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Tourism in Goa

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Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Paryatan Bhavan, 3rd Floor, Patto, Panaji-Goa, India 403001.
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Tourism in Goa

Goa is a state located on the western coast of India. The coastline of Goa is far stretched beside the Arabian Sea. Goa was once a Portuguese colony. The state is often considered as a laid-back destination and is well-known for its palm tree-fringed beaches and vibrant culture. Moreover, water sports such as snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, and jet skiing five Goa tourism a boost. Some of the famous beaches of Goa are Querim Beach, Baga Beach, Vagator Beach, Anjuna Beach, Palolem Beach, Calangute Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Majorda Beach, Agonda Beach, Arambol Beach, etc. Another thing that gives tourism in Goa a boost is its high-end party clubs. Goa receives an annual footfall of 50,00,000 tourists. The coastal state is well-known as the party hub of the country. Moreover, Goa is also a plethora of churches the architectural style of which showcases the influence of Portuguese culture.

Replete with sandy beaches, serene sunsets, whitewashed forts, colonial architecture, majestic churches and colorful ceremonies, the tropical paradise called Goa is a perfect blend of modern and traditional offerings. Take a customizable and well-planned tour package to experience the best of Goa, and enjoy a visit to all the popular points of interest, including the best beaches of this exotic destination.

History of Goa

Though, Goa is the smallest state of India, it has one of the most influential history to dig into. With a huge flock of merchants, powerful traders, seafarers, and missionaries attracting to it, this place had gone under major transformations. Inhabited by Brahmins first, the place got dominated by the Mauryan Empire, the Satavahanas of Kolhapur, and the Chalukyas of Badami. In 1312, Goa had even got ruled by the Muslims only to be left later by 1370. Later in 1510, when the place got controlled by the Portuguese, several forts and churches came into existence during their administration. In 1961, the Indian Army came into power, and the place got declared as the 25th state of India in 1987.

Culture of Goa

Influenced by western culture, Goa is also known as the ‘Rome of the East’. As one digs into its cultural heritage, there are folk dances, songs, music, and folk tales to cherish. Inhabited by Hindu, Muslims, and Catholic people, this state is a multi-ethnic place. And thus, here people can witness the celebration of many Indo-Latin festivals. Crammed with numerous bars and restaurants, here is an alluring nightlife awaiting for tourists.

Places to Visit in Goa

Goa is a treasure trove of sights and sounds, from beaches like Majorda to Dona Paula and Anjuna to the Aguada and Chapora forts, the Dudhsagar and Arvalem fall, churches like Basilica of Bom Jesus and temples like Bhagwati temple. Besides these sights, there is also plenty to keep you busy on a Goa trip guide like taking sunbathe at the beaches, nonstop parties at nightclubs, parasailing, skiing, windsurfing, shopping at the flea markets, going on fun bike rides, trekking and enjoying exotic cruises.

Let’s take a look at the main attraction region wise.

North Goa

As one venture on to the best places, while enjoying the sightseeing of Goa, a tour to North Goa is filled with offerings to make the trip even more memorable.

Baga Beach: Seems like a piece of art, Baga Beach is one of the most sought after places to visit in North Goa. A perfect place to cherish some blissful moments, the majestic Baga Beach in Goa let people appreciate the cool breezes and witness the wonderful sunset views. Besides that, here tourists can also partake in water activities, such as jet-skiing, windsurfing, banana ride, and more.  

Calangute Beach: Head to Calangute Beach, also known as the ‘Queen of Beaches’ for its charm and spectacular beauty. Offering some of the best natural offerings, including a chance to savor glorious landscape views, laze along splendid beaches, enjoy sunbathing and jaw-dropping sunset and sunrise views, it is a paradise for nature lovers in true sense.

Fort Aguada: With its vast expanses of blue waters, Fort Aguada is a place that seems to be endless. Attracting thousands of tourists all around the year, here one can hop on to its lighthouse for breathtaking panoramic views of the place. Or, one can also choose to relax with their better half, and witness enticing views of the sunset.

