Not only is Goa a fantastic place to spend a holiday – what with the sun, sea and amazing food – but it can also be a relatively cheap destination. The cost of items is much lower than in many other popular tourist spots and there are some great value for money deals about.
Despite being the smallest state in India, Goa still covers an area of 1,429 square miles, so it is a good idea to narrow down which part of the region you would like to visit. Once this task has been completed you will be ready to book your trip with Cosmos Holidays.
1. North Goa
The beaches of Calangate, Baga and Anjuna in North Goa are responsible for much of the image that the state has for many Brits, as it was here that the hippies came in the 1960s and 70s. These days you are more likely to find backpackers and package holidaymakers in this area of Goa, but the beaches remain stunning.
With this change in clientele, the area has more establishments catering for those wishing to party. A large number of these bars are on or very close to the beach, reminding visitors they are in an exotic location.
To taste a bit of the hippie culture of yesteryear, head to Arambol Beach and enjoy the relaxed way of life and some world-class conditions for bodysurfing. For a stretch of sand that is completely untouched, the remote Keri is the place to be.
2. Panjim and Old Goa
If you are less of a beach bum and more likely to have your culture vulture head on then being centred around the state capital might be a good idea. Panjim is a former trade city and has plenty of splendid colonial architecture to show for its past.
The neighbourhoods of Fontainhas and Sao Tome have the best examples of what was left by the Portuguese, making a meander around here an absolute must. While in Fontainhas be sure to stop by the Chapel of St Sebastian to see the crucifix that once resided in the Palace of the Inquisition.
3. Central coast
Idyllic beaches are the name of the game on this stretch of Goa’s coastline, representing a different pace of life from those further north. Most resorts and hotels have their own place for residents to sun themselves and visitors do not have to venture far or spend any money getting to their own piece of paradise.
If you decide to do something a bit more active than just sunbathing during your trip, there are plenty of watersports on offer. You may wish to paddle a canoe to a nearby island or enjoy windsurfing with the beautiful beach and bobbing fishing boats in the background.
4. South Goa
Anyone looking to tap into a bit of the party atmosphere that can be found in North Goa, but without the commercialisation, might like to check out the far south of the state. Here you will find a great vibe and even cheaper prices.
If you would prefer to experience the natural beauty of the place then make your way to Galgibaga Beach. This is a turtle breeding area, which plays host to the Olive Ridley species at key times of the year, when they return to the spot to lay their eggs.