waying palms, miles of golden sands, lush greenery, azure of Arabian Sea, soothing sunshine,
Tropical Beaches of Goa lovely countryside and abundant seafood… yes, of course you are in Goa, the most preferred beach destination in India.

A vast stretch of the undulating Goan coast offers numerous alluring little coves and bays each completely different and each with its own special charm. Along the coast are picturesque villages with tall white washed churches and red tiled houses that 
nestle into the lush green of the Goan countryside. In the northern part of Goa are some of the finest beaches, edged by tall laterite cliffs including Sinquerim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, and Chapora with an old fort overlookingthe beach. The Arambol Beach has a delightful fresh water pond at the base of a verdant slope. The southern beaches with their expanses of sparkling white sand and calm sea comprise of Bogmolo, Velsao, Uttorda, Majorda, Fatrade, Colva, Benaulim, Cavelossim, and Mabor. The

Coconut Sellers on the sandy beach

Tiny bay at Palolem is quite breathtaking and definitely merits a visit.

Besides its magnificent tropical beaches, Goa treasures much more to enchant you. It is a land of
Interior of a Portuguese Bungalow incredible cultural heritage with old churches in Portuguese tradition, magnificent temples and monuments, quaint homes, lively & colourful bazaars, and above all a delightful laissez faire attitude.

For 450 years, Goa remained a Portuguese colony, hence a unique cultural synthesis of east and west is clearly seen everywhere. The capital city of Panjim & Old Goa are the perfect examples of this rare blend of yesterday and tomorrow. Located
along the river Mandovi, Panjim has several squares with tiers of white washed red tile-roofed buildings rising up the hillside giving it a Mediterranean flavour. 

Panjim is noted for its fine buildings. Once the Governor's residence, the present Government Secretariat is located along the river and was built at the site of the palace of Adil Shah, the ruler
of Bijapur. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception dominates the city square and its steps zig-zag up the hill. The old Latin quarter of Fontainahas has immense old world charm. Its little lanes and stairways going up the hill are lined with quaint street houses with wrought iron balconies and carved pillars. The little Chapel of San Sebastian blends into these surroundings.

Nine km east of Panjim is Old Goa, popularly known as a noble city full of imposing churches and  cathedrals. During Portuguese reign, it was said to rival Lisbon in its magnificence. Splendid church architecture can be witnessed in the buildings of the Se

Se Cathedral- built in 1562-1619

Cathedral, the Church Of Francis of Assisi, and Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Out of which the Se Cathedral is the largest of the churches in Old Goa that houses a famous Golden Bell, one of the best in the world. The famous Church of St Cajetan was modelled on the original design of St Peter's in Rome.

The most famous throughout the Roman Catholic world is Basillica of Bom Jesus, which enshrines
Bom Jesus Cathedral, Goa the miraculously preserved remains of St. Francis Xavier housed in a silver ornate casket. Halfway up the nearby Holy Hill is the massive Convent of St. Monica constructed in 1627 AD, and at the top are the majestic ruins of the St. Augustine's Church.

Tired of sightseeing and looking for a lively experience? Come to Wednesday flea market of Anjuna, a Goa experience in concentrated form. It's a wonderful blend of Tibetan & Kashmiri traders, colourful Gujrati tribal women, and  blessed-out 1960s-style hippies. It's quite a scene. Whatever you need, from a used paperback to a new swimsuit, you'll find it here- though you have to bargain hard to get a reasonable
deal. Traditional style fishing boats are available for transport to the market from Baga beach.
 
When it comes to arts & crafts, Goa is a must check out point for every art enthusiast. The excellent souvenirs that you can take away along with include creative pottery, shell work, furniture brass work, bamboo work, and papier-mâché.

One of the best times to visit Goa is during exuberant Goa Carnival, which epitomizes the fun-loving culture that is characteristic of Goa. Held in the month of February, just before
Flee Market at Anjuna Beach, Goa
Lent, this three days event is a time for lively processions, floats, the strumming of guitars and graceful dances.
 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Getting there & away

Goa is well connected by air with Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Kozhikode, and Mumbai. Being International airport, charter flights to Goa operate directly from UK & Germany. It is also well linked with the major cities by rail & road.

Further Connections

Mumbai, Hampi, Badami, Mangalore, Cochin, Kozhikode, Bangalore.

Climate

Being the tropical beach destination, there is little seasonal variation in the climate. The temperature remains almost the same throughout the year. Rainy season is from June to September.

Best time to visit

From October till March. However Goa in monsoons is also very enchanting.

Important

1.

However Goa is friendly and liberal, don't prance around in Birthday suit whenever the mood takes you. Always keep local sensibilities in mind.

2.

Don't walk alone along the beach at night, as the same may invite robbers & criminals. However, Hotels' private beaches are safe.

TOURS TO GOA

Charms of the Deccan (24 Days)

TOURS WITH GOA EXTENSION

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Kaleidoscopic Rajasthan (21 Days) 

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Chasing the Wild (21 Days)

Colours of Western India (20 Days)

Hidden Treasures of Central India (21 Days)

Kerala- The land of many wonders (17 Days)

Magical Maharastra (15 Days)

The Canvas of your Imagination (21 Days)

Voyage of Discovery (20 Days)

 

 

 
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