The former Portuguese colony of Goa is one of the most sought-after destinations in India. Situated on the western coast of India, the state is blessed with many attractions including, sun drenched beaches, forts, churches and beach resorts, colonial charm. Last but not the least it is the culture that makes it different from other states of India. However Goa's main claim to fame are its beaches.
Mumbai is the nearest international airport. Goa is a 45 min flight from Mumbai or you can come to Goa cheaply on a 14-hour bus or train journey. Apart from this, several charter companies fly into Goa's Dabolim Airport direct from the European countries. There are also regular flights between Dabolim Airport and Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Udaipur, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. With the completion of the 760km Konkan Railway Mumbai has been linked with Goa while the later has been linked to Mangalore in the south. As a result there has been dramatic cut in the travel times along the western coast of India. There is also option for buses, which play from Panaji and Margao to Mumbai, Mysore and Bangalore.
Travel to Goa by Air
Goa's international airport is Dabolim, at a distance of 29 km from Panaji, on the coast near Vasco da Gama. Most domestic airlines operate here apart from the chartered private airlines operating from UK and Germany. There are direct flights to Goa from Delhi and Mumbai daily.
Travel to Goa by Rail
Reaching Goa by train is easy from Mumbai (490 km), Bangalore (430 km), and Delhi (1874 km). Goa's two main stations are at Margao and Vasco da Gama.
Travel to Goa by Road
Panaji's Kadamba bus stand links Goa with neighboring states like Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
Travel to Goa by Water
Frank Shipping operates the boat service between Mumbai and Panaji.
Travel in Goa
Getting round Goa is quite easy. One can find bus as well as rent-a-car services. A unique experience is that of the motorcycle taxi. Several ferry services are also available.