Known as a "Tourist Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the Southwestern coast of India.
Goa is enchanting all year round, especially during the rains, which has its own magic. Beaches make for that perfect postcard picture setting. Fringed by coastal trees and lapped by waters of Arabian sea, you have plenty of options: you can soak up the sun for that perfect tan, enjoy some water sports or leisurely sip on the famous feni, a locally produced alcoholic beverage.
Goa's beaches and beautiful weather have made it a favorite estimations for travelers from around the world, but Goa is not just sun and sand. The architecture of the houses, temples, churches and its historical importance make Goa ideal for the inquisitive traveler as well.
Places to Visit
The state capital of Goa and the administrative headquarter of North Goa District, Panjim is a beautiful coastal town adorned with churches, cathedrals and a string of beaches. Panjim's biggest draw is the Carnival celebration in the month of February which includes a colorful parade on the city's streets.
It served as the capital city of the Portuguese reign for 350 years. Old Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage site owing to the renaissance architecture and its importance in history. This is a must-see on your trip to Goa.
Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina
Se Cathedral is one of the biggest and oldest churches in Asia and serves as the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The second largest but busiest town of Goa and its commercial capital is bedecked with a number of popular places to visit like the Portuguese style mansions, Catholic churches and Hindu temples.
With its fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties, Anjuna is Goa in its most alternative state. Anjuna is the venue for rocking rave parties, specially during christmas and new year.
Sri Devaki Krishna Temple
3-km away from Banastari Bridge on Panaji-Ponda Road is situated the noteworthy temple dedicated to Devaki Krishna at Marcel. The garbha griha of the temple houses beautiful images of Lord Krishna along with the Goddess Devaki.
By Air : Goa is well connected by airline services to most major cities in India. All flights, domestic and international, operate from the Goa Airport at Dabolim near the port town of Vasco-da-Gama. The airport is about 30 kms from the capital city of Panaji and is owned by the Indian Navy. Major Indian airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Go Air and Indigo have flights operating in Goa. Air India runs a few international flights, especially from the Gulf. Air Arabia and Qatar Airways also operate international flights to Goa.
By Rail : Goa is easily accessible by Konkan railway from all the main cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Thiruvanthapuram.
By Road : The Kadamba Transport Corporation runs long distance services throughout the state from their main stands at Panjim, Mapusa and Margao and from locations in the adjoining states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Private buses, serving everywhere else, including the coastal resorts are affordable, frequent and provide a relaxed mode of commuting.
The climate of Goa can, in general terms, be summed up in one word: coastal.
There are no extremes in temperature and no clear demarcations from one season to the other except for the monsoon. The monsoons are the main feature of the climate of Goa.
The ideal time to visit this thrilling state should be between July and September, November and February.