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If chilling at a shack, sipping on an even more chilled beverage and simply watching the world turn on its axis is what you desire, then a Goa tour is what you need! Goa conjures mental images of golden sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, calm yoga retreats and not-so-calm parties. Situated along the west coast of India, Goa is one of the smallest territories in the country. This beachside gem of India has a 100 km long coastline which stretches across the whole state, making Goa one large beach paradise. Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach and Baga Beach are some of the famous beaches. But there are beaches that lie off the beaten path, known to but a few. However, Goa isn't limited to just beaches. It is a destination that keeps surprising you with unexpected gems and the best way to find these is by taking a Goa tour package with Thomas Cook India.
If there's one thing Goa knows, it is how to throw the ultimate party. Along with parties and nightlife, one can also enjoy adventurous activities and watersports on their trip to Goa. Not to forget Goa's culinary heritage which is like a Goan holiday for your taste buds, which will give them a break from their regular fare and tantalise and tease them. Warm people, pleasant weather and no shortage of things to do in Goa make it a mecca for holiday seekers. Whether you are planning a long vacation with friends or desire a holiday with your family, Goa is the place to be.
|Goa Tour Packages||No. of Nigts / Days||Price*|
|Simply North Goa||3 Nights/ 4 Days||Rs. 7 099|
|Incredible Goa||4 Nights/ 5 Days||Rs. 16 249|
|Exceptional South Goa||3 Nights/ 4 Days||Rs. 16 499|
|A Week in Goa||7 Nights/ 8 Days||Rs. 31 499|
|Amazing Goa||4 Nights/ 5 Days||Rs. 20 349|
What is the best way to reach Goa? Some would say you could drive down taking the scenic route. Others prefer flying to get here quickly and get the party started. And a few would rather take a leisurely cruise to reach the beach capital of India. Still, the best way to get here is by simply choosing from Thomas Cook India’s range of Goa tour packages to see Goa in a new light. Visiting Thomas Cook India’s website, you will find Goa tour packages for every kind of Goa package. Right from brief Goa tours lasting 3 nights and 4 days to a leisurely Goa holiday that takes 8 nights and 9 days, embodying Goa's spirit of 'sussegado'. With Thomas Cook India's Goa tour packages, every Goa trip is what you make it. You are firmly in control of every aspect of your Goa holiday package, right from the budget, with pocket-friendly Goa trip packages starting at INR 7,099/-, to premium Goa holidays that cost about INR 5,02,597/-, to the itinerary and even travel costs. Every Goa tour package by Thomas Cook India is personalised to your comfort and taste.
The Goa tour packages at Thomas Cook India are curated by a team of travel experts whose goal is to make your Goa tours full of memories that last a lifetime. Every aspect of your trip to Goa is carefully chalked out considering the unique requirements, diverse interests and budget of every individual. Right from accommodation to sightseeing choices and transportation to meals, every facet of your Goa holiday is given a great deal of thought. What’s more? Thomas Cook India's Goa tour packages are available from all major cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Cochin.
If you want to learn more about Goa before your trip to Goa, then visit our Goa tourism section which has resources covering everything you need to know such as things to do in Goa, best time to visit in Goa, places to see in Goa and much more.
The best time to visit Goa is from mid-November to March. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the sky is clear. It is the perfect time to unwind at the beach and explore this beautiful state. During December, Goa witnesses some major celebrations like Christmas and New Year. The winter season in Goa is marked by several carnivals, parades, parties and festivals. During winter, the restaurants and streets are decorated with lights and decorations, making it a tropical winter wonderland. As winter also happens to be the peak tourist season for Goa tours and travels, it’s advisable to book flight tickets and accommodations way prior. You can easily find multiple Goa packages for these months.
Alternatively, if you wish to indulge in some water sports on your Goa tour or simply just laze around at the beach, summer proves to be the best time to visit Goa. Spend considerably less money on accommodation and travel during Summer as it is an off-season. If you wish to indulge in some yoga retreats and massage therapies, summer afternoons are the best time to keep you hale and hearty. Also get a chance to witness some amazing festivals like Shigmo - a street festival that portrays Goan culture in the form of folk dances and music, Easter, Grape Escapade - a wine festival, India Bike Week, the Goa Heritage Festival and much more! Go through our website to find suitable Goa packages for your trip during the summer season.
