Goa Tourism

Goa Tourism

Goa Tourism

Located on the west coast, Goa is the smallest state of India and, on the other hand, is known for its white sandy beaches, its stellar nightlife, its eclectic seafood, its architecture classified as World Heritage. Spread over only 3,702 km, Goa is located in the Konkan region. It is far from being a hipster paradise or a beach, and it is one of the few destinations open 24 hours a day. The peace of Goa (Sastagad) attracts as many international tourists as Indians, or even more.

Goans are very touristy and celebrate many festivals throughout the year, the most famous of which is New Year and Goa Carnival. While the seafood is great, Goa has one of the best nightlife options in India, trendy bars, beach huts, chic cafes and many clubs and discos. Thanks to the low prices of alcohol in the state, Goa is also ideal for young tourists with relatively narrow pockets.

Those of us who are always confused between North Goa and South Goa can help: the state of Goa is divided into North Goa and South Goa. While North Goa is the hub of nightlife with all the tourist beaches, flea markets, and beach cabanas, South Goa is home to luxury resorts and side beaches.

Panaji, the central capital, overlooks the tranquil Mandovi River, which is home to Goa’s famous floating casinos. The center is well connected by an international airport and roads and trains that go from north to south of Goa.

Goa has endless beaches, with a coastline of more than 100 kilometers. While Baga and Calangute are more popular with Indian families, Anjuna and Arambol attract many foreign tourists. The beaches in southern Goa are relatively few explored, but some are more picturesque like Agonda and Palolem.

How to Reach Goa

Goa is easily accessible by road, rail, and air from most of India and international destinations. It is served by Dabolim Airport (the only airport in Goa), which is connected to regular domestic flights. Falling on the Konkan railway line, Goa is connected by a direct train line to Mumbai and south to Mangalore. Additionally, many interstate buses travel to and from Goa.

The closest main entrance to Goa from various parts of the world is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. Goa is easily accessible by flights, railways, and roads from Mumbai.

Most frequently searched routes to Goa

Route Name Distance Time
Bangalore to Goa 557 km 8 hours 45 mins
Mumbai to Goa 583 km 9 hours 49 mins
Hyderabad to Goa 637 km 12 hours 30 mins
Delhi to Goa 1,876 km 1 day 7 hours

 

How to reach Goa by flight

Goa International Airport is located in Dabolim, 30 km from Panjim. Several national airlines such as Air India, SpiceJet and IndiGo offer daily flights from major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad. Most international flights to Goa go through Mumbai. There are only a few international flights to Goa from the Middle East, Russia, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

 

From Mumbai

There are international connectivity flights between Mumbai and Goa. Therefore, when booking your airline tickets for Goa, you can choose the one that stops at Mumbai airport so you can take your TVOA (Travel Visa on Arrival) and then walk towards Goa in it.

If your hotel offers free transfers, you don’t have to worry about traveling from the airport. Otherwise, prepaid taxis are the only option available at the airport.

Goa Tourism

How to reach Goa by road

A large number of luxury and inexpensive long-distance buses crisscross major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Goa. The state bus service, Kadamb Transport is also a good option. Other state bus services, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh also have daily buses that go to Goa. Many private players also operate buses that link several cities to Goa. For comfortable journeys, the super luxurious AC and Volvo buses will be the best options. It generally varies between 1500 INR and 2500 INR and depends on the type of bus.

Most buses travel to and from Goa operate from Panjim, Margao, Chaudi, and Mapusa.

From Mumbai

It takes approximately 10 hours 20 minutes to reach Goa from Mumbai. You can take a private taxi or Volvo to reach your destination.

 

How to reach Goa by train

Goa has six stations, of which Madgaon Station is the largest. Most people descend to Madgaon or Vasco-da-Gama in southern Goa and from Thivim in northern Goa to Mpusa and other beaches. Other smaller complexes include Pernem for Arnamol, Karmali (Old Goa) for Paljim, and Canacona for Palolem.

Goa falls on the Konkan railway line and is connected by direct train to the main cities from New Delhi to the south of Trivandrum. The most popular trains are Goa Sampark Kranti Express and Trivandrum Express.

Goa train trip worth visiting. The picturesque landscape of the Konkan region offers an incredible view. In addition to being fast and comfortable, the train is also the cheapest option.

 

From Mumbai

If you are flying to Mumbai to get your TVOA (Travel Visa on Arrival), you can also book a train ticket to travel between Mumbai and Goa. The most important trains between Mumbai and Goa are: Ganpati Special, Mandovi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, and Mangalore Express

To get to any part of Goa from the station, prepaid taxis are the best option. You can easily find one in the prepaid taxi cabs located at all stations.

 

How to reach Goa by car

Goa road trip is also a great option. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune are popular places from where you drive. There are three national highways that cross the state: NH 4A, NH 17, NH 17A. The roads are good and the view is incredible, it’s worth it. You can hire a taxi, or if you are in a group with many experienced drivers, you can take your car. In addition to the cost of fuel/cab, you must pay the toll tax.

Local transport in Goa

The beaches of Goa are widely separated and extend 100 km from north to south.

From the Airport

  • Prepaid taxi is the most popular and convenient mode of transportation from Dabolim Airport to any part of Goa. Prepaid taxi counters are located in the arrivals hall (which are generally long lines). The cost is slightly higher and varies by region and the type of car you choose. To travel to Calangute or approach North Goa, it generally costs between 1500 and 2000 INR.
  • Goa Tourism recently launched an app-based taxi service called Goa Miles. Like Uber or Ola, taxis can be booked via an online application or at the Goa Miles counter located in the airport arrival hall. Please note that internet connectivity is very limited near the taxi stand. However, free wifi at the airport is available.
  • For those traveling on a budget or looking for the lowest-cost trips, you can leave the airport on the main road and get off any bus heading east and transportation to get there.

Bus

Bus connectivity to popular areas of Goa is good and the prices are low (from 5 INR to 40 INR) and always offer you a great view of the city. If you are traveling from north or central Goa to south Goa (or vice versa), you will need to change buses for Panjim or Margo. However, buses aren’t a great option if you’re bumping into the beach or wanting to go out late at night.

 

Scooty, Bike, and Car

Since Ola and Uber services are not available in Goa, you can rent a motorcycle, scooter, or car if you have a valid license. Cycling is the most popular form of transportation for young tourists, including foreigners in Goa. Honda Activates for Royal Enfield bikes or starts at INR 300 per day at a rate of around Rs 400 per day. This excludes fuel costs. You can also hire a taxi with or without a driver to get around. Cars cost between 900 and 1,300 a day. However, finding parking space near all the beaches can be a problem, while the bike gives you the option of being close enough to park on the beach.

 

Taxis

  • Taxis are readily available in Goa, but usually cost a lot due to the dominance of the local union cartel. You can get a prepaid taxi from the hotel/complex where you do not want to opt for the driverless option.
  • The Women’s Taxi Service is a recent Goa tourism initiative aimed at providing safe transportation options for women, couples, and families. These taxis have drivers and are only available by telephone reservation. Taxis are equipped with a GPS device for continuous monitoring.
  • Pilot or motorcycle taxis are a rare means of transportation available in Goa. They charge half the cost of taxis, they are mainly available near the main taxi station and the resort.