If you live in India and are thinking of a quick getaway within the country, chances are Goa would be among the top five options you’re considering.
And why not? Goa has all the ingredients to make a holiday both fun and relaxing.
Be it boisterous parties, world-class music festivals, adventurous water sports, bicycle rides through the countryside or delicious food, this small state on India’s west coast packs a punch. It’s not for nothing people from all parts of the world come to Goa. Continue reading Go to North Goa this winter
November 18 (TravelAndy): India’s beach state, Goa has launched motorised paragliding on its Mandrem beach to woo more adventure enthusiasts.
A motorised paraglide is a two-seater flying vehicle, which allows a slow flight over land, facilitating panoramic view.
The cost of the approximately 10-15-minute ride is INR3000 per person, said the Goa tourism website. Continue reading Motorised paragliding in Goa
November 2 (TravelAndy): India’s beach state Goa has officially launched ‘pedibus’, a battery operated vehicle, to attract an increased number of tourists to the state, said reports.
A pedibus is a 10-seater pedal-powered eco-friendly vehicle, which has a seating arrangement similar to a dinner table. Music is played inside the vehicle.
This first of its kind initiative in India, is already popular in the leading tourist destinations of Europe and North America. Continue reading Goa launches pedibus tours for visitors
October 20 (TravelAndy): India’s beach state Goa has re-launched the hot air balloon rides for tourists with the commencement of tourist season, this year.
At present, two hot air balloons will be operational, which will take off from Assolda in South Goa, said Goa tourism website.
The ride will cost INR9900 per person and it will last for approximately an hour. Continue reading Hot air balloon rides back in Goa
September 15 (TravelAndy): India’s beach state Goa is set to start a vintage bike and car festival on October 1.
Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is organising this event with more than 50 vintage vehicles (cars and bikes) that will roll across Panaji, the capital of Goa, on October 1.
The rally will begin from Paryatan Bhavan in Patto at 10.30am. Then the vehicles will run across the city to Dona Paula and finally wind up its journey at Inox Courtyard, where it will be stationed for display from 12noon to 6pm. Continue reading Goa: Vintage bike and car fest on Oct 1
August 6 (TravelAndy): India’s beach state of Goa has planned a motorcycle rally on August 15, which marks the country’s 69th Independence Day.
To attract more tourists to the state during the Independence Day weekend, Goa tourism has taken this initiative. The rally will start from Goa’s Paryatan Bhavan in Patto Panjim and conclude in Shiroda, Goa Highway Junction.
Approximately 100 bikers are expected to take part in this rally. The route itinerary will be provided to the participant on the day of the event. The rally will cover significant churches, rivers, beaches, temples and villages. Continue reading Goa bike rally on Aug 15
June 29 (TravelAndy): To ensure safety for tourists, Goa has made it mandatory for all beach shacks to install CCTV during the tourist season, starting from October, 2016 said The Hindu BusinessLine.
Shacks are temporary eateries, which are set up during the tourist season, along the 106 kilometer coast line of India’s beach state.
Additionally, Goa tourism has decided to make the beaches more environment-friendly. So, apart from CCTV installation, they have also taken measures to dispose garbage and mount toilets along the beach stretch. Continue reading CCTV cameras in Goa shacks
June 16 (TravelAndy): Monsoon isn’t the busiest time in Goa, but the tourism department of the popular beach state in south India is promoting a number of activities, festivals and less-popular beaches in an effort to keep the tourists coming in the lean season.
Goa Tourism, through its Twitter handle @TourismGoa, which has more than 27,200 followers, is promoting activities such as monsoon trekking, white water rafting, spice plantation tours and island visits.
It is also highlighting relatively unknown beaches such as Cola, 5km north of the popular Agonda beach, Benaulim, 2km south of Colva and Arossim beach. Continue reading Monsoon attractions galore for visitors to Goa
May 16 (TravelAndy): Aguada Jail, located in south India’s coastal state Goa, is soon going to become a tourists destination, said reports.
The jail, which is situated by the Arabian Sea, is no longer operational and the inmates have been shifted to Colavela jail.
Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has planned to transform the Portuguese-built Aguada Jail into a history and heritage museum. Continue reading Goa’s Aguada Jail to become tourist spot
April 27 (TravelAndy): Goa has launched an e-commerce portal and mobile application on both Android and iOS platforms.
This new e-commerce portal and mobile app will provide domestic and international tourists to the popular destination the power to select holiday packages, travel itineraries, book hotel, sight-seeing, adventure trips, spice gardens, water parks, crocodile dundees, dolphin trips and others.
“Right from a pick-up at the airport to the activities available in Goa will be provided under this single portal,” Goa’s tourism minister Dilip Parulekar told The Times of India. Continue reading Touristy Goa on your phone
April 18 (TravelAndy): Goa is set to host the Konkan fruit fest, which is going to take place at Campal Panjim from April 22-24.
Botanical Society of Goa, along with Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), will host this year’s Konkan fruit festival in oirder to attract tourists to this unique event and to spread awareness regarding the rare species of fruits available in the coastal state of India.
The rare fruits on display will include rose apple, berries including churna, kanttam, kaneram, mulberry etc, the fast developing commercial fruits such as kokum and the popular fruits like mango and jackfruit will also be on promoted. Continue reading Goa’s Konkan fruit fest from April 22
March 30 (TravelAndy): Goa is already buzzing with its biggest Spring festival, the Shigmo fest, and it is all set to host the Goa food and culture festival from April 6.
The Shigmo festival, which is celebrated as part of Holi, the festival of colours, began on March 24 and will conclude on April 7.
The major highlights of Shigmo include the traditional folk dance and portrayal of various mythological scenes through colourful parades that take place across the state. Continue reading Festival keeps Goa abuzz with tourists