South Goa

Dotted with heritage villages and exotic beaches, South Goa is a laid back destination where one can cherish solitude like never before. Perfect for history buffs and people who are looking for romantic escapes, this place can’t be ignored by people who love nature.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls: Fringed with innumerable beaches, tourists are always going to have a pleasant experience here. Being one of the highest waterfalls in the world, it is divided into four tiers. And, as one looks at the waterfall, it seems like a heavy stream of milk cascades from the top of the hill, making it one of the ultimate destinations to visit during a Goa excursion.   

Vasco Da Gama: Deriving its name from the famous explorer, Vasco Da Gama is a treasure trove for true explorers. As one takes a tour of this small town with a different aspect of tourism, there are some of the best things to discover, thus adding a unique experience to their journey. Moreover, being well-connected to other parts of Goa, this place is often visited by tourists to reach other beaches of Goa.

Places to Stay in Goa

To make the most of one’s tour to Goa, it is quite vital to get an amazing place to stay. And yes, Goa is equipped with many resorts and lavish hotels that provide their visitors with the world-class amenities and facilities making their travel experience a memorable one. The recommended one, includes Riva Resort, Whispering Palm Beach Resort, Vivanta by Taj and many more.

Other Highlights of Goa

When you think of Goa tourism, a picture of pristine beaches, sunny landscapes, old Portuguese style forts and palaces, watersports, casinos, flea markets, and charming villages come to mind.

Churches in Goa: Apart from beautiful beaches, Goa is also crammed with many excellent churches that are known for their architectural beauty and historical significance. Get to visit the world-renowned church, Bom Jesus Basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for it still has the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. While, Se Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the country, and it had been established to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese, one of the rulers of the place. Known for their architecture, churches like St. Francis of Assisi, St. Cajetan, St. Francis Xavier and more can also be visited here.

Honeymoon in Goa: Being a party capital of the country where teenagers, adults and the elderly all come to unwind and have a good time, a Goa tour also lets you experience some magical beach weddings at times and it is the perfect place to enjoy a spinster’s night or a bachelorette or a honeymoon. Crammed with pristine beaches and spectacular landscapes, a sojourn with your beloved will add some enchanting memories to your life.

Water Sports in Goa: Goa sightseeing let you enjoy watersports windsurfing, scuba diving, dinghy sailing, angling, waterskiing, water scooter, swimming and parasailing to canyoning, camping, quad biking, trekking and zip-lining along with plenty of other things to do in Goa.

Flea Markets in Goa: Another reason why you should visit Goa is for the love of funky jewelry and clothing that you can find here at the flea markets. If you visit Goa during the tourist season, you will be able to find a variety of items at the beach markets and Saturday fleas here. Make sure while scouring the flea markets, you can also try the local seafood. Lobsters, prawns, pomfret fish, crabs, clams, mussels, oysters and ladyfish are some of the must-try items here.

Nightlife in Goa: Engage in the cultural vibrancy of spectacular beaches, here you can party all day and night. Crammed with many bars and nightclubs, Goa offers a myriad of options to let people lose themselves for a day, and dance to the beats of their favorite music, like a pro. Some of the best places to enjoy the nightlife in Goa, are: Club Tito’s at Baga Beach, Decades Bar at Calangute Beach, Down the Road at Panaji, and the list is huge.    

Major Food Places in Goa

You cannot travel to Goa and not try the exotic seafood like Goan Fish Curry, Fish Recheado, Prawn Balchao, Solachi Kudi, Sorpotel, Balichao, Sanna, Bebik, Vindaloo and more. Spend a relaxing day by the beaches, sipping on feni and trying some of these delectable dishes. Visit some of the recommended food joints, like the Black Sheep Bistro, La Plage, Ourem 88, and more. You may also try some other Goan specialties, including the multi-layered cake Bebinca, the thick coconut gravy dish Crab Xec Xec, the delicious spicy gravy dish Ambot Tik, the rich pork stew Sorpotel, mushroom xacuti, the spicy coriander dish Chicken Cafreal, and the white and fluffy cake Sanna.

Choose to visit Goa during the winter season, you can also partake in festivals like the mega Sunburn festival that celebrates music, dance, and culture. Christmas and New Year are also celebrated here in a big way and you can view the diverse festivities all around.

