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Holidays in Goa

Seductively laid-back, Goa is India-meets-Portugal, a recipe of whitewashed churches, fish curry, markets, yoga, a colonial state capital and the Arabian Sea. The white sands, crystal-clear waters and swaying palm trees make the region very enchanting. A colourful and welcoming place, this distinctive west coast state is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. It revels in its party-paradise reputation during its countless festivals, not to mention the bars and clubs that throb with music after sunset. 

28 °C

November to March, when the temperatures and climate are just right.

9-9.5 hours

The only airport in Goa state is Goa International Airport (or Dabolim Airport).It’s about 40km south of Calangute and Arpora, and 28km south of Dona Paula.

Dive into the blue Arabian Sea, a melting pot of cultures, and the experience of a lifetime when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Goa.

Recommended offers in Goa

Sunset Beach Hotel

Candolim, Goa

  • Great service
  • Very relaxing
  • Set amongst traditional Goan houses

What is included?

from

£508

Highland Beach

Candolim, Goa

  • Simple style
  • Seven swimming pools
  • Close to the beach

What is included?

from

£510

So My Resorts

Calangute, Goa

  • Central location
  • Bars and restaurants are only a minute down the road
  • Simple style

What is included?

from

£450

Osborne Hotel

Calangute, Goa

  • Not very far from Calangute's beach
  • Each block has its own pool
  • Lovely atmosphere

What is included?

from

£460

Hotel O'Pescador

Dona Paula, Goa

  • Simple style
  • Close to bars
  • Beachfront

What is included?

from

£477

Cidade de Goa

Vainguinim Beach, Goa

  • Beachfront
  • Spendid pool area
  • Lots to do on-site

What is included?

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£720

Central Goa is home to Dona Paula, a bustling suburb and former village that has its own intriguing romantic legend. Come here for sports and adventure – it’s home to its own Watersports Centre. Further north is Calangute’s buzzing resort centre and large beach; this is the perfect place to party and shop, and for being at the heart of the action. Close to Calangute’s bustling beach is fishing village Arpora, which has a rather more tranquil vibe. Here you can explore everything Goa has to offer, and indulge in its famous weekend market.  

Recommended offers in Goa

Whispering Palms Resort

Candolim, Goa

  • Modern and stylish rooms
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Just 250m from sandy Candolim beach

What is included?

from

£660

Aldeia Santa Rita

Candolim, Goa

  • Charming brightly painted buildings for a village-like feel
  • Within 100 metres of the shops, bars and restaurants
  • Only 200 metres from the beach

What is included?

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£640

Victor Exotica Hotel

Candolim, Goa

  • Swimming pool's a great spot for sun–soaking
  • Cosy feel
  • Central location

What is included?

from

£650

Santiago Hotel

Baga, Goa

  • Nice, big rooms with balcony
  • Rooftop bar
  • Choice of restaurants

What is included?

from

£630

Sun Village Resort and Spa

Arpora, Goa

  • Regular entertainment programme
  • Spacious rooms and high standards
  • Beautiful and relaxing location

What is included?

from

£640

Baywatch Resort

Colva, Goa

  • 5km from commercial capital Margao
  • Just 300m from the beach
  • Relaxing atmosphere

What is included?

from

£640

Santiago Hotel

Baga, Goa

Santiago Hotel

The Santiago Hotel is an attractive hotel designed around the swimming pool and is surrounded by colourful gardens and the wonderful Calangute beach is just 600 metres away.  This hotel has very comfortable guest rooms and a great service-with-a-smile approach which combined together, provides the ingredients for a laid back, value for money holiday in the sun.

Getting to the hotel:  The airport is approximately 48 km away.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: 3 restaurants serving (multicusine, Chinese & Thai Cuisine) & 2 bars.

Sports, games and activities:  Swimming pool, beauty parlour and indoor games.

Additional:  Reception area with money exchange facilities, safe deposit boxes, beauty parlor, shopping arcade, taxi on hire and doctor on call.

What is included?

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£742

Aldeia Santa Rita Hotel

Candolim, Goa

The Aldeia Santa Rita is an intimate, Portuguese village-style hotel lies close to the golden sands of Candolim beach. A superb choice for affordable luxury and a romantic setting for your next holiday.

This is such a pretty setting with 11 low-rise buildings amongst the tropical gardens and manicured lawns. It has good facilities, efficient service and a friendly, informal ambience - the perfect recipe for a comfortable, carefree holiday.

Getting to the hotel:  Panjim is 15 km and the airport is 50 km away from the village resort.

Local Tips: There are shops, restaurants, cafes and bars close to the resort and some popular nightlife too.

Important note: UK passport holders are required to obtain a visa prior to travel to India. Visit www.hcilondon.net/visa/index.jsp for full details.

FACILITIES:

A nice choice of dining options on and off site and the relaxation therapies are a great touch!

Food, drink and entertainment: TV lounge, open-air restaurant specialising in Indian, Chinese and continental cuisine, bar, regular live shows and BBQ nights.

Sports, games and activities:  Swimming pool, beauty salon, Ayurvedic massages.

Additional:  Hairdresser, travel desk, safe boxes, laundry service.

