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World Heritage architecture, fusion cuisine and pristine beaches in Goa

With a prime position on India’s west coast, the state of Goa in India is home to a huge variety of arts, culture, entertainment, and outdoor attractions. Despite being home to a population of almost two million people and an area of 3,700 square kilometres, Goa is the smallest state in the country, but has a GDP more than twice the size of the nation’s. Goa’s unique history includes 451 years of Portuguese occupation, from the early 1500s until the territory known as Portuguese India was commandeered by India in 1961. This fusion of two very different cultures has resulted in a collection of World Heritage architecture and peaceful places of worship that draw both Hindu and Catholic pilgrims. These architectural and spiritual wonders combine with miles of quiet beaches, interesting cities, quality hotels, and experience hosting the 400,000 foreign travellers that visit on a yearly basis to create a fascinating, safe destination offering something for everyone.

Linger in state capital Panaji

State capital Panaji is home to several museums, such as the Goa State Museum, the Kala Academy, Goa Science Centre, and the Central Library, and is picturesque with a Latin Quarter – itself an attraction – and a river flowing beside the metropolis. The river can be crossed by ferry with or without a car, and offers a gateway to several tranquil, unpopulated islands ideal for fishing. Panaji is a great place for a spot of shopping, particularly for food items such as spicy local sausages Choricao, handicrafts, and books, with a number of highly-recommended bookstores to be found in the city. The hottest items to buy around this area however, are cashews, which come raw, spiced and roasted with many different flavours available. Cashews are also used to make speciality Goan Cashew Liquor, which is available at most bars and hotels.

Konkan Hindu and Goan Catholic

The capital is an ideal spot to sample some local food, though there are two distinct types of the tropical Goan cuisine that mean more than one stop is required to tick off the must-taste dishes: Konkan Hindu and Goan Catholic. Konkan Hindu food features coconut and fish more heavily, while Goan Catholic favours vinegar, pork and beef. Both are made with intense flavours and spices, though the varied influences on Goan cuisine and culture mean there are more than just the two categories. The Catholic influences come from Goa’s history as a Portuguese colony, which kept the state isolated from the rest of India for more than 450 years and created the unique part of the country there to visit today. Traditional cuisine in this region has therefore been developed from both Portuguese and Indian dishes, as well as the steady influx of international ‘hippies’ and Goan expatriates that have helped shape the culture of the region. The result is a mix of fusion and traditional dishes that make food in Goa one of the highlights of a visit here.

Dining in modern Goa

The most popular Goan dishes include fish curry with rice, variations of fried fish with some such as Kismur eaten with coconut and onions, and different stews comprising seafood and lentil options such as Varan. The majority of seafood dishes are served with rice, and feature Kingfish, shark, tuna, shellfish and more. The Portuguese introduced ingredients such as potato, tomato and cashews, and though these are now included in various Indian dishes, are heavily favoured in Goan Catholic cuisine. There are many dishes to try from the Catholic menu, including adapted versions of the samosa: Chamuca; spicy pork dish Sorpotel, served with Goan bread known as sannas or pao; and Vindaloo with chicken, pork or lamb.

UNESCO World Heritage Listed Velha Goa

Only 10 kilometres east of Panjim on the Mandovi River is Old Goa, or Velha Goa, built in the 15th century by Bijapur Sultanate. A century later Old Goa became the capital of Portuguese India, but it would be abandoned in the 17th century after cholera and malaria epidemics slashed the population from approximately 200,000 to 1,500. Roman Catholic influences remain evident in Old Goa today, with buildings such as Se Cathedral, the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the remains of Saint Francis Xavier can be found.

The beaches that grew Goa

With over 100 kilometres of coastline Goa is home to a vast number of beaches and luxury hotels, which were the drawcard that made the state such a popular tourist destination in the first place. Some of the most famous beaches include Anjuna, where visitors can enjoy a weekly flea market, Morjim Beach, with vibrant nightlife, and the particularly scenic Colva Beach.

Time your visit

Goa can get a little hot and a little wet at times, so be sure to plan your visit well to coincide with the best times to travel in the area. The temperature is most pleasant from the middle of November through to the middle of February, with a daily average around the mid-20s, while hotels in Goa are especially popular from October to January and in May. The monsoon season occurs from June to August, peaking in July, and though many choose not to visit at this time, hotels and tourist attractions are often less busy and operate at reduced prices.

