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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Ramgopalgurram

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"Best place to have fun" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
The place where couples can enjoy a lot for the valentine and a good place to have a good rest and North-Indian dishes were more available than South-Indian and Goa beaches are the more attraction spots of Goa. South-Goa beaches were more attractive than North-Goa beaches.
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Marlon Moraes

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"Thinking of coming to Goa. but you think Goa will burn a hole in your pocket? Think again" new review

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  • Posted 1 week ago
The next time your friend calls you up to say, Let's go to Goa for a holiday and you hesitate, whether to say yes or no because of the tight budget you are on. Think again! Here is a decent and affordable holiday itinerary for your next visit to Goa.

North v/s. South?

The reason why I would recommend you to stay in South Goa is due to the commercialization in the North, the prices of things like stay, food and travel are relatively higher as compared to South. Also the fact that the beaches along the south coastline receive a lesser amount of tourists, will give you the peace you need when you come on a holiday. The sandy delights of the south are known for their picturesque views and serene beauty, offering you a holiday to remember. Mind you a day trip to the North is definitely worth the effort.

Get off at the Canacona railway station. From there proceed towards the exit and you will find auto-rickshaws lined up. Catch an auto and ask him to drop you off at Palolem beach. Incidentally, Palolem was voted the 8th best beach in Asia last year, according to a survey. The auto ride will be approximately 10 minutes and would cost you anything between Rs. 30-50, depending on the driver or your bargaining power.

Where to stay?

After getting off the ride, walk directly on to the beach. From there on you will find 500+ beach huts waiting for you to come and stay. Most of the beach huts possess basic facilities like a bathroom, bed, fan, etc. So there is definitely no need to hesitate or think twice about staying in one. The cottages will cost you anywhere between Rs. 300-500, however if you are lucky enough or determined enough, you will find cheaper cottages with the same facilities. Although this isn't guaranteed, it's worth a shot if you want to save an extra Rs. 100 per night. The cottages are a 1 to 5 minutes walk from the shore.

Where to eat?

Once you have settled yourself in, it will soon be approaching lunch time. Do not get tempted by the delicacies or restaurants by the beach, as you will generally be paying a high amount. You can get similar food if you just take a walk outside.

You should find a good fish thali for about Rs. 60-90, not too far away from the beach. There are also food stalls in the parking area which serve fried rice and other stuff which will hardly cost you about Rs. 70. There are plenty of fresh fruit vendors around the beach in case you want the munchies in between.

What to do?

Swimming in Palolem is an awesome experience, as the serene blue waters makes swimming in the sea totally different. The best way to enjoy your experience in Palolem, is to stack all your belongings in the room and go on and rent a kayak. This way you can watch the magical sunset as the sun melts into the ocean.

Later, after a long tiring day, grab a few drinks from a local wine store, come by the beach and enjoy the sound of the waves and the lighting of lanterns all over.

Getting around.

If you plan on renting a scooter it will cost you around Rs. 200 a day, without petrol of course. If you intend on exploring a few other places, neighbouring beaches such as Agonda, Cola, Colomb, Patnem are few places you shouldn't miss out on.

So stop reading, start packing your bags and catch the next train to Goa!
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Kavita Sahgal

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"Women friendly beach - silent and divine" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was my birthday week and I was craving for beach since long. I decided to go to Bali or Phuket on my birthday with my hubby or my bestie. Unfortunately, both of them couldn't take break in that week and I was left alone to plan a trip. I had 5 days in hand and I wanted to spend maximum time at the beach. Bali was a long flight and I had my safety concerns regarding Phuket.

After exploring almost all the beaches in India, I (forcibly) convinced myself to visit Goa. I always despise Goa as a overhyped, overcrowded, over commercial place. I wanted to go to a silent beach and spend all my time staring at the waves. So I decided to book my stay at lesser known beach. I read about Morjim beach and booked my hotel online on tentative booking, so I can stay somewhere else if I don't like the place.

But staying at Morjim turned out to be a great decision. It's a small village, less commercial and the beach is silent and divine. You can swim across the beach in your swimwear without being stared. There are many Russian families living nearby who have helped making the place women friendly. As the beach is shallow, it is popular for swimming and kitesurfing. And it's a sight to see surfers playing with the waves. My hotel was within 10 mins walk from the beach and the road to the beach was so beautiful and safe. There is a beautiful river where one can take boat ride, and a nice cafe - Coco Resort for a drink and food.

I made so many local friends during my 5 days trip and had lovely memories. I would recommend other solo travellers to consider visiting this part of Goa instead of regular touristy places.
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Indraj Kulchania

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"A nice destination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Goa is a great weekend destinations in India in the whole development country in the world there are many tourist attractions Beach or Panjim is very beautiful city. Sea food is good. Narial pani very good. Goa river bar and restaurant is very nice. An enjoyable destinations.
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Ankit

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"An excellent place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

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  • Posted 1 month 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"

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  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

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  • Posted 1 month 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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