Goa Tourism & Travel Guide

When in India’s sunshine state, be prepared to fall in love with sandy beaches, palm-fringed shores and beachfront Portuguese bungalows. Goa will never fail to entice you with its landscapes peppered with paddy fields, coconut groves, windy cliffs and riverside forts. While the southern part of the state is a haven for tourists seeking quiet days spent by the tranquil seaside, northern Goa tourism is known primarily because of its bustling shacks and a legendary nightlife. From the umpteen number of places to visit in Goa, a few that most definitely shouldn’t be missed are the Fontainhas – India’s only existing Latin quarters, the 17th century old Bom Jesus Basilica; to revel in a little bohemian spirit, the vibrant Wednesday flea market at Anjuna Beach, and Dudhsagar – one of India’s highest waterfalls. But if you’re here simply to unwind, there’s no dearth of things to enjoy. Starting with spotting a dolphin or two at the Palolem beach, marveling at the routinely glorious sunsets at Chapora fort, taking leisurely strolls through the mossy ruins of St. Augustine in Old Goa or simply soaking in the salty tropical breeze with platefuls of butter garlic prawns, bebinca and a few too many rum and cokes, with a side of jazz and Konkani music. Wondering how much a visit to Goa will cost you? Budget between Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 a day to make the most of all Goa has to offer. If your budget is tighter, read on for a more detailed travel guide and breakdown of your expenses in Goa.
Best time to visit

Peak Season is from mid-November to mid- February when the weather is comfortable, cool and pleasant.

Budget
For Budget Travellers: INR 600 to 1200 a day
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day
For Luxury Travellers: INR 6000 and upwards

About Goa

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.


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Best Time to Visit Goa

Peak Season is from mid-November to mid- February when the weather is comfortable, cool and pleasant.

Shoulder Season: Mid-June to October is when Goa is at its most beautiful. The rains come down on the state during these months and while the countryside becomes a lush green, the clubs start brimming with people and raging parties.

Off-season: This is the time between March to May, when the temperatures soar and the prices of the hotels and homestays drop. This is the time to visit Goa if you are looking for some quiet days, away from the touristy crowds.


Budget for Goa

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1200 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 200 - 800 (up to INR 1200 in peak season)
  • Food in beach shacks and street eateries: INR 200 - 400
  • Public Transport in buses and autorickshaws: INR 8 - 40
  • Motorbike rentals: INR 200 - 400
  • Sightseeing (museums etc): INR 10 - 50

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 600 - 2000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 400 - 700
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 400 - 600
  • Snorkelling and Diving packages: INR 1500 and upwards

For Luxury Travellers: INR 6000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours, Kayaking: INR 1000 and upwards
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