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This coastal state in India was once a Portuguese colony and when you visit you can see some evidence of this in the city names and architecture and art. The capital city of Goa is called Vasco de Gama, for example. It’s an incredibly popular holiday destination amongst Indians and travelers from other countries as well due to its sparkling white sand beaches, vibrant nightlife scene, and fascinating history and architecture. When you visit Goa you can spend your time exploring the historic areas and museums and then ending your days with a night out. You can also relax on the beaches or try waterskiing and other water activities. While Goa might be described as a beach resort town, it’s anything but typical.
Goa sees relatively hot and consistent temperatures throughout the year usually from the mid-70s to upper 80s seldom varying outside of this range. The cooler end of those temperatures tends to be accompanied by heavy rains and winds from June through August. The warmer temperatures and lower humidity lead to pleasantly warm weather throughout the winter months.
The best time of the year to visit Goa is mid-November to mid-February when the weather is comfortable, dry, and pleasant.
Goa is a prime destination for beach and water related activities. Try scuba diving to see the beautiful marine life of the area up close. If scuba diving isn’t your thing, you can try snorkeling as well. You can also explore the area from above the water by taking a boat tour or trying jet skiing or flyboarding. If you’re looking for a thrill, try bungee jumping. There are several locations throughout Goa where you can try the exciting activity.
To experience some of the history of Goa. explore some of the churches and buildings from the time that the state was under Portuguese rule. One example is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is part of the Churches and convents of Goa UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another church in the group is the Se Cathedral – this Catholic church is one of the largest cathedrals in Asia.
There are many local dishes to try in Goa. Due to its proximity to the sea, many of the dishes feature seafood. Try hooman, a type of fish curry that is often made with mackerel.
Goa is served by Dabolim Airport (GOI), the only international airport in Goa. The flights that take off from here primarily connect Goa with other Indian cities and some European ones. As Goa is a prominent summer holiday destination, some seasonal flights were added to accommodate the influx of visitors.