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About Goa

India's smallest and richest state Goa is also the country's party capital in every true sense. Stretching to its west are some of the world's liveliest beaches while the fascinating biodiversity of Western Ghats flanks its east. In between resides the Portuguese and Hindu heritage in the form of time-defeating forts, churches and cathedrals and temples. Extending its reputation as a world-class tourism destination are the rich national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. When in Goa, it is simply irresistible to participate in thrilling water sports, fabulous shopping and beach night parties and splurge on mouth-watering seafood. Goa Carnival, Ganesh Chaturthi and many other grand celebrations summon flocks of admirers to this magnetic place. Choose Goa to learn how to live life to its fullest.

How to reach Goa from Pune

From Pune, you may choose among two routes to reach Goa. The first one is via Belgaum and Londa encompassing national highways 4 and 4A. From Pune to Belgaum, the road condition is excellent and it takes about 4 and a half hour to cover the distance of about 320 km on NH 4. Till Londa, it is NH 4A which is in good condition, though a bit narrower. From Londa, it may be a difficult drive till Goa due to dirt tracks and huge presence of overloaded trucks.

The second route is via Kolhapur and Amboli. While Pune to Kolhapur can be a slow drive due to heavy traffic, while the further stretch till Sankeshwar offers fast and enjoyable drive. From Sankeshwar, prefer to take Gadhinlaj-Ajra route to reach Amboli Ghat and further enjoy a refreshing drive to Goa. The distance between Pune and Goa is about 450 km. and it takes about 10 hours on either route.

Stopovers to eat on the way to Goa from Pune -

While travelling from Pune to Goa, there are several hygienic refreshment places on the way where you may find quality food. Many regular travellers recommend Vithal Kamat's Restaurant offering North Indian and South Indian cuisines (strictly vegetarian) near Sankeshwar. About 30 km. from Belgaum is Hotel Sai International, top-reviewed for excellent food and clean restrooms. Tawande Ghat near Ajra hosts restaurants like Kaveri and Goa Ves (good curry and chicken). Roadside dhabas are in plenty and offer tea, coffee, snacks as well as food (use your discretion to evaluate hygiene). In addition, you may stop at the major cities on the way for food. Popular choices are:

  • Kolhapur - Little Italy, Dehati, Padma, Waman, Tandoor and Opal
  • Belgaum - Niyaaz, Sun N Sand, Amar, Saffron and Ajanta Café
  • Amboli - Narvekar's, Balakrishna and Green Valley Resort

Places to visit in Goa

  1. Bom Jesus Basilica: It is a World Heritage Site and exhibits the magnificent baroque architecture. It is popular for holding the mortal remains and holy relics of St. Francis Xavier.
    • Timings: 09:00 a.m. (10:30 a.m. on Sunday) to 06:30 p.m.
    • Open on: All days

  2. Arjuna Beach: One of the most visited beaches in Goa, Arjuna is famed for hosting resorts, restaurants, bars and some of the most happening night clubs. Full moon outdoor parties, flea markets and night bazaars are other important highlights.
    • Open on: All Days
    • Entrance Fee: Free

  3. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary: Visit this sanctuary to watch animals like gaur, leopard cat, panther, porcupine and more. It also hosts elephant ride, deer safari park, formal gardens, bird-watching areas and botanical gardens.
    • Timings: 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
    • Open on: All days except Thursday
    • Entrance Fee: INR 5 (INR 25/100 for still/video camera)
    • Parking fee: INR 10/50/100 for two-wheeler/car/bus

  4. Old Goa: The erstwhile Portuguese colony, Old Goa is designated as a World Heritage Site for hosting charming churches and convents like Se’ Cathedral, St. Francis of Assisi Church and Convent, Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of St. Augustine and more.
    • Timings: Churches open from sunrise to sunset
    • Open on: All Days
    • Entrance Fee: Free

  5. Calangute Beach: An excellent beach to relax and sunbath, Calangute is where you can engage in water skiing and parasailing. Other popular beaches like Candolim and Baga are located nearby.
    • Open on: All Days
    • Entrance Fee: Free

  6. Chapora Fort: This Portuguese Fort was built in the start of the 17th century and acquired cult status after being featured in the popular Bollywood movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. It overlooks River Chapora and offers splendid views of the surroundings. Tiracol and Aguada are other must-visit forts in the state.
    • Timings: Open 24 hours
    • Open on: All Days
    • Entrance Fee: Free

  7. Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park: Amidst tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests of this park live tigers, leopards, black panthers, bonnet macaques, flying squirrel, pangolin and a variety of birds, reptiles and butterflies.
    • Timings: 08:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
    • Open on: All Days
    • Entrance Fee: INR 20 (INR 30/150 for still/video camera)

  8. Dudhasagar Falls: One of the most amazing waterfalls in India, it imitates a huge stream of milk and offers breathtaking views from numerous vantage points. A train ride helps one to have a closer look at this beautiful vista.
    • Timings: Open 24 hours
    • Open on: All Days
    • Entrance Fee: Free

  9. Goa State Museum: The museum showcases Hindu and Jain sculptures, terracotta antiques, wooden sculptures, plastic art and several other exhibits. Other museums worth visiting in Goa include Naval Aviation Museum and Archaeological Museum and Art Gallery.
    • Timings: 09:30 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. and 02:00 p.m. to 05:30 p.m.
    • Open on: All Days except Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
    • Entrance Fee: Free

