Goa Tourism

Goa Tourism


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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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Sulav Kumar

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  • Sulav Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"The Ultimate Indian Destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
From bikes to bikers, from booze to barbecue and from babes to beaches - Goa has everything you can dream about. And hence I call it as the ultimate destination. Think of a destination where you can do just nothing but drink, the answer is Goa. Think about a destination where you can sunbath the whole day watching birds and people, If you are a biker, think about a destination which can offer you ultimate ghat sections and hair pins, the answer again is Goa.
Lets now talk about the sightseeings in Goa.
The best time to visit - Dec to Feb
The best beach - Morjim.
The best place to drink and party - Titos / Britto's / Nyex.
The best place for a peaceful dinner - Taj Aguada.
The best thing to do - Water Sports (online precooking is recommended) / Flea markets.
The best place to stay - Candolim.
The best thing to eat - Sea Food.
The best mode of transport - Hire a scooty.
The above are my experiences from the 5 day trip I took to Goa. It can surely change as per your willingness. The flea markets are held all around Goa on different days. Its amazing to be in a market where you get to shop / drink / enjoy music and dance till 4 am in the night. Its a sure "not to be missed" experience.
I hope the above recommendations are helpful. I would still recommend prior research and bookings as the place has a humongous tourist attraction.
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Harjinder singh

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"A place with famous beaches" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I was in Goa for two days with my family. Main purpose of the visit was to enjoy at beaches. Visited Arambol beach & Chapora fort on first day.
Arambol beach: Not much crowded, mainly foreigner are at this beach. Clean and good for relaxing. Food is average costly.
Chapora fort: Around 1/2 hours away from Arambol beach by car. Good view of sunset but need to reach bit early around 4 to 4:30 pm, as lot of people will be there. Also very scenery view all around. Bit of climbing is required to reach at top.
Second day visited three beaches.
Anjuna beach: okay to visit, not that clean and average crowded. Water sports are available.
Baga beach: Mainly Indian crowd, highly crowded.
Calangute beach: Mainly Indian crowd, expensive parking of 100 rupees other beaches it was 50 rupees.
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Ananya gupta

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"A memorable trip to Goa" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Goa, party capital of India, is all about sights of sand, sunshine, beaches and lush green landscape. Mainly divided into north Goa and south Goa, since we wanted a relaxing time off, we spent most of our days in north Goa. The pristine blue sea and golden sand with a chilled beer in hand defined it best. So defying all the Facebook posts and memes about Goa plans, we finally had this trip. The longest trip of my life with my college friends, this one had to be memorable and it was.. :) Not sure if it is about friendship or the place, it's been 5 days and still I can not come out of it. The 5 day trip consisted of everything from booze to tea and clubbing to churches.

The Group

We were 3 girls and 6 boys, 2 of us traveled from Bangalore by overnight bus while the other 7 joined us from Delhi.

Accommodation

We stayed in a private property sort of area which had 3 rooms and an open area. Booked from airbnb, this place was called as Hilary's House. The best part of the place was open area and it had everything except for the kitchen. Totally under the budget. Just 5 minutes from the Baga beach and we could literally hear the sea waves ;) Recommended.

DAY 1

We reached the bus stop at around 8 am, took a bus to Calangute beach and in between saw the lanes of Old Goa with Portuguese houses all around us. We reached our hotel and the rest of the people joined us in the afternoon. Directly we headed to Baga beach, some of us saw the beach for first time and they were captivated by its beauty. The tossing waves of Baga and people jumping into it for a good amount of time really held us.

Then came the sunset, the sky turned from blue to pinkish and orangish. The sun slowly disappeared in the sea waves & clouds, engraving the scarlet sky into our minds while the light of the sky slowly faded.

As our hotel was 5 mins from the beach, we went back and after freshening up our next destination was Saturday night market at Arpora. The night market starts at around 6 pm and it is the perfect spot for shopping (if you can bargain ;)), late night parties and you get to view mixed culture. You will get alcohol here, also you can stay here till late night as during the later part of the night, it becomes all about music and dancing.