Goa is a perfect destination for all kinds of holidays, whether it be a solo trip, a honeymoon or a friend’s birthday. From romantic walks on the beach to candlelight dinners, cruises along the shore, exploring hidden crescent coves, shopping at hippie flea markets and attending vibrant music festivals. There is something for everyone in Goa and this is one beach paradise you must add to your travel bucket list.

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Places To Visit In Goa

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  • Varca Beach in Goa

    One of the most tranquil beaches, Varca Beach in Goa stretches for 10 kilometres. This stretch of gorgeous white sand is lapped by glittering waves. It's a pleasant beach that exudes undisputed natural scenery all around. Varca town is home to a local fishing community and so wooden fishing boats hug the coast. The traditio...

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  • Cola Beach In Goa

    Cola beach is nestled in South Goa and known for a quiet and serene environment. The place is a remote destination and is still unexplored by the majority of people. Visit the stunning beach which is kept hidden by hilly terrain, palms, and vegetation. The beach is fringed by coconut trees which make the shore even more bea...

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  • Reis Magos Fort in Goa

    Listed under the Goa Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, the Reis Magos Fort in Goa is the oldest fort in the state. That’s right, it is even older than Fort Aguada. The fort is located on the banks of Mandovi River, in the Reis Magos village of Bardez. Reis Magos can roughly be translated from Portu...

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  • Arambol Beach in Goa

    Arambol is a fisherman village located roughly an hour’s drive from the Dabolim Airport (GOI). It is situated within the Pernem region in northern Goa. Arambol Beach in Goa is about 50 kilometers from Panaji or Panjim.

    Arambol, also known locally as Harmal, is the northernmost of Goa’s beach resorts. The beach is still co...

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  • Mandrem Beach in Goa

    Mandrem is a seaside village and a famous tourist spot in Pernem taluka of North Goa. The village is 30 kilometres from the state capital Panaji. The beach is located about 1 km west of Mandrem village. The white-sand Mandrem Beach in Goa actually comprises two beaches Junas Beach and Ashvem Beach. The beautiful Mandrem Bea...

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Things To Do In Goa

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  • Casino Cruise in Goa

    Goa is renowned for lively nightlife and up-till-dawn parties. It is also one of the few places in India where gambling is legal and regulated. Living it up on a casino cruise in Goa is a great experience to have. Some of the top casinos in Goa are located along the shore in luxury hotels, on anchored boats in Mandovi River...

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  • Dolphin Cruise in Goa

    The state of Goa lies on the west coast, or also known as the Konkan Coast, of India and thus, providing ample aquatic opportunities for travellers in Goa. One of these thrilling opportunities includes going on a cruise for dolphin spotting in Goa. Anyone interested can board a cruise or a boat to witness beautiful dolphins...

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  • Paragliding in Goa

    Soar across the sky and witness the aerial views of Goa’s beaches and stunning landscapes while paragliding in Goa. This activity requires you to launch the wings by jogging down a slope and then controlling the speed and direction of the wings. You can either maneuver the wings on your own or you can fly with a trained gui...

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  • Parasailing in Goa

    Watersports in Goa are considered some of the best things to do in Goa on a family holiday or a romantic honeymoon. Fulfill your dreams of flying across the sky while viewing the Goan coastlines and scenic attractions on a parasailing adventure in this beach haven. to enjoy parasailing in Goa, you will be seated in a parach...

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  • Water Skiing in Goa

    Feel the thrill of the beach waters splash across your face as you surf along the waves while water skiing in Goa. If you love speed and are down for some fun and excitement, then indulge in this adventure activity while visiting Goa. Water skiing will involve proper balancing as you have to firmly grip the rope that is att...

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Goa Travel Guide

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By Air

The Goa International Airport at Dabolim is Goa’s only airport and is located near Vasco da Gama. With just about 29 kilometers from the capital, Panaji, you may board a flight to Goa from any part of the country, and reach here in no time. There are regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Bangalore and Hyderabad to this beach paradise.

By Train

If you opt to travel to Goa by train, there are two railway lines you can travel by. The South Western Railway that connects Vasco with Hubli, Belgaum, etc. and the Konkan Railway lines that connects Margao to cities along the western coast of the country. You can get down at Thivim in North Goa and Vasco-da-Gama or Madgaon in South Goa, and enjoy the lovely views of this beach paradise by train which is fast and convenient as well.

