Goa, aka the sunshine state is a dream destination for backpackers from across the world. Peppered with sandy beaches stretching languorously along the Arabian Sea, Goa offers tourists the perfect blend of exotic oriental charm and modern-day luxuries. The place is an amalgamation of cultures and cuisines, of cobbled streets and lively bars, of long lazy walks and new parties- all adding up to an unforgettable experience.
Solo travellers, couples, families, or bachelors it is the most prefered destination in India by travellers. Goa paints a charming picture with its scenic little beaches and friendly locals. Foreigners visit the State throughout the year.
The State stretches over 105 km along the coastline; the beaches look like something straight out of a postcard. Goa welcomes everyone with equal warmth and openness. Here are our favourite picks of Goa top five beaches that you cannot afford to miss out on;
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Goa is well-connected via air, road and rail transport to all the major cities- both national and international.
By air: The major international airport, Dabolim, is about 29kms from Panaji.
By rail: Madgaon and Vasco de Gama are the two main train stations nearby. Most resorts are near the beach for maximum accessibility and comfort.
By road: Goa is about 600kms from Mumbai, 450kma from Pune, and a mere 230kms from Kolhapur. It is also just a 9-hour drive from Bangalore via NH4. Tourists from Kerala can take the roadway from Kozhikode to Goa, which meanders via Mangalore, to explore the enchanting sights of the Western Ghats.
Finding a place to stay near the beach is a piece of cake. Book hotels and resorts along the coastline to get a panoramic view of the waters. The lodgings are affordable, clean, and equipped with all the luxuries necessary for a memorable stay.
Open to tourists all year round, but the beaches packed with travelers during the holiday season i.e., from October to January. So, book your tickets well in advance if you want a reservation in a resort in any of the aforementioned
From hot and happening parties to quiet campfires and everything in between our pick of Goa top five beaches cater to your every need. Baga Beach, for instance, is teeming with nightclubs like Club Titos, where you can dance the night away on entrancing EDM beats. For people who prefer quiet and solitude, Varca is an isolated and tranquil paradise. Tourists who want to experience the adventure of cliffs and dramatic boulders can head over to Anjuna.
Goan cuisine is known for its spices and seafood. It is primarily a settlement supporting fishers and local vendors who make their livelihood off the sea. So, expect a buffet of the most delicious dishes, lobsters, oysters, and other creatures on your plate. Goa is also known for its beverages, especially alcoholic ones, Baga beach, and Colva beach have the best food options.
Here are some practical travelling tips to enhance your experience
Other Tourist Attractions places that you can visit once you are done exploring the top five beaches. Tarkarli in Maharashtra, which is almost 115.2 km away, Devbagh in Karnataka that is 119.5 km away. You can also visit Amboli in Maharashtra as well as Malvan, which happens to be a beautiful spot for tourists.