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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 ‎₹415to ‎₹1,05,919

Top hotels

    Hotel Hotel Chandrageet Panaji

    Hotel Chandrageet provides the best budget accommodation in Goa in the form of Standard Rooms and Deluxe Rooms. These rooms are embellished with top-of-the-line amenities and have a delightful aura, adding to the pleasing experience of the guests. Air conditioning, internet facility, room service, round-the-clock security, and other services are provided. Book your stay now and get the best deals. We also have a multi-cuisine restaurant which is renowned for authentic Goan delicacies. The restaurant provides the perfect place to unwind and have a wonderful dining experience. more

    Hotel Hotel Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa Panaji

    This five-star beach resort offers its guests only the finest in luxury accommodations. Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is surrounded by 45 acres of landscaped gardens dotted with lagoons and waterways, creating the feel of a private oasis. Each of the pousada-style guestrooms at Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa have a work desk, complimentary internet access, a spa-style sunk in bath tub, and premium bath amenities. Guests have many options at the resort for recreation and relaxation, including tennis, yoga, a swimming pool with water slides, and a spa. Their fine dining restaurant, Casa Sarita, serves traditional Goan cuisine in an elegant setting. In addition to the nearby beaches, there are many restaurants, shops, and attractions near the resort, such as Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, sunset cruises, and casinos. more

    Hotel Westwood Residence Panaji

    Westwood Residence is a new boutique apartment hotel comprising of all suite rooms. The 8 one bedroom apartment sleeps two with the option of adding an extra guest and 4 two bedroom suites sleeps four with the option of adding two extra guests taking the total to 6. Each room has its own living room, study/reading table, led television, cable television, air-conditioning in both living room and bedroom, bathroom with bathtub, kitchenette, fridge, kettle, toaster and each apartment has up to 3 balconies which guests can lounge and enjoy the scenery of the Pilerne valley. We are equidistant from all popular North Goa beaches such as Baga, Calangute, Candolim as well as the city of Panjim which are both 7-9 kms away and approximately 10 minutes' drive. We are recognised for the high quality of rooms and superior room size and our friendly staff and service. We look forward to welcoming you over to Westwood Residence. more

    Hotel Capital O 12343 Aarya Boulevard Panaji

    Located in the heart of Goa, OYO 12343 Aarya Boulevard promises a great experience to the guests at affordable rates. The hospitable and friendly staff of OYO ensures your stay is pleasant. Facilities The property offers Swimming Pool, AC, Mini Fridge and more.Safety measures are taken and facilities like fire safety, first aid and round the clock security are provided for the safety of guests.Our 24-hour helpdesk offers further assistance to our guests. What's Nearby Explore Goa and visit the famous landmarks and attractions such as Chapora Fort, St Anthony'S Church and Querim - Tiracol Fort among others.If you run out of cash, there is HDFC Bank ATM, Bank Of India ATM and Canara Bank ATM - Mandrem Branch very close to the hotel. more

    Hotel At Home Donapaula Panaji

    Property Location With a stay at At Home B&B Dona Paula in Dona Paula, you'll be close to Vainguinim Beach and Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. This bed & breakfast is within close proximity of Dona Paula Beach and Miramar Beach. Rooms Stay in one of 6 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Take in the views from a terrace and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Dining A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a 24-hour front desk, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.With a stay at At Home B&B Dona Paula in Dona Paula, you'll be close to Se Cathedral and Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. more

    Hotel The Fern Residency Miramar Panaji

    The Fern Residency Miramar Goa, a quaint 26-room Boutique Hotel located in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Caranzalem, just 700 meters from Caranzalem Beach (7 mins' walk / 2 mins' drive). The Hotel is designed to offer a contemporary luxury experience for the business and leisure traveler. Its proximity to Dona Paula Jetty (1.5 kms/5 mins' drive), Miramar Beach (2.6 kms/5 mins' drive) and Panjim (5 kms/10 mins' drive) makes it an ideal holiday destination when you are travelling to Goa. The Hotel’s unique interiors, chic ambience and personalized service make it a trendsetter. It’s an eclectic blend of traditional architecture and contemporary amenities and Conference Hall. The Service design at the Hotel truly reflects rich culture of Goa with a mix of Indian and Portuguese values. All rooms at The Fern Residency Miramar are equipped with Wireless Internet, Spa, Conference Hall, Gym, Pool Table & Chess, Electronic Safes, parking facility, a Multi Cuisine Restaurant, 24-hour room service with an à la carte selection created by our Chef. more