The former Portuguese province of Goa, once known as a holiday destination for British troops stationed in India, has now established its own reputation as the perfect place for a beach holiday. Boasting over 105 kilometers of coastline in western India, Goa has enough coveted beach front space for its 2 million tourists coming each winter to escape the cold. For those more interested in cultural heritage, Goa has a large number of temples worth seeing to better appreciate the local culture. With a unique cuisine influenced by the Portuguese settlers, visitors are sure to have a rich food experience unlike anywhere else. From hippies to tourists, from pilgrims to explorers, in Goa East meets West in every aspect of its lifestyle. With its bright green palm trees, warm winter weather and affordable prices, Goa is gaining notoriety as a destination for travelers from all over the world.