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.
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.
Kerala South India Tour
Luxury Tour Of Rajasthan
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.
The Leela Goa
ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa
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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“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.”
“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.”
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’s capital, Panjim, comes alive during Goa Carnival from 22-25 February. Celebrations include vibrant float processions, live bands and dancing shows.
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.
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 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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