Goa is a pristine land blessed with Beautiful landscape, rich natural resources and wonderful blend of Portuguese and Indian culture. Swaying palms, Pristine white sands and sparkling blue water are the three main component of this beautiful land. Goa is an amazing place with its unspoilt beaches and a unique lifestyle make it distinguishable from the rest of India. However, this state, nestled in Western Ghats and bordered by the Arabian Sea, provides more charm to the state. Rich in natural abundance of flora and fauna, the ghats region of Goa is a perfect reverse of the bustling and sizzling beaches of Goa. The region is seeing a surge in ecotourism and sustainable development in the area thus, conserving environment as well as broadening the scope of tourism in the state. Beautiful rivulets, spectacular falls, towering rock hills, thick foliage of green and wide variety of Flora and fauna species makes the state a heaven for nature lovers.
Now, to complement the naturally blessed resources there is the rich culture and heritage of Goa. A Portuguese colony for centuries, this area is perfect blend of Portuguese and Indian customs and culture. The people of Goa live with a simple motto of Live Life to the fullest and enjoy. The Unique joie de vivre lifestyle of the Goans is unique and unmatched in entire India. The heritage of Goa is rich with Churches, Temples and Forts all from the era of Portuguese rule. Enjoy the heart warming dinning with the spicy delicacies of Goa combined with its own blend of Cashew Feni. Enliven your evening with a romantic cruise in the rivers of Goa. Surround yourself with hippies, party hoppers and animated crowds at the night and finally unwind yourself in the exotic resorts. Goa offers a great experience to the tourists and has everything for everyone. Come and enjoy the atmosphere of exuberance, enjoy the hospitality of the naïve Goans, unwind yourself in the pristine and exotic beaches, enjoy the adrenaline rush of water sports, climb uphill in the Ghats, cross the rivulets and treat yourself by being close to the nature, have a river cruise watching sunset, enjoy the nightlife in Goa. Goa is a one stop destination, offering lifetime experience to tourist from different parts of the world.
Things to do in Goa
Goa Budget Holiday with Tangerine Resort
Stay at Tangerine Resort for a great budget holiday in Goa. Located on Calangute- Candolim Main Road, it is in close proximity with major beaches of Goa being Calangute, Baga and Candolim beaches. It provides easy access to various places of interest, flea markets and clubs and casinos for having great fun on your vacation. The hotel offers 36 comfortable and convenient rooms with dedicated services and required amenities including private pool-facing balconies and pocket spring mattresses for relaxed sleep in all rooms. Take Ayurvedic Spa or a refreshing swim and head for authentic Punjabi Food at The Wagah Border Restaurant.
Baywatch Resort Goa with Flight
Located in a nice quiet area steps away from Colva Beach, Baywatch Resort makes for a great stay at Goa. Enjoy true Goan hospitality, comfortable rooms with all amenities and perfect ambience for ultimate relaxation. Restore your mind and body with finest spa treatments in Ayurveda and Aromatherapy. Enjoy a refreshing swim, work out at the fully equipped gym, relax in Jacuzzi or attain peace in yoga sessions. Enjoy true Goa fun when the sun sets down at the exciting theme nights organised at the hotel itself and savour delicious cuisines at any of the hotel’s dining options.
Cidade De Goa- Pure Delight!
Cidade de Goa is one of the most preferred places to stay for Goa addictives. It offers an amazing private beach, a beautiful swimming pool with sea views, and in-house facilities for water sports. It says to be a mini Goa in Goa. The comfortable rooms provide fantastic sea views from private balconies. Enjoy the peaceful yoga and meditation sessions at Pavitra followed by a pampering spa. Enjoy Goa at its best!
Relaxing Getaway in Goa Beach House
On secluded sands of Sernabatim Beach amidst plush greenery, Goa Beach House is a wonderful place to stay. It provides unlimited fun and amazing peace of mind at the same time. Inviting beaches, golden sun, soft sand and shining sea make for a superb holiday. All the guest rooms are truly charming. While the exterior is impressively inviting, the interiors are warm and cozy and appreciate elegance and luxury. Enjoy swimming at the hotel’s pool or swim against the waves only if you are that good. Enjoy fresh seafood with chilled beer. Get lost in unlimited fun life of Goa.
Goa enjoys tropical monsoon climate and being closer to the equator it has a hot and humid climate. Summers are hot and humid with moth of May registering maximum temperature. The monsoon rains hit the land at the beginning of June and continue till September providing relief from intense heat. Winters are mild and pleasant and generally start from mid December and remain till February.
Goan cuisine is unique and is full of spices, aromas and sea food. The Goan cuisine is a fine blend of Portuguese and local flavours. Dishes like prawn balchao and kingfisher in garlic have strong Portuguese style of cooking and flavours. Rice with fish curry also known as (Xit Kodi) is the staple food of Goa. Coconut and coconut oil are widely used in Goan cooking style and chilli, peppers, spices and vinegar being the most common ingredients. Pork dishes like Vindalhoo, Xacuti and Sorpotel are cooked for major festivals. Khatkhate is a very popular dish, it is a stew comprising of at least five vegetable, fresh coconut and spices. Being close to Karnatake and Kerala, south Indian dishes are widely available like Dosa, sambars and idlies. Bebinca is a rich egg-based multi-layered sweet dish. The most popular alcoholic beverage in Goa is feni made from Cashew and coconut. Most beaches of Goa have shacks which offer brilliant sea food and it is a great dining experience.
Best Time to Visit
Winters are the best time to visit Goa when temperature is mild, soft continuous sea breeze blowing throughout the state and the seas are clam. This is time when you can simply laze on the white beaches, enjoy swimming in calmer seas or savour the Goan seafood in a beach shack. However, this is also the peak time and is fully crowded with tourist. Prices soar high and finding accommodation is like a trouble. Monsoon is the time which the local Goans feel the best time when Goa looks even more pristine. It is the time when entire state turns green and usual tourist trap is not present. You will have the entire stretch of beaches at your disposal and is the perfect environment when you can simply laze in your resorts of beach houses and relax. Summers feel stuffy and humid. Heat is unbearable and seas are often at high tide. Travelling and exploring within the state may not be a pleasant affair. In the mid February- March, Goa celebrates the Goa Carnival festival which is the time when entire Goa celebrates. The ambience turn into a festive spirit and long colourful procession with many interesting costumes, exhibits, Folk dances and music pass through the entire state. This is the best time to visit Goa.
How to Reach
By Air: Goa has one airport present at Dabolim in Vasco. Goa is connected by some international flights but arrive via Mumbai. The state is well connected with rest of the Indian cities by the various domestic airlines. Many domestic airlines have daily flights to and from Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kozhikode. Domestic Airlines includes Kingfisher airlines, spicejet, Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Air Deccan, Indigo, Go Air, Paramount Airways and MDLR Airways.
By Train: Goa is well connected with entire India through a vast and wide network of Indian Railways. Major express trains make scheduled stops in Madgaon, Vasco and Thivim railway stations. Rail travel is an exciting option and you will get a glimpse of the geographical region and cultural practices.
By Bus: There are regular buses both private and state owned connect Goa with the other Indian cities. Buses ply between Mumbai and Pune are frequent. Government-run buses, operated by the Kadamba Transport Corporation, link both major routes (like the Panjim–Margao route) and some remote parts of the state. In large towns such as Panjim and Margao, intra-city buses ply. State buses of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujrat and Maharashtra also connect Goa with major cities of south India.