Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this tiny state is home to miles of beautiful beaches. The interior hides hidden gems: ancient and Portuguese traditions have been woven together and are still apparent ancient amongst coconut groves, green paddy fields and the forested Western Ghats – a great alternative to beach side culture.
Sightseeing in Goa
Although renowned as a popular package holiday destination since the hippie crowd has moved on, as an old Portuguese colony on the west coast of India, the attractions of Goa run deeper than the obvious. During your holiday in Goa, visit the beautiful opulent churches of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Goa, the colour of the local night markets and the beautiful temples. It's the beaches and relaxed atmosphere that bring travellers from afar to the Indian coastal region of Goa.
- Visit the city of Panaji on a private tour to see the impact of the Portuguese in the Latin Quarter.
- Learn how the Portuguese impacted the region's food with a culinary cooking course including a market tour.
- Travel around the beaches of Goa, the most popular being Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Panjim and Agonda.
- Experience the weekly beachside markets not forgetting Candolim and the iconic Saturday night market at Arpora. If you get bored of shopping, you can party the night away with the DJs.
- Explore the Chapora River or Arabian Sea by boat, ranging from a short trip from one hour to a full day of activities including jungle kayaking or sailing.
- Experience the new lively food scene exploding in North Goa right now.
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For the ultimate accommodation. hire a private fully staffed villa (Villa Alina) within easy access of some of the best beaches and nightlife. Take time out from the beach to visit the jungly Western Ghats with majestic waterfalls.
Where to stay in Goa
Goa is also home to some hidden gems and we have handpicked our favourite boutique properties from private villas to family run hotels. Having personally visited properties, our favourites include Coco Shambhala, Alila Diwa and The Leela, Goa with its extensive grounds, home to golf courses and tennis courts. Goa is a magical place of wonder and mystery and offers a vast array of accommodation to entice those travellers seeking culture and history as part of their Indian holiday.
When to go to Goa
October through to mid-April is a great time to visit Goa. The most comfortable temperatures are mid-November – mid February.
Goa is also a popular destination for festivals with diverse events ranging from India’s largest wine festival in January (The Grape Escapade), the Goa carnival in February, a festival dedicated to the love of mangos, and even an International Film Festival in November, celebrating everything Bollywood.
For music and lovers of literature, there are numerous festivals which bring together authors, poets and musicians from across India and the world.