Goa FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Q: Why Goa?
A: It’s a place for all types of people & surely won’t disappoint you. To laze around if you’re looking for a break and allow your mind to rest in peace & feel the cool breeze of swaying palm, gushing noise of sea.
Also, hippies can chill out with beers rock every bit of their moment in bars, shop around the streets and feel the warmth of the climate lying down on sun beds.
- Q: When is the best time to visit Goa?
A: The most suitable to visit Goa is from the month of October to March as the climate is moderate and pleasant too. The temperature in winter ranges from 15 - 30 degree Celsius.
- Q: What’s the temperature during winter, summer and monsoon season?
A: The summer season is from March to May and the temperature reaches over 35 degree Celsius long with high level of humidity.
Monsoon season starts from June to September and couple of times rainfall is also experienced in October too.
Winter season starts from October to February and the cool – pleasant climate temperature ranges from 15 – 30 degree Celsius.
- Q: where to go if you want to enjoy night life?
A: Well, when you are in goa at any point at any time you’re enjoy the night life, believe me. But if you want to play gamble, go discotheques, party clubs, bars and pubs then staying in the north side of goa (North Goa) would be most preferable choice.
- Q: If you want a perfect holiday spot & attain tranquility of mind then where to go?
A: Once if paid visit to the clear pristine beaches of the south side of goa (South Goa) you’ll undoubtedly straight away land at agonda beach, palolem beach, patnem beach or cola beach to relax your body and calm your mind next time when you’re planning to go Goa.
- Q: Flight services to Goa?
A: s Goa is considered to be one of the famous beach spot of the world so flight and charter services is very well connected to Goa. Below mention is a list of airlines landing to goa, if have missed any airline service please pardon me.
Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air India, Air Italy Polska, Arkefly, Condor Flugdienst, Edelweiss Air, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Novair, Qatar Airways, SpiceJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Transaero.
- Q: What’s the approx taxi fare from Dabolim airport or Madgaon railway station to North Goa & South Goa?
A: Most preferable option will be to go in taxi as it will be difficult for you to travel in bus with your luggage.
From Dabolim Airport: If you’re heading in a taxi from Dabolim Airport to say Baga or Calangute beach then the fare will be around Rs.600 – Rs.700.
Airport to Candolim, Arambol or Anjuna the taxi fare will be around Rs.650 – Rs.800. Taxi fare will be different in day and night time.
If you’re going to agonda, palolem or cola beach from dabolim airport then the taxi will be around Rs.1000 – Rs.1200.
From Madgaon Railway Station: The approx taxi fare to the northern side beaches of Goa say Baga, Calangute, or Anjuna beach would be Rs.900 – Rs.1100.
The approx taxi fare to the northern side beaches of Goa say Palolem, Agonda, or Patnem beach would be Rs.600 – Rs.800.
- Q: Any other cheap mode of transport like bus to go north goa or south goa?
A: Of course, bus will be the cheapest way to travel in goa. Simply, catch an auto-rickshaw to Kadamba bus stand (from this place bus runs in every 15mins). The bus fare would not be more than rs30 or r40 wither you go to anjuna beach or palolam beach.
- Q: Want to stay in beach huts or cottages or in a concrete room of a hotel?
A: Well, it solely depends on your wish. If want to feel something new and different then opt for beach huts and if not then hotel room is always an option.
- Q: Places for accommodation in North Goa?
Hilton Guest House, on the main road near the bus park
Mary's Holiday Home, near the bus stand
Martha's, 907 Montero Yaddo, between bus stand and market
Rose Garden Motel
Abu John's, halfway between the crossroads and the beach
Cally's, near St Andrew's Church, behind Bell Bakery
Ganesh Rest House, on the first headland north
Laxmi Niwas, above Ganesh Stores,
Villa Oceanic, southern end of the beach
Ancona Beach Resort, Saunta Vaddo
Sunshine Beach Resort
Villa Fatima Resort
Angelina Beach Resort, soth Calangute (Tel. 279268)
Calangute Beach Resort, Umta Vaddo (Tel. 276063)
Conria Beach Resort
GTDC Tourist Resort
Miranda Beach Resort
Altrude Villa, Murrod Waddo
Costa Nicola Beach Resort
Holiday Beach Resot
Summerville Beach Resort
Tropicano Beach Resort
GTDC Tourist Hotel
Miramar Beach Resort (Formerly Yatri Niwas)
Riomar Beach Resort
Afonso Guest House
GTDC Tourist Home
Mandovi Pearl Guest House
- Q: Places for accommodation in South Goa?
