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Goa Holidays


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

Our favourite 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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The Leela Goa

Goa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,599  pp

The Leela Goa
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ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa

Goa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,899  pp

ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa
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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

Goa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,799  pp

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa
a resort near the water

Alila Diwa Goa

Goa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,999  pp

Alila Diwa 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 Information

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

Things to do in 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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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
24ºC
8mm
Nepal
9ºC
13mm
Mumbai
24ºC
Kerala
28ºC
21mm
Delhi
13ºC
20mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
25ºC
3mm
Nepal
12ºC
14mm
Mumbai
25ºC
Kerala
28ºC
26mm
Delhi
17ºC
25mm

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
28ºC
5mm
Nepal
16ºC
10mm
Mumbai
27ºC
Kerala
29ºC
40mm
Delhi
22ºC
25mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
33ºC
1mm
Nepal
20ºC
29mm
Mumbai
29ºC
Kerala
29ºC
119mm
Delhi
29ºC
8mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
38ºC
Nepal
22ºC
70mm
Mumbai
30ºC
20mm
Kerala
29ºC
216mm
Delhi
33ºC
41mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
40ºC
Nepal
23ºC
129mm
Mumbai
29ºC
494mm
Kerala
27ºC
341mm
Delhi
32ºC
97mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
41ºC
Nepal
22ºC
325mm
Mumbai
28ºC
735mm
Kerala
27ºC
239mm
Delhi
31ºC
190mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
41ºC
Nepal
22ºC
239mm
Mumbai
28ºC
530mm
Kerala
27ºC
156mm
Delhi
30ºC
201mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
39ºC
Nepal
22ºC
175mm
Mumbai
28ºC
348mm
Kerala
27ºC
175mm
Delhi
29ºC
134mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
36ºC
Nepal
20ºC
67mm
Mumbai
29ºC
91mm
Kerala
27ºC
268mm
Delhi
25ºC
10mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
31ºC
2mm
Nepal
15ºC
7mm
Mumbai
28ºC
Kerala
27ºC
192mm
Delhi
20ºC
2mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Dubai
26ºC
8mm
Nepal
11ºC
8mm
Mumbai
26ºC
Kerala
27ºC
69mm
Delhi
15ºC
9mm
  • Jas, Destination Specialist

    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.”

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    Sheryl

    Destination Manager

    “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 in Goa

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 in Goa

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.