  10. Vagator Beach: Known for its laid-back profile, dramatic sunset views and lively parties and restaurants, this scenic beach is dotted with red cliffs and water springs. Other popular beaches in Goa are Palolem, Baga, Arambol and Colva.
    • Open on: All Days
    • Entrance Fee: Free

Places to eat in Goa

Goa is no less than a food paradise offering Portuguese, Maharashtrian and South Indian platters with extensive use of rice, coconut, fish and spices, along with the amazing seafood menu. Some of the popular dishes in the region include prawn balchao, chourisso sausages, sorpotel (pig liver), xacuti (meat dish) and lobsters (cooked in cheese and wine). If you don't mind spices-rich preparations, do try pork vindaloo. Top desserts include bebinca (a kind of pudding) and dodol. Don't miss the local feni brewed from coconut or cashews, though an amazing variety of wines too are served. The popular eating places across Goa are:
  • Ourem 88 (European, Bistro)
  • Zuperb (Chinese, International, Indian, fusion)
  • Jamies (Asian)
  • Go with the Flow (Mediterranean, Brazilian)
  • O Coqueiro (Portuguese, Indian, Chinese, pub)
  • Tuscany Gardens (Italian)
  • Thalassa (Greek, Goan)
  • Café Chocolatti (chocolates, cakes)
  • Martin's Corner (Indian, seafood, Chinese)

Places to stay in Goa

Accommodations in Goa entertain every budget and preference round the year. If budget is a concern, you can choose among beach shacks and huts (closed in monsoons) at various popular beaches like Calangute and Arjuna. These options cost around INR 500 per day. In addition, there are budget hotels and resorts like Alagoa, Ally Pally Beach Resort, All Seasons Beach Classic, Amigo Plaza, Beach Queen Guest House and more offering good accommodations between INR 1,500-2,000.

Mid-budget hotels with tariff between INR 3,000-5,000 include Banyan Tree Courtyard, Goan Clove, Grand Goa Exotica, Oyo Rooms, Resort De Coracao and Royal Mirage Beach Resort. However, if you don't mind spending on luxury hotels, resorts and villas, there is absolutely no dearth of such amazing places in Goa. Some well-known options include Park Hyatt, Intercontinental Lalit Goa Resort, Alila Diwa Resort, Vivanta by Taj and Taj Exotica.

Goa homestays are a great way to live and discover the place with a local family and it is also easy on pocket. Long-term rentals at beaches can also be opted for and you may bring them in your budget by sharing.

Places to shop in Goa

Shopping in Goa is fun and the markets are worth exploring no matter whether you buy something or not. Arjuna's Wednesday Flea Market is definitely the best place to buy handmade jewellery, clothes, sculptures and handicrafts (from all over India). Tattoos and piercing are other highlights here. Buying books from the popular stores like The Golden Heart Emporium, Broadway Book Centre and Literati Bookshop is another great opportunity.

Local items made of seashells, coconut shells, bamboo and clay as well as lacquer work and paper mache items are simply irresistible and can be purchased at Aparant Outlets (branches across Goa) and Bicholim's Goa Handicrafts Centre. Don't miss visiting Mackies Night Bazaar and Ingos Night Market (both on Saturday only) to enjoy shopping and food stalls. Other options are Glastonbury Street (embroidery, mirror and beadwork) and Mapusa Market (antiques, textiles and much more, closed on Sunday).

Activities to do in Goa

  • Diving: Hard and soft coral and reef fishes at places like Grande Island. The best time is from October to May.
  • Paragliding and Parasailing: Arambol Beach and Baga Beach are the popular venues to enjoy these thrilling adventures.
  • Other Water Adventures: Grande Island is also a popular destination for snorkelling, dolphin watching and swimming. Other exhilarating activities in Goa include jet-skiing, kite-surfing, water scooter riding and catamaran sailing.
  • River Cruising: Enjoy Goa folk performances and delicious food onboard along with marvellous sunrise and sunset views and backwaters while cruising over River Mandovi.
  • Spice Plantation Tours: The visual treat of tropical green foliage at spice plantations near Dudhasagar Falls is simply mesmerizing.
  • Nightlife: You can't leave Goa without attending the energetic open-air, full moon and beach parties as well as the lively nightlife venues (pubs, discotheques, nightclubs and more) present at various beaches.
  • Heritage Tours: Join the heritage tours to explore the colonial structures, Hindu temples as well as forts and cathedrals.
  • Goa Carnival: Counted among the world's most entertaining carnivals, the event is held in February and encompasses dance, music, plays, processions, food and much more.

Weather at Goa

  • Summers (March to May) are hot, though less crowded: (23 - 40°C)
  • Winters (October to February) are extremely enjoyable and peak tourist season: (15-33°C)
  • The best time to visit is from October-June.

Useful Information

  • Scooters can be hired on rent to enjoy fun rides between beaches and towns. However, you may have to face penalty for riding without helmets on highways.
  • Beware of swimming at beaches where it could be dangerous especially during monsoons. Always ask the local residents about information.
  • Be careful of mischievous monkeys at various monuments, cows on the road and crabs at beaches.
  • Choose hygienic restaurants and stalls for eating. Prefer drinking packaged water.
  • Going topless or nude at beaches is illegal.
  • Avoid walking alone at the beaches at night.
  • Say no to guides offering 'affordable' deals and offers like bars with beautiful women.
  • Carry sunscreen and other sun protection gear.
  • Always carry or buy mosquito nets.

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