A melting pot of Indian and Portuguese cultures, the pint-sized state of Goa is much more than beaches and wild parties. Therefore it is no surprise that it is one of the most popular winter holiday destination in the country. Tourists from across the country and the world flock to the land of sand, surf, and spices between the months of November and February to enjoy the tropical weather and get some respite from the cold.
Goa is one place that caters to the whims of every kind of traveller. The laid-back, relaxed lifestyle as well as the raging party culture here make it a great weekend getaway for people from nearby cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and even Coimbatore. City folk looking to unwind can head to beaches and resorts in South Goa, while those looking for an active nightlife can spend time in North Goa. Even when it comes to budget, Goa offers a wide range of options starting at INR 600-1200 for budget travellers and at about INR 6000 for luxury travellers.
How to reach Goa
Goa is well-connected to the rest of the country through all major means of transport. You can choose your mode of travel depending on time and budget constraints.
By air: Goa has one international airport in Dabolim with daily flights from all major metro cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai.
By road: National Highway 66 connects Goa to the rest of the states on the Western coast as well as the rest of the country. The neighbouring states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala are directly connected to Goa via a good network of roads with state buses and taxis plying regularly.
By train: Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Goa has a well-connected rail network, with trains plying daily from all major metropolitan cities. The two major railheads in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim.