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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Dilpreet Singh
  • Dilpreet Singh
  • Lives in Indore
  • 2 Reviews

"Excellent time in Goa" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
Travellers should visit Goa because it is a great spot of picnic and hospitality. Beaches are must visit place and there were lot of church which gives you great feeling. Local food was very good and there were lot to shop. Beach party kept me busy, you will have lot of fun in beach party and you should also visit and enjoy.
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Himanshu Panchal
  • Himanshu Panchal
  • Lives in Indore
  • 1 Review

"Masti, party and nightlife" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
I visited with my friends and enjoyed very much, this is an awesome place. You can enjoy the full night in each location, clubs, beaches, city every place is much energetic. You can find very fun loving persons there. You must visit Dudhsagar.

You can enjoy the konkan food, if you are vegetarian then it can costly for you. Liquor is very cheap because of tax free. But you can find everything in Goa from lonely/relax holiday to fun/nightlife/hot cheeks.
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Venkat K
  • Venkat K
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 16 Reviews

"Goa - a city of beaches" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
Goa is a place of many a beaches and there are many activities one can enjoy.

Must visit beaches:

1) Palolem
2) Calangute
3) Arambol
4) Chapora Beach
5) Vagator Beach
6) Anjuna Beach
7) Baga Beach
8) Candolim Beach

Calangute and Baga beaches are in the central Goa and one can find many activities (water sports) over here.

Also Palolem Beach is worth visit. It is a calm place but its quite away from the city.
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Op Chauhan
  • Op Chauhan
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 1 Review

"Go goa" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
Excellent wonderful awesome. We stayed for 6 days during Christmas and new year. It was wonderful, colourful experience. One must viist Goa once in lifetime to enjoy. You should go with family and explore the beaches, spend full day on beaches, bath, eat and sleep.
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Ravi Onkari
  • Ravi Onkari
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Goa best place for a holiday" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Goa is the place you want to be in, vast beach area with natural beauty..coastal food is a delight to your holiday. Summers are much hotter, so June to Feb is the best time to be here. Local travel is much easy, hire bikes for 250 bucks a day and you can chill out nicely.
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Shaik Fayaz
  • Shaik Fayaz
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"A place with to much of enjoyment" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Really good place. I almost find myself in a foreign country. Familiar people, cool beaches, hot bikinis, full of wine, good resorts, elegant hotel's and many more. Affordable price is also a factor to make you happy. Bottom line - To much enjoyment.
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Navin Gulgulia
  • Navin Gulgulia
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  • 2 Reviews

"Do not visit Goa in July (Moonsoon)" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
We had gone for a vacation to Goa in the first week July. It was monsoon time and the beach facing cottages felt like as if they will be blown away and the continuous rain didn't allow us go to any of the beaches. Further I would advise that if you have very little time like 3 -4 days then quit the sightseeing (Temples/ church/ museums, etc.) and enjoy the time at beach. Because sightseeing kills time and you will not be able to enjoy.

We happen to stay in a beach facing cottage in Ozran Heights Beach Resort, Near Ozran beach on the Hill top . The ambience was good, food was nice (north Indian) even kids liked the food. But during monsoon we would not advise you to put up in a place like that. But otherwise its a great place to stay away from the crowd. There is a small beach down the hill. Would love to visit there again.

Please book your hotel with care during monsoon. There are other places which could be better like Lemon Hotel, Taj, etc with a very attractive offer in the Monsoon period.
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Hiren Dave
  • Hiren Dave
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 3 Reviews

