Located on the west coast of India, a holiday in Goa makes for a perfect getaway. With heavy Portuguese influences, colonial architecture and long stretches of white sand beaches, Goa attracts a wide variety of holidaymakers, from those looking to sit back and relax to those looking to party into the early hours. The state capital, Panaji, is a charming city well worth a visit, as is the small but perfectly formed coastal area of Vagator. Calangute Beach is busy and bustling and surround by lots of bars, restaurants and shops, while Colva beach in the south is far more relaxed.
Monarch, flythomascook and Thomson Flights offer direct flights to Goa from London Gatwick and Manchester arriving at Dabolim Airport in Vasco. The journey takes around six hours, however these flights are limited. Indirect flights with airlines including KLM, Emirates and Qatar Airways are available all year round and depart from most airports in the UK.
Once you've arrived at Goa's Dabolim Airport the only option to get to your final destination within Goa is by taxi. While it is possible to book a taxi at one of the counters inside the airport, it's cheaper if you use the taxi kiosk located directly outside the small terminal building. Alternatively, many hotels in Goa offer free airport pick up so this is worth arranging if available. Motorbikes and scooters are the best way to get around during your holiday in Goa. Saying that, jeeps are also available to hire if you prefer something with four wheels!
Although noticeably more costly than the rest of India, Goa is still a relatively inexpensive place to holiday so it's pretty easy to find cheap hotels in Goa. While some of the bigger towns such as Calangute and Panaji offer a good range of accommodation from simple guesthouses to luxury resorts, the choice at many of the smaller towns such as Colva is a lot more limited so it's always a good idea to book in dance especially if you're travelling during the peak periods.
The cheapest deals can be had during the low season, typically June through to September. Although the weather can still be pleasant , sunny and warm, you won't be able to sit back and relax on the beach and the sea is far too rough for a dip. That said, there are plenty of other activities to do in Goa if fancy travelling during this period and taking advantage of the massive hotel discounts.
Eating out can be done on a budget during your holiday in Goa, with most meals not costing much more than a few pounds providing you stick to local restaurants or beach shacks and avoid the obvious tourist traps. Beer and spirits are also a lot less expensive than in the UK with a bottle of Kingfisher usually costing around a pound. For those wishing to sample something different, Goa offers locally brewed cashew or coconut feni - a strange tasting, but very potent alcoholic beverage!
Updated 23rd July 2014
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