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All About Goa
The smallest state in India, Goa lies on the country’s southwestern coast along the Arabian Sea. Goa has a mix of contemporary cities and wild landscapes, and from north to south, you'll find untamed beaches and cascading waterfalls. Northern Goa’s beaches are matched by a vibrant nightlife, while Central Goa is a cultural hub and home to the state capital Panaji. And miles of beaches and forests fill tranquil, southern Goa.
Historic buildings dating back to the 12th century help tell Goa’s story. You can learn about its past by visiting its UNESCO World Heritage Sites or the state’s official archaeology center, the Goa Museum. An essential part of local life is the arts, and you can see artisan creations at any of the weekly flea markets across the state. Head to the countryside or the coast for the best of Goa’s landscapes. Palolem and Baga Beach are just some of the dozens of popular, swim-friendly beaches you can visit in the north and south of Goa. And for a trek through nature, immerse yourself in foliage at the Mollem National Park.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Goa?
Goa has tropical weather with a dry, wet, and monsoon season. Summers in Goa run from March to May. It's usually hot and humid, a good time to head to the south for some of the state’s most beautiful swim-friendly beaches. Winters are long but dry and pleasant. Take advantage of the nice weather by walking around central Goa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Bom Jesus Basilica and Old Goa’s churches. During the rainiest time of year, from June to September, you can see the extra rainwater flowing from one of central or south Goa’s waterfalls. There are a variety of vacation rentals and villas in Goa for your stay.
What are the top things to do in Goa?
Explore one of north Goa’s weekly flea markets and find unique gifts to bring home. Nearly every day of the week, you can choose from daytime and evening markets to visit. Goa’s pop-up markets, such as beachside Anjuna, will have handcrafted goods such as blankets, hammocks, and jewelry. Make sure to try some local food while you’re there shopping.
Tambdi Surla Waterfalls
Hike through Goa’s lush forests until you reach the Tambdi Surla Waterfalls. Prepare a picnic and bring plenty of water with you, because there are no other places to eat or drink here. While you’re in the area, you can also visit the 12th-century Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple.
Experience Panaji’s arts culture and socialize at one of Goa’s Tiatr shows. These musical theater performances date back more than 100 years. Check the schedule at the performing arts center, Kala Academy, to catch a show during your trip. Tiatr shows touch on relevant topics in society with a twist of music, comedy, and drama.