Goa

Goa is a tiny state sandwiched in between Maharashtra and Karnataka, overlooking the Arabian Sea, and is graced with some of India’s best beaches. The place is frequently visited by a large number of international/national tourists for its beautiful beaches, Goan Carnival, Sunburn Festival, and vibrant culture. It is divided into two districts namely, North Goa and South Goa. While Panaji is the headquarters of the North Goa district, Margao is the headquarters of the South Goa district.

Quaint Indo- Portuguese culture reverberating with Goan cuisine, music, and heritage take you to a state of fantasy and eternal beauty. It is a paradise for both backpackers and leisure seekers. The unending stretch of pristine beaches kept aside from the hustle and bustle of city life are the best places to relax, romance, and sink in the beauty of nature. Portuguese-style churches, old forts, historical buildings, flea markets, and all other attractions are known for their mesmerizing beauty and stunning history. Relish the bygone era and rich history of this destination.

Weather

Goa can be visited and revisited anytime in the year. If you are wishing to tan your body under the ardent summer rays of the sun, the Goa beaches will offer you an exhaustive ambiance. One can ideally go for long strolls on the tranquil soaked beaches without having to bump into hordes of other eager tourists.

Being in the tropical zone and located near the Arabian Sea, the place generally experiences a hot and humid climate all around the year. The month of May is considered the hottest month as it usually carries day temperatures of almost 35°C (95°F) with high humidity.

The place experiences a tropical monsoon climate. Usually, the state experiences its monsoon rain in the early month of June which provides a much pleasing break from the heat. Till late September, the state receives monsoon rainfall.

A short winter season from mid-month of December till February is the best time to visit. Usually, at the night, the temperature goes down to 21°C and during the day, it rises up to 28°C. The nights are considered cool as compared to the day.

How to Reach

Well drive to Goa is a part of life and is mostly actuated by nearby weekenders. Tourists from distant parts of the country mostly commute either through airways or railways. The Dabolim International Airport that connects Goa to international cities is approximately 4 km from Vasco Da Gama and 30 km from Panaji.

The major railway stations in Goa are the Madgaon Railway Station, Vasco Da Gama Railway Station, and Thivim Railway Station. Goa by train is also well knitted by broad gauge railway that connects the state with major cities in India.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Goa includes:

  • Chapora Fort
  • Fort Aguada
  • Basilica de Bom Jesus
  • Church & Convent of St Francis of Assisi
  • Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Royal Chapel of St Anthony
  • Ancestral Goa museum
  • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are two of the famous wildlife parks in Goa that take you deep into the heart of a forest. Adventure sports like Dolphin Trip, Go Karting, Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Water Scooter and Windsurfing are some must-do activities.

The serene pristine palm-grooved beaches are always to die for. Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Colva, Dona Paula, Majorda, Palolem, Miramar, Morjim, and Vagator are a few of those names where adventurers to backpackers and honeymooners all click their cozy, thrilling moments amidst the golden sands and azure waters.

Anjuna Beach: The Anjuna Beach is one of the popular and bustling beaches in Goa that fetches tourists all throughout the year. During the peak tourist season, the Anjuna beach hosts trance parties and the famous flea market wherein you can purchase many things, ranging from fruits to jewelry, clothes, and electronic devices. Located in Bardez taluka, the Anjuna beach in Goa is approximately 18 km away from Panjim. The beach is famous for its stunning ambiance arraying with swaying palm trees and is marked by an unusual rocky formation overlying a cove of white sand and black rock that juts out into the Sea. The Anjuna beach in Goa is one of the beaches in Goa that fetches a crowd of hippies from all over the world. Nonetheless, the Anjuna beach also encircles the major places to visit in Goa which include the Chapora Fort, Albuquerque mansion, and St. Michael’s Church.

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