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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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Rohit Kumar

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  • 26 Reviews
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"Beautiful beach city in india" new review

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  • Posted 4 days ago
Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area's tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Goa is also known as beautiful beach city in india. Goa looks like foreign country in India. Till today the Portugal cultural is available in Goa. Mostly couple and college student came Goa from india. So many foreigners came here for the beach beauty.
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Rohit Kumar

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"Beach city in india" new review

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  • Posted 4 days ago
Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area's tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Goa is like indian foreign country due to their culture. Till today the civilization of Goa is like Portugal. If you liked beach please came Goa. There are so many hotel and resorts in Goa.
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Rahul Sarraf

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"Hotel lemonmint resort" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Really it's a nice hotel near Calangute beach Goa. Hotels staff are very polite and disciplined. Hotel and it's room are very neat and clean, also provide free delicious lunch without any charge. Only one thing bad in this hotel is about swimming pool. If you want to use swimming pool then you must be in nylon dress and if you have not then you can't use it. You sld buy from hotel which is costly. But it's not a bigger issue. Except it everything is fine in this hotel. I really appreciate this hotel to all.
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Prashant ojha

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  • Prashant ojha
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"Awesome" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Awesome place with gang. There are lots of activity you can do like in morning time go to beaches, visit to the forts and must have goan lunch in traditional goan restarunts. Tattooo and all were awesome and in night go to casino and pubs. Titos were awesome
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Jatin p shah

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"Exciting Goa as always" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This was my 2nd trip with family to Goa. I was worried about rains as it was mth of August however luckily we were not hindered by rain during my stay.
Must visit places:
1. If you are in monsoon at Goa do not forget to visit River Rafting organised by at Mahadei River, Goa. It was a thrilling experience and also very safe. Our guide Mr. Hari was very nice and knowledgeable.
2. Baga Beach: Most of the beaches remain closed due to rough sea however Baga Beach was open and we could enjoy the sea water dip over there. Although one should not venture too much deep inside as you can feel the force of the sea even at Baga.
3. Overall Goa is always very good experience. Many places to visit and much to explore every time you go to Goa
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Prasoon Peringali aredath

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"Great Weekend at Goa"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Was on my first visit to Goa. Have seen some great beaches but because of high tide couldn't spend much time playing in the sea. Enjoyed the awesome seaside shacks, mainly Curlie's at Baga beach, Flying Dolphin at Calangute Beach.

Nice view from Anjuna Fort aka Dil Chahta Hai fort.
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Piyush Gulati

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"A very good couple destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Goa is a very good couple destination. You can enjoy very much on beaches. In Goa you can hire a bike and use that for adventure on very less price if you have valid driving licence. There are so many beaches in north Goa as well as monuments in south Goa.
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Arnav Mathur

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"The perfect Vacation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Being close to Pune, visited thrice in a year to Goa, each time under different circumstances with different experiences. First as a couple, second with friends and third with family. So basically had all kinds of experiences.
Hiring a car in Goa is very cheep and with such affordable Petrol Prices, driving in Goa is always fun.
The place has it all, from busy beaches to quaint offbeat beaches. From busy beach shacks to 5 star standalone restaurants.
Its a foodies paradise as food from all around the globe is available here.
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Anand Patil

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"Relaxation."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Goan air has a special ingredient. Relaxation gas. The moment you step on goan, you mind becomes fee of all tensions, breathing gets deeper and eyes see everything much brighter. In the monsoon the green cover everywhere soothes all the senses. If you love the sea, it is at its best with a lot of surf riding along with the huge waves. It's not the best season for a dip in the sea but beaches allow you to relax, soaking in the rains, as it's not crowded like other days.
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Nisha Jain

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  • Nisha Jain
  • Lives in Banswara
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"Goa india review"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lonely Planet can't book you a room here, but want to make sure you find the best hotel possible. The main building, decorated with original travellers murals, has 40 beds in spotless air-con dorms with lockers, bed lights and free wi-fi, full kitchen, clean bathrooms, cosy communal areas and a pool table. In the garden next door is a tent village with swimming pool and yoga retreat centre (classes free to guests).
It's an interesting mix of yoga-meets-party atmosphere, and with an enthusiastic young owner, it's hard to think of a downside to this place.
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