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Goa Travel Information

An exotic tropical paradise, on India’s west coast. Goa is a region bathed in glorious sunshine. Combine this with beautiful beaches fringing lush jungle, home to dazzling waterfalls and fascinating wildlife, and Goa is a wonderful holiday destination

As well as wonderful beaches, Goa offers a whole host of attractions for visitors to explore. If you can tear yourself away from the pristine beaches, you’ll discover something of Goa’s fascinating mix of Indian culture and European influences. Until 1961, Goa was a Portuguese colony, which explains the high number of churches and the European architecture. There are also spice plantations to visit, crocodile spotting river cruises to enjoy, and lots of historical sites to explore.

Many people are drawn to Goa by the 100km coastline with plenty of beaches on which to relax. For more active holidaymakers, many beaches offer watersports and vendors selling refreshments and souvenirs. A more relaxing day can be spent on one of the many more isolated beaches. NB There are often strong currents, which can rule out swimming.

Whilst on holiday in Goa, why not try the local favourite, fish curry rice. Traditional Goan and Indian cuisine is delicately spiced and usually features rice, coconut and fish. In the main resorts you’ll find restaurants catering for almost every taste imaginable, with English, Italian, French, Chinese and Mexican food available.

Even if you aren’t intending to shop, Goa’s markets are an experience in themselves. With both day and night markets, stalls piled high with exotic fruits, live entertainment and of course lots of great souvenirs to haggle for, the markets are well worth a visit. Great buys from Goa include spices, jewellery, silks, carpets and carvings. More conventional shops can also be found, with some of the best in Panaji, including charming local boutiques and International stores.

For the best nightlife in Goa, head north, where you’ll find discos and nightclubs, and beachfront restaurants and shacks, with music and fireworks. Baga is particularly well-known for its nightlife. The resorts in South Goa are generally quieter, although many will offer in-house entertainment.