“Gomantak” the Sanskrit name by which Goa was referred to as during the Mahabharata Age, meaning a land similar to paradise. And so it is true to its last word, forming a tip in the Arabian Sea, surrounded by sun kissed golden beaches, and inland coconut grooves, it is the most visited beach destination by Indians as well as foreigners. The Portuguese were the first foreign invaders and ruled the city for nearly four hundred years. Although they left, but have left behind irrevocable footprints not only in the architecture but also in the religion, culture and lifestyle. Goa caters for all types, family fun, party goers, spirituality seekers, history buffs and adventure seekers. Baga beach is full of shacks and fine restaurants and bars. Most of the water sports like, water surfing, paragliding, water skiing, etc. take place here. The beach also has many shops selling local wares, clothes and accessories. In the evening the whole beach gets converted into a party place with pubs and discos and boat and cruise parties.Anjuna beach is another party and shopping spot. The night market at Anjuna is famous for its hippie wares.Chapora Fort, Margos Fort and Fort Aguada are historical monuments here.Palolem and South Goa has much quitter and less crowded beaches. Other famous attractions in Goa apart from the beaches are Basilica of Bom Jesus ,Shri Mahalsa temple, Shri Mangesh temple,Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary,Braganza house, Shri Mahadev temple, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and many more attractions. Accommodation in Goa ranges from dirt cheap catering to students and backpackers, to luxury resorts with private beaches. Taj Exotica is from where the list of luxury hotels in Goa starts. Awarded as the best hotel in the traveller’s choice category, this 140 room luxury also offers unhindered view of the sea from every room. The seafood restaurant they have on the beach is an instant hit amongst the guests. The Taj has four more hotels in Goa at different places. The Leela Goa is another name to notice. Another popular attraction apart from hotels in Goa are old mansions and villas turned into boutique hotels and guest houses.Siolim House is an old Goan Portuguese palace converted to a hotel. With limited number of rooms, this heritage building gives an insight in the old world ways. Marbella Guest House is another Portuguese villa bereft with antiques. All the rooms have a theme with the penthouse suite being the best.