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Weekend Getaways from Goa:
Dandeli: A popular retreat for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure lovers, Dandeli is a scenic town in Karnataka. Don’t forget to visit Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary while you are there.
Distance from Goa: 145 kms
Gokarna: If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday away from the maddening crowd found in Goa, then this is the perfect destination. Don’t forget to visit the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple while you visit Gokarna.
Distance from Goa: 132 kms
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary: Surrounded by dense forest, the sanctuary is a lovely holiday retreat for its picturesque setting. You can spot wild deers, birds and bisons while trailing in the forest. To experience nature at its best, stay in one of the jungle resorts.
Distance from Goa: 163 kms
Ankola: Bordering the Arabian Sea, this town in Karnataka is an excellent weekend retreat. Visit the beaches and taste the locally grown mangoes while you in Ankola.
Distance from Goa: 120 kms
How To Reach Goa
By Air-The Dabolim Airport lies just 29 kilometres from the state’s capital, Panjim. It is well connected by daily flights from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin and Bangalore.
By Bus- There are a number of public as well as private bus operators in Goa, which offer options for intra-city and inter-city conveyance. KSRTC, MSRTC and KTC are some of the Government undertakings that operate from Panaji, Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama. Private bus operators include the likes of Neeta Tour and Travels, Paulo Travels and Naik Tours and Travels. Goa enjoys daily bus service from important cities like Mumbai and Pune.
By Train- The two major railheads in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim, which are well connected by trains from all over the country. more...
Best Time to Visit Goa
Mid-November to Mid-February: These are the best months to visit the party capital since the weather is pleasantly cool and comfortable. It’s the perfect time to relax on the beaches amidst other tourists who make the most of these three months in Goa. December is the time when Goa witnesses one of its most popular festivals, Sunburn, besides extensive Christmas and New Year celebrations and is home to lakhs of visitors from across the world. You might want to book your hotels in advance since this is the peak season and prices of accommodation go way higher than you would imagine.
March to May: This is the season when the temperature rises, the sea becomes rougher and the weather turns hot and humid. Not many people visit Goa between the months of March and May since there are not many activities to indulge in. However, the prices of hotels and home stays become way too reasonable in case you want to visit Goa for a three-to-four day break with your beloved, looking for peace and calm.
Mid-June to October: Mid-June to October is the time when the rains hit the beautiful Goa. There are parties across the length and breadth of Goa to welcome the rains. If you love the monsoon and the lush green countryside that the rain Gods turn Goa into, July to September is a great time to visit. One of the reasons to visit Goa during monsoons is also due to the festival of Sao-Joao (the fertility feast of Saint John the Baptist) that is held during late June. It’s an interesting event where men jump into wells that are overflowing to fetch bottles of the local alcohol called feni. You might get a good bargain at the hotels during this season. more...
History of Goa: The history of Goa dates back to the 3rd century BC when it was a part of the Mauryan Empire. For the next 700 years, Goa was ruled by the Hindu dynasties until the Muslims took over in 1312.It was by the end of 15th century that a new route to India was discovered by the Portuguese adventurers, including Vasco da Gama. The Portuguese rule lasted for as long as 450 years. Brimming with more than 300 churches in town, the culture and values brought in by the Portuguese continued to dominate Goa until the 20th century.
Weather in Goa: Mid - November to Mid – February: The weather is comfortable and pleasantly cool. It’s the perfect time to relax on the beaches and make the most of these three months in Goa. March to May: The temperature tends to rise during these months and the weather turns hot and humid. However, you could strike a good hotel deal as not many people visit Goa between March and May.
June to October: If you love the monsoon and lush green countryside, June to October is a great time to visit.