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  • There's surely more here to the beaches than meets the eye! Of course, considering the 131 km long coastline, you have quite an array of options. True, it's not just about watersports or a sip of the eternal feni and a bit of the crunchy tiger prawns fry. There is everything here for everyone - whether you wish to try some snorkeling or indulge in simple beach bumming. Nowhere else would find a city, which is laid-back and active at the same time! Visit it during Christmas, New Year and the Carnival and you'd find the entire town joining in the revelries, adding to the already teeming crowds pouring in from everywhere! 

    And visit it during the monsoons, which though is the low season, assures you of a sight you're unlikely to find elsewhere! Lush green hills, swaying palms in the breeze and the wild waves of the sea crashing against rocks! North Goa is where the action is - let your hair down at Tito's, sip some chilled beer at the bamboo shacks and funky restaurants and rummage through the innumerable goodies at the stalls calling you with their fair share of 'heart-shaped keychains', sea-shell anklets, I Love Goa t-shirts, packaged cashewnuts & authentic Goan feni. South Goa is quieter - it has more hotels, almost all boasting of a private beach. Remember, the real essence of Goa lies in its winding lanes, with a church at every corner. So hire a scooty and explore on your own - the smiley locals would only be glad to help you with directions! And if you'd rather spend time on the beaches, just follow the safety instructions and stay within limits! There is much to rave about here - just capture your share of utter bliss!

  • Best Time to Visit: October - February. If possible, plan a trip in February during the famous Goan Carnival.
    Clothing: Tropical clothing throughout the year; Light woolens during winter and adequate raingear during the monsoons
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    Cabs and private taxis are available for hire from the various agencies or hotels. However, we recommend hiring a bike or the motorcycle taxi, which lets you explore the interiors of the city on your own. These are extremely affordable and can be hired for day-use or for two-three days.

    Tourist Offices: Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd 
    Trionora Apartments, 
    Dr Alvares Costa Road, Panaji, Goa 
    Tel : 0832-2420779, 2427972

     

  • Goa. The beachfront is lined with shacks and stalls that offer Goan snacks and great shopping options. Visit the Paliem Beach, which also has a tiny freshwater lake, fed by springs located at the base of the hills. TheKeri Beach is palm-fringed and has several shacks and food stalls lining it, making it the apt picnic spot. You also the options of indulging in some great adventure sports including dolphin-spotting, windsurfing and paragliding, which are arranged by the clubs located on the beach. An interesting site you can visit is the Tiracol Fort located north of Arambol, now converted into a hotel. The St Anthony’s chapel is open for guided tours and the ramparts offer splendid views of the region.
    Open from: Tiracol Fort – 6.30 am-9.30 pm for 30 minutes tours

  • Calangute is a particularly favourite beach and the hub of several activities. For health freaks, After Eight Restaurant serves food cooked only in olive oil. Try the pork vindaloo at Capricorn Bar & Restaurant, chicken cafreal and pork sorpotel at Gabriel’s Goan Food Restaurant and the baked muffins and croissants at Infantrian Pastelaria Restaurant. Candolim Beach houses the Oriental Royal Thai that would only be too glad to teach you Thai cooking! More Goan delights and seafood are available atMico’s Restaurant & BarAnow Inn Restaurant and Calamari Beach Shack. Head out to Margao’sLonguinho’s Restaurant and Bar for Goan, Chinese and Tandoori fares.

  • Goa has a wide range of hotels available and quite a few are on the beaches, right at the heart of all activities. Located right at the heart of Panjim near Old Goa, is the popular Vista Do Rio Resort. Situated close to the Candolim Beach Lemon Tree Hotel Amarante Beach Resort features 65 rooms that blend the best of luxuries and comforts. Spectacular views of the lagoon can be had at Lazy Lagoon Sarovar Portico Suites, which is located extremely close to Baga, Calangute and Anjuna Beaches. For a serene accommodation accompanied by Ayurvedic treatments, the Angels Resort is a popular choice. A budget style hotel located at the Baga Beach area is the So My Resorts.

  • Among all beaches, Dona Paula is considered to be one of the most romantic, possibly because of a mysterious legend that explains its name. It is said that Dona was the daughter of a Portuguese Governor in Goa, and she fell in love with a fisherman boy from a poor Goan family, Gasper Dias. As their love could not be realised, they jumped together off the rocky hillock. It is said that her body was washed aside at what was named Dona Paula and his was found at Miramar, thus rendering the area its name. Furthermore it is also believed that she emerges from the sea on moonlit nights wearing only a pearl necklace.


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