Goa is an Indian state lying on the southwestern coast of India, within the region known as the Konkan. It is a gold mine of architecture, heritage, and sandy beaches.
Portugal architecture is an attraction for those who are architecture fanatics.
The white sandy beaches, nightlife, adventure sports, etc. are an experience to be treasured after visiting Goa.
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Goa boasts of a large number of domestic and international tourists.
Tourists visit Goa for its white-sand beaches, nightlife, historical places of worship, and World Heritage-listed site.
The biggest tourist attractions in Goa are water sports at the Baga and Calangute beaches.
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Adventure Sports like jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, water scooter rides, and many more are undertaken at these beaches.
Historic Sites And Neighborhoods
Goa features two of the most famous World Heritage Sites
The Bom Jesus Basilica: It holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, regarded by many Catholics as the patron saint of Goa. (the patron of the Archdiocese of Goa is actually Saint Joseph Vaz).
The statue of bleeding Jesus on the Crucifix at the Santa Monica Convent, in Velha Goa.
Churches (Igorzo), like the baroque styled Nixkollounk Gorb-Sombhov Saibinnich Igorz (the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception) in Panaji.
Historic places in Goa are the best sites to spend an awesome time with your family.
The Gothic-styled, Mater Dei (Dêv Matechi Igorz/ Mother of God) church in Saligao and the various other churches having their s own style and heritage, besides Kopelam/ Irmidi (chapels), they are all a treat to the eye of an art lover.
Museums And Science Centre
There are three prominent museums,
The Goa State Museum, located near Calangute
The Naval Aviation Museum and
The National Institute of Oceanography, in Goa.
The Goa Science Centre is in Miramar, Panaji, while the National Institute of Oceanography, India (NIO) in Dona Paula. The Museum of Goa is a privately owned contemporary art gallery in Pilerne Industrial Estate, near Calangute. These all are covered in the Goa Holiday package.
The main local festivals of Goa are Christmas, Easter, Carnival, Diwali, Shigmo, Chavoth, Samvatsar Padvo, Dasara etc.
The world-famous goa Carnival (Sunburn Festival) and Christmas-New Year celebrations attract many tourists.
Best Time To Visit Goa
The best time to visit Goa is during Mid-November to Mid-February. It is during these months that the goa weather is pleasantly cool and comfortable. Also December is the time for Goa’s most popular festival, Sunburn, besides Christmas, and New Year celebrations.
The goa tour packages for couple during this period are at premium, this being the peak season.
If one is looking for a budgeted tour package for couples in Goa, then the period from Mid-June to October is most recommended, If you love the monsoon and the lush green countryside, that the rain Gods turn Goa into.
Moreover, you can get a customised Goa tour package from Delhi, Mumbai or other cities and get amazing deals on Goa trip packages.
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Exploring And Enjoying Goa
How to explore and enjoy all the sights mentioned above. The options are many and very exciting.
You could hire a motorbike typical Royal Enfield, or a Sooty and ride pillion, while enjoying:
The enchanting contrast, between the tropical green jungles, the Portuguese colonial architecture and the misty sandy beaches, all making for an unforgettable adventure.
For the couple there are local Taxi’s available, which you could hire for going around all the places.
For the shopaholic, the local flea market (street market) is literally a dream come true.
The air is packed with fragrant spices, handmade trinkets and stylish clothes
Feast On Local Goa Cuisine
For some, a trip to Goa is a food pilgrimage. With its coastal location, Goa has access to some of India’s best seafood – a goa prawn/crab curry washed down with a Kingfisher beer is a one-way ticket to food heaven!
Make sure you try Chouriço de Goa; a nod to the region’s Indo-Portuguese heritage in the form of a cured pork sausage. It’s a unique dish that you won’t find elsewhere in India.
The mix of cultures that have made Goa their home has contributed to a vibrant food scene that knows how to excite (or set fire to) the taste buds!
Ros omelette is one of the most popular snacks and street foods in Goa, it is traditionally sold on food carts on streets.
Saturday Night Bazaar
We just can’t get enough of the markets in Goa, and every Saturday night Aguada comes to life with a massive bazaar. Not just a top shopping market, there’s a dedicated space for live shows, local bands playing and pop up bars which make for an amazing atmosphere. A few cheap beers, street food and live music here sounds like a pretty dreamy way to start any night out.
Do go chasing waterfalls, don’t just stick to the beaches, hostels and the hotels you’re used to.
If you only have time for one day of waterfall frolics, then Dudhsagar Falls is a good choice. Dudhsagar Falls (literally Sea of Milk) is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa. It is 60 km from Panaji by road and is located on the Madgaon-Belagavi rail route about 46 km east of Madgaon and 80 km south of Belgaum. Dudhsagar Falls is amongst India's tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet). The falls is located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park among the Western Ghats.. The area is surrounded by deciduous forests with rich biodiversity.
One can also arrange to visit the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park.
It is a 240 square kilometres (93 sq mi) protected area located in the Western Ghats of South India, in Goa State, along the eastern border with Karnataka. It contains several important temples dating to the Kadambas of Goa, and home to waterfalls, such as Dudhsagar Falls and Tambdi Falls. The parkland is also home to a community of nomadic buffalo herders known as the Dhangar.
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You can also avail of the centers where therapeutic and meditative – yoga, tai-chi, Reiki and Ayurveda (to name a few) are widely practiced. While other parts of India are great for this too, Goa has the advantage of the picturesque beaches as a backdrop and loads of wellness cafes for a healthy post-class munch. Don’t worry if you’re inexperienced – nobody cares and classes cater for all levels!
However, if you’re already a keen yogi then consider taking it up a level. You’ll find courses that are both rewarding and challenging. As well as being great for your personal wellbeing, you can become a certified yoga teacher at the end of it.
How To Reach Goa
Goa Is Accessible By Air
The Dabolim Airport lies just 29 kilometers from the state’s capital, Panjim. It is well connected by daily flights from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin, and Bangalore.
The airport caters to scheduled domestic and international air services. Goa has scheduled international connections to Doha, Dubai, Muscat, Sharjah and Kuwait in the Middle East by airlines like Air Arabia, Air India, GoAir, Indigo, Oman Air, SpiceJet and Qatar Airways
There are a number of public as well as private bus operators in Goa, which offer options for intra-city and inter-city conveyance. KSRTC, MSRTC and KTC are some of the Government undertakings that operate from Panaji, Madgaon, and Vasco Da Gama. Goa enjoys a daily bus service from important cities like Mumbai and Pune.
The two major railheads in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim, which are well connected by trains from all over the country.
Goa features a tropical monsoon climate under the Köppen climate classification.Goa, being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, has a hot and humid climate for most of the year.
The State's Three Seasons Are
The Southwest monsoon period (June – September)
Post-monsoon period (October – January)
Fair-weather period (February – May).