Goa has certainly emerged as one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. It attracts people of all kinds, and from all parts of the planet. In a way, Goa is the meeting point of different religions and cultures, with a distinctive 'way of life' which is quite different from the other parts of world. Goa is truly a place, where the eastern and western cultures merge, and a a place where different kinds of food, music and dance can be enjoyed.
Besides the newer attractions like good night life, water sports, adventure sports and casinos, Goa is well known for its beautiful churches, temples and mosques. Most of the ancient churches in Goa were built by the Portuguese, during their 450 years colonial rule in Goa. and some of them are more beautiful than the ones in Rome. It is for these reasons, Goa is also known as 'Pearl of the Orient'.
Goa enjoys a pleasant climate all through the year, and even the monsoons are beautiful with lush greenery all around. Goa is a paradise of beaches and forests, and has over a 1000 hotels/lodges to suite different budgets.