Goa Goa is a favoured tourist destination of people from around the world. With its vast stretches of silvery beaches caressed by the sparkling blue Arabian Sea, this city offers its visitors a medley of old-world charm and modern sophistication. The hidden coves of Goa offer an unexplored territory for the adventurer in you. Despite being the smallest state in India, Goa boasts a quality of life which is ranked No. 1 in the country. Goa is home to two World Heritage sights, namely the Bom Jesus Basilica and the churches and convents of Old Goa.
The city has a very vibrant nightlife, ranked 6th in the world. Goa flaunts its Portuguese heritage in the many churches, temples and mansions spread across the city. The Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Aguada and the Wax Museum, showcasing the history, heritage and culture of India, are a few of the must-see attractions in Goa. The tantalizing Goan cuisine, made with aromatic spices, is yet another draw to this beautiful city. A kaleidoscopic tropical paradise, there is nowhere else in India quite like Goa.
Goa greens and wildlife makes for a nature lover's ideal hotspot. If you are a food adventurer, you may want to visit the gorgeous spice gardens and try a glassful of cashew feni. Goa provides a respite, not just for the tourists on an appointment with nature, it is also the place for crazy parties and a vivacious night-life. The ultimate tourist destination of India, Goa promises to be something special for all types of travellers.

  • Geography

    Goa is located on the western coast of the Indian Peninsula, the state is separated from Maharashtra by the Terekhol River in the north, Karnataka in the south, the Western Ghats in the east, and the Arabian Sea in the West. The state is located between the latitudes 15?48'00" North to 14?53'54" North and longitudes 74 East to 73 East.

    Goa as a region can be divided into four divisions - the Eastern Hill region comprising areas in the Western Ghats like Sattari, Ponda, Canacona, and Sanguem; the Central Valley Lands comprising Pernem, Bicholim, Ponda, Eastern Sanguem, and Quepem; the Flood Plains comprising the coastal plains and rolling uplands; and the Coastal Plains with areas of Tiswadi, Mormugao, Bardez, and Salcete.

  • Best Time to visit
    Best Time to visit

    Mid-November to Mid-February: These are the best months to visit the party capital since the weather is pleasantly cool and comfortable. It’s the perfect time to relax on the beaches amidst other tourists who make the most of these three months in Goa. December is the time when Goa witnesses one of its most popular festivals, Sunburn, besides extensive Christmas and New Year celebrations and is home to lakhs of visitors from across the world. You might want to book your hotels in advance since this is the peak season and prices of accommodation go way higher than you would imagine.

    March to May: This is the season when the temperature rises, the sea becomes rougher and the weather turns hot and humid. Not many people visit Goa between the months of March and May since there are not many activities to indulge in. However, the prices of hotels and home stays become way too reasonable in case you want to visit Goa for a three-to-four day break with your beloved, looking for peace and calm.One of the reasons to visit Goa during monsoons is also due to the festival of Sao-Joao (the fertility feast of Saint John the Baptist) that is held during late June. It’s an interesting event where men jump into wells that are overflowing to fetch bottles of the local alcohol called feni. You might get a good bargain at the hotels during this season.Mid-June to October: Mid-June to October is the time when the rains hit the beautiful Goa. There are parties across the length and breadth of Goa to welcome the rains. If you love the monsoon and the lush green countryside that the rain Gods turn Goa into, July to September is a great time to visit.

  • Arts and Culture
    Arts and Culture

    Goa, one of India's smallest states with an area of 3,702 sq km is cradled in the Sahayadri range in the Western Ghats. The vertical strip of the state begins from Tiracol in the north to Palolem in the south and is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south. Goa is India's most superior beach resort with superb beaches at least a million years old. Goa's beachnik lifestyle is best experienced during the winter months between October and the end of February.

    The best time to visit this land of enchanting beaches is November to February. Monsoon is not a good time to visit Goa as high tide prevails in the sea and shacks remain closed. Although monsoon season can be quite a treat for those who enjoy peace and rain.

  • Palolem beach
    Palolem beach

    Palolem beach is popular amongst tourists and for good reason: still retaining most of its natural serenity, Palolem has a whole host of activities — from spotting wildlife, to canyoning. If you want to spot some dolphins, the beach is lined with dozens of local boat owners and fishermen willing to take you out into the Arabian sea for a minimal fee.

    If, however, you don’t get lucky, Butterfly Island is just a boat-ride away! Secluded and unexplored by the masses, it’s clear blue waters {best explored at sun rise} make for a great place to spot fish, sea urchins and, of course, dolphins.

  • Anjula Flea Market
    Anjula Flea Market

    Apart from the famous Curlies, Anjuna has a flea market that attracts tourists in large numbers. The flea market is open only on Wednesdays and offers many things, right from fruits to clothes and accessories to electronic devices.

    It’s a favourite hangout among hippies and backbackers, among others. While you can find really unique items at this market, give your best shot at bargaining, coz you can avail some great deals!

  • Calangute Beach
    Calangute Beach

    Holding the spectacular beauty and charm with all the frantic nightlife of an ocean paradise, Calangute is your way to heaven. Encircled by palm and coconut trees, the beach is spread four miles along the Arabian Sea and nine miles from the Panaji. Accompanied by Candolim village that wings it towards south and crossroads of Baga towards north

    Calangute Beach forges the real attraction of Goa tourism. Here, the charms are multiplex like the exotic jewels hanging from the storefronts, local's warmth, or it could simply be the orphic sea-breezes that bring an imminent adventure. Due to its incredible beauty and serenity, it's known as the 'Queen of Beaches'.

  • Christmas

    Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. People make it a point to go and attend the mass at midnight. And after this, they decorate their homes with Christmas trees, cribs, stars as well as amazing lighting. People also eat sweets and give gifts to their family members and friends.

    Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. People make it a point to go and attend the mass at midnight. And after this, they decorate their homes with Christmas trees, cribs, stars as well as amazing lighting. People also eat sweets and give gifts to their family members and friends.

  • Paragliding

    Parasailing is a much sought after sport in Goa. People who love to soar high like a bird and have a bird's eye view of the coastline and the vast sea should try the parasailing sport. Para sailing is also known by the name of Para Ascending and is sure to set your pulses racing when you try it.

    For those who are seeking excitement and fun in Goa and want to do something different can try out scuba diving. The shallow shores of Goa are famous for their rich marine life. Though there are no gigantic coral reefs here, the scintillating underwater life is sure to fascinate you.

  • Dolphin View
    Dolphin View

    We love Goa, and spotting dolphins skipping through the waves, carefree and unrestricted has always been the cherry on our cake, and makes for some great photo ops too. Dolphin spotting isn’t an exact science, but at the very least you might want to be in the right area if you plan on increasing your odds

    More than that, it’s relaxing to see nature at its finest, and you might even catch a perfect Goan sunrise at the same time — sounds magical, right? It is! Either take a tour with the dolphin spotting experts, or find a local fisherman to take you out for a small fee. We’ve come up with a list of top places you can hit up, with a good chance that you’ll see some dolphins.

  • Banana Ride
    Banana Ride

    An inflatable boat similar to the shape of a banana is used for Banana Boat Rides in Goa. This boat is connected to a speed boat which drives it through the sea. During the ride, the driver of the powered boat attempts to flip the banana boat upside-down by doing sharp turns. Around 4 to 6 people can be accommodated in one banana boat.

    This is very joyful activity adorable by children and adults, especially being a part of a big group. Riding in a banana boat is considered to be a safer activity than water-skiing or other towed-water sports, and is similar to tubing. It is generally safe to ride at 4+ years. Riders should always wear life jackets for safety reasons