Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 16th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
Goa is a land of amazing contrasts. Of tangible and intangible heritage; of human endeavour and natural wonders; of music and stillness. No other place in the world lets you discover so many worlds in the space of a few hours: outside you and inside you!
Flanked by the Arabian Sea on the West and the imposing Sahyadri mountains on the East, the Goan landscape rises from sea-level to a towering 1022 metres. Several rivers crisscross the state and add to its natural beauty.
Facts & Figure
The whole of India has a single time zone. It is five and half hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) or UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), ten and half hours ahead of the American EST. As such, this Indian Standard Time (IST) as it is known also applies to Goa.
Goa has a tropical climate characterized by balmy weather for much of the year with heavy monsoon rains just after the summer months from March to May. The humidity is at its highest in the summer and quite low from September to early March. The temperature ranges from a pleasant 20°C during winter to a warm 35°C in summer.
The state of Goa covers an area of 3,702 sq. km.
From sea-level at the coast to an altitude of 1,022 metres above sea-level at its highest point in the Sahyadri Ghats.
On the Eastern and Southern boundaries lies the state of Karnataka; on the Western side the Arabian Sea and the state of Maharashtra lies on the Northern side.
Sonsogad in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats (3,827 feet).
The Zuari (39 miles), and The Mandovi (38.5 miles)
Goa is connected by the National Highways - NH4A, NH17 and NH17A to the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The only airport is the Goa Airport at Dabolim near the town of Vasco-da- Gama and the Mormugao Harbour handles both the domestic and the international flights.
Tropical clothing throughout the year. Light woollens during December and January. Rainwear in the Monsoons.
Goa welcomes tourists all around the year, but October to February is peak season while June to September is off season.
English is widely spoken and understood in urban areas and to a lesser extent in the rural areas. Konkani, the official language, is most commonly used in day to day life. Marathi and Hindi, the national language are also understood by most of the population. Portuguese once very popular all over the state, has rapidly declined since liberation in 1961 and today is used mostly by the elderly generation.
03 Nights/ 04 Days Goa must to do Package
DAY 01 : Arrive GOA
Arrive at Dambolim Airport/Railway Station. On arrival kindly look the plug card of hotel name. Meet the driver & transferred to Hotel by coach/ car GOA - It's 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West. Rest of the day free to explore the beach or for your leisure. Today you can enjoy the Night life of goa. Goa have so many famous pubs, bar, Discotheque and Casino. overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 : GOA
Breakfast at Hotel. Full day Free for your own leisure. You may do the water sports like para sailing, surfing, para gliding, water scooter etc on your own. OR You may book any tour from hotel travel desk or hire a full day cab/ two wheeler to visit the North Goa like Old Goa Church, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula, Panjim City etc Evening you may take the sunset cruise on River Mandovi on your own cost. overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03 : GOA
Breakfast at Hotel. Full day Free for your own leisure. OR You may book any tour from hotel travel desk or hire a full day cab to visit the Colva Beach, Ancestral Goa, Shri Shantadurga Temple, Shri Munguesh Temple, Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, Se Cathedral Charuch, Anjuna Beach, Vagator Beach Etc. Over night stay at hotel.
DAY 04 : Departure Day
Breakfast at the hotel. Packed your luggage and transfer by hotel coach to airport/ railway station
06 Nights/ 07 Days all inclusive Goa
Day 1 : Arrive Goa
Upon arrival in Goa, drive to the hotel pre-decided for your stay. The Day free to laze on sandy beaches of Goa. The most popular among them are
- Calangute Beach
- Baga Beach
- Dona Paula Beach
Following a leisurely day on the Goa beaches, it’s tie for you to savor some lip-smacking delicacies. Goa is quite popular for its seafood such as oysters, lobsters, prawns and crabs. They are used for making a variety of curries and pickles.
Day 2 : Goa
Today you will explore the magnificent churches of Goa. The main churches that you will visit include
- Church of St. Francis of Assissi
- Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
- Basilica of Bom Jesus
Goa is home to some spectacular temples such as Shri Mahalsa Temple, Shri Ramnath Temple and Shri Saunsthan Goudpadacharya Temple. Goa is a destination where Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Day 3 : Goa
Today explore the Portuguese era forts of Goa. One of the major forts in Goa is Aguada Fort. If you are looking forward to something adventurous, head straight to Dona Paula Beach and indulge in water sports such as scuba diving and water skiing.
Day 4 : Goa
A large chunk of Goa’s landscape is occupied by a variety of flora and fauna species. There is a total of 6 wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. Here is the list of wildlife sanctuaries you will visit in Goa:
- Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
- Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
- Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Following the wildlife excursion, visit one of the shacks located alongside the beaches and experience the pulsating nightlife of Goa.
Day 5 : Goa
If you want to touch the traditional roots of Goa, make a day trip to a miniature Goan village which is more than 100 years old. It is situated atop of a small hill at Loutim in South Goa, which is around 10 kilometers from Margao.
Day 6 : Goa
The handicraft industry of Goa makes some of the commendable arts and crafts such as clay, bamboo, sea shell and coconut shell. The state is home to several handicraft emporiums. Take a look at the exquisite artifacts of Goa and purchase what you like.
Day 7: Departure day
Today is your last day in Goa, laze around the beaches, enjoy sun bathing and take a leisurely stroll on the silvery sands before culminating your 7 day long Goa trip.