Overview

The name Goa is synonymous with many things, from golden sweeps of beach to the hippie trail.

Although only a little over 100km (60 miles) from north to south, Goa, India’s smallest state, forms one of the most distinctive pieces in the great cultural mosaic of the subcontinent, thanks to its history of being Portuguese-ruled until 1961. Today, however, the area is best known for its idyllic tropical climate and paradise landscape of white-sand, palm-fringed beaches.

Places to visit in Goa

Wander in the lost world of Old Goa

At the height of its splendour in the late 16th and 17th centuries, the former Portuguese capital of Goa was a city of extraordinary magnificence. Contemporary engravings delineate a skyline bristling with Baroque cathedrals and church spires, vast paved piazzas and a port heaving with the spoils of empire. Bigger even than Lisbon and London in its day, it was the first great colonial metropolis.

Goa’s decline, however, was as abrupt as its creation. A combination of epidemics, a silted-up harbour and the rise of Portugal’s rival powers elsewhere in the Orient strangled its trade and depleted the population beyond recovery. Today, jungle has reclaimed its streets, leaving only the domes and towers of the capital’s vast churches to soar above the forest like visions of a Lost World. 

Even so, Old Goa 2 (as the site is nowadays called) fully deserves its status as the state’s prime visitor attraction. As well as the surviving cathedral, churches and convents, the tomb of Saint Francis Xavier in the majestic Basilica of Bom Jesus attracts Christians from all over India, while a pair of well-stocked museums showcase historic artefacts from both the Portuguese and pre-colonial periods.

Party in Anjuna and chill in Arambol

The long-established Flea Market is still held on Wednesdays at Anjuna, in northern Goa. This has long been a bastion of a hedonistic hippy tourism, with drug-fuelled full-moon parties and techno dance music, the latter of which which you can sample at the famous Nine Bar in nearby Vagator after the Flea Market. 

North of Anjuna, development thins out after the Siolim River, only rearing its head again at Arambol, Goa’s northernmost village. Beyond the reach of package tourism, this remains essentially a hang-out for long-staying ‘alternative’ visitors. If you’ve come to India to learn yoga, have ayurvedic massages or space out on the beach doing t’ai chi, Arambol will be the place for you.

Enjoy a tropical paradise in Palolem

In the far south of the state, a couple of hours’ ride across the Sayadhri hills, Palolem is undeniably Goa’s most picturesque beach – a gently curving bay of golden sand set against a curtain of coconut palms. Remote and unfrequented until as recently as the early 1990s, it has since become the first-choice destination for backpackers. 
Thankfully, however, building has been held in check by the local municipality’s ban on concrete construction, and accommodation is mainly in the form of eco-friendly palm-leaf ‘huts’

See Portuguese architecture in Margao

With a population of over 100,000, Margao (also known as ‘Madgaon’) is Goa’s second-largest town. It can feel frenetic compared with the resorts just 10 minutes’ drive west, but does hold a wonderful crop of elegant 18th- and 19th-century Portuguese houses. The centrepiece of the old colonial enclave on the north side of Margao is the splendid Church of the Holy Spirit, built in 1675 and a textbook late Baroque edifice, with a grand whitewashed facade, fronted by a monumental cross whose base is carved with episodes from the Easter story. 

Admire the falls at Dudhsagar

The waterfalls at Dudhsagar, near Goa’s eastern border, are the second highest in India. Measuring 600m (3,000ft) from head to foot, they’re a spectacular sight at any time of year, but especially just after the monsoon rains in October and November, when water levels are at their highest. Getting to them can be something of an adventure. Although the main Goa–Hyderabad train line slices straight over the falls, there are no day-return services and no sealed roads to Dudhsagar, so you have instead to drive there in a Jeep from the train station town of Molen via a rutted forest track – a memorable ride through luxuriant teak forest.

4 Nights 5 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll Give || What we Won't

What is included in the tour

  • 4 Nights Stay At Azzure Goa ( Superior Rooms )
  • 4 Breakfast
  • Airport Transfers
  • Room Decor for 1 Night
  • Taxes

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Anything Not Mentioned Above
  • Extra Meals
  • Personal Expenses
  • Sightseeing or any other transfers
Highlights
What makes this tour special !
  • 4 Nights Stay At Azzure Goa ( Superior Rooms )
  • 4 Breakfast
  • Airport Transfers
  • Room Decor for 1 Night
  • Taxes