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While the smallest state, Goa is one of the most popular Indian destinations - and with good reason. Stretching along the Arabian Sea in western India, Goa boasts myriad charms. Sun-kissed beaches, sumptuous seafood and sprawling spice gardens are only a few. Pair this with grand colonial architecture and an electric nightlife and you’ll soon understand the appeal of Goa holidays.

Goa’s best-known feature is its string of sublime beaches. Beaches with every setting for a paradisal experience. Palm-fringed and dusted in golden-sand, these are beaches you’ll want to write home about. Whether you’re dreaming of cocktails with a bay view, avoiding other tourists in a laid-back fishing village, or padding from a luxurious resort to a sweep of sand that’s pretty and pristine - there’s something here for you.

Goa travel: more than just a paradise beach

Spend time on your Goa trip discovering the state’s Portuguese colonial history; in the baroque cathedrals, white-washed churches and extravagant forts. The Basilica of Bom Jesus wonderfully preserves ornate sixteenth-century Portuguese architecture. The vast and intricate Se Cathedral, impressive Terekhol Fort and Church of St. Francis Assisi are other masterpieces well-worth a visit during a Goa holiday.

If you’re searching for outdoor excitement, find it here. Dive into balmy waters for diving, dolphin-spotting or parasailing. Head to Goa’s dense jungles for hiking expeditions and spot mischevious monkeys and prowling panthers at one of the Wildlife Sanctuaries. Spice Garden tours introduce you to a heady world of tropical herbs, spices and medicinal plants.

The love of spice is evident in Goa’s predominant talent: cuisine. Aromatic curries and fresh fish are best enjoyed with toes in the sand, and here, every wish is fulfilled. Enjoy al fresco dinners under the stars, and don’t leave without trying the fabled Goan fish curry.

Goa is home to an array of stunning beach resorts and boutique hotels. With an abundance of India travel expertise, we’ll craft you the perfect holiday in paradise. Pair your beachside bliss with cultural discoveries in India’s Golden Triangle, or stay south and explore Kerala’s plantations and backwaters.

Destination Highlights

  • Flit from heavenly beach to heavenly beach, finding every paradisal dream met and exceeded
  • Discover Goa’s architectural wonders, from the Basilica of Bom Jesus to Se Cathedral
  • Take part in some outdoor adventure, whether it’s jungle hiking, diving or parasailing
  • Visit one of Goa’s spice farms (such as Sahakari Spice Farm), learning about the abundant spices, fruits and medicinal herbs

Great sample itineraries


A selection of our India travel itineraries to give you an idea of what’s possible. Whether you’re looking for Goa escorted tours or explorations in Kerela, we’ve got something for you.

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Delhi Jaipur Agra Varanasi Tour

  • 14 Days
  • Guide Price £3,599 PP
Get to know the many colours and cultures of India on our incredible Spirit of India tour. On this 13...
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Kerala South India Tour

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,099 PP
Our Kerala and the Tropical South tours are one of the most wonderful ways to experience India for the first...
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Cultural holidays
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Luxury Tour Of Rajasthan

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £3,199 PP
Embark on a journey to discover the ancient treasures of northern India with our 15-day trip, Rajasthan Revealed. Starting in...
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White Tiger

Private Tour Guide For Taj Mahal

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,899 PP
Our incredible Taj and Tigers tour introduces you to some of India’s most mesmerising sights. Dive into this wild and...
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Our favorite hotels


Goa is home to an array of gorgeous hotels and beachfront resorts. Browse some of our favourites and get in touch to discover more.

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Goa

The Leela Goa

Enjoy the legendary elegance and breath-taking beauty of this renowned beach hotel in Goa, where Portuguese influences fuse with modern...
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Guide Price £2,599
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Goa

ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa

ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa is situated amid 45 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and glistening lagoons, with direct...
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Guide Price £1,899
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Goa

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa is located in Benaulim on the southwest coast of Goa, overlooking 56 acres of...
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Guide Price £2,799
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Goa

Alila Diwa Goa

Visit a surprisingly different five star deluxe resort set amongst picturesque verdant rice plantations, located near Gonsua Beach in Majorda,...
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Guide Price £1,999
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Explore Goa

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights from London Heathrow via Delhi to Goa take approx. 12 hours and 30 minutes

Currency

INR - Indian Rupee

Visa Information

British citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.

