When people plan for wondering and decide the place, Goa come first in mind. Goa is the best destination place for travellers, because Goa provides everything for enjoyment and fun like tourist hotspots, water sports, beach shacks, eateries, clubs and pubs with white sand beaches, serene atmosphere.
Goa is located in Konkan Region, on the western coasts of India, flanked by the Arabian Sea.The union territory of Goa is sandwiched between the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. It is split into two district- North Goa and South Goa. North Goa includes the capital city of Panjim, the former capital of Old Goa, Fort Aguada and Candolim. South Goa includes Vasco da Gama Bogmalo, Margao, Colva and Benolem.
The Mauryan and Portuguese rule of Goa has had a great influence on its identity. Goa was once a part of the Mauryan Empire ruled by the emperor Ashoka. Under his rule Buddhist monks laid the foundation of Buddhism here. In 1510, the Portuguese took over Goa after defeating the ruling Sultan of Bijapur. Having ruled for around four centuries, in 1961, fourteen years after the country’s independence, the Portuguese had to leave Goa.
Fair & Festivals
Sunburn Festival- sunborn is an EDM festival held in the beach and party destination Vagator. It’s considered Asia’s biggest music festival. The festival is an amalgamation of music, entertainment, food and shopping. In 2009, it was ranked as the 9th best festival in the world by CNN.
Goa Carnival- the Carnival is celebrated only in the state of Goa, where it is known as ‘Intruz’. It was introduced by the Portuguese. The Carnival is celebrated for three days lauding the legendary King Momo. Night-long parades occur throughout the state with bands, dances and floats.
Goa, the best tourist place for India offers several tourist attractions. Beaches and churches are the key tourist attractions in Goa.The queen of India beaches, Calangute is a stretch of 7 km. Baga beach is a handy commuting point to Anjuna. At a distance of 7 km from Panaji is the beach of Dona, Paua, which is a good site for relaxation and sunbathing.The Dudhsagar waterfall and Arvalem waterfall attract many tourists every year. The rock-cut caves of Khandepar and Arvalem are also worth mentioning. The Pilar monastery, Saligao seminary, and Rachol seminary attract the religious minded travellers.
Anjuna Flea Market- one of the most famous markets of Goa, Anjuna Flea market is known to be the ‘hippie capital of Goa’ and is organised at the Anjuna beach on every Wednesday. You can get your hands on things pouring in from all across the country including bedspreads, saris, t-shirt, jewellery, and much more things from different states.
Mackie’s Night Bazaar at Baga- This market has shops owned by Indian as well as foreign nationals. Visitors can savor Indian, Goan, Tibetan and Chinese street food.The Goa state Museum, the Secretariat, the statue of Abbe Faria in the capital is a must see for lovers of art. The largest of the churches in Goa.
Best time to Visit
The fun and frolic Goa is one of the most popular destinations in India.Summer is the time when the heat peaks to its prime in Goa. Day temperatures stay in the mid-30s. As Goa resides on the shores of Arabian Sea, its weathers majorly carries a lot of humidity. Thus, a summer is the time when you are bound to experience heat with a lot of humidity.Goa welcomes the rains with a heart-warming welcome. Starting from the middle of June, frequent showers use to be the order of the day. If you love the monsoons, then Goa is certainly the place for you. Often the state is characterized by fun and frolic beach parties, but during the monsoons, the lush greenery of Goa takes the front row. The weather stays pleasant and drenched, and is perfect for nature trails and camping expeditions.Winters are the best time to visit Goa. It’s that time of the year when the upper half of India shivers in biting cold, but Goa calls celebration. Numerous festivals and events knock the doors of this state during these months. Sunburn, Christmas, New Year and Goa Carnival Festival are some highlights that define the perks of travelling to this part of India during the winter months. Plus, the weather stays absolutely pleasant; around 28 degree C (Day) and 21 degree C (night).
How to Reach
By Air- Popular as Dabolim Airport, Goa International Airport is the nearest airport, roughly 2 km away from the city center of Dabolim and 25 km away from the state’s capital Panjim. The Airport is well- connected to several places such as Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Jaipur and Pure. Further, travellers can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach their main destination.
By Rail- The state has two important railheads, namely Margaon Railway Station and Vasco da Gama Railway station, which are well-linked with some important cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow and Jaipur. There are various buses and taxis available that will help you to travel further. Apart from these two, Karmali Railway Station and Thivim Railway Station are other two railheads, which you may opt for.
By Road- Goa is easily accessible by road nearby states. Interstate and intrastate bus services are regularly available. It is well-connected by road to important cities of the country like Hubli (155km), Kolhapur (234km), Mahabaleshwar (407km), Pune (461km), Bangalore (562km), Mumbai (604km), Mysore (617km), and Shirdi (630km)