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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Piyush Gulati

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"A very good couple destination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Goa is a very good couple destination. You can enjoy very much on beaches. In Goa you can hire a bike and use that for adventure on very less price if you have valid driving licence. There are so many beaches in north Goa as well as monuments in south Goa.
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Arnav Mathur

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"The perfect Vacation" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Being close to Pune, visited thrice in a year to Goa, each time under different circumstances with different experiences. First as a couple, second with friends and third with family. So basically had all kinds of experiences.
Hiring a car in Goa is very cheep and with such affordable Petrol Prices, driving in Goa is always fun.
The place has it all, from busy beaches to quaint offbeat beaches. From busy beach shacks to 5 star standalone restaurants.
Its a foodies paradise as food from all around the globe is available here.
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Anand Patil

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"Relaxation." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Goan air has a special ingredient. Relaxation gas. The moment you step on goan, you mind becomes fee of all tensions, breathing gets deeper and eyes see everything much brighter. In the monsoon the green cover everywhere soothes all the senses. If you love the sea, it is at its best with a lot of surf riding along with the huge waves. It's not the best season for a dip in the sea but beaches allow you to relax, soaking in the rains, as it's not crowded like other days.
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Nisha Jain

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  • Nisha Jain
  • Lives in Banswara
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"Goa india review" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Lonely Planet can't book you a room here, but want to make sure you find the best hotel possible. The main building, decorated with original travellers murals, has 40 beds in spotless air-con dorms with lockers, bed lights and free wi-fi, full kitchen, clean bathrooms, cosy communal areas and a pool table. In the garden next door is a tent village with swimming pool and yoga retreat centre (classes free to guests).
It's an interesting mix of yoga-meets-party atmosphere, and with an enthusiastic young owner, it's hard to think of a downside to this place.
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"Awesome Goa" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It is becoming pricey (by local standard cost) and getting a bit crowded, but still less crowded compared to other popular beaches. A lot of people say that I'm addicted to this place but I would rather say I'm in love with it.

Spend the most exquisite experience of one's life. Calangute sees an influx of charter tourists, as well as low budget tourists every year. Bordered on the western coast of Goa, Calangute is india's best known beach as a touristic destination. Popularized by the hippies in the 60's including the Beatles who used to come to Calangute in the late sixties to rest and enjoy beach life.
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Dinesh Dini

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"Days in Goa"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Me with my crew of buddies were started our journey to Goa from Coimbatore. We stayed in a palm resort and spent our fabulous times from there for nearly 5days. We loved it and enjoyed almost to the core. The destination is apt for Party as well as beach lovers. One must not never miss the night life of Goa in his life history. Bar pub club disco will keep your enthusiasm throughout the party time. Before visiting Goa, prepare the list of where you want to spend your valuable days. A normal nonalcoholic consumer can enjoy in Goa with the budget of 12k. But this not affordable for the one who consumes alcohol. Food was quite expensive. Aguada fort is the place where maximum of the shoots being carried out. Best time to visit Goa is between October and January. Much preferable is mid-november.
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Dinesh Dini

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"Days in Goa"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Me with my crew of buddies were started our journey to Goa from Coimbatore. We stayed in a palm resort and spent our fabulous times from there for nearly 5days. We loved it and enjoyed almost to the core. The destination is apt for Party as well as beach lovers. One must not never miss the night life of Goa in his life history. Bar pub club disco will keep your enthusiasm throughout the party time. Before visiting Goa, prepare the list of where you want to spend your valuable days. A normal nonalcoholic consumer can enjoy in Goa with the budget of 12k. But this not affordable for the one who consumes alcohol. Food was quite expensive. Aguada fort is the place where maximum of the shoots being carried out. Best time to visit Goa is between October and January. Much preferable is mid-november.
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Rameez raja Shaik

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"Goa Trip"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Goa is the right place to rejuvenate. I visited this heavenly place during off season I. E month of July, which made me not to experience some of the best places and activities in Goa but I loved the monsoon weather and long drives on lonely roads.
Being a shopping freak, I found this is the time you can shop better and last but not least if you love to collect shells in beaches like me June to August is the right time, but don't forget to carry an umbrella .. :)
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"Superb place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a heaven on earth. No doubt. Too many temples and museums. Beach. Nature. Scenery. Loved it. Historical monuments... Rare architecture. Carvings... Antique. Culture... Western... Portugal... Indian.
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Vijay Panghal

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"Good place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We went there last year in Dec 1, 2015 to Dec 5, 2015. The facilities was good. Food and rooms was also good there. Goa the place only for enjoyment. It's was full of masti. Nice beaches, nice see nice place and most beautiful nice people. Away some experience. I would like to go there again and again.
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