A complete Goa travel guide, what to see and where to go!
Every year, Goa sees a large number of International tourists and is popular for its beaches, shacks, nightlife, churches with historic architectures. Being the smallest state in the country, Goa is known as the nation’s popular tourist destinations. Divided into North Goa & South Goa, North Goa serves as a place for happening parties while South Goa will take away from the monotonous life and is calm & serene.
Best time to visit Goa
One can travel to November to February, these are the peak season and based on Christmas Holidays, you can celebrate the festival & the New Year in Goan style around beaches & shacks. Also events like Goa Carnival, parades take place during Feb-March.
Weather in Goa
Goa is known for its pleasant weather throughout the year. June to September is the heavy rainfall season while months from October to March is pleasant and attracts tourists. December is considered the peak season and mostly the place is packed with tourists during New Year. April & May are hot and sees the increase in humidity.
Place to visit in Goa
The presence of the beautiful beaches in Goa is what makes it a major tourist attraction. Experience the sands and the nightlife in Goa and gorge upon traditional South Indian dishes.
Beaches in Goa
Around 30 beaches are spread across Goa and each beach has its own charm and speciality. Facing Canacona Island, Palolem beach is famous for its parties and silent discos. Morjim & Ashvem beaches are home to Olive Ridley turtles and you will find the cleanest shallow waters here. Anjuna Beach is located a walk away from Chapora Fort & the Albuquerque Mansion and offers a variety of water sports that will give you an adrenaline pump. Calangute beach is the most famous beach and always packed with tourists. You can enjoy staying in shacks and partying out in clubs at night. Other beaches that must be visited include Baga beach, Arambol, Mandrem & Assagao.
You can head to South Goa for calm beaches such as Colva, Palolem and Galgibaga and relax inquietude.
Chapora Fort: Built on Chapora river, this historical monument also got captured in the Bollywood movie “Dil Chahta Hai”. You can view the Vagator beach and glimpse of the Arabian sea from this fort.
Basilica de Bom Jesus: Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this old church is popular in the Roman Catholic world. It holds the remains of missionary Saint Francis Xavier. The church is around 400 years old and has precious stones carving.
Known for its diversity, Goan food includes fish curries, fruit rice and other seafood. A unique blend of Portuguese heritage and traditional Indian cooking is seen in the food of Goa. There are plenty of restaurants, vendors, shacks that will provide you authentic Goan food.
Party it out:
If you happen to visit Goa during November – February, you will witness the most popular festivals and many other parties happening every night. Anjuna beach hosts the most dreamy parties with music, drinks and quirky activities, so one can let hair down and enjoy.
Shop till you drop:
Goa will also fulfil the desires of Shopaholics as it has many flea markets and night bazaars. Some of the flea markets are Anuna Flea Market (footwear, jewellery), Mapusa Market (Dried and Fresh Fish, Spices, Pickles, Goa’s famous ‘chouricos’ sausages, Antiques, Textiles, and Handicrafts) Panjim Market (cashew nuts, spices), Calangute Market ( trinkets, carpets).
Goa is well-connected by roads and taxis can be rented in advance. Most people go for hiring cars and motorcycles and explore Goa on their own.
Suggested Tour Packages
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