Goan Cusine
Goan dinner is mostly rice or occasionally chapatti, morning’s leftover fish curry, which becomes tastier now and fried fish or vegetable. Mostly there is no mixing up of veg and nonveg food. During monsoon fresh fish is not available, that is the time for dried fish preparation. Mackerel, small prawns, Bombay duck etc are salted, dried and preserved earlier and used this time. Earlier this processing was done in every household, now dry fish is bought from the fisherwomen. Dry fish preparation is kismur, where slightly sautéed onion, coconut, green chilies, red chilly powder and spices are mixed along with oil fried dry fish. This tastes the best with rice and fish curry or even Ros, a sambar-like vegetarian preparation of dal. Kismur with Tandalachi Bhakri (rice flour pancake) is a combination worth trying.

Goa’s cultural traditions literally stretch back to the dawn of civilization. Despite successive onslaughts and the ravages of alien occupation, Goa’s cultural traditions have displayed amazing resilience with stimulation by every fresh challenge. A Goan is said to be born with music in his blood and music literally accompanies him from the cradle to the grave. Musical traditions run in whole generations. Freedom brought about a cultural renaissance in Goa along with providing a fresh impetus to the classic literature and fine arts and a revival of the folk arts. Fondly known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", Goa or Goyn is located in Konkan or west coast.

The scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a hot cake for tourists around the world. Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer. Much of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from the coastal area.

Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the creation of Goa. Over the centuries Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa. Goa was liberated by the Indian Army from Portuguese colonization on December 19, 1961 and became a Union Territory. On May 30, 1987 Goa became the 25th state of the Indian Republic.

The warm and tolerant nature of the Goans allows them to celebrate and enjoy the festivals of various religions such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Christmas, Easter and Id with equal enthusiasm and welcome the tourists with open arms. Along with English which is widely spoken all over Goa, Konkani and Marathi are the state languages. The national language Hindi is also well understood in most areas around the state.

Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travellers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.