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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Shireesh Dwivedi

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"Long relaxing getaway" new review

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Goa is one of the beautiful places to visit. North Goa is for who wanna party hard. South goa has got some of the finest hotel and resorts and you can enjoy white sand beaches and have your privacy.

I love to do beach walk in the morning and watch sun sets. Mobor, palolem, varca colva good beaches to visit.
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Saurabh Sinha

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"Best place to chill out" new review

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GOA is the unofficial party place of India. It has some of the best beaches. The place is divided in North and South. North is the place where you will find crowd and party place. Baga is one of the best beach to do water sports. They also have many flee markets. South Goa has pristine beaches and are very secluded. Familieas prefer south as all the luxury resorts and properties are here. Martin's Corner is supposed to be the Best restaurant in South Goa.

Panaji is the capital wherein you can indulge in Casino on Mandovi river. Deltin Royale is the best casino in Goa.
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Amit Joshi

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"Goa Masti" new review

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We enjoy each and every places of goa. Goa is a wonderful city. The whether is awesome. We enjoy most of Goa beaches like dona, calangute, dolphin etc. We enjoy boating and swimming. We enjoy in cruise ride and in cruise we do a lot of masti like dancing, seeing cultural dance etc.
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Anil Kesari

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"A nice trip" new review

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It was first time I am going somewhere to enjoy my life with wife. We had great fun together. I saw lots of beauty there and marketplace where we had purchased lot of things at a very good price. It was mind blowing moment of my life. It was a wonderful service from HolidayIQ.com.
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"A wonderful place" new review

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It a Fab place to stay and to see wonderful places, miss you GOA. We had a fantastic trip with my college friends, and want to visit again and again. Nice forts and beaches. Hotels also good to stay. Nice weather. We played too many games in beaches, enjoyed seafood in malvani style. Climate is very nice.
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The best place for tourist. The best places to visit in Goa are calangute beach, fort aguada, anjuna beach, baga beach, Paula beach and basilica of bom Jesus. It has a number of unexplored beaches. Goa offers a complete holiday experience for every traveller.
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"A nice destination" new review

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Such a nice destination. I liked it and I would like to travel there every summer and winter season. But some people say that Goa tour is not good with family and girls because women are not safe there. So I think our govt should be alert to take action about safety for girls. And stop exposed culture of western countries.
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"A truly chilled out experience" new review

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I went to Goa last year in August along with my wife. It is easily the most interesting holiday destination in the country. Especially in the rainy season, the place looked absolutely stunning. There is greenery everywhere. And of course, the beautiful beaches. I suggest you visit Baga, Anjuna, Arambol and Cavelossim. They are very popular beaches. Apart from these well known places, there are a lot of places which deserve a visit.

Go to German Bakery near Anjuna beach. It is a very hipster place with great food! Go for a trek at the Aguada fort! At the beaches, there are lot of fun water sports like parasailing and more!

It'll be an experience of a lifetime, and the best part is, you can visit it again and again as it is in our own country :)
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"A heavenly place" new review

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Goa is a very wonderful place. Government is so towards development of the guests and all that they always keep their city clean. Their roads are pretty good. We get cheap alcohol. And so on.

Goa the so very destined to be. Its heaven.
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"A perfect holiday destination..!!" new review

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It is a perfect holiday destination, because it has from fun frolic to entertainment every thing is there, so from honeymooners to holiday seekers this is the place. Goa is famous for its beaches as well local wine called fenny and seafood, one must try all. As far as sight seeing is concerned it has two city tours one is for North Goa and one is for South Goa.
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