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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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Priya pareek

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  • 4 Reviews
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"Goa life full of party and beaches" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
If you want to see the happening side of life, then Goa is the place to go.
And whoever says money can't buy happiness, he hasn't been to Goa.
Cheap liquor no rules live life king size beaches shacks dinner party bar live singing pubs night life water sports para sailing forts sunset and what not.
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"Goa is awesome place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Goa is awesome place to roam. Their has many places for roaming and their hotel is services very good. This app is good to booking hotels because it's showed correct rates or hotels condition. Through this app book hotel quickly and this app give a. Discount that's why this app is beat and Goa is best place for roaming
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Seshukumar thota

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"The best destination in india" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
The best destination in india by god's gift to india. Goa had Well maintained and best beaches. Goa police also give best support to tourists. There are lot of hotels by people choice from 500rs to 5000rs. But only thing stags don't defend on local prostistution persons and social sites. There are many cheater. Prostistution also wrong thing In india. Otherwise all things in Goa very good. You could enjoy every minute and moment In Goa. Most visitble destination in atleast one time your life.
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Sanjay Rajwani

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"Happening Goa" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Friends today I will tell you about the most wonderful place in India. It is Goa which we all know. If you go to Goa you can firstly book a hotel near sea beach like there is a hotel named Taj. If you want to visit Mumbai you can fo that. Friends I would really tell you that Goa is very favourable place for family tour honeymoon etc. You can take selfies and pics at many places. You can book a sea ride. You can buy and eat fresh fishes. Many many different types of food are available in the sea shore. The most beautiful sight you can see at the evening and during sun dawn. You can play football basketball etc in the beach. The utmost thing is that you can enjoy the pleasant wind of the sea shore. Friends I will really suggest you to have a trip to Goa.
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Raj Vagale

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  • Raj Vagale
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Worst destination in India" new review

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa has gone to dogs. Literally I would say the tourist will not be visiting it for more than 3 years from. The tourism is getting doomed.
Worst people worst treatment to the customers. They just try to loot the customers everywhere in Goa. I recommend Pattaya instead.
I would say you go to Pattaya once instead of going to Goa twice for holidaying.
I won't go to Goa again in my life.
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Mr.  	sanjay

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"5 reasons why you should go to Goa during off season" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
My affair with rain had furthered from Drenched Lush Green Memories to An Incestuous Affair. This time the chosen location was Goa.

Though I have visited Goa on the west coast of India, known for its Sun and Sand few times, it was my longstanding ambition to visit during Monsoons - the rainy season. The wish germinated after Reading Alexander Frater's Chasing the Monsoon.

Understandably Monsoon is the lean period in Goa. We (our friend's family and my family) recently did a trip to Goa, end of August. I found many things that work in favour of tourists during this time.

We stayed near Benaulim beach. Travelled in a car to cover Palolem, Agonda, Galgibaga beaches. Galgibaga is a turtle nesting site.

1. Travel to and from Goa is cheap - Though our initial plan was to drive up from Bangalore, we had to change the plan a week before our trip. So we set ourselves to book the flights. It worked out well. Anyone with average intelligence knows how crazy the fares can be during the season.

2. Stay is cheap - Same logic as above applies to your stay too. If you are lucky you could get around Rs. 1500 a night.

3. Beaches are all for yourself - We hopped from beach to beach and in a good number of beaches it was Sand. Coast Guards. Us. Isn't it what you go to Goa for?

4. You get much better service at restaurants - As the beaches were empty, we found several restaurants also empty. We got the best of services and also some carefully prepared food for us.

5. Less traffic on roads - We took the road to travel in Goa driving around. It was easy to travel since it was off-season and there were not many vehicles. This meant we were on the beaches for long than the road.

Doesn't it look appealing to visit Goa during the off-season? Typically the off season is May - Sept.

What could be some drawbacks?
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"South Goa - Agonda beach" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Placed about 5 to 10 minutes drive away from the crowded Palolem beach, Agonda has a clean nice Beach with shacks and hotels along the shore.

The views of sunset and the rocks amidst the sea are amazing. If you want to just relax and take a stroll on the beach without hawkers or the crowd bothering you, this is the place to go.
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Abhay Agarwal

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  • Abhay Agarwal
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Goa trip" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Awesome, enjoying the Calangute area in Goa. My family enjoy in beach area, happy to come another time for relaxed and enjoying with family. Enjoying food, cocktail, and other products which are available in beach area. We are together enjoy beach and stay at hotel in Panjim.
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Vaishnavi mudradi

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"South Goa - Bom Jesus Basilica" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
One of the most important places for Catholics across the world, where St. Francis Xavier's mortal remains are preserved, Bom Jesus Basilica or Infant/Good Jesus shrine on the Old Goa road is a must visit while there.

Beautiful fine sculpted sanctum looks amazing and the overall architecture is wonderful.
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"Extremely Impressive" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Why should travellers visit the destination : Visit Goa, if you want to relax. Want break from hectic life, a night life fun, beautiful sea beach with crowd, party, bike riding. Yes it's different from other beach in India. Because you will enjoy nice seafood, crowded beach including foreigners. Night life enjoy. These things you can't get from other places.

Which Places are must visit : Baga beach (Party mode is auto-on, off beat party, open beach party, crowded, magic of tattoo).

Candolim Beach : You will get maximum foreigners here. Water sports activities, banana ride, water scooter, speed boat, bumper).

Anjuna Beach : best for breakfast. Insight of the place. Not crowded much. Good Scenery.

Calangute : Family beach. You will get Goa's famous sweet Bibingka here.

Miramar Beach : Family Beach. Black water sea. Nice beach. Not much crowded.

Panjim : If you want to go for a cruise. Party in the ship.

Old Goa : Church, Museum.

Offbeat Party : UV Bar, Club cubbana (stag entry not allowed).

Local Food : Bebinca (A traditional sweet of Goa, so tasty).

What kind of activities kept you busy : Water sports activities, Night life, Night club, pub, etc. Dinner and Lunch with Seafood.

Advice to travellers : Take a scooty on rent or bike to visit one place to another. Scooty is best as the Goa roads are zigzag and low price. Price varies based on some criteria like condition of bike, the time you hire the scooty (at 10 am to 11 am less price. After that price will increase).
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