We met a friend's brother and sister-in-law at this place, they took us to a place called as Thalassa, located right opposite to Vagator beach with full beach view. The beach was looking awesome as the moon light was reflecting on the water. The food was delicious here and the ambience was just perfect for romantic getaways. For dancing, there was a nearby place called as Waters. Some of us danced and literally we had the feeling that the day was not even close to ending. Anyway we called the day off as other wonderful places were waiting for us.

DAY 2

Our morning started at 8-9 am. We had a quick breakfast of bread sandwich followed by the cricket match. In that very small place for match, we managed to play. Our cricket team ;)

We already booked our scooties the first day, so all the transportation was done through bikes only. Next spot was Vagator beach. The beach had clearer water than Baga and Calangute beach. The waves were in their full mood and bathing in that sea was no less than a bumpy ride. We walked the sandy bottom till the water reached to our height, it felt so good and the cold water gave us chills.

After spending a considerable amount of time, we moved to Chapora fort which was visible from the beach. Chapora fort is famous for one Bollywood movie's shooting: Dil Chahta Hai. The view was spectacular from the top of the fort and at one point there was a rough trail from fort to the beach.

We decided to take that little trip of adventure and moved to the beach. As it was evening time, high tides started. The waves could cover the entire rock in which we were standing and because of that one of our friend got injured, not severely though.

We moved back to the top from the same trail and sunset time was approaching. Sighting the setting of the sun is really capable of moving you to some another world. It was a feast for the eye.

While returning, we passed through Tito's lane. The atmosphere suddenly changed and it was truly electrifying. If you are in Goa then you have to party, keeping this in mind our next stop was club Cubana in which only 4 of us could go as only couple entry was allowed. The entry fee of that place was 1000/- per head with the luxury of unlimited drinks. The place was a different world with booze, poolside and dance floors. Sitting atop at a hill, this place boasts of multilevel dance floors, shines brightly as the whole place is neon lit and the pool side area makes it a perfect rooftop night club under the sky.

We had drinks, danced and danced, had a chilled out time with pizza near the pool side. An amazing experience it was and by the time we reached back it was already 3 am.

DAY 3

Cricket became our ritual so we completed it :P Our 3rd day was planned mainly for water sports at Candolim beach. Before that we visited Aguada fort and its lighthouse, on Sinquerim beach.

Aguada fort is one of the most popular tourist destination of Goa. It is the largest fort preserved in Goan history. We clicked the photos here and without spending much time moved to Candolim beach for water sports. Candolim beach is less commercialized and is quite peaceful.

That day was sorta rough for water sports so as usual we relaxed on the beach and shifted our water sports plan to next day morning. In between we roamed around the area and during the sunset time, we were on our shacks and trust me, it was really a wonderful sight to behold.

The night time we spent on the Baga beach having dinner and getting high. We had some Goan delicacies like prawns & goan curry. The food was yummy and the cool breeze was coming from the sea.

We had a great quality time, also we tried Karaoke ;)

DAY 4

This day was mainly booked for visiting old Goa, but due to pending water sports we tried our luck in the morning but and the high tides..! Again, shifting our plan to next day we started towards old Goa. Our main attractions were Basilica of Bom Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi church which are located opposite to each other. Due to some miscommunications and wrong navigation, we landed to Mapusa instead of Old Goa, nonetheless the drive was good ;) So we headed to the city of Panjim surrounded by river Mandovi and casinos and night cruises. Had refreshments there and then finally moved to the two churches.

Basilica of Bom Jesus holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is a world heritage site and its architectures are definitely a masterpiece.

Right opposite to this church is located St. Francis of Assisi church which was built by Goa and has some impressive sculptures and paintings.

On our way back we bought some Cashews and related stuff as Goa is famous for cashew and Goan spices. Some of the people got their skin inked. After a long ride, we reached our area and had to wrap up early as next day, also the last day of the trip, was completely packed.

DAY 5

We had a refreshing cup of tea in the morning and it was a long drive to Dudhsagar waterfalls. The water falls where the flow of water was purely milky, thus deriving the name, the place where famous movie Chennai Express was shot and also has the railway tracks in between where the trains do stop to give the glimpse of this fall to the passenger. So we had our Ertiga booked, we reached the place after around 1-1:30 hours, there was a queue for the ticket.

