|Goa, a small enclave on the West Coast
of India is one of the best holiday destinations in the World.
Famous for its long stretch of beaches dotted with shacks, it is a
favourite destination for the European tourists who flock to Goa
during the winter months.
Infamous from the 60's as the
hippy capital of the east, this former Portuguese colony has still
retained the lifestyle of the colonial rulers, with afternoon siestas,
bohemian living and the totally laid back attitude. Of course the
times have changed and now the popularity is gained more for the all
night, trance music party scene at Anjuna and Vagator beaches in
Goa's history stretches back to the 3rd Century BC,
when, it formed part of the Mauryan Empire. It was later ruled by
the Satyahanas of Kothapur at the beginning of the Christian era,
and eventually passed to the Chalukyas of Badami, who controlled
from 580-750 AD. Over the next few Centuries it was ruled
successively by the Shillaharas, the Kadambas and the Chalukyans of
Kalyani. Goa fell to the Muslims for the first time in 1312, but the
invaders were forced to evacuate it in 1370, by Harihara, whose
capital was in present day Hampi.