Goa, the smallest state of India, is located along the coast of the Arabian Sea. Although it is very popular among tourist for its beautiful beaches, it offers more than that. Goa has a rich history that reflects the diversity of the country. It was a Portuguese colony from 1510 until the 20th Century and it achieved its independence from Portugal in 1961. It became a state of India as recently as 1987.
Old Goa was the capital city of the colony from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The Portuguese left impressive Catholic churches which made me think I was somewhere in Latin America.
Panaji is the capital of Goa today. Its most popular landmark is Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
After a whole day of walking and sightseeing I spent the rest of that weekend near Calangute River. In the mornings you can see fishermen untangling their nets and getting ready to go fishing.
Aguada Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 17th century, is a great place to watch the sunset.