Goa… A bliss of Sun & Sand!
Goa has always been on list as the most refreshing holiday destination in India. In fact Goa has become such a popular tourist destination that it has changed the people’s perception towards it of being just another state of India but rather as a perfect holiday getaway.
Glittering reflections over the gushing waters of the sea and riveting sandy beaches make the stay memorable. There are plenty of indulging activities that you can choose to do when you’re in Goa like surfing, partying or just wandering on the roads on hired bikes.
Arrive and let the fun begin…
As people flood in, specially during the long holidays, summers or for a short refreshing stay, there has been a lot of development in transportations that bring you to Goa.
~ Take the enchanting road journey to Goa ~
Choose among the four National roadways to Goa,
NH-66: If you are driving from Mumbai or Mangalore then you’re journey will prove a road trip to heaven as it runs along the western coastline.
NH-4A: Arrival from the east will require you to take this national highway which connects cities like Belgaum, Kolhapur, etc. to Panjim, the state capital.
NH-366: This highway connects NH-66 with Mormugao Port located in the South Goa.
NH-566 for ease: This four lane highway is constructed to ease the traffic on NH-366 that heads to Dabolim Airport and Vasco Da Gama. It also connects Mormugao Port to
NH-66 at Verna via Dabolim Airport.
NH-768: Belgaum, which lies on NH-4 is connected to Panjim via NH-768.
Goa has a good flow of bus services from major cities of Maharashtra, Karnataka. The government transport services are less developed in Goa, hence people largely depend on private services or their own transport.
~ Air Transport ~
Goa International Airport located in Dabolim near Vasco da Gama is the only airport in Goa. It is approximately 4 kms from Vasco da Gama and approximately 30 kms from Panaji. One can take a quick flight and fly down from locations like Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and other major cities.
~ Trains to Goa ~
The major railway stations in Goa are Madgaon Railway Station, Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and Thivim Railway Station. These railway stations connect Goa with other major cities of the country. South Western Railway and Konkan Railway lines mainly pass through Goa.
Where to stay
Looking at the fanciful life and partying audience might give a feeling of getting a pricey stay. But Goa has range of stay options to suit everyone’s need. Coming down from the pricey luxurious hotels to camping on beaches, Goa offers plenty of choices to stay.
If you want to explore the nightlife of Goa and don’t mind staying in crowded areas then North Goa is a sureshot option to look for a affordable stay. South Goa will prove worthy if you’re in for a peaceful stay.
A stay in the vicinity of Baga, Anjuna and Calangute beaches in North Goa will be an ideal choice if you are on a strict budget.
Price range might start from somewhere around 900/- per night.
Settling down temporarily as paying guest would be another good choice that many people are unaware of.
Goa for Beaches
Want to make your stay memorable and explore serene beauty of Goa? Check out the following Must explore beaches in Goa.
Step on one of the crowded heavens in Goa, the Baga beach. It is the most exotic destination to get the real feel of being in Goa. The beach is a treasure trove of water sports and intoxicating nightlife that grooves on thumps of music. Taking a bite of mouth watering sea-food delicacies in the shacks of the beach is a bliss. Don’t miss the swim in salty sea while confronting powerful sea waves.
If you’re out partying hard and want to have some moments of serenity then Morjim Beach will prove a blessing. The beach harbors nesting site for Olive Ridley turtles and one can cherish the pleasing sounds of rare bird species that inhabit the beach thus adding life-like feel to the beach.
If you’re on Vagator Beach, then probably you might be the next person to question where is the Dil Chahta Hai fort? Interestingly this red-cliffed fort called the Chapora fort, and now known as the Dil Chahta Hai fort by many, is located quite near to this beach.
Vagator beach is an abode of vegetation with vast stretches of coconut trees. It’s a peaceful heaven as it indulges one into the picturesque beauty of nature. One more thing you can be a part of is the Sunburn festival that is organized on the beach every year.
Scrubbed Sand dunes with a breeze of air on Candolim beach is tranquilizing. So if you’re expecting to witness the whispers of nature then moving on to the Candolim Beach is a worthy option. Popular for its unspoiled beauty, it remains one of the best beaches in Goa to unwind. Nearby located is the Aguada fort.
Considered as one of the best beaches of Asia, Mandrem beach is another unexplored beauties of Goa. If you’re hunting a beach for adventure sports and hustling culture then Mandrem beach will disappoint you as it is most preferred beach for honeymooners and is less likely to be visited by crowd.
The list doesn’t just end here and there many scenic beaches that can added to list such as,
- Colva Beach
- Palolem Beach
- Agonda Beach
- Calangute Beach
- Arambol Beach
- Anjuna Beach