Camilson's Beach Resort
Furtado's Beach House
Green Garden Tourist Cottages
* For accommodation at Agonda Beach, Palolem Beach, Patnem Beach or Cola Beach see www.goabeachhuts.com
- Q: Is pick & drop facility is provided in goa?
A: Yes, at most places pick & drop facility is provided in goa but it would be advisable to ask about it before booking your room.
- Q: Places to freak out in North Goa?
A: Casino Royale Goa
Winners Casino - Marriot Resort Goa
Treasures Casino: Majorda Beach Resort
Renaissance Goa Resort & Casino
Club Cubana (Arpora, situated on top of a hill in the village of Arpora)
Club Fresh, Candolim beach
Tito's & Mambos Café, Baga beach
The Alcove (Vagator beach)
Temptations (Red Cab Inn, below Starco's Crossroads, Vagator beach)
Loungefly (Baga beach road)
Tito's at Baga, Ziggy's at Colva, Lido's at Dauna Paula
Saturday Night Bazaar in Arpora
Anjuna's Wednesday Flee Market
- Q: What is the rate of bike (or any non gear vehicle) on rent taken to move around?
A: Non gear vehicle rent for full day will be between Rs.250 to Rs.350 and bike rent will be between Rs.450 to Rs.600.
- Q: Places to enjoy night life in North Goa?
A: Club Cubana (Arpora Hill)
Club Fresh (Candolim Beach)
Tito's & Mambos (Baga Beach)
Loungefly (Baga Beach Road)
Ziggy's (Colva Beach)
Temptations (Vagator Beach)
The Alcove (Vagator Beach)
Lido's (Dauna Paula Beach)
Saturday Night Bazaar in Arpora
Anjuna's Wednesday Market
- Q: How is the food in goa?
A: Name any kind of food and you have it-be it Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mughalai, South Indian, Mexican, Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese and of course our Goan too. The major attractions of the cuisine take in seafood, sea-fruits, fish, prawns, mussels, oysters, crabs, feni, gin and different types of salads.
- Q: Which are the famous/popular dishes in goa?
A: To name a few non-veggies can order Chicken Cafreal, Prawn Balchao, Ambok Tik, Pork Vindaloo, Chourisso (pickled pig’s liver cooked in vinegar with tamarind) & Xacuti. Goa offers equally good options for vegetarians also with a wide range of regional vegetarian thalis from North-Indian, South-Indian, Jaini thali, marwari thali & so on.
- Q: If feeling uneasiness in stomach then what precautions & diet to be taken care of?
A: When you’re in Goa, you enjoy best cuisines whether it’s vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The day you feel some uneasiness in stomach it would be advisable to stay on a light diet and try to visit nearest hospital to consult with doctor. And if it’s not feasible to go hospital then try to take medicine from nearest medical shop for temporary relief.
Best thing is to carry medicine with you while traveling in any part of the world.
- Q: Unexplored places of goa?
A: Some of the nice and unexplored places in goa are:
a) Grand Island
b) Sahyadri Hills
c) Devils Canyon
d) Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Mollem (Dudhsagar Waterfall)
e) Amthane Dam
f) Kuskem Waterfall
g) Bat Island
h) Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
i) Chapoli Dam
j) Spice Plantation Farm
- Q: Where is the casino in goa?
