Goa is the smallest state in India, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. English is spoken in many areas of Goa, making it even more perfect for tourists. There are plenty of things to see and do and the beaches here make it a paradise for sun-worshippers. Many young families travel to Goa as well as backpackers looking for something different. Over 1 million tourists visit Goa every year and it has become well-known for its domestic tourists, which helps to keep the culture alive. When staying in Goa, you would fly into Goa Dabolim Airport and then take your transfer to your accommodation. Transfer times vary depending on where you are staying, with the longest being 1 and a half hours. There are over 65 miles of coastline in Goa, with golden sands and beautiful warm waters. When it comes to accommodation, you will find everything from high class hotels, to rooms in private houses. You will find a variety of packages, from bed and breakfast, to half-board, to all-inclusive.
Thanks to its stunning coastline, sun-worshippers have fallen in love with Goa. The beaches are set in stunning scenery and swimming and relaxing are all everyday activities. Many water sports are available at the beaches in Goa, including sailing, windsurfing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, canoeing and going on banana boats. Back on dry land, horse-riding and cycling are available and are great ways to get around Goa. You will also find golf in some areas. There are a number of wildlife sanctuaries in Goa to enjoy. Here you will find animals such as crocodiles, birds, monkeys and snakes. Many of the sanctuaries will also give you the chance to ride an elephant. There is plenty of sightseeing to be done in Goa, with a number of old buildings and museums to be explored.
Goa has some fantastic restaurants and as it has so much coastline, you are guaranteed to be able to enjoy fresh fish. A number of curries are also available for you to enjoy, as well as Italian foods such as pizza and Chinese foods such as noodles. You may find in some of the higher class restaurants that reservations will have to be made. All bars in Goa have live music or DJ's performing every evening and the bigger resorts in Goa tend to have more nightclubs. Mostly, evening entertainment is fairly low-key and many enjoy to just sit and relax at one of the many open-air restaurants. Occasionally, you will also find a few beach parties. There are a number of stalls in Goa where you will find traditional jewellery and souvenirs. Leather goods, clothing and other handmade crafts can also be found here. A number of markets can also be found here. Taxis are available throughout Goa and many are reasonably priced. Buses are also very cheap and efficient, making them a great mode of transport.
Goa has some brilliant sunny weather with warm temperatures all year round. The monsoon season however changes conditions in Goa and can last for up to four months. November to March is the best time to visit Goa for its brilliant temperatures that range between 21-31°C. April and May are very humid months and somewhat cloudy as they lead up to monsoon season. Temperatures are even higher at this time, at around 35°C. June to September is monsoon season when the rainfall can be seen and cooler temperatures creep in. once the rain has stopped, clear skies can be seen again and within a few hours, you would never of known that it had rained. Coastal breezes keep the levels of humidity low and make the heat comfortable to lie in. During the summer months, you will find around 10 hours of sunshine a day, however during monsoon season, this will decrease to between 3 and 5 hours a day.