GOA - The Pearl of the Orient
Goa, sometimes called the Pearl of the Orient, is the smallest state of the Indian republic and is located on its western belt. The coastal belt of Goa is known as Konkan - and the language spoken there is Konkani. Goa is surrounded by palm trees, white sand beaches, sparkling waters and is full of historical monuments. Goa tourist places are in plenty, and each year, approximately around 2 million tourists visit this small state bound by the Arabian Sea.
A trip to Goa is not just a holiday, it’s a state of mind! Goa’s scenery of a long coastline lined with palm trees instantly lifts up the spirit. With such a picturesque background, the Indo-Portuguese style houses painted in vivid colors like honey yellow and deep rust red make a perfect picture, thus, a perfect Goa trip.
Browse through the various Goa holiday packages, and the itineraries will brief you about the old colonial towns and whitewashed churches of Goa that stand beautifully
to lure you. You can also check out Goa honeymoon packages as the magical beaches of Goa under the moonlight add romance in the air. Goa packages for couple are customized in a way to let you make the best memories of your honeymoon. On your Goa tour, the scintillating nightlife makes you realize how happening life can be in North Goa and, the peace and calm of South Goa are perfect for the kind of days on which simple things like sunsets and sound of the waves fill one with contentment.
The entire state is set amidst swaying coconut trees and paddy fields. The Goan cuisine is a unison of the Portuguese dishes and Indian spices that tickle your taste buds with a longing for more. But best of all is the sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. So, slow down your pace of life, take strolls on the beautiful beaches, shake the sand off your flip-flops, lie back with a drink in hand and relish the sumptuous seafood—all with Goa tour packages. If fun is your thing, let the adventure get the better of you! Indulge in thrilling watersports like jet-skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, boat riding and more. Ready to roll in the distinctly hippy vibe? Get the best Goa tour packages on OYO Total Holidays and enjoy in the Sunshine State!
Many Goa tour packages will allow you to explore the place and experience the vivid Goan culture and traditions completely.
1. Places to see in Goa
Located in Canacona, Agonda is a village situated in the southern part of Goa. Famous for its sandy beaches, Agonda takes pride in being one of the four destinations as a restricted turtle nesting site, under the Coastal Regulation Zone, under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, India. Another famous Goa beach is located on one side of the Agonda cliff called the Cola beach which has an adjoining lagoon.
Situated about 21kms from the capital of Panaji, the Mandrem Beach is on the northern part of Goa. This is one of the more quieter places in Goa, and it can make a perfect spot for anyone looking for some peace of mind. It is located in between two popular beaches - Arambol in the north and Ashwem beach in the south. It is a white sandy beach lined with tall palm and casuarina trees along its shore.
One of the most popular spots in Goa, Baga comes under Calangulate’s jurisdiction which is about 2 km South. Situated alongside the banks of Baga town, its name is taken from the Baga creek which flows into the Arabian sea. Baga is famous for its nightlife and tourists every year make a line to the most famous and trademark spots of Britto's, Tito's and Mambos. During the day time, Baga beach also has the option of many water sports for adventure lovers.
d)Bascilla of Bom Jesus
One of the oldest Churches in Goa, the church of Bascilla of mom Jesus is a supreme example of baroque architecture. It was built in the year 1594, sanctified in 1605 and was associated with the introduction of Christianity in India. Located in Old Goa, Bainguinim which is about 10 km away from the capital, Panajim the Bascilla of Bom Jesus has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The church has the remains of St. Francis Xavier, a friend of St. Ignatius Loyola both of who were the founders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
1.Best time to visit Goa
The best time for a Goa trip is in between November to March. With the beginning of November, the monsoons end and every tree and every building in Goa look brand new! With the end of the monsoons, the water sports begin, and the water level is just right at that time of the year. The month of December, Goa is lit with parades, music festivals and parties that go on till the wee hours of the morning. Christmas and New Year celebration in Goa are out of this world! At times time, most of the hotels and stays are usually fully booked. However, we have many Goa honeymoon package and Goa packages for family, so you should not worry too much about finding a decent place to stay. The weather in Goa during the months of December and January can be a little bit chilly, though not really cold, so it is advisable to carry a light jacket with you!
2.Things to do in Goa
Once you start exploring Goa, you will find many exciting things to do. Still, we have some of them that are included in the Goa Holiday Packages, and Goa packages for family listed just for you!
a)Beaches in Goa - known as the beach capital of India and most of the beaches in Goa are filled with tonnes of activities. The most famous beaches are Baga, Calangute, and Anjuna. However, the lesser known beaches like Mandrem, Agoda, Cavelossim can also add to your holiday delight.
b)Water Sports in Goa - Almost all beaches in Goa comes with its own share of fun water activities, and one can soak in all the adventure. Scuba diving, parasailing, water-skiing, kayaking, river cruises, and dinghy sailing are the most famous water activities, and every sport comes with a trained professional, so even new timers can enjoy the spirit of God in its fullest.
c)Religious places - Goa is famous the world over for its heritage churches. However, even other Hindu festivals are celebrated with equal pomp and glory. Famous religious places are Bascilla of Bom Jesus, Rachel Seminary, Shantadurga Temple and the Shahouri Masjid.
d)Wildlife Sanctuaries - Along the eastern boundary of the state, passes the Western Ghats, making Goa home to a vivid and vibrant range of animals, birds, and reptiles. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary, Bondala Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Goa worth visiting.
1. How to reach Goa
Dabolim is the international airport in Goa, situated near Vasco da Gama. It is at a distance of about 29 km from the capital. Dabolim airport supports all major domestic and international flights.
Major railway stations in Goa are situated in Margao. The main railway stations are Madgaon and Vasco da Gama which are connected to major cities like Bangalore, New Delhi, and Mumbai.
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