What is included?

from

£755

Goa’s history, heritage and natural beauty are celebrated at every turn. Head to Old Goa for its museums and stunning 16th-century ruins, and to the lush and peaceful Mollem National Park within the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Under Goa’s tropical sun, the beaches are irresistible, and dotted with bars and restaurants. There’s no need to pack your swimming costume, as North Goa has some great-value swimwear shops. Shopping in Goa is an attraction in itself, with boutiques and bazaars to suit every budget. Bring home some beautiful handmade textiles, local spices – and some swimwear for your next trip.

One of the top things to do in Goa is eat. Thanks to its Hindu origins and Portuguese influences, Goa’s cuisine is an irresistible blend of tropical and spicy flavours - vegetarians and seafood lovers are well catered-for here. Try a richly flavoured prawn or fish curry with rice, or a fiery vindalho (vindaloo). Wash it down with a cool Kingfisher beer, Himalaya water, or a yoghurt-based lassi. With beach shacks and gourmet restaurants alike serving food from practically any country you can name, there’s something to suit every palate and budget.

Laid-back and relaxed days turn into energy-filled nights as the sun sets. Long known for its party atmosphere, Goa is packed with clubs and bars pumping out an eclectic range of sounds. Club Tito’s, Café Mambo and SinQ are among the must-visit places in Goa for a night of clubbing, playing everything from house and trance to hip-hop and dubstep. For a more laid-back atmosphere try a lounge like Café la Musica, or The Sol. After-hours activities in Goa include visiting its elegant casinos, such as the Casino Palms on Baga beach, or the casino ships on the Mandovi River. 

Rich in culture and natural beauty, Goa has an array of adventures and cultural gems. Take a drive on the wild side and go freshwater crocodile-spotting in Cumbarjua, and you’ll catch these creatures lurking in the lush wetlands, home to a variety of marine life and birds. Go sightseeing in Calangute’s UNESCO-listed Old Goa; the magnificent ruins of this 16th-century capital of Portuguese India include the Church of St. Catejan, and the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Visit the Kerkar Art Complex in Calangute to enjoy an evening performance, or simply wander around its small gallery.

Recommended offers in Goa

Whispering Palms Resort

Candolim, Goa

  • Modern and stylish rooms
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Just 250m from sandy Candolim beach

What is included?

from

£660

Aldeia Santa Rita

Candolim, Goa

  • Charming brightly painted buildings for a village-like feel
  • Within 100 metres of the shops, bars and restaurants
  • Only 200 metres from the beach

What is included?

from

£640

Victor Exotica Hotel

Candolim, Goa

  • Swimming pool's a great spot for sun–soaking
  • Cosy feel
  • Central location

What is included?

from

£650

Santiago Hotel

Baga, Goa

  • Nice, big rooms with balcony
  • Rooftop bar
  • Choice of restaurants

What is included?

from

£630

Sun Village Resort and Spa

Arpora, Goa

  • Regular entertainment programme
  • Spacious rooms and high standards
  • Beautiful and relaxing location

What is included?

from

£640

GOA IS BEST FOR...

Animal lovers: Meet the elephants on a trip into the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.

Happy campers: Camp on secluded Khola Beach, an idyllic hideaway at Goa’s southern tip.

Foodies: Enjoy Goa’s famous Hindu and Portuguese-fusion cuisine – the fish curry is a must.


FAST FACTS

Language: The languages spoken in Goa are Konkati, English, Marathi and Hindi.

Currency: The currency used in India is the India Rupee (INR). You are only allowed to purchase INR on arrival in India.

Local time: India is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The only airport in Goa state is Goa International Airport (or Dabolim Airport).It’s about 40km south of Calangute and Arpora, and 28km south of Dona Paula.

Flight time from UK: 9-9.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further India tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Goa.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Goa’s tropical monsoon climate means hot and humid weather all year round.

Best time to visit Goa: November to March, when the temperatures and climate are just right.

Winter is mid-December to February, and sees daytime temperatures of 28°C. There’s hardly a drop of rain to be seen before the monsoon rains start to fall in early June, and in May the region sizzles in 35°C temperatures and high humidity.


GETTING AROUND

By bike/scooter: Zip around Goa on a bike or scooter, just like the locals do. Bikes are available to hire nearly everywhere you look. 

By car/jeep: Cars and jeeps can be hired by the day for bigger parties. 

By taxi: Taxis can be expensive, but at least in Panaji you can get a fixed-rate service – most drivers in Goa don’t use a meter. 

Private driver: If you’re thinking of having a full day out in Goa by car, book yourself a private driver. 


EVENTS

Religious festivals: Goa’s Christian and Hindu heritage is reflected in the festivals, and Panaji especially plays host to a fabulous array of religious and non-religious events. 

Heritage Festival: Check out the Goa Heritage Festival in November: two days of food, music and festivities celebrating the region’s history. 

Big feast: In December, Old Goa bursts into life during the big Feast of St Francis Xavier. 

Holi: Experience Shigmotsav, Goa’s take on colourful Hindu festival Holi in February/March, and don’t miss the vibrant Sabado Gordo (Fat Saturday) festival, held before Lent as part of Goa’s Carnival celebrations.


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