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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Ankit

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  • Ankit
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"An excellent place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Beautiful goa, the smallest state in India, has been on my bucket list for quite some time. The southern India destination has a unique, Portuguese-influenced culture, and is home to beautiful beaches, epic raves, and a friendly backpackers scene. Overall good.
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Bernard Alvares

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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It is a nice place to visit. It is a cool place for all travelers to visit Goa. Indian, non-Indian also come. There are lots of temple, church & fort if you are interested you can go to Panda, there are many temple

Mangeshi temple, old goa church, panjim church. In every village there is famous church. In mapusa it is called miracles church, it is just 2 km from mapusa market, you can take a rick to go over there.

There is also beautiful fort like fort Aguada & many more it is call light house of Goa. A good place for shopping are mapusa panjim market lots chew nuts you'll find there, famous is friday market where the market gets busy.

There is also wild life, if you are traveling by road it takes 13 hrs to reach Goa. People carry your own food pouch, water bottle & medicals necessary. If you're traveling by train carry torch & etc by flight it takes only 1 hr to reach Goa. You will find pre paid taxi at the airport.
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Sonal mishra

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"Best place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It was nice travelling to Goa with your help. Beautiful place with nice beach views. Water sports adventure was so nice. Discotheque are also nice with good crowd. Goa is best destination for couples to spend quality time with their bestie. Its is also a honeymoon spot. Vaga beach is best among all the beaches.
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Kripa Tamuly

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"Brilliant place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Be it sightseeing to chill or a break from the havoc of daily chores. This is the place to be. The beaches and cafes. Especially the kings beer. And goan curry. The nightclubs are the best in this city such as cabbana, Life Passion Karma, Nicks and others.
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Bernard Alvares

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"A good place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a good place to see. There is good beaches. there is beautiful churches to see. You will get to see old churches, temples. There is lots of local market. Like Friday famous market in mapusa Saturday anjuna market where you'll get lots of cloths for cheap. There is lots of Goan food like fish curry rice etc activates are like morning walk or beach jogging or rest on the beach. It's a nice place.
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Srinivas Thadaka

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"A cool place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Cool place. Colorful place also it give some relaxation to everyone. If you want to enjoy so much you have to visit Goa. Cover all the beaches and mainly night pubs and casino, island. Eat sea food, Shawarma, biryani. Take bike and you must recharge the internet balance it help to rout map the all the locations
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Sunil sahu

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"Perfect destination for a change from routine life" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Goa, a destination which need not to be described as it brings excitement by its name only, must visit if you want to experience something new in your boring & busy life.

Baga, anjuna, calangute, sinquerim beaches, club cubana & tito's, casinos, beautiful resorts church and hotels makes the goa special and unique.

Water sports here fills new energy. Food options available here are too good.
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Rahul Rajpal

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  • Rahul Rajpal
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"Gorgeous Goa" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Went to Goa last year in Aug with my wife on Babymoon, when she was 7 months pregnant. It was raining and we stayed at The Park Calangute. It was an amazing experience, relaxing and rejuvenating as the hotel is literally on beach. Whenever it started to rain we could easily come back to the hotel from the beach. Goa is really fun during August as there are not many tourists and the beaches are clean and calm.
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Rahul Jain

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"Awesome palace to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A place where you can be delightful to go, feel like heaven, nice calm beaches and colourful nightlife. Dj boat scuba diving, motor boat, riding bike, ride casino, church and must visit Old Goa place which you seen in movies like Singham, Mujse sadhi karogi etc.
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Uday Gupta

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  • Uday Gupta
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"Better only for few months"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I went there in May - June but it was disgusting at that time as all the beaches was bad and untidy. So if you are planning just plan for October onwards months for a better experience. Also most food is seafood, so take care. Must see the Indian's most old church at there. I don't remember the name.
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