Goa Holidays 2015

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Holidays to Goa

Lapped at by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, Goa holidays are tropical havens, ideal for anyone who wants to soak up some sunshine in tranquil surroundings. Whether you’re a backpacker taking in the endless delights of India, or you’re looking for a once in a lifetime trip to one of Asia’s most dynamic and beautiful countries, holidays to Goa are sure to delight.

With more than 80 miles of picture perfect beaches, glorious sunshine, shining seas and legendary hospitality, you’ve got yourself a recipe for an enchanting holiday in one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations.

Explore and Get Active

Holidays in North Goa will provide you with memories to last a lifetime, and it offers a perfect destination if you want to kick back and relax on the beach and admire the breathtaking views. The crystal clear waters in South Goa have fantastic snorkelling and diving if you’re after something more adventurous. With a flight time of 10 hours, India’s most popular tourist destination offers a break with a difference for couples, families and groups.

Take some time to venture away from the beach and you’ll find another side to Goa. Days out could see you bathing with elephants, admiring the brilliant architecture, churches, cathedrals and temples in the capital, Panjim. Take a boat ride up the River Sal to catch a glimpse of a bluenose dolphin or haggle in the markets for traditional handicrafts and hand painted ceramics.

Things to do in Goa

Despite its reputation as a beach bum’s paradise, Goa holidays are filled with sightseeing highlights that rival any historical destination. Religious buildings such as the Bom Jesus Basilica and the Sea Cathedral are must sees, and museums such as Old Goa’s Archaeological Museum and the Portrait Gallery provide some insight into the state’s rich and multi-cultured beginnings.

The beaches are why many come here, and they range from secluded, untouched bays such as Patnem and Asvem, to lively shorelines filled with top amenities, such as Baga and Calangute.

Goa’s seas provide the perfect setting for divers both new and experienced, with schools set up throughout the state and dive sites ranging from shallow beginners’ spots to extreme deep sea shelves. Visitors will also find the chance to enjoy a host of other water sports, from jet-skiing and paragliding, to kite surfing and banana boating.

Away from the shores you can seek out some of Goa’s more cultural offerings, such as the Anjuna flea market and the Butterfly Conservatory of Goa.

If you're looking for more inspiration on what to do in Goa, check out our things to do guide.

Book with lowcostholidays

lowcostholidays offers a fantastic range of hotels for Goa holidays. Kick back and enjoy the famous coastline with a beachside abode, or go all inclusive for an indulgent stay!

The best times to visit Goa are between November and April, as the monsoon season starts in June. At lowcostholidays we search out the best deals for cheap holidays to Goa. You’ll find a range of hotels to suit your budget – Goa can be surprisingly cheap!

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Konkani
Currency: Indian Rupee
Local time: GMT +5.5 hours
Local airport: Dabolim
Flight time: 10 hours

Sunbathing

A beach holiday in Goa offers miles of warm perfect sands and perfect vista’s over azure seas. Since the 60s travellers and tourists have found their paradise on the sandy dunes, revelling in a wonderful choice that suits every taste - from the quieter resorts of Arpora and Candolim in the north to Agonda beach and Colva beach in the south which is also a favourite amongst Indian tourists.

Snorkeling and Diving

Diving in Goa is fantastic, with a varied mix of dive sites including wrecks, colourful marine life and vast corals. You’ll find dive schools and sites across the region, but by far some of the most exciting can be found close to Grand island with a mix of cove’s, bays and underwater wrecks. For those wanting to snorkel, you’ll find that you too are equally well catered to with some great reefs with both soft and hard corals. Bat Island and Sunchi reef are amongst the best, though most resorts around Goa offer average to good snorkelling spots.

Secluded Spots

Guests can still experience a more ‘original’ Goa experience with beautiful quiet beaches far removed from the party centre of Anjuna beach and its full moon parties. Patnem beach is located in south Goa just 20 minutes from Palolem and is home to warm embracing sands and curving shallow waters that are ideal for swimming. Bambolim beach lays almost undiscovered, open and tranquil with lines of coconut groves ideal for shading under when the sun gets too much.