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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Monishanjk

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  • Monishanjk
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  109 readers

"Beach lovers must visit!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Goa is a place that has numerous wrongs and numerous rights. Goa's capital Panaji isn't a place to visit with family as it has the casinos the discos the pubs and the club's. Goa is one of a few places that serve really good food. The food is bit costly but its worth its cost. The old Goa is a place to visit with family as it still follows it's Goan culture.
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Tarun madan

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  • Tarun madan
  • 1 Review
  •  140 readers

"Hotel reviews" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Excellent service with very good staff special Mr. John lovely breakfast with lots of item very close to calanghat beach near by candolim market, near by if you need bike or car on rent .. Please visit if you visit Goa its not 3* property it's beat to 4*. I love this hotel too much.
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Mk Aggarwal

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  • Mk Aggarwal
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  233 readers

"Goa - A Great Holiday Destination" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Beaches, Cuisine, People.. It's Good to Explore. It's a great holiday destination as far I see. South or North Goa.. As it is said for Cozy & Silent Atmosphere South one is best, White Sand, International Tourist are more seen in this Area. North Side is Full of Hustle & Bustle. Wildlife Sanctuary, Dudhsagar Water Falls, World Heritage Sites, Remains of Forts overlooking Arabian Sea. Awesome View. Must Visit Once to See it, Love it Enjoy it.
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Vivekbaid

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  • Vivekbaid
  • 1 Review
  •  284 readers

"Our college organised a Goa trip of four days." new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
For a college student Goa is the best place
To have some memorable experience once visited I often try to find a way to visit it again but unfortunately not yet succeed.
It is a biggest happening place it has disc pub wonderful night life and lot of fun
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Sampath Kamath

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  • Sampath Kamath
  • 5 Reviews
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"Nice"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
 1) Route-1 : Via Santosh hotel route is marked using yellow and green color.  If you are coming from Shimoga, you will hit small village "Nittur", you required to proceed 5. 5 Kms on same road. You will find small mud road towards your left. This point is marked as Trek route-1 1 : Trek starting in above map. If you are travelling by public vehicle then you can get down here and start your trek. If you are travelling by private vehicle then you can carry on till "Hotel Santosh", Route marked in yellow color is mud road. Distance between Main road and Hotel Santosh is around 5. 5 KMS. You will find breakfast or basic food here. Actual trek starts from this point. Distance between "Hotel Santosh" and guest house" is about 4 KMS. This stretch is marked  using green color. Initial part of this stretch is much steep. You need to trek inside forest, You will find here "leeches world" in post monsoon. Couple of times you will come out of the forest and again your trek trail enters to the forest. After trekking 4KMS you will find PWD guest house. PWD guest house offers you accommodation and food(basic food)
2) Route-2 : Via Hindumane falls route is marked using blue, brown and purple color. If you are travelling from Shimoga side then you will find trek starting point before Nittur (1. 5 KMS before Nittur ).
Initial trek route is marked in blue  line in above map, this is very easy roue as you will be walking on tar road, need to walk 2. 5 Kms Approx. Till primary school(If you have private vehicle then you can take vehicle till primary school).  You need to take right turn.  
Next stretch is marked in brown line, This trek trail  also easy (If you have private vehicle then your vehicle can go up to little more distance then road condition is not that good, you can park your vehicle), There are many small roads which may make you little confuse(If you are taking this trek route then better to get guide along with you).
Purple line represents trek trail inside forest. This trek stretch  is most difficult part of your trek. You will find beautiful Hindumane falls on the way. [Warning: During monsoon make sure that Hindumane falls is not overflowing as you need to cross this falls], This is pretty steep climb inside forest. Length of this stretch is around 2 KMS. This trek rail reaches again jeep trail which is marked in blue line.
You need to trek on jeep road for another 2KMS to reach PWD guest house, This route is marked in blue line.  
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Rakshit Ram

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  • Rakshit Ram
  • Lives in Rayagada
  • 1 Review
  •  321 readers

"Vizag to Goa by road trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I have started with my family in my Honda Brv on 11th March 2017 6. 30 am from Vizag
Up to Hydrabad and Mehabobnagar 4 line road no problem. But Raichur we started night journey we took Bahalgat and Belgam root. The single line road with lot of bumps. Some have reached Goa 6. 30an 12th March
We didn't get much tired becacuse of the Good Honda Brv so started to site seeing in Goa climate was pleasant surprise in March.
Spent 3days at Goa. Started back on 14th March 6am. This time we took the Hubli Raichur root it's double line Road up to Mehabobnagar Good road except small bad batches. Reached back Vizag 15th 6am
Overall good trip.
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Rahidul Islam

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  • Rahidul Islam
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  603 readers

"Beautiful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Goa is a very nice place. Goa beach is so beautiful. Me and my friends are travelling to Goa in a bus and a train. We are buying so many things. T here is lot of trees but coconut tree is everywhere. Coconut trees is very big. Me and my friends are in joying
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Hashif Ameen

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  • Hashif Ameen
  • 1 Review
  •  620 readers

"Take me there again"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This place is a take me there again and again ... Love this place. Real romance starts here. Couple or single still great .. The stay gives comfy. Delicious food, the bike rides through beaches and so on. The best tourist spot in India may be here. However, there are other places too ..
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Shareefrazaq

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  • Shareefrazaq
  • 1 Review
  •  725 readers

"Goa is the best place to get relaxed"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very good place to enjoy with friend, it have the luxurious life, good quality of hotels, best place for beach, and its the best place to enjoy with friends, and good place for photography, the liquors are very cheap and accommodation is very good
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Sulav Kumar

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  • Sulav Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 50 photos
  • 43 Reviews
  •  64 helpful votes
  •  69150 readers

"The Ultimate Indian Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
From bikes to bikers, from booze to barbecue and from babes to beaches - Goa has everything you can dream about. And hence I call it as the ultimate destination. Think of a destination where you can do just nothing but drink, the answer is Goa. Think about a destination where you can sunbath the whole day watching birds and people, If you are a biker, think about a destination which can offer you ultimate ghat sections and hair pins, the answer again is Goa.
Lets now talk about the sightseeings in Goa.
The best time to visit - Dec to Feb
The best beach - Morjim.
The best place to drink and party - Titos / Britto's / Nyex.
The best place for a peaceful dinner - Taj Aguada.
The best thing to do - Water Sports (online precooking is recommended) / Flea markets.
The best place to stay - Candolim.
The best thing to eat - Sea Food.
The best mode of transport - Hire a scooty.
The above are my experiences from the 5 day trip I took to Goa. It can surely change as per your willingness. The flea markets are held all around Goa on different days. Its amazing to be in a market where you get to shop / drink / enjoy music and dance till 4 am in the night. Its a sure "not to be missed" experience.
I hope the above recommendations are helpful. I would still recommend prior research and bookings as the place has a humongous tourist attraction.
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