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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Nisha Jain

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

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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

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  • Posted 4 days 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" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week 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" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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"Goa the all time favorite destination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Think about holidays, Goa is the destination which comes first in my mind. It's a all time favorite. Because Goa is a complete package one can enjoy in many things. North Goa is famous for it's beaches. South Goa has many tourist places apart from beaches. If you are going to Goa to spend splendid time in beaches you must stay in North Goa.
Calangute is the good place to stay. It's one of the crowded beaches in Goa. Lot of Indian tourists visit Calangute. There is plenty of shops and eateries on the way to Calangute beach. So good place for shopping. Strategically it's a good location as other beaches like Vaga and Ancona are easily access from here. Vaga beach us best for its water sports. The evening in the Vaga beach is electrifying as the environment charged up with light and music.
If you are roaming Goa on bike then you will like the ride to Anjuna beach. Riding on the terrain on the road, it's an amazing experience. The flea market is best for shopping here. On the way to Anjuna you can go to Vagator beach as well. However in this beach you will find very less Indians most of them are Russian crowd. You must go to chapora Fort which is 4km from Anjuna beach. Click some nice photos here. It will remind you the visuals of "DIl chahta hai".
If you want to enjoy Goa little away from noise and crowd. Then candolim the best beast beach in Goa. It's clean and calm. Lot of good resorts and hotel around this place. Sinqurim beach and Aguada Fort is near by.
Apart from beaches you can visit Shanti Durga temple, Mangeshkar temple, Dona Paula, Bacillica church. Friday market in Mapusa is a great place for shopping.
You must try going food especially fish curry if you are a non vegetarian.
Reaching Goa is very easy as it's well connected by Air, rail and road from rest of the country. So pack your bag and go Goa, the all time favorite holiday destination.
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"Goa-The place to Enjoy your life" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Every college student wants to visit this most amazing place in India. Many boys travel with their bikes all over to Goa. This experience is the dream of many travellers. I have visited Goa in April, the atmosphere is warm but we enjoyed a lot there. Beaches are just amazing and food is delicious. Must visit place for everyone.
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"Religious" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I along with my husband and sisters and their spouses visited Goa to offer prayers to mahalasa narayani Temple. I t is at mhardol. There is a beautiful copper DEEPMAL in front of temple. After offering prayers we always visit shantadurga, mangeshi. This time we also visited Tirupati Temple. All these temples are quiet and clean and make us calm and happy. One can buy shells, conches and items made from shells and necklace and earrings set at a reasonable price at shops near mangeshi temple. Bargaining is must. I bought some nice bracelets and sets made of Shell. W hat I liked about Goa people is they talk very softly. Their Marathi with Goan/kkonkani accent is very sweet.
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