Those who haven t visited Goa tend to imagine it as some kind of Indian Costa Brava but with more cosmic karma and thanks to this image , many people never to set foot there . However, Goa , like everywhere in India , is never quite what you expect . In places the infamous hash fuelled days of Goa s golden hippy years are still alive and kicking and in others the all inclusive package holiday is king . But these are two very narrow sides of the goan experience and anyone who spends much time here will discover that goa contains more variety and vitality than almost anywhere else in India .Head into Panaji ( panjim ), one of Indias smallest and most likeable state capitals ,and instead of self contained tourist resorts and trinket selling dreadlocks you ll discover a Portuguese pantry of flaking architectural delicacies spiced up with Indian exuberance .Inland ,you can stand in greener than green fields picking vanilla pods or bathing with elephants .
The main draws of Goa are, of course ,the beaches which are every bit as cliché beautiful as they are supposed to be , but just as much of an attraction is Goa fusion of portugual and modern india .There is almost nowhere else in india where the influence of the former colonial overlords remains as strong as it does in Goa and its not at all unusual to find crufixes hanging on walls next to posters of shiva and groups of elderly goan men conversion in Portuguese goa may not be as cool as it once was but its certainly just as magical.
Today Goa has one of india s highest precapital incomes with farming , tourism ,fishing and iron ore mining forming the basis of the economy.