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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 ‎C$8to ‎C$1,956

Top hotels

    Hotel Indismart Woodbourne Resort Margao

    Property Location When you stay at Indismart Woodbourne Resort in Nuvem, you\'ll be in the mountains and close to Gonsua Beach and Arossim Beach. This hotel is within close proximity of Sunset Beach and Verna Industrial Estate.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 28 air-conditioned guestrooms. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and coffee/tea makers.Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Enjoy recreation amenities such as an outdoor pool or take in the view from a garden. Getting to the surf and sand is a breeze with the beach shuttle (surcharge).Dining Grab a bite to eat at the hotel\'s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served daily.Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and a train station pick-up service. more

    Hotel Peace Valley Hotel Apartments & Spa Margao

    Peace Valley is set in Quepem. Free WiFi is featured. Offering a terrace, some units are air conditioned and feature a dining area and a seating area with a satellite flat-screen TV. Some units also have a kitchen equipped with a microwave and a fridge. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site vegetarian healthy eating restaurant, which serves Indian cuisine. also we have state of the art detox centre with spa. A car rental service is available at this property. Panaji is 43 km from the apartment, while varca beach is 18 km from the property. The nearest airport is Goa International Airport, 34 km from Peace Valley. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Quepem! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. This property is also rated for the best value in Quepem! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. We speak your language! more

    Hotel OYO 12647 Swarnam Margao

    With its easy accessibility to many key attractions, OYO 12647 Swarnam 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 Complimentary Breakfast, Parking Facility, Card Payment 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.We also have a 24-hour helpdesk to offer assistance to the guests at any time. What's Nearby Take a tour of the Goa and explore key attractions like Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount, Church Of St Cajetan and Adil Shah Palace Gateway.Need cash? There is Indian Overseas Bank ATM, Bank of India ATM and HDFC Bank ATM nearby this property. more

    Hotel Golden Sands Apartments Margao

    Luxury apartments for peaceful and calm stays in Colva. Well furnished, Fully equiped, suitable for families with an extra sofa cum bed. Television recharged at an extra cost. Walk to the beach, in 5 minutes. Great restaurants around - Martin's corner, Zeebop, Rogers, FishKa, Pentagon. Shofaz ( convenience store) and Oceans spa in Colva. Directions: If martins corner is on your left side , drive straight , cross small white bus stop on right,cross it and take the next right turn. Follow the winding road till u reach a T point. (has a stone bench there) Turn right- drive straight down 50 feet, Golden sands gate is on left Cars, Bikes and Taxis rentals -Call Joesph Cota :+919850477357 more

    Hotel Martin's Comfort Margao

    Property Location When you stay at Martin\\\'s Comfort in Betalbatim, you\\\'ll be near the beach and close to Sunset Beach and Arossim Beach. This hotel is within close proximity of Gonsua Beach and Sernabatim Beach.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 19 air-conditioned guestrooms. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and coffee/tea makers.Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as an outdoor pool, or other amenities including wireless Internet access (surcharge) and tour/ticket assistance.Dining Grab a bite to eat at the hotel\\\'s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served daily.Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services and luggage storage. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and a train station pick-up service. more

    Hotel Hotel Goa Woodlands Margao

    Goa Woodlands is situated in the heart of Margoa city - the business capital of Goa-5 kms. Away from Colva Beach Benaulim beach. Margao is surrounded by the industrial belt of Verna, San Jose Areal & Cuncolim, and has a rich cultural heritage. Easily accessible from both the airport (23 kms away) and the railway station, bus terminal (within the city itself). A unique, laid-back lifestyle combined with friendly locals make this city sought after, as a destination. more