Goa is visibly different from the rest of India, owing to Portuguese rule, which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years. Mainly the Hindu and Catholic population has shaped Goan Culture. People are mostly easy going ('sossegado' in Portuguese).
Goa's heart is in its villages. Prominent Goan architect Gerard Da Cunha has argued elsewhere that, unlike others, Goans don't live in the cities. They mostly live in the villages and they travel to work.
Not surprisingly, it's the villages of Goa, which hold both charm and character. Take an aimless ride on a relaxed evening or a languid morning - living in Goa can be tough and slow, but holidaying there is just fine -- and surprise yourself with the charms of the Goan village.
Goa is known for its people, its food, its beaches and its culture. It has a charm, which helps you relax and enjoy your vacation making it a must visit state in India.
Best Time of Visit:
- Goa can be visited 365 days. However, November – March is peak season.
Min Days Required: 4 Days
Places of Interest:
- Candolim Beach
- Baga Beach
- Vagator Beach
- Old Goa
- Fort Aguada
- Basilica de Bom Jesus
- Anjuna Saturday night market
- The Secretariat – Panaji
- Month of May is the hottest.
- Monsoon rains arrive by early June.
- Goa has a short winter season between mid-December and February.
Things to carry:
- As Goa experiences a hot and humid climate throughout the year, Cotton wear is most suitable.
- Keep hats, sunglasses, and sun protection gear at an accessible reach as temperatures can reach up to 37 degree Celsius during summer time.
- Winters in the inner areas of Goa are chilly. So do not forget your winter wear if traveling during winter season.
How to get there:
- Kadamba bus stand of Panaji is the main bus station. The state owned bus services of states Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka operate from this station.
- The Goa international airport is located at Dabolim, which is at a distance of 29 km away from Panaji. The airport connects the domestic cities as well as international cities in U.K. and Germany. Daily services are also available from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and other important cities of India.
- The major railway stations in Goa are Margao, also known as Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama. These stations are in the Konkan railway line and are directly connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other parts of the country.
- Sea route is another way to reach here. Shipping services from Mumbai to Panaji are available. Vacation cruises are offered by some tourist companies for enjoying the marine life of Goa.