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Goa Travel Guide

Panaji is the capital of Goa and also the headquarters of North Goa district. A major part of eastern Goa, the �Western Ghats� are internationally known as one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world.

Goa is the smallest state of India by area but tops the list of richest Indian states. Located in the Konkan region of West India, it shares its border with Maharashtra in the north and Karnataka in the east and south. Panaji is the capital city and Vasco da Gama is the largest city. Goa is frequently visited by a large number of international/national tourists for its beautiful beaches, Goan Carnival, Sunburn Festival and vibrant culture. It is divided into two districts namely, North Goa and South Goa. While Panaji is the headquarters of North Goa district, Margao is the headquarters of South Goa district. On 11 June 2014, Goa was honoured with the title of �Best Indian Destination for Relaxation� by Lonely Planet Magazine India.

Tourism is one of the main industries in Goa, therefore various kinds of accommodations like beach resorts or star category hotels are available for tourists. In the category of best hotels, The Diwa Club and Taj Exotica (A Taj Hotel) , offer luxurious rooms with world class amenities. If we look at budget hotels, Goa Woodlands Hotel located in the centre of Margao, the business capital of Goa provides elegant rooms with contemporary facilities and is ideal for business travellers. For leisure travellers, Calangute offers lowest price resorts like Osborne Holiday Resorts (located at Anjuna Beach) and Resort Village Royale (located close to Calangute Beach).

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How to Reach Goa

Wherever you are, if you are discussing on a beach holiday in India, Goa is surely going to be an ideal destination for you. The tiny state sandwiched in between Maharashtra and Karnataka, overlooking the Arabian Sea is graced with some of the India’s best beaches that draw in tourists from distant parts of the country. Well there is a point to note. When we speak about how to reach Goa, then why don’t we say or inquire about how to reach Panaji or how to reach Vasco Da Gama? Why do we keep on saying Goa? Anyways before we chance upon a debate, one can hop in the chromatic hues en route Panaji and Vasco Da Gama that host an International Airport and a Railway Station respectively connecting parts of the world and the country itself. Obviously there is a well knit of roadways that connects Goa to Mumbai, that is approximately 610kms, Pune that is 460kms and Kolhapur that is approximately 230kms. One who is planning to drive to Goa by road from Bangalore has to steer his wheels to National Highway 4 that connects to State Highway 34 followed by National Highway 4A and pelt along the State Highway 7. The approximate distance from Bangalore to Goa is 560kms and it takes more or less 9 long hours. Anyways one who is planning to hit the highway from Mangalore has to drive down the coastal highway, the National Highway 17, which connects Mangalore to Goa en route State Highway 7. The approximate distance from Mangalore to Goa is 360kms. Well, if you are holidaying in Kerala and all of a sudden you chance upon further couple of idle days, then your drive from Kozhikode to Goa will be one of the most enchanting drives. It covers a distance of 600kms approximately en route Mangalore.

Well drive to Goa is a part of life and is mostly actuated by nearby weekenders. Tourists from distant part of the country mostly commute either through airways or railways. The Dabolim International Airport that connects Goa to international cities, scheduled flights from Manchester to Goa and cities like Doha, Moscow and London,is approximately 4 kms from Vasco Da Gama and 30kms from Panaji. Within the country, Goa Airport runs scheduled flights from Mumbai to Goa and other cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.

When Goa tourism is a grapevine among the tourists, then how to reach Goa is not a big fuss. The major railway stations in Goa are the Madgaon Railway Station, Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and Thivim Railway Station. Thus Goa by train is also well knitted by broad gauge railway that connects the state with major cities in India.

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hi i am trying to book with the promo code getsetgo but it is showing as invalid

which are the places to see?

how much does a taxi cost from goa airport to calangute?


Rohit Jain

I will be at goa with my family I.e. two children plus we two from 27 April to 2 may please suggest budget hotel.


Aniket Chile

Down da village is quite decent property situated at candolim, at minimum budget with good connectivity to many tourist spots. Dont go on reviews only. Goibibo or cleartrip offers best rates fot this property.

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can anyone suggest or refer to a genuine car rental agency in Goa ? I need for 3 days.



U want to rent car only or along with driver?

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Pls suggest beach hotel in north goa........



The Baga Beach resort

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I will reach thivim railway station by 7.30 ..how to travel to saligao..??? we are total 9 ppl


Surendar Raj

Goa doesn't have Ola or Uber taxi services, unlike other cities in India. So you've to rely on Private taxis who will charge a bomb! I really mean it.. since they're monopoly they really exploit tourists. Public transport like Govt. buses are quite rare in Goa and they ply mostly in main parts of Goa.

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I want to book a hotel room at Jammu. where is my old gocash as linked by me from text message?

can we get cab from Goa Airport for Calangut Beach and what will be charges for same...??


Amarsingh Deshmukh

Govt AC buses are available very frequently Try for it. Good services Govt Transport

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Can i postpone my Goa Booking???

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