“Goa is different. It’s more global than any city in India. I want to keep it that way.”
Manohar Parrikar, the former Chief Minister of Goa and incumbent defence minister of India, uttered his ambition to make Goa more and more open to foreign tourists in these words. Encouraging by all means, these words should be invitation enough for all tourists who wish to explore this gem of a coastal region that’s unlike any other part of this vast country called India.
There’s something different about Goa, that’s for sure. It’s not as heavily populated as the rest of the country. People over here love to lead a laid back life, a life of fun, dance, games and of course, the sea. Food around here – especially the sea food – is authentically mesmerizing. And beaches around here are tranquil enough to make you forget all the headaches of the worldly life.
A trip to Goa can be a nice refreshment for tourists who are worn out by life of stress, hard work and responsibility. It is India’s very own Ibiza, just as chilled out, if not more.
Staying in Goa can be a revelatory experience if you haven’t planned your trip accordingly, though. The place is full of tourists pretty much around the calendar year, and you need to get your rooms booked well in advance to be in luck.
This quick guide to Goa hotels can help you decide what to expect when in Goa.
Cheap Stays in Goa
Many tourists would be very happy to know that cheap hotels can be found in Goa with as easily as sardines can be found in French Riviera or salmon can be found in Yukon streams.
The best part about such cheap hotels in Goa is that they usually do not compromise with the quality of accommodation provided, despite reasonable pricing plans. A comfortable room with all of basic amenities located conveniently nearby all the sights and beaches will, on an average, cost tourists something to the tune of $35 or so. This is a fairly reasonable price, especially considering that Goa is among the most visited places in the world, tourism wise.
Cavala Seaside Resort is a great pick for those who wish to live by the sea in a decent hotel, but can’t afford the extravagant prices of luxury resorts. Algeria the Goan Village is another popular tourist choice, especially because of the look and feel of traditional Goan Portuguese culture, décor and food.
Luxury Resorts in Goa
Goa is a cheap city to live in. But if you are really bent on spending a lot while in Goa, then you will have many luxury Goa hotels just waiting to welcome you and treat you to satisfaction.
Pousada Tauma, in this list, is the top rank hotel. Located nearby the railway station and most of the popular beaches, this magnificent Portuguese property of colonial times is an island of calm and quiet in the middle of busy streets of Goa.
Aguada Hermitage is the next entrant in this category. Choosing to be modest, the property calls itself a ‘hermitage’, but it is anything but a modest hermitage. It’s an imposing building with the best of facilities all made available under one roof.
The Leela – a popular brand of luxury resort and hotel establishments in India – also offers an exquisitely regal stay for tourists who do not mean to shy away from paying extravagant sums of money.
Things to See in Goa
When you are in Goa, beaches and water sports are going to take much of your time, irrespective of what your plans are. So, it’s a better idea to keep the majority of your time allotted to beaches and all things that go along, and the rest to sightseeing.
The commonest mistake that many tourists seem to commit while visiting Goa is that they do not even try to explore the state of Goa, limiting their journey to the city of Goa. If you could avoid that, you can explore a number of beautiful sights in the Western Ghats of Goa – a UNESCO Bio Heritage Site.
Agonda Beach, Palolem Beach and Cavelossim Beach are three of the most famous and most picturesque beaches in Goa. Swimming here, however, should be indulged in with care, as waters can be tricky and help can be inadequate.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a beautiful structure of colonial Portuguese times that just lights up like a starry night during Christmas season. The old city of Goa is a great place to shop for women, as a number of traditional Goan apparels, accessories and artefacts are sold at throwaway prices.
Hotels Near The Goa Airport
The Goa Int. Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport, is the only airport in the state of Goa. So, if you are planning on visiting Goa, this will most likely be your port of entry into the city, and the state.
The airport is located at a distance of about 18 miles from the city of Margaon and about 23 miles from the city of Panjim, the capital of Goa.
This drive will usually take you around 40 minutes, given that rains haven’t descended upon the state, lashing everything in their way to pieces. Tourists needn’t even bother trying to look for cheap hotels (or otherwise) near airport, as it is a major military base and not open for commercial operations. Once in Margaon or Panjim, many hotels in Goa will be available for you to pick the most suitable one from.
Goa Weather: Fickle Yet Pleasant
Goa is blessed with typically coastal weather of hotness and humidity. The weather does not really fluctuate around the year and one can hope to be greeted by 30 to 40 degree Celsius temperatures, irrespective of the time of the year.
During Monsoons (June-July-August), however, things take a tumultuous turn as the whole of the West Coast of India (Goa included) faces heavy rains, high tides and potential cyclones. So, your trip to Goa will best be planned excluding these three months.
- Top Attractions:
- Palolem Beach, Baga Beach, Baga Beach, Old Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Agonda Beach
- City Size:
- 1,429 mi²
- Average Temperature:
- 81°F (27°C), Wind NE at 5 mph (8 km/h), 93% Humidity