And from there the jeeps take you to the place. They won't allow more than 7 persons in a single jeep and you have to take a life jacket as it is mandatory. So another 45 mins to reach the waterfall. Finally we reached and were in awe of the place.

People could swim in the water and there were fishes floating in the water. The water was so cold and those who swam in that water had their lifetime experience :)

With lots of memories we headed back and the most important part of our trip was still remaining- water sports. Finally in half an hour we did para sailing and jet ski.

Packed all the stuff, did some last minute shopping, had tattoos too, we finally managed to leave north Goa at around 8 pm for airport and reached Dabolim airport at 9:30 pm and the scheduled departure of flight was at 10 pm. Somehow the flight was not missed and this brought an end to our trip.

P. S. It was my second trip to Goa.
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Reshma Sawardekar

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  • Reshma Sawardekar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"The Royal Assagaon Bardez Goa" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Initial impressions: If coming from outside Goa, your GPS device would be your best friend. Take my advice, don't even try venturing out without one of these to find this property as you would easily stray in any of the 100s of tiny lanes all over the place. The thing is, until you are bang outside the gates of this property there is no ways to telling whether you have arrived or not. The property seems to be big enough for a small sized resort, however it looks more like a concrete jungle in the middle of a splendid natural setup. Not sure why the promoters would want to adopt a very traditional architecture (city apartment style buildings) and not be creative. After all, its Goa! There is decent parking space, so thats a releif! Distant happy noises from the pool will excite you. More on that later in this piece. Staff & Reception: Generally, we are all used to a specific level of aptitude and attitude from hotel staff who receives you at the property. Staff at Royale Assagao seriously seem to lack that basic training - both behavior & systems. Least that the person at the reception can do is smile! We're sure they don't mean to be rude as we felt the efforts that they were taking to make things work for us. Staff seemed to struggle to locate our bookings for a good 5 minutes even after we arrived (and that too after we receiving confirmation calls from the hotel). The welcome drink was a good distraction. The same process repeats when we got an extension on the bookings. Housekeeping was another case, again a reflection of poor staff training. They treat the doorbell as their personal favorite instrument, which is quite irritating especially when you are reeling in the morning from one of Goa's famous late nights! Pool attendant also seems like he hates his job! There is WiFi service available, however only at the reception area and on request. Most of the time the WiFi speed is worse than your 2G data. Room: There are different grades of rooms. We were booked in the Deluxe room. Room was nice and airy, well ventilated with fresh (unstained) linen. Good color themes. A neat wardrobe and a clean bathroom. It is a good setup for a cozy retreat. Air Conditioning works well to bring down the see ring day heat. Also the in house refrigerator can cool your beers to your satisfaction. View from the room was not at all exciting. The concrete jungle that they have made of the property was apparent when you actually peek out from the balcony. Also the balcony has tons of pigeon poop, again a refelection of poor housekeeping. Fortunately we did not plan on spending too much time in that part of the room. Bed is decent and matress is comfy. They have a good sized TV for in-room entertainment along with an easy couch. There is a host of menus kept on the table to chose your room service from. Pool: This piece balances the whole deal! The pool though hidden behind the buildings is simply amazing. Big, blue and with a neat pool bar with barstools in the pool. Pool is big enough for loads of people and still no one coming in each others way. Pool deck has a decent number of reclining pool chairs. The restaurant also lines up alongside the pool. Pool is not deep at all, I think 4 feet tops, so safe for children. There is a separate baby pool for infants. There are actually 2 pools in the property. While the other one seemed functional, it was not inhabited and perhaps only for the villa folks. The pool alongside the villa is deeper, we were told. The pool timings are till 07:00pm so around 06:30pm the lifeguard would start nudging you to plan your exit from the pool. So if you want to have fun, try and get in early. And yes, do try out the drinks at the pool bar! Restaurant & Food: Decent restaurant and the menu looks exciting. However the actual food lacks the finesse. For those who cook themselves or travel for food, this would be apparent. Unless you are locked in the property, there are so many lovely places nearby to eat out. Accessibility: Assagao is near to some of the popular beaches in north Goa. However reaching out to some of the popular night spots may be painful, especially if you are not in your own vehicle. Try not to be out late if you are alone or only a couple as roads get deserted and no one to ask for directions in the night if you go astray (Thats why use. Goa is pretty safe for couples and ladies in the night. If you plan well you can do almost all of Goa's must do sites within a couple of days and then spend the rest of your time on a nearby beach lazing and reviewing your pics. If you are a photographer, do carry your lences and filters as Goa weather and scenery will put them to the best use. Overall: For the price, you may want to forgive some of the shortcomings of the property but in your heart you would know that you deserved better.
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Shweta Shrishail