A: On Shore Casino in Goa
Hacienda De Oro - Holiday Inn Resort
Gold Finger Casino: Cidade De Goa Beach Resort
Winners Casino - Marriot Resort Goa
Treasures Casino: Majorda Beach Resort
Renaissance Goa Resort & Casino
Off Shore Casino in Goa
Casino Royale Goa
Casino Goa - MV Caravela
Casino Rio Goa
Kings Casino Goa
- Q: Which all are the famous churches of goa?
A: Basilica of Bom Jesus
Mary Immaculate Conception
Church of St. Francis Of Assisi
Se Cathedral Church
Reis Magos Church
St. Cajetan Church
Lady Rosary Church
St. Anne Church
St. Augustine Church
- Q: Sunset point in goa?
A: Sunset point in goa can be seen almost from every beaches and Mandovi River.
- Q: On which beaches water sports activities are being held on?
A: Water Sports Places/Beaches in Goa
Scuba Diving: Grande Island
Water Skiing: Calangute, Candolim, Arossim, Mobor, Utorda & Rajbagh.
Parasailing: Candolim, Mobor, Anjuna, Majorda, Baga & Dona Paula.
Dinghly Sailing: Generally on all beaches of Goa.
Wind Surfing: Calangute, Colva, Palolem, Vagator, Baga, Dona Paula, Miramar & Bogmalo.
Swimming: On all beaches of Goa
Water Scooter: Dona Paula, Majorda & Candolim.
Microlite Flying: Only at Calangute
Catamaran/Hobie Cat Sailing: Calangute, Candolim, Dona Paula, Arossim, Utorda, Benaulim, Colva & Mober.
Banana, Bump & Ringo Rides: On all beaches of Goa
Knee-and-Wake Boarding Beaches: Mober, Candolim & Rajbagh.
- Q: How to go south goa from north goa or vice versa?
A: Traveling in any part of Goa is quite ease and comfortable. You can travel either in a taxi or a bus. The running of buses is good between south goa and north goa so it's feasible to go anytime you want and also the bus fare is very cheap too. Availability of taxi can also never be a problem but it's quite costly too. You should know to bargain for the given distance say: Taxi fare from agonda beach to baga beach is approx Rs.1200.
- Q: Popular beaches in south goa?
A: Palolem Beach, Agonda Beach, Majorda Beach, Cola Beach, Benaulim Beach, Varca, Cavelossim, Mober Beach
- Q: Normally what is the tariff of beach huts or cottages during peak season?
A: Tariffs are at it’s peak from 20thdec to 10thjan because of Christmas & new year time.
High class beach huts tariff would be between rs4000 to Rs.6000
Medium class beach huts tariff would be between Rs.2000 to Rs.3500
Low class beach huts tariff would be between Rs.700 to Rs.1500
- Q: When it’s advisable to book beach huts and when it’s not?
A: If willing to visit Goa during peak time then it would be advisable to book beach hut before 20days to 1month. And besides this situation you can book beach hut before a week or sometimes even if you won’t book then also need not to fret out!
- Q: What is the time period of beach huts availability in goa?
A: Building of beach huts gets start in October so surely from the last week of October or 1st November till March or mid April.
- Q: What to carry for medical purpose?
A: Simply go to a medical shop and buy first aid kit for traveling purpose. And if you’re aware of doctor prescribed medicines for fever, headache, loose motion, body pain, cold & cough or if any then carry those tablets too with you. Do not completely rely on medical facilities in Goa as it might be unavailable sometime.
- Q: Things to avoid in traveling when going to goa?
1. Don't stuff your bag with any heavy or warm clothes unnecessary.
2. Avoid carrying lumpsum amount of cash with you. Prefer travelers' cheques and credit cards.
3. Avoid stuffing much of eatables or vessels in your bag.
- Q: What type of clothes can be worn in goa?
a) Sunhats, sunglasses and sun protection creams are must.
b) Cottons and other light fabrics are the ideal clothes to be carried. Bright & colorful beach wears will perfectly suit on the land surrounded by beaches.
c) The ideal beachwear is a sarong and of course your bikini.
d) Other clothes are jeans, shorts, skirts and funky tee shirts.
e) Keep a set of formal attire in case you dine at a deluxe hotel or visit a business center.
f) It's advisable to carry a light stole or scarf with you to cover your head, in case it gets too hot.
