What Should I Know About Goa? Tourist FAQs

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Where Is Goa?

Goa is a small state on the Western coast of India. It is bordered by the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, and of course the Arabian Sea.

What Airport Do You Fly Into For Goa?

Dabolim Aiport or Goa International Airport is where all domestic and international flights land in Goa.

How Can I Reach Goa?

Goa International Airport is a military airport and located at Dabolim near Vasco Da Gama. It’s easily accessible via direct flights from most cities in India. Some major international destinations also have direct flights to Goa.

Most outstation trains mostly stop at either Madgaon Station aka Margao, Tivim Station or Vasco Da Gama Station in Goa. Goa is well linked by train from most important cities in India, especially Mumbai.

Local transport in Goa includes buses, ricks and cars. Try to haggle for a price, but in the end you’ll have to live with the higher costs. Don’t worry, they overcharge us too, and we’re locals from Mumbai who’ve been visiting Goa for over 20 years.

What Is The Capital Of Goa?

Panaji or Panjim is the capital of Goa, while Vasco Da Gama is the largest city.

Candolim beach in North Goa.
Candolim beach in North Goa

What Is Goa Famous For?

Goa is famous for its sandy beaches, places of worship, forts and heritage sights. The food and culture of Goa though unique in its own way draws many cultural influences from the Portuguese who occupied it for over 450 years, before India annexed her in 1961. And since it’s located on the Western Ghats, it has a diverse variety of flora and fauna.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Goa?

The best time to go to Goa is in the cooler months from November to February. But you can also visit Goa the rest of the year. October and March to May are very hot but still busy months. If on the other hand, you like the rains, visit Goa from June to September and enjoy long drives along open roads engulfed in green. Be careful of the flooding in some areas though.

Many of the restaurants in Southern Goa shut down for the monsoon season. So you’d be left to cooking your own food or buying it from a local Goan ‘auntie’. PS. It’s a thing in India. We call everyone auntie and uncle, even strangers.

What Dishes Should I Eat In Goa?

That really depends on your tastebuds. But Goa is famous for dishes like the traditional chicken xacuti, pork vindaloo, chicken cafreal, butter garlic squid, rawa fried fish, and a lot more. Here’s a list of where to eat in Goa.

What Is Goa’s Drink?

Feni, Goa’s home drink is made from fermented coconut or palm tree juice. It’s served straight, on the rocks or mixed into a cocktail or carbonated beverage.

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Food at a beachside restaurant in Goa.
Food at beachside restaurants is just perfect

What Is The Popular Goan Dessert?

Goa has many famous desserts. The best ones include Bebinca, doce, and my favorite pinac.

What are the must-visit places in Goa?

Here’s a list of what to do in Goa for first-time visitors and another list of what to do in Goa off the beaten path.

Where to stay in Goa?

Goa is full of beautiful places to stay, from charming old houses to Airbnbs and hotels. Just make sure you find something suited to your taste and budget.

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Food on a table in Goa facing the sea.
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