"A place with awesome beaches and churches" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I like Goa very much. Because not only its Beach's but due to Goa has beautiful places too. Particularly talking about beaches of North Goa, Candolim beach I find the best beach. This beach has very good natural beauty and the water is clear and pretty to see. The Miramar beach is very nice for its beauty. The old churches are very interesting to see and very religious. The city called Panji is nice for tourist to purchase things from Goa. The temple of lord Shiva build by Lata Mangeshkar is very peaceful and religious. The good things about Goa hotels is that almost all hotels have their own homes or called swimming pools.
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Rusha Kanjilal
  • Rusha Kanjilal
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Crazy Fun Filled Vacation!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
There is something amazing about Goa. An Old heritage Sea Port where Fishermen Villages were built has now become an attractive tourist destination. People from all over the world come here all months of the year to enjoy nights at exotic casinos, to enjoy beautiful beaches and relish Goan food. You can get to Goa via Train or Flights ( pre book since tickets can get pretty expensive during peak seasons)

You should hire local scooters (two-wheelers) or Jeeps if you cannot ride one to go about the streets of Goa. Busses are spread out and cheap. Petrol is really cheap so driving around Goa yourself is cheaper than renting. Parts of Goa are old and heritage. Parts are modern yet they retain their local culture with their amazing cruising.

Let me introduce you to a few local dishes and restaurants.

Some of the food you should really try are Tandoori Kingfish, Shark, Prawns, Crabs and Lobsters. Pork Dishes like Sorpotel and Squid Calamari is a must try!
Xacuti - Coconut based lamb curry served with rice is delicious. I tried Restaurants like Fat Fish , Mom's Kitchen (Miramar) Curlies (Anjuna Beach). Would definitely go back to them repeatedly. Shacks - Club21, La-Shack (Baga), Tony's Place, Tantra (Anjuna), Bora Bora (morjim). Remember to Visit Titos Lane.
Basically Food anywhere around Goa is a Delicacy. I would suggest trying the Local Wine and a coconut based drink called Cabo.

If you want to party, Goa and its Clubs are all about that. You can dress up or play casuals, it doesn't matter. You should start off with Love Passion Karma, commonly known as LPK , Club Cabana - is a hilltop club which serves amazing pan pizza along with all kind of drinks. (Girls - get on time unless you want to walk up the hill in heels :) Be prepared for a jeep ride right up to the club. Cheenos in Baga and Curlies in Anjuna are fun too. SinQ , Cafe Mambos and Bora Bora are technically clubs too. Night lIfe is spread all over North Goa.

Shopping :) now thats something. You get everything along the roads of Baga. There are day and night bazaars with heavenly spices and local spices. Anjuna Market takes place every Wednesday from October onwards. Baga saturday night market: One of two night markets in Goa. Mapusa - for Local Textiles

You just need to get to Goa to start and have Fun. Aside from Food, Drinks, Shopping and Party, Goa has many Heritage places.

Old Goa is a small village around the huge churches and convents. Some of these are still in use while others have become museums. Fort Aguada, Fort Chapora, Church of St. Augustine , St. Francis Xavier, Mahadev Temple etc are a few you should visit.

Goa is warm and light set of clothes will be preferable. The local people are really nice and helpful, but you need to bargain a lot in local markets and transportations.

Staying in Local Goan houses or small establishments are equally nice. There are luxury hotels like Taj and Hyatt, La Calypso etc. I would recommend small hotels. You're hardly going to stick around even to sleep.

Casinos are a good part of night life, so visit at-least one during your visit.

Sunburn in December is an attraction one must well plan ahead. Passes and hotels should be pre-booked. Best to ask your hotel to reserve you a mode of transportation well before you intend to travel.

Spending a New Year and the February Festival of Goa is simply amazing. Like I said. Pre Book if you intend to visit during peak seasons.

To conclude just Enjoy yourself and stay Safe.
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Ajay Rath
  • Ajay Rath
  • Lives in Angul
  • 1 Review

"MASTI FOR ALL" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
The serene Goa, full of everything a holidaymaker would expect from a destination. You have plenty of everything for everybody. Nature lover has it, masti-lover has it, relax-hunter has it. Tell us if there is anybody who has nothing in Goa. If you have even one person, you are the winner. But I am sure, if you are attempting to find anybody, then you are already a loser. So go masti - go goa.
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