Tucked in the Konkan coastal region of the Western Ghats with the coastline running for 101 kilometres, Goa has been the most happening vacation spot in India since ages. Offering over 40 beaches, Goa is the answer if you want to take a break from the hustle-bustle of the cities. The state hosts India’s biggest music festival, Sunburn, every December at the party destination beach, Vagator (previously held in Candolim).
Getting to Goa
This fun holiday destination can be reached either by air, bus, train, or road. The Dabolim airport (29 km from capital city, Panaji) is the nearest airport. Flights to Goa are well connected from major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi, Pune, and Delhi. Intercity bus services are offered from Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore and, once you reach, intra-city buses travel through most cities including Panaji, Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama. Thivim and Madgaon are the main railway junctions of Goa.
Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort, Taj Exotica Goa, De Alturas Resort, The Leela Goa, Ramada Caravela Beach Resort, Whispering Palms Beach Resort, Resort Terra Paraiso and many more resorts and hotels offer a luxurious, comfortable and king – like stay options from the many hotels in Goa. Cavala Seaside Resort, The Only Olive, Saudades De Goa, Victoria Villa, Montego Bay Beach Village are one of the many home stay options for the ones who like to enjoy authentic local Goa style of stay when in Goa. For an even more inexpensive stay, you can always choose the many shacks that line the beaches!
When to Visit and Travelling Within
November to February is the best time to visit Goa, avoiding the heavy rainfall and scorching heat but only enjoying the pleasant climate by the beaches. To travel within Goa, most of the tourists opt to rent out bikes from several available bike rental stores. Tourists can also take the bus if needed and ferry for across-the-water rides.
The Best Destinations of the State
Goa is majorly divided into North, Central and South regions, each of them offering tourists many beaches to choose from. Querim, Arambol, Mandrem, Chapora, Vagator, Anjuna are few to mention out of the many North Goa beaches. Chapora beach also hosts the Chapora fort famous for being the bollywood film Dil Chahta Hai’s shooting spot. Majorda, Cansaulim, Bogmalo are few of the Central (Panajim and Vasco) beaches of Goa. Colva, Agonda, Palolem, Patnem are few of the South Goa beaches to mention. Apart from the beaches, places to see in Goa cover Basilica of Bom Jesus, Fort Aguada, Sri Mahalsa temple and many more. Goa caters to all kinds of crowd, giving everyone a once in a lifetime holiday experience.
Roam or Relax
Goa is a great place to chill by the beach and at the same time enjoy some adrenaline. Trekking, hiking, go-karting, water sports, ATV biking, and camping give the tourists and locals an array of options to enjoy from. Talking about water sports, one can indulge in yacht rides, kneeboading, kayaking, wake boarding, paddle boarding, wind surfing, water skiing, scuba diving and white water rafting.
Satisfy Your Shopping Urges
Goa is a great place for shopping; it is a colourful space to be in. Anjuna Flea market, Mapusa market, Glastonbury street, Golden Heart Emporium (for books), Karma Collection (Souvenirs and gifts), Velha Goa Galeria (for arts and crafts) so to mention are couple of the many more shopping hubs of Goa where one can spend a good time exploring and purchasing.