December – February
LCY → GOI
e-Tourist Visa required
Up to 30 days
Picture some incredible beaches and the opportunity to kick back and relax from the pressures of the modern world on Goa holidays. Sip on a cocktail and just go with relaxed flow of idyllic holiday destination.
Goa is a place where East meets West this is due to it being a Portuguese colony for more than 400 years meaning this part of part of western India takes on a distinctly European flavour. The crumbling churches bear testament to the colonial times and traces of the Portuguese influence can be found in the local cuisine. Add the 105 kilometre (66 mile) stretch of Arabian Sea coast, and home to some of the best beaches is India.
Goa’s tropical climate and location near the Arabian Sea means it has a hot, humid climate for the best part of the year. May is the hottest month with day time temperatures of more than 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) along with high humidity. In June monsoon rains arrive giving some relief from the heat and the monsoons last until late September. Winter is relatively short and good for holidays in Goa, running from mid-December to February – marked by days where the temperature averages 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) and mild humidity.
North Goa was a place of hippy pilgrimage back in the 1960s and the free loving, peaceful spirit of those times have lingered – full moon parties on the beaches are still a regular thing. As far as scenery goes this is stunning territory the white-sand beaches are complemented by ancient temples concealed by jungle foliage. Candolim is a historic town with a population of some 10,000. The pace of life here is slow unlike the neighbouring town of Calangute, making it a favourite with couples, families and more mature travellers. Meanwhile, Calangute is one of the most popular, and busiest, places in North Goa, the main hippy hub of the 60s it has since been developed, and developed again to become a major resort town with all accoutrements. Baga may not be as developed as Calangute but has come a long way since its days as a fishing village. Now a popular resort offers a lively beach scene, multiple water sports, and some of the best nightlife for holidays in Goa.
South Goa has a more relaxed pace of life than that of the north, you won’t find all night parties here. The landscapes are beautiful as well, with jungle interspersed with white-sanded beaches and quiet villages. Arossim Beach, close to Cansaulim village in South Goa, is a pristine stretch of white sand with beach shacks and a backdrop of palm groves and rice paddies. Cavelossim is a laid-back village set by the seaside with a few shack-like restaurants along the water its highlight however is the long white-sanded beach at the confluence of the Sal River and the sea. While the village is sleepy it is just a 30 minute drive from the busy historic town of Margao. The former fishing village of Dona Paula is named after a tragic heroine from a legend and the now-town is still known as “Lover’s Paradise”. While the vibe is relaxed the beach is a real draw-card for lovers of water sports on holidays to Goa.
Visit the Sahakari spice plantation in the Ponda area and the smell will immediately tell you why Europeans fell in love with India. It represents the largest spice farm in the region and here on your holidays to Goa you can pick and eat pepper, bite into the hottest chilly in the world – the Peri Peri and sample traditional Goan food.
Twenty minutes’ drive the west of Goa’s capital Panjim is Old Goa, once the state capital for about 300 years and known as the Rome of the East. Multiple churches, including the magnificent Basilica of Bom Jesus, monasteries and convents, galleries and museums, government buildings make for an ensemble that has seen Old Goa listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, at the foothills of the Western Ghats (known as Sahyadri in Konkani) on Goa holidays. See exotic species such as barking deer, panthers, sloth bears, and mouse deer as well as 200 species of birds including the fairy bluebird, Indian great black woodpecker, paradise flycatcher, Malabar pied hornbill, fairy bluebird, kingfisher and emerald dove.