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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Pankaj Patil
  • Pankaj Patil
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Mix of peace, adventure and a romantic getaway" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Goa is a heaven for the tourist as well as for wine & whisky lovers. The state offers you both, a cool-calm & serene beach like palolem and a happening beach like calangute or baga. The beaches are clean and people very much friendly. The right time to visit this place is from october end to february end as the atmosphere is wonderful and awesome during this days. We went for a official visit and ended up holidaying for a week. December becomes too expensive, whereas after january 15 the lodging rates go down considerably. If you like sea food do visit calangute and baga as all the restaurants offer a good sea food cuisine.

Goa has portuguese cultural backdrop with historical churches and a fort to look upon. Enjoy the beach morning walks at vagator and palolem. The water sports are good and breath taking at baga. Scuba diving is also avialable but you need to prepare your self as sometimes because of currents the scenic views of corals may not be available.

Beach shopping is expensive for tourists. A local may help if you are keen on the same. Cuisines variety is available from north to south. Do try the goan fish curry at one of the locals as hotels or dhabas may taste the same. Panaji is where you can get all the wine, alcohol, kajus etc. Easily.

Goa can keep you busy all the time. Be it historical churches, water rides, beaches, forts, wild life sanctuary and can give you more as night life with worlds best discos in the town.

The best time to travel is after jan 10 or before november 20. Dont visit during rainy season or during summers. The traveling can be done through roads (a lot of volvos ply on this route), train (availability is good during off seasons) and flights.

I would preferably go for trains as it give the comfort and flexibility of reaching our destination decided. We stayed at a friends place, so do inquire about hotels availability, to avoid any last moment rushy wushy. Be ready to shell out extra money for traveling if you want to travel leisurely. Travel is expensive compared to any other destination in india
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Rutavi Mehta
  • Rutavi Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Goa is place for beach, serenity, food, graffiti" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa is best during off -season if you want to be away from those party animals. I have always visited Goa during off season and you get quality international travellers who come to spend their peaceful time and it is not overly priced.

Every hotel and shack also are prices aptly during off season. It is better to go in Jan then December to enjoy real beauty. Visit beaches like Morjem, Anjuna, Apliem Lake area of Arambhol beach,etc. Avoid Baga & Calagunte as they are now overated place totally. South Goa is the best when you want to go to Paolem for Sun down cafe.Also the pricing of places is less in South Goa.

Goa is place for Graffiti and art as well. Go to Kala Academy and see the various exhibitions they have. For local market in Panjim, will give you good cashew nut, do photography of local market. Talk to local to know the best rates running in the market for bikes,and stays. As They might cheat you if you do not know the places.

If you are first timer, please do all the water sport activity it is must try.
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Jayesh Gunjikar
  • Jayesh Gunjikar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews

"Be in a different Goa" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This part of India is very different from rest of the country due to its culture, heritage and geography. I have visited Goa for at least 10 times in last 10 years.

Every time I have seen different aspect of the state. Some of the best things to do which are different from a routine experience are
1) Visit the Hindu temples, these are very different than what we see in rest of the country.
2) Take a ferry ride on the Zuari and Mandovi river. Most relaxing experience.
3) Hire a two wheeler, and roam around at your own will.
4) Have a dinner at the shacks on the beach side, the ambiance is great!
5) Go on a dolphin watch cruise.
6) Bicycle ride on the benaulim beach

My suggestion is stay away from the usual hustle and bustle and enjoy a different goa.
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Sagayaraj ramesh John
  • Sagayaraj ramesh John
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"A good destination for all age groups" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice place to visit during your holidays. With it's excellent climate, surrounded by exotic beaches and hotels in housing elegant churches Goa proves to be a No.1 destination for all be it children, adults, senior citizens. You will enjoy a lot!! Please visit Goa at least once in your lifetime.
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Amit Jhaveri
  • Amit Jhaveri
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review

"Enjoy heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Known for beaches, crystal clear water and soulful people. Must visit arambol beach in north goa and also palolem beach in south goa. Serene sky to wavy water makes the trip a must for every visitor. Should buy local fanny to cashewnuts. Also, must visit churches and also casinos. Also known for water sports like water scooter and para sailing at varca beach. Can travel by various methods like frequent air services, various trains and buses. Camera are advisable to carry back home the memories.
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Giridhari Dey
  • Giridhari Dey
  • 7 Reviews

"Truly natural" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The experience was very well, it was my dream destination and would like to visit again Goa is a peaceful destination with its truly natural beauty. You can really take a rest for your mind.
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Bhuwan Sharma
  • Bhuwan Sharma
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"A dream destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The experience was very good, it was my dream destination and would like to visit again. Goa is a peaceful destination with its truly natural beauty. You can really take a rest for your mind and body. You can enjoy your holidays with, goan rich culture, you can feel the warmth of goan.
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Niranjan Sahoo
  • Niranjan Sahoo
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 1 Review

"A good holiday at Goa with my friends" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It has been a wonderful trip to goa.I was in last semester in my engineering when we visited to goa with 20 classmates. It was 2 day plan we decided to spend over there. Well we reached friday afternoon In goa and we already booked a resort for accommodation. Then we freshed up and took rest and at evening we to goa started to beach. We reached baga beach and took ride on cruise, scooter riding and many more.At night went to hotel for having dinner and had very delicious food.again next day morning started visit to Fort, calnghute beach and,to watch dolphins. Whole day gone while roaming next day early morning started to return back. Ah also brought phenny with us. Overall it was wonderful holiday trip for my life.
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Sani Khan
  • Sani Khan
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"The best place for travelling" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I liked the place so much it was a memorable experience. I enjoyed very much. The beauty of sea can only be observed in Goa. Love you Goa. Candolim Beach is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Dudhsagar Waterfall is also a beautiful spot. Everybody should visit blue lagoon, the place is so beautiful, seeing is believing. Staff and accommodation are great.
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Amod Panse
  • Amod Panse
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews

"A peaceful bliss" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Goa is a peaceful destination with its truly natural beauty. You can really take a rest for your mind and body. You can enjoy your holidays with, goan rich culture, you can feel the warmth of young peoples love and hospitality, the cleanliness of the place, goan food specialities are unique with its wine and dine varieties. Goan beaches are exotic. The place is wonderful, truly in respect of every visitors expectations. Its really a peaceful Bliss.
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