Goa is India's smallest state , it is located on the west coast of India in the region known as Konkan . Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for 450 years till it was liberated from the portuguese to form a part of india on 19th december 1961. Goa, having been the meeting point of various races, religions and cultures of east and west over the centuries, has a distinctive style quite different from the rest of India.

Goa is famous for its beaches and places of worship, and tourism is its primary industry. Tourism is generally focused on the coastal areas of Goa. Foreign tourists, mostly from Europe, arrive in Goa in winter whilst the summer and monsoon seasons see a large number of Indian tourists. It is better known to the world as a former Portuguese enclave on Indian soil. Influenced by over 450 years of Portuguese rule and Latin culture, Goa presents a somewhat different representation of the country to foreign visitors.


Goa's beaches cover about 125 kilometres (78 mi) of its coastline. These beaches are divided into North and South Goa. North Goa is more commercial and touristy with an abundance of mostly low and medium budget tourist accommodations; whereas South Goa is where most higher–end hotels and private beaches are located. A notable exception in South Goa is Palolem Beach which features basic accommodation and is one of the most visited beaches in Goa. The further north or south you go, the more isolated the beaches get. Some of the more popular beaches are Colva, Calangute, Baga and Anjuna. These beaches are lined with shacks that provide fresh sea food and drinks. Some shacks arrange special events to attract more customers. Although most people come to Goa to relax and unwind there is more to Goa than just its fabulous beaches. Here are a few ideas of what Goa has to offer

The Portuguese colonized Goa for 450 years and this unique blend of Portuguese and Indian culture is evident in its architecture, mix of religions, cuisine and social structure. There are the colonial old quarters, the magnificent Mansion Houses built at the height of the Portuguese rule and Old Goa, the old capital, built as a testament to the Portuguese wealth and power. There are wildlife sanctuaries, over 400 different species of birds, market towns, a famous flea market which attracts sellers from all over India, designer shops and why not come at Christmas and the Easter Carnival and enjoy some real Goan-style dances. The exuberant Hindu festivals of Diwali and Holi are celebrated with as much enthusiasm by this multi-cultural and well-integrated society.

Goa should be experienced by being out and about. Early morning and late afternoon are perfect times for catching that magical rural scene of bullock cart and driver ambling along country lanes or the water buffaloes having their well deserved mud baths. Watch the sun rise over the River Sal, stand at Chapora harbour and select fish for that evening's meal, fresh from the boats, go to a village festival or Zatra and most of all, meet the people who are fun loving, generous and genuinely want you to have a great holiday.



Map Of Goa

Getting To Goa

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Night life is generally low-key and mainly centered around the good selection of small restaurants serving wonderful seafood with barbecued lobsters, tandoori tiger prawns and crabs. Try Goan specialties such as Pork Sorpotel - pork cooked in a spicy sauce and grilled pomfret with a masala stuffing and don't forget the beach shacks where you can sample home cooking. There are also a number of restaurants serving French, Italian, Thai and Chinese food.

Most hotels provide live entertainment, from local folk dancers to singer/guitarists who will serenade you at the table, to pop bands who can play the latest hits from the UK charts and many "golden oldies".

Fish is sold in the markets. There is plenty of variety; shell fish is particularly good with prawns tiger prawns, lobster, crabs and mussels. The most popular local fish are Pomfret and Kingfish.

English is the common language. The local language is Konkani and everyone speaks Hindi which is the official national language and Marathi is widely understood.

Tourist Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available in the main towns although do agree a price before you set off. Because of the state of the roads and driving we do not recommend hiring of two wheelers as they are a major cause of injury and sometimes death, in the hands of inexperienced riders.

Alcohol is widely available in Goa. Do sample the local Port Wine, Feni and Honey Bee Brandy.

There are three seasons in Goa :

  • Summer : Mid March to Mid June
  • Monsoon : Mid June to End of September
  • Winter : Late November to Mid February

There are many options of how to reach Goa

  • Flights Direct to Goa
  • Goa has an airport in Dabolim which is in central Goa and is easily accessible with many daily direct flights from many cities.

    From Delhi

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    From Mumbai

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    From Hyderabad

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    From Chennai

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    From Ahmedabad

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  • By Rail
  • The Konkan railway runs the length of the west coast from Mumbai to Trivandrum. It connects Goa to the rest of the Indian railway network and has slashed journey times and opened up parts of the countryside that you would never have previously seen. Mumbai to Goa is now 12 hours and Goa to Delhi is 22 hours by fast express trains. However, these timings can be optimistic and you should plan for delays. Discounted railway passes can be bought in advance which guarantee seat reservations www.konkanrailway.com .


  • By Road
  • Goa is also well connected by roads. NH4A, NH 17 and NH17A. There are bus services operating between Goa and most towns and cities in the neighboring states like Mumbai, Pune, Belgaum, Hubli, Bangalore, Mangalore etc.Most of the arrivals through roadways to Goa take place in the early hours of the morning, while departures are mainly in the afternoon.A journey between Mumbai, and Goa, via the roadways to Goa, takes approximately 12-16 hours .