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Goa Holidays 

This former Portuguese colony on India's west coast is great if you’re a sun seeker in need of some palm tree beaches. Hippies flocked here in the 1960s to party on the sand and soak up its laid back vibe. The coastline is still Goa's main attraction and there are plenty of lively nightlife options too. Beyond the beach, you'll find Baroque buildings and whitewashed churches alongside Hindu temples and traditional villages.

 

30 °C

The climate is tropical and temperatures are in the mid 30s (°C) all year round.

10 hours

Goa International Airport (GOI) is around 40km south of the main beach resorts.

Book a cheap holiday to Goa with Airtours and discover beautiful beaches, natural treasures and wonderful water sports. 

Featured holidays in Goa

Dona Sa Maria

Tamborim, Goa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Secluded location
  • Family run
  • Eco-friendly

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 182 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£447

Osborne Hotel

Calangute, Goa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Lovely atmosphere
  • Each block has its own pool
  • Not very far from Calangute's beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 464 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£456

So My Resorts

Calangute, Goa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Central location
  • Bars and restaurants are only a minute down the road
  • Simple style

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 286 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£459

Jasminn By Mango

Betalbatim, Goa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Rooms overlook lush gardens
  • Decorated in a simple and rustic style
  • Popular choice with couples and families

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 296 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£466

Palmarinha Hotel

Calangute, Goa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Shuttle bus to the beach
  • Quiet location
  • Two swimming pools

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 499 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£469

Holidays in Goa are all about soaking up the sunshine on a tropical beach, whether you've gone All Inclusive or found a cheap winter sun deal. The region has a 105km long stretch of coastline so there are plenty of resorts to keep sun seekers happy, from the party town of Baga to the traditional beach village of Arpora. 

Baga beach is one of Goa's most popular spots for its lively bars, beach parties, water sports and shacks serving fresh seafood. Head to Candolim for a quieter stretch of soft golden sand. Just south of Calangute, this historic beach town has a main street lined with Indian restaurants and side streets where you'll find ancient Portuguese churches. Calangute itself is one of Goa's busiest resorts with a wide, sandy beach and a bustling centre where tuk tuks zip past cafes, shops and Western-style restaurants.

Windsurfing is popular throughout Goa's coastal resorts but Dona Paula Bay, just south of Panaji, the state's capital, is one of the best spots for beginners and professionals. Get an adrenaline rush by hiring a jet ski and taking to the Arabian Sea from beaches including Candolim, Calangute and Miramar. Goa's top dive sites are located in and around Bogmalo Beach. For wildlife sightings on the high seas, consider a dolphin cruise. Most boat trips also sail past Fort Aguada, a former Portuguese fort and prison.

Explore the Dudhsagar Falls on the Mandovi River in Goa. This four tiered waterfall is one of the tallest in India and there are a couple of natural pools that you can swim in. Combine a trip to the falls with a boat tour of the Mandovi River where you might spot dolphins and crocodiles. Go on safari at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, and keep your eyes peeled for black panthers, leopards, giant squirrels and wild boar.

Goa is best for

Beach lovers: You're spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a patch of sand along Goa's 105km long stretch of coastline. 

Water sports enthusiasts: Take your pick from windsurfing, jet skiing or wakeboarding. You'll also find dive sites dotted along the shoreline.

Nature fans: Beyond the beautiful beaches, explore Goa's natural treasures, from the majestic Dudhsagar Falls to the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary.


Fast facts

Language: Konkani is Goa's official language but English is widely spoken. You may hear Portuguese spoken by some of the older members of the community.

Currency: Indian Rupee. 

Local Time: Five and a half hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly To: Goa International Airport (GOI) is around 40km south of the main beach resorts.

Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 10 hours from London.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information on Goa can be found at http://incredibleindia.org/.

Visa and Health: Before you travel to Goa with Airtours visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india for help and advice on visa requirements and health considerations for your holiday.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Mid 30s (°C) all year round. 

Best time to visit: Temperatures are consistently hot throughout the year on India's west coast. The rainy season is between June and October but this is when you're most likely to find the best deals. Goa is a popular winter sun destination, and between November and May you can expect between 8 and 10 hours of sunshine per day.


Getting Around

By Train: India has an excellent rail network with express trains connecting major cities. Seats and sleeper cabins can be reserved in advance and tickets are cheap. The main stations in Goa are in Madgaon and Vasco da Gama. 

By Taxi: There are plenty of taxis in the main resorts and they’re generally cheap. Alternatives include motorcycle taxicabs and autorickshaws.

By Boat: Boat trips operate frequently from many of the coastal resorts in Goa.

By Hire Car: Hire cars can be booked in advance or when you arrive but it may be a good idea to hire both a car and a driver to save having to navigate India's unreliable road network.

By Bus: In most cases it's more convenient to travel by taxi or autorickshaw.


Events


For something traditional: Goa's lively four day carnival is held in February and dates back 500 years to when the area was ruled by the Portuguese. The event brings together colourful street processions, live music, fire-eaters, food stalls and cooking competitions. 

For a stunning spectacle: Diwali is the biggest festival in India and celebrates light over dark and good over evil. Based on a lunar cycle, it usually takes place in November and is celebrated throughout the country. Join locals in Goa and light small diyas (lamps) and watch stunning firework displays.

For music fans: Sunburn is an electronic dance music festival held on the beach in Vagator every December. This four day celebration is Asia's largest music festival and sees big name artists and DJs like Roger Sanchez and Pete Tong perform on multiple stages


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