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Why fly to Goa?
It sits on the west coast of India and is the country's wealthiest state. Goa is flanked by the Western Ghats mountain range with large rivers like the Mandove and Zuari infused through the city. It's beach sunrises are unforgettable until you see the warm beach sundowns.
The city is an interesting mixture of true Indian culture sprinkled with a little Portuguese flavor as the state was a Portugese province until the mid-20th century. Indo-Portuguese architecture is what really sets Goa apart from other parts of the country. Visit some of the forts like Aguada and Tiracol to get a flavor of the old days.
Many travelers head to Goa to relax on its beautiful beaches. Once you're done sunning you can also head for some adventure on the water with options including para-sailing and jet skiing or dolphin excursions. And the beaches aren't just for the day, at night they can turn into a bit of a party where you will likely meet people from all over the world seeking sun and solace.
Numerous churches are located throughout Goa as it is a predominately Christian state. One of the most visited is the Born Jesus Bailica,, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Church of Saints Simon and Jude is also an ancient structure worth visiting for its beautiful architecture. Goa is home to one of the country's prominent aviation museums, the Naval Aviation Museum.
You can't go wrong when it comes to noshing in Goa. If you love tropical fruit you are in for a delicious treat. The state grows pineapples, mangos and jackfruits. Coconut trees dot the area and the coconut water is a refreshing treat during the hot day.
The state is known for its unique dishes as there is a heavy focus on seafood unlike in the rest of the country. Popular dishes include prawn curry as well as fresh mussels and crab. The interesting blend of Indian and Portuguese cuisines has resulted in some try delectable offerings like chourisso, which is pig liver cooked in tamarind, chicken piri-piri or chicken Cafreal which is chicken cooked in a green coconut curry and has become a popular Portuguese dish. Due to the huge number of international visitors, there are numerous international dining options that range from Mexican to Vietnamese. Thalassa is a very popular Greek restaurant and if you're in the mood for Greek in Goa you should make reservations as the joint is usually very busy.
Goa is a beach city with old Indian flavor, a sprinkling of Portuguese style and a whole lot of fun and is one of those places where travelers like to return.
Goa is tropical hot to wet and humid. The summer temperatures hit highs in the mid 30s and this is also when the rains hit. The monsoon season lasts from June through to September. The winters are comparatively cooler but the temperatures would be considered the height of summer in other locales with temperatures in the mid 20s.
When to fly to Goa
Goa is a tourist hot spot year round, however many people choose to visit the state after the monsoon season is over. That means if you are planning a winter Goa getaway you will likely pay premium flight prices, especially in December.
The buckets of rain coupled with the heat of summer can be unbearable for folks from cooler climates, which means travel into the city during the Goan summer slows down. Flight deals are often on offer from June to August. You an also try for the fall months as the rain eases up at that time but there are still flight tickety deals to be had in September and October.
Getting into Goa
Your portal into Goa will have you landing at the Goa International Airport, which is located approximately half an hour outside of South Goa. From the airport you can take a bus or use the rail service which is located about 10 minutes driving distance from the airport. Prepaid taxis are available outside of the airport terminal
Getting around Goa
The major mode of public transportation in Goa is by bus. If the crowded buses leave you feeling tired you can also grab an auto rickshaw or a motercycle taxi - althoug if you are travelling with family you will need a regular taxi unless you want to gather a group of motorcycle drivers to take each of your family members.
- Visit Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary for a chance to have a closer look at the area wildlife. Animals you will see include the panther, leopard porcumin and deer. And if you see something whiz by you out of the corner of your eye - it is likely a flying lizard. The park area consists of a zoo, deer park, botanical gardens and an education center. You can also rent a cottage on the site.
- If you get a chance, spend a night on the beach as it is the Goan traveler thing to do. Don't expect to sleep much though, this is where the Goan night parties take place.
- For a true Goa meets Bollywood experience hed to Baga Beach which is lined with clubs that will have you wiggling your hips and dancing in true Shahrukh Khan form straight through the night.
- One of the most popular dish is Morjim/Ashvem for more of a relaxing experience. If you want to spot some dolphins head to Palolem beach and take a boat ride.
- There are numerous choices for shopping but start with the night market in Arpora for something truly eclectic. You can buy beautiful bangles and other traditional clothing among numerous other things - it is a great place for souvenir shopping.
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