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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Gopal Chandel
  • Gopal Chandel
  • Lives in Goa
  • 12 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"The best place to have fun" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Goa is the best place for enjoying in India. I went out with my family and all of us enjoyed to the fullest. The beaches are too good, we enjoyed making sand castles and drinks on the beach. The whole atmosphere was electric and energetic. The activities like wind surfing, bike ride in the sea etc were very enjoyable.
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Amol More
  • Amol More
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"An awesome place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It was awesome tour in Goa with my family in 2014. Beaches, wine, casino, churches were too good. I really had good time, memories of that tour. Coconut trees, roads in rainy season were so liked. I really thank. Cashew nuts, roasted nuts were most favorite I ate fishes, had tour on cruise.
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Amit Motwani
  • Amit Motwani
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 4 Reviews

"A must visit destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It is different from whole india because of free culture. It is world 6th best nightlife. Goan people are very much tourist friendly. Apart from beaches you get waterfalls like Dudhsagar waterfalls Indias largest waterfall. Churches, forts and There cafes of old style, their goan konkani food very much delicious

Must try FISHERMANS Cove restaurant and FAT FISH restaurant at candolim and arpora respectively. They are very good in non veg like fish (fish fingers) prawns and chicken.

You must go to Alcoholic / non alcoholic beverages at the roadside ba, baga calangute road. The bar owner is very good, and friendly. Rather than activities you can enjoy the beaches. You can go shopping at Arpora market at every saturday bazaar.

Travel from mumbai road is also very good. NH17 and NH4 both have very good roads. I travel through rail and road also.
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Deepak Kapoor
  • Deepak Kapoor
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Goa- a place to be visited" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Goa is one of the best sightseeing in India. It has the best beaches, various places to hang on and many more. The atmosphere and climatic conditions are also fantastic. Various adventourous sports can also be done. The food is also very good.
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Anuj Niranjan
  • Anuj Niranjan
  • Lives in Orai
  • 3 Reviews

"GO GOA!!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
I went GOA in order have New Year's bash and believe me one can not celebrate better than that in any place in India. Baga Beach and Anjuna Beach are really like heaven for those who prefer dancing and boozing. Fooding is never a problem most of the restaurants near Calangute beach are open 24*7. Take bikes from Mapusa or from Calangute and have the trip of your life. Don't forget to carry your Driving License and one ID proof, as they would we required during renting bikes. Petrol and booze are cheaper in GOA. Also the beaches are clean and lively.
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Rusheel Tanay
  • Rusheel Tanay
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"A Roll Call for all the Youth - Truly Amazing Place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Hi Guys, I went for a 5 day trip along with my buddies, We stayed at Panaji, which is the capital of Goa. We stayed very close to all the Casino's. Goa is full of energy and spirit, it makes you feel fresh and rejuvenates you. There is lot of fun around the Anjuna and Baga Beaches. Do visit these beaches and a few casinos.Try visiting the Deltin Royale Casino, the best in Goa.

Overall , it is one of my most memorable trips. My suggestions would be to
1.Go around Nov/Dec-Jan/Feb.
2.Choose whom you want to go with, It matters.
3.Beware of a few people at the beaches.
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Akash Nandnaware
  • Akash Nandnaware
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 1 Review

"Best place for enjoyment" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Its really a great place to go with families and also with friend. There are many beaches in Goa. I really enjoyed. If you want real nature experience then go to Goa, You will really enjoy there.
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Uarvashi Maheshwari
  • Uarvashi Maheshwari
  • Lives in Tonk
  • 3 Reviews

"A place with lot of beaches" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Goa has one of the great beaches in the world. Baga, candolim and calangute are the most good beaches. Do not forget to do Water sports, Cool markets, Bike rides, Adventures, Night candle dinners, Night walks at the beaches etc. Visit goa, Leave everything behind and enjoy.
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Abhishek Mukhija
  • Abhishek Mukhija
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Overall its a fun to be in Goa" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Goa is a heaven to visit. Clean beaches, water fun, sea beaches. Historical places to visit. It's fun to be in Goa.

Its really a pleasure feeling staying in this resort. Ambience is very nice.. Food is also good, quiet beaches and scenic view. Resort has a decent swimming pool. Seaquarium dolphin view boat is nearby.

Overall its a fun to be in Goa.
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Bernard Alvares
  • Bernard Alvares
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 30 Reviews

"A place with good sightseeing spot" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa is a good place. There are many place to see in Goa. There are beautiful church, temple beaches etc. Every friday there is mapusa market people come over there. There is lots of shop where you can buy lots of cashew nuts, liquor food etc. Many people come for enjoyment over there. Have good fun.
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