History

Legend has it that thousands of years ago, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Parashurama, shot an arrow into the sea, forcing it to recede. The land which he reclaimed and settled with the Saraswat Brahmins is the land we know today as Goa. A land which many a mortal has since discovered his heart in.

Goa is the jewel in India’s tourist crown. One of the most popular beach towns in the world, Goa’s history is as captivating as its beauty. Colonized over 450 years ago by the Portuguese, the unique blend of Portuguese and Indian culture is evident in its architecture, languages, mix of religions, social structure and cuisine. Old Goa still stands today as a testament to its Portuguese heritage with its old mansions and breathtaking churches.

Aside from a rich history, Goa’s charm also lies in its pristine beaches all along the coast, some of which remain untouched till today. World famous flea markets, gastronomical delights, awe-inspiring sunsets and an escape from the rest of the world, are just some of the magical offerings from this paradise on the Konkan coast.