Tourists Goa step further for Indian paradise

30th Jan 2014

Record numbers of tourists visited Goa last year - so we thought it would be a good time to ask why?

The number of people visiting the Indian state rose 12%, but what is it that keeps tourists flocking to the paradise destination? A mixture of stunning, sun-kissed beaches, lively carnivals and diverse cuisine.

The region is blessed with multi-award-winning sumptuous white sand beaches where singles and romantic couples on private journeys alike can chill-out under the palm trees.

These include Palolem, which features in the Matt Damon movie The Bourne Supremacy.

South Goa's popular sands, which include the Colva, Gonsua, Betalbatim and Benaulim beaches, are famous the world over.

Holidaymakers on group tours to Goa are increasingly wooed by its vibrant history, having been colonised for 450 years by the Portuguese.

Today, the Portuguese particularly influence the town of Old Goa, as can be seen in the local cuisine and lively markets and bazaars which offer bespoke clothing and shoes.

Everything seems geared towards continuing Goa's recent success with an ambitious new airport terminal among the latest schemes tailored to boosting tourism.

The Indian state will also make its beaches even cleaner, aimed towards developing its shoreline as among the most immaculate in south-east Asia.

March is recommended for people looking to travel to Goa with the arrival of its amazing carnival, which is one of the biggest festivals and events in the state's diary.

Both 2013 international and domestic arrival numbers were up by 12.47% and 9.27% respectively - in line with tourism department forecasts.

Goa's tourism minister, Shri Dilip Parulekar, described the figures as a "great way" to begin the New Year.

Parulekar said: "We are more than thrilled to announce these figures and this only proves that Goa continues to be the destination of choice for people from all across the world."

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