Goa is a land of festivities, and celebrations are a way of life here. Famous for its beautiful beaches which are dotted with swaying palm trees and an amazing nightlife, it’s a place embraced by happiness. However, there is much more to Goa than its beaches. It combines the charm of the old world with the glamour of the modern age. Casinos exist side by side here with churches, perhaps the oldest in the country. It surprises its guests with unique experiences. One such experience is a tour to the spice plantations where the visitor is introduced to everything about spice.
This is the reason why Goa is visited by honeymooners and families throughout the year, and particularly so during special occasions like Christmas and New Year. What is fascinating is the fact that every beach offers an experience different from the other. From Dona Paula to Colva and Majorda, every beach is a delight in itself, either offering spectacular views or thrilling water sports like parasailing, Jet-skiing and windsurfing, among others.
The museums too, offer a valuable insight into its past history and heritage. The cultural aspect of this state is on full display at Goa’s Institute Menezes Braganza. Another major attraction are the forts, most of which offer magnificent views of the Arabian Sea and are repositories of history.
How to Reach Goa
Goa is well connected to major states of India. Go through the details and select your preferred mode of transport:
Connectivity via Flight:
The major airport of Goa is the Dabolim International Airport. It is located about 30 km away from Panjim city and can be easily accessed via local transport. It is well-connected to other cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Indore, and Kolkata. Globally it is connected to Dubai, Doha, London, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, and Krasnoyarsk.
- Domestic Airlines - Jet Airways, Air India, Vistara, and AirAsia
- International Airlines: Qatar Airways, Oman Air, SpiceJet, Nordwind
Connectivity via Train:
Traveling via trains is the most affordable mode of transport to explore Goa. It has two major railway stations — Margao and Vasco-da-Gama, both located in the southern area of the state, well-connected to several major cities in India.
The Konkan Railway Line unites Goa with cities on the western coast of India like Mumbai, Pune, Calicut, Bangalore, and Mangalore. The South Western Railway Line connects Goa with Belgaum, Hubli, Chennai, and various parts of the state of Karnataka.
- Popular Trains - Goa Sampark Kranti Express and Trivandrum Express
Connectivity by Road:
Goa is well connected via national highways such as NH4A, NH17, and NH17A. These highways unite Goa with other major states of India like Mumbai, Mangalore, Belgaum, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, and Chennai. Goa offers excellent accessibility via bus services as well. Bus services are operated from Goa to most towns and cities in neighboring states, such as Mumbai, Pune, Belgaum, Hubli, Bangalore, and Mangalore.
- Bus Services - The Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC)