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Sun-kissed beaches with spectacular sunsets, beach shacks and bikini-clad women, forts and feni, banana boats and flea markets - un[travel] Goa for most things hippie and some things not, as well as that lip-smacking seafood.
One of 'the' best holiday destinations ever, Goa is spectacular whether during the thundering monsoons or sultry summers. With a treasure trove of stunning locales, visit Goa's paddy fields and backwaters before heading over to those sprawling bio-diverse forests for superb bird watching.
Don't miss the heritage walk through Portuguese Catholic churches on the cobbled streets of Old Goa to the villas of Fontainhas. With rare reptiles and aromatic spice plantations, there's much more to Goa than just vindaloo and trance parties. Head over for the vibrant joy that beckons the world to this coastal region, but expect a huge holiday hangover once you get back home after!

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Things to do

Cycling Tour Of Panjim- Discover the streets of Panjim and its surrounding villages through an exhilarating bicycle ride through narrow bustling lanes. Pass magnificent structures that depict Goa's illustrious historical past through colourful lanes in Fontainhas.

Butterfly Tour at Butterfly Conservatory of Goa- To a mystic land where butterflies reside - Welcome to Mystic Meadows Conservatory. The first Butterfly Conservatory here in Goa, this is in Ponda, the Spice and temple town. Walk through a re-created tropical forest here with streams and endemic plants, belonging to the very interesting Dr. Jyoti and Yashodan Heblekar. Visit here not just for the over 133 species of photo-documented butterflies, but also for the exceptional efforts of a few ordinary people for an extraordinary cause.

Trip to Spice Plantation with lunch- There has to be a source for all those lovely spices that go into making those lip-smacking delicacies that Goa is now renowned for, and there's no better way to figure this out than at a spice plantation. Head over to a Spice Farm where our local guide will take you on a walk through the fields where you learn about what each spice can be used for and how its grown.

Trip to Dudhsagar waterfall- One of India's most stunning waterfalls, Dudhsagar, on the Goa-Karnataka border, lives up to its name with milky white froth from a waterfall 600 metres tall. Overlooking the thick tropical forest covering the valley below, the waterfalls are a popular trekking destination. A 70-kilometre drive from Panjim would lead to Molem where you continue on (Maruti) Gypsy cars to the base of the falls.

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Best time to visit October to March

Late October to early March has clear skies and lovely beaches. It is also the peak tourist season. Though mid-October and November see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.

Sultry summers set in by April and stay on till end May. Stepping outdoors before the sunset becomes unbearable.

Monsoons arrive early June and stay on right through to the end of August. The waterfalls and rivers are filled up to the brim and forests of Goa have a new shade of green. With literally no tourists, you have the destination to yourself.

How to reach


  • Goa International Airport (GOI) at Dabolim near Vasco da Gama is the state’s only airport. It caters to domestic and international air services with at least two dozen arrivals from India and middle-eastern countries such as Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Muscat, Doha, Dubai and Kuwait. Jet Airways, GoAir, Indigo, Air India, Qatar Airways and Air Arabia are among the major airlines that have scheduled flights to Goa.


  • Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama are two major railway junctions in Goa. The South Western Railway and the Konkan Railway lines service the state of Goa. The former is a colonial era line that connects the port town of Vasco with Belgaum, Hubli etc. Panaji, the state capital, does not have a railway station.


  • With the absence of a regular train service within the state, much of Goa depends upon privately-operated buses and government-run buses maintained by the Kadamba Transport Corporation to travel from one place to another. Even though the buses connect major towns and remote villages, several Goans depend on private transport to get around.


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