Goa can be named as the most popular holiday destination in India due to its popularity on the international level. Goa is a state in Western India with its capital city Panaji. And the Portuguese rule which ended in 1961 still preserves Portuguese culture with the amalgamation of Indian traditions. It contains almost more than 100 pristine beaches and this location provides several amazing landscapes to take its place on the list of plenty of travellers.
It is recognised as one of the largest Asian churches dedicated to Saint Catherine, it is known as the important centre of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa, it is built-in Portuguese-Manueline architectural style. Also recorded as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO. Se Cathedral church houses the huge Golden Bell, the biggest one in Goa and considered as one of the best in the continent, enough to make a sound which can be heard from any part of the state.
A simple-looking church that maintains its beauty and has 14 altars, each one very detailed carved, and the main altar is decorated with gold plated. A mesmerizing spot to see the spiritual beauty, the perfect place for peace lovers and religious people. One of the most visited and most popular places of Goa, an ideal place to start a trip, or a peaceful place to end your memorable trip. It remains open from 7 am to 6:30 pm, Tourists can visit any suitable time for them.
Grande Island can be easily reached by boat from Panaji, various small companies and several centers organised these sort of boat rides to Grande Island. A single day would be suggested to spend here due to the various options to visit here. Tourists can visit Aguada Fort, Lighthouse, Central Jail from the middle of the sea, Tourists can also spend their time visiting dolphin spotting from boats, and simultaneously fishing is another good option for tourists to enjoy from the boat.
It can be called a paradise for adventure seekers due to the availability of various activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, sunbathing and swimming, etc. This island is known as Bat Island as well due to the inhabitation of a number of bats. This is a lovely place to spend some good moments with your family, friends, and loved ones. The peace, and calm of this place give you the quality time to make plenty of memories.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Cotigao is Goa’s second-largest wildlife reserve and is a home for various species like sloth Bears, Monkeys, laughing Hyenas and Indian Bisons and the most popular Malabar crested Eagle also can be found here. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Canacona Taluka, Khotigao, 60 kilometers south of Panaji. Travellers can visit any day between 9:00 am to 06:30 pm. A must-visit location for wildlife lovers.
Banaulim is situated in Cansaulim and among the best places to visit in Goa, close to Colva Beach. Banaulim Beach is always a great option to indulge in various activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing or tourists can relax on the beach in breezy weather. Couples can also enjoy candlelit romantic beach dinners at beachside restaurants such as The Farmhouse Restaurant, Li Bai, Dinha’s Restaurants, and the Pavilion. Sightseeing is another good option that can be enjoyed from various locations like Sernabatim Lake, Sernabatim Beach, Copelwaddo Chapel, Ramola SuperMarket, and St. Anthony’s Church.
One of the best places to visit in Goa, Mobor Beach is known for its paradise beaches in South Goa. It is one of the most popular spots among travellers and a number of tourists visit here every year and tourists will easily find a very happening crowd here. Tourists admire the views and enjoy dancing as well. It is considered one of the must-visit locations on Goa trips.
Top Tourist Attractions in Goa
Savoi Plantation is located at Panaji approximately 15 kilometres from Ponda, it covers almost 40 hectares of the organic farm established by Mr. Shetye is a famous farm and provides a guided tour of the intercrop plantation and the Goan Saraswati Buffet at its Sadauli Restaurant is highly popular among travellers. A good spot for nature lovers.
Calangute Beach is the longest beach in North Goa, covering the area from Candolim to Baga and 15 kilometres away from Panjim. Calangute Beach is considered the “Queen of Beaches” and it is spotted as in the top ten bathing beaches around the world. It is a hub of shacks, eating spots, and clubs. Ideal spot to engage in various water activities like parasailing, water surfing, banana ride, and jet skiing.
It is one of the most feasible locations to stay in Goa, it keeps tourists quite connected to other visiting locations and beaches of Goa. Day in Calangute Beach begins with various engaging water activities and beach fun and nights are well spent because of parties.
