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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Sumit Nag

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"Must visit only for the beautiful beaches" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Goa is a must visit for all the travelers who loves beaches as Goa is famous for all the Beaches Goa have. Its a special attractions for all the tourists across the Globe.

The must visit places of Goa are Obviously beaches : Calangute Beach, Vagator Beach are famous along-with Dona- Paola, Old Churches Of goa.

Local Sea foods of Goa re just awesome and everybody should tried it. Specially the Sea Fishes like Bhanga, Prawns are too good.

In the beaches of Goa, sea rides are also available to enjoy and they are too good. If you are planning for a Holiday in Goa then you must visit Goa in between October to February.

Common travelers please visit Goa once in your lifetime.
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"Place of beaches" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
I had visited Goa in this summer vacation. There are so many beaches in Goa as much as crowd. I had stayed in resort where cost is very high. I had visited so many beaches where foreign tourists are more. Beaches are well-maintained with cleanliness by govt of Goa. Alcohol is too cheap.
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"A party spot" new review

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Only one thing about Goa, Party party and party. If you happen to be going in the month of December its a lottery for you. Its a place to visit before dying. Mark my words you'll have lot of fun out there. Its a place to visit with friends gf's/bf's if you have any. Have fun. Don't forgot to say "Goa here I come" because without this your excitement is a mere waste.
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"A destination where it lacks nothing" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Lanes dotted with brightly painted buildings, churches, shacks, active beaches, quiet beaches, water sports, relax, beer, calm, parties, wild parties, forts, rivers, boating, dolphins, bikinis, air rings, hair braids, funky accessories, cashews, docks, casinos, bikes, mountains, cruises, chilled locals, sprinkled food places, seafood, goans cuisines, pizzeria's, phew and more.

Must try: Royale Casino, Goa Cruise on the Mandovi River, Curlies shack night party, live in Inn Anjuna, Vinnie's bar, day trip to Panaji city, day trip to Agonda beach, one day halt at Prison hostel, one day halt at the local residence place (you can find lot of them in AirBNB), Baga Beach, either of Tito's or Brittos, Dudhsagar waterfalls.

Hire a bike and savour the freedom, the roads are very good. Make friends with foreigners - a great way to learn about their culture.

What is overrated: Calangute beach, Mango Tree restaurant, The Basilica church, Old Goa, Thalassa.
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"Enjoy to the fullest" new review

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It is the only place where you can fully enjoy yourself, go to Goa and enjoy life at its fullest. Go with friends, its great for couples, its awesome for family and good weekend spot for enjoyment.
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"Enjoy well, good destination" new review

  • 6/7
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Our family took so many journey but this is one of our the best journey in which we enjoyed very well without any interference and problem. The destination is very good and there is no problem to any tourist for the security reason as per our experience. It's so good and clean in vision, the beaches are also look too good and enjoyed very well.
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"A destination covered with beaches, churches, markets, food and activities" new review

  • 4.5/7
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Beaches, churches and market are good. There are many good beaches like Calangute, Anjuna, Baga but I liked Calangute and Anjuna beach the most. Food are not suited for North Indians but liked Pav bhaji and cane juice. Water sports are adventures for tourists many water sports like parasailing and bike rides in the sea were good.
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"Goa is a very attractive place" new review

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I'm a big fan of this place, visit almost every month. Beaches are very beautiful, I like to visit in June as it is less crowded and climate is awesome. I'm member of Royal resort and enjoy the resort facility. My favourite place is Baga beach. I'm also fascinated of gaming and visiting the casino.
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"Nice place to hangout with friends" new review

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Beaches are famous there. Take rooms near Baga Beach as it is centre for all famous beaches. If you are from Andhra Pradesh there is Andhra meals near by. Don't miss to visit the Baga beach. Night time riding gives thrill for us. Anjuna beach is famous as it contains pub near the beach.
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"Perfect place to get relaxed" new review

  • 6.5/7
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I just love this place. Its awesome beaches are cool and going by bike was very good experience all day long. All in all, I brought unforgettable memories for my entire life. So I recommend all to visit this place once.
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