Goa is located in West India in the region of Kinkan. This town is a large tourist destination for the people of India as well as from abroad. The town is known for its architecture, beaches and places of worship. The city was recently ranked as one of the top quality of life cities in all of India.
The city of Goa is unique to other cities of India as is has a huge Portuguese influence. The city was conquered by the Portuguese in the early 16th century and was under its influence until 1961 when the city was annexed to India. This influence paints a different picture than the average Indian town due to the reign for nearly 500 years, and offers a unique Indo-Portuguese architecture throughout the city. Many of the influence can be seen in the temples most notably the Shanta Durga temple, the Mangueshi Temple and the Mahalasa style. Many of the structures in this style of architecture were destroyed after India took over reign again to be built again exclusively in the Indian style. The city features two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is The Bom Jesus Besilica holds the remains of St Francis Xavier, who is regarded as many as the patron saint of Goa. The relics are only place on display every 12 years, and the last was in 2004.
Of course when you travel to any city, especially a foreign region you must partake in the cuisine. The most popular dish in Goa is Xit kodi, which is rice served with fish curry. Most of Goan cuisine features fish, and they are usually prepared in elaborate recipes that are rich with flavor. Flavor profiles that are most common in the local cuisine are coconut, and coconut oil, chili peppers, traditional Indian spices and vinegar. Because of the long influence of the Portuguese on the area, the cuisine is divided into two distinct categories, Goan Catholic and Goan Hindu; this is way to dine based on your religious belief system. Enjoy one of the favorite alcoholic beverages of the area on your visit, feni. Feni is made from the fermentation of the fruit of the cashew tree, or from the sap of toddy palms. No matter which you choose, they are both delicious and will give your taste buds an experience.
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