About Goa City (India)

Goa is a state in India within the coastal region known as the Konkan, in Western India. It is bounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its Western coast. It is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Goa has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states, that is two and a half times that of the country. It was ranked the 'best placed State' by the "Eleventh Finance Commission" for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the 'best quality of life' in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.

Panaji is the state's capital, while Vasco da Gama is its largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese province; the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961

Things to Do in Goa City

The "beach capital of India", Goa has so much in store for its visitors. Goa is a sort of paradise for Nature lovers, adventurous souls, photographers and nightlife lovers. There are many activities that can be carried out in the city.

Palolem Beach - Known for its sun kissed and long stretches of silvery beaches; Goa receives a huge number of tourists, fond of spending time in the beaches. The most visited beach of Goa is Palolem Beach.
Adventurous Water Sports - The major attractions of Goa are the wide range of adventurous water sports that draw swarms of tourists from all the corners of the world every year. People coming to this beautiful and bright place enjoy heart throbbing activities like surfing, scuba diving, water-skiing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, parasailing, boogie boarding, windsurfing along with deep sea fishing.
Mapusa - The largest town of Northern Goa called Mapusa is a Friday Market and is visited by the buyers and sellers from the nearby towns and villages. One can pick things from here at lower prices than the beach resorts.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary - Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful place to be visited by the nature lovers and wildlife lovers. It is located at a distance of 9km south of Palolem. This remote sanctuary majorly shelters leopards, gaurs, sambars and spotted deer. Other species such as monkeys, birds, snakes and frogs can be found here in abundance.
Holistic Healing - Tourists mostly visit Goa for holistic healing such as Ayurvedic treatments, Yoga and Reiki. You will find the best of ayurvedic (an age old natural practice) doctors in the Keri village of Goa. Tough every nook and corner of Goa has Yoga or Meditation centers but Yoga Magic, Yab Yum, Ashiyana and The Mandala are the most recommended places to attend yoga classes.
Casinos - Goa allows you to enjoy being in casino as it is known for its Casino cruises. These days, machine operated casinos are popular in Goa. These casinos are mostly visited by men. Though gambling is not so popular in India still Goa has some onshore and offshore casinos for its visitors who want to try their luck.

Best Time to Visit Goa

Mid-November to Mid-February - These are the best months to visit the party capital since the weather is pleasantly cool and comfortable. It’s the perfect time to relax on the beaches amidst other tourists who make the most of these three months in Goa. December is the time when Goa witnesses one of its most popular festivals, Sunburn, besides extensive Christmas and New Year celebrations and is home to lakhs of visitors from across the world.

March to May - This is the season when the temperature rises, the sea becomes rougher and the weather turns hot and humid. Not many people visit Goa between the months of March and May since there are not many activities to indulge in. However, the prices of hotels and home stays become way too reasonable.

Mid-June to October - Mid-June to October is the time when the rains hit the beautiful Goa. There are parties across the length and breadth of Goa to welcome the rains. If you love the monsoon and the lush green countryside that the rain Gods turn Goa into, July to September is a great time to visit. One of the reasons to visit Goa during monsoons is also due to the festival of Sao-Joao (the fertility feast of Saint John the Baptist) that is held during late June. It’s an interesting event where men jump into wells that are overflowing to fetch bottles of the local alcohol called feni.

How To Reach Goa

Goa | India

Popular Combinations

Bangalore to Goa : 557 km || Mumbai to Goa : 583 km
Hyderabad to Goa : 637 km || Delhi to Goa : 1,876 km
Chennai to Goa : 910 km || Ahmedabad to Goa : 1,096 km


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