Situated on India’s west coast, Goa offers a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures with miles of long sandy beaches, colonial whitewashed churches and emerald green paddy fields. Offering a laid-back charm and relatively untouched by mass tourism, South Goa’s beaches are lined with sleepy fishing villages, grand colonial houses and verdant farmland.
- Our hand-picked choice of beachfront hotels are scattered either along the state's southern coast or in a sleepy fishing village and they are all within easy access of the bustling north
- In the north find Mapusa’s colourful Friday market, a feast of spices, aromas and new, exciting flavours
- Colva is one of Goa’s most popular beaches, offering a long stretch of uninterrupted sand and lots of shaded palms
- Goa’s capital, Panaji is similar to an old Mediterranean village with leafy avenues, churches and museums to visit
- Some time spent on Goa’s shores is the perfect way to follow up an escorted tour or private journey through India
Best time to visit Goa
• Goa's peak tourist season runs from October to January while the monsoon season is June to September
• During the monsoon season there are fewer crowds and you can experience the region with not as many people on the beaches.
Goa holiday highlights
North Goa’s world renowned coast is scattered with stunning palm-lined beaches which are backed by lively resort towns, such as Calangute and Candolim. The region’s largest and busiest beach, which has been attracting international visitors since the heady days of the 1960s, can be found in Calangute, while the town of Baga attracts those in search of a lively nightlife. Slightly less frenetic and more relaxing than its popular neighbouring resort is the village of Candolim, which is frequented by visitors in search of sun, sea and sand.
All of our featured Goa resorts are scattered along the less developed coast of South Goa. Within easy reach of the bustling towns of North Goa the tranquil and often almost completely deserted beaches of the South are seemingly a whole world away. Escape to this paradisiacal spot – the perfect end to your Indian exploration.
Goa offers visitors in need of a spot of retail therapy a vast array of choices from authentic local markets to stylish boutiques showcasing the latest Indian fashion. Local handicrafts are popular choices for gifts or souvenirs and in Goa one can find beautiful terracotta, brassware and bamboo works up and down the coast. Three of the most popular shopping experiences in Goa are the Friday market in the inland town of Mapusa; the market held every Wednesday in Anjuna; and the night bazaar on Saturday evenings in Arpora.