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Where is it? - Goa
Where is it?

Goa is one of India's smallest states situated on the west coast about 350 miles south of Mumbai (a one hour flight). Its relatively small in area and you can drive from North to South in about 3 to 4 hours. A large number of Charter flights from Europe bring tourists in in the 'main season' ie October to May, but there are travellers here from all around the world most of the year.

Whats it like?

Its a great mixture of Indian & Portuguese history, in a tropical setting, with a lively cosmopolitan feel to it.

Once a major retreat on the 'travellers' trek around India it now also has tons of tourists from all over Europe and beyond. Over the past five years their has been a significant increase in Indians from other states visiting Goa, both over the Christmas/New year period and again in May.

Whats there to do?

Goa covers so many interests...from birdwatching and fishing, to Hindu Temples and Old Gothic Churches, Portuguese architecture to lush green paddy fields. And of course there are the glorious beaches, restaurants, and nightlife!

If you read any of my tips...can you give them a rating as to their usefulness...good or bad! And leave a comment so I know who's been reading them...many thanks!

I'm currently living in Goa, specifically in Calangute...so if you have any questions about North Goa that my tips do not cover then feel free to drop me an email...


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  • Pros:Sunshine...and friendly locals...
  • Last visit to Goa: May 2007
  • Intro Updated Sep 26, 2007
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Travelogues (2)

  • Calangute Carnival 2007 - Goa

    Written Feb 20, 2007

    8 photos

    Calangute Carnival 2007

  • The Capital...Panjim! - Goa

    Written May 17, 2007

    7 photos

    Panaji or Panjim...your choice!

Comments (87)

  • Avieira67's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Hi! Thank your very much for your good information on Goa. Greetings from the Azores.

  • piosku67's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Hi! I'm thinking of visiting Goa in January 2011 and finding your tips on taxi very valuable. Thanks for some practical advice.

  • Jun 6, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    nice photos

  • regina.williams's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2009 at 4:52 AM

    It was nice reading the recipe :) Do you have any more recipe about Goan Cuisine ;)

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2009 at 2:26 AM

    great tips... I liked Goa in your way. Bora

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Blue Whale Water Park now has a website. http://www.bluewhalewaterpark.com

  • Feb 18, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    This hotel is fab. I have visted twice in the last six months. Basic but the staff are amazing, food is fab and the location is oerfect, in a village but not far from where it is all happening. 10/10 I will be going back time and time again.

  • Rupanworld's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    Very nice page with informative tips. Visiting Goa in February 2009. Can't wait anymore!

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    We will finally be visiting Goa in april....hope its pleasant weather!

  • lyonsie's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Just a comment on Sou....'s Kitchen, we were there last year, first to arrive, and horrified to see the bar staff/waiters re-filling the water bottles to be sold.... Not a good sight, will not be going there when we return in January '09.

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