Goa is located on the western coast of the country, adjoining the Arabian Sea, which provides the beach holidays that Goa is internationally famous for. Beaches apart, rice fields and coconut plantations dominate the landscape. From north to south, the Goa coastline is marked by a number of beach towns, with relaxed ambience, seafood and water sports such as wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, water-scooters, and dolphin spotting cruises. The beaches of Calangute and Baga are the most visited while other famous beaches include Arambol, Anjuna, Candolim, Colva and Palolem.
Old Goa was the capital of the Bahmani Sultan Adil Shah. The large palace of Adil Shah, surrounded by fort walls, towers and a moat was located here as well as many temples and mosques. Unfortunately none of these structures remain in existence today except for the ruins of the gateway to the palace.St. Cathedral. After the Portuguese conquest, Old Goa went on to become a bustling metro glittering with gold and glamour. Old Goa is a World Heritage site. There is a small village around the huge churches and convents. The city no longer bustles with crowds and trading people, but with a little imagination, you can picture the thriving city that used to be at the site.
MANDOVI RIVER CRUISES
The Goa Tourism Development Corporation runs a variety of river cruises on the Mandovi river daytime, sunset and moonlight. There are two types of day cruises -- from the Panaji jetty, down the Mandovi into the Zuari bay and up the Mandovi to Aldona and a mineral water spring.