Saniya Iyyappan rings in the festive season at the serene beaches in Goa

Saniya Iyyappan rings in the festive season at the serene beaches in Goa
Photo: Instagram @_saniya_iyappan_

Young starlet Saniya Iyyappan has enthralled her admirers by sharing some amazing pictures from her recent trip to Goa, on her social media page. She has captioned the pictures, “Me and Goa; my magic combo”. Saniya gave a stunning visual in a scarlet crop top and a loose white shirt as she enjoys the crimson sun set in a beach in Goa.

The beaches of Goa would be turned into spots of grand festivities during the Christmas and New Year seasons. The streets had been adorned with decorative illuminations to ring in the festive season. Tourists flocked the iconic beaches at Baga, Candolim, Calangute, Anjuna, Arambol, Benaulim, Palolem, Mobor and Ashwem to celebrate Christmas and New Year in style.

In 2019, around nine lakh international tourists and 7.2 million domestic tourists had visited Goa. However, the COVID-19 pandemic had wreaked havoc on Goa’s famed tourism industry in the last two years. Even though Goa is a place where you can visit throughout the year, the busiest season is from November to February.

Goa is a state that focuses on consistently developing the tourism infrastructure. A brand-new airport in the name of former Goan Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was opened recently. The air port built by spending a whopping Rs 2,870 crore at Mopa, which is about 35 kilometres away from Panaji, will surely help Goa’s thriving tourism industry.

Parasailing at Candolim Beach in Goa
Parasailing at Candolim Beach in Goa. Photo: Shutterstock/Murgermari

Leading budget airlines like IndiGO and Go First have already started operating flights to the new airport. Introducing multiple air services to Goa are likely to lower the airfares too. While IndiGo announced that it would operate 162 weekly flights, Go First announced 42 weekly flights to and from the new airport. This makes Panaji, the first state capital in the country to have two active airports.

People visit Calangute Beach during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in Goa, December 30, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Sunil Kataria

Goa has invested more than ten billion rupees in various highway projects from 2014 onwards. This has helped in improving the traffic situation in Goa. The electrification of the Konkan rail route too has helped the tourism industry. The tourism department has also introduced many unique projects like the homestay policy to revive the rural tourism sector.  

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