There is only one airport in Goa that connects all domestic and international destinations and that is Dabolim airport. It is situated near Vasco da Gama and is located about 29 km from Panaji. Travelling to Goa with Thomas Cook India’s Goa tours is an easy affair as you can board a flight from all the major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Kolkata and Chennai. Also, note that most of our Goa packages come with the inclusion of optional flights.
Many tourists opt for train travel to save money on transport for their Goa tours. There are two main railheads located in the state which are Vasco da Gama and Madgaon. Vasco da Gama railway station is located about 29 km away from Panaji while Madgaon station lies about 38 km away. From the railheads, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to get to other tourist destinations in Goa.
In addition to the previous modes of travel, you can hire a private car for your Goa trip or take a bus from nearby cities like Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. You can take the NH4, which is well-maintained and extremely smooth while travelling to Goa from these cities. Take NH14 if you wish to travel to Goa from the south.
Goa can also be reached by sea route. There are certain cruises that cover the route from Mumbai to Panaji.
Goa can also be reached by sea route. There are certain cruises that cover the route from Mumbai to Panaji. Have your dream vacation in Goa with your loved one by going with the honeymoon special Goa packages offered by Thomas Cook.
|Places to Visit||Known for|
|Butterfly Beach||One can not wrap up the conversation about the best honeymoon destinations in Goa without talking about Butterfly Beach, also known as the “Honeymoon Beach”. Located a few kilometres from Palolem, it is one of the lesser-known beaches in the region. However, it is among the most beautiful and secluded tourist attractions in the state, formed like a small cove bordered by turquoise sea waters and lush green trees on either side. One can reach the beach by going for an adventurous forest hike or via a ferry ride. However, the picturesque landscape that Butterfly Beach offers is not its only upside. Newlyweds can spend romantic time amidst its serene ambience, watch the gorgeous sunset, sight dolphins, take leisurely strolls on the wet sand, and so on, on this beach during their Goa tours and travels. You can easily find Goa packages that include a visit to this popular site.|
|Grande Island:||Another well-known site in Goa that can act as a romantic getaway for honeymooners is Grande Island, originally called “Iha Grande”. Its tranquil environment and vibrant natural elegance are some of the factors that make it a popular attraction for couples in the region. The boat ride to the island itself is a cool experience that newlyweds can look forward to. Besides this, individuals can also get on short boat rides from the island to witness the nearby attractions like Central Hail, Aguada Fort, the Lighthouse, etc., from the sea. Couples looking for an adventurous take on their honeymoon will also find Grande Island to be a great spot. There are tons of activities that the place has to offer tourists, including dolphin spotting rides, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and so on. Hence, it is one of the most versatile and popular honeymoon destinations in Goa. Explore Grande Island and other renowned local tourist attractions by going with the Goa packages offered by Thomas Cook.|
|Arvalem Waterfall||Located in Sanquelim, the Arvalem Waterfall is one of the main highlights of tourism in North Goa. It may not be as grand as Dudhsagar Falls, but it has its own unique charm. Besides having a drop of about 50 metres, it becomes a popular tourist attraction during the monsoon season when the water flow is at its highest. Visitors love the peaceful atmosphere and surrounding beauty of the region. It also acts as a romantic getaway for honeymooners, where they can have a delightful picnic, spend some lovely time by the falls and carry on their honeymoon photoshoot. The Arvalem caves and Rudreshwar Temple in the vicinity add some spiritual and thrilling elements to this tourist spot. Overall, it is a majestic location that couples can consider visiting when in Goa for their honeymoon.|
|Velsao Beach||Goa is the land of numerous beaches, and among them, Velsao Beach stands out to be a prominent spot for honeymooners. Located in South Goa, this golden sandy beach stretches quite long and is surrounded by lush greenery on one side and calm sea waves on the other. Despite being a popular beachside honeymoon destination in Goa, it remains free from massive tourist crowds. Hence, couples can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the place in each other’s company as the waves wash up to the shore. The region also has the availability of resorts and restaurants, fitting the theme of an ideal honeymoon. The nearby tourist attractions and nightlife places also add to the charm of Velsao Beach. Make the most out of the beach visits on your tour with the Goa trip packages offered by Thomas Cook.|
|Chorao Island||Lying at a distance of 5 kilometres from Panaji, Chorao Island has become a renowned honeymoon getaway for both tourists and locals alike. It is one of the best places in the state where individuals can witness the remnants of Portuguese settlements and culture. From massive villas to white-washed churches, the Portuguese architectural style is evident everywhere in this region. Honeymooners can have a memorable time at this island doing things like visiting Shree Devki Krishna Temple, learning about the Feni-making process, going on a boat ride on Mandovi River, bird watching at Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, checking out St. Bartholomew’s Church, and so on.|
Despite being a beach hub, there’s many other things to do in Goa ranging from visiting beautiful historical churches to adventure activities, ayurvedic retreats, culinary classes and much more. Here are the different places to visit in Goa.
