Goa can be conveniently reached; thanks to its smooth connectivity with major Indian cities. Dabolim International Airport in Goa is connected with the rest of the country by various domestic airlines as well as international major cities in U.K. and Germany. Tourists can also reach Goa through road via regular bus services. The nearest bus station is Kadamba bus stand in Panaji. Buses also ply between Goa and major cities of Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, and Hyderabad. Railway connectivity is available in main railway stations - Vasco da Gama, Madgaon, and Thivim. Goa by train routes are well-connected by broad gauge railway that connects Goa with major cities in India.
As the climate of Goa is tropical, it is pleasant round the year. The union territory receives showers from June to September. However, the best time to visit Goa is from October to March, when it experiences a huge influx of tourists. During this time, the days are balmy and evenings are breezy. In the month of December, tourists teem in as the festive season sets in.
When it comes to places to visit in Goa, the list is unbeatable. Dating back to the Portuguese period, Goa is divided in two parts – North Goa and South Goa. And both parts are packed with numerous places of interest. Marvel at the Portuguese structures in North Goa that include the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Chapora Fort, and Fort Aguada. South Goa is more about adventure activities and nature’s splendor. Several wildlife sanctuaries such as Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary are worth a visit that teems with flora and fauna. Dudhsagar Falls also commands a visit.
This small union territory of India is replete with scenic beaches that offer stunning sunset views for a visual treat. Tourists having different inclinations can visit beaches in both, North and South Goa to satiate their vacation delight.
For those looking forward to some adventure, the beaches of North Goa are perfect. Holidaymakers can enjoy water activities such as scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, paragliding, and banana boat rides. Among the most famous beaches where watersports can be enjoyed are Calangute beach, Baga beach, Vagator beach, and Anjuna beach.
Beaches of South Goa are a haven of scenic charm and serenity. It is home to pristine beaches that are perfect spots for spending some secluded times. Some of the most visited South Goa beaches are Colva beach, Benaulim beach, Palolem beach, and Butterfly beach.
There are various flea markets for pocket-friendly shopping in Goa. Flea markets in North Goa sell handicrafts, clothes, accessories, hammocks, pottery, jewelry, trinkets, and much more local items at super affordable prices. In North Goa, tourists can go shopping at Bicholim, Saturday Night Market in Arpora, Anjuna Market on Wednesday, and Mapusa Market on Friday. Some of the best places for shopping in South Goa are Covered Margao Market, Palolem Beach Market, Colva Beach Market, Margao Municipal Market, and Gandhi Market.
Goa is also known for its festive celebrations. The famous Goa Carnival, Christmas, and New Year Eve are known to all. However, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Three Kings Feast, Grape Escapade, Goa Food & Culture Festival, Goa Cashew & Coconut Festival, Sao Joao Festival, Vasco Saptah, Shigmo, Sunburn, Bonderam Festival, and Goa Mango Festival are among other festivals of Goa.
The cuisine of Goa reflects Portuguese, Hindu, and Muslim culture mélange. It also offers coastal Konkan flavors with coconut and fish as staples. Authentic Goan food to try include vindaloo, Crab xec xec, Prawn balchão, bebinca, sanna, Goan red rice, Chouris pão, poee, feni, kokum, toddy, and Port wines. There are many cafes and beach shacks in North Goa to savor authentic Goan cuisine.
The nightlife of Goa is so happening that makes it one of the must-visit places in India. Both North and South Goa are dotted by several places to party. To enjoy throughout the night, tourists can head to various North Goa nightclubs. Beach parties and full-moon parties are unparalleled attractions here. North Goa also has many offbeat things to do at night such as cruise tours and a bike night ride. Casinos in Goa are also good places to try your luck and enjoy the nightlife.
Accommodation in Goa is available for tourists of every budget. There are several hotels, hostels, beach shacks, homestays, and resorts to stay in Goa. North Goa offers easily affordable accommodation options with warm hospitality. Additionally, holidaymakers can enjoy the picturesque scenery and easy connectivity to get around from these accommodation options in North Goa.
Latest Information on Travelling to Goa
The beach shacks of Goa attracts a lot of tourists from across the country. The shacks on the North Goa beaches of Calangute, Anjuna, and Candolim are likely to open from November with the necessary safety guidelines.
Several resorts have now opened in Goa to welcome guests. The Tourism Department of Goa has permitted them to allow guests to stay with the best hygiene and sanitization.
Casinos in Goa opened on November 1 with the government’s permission. They are told to follow all the SOPs with 50% capacity.
All adventure lovers can travel to this beach haven as the Government of Goa has finally permitted water sports and river cruises. However, operators have been told to strictly follow the rules and guidelines laid down by the government.