Anjuna Beach is located at Panjim with a distance of approximately 21 kilometres, it covers the area of 2 kilometres. Anjuna Beach is highly popular for its nightclubs, full-moon parties, golden coastline, and water sports. A bunch of tourists visit this place from all over the world, a spot for hippies. Tourists can visit here solo, couple and with friends. A number of snacks or food options are available to enjoy. It is always on the list of any Goa traveller.
Winter Season in Goa stays from October to March and the Goa temperature can rise to 32 degrees Celsius and go down to 21 degrees Celsius. It is the most preferable season to visit due to the cool breezy Goa weather and motivate travellers to engage in various activities, late nights are fun in Goa’s winter weather. It is the most suitable time to indulge in various outdoor activities and also given a reason to witness the various festivals and carnivals in Goa.
Goa Carnival held in the month of February is a major highlight among travellers, a perfect event to have fun, feasting amazing food, with the music and dance. Musical Parades take place in the capital city which is highly popular and Club National’s famous black and red dance in the capital city always catches the attention of tourists. In this season all the churches look amazingly beautiful with the illuminating lights and the carol’s sounds all around the city just spread positivity.
Due to the peak season, travellers are suggested to book tickets in advance in order to avoid the rush. June to August is marked by drizzle with the presence of thunderstorms. It brings the whole Goa greenery and presents the beauty of this tropical heaven. And in this season Dudhsagar Falls visit can be a good option for tourists. Goa Temperature fluctuates between 24 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius in this season and Goa weather is a little humid but the nights remain cool and pleasant.
During this season Patolleanchem Feast which occurs on 15th August brings you a superb treat for all those travellers who are having sweet tooth and displays a local handicraft for the whole day. Bonderam festival at the Divar Island is another popular festival which takes place in this season, crowds with varieties of brightly coloured costumes energetically accompanied by music, berries, and bamboo toys are used to bring down some flags as a representing of the conflicting days between the districts of a village of the Portuguese era.
In this season a number of cheap offers are available for accommodation and travel. The summer season in Goa stretches from March to May and Goa temperature ranges between 25 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. Goa weather allows travellers to engage in a number of water sports like scuba diving, jet-skiing, and snorkelling and also offers perfect weather to lie down on the beach with chilled soft drinks and relax.
Shigmo festival is Goa’s version of Holi and is a good option for travellers who are planning to visit Goa this season. This festival is held in Panaji. Sao Joao festival occurs in June is another popular festival. It is the season when you get less crowd and this season is perfect for those who want to see the beauty of Goa with some privacy. Several discounts are available on accommodation and travel during this season for travellers.
- Dabolim Airport is the main airport for domestic and international flights as well approximately 26 kilometres away from the capital city. There are a number of flight carrier options for travellers such as Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, IndiGo.
Jet Airways and SpiceJet from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore, Lucknow, and Indore on a daily basis and some International Flights carriers are also available such as Qatar Airways, Novara and Oman Air, etc. And travellers can easily take a taxi or cab from outside the airport.
In Goa there are two railway stations are available named Vasco da Gama which is approximately 29 kilometers away from Panaji and Madgaon is 38 kilometres away from the capital city and the train network is well versed connected to the other major states like Delhi and Goa Sampark Kranti Express and Trivandrum Express are some train options which tourists can take to reach Madgaon. Taxis Services are easily available from the railway station.
- There are some bus options that can easily deliver you to Goa. Buses like Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation provide bus services from Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore, and those who are carrying their private vehicles from Bangalore and Mumbai are suggested to take the NH-4 route and if you are travelling from Mangalore then you can go for NH-17.
The Postcard Velha is located in Velha Goa and was built in 2010 and spreads over 300 acres, it is known for its luxurious services and positive reviews by tourists.
Hyatt Centric Candolim is located in Candolim Goa gives the service of an in-house restaurant, pool bar, an international bread and salad bar, one of the recommended accommodations in Goa.
Le Meridien Goa is located in Calangute, 800 meters from Calangute Beach, It is Goa’s first whiskey bar and gives the services of an outdoor pool and fitness centre, presenting you an amazing view from its terrace.