City Information

Often called the Rome of the East, Goa is one of the smallest states in India, with two districts—North Goa and South Goa. The most commonly spoken languages here are Konkani, Hindi, English and a dialect of Portuguese, thanks to a 450-year Portugal reign in the region.

Goa began gaining popularity among tourists because of the hippie culture that took shape and mushroomed there in the ’70s. Fill up on the good times with Feni or Goan Port wine, wrap up with the rocking nightlife and devour the popular staples of the Goan cuisines, including the freshest of seafood, vindaloos and Goan sausages.



Go beach hopping at Candolim, Miramar, Majorda, Mobor, Baga, Colva, Palolem, Anjuna and Varca Beaches.

Then, relive the colonial splendour of Old Goa, a UNESCO-designated heritage site, explore the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, take in the architecture of the Arvalem Caves, also called the Pandava Caves, or choose to visit the Arvalem and the Dudh Sagar Waterfalls.

For those seeking more calm, head out to the old churches and temples around and soak in the history and cultural insights of this ancient land.


Art and Culture

While Goa is steeped in both Christian and Hindu traditions, its central focus is to satisfy the susegado of visitors to the land—in other words, the visitors’ desire to unwind and live life.

Goa also hosts some of the most remarkable churches and Portuguese mansions in India, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a World Heritage Monument that houses the sacred mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier since 1695.



With an array of options including south Indian, north Indian, traditional Goan, Continental and many other world cuisines, Goa is just as much a haven for vegetarians as it is for non-vegetarian foodies.

But when in Goa, we strongly recommend that you try the traditional Goan flavours of foods cooked on clay pot on firewood. Then, do not miss its fresh seafood.

You may even request cooks at The Leela Goa to recreate specials like mackerel reacheado, mushroom xacuti, sorportel, fish curry and rice or crab xecxeca.  End your Goan meal with the traditional dessert of the region called bebinca.