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Revision as of 12:46, 21 January 2006

Goa is a state in India's West region, renowned for its electronic music parties and its beaches. From 1510 until 1961 Goa was a Portuguese colony and many aspects of Portuguese culture and architecture can still be found.

Palolem beach, Goa

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The Goan population is a mixture of Hindus and Roman Catholics, the distribution being approximalety 60% Hindu and 40% Christian. Inspite of this, there have been no communal clashes in the past and Goa is regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India

The best time of the year to visit Goa is mid-November to mid-February.

Talk

Goa's state language is Konkani. Most Goans speak Konkani, English, Hindi and Marathi. Portuguese is also spoken by some, especially senior citizens.

Get in

By Bus

From Goa you can take a sleeper bus (which allows for a good night's rest in the bus) to Hampi. There are normal buses to Mumbai (sleeper bus also available), Pune, Bangalore,Mangalore and other cities.

By Train

Goa has train service from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Mangalore, Ernakulam and Thiruvanantapuram. There is a daily express train service from Delhi.

By Air

Some airlines fly directly to Dabolim Airport at Goa, but most international flights arrive via Mumbai.

Goa has daily flights to and from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune (no flights return to Pune) and has flights twice a week to Chennai and Cochin. There are international flights to Kuwait and Sharjah twice a week and charter flights to London and Germany.

Get around

Renting a scooter or motorbike can be a nice experience. However, take care, since Goa's roads can be dangerous to both experienced and unexperienced drivers. Renting a scooter is way too easy, it will cost you anything between Rs 125 to 250 depending on the season and you may have to leave small amount as a security deposit. Also for a little more you can hire a more preferred "enfield". which is a favorite for traveller who , often buy the bike if they plan to stay for longer periods of time. Also for the novice rider, you can hire a Honda "Activa" or a "Dio" scooterette .

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Do

Since Goa is still largely catholic it has many catholic holidays besides the Indian national holidays. One of these is carnival.

Eat

Food

The Goan staple diet consists of rice and fish curry along with pickles and fried fish. This can be found on many of the beach shacks. The Goan cuisine is a blend of Portuguese and local flavours. Many dishes such as prawn balchao and Kingfish in Garlic have distinct Portuguese flavour.

Places to eat

  • O`Coqueiro
  • Souza Lobo
  • Hotel Mandovi
  • Casa Andre's, Calangute

Drink

  • The Alcove - overlooking Ozran Vagator Beach - (Open Till Midnight)
  • TITO'S - Baga Beach - (Open Till 10.00 pm)
  • SHORES BAR - Anjuna Beach - (Open Till 11.00 pm)

Goa/Psy Trance

  • 9-Bar
  • Prim Rose
  • Hilltop
  • Bamboo Forrest
  • Paradiso
  • DiscoValley
  • There are many outdoor raves/doofs/parties during the peak season ie December - March

Sleep

A lot of great places to stay at but more often then not, you will find that all your searches result in websites that do your travel/accommodation bookings. While this is good, it can leave a holiday maker frustrated. In this section, we will add direct contacts of hotels, resorts etc., so that one can choose to use travel agents and/or call/email directly.

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