- Q: What are the emergency numbers of goa?
Goa Helpline (Hello Informations) 2412121
Goa Tourism Department 2438750 / 2438751
G.M.C Bambolim 108 / 2458718
Red Cross, Panaji 2224601
Panjim City Round Table (No.128) 2227997
Panjim Esperance Clinic 2463185 / 2463890
Margao Ambulance Trust 2731759
Vrindavan Hospital, Mapusa 2250022 / 2250033
Vintage Hospital Ambulance 2420260 / 2230240
G.M.C Casualty, Bambolim 2458725
Asilo Mapusa 2262211 / 2262372
Hospicio, Margao 2705664 / 2705754
Salgaonkar Medical Centre, Vasco 2540083 / 2540124
Consulates & High Commissions
Austrian Consulate 2513811
British Deputy High Commission 2438734
Portuguese Consulate 2438041
Indian Airlines 2428181 / 2542444
Air India 2431100 / 2541445
Jet Airways 2438792 / 2540029
Sahara Airlines 2230237 / 2541211
KTC Panjim 2438034
KTC Mapusa 2262161
KTC Margao 2701986
KTC Vasco 2513505
- Q: Service provided to customer staying in beach huts?
1. Pick & Drop service from airport or railway station as the case may be.
3. Vehicles on rent
4. Room service 24x7
5. Dolphin trip & Nearby places trip
- Q: Cyber café, Atm and currency exchange centre at agonda & palolem beach?
›› There are tens of cyber café on the road of agonda & palolem beach.
›› There’s ATM stop near palolem bus stand & also at chaudi market.
›› Easily you can encash your currency from currency exchange centre as it’s avaialble at both the beaches.
- Q: Best beaches of south goa?
A: Palolem beach, Agonda beach, Mober beach, Cola beach, Bogmalo beach, Cavelossim beach
- Q: Places of interest in south goa?
A: Cabo De Rama Fort, Raj Bagh beach, Palolem beach, Turtle beach, Monkey Island, Mober beach, Patnem beach, Cola beach, Silent Noise party at Neptune point & Agonda beach.
- Q: Where silent noise party is being held every year?
A: You can enjoy the party at Neptune Point, Palolem Beach.
- Q: Classes of beach huts at palolem beach and agonda beach?
A: You’ll see all classes of beach huts at palolem beach & agonda beach. Low, budgetary & high class of beach huts & cottages are available for customers.
- Q: Where to take taxi for north goa tour from agonda or palolem beach?
A: If you’ll inquire to your beach hut owner/manager then easily they’ll arrange a taxi for you. Also while loitering down the street if you’ll ask anybody or com across any travel shop then surely they’ll arrange a cab for you whether you want to go north goa or in any part of goa.
- Q: How far is patnem beach from palolem and agonda beach?
A: The distance to Patnem beach:
2-3 kms from Palolem Beach
7-8 kms from Agonda Beach
- Q: Nice Island in goa?
A: Chorao Island
St Estevam Island
- Q: Places to visit from goa?
A: There are many beautiful places that’ll be easily/direct accessible from Goa. To name a few:
Goa to Mumbai
Goa to Rajasthan
Goa to Kerala
Goa to Agra
Goa to Delhi
Goa to Kolkata
Goa to Chennai
Goa to Bengaluru
Goa to Hyderabad
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- Q: Bus/Train service from goa?
A: You can either book train tickets from below mentioned sites or from travel agents.
You can either book bus tickets from some of the below mentioned sites or from well recommended travel office.
- Q: What all are the tips for a goa traveler?
›› Goa is connected to the rest of the country through all major forms of transportation, which include air, railways and roads.
›› Keep your money safe in a wallet in your baggage.
›› It's better to carry traveler's cheques than liquid money.
›› People know English, Konkani, Marathi and Hindi languages in Goa.
›› Mosquito repellent & flashlights are must.
›› Cotton is the most prefered fabric at seaside.