Thinking of a trip to India? You won’t go wrong starting in Goa.
Goa may be the smallest Indian state by area, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in the impact it has had on India’s – and the world’s – history. Situated on India’s south-western coast facing the Arabian Sea, Goa has been central to the trade of goods, rare treasures, people and ideas since ancient times. Whether you’re interested in history, food, culture, the arts, or just want to lay about on the beach downing beer and seafood in abundance; Goa is for you.
Goa’s colonial past
Although Goa has seen continuous inhabitation since prehistory, perhaps its most tumultuous and lasting period was during the 1500’s, when Goa came under the dominion of the Portuguese.
The amalgamation of Indian and Portuguese cultures is still present in Old Goa, the capital until the 1700’s.
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