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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Gaurav Dawane
  • Gaurav Dawane
  • Lives in Solapur
  • 1 Review

"Glorious place ever seen" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Goa is a state placed in India which is very very charming and glorious place ever seen, it has long cost of arabian sea. There are several beaches present there, I love most of these places. The fisheries are very tasty which are present in lot of variety. The casinos are most attractive in Goa. There are many people who visit everyday.
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Abhishek Nayyar
  • Abhishek Nayyar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing view of Portuguese culture" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I had been there in my summer holidays. Our group of friends decided to be there for a change, I must say Portuguese's have maintained Goa a lot for which it is a wonderful holiday destination. Especially the Goa beach full of refreshment. Wish to go there in the near future too with my family!!
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Sunny Gupta
  • Sunny Gupta
  • 1 Review

"Best place for weekend trip in summer" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Goa is a beautiful place. If you want to go for a weekend then this place is best. You can go in a group of friends or with family. But with friends you will enjoy more. This is famous for beach and many other great things. In summer this is best place for weekend.
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Charuhas Bhadane
  • Charuhas Bhadane
  • Lives in Dhule
  • 2 Reviews

"Goa - an awesome holiday destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Goa is a fantastic destination place for a family as well as friends to hangout and to chill to enjoy the wonderful beaches. It's a wonderful place to spend your holidays with your group. You can chill in beach resorts with beaches in front. Parachute riding is one of the most adventurous experience you are going to get in Goa.
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Rohit Aggarwal
  • Rohit Aggarwal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 12 Reviews

"There is a lot more than conventional beaches" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
This was our second visit to Goa and we decided to explore the other parts of Goa this time rather than the usual Panjim and Calangute. So we stayed at Benaulim beach and just had a one day tour to north Goa. The Anjuna Flea market was something to be seen. I found Benaulim beach better both in terms of peace and cleanliness as compared to Baga or Anjuna. The lazed around trip that we had was a nice change to the routine and I would recommend a similar short trip at a similar place like Benaulim.
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Priyanka Saraiwala
  • Priyanka Saraiwala
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 1 Review

"An amazing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Hey there is no words to express about Goa. Its an amazing, wonderful place with sea foods and people around and the beaches and sunburn feast. I went there with my friends. The villa is Amazing. Awesome trip. The sports ride was very fun.
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Anand Patel
  • Anand Patel
  • 2 Reviews

"A beautiful city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I love Goa, I love the ever thing in Goa. The city is very beautiful. Goa is the place to have fun. There are very good hotels and also the place is fantastic. I love the place and I want to go to Goa another time with my family.
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Arshdeep Tuli
  • Arshdeep Tuli
  • Lives in Raigarh
  • 1 Review

"An awesome place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Awesome place to hang out with friends and romantic place for couples too, best place in India for a holiday. Best to visit in summer times or new year's time as the large amount of people use to visit there from different countries gather there and enjoy a lot.
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Rishikesh Choudhary
  • Rishikesh Choudhary
  • Lives in Bokaro Steel City
  • 1 Review

"A nice place to have loads of fun" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It was a wonderful experience. Enjoyed a lot there. Especially on the beach. I loved it. I would like to visit Goa once more whenever I will get chance to visit. It is one of the thrilling place I had visited till now. But one thing which annoyed me was that I couldn't find the direct train for Goa.
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Ankit as Sachan
  • Ankit as Sachan
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 9 Reviews

"Goa is a perfect destination!!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Everything beach, hotel, food, sightseeing etc is very good except the fact that the taxi system is too bad and they loot you for you not having car. Local conveyance at tourist spots is bad and taxi people have no meters and auto have meters but they don't use it. It's bad for people who also wish to see such a beautiful city in this life time. It's almost they have prices based on how dollar is floating. A dollar for a km.
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