By Road

To find out how to reach Goa by road, let us tell you that there are regular buses for intracity and intercity convenience. You can travel by state-run buses that are operated by Kadamba Transport and enjoy comfortable rides. And, if you are traveling from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, then there are daily buses plying to Goa. You can also choose to travel by Volvo and Deluxe AC buses.

If you are traveling by your own cab, you can take any of the four highways. The first is the NH66 which connects Goa to Mumbai in the northern part and Mangalore to the southern parts. You can also take the NH-4A that connects Panaji to Belgaum in the eastern part and other cities such as Kolhapur and Bangalore etc. There is also the NH-366 that connects NH-66 to Mormugao Port from Cortalim. The newest highway is the four lane NH-566 which connects Mormugao Port to NH-66 at Verna. This also takes you via the Dabolim Airport.

Thus, Goa is a major tourist hotspot that is well-connected by all transportation modes. This state is a cultural kaleidoscope of Indian and Portuguese traditions. The sun, sand, the beaches, the spiritual aura and the seafood make this beach destination a sight to behold. Enjoy a Goan beach holiday in this exotic destination where you can party all day and immerse yourself in the local culture of the region.

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    Navin's 6 days trip to Goa

    Hotel rooms amenities were not great.we have to change the room twice due to air condition ssues.hot water problem also exist in hotel.preferable some other hotel.

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    1. thank you for your hospitality and arrangment 2. Arrangement of candle light dinner is not proper wating for 1 hr and no service avilable. 3. Last day driver is not good continously talking on phone also some location are skipped we wasn't see old curch due to closer as he don't know timing . Hotel arrangment is good and driver and North Goa tour is memorable

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    It was quite good experience with Aeroplane Hospitality and Mohit. All tour facilities were upto the mark and timely. Very good hotels and rooms. Quite enjoyable experience. Thanks.

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    Siddesh Bhabal

    Mumbai

    Siddesh's 6 days trip to Goa

    Worst Experience in Hotel Stay Never suggest The Sign Inn Hotel to Anyone Far away from beach & Still if any 1 selecting it pls Have Chole bhature their daily breakfast & Paneer Bhaji in Daily Lunch. That manager doesn't recharge Tatasky recharge after Changing Room Room service is good but no cab facility near hotel baga beach is approx 2 kilometer from hotel. Rest all good. Night Parties.

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    Mumbai

    Khanmuhammadali's 4 days trip to Goa

    Deepak guided us really well and made sure the package and payment is according to us. Awesome package Day 2 and day 3

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    Sachinkathuria

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    Sachinkathuria's 5 days trip to Goa

    Swimming pool was not operative which was very disappointing as children could not enjoy... Food in the Hotel was awesome..

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    Nknirmalkumar

    Delhi

    Nknirmalkumar's 3 days trip to Goa

    Travel agent should stop calling customer MAALIK during conversation .except that everything was good.

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    Abhijit Ramteke

    Hyderabad

    Abhijit's 4 days trip to Goa

    Pros- a. Selected convenient hotel/Resort in North Goa. b. Sight seeing experience was great. all the drivers were too polite Cons- a. Dint give heads up on last day check out time. So just make sure what is the check out and check in date and time.

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    South Goa is the place to be, when looking for peace in tranquility. Choose from the less visited beaches such as Agonda Beach, Candolim Beach, Patnem Beach or Palolem Beach.

     

     

    Some of the popular islands to visit in Goa are - Pequeno (Bat Island) Conco (Monkey Island), Agonda Raneache Zuvem, Revora Vanxim Island, North Goa. São Jacinto Island, Goa.

    People know English, Konkani, Marathi and Hindi languages in Goa.

    The best and must have dishes of Goa include: Fish Recheado, Bebinca, Pork Vindaloo, Rava Fried Fish, Chicken Xacuti, Chicken Cafreal, Pork Sorpotel and Goan Nevri. Despite Goan cuisine being heavy on the non vegetarian ingredients, most hotels in the state also offer vegetarian options.

    Some of the popular islands to visit in Goa are - Pequeno (Bat Island) Conco (Monkey Island), Agonda Raneache Zuvem, Revora Vanxim Island, North Goa. São Jacinto Island, Goa.

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