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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Calangute - One of the best places to visit in Goa
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Archana Hemmady

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"Great destination to combine religious and fun time with family" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Goa is a place with a difference. Its not just its beaches that draw people to Goa, but also its famed cathedrals, its temples, its dolphins and then of course its beaches. Any time would be good in Goa but if you don't like humidity avoid the summer.

You will of course see the beaches but a must see is the dolphin cruise (they are always early morning to catch dolphins feeding. So those who hate to wake early morning. May not like to). This is different from the river cruise which will be late evenings. Parasailing, boat rides, and other watersports are available on most beaches.

Apart from this, what makes Go Goa is Mangeshi and Shantadurga temples, kuladeva to many people the visit did not take as long as I thought it would. But due to security reasons, the car park is a short walk to the temple, (Mangueshi) so elderly people may have to take permission to drive up to the gate. The Bom Jesus Cathedral and some other old churches are wonderful places for a camera happy tourist. You can actually take pics inside the church as long as u dont take the pic of the altar itself.

A special feature of Goa is the two wheeler taxis on bikes known as pilot which can be used by single travellers on their own for quick and cheap travel.

Goa is famous for its sea food esp the vindaloo and vegetarians will, have a limited choice in local food, though most hotels, have the ubiquitous North Indian, Chinese, South Indian fare.

Finally, Goa, is not a one day trip.. Its a destination for atleast three four days, if you want to enjoy it.
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Shikha Wadhwa

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"A must go place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Special about the place is cheap drinks, at a very low price you can enjoy a great deal weather in Clubs or Bar. Can enjoy good street shopping for people who love shopping. There also good shops to buy dry-fruits and wine. You will find there good fenny thats a local Goan Drink.

Girls need not to worry there is always something for them, they can buy good jewellery from the streets even at a very cheap price.
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Mounika Reddy

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"Best holiday ever" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Say no to off season because you might miss the water sports and parties at famous clubs. Travel before June so that you can avoid a bit of rain. Amazing beaches to chill out. Cheap places to shop and bikes & cars available on rent for a reasonable rate. One can travel the entire Goa in bike. Climate was sexy when I went. Do not ever miss the casino they come with a package of alcohol, dinner and chips to play. Wednesday and saturday markets are famous just give a visit to buy cheap stuff. The boat ride with cultural dance and disco is a must visit. Pack your bags now and leave to the perfect party town in india even with low budget in mind.
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Himanshu

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"An awesome trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an awesome trip. All beaches especially Calangute Beach, Colva Beach are world famous. Tour packages of Goa Tourism Department are very nice for both North and South Goa. There is also must watching Cruise which are of different types- Sunrise, Sundown, Dinner, etc. Kajus of Goa are already world class so must buying from there for fantastic quality and taste of them.
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Sachin Bhandary

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"Many other things to do in North Goa beyond beaches & beers!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I spent a lot of time in Arambol and other places in North Goa. Sadly, Goa suffers from a stereotype of being a single dimensional travel destination. That is not at all true!

There are many other things to do for travelers who are curious. Here I list down some:

Trek in Arambol forest - right behind the smaller beach at Arambol is a forest with a stream which you can visit. It's a short trek and good fun!

Caves at Keri beach: not far from Arambol is Querim or Keri. This place has caves by the beach and even during tourist season the beach & the caves can be totally secluded.

Temples of North Goa: Though popular for churches, Goa also has great hindu heritage. All you need to do is keep an eye out.
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Srikanth Patruni

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"Awesome experience" new review

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  • Posted 1 week ago
From the happening baga beach to the serene palolem beach, Goa was truly an awesome experience. The best part is the ride from palolem to cabo de Rama fort. Narrow but great roads through all green rain forests lead you to a road close to the fort which will enthrall you and absorb you in its beauty. A straight road leading you to the horizon, or so it seems. You see the beautifully blue Arabian Sea at the end of the road which is covered by green fields on both sides. The fort is dilapidated but it presents and great view of the magnificent see. The ride to palolem from Margao itself is another experience. The beauty of western ghats can be seen all around.
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Subhajit Basu

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"Fall in Love with the place" new review

  • 6.5/7
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Went in October 14, the weather was awesome and had one of the most wonderful holidays ever. Stayed on Morjim near the Hyatt Hotel. Saw both North and central Goa. Since I had gone in my own car from Bangalore. Hence, moving around was not difficult. Saw the Durga Puja of Goa also. It was not big, but it was good.
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Vipin Goyal

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"Amazing experience and must to go for bachelors" new review

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It is a perfect holiday destination with so many beaches, churches, cruize drive, water sports etc.

One must visit Aguada fort. So many bollywood movies are filmed here. It is located on the outskirts of the city and a very peaceful place. You can enjoy sea view here which is spread to no limit. Also there are many beautiful beaches like Anjuna beach, Baga Beach, Calangute beach and many more.
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Shakir Ali

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"Go Goa" new review

  • 7/7
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A wonderful touring place. Lovely people and beautiful beaches. Law and order situation is excellent. Natural beauty of Goa is something which really amazes me a lot. Credit goes to the people of Goa for keeping their state neat and clean. I have been there for about a week.

With my family and friends not a single incident of indecency occur. Some of the site were out of the world. Amazing dolphin show. Though some time sea was rough so one has to be very careful while taking rides on the waves. All together it was a great experience to be in Goa. I'm looking forward to my next trip to this wonderful state.
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"The best holiday I spent" new review

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Goa has always been a destination for people of all ages. From children to older people, everyone likes to be in this great destination for a break from busy life. The beauty of the beaches and the friendly and warm behaviour of the people of that locality makes the destination a place to visit. Truely blessed is the place with immense beauty of nature. It will never be out of place to say that Goa trip is the most exciting trip of most of the people visiting various destinations around the world.
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