Chander Arora - Founder, makemygoatour.com
Our team at makemygoatour.com has developed this site to resolve the inconvenience and to systematize the requirements of Tourists; who are scheduling their First Tour to Goa, so that they can plan their Goa Tour in an easy, quick and automated way where everything that is needed for a perfect Goa holiday is available in a single place!
Our enthusiastic team has incorporated the following characteristics on our site :-
• Get a Personalized Tour Plan by our Tour Planners
• Detailed Information about Places to Visit
• Detailed Information about Various Services & Things To Do with Approx. Charges
• Get Route Directions for Places to Visit
• Make Online Bookings
GOA is the only state after Kerala where Beaches are the focal point of the Tourism industry. It is for this reason that GOA is also referred to as the Beach capital of India. GOA is known for its Palm-fringed Beaches, Water Sports, Nightlife, Casinos, Historical & Religious Monuments, Wildlife & Scenic Beauty of Western Ghats and bubbly folk music!
With its 131-km-long coastline with more than 50 Beaches, GOA is an important destination in every tourist's (be it from India or abroad) itinerary. Sun, sand and sea being the major attractions, GOA is a perfect heaven for those who need and or want relaxation.
GOA is situated on the Malabar Coast and it is bound by the states of Maharashtra on the north and Karnataka on the east as well as the south, and by the Arabian Sea on the west. The total area is 3,702 square Kms. The two largest rivers are the Mandovi and Zuari, between the mouths of which lies GOA.
Major Cities of GOA
PANAJI: The capital of GOA, it is a small and charming city on the left bank of silvery Mandovi River with beautiful, red-roofed houses, built in Latin style. The city also boasts of many modern houses, well-laid gardens, statues, and avenues lined with Gulmohar, Acassia, and other trees. Enchanting panorama unfolds from atop Altinho (Hill Top).
MARGAO: (33 km from Panaji) - The hinterland of southern GOA in Salcete Taluka is a thriving commercial metropolis linked by rail to the rest of India as well as through Mormugao harbour and the national highways to Maharashtra and Karnataka. It has fine parks, gardens, and imposing old mansions and modern buildings.
VASCO DA GAMA: (30 km from Panaji) - A modern well-laid out city close to Mormugao Harbour, it has beautiful and extensive avenue and gardens. The air terminus of GOA at Dabolim lies on the outskirts of the city. It also has the railway terminus for passenger’s service.
MAPUSA: (13 km from Panaji) - Capital of Bardez Taluka, it is located at the crossroads of the network of highways covering whole of northern GOA. It has beautiful layout with gardens and churches. A weekly fair is held on Friday at the modern streamlined market that is attended by a large crowd.
MORMUGAO HARBOR: (34 km from Panaji) – (four km from Vasco da Gama) - It is one of the finest natural anchorages on the west coast of India and the hub of intense maritime activity. Passengers and cargo ships call here from all over the world.
The climate is generally warm, with average January temperature ranging from 19° to 29° C (66° to 84° F), and average June temperature ranging between 25° and 33° C (77° to 91° F).
Monsoon season is generally between June and Sept. and accounts for four-fifths of the state's average annual rainfall.
HOW TO REACH GOA?
BY AIR: - DABOLIM Airport GOA is connected by all major Airlines of India with all Indian Major Cities. Dabolim Airport is around 30 Kms from Panaji.
BY TRAIN: - GOA is also well connected by Train from Delhi, Mumbai and other Indian Cities along the Konkan Railway. To reach Panaji you can drop at Karmali Railway Station; which is 12 Kms from Panaji. For North GOA can drop at Thivim Railway Station and for South GOA can drop at Margao and Vasco-da-Gama Railway stations of GOA.
BY ROAD: - GOA is also well connected by Road through various Buses like Non a/c & Air-conditioned Volvo Coaches from Maharashtra & Karnataka. You can also reach GOA by Car / Taxi enjoying the beautiful view of Western Ghats..