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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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Siddharth Sharma
  • Siddharth Sharma
  • Lives in Agra
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful beaches and water sports" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We had a great week in Goa. If you dream of enjoying at the beaches then Goa is one place you should visit. Hard core parties, awesome sea food and the amazing discos will make you feel alive even at 2 am. The antique items being sold by the local shops were heart throbbing. One thing which I would like to advice the travellers is to carry sunscreen to avoid tanning. Para-sailing and water-riding thrilled us. A must visit place.
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Ravi Kumar
  • Ravi Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 1 Review

"A fun holiday spot" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I had a wonderful experience in Goa. I enjoyed with my friends. Lot of beaches and hotels to explore. Food was expensive. Boat Clubs were wonderful. Sea diving was awesome.
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Avi Morale
  • Avi Morale
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"A place to enjoy with friends" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an amazing and memorable trip. I will miss it whole life. My friends and me enjoyed a lot. The beaches were very beautiful. We were experiencing heaven here. Mornings were fresh and nights were romantic. Beer on beach at night was amazing.
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Ramesh Upadhaya
  • Ramesh Upadhaya
  • 1 Review

"Clean city and fresh climate" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an awesome experience. The cities are very clean. Fresh climate makes you feel great. Driving to the Palolem beach was quite deadly because the roads were bad. One great thing was, you go up driving and get down without wasting your petrol. The clouds are very near. The view of the beach from upper side was quite memorable.
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Vivek Kaushik
  • Vivek Kaushik
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful beaches" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's quite different from other cities of India. Here you find Christian community in plenty. All churches and local markets are old ones, even earlier than independence. Baga beach and Calangute are too good. It was my pleasure to be there.
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Hiral Chheda
  • Hiral Chheda
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 Reviews

"A place for relaxing and enjoying" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Till now, I've visited Goa twice and have decided that I will go to this place every year. Goa is a stress booster. You will feel relaxed and forget all your tension and stress here. Last time I was here with my wife and friends. It was for three nights and four days. We stayed near Baga beach which is the most happening place of Goa. We've been to Calangute beach, Anjuna beach, Dona Paula and a pub called Hipe near Baga beach and the experience was awesome. We couldn't get the fun of water sports because of rainy season. Ride to Dona Paula was the best of all. Overall, memorable and excellent holidays I ever had.
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Raymond Dsouza
  • Raymond Dsouza
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful beaches and delicious sea-food" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was nice to be in Goa. There were many place to visit like the famous churches and temples. Good night life as per your taste. Beautiful beaches like Colva, Calangute and Arambol. It had great food to serve. The best sea-food found here. It was a great place.
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Abhishek Gaur
  • Abhishek Gaur
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"A place for people of all ages" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Goa is the one of the best destination for each age group. Its natural beauty and beaches attract everyone to dive into the sea without any fear. I have visited beaches like Baga, Vagator and Anjuna. Titos is the best night club I have found in Goa, even I can say in India. If you are planning to visit Goa, winter is good time to visit or on New Year.
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Danish Ansari
  • Danish Ansari
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful place to spend time with family and friends" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you want to have fun or enjoy with your friends or family then Goa is a right place to visit. It has lot of beaches. People from all parts of the world come here to enjoy the beauty of nature. Cool winds blow near the beaches all the time. It's always fun to go there.
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Kalpesh Modi
  • Kalpesh Modi
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Surat
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  • 5 Reviews

"Clean beaches and awesome climate" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a great holiday. Nice and clean beaches. My daughter enjoyed the most on beaches. Swimming, playing with sand and enjoying snacks. The climate was awesome. The place was very breath-taking. Planning to visit again.
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