Boasting miles and miles of clear white beaches, Goa has long been a holiday destination for those seeking a relaxing sojourn in the Indian sun. But there’s more to this former Portuguese colony than merely its impressive scenery. Separated from the rest of the Indian sub-continent by the Western Ghats mountain range, and Deccan Plateau Goa offers curious travelers a different India – with a laidback way of life distinguishable from the other provinces. Visit Goa to witness its crumbling colonial architecture, delectable Portuguese-influenced cuisine and stunning landscapes.
Consult Travel + Leisure’s Goa travel guide for a must-do round up of the region.
Things Not to Miss in Goa
• Visit a wildlife sanctuary in Cotigao
• Shop for holiday trinkets at Anjuna flea market
• See the Basilica of Bom Jesus
• Tour the Spice Plantation in Ponda
• Trek to Dudhsagar Waterfalls
When to Go to Goa
The best time to travel to Goa is from November through March when the weather is warm and dry, and temperatures hover at a balmy 88 degrees. The humidity increases during the shoulder season of April and May and some of the local facilities close as the crowds dissipate. June through October marks the monsoon season when humidity is at its highest and thick heavy rain showers form in the afternoon sky. Peak season occurs during the busy Christmas and New Year’s period and should be avoided by travelers who don’t want to pay double or triple the normal rate.