Jungles, waterfalls, beaches and temples, holidays in Goa are unique and exotic. This Indian state used to be a Portuguese colony and the European influences can be seen everywhere, from the architecture to the food. During the late sixties, hippies flocked to Goa in search of enlightenment. These days, it attracts all kinds of holidaymakers in search of winter sun and adventure. For a lively holiday, stay in resorts like Baga and Calangute in the north, or head south to Cavelossim for peace and tranquillity. Discover miles of palm-backed beaches, forests teeming with wildlife, waterfalls, colourful markets and pretty villages. Eating out in Goa is great value for money and Goan cuisine is a tasty fusion of Indian and Portuguese with freshly caught seafood. There's plenty to do in this wonderful destination, from water sports and shopping to sightseeing and bird watching. Accommodation is available to suit all budgets and tastes, from traditional guest houses to luxury spa hotels on the beach. Why not discover for yourself why a holiday in Goa is such a popular choice.
There's lots to do besides lazing by the sea on holidays in Goa. Venture into the jungle on a guided tour and discover ancient trees and exotic wildlife, or look out for Goa's many rare breed birds. Explore Hindu temples and Catholic churches, spice plantations and bustling bazaars. Take a cruise through Goa's sleepy backwaters or ride an elephant through paddy fields. For a real treat, take a longer excursion by rail to spot tigers, or head even further afield by air to Mumbai or the majestic Taj Mahal. Don't miss the breathtaking Dudhsagar Waterfalls, for stunning scenery and a chance to handfeed tame monkeys. Holidays in Goa offer an array of unforgettable experiences beneath tropical sunshine.
Nightlife in Goa is usually based around the beach. In larger resorts Baga Beach, Calangute and Candolim, you'll find a good choice of cocktail bars, clubs and discos. For the ultimate Goan night, experience one of the legendary beach parties. Some hotels offer traditional Indian dancing and other folklore shows. For a quieter holiday in Goa, head south, where entertainment tends to be hotelbased.
Goan cuisine mixes Indian spices, Portuguese flavours and freshlycaught seafood to produce delicious dishes with a unique taste. The area's famous lime sodas mango lassis are refreshing and the local alcoholic drink is cashew nut feni. Larger resorts like Baga Beach and Calagute offer a choice of international restaurants and even serve up British food. Don't miss fresh coconut milk straight from the fruit and sunset dinner at one of the many beach shacks.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.