Goa Tourism

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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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Tarun Singh

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  • Tarun Singh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful get away" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Today
Every group of friends in india has made a plan to go to Goa at least once in their lives, some make it some don't, well we did. The best ever place to go to with your friends. And holidayiq is the best to help you out with the entire trip :) travelling to staying everything was awesome. Goa is known for drinks for lesser price and yes its true. The only thing you need to worry about is expensive food rates but it doesn't matter cause the place is just mind blowing.
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Masti tym @ Goa !!!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Goa .. It's a place to get rejuvenated ... That's the probable word for this happening state .. It does not matter whether you are travelling as a bunch of young bachelors or you have decided for a honeymoon trip ... The only thing that counts here in Goa is "Enjoy to your fullest".
For people reaching there by air .. The Dabolim airport is in southern Goa you need to hire a taxi to reach the northern part of Goa ... The original essence of Goa .. And those reaching by train get down at Thivim station to reach north Goa or madgaon station to reach south Goa. From Thivim there are prepaid taxis to take you to Calingute ... Where life begins in Goa
Once in Calingute just get to see the most happening beach of Goa- The calingute beach .. Wow .. Be it water sports or a sun Bath or a little jingle in sea water ... You are going to enjoy every bit of it .. Also walk a kilometre to enjoy the beauty of Baga beach ... And at night ... It's simply mesmerising to take seat by the shack and enjoy your fish meal with a pint of beer and " get to watch the Arabian sea in lit in moonlight". Off course another thing to enjoy by the beach is to watch the beautiful setting sun
For a north Goa tour you can go to the following places- Kuku's beach, Fort auguada, Sinquerium beach and fort( probably the best beach of Goa), Chapora fort, Vagator beach And anjuna beach .. The Saturday night flea market is anjuna special .. Here you may find yourself lost in a foreign crowd ..
For a south Goa trip the following places- may be seen- Dona Paula and miramar beach, the filmy chakkar( a boat ride to different Bollywood shooting spots), the kurugeshwar temple, the Shanta durga temple, The famous BASILICA OF BOMB JESUS, the archaeological survey of India museum, Lady of St. Cajetan Church, The viceroy's arch, our lady of immaculate inception church, big foot, the Colva beach and others
Both north Goa and south Goa Tours are conduce by Goa tourism in bis or car as per your wish ..
The most enchanting thing is the river cruise .. There are sunset cruise and dinner cruise on the mandovi river .. The dinner cruise comes with a collection of dances by locals along the ride in the cruise followed by dinner .. It can also be booked from Goa tourism.
Overall the essence of Goa is in north Goa and the for the knowledge of Goanese life style visit south Goa ...
Also don't forget a shopping hop at the Panaji city and enjoy some Goanese cuisine here in a famous restaurant here in The Ritz Classic ..
Hope you all enjoy Goa
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Rohit Kumar

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  • Rohit Kumar
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"Beautiful beach city in india" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area's tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Goa is also known as beautiful beach city in india. Goa looks like foreign country in India. Till today the Portugal cultural is available in Goa. Mostly couple and college student came Goa from india. So many foreigners came here for the beach beauty.
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Rohit Kumar

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"Beach city in india" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area's tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Goa is like indian foreign country due to their culture. Till today the civilization of Goa is like Portugal. If you liked beach please came Goa. There are so many hotel and resorts in Goa.
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Rahul Sarraf

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  • Rahul Sarraf
  • Lives in Samastipur
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"Hotel lemonmint resort" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Really it's a nice hotel near Calangute beach Goa. Hotels staff are very polite and disciplined. Hotel and it's room are very neat and clean, also provide free delicious lunch without any charge. Only one thing bad in this hotel is about swimming pool. If you want to use swimming pool then you must be in nylon dress and if you have not then you can't use it. You sld buy from hotel which is costly. But it's not a bigger issue. Except it everything is fine in this hotel. I really appreciate this hotel to all.
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Prashant ojha

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"Awesome" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Awesome place with gang. There are lots of activity you can do like in morning time go to beaches, visit to the forts and must have goan lunch in traditional goan restarunts. Tattooo and all were awesome and in night go to casino and pubs. Titos were awesome
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Jatin p shah

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  • Jatin p shah
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"Exciting Goa as always" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This was my 2nd trip with family to Goa. I was worried about rains as it was mth of August however luckily we were not hindered by rain during my stay.
Must visit places:
1. If you are in monsoon at Goa do not forget to visit River Rafting organised by at Mahadei River, Goa. It was a thrilling experience and also very safe. Our guide Mr. Hari was very nice and knowledgeable.
2. Baga Beach: Most of the beaches remain closed due to rough sea however Baga Beach was open and we could enjoy the sea water dip over there. Although one should not venture too much deep inside as you can feel the force of the sea even at Baga.
3. Overall Goa is always very good experience. Many places to visit and much to explore every time you go to Goa
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Prasoon Peringali aredath

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  • Prasoon Peringali aredath
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"Great Weekend at Goa"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Was on my first visit to Goa. Have seen some great beaches but because of high tide couldn't spend much time playing in the sea. Enjoyed the awesome seaside shacks, mainly Curlie's at Baga beach, Flying Dolphin at Calangute Beach.

Nice view from Anjuna Fort aka Dil Chahta Hai fort.
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Piyush Gulati

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  • Piyush Gulati
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"A very good couple destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Goa is a very good couple destination. You can enjoy very much on beaches. In Goa you can hire a bike and use that for adventure on very less price if you have valid driving licence. There are so many beaches in north Goa as well as monuments in south Goa.
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"The perfect Vacation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Being close to Pune, visited thrice in a year to Goa, each time under different circumstances with different experiences. First as a couple, second with friends and third with family. So basically had all kinds of experiences.
Hiring a car in Goa is very cheep and with such affordable Petrol Prices, driving in Goa is always fun.
The place has it all, from busy beaches to quaint offbeat beaches. From busy beach shacks to 5 star standalone restaurants.
Its a foodies paradise as food from all around the globe is available here.
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