Goa Tourism

Goa Tourism


About Goa

Goa

India's smallest state Goa is located on the western coast of the country, adjoining the Arabian Sea, which provides the beach holidays that Goa is internationally famous for. The states of Maharashtra in the north and Karnataka in the south and east surround Goa. Together with the coastal stretches of these states, Goa is part of a larger cultural region known as Konkan. Northern Goa is more populated and urban, while the south is more forested. Beaches apart, rice fields and coconut plantations dominate the landscape. However, tourism is Goa's main industry.

 

For 450 years Goa was a Portuguese colony until taken over by India in 1961. This heritage is still apparent in the architecture of its churches and old houses, and the culture of its towns, which is very distinct from the rest of India. In the Catholic world Goa is important as the place where St Francis Xavier is buried (in the Basilica de Bom Jesus at Old Goa). Apart from Christmas and New Year celebrations, the 3-day long Goa Carnival (February, Panaji) and the Feast of St Francis (3 Dec, Old Goa) are famous attractions.

 

From north to south, the Goa coastline is marked by a number of beach towns, with relaxed ambience, seafood and water sports such as wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, water-scooters, and dolphin spotting cruises. The beaches of Calangute and Baga are the most visited while other famous beaches include Arambol, Anjuna, Candolim, Colva and Palolem.

 

Panaji is the state capital, a city of peaceful walks in the old Portuguese quarters, and cruises on Goa's main river, Mandovi. Nearby is the earlier capital city of Old Goa with its celebrated cathedrals, abandoned in the 19th century due to a persistent epidemic. Margao town is another centre of Portuguese cultural heritage. Ponda stands out for its Hindu temples built between 15th and 18th centuries. The international airport, Dabolim, is 29 km from Panaji. Humid for much of the year, Goa's peak season is November-February, especially Christmas-New Year time, for when advance bookings are essential.

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Maruti Ram

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  • Maruti Ram
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review
  •  35 readers

"A week long trip to Goa!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Has been to Goa for a week with friends. We stayed near Calangute beach in Octopus guest house. The stay was comfortable enough as we rarely stayed in our rooms. Baga beach and Sam's shack was one hell of a party place where we used to go every night. The food is Comparatively costlier and alcohol cheaper. Can find many good markets and local shops for shopping purposes. We also took part in beach sport activities, went on an island trip. Caculo mall is also a good hangout spot where we can do some bowling, play some video games, etc. I would also recommend to try Military simulation and tactical paint ball for larger if looking for a good thrilling sport.
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Bhavin Vyas

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  • Bhavin Vyas
  • Lives in Kalol
  • 1 Review
  •  38 readers

"Just an awesome place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Goa is just simply awesome its just fun watching churches and all those sexy beaches. One could never forget Goa after visiting it. It was fun there. I really miss those days now this is really awesome place to visit one must visit Goa once in his life it is really fun visiting with friends you could enjoy with them. One could go in couple also it is good place you visit simply awesome.
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Srikant Verma

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  • Srikant Verma
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  103 readers

"Must visit place at least twice in lifetime!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Goa the place to relax yourself from all the tensions with your partner, enjoy riding in bike, having couple of beers, spending some quality time in beaches, partying all the night, visiting the churches of the Goa gives you inner peace, sitting on beach in evening silently for hours with your partner, letting your partner to give shot of water sports, enjoying the boat ride, water sports, visiting the butterfly island, making foreign friends. Overall its an lifetime experience to visit Goa for chill out with your loved ones or with your buddies. Oh yes I forgot to say, buy beach clothes and wearing them all day 'that makes you feel awesome all day'. Don't forget your sunglasses while you visit Goa :)
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Rahim Sheik

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  • Rahim Sheik
  • 1 Review
  •  126 readers

"A romantic and stoppable enjoyment" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
First of all I would like to say about Beach, because there is unlimited fun with paragliding and water bike. In paragliding am sure that you definitely get an awesome feel because you are flying. There is a facility for sports bytes, cars in rental process by submitting our ID proof only. So that we need to go by car.
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Sudheer Kumar

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  • Sudheer Kumar
  • Lives in Nellore
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  105 readers

"Romantic place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
I enjoy lot in Goa when I come to honeymoon with my sweet wife. It is an wonderful out let place for couples. I really enjoyed a lot in Goa. When I felt col I also carry warm clots with me. It is wonderful place for couple entry. It also contain many pubs and playing hall.
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Ashish kumar

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  • Ashish kumar
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"Fun and a relaxation trip!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
This is the best trip I have ever had in India. I have travelled through world, but I must say, that the person who lives in India must visit Goa. I mean it's amazing. Culture here is very different from rest of India, people are like happy go lucky type, easy going.. & relaxed

Weather is pleasant specially in months of December to February. Beaches of north goa, namely, Candolim Beach, Baga beach, Anjuna Beach are the must visit places. Tito's street at Baga is the most happening area of north Goa.

You can spend whole night there. Curlie's bar at Anjuna Beach is also nice place for party loving people as well as for relaxed noons. Baga beach is best for water sports like Jet Ski, Banana Ride, Para Sailing. Dining at Baga beach and Candolim in the evenings in candle lights was amazing. While looking for a good stay always go for a resort nearest to beach. That's the key to exciting Goa trip. Good luck and happy holidays.
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Niraj Adhikary

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  • Niraj Adhikary
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Watching the best sunset of life on the Arabian Sea" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Spending few moments of your life on Arabian Sea beach for watching one of the best sunset on earth I think that is a gift for your life time. It is one of the most happening places in India, you can do scuba diving, water sports or spent few days to roam around the old churches and old forts. The main attraction is obviously the water sports. The adventure starts with scuba diving. And the last romanticism ends on the sea beach where you can view the amazing sunset may be with a glass of wine.
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Puja Bhatia

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  • Puja Bhatia
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"Goa, beauty & beaches!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Very nice place to visit. Beautiful beaches and eating joints. Non veg food especially sea food is the best. Panjim is famous for cashews and feni which can be brought back as gifts for friends and family. Very easily approachable by air and driving distance from Mumbai.
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G gurunatha Kumar

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  • G gurunatha Kumar
  • Lives in Salem
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  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  226 readers

"Mind-blowing Goa!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Best Beaches, Best Food, Happy Living, that how you can say about Goa. Goa gives altogether a different experience in India. More foreigners can been seen than domestic visitors. Nov - Feb is best. Best place who like beaches, enjoy food and drink. Calangute, Aguda, Palolem are some of the best beaches. Enjoy sport rides in the sea, Cruise, Casino, Night Clubs & Shopping. Some of the best Restaurants are Martins Corner, Mickeys, Ritz Classic and Thalasa. Morning beach walk, swimming, eating, drinking, evening beach sunset, local food stalls will keep you enjoying.
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Aji Karunan

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  • Aji Karunan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  262 readers

"Sea food destination!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
One must visit this place if you are a Sea food lover. One can try different sea food dishes at different restaurants across Goa. Another beauty of course is the beaches, with loads of water sports. Kids would love this place not mentioning the temptation it creates in the mind of the parents. It refreshes oneself from the regular hustle bustle of the city life.
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