While you are looking for Goa holiday packages, here are some of the best Goa beaches you can consider exploring during your visit:
Goa is blessed with a long coastline, which brings in an opportunity for fishing and an abundant supply of fish. This means fish curry features prominently on most menus in Goa. Fish curry isn't a blanket term or a one size fits all solution to cooking. With ample seafood like prawns, sharks, lobsters, crabs, pomfret, snapper, barramundi, clams, mackerels, mussels, and oysters come ample curries that are just as lip-smacking as the next. The common thread tying them all together is their use of fiery chilli, soothing creamy coconut, piquant spices like Triphala and souring agents like kokum. The combination of fish curry and rice essentially forms the staple food of Goa and can be called the traditional Goan meal. This tangy and spicy curry gives the perfect experience of Goa’s food traditions and culture. Add on a side of fried fish and prepare to be transported to culinary heaven.
Goa loves its pork and beef. Chicken isn't always the first choice of meat unless its Chicken Cafreal. Originating from Africa, this dish has been brought to Goa by the Portuguese. This is spicy chicken made from coriander, lime, green chillies, peppercorns and mint. Cooking this in the traditional Goan way gives it an additional smoky taste which provides a completely out-of-the-world experience.
Traditionally served during Christmas, Bebinca is one of the most enjoyed desserts of Goa. It is a multi-layered cake made with eggs, fresh coconut milk, sugar and pure ghee. Eaten hot or cold, this confection is laden with calories and love, as making it is no easy feat.
While on your Goa holiday, indulge in some scrumptious seafood and sip on a chilled beverage as you rub shoulders with people from all over the world, at the shacks at Anjuna beach. Take a stroll through the streets of Anjuna and Chapora and shop for some pretty souvenirs at the night markets or go to a beach party and dance until dawn at Anjuna beach. Take a walk on the white sandy beach and unwind during your Goa holidays.
Learn the art of scuba diving and swim alongside the beautiful creatures of the sea. Indulge in water sports like jet skiing, motorboat ride, banana boat ride, river cruise and dolphin rides to feed the adrenaline junkie in you. Calm your body and soul by taking an ayurvedic spa. Laze around at the beach, soak up the sun at Baga beach. This is the perfect activity for every Goa holiday.
Your vacation to Goa doesn't have to be just about fun in the sun.Seek some blessings at St. Cajetan Church in Velha Goa. Walk down the lane of Goa’s history at this beautiful monument. Know more about the old tales and stories by interacting with the locals. Check out some awe-inspired Italian paintings and the Corinthian columns at this domed church during your Goa trip.
As part of your Goa packages, visit the serene and historic Shri Bhagvati temple in Goa. Hire a boat and take in the serene views around the temple. You will be surprised to listen to different birds chirping around this locality. Go on a retail therapy and shop for some fancy handicrafts and souvenirs during your Goa holiday.
Every Wednesday, Anjuna plays host to the most famous Anjuna flea market in Goa. Here, you will find everything from clothes and home décor to a range of Indian spices and even musical instruments. What started off as a way to let hippies sell their stuff and earn some money to sustain themselves has now become a platform for cool, chic brands to peddle their wares. There is also a lot of food and entertainment on offer, too. This is the quintessential Goa experience that will be the highlight of your Goa trip.
