Goa or Pearl of the Orient is one of the best tourist destinations in India. Beaches and more beaches, this part of India is dotted with a long coastline along the cerulean waters of the Arabian Sea. India’s most favored holiday destination, Goa still reflects an unparalleled charm of the yesteryear’s and the contemporary. This former Portuguese colony has more to offer to its tourists than just beaches.
Best time to visit in Goa
The best time to travel to Goa is during the months of October through March. The weather is pleasant. The summer temperatures in Goa range between 25 degree Celsius and 35 degree Celsius. In winter, temperature ranges between 15 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius.
What to pack for Goa?
It is best to travel light. You can carry shorts, beachwear, T-shirts, jeans, sandals, sun screen lotion, cap, sunglasses, and cotton wear. Make sure you also carry your prescription medicines. You can prepare a checklist and pack your baggage accordingly.
Highlights of holiday in Goa
Tourist attractions in Goa include churches, beaches, forts, and cities. Goa Carnival is also one of the main attractions.
Churches in Goa:
Churches you can visit in Goa include Basilica of Bom Jesus, Reis Magos Church, and Se Cathedral. There are many other churches too.
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Beaches in Goa:
Beaches of Goa have attracted travelers from all over the world. The most popular beaches include Calangute, Colva, Vagator, Majorda, Varca, Anjuna, and Dona Paula.
Forts in Goa:
Other popular tourist places to visit in Goa
Other attractions include the Dudhsagar Falls, Bondla National Park, Bhagvan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and Spice plantation sites in Ponda. At the spice plantation sites, you can find out how spices like betel nut, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, cashew, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom are produced. Cities you can explore are Panaji, Margao, Vasco Da Gama, and Mapusa.
Things to do in Goa
There is ample opportunity for entertainment in Goa. Most of the tourists engage themselves in recreational activities. Few such activities include parasailing, wind surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, and motor riding. You can also visit the flea market at Anjuna Beach. Goa Carnival is undoubtedly an important attraction. It is held every year in February. Good food, plenty of fun and excitement, music, dance, DJ performances, and merrymaking are high on the list of agenda for all Goans. So, you can participate in the event and explore Goan culture closely.
Holidays in Goa can be planned for different reasons; honeymoon is one of the reasons, though families and solo backpackers equally enjoy in the beach state. Hotels in Goa are available in all budget ranges. From homestays, beach camps, budget hotels, water villas to luxury resort in Goa, one can choose from the diverse accommodations.
How to reach Goa
Regular flights to Goa arrive and leave Dabolim Airport. All major airline companies operate their fights. Railway stations where you can alight are Madgaon (the main railway station), Karmali Railway Station, and Vasco Da Gama Railway Station. National Highways 17A, 4A, and 17 connect all major cities across India.