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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Nishant Shah
  • Nishant Shah
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 6 Reviews

"Nice destination for beach lovers" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Nice destination for beach lovers Goa is famous for its white sandy beaches Anjuna, Vagator, Calangute, Baga, Dona Paula is famous beaches. Goa is basically spread in two parts South and North, Calangute is best beach in Goa but most crowded, all types of resort and hotels available here called queen of beaches.
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Arpit Maheshwari
  • Arpit Maheshwari
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"One of the heaven place on earth" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Awesome place to visit. India is place of heaven and Goa is one of the heaven place on earth. Every year I want to visit the ultimate beaches. Revisit at that place. No matter what month you choose to go, every month is awesome to visit Goa. Anyone who is keen to visit places, first go to Goa.
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Man Mahant
  • Man Mahant
  • Lives in Moradabad
  • 1 Review

"A beautiful and fabulous place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Goa is a beautiful and fabulous place to visit. It's not only about beaches but also about its heritage, culture, people and churches. A must visit is the Anjuna Flee Market for shopping lovers. Must go to all the beaches. Must go to Colva and Sernabatim beach for water sports.
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Nerella Sudheer
  • Nerella Sudheer
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Everyone should visit this place in summer" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
We went to the beach from hotel directly in taxi. And the beach is very nice with nice weather. Really we had rapturous moments. We can find some best food courts on the beach. Very nice location and we had played with the waves. I recommend every one go Goa in summer and I am sure everyone must visit this place in summer.
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Sanjay Kumar
  • Sanjay Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Excellent place to relax your mind and body" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
I went to Vasco Da Gama, a small but peaceful and fun loving city of Goa. I went there to visit my sister staying at Varnapuri naval area. As compared to Delhi where I am currently staying Vasco is totally different. Whenever you visit any beach say Baghmola, do not hesitate to grab couple of beers. Just buy them and enjoy it on the beach. It's certainly going to ease of your mind and body. Spare at least a day or two to visit old Goa. You will love it if you are an art loving person and make sure to see St. Xavier Church. It's a master piece of our old era.

What to say more, you feel it whenever you be there. Just pack your bag and catch a flight. I am sure you will never regret it.
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Gaurav Goel
  • Gaurav Goel
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 5 Reviews

"Good place for holiday" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa is wonderful place for holiday lovers, as it has beautiful beaches and you will find tourists coming for holiday from all parts of the world. There are so many activities on the beaches and you get good food at the shacks. Casinos are there for people who wants to try their luck and the night-life rocks.
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Subodh Sawarbandhe
  • Subodh Sawarbandhe
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"An awesome place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's an awesome place to visit. Beach with all superb people. Superb church and ancient church such as Vasco Da Gama. I would suggest to visit it again. I went with my girlfriend, she also enjoyed it a lot and asked me to take her again. If you want to enjoy with friends and hang out, it's a superb plan.
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Dipankar Das
  • Dipankar Das
  • 1 Review

"Romantic plus adventurous place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's probably the best place to travel in India. My dream destination. Awesome natural beauty & the seaside is the best sight to freshen your mind. Must visit at least once in your lifetime. Specially for the couples, it's the best romantic destination. Romantic plus adventurous.
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Sreekanth Sreekantan nair
  • Sreekanth Sreekantan nair
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 1 Review

"Good memories" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Last year my friends and I planed to go to Goa for a week end. Those days was most colour full memories in my life. Yes we really enjoyed the weekend. Don't miss Goa beach because of all beaches are beautiful and colourful.
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Dharmesh Jain
  • Dharmesh Jain
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review

"An amazing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa is a perfect destination for the people who wants to relax and refresh. You can enjoy at beaches, clubs, pubs, casinos, cruise,water sports specially scuba diving. And many more things to do. And the best place to visit is Dudhsagar water falls.
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