Price range

from ‎₹413to ‎₹1,05,381

Top hotels

    Hotel OYO 14532 Hotel Avisha Residency Panaji

    With its easy accessibility to many key attractions, OYO 14532 Hotel Avisha Residency in Goa offers you the best services, experience and comfort at affordable rates. The hospitable and friendly staff of OYO ensures your stay is pleasant. Facilities Dining Area, Complimentary Veg Breakfast, In-house Restaurant and more are equipped in our property.We take our guests safety seriously and provide facilities like fire safety, first aid and round the clock security to ensure the same.Our 24-hour helpdesk offers further assistance to our guests. What's Nearby To make the most of your visit, head out to famous tourist spots like Indian Naval Aviation Museum, Casino Pearl and Our Lady Of Rosary Church.Corporation Bank Atm, State Bank Of India ATM and ICICI BANK ATM close to the hotel ensures you are never short on cash. more

    Hotel Swimsea Beach Resort Panaji

    Glistening white sands, sparkling water, swaying Casuarina pines, grassy lawns and some picturesque-looking shacks make the stunning backdrop of the Caranzalem Beach. This popular beach is situated at about 4 kms from Panjim, in between Miramar and Caranzalem. While you are at the Caranzalem Beach, you should visit the surrounding tourist hotspots like Dona Paula, the British Cemetery, St Inez Creek, and the Miramar Beach. Caranzalem Beach is easily accessible and you will find good accommodation nearby. So if you are looking for some repose after a daylong excursion on the beach, you should head to Swimsea Beach Resort that is just a walking distance away from the beach. Located on Dr Jack de Sequeira Road, Panjim, Goa, Swimsea Beach Resort is the perfect place to enjoy the scenic beauty of Panjim. Set amidst swaying palm trees, verdant lawns and a shimmering pool, this Goa resort is committed to provide the finest level of hospitality in elegantly furnished rooms where you can relax. Managed by friendly and efficient staff, Swimsea Beach Resort offers 46 air-conditioned rooms that overlook the pristine blue sea. more

    Hotel OYO Home 14340 Attic 1BHK Panaji

    Offering comfort and great services at budget rates, OYO 14340 Home Attic 1BHK Miramar in Goa is an ideal lodging for travelers touring the city. The property is well maintained by a trained and skillful OYO staff who ensure all your needs are catered to. Facilities Parking Facility, Kitchen, Kitchen and more are equipped in our property.Safety measures are taken and facilities like fire safety, first aid and round the clock security are provided for the safety of guests.To provide further assistance to our guests, we have a 24-hour helpdesk on our property. What's Nearby Traverse Goa to visit famous attractions like Our Lady Of Rosary Church, Maruti Temple and Shri Marutirai Sansthan.State Bank of India ATM, Corporation Bank ATM and HDFC Bank Branch / ATM close to the hotel ensures you are never short on cash. more

    Hotel Campal Beach Resort Panaji

    Set in a prime location of Goa, Campal Beach Resort puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, car park, family room are just some of the facilities on offer. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer air conditioning, wake-up service, desk, telephone, fan to ensure a restful night. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Goa has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Campal Beach Resort. more

    Hotel OYO 807 Hotel Gopika International Panaji

    OYO 807 near Miramar Beach Panaji is located strategically in Goa to offer you the best services and comfort at affordable rates. The well trained and friendly staff of OYO maintains the property and ensures your stay is smooth. Facilities All our rooms are well furnished and equipped with AC, Geyser and a lot more.To ensure the safety of guests, the hotel provides facilities like fire safety, first aid and round the clock security.Additionally, we have a 24-hour helpdesk to offer guests assistance at any hour. What's Nearby Traverse Goa to visit famous attractions like Maruti Temple, Shri Marutirai Sansthan and Immaculate Conception Church.Out of Cash? There is State Bank of India ATM, Corporation Bank ATM and HDFC Bank ATM in close vicinity to the property. more

    Hotel Hotel Goa Marriott Resort & Spa Panaji

    Centrally located in Pajani, the Hotel Goa Marriott Resort & Spa features luxurious accommodations and an outdoor swimming pool. Miramar Beach is only one kilometre away. The spacious and newly renovated rooms feature modern designs, LCD TVs, and high-speed Internet. Rooms have views of either the water or the plush gardens. Guests can work up a sweat at the 24-hour gym or enjoy a drink by the poolside. There is a beautiful on-site spa for those who want to be pampered. There’s flexible meeting and event space for hire and can host up to 400 guests. Continental, full American, or a buffet breakfast is available daily (at a fee). There are four on site restaurants serving Mediterranean and Asian inspired dishes as well as a grill. There is a poolside bar and a waterfront terrace. The Hotel Goa Marriott Resort & Spa is a 40-minute drive from Dabolim Airport and less than four kilometres from both Mandovi Bridge and Goa State Museum. more