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Goa a holiday paradise, it has meandering rivers, lush green fields, historic monuments and miles of sun drenched beaches. With its sunlit beaches, silvery waterways and lakes, this gift of nature has endowed Goa with the heady blend of serenity and excitement down a long coastline studded with some of the world's most beautiful beaches. The land is blessed with vast stretches of silver sand wetted by a rush of blue waters, the sky mirroring the sea below, the strumming of guitars from distant taverns, white churches resting against green paddy fields and coconut groves, long nights spent over brewed feni, longer days of sun, sand and sea...

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Goa combines old Portuguese architecture, and a distinct Portuguese flavour to the lifestyle, with a history that abounds with Indian mythology. Its unending beaches, the pristine beauty of the seascape, its mystical hills and groves, the rhythmic pounding of the sea, its swaying palms - all make it a fairytale land for the traveller. Extraordinarily warm and exuberant, the Goans are famous for their hospitality. Equally unique are the Portuguese influences that colour the language, the landscape, the food and the culture of the place.

Goa Airport

Goa Airport (Airport Code: GOI, Dabolim ) is located 35 kms from Panaji on the coast near Vasco da Gama and is currently controlled by the Navy. Goa does not have a true full fledged International airport , however it does have a domestic airport at Dabolim from where flights leave for most major cities in India. You will find a lot of chartered private international flights to Goa from Europe.

Changing Money/ Currency Exchange
In India, the unit of currency is the Rupee (INR). Change money with Authorized Currency Exchange places like the airport, most banks and hotels and insist on a receipt, as it will help you reconvert unused rupees into the original foreign currency at the time of departure. Avoid any people on the street who offer to change your money at a temptingly high rate of exchange ( Generally you end up with fake currencies, or its a scam where the street dealer bolts with your money. )

Taxi Bookings/Hotel Pickup/Motor Bike Rental
It is advisable to do all bookings of taxis (Pre-Paid) and hotels via the airport. If you can arrange to be picked up via your hotel it would be very beneficial.

Motor Cycle Rentals
Its quite easy and popular to hire a mobike in Goa. This facility is practically available all over Goa. However, prior to driving, do carry necessary papers, such as, licence, registration and insurance documents. Foreign visitors should carry an International Driving Permit. Some agents ask for your copy of passport and a deposit before giving you the bike. Normally, you have to tell them where are you staying.

Goan Climate

Goa has a moderate temperature showing negligible variations in different seasons except during the monsoon, which lasts from June to September. There are no extremes in temperature and no clear demarcations from one season to the other except for the monsoon. May is the hottest month while Jan and Feb are the coldest. There is a prevalence of tropical weather for the rest of the year.

The average temperature varies between 25C - 30C (67 F - 81 F). The average rainfall is approx 225 to 300 cms, the average daily hours of sunshine is nine to ten hours in summer and three to five hours during the monsoon.

Airlines having flights to Goa (via Mumbai or Delhi with code share)

  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Alitalia
  • British Airways
  • Air Canada
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Gulf Air
  • KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines)
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swissair

  • Most of the Transatlantic or Transpacific Flights from United States have multiple stops in Paris (France), London (UK), Amsterdam, Seoul, Bangkok,...and one stop in Mumbai or Delhi.

    Multi Stop Flights are available from the following cities to Goa, India

    Los Angeles (LAX)
    Boston, MA (BOS)
    New York City, NYC (JFK)
    Chicago City Airport (CHI)
    Chicago Ohare, IL (ORD)
    Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
    Denver, MI (DEN)
    Dallas / Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
    Toronto, Canada
    Houston, Texas (HOU)
    Atlanta, GA (ATL)
    San Francisco, CA (SFO)
    Minneapolis, MN (MSP)
    San Diego, CA (SAN)
    Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
    Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
    Philadelphia (PHL)
    Detroit MI (DTW)
    Seattle, Tacoma (SEA)
    Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
    Saint Louis, MO (STL)
    Maimi, FL (MIA)
    Washington DC (WAS)
    Orlando, Florida (MCO)
    Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)
    Charlotte, NC (CLT)
    Cincinnati, OH (CVG)

    Flight Reservations during Holiday Seasons
    If you are traveling during a holiday period and you have set travel dates, book early. During this period International Flights will fill up in advance. We recommend that you book your flight reservations about 3 to 4 months in advance, to get the best deals on airline ticket.

    Attractions / Places to See in Goa

    Goa is known for its Gothic churches, age old ruins, palm fringed beaches, coconut groves, ferry rides, and bubbly folk music.

    Beaches of Goa
    Goa is the land of beautiful beaches. The beaches have never ceased to fascinate visitors and locals alike; miles and miles of coastal enchantment, but one can never get enough of it; every visit to the beach reveals something new; the roaring waves splash against the sturdy rocks in enduring rhythm in harmony with swaying palms, flocks of playful seagulls, busy fishermen foiling against dramatic sunsets, sights to behold indeed. Folowwing are some of the Goan beaches...

  • Anjuna Beach
  • Baga Beach
  • Dona Paula
  • Calangute Beach
  • Benaulim Beach
  • Cavelosim Beach
  • Chapora Beach
  • Condolim Beach
  • Bogmolo Beach
  • Miramar Beach
  • Pololem Beach
  • Vagator Beach
  • Varca Beach

  • Old Goa
    Once the capital of the vast eastern empire of the Portuguese, Old Goa has some magnificent Portuguese cathedrals. The most popular and famous of Goa's churches are ... The Basilica of Bom Jesus, built in the 16th century, which has the body of St.Francis Xavier enshrined in an ornate silver casket. Se Cathedral is the biggest in Goa. St. Cajetan Church is built in the style of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Other churches worth visiting are Church of St Francis of Assisi, Church of Lady of Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica.

    Goa Carnival
    Carnival in Goa is now what it was meant to be... a people feast. The Carnival is essentially a spring festival celebrated with joy and revelry on the beautiful beaches of Goa. The erstwhile Portuguese settlement of Goa sings, dances and makes merry through the days and nights of the Carnival. The most famous celebration of Goa appeals to a wide range of tourists from around the world. Get going to the Goa Carnival and make merry

    Culinary Delights

    Goan cuisine, like the land itself, has many flavours and tastes with its vast treasure trove of culinary delicacies. Goan cuisine has gained appreciation from all over the world. Dishes like Xacuti, Vindaloo, Prawn Balchao are a craze among the visitors, who relish them to the last morsel. Goan Cuisine with a wide variety ranging from prawns to sausages, chicken to beef, and numerous vegetarian dishes, is able to satisfy even the most finicky gourmet appetites. However, fish and other seafood like prawns, lobsters, crabs, clams, mussels, and oysters remain a favourite of Goans, and is relished by locals and visitors alike.

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