State Affairs

New trend sees tourists flocking to Goa on Diwali

The recent mega extended weekend with Gandhi Jayanti on Thursday, followed by Dussehra, the weekend and Eid on Monday, saw a deluge of tourists in Goa, more than the state could cope with.

There was a collective sigh of relief when some normalcy returned on Tuesday, October 7. But this is only the lull before the storm as Goa’s tourist season traditionally begins with Diwali, which is on October 23, reports Mid Day.

The Festival of Lights marks the start of peak season as droves of domestic holiday-makers pour into the sunny state to blow up their heard-earned Diwali bonus. That, in turn, is ‘Diwali’ time for the tourism stakeholders as they rake in the moolah. Almost all domestic tourists seem to want a piece of the action in Calangute, the so-called queen of beaches in Goa. With around 2,000 resorts, guest houses and hotels of all categories and sizes, the best nightspots, and more than 200 shacks, half of all the seasonal beach shacks in Goa, the twin villages of Calangute-Candolim generally take centrestage. The casinos will be deluged with gamblers, high-rollers and the simply curious, because of the great Diwali tradition of gambling.


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