Goa – a tiny state on the west coast of India – is best described as the Ibiza of the east. Hedonists, hippies and naturalists have all flocked to this mellow beach resort since the 1960s, but in the last eight years it’s become one of the hottest destinations, prompting visits from jet-setters and celebrities who travel there to enjoy Christmas or New Year’s on the beach. One unique characteristic that differentiates it from other parts of India is the alluring mix of Indian and Portuguese and its laid back ethos of “Sossegade”, Portuguese for “Take it easy.”
Although the Portuguese left in 1961, Goa had been colonised by them for nearly 500 years leaving behind a strong influence. Most of the locals still speak the language, but it doesn’t stop there. Many Goans are Catholic with last names such as D’Souza and Miranda; the food has distinct Portuguese flavours and the homes are enriched with European features.
If you’re booking a flight to Goa with a view to hitting the beach then you’ll be spoilt for choice once you get there. Most visitors head to the Baga-to-Calangute area which is packed with beach shacks and tourists. But for a taste of the more serene sandy stretches, Agonda and Galgibaga are both breathtaking.
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Near the Arabian Sea, Goa’s climate is humid for most of the year.May tends to be the hottest month with temperatures reaching the mid-30s (Celsius), and the humidity builds until the start of the monsoon season in June. Running through September, the monsoon season brings both rain and cooler temperatures. October to February, Goa’s temperatures can drop to the 20s.
Motorbikes are the most popular mode of transport in Goa, and the state is small enough that a motorbike may be all you need. If you prefer a larger vehicle, you can rent a Jeep.
Driving in cities in India is not recommended. Many visitors hire a car and driver by the day to get around. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are also available, and auto-rickshaws are considerably cheaper. In either case, remember to either make sure the driver will use the meter or negotiate the fare before you get in. If you make a one-way trip to a remote area, you are expected to pay for the return trip.
Taking a local bus provides a tour for the cost of the fare. These buses stop whenever someone needs to get on or off; if you are in a hurry, take an express bus.
If you like being on the water there are several boat cruises including sea-going excursions, backwater cruises, island cruises, dolphin cruises, and snorkelling trips.
Peak Season:The best time to book a flight to Goa is October to February, and the busiest months are December and January. Off Season:The monsoons and summer heat make June through September the low season. Search and compare: cheap flights to Goa
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