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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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Jagannatha rao

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  • Jagannatha rao
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Very rejuvenating holiday for water lovers" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It was a nice holiday at Goa after almost 25 years. Change has been great with respect to high rise buildings, good eateries traffic and good logistics otherwise it is quite the same. People are very polite and friendly. Tourists have a great choice of vehicles to hire and drive on their own without the botheration of rentals. Simple way of hiring through your home stay or hotel owner. 400 rupees per day for a two wheeler excluding fuel. Fuel is cheaper almost by 15% here. Since there are many far off and remote beaches to enjoy sea this works out well. Food is good and of course the liquor lovers would guzzle as it is almost 40% cheaper than other normal cities. Dudh Sagar water falls place is good but discourage factors are the crowds, distance and short time allowed at the place of water fall. Best places to hang out are beaches or pubs. Worry is how common people live there with almost every house converted in to a lodge either fully or partly. I suggest improvement in logistics from airport to city and back. This is missing. I suggest to visitors booking in advance if planning by air to get a good deal.
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Jaydeep Tanna

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  • Jaydeep Tanna
  • Lives in Rajkot
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"Best destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
If you want to explore, enjoy and celebrate Friendship. Goa is the best Destination. We visit Goa every year in December for Sunburn Event. Since this year sunburn was shifted from Goa to Pune we explored Goa this year. We visited Dudhsagar Water fall, Fort Aguada and Deltin Royale. Dudhsagar water fall was very mesmerising if you are in love with nature and safari then you should not miss this for sure. It is approx 80 kms from North Goa. Also, if you are gambling lover then you should visit best casino of India I had been to is Deltin Royale. It gives such a royal feel.
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Jaison joy

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"Goa is great place for vacation" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Goa is the Indian tourist destination with nearly 32 beaches which attracts not only Indian but foreign tourists. It is famous for it's clean, blue sea and water rides. The best time to visit Goa is Nov - Jan. The Christmas season is of huge demand and hotel rides grows exponentially in this season. Hence book in advance if you are planning to spend time here for vacation.
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Mahendra Phadke

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  • Mahendra Phadke
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Lovely & Mesmerizing holidays with my better-half" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I've been to Goa many times, but this trip was special as my wife had never visited Goa before. Thus I was acting as guide to her and taking to all the places where I've been and new places too. Water Sports, Bike Ride, Beach Shacks, Selfies, Lovely Food, Exotic Drinks, Stay was fabulous, shopping - wowww. The only thing we missed was casinos as they were too crowded and there was a waiting period of almost 2-3 hours. Looking forward to visit once again soon.
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Sarmistha Das

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  • Sarmistha Das
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Serene beaches, majestic western ghats & cascading waterfalls" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Goa is one of the tourist destinations in India which attracts not only Indian but foreign tourists. It is famous for it's exotic landscapes. The best time to visit Goa is Nov - Jan. The Christmas and New Year celebration is a big attraction to the tourists, so during this time Goa becomes overcrowded and too expensive.

This year I visited Goa during the Christmas holidays and would like to share my experience with you.

As per me, in Goa the following are must-visits:

1. Beaches: Baga, Morjim, Calangute, Anjuna, Sinquerim, Bogmalo Beach.
2. Markets: Calangute, Baga, Anjuna (Night market on Saturday and Flea Market on Wednesday).
3. Falls: Dudhsagar.
4. Organic Farms: Sahakari Spice Farm.
5. Clubs and Casinos: Brittos/ Titos/ Club Cabana and Deltin Royale (Casino).
6. Churches: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Mae De Deus Church, etc.
7. Forts: Aguada, Tiracol Fort.
8. Boat ride: Island trip (no need to go to the Dolphin point separately).

Goan spices are world famous. The food here is spicy as well as full of flavors. You must try the following:

1. Snacks: Samosa.
2. Drinks: Kokum Sarbat, Kings Beer, Cashew Feni.
3. Starters: Golden Fried King Prawn, Fried Pomfret/ Red Snapper.
4. Main Course: Goan Fish Curry, Chicken Xacuti, Chicken Vindaloo, Sea Food Fried Rice.
5. Desserts: Dodol and Bebinca.

If you are a shopaholic you might like to have the following in your shopping bag:

1. Beach Wears/Swim Wears.
2. Coconut Wood Showpieces.
3. Goan Spices.
4. Alcohol.

In Goa you will get plenty of things to do. You might go for water sports, cruise, local sightseeing, shopping or might love to relax on the beach.

1. Water Sports: skurfing, parasailing, speed boat/ banana boat ride, snorkeling and scuba diving. Though the grand island snorkeling and scuba diving is highly advertised, it's better not to go. They don't provide any swimming gear apart from the pipe and glass. Also non-swimmers are encouraged not to dive. The Grand Island area where the snorkeling and scuba diving is done is full of jelly fish and squid. I was not lucky enough to spot a single fish there.
2. Cruise: Mandovi River Cruise / Sea Cruise.
3. Sightseeing: North Goa, South Goa (churches & temples), Dudhsagar, Organic Farm and Forts.

