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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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Vishesh Kashyap
  • Vishesh Kashyap
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Beaches and water sports" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Goa is a great place to visit in India. It has awesome beaches and mind-blowing views. Very little restriction like other Indian beaches. This place also has some good water sports. I would prefer that one should visit all the beaches in Goa. The most important thing in Goa is that price of liquor is so low that you can have a bath with it. Everyone must try fenni, a wine made locally and available only in Goa.
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Arvind Singh
  • Arvind Singh
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review

"The best holiday destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
In Goa, there are many places to visit like Chapora beach, Goa State Museum and Shanta Durga Temple. I visited these places and liked them very much. I played volley ball at the Chapora beach. We stayed three nights in the Cidade De Goa hotel. This hotel was so nice. This was the best holiday trip in my life. I could go for a trip again to Goa next year too. People should visit this place by road so that everyone can enjoy the trip.
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Ramesh Pandey
  • Ramesh Pandey
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"A great place to getaway" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an awesome experience. Beaches, temples and churches were all great. I will go every year to Goa and recommend everyone to visit at least once to this place in their lifetime. The most attractive place was Colva beach. The most important thing was that beer and petrol were economical in Goa. I was enjoying the beach most of the time.
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Mukesh Kumar
  • Mukesh Kumar
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect destination for summer vacations" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa is the popular and best destination to spend your vacation. Most of Goa is connected by well-known and smooth roadways. Goa has four National Highways passing through it. NH-66, ex NH-17 runs along India's West coast and links Goa to Mumbai in the North and Mangalore to the South. Palolem Beach of Goa looks like a big island. Most of tourist come to spend their holiday vacations.
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Ankit Das
  • Ankit Das
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"A cool place to visit any time of the year" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Very nice place for holiday with group of friends. Goa is the top state of beaches and best place to visit and enjoy. The best is the sunset and it's very cool. The best time to visit is during September to December. Also great place to visit any time of the year.
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Siddharth Sharma
  • Siddharth Sharma
  • Lives in Agra
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful beaches and water sports" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We had a great week in Goa. If you dream of enjoying at the beaches then Goa is one place you should visit. Hard core parties, awesome sea food and the amazing discos will make you feel alive even at 2 am. The antique items being sold by the local shops were heart throbbing. One thing which I would like to advice the travellers is to carry sunscreen to avoid tanning. Para-sailing and water-riding thrilled us. A must visit place.
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Ravi Kumar
  • Ravi Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 1 Review

"A fun holiday spot" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I had a wonderful experience in Goa. I enjoyed with my friends. Lot of beaches and hotels to explore. Food was expensive. Boat Clubs were wonderful. Sea diving was awesome.
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Avi Morale
  • Avi Morale
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"A place to enjoy with friends" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an amazing and memorable trip. I will miss it whole life. My friends and me enjoyed a lot. The beaches were very beautiful. We were experiencing heaven here. Mornings were fresh and nights were romantic. Beer on beach at night was amazing.
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Ramesh Upadhaya
  • Ramesh Upadhaya
  • 1 Review

"Clean city and fresh climate" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an awesome experience. The cities are very clean. Fresh climate makes you feel great. Driving to the Palolem beach was quite deadly because the roads were bad. One great thing was, you go up driving and get down without wasting your petrol. The clouds are very near. The view of the beach from upper side was quite memorable.
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Vivek Kaushik
  • Vivek Kaushik
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful beaches" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's quite different from other cities of India. Here you find Christian community in plenty. All churches and local markets are old ones, even earlier than independence. Baga beach and Calangute are too good. It was my pleasure to be there.
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