The primary airport serving Goa is the Goa International Airport (GOI), also known as the Dabolim Airport. This facility is 30km from the state’s capital of Panjim, and a mere 5km from coastal Vasco de Gama. There are two terminals divided by domestic and international flights. Transiting passengers will be able to access all the main amenities needed on arrival, such as ATMs, WiFi, bureau de change services, duty-free shops, and several eateries.
Finding your way to your resort or the cities should be easy, especially with an information desk located in each terminal. Buses, taxis and shuttles will get you to where you need to be from this airport, with taxi fares coming to 400-500INR ($8-10) for a trip to Panjim.
Enjoy the coastal charms of Goa by flying with carriers like Singapore Airlines, Air India, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Jet Airways and Emirates.
Why visit Goa?
India’s holiday hot-spot of choice, Goa is a place that lures travellers like a moth to a flame. South of the buzzing and glamorous city of Mumbai, Goa is where city-dwellers go to unwind. Staying here will give you the opportunity to walk along golden-red sands that welcome the shores of the Indian Ocean, to tour the charming marketplaces, dine in the fabulous seafood restaurants, dance to your heart’s content at a seaside party, and tour the museums, galleries and cultural monuments of this small state’s main town, Panjim.
Things to do in Goa
Kick off your tour of this lovely state by visiting Old Goa, the former capital of the Portuguese colonists, this town is replete with beautiful buildings, many of which have been turned into archaeological museums. In particular you must visit the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, which was built in the 1500s. After Old Goa, you must make time for Panjim, the state’s current capital, that is filled with remnants of Portuguese rule, such as old villas, town squares, fountains, and of course, churches. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1980s, exploring this city will give you a chance to investigate the past of this state, whilst coming in direct contact with contemporary Goans, and their way of life.
Once you’ve enjoyed the cultural attractions, you must make for the coast. Goa is famed in India, and across the world for its beautiful beaches and laid-back coastal vibe. You can find hippie haven stretches, like Arambol, find seclusion on Patnem, or partake in a little jet skiing in Baga. For the famous markets of Goa, you must go to Anjuna, where you can browse through over 500 stalls, and bargain ‘til your face is blue for a great deal on handicrafts and fabrics.
If you’re an animal lover, there are lots of wildlife sanctuaries in Goa that will present you a chance to see the beautiful creatures of this country in an eco friendly way. Drive to Mollem National Park, or Cotigao for a chance encounter with India’s bird and animal life.
Best time to visit Goa
· It is well known that the best time to go to Goa is between November and February, when you can expect the days to be warm and dry and at about 20-27°C. This is the peak season, so expect prices to be higher, but the rates are worth it.
· The rest of the year is divided by the hot and the wet. March to May becomes uncomfortably humid and rises to 40°C. From June to October, the state welcomes the monsoon, and a torrent of rainy weather.
Arriving in Goa by plane
· Most flights making the journey to Goa will involve two layovers, though you can find some that fly through just Dubai (DXB). Otherwise expect a layover in a city like Singapore (SIN) or Kuala Lumpur (KUL), and another in Mumbai (BOM).
· Indian Rupee (INR).
· Visas are required for India, but there are several types available. There are online short-stay visas, and longer term ones. Review and apply for these visas through the Indian High Commission website, which lists rates and requirements.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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