Last Updated on January 16, 2020 by asoulwindow

Your travel guide to Goa

Goa, the smallest state of India, is tucked into the south-west coast of the country. Despite its smaller size, it offers a wealth of experiences. Thanks to tourism, the state is now one of the richest. Tourists are drawn by the 80 miles of coastline and the Indian culture with a Goan twist. Get ready to enjoy the culture and history of Goa. All you need to do is start planning and look for the right Goa hotels for a comfortable and affordable stay. Find the best deal and book your hotel well in time to avoid any last minute disappointments. Explore the dizzying array of sights and activities Goa is well known for.

Basilica of Bom Jesus Old Goa India
A christian wedding at the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The couple was very sweet and allowed me to click this picture in Old Goa. Incredible India!

I have been to Goa 10 times till now. When I was in Mumbai I used to make an impulsive trip to Goa every year. Now having shifted to North India, I miss that liberty of traveling to Goa on a whim, but I still visit Goa whenever I have an opportunity. No wonder, it is one of my most favourite states in India!

Anjuna beach Baga Calangute Goa India
One of my favourite beaches in North Goa is Anjuna beach. Goa. Incredible India!

Getting to and around Goa

Panaji is the state capital of Goa which is well connected by land and air. One can easily reach Goa by air, buses or trains. Getting around Goa means you need to plan. However, the motorcycle taxi is the most popular ways to explore Goa. Another option is an auto rickshaw or hiring a taxi. Use the bus system if traveling long distances.

Nude Beach Arambol Goa India
No it is not the backwaters of Kerala! I clicked this while I was on my way to Arambol beach. Goa. Incredible India!

Best Time to Visit Goa

November to February are the best months when the weather is cold and comfortable. This is the best time to relax on the beaches and enjoy their favorite water sports and other activities. Moreover, in December Goa witnesses Sunburn, a famous festival besides Christmas and New Year. Avoid the months of March to May when the sea becomes rougher, and the temperature rises. Goa is dainty during June to October, and one can enjoy the festival of Sao-Joao during monsoons in Goa.

Baga Beach Calangute Goa India (2)
Me at a secret location. Behind me are the world famous Baga and Calangute beach. Goa. Incredible India! If you know this secret vantage point, please do comment in the comment section below.

Top Things to do in Goa

There is plenty to do and see in Goa. There are beaches to explore, colonial buildings to see and experience the local life in Goa.

  • Goa’s charm lies in the wealth of its beautiful beaches. So, start with the beaches, and some of the most famous beaches include Querim Beach, Anjuna Beach, Arambol Beach, Mandrem Beach, Morjim Beach, and more. Swimming in the sea is safe and sunbathing in a bikini is accepted.
  • Explore the Old Goa, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site and enjoy looking at the historic churches such as the St. Catherine’s Cathedral, the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Museum of Christian Art.
Palolem beach Goa India
This was my last shot at Palolem beach. A small mistake and I ended up destroying my expensive DSLR camera. More on my travel fails later. Goa. Incredible India!
  • There is plenty of adventure on the coasts of Goa. One can enjoy diving in Goa and white-water rafting trip. Palolem Beach is famous for dolphin-spotting. There are other exciting water sports such as windsurfing, waterskiing, paragliding, and snorkeling.
  • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary allows one to enjoy a deep immersion in nature. The sanctuary lies on the eastern boundary of Goa.
  • Dudhsagar Waterfalls are indeed splendid, and it is a joy to gaze at the multi-tiered waterfall with its milky white waters gushing down.
Parasailing baga calangute Goa India
Me parasailing near Baga and Calangute beach. North Goa. Incredible India!
  • Visit the Paliem Lake, a freshwater lake where tourists go to take a mud bath. It is believed that the mud acts as a cleansing agent.
  • Goan meals are made of rice, lots of spices and coconut which are the staple ingredients here. Goan dish like xacutti and vindaloo are trendy among the locals and the tourists. Don’t miss Feni with Limca, the local liquour.
Vagator beach Goa India
Me at a luxury resort at Vagator beach. Ain’t it beautiful? Goa. Incredible India! North Goa. Incredible India!


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Baga Beach Calangute Goa India
I shot this towards the end of Baga beach. Goa. Incredible India!

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Aguada Fort Goa India
Me at Fort Aguada. The views are amazing from here. North Goa. Incredible India!

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Calangute Baga Beach Goa India
Me at Baga beach. Calangute beach is also close by. Baga beach is one of my most favourite beaches of Goa, yes, despite the crowds. Goa. Incredible India!


22 thoughts on “YOUR TRAVEL GUIDE TO GOA!”

  1. Very well written blog. I have been to Goa a few times myself and I think the blog covers the essence and spirit of the place quite well. Informative at the same time entertaining read. Please share more pictures if you have.

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  4. Wow, this looks like a beautiful area. I’ve heard a lot of really good things about Goa…now I know why people love it. The natural beauty of the area is stunning, and I’d love to visit the wildlife preserve you wrote about! Sorry you destroyed your DSLR, that must have been a painful experience. 🙁

  5. I’ve been to India, but I’ve not yet been to Goa.
    I thought about it, but decided to skip it as I don’t like “tropical” beaches!
    p.s. I can guess what happened to your camera. Sand?!!
    I’m so sorry that your camera got ruined. Yep! It happened to me, I was in the Słowiński National Park in Poland, and it has magnificent sand dunes. I took some photographs. It got a little windy, and sand flew into the shutter of the camera!
    And that was that!

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