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Travel Guide for Goa

A former port of Portuguese colony, Goa is a land of exotic blend of culture, entertainment, natural beauty and tourism activities. Goa receives more than 2.5 million visitors every year. Goa caters to bachelor party, pilgrimage, beach vacation, Vegas vacation, natural attraction and other types of vacations and tourists.

Goa is live with villages and beaches. The land holds 30 and more beaches that are unique from each other. Apart from party and carnival, you have numerous spots to enjoy land and water based activities, sightseeing, cultural visits, shopping and so on.

Experiencing Deccan Odyssey styled Goa vacation

Two important itineraries cover Goa under Deccan Odyssey. The most common one is the five days and four nights long Susegado Goa itinerary. The train covers all heritage sites in the morning including forts, churches, museum and other monuments. You will be provided ample amount of time to enjoy the beaches of Goa and savor the lavishing sand life of the region.

For enjoying the culture of the land, you will be taken to legacy spots in Old and Central Goa. The night is retained for carnival styled Goan night-life. In certain itineraries, the train covers the Goan night-life inside the train for a private party, just for the inmates.

How to reach Goa ?

  • By Air:

    Goa has a domestic airport inside the city in Dabolim. Goa is served by many cities and states of the country with frequent flights.

  • By Train or Bus:

    You can find trains and buses from various parts of the country to Goa. If you are travelling from surrounding regions like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Calicut or others, you can find frequent cabs and buses too. From the airport, railway station or bus stand, you can find numerous local transportation like cabs and autos to reach the destination of your choice.

What to see and do in Goa ?

Beaches

Among the thirty beaches, a few are secluded and are most preferred by those who are looking for some lone time for romantic picnic. Other beaches are crowded with people to enjoy water activities, parties and other entertainment. Top beaches to visit are Arambol, Anjuna, Candolim, Palolem. Dona Paula, Colva, Agonda, Vagator, Calangute and others.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

If you are looking for birdwatching or spotting animals, you ought to visit

  • Bondla wildlife sanctuary
  • Salim Ali bird sanctuary
  • Cotigao wildlife sanctuary

Art and Culture :

  • Kala Academy
  • Naval Aviation museum
  • Christian art museum
  • Goa Chitra museum
  • Goa science center
  • Cunha’s architectural museum houses of Goa

Pilgrimage :

  • om Jesus Basilica
  • Sa Cathedrals
  • Church of St Francis
  • Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  • St. Catejan Church
  • Shree Manguesh Shantaduragi Prasanna temple

Pilgrimage :

  • Scuba diving, kite surfing, boating, parasailing and other beach or water related activities
  • Goan carnival style nightlife
  • Souvenir and artifact shopping in flea markets
  • Stroll through exotic plantation near Dudhsagar plantation
  • Enjoy the cuisine of the land
  • Drink exotic beverages like cashew wine, coconut wine and others

Best time to visit Goa

Goa’s tourism season starts in the middle of November and ends by middle of February. This is the winter season of the region. If you are looking for a pleasing climatic vacation, this is the right time.

Moreover, this is the best time to enjoy plantation visits and spot some wildlife here. Humidity and temperature will be less during this season and thus, it is easier to spend a lot of time, outdoors.

Summer starts in March and ends in June. This is the hottest season of Goa. People get crowded in the beach regions for water-based activities.

July to September is the monsoon season of the region. You can experience mild to moderate rainfall and most of the water and land activities will be temporarily stopped because of the rain. This is the leanest time to visit Goa.

Festivals and traditions of Goa

Goa celebrates all traditional festivals of Hinduism and Christianity like Diwali, Christmas, Pongal, Dusshera and others. If you are looking for some interesting festivals to enjoy the culture and tradition of the land,

  • Grape Escape – a festival of wines; takes place between February and May
  • Goa Carnival – Takes place around New Year’s Eve
  • Feast of St. Francis Xavier – December
  • Sunburn festival – Dance and music festival
  • Goa Liberation Day – December
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