The last time I was in Goa was in September, weeks before the tourist season set it. It’s so much better when you don’t have to jostle with the teeming tourists!
It’s easier to find a place at nice restaurants, easier to find a spot in the sea water to splash about in peace and easier to have an awesome trip while spending a fraction of what you would in the high season.
Now that March is here and the crazy crowds have disappeared, it’s time you planned a trip to Goa as well! Continue reading Low season is the perfect time to visit Goa
Panjim (TAN): Don’t do drugs but drink the local liquor “feni” to get high, the tourism minister of the India’s coastal state Goa has advised tourists.
Answering a question on the use of drugs at EDM events in Goa, minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said: “Enjoy the music, drink cashew feni, but do not indulge in drugs.”
“We have taken precautions that drugs are not introduced during electronic dance music (EDM) festivals,” the minister told reporters this week. Goa has a lively EDM scene. Continue reading Drink ‘feni’ but don’t do drugs: Minister advises visitors to Goa
December 23 (TravelAndy): In an attempt to make Goa accessible for tourists with mobility challenges, Enable Travel, a travel company serving people with mobility issues, has joined hands with Ezy Mov, India’s first point-to-point wheelchair taxi service provider, to offer guided tours in wheelchair taxis.
Five such vehicles will be run in the first phase in January 2019.
Debolin Sen, head, Enable Travel, said that Goa serves as one of the most popular Indian travel destinations for both domestic and international tourists, but lack of transport facilities for people with mobility issues, including elderly travellers, makes them unable to experience it in its broadest sense.
September 7 (TravelAndy): Japan is looking to strengthen tourism ties with Goa.
Consul-general of Japan Ryoji Noda met Goa tourism director Menino D’souza on Thursday to discuss tourism development initiatives, reports said.
Around 250 Japanese nationals visit Goa every year.
Increasing the number of tourists from Goa to Japan was also discussed. Continue reading Japan looks to develop stronger tourism ties with Goa
August 6 (TravelAndy): Taxi owners in Goa are opposed to the app-based taxi service launching in the coastal state on Monday, said reports.
Members of the South Goa Tourist Taxi Association told mediapersons that the government had not taken them into confidence while taking the decision. Taxis are an important means of communication in Goa, a destination popular with both national and international tourists.
The state’s chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, will launch the app, named Goa Miles. Taxi owners fear this would allow “back-door entry” to app cab giants Ola and Uber. Continue reading Goa: Taxi operators oppose govt’s taxi app
June 23 (TravelAndy): “No selfie” signs were put up and red flags installed at prominent tourist spots across Goa on Friday.
This comes following recent tourist deaths, the video of one of which went viral on June 17, said The Indian Express. The deaths have occurred in seaside zones marked dangerous where the victims had ventured into despite warning signs being put up.
The new flags and fresh warnings went up at the most prominent tourist spots in Goa: Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim in the north. In the south, the signs have gone up at Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh. Continue reading Goa: Flags and warnings to prevent tourist deaths
June 8 (TravelAndy): The government of India plans to build airports at several popular tourist spots in the country under a regional connectivity scheme.
According to reports, the government is looking at popular tourist destinations such as Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, Hampi in Karnataka, Kaziranga in Assam and Colva beach in Goa. Continue reading Air connect for more Indian destinations
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