Lapped at by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, Goa holidays are tropical havens, ideal for anyone who wants to soak up some sunshine in tranquil surroundings. Whether you’re a backpacker taking in the endless delights of India, or you’re looking for a once in a lifetime trip to one of Asia’s most dynamic and beautiful countries, holidays to Goa are sure to delight.
With more than 80 miles of picture perfect beaches, glorious sunshine, shining seas and legendary hospitality, you’ve got yourself a recipe for an enchanting holiday in one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations.
Top Hotels in Goa
DoubleTree By Hilton Goa
Dona Sa Maria
Pride Sun Village
Highland Beach Resort
Sunset Beach Hotel
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Goa
Resort Lagoa Azul
At a Glance
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +6
- Average flight time: 9h 30m
When to go
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Holidays in North Goa will provide you with memories to last a lifetime, and it offers a perfect destination if you want to kick back and relax on the beach and admire the breathtaking views. The crystal clear waters in South Goa have fantastic snorkelling and diving if you’re after something more adventurous. With a flight time of 10 hours, India’s most popular tourist destination offers a break with a difference for couples, families and groups.
History buffs will relish the stunning architecture that provides an insight into Goa’s story from past to present. Meanwhile those seeking the hustle bustle of native life will enjoy spending time at one of the many outdoor flea markets, great for mingling with the locals or buying memory trinkets to take back home.
Despite its reputation as a beach bum’s paradise, Goa holidays are filled with sightseeing highlights that rival any historical destination. Religious buildings such as the Bom Jesus Basilica and the Sea Cathedral are must sees, and museums such as Old Goa’s Archaeological Museum and the Portrait Gallery provide some insight into the state’s rich and multi-cultured beginnings.
Wine and Dine
A rich fusion of Portuguese and South Indian flavours, Goan cuisine is sure to delight the taste buds. Whether you fancy a mouth-watering curry or prefer to feast on rice infused with delicious spices, foodies will be in culinary heaven.
For fantastic seafood, restaurants near Baga Beach offer many fresh and savoury options. If you prefer international cuisine with a local twist, make a reservation anywhere on Holiday Street where modern European flare adorns the plates. When it’s time to devour something sweet, pop in to a bakery along Flea Market Road for an exotic sugar rush.
A family holiday destination made in heaven, most of the primary things to do in Goa are tailored for a long haul escape, ensuring that you won’t get bored. You’ll never go wrong with water sports and Goa offers more than plenty to enjoy, and for all ages.
For unlimited fun by the sea, head to Calangute Beach where you and the kids can go water skiing and parasailing from sunrise to sunset. No matter which beach you visit, make sure you take time to go on a famous Banana Ride, loved by tourists and locals alike, just hold on tight!
When in the mood for some entertainment, the Goa Science Museum is a great option to combine learning with interactive activities, keeping the kids busy for hours. If you fancy some family-friendly competition, spend a night at the go-kart track or try some bowling to unwind after a long day.
Action and Adventure
The adventurous possibilities in this part of India are a key player in the long list of Goa’s attractions. A place known for its abundant water sports, adrenaline junkies will love Calangute Beach, the hub for seaside fun under the sun. If you’re up for a deep dive, head to Sail Rock, one of the best places to learn how to scuba dive in all of India.
For travellers seeking a thrill on dry land, organized adventure tours in Candolim are the perfect way to go fishing, see wildlife and explore as part of a group.
Other activities including go-karting and paintballing are also easily accessible.
Life's a Beach
The beaches are why many come here, and they range from secluded, untouched bays such as Patnem and Asvem, to lively shorelines filled with top amenities, such as Baga and Calangute.
Goa’s seas provide the perfect setting for divers both new and experienced, with schools set up throughout the state and dive sites ranging from shallow beginners’ spots to extreme deep sea shelves. Visitors will also find the chance to enjoy a host of other water sports, from jet-skiing and paragliding, to kite surfing and banana boating.
Whether you like to boogie or simply want to enjoy a pint, you’ll love the Goa nightlife. Known for its rave culture, underground parties are all the rage here. For the most exclusive raves, head to Vagator or Arambol, although you’ll need to ask around as they’re not widely publicised.
When in the mood to dance the night away, trendy Tito’s is the place to be. One of the most popular night spots in northern Goa, it is frequented by a mix of young local party-goers and tourists. Meanwhile, the nearby all-night club Kamaki is perfect for lovers of trance and house music.
If you prefer less buzz, there are still great things to do in Goa after dark. Place your bets while rolling the dice at Casino Paradise or spend the evening sipping drinks as you admire the moonlit beach bar at Montego Bay.
Take some time to venture away from the beach and you’ll find another side to Goa - a side that lends itself perfectly for a romantic getaway. Days out could see you admiring the brilliant architecture of churches, cathedrals and temples in the capital, Panjim. Take a boat ride up the River Sal to catch a glimpse of a bluenose dolphin or haggle in the markets for traditional handicrafts and hand painted ceramics - ideal souvenirs to take home as a memory.
The perfect destination to soak up sun and culture, couples will never run out of things to do in Goa. Known best for its eclectic mixture of beaches and wildlife, there’s no limit to the natural beauty that will surround you no matter where you roam here. You can seek out some of Goa’s more cultural offerings, such as the Anjuna flea market and the Butterfly Conservatory of Goa just to add to the endless list of fantastic adventures you and your loved one can go on during your holiday in Goa!
An established part of Goa’s attractions, festivals are fruitful no matter what time of the year you visit. Even if you don’t speak to a higher power, religious festivals are a must. A celebration of ancient spirits, Ganesh Chaturthi is a colourful display of mythology and fanfare.
If visiting in February, you should definitely attend the Goa Carnival. A local take on the popular traditional festival, this version is uniquely inspired by Portuguese and Hindu culture.
For the younger generation and their families, Goa’s Holi Festival is the perfect blend of ancient and modern, with a little body paint on the side.
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