Areas of GOA

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  • Calangute

  • Baga

  • Panaji

  • Benaulim

  • Cavelossim

  • Arpora

  • Candolim

  • Morjim

  • Betul

  • Colva

  • Chorla

  • Aronda

  • Margao

  • Alto de Porvorim

  • Vasco da Gama

  • Nuvem

  • Goa Velha

  • Bali

  • Vagator

  • Canacona

Attraction of goa

  • Anjuna Beach

  • Baga Beach

  • Calangute Beach

  • Candolim Beach

  • Vagator Beach

  • Palolem Beach

  • Varca Beach

  • Cavelossim Beach

  • Basilica of Bom Jesus

  • Fort Aguada

  • Sinquerim Beach

  • Church of St. Cajetan

  • Arossim Beach

  • Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary

  • Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

  • Casino Royale

  • Miramar Beach

  • Arambol Beach

  • Morjim Beach

  • Sunset Beach

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Pocket Guide Goa

For many visitors, the beaches of Goa are the best holiday destination in the world. Beaches are spread out along the Arabian Sea coastline for more than 120kms from the northernmost at Arambol to the south at Talpona. Goa is not lacking in cultural and historic attractions either with highlights that include the World Heritage Bom Jesus Basilica and Fort Tiracol.

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Goa’s beaches all have different personalities that suit different kinds of visitors. The area at the back of Baga Beach is party central and suits younger visitors. South Anjuna and Calangute are close by and alternate options for those who don’t wish to be so near the action.

Arambol, Mandrem and Candolim in the north and Benaulim and Colva in the south are the best beaches for those wishing to relax or enjoy a romantic break. The selection of activities is good too. All beaches offer great swimming, while dolphin-spotting, diving and snorkelling trips are the popular choices in select locations.

Colva is famed for the beautiful Our Lady of Mercy Church. Bom Jesus Basilica, St Francis of Assisi's Church and Se Cathedral are all located at Old Goa and high on the lists of places to visit for tourists. Panjim is the capital of Goa and its attractions include Church Square, 18th June Road, Adilshahi Palace and the nearby beaches at Dona Paula, Miramar and Bambolim.

Restaurants and Bars in Goa

Goa is one of the best places in India for a delicious meal. A mix of fresh seafood, Indian and Portuguese cooking styles and dishes from other countries including Greece and Mexico offers wonderful choices. A good proportion of the eateries occupy prime beachside locations. Biriani solachi kadi and mouth-burning vindaloo curries plus the dangar fishcakes are the flagships of local dishes. Pancakes, beer and fruit shakes are found on many menus. Tito's Lane in Baga is nightclub central with famous names such as Café Mambo and Cape Town.

Shopping in Goa

There are shops selling souvenirs at all of the main beach resorts in Goa. Shoppers can buy colourful cotton sarongs, loose trousers and T-shirts. Religious statues, woodcarvings, bead necklaces, pictures, plates and even Goan cooking herbs are among other items. A trip to the Wednesday market in Anjuna is a must for tourists. Panjim’s 18th June Road has quite a few upmarket shops for a more peaceful shopping experience.

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Sprawling over 3,700 square kilometres, Goa is the smallest state in India famous for its historical sites, shrines, museums and beaches. Due to its ultra-modern infrastructure, Eleventh Finance Commission ranked it as the best state in India. Every year, this state serves as the host of approximately 2.5 million visitors from India as well as abroad. Most of the tourists like to spend their time strolling on the beaches and exploring shrines like the Mangueshi Temple, Mahalasa Temple and Bom Jesus Basilica. Some other places to visit in Goa include the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Goa Chitra Museum, Goa Science Centre, Aguada Fort and Sanctuary of Blessed Joseph Vaz. Since Goa is known for beaches, there are a number of diverse hotels around beaches ranging from luxury resorts to budget accommodations.

Tourists can also head towards Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, wherein they can spot varied species of birds and plants. Some other sanctuaries worth visiting are the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem Wildlife Sanctuary. Being in Goa, tourists must try popular Goan dishes like Fried Fish, Prawn Balchao, Oysters and Crabs. They can also feast on Pork Vindaloo, Sorpotel, Dodol and Bebinca.

A trip to Goa is always refreshing, adding to this experience are its shopping streets selling brassware, crochet, hand-painted ceramics, cashew nuts, decorative items and table lamps. Apart from shopping, tourists can enjoy other activities like banana ride, paragliding and jet ski in Goa tourism.

Summers are hot in Goa with maximum temperature reaching up to 40°C, while the winters are pleasant as the mercury does not go below 15°C. Therefore, the best time to visit Goa is between the months of November and February when soothing air and bright sun team up to provide best holidaying experience.

The Grand Hyatt Goa in Bambolim is a luxury resort with 312 guestrooms, surrounded by lush lawns. Spread across 28 acres of land, this vast property offers scenic views of the Arabian Sea. The Cidade De Goa Resort, just a short walk from the famous Vainguinim Beach and Miramar Beach, is among the best hotels in Goa. The Ramada Caravela Beach Resort is one of the finest beach resorts in South Goa, which has 119 spacious rooms, overlooking the spectacular Varca Beach. This luxurious resort is around 40 minutes from Goa International Airport. The DoubleTree by Hilton, a plush property in the Arpora region of Goa, lies close to the popular Baga and Calangute beaches. The ever-popular Novotel Goa Shrem Resort is mere 10 minutes away from the prominent Candolim Beach. The Lalit Golf and Spa Resort features 255 suites, which include 10 villas. Overlooking the sea, this resort is sprawling across 85 acres of area along the Goan coastline. 

People who are looking for a pleasant stay with modern amenities but do not want to spend lavishly can opt for 3 star hotels in Goa. There are plenty such properties in the region, including Hotel Colva Kinara, which is one of the best hotels near Colva Beach. Angels Resort, Resort Lagoa Azul and Cavala Seaside Resort in North Goa; Silver Sands Beach Resort (South Goa), New Ginger Tree Beach Resort (Bardez), Leoney Resort (Bardez), Hotel Supreme (Vasco-da-Gama), Alor Grande Holiday Resort (Candolim), The Golden Suites & Spa (Calangute), Rococco Ashvem (Mandrem) and Casa Vagator (Vagator) are some of the hotels in Goa that travellers can book. If you want to stay in Panjim, then Ginger Hotel, Hotel Mandovi and Hotel Park Plaza are perfect.

Those who want a great value for money and have shoestring budget can look for budget hotels in Goa. The Rivasa Resort, Avantika Resort, Ticlo Resorts, Villa Theresa, Hotel Lua Nova, Atlanta Beach Resort, Hotel Sai Baga, Calangute Grande, Royal Heritage Resort, Hotel La Mansion, Casa De Baga, William Beach Resort, Dropadi Inn On the Beach, Castle House, Bardays Inn and Hotel Shakti Palace. This is a comprehensive list of budget but comfortable hotels in Goa.

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