Neatly tucked into the Western coast of India, Goa is the state associated most with touristy beaches, a happening nightlife and over 300-year old Portuguese architecture.
Referred to as the city of churches by many, the culture of Goa has the lingering effect of being a Portugal colony. Visibly different from the rest of the country, Goa has characteristic colourful houses, lush green fields and a soothing languidness in the atmosphere. The charming villages of Goa are ideal for a laidback morning walk or an aimless evening stroll. North and South regions of the place are strikingly different - the former is a cultural hub with traditional eateries and markets, while the latter makes for an idyllic vacation with its 5-star hotels, private beaches and a mix of white sand and clean blue water. Under the star-laden skies, each festivity becomes more alive. Goa greens and wildlife makes for a nature lover's ideal hotspot. If you are a food adventurer, you may want to visit the gorgeous spice gardens and try a glassful of cashew feni. Goa provides a respite, not just for the tourists on an appointment with nature, it is also the place for crazy parties and a vivacious night-life. The ultimate tourist destination of India, Goa promises to be something special for all types of travellers.
6th - 9th Feb
Water Sports Activities
October - May
Beautiful beaches and scenery. Get a first hand taste of Portuguese culture and architecture. Amazing nightlife. Frequent music concerts.
In the peak seasons, Goa can be very crowded. Can be expensive. Summers could be extreme.
The Party Capital of India, Goa is for anyone who wishes to take a break from their routine life and relax by the beach. From youngsters, spinsters, bachelors, honeymooners to working adults - everyone gets their share of fun at Goa.
Goa is home to everything refreshing, zesty, exotic and colourful. And this includes Goan food. The food here is a blend of Konkani, Hindu, Portuguese and Catholic cuisines, providing wide and vibrant choices. Seafood, coconut milk, rice and local spices are the main elements of Goan cuisine and fish, curry and rice form the staple food.
Seafood like prawns, lobsters, crabs, pomfret fish, clams, ladyfish, mussels, and oysters is used to make a variety of curries, fries, soups and pickles. Fish curry, fried fish, fish cutlets are just some of the items that you must savour in Goa.
Goa also offers a variety of options to vegetarians, however, don't expect a lot from it.
Goa has good and many places to stay for all categories of travellers. Whether you're on a shoestring budget and want a cheap shack or you're on the splurging spree and want to have the luxurious 5 star stay, you will find options.
North Goa has a lot of options to stay around Baga, Calangute and Anjuna beaches. For someone looking to enjoy nightlife, water sports and don't mind the crowd, this is a good area to stay. South Goa is good if you are looking for more luxury and serenity.
Beaches in Goa are far apart and it stretches more than 100 km from north to south. Bus connectivity is good for popular areas of Goa and fares are low and still gives you a great view of the city. But buses are not a great option if you are looking for beach hopping or going to hang around til late night. You could rent a motorcycle or a scooter if you have a valid license. The rent starts from 250 per day per bike like Honda Activa or around 400 per day for Royal Enfield bikes. This excludes petrol costs. Riding on bikes is the most popular way of commuting in Goa for young tourists, including foreigners. You can also hire a cab, with or without a chauffeur to roam around. It starts from Rs.1000 per day for a simple hatchback. However, finding parking spots close to all beaches could be a problem whereas bikes give you the flexibility of going pretty close to the beach to park.
Day 1- Arrive at Goa, rest in the hotel and then leave to visit Old Goa - Se Cathedral Church, St. Cajetan Church and Basilica of Bom Jesus which is a UNESCO-listed church. Day 2- Begin the day with visit to Chapora Beach. Next stop Fort Chapora and Chapora Market and then end the day at Club Cabana. Day 3- Head to Shanta Durga Temple. Then spend time at the beach and later go ahead for visit to Dudhsagar Falls. Day 4- Visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Portuguese ruled Goa for over 450 years before being colonized by the British. Thus, a lot of the Goan architecture and culture has hints of Portugal. There are many beautiful churches such as Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Frances of Assisi and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. The bell in the Immaculate Conception Church is the World's Second Largest bell and this building served as a lighthouse for sailors in the past. Apart from these, there are also magnificent forts such as the Regis Magos Fort.
Right by the sea lies the Party Capital of India - Goa. It is the perfect getaway for a short but fulfilling break from the monotony of our daily lives. Goa has to offer a wide range of adventure sports to kick in your adrenal glands such as Surf Boarding, Parasailing etc. To complete your experience, Goa offers an extremely exciting nightlife with pubs, casinos and affordable beer.
In case you?re planning to rent a motorbike or a scooter to get around, do not forget to carry your driving license along.
Paradise of Goa, if you are in Goa this is the place where you should visit and I vet you will spend your whole day on this beach...
If you're planning a trip between June-September, don't forget to carry your rain gear. The Rain gods have quite a reputation of being holiday spoilers in Goa.
I had visited 7 beaches in north Goa. Calangute is the best one in the list. Big Beach and ideal for swimming. More than 40 beaches in Goa But I have No time in my trip. Next time I will visit other beaches.
Awesome,dona paula dont look like a sea appearance but a bridge surrounded by three sides water and full of water sports it is a must visit place.
Don't forget to carry beachwear, sunscreen, hat, a pair of flip-flops, and sunglasses.
By Sneha Tripathy
How much minimum budget will be fine? Will 10000 rs is sufficient for 2days goa trip?