Goa stands among the top tourist destinations and the most visited places by tourists in India. That is solely because Goa has a lot to offer. Located on the south-west coast, Goa has the fourth least population of India. However, it is the richest state of the country and holds the top spot for quality of life.
Going back a few years; there weren’t many things to do in Goa. Also, it wasn’t always under the control of the Indian government. It became independent and the 25th state of India in 1987. It has undergone a number of rulers in the past; the hints of which can be seen in its local lifestyle, which is a mixture of the eastern and western cultures and practices. Consequently, the city holds quite a diverse set of religions, but unlike many places around the world, it enjoys a healthy lifestyle. People here, enjoy the festivities with full enthusiasm. Although Kokani and Marathi are the common languages of Goa, English is also spoken here quite widely. There are a lot of things to do in Goa; from exotic beaches to beautiful historic monuments, Goa is filled with plenty of places that will catch your interest. Although it is a beautiful place to visit, going there in the summers can be a bit hard as it is home to a humid climate for most part of the year. However, this particular type of weather is what creates the vibe for this place. So make sure to pack your summer wear when you go to Goa, and enjoy the beautiful beaches in that warm weather.
As an active tourist as well as cultural destination, Goa has lots of religious places to visit like the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Shanta Durga Temple, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, and more. Aside from these, history, sports and nature fanatics can also visit the Goa State Museum, Casino Royale Goa, Chapora Beach, Dudhsagar Falls, Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and the Fatorda Stadium. Each of these places is a treat to visit. Even though there are several other places to go to as well, those just mentioned above are a few of the most beloved ones by travelers. This list includes both the scenic beauties and the history-rich monuments. Beaches, wildlife or waterfalls, Goa has it all. This actually shows how tourists don’t visit India just for sightseeing. Goa happens to be one of the top ranked states of India when it comes to tourism and considering that it has so many places to visit, it is not a surprise. From churches to temples and from sports stadiums to historic museums, you can find it all here with a blend of natural beauty from its lovely beaches.
The Goa State Museum has grown a lot since its inception in 1977. It moved into a bigger museum complex in 1996. Home to over eight thousand artifacts, it is one of the most visited museums of India. There are lots of things to so in Goa State Museum. You can enjoy any of its fourteen well maintained galleries including furniture from the time of the Portuguese reign over Goa.
The galleries include the Sculpture Gallery, Printing History Gallery, Christian Art Gallery, Religious Expression Gallery, Banerji Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Cultural Anthropology, Goa’s Freedom Struggle Gallery, Numismatics Gallery, Furniture Gallery, Menezes Braganza Gallery, Environment & Development Gallery, Natural Heritage of Goa Gallery, and Geology Gallery. It is a fact that there are a lot of things to do in India, but for people who have even the slightest interests in historic artifacts, Goa State Museum is not a place to miss.
The Goa State Museum also holds many sculptures which are mostly from the period of the fourth to the eighth century. Furthermore, it also has wooden sculptures of Saints and some furniture from the colonial times as well. All in all, a visit to this museum cannot go without you being astonished.
Opened as a football stadium in 1989, it took a record six months to build this beautiful stadium. Although not initially, but it was eventually turned into a multipurpose stadium and has been used for cricket tournaments as well. Among the many things to do in Fatorda Stadium, seeing the FIFA approved pitches and the beauty of the ground itself, makes for a wonderful experience. If you are lucky enough to come when a tournament is underway, do not miss the chance to watch a match at this stadium.
There are so many things to do in India for sports enthusiasts and this stadium is no less of a sight to behold. If you visit Goa, exploring this stunning stadium up close at least once is something you should definitely not forget to indulge in.
An interesting piece of fact is that the Fatorda Stadium of Goa wasn’t always according to the FIFA regulated specifications, but it made to reach that standard in 2014, after which it was approved as a stadium that was fit to host international matches and tournaments. The stadium has a seating capacity of around 19,000 sports fans, as well as special viewing rooms for VIPs.