Goa Travel Guide
Laying claim to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, the real gem in the crown of Indiaís coast is Goa. Palolem is undoubtedly Goaís most beautiful and tranquil beach. With a crescent shaped bay of fine white sand, fringed by swaying coconut palms and lapped by a deep blue ocean, the entire area is of outstanding natural beauty carefully preserved by the Government. Discovered a few years ago by backpackers and budget travellers who love the raw quality, Palolem is no longer a secluded secret. The accommodation to cope with this tourist boom consists mainly of rickety wooden beach huts and a simple tent camp on the beachfront. Strings of cafes drape around the bay with sporadic souvenir stalls and Karnatakan hawkers, but for the most part, facilities are minimal. Palolem isnít about facilities, itís about roughing it in exchange for some pure, undiluted natural beauty.
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Conversely, Colva beach has undergone a metamorphosis into a major tourist hotspot, famed for itís powdery white sands and the warm, inviting waters of the Arabian Sea. Over the last twenty years, the naturally stunning and tranquil Colva has lost little of itís original charm despite the tourist invasion of recent years. The twelve or so resort complexes lying mainly behind the beach, although offering endless modern facilities donít impose themselves onto the beachís quiet serenity. Water sports are readily available from parasailing and yachting to windsurfing and deep sea diving. The most recent developments are the popular open-air wooden restaurants lining the beach road, which offer traditional Indian food with a wonderful view. The resorts of Goa are blooming - Calangute, Baga Beach, Fort Aguada Beach Resort, Oberoi Bogmalo Beach and Cidade de Goa all have sensibly priced hotels, tourist cottages, and youth hostels, leaving you no excuse but to pack up and jet out there.
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