A tropical paradise
Goa, India is a tropical paradise with miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, lush green paddy fields and wide slow-flowing rivers. Goa is a vivid mixture of white washed Catholic churches, Hindu temples and the colours and aromas of the busy street markets.
An introduction to India
A holiday to Goa is an excellent introduction to India. Accommodation in Goa ranges from top quality hotels to rooms in private houses. It is possible to find package holiday hotel in Goa on a Bed and Breakfast , Half Board or All Inclusive holiday basis. The main Goa holiday season is November to April with temperatures that rarely drop below 30C. There are no holiday charter flights to Goa from May to October. You can spend your evenings enjoying a sunset in a Goa beach bar (Goa faces west so the sunsets are stunning) or wandering through a local Goan market.
A holiday in Goa is around 10 hours flying time from the UK
Goa holidays are around 10 hours flying time from the UK. There are no scheduled flights to Goa. Only charter flights fly from the UK to Goa Airport. Transfer to your hotel in Goa is a maximum of around one and a half hours. All along the beaches of Goa are picturesque villages red tiled houses and here and there, the remains of fortresses, in complete contrast, inland Goa has deep valleys and fast flowing rivers surrounded by wooded hills. Goa, influenced by nearly five centuries of Portuguese rule, is situated to the south of Bombay India and has been popular as a holiday destination for many years.
Weather in Goa
The period between November to March is the best time to visit Goa, with temperatures averaging between 21-31C, and the days filled with blue skies and plenty of sunshine. April and May, the two months leading up to the monsoon, are very humid and cloudy, with soaring temperatures sometimes reaching above 35C. The monsoon season starts in June and runs through to September, bringing much needed relief from the high temperatures and the majority of Goas' rainfall - on average between 250-300cm. As soon as the rains stop, the clear skies return and the weather becomes pleasantly warm and sunny again.
All Inclusive holidays in Goa
An all inclusive holiday to Goa gives you bags and bags to choose from in terms of your location. The northern shores offer you the upbeat and wild destinations such as Anjuna; long time home of the hippies left over from the 60’s and the host of the world famous Anjuna flea market. The south offers an altogether more tranquil holiday of laid back beaches and fantastic local cuisine. With an all inclusive holiday to Goa, you have the freedom to explore as much as you can of this famous region, or the freedom to laze away your days on the beach while the hotel staff take care of your every need.
More useful information
- For official Goa tourist information click here - Government of Goa Department of Tourism
- The FCO occasionally release travel advisory warnings for Goa. Check the latest on the Foreign Travel Advice website.
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