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 clear 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.
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.
INR 9,000 - 60,000
INR 2,814 - 3,350
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.
Day 1 - Arrive at Goa and hire a bike, scooter or a car to visit Baga Beach and Calangute Beach. Indulge yourself in water sports like Parasailing and Jet Ski. Have lunch at Brittos. End the day with dinner at Mambo's or with a party in Tito's.
Day 2 - Get up early in the morning and visit Fort Aguada and Fort Chhapora followed by Chhapora Beach. In the afternoon visit the churches - Basilica of Bom Jesus and Lady of Immaculate Conception. End the day with a party at Club Cabana.
Day 3 - Take a road trip to up North. Visit Morjim, Arambol Beach and Candolim Beach.
Spend the evening in Casino Cruise ship at Panjim Jetty. You may visit Dona Paula or Miramar before the cruise.
Day 4 - You can spend the day visiting Panjim on your day of return. Take a walk through the streets enjoying the colonial architecture.
Goa, in the Hindu Scriptures, has been named as Gomanta which means the region of cows. It is believed that Parashurama, the sixth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu was the creator of the Goan region. A legend says that he along with ten sages had performed fire sacrifices in the lands of Goa. The gist of Sanskritisation in Goa's culture is said to be originated with the settlement of Parashurama and the sages from North following whom the people of Goa carry Brahminical hegemony. Walking down the lane of its History we come across another legend according to whom Goa is considered sacred for its spiritually cleansing touch.
Read more about History Of Goa
Goa beaches are famous across the country and it is the place associated most with beautiful beaches and with so many of these out there, read this guide to get down to the 35 best beaches in Goa!
If spent wisely Goa is not a costly place to visit. There are hotels which offer rooms at INR 200 per night basis whereas other up-market hotels offer rooms for INR 2,000-10,000. Goa will cost you INR 7000 (inclusive of food and exclusive of water sports) per person for a week if you choose Budget and Mid-range hotels. At times travellers wish to stay for a longer period of time and hence a long stay might cost you INR 3500-8000 per month, depending on the location.
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. Goan food with its unique combination of coconut, rice, and spices form a rich Portuguese as well as South Indian cuisine.
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.
Making your food hunt easier here are some famous restaurants which you may visit -
Thalassa for Greek Salads and Grills, La Plage for French Mediterranean Cuisine, Brittos, a plethora of Seafood and Multi-Cuisine, Souza Lobo for Goan Seafood dishes
Read more about Beach Shacks Of Goa
Waves for Seafood and Italian Cuisine, Zeebop for Goan and North-Indian Cuisine, Home for European Cuisine, Smugglers Inn for British Cuisine, Bean Me Up for American, and Kamaxi Hotel for Goan food
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...
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.
Goa has been a pleasure. Anthonys was good for karaoke but only English. I tried a new place and they had karaoke in Kannada, bangla, spanish, russian Konkani,English and hindi. I was shocked to see so many customers from different walks of life and different cultures have so much fun together. I found their website if you would like to check it out. http://krishnafamilybarandrestaurant.in/
- Don't forget to carry beachwear, sunscreen, hat, a pair of flip-flops, and sunglasses.
- 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.
- In case you?re planning to rent a motorbike or a scooter to get around, do not forget to carry your driving license along.
- At night, do not go the beach, especially alone. It might not be a very safe thing to do.
Big Beach and ideal for swimming. More than 40 beaches in Goa But I have No time in my trip.flakytravel.com
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By Sneha Tripathy
How much minimum budget will be fine? Will 10000 rs is sufficient for 2days goa trip?