Exploring Goa in India
Located on India’s west coast, Goa is a perfect winter sun holiday destination. Offering world class beaches, a wonderful climate, rich history and culture, brilliant architecture, great shopping, nightlife and cuisine it really does have something for everyone. Whether you’re a backpacker or looking for a once in a lifetime experience, Goa holidays are sure to delight.
Weather in Goa
As Goa is located in between the Equator and Tropic of Cancer it is usually very hot. It is a perfect place for winter sunshine with practically no rain between November and March.
The humidity and heat starts to increase between April to May and during the peak summer months of June to September there are monsoon rains and it is very hot and humid. October is when the skies and high humidity start to clear.
Offering great value for money compared to other popular winter destinations, Goa has a great exchange rate. The local currency is Indian Rupee (INR)
With more than 80 miles of picture perfect beaches Goa offers some of the best in India, from secluded, untouched bays to lively shorelines filled with top amenities. Offering golden white sands, safe swimming and unique beach shacks lining the shores with gorgeous Indian cuisine and refreshing drinks.
North Goa’s most popular beaches are:
- Morjim and Ashvem
- Anjuna and Vagator
- Calangute and Baga
South Goa’s most popular beaches are:
- Arossim, Benaulim and Varca
- Agonda and Palolem
Shopping and Food
Goa has world class food with a huge range of fragrant and delicious dishes. Offering a fusion of Indian and Portuguese flavours and an excellent choice of restaurants from luxury to famous beach shacks. With such a great exchange rate fine dining can cost as little as £25 for a three course meal and drinks. Shopping is also popular due to how far your money can go. The streets are full of market stalls and boutiques to find gifts for unlucky friends and relatives back home. The best markets to visit are:
- Anjuna Flea Market – Every Wednesday
- Mapusa Local Produce – Open every day
- Arpora Market – Every Saturday Night
Top Experiences in Goa
Goa is a country you could explore for months on end. With such a rich culture and natural beauty it is not only the fantastic weather and beaches as the reason why people visit Goa. Here are three of the most popular experiences:
Located on the east of Goa close to Karnataka are the Dudhsagar Waterfalls the second largest in India at 603 metres high.
Temples of Ponda
Close to Panjim are a mix of temples influenced by Christian and Muslim styles.
Known for its world famous spices India offers tours to see these fragrant delights growing in their natural way.
There are many festivals and events in Goa taking place throughout the year. These include religious festivals, live music, colourful parades and cultural celebrations. The most popular three festivals are:
- Diwali – The Festival of Light – October – November
- Feast of St Francis Xavier – December
- Holi – The Festival of Colours – February – March
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