Pint-sized Goa is more than beaches and trance parties. It is ablend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, nourished with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality, there's nowhere in India quite like that.
Goa's biggest draw is virtually uninterrupted string and stretch of golden-sand beaches. This strand stretches along the Arabian Sea from top to bottom of the state, and each of the beaches have developed their own personalities and fame since the hippie days of 60's
Many travellers come here for a serious yoga experience and you will find everything from drop-in classes to teaching training courses and spiritual retreats.
Food is enjoyed fully in Goa, as it is throughout India. The spices and different flavours of Goa's cuisine will surprise. Indo-Portuguese influence is a treat for the tastebuds.
Goa stands out in India for its Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage. The Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510,attract by the exotic East and the promise of profitable spice routes. Their permanent mark is still evident in the state's architecture, whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, Catholic ceremony, mournful music and stunning cathedrals od Old Goa.
A year back I shifted my base to bangalore. The advantage of being in Bangalore (besides great weather) it is close proximity to the places like Goa, Hampi, Chickmanglur, Ooty, Coorg etc.. I went for the several nearby places bt this time i want to share my trip to Goa.
There are several ways to reach Goa via different means of transportation, as I started my journey from bangalore, so from bangalore its a over night journey by bus or train. There is lot of private and government bus operators from Bangalore to Goa. I try to stick on Private operated road transport. So i booked myself along with one of my friend on 11 pm Volvo A/C bus from Kempegowda Bus Terminal to Mapusa, Goa. It was journey around 12 hours.
Cost of Bus fare-1000 (one side)
(Charges are little low on weekdays)