Without doubt, it is expected from a backpacker in India to visit Goa. It is one of the major highlights of India tour. Being a very old place and inhibited by different rulers and empires, it is quite evident that Goa is also home to various myths, that over the decades have only got popular. Given below are some of the most widespread myths of Goa tourism that you should be well aware of.
Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for 450 years
It is true that Ilhas, which is Old Goa at present, was ruled by the Portuguese since 1510. However, Old Goa is just a part of the entire state of Goa, so technically, saying that Goa was under the rule of the Portuguese for 450 years is not entirely correct. While the Europeans established their reign in Old Goa in 1510, the other parts were included in the subsequent years and decades. Bardez and Salcete were under their rule for around 418 years, and it was only at the end of 18th century that places like Canacona, Ponda, etc. were included in their reign. It is therefore the places were ruled for about 170 to 200 years.
The culture in Goa is basically Western
Due to the existence of different Catholic churches and cathedrals, plus, the influence of Europeans in the eating habit, music, history, dress, etc. it is true that the place gives the impression that it is very Western, at least when compared to other cities in India. However, it is not the entire case at all. For decades the state has been a cradle of Hindus, Muslims, and people from the East as well as Asia, in addition to the Portuguese. It is thus, if you see thoroughly, there are influences of other cultures as well. Also, despite of the major conception that Goan are mostly Christians, the concentration of Catholics is only about a quarter of the total population. The oldest Hindu temple in Goa is the temple of Lord Shiva in Sanguem, and dating back to 12th century. Besides, lately there has been a long and continuous influx of Jains, Muslims, and Buddhists in the state.
The Dry Seasons are Best for Holidaying in Goa
It is no doubt that spending a lazy day enjoying the sun, sand, and sea at the beaches can be best relished from October to May, when there is no sign of rainfall. However, monsoon in Goa has its own charm. It is the time when the land is greener, the temperature is cool, and the place oozes a feeling of freshness. It is an ideal time to discover the inner regions as well as the natural splendor. Apart from that, there are a couple of allures that can be enjoyed only in monsoon. For starters, Sao Jao festival is one interesting allure to relish, which is celebrated on 24th June.
So, that concludes three major myths about Goa. Additionally, there are certain other myths associated with the place. Head to the state to learn about all myths and legends as well as the attractions. There are frequent Delhi to Goa flights and direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, etc. Dabolim Airport is a state-of-art airport and one of the busiest airports in the country.