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  • Lives in Bagalkot
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"Goa!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Call it my second home! I make it a point to visit Goa every 3 months. It's my weekend Gateway. Blissful peace at beach to live music at beachside restaurant, water sports to pubs. All in one city. Do not miss the casino at yacht in Panaji! Very affordable
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Narendra Pandey

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"Full of fun & enjoyment" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Goa is full of fun & enjoyment for honeymooners and couple of any age. You can enjoy drinking at much cheaper rates in Goa compared to any part of India. Various fun facilities at beaches of Goa. Sea foods are plenty at various restaurants there but Lobo is the best at Calangute beach.
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Rusha Kanjilal

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"Goa is always fun" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Hey guys
Let me fill you with a small review about Goa.
Place to live if you can - Calangute, Candolim and Baga.
If you like the quite - push off to morjim, Arambol or ashwen beaches.
Beaches of the south are so much better than those of the north.
In north - its just the candolim beach thats worth it. Waters and waves are much better.
Calangute - stay away. Its crowded to the last sand.
Baga - total party place, but its gone down now.
Food - try to avoid sea food during rush seasons. They don't clean it well enough and its a chance for you to get an upset stomach.
Try the local joints. They are totally worth it.
Fisherman's Cove and FatFish are one or two you should try.
Try Cabala and Thalassa if you want an awesome experience.
Suko Thai Massage is a good experience if you want to spend the dough, otherwise try getting them on the beach. Its a good inflow for the locals and they are quite good. A good dip in the water is worth it after a nice oil massage.
You can grab a drink from the local liquor stores. Shacks are too expensive.
Watersports are good there. Try taking the scuba and snorkeling island tour. It might just be fun if you havnt done such things before. PLus you don't need to know how to swim to get a good feel.
Enjoy!
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Sourav Arya

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"Great place to enjoy Beaches and Pubs"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We visited this place in the 2nd week of January. It was overcrowded here. Calangute is the place we chose for our stay at BR Holiday Resort, which is very close to the most famous Baga Beach.
The shacks at the beaches after sunset were awesome.
The Saturday Night Market was an amazing foreigners' market, close to Arpora.
The night clubs were fabulous.
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Jagannatha rao

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"Very rejuvenating holiday for water lovers"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a nice holiday at Goa after almost 25 years. Change has been great with respect to high rise buildings, good eateries traffic and good logistics otherwise it is quite the same. People are very polite and friendly. Tourists have a great choice of vehicles to hire and drive on their own without the botheration of rentals. Simple way of hiring through your home stay or hotel owner. 400 rupees per day for a two wheeler excluding fuel. Fuel is cheaper almost by 15% here. Since there are many far off and remote beaches to enjoy sea this works out well. Food is good and of course the liquor lovers would guzzle as it is almost 40% cheaper than other normal cities. Dudh Sagar water falls place is good but discourage factors are the crowds, distance and short time allowed at the place of water fall. Best places to hang out are beaches or pubs. Worry is how common people live there with almost every house converted in to a lodge either fully or partly. I suggest improvement in logistics from airport to city and back. This is missing. I suggest to visitors booking in advance if planning by air to get a good deal.
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"Best destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you want to explore, enjoy and celebrate Friendship. Goa is the best Destination. We visit Goa every year in December for Sunburn Event. Since this year sunburn was shifted from Goa to Pune we explored Goa this year. We visited Dudhsagar Water fall, Fort Aguada and Deltin Royale. Dudhsagar water fall was very mesmerising if you are in love with nature and safari then you should not miss this for sure. It is approx 80 kms from North Goa. Also, if you are gambling lover then you should visit best casino of India I had been to is Deltin Royale. It gives such a royal feel.
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