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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Avinash Patil

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  • Avinash Patil
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews

"North Goa is beaches are very big" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We loved the beaches and some other best tourist places in Goa. There are so many beaches you can enjoy there. And the taxi service is very expensive they costs too much. I'll suggest you to take rent bikes / cars they are cheaper.
You can travel In cruise at cheaper rate.
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Ashirbad Sahoo

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  • Ashirbad Sahoo
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 1 Review
  •  1 reader

"Enjoy" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice place is Goa and it so enjoying place for couple, most romantic and it's memorable, it's no time limit in beach to enjoy with the soulmate it's very lovely with our life partners it's the place for Honeymoon place for the couples it is most enjoyable
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Mayur Shah

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  • Mayur Shah
  • Lives in Bhuj
  • 10 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  329 readers

"Very relaxed place and lots of beaches" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Goa is very relaxed place. There are lots of beaches to visit when you're travelling to Goa. Goa is one of the oldest tourist attractions. Goa is one of the beautiful places in India. Every year a lot of tourists visit Goa. There are lots of trees when we travel to Goa by road. Overall very beautiful place and also it is very relaxing place.
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Kulkarni Atul

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  • Kulkarni Atul
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 10 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  15453 readers

"A great place to visit with friends and loved ones"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's really a great and wonderful place to visit, to enjoy the scenic beauty, nature and the beach it was really a wonderful experience for me. Many places to visit in the whole state, wonderful food and all, donapaula, dudhsagar many beaches, water sports, island trip etc so many to visit there just a goan guide book will be of so much help, self drive vehicles are also plenty of there.
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Vishal Kamshetty

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  • Vishal Kamshetty
  • Lives in Bidar
  • 1 Review
  •  8 readers

"It's a best place to enjoy"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a best place to enjoy. There are around 35 beaches in Goa. I had been to 3 beaches. Calangute, Anjuna and Baga beach. I stayed there for three days. Had beer and laid on the beach itself, enjoyed a lot. A best holiday spot to enjoy.
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Uccmukeshrajput

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  • Uccmukeshrajput
  • 1 Review
  •  9 readers

"Nice place to traveller"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Best place for visitors and good food. Main point for traveller to visit this place is sea to enjoy the water and nice people of this place. Goa is the best place to enjoy your holidays and spend some time to your family. Goa means fun masti love...
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Sneha Jain

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  • Sneha Jain
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  14 readers

"Goa - Pure bliss"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Goa - it is the amazing and a wonderful city. It is the most wonderful place where I have ever visited in my life. It is a dream of many people to go there. It contain church, hotels, restaurant, and many more things but the main attraction is beaches. It is basically one the best tourist places. My experience of Goa was great. I have seen approximately every beach. My Goa trip was really good. At last I can say that visit Goa one time and you will be relaxed...
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Satish Tripathi

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  • Satish Tripathi
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
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  • 32 Reviews
  •  141 helpful votes
  •  36734 readers

"Fun filled world famous destination for beaches"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Goa is the most popular destination to relax, enjoy water sports, wine, dine or go to casino or just watch the activities of the foreign tourists as well as Indian tourists at the beaches. Famous for its night life at Titos lane or Cafe Mambo. Whether single, couple, family member or friends, you are rest assured to enjoy every moment here, if you select proper time and proper sight. My way of travelling is bit different. I always do a homework about all the attractions and beaches then try to stay as near as possible to the site or beaches. I was there for five days but stayed at four different hotels and places so that I could walk in the morning, noon and evening and feel the mood and pulse of that place. You see you'll always find a different feeling and experience at different time of the day even at the same place. I stayed at Baia do Sol hotel at Baga beach, Hotel Mandovi at Panjim. Miramar beach residency at Miramar beach and At Candolim beach. Thus I have multitude of experiences which will linger in my mind for long time to come.

My most enchanting experience was at Baga beach during my stay at Baia do Sol Hotel which is the best hotel in my view, because its position is very unique. It is located at the juncture of Baga river/creek and Baga beach and small hillock. Walked on famous Titos lane in the night and watched the night life at Cafe Mambo.. Thus my overall experience was memorable and magical. I'll treasure it for long time, then come again.

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Rakesh Jangra

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  • Rakesh Jangra
  • Lives in Jind
  • 9 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  6205 readers

"The Best destination in india ..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Goa is awesome city. You can see the beauty of beaches Beaches of Goa are world famous, you can more forginers around Goa beaches. Local transport availiblty is also good in Goa. Panji city is the Goa capital. Bikes for rent we can rent the bike very simply ..
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Monishanjk

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  • Monishanjk
  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  2077 readers

"Beach lovers must visit!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Goa is a place that has numerous wrongs and numerous rights. Goa's capital Panaji isn't a place to visit with family as it has the casinos the discos the pubs and the club's. Goa is one of a few places that serve really good food. The food is bit costly but its worth its cost. The old Goa is a place to visit with family as it still follows it's Goan culture.
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