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Goa may be India’s smallest state, but it has a big reputation for diverse attractions. Discover 30,000-year-old rock art, temples preserved since the fifth century, waterfalls and forests, rivers to cruise down, wildlife sanctuaries and plenty of beaches to relax on.
Stay in a beach hut right on the sand, laze in hammocks and enjoy the sunshine before joining one of Goa’s well-known all-night parties beneath the stars. Beach huts are plentiful but it’s best to do your research first as some huts have very basic facilities.
Arambol Beach is considered one of Goa’s most beautiful. Spend Wednesday exploring the bustling flea markets at Anjuna Beach. Visit the Sweet Water Lagoon near the shore at Kalacha Beach. Scenic Vagator Beach has curving headland and views of Chapora Fortress. Seek solitude at Benaulim Beach and take a dolphin-watching tour.
Explore more of the region’s natural beauty at national parks, which incorporate areas of the Western Ghats, a mountain range well known as a wildlife hot spot. Venture into the jungle and see the temples at Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. Watch for Bengal tigers, panthers, barking deer, leopards and macaques. Get a close look at injured panthers and bears brought for rehabilitation to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary’s zoo. Safari with the deer, or take a ride on an elephant’s back.
Goa’s history is just as well preserved as its wilderness. Visit a fifth-century temple devoted to the god Brahma, and note the influence of the Portuguese in the architecture of the Shanta Durga Temple complex. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese Goa for two centuries. In south Goa, prehistoric rock art depicting humans and animals give you a perspective on just how long human life has inhabited the area.
Fly into Goa’s Dabolim Airport and then rent a car to get around with ease. Most travellers visit Goa from October to January but consider coming in the monsoon season, from June to September, to see the countryside at its most lush.
Located in Cavelossim, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping centre, 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Cavelossim Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Varca Beach and Vaddi Beach. Our Lady of Gloria Church and Holy Cross Chapel-Baradi are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in North Goa, this beachfront resort is in the city centre, 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Kala Academy and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Miramar Beach and Goa Science Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Palolem resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Rajbag Beach and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Palolem Beach. Patnem Beach is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Orlim resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Our Lady of Gloria Church and Varca Beach. Vaddi Beach is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.
This family-friendly Candolim hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Anthony's Chapel, St. Alex Church and Poriat Football Ground. Calangute Beach and Fort Aguada are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This family-friendly Benaulim resort is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Vaddi Beach and Maria Hall. Varca Beach is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
This family-friendly Bambolim resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bambolim Beach and Goa Medical College and Hospital. Goa University is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.
Situated by the sea, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Poriat Football Ground and Calangute Beach. Baga Beach and Candolim Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).