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Goa is a typical sunshine paradise with sandy beaches, warm sun and friendly locals there to make your stay a pleasant one. Just nestled on the Arabian Sea, Goa is fast becoming a popular place for tourists looking for sunshine in a different setting.

A popular winter destination for those wishing to escape the typical English weather, even in the winter months of April to October, Goa has high temperatures averaging the late eighties. Although a long haul destination of approximately ten hours, Goa is definitely worth the wait.

Goa divides into three areas; North Goa (where you’ll find Anjuna down to Candolim) Central Goa (Panaji to Dabolim Airport) and South Goa (Bogmalo Beach to Mobor.

North Goa is said to be the ‘real Goa’. The area offers a small tourist market and wonderful sandy beaches as well as the tropical sunshine and amazing culture. The more central part of the country is an excellent base for those wishing to travel to all cities. Excellent shopping opportunities and restaurants can be found easily. South Goa boasts the most modern and stylised hotels and beaches. The areas of Mobar and Cavelossim are very isolated and a peaceful time is sure to be had here.

As well as the following excursions that are all available and payable locally through your hotel on arrival, there is a Goan Highlights adventure that has proven to be very popular with tourists. The trip includes two nights in a Shanti camp. The days are spent touring plantations, being taught yoga, taking a dip in the Dudhsagar Waterfall and a trip to the Lord Shiva Temple. The tour costs approximately £49 per person and is available in most resorts and hotels.

Back Water Adventure
Crocodile spotting in the Goan backwaters. £23.

A nature watch and overnight stay in a thatched hut on the beach of Palolem. £32

Dudhsagar Waterfall is easily reachable without a guide, however you may need help walking the steep climb. £17.

Visits to a Spice Plantation. An insight into the many spices of India. Complete with a lunch cooked with the ingredients. £15.

A visit to Goa is not complete without visiting the city fondly known as the Ancient India, Hampi. The city is almost completely deserted and is untouched. Tours are available via travel agents/hotels and it is advised that you do not travel alone/without a guide who can tell you the great history and culture behind the city. Tours can be in the region of £59 for a 3 day, 2 night stay.