Goa

91°
90° - January
90° - February
90° - March
92° - April
92° - May
87° - June
84° - July
84° - August
86° - September
89° - October
92° - November
91° - December
Dec avg
$95
Avg Hotel
$2,596
Est. Airfare

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Description

Goa, India, an Indian beach haven, was once a hippie sanctuary thanks to its laid back attitude about rules and life. And while Goa is still delightfully carefree, thanks to an infusion of Indian, Portuguese and a variety of other cultures, it has become a rather swank and lively vacation destination. The town thrives on their tourism, so expect to be greeted by happy, helpful locals everywhere you go. The blue skies, flowing waterfalls, green palm trees, white sand, and dark blue ocean combine to create a visually stunning environment. Ancient temples, mosques, plantations and other architectural masterpieces provide a cultural-infused break from beach lounging, but since Goa's beaches are their crowning jewel, you may not want to ever leave them.
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Going Away to Goa, India

09/29/13
The western beaches region of Goa hosts 1.5 million people. Although Goa is India’s smallest populated area and is the smallest state, it may pack one of the biggest punches when it comes to tourism and summer parties. Unique mixes of Indian and Portuguese architecture and culture attracts double the population in annual visitors. Goa seems to be the ideal bucket-list-hammock-swaying-dream getaway for most people in the daily grind from big cities as well as travelers just passing through India. The Airport in Goa provides a smooth landing from almost any major city in India for a quick getaway. Rent a motorbike and cruise the shorelines stopping off at popular or hidden beaches. Goa has plenty of options from tiki hut style beach bungalows ranging from a few US dollars a night, to luxurious hotels with all the amenities you can imagine. Whatever your fancy, be sure to sip on fresh cut coconut and lay on a straw mat out on the golden sands as you enjoy the tides of the Arabian Sea, the richness of the sun, and the ever so slight cool sea breeze on your skin.
Manusharow

A Piece of Paradise

09/24/13
I spent one hectic month in India, but the weekend I went to Goa was a highlight. The beaches are pristine. The water and sun are warm, the cocktails are delicious, the food is to die for... Once you go, you'll never want to leave. Tucked just behind the beaches is a small strip full of market goods. For the deep pocketed tourists, there are more souvenirs than you can imagine. Whether you want to walk through shops, sip cocktails, or work on the perfect tan, Goa has got it all. Plus, it is full of other tourists so you are bound to make some good friends. If you're lucky, you might even run into a cow or two on the beach.
Sarah

Eclectic ..

09/23/13
Yoga, beaches, food, hippie throwbacks...Goa has it all. Can be a little touristy, but still fun and eclectic. Rent a motor bike and
explore. You don't need a lot of money, but will certainly had many adventures.
Susan

GO GOA GONE

09/23/13
GO… GOA…. GONE ……
Introduction : This is also known as the Ibiza for the poor ,the homeland of the hippies , the root of flower power and all that jazz , Goa is a very different Indian city , Goa is an ancient Portuguese colony and its mostly of Christian origin , filled with magnificent beaches spread across from the north to the south of the state you can experience a wide range of beaches from calm serene to I want to jet ski paraglide with most of the Indian nation kind of beaches , the nightlife is very vivacious and so is their football culture unlike for Indian state to like any other sport than Cricket.

Getting There:
By Air – Dabolim International airport has direct flight from Goa to Moscow and is connected to all metropolitan airports in India
By Bus – Paulo Travels has the monopoly in the south india for luxurious sleeper busses from many southern metropolitan cities in India
By Train – Indian Railways connects many metropolitan cities of Indian to Goa’s 3 different railway stations , Panjim , Vasco , Tivim
Sights and sounds: Old Goa , All the Colonial Churches , Spice gardens of Goa , Anjuna Beach , Vagator , Calangute beach , St Francis statue and the largest Basilica in south east goa

Don’t Miss: A trip on the daily cruise boat, Take a ferry to various goan islands , Northern Beaches of Goa which is known for its serene waters away for the hustle and bustle of the regular tourists , Doodh Sagar Waterfalls , Lazing all day on the beach after renting a shack on the beach with 24hr service , Arambol beach which is one of the hidden beaches hard to find , Fenny the goan traditional drink made from cashew nuts , The best way to dicover goa is to rent two wheelers and four wheelers that is if you can handle the tricky indian traffic scene

Important Events : A part from the various local music festivals in Goa , the event not to miss here is the SUNBURN festival between Christmas and New year which is Indians biggest music festival which brings artists from all over the world to this Portuguese hangout in Asia
Marion and Chris

Calangute Beach

Known as the Queen of beaches it is one of the most famous beaches of Goa attracting millions of tourists every year. Plenty of water rides, adventure sports and other beach activities are available.
Cost: Various costs for activities
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Canyoning

An exciting way to discover the Goa jungle is a canyoning trip.
Cost: From $29
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Water Skiing

Experienced operators are available in Goa to give you training until you learn the techniques.
Cost: $8 to $24 depending on length of ride
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Language

Hindi, Konkani

Currency

[INR] Indian Rupee

Airports

Dabolim Airport [GOI]