Language

Hindi and English are widely spoken

Health Info

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

From Beach to Sanctuary

Immerse yourself in Goan culture during your travels. Sample the fine fish dishes you’ll see at stalls and in restaurants. Enjoy the aroma of spices. Wander through the Mapusa Market and find handicrafts and gifts as memories of your journey.

Visit Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar means ‘stream of milk’, and you’ll witness the three streams of water flowing into these 600 metre high falls. Nestled in a forest within a wildlife sanctuary, the falls are just one of the highlights you’ll experience here.

Beach Holidays in Goa

Discover your ideal beach in Goa, with warm waters beckoning and the chance to swim, snorkel, dive, or simply relax on the warm sands. Explore the flea market at Anjuna Beach or indulge in the Watersports at Benaulim Beach.

Historic Old City

Velha Goa (Old Goa) awaits eager visitors wishing to learn more about the history of the area. Explore the historic buildings, which are now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you wander around what remains of this charming place.

Best time to visit Goa

The best time to visit Goa is during the dry season between November and March when the weather is warm but clear and breezy and there is little rainfall. Humidity and rain occur during monsoon from June to September.

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  • Average Weather

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Dubai
24° C
8 mm
Nepal
9° C
13 mm
Kerala
28° C
21 mm
Delhi
13° C
20 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Dubai
25° C
3 mm
Nepal
12° C
14 mm
Kerala
28° C
26 mm
Delhi
17° C
25 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Dubai
28° C
5 mm
Nepal
16° C
10 mm
Kerala
29° C
40 mm
Delhi
22° C
25 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Dubai
33° C
1 mm
Nepal
20° C
29 mm
Kerala
29° C
119 mm
Delhi
29° C
8 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Nepal
22° C
70 mm
Mumbai
30° C
20 mm
Kerala
29° C
216 mm
Delhi
33° C
41 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Nepal
23° C
129 mm
Mumbai
29° C
494 mm
Kerala
27° C
341 mm
Delhi
32° C
97 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Nepal
22° C
325 mm
Mumbai
28° C
735 mm
Kerala
27° C
239 mm
Delhi
31° C
190 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Nepal
22° C
239 mm
Mumbai
28° C
530 mm
Kerala
27° C
156 mm
Delhi
30° C
201 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Nepal
22° C
175 mm
Mumbai
28° C
348 mm
Kerala
27° C
175 mm
Delhi
29° C
134 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Nepal
20° C
67 mm
Mumbai
29° C
91 mm
Kerala
27° C
268 mm
Delhi
25° C
10 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Dubai
31° C
2 mm
Nepal
15° C
7 mm
Kerala
27° C
192 mm
Delhi
20° C
2 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Dubai
26° C
8 mm
Nepal
11° C
8 mm
Kerala
27° C
69 mm
Delhi
15° C
9 mm
Jas, Destination Specialist

“For an exciting day trip, take a car or a train to Dudhsagar Falls - Goa’s largest waterfall, falling from an impressive 603 metres. The surrounding landscape is rich in tropical fauna and lovely for a walk.”

Jas
Destination Specialist
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“The north and south parts of Goa offer different experiences for tourists. North Goa is more developed, with a greater number of hotels and restaurants and a thriving nightlife. South Goa is quieter and more rural, with far less development than the north. Where you should go depends on what your holiday aspirations in Goa are.”

Sheryl
Destination Manager

Events & Festivals

Goa is the kind of place where you can always find an event or party if you want to. The region is busiest during high season and sees a huge influx of tourists from December to February.

Goa Carnival

Goa’s capital, Panjim, comes alive during Goa Carnival from 22-25 February. Celebrations include vibrant float processions, live bands and dancing shows. 

Holi Festival

Holi Festival - The Festival of Colours - is celebrated with much vigour all over India in March. Marking the coming of spring and good harvest, it is celebrated with an abundance of colourful paint and water. Join the celebrations in Goa for beachside fun. 

Local Cuisine

A coastal state, Goa is the place to sample India’s delicious seafood dishes. From spicy curries to fish straight from the grill, taste your way through Goa.

Goan Fish Curry

When in Goa, trying the fish curry is a must. One of the region’s best dishes, this curry uses local fish, in a creamy coconut sauce, brimming with spices and flavour.

Feni

Feni is a local spirit produced in Goa. There are a number of different variants, the most popular are cashew feni and toddy palm feni.

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