Women with sari at Colva beach (Goa, India)
People say that Hippie (flower children) found here their paradise. Then in late 60s many of them settled here. They lived in communes, enjoyed the warm climate, ate local fruits and enjoyed their freedom.
Goa – a small state of India in its south-western part. Arabian Sea, whose temperature does not drop below 28 degrees year round, washes shore. The warm climate here is without extreme temperatures fluctuations. Although few have remembered who were the hippies, the mood of the place is not changed – freedom, love, joy and enjoyment of life. Of course in Goa are many attractive beaches.
There are kilometres of beaches with different kind of sand and different level of services. Here you can do yoga and meditation at sunset, receive medical treatment from the experts of Ayurveda. Additionally, you can go kite surfing, hang gliding, you can participate in the filming of Bollywood films, learn Brazilian dances. You can hear different styles of music, including the famous Goa trance direction, which originated here. Some parties may continue for days, in the clubs or on the beach.
In this atmosphere, the best place is a villa stay, like beach house in Anjuna. Staying at the villa creates a sense of privacy and comfort. Nobody violate your personal space and quiet. Additionally, you can cook in the kitchen, drinking tea in your garden and often sunbathe on its roof. In addition, the villa is ideal for a family or a close company if you are going to rent a home for more than one week.
All the beaches in Goa are property of the state. So entrance to the beaches is free. Almost all the sunbeds and umbrellas (except, of course, owned hotels) are assigned to beach restaurants. If the traveller orders something in a restaurant a sun-bed is on the beach for him for free, and the amount of the order does not really matter. The beautiful sandy beaches are not the only the dignity of Goa.
Many of the most interesting people gather here, creative people who is looking for or already have found their freedom. In Goa met different cultures – from the first European colonizers and to permanent tourists and Indian culture with his large pantheon of gods. This mix has spawned something special and beautiful. Together are Eastern brilliance, fragrance and wisdom and European sophistication. Also in Goa there are interesting sights from the times of the colonizers who included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
For example, it is interesting to visit Panaji – the capital of Goa. The town was built in Portuguese style: narrow streets, square with the church, built over the street with overhanging balconies, lots of cafes and restaurants. There are church of the Immaculate Conception, the old district Fontainhas and the Chapel of St. Sebastian. Also it will be interesting to visit the town of Mapusa , Old Goa , Margao . In Margao there are unique caves – Pandava, about which exist various mystical stories .
In five halls of these frescoed caves there are unique inscriptions of 7th century. In addition in Goa are many beautiful Hindu temples and mosques.
Another kind of entertainment “in the style of Goa” is a market in Anjuna (from morning till sunset) and in Mapusa. Besides the actual buyers and sellers there you will find playing musicians, acting sword-swallowers, reciters and acrobats. Tourists come there from all over the coast of Goa, and sellers – from all over India.
In conclusion we can say, that in Goa you will not be bored, and many tourists don’t want to leave this place, exactly as those hippies from the ’60s.