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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Ashwani Sharma
  • Ashwani Sharma
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Dream Holiday Destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted Today
Beachs of goa are really awesome and make it a dream holiday destination with your loved ones. It is a paradise for the party loving people. Casinos are the must visit place. Candolim beach is one of the best beaches in Goa. Candolim is around 70 km from it's capital panjim. It is a clear water beach with foreign crowd. Apart from candolim you can find various beaches like calangute, Baga, Anjuna etc.
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Urvesh Patel
  • Urvesh Patel
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review

"Goa the paradise" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted Yesterday
A place must to be visited. Forget all your stress & freshen up here. Paradise of India. You'll never want to go back home. Full with natural beauty, a romantic place for couples, place to hang out for groups. Night clubs, party, beaches to explore, sunset.

You'll definitely love it.
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Pankaj Kashyap
  • Pankaj Kashyap
  • 2 Reviews

"A fantastic place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
As per my experience Goa is the fantastic place to visit. The journey will become more romantic and enjoyable when you come there with the group of friends. The hilly area surrounded by sea makes the sight awesome. The sea in Goa is more favourable than the sea in other places. So please take your time and visit Goa.
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Souvik B
  • Souvik B
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A great holiday destination" new review

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  • Posted 2 days ago
It was a hell lot of masti in Goa. The beaches, the people, the atmosphere is so awesome. Loved the place. Its a must go for anyone who is looking for a good time. Its really one of places that one should visit, specially during the winter. Great holiday destination!
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Dishu Saawariya
  • Dishu Saawariya
  • Lives in Indore
  • 5 Reviews

"A heaven for all" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Goa, a city of heaven with beautiful beaches & places of worship, is the most famous holiday destination of India. I myself visited there almost a year ago with my friends & Ii really enjoyed alot there. I must say that I am in love with Goa and is planning to visit there again. For couples also, it's the most romantic place i have ever seen.
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Riyaz Ahemed
  • Riyaz Ahemed
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"A good place to visit" new review

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  • Posted 2 days ago
Goa is best place ever to go in India to live peacefully. The best place I had been to with my family. It was a awesome journey for us to be with our family. Enjoy the very best moments of our life and the beach here is so much wonderful. It is a nice place to go.
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Palak Sood
  • Palak Sood
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Perfect place for food and fun lovers" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa, the very name brings to mind a place that is bestowed with breathtaking natural scenery, old churches, beautiful beaches, sea foods and clear blue skies. We had loved going to Goa in last week of March, early April. Although it was very hot during the day there were always lovely breeze on the beach. Best place for seafood lovers and yes it's a perfect destination for fun lovers.
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Shankar Kotagi
  • Shankar Kotagi
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"Dream comes true" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I ever dreamed to visit foreign country, dream comes true by visiting Goa with my wife. Wonderful beach, weather & food, lovely movements feels like foreign country in India.
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Sunil Parmar
  • Sunil Parmar
  • 2 Reviews

"Has got good resorts and hotels" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Goa is a really nice place for visiting and there are lots of beaches to visit and there are really good hotels and resorts to visit. You can enjoy boating, fishing and scuba diving, even dry fruit of Goa is also famous and we can take a sunbath at beach.
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Maisu Solanki
  • Maisu Solanki
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 1 Review

"The best trip ever" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was awesome. There was lots of water and cool people. We were 5 friends, we went to chill out there. We took bath, had food and got drunk. We had fun with own car and photography was awesome. There is no other place like that you can find. I was like in dream and didn't want to come back.
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