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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Ajit Bhandary

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  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
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"Always a great place to visit with friends!!!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Goa has been the closest melting pot where east meets west with the best of both worlds. It's a perfect place to unwind with the best people of your life around you. The mixed bag of places of worship, beaches, forts, nightlife, adventure sports, shopping and culinary choices makes Goa one of the best place to experience every part of progressive India.

We were a group of 6 couples looking forward to a complete disconnect from the regular hush-hush of Mumbai struggling to achieve a work-life balance. Our trip started with a deliberately planned train journey to make sure we make the most out of the 3 days plan. Our accommodation was booked at a private guesthouse (Vailankanni Holiday Homes) at Calangute that gave a common floor to ourselves rendering the entire place virtually to us. Our local escapades started with hiring two-wheelers for exploring Aguada fort, Panjim, Dona Paula, beaches of north and south by the day and Deltin Jaqk casino and lounges by the night like Love Passion Karma. Our foodgasm was ensured by places like Brittos and Souza Lobo while at the same time local special seafood lunches.

Special mention to adventure sports at Baga beach which were on a steep side considering the holiday season (Oct-Jan) of the year. But they did help us bond over sports like Banana ride, a game of rugby and sand castles.

All in all, it was a much needed break from the corporate lives well deserved by each one of us.
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Shaunak Bale

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"Simply awesome" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
The people of Goa are so helpful and also are very kind hearted. I loved the food made in Goa, it's simply awesome. They call it nuste "fish". We had an awesome fun in Goa. Do visit and there are many different waterfalls etc.
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Nivedita  Mohanan

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"A place for party lovers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
India offers a tad bit of every possible terrain, countryside and the perfect climate conceivable to make it a happening place to be in. When it comes to the West Cost of India, the first beach destination that anyone can think of is Goa!

So before you get all judgemental and brag about your next trip abroad or debate about how the western cities are better than Indian places check out a Goa, a destination in the very land you were raised in.

Goa is known to all the party lovers. It is a haven for water sports especially for the high adrenaline escapade seeking youth who are in the pursuit of fun. Some activities include parasailing, water skiing, wing surfing, dinghy sailing and scuba diving.

Plan a trip between November and February to make the most of the water sports. It's much better to spend the mornings by indulging in the adventure near the beaches rather than in your rooms with a hangover.
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Fashionable Dia

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"A place to have fun" new review

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  • Posted 4 days ago
Goa is my native. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't have fun. Goa is crazy for night life, amazing Seafood, Best Beaches to name a few Baga (North Goa) & Colva (South Goa). Goa may be cheap for Alcohol but Gorgeous Crowd. Get yourself a nice tan at Beach if that's not your forte, may be water sports like Banana Boat Ride, Parachute Or Water Bikes at really affordable price ( Speak in Hindi or if you are Goan speak Konkani) they might just be extra sweet. Don't forget the Beer. Get a tattoo or may be lovely precious Stone Necklace at the beach shopping.
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Vinitha Selvaraj

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"Fun-filled vacation spot" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Every year during summer we plan to go to fun filled places in South India. For a change we wanted to try Goa. It has a typical Portuguese culture and very nice place for visit.

People with kids will enjoy taking them around. Food is very costly and you wouldn't get South Indian meals and have to search for it.

If you are comfortable with worldwide cuisine, Goa is the place. Lovely place and we want to visit next summer too!
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Vigneshwaran Surya

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  • Lives in Madurai
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"Romantic visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
This city is really awesome. The entire city is filled with foreigners. The city is completely active throughout the night. If you plan for your romance with your better half then this is a great place, don't miss it. We were there for almost a week. And we were not convinced to leave. Miss you Goa.
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Tushar Singla

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"A city with good beaches" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Very good place to visit. Most special place to visit is beach. It is very adventurous experience for me. You should carry a camera to click some precious moments. Umbrella should be carried as always there are signs of rain. I spend a lot of my time in beach by swimming, surfing etc.
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Shivangi Almal

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"A must visit for everyone" new review

  • 7/7
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We visit Goa every year to come out of our daily routines and enjoy our lives. Well, needless to say, Goa fills you up with energy. The calm beaches, the amazing forts, the beautiful churches, and the thrilling nightlife - all of them are enough to rejuvenate oneself! A must visit for everyone.
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Amit Singh

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"Perfect for an internet free holiday" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an amazing experience to visit this place. It was too much fun while shopping too many diffrent things. Food was delicious. You guys must visit this place atleast once. Too many places to visit here and natures beauty is also here so what are you guys waiting for. Thank you for making my trip so beautiful.
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Akanksha jain

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Relax, Fun, Adventure - All at one place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa, do I really need to review this destination, This is a place which should be visited every year to leave all your worries and stress here. No matter you are going here alone, with friends with family, It has a lot in store for all types of travellers.

Lovely beaches, wonderful experience, If you are adventure freak and want to enjoy water sports, travel between October to March is recommended.
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