Thought I'd post a bit on Goa, India's smallest state and a major beach and party resort on the western coast of India. A Portuguese colony, it was annexed by India only in 1961 though India received independence in 1947. Goa remains a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors.
I have been there several times, first in 2006 for which I have no pictures.
Here are pictures from 2009 and 2011. Here is a sunset over the beach.
Lots of nice colonial-age churches here- here is one of them.
Close to the state capital Panaji, there is an area called Old Goa with a whole collection of churches, most of them Portuguese.
Entering the complex:
It was quite crowded inside:
Moving on to other churches in the area:
Thankfully photos were allowed inside the churches, which is generally uncommon in India.
We then went to one of those very touristy beachside restaurants- OK overpriced food and poor service.
Here is the beach the restaurant was located on.
And now a bit of the interior of Goa- which is green and hilly. I went there with a school trip in 2010.
A small temple in the area.
There are 2 small national parks around. Here's in one of them.
The main attraction in the area is a waterfall called Dudhsagar waterfall. Getting to it is interesting- cars go in the river- that is in it, not by a bridge! There are people in the river who help to push the jeeps along and the waterfalls cannot be visited in the monsoons as the water level would be too high.
That last pic of the waterfall and monkey is wonderful...composition, light and subject A1. The churches are similar to those the Portuguese left in Sri Lanka, only yours look like they get better upkeep.
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