Goa is one of the states in India. Located in the West Coast of India, Goa is the city that is full of colours, a bustling melting pot of culture and history. Goa is famous for its spectacular beaches, world-heritage architecture and temples. Besides that, Goa also was formerly a Portuguese colony. Hence it has a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures. Visitors can still see the remnants of colonial architecture and heritage like baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, colourful Catholic ceremonies, crumbling forts and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa. Goa is also is known as a spiritual sanctuary as many visitors come to this town to experience sunrise yoga sessions on the beach, reiki healing courses, meditation, and another form of spiritual exploration. If you are on a culinary adventure, you might want to come and explore the food here. The cuisine in Goa is unique compared to the others part of India as the food here has major Indo-Portuguese influences. If this is your first time visiting this city, do not worry as you can learn more about this city in the Visitor Information Centre. Plus, there is so much more to explore in Goa as it is a city of never-ending discovery.
Dabolim Airport also is known as Goa International Airport, is the main and primary international airport in Goa. The airport located in Dabolim and approximately 4 kilometres from the nearest city, Vasco da Gama. Dabolim Airport is the major gateway for the state of Goa. Hence there are between 30 to 40 daily flights to Goa International Airport daily. Dabolim Airport has many interesting shops and eateries within the airport so you can shop or dine in a while waiting for the plane to arrive or depart. To go in and out of the airport is easy because there are many types of transportation available in Dabolim Airports for visitors.
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The off-peak season is around June to September due to monsoons seasons, heavy rains and thunderstorms. Goa is well known for beautiful beaches, sun and sand. Thus, monsoons seasons with heavy rains and thunderstorm is not suitable and dangerous for beach-related activities. You will find better flight tickets and hotel deals during this season. Peak season in Goa is from November to February as it is the winter season. The winter in Goa is different as there is no snow in Goa. Instead, during this season, the weather is warm, the sky is clear, and the streets begin to fill up with tourists out for their beach, sun and sand activities. If you plan your trip well, you can save your money because the price for hotels and flights during peak season will cost you a lot of money.
Goa’s climate is under the hot sun for most of the time. Usually, it will be warm and sunny throughout the years. The average maximum temperature in Goa around 25 and 30 degree Celsius while the average minimum is around 20 and 23 degree Celsius. While around November to January will be the peak of seasons because it will be a warm and pleasant season of the year. If you plan to visit Goa during this season make sure you book your flight and hotel early as both fill up quickly.
In Goa, you can enjoy many festivals and activities as it is a bustling city full of energy. If you are looking for a souvenir, you can visit Anjuna Flea Market. There are many souvenirs that you can buy with an affordable prices like handmade jewellery, sacks of spices or even T-shirts and colourful traditional sarees. If you are an outdoor person and nature lover, you may visit the Dudhsagar Falls. You will be amazed by the stunning and breathtaking view there. If you like history, you can go to Old Goa. Used to known as ‘Rome of the East’, you can still see the remnants of old building and architecture like towering churches and cathedrals. Plus, some of the churches and cathedrals are still in use and well preserved.
1. Dudhsagar Falls – Located in the southeastern corner of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Dudhsagar Falls is one of the most impressive and beautiful waterfall splashes in India. With 603 metres high, Dudhsagar Falls are also the second highest waterfall in India after Jog Falls. The best time to visit Dudhsagar Falls is after the monsoons season ends which is around October. During this season, the water level in that waterfall will increase, and it will form the beautiful cascades. If you want to explore the waterfall, you can take the jeep tour. In this tour, the jeep will take you into the sanctuary, through a rough but scenic jungle track and you will also pass the Devil’s Canyon, a beautiful gorge with a river running between the steep-sided rocks. You can swim here, but it is compulsory to wear a life jacket for safety. The life jacket is provided with affordable charges.
2. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary – If you are a nature lover, you should come to this place. It is the most iconic place for the nature lover in Goa. The sanctuary was named after the late Dr Salim Moizzudin Abdul Ali, a well-known ornithologist in India. Located on Chorao Island, the park was built to protect the birdlife that thrives here and the mangroves that have grown up in and around the reclaimed marshland. Visitors can also find other animals too in this park like marsh crocodiles, foxes, jackals and otters. If you like birdwatching activities, you can go to the birdwatching tower in the sanctuary that can be reached by boat. For adventurers out there, this is an attraction that you cannot miss!
3. Reis Magos Fort – Reis Magos Fort was originally built in 1551 after the Portuguese manage to control the place. The fort was built as a fortress to assist the desperate Portuguese defence against enemies during that period. Later it was occupied by the British army in 1799. After the British withdraw in 1813, the Reis Magos Fort gradually lost its function as a fortress and was abandoned. In 1900 the fort was turned into a prison. Opened to the public in 2012, the Reis Magos Fort now is a cultural and heritage centre with exhibition spaces, including a gallery of works by cartoonist Mario Miranda, a room full with the information and history of the fort. There is also an exhibition about the history of Goa and its independence.