Vasco da Gama
Dabolim International Airport is located in the city, and is served by Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways (India), Kuwait Airways and Sahara Airlines.
Vasco is a 30km drive from Panaji.
Get around in a car, bus, scooter, or on foot.
The "Japananese Garden" up the hill in a place called SADA. Its in a beautiful hill top facing the ocean. The route to the garden from the VASCO station, gives a beautiful view of the ships in the ocean in the goan ship yards on your right hand side. It is seated in a beautiful calm place. You can sit on top and watch the ocean, or walk down to a temple at the shore. Its very quiet and calm in the day time and the ideal time to visit would be early mornings or evenings.
Beaches: Bogmalo is a small beautiful beach behind the airport. But the water can get very rough here. Velsao is a long fantastic beach a little far from the airport. But its absolutely lonely most of the time, nobody is around! It is not dangerous, but can be lonely!
If you want a coffee and a cake, choose "Temptations" near the railway station. It has a youthful vibrant ambience and its open 24 hours. If you want south Indian food, there is "Annapurna" which is about 5 minutes from the station. You can go upstairs for air conditioned family space. If you want authentic goan ambience - choose "Anantashram" - absolutely wonderful environment with a thatched roof, cartoons on the wall, and a big screen TV. "Little Chef" is a good place for a Goan Fish Curry Thali. If you are travelling towards the airport from the station, stop by "Flintstones" a good family friendly restaurant at the circle, for a pizza or a burger! A little further from Flintstones is a kabab shop - excellant food, rich environment.
Sleep when the sun is high and hot. All shops close down for a siesta in the afternoons in Goa! Find a cool calm place and rest until 4pm!