This bustling Arpora night market sees a lot of tourists every weekend. It’s filled with a number of food stalls, clothes and knickknack vendors, and entertainment options from across the world. Shop for all kinds of souvenirs here to take home from your Goa holiday. Browse through the wide list of Goa trip packages on our website to find a suitable planned tour for you and your family.
This market is open from October to May and here, you will find some really great jewellery and other curios and even furniture. If you want to test your bargaining skills during your Goa holiday, this would be the place to start.
Mapusa market is a big hit with locals as well as tourists who want fresh produce ranging from vibrant vegetables and fruits to fresh seafood like lobster and prawns. It also has many vendors selling everything from spices and condiments to clothes and flip flops. Definitely a must visit on your Goa holiday. You can easily customise your vacation per your requirements by going with the customisable Goa trip packages offered on our page.
Mapusa market's elder sister, Panjim market, is a city of its own and a shopper’s paradise. Visit this market at the end of your Goa holiday to carry back Goa’s famous cashew nuts, port wine and spices. It also has some pretty great restaurants and is decorated with murals by Mario Miranda.
It is another distinct market in Goa that remains filled with both locals and tourists. It features a number of shops and small stalls, all selling a variety of goods at various price ranges. You can find items like textiles, carpets, spices, fashion products, etc., at this location. Ingo's Saturday night bazaar usually sets up around November and stays open from 4 PM to 11 PM. You can get some decent deals if you have a keen eye for quality and the right amount of bargaining skills. It is one of the best places to shop for regional handicraft products.
The Calangute Market Square is one of the most popular shopping areas in Goa. It is located near Calangute Beach, which is a well-known tourist attraction. This is one of the reasons why it remains filled with shoppers throughout. It features multiple stores selling all kinds of goods, including beachwear, carpets, seashell art pieces, home decor, etc. If you are interested in souvenir shopping on a budget, consider visiting this market. You can also use your bargaining skills to secure discounts on goods while shopping at Calangute Market Square. Look for Goa trip packages that include a stay near Calangute Beach, so you can easily check out this market square during your visit.
Goa is a one-stop destination for adventure tourism, even if you are looking for thrilling activities to do on water, land or in the air. Among the tons of available options, here are some that you can consider during your holidays in Goa:
Tourism in Goa goes far beyond just its magnificent beaches. Here are some interesting things you can do besides visiting beaches during your Goa trip;
Goa’s vibrant nightlife and party culture attract individuals from all over the globe. You can find all the key elements of partying, such as exotic venues, cheap alcohol, wild trance music, etc., at every nook and corner of this state. Apart from its beach parties, you can take your pick out of the hundreds of nightclubs Goa has to offer, such as Tito’s Bar and Club, SinQ Nightclub, Club Cabana, etc.
Go on a boat ride in the backwaters of the Cambarjua Canal and try to spot crocodiles and an exotic range of birds. The place is referred to as the primary hub in the state where you can go for crocodile safari. The aspect of witnessing 4 to 5-metre-long crocodiles basking on the muddy terrain is as exciting as it sounds.
The inland of Goa holds an array of exciting tourist spots you can check out on your own accord by renting a bike or a scooty. The state is one of the most sought-after places in the country for bike riding trips, known for its remarkable natural beauty, bike trails and hidden tourist spots. So, during your Goa tours and travels, make sure to rent a bike or scooty and ride through the beautiful Goan streets.
During your Goa tours and travels, you just can’t miss out on the exceptional regional cuisine. From mouth-watering street foods to chef’s special authentic Goan delicacies, there’s plenty to explore food-wise in this state. So, if you consider yourself a foodie, spare a day or two to go on a Goa food tour.
The culture and traditions of Goa show a unique blend of local and foreign influences. If you want to learn more about the place and its people, consider visiting Goa at the time of a major local event so you can attend it and be a part of the celebrations. Some major festivals and events that individuals can check out during their Goa tours include the Goa Carnival, Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, Goa Food and Culture Festival, Sao Joao Festival, etc.
The history of Goa is very rich and dates back thousands of years. History enthusiasts from all over the country and the world like to visit this state to learn about its diverse past. Goa is still home to a wide number of historical sites and landmarks in perfect condition, such as forts, churches, ancient shrines, petroglyphs, etc. So, if you have an interest in Goa’s past or Indian history in general, consider going on historical tours during your trip.
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