Goa is a beautiful state in southern India. A state which is famous for Tourism, Nightlife, Beaches and Alcohol. It attracts tourists from all over the world. Out of all the states in India, Goa is the most popular among tourists. Tourists include both Indians as well as Foreigners. Goa has a lot of famous sights and Beaches, which attract millions of travellers all over the year. The Goa Govt. has worked very hard for Tourism in the state. Their efforts have made Goa a popular destination for western beach lovers. Goa is divided into 2 parts – North Goa and South Goa. The capital Panaji is between them. In this Blog, we will discuss Goa in detail.
Goa is a small state. Thus, going from one part of the state to another is not a problem. North Goa and South Goa are just 70 kms apart. Besides that, some other far off places are not more than 120 kms away. You can literally travel around the state by Road. Adding to that, the roads are well built and connected. Usually tourist places have Public Transport, but in Goa you have Bikes and Cars on Rent. There are many rental dealers all over Goa. Two-wheeler rentals start from Rs.500 per day, while Four wheelers start from Rs.1200 per day. You have to deposit a security which is refundable, and bear all the fuel costs. Navigation around the state is a little difficult, as road signs are not very prominent. Hence, you must have GPS enabled on your Phone/Tablet . public Transport is satisfactory in Goa. They are not that good. In fact, Public Transport is expensive and inconvenient. So, to get around Goa, Bikes and Car rentals are best.
Goa is divided into North Goa and South Goa. The capital Panaji is slightly towards North. North Goa is the most attractive with all the famous Beaches and Natural Beauty. Places to see in North Goa include Candolim Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Vagator Beach, Morjim Beach, Miramar Beach, Dauna Paula, Panaji city, Panaji Market, Fort Aguada and Mary Immaculate Conception Church. The Northern side is the one which has the best beaches of Goa. North Goa is 32 kms from the Airport, 17 Kms from Panaji Railway station and 23 Kms from Panaji city. Usually Tourists select accommodations in North Goa to be close to Nature. In fact, most of the Foreign Tourists are also seen in North Goa.
South Goa is almost 70 kms from North Goa and the Airport. South Goa is mostly famous for Historic Buildings, Temples, Churches and Monuments. Places to see in South Goa include Dudhsagar Falls, Mangeshi Temple, Colva Beach, Big Foot Cross Museum and St. Xavier’s Church etc. The Southern part of Goa is the place which tells you about the History of Goa with its Portuguese connections. Apart from Kolva, there are other beaches as well, but are not that famous. You can easily explore South Goa in 1 and a half days.
Food is good in Goa. Being close to the coastline, it is very famous for its Sea Food. Fish curry Rice is the most popular dish here. The only problem is that there are not many varieties of Sea Food here. Goa is famous for three main things – Sea Food, Alcohol and Cashews. In fact, you are allowed to drink alcohol in Public. Unlike other states, people here consider Alcohol for Health purposes, and not to get drunk and misbehave. Fenny, Port Wine and Goan Beer are the most famous here. Fenny is the local state drink here. While drinking is allowed everywhere, smoking and Gutka are allowed only in some Restaurants and Bars. Goa is full of great Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs. Street food is available only at Tourist Attractions. Thus, Food is not a problem in Goa.
Shopping in Goa is good. Though some places are a little expensive, but they are fine. Shopping mostly involves local and Indian Brands. You won’t find many International Brands out here. If you are looking for Local specialities, its good, otherwise focus more on sightseeing. Local specialities may include souvenirs, Alcohol, Cashews and clothes.
Getting to Goa is easy. If you are travelling from India, you have Bus, Train and Plane. If you are travelling from abroad, fly to Mumbai and then take a connecting flight. There are no major International connections to Goa. Mumbai is the nearest major International Airport to Goa. Since every major International carrier has service to Mumbai, it’s easy for travellers to go via Mumbai. The best time to visit Goa is between November and February. It has a pleasant climate at that time.
So, go ahead and have a nice trip!
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