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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Rahul Sharma

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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
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The place has a unique environment for the visitors to visit the ocean which is full of memories from the older ages. The sunset at dusk is a beautiful scenery which captures the time of the people with the calamity of the breeze of the sea. The place has many things to eat but it has expensive items as compare to other places. The place is not quite affordable as others. There are very sports based activities which will keep you busy all the day.
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Kunal Chhabra

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"Must visit its seas" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I went there by flight. When I reached, I thought like I was out of India i.e it was a foreign country because of the neatness and there is no dust even in the whole state. I went to my uncle's house which was 83 kilometers away from airport. I thought it would take 2-3 hours. But as there was no traffic and the roads were excellent, I reached my uncle's house within 1 hour.

So, first day I went to calangute beach which was famous in the state. Second day we went to Anjuna beach where we can find a variety of sea animals. Third day I went to coco beach which is famous for its coconuts. Fourth day, I went to Old Goa. It was more beautiful than the New Goa because of its architecture and the history of its buildings. Fifth day we returned. So I think that it is a very nice destination especially for nature lovers.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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"Beach masti" new review

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  • Posted 3 days ago
If somebody happens to be in Goa It is his/her fortune. If they do not enjoy the beaches will be the most sorrowful step. They have to taste the real Goan taste, such as in the food and the culture, where simple people are living, no show off and no cheating. Hence, it will become a great memory. My Resort which is one of the best resort located at Anjuna, from where the beach was just few minutes walk away distance, and the sun set from Vagator was mesmerising view.
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Sanket Shah

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"Most visited destination" new review

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Goa is surely the most visited destination by tourists and even from people in India. It is a really nice and chilled out place. Go to North Goa if you are looking for a crazy party scene. But go to South if you are looking for a much relaxed and luxurious time. Lot of 5 star resorts located on the South. Awesome sea food.
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"The best chill out spot in India for friends" new review

  • 6.5/7
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I had gone to Goa via a long road trip car. Me and five of my friends. After we reached we were mesmerized by the coolness of the weather which we were not expecting much. We only went there for 3 days so we chilled only at the beach, playing volleyball, sun bathing, swimming and gorging on sumptuous food at dhabas. I would advise the travellers to carry sunscreen lotion and also not to go there without researching a bit on the local prices of articles, especially cab drivers.
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Abhijeet Singh

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"A good visit and experience" new review

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Experienced the Candolim and Baga beach of Goa its good you must visit and even the market is so nice. You must visit a place like that which has seafood, hotel, restaurant etc. The people are also amazing they are so kind and not even minded.
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Victoria Lozano

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"Clean beach, golden sand and blue water" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
I am a foreigner and I love beaches. Well I found out that the beaches in Goa are almost like the beaches in my home country, clean golden sand and blue waters, and don't get me wrong but none stares at you or looks at you in a judgmental way if you wear a proper swimming suit or bikini. Very convenient to rent a scooter or a bike to go wherever you want, instead of hiring rickshaws every time. Love Goa and I am looking forward to go again.
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Padmini Gopiram

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"Perfect getaway" new review

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Goa is a versatile place, it can be the perfect place for people who want to take it slow and also perfect for people where you can party hard. Goa has some of the best beaches and really clean. Goa is perfect from October to May. Uniqueness of Goa is the flee market and should be experienced by every individual. Avoid Goa during long holiday weekends, sometimes you will have the cheap crowd who letch at girls visiting.
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"An excellent place" new review

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  • Posted 5 days ago
It was all fun. Must visit. Anjuna beach, LPK (love passion karma) please don't go, pathetic crowd. Baaki Goa is heaven. Go with your friend's not family. Do water sports and also Dudhsagar is also one of the must visit place..!!
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"Must visit only for the beautiful beaches" new review

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Goa is a must visit for all the travelers who loves beaches as Goa is famous for all the Beaches Goa have. Its a special attractions for all the tourists across the Globe.

The must visit places of Goa are Obviously beaches : Calangute Beach, Vagator Beach are famous along-with Dona- Paola, Old Churches Of goa.

Local Sea foods of Goa re just awesome and everybody should tried it. Specially the Sea Fishes like Bhanga, Prawns are too good.

In the beaches of Goa, sea rides are also available to enjoy and they are too good. If you are planning for a Holiday in Goa then you must visit Goa in between October to February.

Common travelers please visit Goa once in your lifetime.
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