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Introduction

Goa- The Paradise on Earth. If one word could be said to encapsulate the essence of Goa, it would have to be the Portuguese sossegarde, meaning "carefree". The pace of life in this former colonial enclave, midway down India's southwest coast, has picked up over the past twenty years, but inspite of the increasing chaos of its capital, beach resorts and market towns, Goa has retained the laid-back feel that has traditionally set it apart from the rest of the country .It's 1.6 million inhabitants are unequivocal about the roots of their distinctiveness, while most of the overlords were the Portuguese, a people far more inclined to enjoy the good things in life than their Anglo-Saxon counterparts

Area 3702 sq km
Altitude 0 to 1176 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-24.0 C-32.0 C Winter-20.0 C-30.0C
Language Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, English & Portuguese
STD Code 03592
Rainfall 133 cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit All The Year

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How to get there

  1. Air :- Goa's international airport, Dabolim, is 29 km from Panaji, on the coast near Vasco da Gama. Most of India's domestic airlines operate services here, as well as several direct charter companies that fly into Goa from the UK and Germany. There are numerous flights between Goa and Mumbai.
  2. Rail:-Konkan Railway connects Margao and Vasco-da-Gama from major cities and towns of India.
  3. Road:-Goa has good road connections. Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka state road transport corporations all operate service out of Panaji's Kadamba bus stand. There are also services to Londa (where you can get a daily direct railway connection to Mysore every day), Hubli (a railway junction on the main Mumbai to Bangalore line, where you can also get trains to Gadag for both Bijapur and Badami, and Hospet and Hampi) and Belgaum.
  4. Water:-As matter of fact that Goa lies on the side of Arabian sea so water transport is available and one of the means of the transport. The catamaran service between Mumbai and Panaji, operated by Frank Shipping, has been a bit erratic in recent years due to breakdowns. In theory it sails between October and May.

Places to Visit

Aguada Fort Anjuna Beach Anjuna Beach Chapora Fort
Mayem Lake Goa Carnival Vasco-da-Gama  

Excursion

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary Archaeological Museum Baga Beach Shantadura Temple
Dudhsagar Waterfalls Arvalem Waterfalls Terekhol Fort  

Shopping

Goa shopping spree throws open the windows to every corner of India. where shopping in its local markets exotic products which attracts tourists from all over the world. Goa offers exhausting shopping possibilities from cosmopolitan department stores and designer boutiques, to makeshift stalls. Its bazaars are chaotic sites of busy activity where haggling and bargaining are the fun of the day!Some of the most popular local markets are the Anjuna Flea market, the Mapusa Friday market and the new market at Margao. The institute of Social Service, Betim, produces banana fiber bags; table mat sets; coasters; fruit trays and wall hangings.Jute and Macramé objets d'art are other items which often tickle a shopper's fancy. From the sea port of Vasco is available a creative selection of jute and macramé wall hangings.For the untutored visitor, shopping in even the umpteen Government of Goa Emporia presents an adventure and a dilemma. A plethora of items is made in Goa under the aegis of the Goa Rural Handicraft and small Scale Industries Development Corporation, and are available at the Handicrafts Emporium, Panaji

Accommodation

Cidade De Goa Fort Aguada Resort Intercontinental Goa Marriott Resort
Park Hyatt Ramade Caravela Beach Resort Hotel Taj Exotica The Leela
Bogmallo Beach Resort Club Mahindra Resort Dona Sylvia Holiday Inn
Kenilworth Beach Resort Majorda Beach Resort Taj Holiday Village Heritage Village
Bambolim Resort Nanu Resort Phoenix Park Inn Prainha Cottages
Ronil Beach Resort Best Western Resort Marinha Sterling Days Inn