Your Goa trip would be incomplete if you don't carry the following :

1. Umbrella.
2. Sunblock with at least SPF 60.
3. Flipflops.
4. Swim wear.

Last but not the least do bargain with taxi, auto drivers, shop keepers. In most of the cases they quote high prices.
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Jainam

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"Goa is great place for vaction" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Goa is great place for vacation beach are very beautiful. Local transportation is very easy. Church temple greenery is very fantastic.
We spend our five day in Goa. Near colught beach.
Any body want to relax for few day please go Goa enjoy your life. OK
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Gopinath Hs

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Hotel ibis styles Goa" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Hotel is situated at Calangute and is at very good location. As it is little away from main road there is no disturbance.
Rooms are very spacious with good comfort.
There is a swimming pool where one can really enjoy late evenings.
One special thing to mention is they serve a fantastic and sumptuous breakfast which is available up to 11 am.
The breakfast had lots and lots of varieties which includes at least 6 types of juice. Coffee, tea etc.
Any body going to this hotel should not miss breakfast
The hotel staff is very nice, helpful.
Don't miss this hotel in Goa.
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Varun Sadana

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  • Varun Sadana
  • Lives in Delhi
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"One of the best and sexiest place I have evr been."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of the best and sexest I have ever been. Musr visit atleast for once super sexy clubs, adventures, fab feelings, group whats else you are looking for. I will look forward to visit again as I had a great experience !!
Guys must make a plan once in a yea atleast
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Deepak Sharma

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  • Deepak Sharma
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  • Lives in Pune
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"Goa River Marathon (2016) review!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Goa River marathon was held on 11 December 2016, I travelled from Pune to Goa by Car.
Not sure if anyone else has written review on Goa River marathon before. If not, let me be the first :)
I will try to write my review more as a traveller than a marathoner.
I know most of the people travel from across the county to participate in Goa river marathon and try to google and search the reviews and options to stay in Goa.
I have been to Goa many times before but this time I travelled only to attend Goa River marathon. This was in my to do list from a long time and I am glad that I completed it:)
Goa River Marathon is considered (by running community) as one of the top 5 marathons of India and it truly lives up to its mark. Below are the few highlights:
1. GRM 2016 route: Starting from chicalim sports complex, South goa--Vasco road (sea adjacent)--Zuari river bridge returning back to starting point is such a scenic and beautiful experience which must be experienced atleast once.
2. Superb management: There were water/aid stations at every one km and so many enthusiasts to support and encourage runners at every 500 meters. This made marathon more like a lively event.
Also, support from Goa police, traffic police and other Govt staff was superb and they left no stone unturned to make this event successful.
3. T shirt quality is good: Adidas t shirt provided along with the BIB is really good.
4. Breakfast is hot and tasty: Buffet breakfast served after run is a real treat. Breakfast was served hot with tea/coffee and BEER! Yes chilled beer was served (afterall it's Goa)
Travel:
I started from Pune on 10th December at 5:30 am by car and took route Pune- Kolhapur- Belgium-Khanapur road- Chorla Ghat- Vasco. I managed to reach Goa at 3:30 pm. The drive was pleasant with little zig zag curves after khanapur road till Goa ( but better that the Anmol Ghat route which is more curves and sharp turns). We stopped by Kamat hotel before Kolhapur for the breakfast and did not have lunch as we had few food stored in the car. The breakfast was good and Kamat hotel is more hygienic than other restaurants in the highway( little expensive though)
Hotel stay:
We stayed at Hotel Z square, Vasco as it is located about 3 kms from chicalim sports complex
Room type- deluxe rooms, paid 4300 for 2 rooms/ 2 nights (AC rooms with breakfast)
Hotel was okay for a short stay, no amenities, no toiletries such as toothpaste, brush etc. Towels, soap is provided.
Car parking is not guaranteed as there is a theatre in the hotel building due to which parking is always full. Parking possible only after 12 midnight.
Breakfast was nothing great, don't expect a buffet breakfast. We were served 2 idlis and tea/coffee on first day and bread omelette the next day.
Safety: hotel is safe and secure as there are cameras installed.
Other good hotel options near GRM venue/ Avisha Residency, Vasco. La plaza garden, Vasco
Let me conclude by saying that GRM is a great experience for those who love travelling and have fitness goals in mind. Cheers!
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Abdul latif patel

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  • Abdul latif patel
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"Superb stay."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Superb stay and relax at Goa with all facilities. All rooms are clean and neat. All points are near by this hotel. All members of this hotel are helpful and friendly and honesty. I enjoyed more and more in this hotel. So superb stay and nice stay. Thanks to all.
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