The small yet fun celebration of Goa Carnival is known by several names like Carnaval, Intruz, Viva Carnival, and Entrada. Although significantly less popular and smaller than its international counterparts of Rio and Portuguese carnivals, this exciting event celebrated in Goa doesn’t fail to turn the heads of the tourists and locals alike. Due to its incredible vibe and feels, it successfully manages to attract hundreds and thousands of tourists annually, especially after its revival in 1965.
It won’t be wrong to say that the Goa Carnival is a legacy of the Portuguese rule and has grown from being a somewhat quiet event to a full-blown exciting celebration over the years. The whole atmosphere is filled with spectacular parades, musical events, delicious delicacies, and whatnot.
According to the local tradition of Goa Carnival, all of Goa is taken over by an imaginary character King Momo who is usually a local resident and rules Goa while the whole event lasts. The message which the character of King Momo wants to spread is “Kha, piye aani majja kar” which literally translates into eat, drink and make merry.
It’s as if the whole Goa comes alive during the event and for anyone who is looking for having a blast then this carnival is for you.
The roots of this Carnival date back to the introduction of Roman Catholic traditions which further date back to the Portuguese conquest of Goa. Some also believe that this event is being celebrated since the 18th century and has only grown bigger and better over the years. However, as the Portuguese rule ended in Goa, this festival was resurrected in 1965 by a man named Timoteo Fernandes.
The parade for the event starts on Saturday evening and is led by the made-up character of King Momo. Loaded with balloons, floats, bullock carts, horse carriages the parade hits the home run amongst the locals and tourists. Apart from this, one can also relish the live music performances graced by the power-packed performances of the dancers, jesters, and fire-breathers.
In its essence, the Goa Carnival is all about enjoying and merry-making. Apart from all this, you can also enjoy the art and cultural shows held locally.
If you are a foodie, then you are bound to love this carnival. Here you get to relish your senses with a great variety of food items. And with the occasion of this carnival, all the restaurants and hotels put their extra efforts to make the food more peppy and delightful.
It is on the last day of the Carnival that this unique Red and Black dance is held for delighting the tourists. It is basically a colour coordinated dance which sees women dressed in red coloured tops and black skirts, while the men usually dress in red shirts as well as black pants. It is truly an exciting experience to watch the artist perform with great precision.
To reach Panaji you will need to cover a total distance of about 1,861, 571, 2,283, 646 km from Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here are the details on how you can reach here by the following means of public transport.
Deboard at the Dabolim Airport (GOI) situated about 25 km away from Panjim. The airport has very good flight connectivity with other Indian cities with good frequency. From the airport, book a cab or take some other means of transportation to reach your destination.
From Surat - Board Spicejet, IndiGo flights from Surat Airport. The airfares start from INR 7,000-8,000
From Guwahati - Board IndiGo, Vistara flights from Guwahati Airport. The airfares start from INR 7,000-8,000
From Patna - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Patna Airport. The airfares start from INR 7,000-8,000
If planning to travel by train then you can consider deboarding at Madgaon, Vasco Da Gama, Karmali railway stations at your convenience. All of these stations have fairly good connectivity with other Indian cities. After deboarding at one of the stations, book a taxi to reach your destination.
By Road. Goa also has been well-connected with other Indian cities via a motorable network of highways and roads. You can book state-run buses or private buses to reach here. Otherwise, you can also book a taxi or take your own vehicle here.
From Hubli - 190 km via NH748
From Dandeli - 131 km via NH748
From Belgaum - 114 km via SH31
By Sea. From Mumbai, you can also take a cruise or a ferry to reach here. However, it would be good to make your bookings as early as possible owing to the busy schedule of all the transportation services during this time of the year.
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