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Friday, August 9, 2019

All you need to know about going to Goa

For every Indian millennial, Goa has occupied the top spot in their must-visit list, and with good reason. This state is famous for its beaches, partying and cheap local liqueur. But that’s not all there is to Goa. As you explore, you will find quaint roadside shacks with the best local food, beautiful waterfalls, remains of Portuguese forts and so much more. For all the newbies out there, whether you belong to India or are visiting for the first time, keep this list handy as your survival guide in Goa:  
How to reach?
Goa is well connected through the Dabolim airport situated in the middle of the state. Almost all Indian airlines have flights operating to Goa. Occasionally, there are charter flights from the UK and Russia. Nowadays a lot of budget carriers from Southeast Asia have also started operating flights to Goa.
If you want to enjoy a scenic train ride, we recommend taking a flight to Mumbai and the taking a train to Goa via the Konkan railways, to the Margao station located in south Goa.
Tourists from almost all countries will need a visa. You can apply online through the e-Visa scheme.
When to reach?
The peak tourist season in Goa is November – March when the weather is cooler and drier so you can stay outdoors throughout the day. Come April and May, the entire country gets unbearably hot and humid.
Where to stay?
Goa offers multiple options for accommodation to suit all budgets. There are luxury resorts with private beaches, dainty boutique hotels, AirBNB apartments, budget guesthouses, chain hotels and backpacker hotels to choose from. If you intend to stay in Goa for a month or more, we recommend renting a house for the local vibes. Also, it works out cheaper than the per day guesthouse costs.
Where to eat and drink?
As far as food is concerned, Goa has no shortage of options. For an authentic taste of local cuisines, we recommend you check out the local restaurants and beach shacks. You can also choose from Indian curries, Chinese dishes, noodles and rice, pizza and pasta, western food, breakfasts and sandwiches at these shacks. If you are in the mood to splurge, head to Greek place in Thalassa for a beautiful view of the Vagator Beach and amazing food. Other popular beachside restaurants include Go with the Flow in Baga and Shamba in Anjuna.
What to do?
Apart from the usual swimming and watersports and sunbathing in the beaches, there is no dearth of activities you could do in Goa and the places you could explore.
Start with renting a motorbike or a scooter and driving through the suburbs. You are sure to pass by green paddy fields, white washed Portuguese churches and colourful Hindu temples and chilled out farms.
If the Portuguese architecture holds your fancy, head to old Goa and explore the remains of Portuguese forts and churches. You could also visit the grave of St Francis Xavier in the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Fort Aguada is a must for its beautiful views. You could indulge in some shopping in the numerous flea markets, or head for a swim in the Dudhsagar, India’s second highest waterfall.
A day’s stay at Goa the affordable way will cost you less than 50 USD (approx.). Whatever be your budget, Goa is sure to give you your money’s worth and one of the most fun experiences ever. We totally recommend hitting up this tiny beach state in India at least once.

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