Goa is a pristine land blessed with beautiful landscape, rich natural resources and wonderful blend of Portuguese and Indian culture. Swaying palms, Pristine white sands and sparkling blue water are the three main component of this beautiful land. Goa is an amazing place with its unspoiled beaches and a unique lifestyle make it distinguishable from the rest of India. However, this state, nestled in Western Ghats and bordered by the Arabian Sea, provides more charm to the state. Rich in natural abundance of flora and fauna, the ghats region of Goa is a perfect reverse of the bustling and sizzling beaches of Goa. The region is seeing a surge in ecotourism and sustainable development in the area thus, conserving environment as well as broadening the scope of tourism in the state. Beautiful rivulets, spectacular falls, towering rock hills, thick foliage of green and wide variety of Flora and fauna species makes the state a heaven for nature lovers.
How to Reach Goa
Goa is easily assessable by air. There is an international airport at Dabolim, 30 km from the capital, Panaji. Several overseas charter companies as well as most domestic airlines have flights to Dabolim. The regular domestic connections are from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi and Chennai.
From the airport to your hotel or to any of the townsyou can catch a cab or a metered taxi.
The two main railway stations are Margao (Madgaon) and Vasco da Gama. There are trains coming from all the major cities of India. From other places in the north, east and southeast you can travel to Londa Junction and then transfer to a connecting train to Margao/Vasco da Gama.
Renting a car and being independent is really the best thing, but the buses are pretty good too. Bus connections are available to Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Pune, and other important tourist destinations in the region, operated by the Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra Road Transport Corporations and some private operators. Air-conditioned bus services are also available on some of the routes.
Impotant Information about Goa
The best time to visit Goa is between late October and early April. The peak tourist season is from mid-December to mid-January, when the weather is near perfect, with daytime temperatures rarely goes beyond 32° C. People from all over the world visit Goa at this time of the year, so be sure to have made your hotel bookings well in advance as accommodation prices are very high. Christmas and New Years is celebrated through out Goa with a lot of gusto and everyone literally lets down their hair to be part of these celebrations.
The Goa Carnival festival is held in late February or early March and this again is a great time to be in Goa. The festivities are filled with music and dancing, pageants and parades!
Getting around in Goa
The city bus service is quite good and it can almost take you anywhere in Goa, you want to go.
Mostly people prefer to rent their own transport and cars, MUVs and mini buses are all available.
You can enjoy the motorbike taxi,which is the only of its kind in India.These taxis are motorbikes, which carry a pillion rider for very acceptable traveling cost.
Traveling can be more easier & enjoyable, if you can rent a two-wheeler! The most popular choice is the Enfield. You can get them on rent on daily or monthly basis depending on your needs.
Apart from the authorized rentals, two-wheelers can be found easily by shop and stall owners who rent them out at very reasonable rates,they just need to know your place of stay.
Note: It is advised to carry a valid driving license with you & it is warned that the rented bikes from the authorized rentals will have no documents & insurance.
Things to do in Goa
There are varieties of things you can do in Goa for both adventour & fun.If you are shopaholics will also not be disappointed in Goa. The long stretches of golden sand and the pandemonium of the waves will captivate you. Apart from beaches, the old state of Goa has several forts, churches, monastery and cathedrals to visit.
Water sports are the most popular activity in Goa and are available through local operators on most beaches.
Banana and Ringo Rides
You can enjoy the festivities of the Winter Carnival – Goa’s most popular event that features lots of music, dance and merriment. Satiate your hunger at local shacks on the beach side or some fine dining restaurants that offer authentic and scrumptious varieties of sea-foods.
Goa is the land of sun, sand and surf, is a tourist paradise which caters a tremendous amount of opportunities to fun and enjoy.As the sun sets, the real Goa wakes up! Here you can sit and enjoy the live performances or even you can dance all night on the amazing rhythms at any one of Goa’s club.
There are lots of things to do in Goa, as here you can try your luck at any of the fascinating casinos of Goa or can spend a mesmerizing night at Goa’s Nightclubs which can take you to the dream world of cocktails and tequilas.
Night Clubs / Discos in Goa
Goa is famous for its night clubs and discotheques all over the world. The pubs and discotheque in North Goa are -
Tito’s , Kamaki, Paradisio, Cafe Mambo’s & Club Cabana .
Casinos in Goa
Goa is the only state in India, where gambling can be enjoyed. Since there is a ban on opening Casinos on land, these Goan casinos operate only on sea. Please note that all the casino follow their own dress code, so it is important for the tourist to follow them or else entry to the casino can be denied.
On Shore Casinos in Goa includes all those casinos that are located inside a hotel. The most popular are Las Vegas Casino in the Leela Resort (open 24 hours, dress code - Smart Casual), Chances Casino in Vainguinim Valley Resort (open 24 hours, known to be among the 5 best casions in Goal), Treasure Casino in Majorda Beach Resort (Dress: Smart Casuals. No Slippers, Shorts and Sleeveless T-Shirts allowed) and Mint Club Casino in Rivera De Goa Resort (open 24 hours and dress code is smart casuals).
Caravela , Casino Royale Goa, King’s Casino etc.
Beaches in Goa
Majorda, Bogmalo, Benaulim, Arossim and Varca are other interesting beaches in south Goa. Arossim is particularly preferred for its excellent water sports.
Beaches (North Goa)
Tourist info centres
Tourist Information Counter, Interstate Bus Terminus, Panaji Goa- 403001, India Tel: 0832-2438520
Tourist Information Counter, Goa Airport, Dabolim Goa- 403001, India Tel: 0832-2541644