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Goa Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Goa, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.

Overview+

Language Indian
Time Difference 5.5 hours
Currency Rupee
Voltage 220V

Goa is a land of sand, sun and spices with a laidback tropical vibe that makes it one of India’s best destinations to visit, boasting truly breathtaking coastlines and exquisite beaches where evenings can be spent watching the sun melt into the Arabian Sea whilst sipping on delightful cocktails. The blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures means exciting, flavoursome cuisine, not to mention the extraordinary colonial architecture and heritage, while its rich flora and fauna illustrates that there’s nowhere quite like Goa in India.

Highlights+
Heritage

Aside from beautiful beaches, Goa stands out in India, mostly for its fascinating Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage. Lured by the promise of the lucrative Spice Route, the Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510 and their influence existed for 450 years, leaving an indelible mark in the process. Old Goa exhibits the best example of this, with its Baroque architecture, forts, whitewashed churches and stunning cathedrals. Outside Old Goa, in Panaji, is Fontainhas & Sao Tomé, the oldest and most distinctive Portuguese districts, which make for desirable walking through the narrow streets and offer a flavour of yesteryear. Meanwhile, Braganza House, built in the 17th century, is the biggest Portuguese mansion of its kind in Goa; it is a great sight to behold.

Churches

Portuguese influence extends to many of the notable churches dotted around Goa, especially in the beautiful district of Old Goa, where the magnificent Sé Cathedral is located. Construction of this splendid, traditional Tuscan-style church started in 1562 under the orders of King Dom Sebastiao of Portugal, with the finishing touches made some 90 years ago. Visit the fascinating Basilica of Bom Jesus – idolised in the Roman Catholic world – which holds the immortal remains of St Francis Xavier, the so-called ‘Apostle of the Indies’ and boasts an intricate facade combining Doric, Iconic and Corinthian design. In Panaji, the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was built in 1619 and was the first port-of-call for Portuguese sailors travelling from Lisbon to pay their thanks for a safe crossing.

Markets

The Anjuna Flea Market is a must, with its weekly Wednesday market selling merchandise from all over India. Stroll around this lively market with vendors shouting their wares, market stalls brimming with jewellery, sculptures, colourful saris and incredible sacks of vibrant and aromatic spices from Kerala. For a totally different market vibe, visit Mapusa Market, especially on a Friday morning, as the raucous, yet charming atmosphere attracts shoppers and vendors from all over Goa – a perfect location to find a keepsake to take home with you.

Climate+

Goa experiences two distinct seasons – the dry season (October to May) and the monsoon season (June to September). The dry season is the most popular time to visit, especially around November and December, where clear blue skies are usual and rain/cloud coverage is minimal, with daily highs of 31°C-34°C. Between March and May, the pre-monsoon season is the hottest time of the year, as temperatures rarely drop below the early 30s. At night, the temperature stays in the late 20s, offering little respite from the heat. Almost all of the annual rainfall takes place during the wet/monsoon season, when Goa experiences more than 2,600 millimetres of rain.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Goa.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January250
February260
March281
April2912
May30113
June29868
July28995
August28513
September29252
October29125
November2831
December2717

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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