored on a HOHO bus are Central Goa’s Capital City along the river Mandovi, Old Goa’s historical monuments, famous churches, colonial-era monuments like the Basilica of Bom Jesus with the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the domed Church of St. Cajetan, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula jetty points, boating points, State Museum, Hustling bustling City Market, a mix of new and colonial architectural structures, eating joints, cafes and prominent cultural center, Garden, Casino Point, and River Cruise Points.  

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