States Goa

GOA TRAVEL GUIDE

Sandy beaches, warm sunsets, beautiful villages and an atmosphere filled with joy are some of the elements that make Goa a popular beach tourist destination in India. It is not only the scenic beaches but also the tropical climate of Goa that can make one fall in love and create an urge to explore more about the place by visiting time and again. In addition to this, Goa is a perfect travel destination for those seeking for yoga and ayurveda retreat or indulge in enthralling adventure to get a holistic travel experience. For the travellers planning a trip to this priceless destination of India anytime soon, the Goa Travel Guide will cover with all that one can do to make the trip a memorable one.

Capital: Panaji Location: Western Coast of India

Best Time to Visit Goa:

Goa has a tropical climate and can be visited all throughout the year with each season offering an amazing experience to the travellers. Summers in Goa are more popular with families and kids whereas the destination in monsoon let the tourist indulge in some of the water activities. Goa in winter season experiences cool and comfortable weather making it a perfect time for sunbathing.

Why Visit Goa?

For water sports activities, shopping in flea markets, visiting the churches, adventure tourism, honeymoon destination, nightlife, casinos, dolphin sighting, luxury vacation, yoga, ayurveda, photography tour, heritage tour, enjoying on a cruise, sunbathe and sunset watching, savor the delectable seafood and organising destination weddings.

Temperature
  • 21°C to 37°C

    Summer
    April to June

  • 21°C to 39°C

    Monsoon
    July to September

  • 17°C to 32°C

    Winter
    October to March

An Insight into Goa Tourism

Holidaying in Goa sounds amazing and thrilling at the same time as with the serene beaches the state has a plethora of top things to do that is sure to melt the heart of the travellers. Having a tranquil atmosphere with the essence of western culture in the traditional land of India, this unparalleled state has become one of the most popular and preferred tourism destination for travellers of all genre. Right from the palm-fringed beaches to the spice garden, from seafood to nightlife, all complement each other that boosts the exceptionality of the small yet vibrant state of India.

On visiting Goa with family or friends, tourists can unwind themselves on the white sand beaches with some of the popular beaches of Goa including Anjuna Beach, Aguada Beach, Candolim Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Palolem Beach, Agonda Beach, Colva Beach. While those travellers with the love for beach parties can choose to head to Baga and Calangute Beach. Some of the beaches in Goa are less crowded which makes them a perfect place for the ones seeking privacy and tranquillity, letting them make the most of their sightseeing tour in Goa. One such is the Mandrem Beach which is calm and soothing letting the travellers make special moments of a honeymoon or a relaxing holiday utterly memorable.

Heading to witness the unprecedented architecture of Goa, churches, cathedrals and forts stands imposing being the popular tourist places in Goa. Majority of the churches in Goa date back to the sixteenth and seventeenth century, of which the must-visit includes the Basilica of Bom Jesus which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and exhibits Baroque architecture, Se Cathedral which is popular for the golden bell and is believed to be one of the best in the world and the largest in Goa, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception which has a big bell tower inside the church which boast to be the second largest in Goa, Church of St. Francis of Assisi which was built by the Portuguese in 1661, Church of St. Cajetan gives the feel of being in Rome. The state even boasts the historic forts that have undoubtedly faced the harsh ravages of nature but still stands erect being the prime attractions in Goa. These forts are Corjuem Fort, Reis Magos Fort, Cabo Fort, Chapora Fort, Aguada Fort, Terekhol Fort and Mormugao Fort.

The tourism of Goa also gives the opportunity to the adventure enthusiasts to indulge in the water sports activities including parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, to dinghy sailing. The prominent destinations in Goa where tourists can enjoy these activities include the Dona Paula Bay for windsurfing and dinghy sailing, water skiing in Candolim Beach, Calangute beach for parasailing, water scooter ride in Dona Paula Jetty. Also, one can even get indulge in Angling in Agonda Beach.

Goa even renders an excellent opportunity to the travellers in attaining complete rejuvenation of body, mind, and soul by getting soaked in the soothing powers of Ayurveda and Yoga. On visiting the Ayurvedic centres in Goa, tourists can choose to undergo the relaxation and rejuvenation that revitalizes the energy and mood. For the night party lovers, Goa let the tourists come across the vibrancy of nightlife where one can descend at the pubs, bars, restaurants and discotheques. Also, Goa is home to offshore and onshore floating casinos where tourists can cheer up the Goan nightlife. Out of many, Casino Royale is known to be the best casino in Goa. The other popular ones where tourist can head to are Casino Pride, Casino Carnival, Chances Casino and Resort and Dunes at the Zuri Sands.

Other than this, tourists can even seek divine intervention in the temples and mosques that are seen tucked in the state including Mangesh Temple and Safa Shahouri Mosque. Last but not the least, for the wildlife buffs, Goa Tourism has wildlife reserves where one can spot a variety of rich flora and fauna. The popular wildlife sanctuaries in Goa include Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary & Mollem National Park, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.

There are plenty of things to do and see when on a vacation with family and friends in Goa. Tour My India proffers best tourism packages for Goa that suits the traveller's needs and preferences. Also, the travel guide includes detailed information on the places to visit, things to do and shop, places to eat and how to reach. Information on varied Goa tour packages is dissimilated so that travellers can make choices according to their way.

Top Hotels and Resorts in Goa

With pristine beaches, amazing nightlife, charming churches, Goa Tourism has a number of hotels and resorts with every kind of amenity one can imagine. Featuring high-end infinity pools, fine dining restaurants, world-class spas, casinos and nightclubs, resorts and hotels in Goa is sure to make your vacation a memorable one. While some may go for luxury, others would love to travel at the cost of luxury and that is why Goa also has a number of mid-range and budget hotels. Travellers can find all the luxury, mid-range and budget resorts in the areas including Bardez, Calangute, Cavelossim, Benaulim, Candolim, Bogmalo and Mandrem. These hotels and resorts have emerged to be one of the keys to the tourism boom with amazing facilities that travellers can choose according to their needs and preferences.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Goa

The sun-kissed beaches being the top tourist attraction in Goa, there are a number of other places to visit in Goa. Right from the vibrant flea markets to stunning Portuguese architecture of the forts and churches, every place has its own uniqueness that leaves the tourists spellbound by its beauty.

Top Things to Do On Your Holiday to Goa

The state is home to important beaches where tourists can enjoy sunbathing and capture the mesmerising views of the sunset. Other than being a beach destination in India, the state offers the tourists incredible locations for honeymoon holidays, family tours and solo ventures, indulging in heart-throbbing water activities, holistic healing like Ayurvedic treatment like Yoga and Reiki along with sightseeing in wildlife sanctuaries of Goa and more.

Goa Travel Information at a Glance