Although introduced by the Portuguese who ruled this territory for over 50 years, from 1510 to 1961, the three-day festival primarily celebrated by Christians, has absorbed Hindu tradition-bound revelry and western dance forms, and stimulated by the artistry of the Goan genius turned into a pageantry of singular effervescence. Among the various colourful feasts and festivals that Goa celebrates -with great eclat, Carnaval and Shigmo are the most famous, awaited by the population with intense enthusiasm. Unlike 'Shigmo' which is also celebrated in some parts of India, although under different appellations, Carnaval is Goa's own, unique, and the Union Territorys contribution to India's other expressions at untrammelled revelry.
The Big Foot is Goa's biggest designer dance floor shaped like a giant foot and has been created for the express purpose of being a versatile venue for all types of functions and entertainment events like weddings, anniversaries, seminars, dances etc.
A wide and spacious, white washed entrance is flanked by a pillared and craved structure crowned by a lotus and peacock motif. A large, open palm, studded with lawm welcomes the vistor to the floor which is a landscaped delight of vibrantly hued bougainvillea, pine and deeply canopied shady arborics.
From the dream of an artist to becoming a major tourist attraction, the project has come along way since 1995 when it was opened to the public. Today hundreds of tourists - national and international visit the place. Besides artists, students, teachers, nature lovers, environmentalists and others frequent the site often.
The huge, deadly looking crocodiles with dagger-like teeth are seen in the wild, right here in Goa in the narrow creek that intrudes into the thick mangrove jungle near the small village of Cumbarjua. Most crocodiles that live in the Cumbarjua canal spend their days sunbathing on the muddy banks of the canal, watching visitors pass by in their canoes. The canal is a 15 km long stretch of water located about 20 minutes drive away from Panaji. It links the two biggest rivers in Goa - the Zuari and Mandovi.The Cumbarjua canal is the only place in Goa where crocodiles can actually be seen in the wild. Some stray crocodiles are sometimes also found in places like Chorao, Tivim and Quepem.
It's quite surprising that the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is the only Goa wildlife reserve that is dedicated to the birds of the region.
Because the island of Chorao is full of mangrove swamps, the region produces exceptional cover and vegetation for many different breeds of local coastal bird as well as the perfect resting ground for migrating birds from all around the world.
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