Book Flights to Goa (GOI)

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Book Flights to Goa (GOI)

Interesting facts about Goa

Goa is India’s Portuguese paradise. Known as the “Rome of the East”, Goa offers picture-perfect sandy beaches, brightly-coloured colonial houses and churches and blends Indian and Portuguese cultures to create a city like no other.

Sights in Goa

One of the best ways to experience Goa’s history is to walk around the city and discover its heritage through the city’s colonial architecture, as well as the surrounding natural beauty that makes up the coastal region. Goa’s beaches and natural landscape are unlike any other place in the world; they are full of life and an excitement that will keep you coming back for more. Goa is also home to a wildlife sanctuary, a spice village and one of the most visited Hindu temples in India.

Things to See and Do Near Goa

  • Colonial architecture – You can also experience Goa’s fruitful past by stepping into some of the city’s pastel-painted buildings, including the Se Cathedral, one of the biggest churches in Asia, and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, arguably Goa’s most iconic church.
  • Shri Manguesh Temple – As one of India’s most popular Hindu temples, the Shri Manguesh Temple is an entirely unique structure to Goan Hinduism and is centred around just one Goan deity (Manguesh). The temple’s exterior and interior is one of the best-preserved examples of Christian and Muslim architectural styles overlapping in the region.
  • Beaches - Whether you’d prefer to watch the sunrise while practicing yoga, or laze around and sample the local cuisine with a beer in hand, Goa’s wide range of beaches stretching its coastline are a must. Some of Goa’s best beaches include Morjim, Baga and Anjuna, all of which offer a wide range of accommodation options and beach facilities.   
  • Dudhsagar Falls – If you are looking to get out of the city and into nature, Dudhsagar Falls is an adventurous and exhilarating place to visit. Take a bumpy jeep ride to the gushing waterfall and be rewarded with a refreshing swim in the plunge pool when you reach its bottom.

Shopping in Goa

Like so many places in India, shopping is one of the “must-do” activities when on holiday in Goa. And like any city or town in the country, the very best shopping can be done at its wide variety of markets. Most areas of Goa have their own day or night market that will always be filled to the brim with eager shoppers ready to buy the region’s most exciting foods, clothing and handmade souvenirs.

  • Mapusa Market – This is one of the region’s largest markets and attracts tourists and locals alike. The market usually sells items such as clothing and souvenirs, but serious shoppers can also find rare antiques and local handmade items that are completely unique to Mapusa. The market is also exceptional for spice shopping. A visit to Mapusa Market can be a little overwhelming at first so make sure you plan out your route.
  • Anjuna Flea Market - One of the most famous markets in Goa, which takes place every Wednesday in the little beach town close to the city. This market is known for attracting tourists as well as Indians, and is the ideal spot to find souvenirs and trinkets from Goa.
  • Panjim Municipal Market – This market offers the same bright colours as most of India’s best markets, as well as a good level of organisation. In this dedicated market zone you can find spices, clothing, groceries and souvenirs.

Food and Drink

Goa’s food and drink is heavily influenced by its climate. In its tropical coastal location, the curries produced in Goa usually consist of coconut, herbs, spices and fish (also known as the Konkani Hindu Dishes), or the traditional Goan Catholic foods, which date back to the Portuguese colonial era and usually include heavier meats such as pork and beef.

  • Goan fish curry – Found across the city, Goan fish curry is a staple coconut-based fish curry that features fresh fish or prawns and an array of spices.
  • Prawn Xacuti – A spicy prawn curry made using Goan Xacuti Masala (an array of complex spices).
  • Pork vindaloo – This very spicy curry includes all of India’s most potent spices, such as garlic, ginger and chilli, as well as some delicious pork.
  • Feijoada – One of the more traditional Goan dishes from the Portuguese era, Feijoada is a bean stew made with either pork or beef.
  • Goan sausages – While you may not expect to find sausages in India, these Goan pork sausages are more like chorizo, made with a selection of Goan spices.  
  • Lassi – A popular yogurt drink that is served across India and can be savoury or sweet.
  • Coconut water – A drink of fresh coconut is ideal for quenching your thirst and staying hydrated during the hotter months.
  • Chai – A very sweet and milky tea that is popular across the country and is served in small portions.

Transport in Goa

  • Tuk tuks - Most visitors to Goa navigate its streets using one of the many rickshaw or tuk tuk drivers. The fares are usually very affordable, and you can get around and through the traffic quickly and effortlessly; just be sure to agree to a price before you get in.
  • Taxis – Hailing a taxi in Goa is very easy, but just make sure you agree a price with the driver before travelling and only use one of the city’s designated taxi services (usually a yellow and black car).